Coraline

by Neil Gaiman
Published by A&C Black Genres: children, General, Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Scaretober 2019

Hello!
I’m back with yet another book review. I know that I should be doing more real life posts, but this is what we got. You may have noticed that I read this book a bit ago, but didn’t post the review and I was saving it for right now.

I saw Neil Gaiman’s Coraline a while ago and watched it again recently, but had never read the book and I knew that this year I wanted to make it appoint to read the book. I also used this book for Rachel Dawson‘s reading challenge, if you haven’t checked it out yet you still have time to participate.

In case you haven’t read Coraline or seen the movie I will try not to spoil the plot for you entirely. I recommend that you give this book a try and I hope to read a few more Neil Gaiman books in the future. Let me know if you have ever read this book or any of Neil Gaiman’s other books. See you soon!

Coraline Movie

Scaretober 2019

Hey!
I’m back with yet another post for Scaretober. I apologize that there aren’t as many posts this year, but I am still determined to get up as many posts as I can for you. I just wish that I could be watching more scary movies and doing more reviews for you, but this is what it is.

Today I’m reviewing Coraline the movie. Not to give anything away, but there will also be a review on Coraline the book by Neil Gaiman. I found the movie fascinating and weird. It was done in a claymation style similar to that of Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride, and other such movies.

If you haven’t seen the movie, the basic storyline of the movie is that Coraline Jones recently moves from Michigan to a new town and since she has no one to play with she has a very active imagination. In addition to that she discovers a door in her house that appears to go nowhere during the day, but at night appears to go to an alternate universe in which she is treated to everything she wants and everything she hopes for in her life. Soon, Coraline is visiting the universe regularly until one day the Other Mother demands that she stay for good and Coraline decides that she doesn’t want to stay and makes a deal with the Other Mother in order to leave.

If you haven’t watched Coraline I highly recommend it, I found it a fascinating movie and the animation is well done. Matt had never seen the movie before and he really enjoyed it. He is also a fan of Neil Gaiman in general, but had not read Coraline. Stay tuned for more posts during Scaretober and hopefully they will be equally fun. See you soon.

Under the Moon

Scaretober 2019

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I’m back with yet another book review. I know, I know there will be real life posts coming ,but with all the readathons happening around fall this month how could I not help but devour books and tell you all about them. I know that this isn’t a super scary book, but I think that Catwoman does fall into the superhero/ villain category which can sometimes lead to a scary movie. Today I’m going to talk about Lauren Myracle’s graphic novel Under the Moon: A Catwoman tale.

If you have been following me this year for a bit at least. You will know that Matt got me to try graphic novels in the past couple of years and this year I have been reading a bit more of the DC graphic novels. I read Mera: TideBreaker during the Escape to Book Island Readathon back in April and then I read Teen Titans: Raven for the Discover New Worlds Readathon in August. I loved both those books equally and when I saw this on the shelf at the local comic bookstore I knew that I had to read this and include it.

Lauren Miracle tackles that classic DC character Catwoman bringing her into the high school setting much like the rest of the DC Ink series. Catwoman is still known as Selina Kyle, but this time she’s a teenage girl who doesn’t like her mom’s live in boyfriend and after a tragic moment in her eyes decides to live on the streets and drop out of high school completely. While on the streets, she meets a guy who teaches her parkour and eventually invites her to join his gang of miscreant thieves who are planning a big heist. One of the other members of the gang is a Rosie a girl with a tragic past, who no longer speaks , but is on a journey to find her little brother.

I won’t spoil this graphic novel for you since I think you should read it. It’s a really quick read, so it will probably only take you a day at max. I found the story overall lackluster as compared to the other graphic novels in the series and this one in particular ended on a cliffhanger note. I did appreciate the illustrations and thought they were well done. I would have liked to see more about Selina Kyle’s relationship with the gang and even with Bruce Wayne develop more.

I hope that you enjoyed this review and will continue to join me throughout the month of October for more posts. I also hope to be reviewing more novels in the DC Ink series as they come out. Let me know in the comments if you have read any of the DC Ink novels or who your favorite comic book character is. Hope to see you soon!

It: Chapter 2

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Welcome back to another day of posting during Scaretober. As I probably mentioned yesterday this year will not only include scary movies, but also some scary books or Halloween type books to get you in the mood for the holiday.

This year I decided that since It: Chapter 2 was hitting theaters, it seemed like a good as ever time to review and revisit the movie. If you haven’t read my review of It: Chapter 1 feel free to read that one before you read this one.

The story picks up 27 years later when Pennywise, the dancing clown has come back to terrorize the people of Derry, Maine once more. The main trigger of the story happens during the Autumn of 2016 in which Pennywise attacks a boy that is thrown into the river after being beaten by the town bullies. Mike Hanlon hears about the incident over his police scanner and decides to investigate. Upon arrival Mike finds a message written in blood specifically dedicated to the Losers Club and decides that is time to bring the rest of the Losers Club back to Derry, Maine to end It once and for all. From there you see each member of the Losers Club react to Mike’s phone call and prepare for the journey back to their hometown. After arriving back in their hometown and having a reunion dinner at a Chinese restaurant that ends relatively badly the Losers Club almost decide to leave town, but are convinced by Mike and Bill that they need to save the children of Derry and each other.

The final showdown with IT is prompted when Bill goes to the town fair and sees Pennywise take a boy right in front of him prompting Bill to confront the memories he has of not being able to save his brother Georgie.

I won’t give away the ending completely since I recommend that you see the movie, but know that all the rumors and deaths are true. This second chapter of the movie is filled with lots of jump scares, cliff hangers, and dark moments which left me hanging on the edge of my seat and almost wanting to leave the theater. I made it through and was glad that I did. I thought the casting for the adult version of the Losers Club was amazing and the flashback scenes to the summer they first defeated Pennywise was incredible.

I hope that you’ll see this movie and let me know what you think! Have you seen It: Chapter one? Did you like it? I hope to see you for more exciting posts over this month 🙂

Scaretober is back!

Scaretober 2019

Hello!
I know that I have been hinting around this for a while, but I didn’t want to give it away since in years past I have started strong and failed in the end. I wanted to bring back Scaretober for this year. If you were reading along with the blog before you will have heard of Scarteober in 2017 and a bit in 2015.

I also wanted to do something different this year, since I have been reading so many books and books have played such an important part of Fall in every day life and an even bigger part of instagram life, so I wanted to read a few of the classic books and include them as part of this year’s Scaretober. Also there were so many classic books that have been turned into movies and even more movies that have been getting remade for the newer generations of audiences.

I hope that you’ll enjoy each and every moment of Scaretober and give me suggestions for what to include in next year’s Scaretober. Look forward to posts every day from here until the end of October. 🙂