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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!

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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… – 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.)

ALL IN ALL I GIVE THIS 3.8 GUARDIANS OUT OF 5!

 

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We Came Back – Patrick Lacey || Gore and More Book REVIEW

SIDE NOTE – If you love horror you NEED to join the Gore and More bookclub, on Goodreads. Not only do you get to find under the radar books, but you also get to interact with the authors. It’s a pretty awesome experience, especially for book bloggers.

This was the Gore and More  pick of the month and as we know I haven’t had the best luck with, in the last few months. Did I enjoy this one more? Let’s find out!

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“WE CAME BACK is an emotional trip through our darkest fears. One of the best books I’ve read in years.”–Kristopher Rufty, author of SOMETHING VIOLENT and DESOLATION.

Growing up dead.

Melvin Brown sees things that aren’t there. Monsters with tentacles and razor-sharp teeth. Ever the social outcast, he is bullied to the point of suicide. And his hatred of those who did him wrong does not die with him.

One decade after Melvin’s death, something strange is happening to Lynnwood High School’s smartest and most popular students. They begin to act out and spend time at the former high school, now abandoned and said to be haunted. And their numbers grow at an alarming rate.

Is this just a passing fad or are the rumors true? Does Lynnwood really have a teenage cult on their hands? — Goodreads

Rating – R (Gore, Intense scene, Some sex, TRIGGER WARNING – SUICIDE)

Length – 366 pages

Publication Date – 4 / 15 / 17


The Good :

  • I felt like the characters were really realistic. I felt like everyone acted like ACTUAL PEOPLE! It also impressed me that we got an array perspectives from many different age groups. Some were from the perspectives of 17 year olds, some were from the perspectives of teachers (will talk about this later), and we even got the perspective of the monster.
  • Speaking of the teachers, I really liked how they were handled. I feel like in most books teachers are a role model or are complete jerks but in this case the teachers were actual people, if you can believe it.
  • I felt like everything actually made sense, in this book. A lot of times, in horror novels, I feel like the actions the characters take are not what people actually do, but what would help the plot along. In this, I never doubted that the characters’ actions were authentic.
  • The climax was really rewarding and surprising and I’m so glad it pleased me, because a bad climax will RUIN a book.

The Meh :

  • The writing was not bad…it just wasn’t great. Although it didn’t really bother me as I was reading, I try to review critically and I can’t just ignore this.

The Bad :

  • It pains me to say this, but I really felt like I’d seen this monster before. There were certain things that made him unique, but I literally read a book about tentacle monsters last month. I’m just tired of the premise I guess.

  • STORY – 4/5 (I was really surprised by how smoothly everything ran since the last few horror novels I read weren’t as great. I loved how everything the characters did made sense and it didn’t feel like their actions were just there to move along the plot. The monster was scary and so were his “minions”)
  • CHARACTERS – 4.5/5 (Every character felt realistic not matter what their age or situation. I really like the teacher perspective as well. You don’t usually see a teacher in a book who isn’t a jerk or a role model for another character. In this book they’re just normal people.)
  • WRITING – 4/5 (It wasn’t spectacular but it’s definitely not bad.)
  • UNIQUENESS – 4/5 ( I felt like I’d seen the monster before but in terms of how everything wrapped up, it was completely new and interesting to me.)

ALL IN ALL I GAVE THIS 4.1 CAMERAS OUT OF 5!

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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!

SPOILER WARNING – I COULDN’T REVIEW THIS WITHOUT SPOILING ANYTHING BUT YOU AREN’T MISSING ANYTHING!!!

Becoming

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 ended..like 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)

ALL IN ALL I GIVE THIS 2 TENTACLE MONSTERS OUT OF 5!

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

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