Welcome to Music Monday, where each Monday, I bring you a song that I like by one of my favorite bands. I picked this up from The Tattooed Book Geek. Play along if you like!
This week I’ve chosen Inside Out by Five Finger Death Punch:
When Five Finger Death Punch released Inside Out as the first single from F8, I wasn’t sure what to expect. The band had described F8 as being more like their first couple of albums, which while I do like them a lot, they aren’t my favorites (Got Your Six is my favorite). However, I quickly fell in love with Inside Out.
Title: Prophet Reborn, Volume 2
Series: Perfect Prophet
Author: Diane M. Johnson
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
August 25, 2020
Failed satanic high priest Lucas seeks redemption for his sins in a Christian commune. The day comes when the commune leader learns of Lucas’ past as well as his connection to a celebrity faith healer who is rumored to be an atheist. Lucas must now prove his spiritual worth in order to remain a member of the commune. In order to save himself, he must save someone else, but his warped sense of right and wrong puts the faith healer and his family in mortal danger. ‘Prophet Reborn’ is a thrill filled sequel to Diane M. Johnson’s ‘Perfect Prophet.’ The works raise questions about the morals people value, and those they do not by telling the story of two brothers who are anything but perfect.
CW: Profanity, death, suicide, violence, religion, religious cult
When I read Perfect Prophetlast year, I kept hoping there would be a sequel. The book had left off perfectly for a sequel and while I had a feeling there would be one, I wasn’t positive. I was glad I was right.
Prophet Reborn picks up a bit after Perfect Prophet leaves off and this time, the book focuses more on Lucas, who wants to see if he can be redeemed for the things he’s done in his past. He has a pretty good idea that he can’t but he at least wants to try.
While he doesn’t exactly go about getting his redemption in the right way, I can relate to Lucas. I think many of us can. While most of us haven’t done anything as bad as Lucas, we should all be able to relate to wanting redemption and not being sure we can get it. I’m sure a lot of us have also gone about getting our redemption the wrong way.
As with the first book, the book is well written. I found the book to be action packed and difficult to put down, just like the first one. Sometimes you get the “sophomore slump” where a second book just doesn’t live up to the hype of the first. This book isn’t that way.
We do see Alec, Lindy, and Jake in the book as well. There are some issues with the family and frankly, it’s nice to see a perspective that isn’t just the normal “Oh we’re having issues.” The issues aren’t tied to just infidelity, alcohol, or drugs, but also to Alec’s neurotic behavior.
There’s also a huge twist in the book that I honestly didn’t expect at all. It’s a great book that is difficult to describe without giving spoilers.
If you like a good mystery, thriller, or horror novel, I’d say this duo is for you. I actually kind of hope there will be a third book, just because I want to see how life turns out for all of the characters.
I received a copy of this book free from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.
Title: Some Laneys Died
Series: Skipping Sideways
Author: Brooke Skipstone
Genre: Suspense, Mystery, Thriller, Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Publisher: Skipstone Publishing
Release Date: August 10, 2020
“No matter how hard it gets, there’s always a version of you who can fight a little longer.”
Laney’s world collapsed when she caught her dad cheating. He begged her not to tell, but she did. Her family fell apart and regret consumes her, especially when she learns every decision she makes spawns a new universe for the opposite choice.
If only she could skip sideways to the Laney who didn’t tell.
But her only escape is through her imagination, until a news story blurs the lines between worlds. Two girls were murdered at the same time and same place as her father’s adulterous act. Strange events lead Laney to believe their bones are connected to her and the sister she always wanted.
Laney now has another decision to make. Some Laneys say yes, while others say no; some live and some die.And some skip between worlds.
CW: Violence, sexual assault, death, animal death, sexual situations, suicide
If there is one thing I love, it’s a good mystery. And let me tell you, Some Laneys Died is a good mystery. But it’s not just a mystery. It’s a mystery with a science fiction1Or perhaps just science twist to it.
What makes this mystery unique is the addition of the Many Worlds Theory/Interpretation. I can’t really tell you too much without giving away a good portion of the book, but let’s just say that things aren’t necessarily what you think they are in the world. And those flashes of memory that you can’t explain because you know you’ve never done something? Yeah… that’s probably because of the many worlds theory.
In any case – there is a large cast of characters, all of whom are well written. You don’t get a big info dump on their backgrounds either. You find out bits and pieces about each one along the way and you don’t find out those bits and pieces until you need to know to understand the story.
The basic gist of the plot is this: Laney is obsessed with writing stories of what might have happened if she’d made different choices when she caught her father cheating. This leads to her finding out about the many worlds theory and realizing that something isn’t quite right in her world. Mayhem ensues as she fights to understand what is happening to her.
I was intrigued by this book. I read 70% of the book in one sitting, then read the other 30% in another sitting. It was very fast paced and kept me wanting to continue reading, even when I needed to go to bed and get some sleep. Most books, even mysteries, haven’t been able to do that lately, so this was a breath of fresh air.
The science/science fiction twist2depending on what you believe is what really makes this book so darned hard to put down. That and the fact that the plot is excellent and extremely well written.
I loved Laney. I loved how she wished she was a twin. I, too, was an only child and I wished often that I was a twin. So she was very relatable in that aspect. I also loved how she just couldn’t let anything go – how she needed to figure out what was going on and why she felt the way she did.
Jag was another favorite character in the story. His love for Laney is instantaneous and obvious. The fact that neither of them can seem to stop thinking about the other is another thing I thought was adorable – they are teenagers after all, so that kind of puppy-love, infatuation is pretty common3 Or at least it was when I was a teen, but that was a long time ago. LOL.
Of course, there are characters I didn’t like much, but that’s OK because you’re not really supposed to like them4Garrett and Caden, I’m talking about you.
This book is one of those books that you just have to read to understand why it’s such a great book. The best thing? It’s part of a series and the second book is slated to be released soon. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book.
I give this a five out of five stars because it is innovative, fun, fast paced, and just a great all-around read.
Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endingsbased on Waiting on Wednesday that was created and run by Breaking the Spine where each Wednesday you get to showcase a book that you are really looking forward to and that has yet to be released.
This week, I’ve chosen Blood & Honey by Shelby Mahurin.
After narrowly escaping death at the hands of the Dames Blanches, Lou, Reid, Coco, and Ansel are on the run from coven, kingdom, and church—fugitives with nowhere to hide.
To elude the scores of witches and throngs of chasseurs at their heels, Lou and Reid need allies. Strong ones. But protection comes at a price, and the group is forced to embark on separate quests to build their forces. As Lou and Reid try to close the widening rift between them, the dastardly Morgane baits them in a lethal game of cat and mouse that threatens to destroy something worth more than any coven.
Blood & Honey is scheduled for release on September 1, 2020. I read (and loved) Serpent & Dove and have been anxiously awaiting this one. I’ve preordered it, so I’m hoping it shows up sometime by the release date.
About the Author
Shelby Mahurin grew up on a small farm in rural Indiana, where sticks became wands and cows became dragons. Her rampant imagination didn’t fade with age, so she continues to play make-believe every day—with words now instead of cows. When not writing, Shelby watches the Office and obsesses over her Twitter feed. She still lives near that childhood farm with her very tall husband, semi-feral toddlers, two dogs, and one cat. Shelby’s favorite books include A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas, Uprooted by Naomi Novik, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, and, of course, Harry Potter.