As you all know, next month this movie comes out! The previews make it look like it'll be the next big thing, so I wanted to make sure I finished the complete series, before seeing it at the show. I always want the book before the movie, you know? So here it is, in a nutshell, what I thought of all three books, by Ransom Riggs. Let's see if you agree...
I receive newsletters all the time from publishing giants like Simon & Shuster, Penguin (all variations), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and more. Rarely do I go so deep that I read more than a chapter or two in one of their announcements for a book. For some reason, the cover of Every Heart A Doorway, by Seanan McGuire called to me - and I now know why. The book bewitched me!
Normally when a story is re-told, then told again, and again and again, it becomes zestless, boring and repetitive. That's not the case with this tale, though I am becoming bored with the Snow White redux. I can happily say, The Shadow Queen, by C. J. Redwine, was different and written in a way, you could almost overlook the fact that it's recycled!
I wanted this book because of the amazing photo. I know it's nothing but a black apple with stenciled lettering, but it's so crisp, clean and HD'd to death- I had to read it. And you know what, sometimes you can judge a book by its cover. It was devilishly good.
This tale was so spooky and Lovecraftian- any Horror Lover will fly through this! I was lucky enough to receive The Dead Shift, by John Llewellyn Probert, through LibraryThing.com I'd like to have this on my bookshelf, but I won the ebook. I'll have to check into this one in it's physical form.
The story is about things from the lower bowels of Hell wanting to press into our dimension. How do they do it? By taunting us simple mortals on the nearest plane of existence. Through the blood-filled pages of a book, and sheer, evil determination!
Tell me if you've heard this one before: A man is brought to a UK Emergency Room, suffering a self-inflicted injury. He uses his blood to create a diagram onto the floor of his side room that opens and forces him into another dimension while other- unworldly things, for lack of a better word, escape into ours - transforming the hospital into a doorway, and feeding ground for the hellish & grotesque!
When I saw the cover of this book, I thought to myself, "You've never liked pugs... why do you want this book?" I think what drew me in was not the cover, but that small paragraph beneath the title:
A Ridiculous Little Dog, a Family Who Lost Everything, and How They All Found Their Way Home.
Who couldn't love something like that?
Seeing as my family also suffered through a house fire, back in 2011, I know the feelings of loss from such a tragedy. In The Pug List, by Alison Hodgson, their home is set ablaze! They lose it all, and coping seems a long time coming. But because of some persistence, they find a way to get through and come out happy on the other end. They look for a pug.
When I first heard of Dead Boy, by Laurel Gale, I thought it would be one of those comical stories that would be a little gross and a lot of funny! Oh no, this story is dark, gross and funny. I am so happy I didn't wait to read it with my son. I don't think, even at 12 years old, that he'd have liked it. Me- I loved it! It was different. It's YA, but can be enjoyed by any age. This story was put together with a magical imagination that has you feeling bad, mad, angry and extremely hopeful for a little, dead boy!
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