I’ve learned over the years that I’m extremely picky when it comes to reading a book. I’m not at all picky about buying one, the covers, the blurbs, those can always fool me into thinking the book will be fantastic and then I’ll start to read it and will just find it to be extremely boring. Or poorly written. Or just not interesting enough.
The worst though is buying a book because it’s been raved about, because it was a bestseller, because they made a movie about it so it had to be good right?
I found this book on one of my many trips to B&N in town. The cover is fantastic! I know I always talk about the covers, but really they are the first thing you see when you are looking for books, so they are pretty important. This checked a lot of boxes for me, it’s a book of many layers in my opinion. It’s a Young Adult, which I love. It’s a ghost/horror genre, which I love. It’s a kind of found footage/journal type book, which I love.
I have a type.
So let’s dive into what I enjoyed about this book and why I would recommend it for anyone that loves books! There will be a bit of spoilers so please keep that in mind when reading but I will limit them as much as I can!
I received an email asking me to consider reading this book and to be honest I agreed for a few reasons. One, the author was extremely polite, put no expectations on me, offered links to the book and showed that he actually looked at my blog so he had an idea of what kinds of books I may be interested in, of course his fits the bill. Two, the cover on this book is AMAZING. It’s perfection. Covers are my weakness that is for sure and if I saw this on my own, I’d definitely want to read this book. Third, the plot summary. It wasn’t long or overly detailed but it was plenty.
In this review, I will be keeping this spoiler free as I like in my reviews and I’ll talk about what I liked over all about the book. One spoiler. LOVED IT.
It’s an exciting time for me because even though I’ve started many a draft, I’ve never finished one. I think that one of the best things is knowing that you have a story completed, that you’ve connected the dots. Even if it’s rough, and short and totally needs more work. You have a beginning, middle and end for once. It’s amazing. I’m still actually a little surprised, but also kind of excited.
I wasn’t sure if I was going to post about it, I don’t want this blog to become about writing because that’s not the purpose, but I also want to share these little bits with you all because they are important to me. I think sharing them can be important and helpful when trying to connect with each other.
Today is the last day of March and it’s also the day signifying that I’ve had this blog for a whole month. I can’t even believe how quickly that went by and I’m excited for what lies ahead. It has been a crazy month, learning the ropes and trying to fit myself into this already well versed community of people.
I feel like I’ve done so much but also not a lot. I’ve only reviewed five books (technically one series of books). Did three opinion posts, the last of which has done pretty well. I’ve only done one book to screen comparison, which is funny because that was what kind of fueled my idea for the blog but I realized that I have read or watched most of my books that have screen versions in so long that I can hardly remember what happened in either to even be able to compare them to each other. And I’ve shared my unfinished novel with you, something that I’ve kept to myself or close friends for the most part.
I went looking for a Horror book in NetGalley’s categories and found this gem. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint. Look at this cover! It’s fantastic! I do love a good horror novel and I wasn’t sure what to expect but there are so many good things that I have to say about this one. In this post I’ll be keeping it spoiler free, outside of the description of the book from NetGalley and the occasional character name referenced. This is be more about what I liked about the book overall and just how I felt as I read it.
For today’s post I thought I’d talk about my unfinished novel that has been written and re-written many times. It’s had different names, and different plot points. But it’s something that I keep going back to, when I feel like I can sit down and really do something about it. I’m going to add some bits of what I have so far, different points in the novel, throughout this post as well.
The last time I worked on it was during NaNoWriMo last year where I actually got it to 22k words and 13 chapters. With a pretty clear idea of how the rest was going to go but finishing it? Yeah that was too easy. So I thought I’d talk a little bit about the idea, the past ideas. Here we go!
Book genres have never really been something that I’ve been interested in paying attention to. I’m a person, as I’ve mentioned in previous posts, that finds books either because of the cover, the blurb on the back, or the first few paragraphs of the beginning. My walking through Barnes & Nobles isn’t restricted to any particular section beyond fiction.
So for a good long time I was picking up and reading books that are classified as Young Adult, without really even knowing that that was a genre of books. These were fantasy books, books with ghosts, or witches or vampires. These were books that fit the genre of story that I liked and I didn’t care that the main character was a sixteen year old. Because these were good stories.
I have plenty of books that I have started and not finished in my book shelves. I’m a visual person, so I tend to see a book that looks good but upon reading it’s not really what I wanted. Or it’s a slow start and I have a hard time with those. But this is a book that, my now husband, recommended to me and I purchased because of his praise. We have two copies, sitting on our shelf next to each other. Mine is obvious as the one with the ridiculous headband for a bookmark.
It isn’t that the book is bad, or that it’s not an interesting plot. In fact, it’s a really awesome plot idea. It’s not poorly written or anything like that, and it’s kind of like an inception of a book which is super cool, so why did I put it down? Let’s get into it!
There was two reasons I picked this book. One the cover is wonderful and two it’s about ghosts, and your girl loves her some ghost stories. However what kept me reading was the wonderful writing, the plot on a whole, and the pictures that are mixed in to help make this book more interesting. It is like Miss Peregrine’s home for Peculiar Children, which is another book that I enjoyed.
I love the idea of found footage, so when these books come along with photos that help bring the story together but also set the tone of the book and make things more interesting. If I could have all of these I totally would get more because they are really amazing, I don’t know if Miss Peregrine’s was the first, if anyone knows the first ever please share but if it’s House of Leaves, I have that and have yet to finish it.
I wanted to also get myself into more horror type books because I had made several attempts to do my own horror novel and wanted to learn more about the genre. I was extremely happy that I picked this one, it’s opened the doors to more horror books for me as well. So let me get into this, mild spoilers if any at all really.