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State of Emergency – Mary Hallberg || Book REVIEW

**DISCLAIMER : I was sent this book in return for an honest book review. This did not affect my thoughts or ratings!**

I’m not usually a zombie lover but decided to pick up this book anyway. Did this book change my mind about the monsters? Let’s find out!

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17-year-old Dallas Langdon is fighting off zombies with a pizza cutter.

Dallas has always loved zombie movies. But when she catches a real live (erm, dead) musician eating a man’s intestines backstage after the show, she knows her movies have become a reality. And what do characters in zombie movies do? Seek shelter. Fortunately, Dallas’s eccentric uncle owns a farmhouse in Chattanooga, an eight hour drive from New Orleans. It’s on top of a steep mountain, surrounded by electric fences, and cut off from the worlds of the living and the dead.

RATING – PG13 ( Violence and some language)

LENGTH – 158 pages

PUBLICATION DATE – 8 / 5 / 17


The Good :

  • While I’ve never been a huge fan of zombies, I felt that this book did the monsters justice. In most books, the story begins a significant time into the virus but this book begins as it begins. I feel like that made me a little more interested in this book.
  • I also felt like the way the virus spread was interesting and believable. It made me uncomfortable, in a good way, because I realized that if it weren’t fiction I’d probably have the virus by now.
  • Our main characters used some really awesome weapons against the zombies (bow and arrows, knives, electric fences, PIZZA CUTTER, etc.)
  • Even though this book wasn’t perfect, I really enjoyed the reading experience. I often found myself engrossed by the action and suspense of it all.

The Meh :

  • The characters were only ok. I never felt like I connected to any one of them and for a story where your characters’ lives are in peril, you need to care about them.
  • The writing was pretty stunted. I have a huge pet peeve about unrealistic dialogue and this was an example of that.

The Bad :

  • This book felt pretty preachy to me. Some of the characters were very religious and they wanted you to know that. There were also some characters who were outwardly not religious. I just don’t think either of those elements played an important role in the story and if it doesn’t improve the story, then I don’t want to hear about a character’s religion.

 

  • STORY – 4/5 (I’m not a huge fan of zombies but I really enjoyed the premise here. I also liked how we saw the very beginning of the outbreak instead of months or years in. It was just a unique perspective.)
  • CHARACTERS – 3/5 (They were only ok. I could tell that the point was to get to know these people and care for them but I never felt like I learned anything about them other than likes and dislikes.)
  • WRITING – 2.5/5 (My least favorite part. It was generic and stunted and I just couldn’t get past that. It was pretty distracting to me.)
  • UNIQUENESS – 3.5/5 (Like I said earlier I felt like watching the outbreak progress was interesting. They were other elements likes weapons they used that were also pretty unique. Other than that it was just zombies.)
  • ENJOYMENT – 3/5 (Despite the writing I still really liked this book and was often engrossed in the story. The ending made me dock a few enjoyment points though.)

ALL IN ALL, I GIVE THIS 3.2 ZOMBIE KILLING PIZZA CUTTERS OUT OF 5!

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IT (Novel) vs. IT (1990) vs. IT (2017)

I’M BACK! So sorry it’s been like a month since I’ve posted. I honestly don’t have a good reason, but I have just started school back so maybe that’s the issue. Anyway, y’all don’t care about that.

We all know that I LOVE IT and it’s one of my all time favorite books. I also recently reread the book for the release of the new movie and own the miniseries and watch it periodically. So I thought, maybe I should just go ahead and compare them so I can gush just a little bit more about one of my favorite things.

So lets just get into it!

(By the way, if I’m referencing the book/movie I will spell it like IT. This is confusing, sorry.)

((Also this may have MINOR spoilers, but nothing that ruins specific plot points))

Story –

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  • The Book –

    • Ok, so obviously this is the best version of the story. It’s Stephen King’s magnum opus and his essay on monsters. Some people complain because they say it’s too similar to Stand By Me, but even Stephen King said that Stand By Me was a practice piece before he took on the huge project that was IT.
  • The Miniseries (1990) –

    • So, story-wise this is the most faithful adaptation, but also the story was pretty jumbled and ridiculous. It is more faithful because it follows the actual format of the book (jumping between adults’ and kids’ stories) and also incorporates the different forms of IT, that actually appeared in the book.
  • The Movie (2017) –

    • So this adaptation definitely strayed from the source material more than the first. We didn’t see most of the original forms IT took (the werewolf especially) and some were only showed in easter eggs (like the mummy). That being said, I don’t think these omissions really took away from the movie. The other big difference was the time period that the movie took place in. The mini-series and book took place in 1957, but this one took place in 1984. My one nitpick, in this section, was that they took the liberty to change the time period, but didn’t make it so that in the second chapter the 27 years later doesn’t add up to the year that the movie will the match up. That’s just annoying to me.

The Losers Club –

  • The Book –

    • Again, the book is obviously the best representation of these characters. That being said, I think that each adaptation shines a light on different characters more. In the book, I think Ben and Stan really get the short end of the stick. King loved to focus on Bill and Bev, in the book. Mike also plays a big role as he is basically our narrator, but as a character I don’t think he is portrayed as the “hero” like Bill and Bev. I think Bill is written to be everyone’s favorite character, all in all.

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  • The Miniseries –

    • Like the book, I think Bev and Bill get the spotlight. Mike and I feel like Eddie get’s a better deal. Although the stories are similar, I just think that Eddie and Mike get more screen time than we saw, in the book.

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  • The Movie –

    • I feel like this adaptation balances the characters the best. I do think that Richie and Eddie steal the show, since they are so funny, but every character has an equal amount of screen time and I’ve heard a valid opinion for why every character is someone’s favorite. I think that this definitely has the best characters out of the movies.

IT/Pennywise –

  • The Book –

    • Unlike both adaptations, Pennywise isn’t the “star” of the show. It’s IT in all of its glory. Where both movies focus mostly on the dancing clown, the book shows its full power with all kinds of shapeshifting. I’d say that IT shows up as Penneywise only 25 % of the time, in the book. That being said, the fact that IT can be literally anywhere is terrifying. This is definitely the most unique and scary version of the monster.

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  • The Miniseries –

    • Pennywise is much more present, in this version. While IT shows off the shapeshifting some, Tim Curry is definitely the most prevalent form of choice. Tim Curry is so iconic, and if it weren’t for his performance, I don’t think this adaptation would be as famous. This is by far the best version of Pennywise.

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  • The Movie –

    • In this version, Pennywise is 90% of what we see of IT. While Bill Skarsgård does a great job with his performance it definitely doesn’t hold a candle to Curry’s. This version is definitely the most disturbing, there is much more gore and visual scares than in the book or the miniseries.

Tone –

  • The Book –

    • The book has a much more serious and ominous tone than both adaptations, in my opinion. While there are a lot of funny moments, the overall feeling is one of friendship and dread.
  • The Miniseries –

    • This probably debatable, but I feel like this is the most lighthearted version. While there are scary moments Tim Curry was absolutely hilarious and the campiness of the film brings the more horrifying scenes towards a funnier angle.
  • The Movie –

    • The tone of this movie was absolutely perfect. While it leans more towards the funny side, in some parts, it encompasses the fear and the friendship perfectly. The jokes were always well timed and the scares were perfect.

All in all, I loved every version of this story and I can’t wait to see IT Chapter 2!

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Mean Little People – Paige Dearth || Netgalley Book REVIEW

DISCLAIMER – I received this book for review, but this did not affect my opinions or my review!

I saw this cover on the Netgalley “horror” page and HAD to pick it up. Seriously, it’s gorgeous. So was the inside as great as the outside? Let’s find out!

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Seven-year-old Tony has one choice…to live or to die.

My name is Tony.

When I was seven years old the bullies in my class almost killed me; my father was angry that I let it happen but he always hated me.

At thirteen I went to prison for a crime I didn’t commit; it was the worst experience of my life.

Living on the streets was hard; being part of a gang was harder.

Oh, and I did find people to love along the way…and, I would do anything to protect them. Anything.

**WARNING**18+ Readers Only. Graphic content and subject matter.

RATING – R (TRIGGER WARNING : Abuse, Sexual Assault, Language, Drugs, Sex, Gangs, Extreme Violence)

LENGTH – 504 pages

PUBLICATION DATE – 4 / 02 / 17


The Good  :

  • By far the best thing about this book was the characters. I cared so deeply for Tony and those who cared for him. And the one’s who didn’t have Tony’s best interest in mind, were SO detestable.
  • The story was so gut wrenching. It was one of those books that NEVER let up! Sometimes that could be a bad thing, but since it was well done and I cared for Tony it really just sucked me in.
  • This was written in a pretty believable Philadelphia dialect, which I’ve never read before. Also dialects tend to distract me, but that wasn’t the case with this book.
  • THIS BOOK MADE ME CRY!!!

The Meh :

  • It was slow to start and there were some spots that dragged. It wasn’t terrible, but there were a couple times that this felt long.

The Bad :

  • This isn’t really the book’s fault, but this was marketed as a Horror on Netgalley and it was NOT a horror. It was disappointing to me that it wasn’t in the genre I wanted, but I stilled liked the book a lot.

  • STORY – 3.5/5 (it was seriously gut wrenching. It never let up, but at the same time I only lost interest a couple times. I docked some points also because it was slow to start.)
  • CHARACTERS – 4/5 (probably the best thing about this book. They all felt so authentic whether they were good guys or bad guys.)
  • WRITING – 3.5/5 (I wasn’t impressed but it wasn’t bad. I enjoyed the dialect)
  • UNIQUENESS – 3.5/5 (I felt like I have read books similar to this before. But the dialect and mobster elements made it stand out)
  • ENJOYMENT  – 3.5/5 (Like I said I was really invested in the story and characters. I even cried a little. But it was slow to start and dragged towards the middle.)

ALL IN ALL, I GIVE THIS 3.4 DEPRESSING SITUATIONS OUT OF 5!

 

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Why I’m NOT Seeing The Dark Tower Movie!!!

Hey guys, today’s post will be different from what I usually post, but I feel it’s necessary.

As many of you know, I’m a HUGE fan of Stephen King and also a fan of the Dark Tower series. Although I still have one book left to read, I think it’s a true masterpiece and any Stephen King fan NEEDS to read it.

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Before I heard they were adapting the Dark tower series, I had little to no interest in reading it. This is because I heard it was a Western/Fantasy hybrid  and neither of those genres really get me excited to read.

So the news of  a movie coming out was just the push I needed. I tried to get through all the books, in time for the movie (obviously that didn’t work out) while also reading other books, so my blog wouldn’t just be filled with Dark Tower reviews.

I fell IN LOVE with the books, and saw the movie potential immediately, but then I saw it all falling apart.

Almost a year ago, I wrote a post called I’m WORRIED about the Dark Tower movie (see here) Basically, I mentioned that it didn’t seem that the movie was following the book very faithfully. And BOY was I correct.

From the reviews I’ve seen and read, it really just seems like the studios wanted to make a “modern cowboy” movie, but knew if they didn’t have source material to base it off of, it would fail.  So what did they do? Plop our good friend Stephen’s name on the poster to get the hype.

The review that cemented the fact that I would not be seeing this movie was GoodBadFlick’s (click the link to his review. Seriously he’s a great reviewer.). He said, that it felt like a “young adult novel adapted to film”.

Now of course this isn’t always a bad thing, but what makes me so mad is that these books are so CLEARLY ADULT. So if it feels like a  young adult movie, then the concepts and feeling was completely lost.

Also, it is said the this is a melding of the first and last book in the series. A 90 minute movie trying to fit one of these books would have been a struggle but two? That’s too much. Not to mention, the introduction and conclusion.

So, due to all these reasons, I believe that this movie is a shameless cash grab off of Stephen King’s name. I want to support Stephen King, but I refuse to support the studios who think it is ok to butcher our favorite books and series.

So I will NOT be spending my money on this movie and I suggest if you want studios to get the hint, top do the same.

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Disappointing July WRAP UP

This is going to be an unfortunately short wrap up, for you guys… I ONLY READ THREE BOOKS!!! Seriously, I’m so embarrassed.

In July I only read THREE books. Out of those, there were –

0 – ★

1 – ★★

0 – ★★★

1 – ★★★★

1 – ★★★★★

  • Monthly Avg. Rating – 3.7

 

  • 2 books I read in physical form / 1 was an E-Book
  • Both physical books were library copies.
  • I read 0 books for review.

 

  • 2 books I read were horror.
  • 1 book was a domestic thriller.

 

Truly, Madly, Guilty – Liane Moriarty // REVIEW

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Six responsible adults. Three cute kids. One small dog. It’s just a normal weekend. What could possibly go wrong?

Sam and Clementine have a wonderful, albeit, busy life: they have two little girls, Sam has just started a new dream job, and Clementine, a cellist, is busy preparing for the audition of a lifetime. If there’s anything they can count on, it’s each other.

Clementine and Erika are each other’s oldest friends. A single look between them can convey an entire conversation. But theirs is a complicated relationship, so when Erika mentions a last minute invitation to a barbecue with her neighbors, Tiffany and Vid, Clementine and Sam don’t hesitate. Having Tiffany and Vid’s larger than life personalities there will be a welcome respite.

Two months later, it won’t stop raining, and Clementine and Sam can’t stop asking themselves the question: What if we hadn’t gone? — Goodreads

Finished reading – 7 / 5 / 17

Rating – 2 CELLIST OUT OF 5

  • Favorite Part – There were some characters who had mental illnesses I hadn’t ever read about before (ex. Kleptomania and Hoarding)
  • Least Favorite Part – Literally everything else. Don’t bother with the book.

 

And The Trees Crept In – Dawn Kurtagich // REVIEW

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Stay away from the woods…

When Silla and Nori arrive at their aunt’s home, it’s immediately clear that the manor is cursed. The endless creaking of the house at night and the eerie stillness of the woods surrounding them would be enough of a sign, but there are secrets too—questions that Silla can’t ignore: Why does it seem that, ever since they arrived, the trees have been creeping closer? Who is the beautiful boy who’s appeared from the woods? And who is the tall man with no eyes who Nori plays with in the basement at night… a man no one else can see? — Goodreads

Finished Reading – 7 / 10 / 17

Rating – 4.9 CREEPER MEN OUT OF 5 (DISCLAIMER — I wanted to give this 5 stars but since I had one big issue with the, I couldn’t do that. So it’s as close a possible.)

  • Favorite Part – The author knew how to unsettle you. The addition of different fonts really made you feel like you were going insane.
  • Least Favorite Part – One character seemed useless and I honestly wanted them to diagnose her mental illnesses instead of just calling her “crazy”.

 

Rosemary’s Baby – Ira Levin // REVIEW

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Rosemary Woodhouse and her struggling actor husband Guy move into the Bramford, an old New York City apartment building with an ominous reputation and mostly elderly residents… – Goodreads

Finished Reading – 7 / 18 / 17

Rating – 5 TANNIS ROOTS OUT OF 5

  • Favorite Part – This book was SO suspenseful. Everything felt real and terrifying. Also, I had seen the movie before, and I think that  it made it even more suspenseful for me.
  • Least Favorite Part – This is just a nitpick but I wish that the villains had explained how they carried out their sinister acts.

 

This, unfortunately, is the end of my reading month. Luckily, 2/3 of the books I read were excellent, but I wish I had read more books.

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Rosemary’s Baby – Ira Levin || Book REVIEW

This has always been one of my favorite movies of all time and have had the book on my TBR for YEARS! Unfortunately, I was nervous because I was afraid the book wouldn’t hold up  and would ruin the experience of rewatching one of my favorite movies! So, did it disappoint? Let’s find out!

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Rosemary Woodhouse and her struggling actor husband Guy move into the Bramford, an old New York City apartment building with an ominous reputation and mostly elderly residents. Neighbors Roman and Minnie Castavet soon come nosing around to welcome the Woodhouses to the building, and despite Rosemary’s reservations about their eccentricity and the weird noises that she keeps hearing, her husband takes a shine to them.

Shortly after Guy lands a plum Broadway role, Rosemary becomes pregnant—and the Castavets start taking a special interest in her welfare. As the sickened Rosemary becomes increasingly isolated, she begins to suspect that the Castavets’ circle is not what it seems… — Goodreads

Rating – PG13 (Extreme suspense, TRIGGER WARNING – SUICIDE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT)

Length – 282 pages

Publication Date – 1967


The Good:

  • This book was SO tense! I definitely think this is one of the few books that you should see the movie BEFORE reading. I felt like, since I knew the ending, even the smallest things set me on edge.
  • This book was definitely a snapshot of the time. It was written in the 60’s and you could really tell. Not only did the characters do things that people now would never, but she also would make mistakes that we know not to do (such as drink while pregnant). I really enjoyed being transported to this time period.
  • Rosemary felt SO real. Like if any of us were in a similar situation, I think we would act the same, if not worse. I loved her character and was always on her side.
  • The side characters were just as interesting and SO suspicious. You never knew who was being truthful and who had good intention.
  • The writing was amazing. From the first page, I was so engrossed. The writing never dragged and everything felt believable. I WILL be reading more Levin, in the future.

The Meh :

  • The only this I think was lacking was the ending. Like, I wanted to know more about the motive and how the villains actually acted out their plot. I know that there is a sequel, but I don’t want to read that and wished this book was more self contained.

The Bad:

  • NONE! This was an awesome read!

  • STORY – 5/5 (This book is ALL about trust and paranoia. Not only was the situation creepy but the act of a character being pregnant made it 100x worse.)
  • CHARACTERS – 5/5 (Rosemary was SO rea
  • l. I feel like any woman who was pregnant with her first child would act very similarly to her. The rest of the characters were less in the spotlight but still interesting and real.)
  • WRITING – 5/5 (I was INSTANTLY sucked into the story and it never dragged for me.)
  • UNIQUENESS – 5/5 (Other than the movie, I haven’t ever read or seen anything like this before.)
  • ENJOYMENT – 5/5 (I seriously did not expect to love this book as much as I did. I do say, I think you should read the book AFTER seeing the movie because I saw the movie first and I was so on edge the entire time.)

ALL IN ALL, I GIVE THIS 5 TANNIS ROOTS OUT OF 5!

 

This is seriously one of my new favorite books! I’m so glad I read it!

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And The Trees Crept In – Dawn Kurtagich | Book REVIEW

I was able to buddy read this with Regina @ Bookish In Bed! She already has her review posted so go check it out too!

I heard of this book and it sounded just as creepy as I like. At the same time, I was kind of worried because the reviews were super mixed. So did I love it or hate it? Let’s find out!

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Stay away from the woods…

When Silla and Nori arrive at their aunt’s home, it’s immediately clear that the manor is cursed. The endless creaking of the house at night and the eerie stillness of the woods surrounding them would be enough of a sign, but there are secrets too—questions that Silla can’t ignore: Why does it seem that, ever since they arrived, the trees have been creeping closer? Who is the beautiful boy who’s appeared from the woods? And who is the tall man with no eyes who Nori plays with in the basement at night… a man no one else can see? — Goodreads

Rating – PG 13 (Very disturbing scenes)

Length – 352 pages

Publication Date – 9 / 6 / 16


The Good :

  • This book was honestly so creepy to me. From the very first page, I felt uncomfortable (in a good way). Seriously, the suspense was REAL!
  • This book has a sort of multimedia format where there are different fonts and backgrounds utilized. This was another way to make the reader feel like they were going insane.
  • From the moment I opened this book, I was hooked. The confusion and uncertainty made it even more engrossing to me.
  • *Most* of the characters we very real and interesting to me. I feel like if I was in the same situation as Silla, I would have acted exactly the same (Except maybe less brave, to be honest).

The Meh :

  • I do feel like the book dragged a little in the middle. I still sped through, but I felt myself taken out of the story a little.
  • The twist was interesting but really nothing amazing. The ending was the embodiment of “meh”. Luckily, this didn’t make me enjoy the story any less.

The Bad:

  • The *only* thing that really bothered me was Aunt Cath. Not only did it bother me that she was only described as “crazy” and wasn’t given a legit mental illness assigned. Also she just felt pointless. Like she would disappear from the story for like 30 pages and then all of the sudden Silla would just be like “oh yeah Aunt Cath”. It was just frustrating to me.

  • STORY – 5/5 (It was creepy, suspenseful, and so well thought out. I feel like I can’t say anymore for fear of ruining it.)
  • CHARACTERS  – 4.5/5 (They felt so real in he scariest way. Like you could imagine someone being just like them if they were in a similar situation.)
  • WRITING  – 5/5 (It made me feel like I was actually going insane. There was mixed media and different fonts that made the book ((relatively)) easy to follow.)
  • UNIQUENESS – 5/5 (The writing and the nature of the story made this wholly unique)
  • ENJOYMENT – 5/5 (I LOVED reading this book. I was hooked from the first page and could barely put it down! I love it!)

ALL IN ALL I GIVE THIS 4.9 (omg so close I cant handle it) CREEPER MEN OUT OF 5!

 

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Truly Madly Guilty – Liane Moriarty || RANT REVIEW

I’ve heard great things about Liane Moriarty’s works. So, when I saw this book in my library, I picked it up immediately. So did I enjoy it? No.

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Six responsible adults. Three cute kids. One small dog. It’s just a normal weekend. What could possibly go wrong?

Sam and Clementine have a wonderful, albeit, busy life: they have two little girls, Sam has just started a new dream job, and Clementine, a cellist, is busy preparing for the audition of a lifetime. If there’s anything they can count on, it’s each other.

Clementine and Erika are each other’s oldest friends. A single look between them can convey an entire conversation. But theirs is a complicated relationship, so when Erika mentions a last minute invitation to a barbecue with her neighbors, Tiffany and Vid, Clementine and Sam don’t hesitate. Having Tiffany and Vid’s larger than life personalities there will be a welcome respite.

Two months later, it won’t stop raining, and Clementine and Sam can’t stop asking themselves the question: What if we hadn’t gone?  — Goodreads

 Rating – PG13 (Some intense scenes, sexual situations, some language)

Length – 415 pages

Publication date – 7 / 26 / 16


The Good :

  • The writing was pretty good and really descriptive. Even if I didn’t enjoy anything, I felt like I was there.
  • There were mental illnesses portrayed that I’d never read about before, especially hoarding.

 

The Meh :

  • Again with the writing, I felt like everything was written to trick me. Like I know that thrillers are supposed to keep you guessing, but this was ridiculous.
  • This book was SO SLOW! It took AT LEAST 75% (could even be closer to 80%) of the book to just find out what happened at a normal barbecue. It was honestly frustrating.

The Bad :

  • Oh my GOD I hated EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. of the characters. ALL OF THEM! I have never read a book where every one of the characters actually repulsed me. I just kept thinking something might make me like them more, but that something never came.
  • If this weren’t a thriller, I would have definitely DNF’d. I thought, because it was a thriller,  it would have this crazy twist that would make everything worth it. Moriarty TRIED to pull this off, but that twist meant little to nothing to me.
  • Honestly I just hated reading this book. More than once I had to force myself to keep going. This book was just a complete waste of my time, and it’s one of the only books I’ve read that I wish I could take back.

  • STORY – 2/5 (It was SO slow and the twists weren’t even shocking the writing was just deceitful to make you think it was a good twist)
  • CHARACTERS – 2/5 (I seriously hated every single character in this entire book. EVERY ONE!)
  • WRITING – 2.5/5 (Like I said earlier the writing was just trying to trick you the entire time. There was no suspense or thrills. It was all very descriptive though.)
  • UNIQUENESS – 2.5/5 (Just like every other domestic thriller out there except for the fact that there were many mental illnesses portrayed that I haven’t read much about before.)
  • ENJOYMENT – 1/5 (I seriously hated the act of reading this book. The only reason I continued reading was because I thought the ending might make up for everything else but I was wrong. this was a complete waste of my time.)

ALL IN ALL, I GIVE THIS 2 CELLIST OUT OF 5!

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QUARTERLY WRAP UP (April – June 2017) !

April through June were GREAT reading months for me and I can’t wait to share my favorites and least favorites of these past 3 months!

Stats –

In April – June I read 18 books! Out of those there were :

0  – ★

2 – ★★

8 – ★★★

5 – ★★★★

3 – ★★★★★

  • Average Rating – 3.5 stars

 

  • 13 books I read were physical copies / 5 books I read were E-books
  • I owned 9 of the physical books I read / 4 were library copies

 

  • 10 books were Horror
  • 4 books were Mystery / Thrillers
  • 2 books were Lit-Fic
  • 1 book was Contemporary Romance
  • 1 book was Fantasy

 

  • Altogether I read 6,460 pages! 

Overview :

(reviews are linked in titles)

April ( 4 books ) –

May ( 7 books ) –

June ( 7 books ) –


Favorites :

Note (1) : My favorites have nothing to do with rating, just how much I enjoyed reading them.

Note (2) : I am not including IT – Stephen King because it was a reread.

4020595. Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes / It was so beautiful and real! I couldn’t believe how accurate it was to human nature.

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4. We Came Back – Patrick Lacey / I thought this was a really fun and inventive horror story. I had a great time reading this!

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3. The Unexpected Everything – Morgan Matson / Again, this was so fun! I was invested in the romance and the friendship. The characters were real and the love interest was dreamy.

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2. Night Film – Marisha Pessl / I thought this book was so unique and interesting. The mystery kept me on my toes and the mixed media kept my attention. Also, the ending was really satisfying.

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1. Gwendy’s Button Box – Stephen King & Richard Chizmar / This book was such a great story about what happens when a normal person gets an abnormal amount of power given to them. Seriously, this book was genius and I loved it so much!


Least Favorites :

Note : My least favorites have nothing to do with rating, just how much I enjoyed reading them.

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3. A House at the Bottom of a Lake – Josh Malerman / I was honestly so disappointed by this book. It wasn’t “bad” by any means, but I just expected so much more from it.

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2. Exorcist Falls – Jonathan Janz / This book was just silly. There were so many ridiculous plot twists and it was just not scary. Maybe exorcism books just aren’t for me, but I struggled through this one.

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1. Becoming – Glenn Rolfe / Don’t even get me started on this book! Not only was it apparently not edited at all (errors everywhere!) but the story, characters, and ESPECIALLY the ending was so poorly done. On top of all of this, it was just a rip off of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. If this hadn’t been my book club pick of the month, I would have DNF’d it.


All in all, I had a great 2nd quarter! What’s you favorite book you read in the last 3 months? I’d love to know!

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June Wrap Up!

Stats –

In June, I read 7 books! Out of those books there were –

0 –  ★

0 –  ★ ★

5 –  ★ ★ ★

1 –  ★ ★ ★ ★

1 –  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

  • Monthly Avg. Rating – 3.42 stars

 

  • 6 books I read in physical copies / 1 was an E-Book
  • 2 physical books were library copies / 4 I owned
  • I read 0 books for review.
  • I read 1 book for the Gore and More book club.

 

  • Altogether I read 2,126 pages!

 

  • 3 books were Horror Novels
  • 1 book was a Thriller
  • 1 book was a YA Contemporary Romance
  • 1 book was a Cozy Mystery

Dark Matter – Blake Crouch // REVIEW

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Are you happy with your life?”

Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.

Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.

Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”

In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible….. – Goodreads

Finished Reading – 6 / 3 / 17

Rating – 3.25 Alternate Dimensions out of 5!

  • Favorite Part – The premise was cool.
  • Least Favorite Part – SO MANY PLOT HOLES!

 

Cat Got Your Diamonds – Julie Chase (No Review)

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Grandeur and opulence are everything in the famed New Orleans Garden District where pets are family and no bling is too big. Opening Furry Godmother, pet boutique and organic treat bakery, is Lacy Marie Crocker’s dream come true–until the glitter gun used to make her Shih Tzu tutus becomes a murder weapon. And Lacy becomes public enemy #1.

Now Detective Jack Oliver is hounding Lacy, and her Furry Godmother investor wants out before his name is tarnished by association. To make matters worse, a string of jewel heists with suspicious ties to the murder case has New Orleans residents on edge. To save her dream, Lacy must take a stand, put her keen eyes to work, and unravel what really happened at her shop that night. But can Lacy sniff out the killer cat burglar in time to get her tail-raising designs on the catwalk?… – Goodreads

Finished Reading – 6 / 12 / 17

Rating – 3.5 Designer Pet Clothes out of 5!

  • Favorite Part – I am a SUCKER for Cozy Mysteries and will follow the genre wherever it goes.
  • Least Favorite Part – The writing was pretty awkward.

The Unexpected Everything – Morgan Matson // REVIEW

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Andie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future. Important internship? Check. Amazing friends? Check. Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life. Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that? — Goodreads

Finished Reading – 6 / 17 / 17

Rating – 4 Long Overdue Sequels out of 5!

  • Favorite Part – The story was small and the characters were real.
  • Least Favorite Part – The liar revealed plot line.

Luckiest Girl Alive – Jessica Knoll // REVIEW

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HER PERFECT LIFE IS A PERFECT LIE.

As a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School, Ani FaNelli endured a shocking, public humiliation that left her desperate to reinvent herself. Now, with a glamorous job, expensive wardrobe, and handsome blue blood fiancé, she’s this close to living the perfect life she’s worked so hard to achieve.

But Ani has a secret.

There’s something else buried in her past that still haunts her, something private and painful that threatens to bubble to the surface and destroy everything…. — Goodreads

Finished Reading – 6 / 20 / 17

Rating – 3.5 Seashell Frames out of 5!

  • Favorite Part – I enjoyed the satire of the upperclass lifestyle.
  • Least Favorite Part – I thought it should not be marketed as a thriller, because it was never really “thrilling”.

 

We Are Always Watching – Hunter Shea // REVIEW

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They’ve watched over the house for generations…

The move from New York to the decrepit Pennsylvania farmhouse is as bad as West Ridley thought it would be. His father’s crippling vertigo only seems to get worse, and even with his mother working herself to the bone, they’re out of money and options.

Grandpa Abraham is a drunk bastard and the living embodiment of the long neglected farmhouse. He claims the place is haunted. Ghosts roam the hall at night and their muffled cries fill the silence of warm, summer nights.

On the ceiling above West’s bed are the words WE SEE YOU. In a house plagued by death and mysterious visitations, West realizes something beyond the fiction of his favorite horror books has to be faced.

Dark secrets are buried deep, and there are Guardians who want to keep it that way. No matter where they go or what they do, West and his family know one thing… they are always watching. — Goodreads

Finished Reading – 6 / 22 / 17

Rating – 3.8 Guardians out of 5!

  • Favorite Part – The homages to horror and the climax.
  • Least Favorite Part – It was SO SLOW! (Seriously nothing happened until 75% into the book).

 

Gwendy’s Button Box – Stephen King & Richard Chizmar // REVIEW

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The little town of Castle Rock, Maine has witnessed some strange events and unusual visitors over the years, but there is one story that has never been told… until now.

There are three ways up to Castle View from the town of Castle Rock: Route 117, Pleasant Road, and the Suicide Stairs. Every day in the summer of 1974 twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson has taken the stairs, which are held by strong (if time-rusted) iron bolts and zig-zag up the cliffside.

At the top of the stairs, Gwendy catches her breath and listens to the shouts of the kids on the playground. From a bit farther away comes the chink of an aluminum bat hitting a baseball as the Senior League kids practice for the Labor Day charity game.

One day, a stranger calls to Gwendy: “Hey, girl. Come on over here for a bit. We ought to palaver, you and me.”

On a bench in the shade sits a man in black jeans, a black coat like for a suit, and a white shirt unbuttoned at the top. On his head is a small neat black hat. The time will come when Gwendy has nightmares about that hat… — Goodreads

Finished Reading – 6 / 23 / 17

Rating – 5 Button Boxes out of 5!

  • Favorite Part – The story was just genius.
  • Least Favorite Part – None! 5 out of 5!

 

A House at the Bottom of a Lake – Josh Malerman // REVIEW

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Both seventeen. Both afraid. But both saying yes.

It sounded like the perfect first date: canoeing across a chain of lakes, sandwiches and beer in the cooler. But teenagers Amelia and James discover something below the water’s surface that changes their lives forever.

It’s got two stories.

It’s got a garden.

And the front door is open.

It’s a house at the bottom of a lake.

For the teens, there is only one rule: no questions. And yet, how could a place so spectacular come with no price tag? While the duo plays house beneath the waves, one reality remains:

Just because a house is empty, doesn’t mean nobody’s home. — Goodreads

Finished Reading – 6 / 25 / 17

Rating – 3.2 Teenage Relationships out of 5!

  • Favorite Part – The idea was really good.
  • Least Favorite Part – The characters were awful and the ending made NO sense.

 

And that was it for the month of June! I think I did really well! What was your favorite book of the month? I’d love to know!

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