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Book Review #28: Carrie by Stephen King

The story of misfit high-school girl, Carrie White, who gradually discovers that she has telekinetic powers. Repressed by a domineering, ultra-religious mother and tormented by her peers at school, her efforts to fit in lead to a dramatic confrontation during the senior prom.”

I have never read a Stephen King novel prior to this one, but I’m glad I did read one of his novels because this was great! It wasn’t outlined in chapters like other novels, however, it was separated with things such as book excerpts, articles, and court testimonies. That fact of the book made it really raw and gritty like I was reading something written about an actual event.

However, as much as I did love this book there were quite a few things that really rubbed me the wrong way. First of all, all the foreshadowing like “Carrie is going to kill a lot of f****ing people” and “the town is going to be destroyed.” After all that, it just seemed kind of stale and it took away from what reaction the end of the book was supposed to elicit. I think that if we didn’t know what was going to happen at the end of the novel, we would’ve of been very surprised at Carrie’s development, which brings me to my next point

My second point is that I found that there wasn’t really any character development to Carrie. Like, I can admit she developed when she was slowly getting the hang of learning her powers, but her suddenly deciding to kill everyone kind of seemed out of the blue. She could’ve had thoughts where she wanted to hurt the people that have hurt her prior to hurting everyone.

Overall this is a good horror novel for any horror buff and I really enjoyed it.

My Rating

My Rating

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Book Review #27: Beautiful by Amy Reed

When Cassie moves from the tiny town where she has always lived to a suburb of Seattle, she is determined to leave her boring, good-girl existence behind. This is Cassie’s chance to stop being invisible and become the kind of girl who’s worth noticing.

Stepping into her new identity turns out to be easier than Cassie could have ever imagined… one moment, one choice, changes everything.

Cassie’s new existence both thrills and terrifies her. Swept into a world of illicit parties and social landmines, she sheds her virginity, embraces the numbness she feels from the drugs, and floats through it all, knowing that she is now called beautiful. She ignores the dangers of her fast-paced life… but she can’t sidestep the secrets and the cruelty.

Cassie is trapped in a swift downward spiral tinged with violence and abuse, and no one—not even the one person she thought she could trust—can help her now.”

 

First off, I have to say that I picked up this book only because it had praise from Ellen Hopkins, author of Crank,  a book about a girl addicted to Crystal Meth. I was really glad I did because I found this book to be amazing!

One thing I was really shocked at the fact that Cassie was only thirteen. I didn’t even have thoughts about sex when I was thirteen, let alone actually try it out.

Just a little forewarning, if you ever want to reinvent yourself, don’t turn to drugs or sex. There’s something called “pretending”.

I found this book to get better and better as it went on and if you saw it as a graph it would have a steady incline up and up as time went on.

Cassie was a good character to get behind and you really rooted for her during the novel, despite the bad things she did. Her relationship with Sarah was really awe-inspiring.  Her voice was really poignant and real, and I felt like I was experiencing things along with her.

Was I the only one really shocked by the ending? I kind of half expected it, but oh my god. It really confirmed what I think about this book. That you should definitely read it if you enjoyed Go Ask Alice or Crank.

My Rating

My Rating

Book Review #26: Ashen Winter by Mike Mullin

It’s been over six months since the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano. Alex and Darla have been staying with Alex’s relatives, trying to cope with the new reality of the dark, cold, and primitive world so vividly portrayed in Ashfall, the first book in this trilogy.

It’s been six months of waiting for Alex’s parents to return from Iowa. Alex and Darla decide they must retrace their journey into Iowa to find and bring back Alex’s parents to the tenuous safety of Illinois. But the landscape they cross is even more perilous than before, with life-and-death battles for food and power between the remaining communities.

When the unthinkable happens, Alex must find new reserves of strength and determination to survive.”

This book, as stated before is in a trilogy and you can find the review for the first book here.

From all the suspense and really unfortunate things that happen to Alex in Ashfall, this book starts off with a bang delivering our expectations.  Alex had really grown as a person in Ashfall, and he still had room to grow in this novel.

What I really love about Mike Mullin’s work is that he makes us frustrated with what unfortunate events happen to the characters and that was something I really enjoyed with this book. I think evoking that frustration is really what makes books good,

I found, however, that during about two-thirds of the way into the book I found myself getting bored. But Ashen Winter really picked up and became really interesting again. That was probably my only qualm with this novel.

~~Spoiler Alert!~~

I found that Alex’s growth really showed when Darla got shot and they were separated.  Darla pretty much carried him along in the latter half of Ashfall and being without her really changed an aspect of the book. That area of the book where Alex was first separated with Darla was the point where I found it dragged on a little bit, however hiding from the Peckerwoods really picked up the tension and suspense.

The introduction of the new characters, Alyssa and Ben, was a good choice on the author’s part because the novel could get a little stale without some new faces.

~~End of Spoilers~~

Overall, I think this was not better than the original book, however, it’s a really good sequel and worth reading if you have read the first book.

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My Rating

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