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 #54 – August 26th

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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I’ve started reading The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins the other day and so far I’m really enjoying it. Fingers crossed that it will live up to the hype! I’ve also decided that I want to finish The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt before the end of the month, so I will try to dedicate more time to it. Hopefully I will be able to finish it before my next WWW post!

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

Partly thanks to the Bout Of Books read-a-thon last week I was able to finish no less than NINE books. I guess this month is going to be a new record! I’m seriously behind on my reviews though, so I will have to start writing them soon before I start mixing up the different plots and characters…
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The first one on the list is Fairest by Marissa Meyer. Not as good as the main series, but it was interesting to learn more about how Levana became the person she is in the series. The prose was solid as always.
I continued with My Heart And Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga, and it was just as good as I was hoping for. Interesting characters, prose, plot… And the author described depression really well.
I read The Death Cure by James Dashner next and wasn’t impressed. I felt it lacked a proper plot and I wasn’t a fan of the ending… Definitely my least favorite book of the series so far.
Joyland by Stephen King was good: I loved the 1973 carnival setting and the prose was interesting as always. I didn’t see the ending coming for sure!
The Geography Of You And Me by Jennifer E. Smith was my TBR jar pick last week and unfortunately not as good as I thought it would be… Some of  the scenes just were too cheesy for me.
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Next up is Me And Earl And The Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews. I’m still not sure what to think of it; it’s highly original, but I’m not sure the humor didn’t go too far at points or if I actually liked some of the main characters.
I then couldn’t wait any longer and read Never Never Part Two by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher.  This part was even better than the first and unfortunately ended with a big cliffhanger as well.
Anatomy Of A Misfit by Andrea Portes wasn’t that great. I didn’t like most characters or the fact that it has a love triangle and the ending felt forced.
Last up is All Fall Down by Ally Carter, a read I have been looking forward to and even though it wasn’t what I was expecting, I ended up really enjoying it! The ending is a mayor cliffhanger though; I need the sequel!!!

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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I will probably try to read The Kill Order by James Dashner so I can finish the series…Hopefully I will like it better than The Death Cure. I have been wanting to read Legend by Marie Lu for ages, so hopefully I will be able to finally start that series… And I have been wanting to read None Of The Above by I.W. Gregorio for a long time as well. The last one on this list is my newest TBR jar pick: I Was Here by Gayle Forman. This one was already on my Bout Of Books TBR, so I will probably get to it soon.

BOOK REVIEW: Doctor Sleep – by Stephen King

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Title: Doctor Sleep
(The Shining Series #2)
Author: Stephen King
Genre: Thriller, Horror, Paranormal
First published: 2013
Finished reading: February 26th 2015
Pages: 560
Rating 5

“I changed it. I had to. Do you know why?” She studied him, her eyes grave. “Because that was then and this is now. Because the past is gone, even though it defines the present.”

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I absolutely loved reading The Shining last August, so when I found I actually had a copy of the sequel that Stephen King had written many years later I just HAD to bump it to the top of my TBR list. Why I ended up waiting so long before reading it is still a mystery… Anyhow, I always enjoy the thriller/horror genre, especially when they are scary enough not to be read home alone and at night. So I had high hopes for Doctor Sleep after having experienced just that with The Shining. Now I’ve read the sequel, I cannot say anything else than that it definitely lived up to my expectations. Being able to see Danny, one of my favorite horror characters, all grown up was just as good as I thought it was (even though I didn’t like him in the beginning of the sequel). The new main character, Abra, is even more awesome than Danny in The Shining, and the True Knot bunch are definitely scary enough to be King-worthy. The fast pace, plot and prose just make you want to keep on reading and I couldn’t get enough of it. In short, this is definitely a must read if you enjoy reading thrillers or horror stories!

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Dan Torrance is now all grown up and his life after surviving the Overlook Hotel disaster hasn’t been easy. Living with his special gift, the shining, isn’t easy and against his will he ended up following his father’s footsteps… Alcoholism and violence slowly destroying him. When he decides to settle down in a New Hampshire town because it felt right, he slowly starts to rebuild his life. His new boss introduces him to the AA community, and his shining helps the people at his job in a nursing home find peace when they are dying. Aided by a very special cat who tells the other employees the end of a patient is near, they soon start to call him Doctor Sleep

Trouble is waiting around the corner as the True Knot tribe is slowly killing off children with the shining…They live on the steam that those children produce when they are slowly tortured to death, and they are always hunting for more. Dan always knew at some point he would be guiding someone else with the shining, and that someone turns out to be Abra Stone. She is more powerful than he ever was and has been able to reach him for years without Dan knowing her true identity. When they finally meet and find out her life is in danger, they are determined to join their powers and fight those monsters… But Dan has his own demons to fight as well. Will they be able to stop the True Knot before it’s too late?

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This is a typical story where the good guys have to fight against evil, but Doctor Sleep doesn’t get cliche. The kick ass main characters, fast pace, brilliant plot and healthy dose of horror makes this book turn into one of my favorite reads this year and one of my favorite King novels so far. I’ll stop fangirling now, but not before repeating that this sequel is definitely a must read for those who enjoy the genre! I guess Doctor Sleep can be read without reading The Shining first, but since both are really good my suggestion would be to read them in order. You won’t regret it.

WWW Wednesdays #28 – February 25th

wwwwednesdaysOriginally featured at Should Be Reading and now hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words, WWW WEDNESDAYS is still about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

doctorsleepI’m currently about half way into Doctor Sleep by Stephen King, the sequel to the famous The Shining novel. I loved reading the first book last year and I’m excited to be visiting Danny Torrance and his special powers again. The book is awesome so far, and I absolutely love the Abra character! I have a feeling this one will get a high rating…

 

  • What did you recently finish reading?

thesecretgardentheoceanattheendofthelaneI’m finished The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman the other week and I absolutely loved this adult fantasy story with magical realism elements. I’ve just posted my full review! Last Sunday I finally finished reading The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett as well. I’m ashamed to admit it’s my first read of this story…  I didn’t understand every Yorkshire line, but I loved the fact that it will hopefully inspire children to explore the world outside! A full review will be posted tomorrow…

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

gardensofthemoonGardens Of The Moon by Steven Erikson is still waiting for me next… I have been wanting to read this one for ages now, so maybe I should just kick myself and finally read it. Although I might be tempted by another novel when I finish my current read…

Teaser Tuesdays #31- February 24th: Doctor Sleep

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TEASER TUESDAYS is a weekly book meme originally featured at Should Be Reading. To participate, just open the book you are currently reading to a random page, and choose two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page. (no spoilers!)

I’ve started reading Doctor Sleep by Stephen King the other day. I loved reading The Shining last year, so I’m excited to be reading the sequel. So far it’s living up to expectations!

doctorsleep“Rose?”
“Yes?”
“Am I… am I stil human?”
To this Rose gave the same answer Dick Hallorann had given young Danny Torrance, and in the same cold tone of voice: “Do you care?”

 

What are you reading right now?

WWW Wednesdays #16 – October 29th

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Originally featured at Should Be Reading… WWW WEDNESDAYS is all about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

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theshamI’ve started reading The Dead Zone by Stephen King a while ago, but I’ve put it aside for now because it just couldn’t grasp me. Plus, I had some other books I had to read first (including a few ARC’s)… Right now I’m reading The Sham by Ellen Allen, a novel that is not convincing me either so far… But since I’m only about 50 pages into the story, my opinion still can go either way.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

702018121964071I’ve finished One Day by David Nicholls last week, and it was definitely an interesting novel. A full review will be up tomorrow latest. I’ve also managed to finish Elemental Rancor: A Chronicle Of Consequence by Charles Lominec yesterday, an ARC and sci-fi novel with a very impressive world building… I should be having a review up before the weekend.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

theelectI’m not sure, but it will be between the next ARC I have lined up or a book that I can fit both in the Bookish Bingo and Reading Through The Centuries challenge… The next ARC would be The Elect by Elle Todd, a very interesting story I’m looking forward to. As for the other option, my mind is going blank right now.

WWW Wednesdays #15 – October 22nd

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Originally featured at Should Be Reading… WWW WEDNESDAYS is all about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

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7020181I’ve started reading The Dead Zone by Stephen King last weekend, but then realized I needed to finish reading some other books I promised to lend out first. I’m crossing my fingers I will be finishing One Day by David Nicholls later today or tomorrow, because I promised to give it this Friday… It’s an interesting read so far and I definitely want to finish it before I lend it out.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

hopesrebellionamatterofhonourI finished Hope’s Rebellion, an ARC written by Jade Varden, last week, and I’m in the process of writing a full review. I’ve also finishing A Matter Of Honour by Jeffrey Archer the other day, which I will post a review of before the end of the week… It seems like I have been reading quite a mix of genres lately.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

21964071To be honest, I have no idea. Did you ever had that feeling you have too many books you want to read at the same time? I guess that’s the problem I’m having at the moment…  I will probably settle for some pending ARC’s first, and read Elemental Rancor: A Chronicle Of Consequence by Charles Lominec… To be followed by something creepy to celebrate Halloween.