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Becoming – Glenn Rolfe | RANT REVIEW

The Gore n’ More book club has been one of my favorite things I am a part of this year! I have found some awesome books and authors through the monthly horror reads they host (ex. Savages – Greg F. Gifune). At the same time, I have found some books that I WASN’T in love with (ex. Exorcist Falls – Jonathan Janz). When I saw that this month’s read was a monster story, I was SO excited. So what did I think about it? I HATED IT!



Something ancient has wormed its way up from the earth….
A change has come today.

After Michele Cote’s best friend disappears, no one believes her story about the thing responsible for his abduction. Forced to figure out the mystery for herself, Michele encounters terror she has never known, and witnesses the impossible.

When other members of the community begin to change or vanish, Sheriff Shane Davis must look beyond reason in order to stop the evil seeping into this small town. With help from an unlikely source, Sheriff Davis will come face-to-face with the truth.
You can’t destroy what you don’t understand. For the town of Avalon, Maine, the future is about change…for better or worse. – Goodreads

Rating – PG 13 (Gore, Some violence, Some language)

Published – March 3, 2017

Length – 265 pages

The Good –

  • The premise was good, but not executed well.

The Meh –

  • Again, the premise. It was basically just a rehash of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, except with monsters instead of aliens (that’s actually debatable). So I was obviously into the idea of it because it was based off a GOOD STORY.

The Bad –

  • Where do I even begin! Let’s start with the characters. There were just about a million characters who lived in a small Maine town. Sound familiar? Yeah, it’s definitely an homage to Stephen King’s works. So why does it work in King’s stories, but not this one. It’s simple, really. All of King’s characters are distinguishable, where Rolfe’s were not. I literally could only remember who 2 characters were throughout the ENTIRE book and then he killed one of them off, so then I only remembered one. There was a part where it was revealed that a character was gay, but I couldn’t remember who he was AT ALL! I couldn’t remember if he was married or had kids, and then he DIED SO I NEVER KNEW! It was just so frustrating…
  • Rolfe utilized a lot of modern technology and terms. I wouldn’t think that this would be a necessarily bad thing, but instead of making this book modern it almost instantly makes it dated, in it’s own time! There were times that it would say a character read a Stephen King novel (subtle) on her Kindle. Like why not just a physical book? They would mention that a character watched Veronica Mars on Amazon Prime and took a lot of inspiration from her. I don’t mind that she found a way to make herself brave, but why couldn’t she just watch it on TV instead of Amazon Prime? I don’t know exactly why this bothered me so much, but it really did.
  • Finally, the worst thing a book/movie can mess up, in my opinion. THE ENDING! If any of you have been around since my very first post, you’ll remember I actually created this blog because a book’s ending made me so mad that I HAD to talk about it!. Anyway. This book literally just ENDS. They literally see the monster, it eats ONE PERSON (after changing the entire town into her minions), and then it’s OVER! AGH! I HATE THAT! To be fair, there was a novella at the end of the book that MAY have explained more, but the book SHOULD have been self contained. You can’t just expect all readers to read a novellas to get the most out of your book.

  • STORY – 2/5 (I was pretty invested in this story and was going to give it 3 stars but I HAD to dock a point because there was no satisfying ending. Literally they just saw the thing and the book excuse me? I’m peeved)
  • CHARACTERS – 2/5 (they were OK but I found myself unable to decipher one from another and it just became a hassle)
  • WRITING – 2/5 (it was kind of awkward. Like I wanted to enjoy it and was so on board but the inclusion of modern day technology and slang actually made the story feel DATED not modern)
  • UNIQUENESS – 2/5 (basically just invasion of the body snatchers tbh)


Have you read this? What did you think about it? What is your biggest bookish pet peeve?

Thanks for reading!


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Almost every book blogger is aware of Netgalley. You know, the awesome site that has THOUSANDS of FREE books for us to read and review. In theory it sounds like the perfect place for book lovers and reviewers, but for me it’s not heaven.


So, on Netgalley each reviewer gets a percentage. This percentage is based on how many books you have reviewed. It it recommended that you have an 80% review rate.

Unfortunately, I was not aware of this when I originally signed up for the website. So immediately I requested TONS of free books. Like they’re FREE what else would I do? Then I realized the percentage. So I basically started off on the wrong foot.

Since this, many of the books I originally requested have expired and I’m stuck at a 18% feedback ratio.

Also, almost every book I have read from there I actually DNF’d and I feel like lowers my credibility even more.

For someone who does not suffer from anxiety, this may not seem like a huge deal but the idea of having a bad reputation out for everyone to see makes me nauseous. I really want to reconcile my ratio and also would love to get the most out of Netgalley, but I’m just so overwhelmed with the looming threat of having a bad rep.

How do you feel about Netgalley? Does it stress you out? I’d love to know.

Thanks for reading!


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Heart Shaped Box – Joe Hill | Book REVIEW

So apparently April is the month of horror for me (seriously it’s all I’ve read so far this month), so why switch it up at all. Joe Hill is my fav’s, Stephen King, son – spoiler alert. I knew I would eventually pick up his work., so when I saw his first full length novel at the library I had to pick it up! Did I enjoy it? Let’s find out!


Aging, self-absorbed rock star Judas Coyne has a thing for the macabre — his collection includes sketches from infamous serial killer John Wayne Gacy, a trepanned skull from the 16th century, a used hangman’s noose, Aleister Crowley’s childhood chessboard, etc. — so when his assistant tells him about a ghost for sale on an online auction site, he immediately puts in a bid and purchases it.

The black, heart-shaped box that Coyne receives in the mail not only contains the suit of a dead man but also his vengeance-obsessed spirit. The ghost, it turns out, is the stepfather of a young groupie who committed suicide after the 54-year-old Coyne callously used her up and threw her away. Now, determined to kill Coyne and anyone who aids him, the merciless ghost of Craddock McDermott begins his assault on the rocker’s sanity.

RATING – PG-13 (Violence, Gore, Language, Some sexual scenes, TRIGGER WARNING – SUICIDE, SELF HARM)

PUBLICATION DATE – February 13, 2007

LENGTH – 376 pages

The Good – 

  • At first, the characters seemed like they were terrible people, and I thought they would really put me off. Fortunately, they really redeemed themselves and were my favorite part of the entire book.
  • The ghost was REALLY creepy. Not only is his design different from any ghost I’ve seen or read, but his ability to influence people was new and terrifying. If you pick up this book for only one reason, it should be to see how this ghost is written.
  • I really enjoyed the pace of the story. About a third of the way through I thought that it may peak too early, but it really worked. It was like a roller coaster of scares.

    The Meh:

  • I thought the writing was pretty average. Although it never really bothered me while I was reading, as I finished I just thought it could have been better. I know that this was Hill’s first full length book and I’ve heard it’s actually his weakest. So we shall see if his other works have better writing.

    The Bad:

  • The ending was REALLY underwhelming for me. Like the entire book there is so much suspense and then it just kind of ends. I also didn’t like the end with the road (y’all who read it know).

  •  STORY  3/5 (pretty standard ghost story)
  • CHARACTERS – 3.5/5 (the two mains where surprisingly likable considering their pasts and the villain was SCARY)
  • WRITING – 3/5 (pretty average but a good start for Hill)
  • UNIQUENESS – 3.5/5 (some additions to the standard ghost lore and a creepy villain made it unique)


Have you read this? What did you think about it! What’s you favorite Joe Hill book?

Thanks for reading!


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Song of Susannah (Dark Tower #6) – Stephen King | Book REVIEW

I’ve been reading the Dark Tower series for over a year now, and have found myself at the second to last book. I can’t believe the series is almost over for me! So did this book continue my love for the series? Let’s find out!


…Saving the Tower depends not only on rescuing Susannah but also on securing the vacant lot Calvin Tower owns before he loses it to the Sombra Corporation. Enlisting the aid of Manni senders, the remaining katet climbs to the Doorway Cave…and discovers that magic has its own mind. It falls to the boy, the billy-bumbler, and the fallen priest to find Susannah-Mia, who, in a struggle to cope — with each other and with an alien environment — “go todash” to Castle Discordia on the border of End-World. In that forsaken place, Mia reveals her origins, her purpose, and her fierce desire to mother whatever creature the two of them have carried to term…

Rating – PG13 (Some intense scenes and language)

Publication date – April 5, 2005

Length  – 432 pages

The Good:

  • This book is SO meta. Like it gets to a point and you’re like, “It couldn’t possibly get anymore meta” but it DOES! This could have easily been overkill, but I thought it was perfectly done!
  • All of our favorite characters are back! As I continue reading the series, I fall more in love with them and I can’t believe I’m almost through with them.
  • Of course I’m a huge fan of the writing. Like duh, its STEPHEN KING! Everything in the series is really tying together now and I think its piecing together perfectly.

The Meh:

  • There are a couple characters, in this book, who don’t actually show up until page like 200 of 432. It felt really weird and messy, since the books have never been this way before. It actually got to the point where I forgot about these characters and didn’t want to know what was going on with them.

The Bad:

  • This book really couldn’t stand alone without the series to fall back on. As I try to rate books critically, I can’t just ignore this fact because I enjoy the series.
  • This kind of goes along with the fact that this book doesn’t stand alone, but when I finished the book I realized that almost nothing happened. This book was ENTIRELY filler to get us from the end of Wolves of Calla (see my review of that here) to the final book, The Dark Tower. I really feel like this was a pretty sloppy decision.

  • STORY – 2.5/5 (I enjoyed reading this but it was definitely a book solely to connect to the final book instead of be fulfilling on its own)
  • CHARACTERS – 4.5/5 (of course they were great! All our favs are back at it again!)
  • WRITING – 4/5 (the way everything is tying together not just within the series but with SKs other books and even pop culture is amazing.)
  • UNIQUENESS –  5/5 (I don’t want to spoil it but on top of the numerous tie ins there is a cameo that made my jaw drop and I bet has never happened in a book ever before)


I can’t wait to finish this series! It’s been a long time coming!! Thanks for reading!


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Exorcist Falls – Jonathan Janz | Book REVIEW

As some of you may know, last month I began going along with reading the Gore n’ More Book Club book of the month and LOVED February’s pick (see my review HERE!). Exorcist Falls was the March pick, did I love it as much? Let’s find out!


Chicago is gripped by terror. The Sweet Sixteen Killer is brutally murdering young women, and the authorities are baffled.

When the police are called to an affluent home in the middle of the night, they learn that a seemingly normal fourteen-year-old boy has attacked his family. The boy exhibits signs of demonic possession, and even more troublingly, he knows too much about the Sweet Sixteen killings. Father Jason Crowder, a young priest assigned to the case, must marshal his courage in order to save the boy and the entire city from the forces of evil.

But this is a darkness mankind has never encountered before. It craves more than blood. And it won’t rest until it possesses Father Crowder’s soul.

Rating – R (Sexual scenes, gore, extreme abuse)

Publication Date – March 15, 2017

Length – 279 pages

The Good –

  • I’ll just throw this out there right now. I don’t really like exorcism stories. I don’t find them scary like I do monsters or even just crazy people. This especially applies to movies, since I haven’t really read that many books about exorcisms and possessions. That being said, there were moments during the exorcisms, that I really found myself spooked.
  • The premise, which I won’t give away in it’s entirety, was pretty inventive. It was like a twist on superhero stories and I found myself brought in by the ideas.

The Meh:

  • The writing, in this, was really bare bones. It was a lot of “And then I did this. And then I thought that.” I’m not one to be picky about writing, but this REALLY took me out of it!
  • The main character was…fine. There was nothing interesting about him really, and the writing made him even less interesting. He was constantly freaking out and I guess he was supposed to be like the every man, but he didn’t work for me.

The Bad:

  • You know what I love? Plot twists. You know what this book made me hate? Plot twists. I swear there were like ten plot twists, in the book. It got to a point where it was actually funny, how many times they tried to rip the rug out from under the reader.
  • The story was very jumbled, mostly due to the plot twists mentioned above but also because there are two love interests, and so many characters who you don’t know if you should care about them.


  • STORY – 2.75 (It was too jumbled and odd for my taste. Also there were WAY too many plot twists!)
  • CHARACTERS – 3/5 (Fine)
  • WRITING – 2.5 (It really bothered me sometimes. It was so bare boned and simplistic. Again the twists were WAY too frequent and became predictable.)
  • UNIQUENESS – 3/5 (It was unique, but that doesn’t mean it was well done.)


Have you read this? What did you think about it? What’s your favorite demonic possession story? I’d love to know!

Thanks for reading!


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The Color Purple – Alice Walker | Book REVIEW

I’ve decided to start reading, at least, one classic a month. While I know that the definition of “classics” are kind of fluid, but I’m really going along with my own definition of it. So, basically, if you don’t agree with me classifying some books as classics…sorry…they’re still going to go on the list.

So, as the first book in my classics series, I picked up The Color Purple. Did it make me want to continue reading classics? Let’s find out!


Celie is a poor black woman whose letters tell the story of 20 years of her life, beginning at age 14 when she is being abused and raped by her father and attempting to protect her sister from the same fate, and continuing over the course of her marriage to “Mister,” a brutal man who terrorizes her. Celie eventually learns that her abusive husband has been keeping her sister’s letters from her and the rage she feels, combined with an example of love and independence provided by her close friend Shug, pushes her finally toward an awakening of her creative and loving self

Rating – R (Sexual assault, language, intense violence)

Publication date – 1986

Length – 288 pages

The Good:

  • One of the most eye opening books I’ve ever read. I knew I would learn new things about the plight of African Americans, in this time period, but I didn’t know it would give me this new perspective.
  • I was transported into Celie’s world, due to the format. It was written in letter format, but they were actually prayers. It made everything seem more realistic than if it were traditionally written.
  • The whole book felt so personal. This is not only due to the format, but also the voice of our main character Celie. She was so real, but also a genuinely good person.
  • All of the characters were amazing and real. Most of them were terrible people, but even then, you cared for them. I felt like I knew these characters and that I was having these conversations with them. I am not usually sucked into books like that, so it is showing the greatness of this book.

The Meh & Bad:

I literally can’t think of anything for these at all. This book was awesome.

  • STORY – 5/5 (An ultra realistic tale about an African American woman, in this time.)
  • CHARACTERS – 5/5 (The BEST part of this book! They were all likable and realistic.)
  • WRITING – 5/5 (The format was genius and made it feel like you were going through what Celie went through.)
  • UNIQUENESS – 5/5 (I can honestly say I’ve NEVER read anything like this. It was eye opening, heartbreaking, and entertaining.)



Have you read this? What did you think about it? What other classics should I read? I’d love to know!

Thanks for reading!


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Music This Month: March

March was a big music month for me, especially in terms of new releases and music that is on the radio. I go through phases where Pop music, on the radio, speaks to me and sometimes it make me want to rip my ears off. So, luckily, my ears are in tact and I have a hefty playlist to share with y’all!

All Time Low

If All Time Low has a new song, you can bet your house I’m BOPPIN to it. I love them so much.

Song Included –

  • Dirty Laundry

Clean Bandit

I honestly don’t know anything about this artist, are they an electronic music group? I really don’t know. I do know I love one of their song, this month.

Song Included –

  • Rockabye (feat. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie)


New Weezer? YES YES YES! I love Weezer, they are one of my favorite bands ever, so I’m crazy pumped that they have been releasing new music recently.

Song Included –

  • Feels Like Summer

Bruno Mars

OK, I admit I’m not the hugest fan of Bruno Mars. His newest song, on the radio, actually changed my mind for a minute there.

Song Included –

  • That’s What I Like

Machine Gun Kelly

Much like Clean Bandit, I have NO idea who this is, or what they do (I think it’s rap). Regardless, I didn’t put them over there because I’m a huge fan (obviously) but I love the female vocalist in the song and can’t get enough of it!

Song Included –

  • Bad Things – with Camila Cabello


WHAT? Gorillaz are BACK? With a new look?! I’m all in! Image result for gorillaz CGI look

Song Included –

  • Andromeda – ft. D.R.A.M.

Julia Michaels

I love this song, and I love that music like this is currently on the radio. It’s beautiful and I can’t wait to hear more from this artist.

Song Included –

  • Issues

Iggy Azalea

OK….so….this is kind of embarassing. Iggy is a HUGE guilty pleasure of mine, like so much of a guilty pleasure that I almost left it off the list. But whatever…I love this and have been dancing to it like crazy.

Song Included –

  • Mo Bounce (EXPLICIT)

Marian Hill

This song is so calming to me. I listen to it over and over when doing homework, or literally anything. Seriously, if you need to chill out, just turn this on.

Song Included –

  • Down

Smash Mouth

I know what you’re thinking…after all these new releases, this is the grand finale? Well I heard it this month and haven’t stopped listening since. What’s wrong with a little throwback, am I right?

Song Included –

  • All Star


And that’s all for this month! I had a GREAT music month and can’t wait to see what I love next month.

What did you listen to? I’d love to know! Thanks for reading!


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IT Teaser Trailer Reaction

So, as most of you know, IT – Stephen King is my all time favorite book. I also don’t really mind the original movie, so I really have high hopes for this movie. Needless to say, I was CRAZY excited when this teaser dropped, but I wasn’t as blown away as I hoped I would be.

So why don’t I love it? Let’s go through it step by step.

The trailer opens with the iconic scene of Georgie chasing his boat down the street, when it falls into the sewer. Here is where we see the first problem. When Penneywise arises from the sewers, there is loud, ominous music played behind it. I will get to why this is wrong later.

Next we see some set up shots, of Derry ,Ben in the library, and all of the gang in the sewers. They mention how they have all seen the clown and then we see the large dilapidated house. All of these scenes are fine, and I actually really enjoy the look of all the young actors and actress, in their roles.

The following scene, shows the kids looking at a projector, when it suddenly begins to change itself, revealing Penneywise in the picture. I can only assume this is like the photo album scene in the original movie and book, and honestly I don’t mind that they changed it up. I think it’s just as spooky, if not more.

Some rapidly edited shots show Eddie (I think) running, Henry Bowers (I THINK) coming across the iconic balloon (and Penneywise???), the Losers cornered by Penneywise (perhaps turning into Teen Wolf??), what appears to be Mike seeing people burning alive (which is mentioned in the book as well), Bev seeing the blood shoot from the drain (also from the book and movie), and a closer look at Penneywise.

Then the final scene, is the worst part of the entire trailer. We see Georgie talking to Bill in the sewers, saying “You’ll float too” I do believe this is in the book, but what Penneywise does next is so out of character, in my opinion. We see him charge at Bill.

Now here is where I explain the biggest issue I had with this trailer, it’s not IT. Penneywise is only one of IT’s many forms. IT is actually is a projection of what the kids most fear and Penneywise is a more charming form to lure the children in. So my issue is, why is he so dang scary.

In the first scene, Georgie should have felt comfortable enough with the clown to reach in and grab his boat from him. Would you grab a boat from this? Image result for it trailer 2017 sewers


I know I’m nitpicking, but it is my right as a fan. I think the biggest issue is actually the trailers music though. If, when Penneywise arose from the sewers there wasn’t a huge BOOM, would he be as scary? Nah. So hopefully, in the next trailer we see it without the unnecessary noises.

The final scene RUBBED ME THE WRONG WAY. One, it wasn’t scary. Two, it wasn’t necessary. Three, that’s not how Penneywise ACTS. But oh well…I guess we will just have to see that in the context of the movie.

There is a lot of attention to detail though, I saw a video showing the two movies back to back and it gave me some hope on top of little easter eggs like a missing poster for Patrick Hocskstetter, a villain from the book among other things. See side by side trailers HERE!

I am cautiously optimistic about this movie and I hope the movie is better than this trailer.

What did you think of this trailer? I’d love to know!

Thanks for reading!


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