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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!


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


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.)


What do you this of zombies? I’d love to know!

Thanks for reading!


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Check out my last post on my comparison of all IT adaptations HERE!

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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!

Which is your favorite version of IT? I’d love to know!

Thanks for reading!


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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!



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.

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.)



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


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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!


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


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.)



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

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

Thanks for reading!


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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!


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!


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

Thanks for reading!


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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.


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.)


Have you read this? What did you think about it? I’d love to know! Should I read more Liane Moriarty? I can’t decide.

Thanks for reading!


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

I loved Bird Box and heard great things about this book. I also love quick and easy reads to I bought it ASAP! Did I love it as much as everyone else? Let’s find out!


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

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

Length – 156 pages

Publication Date – 10 / 31 / 16

The Good :

  • I thought it was a good choice to only focus on two characters, for this short book. I’ll talk more about the characters later, but I thought it was a good call, not introducing a ton of characters.
  • At the beginning of the book, I thought I would have to dock even more points for the relationship and the way it was portrayed but it fixed itself, at the end. I really appreciated that it wasn’t 100% romanticized.
  • The cover is seriously gorgeous. I love it so much.

The Meh :

  • A lot of people saying that this book was really suspenseful for them and I understand that, but I never felt suspense. I felt uncomfortable, in a bad way. Like I wasn’t on edge I just wanted the parts when they were under water to be over.

The Bad :

  • I HATED both the characters. I seriously found them so unlikable and didn’t want to follow them on their adventure. I can’t really pinpoint what it was that rubbed me the wrong way, I just know I never want to know anything else that happens in their life ever.
  • I try to review books critically, but I honestly just hated the act of reading this book. Like it was only 156 pages but it took me 3 DAYS to read it! I just really disliked this book.
  • What was the ending? Seriously, what was it? It made no sense. There was nothing tying it together to the rest of the book. Like what? What? WHAT?

  • STORY – 3.5/5 (Just a simple story of love and heartbreak with a little bit of WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON HERE mixed in)
  • CHARACTERS – 3/5 (I thought it was a good idea to only focus on two characters ((three if you count the house)) since the book was so short but I really didn’t care about them at all)
  • WRITING – 3/5 (OK)
  • UNIQUENESS – 4/5 (Obviously this book is about finding a house at the bottom of a lake…so yeah)
  • ENJOYMENT – 2.5/5 (I’m honestly so disappointed right now. I don’t know if it was overhyped for me or what. But if this book hadn’t been so short I might have even DNFd it. Honestly I’m so sad rn.)


I was so disappointed by this book.

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

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

Ok so a new Stephen King book came out. Am I going to miss that? NO! DUH! Did Stephen King live up to his status as my all time favorite author? Let’s find out!


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…

Journey back to Castle Rock again in this chilling new novella by Stephen King, bestselling author of The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, and Richard Chizmar, award-winning author of A Long December. This book will be a Cemetery Dance Publications exclusive with no other editions currently planned anywhere in the world! — Goodreads

Rating – PG13 (Some violence)

Publication Date – 5 / 16 / 17

Length – 175 pages

The Good :

  • Good lord, where do I even begin! I guess my favorite part was the story. Not only was it fantastical, but it was an EXCELLENT story about human nature. Without spoiling anything, the story was all about what people do when they have been given immense power.
  • The writing was also really good. I have an issue with co-written books because I can tell the difference between the writing styles, but I actually forgot that there were two authors involved with this. Seriously there was no way to tell at all.
  • Also, there were GORGEOUS illustrations.
  • This book was SO quick. Like I literally read it in an hour and wanted to pick it back up immediately after.

The Meh:

  • I felt like there were too many characters introduced in this book and all but the main character were just shadows compared to Gwendy. I think it would have been smarter just to focus on the one character.

The Bad:


  • STORY – 5/5 (Seriously an amazing story about what it’s like to have power and what it’s like on a normal girl and her normal life.)
  • CHARACTERS – 5/5 (Gwendy was AWESOME and so was Richard but everyone else was basically just nothing EDIT: I decided to give this a pass since it was only a novella)
  • WRITING – 5/5 (I just love Stephen Kings writing so much. I will never not rate him 5/5)
  • UNIQUENESS – 5/5 (A box that gives silver dollars and animal shaped chocolates? Tell me what other book has that premise please.)
  • ENJOYMENT – 5/5 (I loved this so much. I literally read it in an hour and want to read again. There were so many tie ins to the Stephen King Universe and for me that is so much fun for me.)


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

Thanks for reading!


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We Are Always Watching – Hunter Shea || Gore and More Book REVIEW

Gore and More! Gore and More! This book club is my favorite time of the month and the books are always an experience, to say the least. Was this one good or bad? Let’s find out!


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… – Goodreads

Rating – R (Language, violence, gore, some sexual scenes)

Publication Date – 3 / 1 / 17

Length – 252 (ebook) pages

The Good :

  • I really enjoyed the characters in this, especially West. He was not only a reader, but I horror lover (JUST LIKE ME!). I just really related to him.
  • I also liked the familial aspect to this book. Like they actually acted like a family instead of overly dysfunctional or idealized and perfect.
  • The father, in this book, has a serious case of vertigo and I’ve never read a book with that perspective before. It was just interesting.
  • The climax was CRAZY! Like, what? Not only was everyone’s actions entertaining, but I did NOT know where it was going.

The Meh :

  • This was the definition of a slow burn horror. The climax was the only action in the entire book and that didn’t happen until 75% of the way through the book. I enjoyed the build up, but there were times where I was just like SPEED UP ALREADY!

The Bad :

  •  I really didn’t like the writing, in this book. It hit all my pet peeves and it was really distracting for me. If it hadn’t been for the writing, I think this may have been one of my new favorite horrors, if it weren’t for the writing.

  • STORY 4/5 (The perfect definition of a slow burn horror. The suspense was killing me the entire time and I was kept guessing until the very end.)
  • CHARACTERS 4/5 (I really enjoyed the family in this story. I felt like they really operated like a real dysfunctional family. I especially liked West but some of the other characters were a little lack luster.)
  • WRITING 3/5 (easily my least favorite part. It felt stilted and was honestly so distracting to me)
  • UNIQUENESS 4.5/5 (I have HONESTLY never read ANYTHING like this)
  • ENJOYMENT 3.75/5 (I didn’t like the writing but the stories and characters saved it for me.)



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Luckiest Girl Alive – Jessica Knoll || Book REVIEW

So I’d heard this book described as a mix between a thriller and Gossip Girl and I love both of those things, so I picked it up ASAP! Did I love it? Let’s find out!



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.

With a singular voice and twists you won’t see coming, Luckiest Girl Alive explores the unbearable pressure that so many women feel to “have it all” and introduces a heroine whose sharp edges and cutthroat ambition have been protecting a scandalous truth, and a heart that’s bigger than it first appears.

The question remains: will breaking her silence destroy all that she has worked for—or, will it at long last, set Ani free?  — Goodreads

Rating – R (Language, violence, EXTREME TRIGGER WARNING!!! Sexual assault, abuse, substance abuse, eating disorders, and mental illness)

Length – 352 pages

Publication Date – 5 / 12 / 15

The Good :

  • I found parts of this book super interesting, especially the part where we saw Ani’s adult life. Maybe it was the glitz and glamour, but I just loved that aspect. I also enjoy parts of her life in her new school, again because of the glamour of it all. I bet y’all can see what my guilty pleasure is.
  • This was obviously satirical, and I loved that about it! It’s not too often that I stumble across a satire, so it was a welcome change.
  • I felt like the characters were authentic in a way that honestly made me a little uncomfortable. It was impressive, really.
  • Honestly the ending was really satisfying and made me like the book better as a whole.

The Meh :

  • There was a very graphic abusive relationship, in this book, that included a rape in detail. While I understand why it was in the book, it really disturbed and distracted me when reading the rest of the book.
  • I could see the “plot twist”, at the end of the book, from a mile away. Pretty much from the first 100 pages I knew where the entire book was going.

The Bad :

  • The book is marketed as a thriller,  but I think that was the wrong move because  was literally never thrilled. I think it would have been a better move to market it as lit-fic or satire.

  • STORY – 3.5/5 (I expected it to be a better thriller but all the twists and turns were pretty predictable. It was a good precautionary tale for those who will do anything to fit in.)
  • CHARACTERS – 3.5/5 (they were all so unlikable in a way that was just WAY too authentic. Like I don’t know too many book that had more believable characters than this one, but still…so unlikable)
  • WRITING– 3/5 (it was ok. Nothing spectacular but not insulting)
  • UNIQUENESS – 3.5/5 (I haven’t read a book quite like this before but I have read many books about upperclass New Yorkers (even if this was supposed to be satire))
  • ENJOYMENT  – 4/5 (I found this book super interesting. I thought the present parts were a little more interesting than the past but it didn’t bother me much.)


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

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