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Slade House – David Mitchell

28953095Title: Slade House
Author: David Mitchell
Genre: Horror
Series: n/a
Goodreads Rating: 3.82/5

Synopsis: Keep your eyes peeled for a small black iron door.

Down the road from a working-class British pub, along the brick wall of a narrow alley, if the conditions are exactly right, you’ll find the entrance to Slade House. A stranger will greet you by name and invite you inside. At first, you won’t want to leave. Later, you’ll find that you can’t. Every nine years, the house’s residents—an odd brother and sister—extend a unique invitation to someone who’s different or lonely: a precocious teenager, a recently divorced policeman, a shy college student. But what really goes on inside Slade House? For those who find out, it’s already too late. . . .

Spanning five decades, from the last days of the 1970s to the present, leaping genres, and barreling toward an astonishing conclusion, this intricately woven novel will pull you into a reality-warping new vision of the haunted house story—as only David Mitchell could imagine it.

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What I thought about the book: This book sounds so creepy, right?… Well, it’s a little bit meh. It certainly has it’s creepy moments but with the story broken up into a cycle of decades, I felt like I was reading a prologue over and over again. The story only really takes off near the end and then it was really interesting (bit late by then though!).
I found out after reading that this book is set in the same world as The Bone Clocks which I haven’t read. I enjoyed this one enough to get The Bone Clocks, it seems to be a bit more popular (by a bit, I mean double readership).
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My Rating: 
3 paws

Get the book on Book Depository


zazzle bookish photography shop promotion

Shameless Self Promotion

I know I know, self-promotion is annoying but I gotta do it!

If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed I’m into photography. I have been for a good few years and I have thousands of photos just sitting on my hard drive eagerly anticipating the day I put them to use! Well, that day has come!! Last night I set up a Zazzle shop to sell some (very few up at the moment) as posters. Zazzle is running a 50% sale on posters at the moment so now is the time to buy, people!!

I will be adding more bookish stuff soon as well. I love bookish merch but find it hard to get something that suits my taste. So I guess I gotta make some!!

Here are a few examples of what I’m selling. Click on a picture to view it on Zazzle ❤

every accomplishment starts with the decision to try black and white cliff by the sea portrait

macro photograph lily flower with rain drops

Rainy Street Light with Quote

cloudy irish sunset with quote aim for the sky

If you check out my store, thank you so so much. It really means a lot to me. If you buy something then you are the most amazing person in the world and I love you!!


Do you Book Club?

Good morning everyone!

Hope you all had a great weekend and a not so bad Monday.

I’m sure everyone has heard about the Wizarding World Book Club at this stage but in case you haven’t Pottermore is launching an official Harry Potter book club in June. I’m sure there are a bunch of these on Goodreads already but it’s really cool to have an official international one.

my vampire book obsession goodreads group book club


I avoided book clubs for years because I don’t like being told what to read but I always loved the idea of a book club (I’m also a big ol’ introvert and avoid social situations). I was one of those people who joined Goodreads groups, lurked for a little bit and then never returned. Occasionally I would comment in the introductions thread and not a peep after that. Last year I joined a group whose name alone sang to my soul, My Vampire Book Obsession. It was so easy to chat with people and everyone loved the same books as me. I had found my online book family! (and I absolutely love you guys!!) I loved it so much I eventually became a mod and now torment people with reading challenges (you guys love it, don’t try to deny it). Once the books were the right genre I found I didn’t mind being told what to read. I ended up increasing my reading from 2 or 3 books a month to 2 or 3 books a week! (I’m a slow reader so that is a huge increase)

But what about real life book clubs??? I always figured it was a waste of time since there doesn’t seem to be anyone around that reads the same books as me (and I’m a big ol’ introvert). Book clubs seem to focus on literary fiction and bestsellers which I have nothing against and do read just not very often. But I figured, of the ten books I usually read each month making one a book club read isn’t that daunting. So I joined a local book club last month and met some really nice people. The book was something I would never have picked myself but I ended up enjoying it (Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld) and we had a really great chat about books. I guess I shouldn’t have been so narrow-minded about the whole thing. I’m really glad I joined, it was fun and the people there were really friendly.

Goodreads groups allow you to chat every day with people as obsessed with reading as you are and in your genre. But real life book clubs have their benefits too. Like getting an introvert out of her house!

Do you attend a book club or use Goodreads groups?

Books I DNF’d

For those who don’t know, DNF means Did Not Finish.

Luckily it’s a short list. Usually, I go back and finish a DNF but some of them I have no intention what so ever of finishing.

Knight of a Trillion Stars (Matrix of Destiny #1) Knight of a Trillion Stars – Dara Joy

The audiobook of this was free on scribd a few months so I decided to give it a whirl. Ugh, what a waste of time. It was just way too cheesy for me. Every time Lorgin spoke I would just roll my eyes. Will not finish.

Bait (Wake, #1) Bait – M. Mabi

This was ok. The story was pretty slow though. There was a lot of cheating going on and they weren’t really going anywhere so I got bored and just didn’t bother picking it up again. Will not finish.

My Name Is Lucy Barton My Name is Lucy Barton – Elizabeth Strout

I was so excited to read this after reading loads of great reviews for it but man was it boring. This woman lived totally inside her own head, fell ‘in love’ with any man that was nice to her and was just plain boring. Will not finish.

Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined Life and Death – Stephenie Meyer

I just wanted to see if the story would be more enjoyable with the gender swap. It was the same. Will not finish.

From Ashes (From Ashes, #1) From Ashes – Molly McAdams

I got bored and the “love triangle” pissed me off. Will not finish.

The Exorcist The Exorcist – William Peter Blatty

I was listening to the audiobook read by the author. I didn’t like his narration. I’ll pick up the book instead.

Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper (Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper #1) Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper – J.L. Bryan

This was ok. I just lost interest. Ghost trapping sounds exciting and fun but not so much for these guys. Based too much in reality I think. Will not finish.

Torrent (Condemned, #1) Torrent – Gemma James

No. Just no. Rape fantasies and slapping a woman across the breasts with a belt. Nope. I got as far as the main guy saying he cared for the girl but really wanted to rape her. What the fuck?! Will not finish.

Keystone (Crossbreed #1) Keystone – Dannika Dark

I got bored. It started off pretty good but then grew stagnant during the world building/training stage. I didn’t care about any of the characters so why bother. Will not finish.

Mr. Darcy, Vampyre Mr Darcy, Vampyre – Amanda Grange

I don’t remember anything about this… I’m a big fan of classic retellings so I might give it another go.

City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4) City of Fallen Angels – Cassandra Clare

I was satisfied with the third book in the series being the end so didn’t feel much incentive to keep going. I think I will come back to this though because I really like the characters and the world.

Faithful Faithful – Alice Hoffman

I have this on my DNF shelf so I must have started it but I don’t remember a single thing about it.

The Magicians (The Magicians #1) The Magicians – Lev Grossman

Quentin was such an asshole. I got about half way.

The English Patient The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje

This I will come back to at some point I just wasn’t feeling it at the time.

Dark Prince (Dark, #1) Dark Prince – Christine Feehan

The guy in this was just too positive which is really common in PNR but got annoyed with this one. I didn’t like Feehan’s writing style either. I’ve since read a good few of her books from other series and enjoyed them so I might give this another go.

Dune Dune – Frank Herbert

I wasn’t feeling an intricate story with lots of characters at the time. I will come back to this at some point.

How many DNF’s do you have? Have you read any of these books and think I should give them another chance?

Kiss of a Demon King – Kresley Cole

3585344Title: Kiss of a Demon King
Author: Kresley Cole
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Immortals After Dark #7
Goodreads Rating: 4.35/5
Synopsis: From New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole comes this spellbinding story of a demon king trapped by an enchantress for her wanton purposes — and the scorching aftermath that follows when he turns the tables and claims her as his captive.

Sabine, Sorceress of Illusions: the evil beauty who surrenders her body, but not her heart.

Rydstrom Woede: the ruthless warrior who vows to keep her at all costs.

With each smouldering encounter, their shared hunger only increases. If they can defeat the sinister enemy that stands between them, will Sabine make the ultimate sacrifice for her demon? Or will the proud king lay down his crown and arms to save his sorceress?

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What I thought about the book: Great addition to the series though I didn’t enjoy it as much as previous books. It was very similar to Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night (Rydstrom even mentions it in the book) but not as good. I found the ending a little anticlimactic but overall it was a fun read.
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My Rating:
3 paws