Wednesday, November 28th 2018

Pet Sematary

Pet SemataryPet Sematary by Stephen King
Published by Pocket Books on January 31st 2017
Pages: 560
Goodreads
four-stars

Discover the classic #1 New York Times bestseller from master storyteller Stephen King!
When Dr. Louis Creed takes a new job and moves his family to the idyllic and rural town of Ludlow, Maine, this new beginning seems too good to be true. Yet despite Ludlow’s tranquility, there’s an undercurrent of danger that exists here. Those trucks on the road outside the Creed’s beautiful old home travel by just a little too quickly, for one thing…as is evidenced by the makeshift pet cemetery out back in the nearby woods. Then there are the warnings to Louis both real and from the depths of his nightmares that he should not venture beyond the borders of this little graveyard. A blood-chilling truth is hidden there—one more terrifying than death itself, and hideously more powerful. An ominous fate befalls anyone who dares tamper with this forbidden place, as Louis is about to discover for himself…

Dafuq did I just read. 

Stephen King is the only author who can use even blatantly obvious foreshadowing, and still make the outcome completely interesting. Even when expected. It’s a talent. 

It’s been a hot minute since I have read any Stephen King. I honestly cannot remember the last novel of his I read. I have read a handful and none of them disappointed. And this was no exception. As with all his novels, the pacing is perfect. Even when I thought for a moment that there was a lull in the middle of the book, I realized when I got past it, he was setting up a sense of normalcy before punching me in the gut. And the reveals! Even when I was expecting them to some degree, he still managed to take me by surprise in his delivery. 

All of the main characters and even some of the secondary characters were fully developed. I felt like I really knew all of these people and their actions made sense based on their personalities and their backgrounds. 

The only reason this book is getting 4 stars instead of 5 from me is due to the ending. While I liked the ending for the most part, there was a character who I didn’t feel closure with and I really wanted that. I was left wondering what the hell happened to them. It was a loose end that I really wish had been tied up. But other than that, Pet Sematary is an amazing read. I cannot wait for the new film adaption coming out in 2019.

four-stars

Thursday, April 27th 2017

Horrorstör

HorrorstörHorrorstör by Grady Hendrix, Michael Rogalski
Published by Quirk on January 1st 1970
Pages: 248
Goodreads

three-stars




Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland, Ohio. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjerring bookshelves, shattered Glans water goblets, and smashed Liripip wardrobes. Sales are down, security cameras reveal nothing, and store managers are panicking.
To unravel the mystery, three employees volunteer to work a nine-hour dusk-till-dawn shift. In the dead of the night, they’ll patrol the empty showroom floor, investigate strange sights and sounds, and encounter horrors that defy the imagination.
A traditional haunted house story in a thoroughly contemporary setting, Horrorstör comes packaged in the form of a glossy mail order catalog, complete with product illustrations, a home delivery order form, and a map of Orsk’s labyrinthine showroom.
Designed by Andie Reid, cover photography by Christine Ferrara

This was the first time in a long time that I gave into the hype of a book. Several booktubers I follow and respect and who have the same tastes as me highly recommended this book. It was labeled as spooky, hilarious and weird. And while I did like this book, I did not love this book. Sadly, it did not live up to the hype for me. It just wasn’t as spooky, hilarious or weird as I wanted it to me. For me, it slightly missed the mark on all three counts. Also, I didn’t really care about any of the characters in this book. Even the main character fell flat for me.

What I did love about this book, was the concept. I really did like the idea of a kooky horror story happening within a department store very much like Ikea. But I do feel that the author could have taken the concept much further.

I do own a copy of My Best Friend’s Exorcism by the same author and I hope I like that book much more. Horrorstor: A Novel

three-stars

Monday, February 27th 2017

Sharp Objects

Sharp ObjectsSharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
on January 1st 1970
Pages: 254
Goodreads

four-stars




Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows, a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family's Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.

This book made me physically ill. I loved it. I did like Dark Places just a bit more as I was more into the whole “satanic panic” theme, but this book actually gave me stomach aches at times. And I honestly cannot think of another book that has done that to me. At times I found the main character’s choices to be a little frustrating. I felt like I would have gone about doing things a little differently. But when I got the end, I understood why she did what she did. I rated it 4 stars only because there were a few parts where I felt the pacing was off. The story would speed way up and feel very fast-paced and I felt like I had to finish it. But then all of the sudden it would slow way, way down and I almost got bored. I am glad I pulled through, but I felt like the pacing could have been a little better.

Overall I really enjoyed this one (when it wasn’t making me ill). And this was the last Gillian Flynn book that I had not yet read. So now I am all caught up with what she has published!

four-stars

Sunday, January 29th 2017

Dark Places

Dark PlacesDark Places by Gillian Flynn
Published by Shaye Areheart Books on May 5th 2009
Pages: 349
Goodreads

five-stars




From The #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Of Gone Girl
Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice" of Kinnakee, Kansas. She survived—and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club—a secret secret society obsessed with notorious crimes—locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben. Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history: She’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club—for a fee. As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started—on the run from a killer.

This book is fucked up. That was the exact sentence I said to my roommate once I finished the book. It was so fucked up. But oh so good. I have recently become obsessed with the My Favorite Murder podcast. If you don’t know what that is, shame on you. After listening to 36 episodes of that podcast and then reading this book…damn. I know the book is fiction, but I can completely see this happening.

This book is horrifying but I could not stop turning the pages to find out what was going to happen next.

five-stars

Friday, January 27th 2017

The Grownup

The GrownupThe Grownup by Gillian Flynn
Published by Crown on November 3rd 2015
Pages: 64
Goodreads

five-stars




A canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud. On a rainy April morning, she is reading auras at Spiritual Palms when Susan Burke walks in. A keen observer of human behavior, our unnamed narrator immediately diagnoses beautiful, rich Susan as an unhappy woman eager to give her lovely life a drama injection. However, when the "psychic" visits the eerie Victorian home that has been the source of Susan's terror and grief, she realizes she may not have to pretend to believe in ghosts anymore. Miles, Susan's teenage stepson, doesn't help matters with his disturbing manner and grisly imagination. The three are soon locked in a chilling battle to discover where the evil truly lurks and what, if anything, can be done to escape it.

I am not going to say much about this book because it is so short. What I will say is that this book may be tiny, but it packs a hell of a creepy punch.

five-stars

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