Review: Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Night Film

GO HOME NIGHT FILM, YOU’RE DRUNK

If you’re planning to read this, you’re pretty much fucked.The fact that this book didn’t warn me about its contents, which btw includes devil worship and witchcraft, is plain evil and just mean. If they placed Stephen King on the cover, then I would’ve known what I was dealing with. I can’t just guess what’s the book is about. I can read the blurb but it isn’t even close to the actual plot. So yeah, I was fucked.

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Review: I’m Not Scared by Niccolò Ammaniti, Jonathan Hunt (Translator)

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If it was not for the title, I would’ve liked it better.

You see, because of the title, I expect it to be (of course) scary. I expect it cause terror, inflict fear, because (obviously) that’s what the title implies. But besides the first part, there was nothing scary. And believe me, I’m the type of girl who freaks out when the light starts to flicker.

Maybe what the author was trying to point out was that the story itself reflects reality, heck, it is reality. And yes it’s sad, because younger ones pay the mistakes we committed. But I don’t think it’s near scary. Maybe tragic, unfortunate, depressing, awful. But definitely not scary.

Although, I do heavily agree with what the story was trying to tell. That the evil we commit, the evil we are consciously aware of doing, are usually made for our own advantage. And because of this we are blinded, we avoid to see the negative effects. Maybe because it doesn’t affect us, so it doesn’t really matter—which is pretty selfish. So we just shrug, and say its okay, let time do its thing. You see, we don’t get to pay the wrong things we’ve done, but the later generation does. They get to fix our shit, they have to. That’s pretty much what the story is trying to convey.

Read from the point of view of a nine year old, Michelle Amitrano, which makes this thriller/crime novel distinct and different. A secret was found by an innocent boy, under an old, abandoned farmhouse trying to claw its way out. A tragic book that will blur the lines between fiction and reality. That may or may not seep its way into you.

And btw, it has a movie already!

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Do I like it: It was fine

Recommended to: To people who lost their innocence

(Fully Booked, Paperback, P 560-600)


Below are information about this book.

Publication: July 5th 2010 by Walker Canongate (first published January 1st 2001)

From Goodreads:

“Stop all this talk about monsters, Michele. Monsters don’t exist. It’s men you should be afraid of, not monsters.”

A sweltering heat wave hits a tiny village in Southern Italy, sending the adults to seek shelter, while their children bicycle freely throughout the countryside, playing games and getting into trouble. On a dare, nine-year-old Michele Amitrano enters an old, abandoned farmhouse, where he stumbles upon a secret so terrible that he can’t tell anybody. As the truth emerges, Michele learns that the horror in the creepy old house is closer to home than he ever imagined.

A widely acclaimed international bestseller, I’m Not Scared is a spine-tingling novel that combines a coming of age narrative with a satisfying, enthralling story of suspense.

Review: In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad #1) by Tana French

inthewoodsThis is a lonely book.

Ryan. I did not love or hate any character in general; but I did care for them nonetheless. This is in Detective Ryan’s POV, which is the protagonist. He’s very.. childlike, very in need of love. The way he handles things, as if he always needs to be protected, to be cradled. But since he acts like a kid, he tends to be annoying as well. Sometimes he gets on my nerves with his selfish decisions and his intense pride. But try as I might, I can’t blame him. He’s a lost kid. And he longs for something. His childhood, maybe? Family? Love? He’s a mystery—actually he’s the mystery we’re trying to solve. If you ask me, Ryan puts the R in tragic.

Writing. I have to admit, it is too long. But the way she wrote it was soo alluring. I just can’t help but not to read it slowly, to make every word sink in. It’s beautifully crafted. Not like pretty or lovely but very sensual and sultry.

The story focuses more on mystery than the crime itself. And I would’ve never expected that.

This is the first “crime” story that made me feel devastated, as if the real mystery weren’t solved. My heart goes out to Ryan. Since they say that this will be the last time we’ll ever hear of him, I will miss you

Rating: ✰✰✰✰

Do I like it: Yes

Recommended to: To people who want to know what real darkness feels like

(Fully Booked, Paperback, P 630)

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Below are information about this book.

Publication: May 17th 2007 by Viking Adult (first published January 1st 2007)

From Goodreads:

As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing blood-filled sneakers, and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a twelve-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox—his partner and closest friend—find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery. Now, with only snippets of long-buried memories to guide him, Ryan has the chance to uncover both the mystery of the case before him and that of his own shadowy past.

Richly atmospheric, stunning in its complexity, and utterly convincing and surprising to the end, In the Woods is sure to enthrall fans of Mystic River and The Lovely Bones. And look for French’s new mystery, Broken Harbor, for more of the Dublin Murder Squad.

Timely To Be Read: A Mix of Everything

yk4Ug9jHOkay, I learned. I don’t want to make this post lengthy because (let’s face it) it’s boring. I’ll just be putting the synopsis of each book.

As you can see, this Timely TBR consists of different genres–adult, young-adult, thriller, humor and crime. There is a lot of variety in this TBR and I’m so excited to dive in!

NZBSG16-Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

“Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy..”

(Fully Booked, Paperback, P 640)

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr | 

“Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure’s agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall..”

(Fully Booked, Tall/Large Paperback, P 640)

KRdNz_uzI’m Not Scared by Niccolò Ammaniti 

“One relentlessly hot summer, six children explore the scorched wheat-fields that enclose their tiny Italian village. When the gang find a dilapidated farmhouse, nine-year-old Michele makes a discovery so momentous he dare not tell a soul. It is a secret that will force him to question everything and everyone around him..”

(Fully Booked, Paperback, P 500+)

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1) by Laini Taylor  

“Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out..”

(Fully Booked, Paperback, P 399)

aafw3cH7Night Film by Marisha Pessl 

“Everybody has a Cordova story. Cult horror director Stanislas Cordova hasn’t been seen in public since 1977. To his fans he is an engima. To journalist Scott McGrath he is the enemy. To Ashley he was a father..”

(Fully Booked, Paperback, P 440)

Noggin by John Corey Whaley 

“The in between part is still a little fuzzy, but he can tell you that, at some point or another, his head got chopped off and shoved into a freezer in Denver, Colorado. Five years later, it was reattached to some other guy’s body, and well, here he is. Despite all logic, he’s still 16 and everything and everyone around him has changed. That includes his bedroom, his parents, his best friend, and his girlfriend. Or maybe she’s not his girlfriend anymore? That’s a bit fuzzy too..”

(Fully Booked, Hard Cover, P 760)

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk 

“The first rule about fight club is you don’t talk about fight club..”

(Fully Booked, Paperback, P 748)

Waiting on Wednesday: The Secret Place (Dublin Murder Squad #5) by Tana French

The Secret Place (Dublin Murder Squad #5) by Tana French

Publication: September 2nd 2014 by Viking Adult (first published August 26th 2014)

From Goodreads:

The photo on the card shows a boy who was found murdered, a year ago, on the grounds of a girls’ boarding school in the leafy suburbs of Dublin. The caption says, I KNOW WHO KILLED HIM.

Detective Stephen Moran has been waiting for his chance to get a foot in the door of Dublin’s Murder Squad—and one morning, sixteen-year-old Holly Mackey brings him this photo. The Secret Place, a board where the girls at St. Kilda’s School can pin up their secrets anonymously, is normally a mishmash of gossip and covert cruelty, but today someone has used it to reignite the stalled investigation into the murder of handsome, popular Chris Harper. Stephen joins forces with the abrasive Detective Antoinette Conway to find out who and why.

But everything they discover leads them back to Holly’s close-knit group of friends and their fierce enemies, a rival clique—and to the tangled web of relationships that bound all the girls to Chris Harper. Every step in their direction turns up the pressure. Antoinette Conway is already suspicious of Stephen’s links to the Mackey family. St. Kilda’s will go a long way to keep murder outside their walls. Holly’s father, Detective Frank Mackey, is circling, ready to pounce if any of the new evidence points toward his daughter. And the private underworld of teenage girls can be more mysterious and more dangerous than either of the detectives imagined.

The Secret Place is a powerful, haunting exploration of friendship and loyalty, and a gripping addition to the Dublin Murder Squad series.

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