Reviews

The Fireman by Joe Hill // Review

Title: The Fireman by Joe Hill

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 7th June 2016

Synopsis: Nobody knew where the virus came from.
FOX News said it had been set loose by ISIS, using spores that had been invented by the Russians in the 1980s. MSNBC said sources indicated it might’ve been created by engineers at Halliburton and stolen by culty Christian types fixated on the Book of Revelation. CNN reported both sides.
While every TV station debated the cause, the world burnt. Pregnant school nurse, HARPER GRAYSON, had seen lots of people burn on TV, but the first person she saw burn for real was in the playground behind the school.

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Review:

A brilliantly suspenseful novel focusing on the impact of the world turning against you, and the terrifying knowledge that you could burn alive at any time.

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Blogmas Day 2: Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill // Review


Title: Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 13th February 2007

Synopsis: ‘Buy my stepfather’s ghost’ read the e-mail. So Jude did. He bought it, in the shape of the dead man’s suit, delivered in a heart-shaped box, because he wanted it: because his fans ate up that kind of story. It was perfect for his collection: the genuine skulls and the bones, the real honest-to-God snuff movie, the occult books and all the rest of the paraphanalia that goes along with his kind of hard/goth rock.

But the rest of his collection doesn’t make the house feel cold. The bones don’t make the dogs bark; the movie doesn’t make Jude feel as if he’s being watched. And none of the artefacts bring a vengeful old ghost with black scribbles over his eyes out of the shadows to chase Jude out of his home, and make him run for his life . . .divider-2461548_1280

Review:

If you thought online shopping was a fun hobby, then after reading this book you’ll definitely be thinking twice!

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Monthly Wrap Ups

November Wrap Up!

Hi everyone!

I can’t believe it’s almost December already?? Where is this year going?? I only have a few months left at university and I’M NOT READY! The years keep getting quicker and quicker, and I’m not okay with it at all!

This month I had one of the best reading months in a while! Not because I read the most amount of books I’ve read or anything, but because the books I did get to were AMAZING! I read so many 5 star books this month, and I can’t wait to talk about them, because I still have SO MANY feelings! Here we go:divider-2461548_1280

ARC Reads:


Title: Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

Rating: ★

Review: I was sent this by NetGalley, so thank you to NetGalley! However I was actually sadly not a fan! I really didn’t like the writing style, and just felt the characters were a little flat for my taste! But I still have hope I’ll like other books by this author! My review of this book will be live tomorrow!

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Strange Weather by Joe Hill // Review


Title: Strange Weather by Joe Hill

Rating: ★★★★

Release: 7th November 2017

Synopsis: Four short novels from the author of THE FIREMAN and HORNS, ranging from creepy horror to powerful explorations of our modern society.

One autumnal day in Boulder, Colorado, the clouds open up in a downpour of nails, splinters of bright crystal that tear apart anyone who isn’t safely under cover. ‘Rain’ explores this escalating apocalyptic event, as clouds of nails spread out across the country and the world. Amidst the chaos, a girl studying law enforcement takes it upon herself to resolve a series of almost trivial mysteries . . . apparently harmless puzzles that turn out to have lethal answers.

In ‘Loaded’ a mall security guard heroically stops a mass shooting and becomes a hero to the modern gun movement. Under the hot glare of the spotlights, though, his story begins to unravel, taking his sanity with it…

‘Snapshot, 1988’ tells the story of an kid in Silicon Valley who finds himself threatened by The Phoenician, a tattooed thug who possesses a Polaroid that can steal memories…

And in ‘Aloft’ a young man takes to the skies to experience parachuting for the first time . . . and winds up a castaway on an impossibly solid cloud, a Prospero’s island of roiling vapour that seems animated by a mind of its own.

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Review:

An outstanding collection that will keep any horror fan on the edge of their seats, Joe Hill is finally back and ready to scare his fans.

This is a collection of four short stories and each one just kept getting better and better. This is one of my most anticipated releases of the year, so thank you to Edelweiss for giving me an early copy! To make this easier I’ll try to review each individual story!

Snapshot, 1988:

This was such a strong opening to the novel, and right from the start I knew this book would be good. The story is so unique, and I loved how it was written from the perspective of what the main character could remember happening. It made it feel so much more realistic, like it really had happened. It was such a clever concept, a play on a camera “capturing” a memory, and it was told in such a genius way that only Hill could produce.

Loaded:

The use of horror within this story was so clever, and the fact that this event could actually happen really added to the atmosphere. Although it did have a slower start than the first story, it kept the pace well and held it’s own in the anthology. I loved how the main character was written, and how we could slowly see his descent into madness. It fit perfectly with the book, and the development was perfect.

Aloft:

This story really kept me enthralled right until the end, and the open ending packed such a punch! I was so curious of the events that happened within the book, and was constantly turning the page begging for my questions to be answered. Once again a brilliantly unique story, with a clever twist on what constitutes a villain being a “villain”. The characters felt so real, and I could feel everything the main character did too. The description was so perfect I felt scared for him!

Rain:

This was definitely my favourite story out of the four in this collection. Right from the start I became completely invested in this story, and the way it was written kept me on the edge of my seat. I love disaster novels, and this was definitely that, but with such a brilliant twist. The foreshadowing Joe used in this story is such a good nod to his father Stephen King, but also to his brilliant use of telling a story before it even happens. It’s one of my favourite things, and I loved how it was used in here. The story was tied up so well, and the realistic horror that takes place was so good. Each character had such a good role to play, and Joe wrote them all perfectly. A brilliant ending to the novel.

Overall these four stories were absolutely brilliant in their own right, but then when you combined them together they were outstanding. Joe Hill is definitely a master of horror, and I can’t wait for his next book to be released!

You can buy Strange Weather on Amazon UK here!

 

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October Wrap Up!

Hi everyone!

IT’S FINALLY HAPPENED! It’s the end of October and I’m actually posting my wrap up – IT’S ON TIME! Can we all just appreciate this moment, because I am so proud of myself for finally being on time again!

I also read some very brilliant books this month, and a few more ARC’s! October is the month of Halloween so I tried to keep all my reads very spooky related, and I think I did well! I love spooky books so this is always my favourite reading month! Anyway let’s get to it:

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ARC Reads:


Title: Strange Weather by Joe Hill

Rating: ★★★★.5

Review: This book is one of my highly anticipated releases of the year, so when I got approved on Edelweiss for a copy I was obviously ECSTATIC! I loved this book so much from start to finish, each short story got better and better! I love Joe Hill’s writing so much. My review will be up on the 31st of this month!

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Horns by Joe Hill // Review


Title: Horns by Joe Hill

Rating: ★★★★ 1/2

Release: 2nd June 2011

A story about the morals of telling the truth and how just one night can ruin peoples lives, the son of the King of horror is back with a tale of murder, revenge and the Devil himself of course.

I absolutely adore Joe Hill’s writing style and was desperate to read this as soon as I first read NOS4R2 (my review for that can be found here!). I’d heard really great things about it, and knew I had to read it. The writing style throughout the book was so good that I couldn’t help but carry on reading it, and when I wasn’t reading it I was desperate to know what was happening next.

The introduction of Ig is one of my favourite things in the book, as straight away we deal with Ig whilst he is growing his horns and getting used to their power of making people tell him their inner truths. The truths that get revealed right at the start of the book instantly make you relate to Ig and feel sympathy with him, meaning you automatically become immersed in the story.

The plot throughout this book is such a hard hitting story but the way it is developed and with Ig’s new ‘power’ it has been so carefully thought out and I love it. The backstory of Ig’s friendship with Lee is such a brilliant insight into the overarching plot between them, that leaves you with both sympathy to Lee but also growing hatred. The announcement of the plot twist within the book is one of the most shocking parts of any book that I was left devastated.

The introduction of the backstory of Merrin and Ig was also so cleverly written into the main story that it gave you the perfect insight into their romance, before cruelly bringing the story back to present day and realising the story you have just fallen in love with has already been taken away. The writing style is so clever, and the development of Ig’s character and relationship with his horns as the book continues and he finds out more and more about the death of Merrin is brilliant.

I love how you can see the humanity within him leave bit by bit as the story continues and the ending fits the rest of the story so well.

This book has such a brilliant balance of the hard hitting emotions, brilliant writing style, and a brilliantly unexpected conclusion. Joe Hill is still the Prince of Horror/Thriller, and seems like this will be his title for a while.

Have you read Horns? What did you think? What is your favourite book by Joe Hill? Leave a comment below!

Until next time,

Keep Reading!

Meggan x

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April Wrap Up!

Hi everyone!

I really didn’t read many books last month! It was the final month of university deadlines, so it meant I barely had any time to read, which was very sad! However the three books I did manage to get round to reading were definitely worth it! A nice range of genres too! Here we go: 


Title: Horns by Joe Hill

Rating: ★★★★

Review: I love Joe Hill’s books so much, but I’d never read this book or seen the film! I knew that the film was really well received so I couldn’t wait to actually read the book! It didn’t let me down at all, from the first page I was hooked and the writing was absolutely amazing! I will have a full review up soon for this book, but I recommend it so much! The story and the characters worked perfectly together and I couldn’t put it down!


Title: The Who’s Who of British Crime: In The Twentieth Century by Jim Morris

Rating: ★★★★★

Review: True crime is one of my favourite genres, I love reading about this type of thing, and since this one was entirely about Britain (where I live!) it intrigued me even more! I borrowed it from the library and it was such an interesting read. It had such good information for each point, and was brilliantly written.


Title: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Rating: ★★★★★

Review: My best friend bought me this for Christmas as it was said if you loved The Book Thief (my favourite book ever!), then this was also set to be a favourite. It didn’t lie, I am so in love with this book! The writing style was so beautiful and had some absolutely gorgeous quotes in. I love the relationship between Maddie and Queenie and it even brought me to tears at one point! I completely sold my heart over to the characters within the book, and I’m emotionally ruined in the best way! A full review will be up soon!

That’s it for last month! I can’t wait to see what this month has in store for me! It’s only the 2nd May and ACOWAR is out so it’s looking like a pretty good month already!!My April Book Haul video will be up on my YouTube channel soon, but until then click here to catch up on my videos!

Until next time,

Happy Reading!

Meggan x

Reviews

NOS4R2 by Joe Hill // Review


Title: NOS4R2 by Joe Hill

Rating: ★★★★★

Release: 9th October 2014

Joe Hill teaches the world how to write horror, and that Christmas isn’t always the happiest time of the year in this atmospheric thriller.

NOS4R2 tells the story of Victoria McQueen, a young girl who when she rides her bike has the ability to ‘find’ things. No matter where they are, if she thinks of them, she can find them. Until she finds herself in the place called Christmasland. The home of Charlie Manx, who kidnaps young children in his Wraith and takes them far away, to where they’ll celebrate Christmas forever. NOS4R2 explains how Victoria got away…and why she’s on the run from Manx once again.

I’ve never read anything by Joe Hill before and all I knew him for was writing Horns. When I saw this in the shop I picked it up out of curiosity and I am incredibly glad I did. This was hands down the best horror book I’ve read other than the ones by the King himself. It was exactly what a horror book needs to be. It has suspense, it had creepiness, and it just had me on the edge of my seat.

The chapters were extremely cleverly written. For a majority of the chapters, the title of them was the location of where the chapter would be set, and the title of the chapter would finish the last sentence previous. I’ll put an example below! It was so clever how this was done and really added something to the story.

I loved the split narrative in the book, the beginning starts out with the young Victoria and then carries on into her older life, along with Manx’s journey too. This was such a brilliant way to create the narrative as it really helped you to include yourself and understand every part and reason behind each other characters actions.

My favourite thing in the entire book though was Charlie Manx’s character. He was such a great villain and Joe Hill wrote him perfectly. You can tell the Joe Hill is Stephen King’s son, because he has the King talent at writing perfectly created villains and Manx was no different. He was creepy and constantly puts you on edge, rather than being over the top with the horror and violence.

A lot of horror books recently have a tendency to overuse the gore and violent aspect to help increase the horror. This book definitely doesn’t need that and it was such a breath of fresh air to have a truly scary and creepy book in the traditional way it used to be.

I just loved this book, and it was the best book to read if you’re in the mood for a good atmospheric horror. It’s made me a true fan of Joe Hill now, he definitely takes after his father.

If you want a good horror, or a new author that writes just as amazing as Stephen King, then this is the book for you!

Hauls

November Book Haul!

Hi everyone!

I’m so sorry this is so late! University has taken over my life and I’m behind on my posts! Anyway!

I actually managed to cut down the number of books I bought last month (it’s a miracle!), but there are just some books you HAVE to buy….right? I have discovered so many new authors and series last month, I can’t wait to read them all! Here they are:


Title:
 Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill

I read NOS4R2 a couple months ago and since then I have discovered such a strong love for Joe Hill’s writing! I know this is one of his first books, so I definitely wanted to read where his writing began!

Synopsis: ‘Buy my stepfather’s ghost’ read the e-mail. So Jude did. He bought it, in the shape of the dead man’s suit, delivered in a heart-shaped box, because he wanted it: because his fans ate up that kind of story. It was perfect for his collection: the genuine skulls and the bones, the real honest-to-God snuff movie, the occult books and all the rest of the paraphanalia that goes along with his kind of hard/goth rock.
But the rest of his collection doesn’t make the house feel cold. The bones don’t make the dogs bark; the movie doesn’t make Jude feel as if he’s being watched. And none of the artefacts bring a vengeful old ghost with black scribbles over his eyes out of the shadows to chase Jude out of his home, and make him run for his life . . .

Title: Asylum by Madeleine Roux

I am in such a horror mood recently and I was recommended this by SO MANY people! I found it in my local bookshop and had to get it! It sounds so good, and the cover is AMAZING!

Synopsis: For sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford, the New Hampshire College Prep program is the chance of a lifetime. Except that when Dan arrives, he finds that the usual summer housing has been closed, forcing students to stay in the crumbling Brookline Dorm formerly a psychiatric hospital. As Dan and his new friends Abby and Jordan start exploring Brookline’s twisty halls and hidden basement, they uncover disturbing secrets about what really went on here . . . secrets that link Dan and his friends to the asylum’s dark past. Because Brookline was no ordinary mental hospital, and there are some secrets that refuse to stay buried.”


Title: Psycho by Robert Bloch

Again I love horror books, and well everyone knows the name Psycho! I found this and I wanted it so bad, I love classic stories and I can’t wait to read this!

Synopsis: She was a fugitive, lost in a storm. That was when she saw the sign: motel – vacancy. The sign was unlit, the motel dark. She switched off the engine, and sat thinking, alone and frightened. She had nobody. The stolen money wouldn’t help her, and Sam couldn’t either, because she had taken the wrong turning; she was on a strange road. There was nothing she could do now – she had made her grave and she’d have to lie in it. She froze. Where had that come from? Grave. It was bed, not grave. She shivered in the cold car, surrounded by shadows. Then, without a sound, a dark shape emerged from the blackness and the car door opened.

Title: Rivers of London by Ben Aaranovitch

A friend recommended this to me and can we just appreciate this cover??? It’s beautiful! I’ve actually read this and you can read what I thought in my November Wrap Up! It was so good and I loved it!

Synopsis: My name is Peter Grant and until January I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit – we do paperwork so real coppers don’t have to – and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluable, and that brought me to the attention of Inspector Nightingale, the last wizard in England.

Now I’m a Detective Constable and a trainee wizard, the first apprentice in fifty years, and my world has become somewhat more complicated: nests of vampires in Purley, negotiating a truce between the warring god and goddess of the Thames, and digging up graves in Covent Garden … and there’s something festering at the heart of the city I love, a malicious vengeful spirit that takes ordinary Londoners and twists them into grotesque mannequins to act out its drama of violence and despair.

The spirit of riot and rebellion has awakened in the city, and it’s falling to me to bring order out of chaos – or die trying.


Title:
 Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaranovitch

The second book in the series – naturally after finishing Rivers of London I had to buy this one! ITS AMAZING TOO – check it out on my November Wrap Up too!

Synopsis: My name is Peter Grant, and I’m a Detective Constable in that mighty army for justice known as the Metropolitan Police (a.k.a. the Filth). I’m also a trainee wizard, the first such apprentice in fifty years. Officially I belong to ESC9, Economic and Specialist Crime Unit 9, otherwise known as ‘The Folly’, also known as the unit that nice, well-brought-up coppers don’t talk about in polite company.

Title: Whispers Under Ground by Ben Aaranovitch

Yes okay okay I know I have a problem – but this series is so good! I can’t wait to read this book!

Synopsis: In Tufnell Park, North London, a pair of railway tracks diver under a school, taking train to and from Kings Cross. Wet, filthy, dangerous. Lovely place. And one Sunday before Christmas a sweet (sort of) kid called Abigail took me and my long suffering colleague Lesley May down there to look for a ghost. We found one.


Title: Tales of the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare

I literally LOVE the Shadowhunter world with all of my heart, so when I saw this had been released I just had to get it! I’m so excited to go further into Simon’s journey as a Shadowhunter!

Synopsis: Join Simon on his journey to become a Shadowhunter, and learn about the Academy’s illustrious history along the way, through guest lecturers such as Jace Herondale, Tessa Gray, and Magnus Bane. These ten short stories give an epilogue to the Mortal Instruments series and provide glimpses of what’s in store in the Dark Artifices.


Title:
 Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

I’m still yet to read Six of Crows! But this was on Buy One Get One Half Price so I thought since I’ve heard amazing things about SOC I’d get this ready for my binge!

Synopsis: Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.


Title:
 Horns by Joe Hill

Another addition to my Joe Hill collection! I know people liked the film for this and I’m excited to read the book! Also I’m loving Joe Hill recently so that’s a bonus!

Synopsis: Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with one hell of a hangover, a raging headache … and a pair of horns growing from his temples. Once, Ig lived the life of the blessed: born into privilege, the second son of a renowned American musician, and the younger brother of a rising late-night TV star, Ig had security and wealth and a place in his community. Ig had it all, and more – he had the love of Merrin Williams, a love founded on shared daydreams, mutual daring, and unlikely midsummer magic. Then beautiful, vivacious Merrin was gone – raped and murdered, under inexplicable circumstances – with Ig the only suspect. He was never tried for the crime, but in the court of public opinion, Ig was and always would be guilty. Now Ig is possessed with a terrible new power – with just a touch he can see people’s darkest desires – to go with his terrible new look, and he means to use it to find the man who killed Merrin and destroyed his life. Being good and praying for the best got him nowhere. It’s time for a little revenge; it’s time the devil had his due.

Title: The Rose Society by Marie Lu

I LOVED THE YOUNG ELITES SO MUCH. Okay so I basically inhaled The Young Elites and I could not wait for the next book so I had to buy it! I just love this series, and what a beautiful cover!

Synopsis: Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she flees Kenettra with her sister to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her.

That’s it for November! I bought some AMAZING books and I can’t wait to read them all!

What did you buy in November? What do you think of the books I bought?

Love,

Meggan x

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October Wrap Up!

Hi everyone!

Why is October over already??? We have two months left until 2016 is over, how crazy is that?

October is one of my favourite reading months, because it’s Halloween so the perfect time to read creepy horror books! I love horror books, and there’s no better time to read them so I make sure to read as many as I can, even if it is hard fitting them around uni!

Anyway the books I read this month were amazing!


Title:
 Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Rating: ★★★★★

Review: I CANNOT DEAL WITH THIS BOOK IN THE SLIGHTEST. This book was everything I’ve ever wanted and more, I thought it would be hard to beat Heir of Fire as my favourite book in the series but this might just beat it. EVERYTHING HAPPENS AND I LOVE IT. I need to write my review but it both made me cry with happiness and also ripped my heart in two, PLEASE READ THIS!


Title:
 The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Rating: ★★★★★

Review: I’ve been wanting a Neil Gaiman book for so long and I finally found this for £1 in my local charity shop so I picked it up and started reading it on the way home! I loved it, I loved Neil’s writing and the narrative and it was just so good! Now to hopefully read more Neil Gaiman books!

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Title:
 Starr Fall by Kim Briggs

Rating: ★★★★★

Review: Kim emailed me and asked me to read and review this before it’s release day next month (see my full review of it here!) and I was thrilled! It was an amazing book, with such a unique story and brilliantly created characters! I definitely recommend it, and Kim is super lovely!


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Title:
 The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

Rating: ★★★★

Review: The first book I read by Dawn was The Creeper Man (full review here!), and I LOVED it so much. I know this is Dawn’s debut release, so I was curious as to what it was like, and I still loved it! I loved the writing style of it, and yes I didn’t love it as much as The Creeper Man but to say it was a debut, she really is an amazing author!

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Title: 
The Monstrous Child
 by Francesca Simon

Rating: ★★★★★

Review: This was such an impulse buy because of it’s beautiful cover and the fact its about mythology and it paid off! I loved how chatty the book was, and how Hel was so calm and cool about everything and her wonderful personality. Such an amazing book!

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Title:
 NOS4R2 by Joe Hill

Rating: ★★★★★

Review: I LOVED THIS BOOK. I needed a proper creepy book to read this month and this definitely fit perfectly. The perfect amount of horror, creepy settings and also a bit of paranormal happenings, it was just everything. I was hooked from start to finish! If you’re looking for a good horror book, this is it!


Title:
 The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley

Rating: ★★★

Review: This book had really high expectations for me, and I’d heard great things about it but it just didn’t do it go me sadly. I loved the relationship of the two brothers, and at parts I was completely absorbed by the story, but by the end I wasn’t really sure what was going on at times. I loved the characters and parts of the story overall, it was just a bit too hyped for me!

That’s my wrap up! I read some AMAZING books this month, and loved every one of them! Hopefully November is a good reading month too!

Have you read any of the books I did this month? What did you think?

Leave a comment with your wrap ups so I can have a read too!

Love,

Meggan x