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review 2017-11-19 08:00
Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception
Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception - Maggie Stiefvater

I liked the series about the wolves and that was why I wanted to try this series as well. I had little to no knowledge about fairies and whatsoever but I thought; lets give it a try.

I was not really what I expected it to be. The love story was weak and not really imaginative, the story itself was not great either. I was quite disappointed reading it. For me, it was not as special as her other series, which I enjoyed. I wouldn't recommend this series, please try her other series!

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review 2017-11-18 08:00
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (Hogwarts Edition)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - J.K. Rowling

Do you know that feeling that when you wake up in the morning and some strange creature is moving in your room, you suddenly get the urge to find out what it is? Yes? Then this is a wonderful book for you. Identify that Fantastic Beast and find out whether or not to panic (but remember to always take a towel with you)! Really useful!

Even if you haven't had any strange encounters with unidentified animals (?) this can still be a really nice book to read if you're a Potterfan...

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review 2017-11-05 08:00
Shiver - Maggie Stiefvater

Normally I'm not that into YA books including vampires/werewolves etc. But I heard a lot of positive stories about this series by Maggie Stiefvater, so I thought: Lets give it a try.

It didn't disappoint me at all. I liked it. It was a easy reading, nice story. Different from what I'm used to read, but fun though. The story wasn't very complicated, I'll admit that, but it can by nice every once in a while to read a more simple book. It can be really enjoyable. Probably also a good read during the summer vacation.

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review 2017-10-31 21:12
A Stranger in the House
A Stranger in the House - Shari Lapena

Karen and Tom Krupp are happily married, they live in a nice house in a nice neighbourhood, Tom is a successful accountant. But one night when Tom comes home from work he notices Karen's car isn't in the driveway, the front door is unlocked, supper has been left on the counter waiting to be cooked. And no sign of Karen anywhere. She didn't even take her phone or her ID. When the police arrive on their doorstep Tom learns that his wife has been in an accident - she lost control of her car as she sped through a rough part of town. Karen is in the hospital with a concussion that leaves her with a pounding headache and no memory of what happened to her. The cops think that's convenient. They think she was up to something and doesn't want her husband to know. 

There are lots of secrets and lies in this book. Trust no one. I couldn't wait to find out exactly what happened the night of Karen's accident. The writing itself isn't spectacular, but it's not awful either - the suspense keeps things moving right along. Lapena definitely created an unlikable character in this one! A compulsive read for me.

I won a signed copy through Goodreads First Reads. Thank you Penguin Random House Canada.

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review 2017-10-29 18:13
Strong 3.5 Star Read, Rounded to 4 (The Little Stranger)
The Little Stranger - Sarah Waters

I try not to do half stars since I post on Booklikes and Goodreads and Goodreads still doesn't have half stars for rating purposes. This was a strong 3.5 star read. I don't see me rereading this in the future and I had some problems with the book as a whole. However, I like this book has tired back to other horror works like "The Yellow Wallpaper" and "Burnt Offerings." I think if Waters had shortened this book and had the narrator be someone in the Ayres family it would have been stronger. If that had happened, this for me would be up for along with "The Turn of the Screw" with asking who is to be believed in the end. Instead, allowing Dr. Faraday to narrate the story left me feeling apart from things as a reader. 


"The Little Stranger" takes place in post WWII England in a village called Warwickshire. Told in the first person, our narrator, Dr. Faraday begins the story telling is how old he was when he first came to a country squire's home called Hundreds Hall. The Ayres family has lived there for generations and we get Dr. Faraday's first look at Hundreds and the beginning of his fascination with the home and family that lives there. Decades later when Dr Faraday is called to Hundreds, he finds a home and family in decline. Dr. Faraday grows increasingly close to the family and though strange things keep befalling them, he has an explanation for everything.


I think that all the characters at times come alive while reading. I think though having Faraday narrate kept something back from me as I was reading. I wanted to know more about Mrs. Ayres and her son Roderick and daughter Caroline. We at times get Dr. Faraday's impressions of them. At his first meeting he found them distasteful and was angry at how cavalier they seemed to be at the state of their house. However, we at times get what they are going through when Dr. Faraday pulls his head out of his butt and focuses. It's just few and far between. For example, for me, I felt like I got to see the real Caroline at the first meeting with Dr. Faraday when she was distant and slightly disdainful of him. We get her sense of how she feels towards him after the dance they go to as well. And of course at the very end of the book. 


Caroline to me evokes thoughts of the main character in "The Yellow Wallpaper" who is being ignored and patted down cause she's a woman. Dr. Faraday does this to her multiple times as well as her mother and brother. He knows best even though it's obvious something is wrong in the home.


The writing is okay though I really think this book was way too long. We would go several chapters before anything really happens and once something did, it felt like it was dealt with too swiftly in the story. 


The setting of Hundreds seems perfect for a tale like this. A house slowly going to seed due to the changed circumstances in the family. And we know that perhaps the house could end up like so many others we are told about during the story that are sold to hose that tear them down, or renovate them into something else. 


The ending was a bit of a letdown. Once again reading about what happens through Dr. Faraday's eyes was a but much after a while. But the ending doesn't satisfy a thing in me as a reader cause I do have thoughts about what occurred. 


I think it's apparent to see that Dr. Faraday was the Poltergeist in this story. However I honestly think he did a go back to Hundreds one last time before Caroline was supposed to leave and I do believe that he killed her. I wish the book maybe ended with him in prison and he's just reciting the story to a psychiatrist or somebody. Instead having him roam the grounds and kind of being at peace and happy because all of the family is gone and the house can breathe again just didn't do it for me. We at times as readers get an inkling of his obsession with this home and then his obsession with the family because he sees them as not being worthy of being there. And at times we can feel his dislike of them throughout the story so it wasn't a surprise to find out that he was the little stranger in essence. 

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