Monday, April 29, 2013

Wrapping Up A Week Read-A-Thon

That's a wrap! Well, I don't think I did that bad. I only completed one entire book, but I'm 66% of the way through my second. However, I did get several reviews written and lots of pages read. 
Below are the books I read during the wonderful RAT's! Formal reviews are coming soon.... 

Georgie settles in and takes stock of her neighbors. Chad Cramer, a small-time thief and poacher, has appropriated most of her brother's belongings and lives with Donna, a witless but somehow disturbing waif, who is clearly in terror of Chad; the Buckpits, dairy farmers, a ferocious, brooding gorgon of a mother and two hulking, brutish sons; and Nancy and George Horsefield, a well-to-do married couple whose brightly expensive lifestyle seems to conceal some hidden tragedy, for Mrs. H. is clearly crazy, and Mr. H., though he cares for her, is strangely on edge. Georgie sees a mysterious and threatening stranger, who runs away when Georgie approaches; Chad Cramer turns nasty; Donna begins to cling to Georgie; Mrs. Buckpit is openly hostile; and Georgie continues to be haunted by the child who was under her care and died, and by the thought of the child's father in prison now. As the summer ends, the countryside begins to turn savage and threatening, and now real terror creeps in. Georgie's beloved dog is stolen, her attempt at painting is livened up with splashes of blood, an intruder stares into her cottage at night with a baleful eye.
My brief opinion of Unhallowed Ground (formal review to come) Unhallowed Ground's horror builds through the strangeness of the situation and over approx. 300 pages. It is the type of read that will give you chills, but not overtly horrify for the majority of the book. However, something a bit gory occurs towards the climax at the end. This books combines mental haunting with strange, eery behavior. Yep, if you want weird English people, this book has got them.

In the 1940s, Coden, Alabama was a hideaway for movie stars - an isolated playground tucked among live oaks and placid bay waters where pleasure and vice could be indulged. By the summer of 1974 Coden''s glamour has faded, but it doesn''t bother Mimi Bosarge, who is just happy to have a job as a live-in tutor with the wealthiest family in town, the Hendersons. When the Hendersons generously open their arms to Annie, a troubled teenager with no recollection of her past, Mimi''s greatest concern is creating a curriculum for the family''s new ward.But it soon becomes obvious that something is wrong. Annie seems suspiciously savvy for her young age, and Mimi can't quell the unnerving sense that there is something malicious about the waiflike beauty.
My brief opinion of The Darkling (formal review to come) Whew-eee! This is a good one if you like horror. This book will give you some goosebumps and perhaps invade your dreams. The southern setting coupled with a mystery and some evil spirits makes it beautifully macabre. If you like or got the 'willies' from the horror movie The Omen or The Orphan (Eeesssttteeerrr), you will want to read this gem. Definitely, a great pick for a horror RAT and challenge!

Book - Unhallowed Ground by Gillian White
Pages Read - 70
Notes: I began this book prior to the start of the read-a-thon, but I am only counting the pages I read from the official kick off time. 145 pages minus 75 = where I begin. So far not very horror-esque.'s to hoping!

Books - Unhallowed Ground by Gillian White
Pages Read - 158
Notes: Not bad!  I'm 57% finished.  It's a big book - 400 pages. 

Books - Unhallowed Ground by Gillian White
Pages Read - (starting on 228) 20
Notes: Did not do a stellar job today.  Oops.

Books - Unhallowed Ground by Gillian White
Pages Read - 70
Notes: Finally, I think I can classify this as horror!  It's similar to a Stephen King creepy kind of novel.

Books - Unhallowed Ground by Gillian White Finished!
Pages Read - 152
Book Complete - 1
Notes: In addition to this readathon -- I'm also applying my reading to the Dewey 24 hr. readathon happening right now! 

Saturday The Darkling by R.B. Chesterton
Pages Read - 122
Book Complete - 1 
Notes: This one is definately horror.  Think A Sound Among the Trees meets The Orphan. Creepy factor in effect!

Sunday - The Darkling by R.B. Chesterton
Pages Read - 107
Books Complete - 1 
Notes:  This is a scary one!  I'm loving it! Southern setting, mystery, ghosts, creepy kids...what's not to adore! Right up my reading alley :)

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