Monday, August 3, 2020

Review: Clown in a Cornfield by Adam Cesare

Clown in a CornfieldTitle: Clown in a Cornfield
Author: Adam Cesare
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publishing Date: August 25th, 2020
Pages: 352 
Audio Length: 7 Hours and 45 Minutes
Genre: YA Horror
TW: Murdering of kids
Series: Standalone
Source: ARC provided by the publisher

Quinn Maybrook just wants to make it until graduation. She might not make it to morning.
Quinn and her father moved to tiny, boring Kettle Springs to find a fresh start. But ever since the Baypen Corn Syrup Factory shut down, Kettle Springs has cracked in half. On one side are the adults, who are desperate to make Kettle Springs great again, and on the other are the kids, who want to have fun, make prank videos, and get out of Kettle Springs as quick as they can.
Kettle Springs is caught in a battle between old and new, tradition and progress. It’s a fight that looks like it will destroy the town. Until Frendo, the Baypen mascot, a creepy clown in a pork-pie hat, goes homicidal and decides that the only way for Kettle Springs to grow back is to cull the rotten crop of kids who live there now.
I am terrified TERRIFIED of clowns. And I love being terrified and I love creepy and I love horror. So of course I had to pick this book up. I did think it was going to be more 80's b list horror instead of... slasher horror? But either way it was terrifying. 

That cover is certainly creepy and matches the book well. As soon as I saw it I knew I had to check it out.

Oh the story. Where do I start with this story? It's creepy. It's scary. It's downright terrifying. As I said I'm terrified of clowns and so the fact that this mass murder happens not only BY clowns but also in a cornfield, which is another thing I'm completely creeped out by.

The only thing that i had a problem with is that I was expecting the "who"and the "why" to be a bit different. It's not necessarily a bad thing that it wasn't what I was expecting, just... different. 

This one does start out a little bit slow. I think it took to about 40% by the time it really started going. It wasn't necessarily a bad thing, it built up to the "why" the clowns are attacking. And then once they start attacking it's not slow anymore and I found myself not wanting to stop reading, I just had to know what was going on and what was going to happen.

I think I've mentioned a few times in this review how creepy of a book it is. I think the author did a really good job in writing a very well done and horrifying book. It's creepy to even just think of something like in this book happening and then the author took it and made it feel real. 

I literally only cared about like 3 characters in this book. Quinn was okay, I like Cole, but Rust is my favorite by far. 

Other than that every last one of them got on my nerves and I did not care even a little if they died. 

I did feel like they were written well though, they all had personality and felt as if they were real people.

Let me tell you I could picture the corn maze and being lost in it and I was not okay with that. I mean I was but, I wasn't. Because it made the book and the scary of it that much more real.

Maybe the author was trying to set up for a book 2? I don't know, but the ending was kind of just meh. 

This was definitely a creepy scary read that had me not wanting to put it down.

“Quinn looked to the horizon as the cornstalks swayed with the breeze. The corn itself could have been waving hello, or it could have been breathing.
― Adam Cesare, Clown in a Cornfield

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Adam Cesare is a New Yorker who lives in Philadelphia. His books include Clown in a Cornfield, Video Night, The Summer Job, and Zero Lives Remaining. He’s an avid fan of horror cinema and runs Project: Black T-Shirt, a YouTube review show where he takes horror films and pairs them with reading suggestions

Hey guys!

Hey you guys, everything has been a little bit crazy in life right now. Just a little bit. 
In June I had started working out, a lot, so I didn't have time to really read, watch movies, blog, or anything but work out.
And then my depression hit hard. I gained back some of the weight I lost, still didn't keep reading, or blogging. I didn't work out, I just ate a lot. I didn't even sleep much. I just laid awake for hours crying.

I started on Thrive to help balance my moods and get the nutrients I need. I also started going to counseling again. I haven't had counseling since losing my boys and it's definitely something that's needed. 
Jenn is working a lot, she's doing as much overtime as she can. She doesn't have a lot of time either.
As of right now I just joined a group on FB where we have teams and we try to read more than the other team. It's helping getting my reading back up, but I still haven't been reading as much as I'd like. I am super distracted by EVERYTHING. I just can't seem to focus.
Friday/Saturday we have Dewey's reverse 24 hour readathon! We start at 7 PM Friday night instead of early Saturday morning. I prefer it that way honestly. So hopefully that will be fun to participate in. 
At this time I think Jenn and I are just really thinking hard on if we want to keep the blog going, or just say goodbye. We both have a lot of things going on right now, and it's hard to focus on the blog. We're slacking and we feel bad.
Anyway, I'll try to post my August TBR and July recap in the next few days.

How's life going for you guys? How's quarantine? 

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Wee Reads: The Little Ghost Who Lost Her Boo by Elaine Bickell

Ever since Finn was born, and even before then, we would read to him. We wanted to show him reading from an early age. Now he loves us to read the same books, over, and over, and over. But it is the sweetest thing, when he likes to pick out a book and climb into our laps. 

The Little Ghost Who Lost Her Boo!The Little Ghost Who Lost Her Boo by Elaine Bickell


'I've lost my boo! I've lost my boo! Where has it gone? What will I do?' Little Ghost has lost her boo, but she is determined to get it back, so she heads out to look for it. On her night-time hunt she meets a number of her friends, Owl, Pigeon, Rooster and Cow, and asks each of them if they've heard her boo. None of them have but they are all very kind and offer Little Ghost their own sound instead. But none are as good as her own scary boo so she keeps on looking. In the end, it's the reader who finds it for her!

Do you like this book?

Yes, because of all the crazy sounds. And I wanted the little ghost to find her boo. 

What's your favorite part of the book?

Mooooo! I like when the cow said moooo. 
It makes me sad that the little ghost lost her boo, because she was scared. But then she found her boo and it was okay! 

What do you think of the cover?

I like it! I like where it says BOO and the cute ghost! 

This was such a cute book! It does seem like it's just a little bit under Finn's age level- maybe meant more for ages 1-4. But he still mostly enjoyed it. Especially all of the silly noises we were making. 
The artwork was absolutely adorable, the ghost was adorable, the story was adorable. It was all so adorable, and we had a lot of fun reading it.
Highly suggest for anyone with younger kiddos.

I received a free digital copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

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