** Spoiler alert: I think that there is a high possibility that I am going to be a faerie in my next life. This possibility is brought to you by my recent book hangover from “The Cruel Prince.”
There are times in my life when I have champagne taste with beer pockets. Read: Broke. Too broke to even buy a book. HAHA.
Short of pulling off the greatest bookstore heist in the history of mankind, I resort to re-reading books that are already in my collection. That way, I don’t spend any money to indulge myself in reading (which I am wildly in love with and I’m pretty sure reading is in love with me too, because I am such a delight). Plus, it gives me the chance to go back to a story and look at it with fresh eyes. It’s a win-win situation.
A man is hired as a hotel caretaker over the harsh winter in Colorado. He brings along his wife, Wendy, and five year-old son, Jack. All three of them buckle up for a long winter up in the mountains, not knowing the horror and evil that lurks and lives in the old but grand hotel.
I keep coming back to this. I’m a horror fan and I love Stephen King’s books, both novels and short stories. This one is pretty special to me because it’s my first King book and I thought characters in it were both complex and simple, especially Jack Torrance. I loved how his backstory was written and pulled in the scenes, painted as something dark and disturbing. The horror is not so much on the hotel but on how the family was left to deal with the monsters in their heads (although the hotel did spark that). There’s also Danny, Jack and Wendy’s five year-old son who has the third eye. In the hotel, Danny gets frightening and disturbing visions, ultimately shedding his innocence as he tries to make sense of what is truly happening around him. The terror builds up nicely in “The Shining.” Taut and tense. I definitely recommend this for all horror fans.
Jude is a human seventeen year-old living among the faeries, where she’s determined to prove herself worthy of being a knight even though Prince Cardan, the youngest son of the High King, makes it extremely difficult for her. When she becomes a spy for another royalty, Jude soon discovers that there’s more to the glamorous, enchanting lives in the High Court of Faerie. And that discovery lands her in the middle of lies, treachery, bloodshed, and confusion.
This book had me reeling. The story was dark and twisted. The words were captivating and most of the characters were interesting. (I say most because I thought Jude’s twin sister, Taryn, felt too bland.) Secrets were weapons and they were used with violence when needed. “The Cruel Prince” is a beautifully written dark story that made me never to think of faeries the same way again. (Read: Definitely not that violent and bloodthirsty and cruel.)
Scarlett Dragna’s dream was to see Caraval, a performance that is so magical she was sure it would be a beautiful and thrilling experience for her. When she finally gets the chance to see Caraval, she realizes that it’s a game she has to win because the stake is high — her sister, Tella. In order to get back her kidnapped younger sister, Scarlett must win the game. But in order to do so, she has to overcome the maddening obstacles thrown in by Legend, the Caraval Master. The further she plays, the more she doubts which ones are real and which ones are all part of the game.
This was a book that was captivating and beautifully written. Just a couple of paragraphs in and I was hooked. I found it hard to put down. Each chapter ended with me eager for me, wanting to know what happens next. It was that good, folks. I kid you not. Scarlett was hard not to love. She was so protective of her sister (Tella) and fierce and fragile at the same time. I really liked how her character evolved, too. She had gone from Comfort Zone Guru to Badass Fierce Woman by the end of the story. Plus, this book had so many incredible plot twists! I can’t even… If you haven’t read it yet, please do. It’s all I can say for now. “Caraval” is such a wonderful and exciting book. Now excuse me as I re-read it for the 9548th time.
Camille Preaker returns to her hometown to investigate the murder of two preteen girls. She wouldn’t have set foot back in the town of Wind Gap. Not if she could help it, but she needed to do this if she wanted to go anywhere with her career as a journalist in Chicago. In Wind Gap, she reconnects with her cold mother, Adora, and her thirteen year-old half-sister, Amma. As she does her round of research, investigation, and interviews Camille unearths clues that eventually leads her back to her mother. And a disturbing, if not sinister, childhood secret has finally come to light.
Let me say this for the record: I did not expect “Sharp Objects” to be so… twisted and dark. Its haunting tone and strange characters added to its heavy feel — in so many good ways. Twisted minds, senseless killings to preteen girls, broken family relationships — These are just to name a few of the things that you can expect to find in this book. I have re-read this book a couple of times already and it never gets old. And I always find myself wanting some iced tea to go along with it as I read it again (and again). (Those who have already read this book will know the reference to iced tea.)
And there you have it. My four favorite books that I can read over and over and over again. What about you? What books will you never ever get tired of reading? So much so that if you were stranded on a deserted island, you can live off of those books. (Someone’s going overboard with the what ifs here. Haha.)
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