Gwendy’s Button Box – A Book Review

Updated – 3/4/17

 

Hey everyone! I just finished Stephen King and Richard Chizmar’s Gwendy’s Button Box! I decided to review it for you guys! My review can also be found on Goodreads.

 

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Copyright: 2017

 
Rating: 4/5

 

My Synopsis:

Gwendy runs up the Suicide Stairs every day so that she can lose weight. One day, she meets a stranger who gives her a strange box with buttons on it. The man states that the box is for only Gwendy and that the box contains two things that she will find quite beneficial – chocolates and coins. Before Gwendy realizes what’s going on, she finds herself responsible for much more than a young adult could ever imagine.

 

My Opinion:

Gwendy’s Button Box is a fantastic novella. Right from the start, I was intrigued. The story is fast paced and doesn’t have a dull moment. The best books give the reader something to think about and Gwendy’s Button Box definitely achieves this. It makes you question what you would do if you were in the main character’s shoes.

 

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Hearts in Atlantis – A Book Review

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Copyright: 1999

Rating: 4.5/5

My Synopsis:

A  collections of stories put together as one, Hearts in Atlantis, is about war, love, and the unexplainable. From Ted and Bobby and their adventures to the Vietnam war and its surrounding events, Hearts in Atlantis is a fantastic story!

My Opinion:

To say that Stephen King’s, Hearts in Atlantis , is a good, well-written story would be an understatement. King manages to talk about the 60s – the war and all that surrounded it – and the mysteries of life in a way that is truly thought-provoking. Stephen King also is able to use about five different points of view throughout the novel without complicating the story. In fact, I found myself enjoying the different POVs and the way that it, actually, helped the flow of the story.

Another great thing about Hearts in Atlantis are the character descriptions and how truly invested you become in each and every one of the characters’ lives. I must say that this is, without a doubt, the best example of successful character description I’ve ever seen! Just when you think a character may be forgotten, you’re proved wrong in the best way possible!

If I had to nit-pick, I would say I have two main issues with this novel. For one thing, it’s very long and if you don’t read the book in one or two days, you can very easily forget some of the minor characters. In fact, I found myself having to go back a bit when some of these character’s last names were mentioned. I had to refresh my memory as to who they were. Also, I think that if you haven’t read the Dark Tower series before Hearts in Atlantis (which I did not), the end of the novel still leaves some questions unanswered about one of the characters. Of course this may have been done on purpose so King could draw you to read the Dark Tower series, which does make sense. If this is the case, he did a successful job. I’m not sure if I’ll ever read the series, but I admit that I am quite curious. [Goodreads]

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The Green Mile – A Book Review

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Copyright: 1996 (March – August)

Rating: 5/5

My Synopsis:

Paul Edgecomb is the head guard at Cold Mountain Penitentiary. He is used to giving criminals the death penalty, but what he isn’t used to is what happens in the year 1932 – the year that John Coffey comes to The Green Mile. Paul will find himself regretting what he must do and find that life, often times, isn’t fair.

This is a serial thriller full of miracles and wonder. This is a book that shows how you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover and how, there are people in this world with big hearts and the ability to do amazing things!

My Review:

The Green Mile is an incredible story! Stephen King is an amazing story teller and the narration in The Green Mile is superb. You truly feel for the characters in this series and feel part of the world that Stephen King has created.

All emotions are brought to life in this series. You feel joy, pride, anger, frustration, and sadness as you read about the events that take place on The Green Mile. This is a book that you don’t want to miss! A truly inspirational read! [Goodreads.com]

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June Photo A Day Challenge & Book Challenge – June 22nd

June Movie Photo Challenge:

Full of Twists:

I do own this movie (and really like it), but didn’t feel like digging for it. In fact, this is probably one of the first ‘scary’ movies I ever saw. These pictures were found on Google Images.

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Wanna participate? Check out the schedule below!

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June Book Challenge:

Chapter 22:

I highly recommend Dead Lines by Greg Bear to anyone who likes ghost stories. I’m re-reading it and now I know why I loved it so much!

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See schedule below! For more info on the book challenge click here!

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June Photo A Day Challenge & Book Challenge – June 13th

June Movie Photo Challenge:

Made from a Book:

So while I do have this movie, I’m feeling kind of anxious and don’t feel like digging for it, so I’m going to use a picture from Google Images. Also, I know Stephen King would probably hate that I’m choosing this movie since he supposedly doesn’t like it, but that’s too bad. I like it! I admit though that I’ve actually never read the book to compare it to.

Wanna participate? Check out the schedule below!

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June Book Challenge:

While I didn’t feel up to digging for The Shining, I did know exactly where this book was. I’m getting a little creative here, because honestly, this is probably the only book that really makes me want to travel. It’s a tour book that I got from a Jewel concert that I went to!

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See schedule below! For more info on the book challenge click here!

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June Photo A Day Challenge & Book Challenge – June 3rd

June Movie Photo Challenge:

HORROR FILM!

I purposely made sure that I didn’t get what the bad guy looks like in the picture, it kind of ruins the element of surprise when he shows up in the movie! Anyways, if you want to see a creepy movie, check this out!

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Wanna participate? Check out the schedule below!

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June Book Challenge:

I hate to say this, but I’m not sure I have any books that are really based off of true stories. 😦

See schedule below! For more info on the book challenge, click here!

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May Photo A Day Challenge & Book Challenge – May 12th

Oops, posted this a day early. Oh well!

May Photo Challenge:

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Wanna participate? See schedule below!

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May Book Challenge:

Today’s challenge is to post a picture of your bookish boyfriend/girlfriend. Again, I’m going to use a picture from Google Images. I do have the book, but I don’t feel like digging for it as it’s downstairs somewhere! I recommend you guys see the mini series as well as check out the screenplay if you’re interested! Who is my bookish boyfriend? Constable Michael Anderson from Storm of the Century! He’s cute, smart, caring, hard working, and sensible! He’s also a great husband and father!

Wanna participate? See schedule below!

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