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Book Review: The Sentinel

Hey Everyone,

I am very excited about this book review. This was actually a last minute suggestion by my step sister and I took a leap and tried it out. Probably the best book that I have read all year. So let’s just get into it!

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Title: The Sentinel

Author: Jeremy Bishop

# of pages: 284

Genre: Action & Adventure, Fiction, Horror, Thriller

Published: September 2011

Total Read Time: 1 Day

Rating out of 10: 8

Summary: (Taken from Back of Book)

In the frigid waters off the Arctic Ocean, north of Greenland, the anti-whaling ship, The Sentinel, and her crew face off against a harpoon ship in search of Humpback whales. When the two ships collide and a suspicious explosion sends both ships to the bottom, the crews take refuge on what they think is a peninsula attached to the mainland, but is actually and island, recently freed from a glacial ice bridge. Seeking shelter, the two opposing crews scour the island for resources. Instead, they find Viking artifacts, the preserved remains of an ancient structure and a stone totem warning of horrible creatures warning of horrible creatures buried in the island’s caves.

Facing violent and frigid storms, a hungry polar bear and the very real possibility that they are stranded without hope of rescue, Jane Harper leads the two crews, who must work together to defend themselves against an ancient evil upon which the modern stories of both zombies and vampires are based upon. The original undead are awake and hungry.

Beware the Draugar.

Review:

This book was a fantastic read. Something that I think is a good intro into suspense and horror reading. I am not a horror fan in movies or in books, but this might very well be one of the best books that I have read all year. I was not expecting something quite like this.

I think what threw me a bit about this book was that there was a lot of humor involved – Jane is a very sarcastic character that is very likable and is probably the thing that makes the book worth reading. As I said earlier, this is a good starter book for anyone looking into reading horror based novels. The beginning of the book is no problem and moves really fast. I like that there aren’t any bigger words so that you are able to work your way through the book without stopping to figure out what anything. Once you hit the halfway mark is where things start to get creepy.

As I was reading this I had a chat going with my sister and I was just venting – this book plays with your emotions a lot. You hate some characters, love others, but in the end you know that a lot of them are going to die. Which brings us to the actual descriptions that Bishop uses when showing us how someone dies. I think that he did an amazing job with describing just enough that our imaginations would take care of the rest. I have an extremely overactive imagination, so I was pretty creeped out reading the second half of the book.

My favorite part about this whole book is that you learn so much about Norse and Viking history and mythology. The other thing that I like is that this isn’t a zombie story and it’s also not a vampire story. It’s an undead story that has it’s own set of rules and doesn’t fall into normal stereotypes that so many books do. I think that the uses of the Draugar was amazing and that it made the story a little different which I liked a lot. The final thing I want to say is that the entire book only covers about 1.5 days. That’s all. So much happens that you often forget that.

I only gave the book an 8/10 because there was a lot of stuff that happened because of a conveniently placed character. Without this character, everyone would have died so much faster and there would be no one left over. If/when you read the book, you will know who I am talking about. There is also one person that I have no idea what happened to her. It bothers me because I read that section of the book several times trying to figure it out, but it’s like she just disappeared off the face of the earth. If someone knows what really happened to Peach, tell me because I couldn’t figure it out.

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Don’t let any of the negative comments dissuade you from reading this book. It was amazing and I would read it again. It was fast and that was something that I was really liking about it. I would suggest this book to anyone who is looking to try out the horror genre because it’s sort of like Goosebumps for adults. Its got a lot of sarcasm, lots of humor, but has a good plot.

Thanks so much for reading this and I hope that you check this book out. It is worth the time and effort if you like a light read with a good story.

Till the next chapter,

Amanda

Book Abandonment: Dark Visions

Hey Everyone,

So this is something that I was hoping would be happening a little bit later. I had high hopes for this series because I am a fan of L.J. Smith, but I could not bring myself to try and finish the second book and the prospect of reading the third book was kind of… I probably would have died before finishing it. So, let’s get on with it.

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Dark Visions by L.J. Smith

I’d like to start by saying, that L.J. Smith is one of the authors that I have read several books from – in fact I have a few more lined up that will appear as book reviews here as well.

I spent a total of almost two months reading through the first two books of the Dark Visions Trilogy. Here’s what I found:

  • Smith tried to come up with another theory as to Vampires and the way that they take a “life force” from humans. I thought that the idea was good, but there was something to be desired about the way that she set everything up.
  • All of the characters were somewhat annoying and there was a lot of childish natures tied with people who were supposed to be seniors in high school that I don’t see reflected in real seniors. aka – some of the characters lacked maturity.
  • The whole series was moving quite slow. I think that there are ways that certain details could have come up much faster and in just as meaningful of ways.
  • The romance was way too fast and the triangle that was created was cringe worthy. I do enjoy some romance in books and a lot of the YA that I read has it, but this romance happened without any real struggle and way to fast.

These were some of the main things that I found to be awry with this book.

I respect and enjoy L.J. Smiths work having read it for many years, but there was something about this book that I couldn’t stand. This book just missed the mark with me. It happens a lot with authors – you can love many of their books and then there is just one (or in this case 3) that just tend to miss the mark.

All in all, I wouldn’t recommend this book, as you can tell. I do reccomend some of her other books such as:

  • The Night World Series
  • The Forbidden Game
  • Vampire Diaries – this one is one that I need to read again to make sure, but from what I remember, the first book is the one that is the most worthy of reading.

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Thank you everyone and sorry for an abandonment post so early on. This is something that I am typically too stubborn to do, but with too little time to read, why waste it on a book that drives you nuts? This book is officially going on Goodwill pile – another thing that I don’t normally do.

Till the next chapter,

Amanda

Book Review: Dark Visions Part 1 of 3

Hey Everyone!

So this is the first review of three for the Dark Visions Trilogy. I have decided to break this into three parts for a few reasons. I think that each book has its own pros and cons and I think that it’s important to know when you probably want to stop reading. The other reason is that I am only finished with the first one because the wedding has been taking up a lot of my spare time. I haven’t touched my rough draft since Saturday. So, let’s get started.

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Title: The Strange Power

Author: L.J. Smith

# of Pages: 250

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Supernatural

Published: December 1994

Total Read Time: 30 Days

Rating out of 10: 4

Summary:

Kaitlyn Fairchild is an Ohio senior without friends and often labeled as an outcast and as “cold”. The reason: she sees things that others can’t. She can see things as they happen, horrible things. Her skills as an artist brings it to life on paper and when people see it, they get scared. Kaitlyn finds herself getting the offer of a life time and moves to California to finish out her schooling in exchange for some testing on her “psychic” abilities. For the first time ever, she is face to face with people like her who have special powers.

Review:

In all, the first book held my attention. It did start slow and it took awhile for me to get into the story which is why the read time is so long for how short the book was. Once I was into the book and realized where it was going, I was able to roll right through it. It was difficult in the beginning to tell where the story was going. The title of the trilogy leads you to believe that it is about Vampires when in reality it is about physic abilities – which was a bit of a throw off. This first book is very light in a romance sense. There are hints of crushes, but nothing for sure happens. You’re in the head of a teenage girl, so I think that it makes sense.

I think that this is a really easy read even for an avid reader so I think that this would be perfectly fine for someone who is not accustomed to reading all the time. It is easy to follow and moves at a pace that would keep most everyone interested.

I rated this book as a 4/10 because this book really wasn’t meant to be read on it’s own. You know that it was meant to be read with the other ones and it felt like an introductory book. I don’t know if this would be one that I read again.

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Just as a note for how I will be doing the reviews: the Genre that I put are the ones that I see the book as in order that I feel that they appear. Meaning this book is mostly YA and least Supernatural. Also, the rating is also just a personal opinion. As someone who reads a lot of YA in particular, this book was especially disappointing because of how hyped up the series was to me and how much I enjoy L.J. Smith’s writing.

That’s all for this book review!

The next book that I will be doing is for the second book in the Dark Visions series.

Till the next chapter

Amanda