Carrie; Stephen King

Carrie

I’ve been a fan of Stephen King for quite a while now, and I’m always finding more books of his that I want to read.  Carrie has been on my TBR for years and years, and I finally got around to reading it last week.

[The Plot]: Carrie 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…

I’m so glad I finally got around to reading Carrie, and I can’t believe I didn’t know this was Stephen Kings first novel.  Carrie is a loner, she has no friends and was raised under her mothers strict rule.  She’s a complete outcast in school, the butt of every joke and naive in every way.  All until one fateful gym class where it all gets too much for Carrie and she snaps.

Carrie has her first ever period in the shower after gym class, and has no idea what is happening to her.  So when the other girls all laugh and shout at her, she snaps and sends up being sent home.  Carries mother’s religious views are so intense that she genuinely believes Carrie has gotten her period as punishment for a sin. The more Carrie is starting to understand what is happening to her and her body, the angrier she is getting, towards her mother for not explaining things to her, and to her peers at school for laughing at her and mocking her.  She starts to realise that she can move things with her mind, and at first it takes a lot of effort, but with practice, she becomes stronger and stronger.

Carrie seems to be in a better place up until her senior prom.  Sue Snell, one of the girls shouting and laughing at Carrie in the shower room, had felt so guilty about what had happened she has convoked her boyfriend to take Carrie to the prom.  As a friendly gesture.  However, things go sour from there on in.  Carrie is once again humiliated in a horrible prank, in front of the entire prom and she fully looses it.  I don’t want to give away too much (although I’m sure many of you will have read the book, or seen the film), but Carrie uses her new found power to pay back those who have hurt for all these years.

The only reason I didn’t rate this book five stars, was purely for the fact that I was expecting it to be much more scary.  I found it to be tense and somewhat thrilling, but not so much scary, so I was a little disappointed.  The next Stephen King book I intend to read is The Shining, but please leave any more recommendations in the comments below.

I rate this book four out of five stars.

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Even Angels Fall; F L Darbyshire

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Even Angels Fall by F L Darbyshire isn’t the type of book I would typically pick up, however, when Fay contacted me offering to send me the book in exchange of an honest review, I took to Goodreads to see if it was something I would be interested in.  After reading the blurb and a couple of reviews, it had definitely sparked an interest.

[The Plot]: After suffering an unthinkable loss, Abbey Miller and her family move to Leeds to rebuild their lives and start again, but the pain and grief that Abbey carries with her is impossible to escape. As she finds herself becoming increasingly isolated from her family, she develops a firm friendship with Lucy, Nathan and Liam, who introduce her to a brand new and exciting world, far removed from all of her problems. But will her new friends bring her the light hearted relief she has longed for? Or will she find herself getting drawn deep into their dangerous and intoxicating world?

I want to start with saying, straight away, that this book isn’t for the faint hearted.  There are some really serious issues that are dealt with throughout this book and it really takes you on an emotional roller coaster.

At the very beginning of the book, we learn about Abbey’s traumatic year and how she has had to deal with not only the loss of her twin brother, but also the fact that her family is falling apart.  I don’t think I’ve felt this passionate whilst reading in a long time, and as we learn more about Abbey and her family, the more angry I was with both her mother and her brother.  I had to keep telling myself that they are not real people, they are just characters.  However, Fay’s writing made me feel like they were genuine people who were treating Abbey in this way and I couldn’t help myself but hate them, and just feel so angry that I had to put the book down for the afternoon.

As the story progresses, things get worse and worse with Abbey and her family.  However, she finds solitude in her new friends and takes on a whole new lifestyle.  In order to breakaway from the family who dismiss her when she needs them most, Abbey takes to skipping class and partying with her new friends.  Slowly but surely Abbey becomes a part of their ‘group’, eventually taking recreational drugs and moving in with her new boyfriend.  While Abbey’s choices go against everything I have ever believed in, I couldn’t help but be happy for her.  She has a new supportive structure surrounding her, new friends who would do anything for her.  A boyfriend who loves her.  And most importantly she is dealing with her grief instead of burying it away like her family had been doing for the last year.

I don’t want to give away too many spoilers as I really think this is a book you should all read, and get the full impact as the story twist and turns.  But I will say that things slowly start to spiral out of control and Abbey has to face some big and serious decisions.

Even Angels Fall is Fay’s debut novel and I think she has done an incredible job.  It was so emotional and captivating that after taking a small break after getting angry at Abbey’s family, I couldn’t put the book back down.

I rate this book four out of five stars.

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City of Bones; Cassandra Clare

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For years I have had people tell me I need to read this book, and I have no idea why I didn’t listen to them sooner.

[The Plot]: Clary Fray is seeing things: vampires in Brooklyn and werewolves in Manhattan.  Irresistibly drawn towards a group of sexy demon hunters, Clary encounters the dark side of New York City- and the dangers of forbidden love.

As I’ve already said, I put off reading this book for a long long time, and I have no idea why.  By just reading the blurb it sounds like a book I would love, and with recommendations from people I know have good taste in books, I really had no reason to put it off for so long.

Clary Fray is living a 100% normal teenage life.  Her mom is strict and over protective, she goes out and spends time with her friends.  She has no idea she could be something completely different until she sees something no one else can see in a club in New York City.  Clary sees two guys with a knife, and after alerting her friend Simon and stupidly going after them, she realises it’s a completely different story.  The guys with the know turn out to be shadow hunters, and invisible everyone else there.

From here on in, Clary’s life changes dramatically.  With her mom missing and demons hiding around every corner, Clary has to rely on the group of beautiful strangers to help her fix this new world she had no idea existed.

Simon and Clary’s relationship is so close, and even though Clary is pretty naive to not see how Simon really feels about her, they overcome a lot and Simon accepts this new world with her without any hesitation.  He makes it very clear that he doesn’t like Clary’s new friends, except Isabelle of course, but instead of causing a huge amount of tension or leaving Clary to fix everything alone, he does his best to help.

I love the way the story progressed and didn’t want to put it down at all, finishing it in just two or three sittings. The story id fast paced and so much happens in such a short amount of time, I’m itching to read City of Glass.   Are there any other books out there I’m missing out on, that I should definitely read? Let me know in the comments below.

I rate this book four out of five stars.

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Sycamore Gap; L J Ross

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After reading Holy Island, which was very generously sent to me by L J Ross, I was super eager to get my hands on Sycamore Gap.  When it was finally released I was in the middle of a huge reading slump, and I mean huge!! It went on for a good couple of months, and then suddenly a little parcel arrived at my doorstep.  The lovely L J Ross had sent me Sycamore Gap and I was so excited I read it straight away… goodbye reading slump!

[The Plot]: The past never stays buried for long…
Detective Chief Inspector Ryan believes he has put his turbulent history behind him. Then, in the early hours of the summer solstice, the skeleton of a young woman is found inside the Roman Wall at Sycamore Gap. She has lain undiscovered for ten years and it is Ryan’s job to piece together her past.
Enquiry lines cross and merge as Ryan is forced to face his own demons and enter into a deadly game of cat and mouse with a killer who seems unstoppable.
Murder and mystery are peppered with a sprinkling of romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunnit set amidst the spectacular scenery of Hadrian’s Wall country in Northumberland.

As this book is a sequel to Holy Island, I will do my best as to not give anything away from the first book, but you really should go and give it a read!  Anyway, back to Sycamore Gap… as I’ve said already, I was eagerly waiting to read more of DCI Ryan and Sycamore Gap did not disappoint.

Sycamore  Gap was just as thrilling and captivating as Holy Island, and I literally could not put this down.  The story is fast paced and like any good murder mystery, you are really unsure of who the killer is throughout.  Ross has you questioning so many of the characters, and their motives and the outcome leaves you wanting more of DCI Ryan.

As Ryan and Anna’s relationship develops further throughout the book, you see Anna really accept Ryan for who he is.  He is protective and scarred from his past, and this shows the more he opens up to Anna.  With that, Anna almost teaches him that it’s ok to feel vulnerable, and how to let someone in past all of the walls he has built up to protect both himself and the people he loves. Their relationship just grows stronger throughout the book and with Ryan’s past, you can’t help but feel overwhelmingly happy for him.  Ross’ writing makes you feel like you truly know Ryan and want the best for him.

If I’ve not hinted enough already, I absolutely loved this book and need more DCI Ryan in my life! I know that Ross is working on a third in the series to be released this year, and I can’t freaking wait!!

I rate this book five out of five stars.

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The Fade Out; Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips

Fadeout

The Fade out was a completely new reading experience for me, as I have never read a graphic novel before. After seeing a couple of people mention The Fade Out within the book tube community and thought I would give it a go.

[The Plot]: An intricate and groundbreaking crime story on a level Brubaker and Phillips have never tackled before, THE FADE OUT weaves a tangled web through the underbelly of a 1948 Hollywood… A noir film stuck in endless reshoots. A writer plagued with nightmares from the war and a dangerous secret. An up-and-coming starlet’s suspicious death. And a maniacal studio mogul and his security chief who will do anything to keep the cameras rolling before the Post-War boom days come crashing down. THE FADE OUT is the most ambitious series yet from the award-winning Noir Masters.

As I’ve already said, this was the first graphic novel I’ve read, and to be honest, I was really pleasantly surprised. Being the completely naive person that I am, I always assumed graphic novels were just for super heirs and really ‘geeky’… as if being a 100% bookworm isn’t geeky enough.  However, after hearing about a couple on blogs and youtube, I was really interested in the different genres included in graphic novels.

The Fade Out is a very dark and sinister murder mystery story based in 1940s Hollywood.   I’ve always been a fan of this time in history and that’s what really attracted me to read this in the first place.  And as a fan of crime / thriller books, I think I found the perfect graphic novel to get me started.  I really enjoyed the different reading format and the imagery in The Fade Out is really  amazing and fits in perfectly with the Noir genre.

I really enjoyed reading The Fade Out and loved how face paced it was.  I would love to hear your recommendations in the comment below of any graphic novels you love and think I should pick up.

I rate this book four out of five stars.

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