I really enjoyed this collection over-all! It has 10 stories. I didn’t care for 2 of them personally (but I didn’t hate them or anything) and I really enjoyed the other 8! 3.65 average rounded up to 4 Welcome to the in-between 3.5 Our Little Monsters 2 Skin 3 The Ghost in the car 4 The boy who heard screams 5 Bugs 3.5 How to change your life 4 The bad side 4.5 The hole in the ground 5 The monster maker 2 These are obviously just my opinions, nothing more. These stories are perfect for kids I think and they are certainly fun to read as an adult to. If you enjoy Goosebumps (or Goosebumps like books) definitely check this collection out. A few of them gave my spine a tingle!
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this e-arc.
I came up with 50 potential books for this and instead of narrowing it down to 10 I decided to make 5 posts lol. Here is part 2.
Horror. Very character-driven. I absolutely love character-driven and getting to know the characters! Coming of age.
Fantasy. Holiday. Reminds me to not be a Grinch during the holidays. Emotional.
Paranormal romance. Vampires. F/F. Much erotic-ness. But also emotional with some depth. Romance. First book in a trilogy and for some stupid reason I never continued. I have it on audio now and need to reread it since I own all 3 physically.
Nonfiction. Animals. ❤
Character depth. Friendships. Action. YA Fantasy. Queer. F/F.
I am transmasc. Transmasculine poetry. I cried. A lot. Related so hard to this!
I also related a lot to this! A Nonfiction autobiography about growing up nonbinary and asexual. I am not asexual but I am nonbinary and I wish i’d had this as a teenager. It would have helped tremendously! I am so glad it exists now and I wish people would quit banning it!
Nonfiction essays by disabled people about disability. These 37 essays feature a huge diversity of disabled people! Queer, Trans, People of Color, physical and mental disabilities, all very much featured in here! It’s accessible and so very much needed. If I could ask everyone to read just ONE book, it’d be this one! No question about it!
Synopsis: Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever.
Format read: Kindle, via Libby
Age group: Adult
My review: I absolutely loved this! This is what I love about Stephen King, the character depth and development. If you are looking for a fast-paced novel, this isn’t it. If you are looking for emotion and character-depth, this is it.
Devin initially has a girlfriend Wendy, she’s a jerk who doesn’t seem to actually care about him and ends up cheating on him and dumping him. Thankfully he gets over her, eventually, it’s hard of course. He worked at a carnival for a summer job and ended up deciding to stay on for the fall, to help clean up the rides and all that happy stuff, and just go back to college in the spring.
I love the cast of characters and getting to know everyone. The landlord where he stays, a place on the beach, the carnival workers, his friends from college, even his dad.
There is a ghost but i’m not calling this a ghost story. He gets involved trying to figure out who killed this girl awhile ago, in the carnival on a ride in the dark. He also gets involved with a dying child and his mother who live in a house on the beach. It’s sad and heart-wrenching and I had so many feels. While I wasn’t a dying child, I was a disabled child and that made some of it hit close to him.
The atmosphere of the carnival was also wonderful. I could feel the mystery, felt I knew these characters and felt for them. I even loved the ending, which doesn’t always happen with a King novel!
“You think Okay, I get it, I’m prepared for the worst, but you hold out that small hope, see, and that’s what fucks you up. That’s what kills you.”
I know that from experience. I know it’s depressing, but experience has shown me it is true.
“People everywhere sounded kind of paranoid, but I kept my mouth shut. Later I found out it wasn’t paranoid at all. Mike’s grandfather did have them everywhere, and they all saluted Jesus, the flag, and the NRA, although possibly not in that order. “Grampa said I got over the pneumonia because of God’s will. Mom said he was full of bullshit, just like when he said me having DMD in the first place was God’s punishment. She said I was just one tough little sonofabitch, and God had nothing to do with it. Then she hung up on him.””
Good on her! That’s the dying kid talking, Mike.
“During one of my quick-change transformations into Howie, Dottie Lassen had asked me—pretty much out of a clear blue sky—if I had found Jesus. My first impulse had been to tell her that I didn’t know He was lost, but I restrained it.”
Howie is a dog-costume, a mascot of the park. I’m so going to want to use that next time someone asks if i’ve found Jesus.
““I can’t understand why people use religion to hurt each other when there’s already so much pain in the world,” Mrs. Shoplaw said. “Religion is supposed to comfort.””
I wish I knew what else to say, but I don’t. Yea I saw the book isn’t exactly perfect but it has so much wonderful stuff going for it, so much heart, that I can’t help but love it a full 5 stars.
““Okay. Take care of yourself.” He grimaced without opening his eyes. “That’s a laugh. How e’zacly am I s’posed to do that? You got any ideas? Because I haven’t. I got no relatives, no friends, no savings, no insurance. What am I gonna do now?””
Dev had said “Okay. Take care of yourself.” to Eddie in the hospital after he had a heart attack, a fellow carnival worker. Eddie isn’t liked by anyone, he’s grumpy and not nice, but it shows there is more to him and why he’s that way. And to a point, I can relate. Sometimes the hardest people to love are those that need it the most.
I swear May 2022 has been the month i’ve bought the most books ever! I don’t normally buy THIS many books! The first part didn’t actually quite cover the first half because I expected to buy less in the second half … oops. Anyway, on with the books!
I got most, if not all, of these via sales! The Bone House involves a disabled character. The (Un)Popular Vote has a transgender character. Ghost Story i’ve read via Libby and loved. Also, it wouldn’t process after I bought it so I had to talk to audible help. They were really nice. I ended up getting a refund and a $10 credit so I could buy it again (it was a 24 hour $5 flash sale and refunds aren’t processed that quickly) and it worked.
I read And the Trees Crept In via Netgalley years ago and really enjoyed it. The Cat Who Saved Books, cats AND books, what could be better?! Robbergirl is a lesbian Robin Hood retelling. I read Coraline years ago via Scribd and really enjoyed it.
Smashwords. Free and cheap. What? I’m stocking up on taboo reads for Taboo Thursday ok? Not that I don’t have a ton of things I could read for that already that I haven’t read yet … Well some of it’s taboo, not all of it. And of course the The Trans Case Against Queer Theory because i’m trans and I believe I got Conscience through signing up for some email newsletter thing.
Again, I got a lot of these, if not all of them, free and cheap because of various reasons! Free and cheap is going to be the death of me. Acoustics is a transgender M/M romance!
I have not read this and this is infamous apparently.
I got many of these from thriftbooks and a few from a used book store really cheap! I Can’t Believe I Slept With You is a Yuri (F/F) Manga. Frankenstein, well we already know i’m obsessed. Same with The Little Mermaid now. How to Identify Yourself With a Wound is queer and poetry. I got Bag of Bones, The Party, and The Scarlett Letter really cheap at a used book store near me, and then I had to get The Dance and The Graduation on thriftbooks since they are out of print so I could make sure I had the full trilogy, also got those really cheap.
To Be Devoured I read years ago on KU and loved it, and it’s going out of print in July so I had to snatch up a physical copy! It’s queer horror. The Non-binary Book of Joy was a pre-order from B&N that arrived a bit damaged. Bent, crinkled, scuffed, but it’s still in one piece and readable so I said to hell with it i’ll keep it. It came via UPS.
Have you read any of these? What did you get in the month of May? Part 1 is Here.
Taboo Thursday? I’ve decided I am going to start doing Taboo Thursdays where I review a taboo book. Some might be slightly taboo, some more taboo, but in some way they shall be. There is no way i’ll have something every week. I’d like to have at least 1 a month, but we shall see. I am starting off with this book
Kraken: A gothic erotic horror with tentacle non-con.
When boyfriend Parker gives him an ultimatum Will never dreams his heart is about to be ripped out: move to a remote off-shore island with him, or call it quits. But Will picks wrong, and now he’s heading into the unknown to fix his mistake. But why do the locals think they recognise him? And why can’t he seem to leave?
Reader advisory: This work of fiction contains explicit sexual activities between men that may offend some people. It also contains scenes of rape, extreme violence, tentacles, and reference to sexual abuse of children.
Available at Amazon for Kindle, and Smashwords in all formats.
At first I didn’t think some things made sense. Since finishing it, it makes more sense, though i’m still not sure everything does. Maybe it could’ve been a little more fleshed out but over-all I liked it and had a fun, and horrifying, time.
I initially found the romance weird but eventually it did make sense. It is abusive and there are major red flags, and actually it’s not romance after all. It’s not called a gothic horror tentacle non-con for nothing! I am trying to not spoil anything though.
The characters were varying degrees of annoying. The main character Will was so frustrating, because he was constantly making stupid decisions, like
Some of which I understood but most of them, no. Parker, is a jerk but after finishing it i’m actually thinking not quite as much as he initially appears. Cyrus, well he’s abusive and a powerful cephalopod shifter. You’re not supposed to like him. Cyrus is very controlling.
This story gets more horrifying as you read. It completely says fuck the limits of the human body. Even though Will was frustrating I felt so bad for him because he didn’t deserve what he went through, and some of the frustration (some of it, not all) makes sense later when you consider what he had gone through.
This definitely hits on some kinks, including uh … mine. I was horrifyed, slightly aroused, and wanting to save poor Will all at the same damn time. It felt weird.
It is a strange read. It took me some time to really warm up to the story but I did. I went from “this is ok” to “omg i’m really enjoying this”.
I will never understand the noodle fetish thing though. Is it like, an ASMR fetish? Do people get turned on by ASMR? Or noodles? You’ll have to read it.
It does have quite a bit of typos. Normally I wouldn’t mention a few but it was more than a few. I still enjoyed the story though and that’s what matters.
I also loved the ending. It was emotional and sweet.
So, in short, I found it enjoyable, horrifying, arousing, strange, and emotional. A solid 4 stars from me.
These are what I currently have borrowed from Kindle Unlimited that I need to read! Keep in mind that once you’ve borrowed a book from KU it stays there until you return it even if it’s taken off of KU so there is no guarantee you can still borrow them from KU!
I like vampire erotica but really haven’t read much of it. Due to shame really, but that ends now! Now I just gotta get to it.
A mermaid horror. I want to read more mermaid books, and more horror, so 2 birds 1 stone.
It’s in the Rewind or Die series but they are all standalones. I’ve read Transmuted by Eve Harms in it and highly recommend it! A transgender body horror! This, Cirque Berzerk, is a slasher involving a carnival. Sounds fun!
This book is why you’ll notice i’ve borrowed 21 despite the max of 20. How? Well before I got KU I found out about prime reading, I had prime already but had no idea about prime reading for a very long time (so when I learned of it I had to check it out), and borrowed it from there. So even though it’s now on my KU borrows because all of prime reading is on KU and that’s how they do it I guess, it doesn’t count as against my KU borrows because I got it from prime reading, and STILL haven’t read it yet!
I love Pirates of the Caribbean, and I refuse to watch any if Johnny Depp isn’t Jack Sparrow.
I’ve read Kindred by Octavia E. Butler, but I think that’s it. I definitely need to read more by her!
Have I mentioned before that I am obsessed with Frankenstein, and the author Mary Shelley? (lol, yes, yes I have).
I typically avoid Christmas romances unless they are queer. I don’t do that for romances in general, it’s just Christmas … isn’t for me. But if it’s queer of course i’ll give it a shot! This is an F/F Christmas romance by a queer, disabled, autistic writer! Queer, disabled and autistic, like me! 🙂
Queer. Horror. Do I need to say more?
An F/F summery romance.
Tentacle romance. Yup. I used to think it was too weird, then I read a good tentacle romance and now it’s a thing …
Monsters need love to, ok? Honestly I saw someone had that has a goodreads shelf (Monsters need love to) and stole it. Yea, i’m down for some monster fucking, deal with it.
These should be disturbing and for some reason i’m compelled to consume disturbing things.
Again, monsters need love to, and i’ve heard good and interesting things about this one.
A F/NB witchy short erotica. I haven’t read this yet because … why?
The kind of Christmas stories I love is horror. Holiday horror, yes please. I might just be a Grinch.
Sounds like a good romance and it has a trans woman MC.
Horror anthology. Something about aliens.
Horror Halloween themed anthology.
Queer vampire erotica with bisexual characters. I don’t know why I haven’t devoured this yet! I watch the author on Youtube and Instagram as well. It sounds amazing (to me)!
From what i’ve heard, due to personal reasons, this may be too much for me. It’s super disgusting. I want to give it a shot though.
Queer. Anthology. Horror. If I need to say more you obviously don’t know me lol.
Magazines! You can borrow 3 magazine subscriptions through KU (of what they have available). Right now I have 2. They don’t count against the 20 max.
Animals! Nature! Me love.
Me learn things lol.
Do you have kindle unlimited? What have you borrowed? Have you read any of these? Thoughts?
Constructive criticism is appreciated. PLEASE heed the warnings. The story is complete but i’m planning to post 2 chapters a week and there are 8 total chapters.
Archive Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence, Rape/Non-Con
Category: F/M Fandom: Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988) Relationships: original female character/Shorty, Original Female Character/Original Male Character Characters: Shorty, Original Female Character(s), Original Male Character
Additional Tags: Fluff and Angst, Murder, Kidnapping, Past Abuse, autistic coded oc, autism is never stated, Bisexual MC, bisexual is stated but barely, author is autistic and bisexual, past autistic meltdown, past mention of rape, actual rape, Blood, Mention of drinking, Depression, PTSD, Panic Attack, Smut, Masturbation, Pregnancy, Egg Laying, Blood Drinking, Cannibalism, age gap, Dead Dove: Do Not Eat, the rape is condemned some of the other stuff isn’t, Horror, Romance, Trans Male Character, Trans Female Character
Summary: The klowns go to Wildwood NJ for a day of fun and cocooning some humans in cotton candy to take back to their home planet Circus. A human, Elektra, spots Shorty doing his thing and offers to help. She’s fed up with humanity and rather numb. She goes back to their planet with them where her and Shorty develop a relationship. A klown and a human in a relationship? Also, some revenge is planned for those that had abused her.
‘Frankenstein’ by Mary Shelley (and in particular the original 1818 version) is my TOP favorite book. I got really into reading near the end of 2015, and I had always wanted to read ‘Frankenstein’, so I did. I had no idea at the time there is more than one version so I ended up picking up the 1831, more conservative (because pressure apparently) version. Read it, enjoyed it. Later I heard about the different versions and I looked it up, realized I hadn’t read her original version, so I fixed that, and I fell in love!
Possible spoilers for the book down below.
I feel so much for the creature. As someone who has deformities (though not always obvious, because I have a hemangioma which is big and ugly but it’s on the back of my right leg, from my knee to my privates, yes on my right labia. I also have 9 fingers because of a hypoplastic left thumb at birth but had pollicization surgery at age 2 but even though that’s always visible, unlike the hemangioma because pants, people rarely notice that and I don’t even want to count the hand thing because it’s so minor but I guess technically it is? My left thumb now was my index finger originally and still looks exactly like my right index finger, it’s just in the thumb spot. I would get stares and questions, pity and disgust, when I wore shorts or skirts to school because of the hemangioma but I was never going to sweat to death because of it) and is disabled I felt like I related a lot to the creature.
People run from him because of how he looks. His own father abandoned him, because of how he looks. No matter how hard the creature tries, people can not get past how he looks. I understand his eventual anger and frustration, he was treated horribly and all he wanted was a friend. He deserved a friend, but people are so shallow. Am I excusing his eventual actions? Hell no! But none of it had to happen and I can understand his pain (to some degree at least). There’s a bit more to my story that i’m not currently sharing but suffice it to say I want to give the creature a hug and befriend him. My love for the book is why i’m scared to watch any movie “adaptation” because i’ve heard how they get the creature all wrong and everything. If anyone that also likes the book knows of a good adaptation (tv, movie, even another book/story) please let me know because I want to experience it all! I’ll even get around to the other movies at some point, just so I know.
I’ve read ‘Frankenstein’ 5 times, in different editions. I have multiple copies of ‘Frankenstein’. First read was the 1831 version before I knew it wasn’t the original. Then i’ve read a few different editions of the 1818 version where they had different essays/annotations etc. (and one had annotated all the differences between the 1818 and 1831 versions).
I hope to at some point re-read my different editions (and maybe more) taking notes on so many different things!! I’m positive this will be far from my last post about ‘Frankenstein’! Though don’t worry if you don’t care about ‘Frankenstein’, i’ll have plenty other things to post about as well and won’t post all the ‘Frankenstein’ stuff all at once! It’ll take awhile. 🙂 I also got obsessed with learning more about Mary Shelley and highly recommend the book ‘Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft & Mary Shelley’ by Charlotte Gordon if you want to know more about her and her mother, both amazing women!
Am I obsessed? Maybe. But it gives me such joy to think about!
I also feel a bit weird though that my favorite is a classic as I don’t want to seem snobby. I can certainly enjoy other classics too but I also read nearly everything under the sun. Horror, Contemporary, Romance, YA, Middle Grade, Children’s and more. ‘Frankenstein’ just happened to become my favorite, because of reasons. And no, I don’t think people who love classics are snobs, but I used to.
Honestly I started this post thinking it’d be a “My All Time Favorite Books (so far)” post but it seems better to leave it here. ‘Frankenstein’ is my number one. I’ll make other posts with more. And of course all this is just my personal thoughts and opinions.
Thank you for reading. Leave any thoughts down below!