Contagious Reads Book Report

February 22, 2015 Book Report, Lindsay's reviews 0

CR Book ReportWelcome to the Contagious Reads Book Report (please say in your head like the Colbert Report)! We’ll be recapping all the books we read this week that didn’t get the full review treatment.

Lindsay’s Books

maze runnerThe Maze Runner
(The Maze Runner #1)
by James Dashner
published on October 6, 2009
3 stars

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If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.

Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Everything is going to change.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

Remember. Survive. Run.

I went about this all a little backwards. I cheated, and I watched the movie first. I NEVER do that! I’m not sure why I decided to change things up this time around, and I’m still debating whether or not it was a good idea. I do think that the movie was extraordinarily well adapted from the book. They took a lot of the parts of the book that bothered me, and the whole story began to make more sense.

First off, the concept is awesome! It’s like a dystopian Lord of the Flies, but with some sort of moral code, and structure. I love the idea of this book, but the follow through needed some work. I felt like I was playing connect the dots, but my pen kept running out of ink. Like, when Thomas single-handedly hauls a full grown man up a wall. Using vines, of course. Or the fact that a handful of untrained teenagers (with no memories) somehow have the skills to build extensions on a house. My memory is intact, but I’m fairly certain that I couldn’t build a birdhouse without some sort of a blueprint… or at least a how-to video on youtube. Oh, and in case you forget that Thomas is suffering from memory loss, don’t panic. You will be reminded. Repeatedly.

I will read the second book (maybe even before the movie comes out), but I will do it warily.

(Mary Hades #2)
by Sarah Dalton
published on November 20, 2014
5 Stars!

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Mary Hades is drawn back into the world of the macabre as she moves with her family into the mysterious old house, Ravenswood. The mere mention of Ravenswood induces terror among the locals, and when strange things begin to occur, Mary and Lacey decide to get to the bottom of the secret hidden in the historic house once and for all.

As a dark power gathers, Mary finds her life becomes interconnected with the disturbing events that transpired in 1847 to eleven year old Liza Blair. The more Mary is drawn into Liza’s story, the more she realises someone close to her is in grave danger from the sinister energy at Ravenswood.

Set in the backdrop of an unsettling forest, and with strange neighbour Emmaline Delacroix obsessed with death and séances, Possess will take you even deeper into the murky depths of Mary Hades’s unusual life.

I don’t know if it’s just that I’m a wuss, but this book creeped me right out! I’m talking sleep-with-the-lights-on creeped out. It was a lot darker than Mary Hades, since it didn’t have the same levity that I had found in book one. The cast was a lot smaller, as was the setting, but that just allows the reader to cozy right up with the darkness. Ghosts became my bed mates.

Normally ghost stories don’t get to me, but with this one, it was the division of past and present that was so effective. You know something bad happened in that house, and more bad shit is about to go down, but you’re still hoping for the best. The past is told through diary entries from Liza, in 1847. Right from the very beginning I had this dark sense of foreboding, and it carried right through into the present day chapters with Mary.

Originally, I had suggested that you start the series with the first prequel. There is also a novella before Possess, called Sister, which tells a story of Mary’s mother’s past. I desperately want to read that one now, but it isn’t necessary to the overall plot arc of the series at this point.

Possess took a giant step in the right direction for this series, and I really hope that Nocturnes continues down this road, deeper into the darkness. Highly recommend!

A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.



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One woman stuck in a house full of boys, I immerse myself in books and save my sanity by reading, writing and blogging. I'll read just about anything, from any genre, and LOVE supporting Indie authors. <3
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