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review 2017-09-05 09:41
Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark Books by Alvin Schwartz, Stephen Gammell (Artwork), Brett Helquist (Updated Artwork)

I love these stories. I much prefer the original artwork by Stephen Gammell. It is nostalgic, plus I feel like the artwork and stories belong together. The stories are not the same without the original art. That being said, there is nothing wrong with the updated art by Brett Helquist; it isn't bad, just I have no idea why they would even change the art in the first place.


If I were to run across Brett Helquist's artwork somewhere else and they were not tied to this books and my childhood nostalgia, I would really like them quite a lot. I am interested in his work and would read other books he does the artwork for. In fact, I love the art in A Series of Unfortunate Events.


Original Covers & Art



Updated Covers & Art


Comparison of their art style: Stephen verses Brett

As you can see, both are very good, but people who grew up with the original might agree with me in saying Stephen's is much more frightening and belongs with the text.





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review 2017-08-07 00:26
In Bitter Chill (Ward)
In Bitter Chill - Sarah Ward

Recommended on some book discussion board or other, this is one of the few debut crime novels I've read. Usually a writer will be well-established before they penetrate my fog of apathy about literary fashion! In this case, though, I'm very glad I invested the time.

A current case triggers the re-opening of a 1970s cold case. A second current case reinforces the need to go back to the old one. Unusually,  however, one of the victims of the cold case is still kicking and a major character in the present of the novel. Also somewhat unusually in my recent crime-novel-reading experience, the flashback POV is very sparingly used, and the reader stays pretty much in synch with the knowledge owned by the modern-day investigators. Those investigators are of two types: the police, trying to comprehend two recent deaths of older women, and Rachel, the survivor of the 1970 double kidnapping (in which the other victim is long missing and presumed dead.)

All right, I don't want this to be a spoiler review, so I'll just mention that not only is Rachel's profession of genealogist a very good piece of characterization, but it's highly germane to the eventual solution of the mystery behind the violent acts in the crimes past and present.

The detection team, featuring (at least for this case) a woman named Connie and a man named Sadler, who are almost certainly going to play a game of will-they-won't-they in sequels, didn't actually interest me all that much. But they are fairly well delineated, and in no way objectionable, so I'm sure they'll carry future novels just fine, especially if they're as well plotted as this one.

I plan to read more by Sarah Ward.

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text 2017-01-11 18:20
Carrie Fisher-The Princess Diarist Review
The Princess Diarist - Carrie Fisher

My first review for 2017 is a book that I completed in 2016.


I bought this book on my birthday in December and I didn't read it straight away but as soon as the awful news of Carrie Fishers passing came to light I had to stop what I was reading and read this book.


I really loved this book she didn't shy away from telling people what happened in her life and also about her and Harrison Ford, which I didn't think was that big of a deal and I have no idea why people kept going on about. 


There was alot of lol moment and I found myself either smiling to myself or laughing to myself and that raised questions with my family, but

honestly it was just because of how witty and sassy women.


I think that if you are a Princess Leia only fan then its probably not for you because it is fans for Carrie Fisher however Princess Leia fans will probably like it because it is a lot to do with the time that she filming the momentous films. 


Now Im not going to lie this is a terrible review its short and doesn't go into much detail but I promise my next review will be much better. My system crashed out so I couldnt post until now so I guess thats also a reason for the terrible review.



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text 2016-12-29 20:18
Hi Everyone






I hope you all had an amazing Christmas and Santa brought you everything you asked for.


Now I have seen the post about the site getting the help it needs ect but i honestly haven't had any problems but I suppose its because I don't post often because Im not going to lie the site doesn't incise me because it runs so slow and I get really inpatient and end up closing it off and not blogging which isn't what I want to do I want to make this something that I can talk about books and be part of a community hopefully that will change. 


Now I was reading Replica by Lauren Oliver but when I heard about the death of Carrie Fisher (May she rest in peace) I had to read her book The princess Diarist which I got for my Birthday and I honestly have found it so good I have been at work since I heard about her death so I have had to read it in little chunks but I do plan on finishing it tonight because its so good. 


Whats everyone reading and also what did Santa bring yo for Christmas ???


I got a lovely illustrated edition of Game of Thrones.





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review 2016-12-06 20:01
Hollow City Review
Hollow City - Ransom Riggs

Hollow City Review 


Star review: 4


Publisher: Quirk Books


This was a total love, hate kind of book for me it could be because I was reading it at a bad time in my life but I just felt that it dragged on a little it would speed up and I would be totally hooked for about 2 chapters and then it would slow down the last 3 chapters to me made the story because I just couldnt put it down I wanted to know what happened to Miss Peregine and the children. 

I did however kind of call the fact that Jacob would say he is going to leave but something would stop him from leaving I think its because I knew there was a third book.

I loved all the characters in the book the development in each character was amazing I loved how they all seemed to have come out their shell and had alot of personality they felt like real people to me and I was imagining each of them in my mind overtime one of them spoke I imagined how they stood hat they looked like. The detail that Ransom Riggs is fabulous and when I was reading it I really felt that I was in the world its like he sucked me into the world again and its like I never left especially when it was so long ago when I read the first one. 


whats everyones opinion on this ??


I have to say that reading this book has helped me love reading again so I am not to my next read and nearly finished it so its all good

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