As you most likely already know, this past month has been crazy busy for me. I had the opportunity to go to Fan Expo Canada, the Canadian National Exhibition, the Toronto International Film Festival and I also managed to squeeze in seeing Twenty One Pilots live in concert all while working a full time job! With so much going on, I am rather impressed with myself for being able to read the amount that I did. Two were audio books which definitely helped, as I could listen to them while at work as well as when I would get ready in the morning. Two were graphic novels, which once again are an easier read, which is definitely what I needed this month. The other two books I read were full length novels, one being an ARC sent to me from Simon & Schuster Canada and the other being a novel that has been sitting on my shelf for quite some time now. Please continue reading below for more detail on each of the stories I was able to read in September!
The Kind Worth Killing
Author: Peter Swanson
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Genre: Psychological Thriller, Suspense
Release Date: February 10th 2015 (first published January 1st 2015)
Format: Audio Book
Total Length: 1o hours & 18 minutes
Audible Link: The Kind Worth Killing
Goodreads synopsis: A devious tale of psychological suspense involving sex, deception, and an accidental encounter that leads to murder. This is a modern re-imagining of Patricia Highsmith’s classic Strangers on a Train from the author of the acclaimed The Girl with a Clock for a Heart. On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage and his wife Miranda, who he’s sure is cheating on him. But their game turns dark when Ted jokes that he could kill Miranda for what she’s done. Lily, without missing a beat, says calmly, “I’d like to help.” From there, Ted and Lily’s twisted bond grows stronger as they plot Miranda’s demise, but soon these co-conspirators are embroiled in a game of cat-and-mouse–one they both cannot survive–with a shrewd and very determined detective on their tail.
Stand-Off (Winger #2)
Author: Andrew Smith
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Release Date: September 8th 2015
Page Count: 448
Goodreads Synopsis: It’s his last year at Pine Mountain, and Ryan Dean should be focused on his future, but instead, he’s haunted by his past. His rugby coach expects him to fill the roles once played by his lost friend, Joey, as the rugby team’s stand-off and new captain. And somehow he’s stuck rooming with twelve-year-old freshman Sam Abernathy, a cooking whiz with extreme claustrophobia and a serious crush on Annie Altman—aka Ryan Dean’s girlfriend, for now, anyway. Equally distressing, Ryan Dean’s doodles and drawings don’t offer the relief they used to. He’s convinced N.A.T.E. (the Next Accidental Terrible Experience) is lurking around every corner—and then he runs into Joey’s younger brother Nico, who makes Ryan Dean feel paranoid that he’s avoiding him. Will Ryan Dean ever regain his sanity?
When Everything Feels Like The Movies
Author: Raziel Reid
Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press
Genre: Young Adult, LGBTQIA, Contemporary
Release Date: October 21st 2014
Page Count: 176
Goodreads synopsis: School is just like a film set: there’s The Crew, who make things happen, The Extras who fill the empty desks, and The Movie Stars, whom everyone wants tagged in their Facebook photos. But Jude doesn’t fit in. He’s not part of The Crew because he isn’t about to do anything unless it’s court-appointed; he’s not an Extra because nothing about him is anonymous; and he’s not a Movie Star because even though everyone know his name like an A-lister, he isn’t invited to the cool parties. As the director calls action, Jude is the flamer that lights the set on fire. Before everything turns to ashes from the resulting inferno, Jude drags his best friend Angela off the casting couch and into enough melodrama to incite the paparazzi, all while trying to fend off the haters and win the heart of his favourite co-star Luke Morris. It’s a total train wreck! But train wrecks always make the front page.
Saga, Volume 5.
Author: Brian K. Vaughan Illustrator: Fiona Staples
Publisher: Image Comics
Genre: Graphic Novel, Sequential Art, Science Fiction
Release Date: September 15th 2015
Page Count: 152
Collects Saga issues #25-30
Goodreads synopsis: Multiple storylines collide in this cosmos-spanning new volume. While Gwendolyn and Lying Cat risk everything to find a cure for The Will, Marko makes an uneasy alliance with Prince Robot IV to find their missing children, who are trapped on a strange world with terrifying new enemies.
The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred,
The Vampire Accountant
Author: Drew Hayes
Publisher: Audible Audio
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Humour
Release Date: February 24th 2015
Format: Audio Book
Total Length: 7 hours & 2 minutes
Goodreads synopsis: Some people are born boring. Some live boring. Some even die boring. Fred managed to do all three, and when he woke up as a vampire, he did so as a boring one. Timid, socially awkward, and plagued by self-esteem issues, Fred has never been the adventurous sort. One fateful night – different from the night he died, which was more inconvenient than fateful – Fred reconnects with an old friend at his high school reunion. This rekindled relationship sets off a chain of events thrusting him right into the chaos that is the parahuman world, a world with chipper zombies, truck driver wereponies, maniacal necromancers, ancient dragons, and now one undead accountant trying his best to “survive.” Because even after it’s over, life can still be a downright bloody mess.
Author: Scott Snyder Illustrator: Jock
Publisher: Image Comics
Genre: Graphic Novel, Sequential Art, Horror
Release Date: June 24th 2015
Page Count: 144
Collects Wytches issues #1-6
Goodreads synopsis:Everything you thought you knew about witches is wrong. They are much darker, and they are much more horrifying. Wytches takes the mythology of witches to a far creepier, bone-chilling place than readers have dared venture before. When the Rooks family moves to the remote town of Litchfield, NH to escape a haunting trauma, they’re hopeful about starting over. But something evil is waiting for them in the woods just beyond town. Watching from the trees. Ancient…and hungry.
Author: Jeff Lemire Illustrator: Dustin Nguyen
Publisher: Image Comics
Genre: Graphic Novel, Sequential Art, Sci-Fi
Release Date: September 24th 2015
Page Count: 160
Format: ARC via NetGalley
Collects Descender issues #1-6
Goodreads synopsis: Young Robot boy TIM-21 and his companions struggle to stay alive in a universe where all androids have been outlawed and bounty hunters lurk on every planet. Written by award-winning creator, Jeff Lemire, Descender is a rip-roaring and heart-felt cosmic odyssey. Lemire pits humanity against machine, and world against world, to create a sprawling epic. Collecting issues #1-6 of Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth, Trillium) and Dustin Nguyen’s (Little Gotham) critically acclaimed, bestselling new science fiction series!