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Night Film – Marisha Pessl || Book REVIEW

Shout out to my fellow horror/thriller lover, Regina @ BookishinBed, who I buddy read this book with!

This is one of the most highly praised modern books, right now. On top of that the tone was supposedly very dark and disturbing, which I love! So, did it live up to all the hype? Let’s find out!


Everybody has a Cordova story. Cult horror director Stanislas Cordova hasn’t been seen in public since 1977. To his fans he is an enigma. To journalist Scott McGrath he is the enemy. To Ashley he was a father.

On a damp October night the body of young, beautiful Ashley Cordova is found in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Her suicide appears to be the latest tragedy to hit a severely cursed dynasty.

For McGrath, another death connected to the legendary director seems more than a coincidence. Driven by revenge, curiosity and a need for the truth, he finds himself pulled into a hypnotic, disorientating world, where almost everyone seems afraid.

The last time McGrath got close to exposing Cordova, he lost his marriage and his career. This time he could lose his grip on reality.


Rating – PG 13 (Some disturbing scenes, some language)

Publication Date – 9 / 20 / 13

Length – 602 pages

The Good :

  • By far the best part of this book was the mystery. Like wow. There were times when I was SURE I had figured the mystery out, but NO! It was so masterfully done. I definitely haven’t read a mystery that good since the last Agatha Christie book I read.
  • One of my favorite things about this book was the fact that parts of the book were obviously fictionalized but they were written seamlessly into the real world. There was never a moment that it took me out of the story because it was unrealistic.
  • We have talked about how I love when mysteries are told from the perspective of anyone that aren’t cops. So our main character was a journalist…so needless to say I enjoyed that.
  • Awhile back I mentioned, in my review of Becoming – Glenn Rolfe, that the inclusion of modern day technology really bothered me. In this book, however, I think it was used very well to help further the story along.
  • Obviously mixed media was awesome, but everyone already knows about that part of this book. It really made me feel like a lot of extra work and love was put into the book.

The Meh :

  • The writing was amazing, but every once in a while it seemed to drag. I would find myself being bored for 5-10 pages out of every 100 or so. It really wasn’t a huge issue, but I wish I had been hooked from beginning to end.
  • This book was slightly over hyped for me and that was really a shame. It wasn’t that everyone said it was amazing and it wasn’t, it was actually that people were talking about how dark and intense this book was, and I didn’t really feel like it was. I think I am just desensitized to dark, horror filled novels but if you are picking it up solely because the tone, you may not be happy with it.

The Bad :

  • My only issue was the characters. The main character was awesome and I enjoyed his female companion, but the male companion really bothered me. Other than him, I enjoyed the characters, but none really stuck out expect for a few.


  • STORY – 5/5 (seriously masterful. I haven’t been so perplexed by a mystery since reading my last Agatha Christie novel)
  • CHARACTERS – 4.5/5 (the characters were really my only small gripe. Our main characters male friend who helps him in the journey seemed like an easy out to all their problems and he really got on my nerves. Other than him everyone was fine but only a couple characters really stood out to me)
  • WRITING – 4.75/5 (At some points I felt like the writing made the story drag just a little. I sometimes just found myself bored for a couple pages. )
  • UNIQUENESS – 5/5 (you already know about the mixed media…but yeah it was fantastic)



Have you read this? Which Cordova film do you want to watch ( I want to see Thumbscrew ) ?

Thanks for reading!


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Flowers For Algernon – Daniel Keyes || Classic Book REVIEW

So, awhile back I said I would read one classic book a month and then directly after that I didn’t follow up with the challenge…oops.

So here I am, back on the wagon with my second classic of the year. Was this one worth the title? Let’s find out!


With more than five million copies sold, Flowers for Algernon is the beloved classic story of a mentally disabled man whose experimental quest for intelligence mirrors that of Algernon, an extraordinary lab mouse. In poignant diary entries, Charlie tells how a brain operation increases his IQ and changes his life. As the experimental procedure takes effect, Charlie’s intelligence expands until it surpasses that of the doctors who engineered his metamorphosis. The experiment seems to be a scientific breakthrough of paramount importance until Algernon begins his sudden, unexpected deterioration. Will the same happen to Charlie? — Goodreads

Rating – R (Language, Disturbing images, Sexual scenes TRIGGER WARNING! ABUSE ) 

Publication Date – 4 / 59

Length – 216 pages

The Good –

  • Let’s get this out there right at the beginning. This book is HEARTBREAKING! This was so authentic and real. There were parts that I have had similar situations, in my own life.
  • The writing was fantastic. It is written in a letter format, from Charlie’s perspective. It starts out where Charlie can barely spell out his words and very gradually we see him beginning to spell correctly and use grammar and punctuation.
  • This book was very scientific, but not in a way where the reader get’s lost. I think this is because if we got lost Charlie would be also lost, in the beginning especially.
  • Towards the middle of the book, there is mounting fear as we see the rat, Algernon, following the path that Charlie will soon take, as well.
  • There is a love story, and honestly it’s so refreshing.

The Meh –

  • It was a little slow moving for my taste, in the beginning. It took me like half a week to get through the first 30 – 50 pages, but then I read the rest in like a day.

No Bad!

  • STORY – 5/5 (Such a real tale of progression and regression. It was haunting and sad to say the least)
  • CHARACTERS – 5/5 (Again is was so real. Every character was someone who you knew.
  • WRITING – 5/5 (Written in a journal format it starts with our main character writing with many spelling and grammar errors and then we are able to see his growth. It was just genius)
  • UNIQUENESS – 5/5 (everything mentioned made this a wholly unique book)



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

What classic should I read next month?

Thanks for reading!


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Devil’s Call – J. Danielle Dorn || Netgalley REVIEW

I have been trying to reconcile my relationship with Netgalley (see my post about this HERE) recently and have been carefully searching books to request that I won’t DNF. This book was under horror (my favorite genre duh), about witches, and was a western setting so I was immediately intrigued. Did I enjoy it? Let’s find out!


On a dark night in the winter of 1859, three men entered the home of Dr. Matthew Callahan and shot him dead in front of his pregnant wife. Unfortunately for them, his wife, Li Lian, hails from a long line of women gifted in the dark arts–the witches of the McPherson clan.
This diary, written to the child she carries, records her quest from the Nebraska Territory to Louisiana to the frozen shore of Lake Superior, to bring justice to the monsters responsible for shooting her husband in the back. Our long-rifled witch will stop at nothing​–​and risk everything​–​in her showdown with evil. — Goodreads

Rating – PG-13 (Some gore, some violence, some language)

Publication date – 6 / 18 / 17

The Good :

  • The witch aspect was interesting and since I don’t read much of this specific genre it was all pretty unique to me.
  • Since there are witches, I felt like the ways that the main characters got where they were going in a really interesting way.
  • I was afraid that the magic would feel like a cop out for the characters to get out of sticky situations, but these witches had a specific set of rules that prevented them of really using their magic to stay out of trouble.

The Meh :

  • So, one of the main reasons I picked up this book was the western setting to fill a hole while I’m not reading The Dark Tower series. If the author of this book hadn’t also read The Dark Tower series, I’ll drop dead because the similarities were so blatantly obvious. The main antagonist was called THE MAN IN BLACK FOR PETE’S SAKE! It was so distracting.
  • This book was marketed to me as a horror novel, but it was actually more along the lines of a fantasy or maybe even magical realism. This wasn’t a bad thing, but it also was pretty disappointing to me.
  • This book was written in letter format and sometimes I really like that format, but in this case it got really jumbled and confusing for me.
  • I only connected with one or two of the characters throughout the whole book which is always disappointing.

The Bad :

  • The beginning was SO slow. If you are friends with me on Goodreads you will have seen that I was bored through like 50% of this book and if I wasn’t so obsessed with not DNFing another Netgalley book, I would have put it down.
  • I honestly don’t even remember what happened at the end of the book and I just finished it like less than a week ago.
  • The main character is pregnant when she gets thrust into her journey and honestly pregnant main characters are starting to get old to me. In 2017 I have now read THREE books (this, Song of Susannah, and Bird Box) with this plot and it bothers me because I feel like it makes the climax so predictable.

  • STORY – 3/5 (I had a really hard time following the lore and it reminded me too much of The Gunslinger- Stephen King)
  • CHARACTERS – 3.5/5 (I did really like the main character and the man she traveled with. Other than them I had a hard time connecting with the characters)
  • WRITING – 3.5/5 (Was in a letter format but sometimes it became jumbled and confusing)
  • UNIQUENESS – 3.5/5 (pretty unique aside from the fact that it reminded me of The Gunslinger)



What’s your favorite novel about witches? I’d love to know!

Thanks for reading!


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The Vegetarian – Han Kang (Translated by Deborah Smith) || Book REVIEW

I have been wanting to read The Vegetarian for AT LEAST over a year now. It covers mental illness and had been compared to The Yellow Wallpaper – Charlotte Perkins Gilman, which is one of my FAVORITE short stories ever. So , did it live up to all the hype? Let’s find out!


Before the nightmare, Yeong-hye and her husband lived an ordinary life. But when splintering, blood-soaked images start haunting her thoughts, Yeong-hye decides to purge her mind and renounce eating meat. In a country where societal mores are strictly obeyed, Yeong-hye’s decision to embrace a more “plant-like” existence is a shocking act of subversion. And as her passive rebellion manifests in ever more extreme and frightening forms, scandal, abuse, and estrangement begin to send Yeong-hye spiraling deep into the spaces of her fantasy. In a complete metamorphosis of both mind and body, her now dangerous endeavor will take Yeong-hye—impossibly, ecstatically, tragically—far from her once-known self altogether.

A disturbing, yet beautifully composed narrative told in three parts, The Vegetarian is an allegorical novel about modern day South Korea, but also a story of obsession, choice, and our faltering attempts to understand others, from one imprisoned body to another. — Goodreads

Rated – R (Sexual scenes, Disturbing imagery, TRIGGER WARNING – SELF HARM

Publication Date – 10 / 30 / 2007

Length – 192 pages

The Good –

  • This book was haunting. There was a creepy vibe from the very first page and it does not let up at all. Even though this book is not a thriller, it really reads like one.
  • This was a great take on mental illness and how mental illness affects loved ones as well. I feel like I haven’t read a book that focuses less on the character who is suffering and more on those who are in their lives.
  • The writing was so eloquent and beautiful and was by far the best part of the book. I’m not going to sit here and lie to you and say that I understood all the symbolism, but I was still able to enjoy and follow the story.

The Meh:

  • I was so intrigued by the premise of this book, but when reading it I felt it was underwhelming. It just never made me especially invested, and I wasn’t actually in a state of unease until the final section.
  • This book is written in 3 parts, and 3 different perspective. Out of these 3 parts, I definitely preferred the second the most, and found the third the most “unsettling”. I will talk about the first part later.  I put this under the “meh” section because out of the 3 parts I only cared about the voice of the narrator in the second part and was actually rooting for him (which I don’t think I should have been and I’m worried for myself).
  • I do feel like this book is very similar to other things I’ve read that are about women descending into madness. I had not heard the comparison to The Yellow Wallpaper before reading this, but as I read, I couldn’t get that story out of my mind.

The Bad:

  • The only big issue I had with this book was the first part, or the lack of the consistency across all the parts. In the first part, it is told in the first person but in the other parts it is told solely in third person. I wish that it had either been mixed throughout the entire book or all first person or all third. It was just very distracting for me.


  • STORY – 4/5 (it was a great ode to mental illness and many other important themes but I thought it was a little lackluster when it came to execution)
  • CHARACTERS – 4/5 (I found my only caring for one character who I don’t think I should have been rooting for. I especially didn’t care for the woman who chose to become vegetarian which was disappointing)
  • WRITING – 4.5 (by far the best part of this book. Very eloquent and symbolic.)
  • UNIQUENESS – 4/5 (I felt like I’ve read this story before which I know Is crazy but it reminded me of many other story of mental illness centered around women.)



Have you read this? What did you think about it? I would love to know!

Thanks for reading!


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Your House Is on Fire, Your Children All Gone – Stefan Kiesbye |Horror Book REVIEW

So I picked this book entirely because of the cover. It was so creepy, well done, and even has a special little surprise. I literally knew nothing about this going in. Did it disappoint? Let’s find out!


The village of Hemmersmoor is a place untouched by time and shrouded in superstition: There is the grand manor house whose occupants despise the villagers, the small pub whose regulars talk of revenants, the old mill no one dares to mention. This is where four young friends come of age—in an atmosphere thick with fear and suspicion. Their innocent games soon bring them face-to-face with the village’s darkest secrets in this eerily dispassionate, astonishingly assured novel, evocative of Stephen King’s classic short story “Children of the Corn” and infused with the spirit of the Brothers Grimm – Goodreads

Rating – R (Creepy Imagery, Extreme Gore, Sex, Sexual Scenes)

Publication Date – February 21, 2011

Length – 198 pages

The Good:

  • This books atmosphere was ON POINT! It was so creepy. Like it may be the creepiest book I’ve ever read. I was so invested that I actually read it in two sittings, in two days. Go me!
  • The format of this is best described as many interconnected short stories. Each story started as if it was like a fairy tale, or old tall tales. I thought this was really interesting and sucked me into the town and the stories.
  • The stories were predictable but in a good way. I know that sounds crazy but about halfway through a story I would see where it was going and think “no no no no no” until the conclusion.
  • Oh the writing was GORGEOUS! Seriously it was so good! By far, the best part of this book!

The Meh:

  • I mentioned the creepiness of the book in the prior section, but it also was kind of a hindrance to the book. The entire book was so bleak that by the end I was just EXHAUSTED. I didn’t expect it to be heartwarming but I just needed a break from all the chaos.
  • I feel like this book needs a spark notes accompanying it. Some stories I loved, but some honestly went over my head. I just wish I knew what the intention of the author had been, in some stories.

The Bad:

  • Each short story is from a different perspective of a select number of children, in the town. This was an interesting premise, but everyone’s voice sounded the same. I found myself having a hard time telling the children apart and that was pretty disappointing.
  • I wished there was more of an “overarching narrative” to this book. Like I said these short stories were tied to together, but there was not really a driving force to the story or a climax. I just wanted there to be a mystery solved or something.


  • sTORY – 3/5 (it felt like many short stories loosely strung together. I enjoyed each story but wish there was an overarching narrative)
  • CHARACTER – 2.5/5 (I enjoyed them but had issue distinguishing them from others. I also never really connected with any of them apart from one or two)
  • WRITING – 4/5 (Seriously so good. By FAR the best part of the book)
  • UNIQUENESS – 4/5 (I’ve never read anything like this. It’s like I was reading dark and creepy fairy tales and it was so awesome)


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

Thanks for reading!


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April Wrap Up

April Wrap Up!

So April was THE month of horror for me! I literally ONLY read horror and LOVED every minute of it!

Stats –

  • I read 4 books in this month. Out of those 4 there were –

0 – ★

2 – ★★

1 – ★★★

1 – ★★★★

0 – ★★★★★

  • Altogether I read 1,352 pages.
  • All four books were in the horror genre, and adult.


Exorcist Falls – Johnathan Janz // REVIEW


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. – Goodreads

Finished Reading – April 5, 2017

Rating – 2.8 PLOT TWISTS OUT OF 5

  • Favorite part – The premise! It was a really good idea!
  • Least favorite part – SO MANY PLOT TWISTS!!


Song Of Susannah – Stephen King // REVIEW


The next-to-last novel in Stephen King’s seven-volume magnum opus, Song of Susannah is at once a book of revelation, a fascinating key to the unfolding mystery of the Dark Tower, and a fast-paced story of double-barreled suspense. – Goodreads

Finished Reading – April 10, 2017

Rating – 4 SKöLDPADDA OUT OF 5!

  • Favorite part – The tie ins to the other books! Everything is tying together!!
  • Least favorite part – It didn’t really stand alone as it’s own novel.


Heart-Shaped Box – Joe Hill // REVIEW


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. – Goodreads

Finished Reading – April 17, 2017

Rating – 3.25 ODD COLLECTIONS OUT OF 5!!

  • Favorite part – The design of the ghost! So creepy!!
  • Least favorite part – The ending was pretty underwhelming.


Becoming – Glenn Rolfe // REVIEW


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 small town of Avalon, Maine, the future is about change…for better or worse.

Becoming is the next horrifying novel from author, Glenn Rolfe. – Goodreads

Finished Reading – April 26, 2017


  • Favorite part – The monster design was pretty creepy.
  • Least favorite part – THE ENDING WAS SO BAD!!


And that’s it for this month! What was your favorite read? I think mine was Song of Susannah!

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Music This Month : APRIL

So this month has a pretty small playlist not because I didn’t listen to music, but because I listened to the same songs on repeat. This is probably my favorite month for music so far!

Jess Rose

My friend sent me this song because it’s hella relatable (if you forget that it may or may not be about a stripper). At first I made fun of it, but it’s been in my head ever since so I had to include it!

Song Included –

  • Chocolate – ft Troze


Lana Del Rey

The star of this month! I listened to her new song over and over again! So much that my boyfriend has opted to stop listening to music with me, for the time being. It’s classic Lana and I love it SO MUCH

Song Included –

  • Lust for life – ft. The Weeknd



I love that Blink-182 is putting out new music right now. I’ve yet to listen to a song on their new album that I don’t like!

Song Included-

  • Misery


The Chainsmokers

This is the year of The Chainsmokers, for me. I think they have been on my list every month this year. This one may not be my favorite of theirs, but I’ve been listening to it A TON!

Song Included –

  • The One


And that is actually it! What was your favorite song this month? I’d love to know!

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