Saturday, February 4, 2017

Review : Crimson Peak by Nancy Holder

*Warning: This review may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.

Publisher
Titan Books

Release DateOctober 20, 2015
Pages: 320
Source: Own

The Story:

When her heart is stolen by a seductive stranger, a young woman is swept away to a house atop a mountain of blood-red clay: a place filled with secrets that will haunt her forever. 

Between desire and darkness, between mystery and madness, lies the truth behind Crimson Peak. From acclaimed director Guillermo del Toro.
via Amazon

Rating






One-word ReviewHAUNTING

Reading Tune Crimson Peak by Fernando Velazquez 


Tag Line:


Beware


Opening Line:



The first time I saw a ghost, I was ten years old. 
It was my mother's.

My Review

Plot:


I loved this book! Simply put. Crimson Peak by Nancy Holder is the Official Novelization of the movie with the same title. I watched the movie in theaters when it was first released back in October2015, loved the movie and subsequently squealed with joy when I found out they were selling the novelization on Amazon.

Crimson Peak is a historical Gothic horror romance. How does that not sound absolutely enticing?! 

"Whom promised Edith that her own life would hold a "Happily Ever After' with a man who would build her a castle --'with his own two hands,' she would say, smiling very dreamily, then add, 'like your father.'" - page 22

The plot entails a young American woman, Edith Cushing, living with her loving father, a widower and wealthy and successful businessman, in 1887 Buffalo, New York. She is a young girl at the time who sees the black, spine-chilling ghost of her dead mother, ravaged by black cholera, who gives her a warning: Stay away from Crimson Peak!

"She felt a decaying hand wrap around her shoulder, smelled the damp earth of the grave, and heard the desiccated lips, a hoarse distortion of the voice she had known better than her own as it whispered in her ear:
'My child, when the time comes, beware of Crimson Peak.'" - page 23

Fourteen years later, determined to make a writer and New Age woman of herself, Edith tries to publish her novel but turned down because it is not a romance, much to her discouragement. In swoops dashing, English baronet Sir Thomas Sharpe who is not only handsome and inventive but loves her work . . .

On a mission to fund his invention that will cultivate the lucrative red clay on his family's land and restored the family land, Thomas is accompanied by his sister, Lucille, to America. Together they make quite a stir in Buffalo's social elite society. *Details for you to discover on your own hehe*

A shrewd businessman, Carter Cushing - Edith's father - rebukes Thomas' efforts and sends thebaronet packing. or so he thought  . . . 

"'But I cannot leave you, Edith. In fact, I find myself thinking of you at the most inopportune moments of the day. I feel as if a link, a thread, exists between your heart and mine. And that, should that link be broken by distance or time . . . well, I fear my heart would cease to beat and die. And you'd soon forget about me.'" - page 98

The pacing of the story was perfect; not once did I feel it dragged or like I needed to take a breath. The suspense filled the story with tension and the romance was perfectly blended in. I flew through the 348 pages and was sad when it was over. Crimson Peak is the perfect mix of murder, mystery, romance and supernatural horror.

Nancy Holder did a fantastic job of novelizing the Crimson Peak movie. She attention to detail is remarkable. And not only does she stick to the movie but the additional details that comes with books was heart-achingly good!

All in all, I loved reading Crimson Peak and would recommend it to anyone who is willing. 

"'Of all the ghosts the ghosts of our old loves are the worst.'" - page 106

Meet the Author:


CRIMSON PEAK: THE OFFICIAL MOVIE NOVELIZATION has been selling like crazy in a number of different formats and I've been receiving stellar reviews. Of course, I had the wonderful script by Guillermo del Toro and Matthew Robbins to work from, as well as a screening of GdT's breathtaking movie. Writing this novelization was a dream come true for me!

I was born in California and have lived in Germany and Japan. I was a ballet dancer for a while but after an injury I gave that up. I attended the University of Hawaii and graduated from the University of California at San Diego. I am also a faculty member of the Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing Program, offered through the University of Southern Maine.

I live in San Diego with the writer Mark Mandell and our sweet Corgi, Tater. I love to travel, read, and watch movies. I'm also an avid Jazzerciser and yogini.

***Check out Nancy Holder's website for more information about her and Crimson Peak: HERE

Happy Reading!







Saturday, January 28, 2017

Review : Noah: Ila's Story by Susan Korman


*Warning: This review may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.

Publisher: T
itan Books 

Release DateMarch 18, 2014
Pages: 128
Source: Own

The Story:


The ancient world. A young girl, Ila, is found, injured after a violent raid. She is taken in by Noah and his family and grows up strong and happy – she even finds love with her soulmate, Shem, Noah’s son. But when devastation comes to the world in the form of a huge flood, Ila and her new family are responsible for saving not only themselves but all life on earth. Against all odds they set off in the Ark, but all is not as it seems...

As events unfold, Ila has to find the power within her to help Noah in his epic quest, and ultimately save humanity.
via Amazon

Rating





One-word Review FRESH


Opening Line:

The young girl moaned, her eyes flitting open.

My Review

Plot:



Ila's Story is a short story based on Ila's character in the movie Noah. I enjoyed the movie based on the Biblical story of Noah's Arc. After learning they printed Ila's Story of how she came to be with Noah and his family and thereafter, I thought why not read it?

Entire village raided and murdered, Ila is left for dead among the ruins of her dead life before. With a stroke of luck, Noah and his family stumbling across her and saves her life. Raising her as his own daughter, Noah embraces her. 

Not long after Ila is taken in by Noah and his family, does she feel a connection for his eldest son, Shem. Growing up happy, strong and loved her fated love with Shem blossoms and so another story writes itself alongside Noah's Arc  . . . 

Ila's Story.

How she survived the death of her village. How she fit into Noah's family. Her place in the world during the age of Noah's Arc. The unforeseen consequences of her and Shem's love. And more.

On that note, while the writing was not terrible per say . . . it did leave something to be desired. Clean in language and sparse on the detail-front, it felt half done. Not fleshed out. There was definitely potential for a heartier story - I understand it is a short story but more effort would have been appreciated.

All in all, Ila's Story  was cute, short and a good way to up your count in the Goodreads' Annual Book Challenge.


Meet the Author:



Susan Korman is the author of over thirty books ranging from picture books and licensed works to YA novels. She has written tie-in novels for Ice Age, Monsters Vs Aliens, Kung Fu Panda, Kicking and Screaming and various Transformers movies. She has also written YA titles under her own name including Overexposed and Bad Deal (a 2012 ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers).


Happy Reading!
Monday, November 21, 2016

New YA Releases : Week of November 21st


Here are some upcoming releases this week. Release dates sources: 
Barnes & Noble, Amazon, etc.






Fate of Flames by 


Shadow Fall by 


Fire and Stars by  


The Hands of Time by 


Happy Reading!
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