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review 2018-08-30 17:14
Dark and Disturbing
You: A Novel - Caroline Kepnes

The novel YOU by Caroline Kepnes will soon be adapted as a new tv series this Fall on Lifetime.  It will be interesting to see how these characters are portrayed, especially since much of the setting takes place inside the narrator’s depraved mind.  Joe Goldberg works in a bookstore, and is a relatively attractive and intelligent young man who bristles a bit about his lack of a formal university education.  He is looking to meet a nice girl with similar tastes in reading, music and worldview.  He also is a truly sadistic sociopath who obsessively stalks potential soulmates with ruthless cunning and determination.  When Guinevere Beck (Beck) comes into Joe’s shop, she engages with him in playful, flirtatious way.  Joe is immediately smitten and uses social media to discover many personal details about Beck that he then uses to insinuate himself into her life.  He appears just as Beck is trying to sort out her own complicated love life, recently recognizing her tendency to be drawn to egotistical people who seek only to take advantage of her.  Joe acts the part of the refreshingly sweet and understanding man with whom she has so much in common.  Actually, he is just privy to an expanding amount of information about her and is contorting himself into her ideal companion. As he draws closer, Joe jealously eliminates any potential competition for her affection.  His desperation soon escalates into violence, and there are subtle hints that Beck may not be the first paramour to be trapped in his laser sights. Beck is portrayed as smart but clueless, and her naivete can become exasperating.  The novel slowly builds up unbearable tension as the reader begins to predict and dread where things are headed.  YOU is a bit long, with some unnecessary repetition and overuse of gratuitous vulgarity.  It is a very disturbing and uncomfortable experience to be trapped inside the perspective of such a truly odious character.  Still, it is a bit like a watching a horror movie that you want to look away from but need to know how it ends.

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review 2018-07-13 19:06
Providence by Caroline Kepnes
Providence: A Novel - Caroline Kepnes

Oh, this book. How on earth does one review such a unique book without ruining the experience for others? This is one of those books that you should experience going in nearly cold.

Strangely enough this book takes place in a town five minutes from my home. Me, being me, was reading every Nashua reference with a squinty eye looking for a nit to pick but I didn’t find anything to bitch about. Nashua is not a very exciting place, if you ask me, and it was fun imagining this weird stuff happening so close to me. I’m going to give any suspicious men about town even more of a wide berth after reading this, however. 

If you bought PROVIDENCE because you loved YOU and HIDDEN BODIES and you expect another crazy Joe you do need to know that this book is not at all like either of them. It starts out when the main characters are children and within pages I was so in love with their friendship and engaged with these two characters that I didn’t want to put it down (curse you real life and your constant interruptions). Kepnes managed to do in mere pages what some books cannot accomplish after hundreds of them. She made me care deeply about these two and put my feelings through the wringer. Now that’s a talent!

Jon and Chloe just click. They would’ve, could’ve, should’ve been that rare couple who fall in love, marry young and stay together through good times and bad because they were meant to be. But that doesn’t happen because who wants to read that book?! Something unexpected happens to one of the kids and it changes them forever. Waking up with vague memories and a copy of The Dunwich Horror by Lovecraft with a strange letter tucked inside, the parents, best friend and the family soon learn that something has forever changed with this kid. I’m not going to tell you what it is or even which kid it is because you need to experience that gut punch yourownselves. I’ll just leave you guessing with this quote.

"I’m starting to get paranoid, starting to think something’s wrong with me… I imagine myself the invisible monster, slaughtering them all."

The remainder of the book features these two kids grown and struggling to connect, longing for each other but unable (for reasons I’m still not divulging) to be together properly. Their story is absolutely wrenching to witness. There is also another character named Eggs who makes it his mission to crack a case involving suspicious deaths of young people. Eggs and his story was also filled with pain and heartbreak and tore me all up inside. Geez, this book. I’m going to spoil it if I keep blathering on. Just read it if you want and I hope you love it as much as I did.

My favorite quote is this one because it’s so damned accurate for me and most everyone I know that I actually laughed out loud like a genuine lunatic. 

"Why are you so dressed up? That should be the state fucking slogan of New Hampshire. "


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text 2018-07-10 18:45
June 2018-That's A Wrap!
Providence: A Novel - Caroline Kepnes
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood - Trevor Noah
Hyenas - Michael Sellars
The Tea Party - Charles L. Grant,Matt Godfrey
Lucifer, Book One - Neil Gaiman,Ryan Kelly,James Hodgkins,Dean Ormston,Peter Gross,Chris Weston,Scott Hampton,Mike Carey
The Cabin at the End of the World - Paul Tremblay
Sea of Rust - C. Robert Cargill
They Feed - Jason Parent
The Woman in the Woods - John Connolly
An Exorcism of Angels - Stephanie M. Wytovich,Corinne Gahan

I only read 11 books last month! 



Graphic Novels



Lucifer, Book One by Mike Carey 5*


Total: 1




Total: 0




Born a Crime: Stories From A South African Childhood by Trevor Noah 5*

The Tea Party by Charles Grant, narrated by Matt Godfrey 4*

An Exorcism of Angels by Stephanie M. Wytovich, (poetry) narrated by Corinne Gahan 4*

Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill, narrated by Eva Kaminski 3.5*


Total: 4


ARCS/Reads for Review


Hyenas by Michael Sellars 4*

Providence by Caroline Kepnes 4.5*

The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay 4*

The Woman in the Woods by John Connolly 5*

Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets & Outright Lies From a Lifetime of Writing for The Simpsons by Mike Reiss 4*

They Feed by Jason Parent 4*


Total: 6




Horror Aficionados Mount TBR Challenge:

Challenge: Read 40 Books Already on my TBR


1. City of the Dead by Brian Keene

2. The Warblers by Amber Fallon

3. October by Michael Rowe

4. It's A Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World by Curtis Lawson

5. Bad Pennies by John Leonard

6.Cold in July by Joe Lansdale

7. Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill


 Running Total: 85



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review 2018-07-10 00:31
Review of YOU, by Caroline Kepnes
You: A Novel - Caroline Kepnes

Very few books have left me both speechless, and in such a post-book fog. YOU is obsession in word form. I am not a fast reader. I devoured this book in just over a day: I read it, I ate it, I slept it, until there was no more to consume. I wanted to know what happened, but I didn't want it to end. YOU is a party that I don't regret being late to, because I wasn't tainted by spoiler reviews, and meaning-well friends giving me the entire plot. It was just YOU and me, and an obsession that, for a day, wasn't just my own.

Joe. For 448 pages I loathed Joe. I am Joe. What I hated in him is what I also see in myself. I'm not a stalker, but the potential for it is a line that is blurry, possible. We spend our lives deluded that insanity is a giant plunge off of a tall building, an event that makes an explosion when it happens. I believe that it's a destination that some of us have been edging towards since the day we were born, some just get there faster than others, and with less diversion. I think that sometimes there is no visible line, when YOU, the object of my affection, block out the sun.

YOU is, without a doubt, one of the best books I have ever read. As a book lover/collector/hoarder, I am surrounded by words, but very rarely do I find those which I can relate with on my level. Perhaps I'm insane, but briefly I didn't feel alone in that insanity, and I am in love with YOU in so many ways.


© 2018 by Andi Rawson of Andreya's Asylum

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text 2018-06-29 19:12
Friday Reads is Finally Here!
Providence: A Novel - Caroline Kepnes
The Sea Was a Fair Master - Calvin Demmer
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