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Leah's Bookshelf

Likes: Horror, macabre, fairy tales, ghosts, hauntings, serial killers, zombies, werewolves, shapeshifters, vampires, time travel, orphans, clones, thrillers, classics, gothic


I like to read anything that tells a good story, duh ;) Genre doesn't really matter much but I tend to read dark fiction and fantasy the most. I skip chick lit and romance novels with a few exceptions for the extraordinary.


My ratings system:

5 stars - ADORED; plan to read over and over and over.

4 stars - ENJOYED; will likely read once or twice more.

3 stars - LIKED; may or may not read again ... someday.

2 stars - MEH; no plans to read again.

1 stars - I didn't enjoy the story and was lucky to finish.

0 stars - I couldn't or wouldn't finish for reasons that may or may not be listed in the review box.

Currently reading

The Oxford Book of American Short Stories
Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville, Henry James, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Washington Irving, Mark Twain, Edith Wharton, Ray Bradbury, Charlotte Gilman Perkins, Willa Carter, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Stephen Crane, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Katherine Anne Porter, Eudora Welty, Nath
Progress: 225/768 pages

At Dawn by Jobie Hughes

At Dawn - Jobie Hughes

Rating: 4.5 of 5


At Dawn was that hidden treasure rarely unearthed: a story so relatable, so personal, I wondered if the author possesses telepathy or some psychic ability which allowed him to tap into my life, my innermost thoughts and feelings.


Did I agree with everything Stratton Brown did or said or assumed? Hell no. But I understood him, and I suspect many readers will. How many children from highly dysfunctional homes promise themselves they will never turn out like their parents, only to do just that? Breaking the cycle whilst following one's passion isn't an easy journey.


I'm giddy and surprised by how good this book was: it grabbed me right from the start and I did NOT want to put it down. Fully realized characters, perfectly paced, provocative themes, and deeply moving. Seriously good stuff.


Side note: This is not Young Adult; it's straight up literary fiction with profanity, domestic violence, and a few somewhat explicit sex scenes.