hmmm……….. ive seen maybe 3 of these. *drags self*
Currently Reading: A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge!
I have finished reviewing all the books I read during the spooky season and the reviews are linked below! All the reviews are spoiler free 🙂
The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich (read this!!!!)
The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Author: Mary Shelley
As a reader who doesn’t usually go for classics, I really really enjoyed this! Of course, the story of Frankenstein is legendary but the book itself wasn’t at all as I expected. Surprisingly, it wasn’t that scary. The monster speaks so eloquently when we first see him talk that I kept imagining him as a civilised person – just with mouldy skin and more murder on their record. But where it lacks in the horror department it gains in emotion and almost elegant suffering.
I know that sounds odd, but this story is so full of grief, guilt, regret and misery and yet somehow the author manages to portray these emotions in such a darkly beautiful way. At some points, though, it did sound like the author looked up every single word in a thesaurus and picked out the longest synonym (sometimes the language was a bit unnecessary).
The pace was kind of imbalanced. I wish we had more description of the monster being brought to life than we did – and I wish we had a little less of Frankenstein just wallowing in his own misery. But the writing is so beautiful I’m going to let that slide.
The ending was so morbid and unexpected but I absolutely LOVED it. Throughout the whole story we are questioning the morals of ourselves as well as the characters and it finished on such a note that I was doubting the morals of everything that happened.
Definitely a must-read. I envy the people who get to study this story for school, because it’s so amazing and I’d love to dig deeper into the language the author uses.
Author: Dawn Kurtagich
*READ SECOND PARAGRAPH FOR SYNOPSIS* (read this book people)
Unlike anything I’ve ever read before. This creepy, paranormal/psychological thriller/cult novel is so unique and bizarre that I can’t begin to explain how good it was without sounding like a sociopath. You never know what’s real, what’s psychosis and what’s witchcraft, so it leaves you guessing all the damn time.
Without spoiling anything, this book centres around two girls who share the same body: Carly, who’s around during the day, and Kaitlyn, who has the night. They have a beautiful and peculiar sisterhood created entirely by leaving each other messages when they are awake. But, of course, nobody believes this is true and ‘Carly’ has been diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder. Soon, things start to change between them until something terrible happens which resorts in a whole bunch of terrifying and disturbing events. It’s scary and captivating and even horrifying in some places.
This story is told in diary entries, reports, interviews and written records of video tapes all collected to carry out an investigation. I usually don’t like multi-media story telling – but this is absolutely fascinating! Kaitlyn writes in her diary as if it’s talking back (which it could be in her head) and you will never know the parts of the story that haven’t been recorded in some way. It’s very mysterious in that way.
As well as all this, if you think about this book too much – it’s hecka scary. Not for readers who don’t like gore since it’s so deliciously gory and gross (see? sociopath.). There’s a lot of cult-like actions, too, which are fascinating since you never know whether what they’re saying is true or a result of group hysteria or psychosis.
God this is such a good book! I’m probably going to hell for how much I enjoyed it and I am a little worried about how the author came up with this concept but still – READ IT.
Currently Reading: It by Stephen King! My best friend recommended this to me, and what better Stephen King book to get into the mood for Halloween? I’m not even one hundred pages in yet, and I’m scared shitless. I was afraid of clowns before I even started this, and the child-eating is just making it worse! (Cody made me get a backup book for after the sun went down because nightmares.) I’m in awe of this book from a writing standpoint. So many different points of view! And the writing is so sparse but it packs so much emotion into just a few words. I’m creeped out, and I know it’s just gonna get worse. It’s cool, guys, just nine hundred or so pages to go, no big deal. Have you guys read It? If so, what did you think? Also, what books are you guys reading to get into the spooky Halloween mood? Inbox me and let me know!