The one when it’s too quiet.

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Dear Monday,

I don’t like silence. I never did. When ever i’m home, alone, there’s either music or a TV playing somewhere in the apartment. I can’t even read when there’s no background sound. I’m not too sure why I hate silence so much, I think it’s because my mind is always so loud. My head can be a scary place sometimes, and I like to drown my thoughts with louder sounds.
I used to have an aquarium in my room. For the last 7 years, I fell asleep listening to the sound of the filter or to my turtle playing around. Last week, I moved the aquarium into the living room…my room is now perfectly quiet. I had such a hard time falling asleep at night this week. It’s too quiet and my thoughts are too loud. So, Monday, I guess that explain why i’m so exhausted this week. I don’t sleep and I spend too much time in my head. It wasn’t an easy week.

Lets hope this week is better.

Yours truly,
Sarah.

Review : Survive The Night by Danielle Vega

“Julie lies dead and disemboweled in a dank, black subway tunnel, red-eyed rats nibbling at her fingers. Her friends think she’s just off with some guy—no one could hear her getting torn apart over the sound of pulsing music. In a tunnel nearby, Casey regrets coming to Survive the Night, the all-night underground rave in the New York City subway. Her best friend Shana talked her into it, even though Casey just got out of rehab. Alone and lost in the dark, creepy tunnels, Casey doesn’t think Survive the Night could get any worse . . .

 . . . until she comes across Julie’s body, and the party turns deadly.

 Desperate for help, Casey and her friends find themselves running through the putrid subway system, searching for a way out. But every manhole is sealed shut, and every noise echoes eerily in the dark, reminding them they’re not alone.

 They’re being hunted.

Trapped underground with someone—or something—out to get them, Casey can’t help but listen to her friend’s terrified refrain: “We’re all gonna die down here. . . .”


i’m always looking for a good YA horror, but sadly, this one didn’t work for me. Actually, i dislike most of it. The first thing that hit me when i started reading was the characters. Most of them are forgetable, nothing extraordinary. But the worst of all was our main character, Casey, and her terrible, terrible, so call best friend, Shana. Such a destructive friendship that made absolutely NO SENS to me. Casey JUST came out of rehab, and what does Shana do? Make her drink, take her out to a party and drugs her. Yup. SHE PUTS DRUGS IN HER BEST FRIEND DRINK WITHOUT TELLING HER. What kind of best friend does that!? I didn’t care much about Casey neither, she keeps making bad decisions. She’s way too focus on her ex-boyfriends even in such an awful situation. The other thing i dislike was the storyline itself….it takes like 100pages for someone to die and for things to get kind of interesting. Then there’s alot of running around, I found this part abit boring. The ending was mehh.We get absolutely no explication about anything and it made me mad. Sometime the not knowing can add an interesting creepy aspect, but not in this case. i feel like we needed at least a little  explication…

So, this book wasn’t the best horror novel ever, it was okay. but nothing extraordinary.

Survive the night : 2.5/5

Coffee book tag.


1. Black: Name a series that’s tough to get into but has hardcore fans.
Ummmmmmmmmm, that’s actually really hard to answer. I’m going to say the Shatter Me series, because at first the writing style can be a bit of a surprise and I know a lot of people are not a big fan of this style. But those who love this series do it with a lot of passion. I am one of them, I love this series.

 
2. Peppermint mocha: Name a book that gets more popular during the winter or a festive time of year.
Other than all the Christmas books, i’d have to say the Harry Potter series. For me, the winter season is PERFECT for a reread of this series.

 

3. Hot chocolate: What is your favorite children’s book?
I wasn’t a big reader when I was a kid, but I used to love the Goosebumps books by R. L. Stine, I always love horror stories, even when I was a kid.

 

4. Double shot of espresso: Name a book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.
I’m going with The Court of Mist and Fury, because wow, this book got my attention from the start and i’m still thinking about it today. Such a great book, impossible to put down.

 

5. Starbucks: Name a book you see everywhere.
Lately, i’d say i’m seeing the entire Raven Cycle series all over the bookstagram world. Which I have absolutely no problems with. I love this series. You should all read it.

 

6. That hipster coffee shop: Give a book by an indie author a shoutout
Afterimage by J. Kowallis, such an incredible series that needs a lot more hype.

 
7. Oops! I accidentally got decaf: Name a book you were expecting more from.
The last book I read was Survive The Night, it was such a disappointment, I was hoping for so much more from this horror YA.

 
8. The perfect blend: Name a book or series that was both bitter and sweet but ultimately satisfying.
I’m going with The Infernal Device from Cassandra Clare. This trilogy broke my heart many times, I cried, I got mad, I got sad, but damn, the pain was worth it. SUCH AN INCREDIBLE SERIES. Also, Jem. Always Jem. He’s the best thing in the world.

 

That was the coffee book tag, hope you enjoy!

Review : Outcast Vol. 1 & 2 by Robert Kirkman

“Kyle Barnes has been plagued by demonic possession all his life and now he needs answers. Unfortunately, what he uncovers along the way could bring about the end of life on Earth as we know it.”


I have seen alot of mixed reviews about this series so far. People saying it was slow and predictable. But, I have to say, it worked very well for me. I absolutely love it. It was entertaining and fun, really dark. I do like a good demon story, and yes, it was abit slow at first, but it’s the start of the story. Give it time people. I will always love how “human center” Kirkman’s horror stories are. You see how a horror scenario affects the characters, it’s not only being scared, it’s alot more complicated. Characters were okay, i hope to care a little more about them in the next couple of volumes. 

i also have to mention the TV Show adaptation coming out soon, watch the trailer here : Outcast 

I know this won’t be love by everybody, but if you are a fan of horror, of demons, of creepy vibes and humans facing darkness, you should really pick up this series.

Outcast Vol. 1 – 4/5

Outcast Vol. 2 – 4/5

Review : Symptoms of being human by Jeff Garvin

“The first thing you’re going to want to know about me is: Am I a boy, or am I a girl?
Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. The thing is…Riley isn’t exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection in uber-conservative Orange County, the pressure—media and otherwise—is building up in Riley’s so-called “normal” life.
On the advice of a therapist, Riley starts an anonymous blog to vent those pent-up feelings and tell the truth of what it’s REALLY like to be a gender fluid teenager. But just as Riley’s starting to settle in at school—even developing feelings for a mysterious outcast—the blog goes viral, and an unnamed commenter discovers Riley’s real identity, threatening exposure. Riley must make a choice: walk away from what the blog has created—a lifeline, new friends, a cause to believe in—or stand up, come out, and risk everything. ”


I love the fact that this book is a thing. I love how explicative it is and how much informations on gender fluidity we can find in this fiction. I really enjoy this book. The main character, Riley, is a great narrator. Fun, charismatic, interesting. I also really like that Riley’s biological sex is never revealed. The blogging aspect was really great too, i like the mystery part, trying to figure out who Riley’s stalker was. The plot was not developed enough for my taste, there was alot informations and not enough story. I feel maybe it would have been interesting to focus a little more on the plotline. The side characters were fantastic. I LOVE Solo soooo much. I would love to see more of him. He was such a fun character and i love his friendship with Riley. Bec was also a very cool character, i like her alot.  The writing style was great too, lots of geeky references and nice quotes. 

I really love this book, i’m glad i picked it up and i can highly recommend it.

Symptoms of being human : 4/5

Review : The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

“A canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud. On a rainy April morning, she is reading auras at Spiritual Palms when Susan Burke walks in. A keen observer of human behavior, our unnamed narrator immediately diagnoses beautiful, rich Susan as an unhappy woman eager to give her lovely life a drama injection. However, when the “psychic” visits the eerie Victorian home that has been the source of Susan’s terror and grief, she realizes she may not have to pretend to believe in ghosts anymore. Miles, Susan’s teenage stepson, doesn’t help matters with his disturbing manner and grisly imagination. The three are soon locked in a chilling battle to discover where the evil truly lurks and what, if anything, can be done to escape it. ”


I have so much love for Gillian Flynn. She has such an unique and dark style. The Grownup was an interesting little story. It’s pretty much exactly what you can expect from Gillian Flynn : a twisted female narrator. I did like our main character in this one, she was intriguing and i was hoping to see more of her. I think my bigest problem with this story is how short it was, i wanted more. The plot plays alot with the psychological aspect, manipulation being at the center of it. There is also a very creepy and heavy vibe that i really enjoy. There is alot of twists and turns that i was not expecting. The ending was not really an ending, you close the book and still have your head full of questions. I didn’t hate the ending, i was just hoping for some kind of closure. 

The Grownup : 4/5

The one when I watch too many movies.

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Dear Monday,

I was pushed back into reality yesterday. Back to work after a nice week off. The first thing people usually want to know when you are back into work after your vacation is what you did of your freedom. I didn’t do much this week, but I watched a lot of movies. I have always been a movie addict. Disney movies when I was a kid, and mostly horror movies after the age of 6. A week off means for me a lot of free time to watch and rewatch movies. Obviously, none movie addicts may find it weird that I have spent 97% of my vacation hiding in a dark living room. I love movies for the same reasons I love books, they are an escape from reality. Horror movies are my favorite, Monday. I can’t even tell you why, I just love that rush they give me, just like getting on my favorite rollercoaster. I always wonder why human beings enjoy getting scared so much. Maybe it’s just because it makes us feels something. Want to know something else about this movie addiction, Monday? I make list. I write down every single movies I watch every month, every year. I saw over 250 movies in 2014. 298 movies in 2015. 163 movies so far in 2016. I don’t even know why I do it, why do I make those list. I just like going back and checking out what I saw during this year. I like knowing that I saw Guardians of the Galaxy 10 times last year. Just an other weird little thing about me.

Yours truly,
Sarah.