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MAY WRAP UP!

May was the best reading month that I have had since I was in MIDDLE SCHOOL! Seriously I’m so proud of myself.

Stats –

  • I read 7 (!!) books this month! Out of those books there were –

0 – ★

0 – ★★

2 – ★★★

3 – ★★★★

2 – ★★★★★

  • Monthly Avg. Rating – 4 stars

 

  • 5 books I read in physical copies / 2 were E-Books
  • 2 physical books were library copies / 3 I owned.
  • I read 1 book for review.
  • I read 1 book for the Gore and More Book Club.

 

  • Altogether I read 2,726 (+ Devil’s Call because it doesn’t have a page count).

 

  • 3 books were adult Horror novels.
  • 1 book was an adult Mystery.
  • 2 books were Lit Fic.
  • 1 book was a Historical Fantasy.

 

Your House Is on Fire, Your Children All Gone – Stefan Kiesbye // REVIEW

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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.

Finished Reading – 5 / 2 / 17

Rating – 3.4 Creepy Kids out of 5!

  • Favorite Part – The creepy tone and the writing!
  • Least Favorite Part – The lack of an overarching narrative.

 

The Vegetarian – Han Kang // REVIEW

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Before the nightmares began, Yeong-hye and her husband lived an ordinary, controlled life. But the dreams invasive images of blood and brutality torture her, driving Yeong-hye to purge her mind and renounce eating meat altogether. It s a small act of independence, but it interrupts her marriage and sets into motion an increasingly grotesque chain of events at home. As her husband, her brother-in-law and sister each fight to reassert their control, Yeong-hye obsessively defends the choice that s become sacred to her. Soon their attempts turn desperate, subjecting first her mind, and then her body, to ever more intrusive and perverse violations, sending Yeong-hye spiraling into a dangerous, bizarre estrangement, not only from those closest to her, but also from herself.

Celebrated by critics around the world, The Vegetarian is a darkly allegorical, Kafka-esque tale of power, obsession, and one woman s struggle to break free from the violence both without and within her.

Finished Reading – 5 / 9 / 17

Rating – 4.1 Painted Bodies out of 5!

  • Favorite Part  – A great ode to mental illness and it was deeply unsettling!
  • Least Favorite Part – I didn’t care about characters.

Devil’s Call – J. Danielle Dorn // REVIEW

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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.

Finished Reading – 5 / 17 / 17

Rating – 3.4 Witches out of 5!

  • Favorite Part  – Loved the witches and their lore.
  • Least Favorite Part – I had a hard time following the story.

 

Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes

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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?

Finished Reading – 5 / 17 / 17

Rating – 5 Genius Rats out of 5!

  • Favorite Part – The story and characters were so genuine and heartbreaking.
  • Least Favorite Part – NOTHING 5/5 STARS

 

Night Film – Marisha Pessl

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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.

ONCE WE FACE OUR DEEPEST FEARS, WHAT LIES ON THE OTHER SIDE?

Finished  – 5 / 25 / 17

Rating  – 4.8 Cordova Films out of 5!

  • Favorite Part – How easily the real world intertwined with the fiction of this book.
  • Least Favorite Part – The tone was not as dark as I hoped.

 

We Came Back – Patrick Lacey // REVIEW

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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?

Finished  – 5 / 28 / 17

Rating  –  4.1 Cameras out of 5!

  • Favorite Part – The realistic characters and story line!
  • Least Favorite Part – The writing was very average.

 

IT – Stephen King

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Welcome to Derry, Maine. It’s a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real.

They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made twenty-eight years ago calls them reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city’s children. Now, children are being murdered again and their repressed memories of that terrifying summer return as they prepare to once again battle the monster lurking in Derry’s sewers.

Finished  – 5 / 31 / 17

Rating – 5 Pennywise the Clowns out of 5!

  • Favorite Part  – EVERYTHING THIS IS MY FAVORITE BOOK EVER!
  • Least Favorite Part – NOTHING THIS IS MY FAVORITE BOOK EVER!

 

And that was it for the month of May! I think I did really well! What was your favorite book of the month? I’d love to know!

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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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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!

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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.

ONCE WE FACE OUR DEEPEST FEARS, WHAT LIES ON THE OTHER SIDE? — Goodreads

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)

ALL IN ALL I GIVE THIS 4.8 CORDOVA FILMS OUT OF 5

 

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

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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!

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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)

ALL IN ALL, I GIVE THIS 5 GENIUS RATS OUT OF 5!

 

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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!

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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)

ALL IN ALL I GAVE THIS BOOK 3.4 WITCHES OUT OF 5!

 

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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!

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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.)

ALL IN ALL I GIVE THIS 4.1 PAINTED BODIES OUT OF 5!

 

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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!

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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)

ALL IN ALL, I GIVE THIS 3.4 CREEPY KIDS OUT OF 5!

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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

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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. – 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

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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

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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

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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

Rating – 2 TENTACLE MONSTERS OUT OF 5!

  • 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

 

Blink-182

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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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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