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Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd.
Published: October 9th, 2014
Pages: 432 (hardback edition)
Audiobook length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
Synopsis by the publisher:
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.
"You mesmerised me and scared me at the same time. One of the scariest things about this novel, is how it points out just how easily accessible all of our private information really is to anyone who's looking for it."
I was intrigued by the premise of this novel from the time it started to frequently appear on BookTube, a little over a year ago. I had it on my to-read list for a long time, and sort of forgot about it. Then I was asked by a fellow BookTuber if I wanted to buddy read it with him, and it had once again sparked my interest. I didn’t get my hands on a copy before my buddy had already finished his, so I was a bit late to the party once again. Better late than never though, and this is one party you don’t want to miss out on!
The story is written in a first person narrative through the character Joe. What was interesting about reading from the perspective of a stalker like Joe, is to see just how easily he justifies every move he makes. It’s such a wonderful and horrendous experience to be inside the mind of the bad guy!
Both Joe and Beck made for very interesting and relatable characters. None were too polished or unrealistic, and the friends that surrounded Beck (and made things difficult for Joe) made it all even more interesting.
You mesmerised me and scared me at the same time. One of the scariest things
about this novel, is how it points out just how easily accessible all of our
private information really is to anyone who’s looking for it. Makes you think about what it is that you actually want to share on today’s social media.
It was a very suspenseful ride, and one that I will not forget. Going into this, I was certain that this was a stand alone novel, but I’ve come to know that it is actually the first part of a series. The second book (Hidden Bodies) was published February 2016. I will be picking this one up sometime in 2017. Can’t wait to see what happens next!
That being said, You can easily be read as if it was a stand alone novel. It is just bloody brilliant in my opinion!
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Publisher: Gallery Books/Pocket Books
Published: July 28th, 2016
Pages: 512 (paperback edition)
Audiobook length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
Synopsis by the publisher:
A strange plague called the ‘Gets is decimating humanity on a global scale. It causes people to forget—small things at first, like where they left their keys, then the not-so-small things, like how to drive or the letters of the alphabet. Their bodies forget how to function involuntarily. There is no cure.
But far below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, a universal healer hailed as “ambrosia” has been discovered. In order to study this phenomenon, a special research lab has been built eight miles under the sea’s surface. But when the station goes incommunicado, a brave few descend through the lightless fathoms in hopes of unraveling the mysteries lurking at those crushing depths…and perhaps to encounter an evil blacker than anything one could possibly imagine.
"Any horror book that can bring forth all the spectre of feelings that The Deep did for me, has definitely earned a good amount of praise."
I bought The Deep for two reasons:
1. I read The Troop by him last year and thoroughly enjoyed it.
2. Stephen King blurbed it on his Facebook page.
Both of these reasons needless to say had my expectations set pretty high for this novel. And the potential for it to crash and fall with all that weight hanging on its cover was pretty big. Thankfully The Deep had the strength to carry at all straight through.
Nick Cutter does an amazing job with showing the reader all the different sides to his characters. They are complex and with a lot of depth and good backstory, which all makes them very interesting to follow. And all the more because we gradually get to know their past as the story progresses.
I especially enjoyed Luke, Al and little LB. I would’ve loved to have gotten to know Al even more, but I can definitely see that there weren’t really room for it in this book.
Now for anyone who loves the early works of Stephen King, The Deep will probably be a good match. It has that old school horror feel to it, and what makes it so good is the mystery of what is lurking down in the deep. The way you don’t really know what it is, what it looks like or how it will affect the characters. It makes the story interesting the whole way through.
The pace to was just perfect for my taste. It flowed so easily and had my wanting more throughout. I brought the book with me everywhere and had trouble putting it down. It’s been a while since I’ve felt like that about a current read.
I want to mention that The Deep is not the novel for you if you’re squeamish about blood and gore. It’s very graphic and morbid at times. But anyone who’s got a soft spot for the wonderful morbidity of good horror, I would say; go grab it!
I can’t remember the last time a horror book made me cry, but The Deep (very surprisingly) had me blinking like hell on the subway so that I wouldn’t have makeup all over my face before I got to work.
Any horror book that can bring forth all the spectre of feelings that The Deep did for me, has definitely earned a good amount of praise.
I loved The Deep for it’s story, it’s ending and it’s writing. It was just a pleasurable read from beginning till end and I can’t wait to read Nick Cutter’s next book.
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Genre: Science fiction
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd.
Published: April 21st, 2016
Audiobook length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
Synopsis by the publisher:
A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.
Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved—its origins, architects, and purpose unknown. Its carbon dating defies belief; military reports are redacted; theories are floated, then rejected.
But some can never stop searching for answers.
Rose Franklin is now a highly trained physicist leading a top secret team to crack the hand’s code. And along with her colleagues, she is being interviewed by a nameless interrogator whose power and purview are as enigmatic as the provenance of the relic. What’s clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unraveling history’s most perplexing discovery—and figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result prove to be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?
"Sleeping Giants is as much original as it is exciting and mysterious!"
The format of this book is one of the things that makes it so incredibly interesting. Almost the entire book is written in conversation logs, diary entries and files.
This makes for a very interesting reading experience. It reminded me a bit about Illuminae, but with a better story and without the pictures.
It was very fast paced and for those who want somewhat of a different reading experience, this is definitely a good choice.
In this book you get to know all the characters through each others conversations and thoughts instead of an outside view.
There were very distinct written voices to the different characters which I really liked. I think Rose is one of my favorite characters so far in the series. And of course the mystery interviewer.
There are quite a few characters throughout this novel and I can’t wait to see who else will be introduced in the next book.
The plot of Sleeping Giants is one that was very interesting and different. I was captured by the story at the very beginning when Rose fell into the ground and landed on a huge metal hand. Who wouldn’t want to find out more about that?
The storyline takes som major twists and turns throughout the book and sometimes it can almost feel like things are bit rushed. But all in all I really did enjoy the plot so far and I look forward to seeing where the series will go from here.
Sleeping Giants is as much original as it is exciting and mysterious! It’s a very interesting reading experience with a good set of characters that develops throughout the story. I’ve been waiting to be swept away by a new science fiction series for quite some time, and the Themis Files might be the one. I guess we’ll have to wait until April 4th, 2017 when Walking Gods comes out to find out if my love for this series will still remain strong!
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
Published: April 30, 2013
Pages: 692 (hardback)
Audiobook length: 19 hrs and 41 mins
Synopsis by the publisher:
Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn’t tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.
Charles Talent Manx has a gift of his own. He likes to take children for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the vanity plate NOS4A2. In the Wraith, he and his innocent guests can slip out of the everyday world and onto hidden roads that lead to an astonishing playground of amusements he calls Christmasland. Mile by mile, the journey across the highway of Charlie’s twisted imagination transforms his precious passengers, leaving them as terrifying and unstoppable as their benefactor.
And then comes the day when Vic goes looking for trouble…and finds her way, inevitably, to Charlie.
That was a lifetime ago. Now, the only kid ever to escape Charlie’s unmitigated evil is all grown up and desperate to forget.
But Charlie Manx hasn’t stopped thinking about the exceptional Victoria McQueen. On the road again, he won’t slow down until he’s taken his revenge. He’s after something very special – something Vic can never replace.
As a life-and-death battle of wills builds her magic pitted against his – Vic McQueen prepares to destroy Charlie once and for all…or die trying….
“Wonderfully creepy! Christmas music will never be the same again…”
It’s hard not to compare Joe Hill to his father, Stephen King. There are so many similarities in the way that they write their stories, but in a very good way.
Hill describes characters and scenes so well that every part of the story comes alive, and it’s creepy for sure!
The story is written in third person, from multiple perspectives. The way it was executed was pure perfection.
All the characters in this book was what made it such a treat for me. Hill makes his characters come alive and they develop so much throughout the story.
Vic: It’s easy to relate to Vic even though she’s all kinds of screwed up. I really do enjoy characters that feels real, unpolished and far from perfect. They always make for a much more interesting story. Vic is a character you can’t help but love, even though she makes you so frustrated you could eat your own hat!
Charles Manx: I’m glad I was introduced to Manx as an adult. Had I met him earlier in my life, I’m pretty sure he would have haunted my worst nightmares. He’s a truly horrific character, written perfectly. I shivered and cringed at times when Manx was up to no good.
NOS4A2 is a story that keeps you on the edge. Even though it tells a lot of backstories it’s never boring, and it surprises you again and again.
I caught myself being bewildered about not having any clue as to where this story would end up.
Full of twists, turns and dark places. And the ending was very satisfying!
This is horror done right!
Christmas is my favourite time of year, and I don’t think that will change anytime soon. But even though this story is wonderfully creepy, Christmas music will never be the same again!
This story stays with you. I still think about Christmas land from time to time, and then I turn on the lights.
Highly recommend, but it’s not for the faint of heart!
I look forward to diving into more of Joe Hill’s work.
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I’ve teamed up with BookBear once again for their book tour of The Children of Darkness by David Litwack. They were so generous to send me The Children of Darkness to read and give an honest review.
Thank you BookBear!
I read this book on my kindle. The Children of Darkness is the first book in the Seeker Trilogy.
Genre: Dystopian Science Fiction
Publisher: Evolved Publishing
Publication Date: June 22nd, 2015
Synopsis by the publisher:
A thousand years ago the Darkness came-a terrible time of violence, fear, and social collapse when technology ran rampant. But the vicars of the Temple of Light brought peace, ushering in an era of blessed simplicity. For ten centuries they have kept the madness at bay with “temple magic,” and by eliminating forever the rush of progress that nearly caused the destruction of everything.
"The Children of Darkness had everything I could ask for in a good science fiction book!"
Litwack’s writing took a hold of me from the very first page and held on tight throughout the whole book. The world building was very interesting and done in a good way. I felt like I got to know the surroundings and the system without getting confused along the way. The dialogues felt very real and unforced.
The way the book was written had me flying through it.
Nathaniel, Orah and Thomas had wonderful character development throughout the story.
I really enjoyed the dynamic between the three of them, and especially between Nathaniel and Orah. It was pretty obvious early on in the story that they had some kind of chemistry (beyond their friendship) but I really appreciated the fact that their relationship did not take over the story. It just added to the whole package without being cliche in any shape or form.
Thomas had me frustrated at times, but in a good way. It suited the character and the story as it progressed.
All characters were well built and I enjoyed getting to know them.
The only thing I missed in this was that I would have liked to get to know some of the vicars a little better.
This story never got boring. It started the build up from the very beginning and took some twists and turns I absolutely did not see coming.
There was a part in the middle of the book where it slowed down a bit, but in those parts we got to learn much more about the world and that kept it interesting until the next build up.
Unique and mysterious. It was an adventurous ride and I can’t wait to continue on with this series.
It was everything I could ask for in a good science fiction book!
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