Yay, a new review series! I have a ton of digital books, and thought doing a mini-review type recap for some of them would be a great way to give feedback on my blog despite not being able to take great photos without physical copies. My Kindle app is so convenient, and I have hundreds of books, so I want to give some of them the attention I feel they deserve! Plus, people ask sometimes about the stuff I read on Goodreads, and I’d like to be able to point them somewhere – and now I can!
I do tend to prefer physical books, just because they can photograph so beautifully and look great on my bookshelves. That said, the convenience of digital copies is incredible, and I’m really happy to have so many to read & choose from!
The first two books I’m reviewing in this series are ones I read about a month or two ago – and I wanted to go with one I super loved, as well as one I sort of didn’t, ’cause variation is great (or whatever). 😛
Title: The Town That Feared Dusk
Author: Calvin Demmer
At the risk of just coming off as a crazy fangirl, I’m going to repeat again that I will willingly buy & read anything Calvin Demmer writes, forever. I would read his grocery lists, honestly. I love how well he expresses the mood and atmosphere of a story in so few pages; his ability to tell a full story in such a small number of paragraphs and words never ceases to amaze me.
In The Town That Feared Dusk, we’re introduced to a journalist looking for a scoop to revitalize her career. Stumbling upon the story of a bridge in a small town with a high number of suicides tied to it leads her to the town itself, only things aren’t exactly what they seem! I loved this quick little creepy story. It kept me on the edge of my seat, and I didn’t know where things were headed ’til the end, when it started wrapping up. Even then, WOW! How did so much happen so quickly!? In a good way!
My one single bit of criticism is that it isn’t longer – not that it needs to be for the story to be great, ’cause I definitely think it stands alone as is perfectly, but just because I never want to stop reading Calvin’s writing.
Rating: ✨✨✨✨✨ 5 / 5 stars
Title: The Kuřim Case
Author: Ryan Green
I keep doing this thing where I’ll buy & read a true crime book, cry about how awful the things in it are, be terrified for weeks about every noise I hear in my house or backyard, swear completely off the genre, and then the cycle starts again. The Kuřim Case wasn’t one I was really familiar with before reading this, but I got sort of lost on Wikipedia one night and stumbled upon the real-life happenings (and then found the book!).
I won’t really rehash the actual book, because you can read about the case and the horrible stuff that happened for yourself if you’re into that (and if you’re not, I wouldn’t want to smash you in the face with it here!). I will say that I found the book itself to be well researched and easy to read, however, it did get a little repetitive at times. I felt like the author was just trying to pad the page count for some of this, because he’d spend 3 pages saying something, then a few chapters later, repeat it all for 3 more, just with slightly different phrasing. It was kind of off-putting, but at barely over 100 pages in its digital format, this didn’t prevent me from finishing it!
Rating: ✨✨✨ 3 / 5 stars