Book Review: Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare

6131164Title: Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3)

Author: Cassandra Clare

Genre: Paranormal Romance, YA

Age Group: Young Adult

Rating: 5 stars

Purchase: Goodreads, Amazon and B&N

Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy.

Tessa Gray should be happy – aren’t all brides happy?
Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute.
A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa’s heart, will do anything to save her.

This is the first book in a while that made me cry, cry and then cry some more. Cry because it’s so bloody good. Cry because Tessa is the luckiest girl this side of the planet. Cry because OMG Will. OMG Jem. The only love triangle in history that made it impossible to choose. Will is everything a girl could dream of in a boyfriend on the bad boy end of the spectrum. But he’s not just “bad boy”. He’s so much more. He’s compassionate and caring and willing to put his own feelings aside for Jem and that makes him a bloody hero.

But then there’s Jem. And silver hair and violins and romance and awesomeness all combined in one package. God, I love Jem. And Will. And I can’t bloody choose so why the heck would Tessa have to?

But romance isn’t everything. There’s still Mortmain and his evil army, the automatons, the counsul working against the clave, Tessa’s own heritage shred in doubt and mystery and danger lurking around every corner. In this fascinating, breathtaking world filled with warlocks and shadowhunters and things a dozen times worse, everything can happen. Cassandra Clare’s imagination knows no boundaries in this final installment, and she wraps the story up with such an interesting storyline that even thinking about it makes me cry again.

This book was awesome. Give me more about the shadowhunters. MORE.

 
 

Book Review: Sora’s Quest (The Cat’s Eye Chronicles #1) by T.L. Shreffler

Sora'sQuestCoverTitle: Sora’s Quest

Author: T.L. Shreffler

Genre: Fantasy

Age Group: Young Adult, Adult

Rating: 4,5 stars

Purchase: Amazon, Smashwords (FREE), B&N (FREE)

Sora Fallcrest was born into Nobility. She has it all: money, maids, a fancy estate. But she never expected to be kidnapped.

Abducted from her manor, Sora is plunged into a world of magical races, arcane jewelry and forgotten lore. She finds herself at the mercy of a dangerous assassin, haunted by an even darker past. She yearns for freedom, but he won’t let her go — not when her Cat’s Eye necklace is the only thing that can save his life.

But the necklace itself presents a problem. It is an ancient device from the long forgotten War of the Races, and its magic has the ability to steal souls. Can Sora learn to wield its power — or will the power wield her? (Winner of the SKOW 2006 Best Fantasy Award)

Wow. Just wow. Sora’s Quest is one of the few books I’ve read this year that left me breathless. It certainly is the first self-published book this year that reached the quota, and all of that is mostly due to one person: Crash. Or Viper, if you want his other name.

Sora’s Quest starts out with introducing us to main character Sora Fallcrest, daughter of Lord Fallcrest who would rather have nothing to do with his offspring. It’s time for Sora’s Blooming ceremony, but she completely messes it up, doing the one thing she never wanted to, namely disappointing her father. That same night, Sora’s dad is murdered by a strange assassin, and Sora is kidnapped by that same assassin. He brings her to his companion, a Wolfy thief named Dorian. Wolfies are all but extinct, and Sora is surprised to meet one of them. They run to get away from soldiers chasing Sora, and from Volcrian, a dark bloodmage intent on killing Crash and everyone who stands in his way. Before long, Sora is suspected of hiring the assassin to kill her father, and any hope she might have had about returning back to her normal life, is swept from under her feet.

Sora, Dorian and Crash decide to travel through the nearby swamp, which legends has it, nobody has survived traveling through. But Sora is in the posession of a special necklace, a Cat’s Eye, that has tremendous power and might succeed in sending them through the swamp alive and well.

The story is imaginative, and has an obvious ‘high fantasy’ feel. The settings are well-detailed, and the descriptions very visual. I enjoyed following Sora, Crash and Dorian on their travels through the Fallcrest town, the village, and eventually the swamp. I also enjoyed their meeting with the Catlin people, and the Panthera, which was very suspenseful and detailed.

Crash was, by far, my favorite character. He reminded me a lot of Achmed, the assassin with some kind of special blood magic, who played one of the main roles in the Rhapsody series by Elizabeth Haydon, which was one of my favorite series ever, mainly because of the interesting dynamic between the main characters. Crash is silent, barely says anything, and comes across as being very threatening, mainly because of his past. But an interesting dynamic evolves between him and Sora, and he begins to care for her. I loved his personality, the typical ‘bad boy’, maybe taken a stretch too far (I like bad boys, but they don’t necessarily have to be assassins) and I loved how, despite himself, he began to care for Sora.

Sora’s personality is a bit of a hit or miss. She seems a bit inconsistent, one moment shouting about how the assassin and thief should both be hanged, and the other moment fighting to save their lives. It showed her confusion, but confused me as well, making it almost impossible to guess her ture feelings. We don’t get to see a lot of her reasoning either. She apparently cares next to nothing about her father, and even though he didn’t give her a lot of love, he did raise her for many years. When she’s kidnapped, she comes to terms with the situation rather easily, barely even trying to escape. Her motivation for staying is never truly explained.

And that brings me to the major issue of this book, and the sole reason why I didn’t give it a 5-star rating, even though it was one heck of a read. Motivation. Every character in this book lacks motivation or reasoning. Why does Crash take Sora with him? Does he know about the Cat’s Eye already (although I thought it was only revealed later)? It’s completely out of character for him. Why do they travel through the swamp, a supposed short cut, when it takes them ages to get through and is very dangerous? What was their original plan, if Sora hadn’t shown up with her Cat’s Eye? For a bunch of thieves and assassins they certainly aren’t very keen on planning. Why did Sora’s Dad have to die? Why does everyone automatically blame Sora? Why did Crash change his name?

At the end, there’s a supposed big reveal I saw coming the moment the character was introduced, that left me with a half-hearted explanation about Sora’s origin and family, and more questions than answers, which I hope are explained in the next book.

This book is full on the fantasy, sword and sorcery and action-aspect, but there isn’t a lot of character development. Sora doesn’t really go through a large emotional change, more like a small change at most. There’s no romance, although perhaps a hint of it, but I liked that. Too often people assume fantasy novels need to have romance, when that’s certainly not the case. I’m not a big fan of insta-love either, and if the next book goes the way I suspect it will in the romance department, then I’m glad we only got the subtletly of a few romantic hints here.

All that said, I loved Crash, and I liked Sora, mostly when she interacted with him, because it seemed like another, perhaps darker, part of her personality came forward in their conversations. I liked the world T.L. Shreffler created in this book, and I can’t wait – literally, I might start to stalk the author after this tour for a review copy – to read the next book, Viper’s Creed. The title makes me suspect Crash plays a very big part in that book and well…any book featuring a cold-hearted assassin slowsly becoming less cold and distant, is a must-read for me. Especially if you add in fantasy as a big bonus.

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Book Review: House of Rain by Greg F. Gifune

17335335Title: House of Rain
Author: Greg F. Gifune
Genre: Dark Fiction, Horror, Supernatural Horror
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Goodreads, DarkFuse Publications
Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for honest review.

Gordon Cole is a tired and lonely old man. A troubled Vietnam vet and recent widower, he does his best to survive in an increasingly dangerous neighborhood while drowning in the nightmares of his horrific past and struggling with the death of his beloved wife Katy.

And then the whispers begin calling to him from the shadows, terrifying visions stalk him relentlessly, the sounds of angelic singing haunt his every waking moment, and everyone in his life seems to be conspiring against him for reasons he cannot yet understand.

As the rains come, soaking down the city, Gordon realizes he must face his past, and solve a dark mystery that has haunted him for nearly fifty years. Who was the mystifying woman he met in a bar all those years ago? What happened in that seedy motel they went to?

As Gordon searches for answers, something within the mounting rain watches and waits, offering Gordon deliverance from his nightmare. But the keys to Heaven and Hell come with a terrible price.

Welcome home, Gordon.

Welcome to the House of Rain.

This is a story of darkness, loneliness and hidden agendas, an interesting take on what it means to grow older and learn to live with mistakes in the past. Gordon has lost the love of his life, his wife Kathy, and is struggling to survive. Old, the days of youth long gone, violence around him increasing with every heartbeat. The city isn’t the world he came to know and love anymore – it’s a dark and cold place. His past has finally caught up with him, and he’ll have to come to terms with what happened that faithful night, over fifty years ago…

This book is less horror than it is dark fiction, but I didn’t really mind. The evil haunting Gordon, the past breathing in his neck, is about as real and horrific as it can get, a sign of dark demention, of what our own mind can do to us. Gordon isn’t a very sympathetic character mostly because we know he must’ve done something wrong. The story leaves us guessing though, and the more read about Gordon the more divided his personality becomes. On the one hand, he’s this supposedly friendly old man who still misses his deceased wife. On the other hand, he’s a man bent on destruction, who wants to take revenge on a bunch of stupid kids for killing a homeless man.

The story is dark and unsettling, the premise not an easy one. The writing was all right, but it was truly the plot that moved this forward. An interesting novella, ideal to read during a rainy night.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (28)

itsmondayIt’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila of Book Journey. It’s where book bloggers gather to talk about what books they read and reviewed last week, what books they’re currently reading and what books they’re planning to read. This is a great way for me to plan my reading week, and to take a sneak peek at what others are reading.

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Book Review: Magic in Us: The Power of Imagination by Natalie Tinti

Sewing-a-Friendship-2-Magic-In-Us-book 1-The Power-of-FriendshipTitle: Sewing a Friendship 2 – The Magic in Us: The Power of Imagination (Book 1)
Author: Natalie Tinti
Genre: Children’s Chapter Book
Age Group: Lower Grade
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

When a secret agent dog, Dogon, informed four best friends that Nina has a bad horrible scratch and she won’t be able to play her musical instruments, they must quickly come and make her feel better. While deciding what to do next, there’s a veritable blizzard of ideas put forth, and the girls have to sift through them all to come up with a plan of action. Together they create a magical world full of adventures where every obstacle can be overcome with mutual support and joint creativity.

Magic in Us is an inspiration for children to learn and grow into well-rounded individuals, to realize the power of friendship, to learn about the value of problem solving and discover hidden talents. It told by 10 years old Natalie Tinti. She is not only a multi-awarded talented writer, she is also an amazing artist!

 I’ve previously read and reviewed the first book in this series, Sewing a Friendship. I enjoyed the first book, but liked the second book better. Natalie Tinti has grown in the craft of writing, and it shows in her storytelling in Magic in Us: The Power of Imagination. The first book suffered a bit from sentences going nowhere, trails of thought leading to nowhere, etc. The second book doesn’t have these problems anymore. It also has a lot more illustrations, and I think those look better as well. Those illustrations, combined with the writing, must take a lot of work, and I’m curious about what takes the longest: the illustrating, the writing or the coloring.

Either way, in this story Nina has a bad scratch on her finger, which isn’t good at all, since Nina can’t play her favorite instruments anymore now. So Dogon, a secret agent dog, runs from house to house to inform Nina’s friends of her injury. Meeka, Sokron, Jonsy Jipsy and their new-found pal Kiki from the first book, get together to comfort Nina. Kiki is a bit wary about going, since she’s the new member of the group and only recently befriended them. However, the other girls quickly make Kiki feel like she’s been a member of the group all along.

The girls start telling stories about going to a magical birthday party, and each of them comes up with their own story of how they were invited and how they made it to the party in the end. The story were imaginative and fun, and something little kids would enjoy a lot.

 

In My Mailbox (46) / Mailbox Monday (55) / Stacking The Shelves (11)

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The purpose of this meme is to share the books that came into our house last week with our readers. These can be ARCs, books we purchased ourselves, books requested for review by authors and publishers, eBooks, free reads we stumbled upon and audiobooks. The only thing that doesn’t count are library books.

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

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Thanks to Darkfuse Publications for providing the review copies for these books.

   

Thanks for the publishers and Netgalley for the review copies.

   

Thanks to Enchanted Book Promotions for the review copies for these books.
What’s in your mailbox this week?

Book Tours: Starter Day Party Misunderstandings

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I’m happy to host the starter day party for m/m contemporary romance tour “Misunderstandings” today. The tour runs from May 26th to June 9th. I’ll be reviewing the book on June 7th on my blog. Stay tuned for the review, and meanwhile, visit the other blogs on the schedule.

Tour Schedule

May 26th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

May 28th: Book Excerpt @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

May 29th: Author Interview @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

May 31st: Book Excerpt @ Regina May Ross

June 1st: Book Excerpt and Author Interview @ Zipper Rippers

June 2nd: Book Review @ Bookaholic Ramblings

June 4th: Author Interview @ Majanka’s Blog

June 5th: Book Review @ The Single Librarian

June 6th: Book Excerpt @ Forever Book Lover

June 7th: Book Review @ I Heart Reading

June 9th: Book Excerpt @ The Book Daily

About Misunderstandings

Misunderstandings by Angel RothamelTitle: Misunderstandings

Author: Angel Rothamel

Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance

What would you do if you got a call informing you that the family as you knew it, was a lie.

Dan Brock, retired SEAL turned mechanic in small town Cedar, Colorado, gets a call that changes his life. Dealing with the family he never knew about, Dan takes his frustrations out on the man, that because of his good looks, Dan refuses to have anything to do with.

Dallas Bainbridge’s primary job is flying Dan’s former CO from place to place. Getting a request to fly Dan to his father’s funeral, Dallas tries to keep to himself, not knowing why Dan doesn’t like him. Can the two men get past their differences, or will a simple misunderstanding keep them apart?

Author Bio

Growing up in Washington State then moving to Texas then Missouri, before going on a life changing move to Perth, Australia, Angel has used experiences in her life to encourage her writings. She began writing when she was in 6th grade and always loved to tell tales of drama and intrigue. She insists on a happily ever after, at least for now, but she also says that ‘the more drama they have to overcome the better. I like real stories, stories that take you on the gambit of emotions.’ She loves hearing that her readers laughed, cried, and even went so far as to want to smack the characters and ask… WTF!

She currently lives in Southeast Texas with her two dogs, a beagle Daisy and Chihuahua Bonita, along with her good friend Chris.

You can usually find her in front of her computer, typing away on her latest book, or on the phone with her best friend plotting out what will happen in one of their joint projects.

You can find her at: www.angelrothamel.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/angel.rothamel

Book Review: Culture Shock by Jeanette Pekala

CoverTitle: Culture Shock
Author: Jeanette Pekala
Genre: YA Paranormal Mystery
Age Group: Young Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon (Kindle), Amazon (Paperback), B&N
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

CULTURE SHOCK is a witty tale of mystery and romance with a large helping of southern hospitality.

Macy Holmes is a seventeen-year-old socially-isolated introvert since her best friend’s death a year ago. When her family decides to move from Manhattan to the quaint country town of Bougainvillea, Florida, Macy finds she’s in a completely different world. Macy is no longer the outsider hiding behind designer clothes when she is sought out by three strange students, one of whom she is particularly interested in. The more time she spends with Chad the more things don’t add up. When his true identity is finally revealed, Macy is pulled into a supernatural society with its saturation of inhabitants residing in Bougainvillea.

You would think she has enough on her plate, but no, then her dreams become infiltrated by an external magical force, Macy and her band of supernatural misfits must find the culprit behind the magic-induced nightmares. The must dodge zombie assassins, shift shape-shifters and high school bullies in order to stop this perpertrator before Macy, her friends or her parents pay the ultimate price. Espeically when Macy has the sneaking suspiciion that these dreams are reality..

I didn’t know what to expect when I began reading Culture Shock. It’s a fairly large book – it was 676 pages in my reader – especially considering it’s target audience. The word count could’ve been cut down, and the book would be just as strong, if not stronger, with about 100 pages less text. There were some grammar and other errors scattered throughout the text, but they didn’t annoy me too much. They did stop my reading flow every now and then, but I could live with that because the story, the plot and the characters hooked me.

Macy, our main character, has been an introvert ever since her best friend died about a year ago. Her family decides to move away from the big city, partially to give Macy a new, fresh start. They move to a quaint country town named Bougainvillea, where Marcy finds herself in a completely different world than the one she’s used to. She begins hanging out with a strange crowd of people, who seem to be hiding more secrets than Macy cares for. One of these is Chad, a guy Macy could’ve liked, if it weren’t for how strange things seem to happen everywhere he’s at. Macy is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery of what’s going on in her new home town, never grasping that it may have something to do with an underground supernatural society in the middle of Bougainvillea.

This book has it all, from zmbie assassins to shape-shifters to vampires, and I loved the creative mix of ‘big baddies’ all thrown into this one story. Macy made for an intriguing main character, especially because she started out introverted, and gradually opened up toward others as the story progressed. She also seemed like your typical teenager. I find that often, in young adult books, the way teenagers act is either like adults stuck in a teenage body (so, too mature) or like little kids stuck in a teenage body (too immature). Of course, not all teenagers are the same, and some are more (im)mature than others, but Macy’s personality actually fit in with what your average teenager is like, and she reminded me of my cousins (who are now in their early teens).

The setting was vibrant and lively, filled with elements that seemed fitting for the south, and Bougainvillea was a town with a fascinating history and look, even though I had trouble getting used to the name at first. The supernatural society Jeanette Pekala creates in the middle of this quaint country town works fascinatingly well, it is some sort of sub-society with its own set of rules, vaguely reminding me of the Caster-society in the “Caster Chronicles” series by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia. Just like the Caster society, the supernatural society in Bougainvillea just works. It’s well-developed and thought through.

I liked the secondary characters as well, particularly Chad. He was the right mix of mysterious and caring, and I loved most, if not all, of his scenes.

Overall, Culture Shock provides a detailed, imaginative world where normal and supernatural live together in a quaint, small town, a main character thrust in the middle of all this, and a dark magical force threatening to overwhelm her.

Book Review: Aphanasian Stories by Rhonda Parrish

AphanasianStories-coverTitle: Aphanasian Stories
Author: Rhonda Parrish
Genre: Fantasy, Short Story Collection
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon (Kindle), Amazon (Paperback)
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Three of Rhonda Parrish’s beloved Aphanasian stories brought together in one collection for the first time!

A Love Story: Z’thandra, a swamp elf living with the Reptar, discovers a human near the village. When she falls in love with him, she faces the most difficult choice of her life, a decision that will affect the Reptar for generations.

Lost and Found: Xavier, the escaped subject of a madman’s experiments, and Colby, a young lady on a mission to save her brother, must combine their efforts to elude capture and recover the magical artifact that will save Colby’s brother before it’s too late.

Sister Margaret: A vampire hunter and a half-incubus swordsman are hired by a priestess to kill the undead pimp that is extorting, torturing and murdering vulnerable girls.

Aphanasian Stories is a collection of novellas and short stories set in the world of Aphanasia, a highly imaginative, entertaining fantasy world. There are three stories in this collection, and I’ll talk about each of them seperately.

In “A Love Story”, Z’thandra is the last of her kind, swamp elves, which puts her in an almost impossible positions as she tries to live a peaceful life with her foster parents, who are both Reptars. Z’thandra is a genuinely kind person, but the Reptars aren’t so pleased to have her in their minds, blaming her for God knows what, and giving her severe punishments whenever she does something wrong. Especially her foster sister, Orga, is keen on tormenting her. But throughout all that, Z’thandra remains nice and friendly, even when she’s send on scavenger service after someone gets hurt due to Orga’s doing. Z’thandra meets a stranger in the swamp, and they become fast friends. But when he tells Z’thandra he loves her, and forces her to betray her own village for love, that might be a choice she’s not willing to take.

“Lost and Found” is another novella, this time about Xavier, who scarcely escaped the Scholar’s experiments. The Scholar is a madman doing all sorts of wacky stuff in the name of science. Colby helps rescue him, but she’s on a quest of her own. Her brother drunk vampire blood, and now she must find a magical stone that fits inside his sword, and that stone is the only thing that can save her brother, Bayne’s life. Xavier agrees to help Colby, and together they travel to the Reptar village, where the stone is kept, hunted down by the Scholar who wants his test subject back…

The last story, “Sister Margaret”, is a short story, and it’s a bit of a shame. Just about ten pages, but the story requires double of that to explain everything thoroughly. It’s also strange to read that story in this collection, given that the previous two were novellas. Sister Magaret, a whore turned nun, has hired the help of two assassins to take out a vicious vampire praying on her girls. But not everything is the way it seems…

I liked “A Love Story” best. Z’thandra was a likeable character, and there was something sad about her being the last of her kind. The story was about 70 pages long total, and it had a decent start, middle and end. The side characters were intriguing as well, and I loved the ending. The writing was great, fast-paced, not lingering on unimportant details but it did paint the scenes out when necessary. “Lost and Found” wasn’t that bad either, although I had trouble picturing the way Xavier looked like. I did like reading about Colby, and her journey to save her brother.

“Sister Margaret” had great potential, but it should’ve been longer. As it stands now, too much was left unexplained for me. It also didn’t fit in that well considering the length of the other two stories.

All in all, this book showed the author’s extraordinary imagination, eye for detail, ability to craft an intriguing fantasy world, and to create interesting characters. I’m eager to read her first full-length novel set in the world of Aphanasia. The setting certainly has great potential for further stories.

Book Review: The Shining by Stephen King

11588Title: The Shining

Author: Stephen King

Genre: Horror

Age Group: Adult (18+)

Rating: 4,5 stars

Danny was only five years old but in the words of old Mr Halloran he was a ‘shiner’, aglow with psychic voltage. When his father became caretaker of an the Overlook Hotel his visions grew frighteningly out of control.

As winter closed in and blizzards cut them off, the hotel seemed to develop a life of its own. It was meant to be empty, but who was the lady in Room 217, and who were the masked guests going up and down in the elevator? And why did the hedges shaped like animals seem so alive?

Somewhere, somehow there was an evil force in the hotel – and that too had begun to shine…

The Shining is Stephen King’s most well-known novel, and there’s a reason for that. The story is haunting from start to end, a mix of psychological thriller and supernatural horror that blends nicely into a terrifying story. Jack Torrance is a man who’s life started out promising but ended in a spiral of bad luck and bad choices. He’s a recovering alcoholic, an author who hasn’t penned a decent story in God knows how long, a teacher who was fired for harming a student. Nothing in his life is going the way he’s planned. Even his son, little Danny, is a failure, hearing voices that aren’t there and predicting the future with a startling accuracy.

But Jack makes due with what he has, and when money worries rise, he takes on a job as caretaker for the Overlook Hotel. The Overlook is a gigantic, classy hotel situated in the mountains. Every winter, the hotel closes since the weather gets so bad no one can make it to the hotel either way. It’s during these closing months that Jack and his family will take care of the Overlook, make sure the boiler doesn’t heat up and explode, fix some smaller things on the roof and building, and in general get paid to do very little to nothing.

But of course things don’t work out that way. From the moment Danny sets foot in the Overlook, he knows something is wrong. In the presidential suite, blood stains appear on one of the doors. There’s a room that gives him the chills when he passes it by, and he’s almost certain something bad happened there. Mr. Halloran, who works at the Overlook during summer, warns Danny about the evil spirits lingering in the hotel, and tells him that if something bad happens he has to shout really hard in his head. Then Mr. Halloran will come first chance he gets.

Danny tells himself nothing bad will happen, not even when a bee hive his Dad brought down, supposedly dead, comes back to life in the middle of the night. Not even when he stands face to face with a bloated, rotten corpse in the “forbidden” room. Not even when his Dad starts acting weird, or when he’s chased by something not entirely human on the playground. But before long, Danny is forced to face the truth: the Overlook isn’t planning to let them escape. It likes its new hostages, especially Danny, and wants to keep them there for all eternity…

The Shining is a ghost story told the way it should be. The characters are strong and endaring, all in their own right. I actually really like Jack Torrance. He has personality, plenty of flaws, and he’s just like every John Doe next door. Stephen King does an excellent job describing Jack’s descent into madness. Danny is another great character. He’s timid and shy and a small kid, but at the same time he’s the most powerful of all characters, with a gift that might be their only chance to escape.

And then of course, the most interesting character of all. The Overlook. Because the way Stephen King describes the hotel, it’s not just a hotel. It’s a person, a living and breathing thing with as sole desire to make sure the Torrances never leave.

Suspenseful from the get-go, thrilling and terrifying, this is a great novel. I want to see the movie now, but hope that won’t be a dissapointment. This is my first full-length novel read by Stephen King, and I can’t wait to dive into another one of his works soon.