Review: The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

the-exorcist-william-peter-blattyThe Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

Publication Date: July 1972 (first published 1971)
Details: Paperback, 403 pages
Publisher: Bantam Books
ISBN: 5580720017
Source: Goodwill find.

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Summary

The terror began unobtrusively. Noises in Regan’s room, an odd smell, misplaced furniture, and icy chill. Small annoyances for which Chris MacNeil, Regan’s actress mother, easily found explanations. The changes in eleven-year-old Regan were so gradual, too, that Chris did not recognise for some time how much her daughter’s behaviour had altered. Even when she did, the medical tests which followed shed no light on Regan’s symptoms, which grew more severe and frightening. It was almost as if a different personality had invaded the child. Desperate, Chris turned from the doctors to Father Damien Karras, a Jesuit priest who was trained as a psychiatrist and had a deep knowledge of such phenomena as Satanism and possession. Was it possible that a demonic force was at large? If psychiatry could not help, might exorcism be the answer?

Review

I’ve been a fan of horror since I was a kid and The Exorcist was always one of my favorite movies. Since I wasn’t a reader when I was younger, I had no idea it was based on a book. I have been trying to find a copy for the last few years and recently while spending the morning at Goodwill with my mom and cousin, I stumbled across one. I was so happy that I think I might have actually jumped up and down. I just remember being super excited and my cousin looking at me like I was a complete freak.

Now that I’ve read it, I’m not exactly sure how I feel about it. I think I would have loved it if I hadn’t already seen the movie hundreds of times. They are just so much alike. I think that was my problem and why it took me so long to get through the book (2 months!). It was a great read and while reading it I was thoroughly enjoying it, but there were no surprises. It was creepy and well written but I knew everything that was going to happen. Usually when they turn a book into a movie they leave some stuff out. One thing I did really like was that you get to  know the characters a bit more. I found that interesting.

I’m giving it four stars because I feel like if I hadn’t seen the movie, I would have absolutely loved this book. It would have been a five star read for me. I know it’s not the author or the books fault that I grew up on horror movies, and I did really enjoy reading it, so I can’t give it anything less than four stars.

If you haven’t seen the movie, or it’s been awhile since you watched it, please give this book a read. Even if you have seen the movie a hundred times like I have and you are interested in reading it, give it a shot. Just make sure you go into it knowing that it is pretty much exactly the same as the movie.

4 out of 5 stars

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Review: The Assistants by Camille Perri

The Assistants Camille PerriThe Assistants by Camille Perri

Publication Date: May 3rd 2016
Details: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Source: Won a copy from Goodreads

Camille Perri:
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Summary

A wry and astute debut about a young Manhattanite whose embezzlement scam turns her into an unlikely advocate for the leagues of overeducated and underpaid assistants across the city.

Tina Fontana is the hapless but brazen thirty-year-old executive assistant to Robert Barlow, the all-powerful and commanding CEO of Titan Corp., a multinational media conglomerate. She’s excellent at her job and beloved by her famous boss—but after six years of making his reservations for restaurants she’d never get into on her own and pouring his drinks from bottles that cost more than her rent, she’s bored, broke, and just a bit over it all.

When a technical error with Robert’s travel-and-expenses report presents Tina with the opportunity to pay off the entire balance of her student loan debt with what would essentially be pocket change for her boss, she struggles with the decision: She’s always played by the rules. But it’s such a relatively small amount of money for the Titan Corporation—and for her it would be a life-changer . . .

The Assistants speaks directly to a new generation of women who feel stuck and unable to get ahead playing by the rules. It will appeal to all of those who have ever asked themselves, “How is it that after all these years, we are still assistants?”

Review

I won a copy of this book from Goodreads and I wish I could say that I loved it, but unfortunately I didn’t. It wasn’t a bad book and there were plenty of parts that I liked, I just don’t think it was for me. However, I could see others enjoying it.

I’m not exactly sure what more I can even say about this book. I found the characters to be a bit flat, and the fact that I’m having trouble even remembering names makes me think this book isn’t going to be very memorable. I might have to give it a re-read in a couple of years just to see if it was me or the book.

I would love to give Camille Perri another chance. When Katie Met Cassidy sounds like something I would enjoy. I might have to give that one a read someday.

2 out of 5 stars

Review: What We Hide by Marthe Jocelyn

What We Hide Marthe JocelynWhat We Hide by Marthe Jocelyn

Publication Date: October 13th 2015
Details: Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Tundra Books
Source: Won a copy from LibraryThing

Marthe Jocelyn:
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Summary

Jenny and her brother Tom are off to England. Tom to university to dodge the Vietnam draft, Jenny to be the new girl at Illington Hall, which the students call Ill Hall. This is Jenny’s chance to finally be special and stand out, so when she arrives she tells everybody a lie. But in the small world of Ill Hall, everyone has secrets. Jenny pretends she has a boyfriend. Robbie and Luke pretend they don’t. Brenda won’t tell what happened with the school doctor. Percy won’t tell about his famous dad. Oona lies to everyone. Penelope lies only to herself. Deftly told from multiple points of view in various narrative styles, including letters and movie screenplays, What We Hide is a provocative, honest, often funny and always intriguing look at secrets.

Review

I won a copy of this book from LibraryThing and I meant to get to it right away, but I just didn’t get the chance. Which is probably a good thing. It took me a really long time to get through this book. If I would have tried reading it when I got it (I was sick), I probably wouldn’t have finished it. That would have drove me crazy. I don’t think I’ve ever not finished a book. I might put them down for a bit, but I always go back to them. This one, I don’t think I would have picked back up.

What We Hide wasn’t horrible, it’s probably an okay read. It just wasn’t for me. I really didn’t enjoy it, and I couldn’t wait to finish it. I just wanted to be done with it. I found it incredibly boring, because nothing really happens. To be completely honest, I actually fell asleep in the car while reading it. I was so bored that I was having trouble staying awake, and I wasn’t even reading in bed. I was in the car! I also found Jenny’s chapters annoying. I understand that she’s an American, that she is now going to school in England, and she was learning new words. Every single time it said something meant something, I wanted to throw the book across the room.

“Great jumper!” Penelope ran her fingers along my newly fluffed hem.
Jumper means “sweater.” – Page 20

“I dunno how you ever snogged either of them.” said Kirsten. Snog means “kiss.” – Page 21

For where to send it, I had to ring Tom.
Ring means “call.” – Page 118

It was clear by day two that the maths they were learning in England (maths means “math”) was far beyond what we’d been doing in the States… – Page 120

I really wanted to like this one. Obviously when you start a book, you want to enjoy it. For me, I wanted to like it because the author lives near me, and I find that kind of awesome. Unfortunately I found it boring, and Jenny’s chapters were super annoying. This one just wasn’t for me, but I will give Marthe Jocelyn another try. I’ve wanted to read Folly for years. I will give that one a read someday. However, I don’t think I will be running out to buy it anytime soon.

1 out of 5 stars

This review was previously posted on my old blog which I’m seriously considering deleting.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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The Women in the Walls Amy LukavicsThe Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics

Synopsis: Lucy Acosta’s mother died when she was three. Growing up in a Victorian mansion in the middle of the woods with her cold, distant father, she explored the dark hallways of the estate with her cousin, Margaret. They’re inseparable—a family.

When her aunt Penelope, the only mother she’s ever known, tragically disappears while walking in the woods surrounding their estate, Lucy finds herself devastated and alone. Margaret has been spending a lot of time in the attic. She claims she can hear her dead mother’s voice whispering from the walls. Emotionally shut out by her father, Lucy watches helplessly as her cousin’s sanity slowly unravels. But when she begins hearing voices herself, Lucy finds herself confronting an ancient and deadly legacy that has marked the women in her family for generations.

Review: Lint Boy by Aileen Leijten

Lint Boy Aileen LeijtenLint Boy by Aileen Leijten

Publication Date: June 27th 2017
Details: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publisher: Clarion Books
Source: Won a copy from Goodreads

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Summary

Lint Boy and Lint Bear live in their cozy dryer home, carefree and happy—until the day Lint Bear is snatched away by a cruel woman with a vendetta against dolls! Can Lint Boy unite a group of lost dolls to vanquish the villain and save his brother?This magical story is showcased in the stunning full-color art of this young graphic novel. A gently gothic, age-appropriate blend of Roald Dahl and Tim Burton, Lint Boy is a compelling tale of good vs. evil that will leave readers spellbound.

Review

I won a copy of this book from Goodreads and when I got it my parents looked at me weird. I’m not sure why they were surprised that this is something I would want to read, since I read pretty much anything and everything I can get my hands on. Not to mention this actually sounded like a good story. But for some reason they were shocked and it kind of confused me. I’m so glad I entered and that I won because I really enjoyed this graphic novel.

I thought the story and the illustrations were both amazing. While reading I was so sucked in that at one point my dad asked me what was wrong because I guess I looked upset or something. I just started ranting about how mean Mrs. PinchnSqueeze is and then went back to reading.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Lint Boy and I might just have to get a finished copy to have on my shelves for when my cousins kids come over. Or for myself. 🙂

4 out of 5 stars

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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So last week I finished my currently reading book before my It’s Monday! post went up and I forgot to edit it. My review went up Sunday and on Monday my post said I was currently reading it. I only just noticed that. Oh well. Lets see if I get it right this week.

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I absolutely loved this trilogy. It a new favorite and I’m trying to get everyone I know to read it. So if you are reading this post, please please please check out these books.

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Lemons Melissa SavageLemons by Melissa Savage

Synopsis: The search for Bigfoot gets juicy in this funny and touching story that’s perfect for fans of Kate DiCamillo’s Flora & Ulysses and Katherine Applegate’s Crenshaw!

Lemonade Liberty Witt’s mama always told her: When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. But Lem can’t possibly make lemonade out of her new life in Willow Creek, California–the Bigfoot Capital of the World–where she’s forced to live with a grandfather she’s never met after her mother passes away.

Then she meets eleven-year-old Tobin Sky, the CEO of Bigfoot Detectives Inc., who is the sole Bigfoot investigator for their small town. After he invites Lem to be his assistant for the summer, they set out on an epic adventure to capture a shot of the elusive beast on film. But along the way, Lem and Tobin end up discovering more than they ever could have imagined. And Lem realizes that maybe she can make lemonade out of her new life after all.