Saturday, January 21, 2017

Recent Updates and Currently Reading | January 21

Last week was a great reading (and blogging) week. I hope my groove lasts. I'm trying to roll with it! Australian Open Tennis started this week so my weekend will probably be filled with lots of tennis matches and binge watching Longmire on Netflix.

The Mystery Writers of America announced the Nominees for the 2017 Edgar Awards and the Horror Writers Association announced the Preliminary Ballots for the 2016 Bram Stoker Awards so be sure to check those out!

Posted Last Week

Last week I posted the following reviews:

Books Read Last Week

The Last Harvest by Kim Liggett Low Riders in Space by Cathy Camper

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi Gertie's Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley

The Last Harvest by Kim Liggett

Low Riders in Space by Cathy Camper

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Gertie's Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley

Review Copies

The Devil Crept In by Ania Ahlborn Aletheia by J.S. Breukelaar The Final Reconciliation by Todd Keisling

The Devil Crept In by Ania Ahlborn - The Devil Crept In showed up in my mailbox this week. (Major happy dance! (salute)) I love Ania Ahlborn. I can't wait to see what she does with this one.

Aletheia by J.S. Breukelaar - The description of Aletheia has me super curious. I'm expecting some unreliable characters in this ghost story set on a lake.

The Final Reconciliation by Todd Keisling - Heavy metal horror? Yes, please. The Final Reconciliation is inspired by The King in Yellow mythos. I feel like a horrible horror reader because I have never read The King in Yellow. I will see if I can remedy that! This is also supposed to be "reminiscent of cosmic horror by H. P. Lovecraft, Laird Barron, and John Langan". Sounds good to me!

What about you? What are you reading this week? Be sure to let me know in the comments or leave me a link!

This post is being shared as part of Book Date's It's Monday! What Are You Reading?, Tynga's Reviews' Stacking the Shelves, and Caffeinated Book Reviewer's The Sunday Post.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Book Review | The Last Harvest by Kim Liggett

The Last Harvest is a YA horror novel from Kim Liggett.

“I plead the blood.”

Those were the last words seventeen-year-old golden boy quarterback Clay Tate heard rattling from his dad's throat when he discovered him dying on the barn floor of the Neely Cattle Ranch, clutching a crucifix to his chest.

Now, on the first anniversary of the Midland, Oklahoma slaughter, the whole town's looking at Clay like he might be next to go over the edge. Clay wants to forget the past, but the sons and daughters of the Preservation Society—a group of prominent farmers his dad accused of devil worship—won't leave him alone. Including Ali, his longtime crush, who suddenly wants to reignite their romance after a year of silence, and hated rival Tyler Neely, who’s behaving like they’re old friends.

Even as Clay tries to reassure himself, creepy glances turn to sinister stares and strange coincidences build to gruesome rituals—but when he can never prove that any of it happened, Clay worries he might be following his dad down the path to insanity...or that something far more terrifying lies in wait around the corner.

Holy crap, this is YA?

The Last Harvest could have passed for an adult horror novel if it weren't for the sterotypical spin the bottle, 7 minutes in heaven, and high school football games. I probably would have recommended this to fans of Ania Ahlborn if the maturity level pendulum hadn't swung quite so far.

First and foremost I enjoyed the horror aspects of The Last Harvest. It was gory and it was unsettling. There was a dream sequence element to it all which usually doesn't work for me, but Kim Liggett managed to successfully make me wonder what was real and what wasn't.

The only thing I didn't enjoy was the repetitive plot. Even when new things were happening, the structure of the story and the sequence of the action was very "lather, rinse, repeat". By 60% I was really wanting the story to wrap up.

Despite my frustration with the structure, the entire book lead up to a very satisfying conclusion. Kim Liggett is an author I will be reading again. If you are a fan of YA horror, I would definitely check out The Last Harvest. It's not like any other YA horror I have read.

7/10: Recommended Read

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