Review: The World Before Us by Aislinn Hunter

*First Published May 27th 2014*

22716411Release Date: March 31st 2015

Publisher: Hogarth

Genres: Adult/ Historical Fiction/ Magical Realism/ Mystery

Format: Hardcover

Source: Publisher

My Rating: 3 Stars

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Deep in the woods of northern England, somewhere between a dilapidated estate and an abandoned Victorian asylum, fifteen-year-old Jane Standen lived through a nightmare. She was babysitting a sweet young girl named Lily, and in one fleeting moment, lost her. The little girl was never found, leaving her family and Jane devastated.

Twenty years later, Jane is an archivist at a small London museum that is about to close for lack of funding. As a final research project–an endeavor inspired in part by her painful past–Jane surveys the archives for information related to another missing person: a woman who disappeared more than one hundred years ago in the same woods where Lily was lost. As Jane pieces moments in history together, a portrait of a fascinating group of people starts to unfurl. Inexplicably tied to the mysterious disappearance of long ago, Jane finds tender details of their lives at the country estate and in the asylum that are linked to her own heartbroken world, and their story from all those years ago may now help Jane find a way to move on.

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Review: Black Moon by Kenneth Calhoun

22926602Release Date: January 20th 2015 (First published January 4th 2014)

Publisher: Hogarth

Genres: Adult/Science-Fiction/Dystopia/Post-Apocalyptic/Horror

Format: Paperback (288 pages) Source: Publisher via Blogging For Books

My Rating: 4 Umbrellas

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Insomnia has claimed everyone Biggs knows.  Even his beloved wife, Carolyn, has succumbed to the telltale red-rimmed eyes, slurred speech and cloudy mind before disappearing into the quickly collapsing world.  Yet Biggs can still sleep, and dream, so he sets out to find her.

He ventures out into a world ransacked by mass confusion and desperation, where he meets others struggling against the tide of sleeplessness.  Chase and his buddy Jordan are devising a scheme to live off their drug-store lootings; Lila is a high school student wandering the streets in an owl mask, no longer safe with her insomniac parents; Felicia abandons the sanctuary of a sleep research center to try to protect her family and perhaps reunite with Chase, an ex-boyfriend.  All around, sleep has become an infinitely precious commodity. Money can’t buy it, no drug can touch it, and there are those who would kill to have it. However, Biggs persists in his quest for Carolyn, finding a resolve and inner strength that he never knew he had.

Kenneth Calhoun has written a brilliantly realized and utterly riveting depiction of a world gripped by madness, one that is vivid, strange, and profoundly moving.

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Stacking The Shelves #33

stacking the shelves

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, that spotlights the books we are adding to our shelves; whether they be virtual or physical.

I’m feeling a little blue today, so I’ll just get right to the books. Not many this week, but I did get a few. Plus, now I have to get the rest of the books that go along with the ones I found for $3 each. Yep, I got three hardcovers for $9. I have yet to start either of the series by Sherrilyn Kenyon, but I’ve read great things about them. There are a lot of books to get before I even start. I’ll get to them eventually.

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