Review: The Stranger by Harlan Coben

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Title: The Stranger

Author: Harlan Coben

Pages: 386

Genre: Thriller, Mystery

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Summary: The Stranger appears out of nowhere, perhaps in a bar, or a parking lot, or at the grocery store. His identity is unknown. His motives are unclear. His information is undeniable. Then he whispers a few words in your ear and disappears, leaving you picking up the pieces of your shattered world.

Adam Price has a lot to lose: a comfortable marriage to a beautiful woman, two wonderful sons, and all the trappings of the American Dream: a big house, a good job, a seemingly perfect life.

Then he runs into the Stranger. When he learns a devastating secret about his wife, Corinne, he confronts her, and the mirage of perfection disappears as if it never existed at all. Soon Adam finds himself tangled in something far darker than even Corinne’s deception, and realizes that if he doesn’t make exactly the right moves, the conspiracy he’s stumbled into will not only ruin lives—it will end them.

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Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

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Title: The Girl on the Train

Author: Paula Hawkins

Pages: 325

Genre: Suspense, Thriller

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary: Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

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Review: Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight by Travis Langley

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Title: Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight

Author: Travis Langley

Pages: 352

Genre: Psychology, Comics

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Summary: Batman is one of the most compelling and enduring characters to come from the Golden Age of Comics, and interest in his story has only increased through countless incarnations since his first appearance in Detective Comics #27 in 1939. Why does this superhero without superpowers fascinate us? What does that fascination say about us? Batman and Psychology explores these and other intriguing questions about the masked vigilante, including: Does Batman have PTSD?  Why does he fight crime? Why as a vigilante? Why the mask, the bat, and the underage partner? Why are his most intimate relationships with “bad girls” he ought to lock up? And why won’t he kill that homicidal, green-haired clown?
Gives you fresh insights into the complex inner world of Batman and Bruce Wayne and the life and characters of Gotham City
Explains psychological theory and concepts through the lens of one of the world’s most popular comic book characters
Written by a psychology professor and “Superherologist” (scholar of superheroes)

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Review: Vector (Weaver #3) by Vaun Murphrey

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Title: Vector

Author: Vaun Murphrey

Pages: 306

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Summary: Homecomings usually involve burgers, fries and apple pies but that’s not on the menu for Cassandra and Silver. They’re launched into assassination attempts, bar brawls, and relationship drama just in the first 24 hours. Can they protect everyone they love from all comers before it explodes in their face?

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Review: Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

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Title: Water for Elephants

Author: Sara Gruen

Pages: 335

Genre: Fiction with a dash of romance

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Summary: Orphaned, penniless, Jacob Jankowski jumps a freight train in the dark, and in that instant, transforms his future.

By morning, he’s landed a job with the Flying Squadron of the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. By nightfall, he’s in love.

In an America made colourless by prohibition and the Depression, the circus is a refuge of sequins and sensuality. But behind the glamour lies a darker world, where both animals and men are dispensable. Where falling in love is the most dangerous act of all…

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There is a slew of bad reviews for this book out there, but I actually quite enjoyed this read. I can see how the pace would turn a lot of people off. Maybe I’m biased because I think the circus is awesome, but come on! It was nice to get a feel for the old timey circus and a behind the scenes look from the point of view of someone who is already well into old age and struggling to not only retain his memory but also his sense of self.

August…charismatic, outgoing, big personality. Everything that is attractive in the circus and in a man so it’s no wonder Marlena would gravitate towards him, especially at a young age. Little did she know what she was getting into, but I’ll leave that for you to find out.

One of my favorite characters in the book, though not a huge part was definitely Kinko/Walter. What he lacks in stature he makes up for in character. Of course, him walking around with a pup named Queenie also sold him to me, haha.
I think the descriptions were top notch, as I said I really got a feel for the era and the landscape. I actually gave a shit about characters so that’s always a plus. 

To wrap it up, I would say at least pick it up and try to read it, you may like it or you may not. It will not be everyone’s cup of tea, but then again what book is? As Shia Labeouf would say “JUST DO IT!” Nike said it first, but that is neither here nor there, lol.

Small bump in the road.

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Hey all! My laptop just died on me tonight(RIP, buddy) and I won’t be getting my new one for about a week and a half to two weeks so hang in there with me. I absolutely hate the WordPress app but I’ll make due until I can get us back to our regularly scheduled programming. If you come to the blog and notice it’s a little wonky and such, please do not panic and think I wrote a review drunkenly and/or decided to throw all fucks out the window. Pardon the language. I will still be doing reviews and obviously reading more than ever now so huzzah! I have secretly been video gaming a bit, but don’t tell anyone. 😰

The next books on the chopping block…err, review board are Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen and Vector (Weaver series, book #3) by Vaun Murphrey. You’re not gonna wanna miss what I have to say! Stay tuned!

Review: Changeling by Vaun Murphrey

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Author: Vaun Murphrey

Pages: 468

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy

Rating: 4/5 stars

Summary: When the girls are forced to flee Earth to escape being the next target of a deranged Axsian fugitive, they end up getting much more than they bargained for. Their guardian, Kal, couldn’t possibly have prepared them for the chaos and intrigue of his home world. Can Silver and Cassandra put aside their differences and work together to make it through alive?

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