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review 2018-03-16 13:42
the family next door
The Family Next Door - Sally Hepworth

Author: Sally Hepworth

Rating: 4 stars


Good writing and a nice twist elevate this book from this is just a Hallmark-movie-of-the-week in print status. Not that I dislike Hallmark movies. I've been known to binge watch with mom on snow days.


How well do you know your neighbors? In this story, there is more than meets the eye to all our characters. It was fun putting the pieces together and trying to figure out what was going on in this little suburban neighborhood. I thought I had it a couple of times in the beginning but was wrong.  Finally, by page 172  I had figured out the big twist. BUT I thought- If Hepworth is going there, that's a nifty twist.  I'm on board. Let's ride this train. 


Well done.


Definitely recommend. 

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text 2018-03-15 01:46
Adults will enjoy almost as much as their kids
Don't Ever Look Behind Door 32 - Lenny Wen,B.C.R. Fegan

I was excited -- yes, really -- to get the email from TaleBlade asking if I'd like a copy of this book. Fegan/Wen's previous book, <b>Henry and the Hidden Treasure</b>, was one of my favorite books of last year. Could they live up to that one? Thankfully, they could at least come close.


In these pages, Mr. Nicholas Noo takes two children on a tour of "the magical Hotel of Hoo" showing them all the wonderful things in store and repeatedly warning them, "Don't Ever Look Behind Door 32." He shows what's behind every other door in between the warnings, most of which is wonderful, some of which is just . . . odd (which I prefer, really). Unlike Disney's Beast, however, Noo does more than tell the children not to go somewhere, he ultimately tells them why they shouldn't go there.


I can't tell you what a pleasant change that is -- even if this book is intended for kids -- to get a book where a character just tells the others characters everything they need to know to react in a responsible manner. But this isn't the place for that rant (as tempting as it is).


This book isn't as good as last year's <b>Henry and the Hidden Treasure</b> but it's close -- the last page or so of <b>Henry</b> was a sweet note, this ended with a reveal/punchline. Is it bad? No -- not at all, it's just not as good in my eyes. That said, a punchline ending isn't going to satisfy even a 3-4 year old on the 32nd read through (at least not on its own), but Fegan and Wen don't rely on that -- the book is full of jokes, clever lines, visual wonder, and lots of things to pay attention to along the way.


Sure, you want the book to be appealing to kids, but the real key to success for a kid's book is appealing to parents/grandparents/caregivers. They're the ones who have to read, reread, rereread, and rereread again these things. Dr. Seuss and Sandra Boyton enjoy long-lived success because adults enjoy reading them. I think I judge books like this on this standard, but I rarely do it self-consciously. This is one of those books that adults can have fun with even on the fourth "just one more time" of the night. Which has nothing to do with the big reveal at the end, but the trip you take along the way.

Wen's art is just delightful. Really -- the colors are vibrant, the characters look great, there's something extra to grab your eye on every page. (which is also great for adult readers)


I'd say something neat about the typeface -- it's part of the look of the book, it's fair game. But I say anything beyond "even the typeface is great looking" I'll show I have no idea what I'm talking about, so that's all I'm going to say there.


I can honestly say that I never envisioned having this much to say about a 32 page book, but once I got started, I couldn't really stop. I really dug this book, you will, too -- especially if you have kids to read it to.


<i><b>Disclaimer:</b> I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinions about this book</i>.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2018/03/14/dont-ever-look-behind-door-32-by-b-c-r-fegan-lenny-wen
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review 2018-03-06 20:08
The House Next Door - Anne Rivers Siddons

When compiling a list of vintage horror books to read and review this month, my first and best source was Stephen King’s Danse Macabre. Invaluable was it in determining which novels I wanted to take a chance on it. In Danse King spends three or four pages dissecting this — Anne Siddons’s 1978 release, The House Next Door, one of the smartest and most atmospheric haunted house tales I’ve read yet.


Told from the point of view of Colquitt Kennedy, an upper-middle class woman living in an upscale Atlanta suburb with her husband, Walter, this unfolding of the mysterious and macabre does not happen quickly; this author deals in dread, letting her readers squirm. I love that quality in horror from the ‘60s and ‘70s, and it’s something that seems to have been lost sometime in the ‘80s. Quiet terror with a focus on the psychological is much more effective, to me, than buckets of guts and blood and dismembered bodies.


Not only does The House Next Door work as a horror show, but is also works — at times — as a satire. Siddons gleefully mocks the foibles of suburban life: the block parties, the whispering neighbors, the hypocrisy — all unfolding in houses with freshly manicured lawns and evenly painted shutters. Because of that, this story feels authentically American. The author’s sense of setting, locale, is impeccable.


This is one of the finest haunted house stories I’ve had the pleasure of reading. While not as explosive as The Shining or as iconic as The Haunting of Hill House, this very much deserves to get a look from horror fans.

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text 2018-03-06 05:27
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review 2018-03-04 23:59
The Voice Behind the Small Attic Door
The Voice Behind the Small Attic Door - Mary Lynn Plaisance

This story takes place shortly after a woman wants to be a bride and have her dream wedding. There a mystery that unfolds as soon as the bride and groom are to leave the church. Why and how does Mike Harwing die and why?

There seems to be a someone that knows and Susan also knows but why? The parent of Susan want to help their daughter but do not know how.

We are pulled in and wondering what happen. Why is Susan acting the way she is. Susan hears a Voice named Piddle Paddle Waddle. No one can hear this person other than Susan. She comes into Susan room. Though her parents cannot see or hear this voice from the small Attic Door.

You will be surprised and the twist and turns this book takes you on. Does Susan have a personality disorder or not? Her parents do find some really strange emails but do not know what to do about them. They seem to find out how evil their daughter is but they love her a lot to want to get her help.

Mary Lynn Plaisance doe bring the story line together and leave you wondering what Piddle Paddle Waddle will do? Will Susan learn her lesson or will she not? You will see find out by reading the book.

Source: nrcbooks.blogspot.com/2018/03/the-voice-behind-small-attic-door.html
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