TITLE: The Road AUTHOR: Cormac McCarthy PAGES: 241 PUBLISHED: September 26th 2006 PUBLISHER: Knopf GENRE: Dystopia, Post-apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Horror, Contemporary and Classic.
A father and his son walk alone through burned post-apocalyptic America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don’t know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other.
I enjoyed this novel but there was something missing from it that just made me emotionless towards the two main characters and their fate. The lackluster dialogue was a bit hard for me to comprehend. I can understand little talk at this time (when things look so utterly bleak there isn’t much to say) but the one-liners really got to me after a while. I think I would have relished my time being with someone in my final days. I wouldn’t have long conversations but I’d hope they would be more meaningful then just the simple ‘yes’ ‘no’ ‘okay okay’ that this novel had repeatedly.
I was also expecting something else from the ending. Nothing grand or completely optimistic…just different. Again it felt a little lackluster to me. And a bit too convenient. I would have been more content if the book just ended with them still struggling and keeping on and nothing else really happening. Although I think that would have pissed off a lot of people haha. I did enjoy the writing of the last paragraph, it kept things very mysterious but other than that I liked it but it wasn’t a favourite. I understand why it would be considered a classic, it has very Hemingway. Some reviews said people cried at the end but I literally felt nothing so I wouldn’t take my review to heart and try reading it yourself!
TITLE: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea AUTHOR: April Genevieve Tucholke PAGES: 360 PUBLISHED: August 15th 2013 PUBLISHER: Dial GENRE: Young Adult, Fantasy, Gothic, Paranormal, and Horror.
Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town… until River West comes along. River rents the guest house behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard.
Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more?
Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery… who makes you want to kiss back.
Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.
You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand…
I LOVED this! It was beyond creepy! The characters were all so amazing and well-written. If you like gothic novels this is definitely for you. The build up with Freddie and her stories about the devil completely had me. Violet is one of the best characters I have read in a while. I actually enjoyed that she was a recluse instead of it being a typical cliche “oh woe is me I have no friends” – but with Violet that description made sense to me. Her old Victorian house did too, everything just fit.
I also enjoyed the romance – well if you could call it that. Basically I am not sure if Violet even likes River, and visa versa. Was it just the glow? Is River capable of loving someone? He was completely untrustworthy the whole novel and a breathe of fresh air from reading novels with perfect boyfriends who never do anything wrong (or if they do it is for a stupid reason, like they love the main character too much or something). It was a bit frustrating when Violet would touch him even though he was manipulating her – and she knew it. but oh well, she is a teenager. stuff happens.
I am verrry curious what happens with (SPOILER) Neely! I feel like Violet and him are destine to fall in love while River is away hunting down his devil-brother and what not. He is like the nice, perfect version of River…we’ll see what happens!!