A few days after finishing The White Forest, I'm still at a loss as to how to describe it, what to say. But I'll tell you this, I fell absolu4.5 stars
A few days after finishing The White Forest, I'm still at a loss as to how to describe it, what to say. But I'll tell you this, I fell absolutely, positively in love with the story, couldn't get enough of it, voraciously flipped its pages, for it was mantled in melancholy, a perennial gloom about it. Right up my alley.
Oddly, while reading, the brilliant movie Pan's Labyrinth would intermittently pop into my head. And oddly enough, another reviewer said the exact same thing. Natch, I had to like her review stat. Well, that and she so eloquently put into words what I seemed to be unable to do when it comes to this book. Said review here. So why Pan's Labyrinth? Not sure exactly. And to be clear, The White Forest is by no means derivative of said movie, in any way, shape or form. Perhaps it's because they're both steeped in gloom, both incredibly haunting. And both deal with occultism and paganism and otherworldly creatures, to an extent.
So if the aforementioned subject matters rock your world, along with Gothic mysteries and historical fiction, then give this gem of a novel a go. Bonus, the writing is delicious! ...more
I definitely have to write a review but not now. so I'll quickly jot down my thoughts until that time. I loved this book. I loved the story. I loved tI definitely have to write a review but not now. so I'll quickly jot down my thoughts until that time. I loved this book. I loved the story. I loved the kick-ass heroine, Celaena. I loved the love triangle and could seriously feel the tension. In case you're wondering, my feelings swayed towards that of the dashing captain. There's a mystery, only one ball (thank God), and "hints of more to come" Fae, Oh My!! Seriously, I had a blast reading this book. It fully held my capricious attention. I gobbled up every delicious word and seriously didn't want the story to end. And that my friends is what it's all about. And last but certainly not least, I adore the author and her story of how this book came about. Bound and determined, I like it! ...more
Okay, Goodreaders, it's obscure movie reference time. Yay! So Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick is Mystery Date meets Dance 'Til Dawn. Yeah, I'm fully aOkay, Goodreaders, it's obscure movie reference time. Yay! So Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick is Mystery Date meets Dance 'Til Dawn. Yeah, I'm fully aware that the tag line is Ferris Bueller Meets La Femme Nikita, but really, there's not one iota of Ferris Bueller in this book. La Femme Nikita, er, maybe, yeah, I can see that, somewhat, it's a stretch though. This is coming from a huge La Femme Nikita fan, so you know. And by the by, if you haven't checked out the aforementioned obscure movies, do so, because they are kick-ass. Just like this book.
Oh, Book, by Joe Schreiber, how I loved thee. Seriously, from the get go. You and I gelled like no other. You're just what my easily bored, short attention span constantly craves. You were fast-paced, HIGHLY entertaining, funny, poignant in certain places, you moved along at a breakneck pace. I couldn't stop reading you. I practically inhaled you, gobbled you up. Had life not have interfered, I would've read you in one sitting, just so you know. And most of all, you had a plot. Ahh, what a heavenly thing that is. A plot. It's a rarity these days. I can't say enough wonderful things about you. And because of all your lovely qualities, I want to share the, well, love. Which is why this review is a gushing one. So whoever reads this review, I urge you to pick this book up. I mean, what are you waiting for? It oozes nonstop action and fun and thrills and . . . Listen, I promise you won't be disappointed. ...more
I was originally stoked to read this book because I was under the impression that it was being touted as a hard-boiled mystery set within an amusementI was originally stoked to read this book because I was under the impression that it was being touted as a hard-boiled mystery set within an amusement park. Murder and mayhem around every shadowy corner. I must say that said genre doesn't seem to mesh with this gem of a novel. Not at all. Sure there's a mystery, but the story is driven by the charming characters. And it's their stories that take center stage. Really, this tale belongs to fresh-out-of-college Dev (I adored this MC and his Wonder Years older self narrating) as he tries with all his might to recover from a severely broken heart (first loves and all), the lasting friendships he forges after moving solo to another state, and how in life the good deeds you do along the way will not go unnoticed by the Universe. And the ending, the absolute best ending out of all the King books I've read. Caused quite a few tears to tumble down my cheeks, it did. ...more
I'll make this short and sweet, just like the novel itself. Plot was introduced around page 7, and from there, the story accelerated to a breakneck4.5
I'll make this short and sweet, just like the novel itself. Plot was introduced around page 7, and from there, the story accelerated to a breakneck pace. Never a dull moment. Story demanded my attention. The characters were great - very refreshing to read a male protagonist's voice for a change. I mean, a real male voice, not one that endlessly rambles about clothes and feelings and whatnot. So yeah, that was a plus. And let's see, a killer is on the loose and time is crunching down till he snuffs out his next victim.
The story begins with 17-year-old Duncan (MC). While clocking in at the Toronto Transit Authority's Lost and Found, he comes across a journal depicting acts of horror and terror and plans for more. So there you have the basics of this fun novel.
And I guess I should mention: This book would've been a solid 5 stars for me, for the simple reason that I blew through it in no time, didn't want to put it down, and all in all it held my prone-to-wandering attention. All said reasons are why I give books 5 stars. Nothing mystical about my grading scale. Okay, with that said, the ending literally felt like I crashed into a wall. Accelerating at a breakneck pace, excitement aplenty, then Bam! Pow! The End, sort of, or at least for the action. What? Huh? I wanted more to say the least. So yeah, aside from that, I would highly recommend Acceleration. It's a great escape book. And I will definitely be checking out more from this author. And if you get a chance, definitely read his Q&A session at the end of the book. He sounds hella cool! ...more
Not sure what to say other than Psycho is a must read for Hitchcock fans and for horror fans alike and for those looking for a quick horrorific read.Not sure what to say other than Psycho is a must read for Hitchcock fans and for horror fans alike and for those looking for a quick horrorific read. While Psycho's not jam-packed with chills and thrills galore, it's definitely creepy. That, and the story did absolutely nothing to assuage the fear I have of L-shaped one-story motels situated in the boondocks. My car would be a more viable option. Just saying.
I'll end with this- A newfound appreciation for Alfred Hitchcock has bloomed within me. The man was a creative genius. I'm left with a need to read more of the books that inspired him. ...more
Upon finishing Glimmer, I was bereft of any sort of satisfaction. In fact, I feel cheated. Let me explain why.
Glimmer, you hooked me, had me investedUpon finishing Glimmer, I was bereft of any sort of satisfaction. In fact, I feel cheated. Let me explain why.
Glimmer, you hooked me, had me invested, the mystery you wove spurred me on to hungrily flip each of your pages, all the while anticipating the big reveal. Why are people falling down into catatonic states called heatnaps? Memories being erased? A Pleasantville atmosphere populated by Stepford Wives? And lo and behold, when the big reveal finally came to pass it was very remisncent of the demon Gachnar in BTVS. On one Halloween, Gachnar created mayhem and devilish deeds in its itty-bitty, wittle, pint-size wake. Then when the "Dark Lord of Nightmares", "the Bringer of Terror" was released from the appropriately named Mark of Gachnar, after much laughter by the Scooby Gang, Buffy squashed his few-inches-in-height frame with the heels of her Little Red Riding Hood shoes. For he was much ado about nothing. Point being, the ending is what did me in. The ending? What the what was that? A Velveeta-y cheesefest and then some is what it was. Lots of build up for a Gachnar-sized denouement.
Also, The Gachnar, the big bad in Glimmer, I guessed this person fairly quickly. Some things just didn't add up. But hey, the kids were still amnesiacs. So, natch, I cut them some much needed slack. But towards the end of the story and the brain trust comprised of Elyse and Marshall still hadn't ferreted out the identity of said person, wow. Just wow.
So all in all, aside from the letdown ending, the book definitely intrigued me. And for the most part, the entertainment value was there. It's always fun to puzzle out what's going on along with the MCs.
Also, to be fair and honest, I'm a sucker for explosive endings, like right out of a summer blockbuster movie. Which explains my lack of gratification with this novel's ending. Also, another reason for the 3 stars, I failed to connect with Elyse. She annoyed me for the majority of the time, but then I felt a pang of guilt when her back story came to light. Still, even with that truth revealed, I failed to feel her. Can't say the same for Marshall. I wish every chapter was told from his POV, not alternating with Elyse.
So would I recommend this novel? Yeah, it's different, mysterious. And a standalone, for those sick of series. ...more
I didn't enjoy this book. Which is a crying shame seeing how I adored Clarity. I am disappointed, but not at all will I stop reading this series.
So wI didn't enjoy this book. Which is a crying shame seeing how I adored Clarity. I am disappointed, but not at all will I stop reading this series.
So why the three stars? Well, while I didn't enjoy Perception, I really, I mean really, love the characters. The Fern family made up of Mama Starla, Clarity, and Perry; Gabriel (yummy); even Justin. Along with the setting and just the whole quirky, fun, good feeling vibe all around. Here's how I see it. I'm a Buffy-fiend. A Buffyphile? Hm, sounds strange, but you get the drift. Yet, even that show had scant episodes I wasn't fond of. Like Beer Bad. Because I was already obsessed with the show, characters, the whole shebang, Beer Bad didn't cause me to stop watching the series all together. So every year when I embark on my Buffy viewing marathon, I skip over said episode. And said example is how I feel about The Clarity Fern series. If there's another book in this series, and I sincerely hope there is, I will definitely be reading it. Just because this book was well, not my cup of tea, the overall deliciousness keeps me invested. Side note: I'd so love to be friends with this family.
So what went wrong? There was a love triangle. There was a stalking type situation. There was a missing girl. All three of these "plots" weren't enough to hold my attention. Felt more like subplots and I was waiting for the meaty storyline. Never came. So the subplots that panned out to be plots, weren't strong enough for me. And never really tied together into a juicy enough plot to hold my interest. BUT, because of the aforementioned gush fest for the characters etc., I continued reading.
All in all, the whole book itself felt weak for this reader. What was mentioned in Perception that piqued my wandering interest - Clarity's father. I do wish that Mr. Fern is brought up in future books. Now that is a story I'd love to delve into. Who is he? Where did he go? Or is he just a deadbeat dad and I'm looking too much into the situation? Who knows? But let's explore it, please.