Seeing Kermit surrounded and almost buried in leaves kind of reminds me of my relationship with books. I'm pretty much buried in them too! I have no more space in my house for the books I buy and piles are sitting on the floor which isn't good and I can't read them quick enough because I keep buying!!! I've battled to reduce the tbr without success this year but now Kermit and I are embarking on a new plan to reduce the book buying and give me a chance to reduce the tbr at last. The Plan? Download samples and read them and only go on to buy those I liked instead of grabbing everything!
Here is what I read last week!
1) JF Salmon-The Ice Scream Man
Young Eamon lives with his alcoholic and drug abusing parents. He is regularly beaten by his father and sexually abused by his mother, as well as being bullied at school. Teachers are divided on whether he is a victim of neglect but nobody seems to be acting on the suspicions. During one of his mother's biting games, Eamon finds himself fighting back and hurting his mother for once, leading to a beating from his father that uncovers what his mother has been doing. Sickened by his own parenting and knowing that Lilith is doing this to get revenge for his affair when she was pregnant, Liam decides to kill his wife.
That was the content of the sample. It is dark and disturbing and you can't help but weep for what the boy is put through by his parents. I'm making the assumption that Eamon is the killer mentioned in the book blurb and that we are taking a look into his past to see what made him that way. The sample is all about Eamon's life. Don't read if severe child abuse bothers you. With this being set in Eamon's past, we don't get to see anything about the murders or how long it takes to get to that point but there are 400 pages to it and I'm just not convinced that it could hold my attention that long. Nothing wrong with it but I'm just not convinced.
2) Shawn Horton-Class 5
11 year old Jerry is alone in his house with his cats while his parents are on night shift. It soon becomes clear that something is in his house and coming to attack him. At a military base, a team are being prepared to hunt down another crashed alien ship and capture or kill the occupants. They are given instructions to kill any citizen who sees the aliens or the military unit. As they find the crash site, Jerry's father returns home to find the remains of his son.
Anyone who has followed me for a while knows that SF and alien books are not generally my first choice for reading fun but I picked this up as it has that horror element to it with the creature needing to continually feed while evading the military. The sample itself is ok, showing you what the creature does to the victim, and briefly showing that it isn't the first time this has happened. The military have classified the types of aliens they deal with and the alien itself knows how the military operate in hunting it down. I didn't get a good vibe from the MC in the military unit so I'm not sure I'd like him through a whole book. I'm not really sure about this one-might read a few more reviews before a final decision.
3) Joe Russell-The Storm Before The Storm
Dave and Sandra are coming back from a mountain hike when they see a car in a ditch with a woman in it, and two men from another vehicle looking in at her. Dave gets a bad vibe from the men and gets out to see them off, and after a few tense moments the men leave. Taylor is grateful for the intervention and is happy to have Dave get her car back on the road so she can get out of there. Dave and Sandra continue to meet her sister Jen and new boyfriend Mike in town to plan a hiking trip for the weekend, and Dave doesn't like the way three men are looking at the women.
As soon as the confrontation between Dave and the creepy guys happened, I knew I wanted to read the whole book. Dave is a take charge guy who doesn't easily take to strangers and he isn't convinced by Mike, who is the opposite of him. Dave is a prepper who is pretty much ready for anything while Mikk is the Jon Snow of the prepper world and knows nothing. I'm looking forward to seeing how they cope together in the upcoming disaster. I want to read this one!