SCOWLER by Daniel Kraus Book Review
Publication Date: March 12th 2013 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Rating: – Poor
Book Summary: Imagine your father is a monster. Would that mean there are monsters inside you, too?
Nineteen-year-old Ry Burke, his mother, and little sister scrape by for a living on their dying family farm. Ry wishes for anything to distract him from the grim memories of his father’s physical and emotional abuse. Then a meteorite falls from the sky, bringing with it not only a fragment from another world but also the arrival of a ruthless man intent on destroying the entire family. Soon Ry is forced to defend himself by resurrecting a trio of imaginary childhood protectors: kindly Mr. Furrington, wise Jesus, and the bloodthirsty Scowler.
Scowler by Daniel Kraus Book Review Overview:
- Jaw-dropping book that keeps you on the edge of your seat
- The fantastical/magical/hallucinations were too much for me
- The audiobook was way too long
Ever since I read Rotters by Daniel Kraus, I know that as an author, Kraus has the ability to keep me up awake and scared at night. He is definitely the first author I think of when I think of YA Horror. For a horror book, SCOWLER by Daniel Kraus is perfect.
I’ll be quite honest about one thing: I am not a huge, huge fan of YA film adaptations. After hating The Hunger Games film, I opted to skip the second one (I still have not seen Catching Fire). I’ve also skipped out on Divergent, The Mortal Instruments, and Vampire Academy. A lot of these films aim to be a blockbuster hit, without really giving much consideration to the book itself. (On a side note, I did enjoy The Fault in Our Stars…) So when I stumbled upon HOW I LIVE NOW on Netflix, I decided to give it a go when I saw that Saoirse Ronan was playing the lead. I generally think that she’s a pretty good actress despite the fact that she was in the adaptation of The Host (which was probably not all her fault that the movie was terrible…).
I heard about the film adaptation of HOW I LIVE NOW (a novel by Meg Rosoff) right after I had read the book, but I never really heard about its release in the US. HOW I LIVE NOW is the story of an American teen, Daisy (Saoirse Ronan), who is visiting her family in the English countryside. The country is on the brink of the war, and her aunt is whisked away to Geneva for business. When terrorists attack London, Daisy and her cousins are cut away from the rest of the world. They learn to survive until the war reaches them and they are torn apart. Daisy and her younger cousin Piper try to reunite with the rest of the family amidst the war.
LANDLINE by Rainbow Rowell Book Review
Publication Date: July 8th 2014 by St. Martin’s Press
Rating: – Exceeds Expectations
Book Summary: Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems besides the point now.
Maybe that was always besides the point.
Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her.
When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.
That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . .
Is that what she’s supposed to do?
Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?
Landline by Rainbow Rowell Book Review Overview:
- Not too plot heavy, but rich in character development
- Realistic romance
- Rainbow Rowell delivers another winner