There were stories we used to tell each other when we were kids, for the mere purpose to scare the living crap out of the other person so he or she coThere were stories we used to tell each other when we were kids, for the mere purpose to scare the living crap out of the other person so he or she couldn't sleep at night.I remember trying to come up with these dreadful and creepy creatures,taking into account the other person's fear and taking advantage of it accordingly. The Devouring is one of those stories.
Reggie is a 15 year old girl, who comes from a broken home:her mother abandoned her and her 8 year old brother a year before the beginning of the story.Apparently, she got scared and run away.Or maybe she was too selfish and she wanted to live her life free of responsibilities.We never really find out why she did it. The book is basically describing Reggie's struggle to keep her family together after her brother's been taken by Vours, evil smoke-like entities who possess your body and pretend to be you.She loves her brother and she will do anything to get him back, struggling to keep what it's left of her family together.So, she enters the world of the Vours, where her brother's soul is.A psychedelic world,where your worst nightmares and fears come alive.But the more you fear, the more the Vour gets stronger,and Reggie has only one chance to get herself and her brother out of there,before they both lose themselves in the Vour world.
I enjoyed reading The Devouring very much!Don't expect great character developments and many touchy feely scenes,this is a horror book after all, but the story behind it is fantastic!Black smokes, spiders, evil carnivals and clowns(that's freaking scary,right there!),graveyards, elevator coffins, anything you can possibly imagine and are scared of, are in this book.If Stephen King wrote a book when he was a teenager, it could easily be The Devouring!
If you're up for a good horror story, don't miss this one!
One useful tip:don't mistake this book for Young Adult.It belongs to the Horror genre and much deservingly so,since it contains explicit descriptions of gory and macabre scenes. ...more
In Choker we are introduced to Cara, a teenage girl who is a bit of a loner, someone who other people just don't chose to hang out with.When she was aIn Choker we are introduced to Cara, a teenage girl who is a bit of a loner, someone who other people just don't chose to hang out with.When she was a little girl her family had to move, thus leaving her best friend Zoe behind.But when Zoe suddenly comes back in to her life can Cara handle it or will she find her best friend completely changed?
Choker was a pretty decent debut novel,it was twisted and disturbing and pretty damn scary at parts. Cara is a character that inspires your pity from the very beginning.You feel so sad for her throughout the whole book.Her classmates decide it'd be awesome to make fun of her because she dared choke on a carrot during lunch at school, hence the nickname. Imagine that you're about to die from a stupid carrot, at 17,and then saved,only to have the whole school call you Choker wherever you go!Plus, she was obviously still traumatized even after all these years from the move and from losing Zoe, whom she practically adored.Add totally absent and in my opinion uncaring parents in the mix, and you have yourself a very unhappy teenage girl.
Wood's writing was good, very dark and glum.There were scenes like a certain someone's literal disintegration while still alive(!) which was so morbid and twisted, it was beautiful! What put me off in Choker though is the ending. Not what actually happened in the end, but the fact that I saw it coming miles away, after finishing the 1st half of the book to be exact.I mean, if the book has this demented feel to it and Woods wanted it to be dark and bleak,she should have tried to make the ending a liiiitle bit more unexpected, because otherwise it takes away its grimness and spookiness.
Very short review, I tried to stay away from potential spoilers as much as I could. If you don't figure out Choker's ending early, then it's guaranteed that it will blow your mind! Recommended. ...more
I love me a good zombie story!Especially one that is not about the stereotypical goofy-stupid kind of zombies. The Cellar was a book that started veryI love me a good zombie story!Especially one that is not about the stereotypical goofy-stupid kind of zombies. The Cellar was a book that started very strong but I am afraid had a somewhat disappointing second half.
The writing was pretty good, very funny and witty.I admit it,the detailed and very gory descriptions gave me quite a scare when I was reading the book in the middle of the night.Regardless of that,though,first 200 pages went by without my even noticing it, it was that good!
Then, the rest of the book happened.Which was not necessarily bad, but not what I was expecting, either.Even though the characters were mostly OK, likeable enough, there was definitely no lead you could connect with,even a little bit.You see, the narrative was divided into 3 POVs,that of Meredith, Heather and Adrien.Thing is,only Meredith's POV was in the 1st person and the other two were in the 3d.So inevitably, I found myself siding more with Meredith and less with her sister Heather.Now I know that that was there for a reason and to make a point but I found it a bit unfair because I believe that they both were right in their own way. Also,as much as I found Adrien beautifully disgusting, I felt that his romance with Heather was forced.At first I thought that what he was doing was for a specific purpose and he was just being his monstrous self and I would totally have loved it, if that was the case.Making him see Heather like something more than a prey, would also have been great if it had 200 pages more to develop.Unfortunately it didn't have, so it just wasn't believable enough.
All in all, The Cellar is a book with a great potential,if you're into gore and living dead,which even though I liked a lot at the beginning, kinda fell flat for me right around the end.
This book has been given to me by NetGalley, free of charge. ...more
Slice Of Cherry is one of the weirdest, most disturbing and perverse books I have ever read.Do I like these kind of books?Hell,yeah!Did I like this onSlice Of Cherry is one of the weirdest, most disturbing and perverse books I have ever read.Do I like these kind of books?Hell,yeah!Did I like this one?I am still not sure.I seriously struggled with the 1st half but found myself loving the 2nd half.I am really torn when it comes to Slice Of Cherry and even now that I had some time to think it over, I still can't wrap my head around everything that went on and rate this book properly.Hope you won't hold that against me.
Let me start by saying that before you read Slice Of Cherry, I'd suggest reading Bleeding Violet first, Reeves's debut novel.Even though it has nothing to do with SOC's story or characters, it introduces you to Portero, a town well, let's just say A LOT different from the ones we are accustomed to.So if you find yourself wondering what the frak is going on when you read about people absent-mindendly kicking heads of dead bodies around on the street, stop and read Bleeding Violet.I hadn't, and it practically ruined the 1st half of the book for me, because I found it very hard to get into the book.
What I am certain of, however,is that Reeves's writing is beyond amazing!I mean, her imagination for one will leave you completely stunned as you feel you're constantly in a dream state while reading. You can forget about reality and anything slightly conventional.Just a pure,although pure has nothing to do with it,old gory, dark and twisted story, taken to a whole other level because of Reeves's exquisite writing that pulls you right in, even though the first thing you want to do is close the book and run as far away from it as possible.
I loved the sisters, Kit and Fancy, even though the normal reaction would be to hate them with a fiery passion for all the terrible and disgusting things they do to other people.But there is something genuine and honest behind their actions which you may not admire or condone but it will surely make you think twice before judging them. Also their idea of love and loyalty is so pragmatic and almost rational that you can't believe that it's possible for creatures like them, who take so much pleasure in torturing people, to think or feel that way.Kit and Fancy are without a doubt abominable and disgusting characters, who you just can't bring yourself to hate!
Slice Of Cherry is a mixture of Lewis Carroll, Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Graham Joyce all wrapped up in one dark, intense and twisted novel that will surely be the cause of many sleepless nights!
Oh and one last thing: this book is most definitely NOT a YA book!Why do people insist on categorizing it as YA, is beyond me! ...more
You gotta fight! For your right! To paaaaaaaaaaarty!
That is pretty much the concept of Burn Bright. The one I got from it, at least. World in Burn BrightYou gotta fight! For your right! To paaaaaaaaaaarty!
That is pretty much the concept of Burn Bright. The one I got from it, at least. World in Burn Bright is not our own, so this is not a post apocalyptic-I was mowing my lawn when suddenly a terrible plague killed 2,75 gazillion people-world. It's completely fictional and contains a lot of "areas" one could have grown up in. The protagonist, Retra, is a Seal which basically means someone who is devoid of every pleasure in life, is very shy and doesn't have the right to express an opinion. On the other hand there is Ixion, where the sun never rises. A place where you don't have to sleep(only briefly)and you can party and indulge in pretty much anything you can think of all day. Retra, after enduring unbearable physiological and physical pain at home, risks her life to go to Ixion and reunite with her brother Joel who had run off to Ixion a while back.
So. Ixion- the party planet. At first I thought it was something new and original but then meh I don't know. I mean, an island you can party and have sex non stop? Granted, it sounds intriguing and I'm certainly not a prude, but how is this a solution to Retra's or Joel's problems, created by a dysfunctional environment? For not being allowed to look in a mirror because it was considered a sin to choking down "happy pills" everyday, it's kind of a long way. And I liked Retra in the first half because she refused to change. She felt free from her father's tyranny sure, but she didn't become a ho bag in a matter of hours. Until of course, god-like Lenoir touched her thigh and she had an orgasm. ... Then everything changed inside her and she decided to go with the flow and become like the other Ixion-ites, but slightly better since she was Lenoir's favorite.
I don't know what to tell you, I didn't connect with the story or the characters at all. Yes, the book had a nice gothic feel to it. While reading I kept imagining Ixion like a medieval Ibiza. With a bunch of churches and monsters lurking in the dark. Now, that's a pretty picture! But when it's all said and done, I am not sure the imagery alone is enough to make me like Burn Bright. I didn't get the romance between Retra and Lenoir, either. Story of Ruzalia was interesting, though. When people at Ixion stopped being young(it doesn't say how young or how old that is), rumor has it that they are withdrawn from Ixion. What does that entail exactly? Nobody knows. Ruzalia claims that the Ripers(Guardians of the Ixion youth) get rid of them once and for all. The Ripers claim otherwise. So Ruzalia and her followers live in a huge pirate - like boat, fight the Ripers and have built a whole new world where people who are withdrawn can go. Second book is supposeed to be Ruzalia-centered so I may give the series another chance.
Burn Bright was an OK book I guess. Nothing special for me and I struggled a little bit to finish it. It's worth a try for dystopian enthusiasts. ...more