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The House in the Woods: The Richard & Judy Summer Bookclub pick with an ending you'll never guess (Atticus Priest Murder, Mystery and Crime Thrillers Book 1)

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If guilty pleasures could come in book form...side by side with Ben and Jerry's, trashy TV, and belting out show tunes in the shower, this one could hold its own...in the BEST possible way! 😉 When I first heard of this, I was highly intrigued on this. I know of Yvette Fielding from Most Haunted so I went "OH, she's written a spooky middle-grade. This could be interesting as she has first hand experience of this!". Old-time candy - if there is a plot, it's that Laura Ingalls Wilder has a sweet tooth; this book is basically about candy

Maya is rattled. It seems like proof to her. She always knew Frank did something to Aubrey and now this other girl, this sort of proves it, doesn't it?I think I was about nine years old when I became fascinated by the spooky world of the paranormal. It was all down to a television show, “Arthur C Clarke’s Mysterious World” a popular series in the seventies that opened my eyes to the possibility of different worldly realms. That show frightened me to death at times but my mum and I couldn’t help ourselves; we held our breath and each other for twenty-five fascinating minutes. After the show finished, we would talk and talk about ghosts, death and haunted places. I was gripped. Thank you, Arthur! Eventually, the story completely took over her senses and she absolutely loved it. Loved it so much in fact, she demanded to know when we were going to “Laura's house,” like her big brother did when he was little. She also said she doesn't want to read any more states in our challenge, she just wants to read this series. Clovis is a budding scientist and all around facts geek, also deemed the cynic in their group, second-guessing everything. Tom is into his football and avoiding his overbearing father at home, and Eve lives with her loving but sometimes eccentric inventor uncle who has always kept his inventions and workshop to himself. He will be crazy-mad if he knew what they are about to do. Having said that the book was alright, a reasonably engaging bit of light detective fiction. Entertaining enough, I would say, but not much more. I didn't feel particularly invested in any of the characters so it was left to the plot to jolly us along, which it did enough for me to finish it. The narrator's alright, too but makes a lot of the characters sound old.

The little tales from Pa brings this book to life and Ma's gentle nurturing firmly holds together the family. Every time I read this series, I think about my own family. And give my Ma and Pa a call. But Laura lay awake a little while, listening to Pa’s fiddle softly playing and to the lonely sound of the wind in the Big Woods. Audiobook Comments Maya keeps having dreams about a cabin in the woods, a welcoming abode, with a warm blaze in the fireplace, the burning pine logs adding their scent to the room, the log walls offering shelter from a strong wind. It is cozy, feels like home. But there is danger there as well. Frank is there in the dreams, always there. She struggles to understand the sounds she hears, but realizes they are coming from Frank, who appears suddenly behind her, and she wakes, drenched in sweat. So, what’s up with that? She said, “The other day, Mommy, you said to Daddy: I can't get anything on this damn computer to work.”

About Yvette Fielding

Before I begin this review, I want to point out that these stories are stories of their time. Some of the content gives readers insight to what it was like for families such as Laura's to live and survive during the 1800s and some of the content is harmful. As a librarian, it is against my personal code of ethics to tell people not to read a book. However, I try to encourage all readers to read these stories and use it as an opportunity to discuss why the content is harmful to certain groups. I also encourage readers to try stories that give a scope of this time period without all of the problematic content and come from marginalized voices that are often underrepresented. In the winter, we watch them make maple sugar, in spring they plant the garden, the summer they play in the fields and fall they gather their ccrops. stars rounded up. The House in the Pines was Ana Reyes’s debut novel. I listened to the audiobook that was narrated by Marisol Ramirez. The cover of this book initially pulled me in. You have to admit that it is pretty creepy! The beginning and ending of The House in the Pines were strong and atmospheric. I lost some interest when the middle part of the book took a slower turn and thus my 3.5 rating. The House in the Pines alternated between the past (before Aubrey’s death) and the present. This past week marked my youngest child's first exposure to the series, (this book being the perfect selection, also, for our “Wisconsin” entry of our Kids Read Across America project).

I received an ARE of The House in the Pines from Dutton in return for a fair review, and another log on the fire. Thanks, folks, and thanks to NetGalley for facilitating. A fun debut novel! I liked this one a lot. The House in the Pines contains solid storytelling and an intriguing premise. blogtour Adventure Ancient Egypt Art History Australia Book Blogger Bookliterati Book Recommendation Book review Contemporary Fiction Crime Del Rey Doubleday Emmeline Kirby and Gregory Longdon Mystery Fantasy Festive Reads Florence Folklore Harper 360 Harper Collins Harper Voyager Historical Fiction History Independently Published Italy Karen Swan Literary Fiction Magic Mantle Books Melville House Murder Mystery Myth Orenda Books Pan Macmillan Penguin Random House Psychological thriller Romance Secrets Simon and Schuster Supernatural Suspense thriller Women's Fiction Zaffre Books Book title Search for: Search Search Recent Comments I think as we get more into an era where kids don’t know a time without computers and easily accessible technology, books like Little House in the Big Woods will start to appeal less to the young crowd. Listening to stories of pioneer life is so far removed from what they know it is at times incomprehensible. At least when I was a kid we were not all that far removed from a simpler and less wired lifestyle. I do think my kids enjoyed the time we took to read this together, but it was much less easier for them to stay interested in than in some other books we read (Willy Wonka and his fantastic factory and elevator, Bunnicula the vampire rabbit, Ralph and his Motorcycle (which also had some more old timey content that was a bit hard to connect to, but nothing like Little House)). I will continue to read to them and hope to keep the spirit of these classics alive. One major thing to point out about the first book that stood out to me, and is not really a criticism - it just is what it is – is that there is not a whole lot of plot. The point of the book is that each chapter shares a little bit of what life was like for the children while living through the year secluded in the big woods. So, instead of a beginning, middle, and end, you get a series of detailed anecdotes about some aspect of life in the cabin. I would be interested to know if that is how the rest of the series is as well.Atticus Priest is a layered and relatable main character, flawed in all the ways we humans are flawed. Just when I thought I’d figured it out, the story turns another corner. Overall, this was fine as a debut. I can't say I was overly invested with the story or with how unreliable Maya was, but I'm not mad I read it. I wouldn't put this in the thriller category either, a psychological something, not sure what.

THE HOUSE IN THE PINES focuses on Maya's grief and determination to find out the truth about her high school best friend Aubrey's death. Maya suffers from a lot of trauma after her best friend's death and she abuses Klonopin and alcohol to mask the grief. Her boyfriend Dan is supportive towards Maya's grief, but Maya knows that she needs to learn how to cope with these memories. When Maya visits her mother's house, years after Aubrey's death, she believes she can handle the emotional baggage her hometown once gave her. However, when clues to Aubrey's death in fact link her to her ex-boyfriend Frank, Maya has to find out the truth about what happened to her best friend. The only part of the story I really didn’t get was the connection to the book that Maya’s father had been writing. This seems to be really symbolic, both in the synopsis and throughout the story itself, but I couldn’t make the connection between that story and what was happening to Maya. Many thanks to NetGalley, Dutton, and Ana Reyes for an ARC of this book! Now available as of 1.3!** The age for this book is 11+, but I don’t feel like this is any worse than Fear Street and I’m pretty sure they are 7+ and they also have supernatural elements to them. Like in an American PI novel a beautiful woman enters his office/home with a job offering money he could only dream of and a challenge he could use his skills to bring hope.Plus the comments on the Germans. Like it was a magical event for them to be in the UK. Um, hello? Airplanes? Smuggling? Boats? It is not as if, just because you are on an island, people cannot find a way in. XD

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