Jurassic Park (Jurassic Park #1) by Michael Crichton

“The planet has survived everything, in its time. It will certainly survive us.”

This review is a hard one to write. You know how they say the book is always better? Well, I’m actually surprisingly on the fence about this one. *cringe* Don’t judge me!!! I think it’s mainly because I saw the movie when I was a little tyke, and it’s been with me for so long that it holds a special place in my heart.

But the book. Let’s talk about that. The ending- CLIFFHANGER!!!

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I’m chomping at the bit to read book 2, The Lost World. The key points in the movie match up with the book, but the details are all different. And wonderfully so. It’s like I got two chocolate chip cookies made differently but taste equally amazing.

The book is a captivating adventure into new territory that the men in charge believes can be controlled. But what we all know and love about nature is that: LIFE FINDS A WAY.

If you haven’t read it like me because you’ve seen the movie, trust me, this is nothing like the movie. All the details are different and will take you on a whole new adventure.

Rating: 4 stars!

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6424171A billionaire has created a technique to clone dinosaurs. From the DNA that his crack team of scientists extract, he is able to grow the dinosaurs in his laboratories and lock them away on an island behind electric fences, creating a sort of theme park. He asks a group of scientists from several different fields to come and view the park, but something goes terribly wrong when a worker on the island turns traitor and shuts down the power.

Mapping the Interior by Stephen Graham Jones

This took some time to get into. The writing style is very jagged. Not smooth. it doesn’t flow at all, so I had a hard time with that. But since the book is so short (112 pages) I figured I’d push through and finish the book.

Once I was able to work past the writing style and just focus on the story, I was immersed. The overall tale (I can’t say plot because I don’t feel there really was one) was fascinating. From about 1/3 of the way through, I was hooked and couldn’t put the book down. Granted, I still struggled with a smooth read, but the characters held me in.

If you’re looking for something short and unique and, dare I say a bit freaky, I’d recommend trying this. While it might not be for everyone, I think we can all feel for the two main boys in this book.

Also, the ending is something that I can’t seem to get out of my head. The story was one thing, but the end will cling to you like a leech.

Rating: 3.5 stars

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31189134Mapping the Interior is a horrifying, inward-looking novella from Stephen Graham Jones that Paul Tremblay calls “emotionally raw, disturbing, creepy, and brilliant.”

Walking through his own house at night, a fifteen-year-old thinks he sees another person stepping through a doorway. Instead of the people who could be there, his mother or his brother, the figure reminds him of his long-gone father, who died mysteriously before his family left the reservation. When he follows it he discovers his house is bigger and deeper than he knew.

The house is the kind of wrong place where you can lose yourself and find things you’d rather not have. Over the course of a few nights, the boy tries to map out his house in an effort that puts his little brother in the worst danger, and puts him in the position to save them . . . at terrible cost.

Carrie by Stephen King

True sorrow is as rare as true love.

So, I finally got around to reading Stephen King’s first published book, Carrie, and I’m in awe. I’ve been terrible about putting books off where I’ve already seen the movies. Even though this was Stephen King’s first book, it reads like any of his other words.

Gripping. Enthralling. Horrifying.

This book is one of my favorites by Stephen King. This book is the epitome for bullying and where it can lead. Carrie, while so lost and filled with suffering, is relatable for almost any girl. We all know how it feels to have other women stand against us and push us down. Women can be the worst of monsters.

I’m still reeling from this book, so I apologize for the lack of words. The thought that Stephen King was going to toss this story in the trash breaks my heart, and I thank Tabitha for pushing him on.

Rating: 5 stars!

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10160130Carrie knew she should not use the terrifying power she possessed… But one night at her senior prom, Carrie was scorned and humiliated just one time too many, and in a fit of uncontrollable fury she turned her clandestine game into a weapon of horror and destruction…

Seed by Ania Ahlborn

Her body went tense at the thought; she had assumed someone had come in, but the more she put it together the more it seemed like someone, or something, had gone out.

What can I say about this tale of terror… Amazing!

When I started this book, I knew after merely 25 pages of reading that this was not one to read before bed (my usual reading time), so it did take me longer to complete. I’m prone to night terrors and do my best to not… instigate my own personal demons, if you will. 😉

The characters are well put together. I loved reading about the differences between Jack and his wife Aimee and how they struggled, but still did what they could to make their marriage and home life work. Even when they were mad at each other. The children reminded me my own childhood, being vastly different from my sister in age and likes. Friends, family, and acquaintances were also well done being that they could be your average Joe next door. In other words, the characters brought a King-esque feel to mind… and you know I love the King of horror.

“I’ve never seen any miracles,” Reagan said, “but I sure as hell have seen my share of darkness. Does God exist? I don’t know. But I kind of hope he does. Because if he doesn’t? We’re probably fucked.”

I’ve been looking for a good possession type of story, and this one hit the nail on the head. The concept alone is terrifying, but to place yourself in these moments is truly captivating with fear. While overall this book did not terrify me to the point of stuffing my book in the freezer, there were scary moments that caused my skin to crawl.

And I have to say, Ania Ahlborn can kill it when it comes to book endings! They never disappoint. In all honesty, the ending was my favorite part. The inner workings of the story and getting to the end is all completely relevant and intriguing. BUT THAT ENDING…

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Rating: 4 stars!

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61yjjmcsxalFans of Stephen King, Jack Kilborn, and Blake Crouch… prepare to meet the Devil.

In the vine-twisted swamps of Louisiana, the shadows have teeth.

Jack Winter has spent his entire life running from something no one else can see. His childhood is his darkest secret, but after a near fatal accident along a deserted road, the darkness he was sure he’d escaped rears its ugly head… and smiles.

But this time, he isn’t the only one who sees the soulless eyes of his past. This time, his six-year-old daughter Charlie leans into his ear and whispers: Daddy, I saw it too.

And then she begins to change.

Faced with reliving the nightmares of his childhood, Jack watches his daughter spiral into the shadows that had nearly consumed him twenty years before.

But Charlie isn’t the only one who’s changing.

Jack never outran the darkness. It’s been with him all along.

And it’s hungrier than ever.

A new breed of dark fiction: the subtlety of Seed will haunt you, and the end will wickedly satisfy.

Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King & Richard Chizmar

This is not what I was expecting this novella to be – short and sweet, completely unique. Take a journey back to Castle Rock and meet Gwendy and her button box. Her story is both beautiful and tragic. I couldn’t help but feel for her throughout the entire tale. I don’t want to give away much of the story line, so I’ll just keep this review all about my feels.

This could pass for YA fantasy/mystery. So while I like that, many might not.

While this book is short, it’s brilliant. This is something completely different on the SK list for me. But I also haven’t read all of the King’s books, so I can’t say definitively if this is in fact true. Even though I feel it’s exponentially different, I was incredibly pleased. This wasn’t scary like many of Stephen King’s novels, but it has an ere of mystery and fear with the button box. So while it wasn’t what I was expecting, it was something different that brought a smile to my face and has stuck while writing this review.

This book kept me completely immersed from start to finish. Not once did I put it down (except to let the dog out). Stephen King has always had a fan in me, but now, Richard Chizmar does too.

Rating: 4 Buttons!

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34430839The little town of Castle Rock, Maine has witnessed some strange events and unusual visitors over the years, but there is one story that has never been told… until now.

There are three ways up to Castle View from the town of Castle Rock: Route 117, Pleasant Road, and the Suicide Stairs. Every day in the summer of 1974 twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson has taken the stairs, which are held by strong (if time-rusted) iron bolts and zig-zag up the cliffside.

At the top of the stairs, Gwendy catches her breath and listens to the shouts of the kids on the playground. From a bit farther away comes the chink of an aluminum bat hitting a baseball as the Senior League kids practice for the Labor Day charity game.

One day, a stranger calls to Gwendy: “Hey, girl. Come on over here for a bit. We ought to palaver, you and me.”

On a bench in the shade sits a man in black jeans, a black coat like for a suit, and a white shirt unbuttoned at the top. On his head is a small neat black hat. The time will come when Gwendy has nightmares about that hat…

Journey back to Castle Rock again in this chilling new novella by Stephen King, bestselling author of The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, and Richard Chizmar, award-winning author of A Long December. This book will be a Cemetery Dance Publications exclusive with no other editions currently planned anywhere in the world!