Book Review Round-Up

Book Review Round-Up

Happy Monday, everyone!

I know that Mondays are always a pretty annoying day of the week. However, it may make it a little bit enjoyable knowing that I’ve reviewed some books. Right?!

If you know what I’ve read on bookstagram, then you must know there are reviews for these books waiting on Goodreads to review.

Here’s what I’ve read recently and reviewed up on Goodreads:

You by Caroline Kepnes

This is the story of a young guy named Joe who obsessively starts stalking a woman named Beck. He believes that they would be a beautiful couple together, but Beck doesn’t know it yet. And Joe does everything in his power to make sure that their relationship is perfect and flawless and unforced. Sadly, everything is forced for Joe as he stalks her, hacks her email, imitates her friends online, and even kills people.

I wasn’t that impressed by this book. However, it wasn’t terrible. I actually did read the entire book at the end, so that has to count for something. But there were a few themes that I didn’t like and skewed my thoughts on this book. Check them out.

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Misery by Stephen King

Misery is actually the name of a character written by Paul Sheldon, one of the main characters of this book. He was kidnapped by Annie Wilkes, a huge fan of Paul Sheldon’s who happened to find him passed out in his car. When Annie takes him home, she decides that he needs to right some wrongs in his writing and forces him to write a new book starring the lovely Misery.

I don’t think I could have been freaked out enough with my first Stephen King novel. Seriously, I read this book in a day and had my face in a pillow for most of it. I had to even take a walk around the block afterward just to clear my head of the kind of person Annie Wilkes turned out to be. Shuttering.

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Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

This is a collaborative book written by two authors about the apocalypse. It follows Aziraphale and Crowly (an angel and a demon respectfully) who are trying to keep the end of  days from happening because they’ve become accustomed to life on Earth.

The book is really interesting and I can’t wait to see how this plays out on the TV show. I loved how all the details of the book kind of come together at the end. The first half is to introduce all the characters and what they will be doing and the other half is the actual end of time. However, the writing was a little bit extra. Granted I don’t think this will be an issue on the show (since most of what was described can be very masterly done on screen), but in terms of a book it wasn’t jiving with me.

 

What I’m Reading Wednesday – Spooktober Edition!

What I’m Reading Wednesday – Spooktober Edition!

Alright, folks. This weekend is the #8inBoo Read-a-thon over on Bookstagram. It’ll be hosted by the ladies of 25inFive and it’s going to be so fun!

What is a read-a-thon?

A read-a-thon is just a challenge to read as much as you can over the course of a few days. For example, 25inFive stands for “25 hours of reading over the course of 5 days.”

For 8inBoo, the challenge will be reading for 8 hours over the course of two days. The “boo” in this reference is because it’s freaking Halloween time and we’re going to read something scary. This weekend (October 19 – October 20) will be the weekend to die for.

Of course, you don’t have to read something scary, but I will. I don’t normally read horror or thriller fiction because I’m a huge baby and I can’t stand the scares. However, it’s a very important time of year where the folks of America scare the ever-living daylights out of each other in good cheer. I don’t get into that, but I do get into reading.

Here’s what I’ll be reading this year for #8inBoo

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Books for a Spooky Halloween

img_0004Happy Halloween, everyone! I spent my weekend eating Halloween candy and reading romance novels, but I wanted to share some spooky stories to get you in the Halloween mood. I know I’m a little late to the party here, but I figure there are horror fans all year round. Enjoy them any time of the year!

179780The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty – Four decades after it first shook the nation, then the world, William Peter Blatty’s thrilling masterwork of faith and demonic possession returns in an even more powerful form. Raw and profane, shocking and blood-chilling, it remains a modern parable of good and evil and perhaps the most terrifying novel ever written.

The Exorcist was probably the first scary book I’ve read. I knew about the movie, but never had seen it. I actually remember trying to watch it after reading this book and just being scared the entire time. I think my entire body was shaking with nerves. However, I didn’t have that same reaction when I was reading the book. So perhaps if you’re not a big horror movie fan you can read this instead!

1868380Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse, an ordinary young couple, settle into a New York City apartment, unaware that the elderly neighbors and their bizarre group of friends have taken a disturbing interest in them. But by the time Rosemary discovers the horrifying truth, it may be far too late!

I was in high school when I read this book. My copy is bound together with a rubber band and even though I read it once, it still haunts me to this day. If you haven’t read it, I strongly suggest you do. It makes watching the movie a little bit more digestible as well!

 

 

10592Carrie by Stephen King – Carrie knew she should not use the terrifying power she possessed… But one night at her senior prom, Carrie was scorned and humiliated just one time too many, and in a fit of uncontrollable fury she turned her clandestine game into a weapon of horror and destruction…

I’ll admit that I haven’t read this one, but it’s perhaps my favorite Stephen King novel-turned-into-a-movie. I guess you can say it’s some pretty dark YA. However, if you think about it in the light of understanding bullying or other emotional triggers, this book has it all. It might be scary, but sometimes the truth can be scary. All except the telekinetic abilities.

 

9460487Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

This has been sitting in my TBR for a really long time. The truth of this novel is that it’s not really that scary. I think the scary aspects have to come from the old photos scattered throughout the story. I’m not a fan of old photos because it feels like their spirit is staring into my soul. They’re like clowns to me. I don’t want to be staring at clowns.

22288Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk Haunted is a novel made up of stories: twenty-three of the most horrifying, hilarious, mind-blowing, stomach-churning tales you’ll ever encounter.

They are told by the people who have all answered an ad headlined ‘Artists Retreat: Abandon your life for three months’. They are led to believe that here they will leave behind all the distractions of ‘real life’ that are keeping them from creating the masterpiece that is in them. But ‘here’ turns out to be a cavernous and ornate old theater where they are utterly isolated from the outside world – and where heat and power and, most importantly, food are in increasingly short supply. And the more desperate the circumstances become, the more desperate the stories they tell – and the more devious their machinations to make themselves the hero of the inevitable play/movie/non-fiction blockbuster that will certainly be made from their plight.

I read this back when I was in college (notice a trend on my horror books) and remember the short story about the black box. You can’t see in it and there’s no knowing what’s inside the box without looking into it. That story probably stuck out to me more than any other, but I would suggest if you don’t want a night’s sleep to pick this up and enjoy it.

7728889The Diviners by Libba Bray Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.

Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.

As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened.

Ok, so I didn’t expect this to be scary AT ALL. I thought it was going to be a supernatural story similar to those I’ve read from YA, but I didn’t think there would be demonic moments in the story. Not to spoil the entire story, but the scene of the young girl in Greenpoint, Brooklyn really strung a chord with me especially since I live in Greenpoint, Brooklyn currently. Even though it was scary, I was still intrigued by the story and ended up reading to the end. If you’re a fan of those horror films where there’s a haunted house and demons you have to battle against then you might be interested in this one.

And finally…

52635The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker – The Hellbound Heart is one of his best, one of the most dead-frightening stories you are likely to ever read, a story of the human heart and all the great terrors and ecstasies within.

At last he had solved the puzzle of Lemarchand’s box. He was standing on the threshold of a world of heightened sensations. In moments the Cenobites – who had dedicated an eternity to the pursuit of sensuality – would be here. They would reveal dark secrets that would transform him forever.

Seriously, Hellraiser and the Hellraiser series was the scariest thing I watched when I was a kid. My sister and I were obsessed with the puzzle box and one year even buying a replica for my cousin. The box is supposed to open the gates to Hell unleashing the cenobites. One of the most famous cenobites is Pinhead, which my family and I would believe to be played by a British theater actor who could only score this Hollywood movie.

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Happy Halloween!!!