Disappearance at Devil’s Rock by Paul Tremblay

I was given an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

Going into it I was really excited but did think I was getting another Head Full of Ghosts; there would seem to be something supernatural going on (or not?) and then everything would turn out to be explainable. Even halfway through Devil’s Rock I was still expecting that structure and started to feel disappointed. Well in the end Tremblay does not disappoint. I was so punched in the gut towards the end that I stopped at 80% and left it for a day before I could go on and then I received several more punches. I think I was literally winded by it at some point. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone.

That said, a perfect book is a rare thing. This could have been a five star book but I found two problems with it. Firstly, I felt like the cops and adults weren’t acting like cops and adults. The cops were weirdly absent and the adults were weirdly distant from them as well. I felt police should have been posted at the house the whole time and the mother could have asked them for help with some things that she took on alone. This didn’t make sense to me and brought me out of the story at times.

Secondly, the beginning was slow for the first fourth or even third of the book. Each chapter would bore and bore and then stun at the very end only to return to the next chapter being a bore and then stunning again and so forth. I’m a big believer in the author’s obligation to hook the reader immediately and keep on hooking.

The Fireman by Joe Hill

I gave this one three stars on goodreads. It was an enjoyable read and a little more fast-paced than other Joe Hill books but it was also lower quality. I got pretty tired of the ends of chapters ending in sentences like “but those plans would never happen” and “but that was the last time they would speak to each other”. There were also plot points that were very predictable, others came so completely out of the blue that it wasn’t believable.

Not saying the book wasn’t worth it because it was a fun read and I wouldn’t have finished it otherwise.

Also, not that it’s terribly important but … (possible spoiler) Continue reading The Fireman by Joe Hill

Review: The Universe Versus Alex Woods

The Universe Versus Alex Woods
The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I picked this up by accident. I don’t read YA and I thought the main character would be adult any moment. When I realized it was YA I thought well, no wonder it felt dumbed-down when it came to the kid explaining all the things he learns. I set it aside and looked for something else to read. But at the end of the day I kept reading because it was simple and relaxing.

I was pretty intrigued when the story took the turn that it did. Didn’t seem like a YA topic and I love that a YA book isn’t conforming … (spoilers) Continue reading Review: The Universe Versus Alex Woods

Review: The Fireman

The Fireman
The Fireman by Joe Hill

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This was an enjoyable read and a little more fast-paced than other Joe Hill books but it was also lower quality. I got pretty tired of the ends of chapters ending in sentences like “but those plans would never happen” and “but that was the last time they would speak to each other”. There were also plot points that were very predictable, others came so completely out of the blue that it wasn’t believable.

Not saying the book wasn’t worth it because it was a fun read and I wouldn’t have finished it otherwise.

Also, not that it’s terribly important but …(spoilers) Continue reading Review: The Fireman

Review: The Children’s Home

The Children's Home
The Children’s Home by Charles Lambert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A fantastical world, an undetermined time in history, and a lot of strange characters and happenings. There is really nothing at all in this story that isn’t strange and that’s what I ended up loving about it. The people in it are not only of a scary, magical world, they are also of a different culture – a place where there seems to be no norms, only the things people feel and want to do or feel compelled to do and so everyone is swept along by eachother until they find themselves in a crescendo of cathartic actions.

This little novel is planted solidly in magical realism territory. As such, I was fully prepared for an unresolved ending but things were tied up nicely (if you payed attention!) and the ending was prompt and meaningful. I can’t stand long goodbyes and the author didn’t make me endure one.

I’ll certainly be picking up more books from this author in the future.

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Review: Confessions

Confessions
Confessions by Kanae Minato
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I haven’t been able to enjoy – really enjoy – a book in what seems like a long time. I find myself DNFing book after book or wondering why I bother at all. This little book woke up my hibernating reader’s senses – all sixteen of them.

Not without its faults (a little knowledge on the Japanese school system helps), this quick-paced and twisty story would keep anyone in bed reading for ridiculous amounts of time. I felt fused to the bed and my ereader and very much annoyed with the goings-on of the household and the phone and the dog and- Oh my god! How could so-n-so do that. Are they all completely nuts?

I’m really just trying to say one thing; read this book.

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Review: Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits

Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits
Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits by David Wong
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

I just couldn’t get into this. I thought I was going to love it and looked forward to it but I was bored and couldn’t pick it back up after reading a third of it. I gave it a good try.

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