BOOK REVIEW: Joyland – by Stephen King

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Title: Joyland
Author: Stephen King
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction
First published: June 4th 2013
Finished reading: August 20th 2015
Pages: 283
Rating 3,5qqq

“When you’re twenty-one, life is a roadmap. It’s only when you get to be twenty-five or so that you begin to suspect that you’ve been looking at the map upside down, and not until you’re forty are you entirely sure. By the time you’re sixty, take it from me, you’re fucking lost.”

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It’s been a while since I’ve read anything by Stephen King and I’ve had a copy of this one (among others) on my shelf for a while now, so I decided to give it a go. I wasn’t impressed by one of his latest novels Mr. Mercedes, but Joyland shows that Stephen King still hasn’t lost his magic. The prose was just as good as ever and combined with the fast pace I was able to finish this novel in no time at all. And I have to say I loved the 1973 carnival setting! Very interesting and I loved the ‘slang’ the people working at Joyland used. The main character Devin was well developed and I enjoyed reading about his adventures. The ending was definitely a surprise as well; I didn’t see that one coming until after I read it! All in all it’s an entertaining read with a fast pace and just the right dose of paranormal. Recommended for mystery/thriller and Stephen King fans!

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After his girlfriend left him and broke his heart, Devin Jones decided to take the summer job at Joyland to try to forget about her. His new job has him very busy and he soon learns the ropes of working at a place like Joyland. But it’s hard to forget the past… Luckily he has his new friends to help him through it. Things are not all rosy at Joyland though; a ghost from the past is still trapped at the park and the local fortune teller has things to say about Devin’s future as well. Devin isn’t sure what to believe, but he soon finds himself in the middle of an old murder investigation… Who really killed the girl at Joyland? And what about the little girl and boy the fortune teller was talking about?

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Joyland is actually a mix of various genres. The typical mystery/thriller/horror read has been mixed with just the right dose of paranormal and romance, making it a very interesting read. Both the character development and the plot are very well done and I didn’t know what was going to happen until the very end. Sure, some of the scenes were a bit cliche, but I still enjoyed this read anyway. If you are looking for a quick and entertaining read and don’t mind some ‘scary’ scenes, this would be the perfect read for you.

WWW Wednesdays #55 – September 2nd

wwwwednesdaysWWW WEDNESDAYS is hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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After finally finishing The Goldfinch two days ago, I’ve started two new reads. The first is a travel memoir: Five Weeks In The Amazon by Sean Michael Hayes. I will be reading various travel themed book within the next three weeks to really get in the travel mood for my backpacking trip… This one is interesting because I’ve been in Peru twice myself, although I’ve never actually visited the Amazon. I’ve also started reading Legend by Marie Lu the other day, a series I have been wanting to read for ages now. So far I’m loving it!

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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This time I’ve ‘only’ finished three books since my last WWW, mostly because it took me a long time to actually finish The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. I’m glad I did though! It sure is a very well written book, but the pace is really slow and it took me ages to finish it. I’ve also read The Mind Readers by Lori Brighton, a very entertaining and fast read even though I had some minor problems with the characters and plot. The last one on the list is The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins. As I already feared, this one turns out to be yet another overhyped book. It’s not a bad story and I like the fact that it has an unreliable narrator, but like with Gone Girl I’m not sure it’s actually worth the hype.

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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I will probably try to read Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer and I Was Here by Gayle Forman is still my newest TBR jar pick. I also want to read The Kill Order by James Dashner so I can complete The Maze Runner series…