2 1/2 out of 5 stars
I picked up Beware the Boogerman (A Cold Shivers Nightmare Book 1) after it popped up on my “Recommended for You” Amazon list. From the description, it ticked all my boxes. I’ve been looking for some lighter reading and I love a good monster story, especially when it involves the sympathetic kind. The plot was intriguing and weird enough to catch my interest. I really wanted to love this book. I still wish I did.
From the book synopsis:
Prattville is where monsters go when they retire …
… and something is killing them.
How do you fight something that scares the scariest monsters?
Something that can shred a goblin, decimate a vampire and put two large trolls in the hospital.
Debbie is the sheriff’s daughter — and a deputy — and his biggest headache. When her best friend goes missing — just like she did twenty years ago — Debbie fears the worst.
She has to find her friend fast, knowing her life depends on it.
This book was a quick read. That said, the writing was simplistic. Characters were not well-fleshed out, and their reactions to revelations (no spoilers here) were sometimes odd, to say the least. The writing style took me out of the narrative too many times and I really didn’t want to finish. But I did finish, and that was because I was still invested enough in the storyline to want to know how it ended. It could have been awesome, but it wasn’t, so I gave it 2 1/2 stars.
We’ve been snowed in here for the past few days, but today, the sun is out, and the ice and snow are melting. I’ve got more reading to catch up on so I’m not in any hurry to get moving. Drink tea, stay warm, and enjoy your weekend!
I shut down the blog four years ago and I never expected to come back to it. A lot has changed since 2019. I now find myself with the time and will to start writing again. As before, this blog will be devoted to writing, reading, watching, and eating. Mainly reading for now. I plan to begin reviewing books again. I hope you’ll tune in and maybe find something that resonates.
As for reading, for now, I’ll just post a list of the books I’ve been reading since the beginning of January.
- Every Heart a Doorway – Seanan McGuire
- Beneath the Sugar Sky – Seanan McGuire
- Skeleton Song (Novella) – Seanan McGuire
- Down Among the Sticks and Bones – Seanan McGuire
- In an Absent Dream – Seanan McGuire
- Come Tumbling Down – Seanan McGuire
- Across the Green Grass Fields – Seanan McGuire
- Gilded – Marissa Meyer
- Cursed – Marissa Meyer
- Three Mages and a Margarita – Annette Marie
- Magic Tides (Novella) – Ilona Andrews
- All the Seas of the World – Guy Gavriel Kay
- The Final Girls – Riley Sager
- Spelunking Through Hell – Seanan McGuire
- Juniper and Thorn – Ava Reed
I’m preparing to dive into a graphic novel collection based on the Greek Myths, Lore Olympus: Volume One, by Rachel Smythe. I admit I purchased this book merely for the art, but I have high hopes for the storytelling as well.
As for watching, I’ve been sucked in by a Korean reality show called The Physical 100 on Netflix. There’s nothing like relaxing and watching some of the fittest humans I’ve ever seen compete in weird contests of strength and endurance in a bid to win half a million dollars. Contestants include former Olympians, MMA fighters, Crossfitters, bodybuilders, and other various occupations. I can’t wait for the finale this next Wednesday.
I’ll be posting a new book review soon, probably one from the list above. Let me know if you have any comments or reading and viewing suggestions. I’m always on the hunt for new material! I’m glad to be back and for those returning to the blog, I thank you for your support.