The Kind Worth Killing Book Review

This is a book review for The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson 🙂

This was a birthday gift and I chose to read it for @OurLostLibrary, my Goodreads Group.

TRIGGER WARNINGS for Possible Rape and Inappropriate Interactions with a child. I can’t really give away much more than that without tiny spoilers. If you would like to know more, message me privately. While I thought the scenes were disgusting and dark, it didn’t happen the way that I thought it was going to. Suffice it to say, the character has “issues” and this back story would help you understand why.

The plot twists were incredibly well done. Going into a book like this and being a mystery reader for many years, I had a few guesses as to how this could all go down. Ladies and Gents, I tip my hat to Peter Swanson. He got me good! Things unfolded quickly and suddenly I’m grasping at previously given info going “OMG!!” It was fabulous!

There are two POVs in this book. They alternate chapters. Normally, I am not a huge fan of jumping from one character to the next. I have read books where both characters’ voices sounded the same. Then you struggle to ascertain who is speaking and get back into their head. It’s not always my thing. THIS however, was brilliantly done. I could easily determine who was speaking and (the icing on the cake) I was EQUALLY interested in both characters! When does that ever happen? Usually one side is much more interesting than the other, but this author did an incredible job.

Our characters are Ted and Lily. I don’t want to get into too much detail, because the story is a ride worth taking. If I give too many facts, it takes away from the excitement. Basically, Ted is the man who wants to kill his wife. Lily is a riddle that you will have to solve. It’s brilliant!

Given the subject matter, there are obviously darker moments in this book. If crude language or subject matter is not your thing, you may want to shy away. I did not find the overall book to be crude in nature, but it has its moments sprinkled throughout. It sets a tone. It has a purpose. I never felt like, “Oh that wasn’t necessary.” I just wanted to give you a heads up!

 

Overall, I was very impressed with this book. It’s the kind of book to get you out of a slump. It entertaining and completely gripping. You have to know what happens next and keep getting surprised at every turn. The ending was amazing and not at all what I expected going into this book. This is 5 star read and I highly recommend it!

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Monthly Recs: Auto Read Authors

 

I am so excited to participate in this month’s Monthly Recs, created by Trina at Between Chapters and Kayla Rayne at Kayla Rayne. I have been away from my blog and this community for quite awhile and I’m excited to come back!

 

I actually found this topic much harder than I expected! As it turns out, I’ve changed my reading habits  quite a bit! I’ve been trying to read new and keep up with the trend. I’ve been burned by this strategy and so my outlook has kind of changed.

Middle Grade:

Brandon Mull is still and always will be an Auto Buy Author. When I need a fun middle grade book, I turn to him. I loved Fablehaven so very much. The entire series was so magical and the main characters are just so realistic. I felt like I was working on a magical preserve and I never wanted to leave (even when bad things happened lol)

Rick Riordan and I have a strange relationship. While I think his humor is very “Older Dad Trying Sooo Hard To Be Young And Cool,” I still love his books. I loved Percy Jackson and the Olympians. I am currently in the middle of the Heroes of Olympus series and I can’t wait to get back to them. I am eager to read all of his other books. They are full of adventure and really help you escape reality when you need too.

YA:

Beth Revis has become a new favorite author. I loved the Across the Universe series. I can’t recommend it to you enough! If you love a great Space Adventure, this is it!! It’s not full of too many Sci-Fi terms that you can’t understand. It’s a very easy read and it really keeps the pages turning. I am very eager to read The Body Electric (it’s on my shelf!)

Marissa Meyer is definitely a new Auto Buy Author. Although, some of her books could have been edited down just a bit, I still loved The Lunar Chronicles. I also highly recommend Wires and Nerve. I’m not usually a graphic novel fan, but I really enjoyed Iko’s story. I will more than likely pick up Volume 2.

Adult:

Victoria Laurie is my new favorite cozy mystery writer. I am in the middle of her Ghost Hunter Series and it’s wonderful. I love the paranormal aspect to her books. The mysteries are solid. The characters are wonderful and diverse. I think it’s a great series for anyone who enjoys paranormal OR a good mystery. I am eager to pick up her Psychic Eye books as well.

Robin Hobb is incredible. I am so glad I was recommended this author and even though I’ve only read her first book (lol), I still highly recommend her. Her writing is absolutely beautiful. I’m not one for long descriptions and yet Robin Hobb could go on for pages and I wouldn’t get bored. Her first book in the Elderlings series is called Assassin’s Apprentice. It’s about a young boy growing up in a castle. There are lots of eventful things that happen to him, but this book isn’t filled with massive twists and turns. Yet, I couldn’t stop reading. I couldn’t stop thinking about Fitz. I adored this character (and others). It’s remarkable to me. If you know me, you’d know how big a deal this is. I get bored quite easily. If you haven’t checked her out, run to library and grab this book!

Confident in YOUR Content???

If you have read my post on OurLostLibrary via Goodreads this is a little more detailed version of that. If you haven’t, well here are my thoughts on the current status.

 

I have noticed that quite a few of us “bookish people” are struggling with our channels, blogs, content.

How do you feel about your content? Do you have struggles? Are you confident? How do you deal with doubts?

I, personally, struggle to feel included. I joined Booktube so that I had “adult” time with people who loved to read as much as I did. Sadly, my internet (with speeds only a cave man could appreciate) did not allow me to continue. Booktube felt natural and I miss it a great deal. In my heart, I’ll still always be a Booktuber.

After Booktube was no longer possible, I didn’t know where to turn. So I tried my hand at blogging. I do have things to say (sometimes too much to say) and I enjoy blogging. Yet the evil internet reared its ugly head and made WordPress a Nightmare for me. It took forever to get a post to actually publish and sometimes I’d have to quit and come back another day. It wasn’t worth the hassle and that’s why I’m not consistent and never have pics like everyone else.

So I took a break. Ever since then, I’ve been in limbo. I’ve tried IG and love it, but I’m no ground breaker in the pic department lol

I think it’s hard to keep up with public demand. I walk a fine line between trying to get noticed and yet still being me. I don’t want to stress myself out over the very thing that’s supposed to bring me much needed joy. Right???

So then I created Our Lost Library. I found that the “new” books are the books that people want to read about. It makes sense, they are NEW! You get to be the first person to read them, review them and get views because of them! I’m definitely not dogging new books. I have a pretty stack from my birthday that is eyeing me up! I’m just saying that the demand to keep up with “new” is quite difficult. If you don’t have “new,” you are more likely to be ignored, like I felt. It’s very tricky.

I created Our Lost Library with my favorite people, because I want to bring awareness to the older books. I want them to be cool too. I want a community of people who will come search the “older book” section every once and awhile. We aren’t saying “Don’t Read New Books!!!” We are saying, “Don’t You Forget About Me” Bwahahaha! We want to post pics and reviews about books that haven’t been talked about in awhile (or ever, if a hyped book drew a lot of attention). We want to gain views from them and excitement. Share stories and swap heartaches over books time forgot.

Will this Group be a success? I don’t know. I sure hope so. I hope to look at my phone and find lots of fun convo’s each day. I hope to help people promote their older books and encourage others to read amazing books they didn’t know existed. I hope to show off my books and have people actually be interested in my content. I hope it works. I hope you join and you love it. I hope to do everyone who joins or helped create it…proud.

My end goal was and still is…make friends. Make lots of friends! I want to have fun, silly conversations everyday with a few people and feel like I got my “adult” time in. I want to laugh over books, cry about books, and share it all with wonderful people. ARCs are cool. Massive followers…yeah that’d be cool. It’s just not necessary. Developing close relationships with my followers….that’s the real gold.

So where do I fit in? I don’t know. I haven’t found my rhythm yet. How about you?

OurLostLibrary July Pop Quiz

Hey!!! Welcome back!! If you haven’t read my last post, this Pop Quiz is from my Goodreads Group, OurLostLibrary which celebrates the books that we may have forgotten about (1995-2015). I created it with a few amazing ladies and I hope you will check it out and try our Monthly Pop Quizzes! So, let’s get started on July!!!

  1. Red, White….find a book that’s BLUE!!!  The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. It’s a rough read, but changes you in a profound way.
  2. Fireworks are loud, but pretty. Name a book that strikes a cord, but in the best way. I don’t know if you are religious, but the Left Behind series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins blew my mind. It talks about The Rapture and if you aren’t familiar with that let me just tell you this….Imagine that you are driving your car down a major highway and everyone that believes in God, just disappeared all at once. CRASH!!! The car in front of you no longer has a driver and the car behind you doesn’t have one either. Scariest of all, your family in the back seat is GONE. What happens next is pandemonium all over the world. The books are gripping and you furiously flip through pages at a break neck speed. Yet, to think of this actually happening as foretold in the Bible, truly terrifying.
  3. BBQ Time!! Name a book that puts a fire in your belly. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Just the title alone makes me all giddy. I wasn’t sure if I would like this book and I ended up loving it. I couldn’t stop turning pages and read it SOOO quickly. It’s an amazing and unique book that you simply must try!! I have such a passion to share this book! lol
  4. Everyone needs a book by the pool! What book would you recommend? Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella. I’m about to do a reread of this book and will post a review as soon as I can. I loved this lighthearted and simple read. It’s silly and fun, yet packs an interesting story. In my mind, there’s nothing better than a light, fluffy book in the summer.
  5. I’m packing up for vacation and I need an adventurous book. What do I pack? Well, I’m definitely not running low on adventurous books. lol! I think for this quiz I will go with the Across the Universe Trilogy by Beth Revis. My friend Michelle recommended it to me and during my buddy read….I about lost my mind! There were times when I was freaking out to my friend, Jody (my buddy read buddy lol) and we couldn’t stop reading when we were supposed to. We both ended up loving the trilogy and if you are looking for a Space Adventure…this is a great choice!

That’s all for this Pop Quiz!! Hope you join us soon!! Just as before, please post answers on Social Media under “OurLostLibrary July Pop Quiz”, @OurLostLibrary #OurLostLibrary from July 1st-August 6th. Remember ALL books need to be published from 1995-2015 to fit in with our group! I can’t wait to read your answers!!! 🙂

OurLostLibrary Presents Pop Quiz

With a few wonderful and creative friends, I have created a Goodreads Group, Twitter Handle and Instagram page called “OurLostLibrary”. The focus of this group is to bring awareness to older books (1995-2015) that we all might have forgotten about.

In my online bookish journey, I found that people are always talking about the newest and most hyped books. This is for a very good reason, they’re new! We want to read them before anyone else and give our thoughts before anyone else. This increases the chances of us being viewed. If you read an older book and post a review….it’s old news. No one reads/watches that review…or so I’ve experienced. I want to change that!!!

The goal of our group is to bring together a community of people who do read new books, but also celebrate older books. We will bring them to your attention and when you want a “new” read and the bestsellers aren’t doing it…come check out our gems! Older books need love too! They could have been shadowed by bigger releases or maybe they were talked about a lot before you joined the bookish community. Now you will learn about them!! Make sense? Please join us if it does! Find us @OurLostLibrary!!!

Now, onto our game!!! I created Pop Quiz as a fun way to interact with each other, share our content and have a few laughs! It’s a monthly game and all details can be found on our Goodread page. Here are the introductory questions! These can be done at any time!!

1. Why did you join our group? Name the first book that came to mind when you joined?

I created the group with my friends because I wanted to still be apart of the bookish community, even if I was reading the books people were no longer reading. The first book that came to mind was The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson. It’s from 2015. It’s a psychological thriller and it sounds captivating! I got it for my birthday and I’m about ready to start it! Woo Hoo!

2. What is your favorite book genre? Find 3 books that fit that description.

I have struggled with this because it’s not necessarily the entire genre that I like. I like Mystery. I don’t like cops searching for a bad guy, political conspiracy books, or anything involving the justice system. LOL! I like anything with a juicy mystery running through it. It could be a Cozy Mystery, a Paranormal YA book, or something creepy like YOU by Caroline Kepnes. I love questions and I love trying to answer them! So, I’d say Victoria Laurie’s Ghost Hunters Series, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater and You!

3. Name a character from a book that has a similar personality to you.

I struggle with this, because book characters are so much cooler than me! lol I’m bubbly like a Sophie Kinsella character. I’m stubborn like Scarlet from the Lunar Chronicles. I’m definitely as goofy as Ron Weasley. LOL! Lastly, I’m a loyal as Blue to her boys.

4. Find a book with a story that you would like to play a role in.

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke!! I want to go inside a book. I want my words to create magical elements. Yes, Please!

5. Find a book with a character that experienced something you experienced. (anything no matter how great or small)

I don’t want to give away any plot elements, but in Robin Hobb’s Assassin’s Apprentice Fitz shared some cool moments with his dog. I do not have the Wit, sadly, but I was very close to my childhood dog. She was 7wks when I was 7yrs old. She was with me through play, dark spooky nights, and growing up into a young adult. We bonded. On the night she died, I received a dream. In it, my lil puppy…now 15, passed away. I woke up and knew it was her Goodbye to me. I was greeted at my bedroom door by my family….they informed me she was gone. I already knew though, didn’t I? I’ll never forget her and though I’ve loved dogs since….they’ve never truly compared.

Well, that’s it!!!

These questions go a little deeper than I’d normally go, but this is a get to know you quiz!

Please join our group and post your answers on Social Media to spread the word! Use “OurLostLibrary Presents Pop Quiz”, @OurLostLibrary, #OurLostLibrary. Please remember all books must fit the 1995-2015 timeline to qualify. It’s what we are all about! 🙂 Thanks for playing and I’m excited to see your answers! Please find the July tab in the Pop Quiz folder to also try our July Pop Quiz!!!