Book Review: The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

8217236Title: The Yellow Wallpaper

Author: Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Genre: Classic, Short Stories, Horror

Number of Pages (Kindle edition): 63

Date Published: first published January of 1892

Synopsis (through Goodreads):

First published in 1892, “The Yellow Wallpaper” is written as the secret journal of a woman who, failing to relish the joys of marriage and motherhood, is sentenced to a country rest cure. Though she longs to write, her husband and doctor forbid it, prescribing instead complete passivity. In the involuntary confinement of her bedroom, the hero creates a reality of her own beyond the hypnotic pattern of the faded yellow wallpaper–a pattern that has come to symbolize her own imprisonment. Narrated with superb psychological and dramatic precision, “The Yellow Wallpaper” stands out not only for the imaginative authenticity with which it depicts one woman’s descent into insanity, but also for the power of its testimony to the importance of freedom and self-empowerment for women.

Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 of 5)

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I’ll keep this short and to the point mainly because I have hardly anything to comment into this. This is, after all, in the classics league. I don’t think further personal interpretation is needed. Another factor is that it’s a short piece so I think it’s just fitting to keep my thoughts on it brief.

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Girl of Nightmares (Anna #2) by Kendare Blake

12507214Title: Girl of Nightmares

Series: Anna (#2)

Genre: Horror, Fantasy

Author: Kendare Blake

Number of Pages (Hardcover): 332 pages

Date Published: August 7th of 2012

Publisher: Tor Teen

Synopsis (via GoodReads):

 It’s been months since the ghost of Anna Korlov opened a door to Hell in her basement and disappeared into it, but ghost-hunter Cas Lowood can’t move on.

His friends remind him that Anna sacrificed herself so that Cas could live—not walk around half dead. He knows they’re right, but in Cas’s eyes, no living girl he meets can compare to the dead girl he fell in love with.

Now he’s seeing Anna everywhere: sometimes when he’s asleep and sometimes in waking nightmares. But something is very wrong…these aren’t just daydreams. Anna seems tortured, torn apart in new and ever more gruesome ways every time she appears.

Cas doesn’t know what happened to Anna when she disappeared into Hell, but he knows she doesn’t deserve whatever is happening to her now. Anna saved Cas more than once, and it’s time for him to return the favor.

Rate: 4 of 5

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And I’m back with the second and last book of the duology that is Anna! The first book of the series is Anna Dressed in Blood. Also, this post has been sitting in my drafts for quite some time now since I can’t find the time to write my thoughts on the book. So without further ado, here are some of my thoughts on the series.

I never really was a fan of the whole me reading a series one after another because most of the time I find myself bored whilst reading it. And that is precisely what happened to me with this one. Don’t get me wrong, this is still a good one, but I just found myself feeling like that. I am not so sure if this is due to the book itself or the sheer fact that I am reading the same story for more time than usual. But, on the other hand, the problem I have when I’m not reading a series one after another is that it can be a little exhausting immersing myself back to the story again. However, that’s also the exact same reason as to why I dove into this series head on. I mean, come on, it’s just two books. I’d be a horrible reader if I can’t get through THAT. I think I’ve found myself a dilemma, should I read a series one after the other? or not? Ahh. Bookworm problems, am I right. Anyway, so much about that…

I noticed so many people praised the cover. In my opinion, it was kinda meh. Not ugly (that would be really horrible of me) and not really something I loved. I don’t know, my stand on the book cover is kinda just “It’s alright.”

Regarding the story…after all this time, I still am cringey with the love story between Anna and Cas. This is partly due to the fact that this is waaaay beyond the realm of this world. But then again, the foundations of this book is beyond that, too. As much as I was not a fan of the fancy way they loved each other–too fast, too hard–I still am not. But, the second time around, I believe I got sold more into this concept in the book. I mean, the presence of romance has been a pivotal part of the novel. Nothing could have happened if it wasn’t for that.

The story has deviated well past the original premise of the first book and I appreciate that. Sometimes, some series can just be a re-hash of the previous book and that’s disappointing. But, with Kendare Blake taking this to new heights with new places and new characters is refreshing. I felt the characters’ emotions and general nature were more outlined on this one. And I truly am happy about that since that’s one of my qualms in the previous book. Despite what I said about me being bored while reading this (I think it really was just me not the book…), honestly, there were no lulling phases in the book and that’s beautiful.

The story is so bittersweet. I never expected that aspect since what I expected was closure on Anna and Cas’s story. I don’t know about other readers, but I didn’t feel the sense of closure. I need my closure, damn it. Because the ending, oh my, the ending. Oh my heart.

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Other people were asking if this series would have another book. But it’s been four years so I guess that’s a nada. So, oh well. Shame. BUT, I definitely will be reading more of Kendare Blake’s work in the future. She writes so well and so vividly that it’s deadly cinematic. Speaking of, (I know Anna Dressed in Blood is now being filmed but I’m not sure if that would also include this book), this NEEDS to be in a movie. Much more than the first book, I think.

Do I recommend it? YESSSSSSS.


 

 

 

 

 

*Cover image and synopsis via GoodReads; Gif via Giphy.

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

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Title: Anna Dressed in Blood

Series: Anna

Author: Kendare Blake

Genre: Young Adult, Horror

Number of Pages (Hardcover):  320

Date Published: October 17th of 2011

Publisher: Tor Teen

Synopsis (via GoodReads page here): 

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

Yet she spares Cas’s life.

Rate: 4 of 5

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I strike again with another genre I am not particularly fond of. And now I feel like I didn’t waste the time I invested on it since it proved to be very good! (Not really something that I would have given a 5 of 5, but it’s really good!) I mean, horror, mystery, etc. is not really up my alley but hey I gotta shake some things up once in a while.

I was afraid the story would be all too paranormal romance. On some point, I hated that part of the story. On the other hand, I cannot say that that aspect of the story didn’t work well with the general demographic of the book, because it did. It really did. I hate to admit it but, damn, paranormal romance worked well for this one. (I feel like I’m using the word romance too much right now and in the wrong sense…but what am I to say? Paranormal love? Psssh.) My single AF spirit didn’t like the irony of Cas, the main character, having a thing for a ghost which he kills by profession. Oh the irony. But I guess that’s love. *retches* But, kidding aside, the romance element really did work for this one.

As much as this romance thing worked for the story, I felt like the characters were underdeveloped all throughout the story. I put a little burden in this while I was reading it because I knew that this was a series so I was hoping that the author would maybe expound on the characters on this one in the next book. By the way, it’s a duology so the next book is also the final one.

And also, I gotta mention here that even though this is a fairly short read with just 300 or so pages, I read this quite longer. And the reason is…I was scared to read this in the evening while I’m alone in my bedroom. That’s how scary it was for me. When I was reading it, I feel weird. Like, I’m reading something I shouldn’t. I don’t know. The vivid descriptions of ghosts, their faces, the way they look, the way they hover, the way their guts are out, the way they grin, the way– okay I know you get it already. I was a scaredy cat to read this in the evening so I ended up reading this just every morning before I do my thesis work thus the longer hours. I gotta say, I enjoyed the book much longer though so I guess I won on some aspect about that. Haha.

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All the while I was reading this, I was thinking, “This should really be made into a movie.” I mean, this is something I would watch. Okay no, I wouldn’t. I don’t watch horror movies. But I think this would really translate well into a movie. And upon tinkering around GoodReads, I found out this IS being filmed as of the moment!!! So excited about that. Who knows? Maybe I’ll watch it this time since I already know what’s gonna happen hahaha. But then again, what if the movie is so bad compared to the book? Okay, I’m overthinking. I’m gonna cross that bridge when I get there.

Overall, I felt like I read two books because there really was so much happening. One thing rolls to another. But I do have some qualms like I really want MORE background on Anna’s death. I still have so many questions. Nevertheless, I loved it still. I was kind of awestruck as to how many the twists in the story are.

Currently, I am now going to start the next book of the series because I’ve learned my lesson on other series I’ve started and never ended. (I’m totally referring to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I really gotta finish that series. I promise, I’d get into it soon. SOOOOOON.)

P.S. I was a quarter into the book when I realized that the protagonist is a boy. Boy, I really gotta read more books with male point-of-views.

P.P.S. YES, I DID ASSUME IT’S GENDER. SHUT UP.

Do I recommend it? Yes.


*Cover photo and Synopsis via GoodReads; Gif via Giphy