You by Caroline Kepnes

When Stephen King, “The King of Horror” says a book is Hypnotic and scary.” You know you’re in for a good time.

When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.

There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.

As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.

A terrifying exploration of how vulnerable we all are to stalking and manipulation, debut author Caroline Kepnes delivers a razor-sharp novel for our hyper-connected digital age. You is a compulsively readable page-turner that’s being compared to Gone Girl, American Psycho, and Stephen King’s Misery.

-Description from Simon & Schuster website

Okay guys this book messed me up, and when I say it messed me up, it really MESSED. ME. UP. So naturally I want everyone to read this book so we can all talk about it in therapy together.

The entire book is written from the point of view of this crazy obsessive serial killer named Joe. And you know that he is the bad guy starting on page one. So no big deal right? WRONG, so very, very wrong! Even though you know straight up that you are reading the book from the point of view of the bad guy there are still times when you’re laughing about what he said because he’s kind of a funny guy, and then he does something romantic and you think “aww that was nice,” and you even find yourself feeling bad for him when he gets blown off again by Beck, the girl he likes. But then you remember that this man has intimate pictures of Beck (she has no idea that he has these). He also regularly steals her clothes and takes a particular liking to her under garments. And he keeps a weird kind of shrine to her in a hole in the wall of his living room. None of the romantic events are really romantic, and he only knows he is being blown off because he has HACKED THIS GIRLS EMAIL, AND STALKS HER ONLINE.

**brb changing all of my passwords**

THEN IT REALLY HITS YOU THAT HE IS A CREEP AND A KILLER AND YOU SHOULD ABSOLUTELY NOT FEEL BAD FOR HIM, AND YOU SHOULD NOT FIND HIM FUNNY, AND YOU SHOULD ABSOLUTELY NOT LIKE HIM. But this book is so well written that you can’t help but to like him because he can be kind of a cool guy sometimes. So you try to look over the fact that he kills people, because you genuinely want to like him and see the best in people. And then he goes and kills someone else!

Like really guy? I WAS ROOTING FOR YOU!

This book makes me feel crazy because I feel bad for the bad guy even though he is a murderer. (This is reason #1 why I will need therapy after reading this book.)

Also this book has made me supremely paranoid because Joe seems so casual and normal to all of the people that he interacts with. The people that he works with, and even his friends have no idea that he has killed more than a handful of people. Honestly, people don’t even know that he is a murderer until he is killing them. So now anytime I see someone who I think looks like they are nice and well adjusted, I remember this book and instantly wonder how many bodies they currently have stored in their freezer. (Reason #2 why I need intensive therapy after reading this book.)

Real talk though, This has to be one of the best creepy, thriller, horror books I have ever read. This is something that could actually happen, and that makes it even scarier. I loved this book and could not put it down. I really liked how it was written from Joe’s point of view, and we could see his thought process and how he was rationalizing everything. I think it being written from this point of view also adds to the creep factor, because the reader sees Joe’s motive and they can understand why he did what he did. We like to think that murderers are crazy, awful, inhuman monsters and they are just awful people. But this book takes you into the mind and life of one and you can see that while yes, they are obviously doing awful things, they are not these scary monsters 100% of the time. This book blurs a lot of lines, makes me feel all kinds of uncomfortable, and I love it.

The cover of this book is simple and does not give a lot away on what they story will be like. You can kind of tell that it is going to be creepy because it kind of looks like blood, but that is all. This is truly a book that you will have to pick up to see what it is like.

When it comes to rating I will give this book a 5 for quality and a 4 for popularity. Giving this book a total score of 9 out of 10 from this blogger. This book is really uniquely written and makes you look at the world around you and the people in it differently. I absolutely love when a book can do that.

 

Kepnes, Caroline. You: A Novel. New York: Emily Bestler, 2014. Print.

If you are interested in purchasing a copy of this book, or want to learn more about the author please check out the sites below:

You on Amazon     You at Barnes & Noble     Author’s Website


Just a BTW: I am in no way affiliated with this author or publishing house. I was not compensated for this post/review, and all opinions are my own. I am just a fan sharing my experiences with all of you.

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WILD by Alex Mallory

“He’s from the woods. She’s from the world” Can I make it anymore obvious? (If you sing it to the tune of “Sk8er Boi” by Avril Lavigne it’s 10 times funner and I look 3% more clever.)…Seriously give it a shot, I’ll wait.

 

Okay now that thats finished check out the book blurb found on the inside of the book jacket:

The forest is full of secrets, and no one understand that better than Cade. Foraging, hunting, surviving— that’s all he knows. Alone for years, Cade believes he’s the sole survivor. At least, until he catches a glimpse of a beautiful stranger…

Dara expected to find natural wonders when she set off for a spring break camping trip. Instead, she discovers a primitive boy— he’s stealthy and handsome and he might be following her. Intrigued, Dara seeks him out and sets a catastrophe in motion.

Thrust back into society, Cade struggles with the realization that the life he knew was a lie. But he’s not the only one. Trying to explain life in a normal town leaves Dara questioning it.

As the media swarm and the police close in, Dara and Cade risk everything to get closer. But will the truth about Cade’s past tear them apart?

Juicy right? This book was something that I picked up on a whim. It had a cool cover, and looked exciting. I know, I know don’t judge a book by its cover. But I do…all the time, and honestly I’m kind of glad that I do. I have found many cool books and awesome authors who’s work I really enjoy all because I picked up a book with a pretty/exciting cover. So while I don’t think that you should always judge a book by it’s cover, I don’t think its a bad thing to do every once and a while.

**Now I will step down from my soap box and get back to the review.**

I was expecting this book to be an adventure story and it ended up being so much more. There were elements of adventure yes, but there were also elements of psychology, and survival mixed in as well. The way the author wrote the characters it was impossible to not fall in love with them. The entire time I was reading I just wanted to hold Cade’s hand and tell him that everything will be okay. I honestly felt really bad for him, he was ripped away from the only home that he had ever known and was essentially told that everything he had ever known was wrong, it was all a lie. The media caught wind of his story and he was made a spectacle of, it broke my heart. I just wanted to jump into the pages of the book and make it all better for him. Luckily he had Dara by his side, and I found myself cheering for them to work everything out  for the entirety of the book.

I want it to be clear that this book was so very beautifully written, Mallory took her time in making sure that this story was believable.The attention to detail is not something that should be glossed over, she should be applauded for it. You can tell that she did her research on the diseases mentioned, as well as making it believable that a teenaged boy could live in the woods on his own. It should be mentioned that this is a modern day retelling of the classic Tarzan. But while reading this book, that was the furthest thing from my mind. To me this was like reading a completely different story. I honestly had no idea this was a retelling of Tarzan until after I had finished reading, and had started writing this blog post.

A great thing about this book is it has a little something for everyone. There is absolutely the sense of adventure when the teens are attacked by a bear. There is mystery when the readers are trying to figure out who Cade is exactly, and what will end up happening to him when they figure it out. There is suspense present when the truth about Cade is starting to become known. There is even a little bit of romance for those of you who are into that kind of thing.

Now time for the rating. I have to give this book a 4 out of 5 for quality, and a 4 out of 5 for popularity. Bringing the total for this novel to 8 out of 10. Like I said before there is a little something for everyone in this book so there is a pretty wide appeal. Give it a shot, I honestly doubt that you will be disappointed.

If you would like to purchase your own copy of this book , or learn more about the author please check out the links below:

WILD on Amazon     WILD at Barnes & Noble     Author’s Website     Author’s Other Website


Just a BTW: I am in no way affiliated with this author or publishing house. I was not compensated for this post/review, and all opinions are my own. I am just a fan sharing my experiences with all of you.

April OwlCrate!

This was my very first OwlCrate and I am super excited about everything inside! I decided to sign up for this subscription  box for a few reasons. The main being that I am going to be a teen librarian in a few months, this subscription box will encourage me to read books outside of my regular comfort zone so I will be better able to make recommendations to patrons. Also I might just stumble upon my new favorite book. You never know right? Another reason is obviously there will be things that come in these boxes that I will never use. I plan on putting those aside and using them as small prizes for various activities and programs at the library. I know what you’re thinking and yes, I will be a pretty awesome teen librarian someday.

P.S.If a library HR representative, or a hiring librarian is reading this, please fill out the short form on the Contact Me! page and I will send you my resume ASAP!

P.S.S. Seriously though, someone please hire me.

Back to the main event, you can see the picture below of everything that came in this months box. (I tried to be artistic and whatnot with the arrangement, however it didn’t really work out for me).

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The theme for the box for this month was Dystopia and there were items from many different series like “Maze Runner, Shatter Me, The Hunger Games, and 1984.” There were a lot of things to be excited about in this box like the 1984 notebook that I immediately put in my purse incase I ever have a brilliant idea that I absolutely must make a note of. Also the Mockingjay Bracelet was super cool as well. I can’t wait to wear it out and show it off! However, I am most excited about the book for this month, “Flawed” by Cecelia Ahern. I mean that is the main attraction isn’t it? A brief description for this book can be found below.

Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan.

But then Celestine encounters a situation in which she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found FLAWED.

In her breathtaking young adult debut, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society in which perfection is paramount and flaws are punished. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.

-Description found on the book

Sounds awesome right? This is a book that is definitely different that what I normally read, and I am looking forward to starting it soon. Once finished I will absolutely post a review right here on my blog!

If you have ever considered subscribing to OwlCrate I really suggest that you do. Opening this box was absolutely like Christmas in April. To subscribe you can check out the link right here —> OwlCrate

I am really glad that I chose to subscribe to OwlCrate and I am looking forward to next months box!

So what exactly was in this months box?

Contents of the box broken down and where you can purchase the items for yourself!

WICKED Decal $7.50

Mockingjay Bracelet $8.00

1984 Manuscript Notebook $6.99

Hunger Games Magnent $1.99

Shatter Me Coaster $9.97

“Flawed” by Cecelia Ahern $18.99

There was also a mini poster and temporary tattoo for the book “Flawed”, a letter from Cecelia Ahern, and a print with a passage from the book”The Star-Touched Queen” By Roshani Chokshi. These items can not be purchased as far as I could find so I do not have any prices for them.


Just a BTW: I am in no way affiliated with OwlCrate, I was not compensated for this post/review, and all opinions are my own. I am just a fan sharing my experiences with all of you.

The Pennwood Haunting by S.K. Zurcher

This is a book that grabs a hold of you on page one and doesn’t let go until the very end. I read this book in two days. Honestly it would have been one, but it got dark out, everyone in my house went to bed, and I got scared. I am a lover of all things ghost and haunting related, and this book had its moments where I was legitimately creeped out. So to be safe and to make sure that the monster under the bed didn’t get to me I called it a night and finished the book before dark the next day. NOW don’t think that this book may be too scary for you, honestly I am just a wimp sometimes.

The Pennwood Haunting is the story of  first year grad student Shelly. Shelly has always been a good student and she has worked her butt off to to get into the best Psychology program in the U.S.. Which just happens to be located at Pennwood University, but she, like most other graduate students does not have bottomless pockets. Because of her lack of extra cash she has secured a graduate assistantship and now all she needs is to find low-cost housing. When she finds 1020 Sycamore Lane she believes that she has hit the jackpot, however things would soon change. Strange sounds can be heard throughout the night, and she thinks she is seeing things, so she decides to get some help. She enlists the help of her boss at the university Larry, who just so happens to be a top parapsychologist. Things slowly start to get worse and people start to get hurt. Everyone soon realizes that this is no normal haunting, Shelly and Larry enlist the help of other professionals, they all soon realize that this needs to be resolved quickly before someone is killed.

I loved every minuted of this book. I really appreciate how well written this book is and how much detail is included in the text. Zurcher used detailed descriptions to really paint a picture for the reader that allowed them to easily envision what was happening in the story. As stated before this book grabbed my attention on the first page and didn’t let go until the very last. The cover of the book is spooky and eye-catching, it really makes the reader curious as to what the book will be about, and it encourages them to pick it up and give it a shot.

The only complaint that I have about the book is the age level listed for this book. Amazon.com has it listed for children ages 10-18, or grades 5-12. Personally I think this book is grossly inappropriate for children, I would personally only recommend this book for readers ages 14 and up, and even then it would be with caution. This book uses vocabulary that would easily confuse the younger children, but that is not the only concern. This book does have scenes with decent amounts of violence and there is a sex scene or two (these are not terribly graphic, but they are present). Also this book can get pretty spooky at times. For these reasons I would I would only really recommend this book for teens in high school and adults.

As for rating I give this book a 4 for quality, and a 2 for popularity. This book was only published a few months ago in January of 2016, but with the quality of writing I believe that this book has a lot of potential to become very popular. Overall I have to give this book a total score of 6 out of 10. Don’t let the lower score deter you from reading this book though, I really did enjoy it, and I am looking forward to reading more from this author.

Zurcher, S.K. The Pennwood Haunting. CreateSpace Independent Platform. Electronic. 449 pages.

To purchase a copy of this book or to learn more about the author please check out the links below:

The Pennwood Haunting on Amazon     The Author’s Twitter Account


Just a BTW: I am in no way affiliated with this author or publishing house. I was not compensated for this post/review, and all opinions are my own. I am just a fan sharing my experiences with all of you.

We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

This book made me laugh at the witty, snarky, well written banter between the characters, and cry at the course of events. The events in the book feel real, and easily transport the reader to semi apocalyptic Seattle. The author flawlessly conveys the feelings of fear, helplessness, and love through the text. And the magic of this book is that the reader feels these emotions along with the characters.

The premise behind Tommy Wallach’s debut novel “We All Looked Up” is simple. The world is ending, and soon. A giant comet is headed towards Earth, when it hits in a few months 2/3 of the world’s population will die instantly. This book follows four teens all from the same high school and how they cope with the world ending. They all have their own groups of friends, and interests, but when the end is near they come together despite their differences and help each other out. The world is in chaos, stores are being looted, food is being rationed at the grocery stores, and there is arson everywhere. Thinks are looking bleak, so the teens do everything they can to make their time left on earth count, and have a little fun along the way. You’ll have to pick this book up to see what happens when the comet hits, I doubt you’ll see this ending coming.

This book is incredibly realistic, from how the world will end, to the chaos when people find out about the world ending, to the new unlikely friendships that are formed. It is completely believable that the events in this book could transpire at any time. The characters are easily relatable high school students. What I loved most about the characters in this book were that they were from all different social groups and classes. The characters are described as being an “athlete, slut, slacker, and the overachiever,” (very Breakfast Club-esque) However as the book progresses these characters develop and become so much more than their prospective labels, which I think is incredibly important in YA books. Teens can read this book and see that even though they may be labeled as one thing or another, if they want to change they can, and if they don’t they don’t have to.

As for the cover of this book, it is simple, just a picture of teens looking up at the comet. The cover fits the title of the book and I honestly love the simplicity of it. While the world all around is in chaos these teens take the time to pause and really take in what is happening, and how they will be impacted. And in the end all they have is each other.

This book gets a 4 for quality and a 4 for popularity, meaning this scores an overall 8 out of 10 from this blogger.

Wallach, Tommy. We All Looked Up. New York: Simon & Schuster BFYR, 2015. Print. 370 pages.

If you would like to purchase a copy of this book, or you would like to learn more about the author please check out the links below:

We All Looked Up on Amazon     We All Looked Up at Barnes & Noble                                                                       Official Book Website     Author’s Website


Just a BTW: I am in no way affiliated with this author or publishing house. I was not compensated for this post/review, and all opinions are my own. I am just a fan sharing my experiences with all of you.

The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters

I will be straightforward with you all, this is a time where I judged a book by its cover and I am SO glad that I did. I picked this book up because it looked spooky and I hadn’t read a creepy book in a while, so having never heard of this book I decided to give it a shot based solely on the cover. I honestly LOVED this book, I read it in just a few hours and it was great! This book not only has elements of spooky-ness but there is also a heavy base in history which is new for me. Usually I shy away from historical fiction, but this book makes me want to give more historical fiction a shot. Maybe it is just because this book seamlessly wove the historical and the supernatural together that I enjoyed it, it honestly was not like reading a historical book at all.

 

This story takes place in the early 1900’s in Portland, Oregon. Olivia Mead is the daughter of the town dentist, who honestly most people are afraid of because he is always smiling as he is pulling his patients teeth like he enjoys it. She believes that there is noting particularly spectacular about herself, however after going to see Henri Reverie, a hypnotist show, on her 17th birthday everything changes. Her father hears that she was susceptible to the hypnotism at the show so he hires Henri, the hypnotist, to try and “fix” Olivia. However what was wrong with Olivia was that she was opinionated and she believed that women should have the right to vote. Henri hypnotizes Olivia so that she can see the world for what it really is, and that she will say “all is well” when she is angry or upset. Once she is brought out of the trance she see people differently, for example her father looks like a monster, some people look transparent like ghosts, and others look like they are filled with beautiful light. This is naturally terrifying for Olivia, and not being able to express herself becomes infuriating. She tries to appeal to Henri, and in doing so she learns much about him, his family, and his past. Everything becomes even more intense when Olivia’s father has her hypnotized again. But what he doesn’t know is that Henri and Oliva have become partners of sorts and they have something big planned for anti suffragists in their area.

 

The characters in this book are incredibly detailed, and even though there are elements of the supernatural, the main characters feel very real and relatable. I mean at the end of the day Henri is a boy struggling to support his family, and Olivia just wants to be free to make choices on her own. Another element in this book that I enjoyed was the historical pictures placed strategically in the book. This offered a great reference as to what the people would have looked like during this time period. Also the author took the time to include an accurate historical timeline for women’s suffrage in the United States as well as a bibliography of other books to read.

 

As stated before this book does blur the lines between historical reality and the supernatural, which will be enjoyable for some readers like myself. But some readers will not enjoy this type of story.

 

I would give this book a 5 for quality, and a 2 for popularity. With a little push I believe that this book would become far more popular amongst readers. So overall this book gets a 7 out of 10 from me.

 

Not to shabby for a book that I just picked up because it has a pretty cover.

Winters, Cat. The Cure for Dreaming. New York: Amulet, 2014. Print. 342 Pages.

If you would like to purchase a copy of this book, or learn more about the author please check out the links below:

The Cure for Dreaming on Amazon     The Cure for Dreaming at Barnes & Noble

Author’s Website     Official Website for Book


Just a BTW: I am in no way affiliated with this author or publishing house. I was not compensated for this post/review, and all opinions are my own. I am just a fan sharing my experiences with all of you.

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Noah and Jude are twins, and until they were 13 they were inseparable, but then things started to change. They had always been competitive but the thought of going to an exclusive art school made their competitive nature even more prominent. Their mother was an art writer and while she loved both of her children, she expressed it more with Noah and this really upset Jude. Jude always felt pushed aside when it came to her mom, so she started to rebel. Fast forward three years later and Jude is a student at the art school, Noah is not, and their mom has passed away in a tragic car accident. Jude and Noah are barely speaking and everything is out of whack, and Noah no longer paints or draws.

Now flash back to when the twins were thirteen. A boy moves in next door named Brian, and Noah is absolutely smitten, but he cannot tell anyone. One night at a party Jude takes Brian in the closet for seven minutes in heaven, Noah views this as the ultimate betrayal. Fast forward three years and Jude is about to be kicked out of school so to avoid this she decides to make a sculpture out of stone. To do this she needs a mentor, so she begs artist Guillermo to study under him. She learns a lot, and even falls in love with his housemate Oscar. Meanwhile Noah is just trying to figure out his place in the world. The twins eventually come clean bout their past, But is it too late for them? Will they ever be able to be close again, or is the damage done just too much for the siblings?

This is a book that has very realistic and likable characters, and the overall tone of this book is serious. But have no fear, this book is a fairly easy read. This book is wonderfully written. It does a magnificent job of evoking real emotions from the readers, while discussing real life topics that teens deal with every day like first love, having secrets, and tragedy. This book stays very true to the topics presented such as grieving, homosexuality, and to trying to figure out who you are.

However there are something’s about this book that some readers may not enjoy. The first being the style in which this book was written, the book jumps three years back and forth every chapter. The book also changes narrators every other chapter which may be distracting for some readers. (I know this was something that I didn’t enjoy.)

This book strives to show the readers that there are always opportunities for a second, or third, or even fourth chance if you are willing to be honest and ask for forgiveness. The cover is bright and appealing. It is a play on a game that the twins play where they “own” and “bargain” with elements of the world. The Sun’s rays are rainbow colors which I believe are a reference to Noah’s sexuality and acceptance of his family of him.

I would give this book a 4 for quality, and a 4 for popularity meaning this book scores a total of 8 out of 10. This is a great book that I feel many teens will be able to enjoy and learn from.

Nelson, J. (2014). I’ll give you the sun. New York, NY: Dial Books. 371 pgs.

If you would like to purchase a copy of this book, or learn more about the author please check out the links below:

I’ll Give You The Sun on Amazon     I’ll Give You the Sun at Barnes & Noble                                                                                   Author’s Website


Just a BTW: I am in no way affiliated with this author or publishing house. I was not compensated for this post/review, and all opinions are my own. I am just a fan sharing my experiences with all of you.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Okay so I’m going to level with you here, this book destroyed me. I read this book in one day, I absolutely could not put it down. In fact I’m going to add a picture of what I looked like upon finishing this heart-wrenching piece of literature. You’re welcome. IMG_2260

Now that I am done being dramatic I will get into the important stuff.

Louisa Clark is a woman in her mid 20’s living a mostly comfortable life. She works at a local coffee shop and lives at home with her granddad, mom, dad, younger sister and her sister’s son. Things are mostly comfortable for Lou, until the coffee shop where she works closes and she is soon out of work. This puts a strain on her family and how they can make ends meet. So Lou does the only thing she knows to do, she goes to the local employment office to try and find a job, and after a string of truly awful jobs, and recommendations to become an exotic dancer she interviews for the position of caregiver to a man named Will Traynor. She accepts the position, but she had no idea the impact that this man, and job would have on her life. In the beginning Will and Lou barely tolerate one another, but as time goes on they slowly begin to enjoy being around each other. One day Will’s sister comes to visit and this visit will turn Lou’s entire life upside down. She learns that Will is planning on going to Switzerland at the end of 6 months to end his life. She tries to quit, but her family really needs the money, and she does really enjoy being around Will. So instead of quitting she decides that she will try her hardest to change his mind about ending his life. With 4 months left until Will takes that trip to Switzerland Lou begins planning trips with Will, this is rocky at fist, but as time passes both Will and Lou really begin enjoying themselves. He encourages her to being branching out and seeing the world, he even tries to talk her into going to college. Things are looking really good for them, however will this be enough for Will to change his mind?

This book is wonderfully written and it honestly does take the reader on a journey they will not likely forget anytime soon. There is a profound moral to this story that will have a profound effect on the readers. The book does not have a predictable ending, at least not to this reader. Jojo Moyes took care to make sure that the characters in the book were realistic and easily relatable. The cover of this book is simple and does not give the reader a clue as to what the story will be about, this will encourage them to pick the book up and give it a shot.
I would give this book a 4 out of 5 for quality, and a 5 out of 5 for popularity. Meaning that this book receives an overall 9 out of 10 from me.There has been a lot of movie buzz for this book and that has made this book the talk of the town.
This is a book that yes, will make you cry. But also it will make you laugh out loud, or at least you will end up smirking to yourself like a crazy person. If you have considered picking this book up, I recommend that you do. I honestly loved every minute of reading this book and I highly recommend it. I doubt that there is any way that you will read this book and finish it without being affected.
Moyes, Jojo. Me before You. New York, NY: Pamela Dorman /Viking, 2012. Print.
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Just a BTW: I am in no way affiliated with this author or publishing house. I was not compensated for this post/review, and all opinions are my own. I am just a fan sharing my experiences with all of you.

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

Through the Woods is a graphic novel composed of five short stories, each one scarier than the last. We start out with a story about three sisters, who disappear one by one. The narrator, Beth, is the last sister still at home, is she safe? Or will she disappear with the strange man in the wide brimmed hat just like her sisters? The next story is about a young bride who hears a strange almost ghostly song coming from somewhere within her new home. When she asks about it everyone seems to just brush her off. Soon this young bride will learn that something’s are just better left alone. Have you ever been absolutely certain that you did something like take out the trash, just to have your mom yell at you later for not doing it? Well that’s similar to what happened to the narrator of our next story. He knows without a doubt that he killed his brother and threw him down a hole in the woods. But now, just a few days later, his brother is back in town acting fine, and telling everyone that he just got lost. But this cant be. Who or what is acting like this mans brother? Find out what happens in each of these stories, and a few more in Through the Woods by Emily Carroll.

The five short stories are all unique and seemingly unrelated except for their theme. There is a darker theme to all of the stories in this book, and they all leave the reader with a feeling of suspense and the question of “what happens next?” This book is a very quick read, the stories are all short and the illustrations are hauntingly captivating.

This book would be captivating to teen readers for many reasons. It is, as mentioned before a very quick read. However even though it is a quick read it is also thought provoking and leads the reader to question what it is that they just read.

BUT there is a down side…

The stories could have more text and there could be more of them. This book is a great quick read about things that go “bump” in the night. But a weakness for this book would absolutely be the lack of content; it left me with the feeling of “that’s it?” –And not in a good way.

All in all this book is a great and not “too” scary introduction into the horror fiction realm. Also the shorter story lengths and vivid illustrations will be enticing to younger readers. The cover art is haunting and definitely gives the reader an idea of what they are in store for with this book. The author did the illustrations for both the book and the cover, so you are really seeing her ideas come to life and not just an artists rendition of them.

When it comes to rating this book I would give it a 3 for quality, and a 2 for popularity. Meaning this book receives an overall score of 5 out of 10 from me.

Carroll, Emily. Through The Woods. New York: Margaret K. McElderry, 2014. Print.
If you would like to purchase this book, or if you would like to learn more about the book and author please check out the links below:
Through the Woods on Amazon    Through The Woods at Barnes & Noble                                                                                     Author Website

Just a BTW: I am in no way affiliated with this author or publishing house. I was not compensated for this post/review, and all opinions are my own. I am just a fan sharing my experiences with all of you.

13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Alright get ready guys because I’m about to tell you all about my favorite book of all time!

Everyone at school has heard about what happened to Hannah, its tragic really, a young life taken too soon. But what people didn’t know is that when Hannah took her own life, they hadn’t heard the last of her. Clay came home one day from school to find a package on the front step of his house addressed to him. When he opened it he found a shoe box filled with 7 cassette tapes, a map of his town, and a letter from Hannah explaining the contents. The letter stated that each side of a cassette tape was intended for an individual, and on that tape she would detail the role that they played in her life, and even her death. The letter also said that there are actually two copies of the cassettes and if the first copies are not passed around to the next person mentioned on the tape, that the second copies will be released to the media. Now Clay is confused, he really liked Hannah, they would pal around at work at the movie theater, and he even had a crush on her. So how did he fit in to her tragic suicide. While listening to the tapes Clay learns about a whole different side of the people he has known for most of his life. He sees that people aren’t always what they seem. To find out why Hannah took her own life, and how Clay fit into her story read Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher.

As stated at the beginning of this post, this is my favorite book of all time. There are a few reasons for this the first being that the themes of this book are real. The events that transpire in this book could happen anywhere, this isn’t fantasy, there are no vampires or faye, just relatable teen characters dealing with real issues. The second reason is this book, like many that we read as children, has a moral to the story. This book shows readers that people aren’t always what they seem, also take a chance and talk to someone who you might never have before.

This book is of a very high quality, the author took the time to ensure that the story was not only well written but that it was relatable for teen readers. The cover art of the book is very simple, being just a girl (presumably Hannah) sitting on a swing. The cover art is something that will catch the attention of the reader, and it will make them want to pick up the book to learn more. It should be kept in mind that this book does deal with some mature themes like suicide and sexual assault, so readers should be aware of this before they begin.

As for rating this book I would give it a 4 for quality, and a 5 for popularity. Meaning this book scores an overall 9 out of 10 from me. This book does score higher on the popularity scale because of the buzz about the new Netflix show/movie that reportedly has cast Selena Gomez. I assume that once that begins filming this book will become even more popular. This is a book that will captivate the attention of the reader from the very first page and they won’t want to put it down.

Asher, Jay. Thirteen Reasons Why. New York: Razorbill, 2007. Print. 288 Pages.
To purchase a copy of this book, and to learn more about the book and the author check out the links below:
 Thirteen Reasons Why on Amazon     Thirteen Reasons Why at Barnes & Noble                                                                             Website for the Book

Just a BTW: I am in no way affiliated with this author or publishing house. I was not compensated for this post/review, and all opinions are my own. I am just a fan sharing my experiences with all of you.