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

Saturday, November 17th 2018

Batch Reviews

I am behind in my book reviews and now it’s been a while since I have read some of them. Here are my quick thoughts and ratings. 

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: 3/5 stars. Meh, this is more like 2.5 rating for me. I read all eight comics. They were okay. Honestly, I like the show better. 

History is All You Left Me: 5/5 stars. Adam Silvera breaks my damn heart again. Jerk.

The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You: 4/5 stars. Just want I wanted. Enemies to lovers. A favorite trope. 

The Nowhere Girls: 4/5 stars. This was heartbreaking and intense. And all too familiar. 

The Wicked Deep: 4/5 stars. Beautifully atmospheric. 

The Perfect Mother: 4/5 stars. Creepy and a pretty good “who done it.” 

Meaty: 4/5 stars. I will read/listen to anything Samantha Irby puts out into the universe. 

Anger is a Gift: 5/5 stars. Very timely. A must-read for everyone. 

My Plain Jane: 4/5 stars. Not quite as good as My Lady Jane, but pretty close. Can’t wait for the third book.