Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Killer Pizza Book Review

The Blurb

"Pizza you’ll die for!

Toby McGill dreams of becoming a world-famous chef, but up until now, his only experience has been watching the Food Network. When Toby lands a summer job at Killer Pizza, where pies like The Monstrosity and The Frankensausage are on the menu, things seem perfect. His coworkers, Annabel and Strobe, are cool, and Toby loves being part of a team. But none of them are prepared for what’s really going on at Killer Pizza: It’s a front for a monster-hunting organization!

Learning to cook pizzas is one thing, but killing hideously terrifying monsters? That’s a whole other story. Still, if Toby quits Killer Pizza, will monsters take over his town?"

My Thoughts

The Blurb gives a good idea of what is going on in the book. First I want to say I got major Buffy the vampire slayer vibes while reading this book, though it's by no means identical! Toby, Annabel and Strobe are the main characters and are all around 14 or 15 years old.

I loved getting to know the characters, and yes they became my babies. You do get to know the characters pretty well, and personally I could even relate some to Toby with him being shy. I felt for them and on some occasions had tears. I personally loved the pacing, the mix of getting to know what was going on and action, though I love getting to know characters and information it also had a lot of action and fight scenes and I loved every bit of it! It sucked me in from beginning to end and at times I was on the edge of my seat! All that said I can safely recommend it to young teens. If you are a R. L. Stine and/or Buffy fan i'd recommend checking out this book! It has humor, horror, suspense, action and feels wrapped up in a tasty package! I gave it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Goodreads widget aggravation

I realized I wanted to change the look of the Goodreads widget, so I did...but now I can NOT get it say anything other than "Stephanie's books", like currently reading or anything! I don't know why, it shows up right on Goodreads but will not show up right on the blog anymore...is it not allowed to blend in to have the correct name or something? All I did was customize the style, on Goodreads....I feel like "Stephanie's books" gives off the wrong impression, it isn't my book, it's the book i'm currently reading...so yeah :/ ...

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Night of the living dummy Book Review

Two twin girls compete a lot, Kris and Lindy. Lindy finds a dummy, Slappy, by the dumpster in the yard of the house next door which is currently being built, hence why they checked it out. Kris gets jealous as Lindy becomes a good ventriloquist, but Lindy also ends up being mean about it. Their dad ends up finding another dummy in a pawnshop for Kris. Competitiveness, meanness, and of course living dummy high-jinks..ensue. I didn't love it as much as The Haunted Mask but it was still creepy and enough fun to keep me interested, it took me a little over 2 hours to read. Of course that's just me enjoying The Haunted Mask more, for many this is their favorite :). I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.

Friday, May 27, 2016

The Haunted Mask Book Review

Goosebumps! I haven't read or watched Goosebumps since I was a child in the 90s, and I loved it back then! Goosebumps got me into reading in the first place as a child. So finally, I picked up a Goosebumps book again!

A shy, easily scared, 11 year old girl named Carly Beth is tired of being so easily scared, all the teasing and all the laughing at her. She vows to get revenge on her 2 friends Steve and Chuck on Halloween. She finds a really creepy realistic mask in a Halloween store just in time, that the owner reluctantly sells her since she wasn't supposed to see those ones.

Watching her go from an easily startled 11 year old girl to a demon out for blood was creepy, and I felt, quite realistic. I remember being a child and how much being teased and laughed at all the time hurts. Being able to get revenge would have been so tempting. Of course this is a horror book and the desire for a little revenge goes out of control, to the point she is no longer sure where the mask ends and she begins.

A part of me knew I should have been disapproving of her behavior...but instead I gleefully watched as she became a little terror to those around her. It didn't seem scary (to me) until she realized the mask wouldn't come off, and she might be stuck this way. I liked the twist at the end too.

The explanation felt a bit silly at times, but it's Goosebumps, a children's story. I enjoyed the book very much for the 2 hours it took me to read it. It's a fun entertaining read. I gave it 4.75 out of 5 stars.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Summer 2016 Want To Read

I don't personally like the term "to be read", for myself, because then I put un-necessary stress on myself and make reading a chore. It isn't ment to be a chore, but to be fun. This is my own personal problem, for many people TBR works. For me, I choose to use "want to read" as there are books that, for whatever reason, I do want to get to reading soon.

I ended up making my Summer Wand to Read pretty ambitious by accident but I think i'll be ok. Granted with "want" to read I could decide i'm not in the mood to read any of them and choose something else as I don't want to force myself through a book i'm not feeling at the moment and end up ruining the book, but i'm normally flexible enough in my reading moods I don't think this will be a problem, but we'll see. It's also ok if I don't manage to get through them all, I will in time. Each of these books I do want to get to soon for one reason or another depending on the book. Below the picture of the books i'll say why I want to get to each book and link to their Goodreads page. They are in no particular order.

The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton- I read this book back in 7th grade, at just 12 years old. I don't remember much about it other than pony boy, some gang apparently called the greasers, and they were smoking cigarettes which 12 year old me found scandalous (I was a goodie two shoes)...and that I absolutely loved it! I also remember thinking, since I wasn't allowed to read stuff like Harry Potter (because I was told magic is of the devil and will send me to hell), that if my parents knew I was reading it (and I had to for school, it was a school assigned book) that I would have been in SO much trouble, though I can't remember why I thought that. It could have just been my 12 year old goodie two shoes self. So I am VERY excited to read this again, at 27, and see what captured my 12 year old brain so much! It is the ONLY book I remember reading for school and actually enjoying! I've also heard a ton of people love this book too.

Since you've been gone by Morgan Matson- I'm not much for contemporary or so I say. I've only read 'Not Otherwise Specified' by Hannah Moskowitz, because i'm bisexual and had never read a book with a bisexual character, let alone a bisexual main character and I loved it beyond words and could have used it 13 years earlier! Anyway back to Since you've been gone, I had heard about it awhile ago and it has stayed on my brain ever since, the premise sounds interesting enough to me. Normally the only contemporary that pique my interest are LGBT+ ones, because reasons, however it sounds like a fun nice summer read and I think I may actually want to read summer-y contemporaries in the summer..so we'll see. I also know she has recently come out with another book that everyone has been raving about, The Unexpected Everything, and if I enjoy this one i'll probably pick that one up too!

Night of the living dummy and The Haunted Mask by R. L. Stine- Goosebumps are what got me into reading as a child, yes there is plenty of nostalgia here! I loved Goosebumps as a 90s kid. I want to see what captured my child brain, and cheesy horror books, even for children, are right up my alley! No matter what, Goosebumps will always have a place in my heart.

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs- Honestly, i'm not too excited for this one. I didn't care for the first book in the trilogy, I couldn't stand the main character and most of the story felt slow. I felt the ending of the book was better than the beginning and middle though, not that I remember it now, and it had the first chapter I believe in the back of the book of this one, which I read and it sounded like it might be more interesting. I've heard it said that the first book is the best and i've also heard it said that the 2nd and 3rd are better than the first, so we'll see which camp i'm in I guess. And the books are soo pretty...which I know doesn't matter but omg the pictures <3. If I don't enjoy this book more than the first one I won't pick up the last one, but if I do I probably will, so we'll see. It's the main character that made me really dislike the first book, not that it was slow paced. I can enjoy slow paced books, and even books with unlikeable main characters if it seems like that is the point, but it seemed like I was actually supposed to like him..hence my problem.

Killer Pizza by Greg Taylor- All I know is from the blurb, a guy wants to be a famous chef, lands a job at "killer pizza", where pies like The Monstrosity and The Frankensausage are on the menu, and his life seems perfect...until he finds out apparently it's a front for a monster-hunting organization. Learning to cook pizzas is one thing, but killing hideously terrifying monsters? That’s a whole other story. Still, if Toby quits Killer Pizza, will monsters take over his town? It sounds like an interesting ride to me and is the first book of a trilogy, so if I like it i'll have to pick up #2 and 3! Monster hunting and pizza...what more could I want? :D

The Tale of the body thief by Anne Rice- It's the 4th book of "The Vampire Chronicles" series and as i've read, and enjoyed, the first 3 I want to read this next one and see where it goes. I don't want to potentially spoil anyone, this being the 4th book, so i'll leave it at that, and I also don't know much of what to expect in this one anyway.

Dracula by Bram Stoker- I love vampires, and horror, and messed up things...and this is a vampire horror classic, of course I want to read Dracula! I can't wait until I dig into this one!

The Abyss surrounds us by Emily Skrutskie- Lesbian pirates and sea monsters. This is all I know, and it's all I need to know to be excited to read it! I've heard good things about it, and some decent things, and I can't wait to read it!

Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz- I've heard a TON of awesome things about this book! What I've heard is Aristotle and Dante are two Mexican-American boys who develop a great friendship that turns into romance and have very good family relationships, and so many people love this book and it sounds amazing and I NEED to read it!

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie- A classic children's tale that i've never read nor seen (as far as I can remember) and I love fairy tale retellings and there are Peter Pan retellings I want to read so first I want to read the actual Peter Pan story. Sure I've heard about it and know the basic premise...but I need to read it.

Sweetly by Jackson Pearce- This is the 2nd book in a fairy tale retelling companion series. I have read the first one, Sisters Red, which is a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. This one is a retelling of Hansel and Gretel. Even though they do not have to be read in order or even all of them, apparently some characters make appearances from previous ones but it isn't really important to know that, I want to read them in order anyway. The 3rd one is a retelling of The Little Mermaid and the 4th of The Snow Queen (which i've never even heard of before).

So i'm excited to see what summer has in store for my reading plans! Let me know if you've read any of these, what you thought (without spoilers) and if there is any I MUST get to asap!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Liesl & Po Book Review

The Blurb

"Liesl lives in a tiny attic bedroom, locked away by her cruel stepmother. Her only friends are the shadows and the mice,until one night a ghost appears from the darkness. It is Po, who comes from the Other Side. Both Liesl and Po are lonely, but together they are less alone.

That same night, an alchemist's apprentice, Will, bungles an important delivery. He accidentally switches a box containing the most powerful magic in the world with one containing something decidedly less remarkable.

Will's mistake has tremendous consequences for Liesl and Po, and it draws the three of them together on an extraordinary journey.

From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver comes a luminous and magnificent novel that glows with rare magic, ghostly wonders, and a true friendship that lights even the darkest of places."

My Thoughts

This is a beyond beautiful book! Yes, it's middle grade, but please don't dismiss it for that as that would be a huge disservice to this dark, magical and deeply moving tale! Their are big themes in this book, in a way a 9-12 year old could understand them yes but that does not diminish their impact at all! It deals with loss, love, life, and death. It invoked powerful feelings in me, to the point a couple times I had to take a breather and there were several tears. For a book to get that big of a response out of me says quite a bit! I may get teary eyed usually but not full on tears, or choked up to the point of needing to put the book down to get myself together, but this book did just that!

It was beautifully paced, the writing was great, all the characters were developed. The main characters are Liesl (a strong 11 year old girl), Will (a brave young boy), and Po (a genderless ghost with his cute cat-dog ghost companion named Bundle). The other characters also got their moments, in fact several of them got their POV and normally that might make it confusing for me but that wasn't the case here, instead it sucked me into the story even more!

I didn't expect to get so much out of a middle grade book, it made me feel, sucked me in, gave me tears and even made me think on several occassions. I was pleasantly surprised!

This story is a truly magical adventure and I highly recommend it!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Citrus Volume 3 and 4 Manga Review

Citrus Volume 3 Blurb

"Even though outgoing and bubbly Yuzu doesn't always get along with her serious step-sister Mei, she still wants them to be a family. But when Mei kisses Yuzu, it makes their already complicated relationship that much more complex!

That's when Matsuri shows up, a childhood friend of Yuzu's who is determined to battle it out with Mei for the title of "Yuzu's little sister." What Yuzu doesn't realize is that Matsuri isn't the sweet little girl she used to be, and she's willing to use every dirty trick she can to break up Yuzu and Mei's relationship. Will Yuzu be able to protect Mei from this devious interloper?"

Citrus Volume 4 Blurb

"Ever since their first kiss, Yuzu can't stop thinking about Mei, her stern, sexy step-sister. Now Mei seems to have done a total one-eighty, ignoring Yuzu at every turn and giving her the cold shoulder.

Yuzu can't understand why Mei is acting so distant but she decides to try and patch things up with her step-sis while on a school trip to Kyoto. However, she's not the only one who has her eye on Mei. Sara, a vivacious girl with boundless energy, happens to bump into Mei and falls in love with her at first sight. To make matters worse, Sara's twin sister, Nina is willing to do whatever it takes to ensure that Sara gets what she wants. Can Yuzu fix things between herself and Mei, or will the twins break up their bond for good?"

My Thoughts

I am loving where this is finally going! Maybe this is a "guilty pleasure" read as it's a Yuri Manga, though I don't actually believe in being "guilty" about what you're reading I understand the concept enough, but it's one i'm having fun with! I am finally loving where this is going by the end of Volume 4 (and Volume 5 apparently comes out Sept 6th this year). There is plenty of angst, drama, layered main characters, tropes that personally I found mostly fun, pretty and expressive artwork. The covers make it seem a lot more like porn than it really is. It isn't like that, for the most part. It's just a fun Yuri Manga series that I don't know how to properly review at this point (blame real life stresses).

I gave the 3rd Volume 4 stars and the 4th Volume 4.5 stars. I will be continuing on with the series as it comes out!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Citrus Volume 2 Book Review

The Blurb

"Yuzu and Mei may be step-sisters, but that's about all the two girls have in common. Yuzu is an outgoing girly-girl who cares more about fashion than school work, while Mei is the serious student council president. Yet despite their differences, or perhaps because of them, the two girls find themselves drawn to each other...

Mei has been running herself ragged trying to oversee the school, and Yuzu is worried about her. When Mei's dad comes home from a business trip, however, it looks like the cavalry has arrived. Unfortunately, his presence opens up old wounds between father and daughter, and Yuzu finds herself caught in the middle. Will Yuzu put aside her feelings for Mei to help fix this family feud?"

My Thoughts

I probably should have re-read the first volume but I did look back at the review I did for it, a bit on Goodreads and scanned a bit of it. Laziness? Maybe but...meh, here we are.

I had a couple problems with it (probably partly because my memory sucks even though I know I loved volume 1) but overall I still enjoyed it! I love Yuzu, and while I have issues with Mei I can see where she is coming from. It doesn't excuse Mei's crappy behavior, but she is 16, hurt and depressed, I still felt for her (she can be a jerk). I'm not sure how to feel on Momokino just yet. They both want so badly to protect Mei, while Mei...i'm not sure she knows what she wants.

I enjoyed the characters, story, artwork. I like how, you'd think this being a Yuri Manga would be more sexual than it actually is. They aren't over-sexualized.

Ultimately I gave it 4 out of 5 stars. Thankfully I have volume 3 and 4 so I can read those soon before I forget too much!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

What Lies Beneath Book Review

The Blurb

"What would you do if you thought your psycho ex-boyfriend was haunting you from beyond the grave?

When Blair Lewis is left for dead in a freezing lake, she can't get over the fact that her boyfriend tried to kill her. And when she begins to receive disturbing gifts and letters from her supposed dead boyfriend, she attempts to figure out what is going on before the darkness consumes her. Nothing is as it seems and the startling truth is going to rip Blair right out of this world.

Is Blair simply losing her mind? Or is something vicious and dark after her sanity and soul?"

My Thoughts

This is a quick and creepy horror read! I read it in just a few hours, and during that time it kept me on the edge of my seat! I tried to figure out what was going to happen a couple times while reading but the ending had me surprised! I have seen it compared to R. L. Stine and I do see it as a fan of Stine myself. I also loved the atmosphere of the story, I had no problem picturing it in my head.

I thoroughly enjoyed it, giving it 4.75 out of 5 stars! If you're into a quick and creepy read i'd recommend checking it out!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Spirit Chaser Book Review

The Premise

"Some places are too evil. Some places should be left alone.

Austin Cole has it made. Star of the hit television show Spirit Chaser Investigations, he has become the world’s most famous paranormal investigator. Although hard work, a talented investigation team, and favorable genetics have something to do with it, it’s his lack of fear and willingness to take risks no one else will that make Spirit Chaser Investigations cable’s number-one show. When a ghost-hunt-gone-wrong seriously injures his best friend and lead psychic, Austin is forced to find a replacement for a team member he considers irreplaceable.

Casey Lawson can’t catch a break. She’s been on her own since she turned eighteen and is scraping by as a part-time psychic and cashier at a New Age store. When a desperate Austin Cole calls her up and offers her a position on his team, has her fortune finally changed? He’s a control freak; she’s stubborn and opinionated. It takes time, but when they finally realize they’re working on the same side, everything clicks, both on and off screen. Just when things are looking up, a new threat emerges. Over the years, Austin has angered plenty of demons, and one of them has set her sights on him. Now he’s the one in danger, and it’s up to the team to rescue him from the riskiest investigation of their lives."

My Thoughts

Well that was quite the ride! Casey is a strong feminist woman, Austin is a bit of a douchebag at the start but well meaning. There is the Paranormal ghost hunting tv show they are on, so of course ghosts, and a demon, are in the mix. The side-characters are also developed in a more than just there kind of way, they actually feel important to the story with their own personalities. The characters felt well fleshed out, with good parts and realistic flaws, and likable. There are some queer side-characters, and it is never a problem for anyone. Religion does factor heavily into the book, what with demons and exorcisms going on it had to be there, it felt pretty respectably done to me though.

There is also graphic sex scenes, I didn't expect that going in. I understand, upon reading the book, why they are there. The romance is quite heavy at times in the book but I loved every bit of it, and i'm not normally one for romance! I don't mind romance, I think it just depends on how it's done for me...and I loved it here!

I may have had some up and down moments while reading it but over all I very much loved the story!

I felt for the characters, they all felt like their own important characters. There was good character development. I liked the pacing. I had a range of feels throughout..happy, angry, sad, amused.

I gave it 4.25 out of 5 stars, and if the premise sounds interesting to you, I would recommend it.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Sunstone Volume 4 Book Review

"Stjepan Sejic continues the critically acclaimed Sunstone series with Volume 4. A classy, sexy, fun, and emotional look at two women and the alternative lifestyle they live. It's all fun and games until someone falls in love! But the fun and games carry on!"

My Thoughts

4.75 out of 5 stars

I loved this volume a lot more than volume 3! Maybe it was just "that" book in the series that all series seem to have, even though I still very much enjoyed volume 3! Volume 4, while having erotic scenes, they all play a part in the story. They are done tasefully and require story build up to get to anything more explicit, and it's done well.

By this part of the story I am so invested into these characters. Also, while it's not a relationship that is for everyone, if you have any interest in learning the 'reality' of BDSM rather than a porn portrayal, then you should definitely check this series out!

Everything is well done, from the BDSM protrayal, the romance, the feelings, the humanizing of the characters and character development, the writing and the art style. I love every bit of it! I am now eagerly awaiting volume 5 as it isn't out yet! I need to know what happens next!!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Sunstone Volume 3 Book Review

The Blurb

"STJEPAN SEJIC continues the critically acclaimed SUNSTONE series with volume three. A classy, sexy, fun, and emotional look at two women and the alternative lifestyle they live. It’s all fun and games until someone falls in love! But the fun and games carry on!"

There is actually a different blurb on the back of the comic but that might spoil Volumes 1 & 2 so..

So in this volume we continue to see Ally and Lisa's relationship deepen, more aspects of BDSM explored, and learning more about the other characters that were introduced in the last volume.

I'll just get my complaints out of the way. There were some scenes that seemed...un-necessary, out of character responses for Ally & Lisa (specifically dealing with Alan's bullshit), and like it was just there for the purpose of the male gaze and not the story itself, unlike the first 2 volumes. And i'm a bisexual female myself and if it even remotely fit the story or felt ok I wouldn't mind one bit, but it felt so...forced and weird, not in a good way.

Also there are a TON of red-headed, pale, green eyed characters. I have trouble figuring out who is who, and it's a comic, it really shouldn't be that complicated but when so many look like twins even when they are not...

And one last thing, the thing that bothered me the most to be honest. Both Ally and Lisa have history with men, substantial history (I don't want to spoil anything), and now they are being labeled as gay. It feels so much like bi-erasure and fear of just saying bisexual. What makes people so uncomfortable with bisexual? Or pansexual? Or anything that isn't straight or gay? Being with someone doesn't erase their attraction to other genders when someone is bi. Bisexual people can be monogamous and happy (nothing against polyamory people, sexual orientation and being monogamous or poly-amorous are 2 different things) and still be bi. It just really disappointed me.

That stuff out of the way I still very much enjoyed Ally & lisa, their characters and getting to know more about them and seeing their relationship progress, and the protrayal of BDSM is still on point! So I still very much enjoyed this volume but not as much as the first 2. I gave it 3.75 stars.

"Love: The Lion" Book Review

I got this book from netgalley (at least temporarily, it's some protected PDF file that I think expires eventually but is still available to "read now" during May and is expected to come out July 12th, 2016) and it's a graphic novel with no words so i'm not sure I can post a picture? But i'll link the Goodreads page Here.

The Blurb

"The third volume in the lavishly illustrated series of wildlife graphic novels, each following a single central animal through an adventurous day in their natural environment. Each tale depicts genuine natural behavior through the dramatic lens of Disney-esque storytelling, like a nature documentary in illustration. Both heartwarming and heartbreaking, this volume focuses on a solitary Lion as it wanders the plains of Africa, handling the daily hunt, and vicious rivalry, without a Pride of its own. The circle of Life takes center stage in a world where predator and prey trade places on a regular basis, and Family is something worth fighting -- and dying -- for. This exciting tale, written by Frederic Brremaud, is told without narration or dialogue, conveyed entirely through the beautiful illustrations of Federico Bertolucci. A beautiful, powerful tale of survival in the animal kingdom that explores the all-too-identifiable, universal concepts of Life, Courage, Aging, and ultimately Love."

Seeing it on the computer...I don't think it looked as good as it would in physical form as it was tinier though I could make it larger but then it took forever to scroll (it was really slow) and I was impatient..anyway the artwork was beautiful and I could, mostly, follow the story even without words. It was bittersweet, and does have gory nature scenes, not inappropriately just mentioning it for anyone who doesn't want to see that. I felt for the lion even just through pictures and was kinda surprised by that for some reason. I gave it 3.25 stars but if I buy it when it comes out seeing it physically I wouldn't be surprised if I up my rating. I enjoyed it for what it was.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Sunstone Volume 2 Book Review

The Blurb

"Two women - Ally and Lisa - find they're the perfect domme and sub for each other. Everything seems perfect. And yet... . remember, it's all fun and games till someone falls in love! The hotly-anticipated second volume of the BDSM romance graphic novel that (consensualy) took the world by storm! Originally a webcomic sensation, Sunstone is an erotic romantic comedy about fetishism, sexuality and relationships."

A F/F BDSM love affair...sounds like pure porn right? There really isn't any of that, it's about so much more! Sure there is the occasional toplessness or near-nudity but this is a story about love, trust, courage, and being yourself. It talks about BDSM in a real and healthy way. I love the characters, they are flawed sure, real, and great lovable characters! In this volume, Ally and Lisa take the next hesitant steps in their deepening relationship, and more friends come into the picture. We also get to know some of their regrets and fears.

I love the way he portrays these Queer women as well as the BDSM community. They are humanized beautifully. Not only does he introduce you to the world of BDSM, he does it in a way that removes the fear of the unknown and replaces it with fascination and understanding. Each character is treated with love and respect. It's tasteful, funny, emotional, sexy, and beautifully made. This is art.

There aren't any inappropriate or exploitative images. The art style is amazing, striking the right balance between realistic and cartoonish, as to handle both the humor and the serious aspects very nicely.

There are no boring walls of text yet it still explains everything it needs to and gives all the feels. I have grown to love these characters and can't wait to dive into Volume 3!

5 out of 5 stars from me :)

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

"It" by Stephen King Book Review

The Blurb

"The story follows the exploits of seven children as they are terrorized by an eponymous being, which exploits the fears and phobias of its victims in order to disguise itself while hunting its prey. "It" primarily appears in the form of a clown in order to attract its preferred prey of young children. The novel is told through narratives alternating between two time periods, and is largely told in the third-person omniscient mode. It deals with themes which would eventually become King staples: the power of memory, childhood trauma, and the ugliness lurking behind a façade of traditional small-town values."

My Thoughts

It ends being more than that but of course I won't spoil it! Anyway while I had a couple issues with it here and there over-all I loved it, especially the very ending! But it is a very long book and I did enjoy it throughout, I just wasn't expecting the ending to hit me the way it did!

I mostly enjoyed the writing style of it and could picture the settings pretty well. I didn't get confused between going from one time to the next (1958/1985). The plot, while it is a long book, somehow didn't feel boring, dragged out or un-necessary...for the most part. You really get to know the characters very well, which I loved! Though if you don't care about the characters so much it may bore you, personally I love getting to know the characters well!

I have seen the movie so that may have hampered my enjoyment of the book a little as I already knew some of what was going on (it has been awhile since I saw it and thankfully? my memory kinda sucks, but I saw it a TON as a kid, and again a few years ago...not recommended for children but then again somehow I was ok with it o.O). I still enjoyed it I just think i'd have found it more creepy if I didn't see the movie first.

I wasn't expecting it to make me think, just creep me out, but the last couple hundred pages and the ending DID make me ask some real-life questions and make me think, much to my surprise! And the ending hit me hard. I just finished reading it not long before typing this and my heart...

Though I didn't exactly sob, I did have to take a breather once or twice.

I ended up giving it 4.5 out of 5 stars! <3

Sunday, May 1, 2016

April 2016 Stats

Book #1- It
Author: Stephen King
Gender: Male
Country: USA
Genre: Horror
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Pages: 1,090
Published: 1986
Star rating: I'm not yet finished, i'm guessing around 4 at the moment though
Date Started: April 1st, 2016
Date Finished: Not done yet
Days Read: 29 so far
State of book: New

Pages Read in April: 997
Average per day: 33.23
Average rating: N/A