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Stephen King – Fairy Tale ★★★★★

Blurb; Legendary storyteller Stephen King goes deep into the well of his imagination in this spellbinding novel about a seventeen-year-old boy who inherits the keys to a parallel world where good and evil are at war, and the stakes could not be higher—for their world or ours.

Charlie Reade looks like a regular high school kid, great at baseball and football, a decent student. But he carries a heavy load. His mom was killed in a hit-and-run accident when he was ten, and grief drove his dad to drink. Charlie learned how to take care of himself—and his dad. Then, when Charlie is seventeen, he meets Howard Bowditch, a recluse with a big dog in a big house at the top of a big hill. In the backyard is a locked shed from which strange sounds emerge, as if some creature is trying to escape. When Mr. Bowditch dies, he leaves Charlie the house, a massive amount of gold, a cassette tape telling a story that is impossible to believe, and a responsibility far too massive for a boy to shoulder.

Because within the shed is a portal to another world—one whose denizens are in peril and whose monstrous leaders may destroy their own world, and ours. In this parallel universe, where two moons race across the sky, and the grand towers of a sprawling palace pierce the clouds, there are exiled princesses and princes who suffer horrific punishments; there are dungeons; there are games in which men and women must fight each other to the death for the amusement of the “Fair One.” And there is a magic sundial that can turn back time.

A story as old as myth, and as startling and iconic as the rest of King’s work, Fairy Tale is about an ordinary guy forced into the hero’s role by circumstance, and it is both spectacularly suspenseful and satisfying.

My Review; My first Stephen King book! GASP. I know. Shocking right? This is what I like to call a hand cramper (Huge hardback) but it was worth it, every page. I went in assuming King > Horror. I was wrong. This is full on fantasy and I bloody loved it. I will never be able to forget this book it will remain with me forever. Brilliant. Brilliant. Brilliant. I just loved everything about it especially the other world. THE DOG! The gold. The old man. Perfection. A must read. I don’t want to say much more than that without any spoilers. So treat yourself! I bet you’ll love it just as much as me. A Well deserved five stars and this is going into my top reads of the year. I wish I could read it all again… Brain wipe please?

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chick-lit · fantasy · Magic · mystery · romance · Young adult

A place called here – Cecilia Ahern ✶✶✶✶

a place called here

When one of Sandy’s classmates and neighbour has been missing for twenty years Sandy decides she is going to make it her career to finding missing people and items, what she does find shocks her and will surprise you too. Imagine a place where all the missing people and items are together living happily unable to return to their friends, family and owners, sounds wierd right? But this is what Sandy finds. Will Sandy be able to return home or will she have to stay there forever? And will she find her old classmate? That is for you to decide if you choose to read this book.

A place called here is the first book I have read by Cecilia Ahern and it seemed more like a fairy tale than a story personally. I did enjoy the story as it was easy to read but not a fast paced read as it took me a while to finish. This book is most suited for those readers who enjoy a good chick-lit, fantasy, mystery, romance and a hint of magic rolled into one beautiful story. I awarded this book four stars as it all seemed magical and fairy tale like to me which would suit the young adult genre, or even an advanced book for children to read. However, this book does make you think, where do all those missing items go? (yes, even those odd socks!). If you want an answer to that question let Sandy explain her version of where they go.