May Photo A Day Challenge & Book Challenge – May 11th

May Photo Challenge:

A decorative pillow I got for my last birthday!

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Wanna participate? See schedule below!

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May Book Challenge:

Today’s photo is a picture of your favorite character. This was a little hard for me since I’ve read so many books and can’t remember all the characters. However, I’m going to go with Cassie Winslow from The Unwanted. I do have the book but don’t feel like digging it out. I found this image on Google Images!

Wanna participate? See schedule below!

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The Friends Book Tag!

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Okay so Kat at Life and Other Disasters did this awesome book tag! My favorite TV show is Friends so I couldn’t pass it by. However, instead of doing all books, I might do some shows/movies as well. So without further ado, here are the questions!

 

THE ONE WHERE EDDIE WON’T GO – A CHARACTER I WISH WOULD JUST GO AWAY:

Eric Cavanaugh’s father in The Unwanted by John Saul. I can’t remember the father’s name at the moment, but I HATE him! He’s a total a** and the whole time I just wanted him to die. Of course, there are a few characters in that book like that, but Eric’s father takes the cake!

THE ONE WHERE ROSS AND RACHEL TAKE A BREAK – FAVORITE BREAK UP SCENE:

This is hard. Can I pick Friends when Ross and Rachel take a break? The part where Ross is kissing Rachel and trying to make her forgive him but she can’t makes me almost cry. I guess I would be cheating to pick that though. Ah…what the heck!? I pick that scene for now. If I come up with anything else, I’ll let you know!

THE ONE WITH ALL THE KISSING – A BOOK WITH LOTS OF KISSING:

Oh jeez, another tough one. I don’t really read a lot of books where there’s a lot of kissing honestly. Let’s just go with the beginning of Truth or Die by James Patterson. There’s not that much kissing, but it’s all I could come up with! Sorry! There’s a lot of kissing in the TV show One Tree Hill though!

THE LAST ONE – FAVORITE SERIES FINALE:

Ha, this is funny because when it comes to shows, it’s Friends for sure! However, when it comes to books, I’d have to go with The Unwanted again because the ending was so unexpected!

THE ONE WITH A BLACKOUT – A SCENE I’D LIKE TO FORGET:

Hmm…I’m gonna go with a scene from the movie Bag of Bones. It was really creepy. If you watch the movie, maybe you’ll know what I mean. I don’t want to ruin it by saying.

I’m adding a book scene to this. I just started reading Shadows by John Saul and there’s this really graphic scene that I really wish I wouldn’t have read. :/

THE ONE WHERE CHANDLER CAN’T CRY – A BOOK THAT DID NOT MAKE YOU AS EMOTIONAL AS OTHERS:

Ooh, while maybe not “emotional” as in sad, I’m going to define emotional in this case as a book I didn’t think was as good as everyone thought. Now I know this will upset a lot of fans, but the Harry Potter series! I read most of the books and while they were written pretty well, I wasn’t as in love with them as everyone else was!

THE ONE WHERE JOEY DOESN’T SHARE FOOD – A BOOK YOU WON’T EVER LEND:

Wow, this seems like such a harsh question! Maybe Deadlines by Greg Bear because when asked, I always say it’s my favorite (even though I haven’t read it in a while). Either that or Nathaniel. Also, I once lent a book to someone and that didn’t go well so I bought another copy. Chances are I wouldn’t lend out that one again either!

By the way, The One Where Joey Doesn’t Share Food is a GREAT episode! 🙂

THE ONE WITH THE THUMB – A RECENT READ THAT YOU WOULD GIVE TWO THUMBS UP TO:   

Hellfire! You can read my review here!

THE ONE WITH THE ICK FACTOR – A BOOK WITH A PET PEEVE:

Okay, I’m TOTALLY going with a movie here. The Wizard of Oz! I hate when in books, movies, or TV shows, something happens and it ends up being all a dream! UGH!

THE ONE WITH THE LESBIAN WEDDING – FAVORITE LGBTQ BOOK COUPLE:

I feel horrible, but I can’t think of one at the moment!

I tag…

Rae from Bookmark Chronicles

Abbie from Café Book Bean

Kendra from Reads and Treats

Mary from Mary’s Average Adventures

*Anyone who wants to participate! Especially Friends fans! Feel free to paste a link to your tag in the comments section!

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!