Note: I was going to review this book yesterday, but I still had 30 pages left, so I figured that instead of a early review where I didn't finish the book is not fair, even if it is only 30 pages, so I decided to finish the book today and post a release day review.
This review will be a bit different than my other ones.
When I first read the synopsis, I was really intrigued, since I've never read a book like this before, I've seen horror movies, but not many books. Unfortunately, it wasn't as good as I hoped it would be, don't get me wrong, it wasn't bad, it just had a few problems, which I'll talk about in a bit. What I didn't know was that the Jersey Devil myth is actually a legend in New Jersey, I thought that Voltaire made it up, but then I was curious so I searched it up and found that the tale does exist since I've never heard of it before, pretty spooky.
It's hard to think of where to begin. This book is like a horror movie and it felt like a zombie apocalypse (although it was only in a forest in New Jersey, not the whole world, I don't think anyone else in the world had any idea about any of that going on).
This story was refreshing since there was barely any romance in it. The reason why I'm talking about romance is because in many paranormal novels, there's way more romance than there is paranormal, sometimes it's ok but since I'm not a romance story kind of girl, I was really happy that this paranormal story doesn't have romance in it, although they do make a lot of jokes about doin' it.
What I loved most about this book is the humour, I didn't expect this much would be in the story, which is a good thing, since I love comedy. I loved the humour of most of the characters, although Alistaire was a bit much at times, but I think that was because that's his personality, he always speaks his mind, regardless of the consequences, and he's obsessed with hell and the occult.
I'm not sure who's my most favourite character from the book, but there is something I liked from each of the characters: I liked A.J's easygoing nature especially when he hangs out with Prudence and Aistaire, Prudence isn't as mean and shallow as I first thought of her as (she's one of the people who sticks up for Ari when Alistaire is being a jerk), Stuey always being optimistic was kind of annoying, but despite all that happened to him, he still didn't regret anything, Alistaire's craziness (he was really annoying and sometimes mean, yet he's not afraid to speak his mind), so I liked his wacky nature at times, even though Ari is sweet and still recovering from her dad's death, she was one of the surprising characters (I can't reveal how because that might spoil the story), Villy is also one of the characters that changes a lot from our first impression and he ends up becoming really close to the group (he was a jerk full of himself, but then he becomes a better person), especially Stuey. And finally Caroline (I hope this is not a spoiler) joins the group and helps them fight off the zombielike creatures and the Jersey Devil, gotta love her badassness and that she deals with Alistaire's crap even though she just met him and is tempted to throw him to those creatures. I love the interactions between the characters and that they're not afraid to speak their mind on many things instead of holding back, and that there's a small cast of characters instead of a large one. I like it when there are many characters in a book, but it's nice to sometimes only have a few characters in a novel sometimes.
Even though I enjoyed this book, there were a few problems I had with it. The third person narration was confusing, I've only read a few third [person narrated books like: Charmed (the books from the TV show that is about the Halliwell witches), and The Mortal Instruments series, etc, and it was easy to tell who's point of view it was, but in this book at some parts it switched to another POV so quickly and without warning (in the books I read, for ex: when it switched from Clay's POV to Jace's in TMI, sometimes it would be a new chapter and sometimes there would be a double space). Another thing is that there are too many swear words, I don't mind some because in real life teenagers and even some adults swear quite a bit. I remember walking down the hall many times at school and hearing the f word and the s word (I graduated high school two years ago so it hasn't been really long), I swear to sometimes, especially when I'm angry, but I've never said the f word. But I feel like the characters swore way too much (that's actually one of the reasons why I hate the House of Night series so much), I just find it highly unrealistic.Some cases were perfect for it, like when the Jersey Devil killed someone in the beginning. There were also parts when they swore that made me laugh. Another thing is when they found the dildo in the cabin, I felt like that was unnecessary. I didn't like when in the beginning the guys just assume that all girls are like Prudence, not all of us try on 50 different outfits and lots of make up before leaving the house, some of us just put on some lip gloss and mascara and that's it.
The first few chapters leading to the Pine Barrens are a little slow, but it picks up after that. That's fine since many books and movies start out slow because of introducing the characters and to show the events that lead to the climax. Although, some parts after those creatures were attacking, it seemed like the story was dragging a little bit, some parts seemed like filler to me. I would have enjoyed the story more if some of the pages were cut from it. Still, I loved the action and that we got to learn the past of some of the characters and why they are the way they are, although I would have loved to know Aleister is so annoying and why he's a Satanist. Then again, maybe he just got interested from pop culture or something.
The ghouls or whatever they called them, made it seem like a mini zombie apocalypse, since they were kind of like zombies, although they were way more disgusting. It was interesting seeing Voltaire's version of hell at the end and it was funny too.
Despite some of the problems, I still enjoyed this book and I kept wanting to turn page after page. I'm looking forward to reading more from him. Overall, Call of the Jersey Devil is creepy, disturbing, action packed, entertaining, has some interesting characters and zombie-like creatures, and it's basically like a horror movie....more
This book was kind of slow for most of the story, it got really interesting when Athena an Cassandra finally met, which isI rate this book 3.5 stars.
This book was kind of slow for most of the story, it got really interesting when Athena an Cassandra finally met, which is basically only the last one hundred and something pages of the book. I wasn't really a fan of the romance, maybe it's because it was already established since before the book began. The interesting parts for me were the mythology elements and the whole gods dying thing.
But that ending though, I wasn't expecting that.
Full review to come soon.
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I just reviewed this on my blog (also, my stop for the blog tour). To view my post for the blog tour and other reviews, click here Antique Charming byI just reviewed this on my blog (also, my stop for the blog tour). To view my post for the blog tour and other reviews, click here Antique Charming by Natalie-Nicole Bates
(I was given the ebook for free to review, as part of the "Antique Charming" blog tour.)
This review is going to be different than my other reviews and shorter because the book is really short. I'm having trouble thinking of what to say in this review so that it wouldn't be too short, I don't like really short reviews, and thats because whenever I look at them (unless the review is about a very short book), I feel like that person either didn't read the whole book, just wants to state their opinions, or they're not putting much thought into the review. I know that those aren't necessarily the case, but that's what really short reviews (less that 200 words) reviews make me feel when i look at them on blogs, although on goodreads it's different, I'm fine with really short reviews on there. Sorry about the rambling/rant.
Lizzie Morton is a funeral director and has recently bought the Nichols Funeral Home and its upstairs flat. One night a man named Adam Nichols comes to her door, claiming that it's his house, and he lets himself in. After a little investigating, Lizzie is not sure what what's going on afteer she tries to call her real estate agent and when she finds a photo of Adam taken in 1986.
That is basically the whole story, which really annoyed me, because nothing was explained here, for ex: what is Adam? Where was he all this time?, etc. I don't read many short stories, the only time I had was in high school English classes and I didn't enjoy those stories much. This one isn't like other stories I've read, which are I think over 20 pages long, this one is less than 10 pages which makes it really really short and it can be read in only a few minutes.
Overall, the idea is interesting and makes me really curious about what's going on and what could happen next, and it has potential for a really good series (since one felt like a really short prologue or a really short first chapter). I hope the author considers to continue writing this story, because right now it leaves the reader to figure out what's going on and I have a big imagination that I have too many theories about that, I would rather find out what other decides that happens next. I am curious about her other books and might read them if they're a reasonable length.
I rated this book 3 stars, I was thinking of rating it 2.5, but it just kept me thinking of what Adam is (he can't be a ghost because Lizzie can touch him, unless he is a ghost and she is the only one who can see and touch him, hmm...) and what's going on, after I finished reading it....more
I finished reading this book a few days ago, but I didn't have time to post a review until now.
This review is going to start differently and be a bit different than my other reviews because it's a children's book, so of course you won't expect (and there shouldn't be) there to be any sex and gore in it.
Normally I don't read books with the protagonist under thirteen (except Kodocha, I just loved it), but when I was offered to review this by the author, it sounded interesting to me, so I decided to give it a try, and I was right, it is interesting and fun.
Scary School is told from the point of view of an eleven year old boy who's a ghost. He's called Derek the Ghost. He is a kid who died in science class one day and is now writing a book about the school he went to when he was alive, which is called Scary School.
Scary School is a place where monsters and humans learn together and try to get along with each other. This story describes the school's preparations for the annual Ghoul Games (which happened's in a different scary school once every year). Many interesting characters are also introduced each chapter (their background and other things about them are explained in their chapter). There are also many one page and spot illustrations of characters, places, and some events. The characters, their backgrounds, and personalities were fun to read about, the story itself was a fun and enjoyable read. I also love the style of narrating, it was funny and entertaining.
I enjoy reading about quirky, strange, and funny characters, and of course I love stories with paranormal elements in them (which I'm pretty sure everyone knows).
I recommend this to elementary and middle school kids (but older people might enjoy it as well), both boys and girls will enjoy this book.
The first novel review in a long time (I've been doing a lot of manga reviews lately).
Sex: Yes Gore: There is some, but not too much. Magic: No Romance: Yes (She mostly observes while other people are having romance, but she does have her romance, although I didn't see much of the chemistry between her and the guy, I think it was just desire not love, since she left immediately, if you want to know what happened, then read the book and find out).
Action: (This is hard too rate, since this is supposed to be a realistic novel, at least that's the impression I got from it) Pacing: 3.5 stars Plot: 4 stars
The Earthquake Machine is the story of fourteen year old girl named Rhonda, whose life is messed up, even though it doesn't seem like it to other people. Not wanting to continue living life with her father, she escapes to Mexico in order to find her former yardman, Jesύs, who she trusts the most. Rhonda changes her identity to a Mexican boy and begins her crazy journey to find Jesύs.
Rhonda, is really brave and crazy to travel all the way to Mexico and then through Mexico all by herself, I would't even be able to travel to another country all by myself like that (but then again, I've never been in the same or similar situation as she has been in, so it's not fair to compare me with her, being so different and different situations), still, I think it's amazing that someone so young (ok, she's not that young from me, only four years younger) had the guts to do something like that and actually pulled it off (I know it's fiction). I liked that she wanted to be different from other females (like I do, only people think I'm really weird, but I don't mind, it'd great), go girl power! But I don't like the fact that she tried to live a lie by being a boy so that no one treats her like a typical girl, the part about pretending to be a boy is ok, but the part about not eating isn't, it's like she was insulting God that why was she was born a girl, she should be happy with what she is, I know I am. By starving herself, she'd eventually get really sick and then die, which would be a terrible way to die, especially knowing that the reason was her own stubbornness. Plus, her obsession with reading about sex and sex in general is kind of creepy. Are there really any girls like that in real life? (whenever I read shojo mangas, some of the main character's act like that about sex too, which is why I read mostly shonen mangas) Because I wasn't like that and I'm still not like that (I think it's because how I was raised), etc. I didn't like her character at most points, sometimes I did, but mostly I didn't. There are protagonists in books that I absolutely love and then there are some tHat I really hate, but for this book, I'm not sure, so I'll say, around the middle.
(Sorry if that sounded like I was being mean or something, it's just that when I review a book, I always talk about what makes the protagonist great and what makes him/her not so great).
Other girls might relate to her, having gone through similar things as her or similar feelings, and I know by reading some of the goodreads reviews about this book, but I didn't relate to her much, at some parts I did, but mostly I didn't.
The characters she meets along the way are awesome and were fun to read about, to be honest, I liked some of them more than Rhonda. It was a fun read and I liked many of those characters, especially those other women she met along the way (I forgot what they called their group). I liked the journey that Rhonda takes to discover herself, and what she learns. I learned a lot of spanish words from reading this book, before this, I only knew as much spanish as I learned from when I was little and used to watch Dora the Explorer. When Rhonda sheds her old life to become a boy named Angel, she really does change. She goes from a scared little girl, to a brave young women, by the end you can tell that she grew up.
I'm wondering if this novel is set in modern times or in past, because the way Mexico is described (like, the sexist thing about boys carving and girls painting), it sounds like something from the 80s or 90s, unless Mexico is still like that. Since the country my parents were born and raised s Pakistan, it changed over the years about the sexist thing, men aren't the only ones who still have a job there, it's mostly men, but many women started working too.
Even though the protagonist is young, I don't recommend this to younger teen readers, like those under maybe 15 or 16 years old, because: there is some vulgar language, lots of mentions of sex and something happens at the end that definitely not for kids.
This is a standalone novel by John Michael Cummings. It has about 13 short stories of the main character (Jason Stevens), with different kinds of experiences.
The book starts with the short story called "The World Around Us," it's about how a street artist from Italy charms Jason's mother. After that are a bunch of other short stories, all different lengths. I liked some of the stories and some I didn't.
This book tells many stories of a teenage boy named Jason Stevens whose life isn't all that great. His family is poor, like many of the people around them in Harpers Ferry. His mother is kind and guiding, but his father is eccentric, mean and heartless towards him.
This is different from any book I have read in years, because it's a collection of short stories (which I haven't read books of since grade 10), and because there's no mystery in it.
It was kind of hard to tell what exactly Jason's personality is, because during some of stories, it's hard to understand who Jason is, although it does make sense since he is growing up and trying to figure out who he is.
He's very curious, loves art, smart, is very different from his brothers, lives in a really small house (which he and his dad are really embarrassed about), he's also embarrassed with his father's behaviour at times (like in the second story), has some strange friends, etc.
Jason's father does not show up much in the middle stories. Most of the middle stories are about him dealing with someone's abusive husband (even though he was supposed to stay away from him), meeting new people, making new friends, his dream of going to art school, and becoming a little confused about who he really is. Although, some of the situations that he was facing were disturbing, but some people do deal with those in real life.
The book leaves us with him being a little more sure about his himself, and him wanting to pursue art in college. Although, because of of a certain event, he's not so sure what kind of father he has anymore.
It's an interesting idea to tell the story of one boy's life by dividing it into short stories of events that made the most impact in his teenage years.
These stories all represent some big, disturbing but informative events that still happen to some people these days. This book isn't for everyone because of some of the risky subjects: for ex: dealing with a racist father, homosexuality, etc
Overall, I found this book in the middle, meaning that I didn't love this book, but I also didn't hate it either. It was still pretty good.
Thank you to the author for sending me the the print copy for review. (I'm pretty sure everyone knows how much I hate reading ebooks)
It was hard to rate this book, but I ended up rating this book: 3 stars....more