Review: The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

Link to Purchase:

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Book Details:

Originally published: 1971

Author: William Peter Blatty

Followed by: Legion

Publisher: Harper

 

Synopsis: One of the most profitable horror movies ever made, this tale of an exorcism is based loosely on actual events. When young Regan (Linda Blair) starts acting odd — levitating, speaking in tongues — her worried mother (Ellen Burstyn) seeks medical help, only to hit a dead end. A local priest (Jason Miller), however, thinks the girl may be seized by the devil. The priest makes a request to perform an exorcism, and the church sends in an expert (Max von Sydow) to help with the difficult job.

 

Opinion: I’m going to start this review off with a little quote from my mom. It will kind of give y’all an idea of what I was expecting to feel going into reading this book. “…it gave me nightmares and I threw it in a dumpster because it was evil. I couldn’t sleep without the lights on for years after… I won’t even watch the movie now…” Now to the NYT quote, “There are not many readers who will be unmoved…” NYT Book Review. Maybe my expectations were too high? It wasn’t a bad novel, obviously, I still gave it 4 stars. It just wasn’t what I was expecting after all of the reviews and the hype.

I was severely disappointed. Yes, it’s scary, but it doesn’t get creepy until page 100 and then again until 200. I was really let down by this novel. REALLY LET DOWN. I don’t get all the hype. My mom said it’s because I don’t truly believe that something like that could happen. If I did then I would’ve been utterly terrified like everyone else.

Karras irritates me, along with Kinderman. The conversations felt forced and unrealistic. “What doin’?” Oh god why. Why. WHAT ARE YOU DOING. Not, “What doin’?” I read something that said this book was a draft that got published when the author went into directing? Don’t know how true this is because I couldn’t find the quote to link here, but it would make sense.

One thing to take away from this book, DO NOT, and I repeat, DO NOT play with a Ouija board. Don’t do it. I never have and I never will. I don’t want a Captain Howdy possessing me. I’m good y’all. I think playing with those boards opens a door. Maybe it didn’t scare me as bad as it did others because that’s how I feel they get in. I don’t know.

Y’all, I feel for Regan. I mean, whose mom just leaves a Ouija board laying around in the first place, but Jesus. This poor girl. She just bounces back in the epilogue like nothing ever happened. After what we read about her body changing, I don’t see how it just went back to normal after the demon left. I mean, you know home girls got some major back and neck pains. I did think something was going to happen with Sharon after them saying to watch out for her? And then nothing happened. I don’t know if they meant because she was having inappropriate thoughts about Karras? Who knows?

My Rating: ★★★★

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Favorite Free Bookmarks via Pinterest!

Hey y’all! I don’t know about y’all but I can never help myself when I go to the bookstore and I see the bookmark section. It’s like I have to buy a new bookmark for each new book. Of course, you especially know this if you go to Barnes and Noble, the bookmarks are always around half the price of the actual book. It’s insane!

With my recent engagement, I started spending a lot more time on Pinterest planning the super expensive wedding of my dreams that will never happen. While taking a break from that, I found some super awesome free printable bookmarks. You could always print them on regular paper, but definitely card stock is preferable. They’ll last a lot longer that way, trust me.

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Revamp!

Hey y’all! This blog is getting a little bit of a make-over today. I’m changing up the way I do my review posts (just a hair) and I might be adding new categories as well. I’m working on revamping previous review blogs to be in my new format as of this very minute.

What Are You Reading Wednesday is changing, too. Now, instead of just being what I am reading for the week, it will include:

  • The names of the books I am reading
  • A sentence from a page of my choice
  • And thoughts on if I would like to live in the world within the book (Including why or why not)

I’ve also been messing around with my menu bar trying to figure out what to add to it and where as far as new posts to add to my blog! If y’all have anything you would like to see, let me know! Comment down below and I’ll use your ideas to make my blog better for y’all.

Keep an eye out for a new and improved blog site this weekend (I may finish today but no promises!)

What Are You Reading Wednesday

Hey guys! Welcome back to What Are You Reading Wednesday! This week I’ve got four books for you that I’m currently powering through, two that I’ve already finished as of today. Here I’ll post:

  • The book (Title, Picture, Link to purchase)
  • The summary
  • My initial thoughts (May get rid of this? Leave me thoughts in the comments. Half of this weeks post have it and the other half don’t.)

I thought this would be kind of a cool way to preview review blogs for y’all so y’all can have an idea of what is to come! Plus, it gives you something to read whenever I don’t have a review post ready to go up.

Here we go with this weeks What Are You Reading Wednesday!


A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire #3) by GRRM

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Of the five contenders for power, one is dead, another in disfavor, and still the wars rage as violently as ever, as alliances are made and broken. Joffrey, of House Lannister, sits on the Iron Throne, the uneasy ruler of the land of the Seven Kingdoms. His most bitter rival, Lord Stannis, stands defeated and disgraced, the victim of the jealous sorceress who holds him in her evil thrall. But young Robb, of House Stark, still rules the North from the fortress of Riverrun. Robb plots against his despised Lannister enemies, even as they hold his sister hostage at King’s Landing, the seat of the Iron Throne. Meanwhile, making her way across a blood-drenched continent is the exiled queen, Daenerys, mistress of the only three dragons still left in the world….

But as opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others–a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords. . .

(Not so) initial thoughts: Obviously, I’m still working on this one. Bear with me, guys (I thought it was bare with me for the longest time *insert rolls eyes emoji here*)


Hard Limit (Hacker #4) by Meredith Wild

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Blake Landon is a man who has everything-wealth, good looks, and the love of Erica Hathaway. The power couple has been through hell and back, and when life has torn them apart, somehow they have always found their way back to each other, more in love and stronger than ever. 

Erica has never been more ready to say I do. On the verge of making the ultimate commitment, she uncovers an unsettling chapter of Blake’s history. As she makes peace with her own past and the family who left her behind, she presses Blake to tear down the last walls between them. Determined to know the man he once was, she opens a door to a world beyond her wildest imagination-a world that has her questioning the limits of her own desires. 

As danger lurks and dark secrets come to light, will the past destroy their promise of forever?

Initial thoughts: I really needed this novel to be the redemption to Hardline (I’ve already read it as I’m writing this and it was.) This series is intense. It’s murder mystery, thriller, it’s everything.


Hard Love (Hacker #5) by Meredith Wild

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Days after their wedding, Blake and Erica Landon embark on their honeymoon-a journey that deepens their bond and promises to fade the scars of their past. 

Just when their troubles seem safely behind them, scandal surrounding would-be Governor Daniel Fitzgerald’s election threatens their newfound peace. Back home, Blake finds himself at the center of the controversy, haunted by the transgressions of his hacker past that he has no wish to relive. 

With Blake’s freedom at stake and their future in peril, Erica will stop at nothing to clear his name. But when Blake defies the authorities and refuses to seek the truth, their world gradually begins to crumble. Will he let his past win? Or can Erica convince him that their life together is worth fighting for-now more than ever… 


A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

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This is the remarkable story of one endearing dog’s search for his purpose over the course of several lives. More than just another charming dog story, this touches on the universal quest for an answer to life’s most basic question: Why are we here? 

Surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden haired puppy after a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey’s search for his new life’s meaning leads him into the loving arms of 8 year old Ethan. During their countless adventures Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey’s journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose? 

Heartwarming, insightful, and often laugh out loud funny, this book is not only the emotional and hilarious story of a dog’s many lives, but also a dog’s eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds between man and man’s best friend. This story teaches us that love never dies, that our true friends are always with us, and that every creature on earth is born with a purpose.


PSA: Just because these are what I have planned to read, does not mean these will be all that I read. I have a lot of books I power through after this weekly post is put up, for instance I read three books Thursday-Sunday of last week that are not on here. Element of surprise, y’all. I have reviews scheduled through the end of October so keep your eyes peeled for those!

Happy Reading!

Book Reviews, Book Reviews, and More Book Reviews…

Hey everyone!

I know it’s TBR Tuesday, but I don’t know if I’m feeling it this week. It’s all gloomy and drizzly outside and I just want to curl up and take a nap. I may post one later on in the day, I haven’t decided yet. Who knows? Maybe I’ll surprise y’all? (Probably not though so don’t hold your breath.)

I have book reviews scheduled to go up now through the end of October so definitely be on the look out next month. I want to have them scheduled about a month out just in case something happens or I have a bad reading month. That way y’all still get reviews and everyone’s happy, happy, happy. This month’s reviews are on some NSFW books. My reviews are fine, don’t worry, but I wouldn’t get caught reading these books at work if I were you. It may be a little awkward. Or you might get fired. I don’t know, could go either way. I took a little bit of a break from YA and took a more adult book journey this month so hopefully that’s a nice little mix around for y’all.

If you have any recommendations or anything you want to see me review, let me know in the comments! I’m always open to suggestions.

Happy Reading!

Review: From a Distant Star by Karen McQuestion

Link to Purchase:

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Book Details:

Originally published: May 19, 2015

Author: Karen McQuestion

 

Synopsis: When Lucas Walker inexplicably recovers from a terminal illness, everyone is astonished –except for his girlfriend Emma, who never gave up hope. However, as friends and family celebrate the miracle, Emma becomes alarmed: Lucas has changed. He speaks haltingly, can’t recall past events, and even his own dog doesn’t recognize him. Emma begins to suspect something is terribly wrong. What happened to the Lucas she loved? Does his strange behavior have something to do with the shooting light that fell into Lucas’s backyard the night he recovered?

As the two set off on a road trip in search of the truth, the journey takes an unexpected turn. First they’re shot at by unknown enemies and then helped by unlikely allies. Before long, Emma and Lucas are plunged into a desperate life or death race against time.

Packed with intrigue and emotion, FROM A DISTANT STAR is a riveting novel about loyalty and the power of love.

 

Opinion: From the get go, first thing I noticed, is the books cover. Not the pretty design of the two holding hands (I take that cover off to read,) I mean the actual hardback cover. It is smooth and silky? I think would be the right word. It is literally unlike any other book I’ve held. It feels amazing in your hands.

Now onto the novel itself. It is definitely unlike any other novel I have ever read. I had a hard time getting into it and getting past page 60 if I’m honest with y’all. A really hard time. The main character is hard to identify with. She comes off clingy and a little obsessive. It definitely makes me feel that crazy high school girl, in love with her boyfriend who will probably leave her when they graduate for a new girl vibe. She spends a lot of the novel reminiscing on how things used to be to help her cope with how things are at the current moment. If I were Lucas, I would probably dump her after all this, just saying. “Thanks babe for “saving” me, but yeah no, bye.” So much of the novel is spent focusing on Lucas and how he used to be that it took a little longer than I felt necessary to start making the efforts to get Lucas back from Scout and send Scout home.

It’s honestly a really cute story. I’m glad it’s a standalone because I don’t know if I could do a series about this story though. I feel like I would recommend this novel to my 13 year old sister-in-law or my cousin. I definitely wouldn’t recommend it to anyone my age, simply because of the main character. I think every girl can admit they’ve been a little boy crazy, but at this point in my life, I’m not.

My Rating: ★★★

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Goodreads Giveaways Update

Good morning y’all!

Thanks for stopping by! I just wanted to give y’all a little update on this part of my blog since it’s been a minute! I’ll have a post going up here today that is a review of From a Distant Star by Karen McQuestion. Other than that, I’ll have one little haul going up of the ONE book I won this month (so far anyway.) (Edit 9/28/17: I have decieded that I will post a Goodreads Giveaway Haul every 5 books that I win!) Other than that, this page is going to be a little quiet until the next Goodreads Review goes up.

I’ve taken a break from entering giveaways because I have 50+ books on my TBR shelf that I need to read. It’s so hard to power through them, and y’all will know what I’m talking about, my ratio is like 1:5. For every one I read, I add five more that I haven’t. Plus, I find ebooks I want to read through my library and don’t even look at the books on my shelf. I’m a mess. But bare with me!

Also, I want your input! Should I change the name of this page? My fiancé said it sounds like I’m giving books away, but my argument was everyone that reads Goodreads will know what I’m talking about. Let me know what you think. And if you think I should change it, give me some ideas!

Happy Reading!

Review: The Enchantress {The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flammel #6} by Michael Scott

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Book Details:

Originally published: May 22, 2012
Author: Michael Scott
Preceded by: The Warlock: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel

 

Synopsis:  The two that are one must become the one that is all. One to save the world, one to destroy it.

San Francisco:
Nicholas and Perenelle Flamel have one day left to live, and one job left to do. They must defend San Francisco. The monsters gathered on Alcatraz Island have been released and are heading toward the city. If they are not stopped, they will destroy everyone and everything in their path.

But even with the help of two of the greatest warriors from history and myth, will the Sorceress and the legendary Alchemyst be able to defend the city? Or is it the beginning of the end of the human race?

Danu Talis:
Sophie and Josh Newman traveled ten thousand years into the past to Danu Talis when they followed Dr. John Dee and Virginia Dare. And it’s on this legendary island that the battle for the world begins and ends.

Scathach, Prometheus, Palamedes, Shakespeare, Saint-Germain, and Joan of Arc are also on the island. And no one is sure what—or who—the twins will be fighting for.

Today the battle for Danu Talis will be won or lost.

But will the twins of legend stand together?

Or will they stand apart—one to save the world and one to destroy it?

 

Opinion: I have mixed feelings for this book. Do I think it was good? Yes. Do I think it was a huge let down? Yes. After reading all six books, let me just tell ya folks, this should NOT of been a six book series. This could’ve been a trilogy, in my opinion. There were a lot of useless details. In the end, the final big scene, we literally got nothing. The whole series led up to that moment and Scott left out everything.

This series is fascinating to me. Scott brings in mythology and folklore and twists it into a wonderful, modern YA novel that appeals to all ages. In this book, the sixth and final one, many of the characters come together that you have not seen together throughout the first books. As the reader, you get to see all new sides to some characters that you have never seen before. I have to say though, the epilogue was probably my favorite part of this book.

Would I recommend this series? Maybe. It was a good book, all of them were good, I just feel let down by Scott. Yes, we got the ending we wanted (totally not going where you think its going by the way) but where was the attention to detail that we received throughout the rest of the book? Throughout the rest of the series. As I said above guys, the whole series led up to that moment. And I feel empty.

My Rating: ★★★

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What Are You Reading Wednesday

Hey guys! Welcome to back to What Are You Reading Wednesday! This week I’ve got three books for you that I’m currently powering through. Here I’ll post:

  • The book (Title, Picture, Link to purchase)
  • The summary
  • My initial thoughts

I thought this would be kind of a cool way to preview review blogs for y’all so y’all can have an idea of what is to come! Plus, it gives you something to read whenever I don’t have a review post ready to go up.

Here we go with this weeks What Are You Reading Wednesday!


A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire #3) by GRRM

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Of the five contenders for power, one is dead, another in disfavor, and still the wars rage as violently as ever, as alliances are made and broken. Joffrey, of House Lannister, sits on the Iron Throne, the uneasy ruler of the land of the Seven Kingdoms. His most bitter rival, Lord Stannis, stands defeated and disgraced, the victim of the jealous sorceress who holds him in her evil thrall. But young Robb, of House Stark, still rules the North from the fortress of Riverrun. Robb plots against his despised Lannister enemies, even as they hold his sister hostage at King’s Landing, the seat of the Iron Throne. Meanwhile, making her way across a blood-drenched continent is the exiled queen, Daenerys, mistress of the only three dragons still left in the world….

But as opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others–a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords. . .

Initial Thoughts: I’m still reading this book. And I will be fore awhile… Initial thoughts are on last weeks WAYRW, but they’re pretty much the same as this week… That it takes me forever to read ASOIAF books. Sorry y’all.


From A Distant Star by Karen McQuestion

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Seventeen-year-old Emma was the only one who hadn’t given up on her boyfriend, Lucas. Everyone else—his family, his friends, his doctors—was convinced that any moment could be his last. So when Lucas miraculously returns from the brink of death, Emma thinks her prayers have been answered.

As the surprised town rejoices, Emma begins to question whether Lucas is the same boy she’s always known. When she finds an unidentifiable object on his family’s farm—and government agents come to claim it—she begins to suspect that nothing is what it seems. Emma’s out-of-this-world discovery may be the key to setting things right, but only if she and Lucas can evade the agents who are after what they have. With all her hopes and dreams on the line, Emma sets out to save the boy she loves. And with a little help from a distant star, she might just have a chance at making those dreams come true.

Initial Thoughts: I’m sorry y’all, this may be the first book I have ever DNF’ed. I’m halfway and I have no desire to pick it up and finish it. IT’S NOT A BAD BOOK. It’s just not for me… I haven’t 100% decided yet what will happen. And either way I am forever grateful to Karen McQuestion for giving me the opportunity to read this book through a Goodreads Giveaway.


The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

The Exorcist is a 1971 novel by American writer William Peter Blatty. The book details the demonic possession of twelve-year-old Regan MacNeil, the daughter of a famous actress, and the two priests who attempt to exorcise the demon.

Initial Thoughts: Y’all. Let’s do the dang thing. I’m so excited to read but utterly terrified at the same time… So far I’m 100 pages in and it’s not scary though…. We’ll see. (I wrote this previous statement Monday. I’m now on page 190. I see where it got scary…)


A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

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Heartwarming, insightful, and often laugh-out-loud funny, A Dog’s Purpose is not only the emotional and hilarious story of a dog’s many lives, but also a dog’s-eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds between man and man’s best friend. This moving and beautifully crafted story teaches us that love never dies, that our true friends are always with us, and that every creature on earth is born with a purpose.

Initial Thoughts: I’ve wanted to read this book for awhile. I heard negative things about the way the dogs were treated in the film and so it deterred me for awhile, but the author had nothing to do with that. I’ve never seen the movie and, quite honestly, I never will. I am excited to read the novel though.


TBR Tuesday

Hey everyone! In this section of my blog, I’ll be picking a book from my TBR shelf each week and kind of just giving y’all the lowdown on it. This will include:

  • The summary
  • A link to purchase it
  • Why I bought it
  • Why I haven’t read it
  • When I plan on reading it (If I have an idea)

Y’all, I have two shelves of TBR books. No joke. Some of these books I purchased in middle school/high school. I’m 22 years old so it’s been anywhere up to ten years since I bought them on some of these books. Some blogs in this section may be a little bit more entertaining than others as I try to remember what 12 year old me was thinking. This could get interesting.

Alright, here goes another week of TBR Tuesday!


Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

Princess Academy (Princess Academy Series #1)

Miri lives on a mountain where, for generations, her ancestors have quarried stone and lived a simple life. Then word comes that the king’s priests have divined her small village the home of the future princess. In a year’s time, the prince himself will come and choose his bride from among the girls of the village. The king’s ministers set up an academy on the mountain, and every teenage girl must attend and learn how to become a princess.

Miri soon finds herself confronted with a harsh academy mistress, bitter competition among the girls, and her own conflicting desires to be chosen and win the heart of her childhood best friend. But when bandits seek out the academy to kidnap the future princess, Miri must rally the girls together and use a power unique to the mountain dwellers to save herself and her classmates.

Why I got it: Y’all, I wish I knew. This is one of those books from ten years ago. I mean, it sounds interesting, “…power unique to the mountain dwellers…” I usually let covers catch my eye first, then I read the back. If I like what I see so far at that point, I’ll pick a page to read, and I buy it if I like it after those three tests. So, obviously, I must’ve liked something because I bought it…

Why I haven’t read it: I’ve gotten to the point where I am starting to HATE Teen books. If they’re in High School, depending on the story line, I probably don’t want to read it. Teenage angst isn’t my thing anymore. I’ll try to power through it but I just have such a hard time. It will take me about a month to read a book that should’ve taken a day. It’s pathetic.

When I plan on reading it: All I know is that it will be before I get back to the Nancy Drews and the Anne of Green Gables that are hiding at the very back of my shelf… Forgive me for I have sinned, I know. I tried reading Anne of Green Gables because I loved Little House on the Prairie but it just wasn’t the same… Don’t judge me, people.