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Bacchanal: Back to Kindle Readathon

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Bacchanal

  1. an occasion of wild and drunken revelry.”the event has morphed into one of the most shamelessly drunken bacchanals on the social calendar”

2. a priest, worshiper, or follower of Bacchus.

I chose Bacchanal by Veronica G. Henry for the #BacktoKindle Readathon. The last prompt for the #BacktoKindle readathon was to read a book by an author with books on the backlist, which is when an author has older books still on the shelves. Henry will be having a new book released in March so Bacchanal will be on the backlist sooner or later. Am I playing fast and loose with this prompt? Definitely.

Originally, I was going to read Lincoln in the Bardo. For whatever reason, I struggled with it so I switched to the audiobook. Then I got sick and could not stay awake to listen. Anyway, I changed the book for the readathon to Bacchanal.

The reader follows the story of Bacchanal Carnival beginning in 1939. The carnival is traveling throughout the southern United States. Most of the workers and performers are from Africa or are African-American.

There is a demon named Ahiku that very few people see and manage to live. She has two trusted bodyguards and the owner of the carnival, Clay Kennel, that she communicates with regularly. Clay is in charge of finding her food supply, which happens to consist of small children. She lives in the red trailer, which is off limits to everyone.

Liza Meeks has been abandoned by her family. To survive, she works at a boarding house in exchange for a bed and meals. When the Bacchanal Carnival arrives in town, Liza talks the owner into hiring her. Liza has the gift of communicating with animals but her power is a bit out of control. With a little help from her new carnival friends, she begins a new animal show. She still wants to see the inside of the red trailer. Will she ever get inside?

For most of the book, Liza has a crush on Jamey. He seems alright but he has secrets. Is he a good guy or a slimeball? The person that really helps her to understand her gift is Ishe. His body is inhabited by a hyena demon. Ishe made a deal with Ahiku to save his daughter. So now he sometimes shapeshifts into a hyena.

Liza goes on a vision quest with Ishe. She learns from one of the animals that her grandmother, Oya, was from Nigeria and also communicated with animals. Lisa knows that she has to learn more about her spiritual ancestors and spirit animals to unlock her full potential. Will she defeat the evil demon? Will she run off to Chicago with Jamey? What happened to her family?

If you enjoy historical fiction novels with a touch of magical realism, then you will enjoy Bacchanal.

If you are not a fan of magic and you think the demons will jump out of the book to eat your soul, then maybe read Bacchanal with a rosary and a book of prayers close to you.

My Heart is a Chainsaw: #BacktoKindle Readathon

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Intro

So I decided to read My Heart is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones for the ARC or borrowed book prompt for the #BacktoKindle Readathon. The ARC was from NetGalley. I have never been so excited to receive an ARC. It was like winning a lottery, except with books instead of money.

Review:

Jade Daniels is from the small town of Proofrock, Idaho. She lives with her abusive father. Her mother lives in town but they don’t communicate. Jade is half-Indian and 100% angry.

Jade knows everything about horror movies. She writes her history papers mostly about horror movies or about the local ghost stories. Her history papers are my favorite parts of the book. Jade has a sense of humor and has gotten in trouble for doing many pranks. Not everyone has the same sense of humor. Her history teacher might be one of the few people that tries to help Jade. She writes her papers like they are letters to the teacher.

The dad is not only abusive but he is a raging alcoholic. I am puzzled by why the mom left her with the dad. If I were Jade, I would be 100% angry too.

Then weird things begin to happen in a subtle way. No one even notices how weird things are except for Jade. Everyone thinks she is overreacting. People die all the time, they say. There’s no serial killer, they say. However, the bodies are beginning to pile up before anyone can stop it from happening.

Jade is convinced that a new girl in town is the Final Girl. She thinks that the new girl might be able to save the town unless the new girl is the serial killer.

Conclusion:

If you love horror novels and/or horror movies, then you will love this book. Also, if you are already a fan of Stephen Graham Jones then you will probably enjoy this book as well.

People who will not like this book :

1. Abusive, alcoholic dads but we don’t care what they think.

2. Serial killers? Maybe they will love the book due to some sort of narcissistic traits.

3. Anyone who doesn’t appreciate the following joke.

Joke that I found and will always laugh at:

While discussing horror movies, my friend asked me who my favorite monster from film is.

Me: “Hmmm that’s a tough one. I think I’d have to go with the vampire from Sesame Street.”

Friend: “What!? He doesn’t count.”

Me: “Oh I assure you, he does.”

  • I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own. Obviously.