So . . . not sure what I think about this one yet.
It's definitely unique, which I loved. It didn't read like anything else I've read, but I also feltSo . . . not sure what I think about this one yet.
It's definitely unique, which I loved. It didn't read like anything else I've read, but I also felt like something was missing.
Anyhow, the basic gist of the story: Amber is stuck in a girls' juvenile detention center when a night of freedom means she gets a new cellmate, Ori, a dancer who may or may be a murderer. Ori's presence changes everything for Amber and the other inmates. Plus, there's definitely something not-quite-right about Ori's former best friend Violet. Who is guilty, and who is innocent? And what is really happening at that detention center?
I think the writing style was great with its use of third person, present tense occasionally, but I think it also may have made me disconnect from Amber and her story. I wasn't absorbed in what had happened to her, even though I cared about the plot of the story and wanted to know what happened next.
Overall, I loved the plot - plenty of suspense, questions, and twists to keep me reading and wondering what was going to happen next. However, I didn't invest in any of the characters.
The stories themselves aren't all that remarkable, but they are memorable because the illustrations arHmmm.
A graphic novel collection of horror tales.
The stories themselves aren't all that remarkable, but they are memorable because the illustrations are pretty impressive, creepy, and, occasionally, completely chilling.
Each story centers on what is coming or going through woods (and, trust me, it's never, ever any good), and most read like a fairy tale or fable gone very, very wrong.
I don't know enough about art to describe Carroll's work with any justice, but her style suits these dark campfire stories well - particularly her use of the color red.
I also have to mention that the concluding lines were pretty great:
"And once she was in bed, she said, 'What a fine night! What a good walk! I knew the wolf wouldn't find me!'
'Oh, but you must travel through those woods again & again,' said a shadow at the window. 'And you must be lucky to avoid the wolf every time . . . but the wolf . . . the wolf only needs enough luck to find you once.'"
When King is at his best, he knows how to make the unbelievable feel real, and I think this may be one of his best.
'Revival' has one of the most ridicWhen King is at his best, he knows how to make the unbelievable feel real, and I think this may be one of his best.
'Revival' has one of the most ridiculous endings ever, yet it felt right for the book, and it depressed the heck out of me.
More of a character-driven, existential exploration tale of faith and how we decide to live our lives, than a plot-driven, bump-in-the-night standard horror novel . . . but I think that made it all the more frightening. . . and depressing.
Have I mentioned yet that I found it depressing?
I'll be thinking about it for some time, I think. While I definitely disagree with the rather hopeless worldview presented, it's food for thought . . . this isn't one for mere mindless entertainment.
I enjoyed this one. I didn't start to figure out things were not all they seemed until about the middle. Although parts of the story were a bit contriI enjoyed this one. I didn't start to figure out things were not all they seemed until about the middle. Although parts of the story were a bit contrived it was interesting how it all came together. Creepy but interesting!...more