Dolores Claiborne Review


Stars — 3/5

Summary — Suspected of killing Vera Donovan, her wealthy employer, Dolores Claiborne tells police the story of her life, harkening back to her disintegrating marriage and the suspicious death of her violent husband, Joe St. George, thirty years earlier. Dolores also tells of Vera’s physical and mental decline and of her loyalty to an employer who has become emotionally demanding in recent years. (Goodreads)

Thought — It was okay. I didn’t like it too much, but there were parts I enjoyed. It didn’t really have the same thrill factor as the rest of Stephen King’s books which made the plot less appealing. I was expecting a supernatural horror involved, but turns out the character was just crazy. There really isn’t much to say about it. The book didn’t meet my expectations. All in all, it kind of sucked, but I have enjoyed several other Stephen King novels and highly recommend them.

Age — 4+



Monument Valley 2


Monument Valley 2 is a surreal, beautifully interactive work of art, a moving story, and a wonderful experience. Don’t get this if you’re into hardcore puzzles or vast realms of content. Do get this if you’d like a low-stress game that lets you marvel at beautiful vistas of pixels or if you enjoyed the first game.

Monument Valley 2, from ustwo games, has been out for a few months, but I’ve been looking forward to it ever since I played (and reviewed) the first version. That game was interactive, mysterious, immersive, and magical.

I am happy to tell you that Monument Valley 2 is just as good. “Just as good,” though, has some modifiers — an obvious downside of the original Monument Valley was the lack of content. It’s about an hour or two to play through it the first time. Monument Valley 2 has about the same amount of content. Knowing this, I consciously rationed my play to spread the game out over four days. This second game’s gameplay has a distinct lack of challenge to it. The puzzles seem to be there for show. I only remember feeling challenged at three points in the entire game.

Now for the good stuff.

The characters are Ro, her unnamed child, and several ghosts. Ro and her child explore Monument Valley, working together and separately to solve puzzles and discover themselves.

The art is just as wonderful as ever. Beautiful new mechanics, an emphasis on plant life and water, and a consistent theme throughout levels even improve on the original. I don’t really have anything to say about the art that I haven’t said before — magical, minimalistic, surreal, etc., etc. I could not stop playing the game on the first few occasions I started it up — the old familiar “just one more level,” for slightly different reasons. The game was so beautiful I only wanted to see more.

The music is even better than the original game’s. In this game, sounds create an immersive effect that pulls you into the story. At the beginning of the game, text even states that “this game is best played with sound.”

The story is quite a lot more immersive. Simple motions, sounds, and memories included in the game imply a level of emotional depth and attachment that wasn’t so obvious in the first game. This second story is far more open-ended, but it is much, much more relatable. I’m not saying that the first game’s story was bad. It wasn’t. But this one informs the level order, the level design, the characters’ journeys, and your sense of Monument Valley’s history. When compared to this story, the first story seemed like it was written in as an afterthought.

The gameplay mechanics are still easy to understand and use. There’s a pretty cool new ability to draw the sacred geometry that Ro and the child create. It has me incessantly striving to make my geometry even prettier.

I rate this a 4/5, because there is still not enough content. This irritates me deeply. All I really want is more Monument Valley, but even when they released this new game, I didn’t get what seemed like my money’s worth. Four more levels at least, please, and I’ll throw all my money at ustwo games.

“The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly”, Part 2: Book Review


“He watches me a moment, and I wonder if he can read my expression that I will never tell him the truth. I’ll give him a version of events, a half-truth, but I haven’t told anyone what happened in those smoke-filled moments in January when I stood over the Prophet’s body and watched him take his last ungodly breath.

And I never will”.

This enigmatic novel is definitely one that will make you read one chapter after the other. Full of mystery, suspense, and flashbacks, this is a very unique and intriguing novel. It is such an unpredictable book. Even if you think that you know what will happen next in the story, or if you think you solved the mystery of the murder, you actually didn’t. The mystery of the Prophet’s murder is so far away from what I thought it was. It is a book that I would definitely recommend to anyone who enjoys mystery and twist.

I really enjoyed reading this book. Even though it does not have any action, it is definitely very interesting. Even though it is a book with and extraordinary plot, I would rate it 4.5/5 for the use of bad words.

Ages — +12.

Otherworld (Book Review)

Stars — 4/5
Summary — The company says Otherworld is amazing — like nothing you’ve ever seen before. They say it’s addictive — that you’ll want to stay forever. They promise Otherworld will make all your dreams come true.
Simon thought Otherworld was a game. Turns out he knew nothing. Otherworld is the next phase of reality. It’s everything you’ve ever wanted.
And it’s about to change humanity forever.
Welcome to the Otherworld. No one could have seen it coming.

Thoughts — I loved Otherworld. It was funny and somewhat serious at the same time. It almost felt like reading about a possible future for our world, just because in reality, technology is so advanced now that it’s kind of scary. The characters in Otherworld all had their own attributes that made them, them. Like, Simon had his nose, or Kishka as he called it.
Simon was my favorite character. He was hilarious even though his parents didn’t seemed like they cared at all. His childhood wasn’t full of loving memories and his parents were rich and constantly gone. That just made me love him more. I’ve also found that characters with the name Simon have gone through so much, but they have a great sense of humor.
Another thing that was great about this book was that I got to meet Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller at Yallfest a couple of weeks ago and it was amazing. They were hilarious and I stood in line for twenty minutes to get the book signed. Their panel was awesome!

Age — 13+

Everything Everything Review

Stars — 4/5

Summary — My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.
But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.
Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.(Goodreads)

Thoughts — Everything Everything was an amazing book. I expected something like The Fault In Our Stars, but I was really surprised. I got a different plot line. Lately, I’ve read a bunch of books with similar plot lines and I was really happy with this one. 

My favorite character had to be Olly because he gave Maddy something knew and he was a survivor. He was kind to Maddy and he understood the boundaries. Olly was also a really funny character. 

There were a couple parts of the book I thought were a little pointless, but I won’t say anything about them because they might spoil something and I would hate to do that. 

Age — 14+

Magic Fly by Space (Music Review)


Magic Fly is the debut album by French disco band Space, released in 1977. At the time, Space consisted of keyboardists Didier Marouani, Roland Romanelli, and Jannick Top, and drummer Joe Hammer. There are only seven songs and I’ll review all of them.

The album opens up with “Fasten Seat Belt,” and it has some beautiful and kind of sad melodies which I really like. The next song is “Ballad For Space Lovers.” This song has great melodies and a great beat, but is a little boring to listen to. Next is “Tango In Space” which is great, enjoyable to hear, and really energetic. After that, we have “Flying Nightmare” and I love the piano on this one, along with the funky drum beat.

The next song is “Magic Fly,” which is considered to be their best work. The drums, although very simple, are still great, along with a melody that is still stuck in my head. There are also alot of hidden melodies in this song, which are nice.  The next song is “Velvet Rape,” which starts out boring but then gets better as the song goes on. The album ends with “Carry On, Turn Me On,” which in my opinion is so bad it’s not even worth talking about.

I love this album but the bad song at the end makes my rating for this album a 9.5/10.

Horror Story #3


I just got out of college and got a job in a small town. The small town is called Cedar Key and is located in rural Pennsylvania. I used to live in California so this is a big change in environment and temperature. I drive my car into my new driveway and the U-Haul follows. I pull my stuff out and inside the house and sit on my couch. The next day, I decide to work on the outside of the house. I get my push mower out, and start mowing. A couple hours later I see a local neighborhood kid playing basketball. I walk over to talk to him. He swishes it the second I walked over there. “Nice shot,” I say. He passes the ball to me and says thanks. I shoot the basketball and miss badly. He rebounds it and swishes it again. “Do you play?” I ask him. ” I used to,” he responds.

I decide to leave him be and I walk to my house. I drive to a local pizza joint and come back to see the kid still shooting the ball! I push it off and walk inside to eat. I go to sleep, but wake up to hear a big noise outside. I run outside fast to see the kid playing basketball at 12:30 at night. In the morning, I walk to the boy’s house and ring the doorbell. His mother answers and I say ” Your son sure does play basketball a lot!” I say. She looks at me shocked. “My son died 10 years ago!!”