Cradle and All – A Book Review

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Copyright: 2000

Rating: 4.5/5

My Synopsis:

There are two young teenage virgins. One lives in America and one lives in Ireland. The strange part? Both of these teenagers are pregnant! Private Detective Anne Fitzgerald is hired to help Father Rosetti discover which virgin is the mother of a child of Christ and which child is the child of Satan. Will these two individuals along with other holy individuals be able to tell the difference? Will they be able to save the world and the children of these two virgins?

My Opinion:

This book is fantastic! It was fast-paced and utterly interesting. I loved the idea of two virgins being pregnant and just how the world reacts to something so amazing. James Patterson does a great job of showing the human reaction to such an incredible event. This is the first book I read by Patterson with a religious angle and I truly loved it! The characters were intriguing and you really felt like you knew them. The only complaint I have about the book is that some things didn’t quite seem to add up and while I didn’t totally hate the ending, it seemed as if Patterson became desperate and just threw together something that he thought of last minute. To be honest, though, it was a great read and I’d be more than happy to read it again and again!

Stay Close – A Book Review

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Copyright: 2012

Rating: 4.5/5

My Synopsis:

Ray Levine was once a photojournalist. However, after losing the love of his life on that horrible day, seventeen years ago, things haven’t been the same. Now Ray finds himself taking pictures of people who want nothing more but to impress those around them and seem more popular than they really are.

Megan Pierce has a normal life – nice house, husband, and two kids. Megan didn’t always live the typical life of a soccer mom, though. No, Megan has kept a secret for years – even from the ones she loves the most!

For years, Detective Broome hasn’t been able to let one of his cases go. On the anniversary of a horrible occurrence, he visits the wife of a man who has been missing for seventeen years. Will Broome be able to put this case to rest? Only time will tell.

My Opinion:

This book was amazing! This book just reminded me why Harlan Coben in my favorite author. Stay Close promises to be fast-paced and exciting, having you second guess your predictions at every corner. While a lot of books I read seem to have parts that are hard to get through, this book doesn’t. It was fast, exciting, and unbelievably hard to put down. Once you reach a certain point, you just can’t get enough!

Harlan Coben creates characters that you instantly fall in love with. Whether you like them or not, you feel as if you’ve known them all your life. Stay Close is a book full of imagery – both welcoming and terrifying, and there isn’t any doubt that you’ll feel part of the adventure that unfolds in this fantastic novel!

I absolutely, 100% recommend you read this book!

 

Dead Lines – A Book Review

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Copyright: 2004

Rating: 5/5

My Synopsis:

Peter Russel has suffered much loss. He has lost his daughter and now, his best friend, Phil has passed away as well. After his best years of making low-budget horror films and movies with a lot of nudity but no actual sex have faded away, Peter decides that he should invest in a friend of a friend’s newest venture. He never expects just how much investing in a new type of cell phone company will change his life forever…

My Opinion:

I’ve always said that this was my favorite book, but after not reading it for years, I began to wonder if there was still any truth to this fact. Now after reading Dead Lines again, I can honestly say that it is my favorite book ever! Greg Bear is able to deliver a truly creepy and thought-provoking novel, something that’s not always the easiest thing to do.

Even though this book was written over ten years ago, Dead Lines is still great. With how much we depend on technology today, it really does make you question things. This is by far the best ghost story I’ve ever read. Bear makes you feel as if there really is the possibility of the supernatural.

This story is more than just a ghost story. The way that Bear portrays the characters is truly amazing. He talks about a mourning father, a bitter ex-wife who is trying her best, a somewhat lost twin sister who has lost her only sibling, the issue of greed, murder, and the search for answers. This novel’s imagery and plot is brilliant and I highly recommend that anyone who loves a good, frightening story read Dead Lines!

Fool Me Once – A Book Review

Copyright: 2016

Rating: 4/5

My Synopsis:

Maya Stern was a former special-ops pilot. She is currently a mother and widow, along with a teacher of flying classes. After her sister and husband were murdered, she begins to wonder if what some people say about her is true: that death follows her. Just when she thought things couldn’t get more frightening, she sees something unexplainable on the new nanny cam that her close friend has given her. Now Maya finds herself questioning both her sanity and the truth.

My Opinion:

This is a wonderful book. The way that Harlan Coben describes Maya’s character is amazing. She is a strong woman who is a straight-shooter. Right away we like Maya, we see what a loving mother she is and how no matter what, she will fight to find the answers.

One of the things that I think could have been improved upon in this book is that there are parts that  go rather slowly. I understand that not every book can be a constant page turner, but there were points when I didn’t pick back up the book for days. Sometimes I like a book where you can hardly put it down. This wasn’t always like that. However, towards the end, it was. I could hardly put it down and all I wanted was to find out what happened!

Also, the very ending of the book was one of the most touching endings I’ve ever read. I’ve never really felt like crying at the end of a book, but this one came close. Also, while I wasn’t sure if I totally liked the conclusion of this mystery, I did like how the end of the mystery was written and how, in the end, it all came together. I think Coben did a fantastic job of fitting all the pieces of the puzzle together and in the end, keeping his readers satisfied.

The book definitely made you question things and kept you guessing. I enjoyed reading about many of the characters and liked being surprised with all the new information that was discovered throughout the story. I definitely suggest that anyone who likes mysteries, or would just like to read a really good book, read this!

 

If You Could See Me Now – A Book Review

Copyright: 1977

Rating: 4.7/5

My Synopsis:

On July 21, 1955, two cousins make a pact that in twenty years, whether married or not, they will meet back where they grew up. However, what the two cousins don’t realize is that something will happen that night that will change their lives forever.

 

Twenty years later, Miles returns to the town where he grew up. While he says that it’s to write a book, he knows that the real reason for his return is much more meaningful, to meet up with his cousin.

Young women around town start to be found both killed and raped. Due to his slightly devious past, all eyes are on Miles. From the women in the stores to the farmers, side glances and rude remarks make their way towards the man who has returned after several years.

My Opinion:

This is the first book I ever read by Peter Straub and let me tell you that I was impressed! From start to finish, the story keeps you on edge, wondering why everyone acts the way they do.

The characters in this book are easy to both fall in love with and hate. The book goes beyond examining the spiritual and strange, and shows just how truly interesting humanity can be. Not only does Straub talk about topics such as death and suspicion, but also about the human condition, the minds of criminals, secrets amongst humanity, and much more.

The way that Peter Straub writes this story is wonderful. He uses imagery well and while some images are disturbing, it evokes just how cruel some individuals can be. Also, as in many ghost stories, movies, and shows, the book studies the idea of the smallest towns being the ones with the citizens that hold the biggest, deepest, and darkest secrets.

While there may not be action in every single page, the good writing and the thrilling topics in this story such as humanity, suspicion, and paranormal activity, keep the reader more than interested. This is a good solid read!

 

Hell Fire – A Book Review

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Copyright: 1986

Rating: 4.5./5

My Synopsis:

Beth Rogers just recently became a member of the Sturgess family though both Abigail and Tracy Sturgess act as if she and her mother are scum. Meanwhile, Beth’s stepfather, Philip is determined to make his wife and stepdaughter feel at home.

A hundred years ago, something horrible happened at the family mill. However, the tragedy has been held a secret for years. Before he died, Conrad Sturgess urged that the mill be torn down, but no one listened and now, years later, people are finally starting to wonder if he was right. Will Philip and Beth’s father, Alan, stop working on the mill and listen to those who say it’s a bad idea to keep it there, or will they continue to work on it against some of the townspeople’s wishes?

My Opinion:

Another ghost story is cleverly and skillfully delivered to us by John Saul. While the book starts out a little slow, it soon turns into a fast-paced page turner. Saul is amazing at including imagery that makes us feel as if we are part of the story and he has a great talent for developing characters that we find ourselves feeling strongly about. We know immediately who to root for and who we want to fail.

This story is a little “creepier” than The Unwanted and Nathaniel. While Nathaniel was definitely eerie, Hell Fire contains more violence and frightening imagery. However, that’s part of what adds to the greatness of the story. The plot is filled with mystery, violence, history, and revenge.

Another great thing about Hell Fire is that it touches on so many issues that are relevant in the world today. The story is not only a ghost story, but it also deals with class and the resentment that one side of a town has for the other. The story also touches on the hatred that one sibling can have for another and how jealousy can turn a person into something someone else may have never thought imaginable. If you’re looking for a book that has many facets and is scary at the same time as relevant, Hell Fire is definitely for you!

 

 

Nathaniel – A Book Review

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Copyright: 1984

Rating: 5/5

Once again John Saul delivers a great piece of writing!

My Synopsis:

When Michael and his mother, Janet, visit Michael’s grandparents in Prairie Bend, they don’t plan on staying long. However, they soon find that they are in for much more than they bargained for. From rumors of ghosts to secrets that go way back, the town is much less welcoming than it first appears. Soon, Michael and his mother are facing situations that they never thought they’d have to face.

My Opinion:

Nathaniel managed to be even better than John Saul’s The Unwanted! Nathaniel is, while it may sound like a cliché, a definite page turner. Nathaniel is full of suspense and you soon see that Saul is willing to do what many authors aren’t. At times, you’re not completely sure what characters to root for or which ones you can trust. Nathaniel is filled with great characters and creepy plot lines.

After reading The Unwanted and Nathaniel, John Saul has become my third favorite author. For someone who’s pretty picky about what they read, I must say that I love the way he writes. His writing style is amazing and he manages to make each book different. While there are some similarities between the books in the way that he writes them, I don’t feel that Nathaniel sounded too similar to The Unwanted when I read it. Each book was unique and fresh.

I highly, highly recommend you read this book. If anyone has read it, or decides to, I’d love to hear what you think!

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The Unwanted – A Book Review

It’s time again to take a break from writing about anxiety (though I did just get my blood drawn and got a little anxious afterward), and write another book review! I just finished The Unwanted by John Saul and man, was it good!

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Copyright: 1987

Rating: 5/5

My Synopsis:

Cassie Winslow is forced to move back where she was born when a horrible accident occurs. Right from the beginning, Cassie finds it hard being accepted by her classmates. Her father, who she doesn’t often get to see, is happy to now have Cassie living with him. His daughter, Jennifer also looks forward to having a step-sister. Rosemary, Cassie’s stepmother, tries to accept Cassie but doesn’t find it to be the easiest thing to do.

Miranda is a woman that many people in Cape Cod consider to be a witch. No one talks to Miranda and people try to avoid eye contact with the woman at all costs. However, when Cassie arrives in the town, she finds herself oddly drawn to the woman.

Meanwhile, Eric Cavanaugh is the Winslow’s next door neighbor. His home life is difficult to say the least, but he is fairly popular in school. What will happen when Cassie and Eric meet and how does Miranda play into it all?

My Opinion:

This book was great! From beginning to end, John Saul uses clear imagery. There aren’t a lot of books where I feel that I can truly get lost in them, but this was one of them. The characters were described excellently and I really felt as if I got to know them. I loved the character of Cassie and I love how Saul manages to keep his readers guessing until the very end.

This book is advertised as terrifying but I consider it more along the lines of eerie. It has a lot of creepy scenes and it’s definitely gruesome at times, but there was never a moment where I felt like I jumped out of my skin. However, I did think that it had just the right amount of horror to it.

Many of you may know that I have the bad habit of not finishing books. It’s not that I don’t love reading, it’s just that it takes a really good book to hold my attention and to keep me wanting more. I couldn’t put this book down and I probably would have read it a lot faster if the typing wasn’t so small (I know that makes me sound old, but it’s kind of tiny)!

I strongly suggest that you guys read this book, especially if you like horror stories or want to read a book that’s not too scary, but creepy enough. The Unwanted has a great plot, great twists, and great characters. If any of you read this or have read it in the past, please feel free to let me know what you think!

I seriously almost don’t know how to describe how good this book was. It was well written and honestly, really, really interesting!

We Don’t Need Roads – A Book Review

So today I decided to take another break from writing about anxiety and write a book review! I just finished reading We Don’t Need Roads. The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy by Caseen Gaines. Now, before I start the review, I’d like to tell you all that Back to the Future is my favorite movie of all time and the trilogy altogether are my favorite movies, so I’m a big fan of Back to the Future. However, I’m not one to collect everything I can of the movie or go to conventions. I do, however, have the trilogy, a cute Funko Pop Vinyl of Doc, and now this book! So without further ado, let the book review begin! 🙂

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Rating: 4.5/5

My Synopsis and Opinion:

We Don’t Need Roads The Making of The Back to the Future Trilogy by Caseen Gaines is an amazingly written book. From the first moment you begin reading it, you’re hooked. Being a Back to the Future fan, I was curious about Back to the Future facts and this book certainly delivers.

Gaines manages to include interesting information about all three movies. While movie facts are always flying around, Gaines does a great job of including some that I had never previously heard. The author goes into talking about how the movie making process began, how the cast members were picked, issues that came up in the making of the movie, and of course, the wonderful magic of the Delorean, Hoverboards, and everything in between.

The book is amazing at getting interviews from the main cast members. Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, and Lea Thompson are just a few of the cast members whose words about the movies are documented in this book. Another great thing about the way Caseen Gaines writes is that he finds out what the actors all thought of each other and it’s not always nice. It’s not a book completely filled with actors saying how amazing and friendly the other actors were, it really gets in touch with the reality of the movie business and how not everyone always gets along.

Another great thing about We Don’t Need Roads are the creatively titled chapters and dates that go along with the following events. The in-depth description of how each movie was made and how much time and energy it took really makes you feel connected with the movies in ways that you may never have felt connected before.

The only thing that makes the book less than perfect is the fact that when speaking of the last movie in the trilogy, the author seems to not include much information, but rather sum it all up. He does mention some facts about the movie, but before you know it the next chapter is starting and we’re learning about the making of toys and products for the movies instead of the last movie itself.

All in all I think this is a fabulous book for any Back to the Future fan who wants to learn about the making of a great movie. As someone who has the awful habit of not completing the books that I start, it’s a testament to the book that I kept reading and quite intently. I was fascinated by the information and all I wanted to do was share the interesting facts! Gaines is a great writer and he certainly shows just how much investigating he did into the movie. I encourage all Back to the Future fans to check the book out!

Sorry if this wasn’t the best book review. It was kind of my first. The bottom line is that this book was really good and I definitely recommend it! I’m also not against those who go to conventions and collect stuff from movies. I just wanted to point out that while I love the movie, I mostly just watch the movies a lot.