Book Tag Thursday: The Halloween Book Tag

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It’s my favorite time of year again, Halloween! I’ve been excited all week to read horror books, watch scary movies, and do a Halloween book tag of course!

Michelle over at Book Adventures hosts this meme every week and she has decided to make this fabulous Halloween Book Tag herself! Make sure you guys credit her and go check out her blog.

I’ll be treating all of these as questions even though they technically aren’t, just so you know.


1.) Favorite Scary (Must Read) For Halloween?

The Girl from the Well (The Girl from the Well, #1)

This book is probably one of the scariest I’ve ever read, period. Is it scary the entire way through? No. It’s still fucking terrifying though! The best way for me to describe it is to compare it to two well known (scary as shit) horror moves, “The Ring” and “The Grudge”. Just so you all know I watched “The Grudge” when I was in the 4th grade and I can’t even THINK about that movie and not have nightmares, so when I compare this book to that then you understand fully how scary this book is.

If you want to read a longer more gif-filled rant about this book then you can check out my review for it here.

2.) Scariest Book Cover, Like Ever?

Slasher Girls & Monster Boys

I would have said the cover for “The Girl From The Well” is the scariest cover BUT I just used that book for the previous question. So instead I’ll go with the cover for “Slasher Girls & Monster Boys” because something about that little…creature thing on the front really creeps me out. Just look at it! It’s disturbing! Although the content within the book is just as scary if not scarier so readers beware!

3.) If You Could Go Trick-or-Treating With Any Author, Who Would You Pick?

Kendare Blake, she wrote “Anna Dressed in Blood” and after reading that I have come to the terms that she is a horror writing goddess and I would therefore LOVE to run around on Halloween with her!

4.) If You Could Dress Up As Any Bookish Character For Halloween, Who Would You Be?

Eowyn from “The Lord of the Rings” because she’s a total badass, ’nuff said. This way I can run around pulling my helmet off yelling “I am no man!” and that’ll be great.

5.) If You Could Find Anything (From Any Book) In Your Trick-or-Treat Stash, What Would You Hope To Find?

Am I allowed to assume my Trick-or-Treat bag is bottomless like Mary Poppins’ bag? If so I want the Iron Throne from “A Song of Ice and Fire” so I can be the One True Queen of Westeros. We’re talking about the REAL Iron Throne here, you know the one that’s huge and made out of thousands of swords, NOT that little piddly shit that passes for it on the TV show.

And if I have to pick something that will realistically fit into a Trick-or-Treat bag I’m going to go with a dragon egg, at least one. That way I will have a dragon in which I will TAKE the Iron Throne and be the One True Queen of Westeros.

Either way I’m going to be queen.

6.) In What Fictional World Would You Like To Go Trick-or-Treating?

The Harry Potter Universe. I’m not sure if anyone actually goes Trick-or-Treating in this world but I’ll definitely settle for eating at the Halloween feast in the Great Hall.

7.) What Book Villain Would You Not Like To Meet Alone In A Dark Alley On Halloween?

The Dark Lord, and since Voldemort AND Sauron both have that title I’m just going to go with both. I don’t want to meet ANY Dark Lord in an alley on Halloween.

8.) Would You Rather Dress Up As A Vampire, Zombie, Werewolf, or Shadowhunter?

A vampire I guess, I wouldn’t really be interested as dressing up as any of those ESPECIALLY not a Shadowhunter…..don’t even get me started on those guys but I’d go with Rose Hathaway from the Vampire Academy series. Yes technically she’s a dhampir but we won’t go into those details.

9.) Pick A Candy (Just One) From Harry Potter That You Would Love To Find In Your Stash?

Fizzing Whizbees, I don’t have a reason really. They look cool, they’d probably taste awesome, and if they’re the REAL magical Harry Potter kind I’d get to float a little bit.

10.) What Is Your Favorite Halloween Candy?

These delicious bastards! I also really enjoy candy corn but I wanted to go with something I love equally as much that’s not as popular.


That about wraps it up everybody, so if you’re looking to do an awesome Halloween tag before this Saturday feel free to do this one! I tag you. Make sure to credit Michelle over at Book Adventures if you do!

 

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(I seriously love “Hocus Pocus”)

11 Haunting Books To Read This Halloween

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That’s right kiddos it’s that time of year again, Halloween! So I’ve put together a couple of great recommendations to get you in the right mood for this Saturday.

I’ll list the books in order of least scary to the scariest, you’ll everything from charming all ages books to middle grade books to the scariest books you’ll ever read. Hopefully you find something to add to your TBR.


11.) How To Survive A Horror Movie by Seth Grahame-Smith

How to Survive a Horror Movie

This book will show you how to defeat every person/creature that any horror movie could ever throw at you:

  • How to perform an exorcism
  • What to do if you did something last summer
  • How to tell if you’ve been dead since the beginning of the movie
  • How to stay awake for a week
  • What to do when an evil vehicle wants you dead

Oh and did I mention that it’s down right hilarious and full of pop culture references?

Perfect For: Definitely a must read for any horror movie lover, like myself.You’ll appreciate all of the classic horror movie references throughout and laugh your ass off the entire time.

10.) The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book The story is about Nobody Owens who lives in a graveyard full of ghosts and other supernatural beings. Bod has lived there all his life and knows little of the world outside the graveyard, that is until the man Jack (who killed Bod’s family when he was a baby) finally tracks him down.

Perfect For: A perfectly spooky read for all ages, it is absolutely charming and heartwarming as well as full of adventure. Where’s the spooky come in then? There’s everything from ghosts, to werewolves and vampires. Perfect for Halloween.

9.) The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney

Revenge of the Witch (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #1)

Old Gregory has been the county’s Spook for years, rooting out evil and ridding the world of it. Now he needs to train someone to take his place, an apprentice, which is where Thomas Ward comes in. He wasn’t the first apprentice but he will be the last.

Perfect For: Once again all ages, it’s got witches, boggarts, and ghouls, you name it. Plus a handful of eerie scenes, that are sure to put chills up your spine. Who doesn’t love a good story with good guys taking down supernatural forces?

8.) Dracula by Bram Stoker

Dracula

A classic, how could I make a list of must read horror books for Halloween and not have “Dracula” on it?

Trust me when I say this is a classic that you can easily get into, it’s full of terror and thrills, and the overall feeling of the entire book is plain ol’ eerie. That’s really all I can say, it’s a classic for a reason people. Because it’s AWESOME.

Perfect For: Anyone who loves classics, vampires, or good old fashioned horror.

7.) Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

Rot and Ruin (Rot and Ruin, #1)

Benny Imura lives in a post-apocalyptic world full of zombies, and in order to not get his rations cut in half Benny must find a job at age 15. What better job to get then to be trained as a zombie hunter by his older brother Tom? Not to Benny, he’d rather be doing anything else actually. But what starts out as learning how to make a living turns into learning what it means to survive and be human.

I have a mini review for this book here.

Perfect For: People who love a lot of heart wrenching feels alongside their zombie horror fiction. It’s on this list because it has zombies, zombies are for Halloween and this is a good book. Read it.

6.) The Merciless by Danielle Vega

The Merciless

A super gory and slightly creepy book about a group of girls attempting to perform an exorcism on another girl. This book makes you question if something supernatural is really happening or if it’s simply the dark nature of humanity.  If I wanted to compare this to something I’d say it’s a cross between “The Exorcist” (or any movies with exorcisms really) and “Mean Girls”.  Don’t get me wrong this book is pretty creepy, slightly scary, and down right gory. Definitely worth checking out for any YA horror fan.

I have a review for this book here.

Perfect For: People who LOVE gore and a lot of girl drama.

5.) The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

The Dead House

This book is everything from psychologically twisted to supernaturally sinister, it’ll definitely give you goosebumps.

It’s been 20 years since a fire at Elmbridge High killed three students and left one missing: Carly Johnson. And the main suspect in the case is Kaitlyn, who is the alter ego of Carly. Carly comes out during the day and Kaitlyn the night. During the night is when the mystery of the Dead House appears as well as a dark and evil magic that torments the students of Elmbridge High. Is what haunts Kaitlyn psychological or supernatural? A question you’ll be asking even after you finish the book.

Even EXPLAINING this book gets my brain all twisted and confused. You can find my review for it here.

Perfect For: Anyone one who enjoys books where you get completely mind fucked with a paranormal twist.

4.) The Shining by Stephen King

The Shining (The Shining, #1)

A classic in it’s own sense because who hasn’t at least heard of “The Shining”? Plus I have to have some kind of King book on a list of scary books, obviously. Besides reading this book honestly scared me half to death, it scared me worse than the movie ever did.

(I’m taking this description from Goodreads because not only am I lazy but I am fairly confidant in the fact that everyone reading this already knows what “The Shining” is about)

Past horrors and evil lurk in Colorado’s Overlook Hotel, threatening winter season caretakers Jack Torrance, his wife Wendy, and their young son, Danny. Gifted with the shining, a clairvoyant Danny must battle the darkest evil in the remote hotel in an attempt to save his family from its influence.

Perfect For: People who want to read a classic horror book, people who want their pants scared off, or any fan of Stephen King.

3.) Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)

If you’re looking for a fantastic YA horror book then look no further than “Anna Dressed in Blood”, if you ask around for book recs in this genre then pretty much EVERYONE well recommend this book. It’s gory, scary, and just an all around enjoyable book. Anna is a badass.

Cas Lowood hunts ghost, like his father did before one killed him first. Cas is now in search of a ghost the locals refer to as Anna dressed in blood ,and she is like no other ghost he’s faced before she’s much more powerful. She’s killed anyone and everyone who’s entered her house and yet…she spares Cas’s life.

You can read my review for this crazy good ghost story here. 

Perfect For: Fans of gory horror, ghosts, and that’s it mostly…ghosts…gore…gory ghosts.

2.) Slasher Girls and Monster Boys stories selected by April Genevieve Tucholke

Slasher Girls & Monster Boys

An anthology of some of the best YA authors and horror authors around, it’s really REALLY awesome I can’t gush about this book enough. I mean it’s a book full of scary short stories and most of them will scare you shitless, seriously a couple of them had me legitimately looking over my shoulder while reading them.

You’ve got everything from psychological horror, gory/gruesome horror, supernatural creatures, and even some unsettling realism.

You can check out my review for every individual short story in this book here. 

Perfect For: Any fan of horror you’ll find every type of horror in this book, also perfect for anyone looking to get the crap scared out of them for a few days.

1.) The Girl From The Well by Rin Chupeco

The Girl from the Well (The Girl from the Well, #1)

Probably my new favorite YA horror book. I mean it’s horrifyingly scary and yet filled with a ton of fascinating Japanese ghost lore. I can’t explain how scared I was reading this book, I didn’t expect it at all.

Okiku is our narrating vengeful spirit who spends her afterlife hunting down and killing child killers,and a young boy soon draws her attention one that is covered in strange tattoos. And so we are drawn into a story involving children that can see dead people, creepy ass dolls, exorcisms, and scary ghosts.

You can check out my review for this amazingly scary book here. 

Perfect For: Horror fans (obviously), people looking for a book with really good Japanese ghost lore, and definitely for people looking to sleep with the lights on for several weeks after reading a book.


Well that does it for my Halloween book recommendations! Hopefully you found one that you want to hunker down with a bag of candy and read this week.

Happy Halloween!!!

Blog Awards: The Encouraging Thunder Award Nomination

Thank you so much to Michelle over at Book Adventures for nominating me for the Encouraging Thunder Award!

This blog award only consists of one basic question: Why did you start blogging?

Well it all started when my mother bought me “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” when I was 5, of course she read that one to me and I was enthralled.

Then we started the second Harry Potter book and at the time I was maybe 7 and I NEEDED to know what happened next but, unfortunately, my mother was talking on the phone. So being the pesky child I am I tried to get her attention and demand that she read to me now, and of course she told me no, so I went and sat and stared at my Harry Potter book trying to read it and accomplished reading a few sentences. I was pretty proud.

After that I was told my mother would not be reading to me anymore and that I’d have to read on my own, and I did just that and I haven’t quit yet! At that young age the passion of reading sparked inside of me and I really owe it to my mother AND J.K. Rowling. I like to think if it weren’t for Harry Potter I might have found reading to be boring like many other kids at that age do.

And also:

Truer words have never been spoken.

Now you know how I GOT my passion for reading.

So what did I decide to do about my passion for reading?

Start a blog of course! I don’t have many friends that enjoy reading like I do, so I figured what better way to talk about books then to get on the internet and find people who love them as much as me?

I’ve been blogging for about 2 months now, that’s right I’m a super newb and still learning the ropes. If you have any tips for me I would LOVE to hear them!

That’s really all there is to it, folks. I love reading and blogging is a great way to get out there and converse about books with fantastic people who share that interest. THAT is why I started blogging, and I don’t regret a minute of it.

Besides I love pushing my book feels onto the innocent book blogging community.


Annnnnnnd this is awkward, I don’t really have anyone to nominate. So if you want to tell me why you started blogging then consider yourselves nominated for this award!

Book Review: The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

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Two decades have passed since an inferno swept through Elmbridge High, claiming the lives of three teenagers and causing one student, Carly Johnson, to disappear. The main suspect: Kaitlyn, “the girl of nowhere.”

Kaitlyn’s diary, discovered in the ruins of Elmbridge High, reveals the thoughts of a disturbed mind. Its charred pages tell a sinister version of events that took place that tragic night, and the girl of nowhere is caught in the center of it all. But many claim Kaitlyn doesn’t exist, and in a way, she doesn’t – because she is the alter ego of Carly Johnson.

Carly gets the day. Kaitlyn has the night. It’s during the night that a mystery surrounding the Dead House unravels and a dark, twisted magic ruins the lives of each student that dares touch it.

review

Wow this book is so twisted and messed up I’m not sure my brain has recovered enough to properly rate it and write this review. Therefore it may be shorter than I’d like, but I may update it more later with more thoughts.

This is and isn’t YA Horror, it’s creepy but not really scary enough for me to feel like it’s good enough to compare to others I’ve read in this genre. It feels a lot more reminiscent to the style of Gillian Flynn, where it leaves you feeling like you need to go take a shower and watch a Disney movie to make yourself feel happy again.

PLOT

Probably the best part of the book for me because it makes you question EVERYTHING! You can’t trust any information you’re given, not even the tiniest piece. You also can’t trust any of the characters. Everything is very psychological in “The Dead House” so I REALLY mean it when I say you can’t trust anything you’re told.

While reading you’re going to be thinking mainly about two questions:

  1. Is Carly/Kaitlyn mentally ill and suffering from DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder)?
  2. Or is she under the influence of something sinister and supernatural?

So as I said already the book is very psychological but also it’s paranormal. Add those together and the result you get is a very unsettling and disturbing story.

The ending is also very open, it’s up to YOU to decide what you think really happened. Was Kaitlyn mentally ill or possessed/haunted? So if you’re looking for a book that gives you straight answers then this isn’t for you.

Also the format of the book makes it really interesting to read through, it’s written as a police report including Kaitlyn’s diary entries, newspaper clippings, transcripts for video clips and interviews.

Cool, right? It also makes for some pretty easy reading.

On another note, I love the cover. If you take the jacket off you even get ANOTHER awesome cover! It’s like my dream come true, if you want to impress me then you’ll put a cover underneath the jacket cover. Like so:

Both covers fit the themes of the book very well too. Bonus points.

characters

Meh.

I did not enjoy any of them, the only one even remotely interesting is the MC Carly/Kaitlyn that’s it. Every other character was boring, flat, and uninteresting. I feel like they were all just added to the story to do things to set plot points into motion. I felt that there was no character depth or complexity, with the exception of Carly/Kaitlyn as I said earlier.

Carly/Kaitlyn seemed to get more…foolish as the story progressed though, and no I do not mean because of her potential “mental health” issues. She’s potentially losing her mind or being manipulated by supernatural forces but that’s no excuse to lose all common sense. What I mean is if someone tells you don’t trust anyone especially your friends then I don’t know…..maybe you should LISTEN and not trust anyone!

And the romance, I’m cringing. What romance there was, was barely present throughout the entire book but it was so lifeless and unexciting. I could have done without it entirely. Seriously I think Bella and Edward had a better romance than any of the characters in this story. It’s somewhat important to the plot (unfortunately) so I must (grudgingly) accept it.

in conclusion

In conclusion this book was decent, if you’re looking for something to completely scare your pants off I would look else where but if you’re looking for something to really mess with your mind and creep you out then this might be the book for you. It’s worth checking out anyways and I will be looking out for anything else Dawn Kurtagich writes…..

Links: Goodreads / Amazon

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Book Tag Thursday: The Pastry Book Tag

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I was tagged by Michelle over at Book Adventures to do this tag, so do us both a favor and go check her blog out! This tag, as far as I know, was created by Writing On A Vintage Typewriter.


1.) Croissant: Name A Popular Book/Series That Everyone (Including You) Loves

Harry Potter

Honestly, is anybody going to do this tag and NOT say Harry Potter? Usually I’m not one to read a whole series just because everyone else loves it, but Harry Potter is the only exception. The ONLY exception!

2.) Macaroon: Name A Book That Was Difficult To Get Through But Worth It In The End

A Song of Ice and Fire Books

Normally I wouldn’t have said any of the ASOIAF books were hard to get through, but since the question is asking to select one that was worth it in the end then I will definitely pick these books. Pretty much all of the books in this series are at least 1,000 pages plus they’re fantasy books with TONS of information. It took my a while to read each one but ultimately they were worth it in the end.

3.) Vol Au Vent: Name A Book You Thought Was Going To Be Amazing But Fell Flat

With as much love for this book that’s out there you’re dang right I expected to love this book! And it was awful, horrible, and tedious to read through.

4.) Pan Au Chocolat: Name A Book That You Thought Was Going To Be Something But Turned Into Something Else

Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

Um…I usually know what a book is going to be about all the way through. So I’ll go with this book since I THOUGHT it was going to be all about zombies, killing zombies, zombies eating people, and running from zombies. What I did end up getting is a very touching and emotional tale about two brothers trying to keep their brotherly bond and survive in a post apocalyptic world. Are there still all of those other zombie things? Of course. I just wasn’t expecting all the feelings that came with it.

5.) Profiterole: Name A Book/Series That Doesn’t Get Enough Attention

This series needs more love! It’s thrilling, it’s gory, and it’s down right fascinating. Jasper “Jazz” Dent was raised by his father to be the world’s next greatest serial killer, but can he overcome this in order to prove to everyone he’s not his dad? Classic tale of nature vs nurture. If THAT doesn’t scream “Read Me” I don’t know what does.

6.) Croquembouche: Name A Book/Series That Is Extremely Complex

Okay first off I’d like to say you could use ANY fantasy series for this one, but since I already used the ASOIAF books then I’ll select something different. The Inkworld Series is pretty complex for something that’s supposed to be middle grade. There’s many different locations in the worlds and a wide cast of characters to keep track of.

7.) Napoleon: Name A Movie/Series That You Liked Better Than The Book

Literally none, I tried to think of some I really did! But there are absolutely no movies or shows that I like BETTER than the book.

8.) Empanada: Name A Book That Was Bittersweet

Thirteen Reasons Why

It’s about a girl who makes tapes of the thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. If this book isn’t bittersweet then I don’t know what is. I don’t read a lot of heart wrenching contemporary books.

9.) Kolompeh: Name A Book That Takes Place In A Country Other Than Your Home Country

Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1)

I never realized how many books I read take place in the United States…..like almost every single one. I’m assuming they wanted a REAL country and not a completely fictional one so I’m going with Italy! Rome, Italy to be specific. I would absolutely love to go to Rome and I will tell you a completely geeky fun fact about why, because I love Assassin’s Creed II and Brotherhood. “Angels & Demons” amplified on that however, I love reading anything where Italy is the setting.

10.) Pat Au Choux: Name A Food From A Book/Series You’d Like To Try

Butterbeer from the Harry Potter Books

Yes, I know people make real versions of Butterbeer and no I have not tried it yet. It kills me on the inside, I must know what you taste like Butterbeer!


I tag anyone who reads this post and wants to do it as well! Feel free to leave a link to your Pastry Book Tag so I can check it out!

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Book Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

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Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him & forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded & completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—& even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—& a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

review

***** I WILL be using an excessive amount of gifs to properly express my emotions on this book. You’ve been warned!*****

Things I Learned From “The Martian”:

  • I would definitely die on Mars because not only am I pretty lazy but I am also terrible at handling emergency situations and I’m horrible at math.
  • Duct tape literally fixes everything.

Anyways, I have a lot of mixed feelings on this book. On one hand it got way too boring with all the math and science, which is expected because it’s about a guy surviving on Mars. On the other hand, Mark Watney is one of the greatest characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading about.

See the dilemma?

Great character, evil math and science.

PLOT

Well as you probably very well know, it’s all about a guy surviving alone on Mars. Totally alone. Therefore he must use science to survive!

How about “No Science!”?

That’s right, I said it. This book is full of boring math and science. Now l completely understand why, Mark Watney HAS to use those to be able to survive on an inhospitable planet alone.

That, however, does not mean I have to enjoy the extensive use of math and science in the writing.

That is my number one complaint about this book, I was so close to DNFing it. Sorry, but reading about a guy calculating how he can grow potatoes using his own shit and how he can use rocket fuel to make water and so on is BORING. There are entire passages full of him calculating this crap.

I ended up skimming through a lot of those parts…….because of math.

But, I digress. Besides the excruciating amount of math I was force fed, the plot is very good. This guy has impossible odds against him, and rooting for him is the best part! And what way to make a math/science book more interesting than to make bad stuff happen to the protagonist constantly? The answer is nothing!

That’s right, Mars is always giving Mark Watney a big “fuck you”. Honestly I was so stressed out while reading this, but in a good way. It’s suspenseful, keeps you on the edge of your seat, and ultimately keeps you reading.

You name something that could possibly go wrong while being stranded on Mars and it probably happened to Mark Watney.

Basically I can sum up the ENTIRE plot with the use of one gif:

One good thing Mark had going for him? Duct tape.

“Yes, of course duct tape works in a near-vacuum. Duct tape works anywhere. Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped.”

Proof that duct tape can save your life even when you’re stranded on Mars!

Characters: Normally I would discuss a lot of the characters, but honestly who cares about them? Not me. I care about Mark Watney, he’s the only character you need to care about too.

Watney is such a GREAT narrator and protagonist. He never gives up on himself, he’s damn smart, and funny as hell. What’s not to like there? He was what drove the story on, he lightened the mood with humor, and handled every situation that was thrust on him. Also did I mention that he’s a sarcastic little shit?

“He’s stuck out there. He thinks he’s totally alone and that we all gave up on him. What kind of effect does that have on a man’s psychology?” He turned back to Venkat. “I wonder what he’s thinking right now.”

LOG ENTRY: SOL 61 How come Aquaman can control whales? They’re mammals! Makes no sense.”

See?  Hilarious, or maybe my sense of humor is weird in which case I am 100% okay with that.

 Also there were some NASA people and Mark’s crew in the story too. Meh.

in conclusion

 The book wasn’t really my cup of tea, I don’t particularly enjoy being forced through tedious pages of math and boring science. I did manage to finish the book with moderate enjoyment thanks to Mark Watney’s shining personality.

Would I recommend it? Meh, not really. Unless you really love math and science, then go crazy!

Links: Goodreads / Amazon

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Book Review: The Girl From The Well by Rin Chupeco

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You may think me biased, being murdered myself. But my state of being has nothing to do with the curiosity toward my own species, if we can be called such. We do not go gentle, as your poet encourages, into that good night.

A dead girl walks the streets.

She hunts murderers. Child killers, much like the man who threw her body down a well three hundred years ago.

And when a strange boy bearing stranger tattoos moves into the neighborhood so, she discovers, does something else. And soon both will be drawn into the world of eerie doll rituals and dark Shinto exorcisms that will take them from American suburbia to the remote valleys and shrines of Aomori, Japan.

Because the boy has a terrifying secret – one that would just kill to get out.

review

Well, shit. That was a lot scarier than I had originally anticipated. I mean I was on page 4 and I was scared shitless. Page 4, people!

 Japanese lore + creepy Asian ghosts = One heck of a great YA Horror book.

This book reads exactly how a horror movie plays out, a GOOD horror movie that is, with a good plot and even better scares. Reading this is seriously the equivalent of watching some of the scariest horror movies out there. I’m not exactly easy to scare either, watching horror movies from a young age has pretty much left me desensitized to scary things. But boy did this one give me the creeps.

 The plot is pretty good, not anything super exceptional though. The pacing got a little slow in the middle but not really that bad, the lore and mystery around the ghosts is more than enough to keep you interested.

Speaking of which, the Japanese lore in this book is very neat. It was kind of surprising since I went in thinking this was a book all about creepy stuff and ghosts. The lore is very informative and relates to the story well, it’s also super fascinating. Probably one of my favorite aspects of the story.

People who scare easy, avoid this book. I’m telling you it is so creepy and scary that I spent three quarters of the book being terrified. But that last quarter was surprisingly emotional and touching, I loved it. It was strangely beautiful, something I was not expecting whatsoever and it was a pleasant surprise.

 The writing was also perfectly creepy and really added to the overall scare-your-pants-off atmosphere. It was very descriptive, everything from Okiku’s kills to her following and watching people was explained in haunting detail. Lots of gore, lots of scares, and lots of chills. What more can you ask of a decent YA Horror book?

The ending did feel a little bit rushed though, but there’s a sequel so I can’t complain too much. Except to complain that I need the sequel now.

What I CAN complain about are the characters though. I found myself not really connecting or caring that much about them, Okiku (our ghostly narrator) was by far the most interesting and complex character. I mean she’s the vengeful 300 year old ghost right? What’s not to like?

Tark, Callie, and pretty much everyone else were pretty flat as far as characters go. They didn’t really CHANGE or DO anything except get themselves into trouble, they were just……meh. No complex characters here.

Sandra, a little girl in Callie’s 4th grade class, she can see the ghosts. She was amusing, cute, and horrifyingly creepy all at the same time! Nothing scares me more than a creepy little kid that knows more than they should, Sandra however was also cute so it helped. I liked her mostly though, even though she isn’t a major player she had more personality than Tark and Callie. She was still creepy as hell though.


So basically what this review is telling you is that a was a big wuss and was scared to death the entire time I read it.

I definitely recommend this book to anybody looking for a good scary book in time for Halloween! Or ya know….if you just like being scared (like me) then pick this book up too!

Links: Goodreads / Amazon

The Sassy