The Raven and Other Poems by Edgar Allan Poe

“I was a child and she was a child, in this kingdom by the sea; But we loved with a love that was more than love- I and my Annabel Lee- With a love that the winged Serapis in Heaven coveted her and me.”

Poe’s work will never be old. You can always come back to his work and still find ways to interpret his poems.

It is filled with beautiful writing that spark’s ones imagination with the detail and emotion he puts.

His work may be considered dark but it’s also talks about love.

This may be the third time reading his poetry’s and there still yet to fully understand some meaning of his work. Sometimes I can interpret one thing and then another thing. Maybe that’s just me but that’s main reason I go back back to it.

I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ stars out of 5. I would just suggest for you to read one passage at a time rather all at once. Don’t rush into it but try to take time and understand the meaning of the poem.

Hope you like my review. Share your thoughts of Poe’s work if you have read it. Until then…

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Elevation by Stephen King

“The night was cold, chilling the sweat on his face, but the air was as sweet and crisp as the first bite of a fall apple. Above him was a half-moon and what seemed like a trillion stars.
To match the trillion pebbles, just as mysterious, that we walk over everyday, he thought. Mystery above, mystery below. Weight, mass, reality: mystery all around.”

Published October 30th 2018 by Scribner

This is one of the shortest stories I’ve read from Stephen King, yet I enjoyed it. Being a 150 page book, it sure had a good amount of plot for two characters.

Main protagonist, Scott, was able to do something good despite having a big problem of his own. I found him very likable. A good person even if he was being made fun of. He really has a good heart. Then here’s Deedee. She is rough and tough and of corse guardes. But I get it. She was hard to like in the beginning but eventually she was someone I liked in the end.

These characters formed like a clique. They’re different from each other but they found something common and made it something that they would always remember.

The ending was sad and I’m a way hopeful. I don’t want to ruin it of course so that’s all I’m going to say about the ending.

I would recommend this of course, no doubt. A very easy, fast paced book. Also easy when your in a reading slump. I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of five stars.

 

I hope you all like my review and if you read this book please share your thoughts below or on Twitter. Until then…

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Hi everyone!

I can’t believe it’s already November. These year is ending so fast. Please slow it down! lol just kidding, I already want Christmas to happen. Next year will be my one year of being a book blogger and I am very happy with myself that I was able to do this. It was always a wishful thinking to create a blog. I feel accomplished. This is what I enjoy doing. and hopefully I can grow more from this.

Sorry for the sidetrack, but I’m just excited!

Ok so I manage to finish reading Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I did read this book a while back (10 years, give or take). That’s a long time which I already forgot most of the story so I was inspired by Halloween to read this book again. So let me begin…


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Published 2012 by Barnes & Noble, Inc. (first published 1818)

Synopsis: 

 

At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature’s hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.

 

 

My Thoughts:

I believe this story will always and forever be something that will not get old and it will always get passed down from generation to generation. this is something that will always make you think of life and death. The tragic story of Frankenstein. The one who created such monster by playing God. But why? what was the point since he was also appalled of what he had created. This monster didn’t belong with the living. I grew some sympathy towards this creature. All he wanted to do is to belong. This was an emotional reading because it came from two perspectives. Frankenstein himself and his monster. Both had good hearts. But neither of them did the right thing.

I love how the characters are pretty straightforward with how they feel. I think that’s how it was back then. The writing is beautiful and well composed to grab your attention. This may be an old book but this is something you can always read and still be captivated with book.

I would definitely recommend this book because Frankenstein is an icon and of course a classic. It’s pretty fast paced too so you will not loose your focus on it. I give this book 5 stars out of 5. 

 

Hope you all like my review and encourages you to pick up this beautiful classic. Until then…

 

“Hateful day when I received life!’ I exclaimed in agony. ‘Accursed creator! Why did you form a monster so hideous that even you turned from me in disgust? God, in pity, made man beautiful and alluring, after his own image; but my form is a filthy type of yours, more horrid even from the very resemlance. Satan had his companions, fellow-devils, to admire and encourage him; but I am solitary and abhorred.’ – Frankenstein”

 

 

The Grip of It by Jac Jemc

Hello everyone!

I hope you all been getting your spooky read on, I know I am. Been trying to squeeze in some of that for this month and I just happen to finish one, The Grip of It by Jac Jemc just in time. so let me dive right in.


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Touring their prospective suburban home, Julie and James are stopped by a noise. Deep and vibrating, like throat singing. Ancient, husky, and rasping, but underwater. “That’s just the house settling,” the real estate agent assures them with a smile. He is wrong.
The move—prompted by James’s penchant for gambling and his general inability to keep his impulses in check—is quick and seamless; both Julie and James are happy to start afresh. But this house, which sits between a lake and a forest, has its own plans for the unsuspecting couple. As Julie and James try to establish a sense of normalcy, the home and its surrounding terrain become the locus of increasingly strange happenings. The framework— claustrophobic, riddled with hidden rooms within rooms—becomes unrecognizable, decaying before their eyes. Stains are animated on the wall—contracting, expanding—and map themselves onto Julie’s body in the form of painful, grisly bruises.
Like the house that torments the troubled married couple living within its walls, The Grip of It oozes with palpable terror and skin-prickling dread. Its architect, Jac Jemc, meticulously traces Julie and James’s unsettling journey through the depths of their new home as they fight to free themselves from its crushing grip.

 

My Thoughts:

So this is suppose to be a haunted house but I didn’t see much of it. Sure there were some scenes of when the characters, Julie & James, were scared out of their wits but it doesn’t really talk much about the house. This novel left me with some unanswered questions and I hope it won’t get you confused because I know I did with some certain parts.

Reading the beginning of the novel was pretty fast but once I came towards the middle, that’s when I felt that time slowed down. It wasn’t boring per say, it just left me feeling meh. James & Julie were feeling quite paranoid and started filling doubts towards each other and that’s when, for me, felt like I was going in circles with this plot. It wasn’t as much as giving new insights of the mystery, but it was just leaving me with some uncertainty of what exactly happen. I did enjoy the characters but it didn’t really talk much of the house. Sure it gave me a brief summary of the last owners of the house, but not enough to understand the big question, WHY? 

Quite frankly it was an entertaining novel, fast pace and appropriate for mystery and thriller. However I don’t want to say it’s a horror genre since it didn’t give out that creepy, scary vibe. I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.

 

I hope you all liked my review and find it helpful. And I hope you all enjoy Halloween! until then… 

 

The inability to trust ourselves is the most menacing danger.

 

 

Salt by Hannah Moskowitz (an ARC review)

Hello everyone!

I was given an arc e-book of the novel Salt from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. That being said let me begin.


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Synopsis:

Even though their parents disappeared during a hunt three months ago, seventeen-year-old Indi and his siblings, Beleza, Oscar, and Zulu, continue to roam the Mediterranean on their sailboat and hunt down monsters–but Indi yearns for a more settled life for his family, and he hopes that his parents’ journal with its tantalizing hints of a treasure, will provide them all with the means of escape from their nomadic and dangerous life before it is too late.

 

My Review:

This is a story about four orphans embarking on a trip of finding answers. For being orphans, they seem to be ruthless with all these monster hunting gig they got going on. I enjoy the setting, but I can’t tell what year it is. It seems that they’re in the present since they do mention radars and smart phones, but in my head I see it as the old days. Who would let a couple of orphans sail away and do crazy stunts? it’s a bit unrealistic but it’s quite entertaining. It also focuses more on Indi, trying to find himself and just finding the answers he needs for him and for his siblings.

It’s a fast paced book and it helps you out of your reading slump. did I mention they have pirates? .. Well sorta lol. It was a good read and something different. I liked it and I would give this book 3 stars.

 

I hope is helpful, can’t give you more info about it. I don’t do spoilers. This book is expected to be sold in stores on October 30, 2018. Until then…

My TBR for this week

 

 

Hello everyone!

After going through a reading slump last week I’m managing to push through for this week and so far I’m doing good. Only reason I wasn’t posting much of reviews is that I was binge watching The Haunting of Hill House. OMG it was sad and good. Wasn’t scary at al. Maybe jumped once from the series, and believe it or not it wasn’t because of a ghost lol. But yeah, it’s a great show, would recommend it. Now I am unto another series, Making A Murderer. I watched the first season way before it got popular and now season 2 is nothing but a must see show. Everyone is going crazy. I’m a murderino so this is something I was always interested in. I just want to see some real justice for Avery.

Sorry for getting off topic but I do enjoy talking about good shows and there’s been good ones on Netflix this month. Maybe that will be my next post.

Back to the related topic of the title, my TBR for this week, I would like to share what I’ve been reading since Monday and what I will reading next.


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Expected publication: October 30th 2018 by Chronicle Books

 

Synopsis: (arc e-book)

Even though their parents disappeared during a hunt three months ago, seventeen-year-old Indi and his siblings, Beleza, Oscar, and Zulu, continue to roam the Mediterranean on their sailboat and hunt down monsters–but Indi yearns for a more settled life for his family, and he hopes that his parents’ journal with its tantalizing hints of a treasure, will provide them all with the means of escape from their nomadic and dangerous life before it is too late.

 

 

 

 

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Published August 1st 2017 by FSG

 

Synopsis: (e-book)

Julie and James settle into a house in a small town outside the city where they met. The move—prompted by James’s penchant for gambling, his inability to keep his impulses in check—is quick and seamless; both Julie and James are happy to leave behind their usual haunts and start afresh. But this house, which sits between ocean and forest, has plans for the unsuspecting couple. As Julie and James try to settle into their home and their relationship, the house and its surrounding terrain become the locus of increasingly strange happenings. The architecture—claustrophobic, riddled with hidden rooms within rooms—becomes unrecognizable, decaying before their eyes. Stains are animated on the wall—contracting, expanding—and map themselves onto Julie’s body in the form of bruises; mold spores taint the water that James pours from the sink. Together the couple embark on a panicked search for the source of their mutual torment, a journey that mires them in the history of their peculiar neighbors and the mysterious residents who lived in the house before Julia and James.

 

Will be ranting about these book on my twitter so follow me if you aren’t right now. It’s always good to have someone to talk about books 🙂

Have a great hump day, until then…

Bad Man by Dathan Auerbach

Hello everyone!

I can’t remember when is the last time I did a review. It’s been busy lately for me to catch up some reading and just recently I took part of the 25in five challenge, #8inboo. You basically read how much you can within 24 hours. Out of 24 hours I manage to read 2 hours in total. I must say that surprised me. I never really notice how much time I use to make time for reading.

On the positive side from the #8inboo challenge was that It motivated me to push through my reading. I wasn’t able to finish the whole book but I manage to finish more than half of it and even after that challenge ended, I was still continuing to read more than I initially started. And just yesterday I was done. I finished reading Bad Man and I am ready to share my thoughts.


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Published August 7th 2018 by Doubleday

Synopsis:

Eric disappeared when he was three years old. Ben looked away for only a second at the grocery store, but that was all it took. His brother was gone. Vanished right into the sticky air of the Florida Panhandle.

They say you’ve got only a couple days to find a missing person. Forty-eight hours to conduct searches, knock on doors, and talk to witnesses. Two days to tear the world apart if there’s any chance of putting yours back together. That’s your window.

That window closed five years ago, leaving Ben’s life in ruins. He still looks for his brother. Still searches, while his stepmother sits and waits and whispers for Eric, refusing to leave the house that Ben’s father can no longer afford. Now twenty and desperate for work, Ben takes a night stock job at the only place that will have him: the store that blinked Eric out of existence.

Ben can feel that there’s something wrong there. With the people. With his boss. With the graffitied baler that shudders and moans and beckons. There’s something wrong with the air itself. He knows he’s in the right place now. That the store has much to tell him. So he keeps searching. Keeps looking for his baby brother, while missing the most important message of all.

That he should have stopped looking.

 

My Thoughts:

This book contains child abductions, abuse, fat shaming & addiction

When I first read the synopsis, I initially thought this sounds a good thriller. and at the beginning it was. It wasn’t as good as I thought it would be. Some parts didn’t make s sense to me. Characters where not sympathetic. All so distant and cold. I couldn’t really warm up with their personalities. I wouldn’t want to spoil it for anyone but I some event didn’t add up to what happened towards the end. I wouldn’t think it needed to be shared because it served no purpose. It was a semi fast novel, just towards the end it kept dragging to get to the finale and. Don’t get me wrong, the whole story was catchy but the plots and twists wasn’t much of an attention grabber like I thought it would be. I may have a high standards with these plots and twists so check it out yourself.

 

It’s an ok read. Not a nightly anticipated book but good enough to read it and be a little creeped out. I give this book 3 out of 5 stars. I hope you find this review useful. Until then…

 

*disclaimer: I received this arc e-novel from netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

 

“He didn’t mind , though. He hardly noticed at all. Because that’s the thing about hope-when it seems that there’s no point in moving, it pushes us so forcefully that we come to feel like we need it to keep going.”