September Wrap-Up

Welcome to my September wrap-up, aka how many times I say “spooky” in one post.  (Hint:  it’s a lot.)

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Today is the last day of September, which means tomorrow begins my favorite reading month.  Bring on the spooky, creepy, ghoulish books all. month. long. (Though now I think about it, all of the books I read this month had a spooky element.)

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I’m so very slowly getting back into my regular reading schedule, so this month wasn’t my best reading month, but I’ll take it if it means leaving the slump way, way behind!  Here are the 8 books I read in the month of September:

 

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The Sirens by Joseph Knox

Set in a sprawling, twilight northern city, Sirens introduces Aidan Waits, a disgraced young detective caught stealing drugs from evidence and subsequently blackmailed into going undercover. When an MP’s daughter runs away from home, Waits is sent to track her down and finds himself at the centre of a maelstrom of drugs, blackmail and deception.

Uncovering the motives of those involved, he’s thrown forwards through politicians, police and drug lords – towards a conclusion and a truth he really doesn’t want to know.

I gave this one a 2/5 stars and my full review can be found here.

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Vassa In The Night by Sarah Porter

In Vassa’s neighborhood, where she lives with her stepmother and bickering stepsisters, one might stumble onto magic, but stumbling away again could become an issue. Babs Yagg, the owner of the local convenience store, has a policy of beheading shoplifters—and sometimes innocent shoppers as well. So when Vassa’s stepsister sends her out for light bulbs in the middle of night, she knows it could easily become a suicide mission.

But Vassa has a bit of luck hidden in her pocket, a gift from her dead mother. Erg is a tough-talking wooden doll with sticky fingers, a bottomless stomach, and a ferocious cunning. With Erg’s help, Vassa just might be able to break the witch’s curse and free her Brooklyn neighborhood. But Babs won’t be playing fair…

I gave this 3/5 stars and my full review is here.

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Carrie 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 gave this a 3/5 stars.  It isn’t my favorite Stephen King novel I’ve read, but it’s his first and perfect for this time of year.

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Final Girls by Riley Sager

Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout’s knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media’s attempts, they never meet.

Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past.

That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy’s doorstep. Blowing through Quincy’s life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa’s death come to light, Quincy’s life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam’s truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.

That is a super long Goodreads synopsis!  I gave this a 2/5 stars and had a lot of feelings about it which can be found here.

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The Cure For Dreaming by Cat Winters

Olivia Mead is a headstrong, independent girl—a suffragist—in an age that prefers its girls to be docile. It’s 1900 in Oregon, and Olivia’s father, concerned that she’s headed for trouble, convinces a stage mesmerist to try to hypnotize the rebellion out of her. But the hypnotist, an intriguing young man named Henri Reverie, gives her a terrible gift instead: she’s able to see people’s true natures, manifesting as visions of darkness and goodness, while also unable to speak her true thoughts out loud. These supernatural challenges only make Olivia more determined to speak her mind, and so she’s drawn into a dangerous relationship with the hypnotist and his mysterious motives, all while secretly fighting for the rights of women. Winters breathes new life into history once again with an atmospheric, vividly real story, including archival photos and art from the period throughout.

I absolutely adored this book and gave it a 4.5/5 stars.  My gushing review can be found here.

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Alone by Cyn Balog

When her mom inherits an old, crumbling mansion, Seda’s almost excited to spend the summer there. The grounds are beautiful and it’s fun to explore the sprawling house with its creepy rooms and secret passages. Except now her mom wants to renovate, rather than sell the estate—which means they’re not going back to the city…or Seda’s friends and school.

As the days grow shorter, Seda is filled with dread. They’re about to be cut off from the outside world, and she’s not sure she can handle the solitude or the darkness it brings out in her.

Then a group of teens get stranded near the mansion during a blizzard. Seda has no choice but to offer them shelter, even though she knows danger lurks in the dilapidated mansion—and in herself. And as the snow continues to fall, what Seda fears most is about to become her reality…

I gave this book a 3/5 stars and my full review is here.

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The Witches by Roald Dahl

This is not a fairy-tale. This is about REAL WITCHES. Real witches don’t ride around on broomsticks. They don’t even wear black cloaks and hats. They are vile, cunning, detestable creatures who disguise themselves as nice, ordinary ladies. So how can you tell when you’re face to face with one? Well, if you don’t know yet you’d better find out quickly-because there’s nothing a witch loathes quite as much as children and she’ll wield all kinds of terrifying powers to get rid of them. Ronald Dahl has done it again! Winner of the 1983 Whitbread Award, the judges’ decision was unanimous: “funny, wise, deliciously disgusting, a real book for children. From the first paragraph to the last, we felt we were in the hands of a master”.

4.5/5 stars.  A fantastic story that all ages will appreciate.

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Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life. A life with a stepbrother, a stepmother, and strangest of all, an adoring younger half sister.  Kacey’s new life is eerily charming compared with the wild highs and lows of the old one she lived with her volatile mother. And everyone is so nice in Broken Falls—she’s even been welcomed into a tight new circle of friends. Bailey and Jade invite her to do everything with them.

Which is why it’s so odd when they start acting distant. And when they don’t invite her to the biggest party of the year, it doesn’t exactly feel like an accident.  But Kacey will never be able to ask, because Bailey never makes it home from that party. Suddenly, Broken Falls doesn’t seem so welcoming after all—especially once everyone starts looking to the new girl for answers.

2/5 stars.  I was so excited it for this one and was pretty disappointed.  To make myself feel a little better, I’m indulging in another spooky gif.

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Happy spooky reading!

 

 

 

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Book Review || Alone

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Title: Alone

Author: Cyn Balog

Publication Date: November 1, 2017

Version: Netgalley ARC

Genre: YA, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense

Rating: 3/5 Stars

When her mom inherits an old, crumbling mansion, Seda’s almost excited to spend the summer there. The grounds are beautiful and it’s fun to explore the sprawling house with its creepy rooms and secret passages. Except now her mom wants to renovate, rather than sell the estate—which means they’re not going back to the city…or Seda’s friends and school.

As the days grow shorter, Seda is filled with dread. They’re about to be cut off from the outside world, and she’s not sure she can handle the solitude or the darkness it brings out in her.

Then a group of teens get stranded near the mansion during a blizzard. Seda has no choice but to offer them shelter, even though she knows danger lurks in the dilapidated mansion—and in herself. And as the snow continues to fall, what Seda fears most is about to become her reality…

I just finished this book last night and am still conflicted.  With a premise like that and a creepy, locked house vibe set from the beginning and the warning that something horrible is going to happen throughout gave me major The Shining feels, I was so ready to dive into this one.

When I pulled up this book on my kindle, I was *shocked* to see the estimated time to finish this book was only 3ish hours.  That seemed like a mistake, and since I didn’t have page numbers available, I was convinced it was until it only took me a few hours to read this book, so it certainly is a super fast read.

Let me say the things I liked about this book first.  It was entertaining and definitely kept me on my toes while I was reading it.  I felt the dread and creepy atmosphere throughout, so I appreciated that for such a short read, it was able to do that.

I also really liked how at the end, we realize everything wasn’t exactly as we thought throughout the whole story.  I won’t give anything away, but there is a twist at the end that made me question everything I had read up until that point, which was pretty unique.

One thing I really didn’t like was the rest of the ending.  It felt unbelievable and at one point a bit problematic.  Again, I don’t want to give anything away, but I had a love/hate relationship with the ending in a big way.

Another thing I wasn’t a fan of was the character discrepancies with Seda, the main character.  Who she was in Boston before moving to the creepy new house and who she is after seem like two completely different people, despite the two times only being a few months apart.  And at the end, everything that happens seems pretty out of character as well.

In the end, I’m giving this book a 3/5 stars because it was a quick, entertaining read, despite its faults.

**Thank you to Netgalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.**

 

Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

It’s been a minute since I’ve done a book tag and since I really enjoy watching other videos and reading other tags, I decided to do one I recently saw on youtube from about 2 years ago from TheBookArcher which you can find here!

This is the Unpopular Opinions tag.  I love discussing unpopular opinions, especially about books because passionate opinions definitely surface when talking about loved and loathed books.

Also, by no means am I saying these books are horrible because some of my favorite books are probably loathed by many people as well.  These are just my opinions and of course, are not set in stone by any means!

Now, onto the tag!

Question One:  What is a popular book or series you didn’t like?

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The Magicians series by Lev Grossman.  I read the first book and it currently stands as one of my least favorite books of all time.  I know it is adored by so many people and I’ve heard nothing but good things about the t.v. show, but I am just not a fan of this book and didn’t continue on in the series because of that.

Question Two:  What is a popular book or series everyone hates, but you love?

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The Awakening by Kate Chopin.  This takes some explaining.  While this is a book that many people are divided on in a you really like it or really, really don’t kind of way, but I remember reading it for the first time in high school and being the only person in my English class that really liked it.  I had one other friend who also liked it, but everyone else absolutely loathed it, which is why I’m using it for this answer.

Question Three:  Name a love triangle where you didn’t like who the MC ended up with.

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The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.  I really get so sick of love triangles, particularly when they are done in a way that pushes the reader to like one character of the other so there really is no question as to who you want the MC to end up with.  I can’t go in depth on why I don’t like the outcome of the love triangle in this book because it would give away sooo many spoilers, but it’s pretty disappointing.

Quesion Four:  What is a popular genre you rarely reach for?

Though I’ve been reading a lot more lately for some reason, YA Contemporary is usually not my cup of tea.  But really, if the books sounds good, I’ll go for it no matter the genre.

Question Five:  Name a popular character you don’t like.

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Jericho Barrons in Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning.  He’s a jerk.  Apparently his jerkness apparently gets better as the series go on, but I’m not interested in finding out any time soon.  Hot?  Yes.  Mysterious?  Sure.  Huge freaking jerk?  Totally.  No thanks.

Question Six:  Who is a popular author you can’t seem to get into?

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Cassandra Clare.  I tried so hard to love The Mortal Instruments series.  I really did.  But I couldn’t finish the series.  And then I decided to throw advice out the window and tried really hard to love The Infernal Devices series.  So much trying.  But I just have to admit defeat.  Her books are beloved by plenty, so it’s probably okay that they just really aren’t for me.

Question Seven: What is a popular series you have no interest in reading?

I try not to say never, so I’ll go with some series I have started and won’t be finishing.

Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas and the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard.  After the first book in the TOG series, I just didn’t feel compelled to finish, especially since I think her ACOTAR series is much better.  And since finding out that the what was supposed to be triology will now be possibly much longer, I have no desire to continue with King’s Cage.

Question Eight: Name a book that is worse than it’s movie adaptation.

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The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux.  This is a bit unfair because POTO is my favorite musical, so to me, the musical is better than the book, but I do appreciate that the book is the original work that the musical was created from.

Those are my unpopuuuuularrrr (to the tune of Popular from Wicked) bookish opinions!  Let me know if we have any opinions in common or if I just stabbed your favorite book (unintentionally) in the heart!

 

 

 

 

Book Review || The Cure For Dreaming

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Title: The Cure For Dreaming

Author: Cat Winters

Publication Date: October 2014

Version: Audiobook

Genre: YA, Magical Realism, Historical Fiction

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Olivia Mead is a headstrong, independent girl—a suffragist—in an age that prefers its girls to be docile. It’s 1900 in Oregon, and Olivia’s father, concerned that she’s headed for trouble, convinces a stage mesmerist to try to hypnotize the rebellion out of her. But the hypnotist, an intriguing young man named Henri Reverie, gives her a terrible gift instead: she’s able to see people’s true natures, manifesting as visions of darkness and goodness, while also unable to speak her true thoughts out loud. These supernatural challenges only make Olivia more determined to speak her mind, and so she’s drawn into a dangerous relationship with the hypnotist and his mysterious motives, all while secretly fighting for the rights of women.

This is my first Cat Winters book and I officially want to read every single one of her novels.  Seriously, I just added all of her work on my every growing TBR because this book was INCREDIBLE.

First, I loved the character of Olivia Mead.  She is brave, loving, and fiercely intelligent.  Oh, also, she’s a badass suffragist in a time where it was very much frowned upon to be a suffragist.  Winters has a gift of creating characters that behave in a way that makes sense for the time period she’s writing about while still focusing on the surrounding issues, in this case, the right to vote for women.

I am also always so happy when romance, girl hate, and love triangles aren’t the sole focus of YA novels with everything else simply acting as a catalyst for these tropes, and this book does a perfect job of keeping the main storyline the focus with romance taking the back seat.

The only reason this is more like 4.5 stars and not 5 is because it was the tiniest bit repetitive in parts, but I absolutely adored everything else about this book.  I listened to it on audiobook since my library audio app had it (and it was a totally random but incredible pick!), but apparently the physical book has photos from the 1900s which is awesome.

So, if you like gorgeously written, atmospheric books with historical fiction, magical realism, and a whole lot of awesome women fighting for social justice, this needs to be your next book!

September Book Haul

Another month, another haul full of books that sit next to the growing pile of books staring at me, just waiting to be read.  Did I add 9 books to my already outrageous TBR pile?  Yes, I did.  Do I have good intentions of reading what I have already?  Of course.  Will I keep buying books despite all of this?  Most likely.

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I will say that 3 of these books were second hand and 2 were given to me as a gift, so it’s not like I could say no–you know what, let’s just get into the haul.

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Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life. A life with a stepbrother, a stepmother, and strangest of all, an adoring younger half sister.  Kacey’s new life is eerily charming compared with the wild highs and lows of the old one she lived with her volatile mother. And everyone is so nice in Broken Falls—she’s even been welcomed into a tight new circle of friends. Bailey and Jade invite her to do everything with them.  

Which is why it’s so odd when they start acting distant. And when they don’t invite her to the biggest party of the year, it doesn’t exactly feel like an accident.  But Kacey will never be able to ask, because Bailey never makes it home from that party. Suddenly, Broken Falls doesn’t seem so welcoming after all—especially once everyone starts looking to the new girl for answers.

Tis the season for mysteries, thrillers, suspense, and horror.  Bring it on!

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The Witches by Roald Dahl

This Roald Dahl classic tells the scary, funny and imaginative tale of a seven-year-old boy who has a run-in with some real-life witches! “In fairy tales witches always wear silly black hats and black cloaks and they ride on broomsticks. But this is not a fairy tale. This is about REAL WITCHES. REAL WITCHES dress in ordinary clothes and look very much like ordinary women. They live in ordinary houses and they work in ordinary jobs. That is why they are so hard to catch.” Witches, as our hero learns, hate children. With the help of a friend and his somewhat-magical grandmother, our hero tries to expose the witches before they dispose of him.

I have never read this Dahl, so what a perfect time for it.

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Carrie 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 already finished this one and gave it a 3/5 stars.  If you are looking for a book heavy on the horror side for fall, Stephen King is the author for you.

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Paradise Lost & Paradise Regained by John Milton

Here in one volume are the complete texts of two of the greatest epic poems in English literature. Each a profound exploration of the moral problems of God’s justice, “Paradise Lost” and “Paradise Regained” demonstrate Milton’s genius for fusing sense and sound, classicism and innovation, narrative and drama.

A classic I’ve been wanting to read, so when I found it in the thrift store, it was kind of perfect.

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Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Under the streets of London there’s a place most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, knights in armour and pale girls in black velvet. This is the city of the people who have fallen between the cracks.

Richard Mayhew, a young businessman, is going to find out more than enough about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his workday existence and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and utterly bizarre. And a strange destiny awaits him down here, beneath his native city: Neverwhere.

I have been hesitant to pick up a book by Neil Gaiman after reading Stardust and really disliking it, but this book sounds really good, so I think it’s time to move on.

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The Reader by Bernhard Schlink

When he falls ill on his way home from school, fifteen-year-old Michael Berg is rescued by Hanna, a woman twice his age. In time she becomes his lover—then she inexplicably disappears. When Michael next sees her, he is a young law student, and she is on trial for a hideous crime. As he watches her refuse to defend her innocence, Michael gradually realizes that Hanna may be guarding a secret she considers more shameful than murder.

I’ve heard good things about this book and since it was another thrift find, I had to get it.

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Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

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.

This is the second Joe Hill novel I own and both are on my TBR pile.  I can’t wait to read this, especially when I’m in the mood for something extra creepy!

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The Room By The Lake by Emma Dibdin

When Caitlin moved from London to New York, she thought she had left her problems behind: her alcoholic father, her dead mother, the pressure to succeed. But now, down to her last dollar in a foreign city, she is desperately lonely.

Then she meets Jake. Handsome, smart, slightly damaged Jake. He lives off-grid, in a lakeside commune whose members practise regular exercise and frequent group therapy. Before long, Caitlin has settled into her idyllic new home.

It looks like she has found the fresh start she longed for. But, as the commune tightens its grip on her freedom and her sanity, Caitlin realizes too late that she might become lost forever…

This is one of the books I was gifted this month and I absolutely cannot wait to read it.

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Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

For more than two hundred years, the Owens women have been blamed for everything that has gone wrong in their Massachusetts town. Gillian and Sally have endured that fate as well: as children, the sisters were forever outsiders, taunted, talked about, pointed at. Their elderly aunts almost seemed to encourage the whispers of witchery, with their musty house and their exotic concoctions and their crowd of black cats. But all Gillian and Sally wanted was to escape.

One will do so by marrying, the other by running away. But the bonds they share will bring them back—almost as if by magic…

I have a confession.  I have never seen this movie all the way through!  But I’m hoping that is to my advantage because this is the other book I was gifted this month and it sounds absolutely perfect for a fall/Halloween read.

Those are the books I bought/were given this month.  What’s on your fall/Halloween TBR?

Happy reading!

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Book Review || Final Girls

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Title: Final Girls

Author: Riley Sager

Publication Date: July 2017

Version: Physical book (library copy!)

Genre: Suspense, horror

Rating: 2/5 Stars

Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout’s knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media’s attempts, they never meet.

Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past.

That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy’s doorstep. Blowing through Quincy’s life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa’s death come to light, Quincy’s life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam’s truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.

Oh, where to even begin.  Let me first say I was so excited for this book, especially this time of year and especially since Stephen King blurbed it.  I was ready for this book that sounded very horror movie-esque (especially since I much prefer to read scary stories over watching scary movies).  What I wasn’t prepared for was that for a suspense/thriller, this book was so slow.  If you don’t want to read about lots of baking, lots of do I/don’t I trust her/him/anyone internal monologue with very, very few moments of a plot that moves forward at a reasonable pace, maybe try a different book.

At one moment, I even wondered if this was a more character-driven book, but most of the characters felt too one-dimensional, which isn’t great if the characters are supposed to drive the plot forward.

When the book finally does manage to pick up (closer to the end than the beginning), it starts to get more and more ridiculous.  The shocking reveals feel forced and the surprises come out of nowhere.  Not in a “wow, this makes sense now but I never saw it coming” type of way, but “this seems like a stretch” type of way.

The biggest positive is I love the idea for this book and I felt like the very beginning was the strongest part of the book, but sadly, it just went downhill from there.

 

Book Review || Vassa In The Night

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Title: Vassa In The Night

Author: Sarah Porter

Publication Date: September 2016

Version: Audiobook

Genre: Fantasy, YA

Rating: 3/5 Stars

In the enchanted kingdom of Brooklyn, the fashionable people put on cute shoes, go to parties in warehouses, drink on rooftops at sunset, and tell themselves they’ve arrived. A whole lot of Brooklyn is like that now—but not Vassa’s working-class neighborhood.

In Vassa’s neighborhood, where she lives with her stepmother and bickering stepsisters, one might stumble onto magic, but stumbling away again could become an issue. Babs Yagg, the owner of the local convenience store, has a policy of beheading shoplifters—and sometimes innocent shoppers as well. So when Vassa’s stepsister sends her out for light bulbs in the middle of night, she knows it could easily become a suicide mission.

But Vassa has a bit of luck hidden in her pocket, a gift from her dead mother. Erg is a tough-talking wooden doll with sticky fingers, a bottomless stomach, and a ferocious cunning. With Erg’s help, Vassa just might be able to break the witch’s curse and free her Brooklyn neighborhood. But Babs won’t be playing fair…

First and foremost, if you are undecided about reading this book, look up the tale of Vasilisa The Beautiful, because that is what this book is based on and it is just as weird as the original tale.

Second, let me stress to you: this book is WEIRD.  I really enjoyed the weirdness, but this book will absolutely not be for everyone.  At its heart, it’s a fantasy with elements of magical realism, but very different from anything I’ve ever read, which is one of the positives: the story is very, very creative.  If you get tired of reading the same story over again with different titles, this book is for you!

If convenience stores that dance on chicken legs, a talking doll who has a knack for stealing, and motorcyclists who aren’t as they seem all seem like perfect elements for a good story, this book is for you!

If you are wondering what the heck I’m talking about and just really wish I’d stop and why is a convenience store dancing on chicken legs (?), then this book maybe isn’t for you.

There were parts that were a little repetitive and moved slowly, which is why I gave this a three stars and the opinions on Goodreads are definitely divided into liked it and onboard with the weirdness to what the heck noooooooo.  But if you are up for the strangeness and a lot of magic, then this book is definitely for you!