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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!

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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.)

ALL IN ALL I GIVE THIS 2.8 PLOT TWISTS OUT OF 5!

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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!

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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.)

ALL IN ALL I GIVE THIS BOOK 5 HIDDEN LETTERS OUT OF 5!

 

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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)

Weezer

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

Gorillaz

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.

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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.

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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.

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Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell || Book REVIEW

I have heard great things about Rainbow Rowell’s works for YEARS, but never picked any up. So, when I saw Fangirl at my local library, I picked it up ASAP! Did I like it as much as everyone else? Let’s find out!

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From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park. A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

Rating – PG13 (Some language and intense scenes)

Publication Date – September 10, 2013

Length – 445 pages


The Good:

  • I related to the book more than I expected I ever would. I feel like the media always portrays college to be this explosion of fun and friendship and that honestly just hasn’t been my experience. I believe that Rowell may have made Cath and Wren to show what college is like for two kinds of people (Introverts and Extroverts) so that there was an accurate representation for most college students.
  • Seriously though some of the experiences that Cath went through was so relatable to me, as a college student who also posts written content on the internet. I think this is an important read for those who are have experienced university, or are planning on in the near future.
  • I liked the relationship between sisters and their parents. Although I haven’t ever experienced what Cath went through, in regards to her family life, I felt for her and recognized that it may be ultra relatable and helpful to others.

The Meh:

  • The story wasn’t that interesting to me, in the end. I was intrigued while reading, but when I finished, I was underwhelmed. I knew this was a story less about having a huge ending and more about being relatable, but there was something that happened at the very end that I think was supposed to invoke an emotional reaction, but I didn’t really care. Maybe I just wasn’t invested enough.

The Bad:

  • The dialogue was some times just bad. Like cringe-worthy to say the least. I love cheesy contemporary romances, but this one sometimes went too far. Thinking about this makes me uncomfortable.
  • What’s cringier than the dialogue? Cath’s actions once she is in her relationship. AH! There was a scene where she is in her boyfriends room (y’all know the one) and I had to take a break from the cringe. It really bothered me.

 

  • STORY – 4.5/5 (Pretty good. I like the accurate representation of college life, but didn’t make an impact on me.)
  • CHARACTERS – 3.5/5 (Character personalities were interesting and realistic, but their actions made me want to cringe into a pretzel.)
  • WRITING – 3/5 (Average, but again CRINGE)
  • UNIQUENESS – 4/5 (Accurate representation of college and internet life made it stand out to me as something different.)

ALL IN ALL I GIVE THIS 3.75 SIMON SNOW FAN FICS OUT OF 5!

 

Have you read this book? What did you think about it? I’d love to know! Also, so sorry about not posting for a couple weeks…I just needed a little break to get myself together and couldn’t fit this into my schedule. I am back now though! Look forward to a Music This Month, a couple videos, and my Quarterly wrap up coming soon!

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A Darker Shade Of Magic (Shades of Magic #1) -V.E. Schwab || Book REVIEW

This is one of the first YA books I’ve read to completion in years, and is one of the few fantasy books I’ve picked up recently, as well. Has this sparked a love for YA fantasy, in my heart? Let’s find out!

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From V.E. Schwab, the critically acclaimed author of Vicious, comes a new universe of daring adventure, thrilling power, and parallel Londons, beginning with A Darker Shade of Magic.

Kell is one of the last Travelers–magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes–as such, he can choose where he lands.

Rated – PG13 (Violence, intense, some gore)

Publication Date – February 24, 2015

Length – 401 pages.


The Good :

  • This book was SO fun. Seriously. I found myself on the edge of my seat, more than once. I  was honestly really surprised by this because I don’t usually find myself gripped by books, unless they are horror or mysteries. So, this was a pleasant surprise.
  • The magic system was also interesting to me. I can’t really remember the last fantasy book I’ve read, that included magic, but I don’t think I’ve ever read anything like it. I liked that it could take over a person, almost like possession.
  • Of course, the jumping between Londons was awesome, and it made me wonder if there was something similar going on, in the real world (Victoria, do you know something we don’t???)
  • I was surprised by the grit of this book. I didn’t realize YA got this bloody and violent. I’m intrigued…
  • I enjoyed Lila, and the other supporting characters. They had spunk and when something bad happened to one of it, I really felt their pain.
  • The villains were awesome too! They were so devilish and the way I imagined their voices, sent chills down my spine. Loved them!
  • This is a 400 page book, but it really felt like 200. I like that! This was a quick, easy, and fun read.
  • I was afraid there would be some kind of “chosen one” story line, but it really doesn’t seem that way. I love that. Let them work for their power!
  • There is little, to no, love story! YES! I LOVED that! It really raised the quality of this book, for me. Not that I don’t enjoy a romance subplot, in appropriate places, but this book didn’t need it.

The Meh:

  • The writing was less than stellar. I feel like with a little more “oomf” this could have been FANTASTIC!

The Bad:

  • Don’t shoot me, but I was not a huge fan of Kell. Brooding, serious main characters are really not for me. I need them to have a sense of humor or SOMETHING! It’s just so boring to me. Luckily, I liked the other characters enough to save this book for me, but it seriously could have been ruined with just this.

  • STORY – 4.5/5 (SO FUN! It took me by surprise and the twists and turns were exciting. Plus points for no love story or “chosen one” story line.
  • CHARACTERS – 3/5 (The villains were really cool and the side characters were interesting, but I didn’t like how serious the main character was…lighten up dude.)
  • WRITING – 3.5/5 (It didn’t blow me away, but it was fine.)
  • UNIQUENESS – 4/5 ( The magic system, the different Londons, and lack of love story made this a unique read.)

ALL IN ALL, I GIVE THIS 3.75 NEW BOOTS OUT OF 5!

 

I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read the next, in the series! Have you read this series? What did you think about it? I’d love to know!

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The Summer That Melted Everything – Tiffany McDaniel || Book REVIEW

I was sent this book by the author in return for a full and honest review. This did not affect my thoughts about the book.

I have never read a “magical realism” book before, even though it totally seems up my ally. Did this book give me more interest in the genre? Let’s find out!

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Fielding Bliss has never forgotten the summer of 1984: the year a heat wave scorched Breathed, Ohio. The year he became friends with the devil.

Sal seems to appear out of nowhere – a bruised and tattered thirteen-year-old boy claiming to be the devil himself answering an invitation. Fielding Bliss, the son of a local prosecutor, brings him home where he’s welcomed into the Bliss family, assuming he’s a runaway from a nearby farm town.

Rated : PG 13 – Some language, intense scenes, and racial slurs. TRIGGER WARNING – ABUSE, RACIAL SLURS, AND SUICIDE.

Length : 320 pages

Publication date – July 26, 2016


The Good:

  • In my review of Backwoods Ripper by Anna Willett (see HERE), my biggest issue with the book was that it seemed to take a lot of inspiration from Misery by Stephen King. I had similar feelings about this book, but it actually made me like it more, instead of less. The book I think this took inspiration from was To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Collins, along with many others. I especially saw the similarities between Attitcus Finch and Autopsy Bliss (the fathers in both). Maybe this raised the standard of the book for me because I loved both of those characters (let’s be fair, I’m allowed to be biased), but I really think it was because both characters were essential to the plots of their respective books and were done well.
  • The setting was awesome. It was set in the 1980’s, but sometimes I felt it was set even before then, due to the fact that our characters live in a small, rural town. I think this was a really realistic take on these small towns, due to the fact that they often grow with the times slower than bigger cities.
  • I was first put off by some of the characters, because I felt they were given quirks just for the sake of standing out among the rest, but as the story went on I really grew to love them. I feel like these oddities that seem to follow around every character (a little person who fixes roofs, or a woman who refuses to go outside due to fear of the rain, for example) were actually there, to make the character growth seem even more dramatic, and I’m not mad about it.
  • Every once in awhile, there would be something said that I found incredibly profound. It actually took me a while to get through this book because I found myself having to actually put it down, and really think about what I just read.
  • Some important themes like race, mental illness, and sexuality appeared, in this book, and I was really pleasantly surprised by that and how it was handled.

The Meh :

  • As you could probably guess from the synopsis, a major theme in this book is religion. I can’t say it was addressed poorly, by any means, but I’m just kind of tired of seeing religion being portrayed this way, in books. I can’t really go into much detail, in fear of spoiling anything, but I think I’m going to have a whole discussion about this, on my Youtube Channel.
  • This book jumps between two time periods, 1984 and present day, where we follow the main character in his adolescence and when he is around seventy, looking back on his life. I really could have done without the present day section, in fact, I wish it was omitted completely. I understand it was there to show the impact the summer of ’84 had on him, but I wish it had been left up to interpretation.

The Bad :

  • The only thing I had a real issue with in the book, was that writing took me a LONG time to get used to. I can’t really place my finger on what bothered me so much about it, but I actually considered putting it down more than once, in the first 20 pages or so.

  • STORY – 4.5/5 (I really enjoyed reading about when the main character was a child, but was much less interested in him as an adult. I didn’t need to learn what came of him after, and wish it was left up to interpretation.)
  • CHARACTERS – 5/5 (At first I thought they were hokey, but as I read I realized their quirks had purpose.)
  • WRITING – 4.5/5 (Took me a while to get into the groove of the writing. )
  • UNIQUENESS – 5/5 (Although obviously inspired by many books, the story was still its own.)

ALL IN ALL, I GIVE THIS 4.75 ODDLY COLORED SHOELACES OUT OF 5!


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