As a book reviewer do you ever have problems coming up with decent reviews for certain books that you’ve read? Well that’s the case with me. So instead of pouting about it, I’m just going to do 3 Quick Mini Reviews. Each of these books I’ve read during the month of October for my Terrorween that I’m doing myself. I just felt there wasn’t enough of my opinion to really put these into full review. Either way I hope you enjoy.
Hardcover: 624 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (August 25, 2015)
Rating: 4 stars
Cover Rating: <3 <3
*Received an e-arc via NetGalley in exchange for honest review.
Lair of Dreams is the second book in the Diviners series. At 600+ pages it’s a hefty read but still worth it. Libba Bray is an author that knows how to write the suspense and bring in the atmospheric setting. While The Diviners mainly focused on Evie O’Neill and her dream of being famous, this time around it more focused on Henry the lovable and talented piano player and Ling Chan a girl who is shun by her community because of her disability. Although, Lair of Dreams is not as engaging as the first book I still enjoyed it. I just didn’t feel that the story of the “Sleeping Sickness” was all that interesting or quite frankly all that creepy and intense. But it was cool to get to know these two characters that can walk dreams and know a little bit of their back story. Maybe I wanted a little bit more of Evie and over the top personality. Maybe I wanted more of Naughty John. That was one creepy son of a bitch. Either way put this book on your tbr.
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: EgmontUSA (August 26, 2014)
Rating: 1 star
Cover Rating: Meh
First I should have know that this book wasn’t going to be that great just from the book cover but I still gave it a try. I’m sad that I did. Not only was this book boring but it was basically a cheap imitation of Amityville Horror the movie. Creepy house. Bad things start to happen. Everyone dies. The End. No seriously, this just wasn’t my cup of tea. It’s told from two different POV (Connor and Gwen) which I don’t mind but I didn’t care for the characters and I found them rather boring as hell. Even if one of them is suppose to be a sociopath. Secondly, there wasn’t any horror or suspense. I was just reading and reading just to read. By the end I didn’t remember what the hell happened or why the house was evil. Still this book had so much potential if only it was more creepy and scary. Sadly it’s nothing more than a snooze-fest. Not one I would recommend. Just watch the movie. The 1970 something one. Not the Ryan Reynolds remake. That shit was laughable and not in a good way.
Series: Lockwood & Co. (Book 1)
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; First Edition edition (September 17, 2013)
Genre: Fiction/Supernatural/Middle Grade
Rating: 4 Stars
Cover Rating: <3 <3 <3
So I had this book for a while but I finally picked it up and read it. I’m glad I did. It’s a fun middle grade that most will enjoy. For me it started off slow but it gradually picks up and that is where the fun and adventure begins. The Screaming Staircase tells the story of Lucy Carlyle, Anthony Lockwood and George as they run there very own Psychic Detective Agency. Johnathan Stroud does a great job of mixing the bleak with a bit of comedy. Which is need because basically Lucy and gang pretty much have to exorcise dangerous ghost and entities that can killed them at any giving moment but they have no choice because the government. So yes there are dystopian elements along with the paranormal which makes this an unique read that I rather enjoyed. Read has these three go on crazy misadventures, chasing ghost, burning down homes and other comedic disasters. Lockwood & Co. are bumbling good nature people that may get the work done but there will be destruction along the way.
There you have it–3 Quick Reviews. Hope you enjoy. Thanks for stopping by. Please feel free to tell me your thoughts in the comments below.