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Revival – Stephen King

Revival – Stephen King

Stephen King himself described his much-awaited new novel, Revival, as a “nasty, dark piece of work,” claiming, “It’s too scary. I don’t even want to think about that book anymore.” He said much the same about his classic novel Pet Sematary, which he consistently names (until now, perhaps?) as the scariest book he has ever … Continue reading

The Silent Wife – A. S. A. Harrison

The Silent Wife – A. S. A. Harrison

I got The Silent Wife for Christmas, having put it on my Amazon wish list after seeing a great review of it on Slate. I had heard it compared to Gone Girl in the “unputdownable-ness” category, and while I would agree that they were similarly hard to put down, I think it was for pretty … Continue reading

Joyland – Stephen King

Joyland – Stephen King

For the longest time, I had it in my head that Joyland was a graphic novel (aka, a glorified comic book), so I never seriously considered reading it. That impression was corrected one day when I was wandering through Target and saw it on the shelf. Curious, I picked it up, and discovered, to my … Continue reading

Above – Isla Morley

Above – Isla Morley

I got Above through Netgalley. I wouldn’t have even seen it had I not received an email suggesting it as a good fit for me. As soon as I saw that it was in the vein of The Lovely Bones and Room, I was definitely intrigued. Blythe Hallowell is sixteen when she’s abducted by her … Continue reading

Thoughts on the Hunger Games Movie

Thoughts on the Hunger Games Movie

No, not Catching Fire—I haven’t seen that one yet. It actually took me a long time to be even a little interested in seeing The Hunger Games. I loved the book, but am historically disappointed in movies adapted from books. I know, I know, different mediums, different artists—but it’s very hard for me to separate the … Continue reading

The Dinner – Herman Koch

The Dinner – Herman Koch

I’ve had The Dinner on my Amazon wishlist for a while, but I don’t actually remember why. I remember reading some list a long time ago of book recommendations; it might have been on Slate.com. I put a bunch on my wishlist and promptly forgot about them. Every once in a while I would go … Continue reading

Allegiant – Veronica Roth

Allegiant – Veronica Roth

So, this was my reaction upon finishing Allegiant: No no no no no No no no no no no no NO NO NO NO NO ARRRRRRRGGHHHHHH I thought maybe a few days would go by and I wouldn’t hate it so much, but not so. I still hate the ending. I invested far too much … Continue reading

Dr. Sleep – Stephen King

Dr. Sleep – Stephen King

Guys, Dr. Sleep was awesome. I mean, I knew it would be, but I was also afraid a little because this is the first true sequel (other than the Dark Tower series, I suppose) that Stephen King has ever written, and I was worried it might spoil the stand-alone-ness of The Shining, or even Dr. … Continue reading

Three Graves Full – Jamie Mason

Three Graves Full – Jamie Mason

Title: Three Graves Full Author: Jamie Mason Published: February 2012, Simon & Schuster Summary There is very little peace for a man with a body buried in his backyard. The truth of this novel’s opening sentence is not lost on Jason Getty, a pale, meek, and quiet man who hides a damning secret at the … Continue reading

Hiding in Sunshine – John and Caitlin Stuart

Hiding in Sunshine – John and Caitlin Stuart

Title: Hiding in Sunshine Author: John Stuart and Caitlin Stuart Published: October 2012 Summary Gavin and Lisa Brinkley have it all. Two beautiful daughters, Becky and Jessica; a beautiful mansion on a 8-acre lot in Concord, Massachusetts; incredible wealth from Gavin’s many patents. An incredibly gifted high-tech entrepreneur, Gavin has secured enough royalties from his … Continue reading

Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

Title: Gone Girl Author: Gillian Flynn Published: 2012, Crown Publishers Summary On the morning of their fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne’s wife, Amy, disappears from their rented home on the banks of the Mississippi. The police quickly zero in on Nick, who may not be as nice of a guy as he first appears; meanwhile, … Continue reading

#603: Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier

#603: Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier

Title: Rebecca Author: Daphne du Maurier Published: 1938 Summary “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” Among the most famous opening lines in history, Rebecca’s might be one of the most haunting—and with good reason. The story of the second Mrs. de Winter and the horror she encounters at Manderley, her husband’s enormous estate on … Continue reading

The Passage – Justin Cronin

The Passage – Justin Cronin

Title: The Passage Author: Justin Cronin Published: 2010, Harper Collins Length: 771 pages (on iPad Kindle app) Summary A twist on both the vampire and zombie fads, The Passage is a story of human genius quickly gone awry; of a manufactured virus that does not kill those it infects, but rather transforms them into something … Continue reading

Pet Sematary – Stephen King

Pet Sematary – Stephen King

“Sometimes, dead is better.” This is the haunting tagline of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary, which I made myself finally finish last night. And despite having read it before, I am still utterly horrified by it and I expect it’ll take me a few days to fully recover. Let’s get through this review quickly so I … Continue reading

The Uninvited – Liz Jensen

The Uninvited – Liz Jensen

So, for those of you who don’t know, NetGalley is just about the greatest thing ever. If you’re a reviewer or blogger, you can get FREE e-galleys of books you’re interested in, some of which haven’t been published yet (as is the case with The Uninvited). All you have to do is sign up and … Continue reading

The Casual Vacancy – J. K. Rowling

The Casual Vacancy – J. K. Rowling

Okay, here’s my real review of The Casual Vacancy, based loosely off the initial thoughts I posted last week! Also, there are marked spoilers in this, so if you haven’t read it yet but want to, stop reading when it says “spoiler time”!! For those of you who have been living under a rock for … Continue reading

Kiss The Girls – James Patterson

Kiss The Girls – James Patterson

So I happened to be at a library a few weeks ago—I say “a” library rather than “the” library because I wasn’t in my local library—and I saw a cart of paperbacks with a sign that said “25 cents each.” Of course I couldn’t help but look (who could resist getting a book for a … Continue reading

#67: House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski

#67: House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski

I first read House of Leaves during the summer of 2007. In my AP Literature class my senior year of high school, we had to choose outside reading books each quarter from an approved list that our teacher provided, and we were allowed to do “modern” literature for one of those quarters. House of Leaves fell … Continue reading

The Dead Zone – Stephen King

The Dead Zone – Stephen King

The Dead Zone is another one of Stephen King’s better-known novels—at least to me—probably because I remember hearing a lot about the TV series when I was younger. (It was actually more successful than I thought, running from 2002-2007!) It’s one of his older books, published in 1979, and is one of the “Castle Rock” … Continue reading