by Stephen King

5 Stars

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The Shining is definitely a horror that will force you to fall back into your seat, making you not want to stop reading the book. This book is definitely not a children’s book as it has swearing, and is very scary. The Shining is a horror book about a family that moves to a hotel to take care of it and eventually goes insane. It has some suspense that gets you hooked, and there is always something happening. You will never be bored in this book, and you will want to read it over and over.   This book does get confusing in certain parts, and there are uneven transitions from scenes in the book. Sometimes this book will change between characters, and you would never know. Sometimes in this book, you will have to re-read some paragraphs to fully understand it. If you are a non-fluent reader, I would suggest not reading this book and listen to the audiobook.   I would highly recommend this book as a birthday gift to an older person that loves suspense. Although this book has certain disadvantages, this book has way more positives than disadvantages. This book was an amazing book, and I recommend it to anyone that enjoys reading. Good luck reading this book, and I hope that this review gives you enough information to properly influence your decision. 

Luke P.

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by Lisa Jewel

5 Stars

Watching You by Lisa Jewell

The book Watching You by Lisa Jewell, takes a turn on many events, making this book even more suspenseful than it already is. Watching You takes on many different perspectives, making your conclusions and assumptions take a quick turn. As I was reading the book, I didn’t see many events taking place, and they were so far from what I was expecting. The book takes place in a sweet neighbourhood where everyone seems to know each other. Everyone seems to get along, but it turns out that all those secrets are kept inside.  The title “Watching You” gives the book a creepier feel to it. It’s not like other typical suspense books, and the title really owns up to the book’s plot and story. In the book, there are multiple perspectives that really make you question who the antagonist really is. Who committed this? Did this person really do this? The author really took the time to make this story and plot eventful and suspenseful. Once you pick it up, it’s hard to put it down. Throughout the story, it is filled with drama, and you start to question who is watching who?  The mystery of who the real antagonist is, who has the darkest motives, must be decided through your judgment. Is it the teacher, Tom Fitzwilliam, who seems to be getting quite the amount of attention? Is it the neighbours down the street? Maybe even the teenagers attending the school, you may never know. After all, people don’t seem as innocent as they seem. Watching You is a really good thrilling experience if you want to be immersed in something for a while. 

Rhoanne A.

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Death Prefers Blondes

by Caleb Roehrig

Death Prefers Blondes by Caleb Roehrig

Margo Manning is a socalite by day, but something very different by night. When the sun goes down, her and her heist team of drag queens race against the clock to pull off high stakes heists. They think they have their strategies down pat, until one job sends them over the edge and creates a whirl wind they have trouble escaping.

All of the sudden, all their lives are turned upside down, and they must work together to figure out how to end the threat once and for all. Behind the action, Margo is experiencing devastating grief, an absent mother and a family friend who is up to no good.

An exhilarating, genuine and action packed novel, Caleb has written a book both endearing and dangerous.

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by: Jarrett Krosoczka

3 Stars

La revanche de la grande soeur, or Revenge of the Sis in English, is a little disappointing. Jarrett and Amy collaborate here on the seventh book in the Jedi Academy series, and I’m not very pleased with it.

The beginning of the story resumes from where Victor Starspeeder graduates from the Jedi Academy at Coruscant. Christina, the main character of book number 7, goes into her first year in the Jedha Jedi Academy, which is almost like a post-secondary school for the citizens in this fictional universe. Christina’s new mentor, Master Ro, is an aggressive and wise middle-aged woman,(on the right of the cover) accompanied by a droid named Q-13, a mildly rude robot, who’s mentality improves as the story goes on.

We also learn that Christina Starspeeder is still a young rookie who still needs experience, even after comfortably graduating Jedi Academy. As the story goes on, she learns about Jedha itself, the hostile mobs, the people, Porgs and much more.

Why do I give this book 3 stars? The story is actually quite stale, especially compared to the original trilogy written by Jeffrey Brown. There isn’t very much coming from the other characters in the book, and there is hardly any character development going on. Although that is a big downfall for this seventh book, it has very crisp drawings, with fine lines, and there is a lot of detail, which is what we expect from Jarrett J. Krosoczka and Amy Ignatow.

This story is lacking in substance, but the drawings are a big improvement from books 4 to 6 in the series.

Alec T.

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