I have to admit, when I first began reading Doctor Sleep, I was concerned. The mini hero of The Shining had turned into a dissociative fugue, lost in drugs and alcohol. His state was more than depressive and I found myself wanting to place the large novel aside. Then Abra and the True Knot stepped into the picture.
They brought to the story all the purpose Dan Torrence needed and the book to life! I started on Monday and finished on Wednesday! I was amazed, anxious and compelled to see what would happen next! That's the sort of book a reader is jonesing for when it comes to horror.
Stephen King is a man of detail and he gives it to you in this book, on a moderate scale. None of that over-kill that presses one to jump ahead a few sentences or to the next paragraph. I admit, it's a bit slow once Dan transforms from the adorable kid with Tony in the back of his throat into the coke-fiend in adult years, but once he gets where he's supposed to be, it's all good! Be prepared for about thirty pages of bar fights, stealing and guilt, then burn through and don't look back.
This book tells of Dan's maturation while dealing with a child who won't leave his mind or chalkboard alone. The second story told of the True Knot, an inhuman group in search of Steam- a person's essence that grants immortality- from particular people. Dan and Abra, the girl, and the True Knot come together with an clash so epic, it could only be written by the great man himself. Check out Doctor Sleep!
*Rating: 👓👓👓👓👓/5 Specs
*Enclave is next.
**Book from my personal collection.
This Friday's novel is The Curse of Crow Hollow and I highly recommend it. The story is about five families, but primarily about faith, mystery, occult and mob mentality.
Teens bring on what the town's folk consider a curse. Strange happenings, illness and much more is centered around Alvaretta, the mountain witch. When she places a curse on the four teens that assaulted her, things get hairy.
I found this book a wild ride and especially enjoyed the narrator, who is an elderly local. Coffey gives a great story, using a unique style and keeps readers intrigued- anxiously anticipating the ending. Happily, I didn't figure anything out- It keeps one guessing and a little creeped out!
I would encourage any reader to pick up this book. I must admit, it's a little slow around the center of the book, but the ending is explosive and there are no loose ends, leaving you satisfied.
Billy Coffey is a Christian author, so I held it to a higher expectation and was not let down. I could definitely put him in the same category as Peretti, Dekker and Malley. You have to read this book!
Have a great day and pick up another book!📚
*Doctor Sleep is next.
**BookLook Bloggers provided me with the advanced reading copy for an honest review.
alongside his brother Lennon, Kirsty (the wife) at home, suffering from a litany of mental disorders and their hormone-enraged daughter, Lucy. They are your typicals, your norms and your ordinary. Or are they? When they find everyone on their street, their block, town and further interested in their home, they aren't sure what to do. First an old man, then neighbors (sometimes in the buff), then hundreds of strangers stood in a catatonic state, staring at their home and Lucy begins to suffer prophetic nightmares. With all ideas chucked on the cause of such occurrences, Lennon decides the cabin fever is too much... and that's when the bizarreness really kicks off!
This book was totally awesome! I know, that's not how I should share, but it was such a fun read. From the moment the guys get home and spot an old man at the bus stop, to the end; it's a thrill-ride. Robinson shows how multiple forms of evil can settle in and stare you in the face, like a lethargic, nosy neighbor and bring out both the best and most troublesome qualities in you and your family. You have to read this one; go ahead. I think you'll enjoy it! 📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓👓/5 specs
*The Curse of Crow Hollow is next.
**I believe this book is from my personal library.
I was honored to receive The Marked Hosts as a 'to-be-released' novel. Since I'd previously purchased two other books by this author, I expected great things.
The Marked Hosts is about Contessa Torain, a sort of emissary between humans and Brevia (soul-eaters). She's at the top of the Devortus (her home) caste system but she finds herself distracted by a Draior child and the safety of her loved ones in her homeland.
First off, I love the amazing book cover. Book covers are a huge tidbit for me, like eye-candy. I've seen Johnson's in-process cover creations on social media; she's got a true talent. As for the story, it was a difficult read. I was looking for an intriguing, dark sci-fi of a thriller. Instead, I found a near impossible plot to follow.
The author carries a rudimentary style of writing that feels convulsive. The story's there but due to the way it's written, I couldn't enjoy it. The characters are under-developed, but I feel it's due to a lack of anthropological background on Devortus. Much of the information given feels made up along the way and caused a bit of conflict with previous data. Lastly, the author took away the reader's ability to see what was happening and where. I found everything told to me instead of described, even the most basic of details, preventing me from seeing what was taking place. I still have no clue as to what Contessa and Cezon look like. To the reader, this is vital to the imagination; they need to see the characters in their mind's eye.
I really wanted to enjoy this book, but I couldn't; I found myself stopping and starting up several times. When I did finish the book, I realized there was a story with possibility. It just needs more structure and proper flow. This author is determined and I see her improving with future books.
Have a great week and and even better book!📚
Rating: 👓/5 Specs
*Starers is next.
**eBook provided free by Aubey, LLC.
Believe it or not, I finished this book in less than 24 hours! I got caught up from beginning to end, stopping only to eat, and conduct proper hygeine. Well, I did sleep. And before I went to sleep, I read another book, but I always do that. Anyway...
The Thing About Jellyfish is the story of Suzanne "Zu" Swanson and how she dealt with the loss of a loved one. A friend. A friend she'd hurt and never got to apologize before said friend, Franny, drowned while on family vacation. The story occurs during the most confusing of times in a young child's life... Middle School.
The story was a great read, because from the very start you know "Zu" is a dumb kid. She's almost typical, dealing with both mortality and acceptance; which is impossible to do alone. She romanticizes everything using jellyfish facts and analogies as she grapples with the emotions she refuses to share with friends, family or counselor. She tries her best to cope but it's rather ridiculous.
Ali Benjamin wrote "Zu" as scatterbrained, creative, curious and just about anything else a 6th/7th grader could be. As if reaching back into adolescence, she managed to grasp a piece of childhood and actualize the ignorance that once dwelled within us all, which made for a fun story. Especially when "Zu" decides to go away, seeking understanding from a professor and biologist in Cairns, Australia! How many of us fantasized about running off to make the impossible possible... by stealing someone's credit card or pocket money?
This YA novel will warm the hearts of elementary school readers as well as adults. It's about self-awareness, awkwardness, puberty and simply put, life. When you finish, you'll look back to your past experiences, wondering what pivotal moment had you in "Zu's" shoes. Go enjoy a happy day and a great book! 📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓👓/5 Specs!
*The Marked Hosts is next.
**Free ARC/signed copy provided by Hatchette Book Group.
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