Thanks to Netgalley and Paper Lantern for allowing me to read and review this book.
Wow, this book is crazy in the best possible way. So much is stuffed in there and it's hard to put it down. It's hard to summarize, because there just is that much. I will try however. In short, our main group of characters are walking through the woods one day when they find a huge creepy house. Then later that day one of the girls, Aisha, runs off and promptly disappears. The other three spend the rest of the day looking for her and nothing. Weeks pass and it's like she disappeared into thin air. The three left know that the house must have something to do with it, so they go back to investigate.
What they find is so much more than they bargained for, a life size dollhouse where people are forced to look and act like dolls.
As soon as we entered that dollhouse I was gripped. My eyes were glued to my e-reader's screen and hours passed without me paying attention (I almost missed an appointment in fact). As the dollhouse is introduced, I am terrified. The descriptions... and then what happens... Living in the dollhouse is like slowly losing your mind.
There are so many layers to this tale. It seems like one kind of horror story and then as new things are revealed, new mysteries happened it changes.
Having read one of the older versions of this book, I couldn't help but constantly compare. There were a few pacing things I loved about the older version (there was much more of that losing your mind and realism to it) that were tweaked to make it more concise, but the setting up of the plot and revelations about things was done much better. When I originally read it I was shocked to find out there would be more, now it feels natural, there are so many questions I want to learn the answers to.
The mythology behind this horror story is now very interesting and well done, but it does not feel as if things were thrown at us all at once and out of nowhere.
I recommend this to people who are fans of Horror. Even if you're not fans of YA, as long as you get through the first, establishing bit, I think you could very well enjoy this on its own as Horror. I also recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed The Forbidden Game by L.J. Smith. It lacks the obsessive romance of that series, but the horror felt similar.
Also, if you read the original version of this and felt it was only so-so, I urge you to please pick up this version. Things make so much sense, things are more concise, the mythology of the world isn't all over the place and there are a couple of things (especially at the end) that hadn't happened.
We follow several characters, focusing in on a pair of twins and the man that both of them love. Of course, somethiReview from A Journey Through Pages
We follow several characters, focusing in on a pair of twins and the man that both of them love. Of course, something has been "haunting" the twins for a while and that something is absolutely terrifying and dangerous.
The twins are set up well as characters. They have two very distinct personalities and we can see how they both got to that point. I found myself easily being able to compare them to people I knew in real life.
The darkness of the book is set up well as well. Things are littered throughout the beginning that become important later. We are given enough things, that if we're paying close enough attention, we can guess and figure things out.
The fact that this is pretty much a Horror Movie in print is a double edged sword. On one hand everything is very visual in the book. I can see everything playing out in my mind perfectly. I can even imagine up the music playing in the background at certain moments and the fear in the characters voices. The imagery is very, very scary.
On the other hand it would have come across much scarier as a movie due to the fact that in a book you can't just introduce characters for a second and expect them to make impacts on us. Fractured has three sets of characters. The three main ones, the secondary characters (their group of friends) and the background characters. I feel like if this last group had been set up far in advanced, things later would have had a greater impact on us readers.
That aside, however, I greatly enjoyed the mythology and main characters that the book did present.
If you like Horror Movies, you will like Fractured. It's not quite at Stephen King level, but the imagery is top-notch and it is quite scary.
Note: I am being a little generous with the rating of 3.5, because despite the overall weakness of the writing, I eReview from A Journey Through Pages
Note: I am being a little generous with the rating of 3.5, because despite the overall weakness of the writing, I enjoyed reading this book.
Thanks to Netgalley and All Night Reads for allowing me to read and review this.
The Girl With the Blood Red Lips is a unique take on Snow White. Neva (as she currently calls herself) was once the Snow White of tales, but instead of falling asleep after biting the apple, she is cursed by her step-mother to relive the last three years she'd had over and over again, along with several curses in relation to that original tale (such as craving apples, not being able to look into mirrors and having the kiss of death).
I found the prose for the book enjoyable to read, and I found the world unique and interesting (though a little bit confusing which may fix itself in the future books). It mostly suffered in pacing. It started a nice speed, with characters being introduced and mysteries and issues being introduced at a good pace, but everything went way too fast. I think the second half of the book could have stood to be much longer in length, with some things being dragged out longer.
For the most part I enjoyed the characters, even if they were a little one dimensional at times (Mia and Hadley embarrassingly so, for reasons I'll explain in the Spoiler part of my review I really wish we had been able to connect with these two characters).
As a warning, although it is hinted at a few times in the first half of the book (which plays out like a light contemporary supernatural YA), the fact that the book takes a sharp turn into becoming a horror book took me a bit by surprise. It almost felt like two separate books, and although I did enjoy the first half quite a bit, I wish that the story had been the second half of the book and full out horror. This book would have for sure stood out from other fairytale adaptations in a good way if that had been the case.
Oh and I have to mention how much I love the name Neva. That's been one of my back-pocket names forever, and I had known the meaning (snow) so I smiled over that little connection.
I recommend this book for people who want a different kind of fairytale adaptation, one that doesn't involve a castle, fantasy or actual princesses. I also would like to mention that there is a horror twist at the end so be prepared for that, but until then the prose is light and enjoyable.
Now, I'm a huge Karina Halle fan from her Experiments in Terror series. She has a knack for horror mixed with romance and characterization that I don't see often. The Devil's Metal is her first foray into something different. Halle calls up from her own experiences as a music journalist, mixed with a historical point of view and all of those bits and pieces she does best.
The Devil's Metal starts a little weak, mostly due to the fact that we're trying to put ourselves into this 1970s world of the characters and so many issues that they're dealing with are still not really all that different from today. It's not until we are shoved into the backstage music scene that the era really becomes one-hundred percent cemented in our minds. The other weakness is trying to get a hold of where Dawn (or Rusty as she is lovingly called) as a character is in her life and what goes on in her head. In the end, for me, Dawn was a character who really was naïve about a lot about life, but tried so hard to put on that cool façade. She's a character who doesn't even know who she is right now (which at her age is perfectly normal I think).
Once everything in the book got settled in, however, I was hooked hard. The supernatural elements were introduced slowly at first, almost like going up a rollercoaster and then everything starting hitting terrifyingly hard and fast. For me, it was the perfect transition from historical novel about a music journalist following a rock band, to demons and devils and insane groupies.
The world is partially borrowed from Experiments in Terror, but explores a whole other part and issue with it, and scarily enough believable among all the sex, drugs and rock'n'roll.
I also would like to tip my hat to Halle for the epilogue/ending, due to the cyclical nature of it. For me that is one-hundred percent classic horror, I honestly wouldn't care either way if there was a sequel. It is of course open to the possibility, but at the same time I love just wondering and wondering.
Overall this book is highly enjoyable. I wish there were more books that catered specifically to my age range (19-27) which still had the lightness of the young adult novels of today, (just a little more mature). This book will make you make faces in horror (and not because of the horror), remember the days where rockers died young and hard, scream in frustration and yes even cry. I enjoyed it tremendously.
I picked this book up strictly because I am a sucker for YA stories with hauntings or other horror elements. And alReview from A Journey Through Pages
I picked this book up strictly because I am a sucker for YA stories with hauntings or other horror elements. And although the horror was a bit of this, it was the mystery of the story that really got me hooked.
I liked the writing better for this than I remember liking Clarity's (by the same author). At first I was wavering a bit as I felt a couple of scenes felt contrived, but in the end the prose won me over.
Kayla, our ghost, made for an interest character study and I enjoyed seeing her compared and contrasted to some of the other characters. There are times where the characters felt a bit flat or forced, but when it comes down to it it was Kayla and the mystery that are the driving forces of the book, so it wasn't a bit deal.
My personal favourite bit was Jade's gemstone obsession. I myself am a huge collector (though I'd never heard them referred to as gemstones, I usually know them as crystals or just stones. I assume that comes from the fact her mom made jewelry), so seeing it used as a device to tie the whole story together with all the meanings behind them was a treat.
Overall, I recommend this book to those who love a good murder mystery and don't mind some ghostly fantastical elements. If you pick up this book looking for horror, there are a few chilling moments, but it's mostly focused on the mystery side of a ghost story rather than the terrifying.
Deadly Little Lies feels like the beginning of a series a lot more than Deadly Little Secret did. While the first bReview from A Journey Through Pages
Deadly Little Lies feels like the beginning of a series a lot more than Deadly Little Secret did. While the first book feels more standalone with some teases of things that might happen in the future, this book is full blown SOMETHING IS GOING ON, and we, as the readers, want to keep reading to figure out what is going on.
Camelia returns and this time she is starting to notice that when she just lets impulse sculpt for her she keeps sculpting things that are real or that come true and it's freaking her out. As she deals with that and Ben's game of hot and cold (I don't know any other character that plays it better than him…) we get glimpses of her aunt as a teenager through diary entries scattered throughout the book. I'm really glad that Stolarz found a way to continue the structure of having these separate special parts as it adds a layer of interest to the storytelling I adore.
I also enjoyed how things are stirred up in our brains, but not everything is revealed. We have enough to guess, but not enough to know 100% and the characters haven't had it revealed to them yet.
I also liked how they extended the first books plot into this one via an old character.
I am super picky with continuing books, but I think I will continue at least one more book in this series, if only for Aunt Alexia, I want to read Camelia figuring it out. The book is good, but I don't find it amazing, I also don't find it terrible either. I think it's well written. I do recommend this series for contemporary fans who like a bit of a thrill....more
Michael Grant is a master. Specifically he is the master of making me cringe, gag and freak out over a book. And yeReview from A Journey Through Pages
Michael Grant is a master. Specifically he is the master of making me cringe, gag and freak out over a book. And yet, I can't put down the series for the life of me. Although Lies gave us a bit of a break from the mutation horrors of the FAYZ, Plague comes right back with it in full force. You thought the Zekes were bad in Hunger? Yeah, this book has much worse. I feel like Grant sat in his room pondering what kind of sicknesses were the most horrifying for kids without parents or doctors to rely on, and he came up with two: fear of coughing one's lung up and parasites. Then he decided, why just have one? Once again I had FAYZ related nightmares.
The thing is, is that this series of books has got a serious hook into me. I can't stop reading it and I'm truly worried about when I finally get my hands on Fear, because after that I have to wait. I keep reading and reading in hopes that we might find more clues to what's going on outside of the FAYZ, what the gaiaphage wants to do to the planet, if the kids can kill it, and sickeningly enough what new horrors Grant can come up with.
What's great about this series though is that Grant amps it up every book. Everytime the kids think they may have their lives under control, some new problem pops up. Sometimes it's just an expected environmental problem like food or water. Other times the problem is directly related to gaiaphage and the mutations. Then of course there are the societal problems.
This series is book is honestly one that makes you sit and wonder what would you do if you were in the FAYZ.
Keep reading this series, don 't stop, it just keeps getting better and better, the stakes getting higher and higher. And honestly this is the series that feels like a good A Song of Ice and Fire comparison for young adult with the politics, horrors and not always does the good guy win feeling....more
The Chaos returns with Jem's son, Adam, who as we discovered at the end of the last book can see the numbers as welReview from A Journey Through Pages
The Chaos returns with Jem's son, Adam, who as we discovered at the end of the last book can see the numbers as well. This time around, however, the stakes are much, much higher. When flooding causes Adam and Nan to move back to London all Adam can see anywhere is the numbers 01012027, and they are all violent deaths, so he knows there is something off. But when you have an ability no one would believe, how do you try and help save them all? And the ultimate question is whether or not one can change the numbers.
On top of Adam we have the character of Sarah who has had the same nightmare over and over again starring Adam of that New Years Day. Both of them know something is going to happen and want to change it.
Of course, who is going to listen to two troubled kids in a futuristic London where people are ID chipped? That feeling of helplessness and trying despite all of it is a major theme of this book, taking what happens in Numbers to the extreme.
What's also really interesting is how there seems to be the beginning of a dystopic government and I like seeing that. Usually with dystopic elements we just see them when they're already fleshed out and in place, so seeing a setting where there are only a few elements but you can tell they are heading that way is super interesting.
Once again Ward has written truly unique and interesting characters. With so many paranormal books having characters who are white, middle class, and have no problems with life other than vampires, werewolves or something to that extent, it is really nice to see that "hey, other people can have issues too". It also gives a lot more layers to the writing.
The Numbers is just a taste of everything at stake in The Chaos. There are similar themes of troubled kids and how no one listens to them, and how everyone is ready to jump at terrorism. There is an added theme in this book of a government turning Big Brother on us. I recommend this to people who love thriller books and want to read some unique characters....more
This book is the start of Stolarz earlier series, and I have to admit the first thing I thought while reading it waReview from A Journey Through Pages
This book is the start of Stolarz earlier series, and I have to admit the first thing I thought while reading it was: Stolarz has a stalker fascination, because once again a stalker is at play here. The characters, however, are very different, and it isn't the heroine herself being stalked, so it does play out a bit differently.
The idea of Stacey and her Wiccan culture is truly inspired. Very few books out there deal with witches as the traditional folklorist way, using spells from herbs and no "Harry Potter magic" in sight. The matter of fact way that it is dealt with is also nice as it makes it seem more like a normal part of the world, than something paranormal and mysterious.
Like in Deadly Little Secret, I am impressed by the characters in this book. They are very distinct, and the way the three main best friends interact is so realistic to how girls act in a dorm situation. Possibly if they hadn't been all living together these three girls may not have been friends, but since they are they are connecting in ways that push past likes and dislikes, personal preferences and fights. Once again as well there is a strong Contemporary YA feel to Stolarz's book, despite the touches of supernatural and horror.
I am most looking forward to continuing this series because of the use of Wiccan mythos used in the book and how Stacey's powers work and how they will continue in the next books. I recommend this book to people who enjoy YA Thrillers with a Contemporary flair and who don't mind Wiccan Mythos, or are in fact looking for witches dealt in a different manner....more
Stalker story! Deadly Little Secret is a Contemporary Horror YA Book with a touch of Paranormal to shake things upReview from A Journey Through Pages
Stalker story! Deadly Little Secret is a Contemporary Horror YA Book with a touch of Paranormal to shake things up a bit. It's also a bit of mystery that comes with the whodunit of a stalker story. What I really like about Deadly Little Secret is how we get to see into the stalker's mind at the same every few chapters, thus amping up the fear and the confusion about which boy in Camelia's life is the one stalking her.
I also like how Stolarz gets rid of the parents without actually getting rid of the parents. Often in books like this where the teen has to deal with some major problem on their own to really give us the "helpless" feeling, either a parental is dead or they don't trust their child. In this case all it is is that her mother is dealing with stress caused by her aunt, and it makes me wonder if maybe this aunt is going to be an important plot point in the future (since I see a lot of books in this series so it would not surprise me if this is all foreshadowing). And if it is foreshadowing I think this is an excellent way of intertwining techniques used in YA books.
Character wise, I really enjoyed the characters and thought they were well done. There was a wide variety of character types that looked like they might be a bit more than they seem at first. I felt Kimmie was a very good foil to Camelia and I liked how all the boys were different, but they all would do at least one thing that would make you suspicious about whether or not it was him stalking Camelia.
This is an enjoyable story as a standalone, but it sounds like Camelia starts developing "Touch" abilities herself so at the same time this is a great book as an introduction to the major players in the series. I recommend this book to people who like YA Contemporary as it definitely has that feel to the prose....more
One thing that I'm constantly craving for is more Young Adult Horror novels, especially ghost related. There has alReview from A Journey Through Pages
One thing that I'm constantly craving for is more Young Adult Horror novels, especially ghost related. There has always been something about ghosts that have completely transfixed me. The Unquiet is a amazing piece of Young Adult Horror, and had me reading non-stop from beginning to end. The mystery intrigued me. At first I wanted to know about Rinn, then I wanted to learn about Annaleise, and finally I was obsessed with figuring out why everything was happening.
The voice of Rinn is very well done. I felt myself going crazy right along with her, pulling my hair out because no one believed her and giving into her paranoia when she was off of her pills. I felt myself dragged into the whole horror of her losing her friends one-by-one.
The ghost story was so classic, yet at the same time very fresh for the Young Adult scene. It's fast paced and keeps you guessing even at the end. The descriptions were fresh. I could see everything playing out in my head as it played out, the scene with Tasha being especially bone-chilling.
There are a few confusing parts, such as when Rinn starts seeing two of her mother and at the end when everything hits the fan, but other than that I did not have much trouble following the storyline.
I'd recommend this to anyone who loves horror or mystery novels. I'd also recommend this for people who want a breath of fresh air from Paranormal Romances or Dystopias. This book was just what I needed and I'll be pleased to purchase a hardcopy as soon as it's available....more
Disclaimer: I received the ARC for free, participated in the Blog Tour of my own free will and this review is complReview from A Journey Through Pages
Disclaimer: I received the ARC for free, participated in the Blog Tour of my own free will and this review is completely my own opinion, no monetary value involved.
Oh. My. God. This is possibly one of the best books I've ever written, I'm not even exaggerating. It is so good that I am going to have to come back to this review in like a day to write most of it because I a still reeling from the experience. Needless to say this is the best written and scariest so far of the Experiments in Terror series. Halle has completely out did herself and I am on edge to see what will happen next. Why is this book not on every horror lover's shelf? It certainly deserves to be.
Now, personally, having had a couple of ghost experiences myself, I find stories about hauntings incredibly fascinating. I am one of those people who watch shows such as "A Haunting", "Celebrity Ghost Story", "The Haunted", etc. So I have a bias towards more personal experiences, and that is what we get in On Demon Wings. Perry as a person is haunted, as opposed to a place, and I sit there reading, freaking out along with her, upset her parents are acting the way they are (though very realistically so). Because I believe in ghosts and such, I find this book the scariest out of all the Experiment in Terror books, there is a sense of realism in this book that isn't in the others. The kind of things that happens to Perry, are similar to experiences I've heard happening to other people and it's that that makes this book so scary.
Also, I have no idea if it's on purpose or not, but I love that there is a Rosemary's Baby feel to some of the book. I used to be really into old Horror flicks, and that is one that scared me in a psychological way, so good for that.
Now, steering away from the plot itself and towards the characters, once again Perry hits the nail with acting so much like me. The way she completely shoves off everything from Experiments in Terror and attempts to make a new life gave me chills because I had to do the same exact thing recently because of a "best friend breakup", and as people tried to reach out to Perry, pretty much just as I was reading those part, I had a friend from the past reach out to me (talk about scary coincidences). That aside though, what strikes me is that it is very realistically portrayed. Perry is running, and who can really blame her? Of course you can't run from vengeful ghosts.
Perry's family is well done as well. I love how Ada steps up. She is still one-hundred percent the character of Ada, but as the books have progressed you can really tell that she and Perry are finally connecting as sisters and that connection leads to just what Perry needed here. On the other hand, Perry's parents react to things in a very realistic way, they would much rather believe that something is wrong with Perry's head than something paranormal.
This is possibly one of the longest reviews I've ever written (and of course on the blog there is still the Spoiler section), but honestly this is one of the best books I've ever read. After finishing this book I set my e-reader down and had to take a moment. I really wish I could pick out everything that I enjoyed and why, because I'd love to convince everyone to read this series, if only to get to this book right here. I just cannot believe I have to wait for the next one, I want to read it so badly....more
I am not proud, I know that my blog isn't so big as of now and that galleys I request on NetGalley are 99% going toReview from A Journey Through Pages
I am not proud, I know that my blog isn't so big as of now and that galleys I request on NetGalley are 99% going to be rejected, so when my request for Blackwood was approved I was both incredibly excited and apprehensive. Why had I gotten chosen? Was the book not that good?
Well my worries were for naught, Blackwood is a very good book, so thank you Strange Chemistry for allowing me to read this as an ARC.
This book cleverly plays off of an existing bit of American history, combines it with European legends and grand old John Dee, who should really pop up more in young adult novels in my opinion, he makes an excellent villain.
Blackwood sends chills down your spine, keeps you on the edge of your seat, all while unfolding a clever storyline. It is a little bit of horror, a little bit of mystery and paranormal and a little bit of young adult. The storyline does not follow a predictable path and really kept me guessing.
I personally feel as if this book holds up very well against many of the young adult books coming out this year, and it has slipped its way into being one of my favourites....more
Rayne returns in Consumed tackling an even bigger problem than before in the Keep. Yes, bigger. I enjoyed this bookReview from A Journey Through Pages
Rayne returns in Consumed tackling an even bigger problem than before in the Keep. Yes, bigger. I enjoyed this book just as much as Possessed. I love the mystery, paranormal and haunted-ness of it all. As all of you know by now from my love affair with Karina Halle's Experiments in Terror Series, I love stories about hauntings.
There is also something about these books that remind me of the Nancy Drew books, which I know sound crazy, but the way the mystery unfolds bring me back to when I was in elementary school, pretending to be asleep, but really reading the latest Nancy Drew book I had received (and then of course having trouble sleeping afterwards). And this time around, the evil is 100% known about so it's all about the human element trying to get at it, and somehow I found myself surprised and turned around again.
I enjoy Rayne as a character, she reacts to things realistically as one possibly can in the situations she's put in. She is not ready for another relationship right away which I love (seriously, who would be after St. John?), and she does not just accept the paranormal things and go with it, she runs. She also is very distrusting which is incredibly reasonable considering what happened in Possessed....more
One thing you will all find out quickly about me is that I'm a sucker for Dystopias, Adult and Young Adult alike, and though often Young Adult Dystopias seem to miss out the point of a Dystopia as a Social Commentary, this one does not.
The idea of unwinding sent chills down my spine, and the ideas and philosophies discussed were exaggerated echoes of arguments and situations I've seen and thoughts I've wondered. At first the world feels almost like a shock, it is so much like our own, not overly futuristic that it's hard to comprehend that people would just "recycle away" their kids if they weren't pleasing. As the book continues, however, you start to understand that, although the society seems so close to ours, it is in fact not our society.
What is also great is that I didn't feel like there was an agenda pushed in this book, just a lot of questions asked, the readers put up to think their own answers. The abortion argument is one of the most heated political arguments someone can get into and what's scary is that America going into a Civil War over it does not seem to farfetched, and although the book deals with that I couldn't tell you what Shusterman's thoughts over it are at all.
For example the fact that abortions are no longer allowed seem to point towards that philosophy, while the idea of "storking" and the problems it causes shows that stopping abortions doesn't stop the problem.
The other idea explored is that of unwinding, of one's organs being harvested and then being completely used in other people. The society of the book wants to believe that means that the child who was unwound is still alive, but what individual people believe is different. And by the end of this book I'm sure every reader asks themselves the same question: Would they rather die or be unwound? I would rather die, personally.
Prose wise, I enjoyed the writing style immensely. Shusterman created three very distinct very developed characters in who we see most of the story unfold. All three of the characters captured my curiousity and interest. The thing I loved most about the prose however is the fact that although many things about this world are introduced, nothing that isn't needed is introduced. Every piece of information ends up being important to the plot later.
I was happy to discover that Lying Season increased in enjoy-ability the second time around. I think this has a lotReview from A Journey Through Pages
I was happy to discover that Lying Season increased in enjoy-ability the second time around. I think this has a lot to do with the fact that I knew what I was getting into. While Dead Sky Morning focuses almost completely on the supernatural happenings and the horror side of Experiments in Terror, Lying Season is all about the characters. Yes there are bone chilling moments, but much less of them compared to the amount of character growth.
Lying Season is aptly named for it is full of lies being revealed. We learn the identity of Anonymous, we learn Dex's past and we learn the where the lines seem to be. In this book we follow the journey of Perry figuring out where she stands with Dex and growing up in general. As always I can't get over how much I can connect with Perry. Her paranormal troubles aside, I see myself reacting in similar ways, and yes making the same mistakes, that she does. Though I will admit she has more of a temper than I do. I really like the places this book takes her.
For Dex, this book is another one that enlightens more of his character. He is the thickest onion in the whole world. As we uncover more and more layers, we are enlightened to why he is the way he is, and especially by the end we really do realize he is just a man, just human, just as scared.
Though lacking in the amount of creepy moments and ghost hunting out of focus, this is really an enjoyable book. Halle has a way with creating such realistic characters that easily shape themselves in my mind....more
My favourite "classic" horror novel is hands down The Shining, and it might be all the similarities to the plot inReview from A Journey Through Pages
My favourite "classic" horror novel is hands down The Shining, and it might be all the similarities to the plot in Stephen King's book that makes Dead Sky Morning one of my favourite horror books of all time and my favourite so far in the Experiments in Terror series. Dead Sky Morning will trap you with its bone chilling prose and hold you hostage just as the island tries to do to Perry and Dex. Both the first time I read this book and the second time I didn't mean to gulp it all down in one go, but somehow I did both times.
Perry Palomino returns as one of the most realistic protagonists I've had the joy of reading. In fact she's so realistic and flawed that I'm sure there are many readers who hate reading her for fear of seeing their own faults through her. With every book I find myself connecting with her more and more. Some people read this book and can't see how Perry can act like she does with her parents at 22/23 but when you are living at home and not making the money to live on your own it's hard. Whether or not done on purpose by Halle, Perry also seems to have Social Anxiety issues and as someone who has that problem it causes you to be so afraid of disappointing those closest to you.
She is growing up though, slowly but surely and it's great to see. Dex is also growing as we learn more about him. Perry and him are good for each other right now in my belief.
And if anything is for sure, this book would make an amazing horror movie (that I wouldn't be able to see due to being scared stiff)...more
Red Fox finds itself along a very different paranormal path than Darkhouse. Perry and Dex find themselves in a compReview from A Journey Through Pages
Red Fox finds itself along a very different paranormal path than Darkhouse. Perry and Dex find themselves in a completely different environment and facing a different kind of "evil". I will admit I did not enjoy this book as much as Darkhouse (I did spend about half of it screaming at the two of them to capture more footage), but that is not to say I didn't enjoy it, because enjoy it I did.
I really liked the use of Native American legends invoked this time, adding a layer of human treachery to paranormal evil. The plot twists and turns and kept me guessing until the very end, all while revealing that Perry and Dex are deeper than originally thought. Finding a bit about Dex's past was especially enjoyable. He's such a secretive man that prying anything from him is impossible. (And just to mention, you can cut Perry and Dex's sexual tension with a knife it's so thick).
On top of this the internet show's popularity is already in question. Her family things it's just meh and well Perry is fired from her job from assuming everything will be okay (which was a serious blow to myself since I make a lot of decisions like that). I think it as from the fear from them losing the show (one of my favourite aspects of the book) that had me screaming in my head at them most of the time....more
When I first read Darkhouse I was absolutely blown away. It combined so many of my favourite things: great done chaReview from A Journey Through Pages
When I first read Darkhouse I was absolutely blown away. It combined so many of my favourite things: great done characters, mockumentaries and ghost hunting. Yes, those would be a few of my favourite things, do not judge.
Anyway, I stumbled across this book quite by accident, in other words it was being offered as a free book to try reading, and so I was like "Why not?", of course I was not expecting the level of writing that it held. Something about the prose captures my generation (I am twenty-three, while Perry Palamino is Twenty Two) perfectly for me. Reading it was almost like hanging out with my friends, I recognized the inside jokes and felt included.
This could have a lot to do with the fact that I can't help but see so much of me in Perry. Both of us are graduates who are not being given a chance to use what we studied (I currently work at a mall store and PetSmart, I studied Japanese and Graphic Design), due to economy and luck. We both live at home with our familes, and we both have major issues in our past (I will admit that Perry's wins hands down though, my troubles were of a very different sort). I think a lot of people in their twenties will connect well with Perry, because she is us, yet at the same time she is one-hundred percent her own character.
Also, I would totally fall in love with Dex, I have trouble believing him as a character, because he's just so close to the dream guy (yes complete with his crazy self).
Anyway, back to the book itself. Darkhouse is paranormal, but for me it is very inspired by horror. I got an adrenaline rush reading this book the first time (less so the second, but I did know what was coming this time around). There are a few times where I would get lost because my brain would rush past words trying to get to the next part to find out what happens next
It surprises me so much that this book isn't as well known as other books as it really is magically delicious.
I mean what is better than two slightly crazy people trying to film a ghost hunting documentary show for the internet?...more