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Review: Fandom at the crossroads by Lynn Zubernis and Katherine Larsen

Published 08/01/2014 by supernaturalreadingaddict

Title:                   Fandom at the crossroads 
Author:              Katherine Larsen & Lynn Zubernis
Pages:                   239
category:           Supernatural, Non Fiction

The story:

Fandom At The Crossroads: Celebration, Shame and Fan/Producer Relationships is an in-depth exploration of the reciprocal relationship between a groundbreaking cult television show and its equally groundbreaking fandom. For the past six years the authors have inhabited the close-knit fan communities of the television show Supernatural, engaging in criticism and celebration, reading and writing fanfiction, and attending fan conventions. Their close relationships within the community allow an intimate behind-the-scenes examination of fan psychology, passion, motivation, and shame

( Taken from Goodreads )

The view of a book addict:

I’m always fascinated about what’s going on in te mind of people and to get the chance to combine that with my other love: Supernatural I just knew I had to read this book.

I loved reading it, to get an insight into the mind of the fans but also read about what the actors and the creative people behind the series think about fans. People have a strong opinion about you when you tell them you’re a fan of something.  Reading this book gives you insight in everything about fandom, it’s a really good thing that the authors are fans themselves. That makes the book so great if you ask me, they know what it feels like to be on the other side of the fence.

The side where people think you’re just crazy because you like a show so much that you would travel around the world to meet the people on it, that you would spend a lot of time online getting in contact with other fans or writing your own stories.

The verdict of a book addict:

If you would really like to know what fandom is about, this is a must read. And if you’re a Supernatural fan it’s so amazing to read the responses of the actors.

Total of Ratties:

ratting system 5 rats

Review: Nevermore by Keith R.A. DeCandido

Published 02/01/2014 by supernaturalreadingaddict

Title:                   Nevermore       Nevermore
Author:             Keith R.A. DeCandido
Pages:                 312
category:           Supernatural

The story:

Twenty years ago they lost their mother to a mysterious and demonic supernatural force. In the years after, their father, John, taught them about the paranormal evil that lives in the dark corners and on the back roads of America…and he taught them how to kill it.

Sam and Dean have hit New York City to check out a local rocker’s haunted house. But before they can figure out why a lovesick banshee in an ’80s heavy-metal T-shirt is wailing in the bedroom, a far more macabre crime catches their attention. Not far from the house, two university students were beaten to death by a strange assailant. A murder that’s bizarre even by New York City standards, it’s the latest in a line of killings that the brothers soon suspect are based on the creepy stories of legendary writer Edgar Allan Poe.

Their investigation leads them to the center of one of Poe’s horror classics, face-to-face with their most terrifying foe yet. And if Sam and Dean don’t rewrite the ending of this chilling tale, a grisly serial killer will end their lives forevermore.

( Taken from Goodreads )

The view of a book addict:

I admit that this isn’t the best Supernatural book I’ve read, but I still liked the story As a huge Supernatural fan I just had to read the books, I know I’m little late starting them.

The story was entertaining and could be a story from the television series. Although it was a little weird to read about Sam and Dean and not watch them on a screen. But I enjoyed the book and I will be reading the other books in this series.

 The verdict of a book addict:                                                               

Fun read and I’m glad I’ve read this book and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of them!

Total of Ratties:

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Review: Matched by Allie Condie

Published 04/12/2013 by supernaturalreadingaddict

Title:                   Matched           
Author:              Ally Condie                         
Pages:                 287
category:           Dystopian, young adult

The story:

HER WORLD IS CHANGED FOREVER

Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate… until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it’s a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she’s destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can’t stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society’s infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path that no one else has dared to follow

 ( Taken from Goodreads )

The view of a book addict:

I read about this book in a magazine and the way they described the story just made me want to read it. I love a good dystopian book and this one is good. Reading this story makes me happy to have the life I chose and not the life somebody else chooses for me.

Although I really liked the main character, sometimes she annoyed me, some of the things she did just made me want to scream at her. But in the end love is just stronger than anything else!

The verdict of a book addict:

A great dystopian novel, I’m really curious about what’s going to happen in the next book.

Total of Ratties:

 ratting system 4 rats

 

Review: Starters by Lissa Price

Published 04/12/2013 by supernaturalreadingaddict

Title:                   Starters          
Author:              Lissa Price
Pages:                 352
category:           Dystopian, young adult

The story:

HER WORLD IS CHANGED FOREVER

Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie. Callie’s only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man.

He hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders—seniors who want to be young again. Callie, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive, agrees to be a donor. But the neurochip they place in Callie’s head malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, and going out with a senator’s grandson. It feels almost like a fairy tale, until Callie discovers that her renter intends to do more than party—and that Prime Destinations’ plans are more evil than Callie could ever have imagined. . .

( Taken from Goodreads )

The view of a book addict:

So this is the second time I started this book, the first time I just read one chapter and I just got a book I really wanted to read. So I decided to put this book aside because it didn’t grip me right away.

So after reading a lot of other books I decided to pick this one up again and I’m glad I did. Although the story really had to  grow on me in the end I just couldn’t stop reading. It became a thrilling and scary story.

The characters of the story really grew on me and I think the fact that this book had to win me over made it one of the best books I’ve read this year.

The verdict of a book addict:

I can honestly say that I wasn’t a fan at first but this story really won me over and now I can’t wait to read the second one!

Total of Ratties:

ratting system 4 rats

 

Review: Teardrop by Lauren Kate

Published 22/11/2013 by supernaturalreadingaddict

Title:                   Teardrop 
Author:              Lauren Kate
Pages:                 320
category:           Young Adult, Fantasy

The story:

Never, ever cry…

Seventeen-year-old Eureka won’t let anyone close enough to feel her pain. After her mother was killed in a freak accident, the things she used to love hold no meaning. She wants to escape, but one thing holds her back: Ander, the boy who is everywhere she goes, whose turquoise eyes are like the ocean.

And then Eureka uncovers an ancient tale of romance and heartbreak, about a girl who cried an entire continent into the sea. Suddenly her mother’s death and Ander’s appearance seem connected, and her life takes on dark undercurrents that don’t make sense.

Can everything you love be washed away?

( Taken from Goodreads )

The view of a book addict:

I found the story of this book very interesting, it wasn’t something I’ve read before so that made this book great for me. I fell in love with the world Lauren created and the characters she described.

Just like the main character Eureka I wanted to know every little secret and I really wanted to know who Ander was. This book is also a lot bloodier than the Fallen series if you ask me. It was one of the things I like about this book, I’m a horror fan so I’m not scared of a little blood.

The story itself was very interesting because it’s not a story you read every day. It builds up slowly but this gives you the time to get to know the characters and the world they live in. And the ending was not what I expected!

The verdict of a book addict:

What a wonderful new story written by Lauren Kate, I can’t wait to read the next book!

 

Total of Ratties:

ratting system 5 rats

 

Review: Fangasm: Supernatural Fangirls by Katherine Larsen & Lynn Zubernis

Published 11/11/2013 by supernaturalreadingaddict

Title:                   Fangasm: Supernatural Fangirls 
Author:              Katherine Larsen & Lynn Zubernis
Pages:                246 for the paperback edition
category:           Supernatural, Non Fiction

The story:

Once upon a time not long ago, two responsible college professors, Lynn the psychologist and Kathy the literary scholar, fell in love with the television show Supernatural and turned their oh-so-practical lives upside down. Plunging headlong into the hidden realms of fandom, they scoured the Internet for pictures of stars Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki and secretly penned racy fan fiction. And then they hit the road—crisscrossing the country, racking up frequent flyer miles with alarming ease, standing in convention lines at 4 A.M.

They had white-knuckled encounters with overly zealous security guards one year and smiling invitations to the Supernatural set the next. Actors stripping in their trailers, fangirls sneaking onto film sets; drunken confessions, squeals of joy, tears of despair; wallets emptied and responsibilities left behind; intrigue and ecstasy and crushing disappointment—it’s all here.

And yet even as they reveled in their fandom, the authors were asking themselves whether it’s okay to be a fan, especially for grown women with careers and kids. “Crazystalkerchicks”—that’s what they heard fromSupernatural crew members, security guards, airport immigration officials, even sometimes their fellow fans. But what Kathy and Lynn found was that most fans were very much like themselves: smart, capable women looking for something of their own that engages their brains andtheir libidos.
Fangasm pulls back the curtain on the secret worlds of fans and famous alike, revealing Supernatural behind the scenes and discovering just how much the cast and crew know about what the fans are up to. Anyone who’s been tempted to throw off the constraints of respectability and indulge a secret passion—or hit the road with a best friend—will want to come along ( Taken from Goodreads )

The view of a book addict:

So as I stated in my last review of Bobby Singer’s guide to hunting I’m a huge supernatural fan. So when I saw this book about the fandom and read that it was written by two women in love with the show but also mothers and professors I just knew I had to read it.

As a mother, working woman and a huge fan of Supernatural just like the writers I do get some strange looks and comments from people around me. They just don’t understand how I can be such a big fan of a series and a mother at the same time. basically most people think that the moment you become a mother you can’t be a fan of something.

That’s also what I read in this book, people don’t take you seriously when you are a fan. They think you’re weird and that you don’t have a life. Well this book proves them wrong! Because we do have a life! It just also includes watching Supernatural and talking about the show and it’s stars.

I loved the way this book let’s you see the life of a fan, but I also loved to read the interviews with the actors and creators of the show. If this book did anything to me being a fan, it made me an even bigger fan of the show and the actors and creators.

The verdict of a book addict:

A great view into the mind of a Supernatural fan with a lot of great interviews and fan stories. It inspired me to start my own little blog about being a fan of this amazing show.

Total of Ratties:

 ratting system 5 rats

Review: Bobby Singer’s guide to hunting by David Reed

Published 11/11/2013 by supernaturalreadingaddict

Title:                   Bobby Singer’s guide to hunting         
Author:              David Reed
Pages:                 272
category:           Supernatural

The story:

My name is Bobby Singer. In twenty-four hours I’m gonna lose my memory. So here’s everything you need to know.

Monsters, demons, angels, vampires, the boogeyman under your bed: I’ve seen it, I’ve hunted it, I’ve killed it. I’m not the only hunter out here, but there aren’t as many as there used to be. Not near as many as there need to be. I’ve learned everything I can about every damned critter that walks, crawls, or flies, and I’m not gonna let that all be for nothing. I’m not going down without a fight. I’m not letting everything I’ve learned disappear. So that’s what you’re holding in your hands—everything I know. Anything that’d be useful for Sam, Dean, and the hunters that come after me.

It’s a guide to hunting…it’s a guide to me. My last will and testament. Ya idjits

( Taken from Goodreads )

The view of a book addict:

Let me first start this review by confessing something: I’m a Supernatural Addict and proud of it! So that’s of my chest haha. So I knew that someday I had to read this book. I’m always a little scared for reading this kind of books because I love the show so much I always fear the book will be horrible.

But I wasn’t dissapointed at all! From te first page until the last I was hooked on the story and all the information Bobby gave in the book. Bobby has always been one of my favourite characters of the show and I read this book in his voice. I could see his face, hear his voice and I just knew this was a good book.

The verdict of a book addict:

This is a great book, I love it just as much as I love the Supernatural series!

Total of Ratties:

ratting system 5 rats

Review Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Published 18/10/2013 by supernaturalreadingaddict

Title:                   Insurgent 
Author:              Veronica Roth
Pages:                365
category:           young adult, Dystopian

The story:

Every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves, and herself, while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

( Taken from Goodreads )

The view of a book addict:

After reading the first book I told myself I would wait with reading the second book until I could get my hands on the third book. But I have to admit it, I couldn’t wait, after seeing the trailer for the movie Divergent I just had to know what would happen next.

On one side I’m glad I’ve read the book because I absolutely love dit! But on the other hand, waiting for the third book will be so much longer now. Honestly I did curse Trish a couple of times in this book. She has a feeling she has to be the hero, but if you ask me sometimes she makes stupid decisions. But that makes her human and makes me look at her as a great character for leading a series.

The verdict of a book addict:

I can’t wait to read the last book in this series, I’m just dying to know what is going to happen to this world that Veronica Roth created.

Total of Ratties:

ratting system 5 rats

 

Review: City of fallen angels by Cassandra Clare

Published 05/10/2013 by supernaturalreadingaddict

Title:                   City of fallen angels ( The mortal instruments book 4 ) 
Author:              Cassandra Clare
Pages:                 424
category:           young adult

The story:

Clary is back in New York and life is good: she’s training to be a Shadowhunter and is finally able to call Jace her boyfriend. But nothing comes without a price. When Jace inexplicably begins to pull away from her, Clary is forced to acknowledge that she herself has set in motion a chain of events that could lead to the loss of everything she loves. Even Jace.

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. The stakes are higher than ever…

( Taken from Goodreads )

The view of a book addict:

I’ve been a fan of this series from the first book, I love the whole world created around the shadowhunters. After finishing the third book, it took me some time to start reading this one. I simply didn’t know where the story would go and if I would still like it.

Well I can tell you I still love the world, the characters and the story line. It didn’t take me long to get into this book and forget the world around me. Just like in the other books I felt like a part of the shadowhunter world.

Because in the beginning you get more stories you want to turn every page to read what’s going to happen to the characters. I couldn’t put this book down and that resulted in reading long after I should have been asleep.

The verdict of a book addict:

Another great book in this series and I can’t wait to read the next book.

Total of Ratties:

ratting system 5 rats

 

Review: Allure by Lea Nolan

Published 21/09/2013 by supernaturalreadingaddict

Title:                   Allure 
Author:              Lea Nolan
Pages:                 read it on my kindle
category:           young adult

The story:

Worst. Summer. Ever.

Emma Guthrie races to learn the hoodoo magic needed to break The Beaumont Curse before her marked boyfriend Cooper’s sixteenth birthday. But deep in the South Carolina Lowcountry, dark, mysterious forces encroach, conspiring to separate Emma and Cooper forever. When Cooper starts to change, turning cold and indifferent, Emma discovers that both his heart and body are marked for possession by competing but equally powerful adversaries.

Desperate to save him, Emma and her twin brother, Jack, risk their lives to uncover the source of the black magic that has allured Cooper and holds him in its grip. Face with the horror of a soul-eating boohag, Emma and Jack must fight to resist its fiendish power to free Cooper long enough to join their strengths and face it together, before it destroys them all.

( Taken from Goodreads )

The view of a book addict:

I got an ARC of this book last week, and I decided to start reading it in m vacation. I’m glad I was on vacation because this book had me hooked from the first page.
It’s the second book in this series and it starts of almost right after the last line of the first book. This made reading this book so much more fun!

It moves along in the same pace as the first book and I really loved the first book. The story gripped me just like the first one, and I just had to read and had to know what was going to happen and if they could fight this curse. I’m not going to spoil anything for you. If you want to know what’s happening in this book you just have to read it!

I love the writing style of this author, she builds a wonderful world and is a great story-teller.  I love how she builds a story and makes you feel like you’re living it, I love reading stories that take you into the world the author created.

The verdict of a book addict:

After reading Conjure I couldn’t imagine a book that would be more exciting as this one but Lea Nolan did it again! I can’t wait to read more.

Total of Ratties:

ratting system 5 rats

 

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