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.

Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

It took me two tries to get into this book. Unfortunately, Joe Hill’s writing style was something else. Most books have a rhythm and flow. I struggled to find a smooth flow, which made reading in long sessions difficult. The first time I picked up the book, I struggled with the writing style and needed to take a break. When I decided to pick up the book a second time, I figured out the author’s flow a little better, and was able to continue and really get into the story.

And thank goodness I did give it a second chance because the story/plot itself is great! I knew the story line alone was going to drag me all the way to the very end, and it did just that. The creative mind is vividly displayed in this debut novel. The characters were not very likable at first, but they grew on me as the story continued. They were flawed and realistic, and made me enjoy the story that much more.

Overall, the plot was fantastic and had a lot of real potential, but his writing style in this book wasn’t my favorite. However, it will not deter me from trying another of his novels.

Rating: 3 stars

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153025Aging, self-absorbed rock star Judas Coyne has a thing for the macabre — his collection includes sketches from infamous serial killer John Wayne Gacy, a trepanned skull from the 16th century, a used hangman’s noose, Aleister Crowley’s childhood chessboard, etc. — so when his assistant tells him about a ghost for sale on an online auction site, he immediately puts in a bid and purchases it.

The black, heart-shaped box that Coyne receives in the mail not only contains the suit of a dead man but also his vengeance-obsessed spirit. The ghost, it turns out, is the stepfather of a young groupie who committed suicide after the 54-year-old Coyne callously used her up and threw her away. Now, determined to kill Coyne and anyone who aids him, the merciless ghost of Craddock McDermott begins his assault on the rocker’s sanity.

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The Shining by Stephen King

Sometimes human places, create inhuman monsters.

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This is so much better than the movie!! Which we all generally know that going in, I suppose. For the longest time, I put off reading The Shining because I had already seen the movie. And not just once.

This book blew the movie out of the water. Why, oh, why did they have to have the movie stray from the raw terror of this book?! I’m so mad at myself for having seen that YEARS ago even though I had no control over that moment in time.

The book is always better. It’s just fact, and this book proves it.

Monsters are real. Ghosts are too. They live inside of us, and sometimes, they win.

While I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it didn’t hold my attention for extended lengths of time. I’m blaming some medication I’ve been on for that. That stuff makes me drowsy and sleepy, so that’s why it’s taken me so long to finish this book.

Even though I couldn’t read it for extended lengths of time, the effect of the story was not lessened. Anything KING is worth the read. His descriptions paint a picture of fear and the suspense that rides out the pages keeps you in a constant state of wondering. If you love KING, this is clearly a must.

Rating: 4.5 frightening stars!


Blurb:

Jack Torrance’s new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he’ll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote…and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

Bag of Bones by Stephen King

Grief is like a drunken house guest, always coming back for one more goodbye hug.

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NEW FAVORITE. Wow. This book is absolutely amazing. I laughed. I cried. I was freaked-the-eff-out. Stephen King, you’ve blown me away once more.

For those who don’t know, I’m a major fan of horror. Not much can scare me… Not much except the King of horror himself, and in this book he didn’t just give me the heebie-jeebies, but he made me fall in love with these characters.

For starters, I connected with Mike Noonan on a level I didn’t expect to. I didn’t lose a spouse the way Mike did. Some days it feels like it, though. Mike finds pieces of his wife in everything and every place. He misses her desperately. When she died, he didn’t just lose her. He lost his will to write. Or so he thought.

But his lakeside getaway that he refers to as Sara Laughs calls to him, and reluctantly, he answers.

The muses are ghosts, and sometimes they come uninvited.

The town’s people are all strung up tight by an older gentleman – Max Devore. I’ve never hated an old person in all my life, but Max Devore has the heart of an ignorant child who gets what he wants when he wants because he wants it.

Then there is Mattie and Kyra Devore, widow and daughter of Lance – son of Max, who you will instantly pity and admire all at once. They manage to find happiness in what little they have even while struggling against the wiles of Max Devore who has done everything he can to make their lives miserable… until he can get his hands on Kyra and shove Mattie out of the picture completely.

Mike is pulled into their lives and is soon immersed in a zone that belongs only to those who play a part in the unfolding. And it’s so damn intense!

I see things, that’s all. Write enough stories and every shadow on the floor looks like a footprint; every line in the dirt like a secret message.

Read this book. I can’t believe I hadn’t read it sooner. Stephen King outdoes himself in Bag of Bones, and it’s evident with every page. He doesn’t just give you the willy’s, he moves you with them, through them, and to them. And you can’t help but love him for it.

Rating: 5 Astounding Stars!!!


Blurb:

Four years after the sudden death of his wife, forty-year-old bestselling novelist Mike Noonan is still grieving. Unable to write, and plagued by vivid nightmares set at the western Maine summerhouse he calls Sara Laughs, Mike reluctantly returns to the lakeside getaway. There, he finds his beloved Yankee town held in the grip of a powerful millionaire, Max Devore, whose vindictive purpose is to take his three-year-old granddaughter, Kyra, away from her widowed young mother, Mattie. As Mike is drawn into Mattie and Kyra’s struggle, as he falls in love with both of them, he is also drawn into the mystery of Sara Laughs, now the site of ghostly visitations and escalating terrors. What are the forces that have been unleashed here—and what do they want of Mike Noonan?

It is no secret that King is one of our most mesmerizing storytellers. In Bag of Bones, he proves to be one of our most moving as well.

The Devil Crept In by Ania Ahlborn

51tjxzmou3l-_sx320_bo1204203200_I have not read something quite like this before. Sadly, I wasn’t so much as scared as creeped out. Maybe it’s because I’m such a fanatic of scary things that it’s difficult to scare me now. So don’t let it deter you just because I wasn’t feeling the fright!

Let me start out by saying, there are some slower parts of this book, but they are there for a reason.

For a moment, it felt as though Ania Ahlborn crept into one of my personal nightmares and brought it to life. Again, I wasn’t scared, but it creeped me out. I was shocked, to say the least.

This book doesn’t just give you all the creepy-crawly chills, it gives you all sorts of emotions for the main characters. Pity, love, sorrow. All I wanted to do was hug the ever living hell out of Stevie. For such a little boy, he’s gone through so much, and it just keeps coming at him.

And so many people give him the look. You know, the one that says, stop being such a loser and a freak…

The ending though. WOW. I’m blown away. That was the best part of the book by a long shot.

Throughout the entirety of this book, all I could hear was Jud Crandall from Pet Cemetery by Stephen King:

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Overall, this book was a breath of fresh air. I’ve been reading romance for a while and needed something that would crawl under my skin, work its way into my head, and hold on for some sleepless nights. This book did almost all of those things. It was still a good read!

Rating: 3.5 stars!


Blurb: 

An unforgettable horror novel from bestselling sensation Ania Ahlborn—hailed as a writer of “some of the most promising horror I’ve encountered in years” (New York Times bestselling author Seanan McGuire)—in which a small-town boy investigates the mysterious disappearance of his cousin and uncovers a terrifying secret kept hidden for years.

Young Jude Brighton has been missing for three days, and while the search for him is in full swing in the small town of Deer Valley, Oregon, the locals are starting to lose hope. They’re well aware that the first forty-eight hours are critical and after that, the odds usually point to a worst-case scenario. And despite Stevie Clark’s youth, he knows that, too; he’s seen the cop shows. He knows what each ticking moment may mean for Jude, his cousin and best friend.

That, and there was that boy, Max Larsen…the one from years ago, found dead after also disappearing under mysterious circumstances. And then there were the animals: pets gone missing out of yards. For years, the residents of Deer Valley have murmured about these unsolved crimes…and that a killer may still be lurking around their quiet town. Now, fear is reborn—and for Stevie, who is determined to find out what really happened to Jude, the awful truth may be too horrifying to imagine.