About the Book :
9 out of 10 children return dead. Even the survivors are changed. The nation must survive.
Nessa, Megan and Anto are at a training school – to give them some chance to fight back. Their enemy is brutal and unforgiving. But Nessa is determined to come back alive. Determined to prove that her polio-twisted legs won’t get her killed. But her enemies don’t just live in the Grey Land. There are people closer to home who will go to any length to see her, and the nation, fail…
My Thoughts :
Oh, what a weird, creepy little book!
Firstly I have to say, I feel there is a serious case of cover-not-representing-the-story here – even though it’s an eye-catching one. When I first saw The Call at the store, I first thought it was some Hunger Games type of book, or reality show thing? I don’t know. The summary was a very short one (not the one I posted here) and I missed what it really was about until I read some reviews about it. I was suddenly very intrigued, even though I’m usually really not into fairies and the like!
While this book does have some common points with popular dystopian series (a dying world, training schools, fight for survival, etc.), in my opinion it stands much more in the horror camp than in the sci-fi/adventure one. When disappearing, these teenagers are taken to a horrific world where fairies hunt and kill them, and make monsters out of them, stretching them into animal shapes or turning them inside out (among other unpleasant things… yikes!)
I was quite surprised by this book. It felt different. I loved that it took place in an isolated version of Ireland. I loved Nessa as a main character : she is strong in many aspects, yet extremely vulnerable and human at times.
Megan and Aoife are two other ones I strongly appreciated. The book mostly follows Nessa, but there are a few shifts in narration that give us the opportunity to see this depressing world from other points of view, mostly when the kids get Called. It’s a heartbreaking world they all live in, and witnessing most of them die was quite depressing.
There were a few slow moments and confusing ones, I thought. I felt the world could have been explained a bit better in parts, but that would be most of my criticism.
In short, The Call is a frightening, gripping and unique horror tale of evil fairies and feisty teenagers. It was a perfect read for the Halloween season, and I am already looking forward to reading more from the author in the future!
About the Book :
Picture this: a dinner party at their perfect home, the conversation and wine flowing. They appear to be in their element while entertaining. And Grace’s friends are eager to reciprocate with lunch the following week. Grace wants to go, but knows she never will. Her friends call—so why doesn’t Grace ever answer the phone? And how can she cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim?
And why are there bars on one of the bedroom windows?
The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?
My Thoughts :
Behind Closed Doors is a fast-paced psychological thriller that could also be tagged as horror, as far as I am concerned! I can’t remember the last time a book made me this anxious. I was so ready to be done with this story, I needed to reach the conclusion a.s.a.p.!
I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by the experience. I had read many reviews mentioning the book being creepy, dark, unsettling, so I had some expectations. And for me, the book was all of that. It’s not gruesome, and it’s not full of twists. If you read the summary, you know what it’s about. But everything is in the way the story unfolds, and the more you know about Jack and Grace’s life and history, the scarier things get. In fact, it reminded me a lot of a Criminal Minds episode, but without the investigating part; so if you are into this show, this book might interest you.
There were a few flaws to the story I thought, mostly with the character of Jack : he is too evil, too perfectly balanced with the two sides of his personality, and honestly, no one is this perfectly charming. I get that he is a psychopath, but I would have appreciated a bit more nuances in his evilness, and to see a few more people question his character. I also needed to see a few more flaws and hesitations to make him and the story a bit more believable.
I loved Esther. You’ll have to read it to find out why, since I want to keep this as spoiler-free as possible, but she was a great character with a small, yet important role.
Overall though, this was a successful reading experience. It was scary and gripping, I read it in little more than a day. It made me so nervous! This claustrophobic story isn’t for everyone, but fans of intense psychological thrillers might want to give it a try!
Bolton-Est, Quebec, August 2015
Welcome to Filling the Shelf, or as many of you know it, Mailbox Monday! If you’re interested in joining the fun or seeing what other bloggers added to their shelves, click away! (but beware, visiting other mailboxes will probably add to your neverending wishlist!)
How was your week? Here things quieted down by the weekend and I finally managed to immerse myself into Gemina. I’m liking it as much as Illuminae, so far, which means, A LOT! I realized this week that I never posted my review for the first book, so I should have both reviews up soon!
And now, for the new books. As I mentioned last week, there will be many new ones coming in the next few weeks with all the new fall releases on my wishlist! This week, I believe only Ice Like Fire isn’t a recent release (though the last book in the series was published a few weeks ago, I believe? I’ll get to it, once I catch up with this most recent volume!)
It was quite predictable that I would get The Queen of Blood and Crooked Kingdom from two of my favorite authors, but I have to say The Wonder is really high on my TBR list right now. I’m thinking of keeping it for November maybe, but I’ve already heard so many great things, I’m not sure I can wait!
And finally, A Shadow Bright and Burning, which sounds like my type of fantasy fun, and The Call, which I heard is super creepy – perfect for October!
What books did you recently add to your shelves?