Monday, September 29, 2014

An Interview with Fierce Reads Author, Lindsay Smith

After my amazing experience at the spring Fierce Reads Tour at the Vero Beach Book Center back in May, I knew I had to learn more about the incredible authors that were featured at the event. I recently got in touch with Lindsay Smith, author of Sekret, and asked if she would honor my blog with an interview since she was such a pleasure to speak with in person.

She said yes.

So, my fans, enjoy this little conversation between the amazing Lindsay Smith and myself, where she talks about her life as an author, her book Sekret, her upcoming work, and her future as an author.

Enjoy, and Happy Reading!

An Interview with Fierce Reads author, Lindsay Smith

The Literary Connoisseur: Hello, Lindsay! Welcome to The Literary Connoisseur, and thank you for answering a few questions about yourself and your life as an author. If you're ready, let's begin. Tell us a bit about yourself first. How did you become an author? Have you always known that you wanted to be a writer? 

Lindsay Smith: I’ve always loved writing, but becoming an author always seemed like a title someone else bestowed on you. I toiled away on all kinds of silly stories with no hopes or plans for publication. The internet writing community changed all that—not only did I come across people who had been through the process and were willing to discuss it, I found others who were in my position, whose works I’d critique and they’d critique mine—it was incredible! Taking ownership of my writing and of my publication pursuit is what led me to “published author” status—recognizing that ultimately, only I had control over the quality of the story I was trying to tell and the path I sought for publication with it.

The Literary Connoisseur: Tell us a bit about your book, Sekret. 

Lindsay Smith: Sekret is about a group of psychic teenagers in 1960s Soviet Russia who are being forced to use their powers to spy for the KGB. It’s got lots of Cold War-flavored espionage, the space race, and more, but the main character, Yulia, struggles with personal issues as well—her family and her identity, romance, and loyalty. It’s hard to know who and what to trust when everyone around you can read your mind!

The Literary Connoisseur: The plot of Sekret has intrigued readers young and old. How did you come up with it? 

Lindsay Smith: I’m a huge Russian history and literature buff, and I’ve always wanted to write a YA story set during the communist period. The psychic element came to me when I was thinking about the intense levels of paranoia and distrust the average Russian citizen lived with daily—they didn’t know who they could speak freely around or where, and their thoughts were the only guaranteed safe place to dissent. Then I thought—what if I took that away, as well?

The Literary Connoisseur: You, Anna Banks, Marie Rutkoski, and Katie Finn (also known as Morgan Matson) all traveled around the east coast of the United States for your spring Fierce Reads Tour. Tell us a bit about your involvement with Fierce Reads. 

Lindsay Smith: The spring Fierce Reads tour was so fantastic! Macmillan has been such an incredible publishing house to work with, and the Fierce Reads program is awesome—social media, street teams, and of course the in-person tour! I loved getting to meet Anna, Marie, and Morgan and talk all about the writing life with them. I was the debut author of the group, but they were so welcoming and helpful, and it was such an honor to meet so many readers!

The Literary Connoisseur: What has been your favorite thing about being an author so far?

Lindsay Smith: Aside from seeing my goofy made-up stories turned into a real physical thing? ;) I’ve loved hearing from people who connected with the book, whether it was just a character touching them or learning something new about history.

The Literary Connoisseur: What made you choose Soviet Russia as your story setting? 

Lindsay Smith: The unending struggles in Russia’s history have always fascinated me—Russians have endured so much tragedy and strife, which is always ripe for dramatic tension. I also think it’s a period largely unexplored in historical fiction, especially YA, yet I think it’s so important a time period to study.

The Literary Connoisseur: Which of your characters was most fun to write? Yulia? Valya, perhaps?

Lindsay Smith: I love Yulia, but she can be challenging at times! She’s very strong-willed, and it gets her in trouble quite a bit. Valya was really fun to write—his creativity and passion for music contrasts with how buttoned-up he tries to be the rest of the time, with his personality and his powers both.

The Literary Connoisseur: Is Sekret going to be a series? 

Lindsay Smith: A direct sequel to Sekret, Skandal, will be out in April 2015! I’m also working on an ebook-only novella prequel of sorts that should release a few months before Skandal—that one’s set at the end of World War II. And I have a short story with Larissa set during the Cuban missile crisis that’ll be in the Fierce Reads anthology next year.

The Literary Connoisseur: Are you currently working on any new projects? 

Lindsay Smith: Right now, I’m editing my Fall 2015 release, Dreamstrider, a YA high fantasy that’s sort of like Graceling meets Inception. It’s about a girl who can use dream magic to take control of people’s bodies while they’re asleep, but then the nightmares start leaking out . . .

The Literary Connoisseur: Where would you like to see yourself in five years?

Lindsay Smith: As long as I’m still writing and publishing, I’ll be thrilled! 2014 has been an incredible year for me—debut novel, finishing grad school, marrying my sweetheart/best friend—that it’ll be tough to top, but I look forward to trying.

My review for Sekret by Lindsay Smith:

  Sekret by Lindsay Smith has to have one of the most intriguing plots I have ever read.
  It's during the Cold War in Soviet Russia, and things couldn't be any more tense. It doesn't help that our main character Yulia is a ward of the state and is constantly on the run in fear for her life. But that's not the only secret (or Sekret) Yulia is hiding. When she picks up items, she can find out details and secrets about their owner...details and secrets the KGB wants and needs from Yulia.
  Yulia is now being held against her will with other young adults with mind powers, learning ways to benefit the KGB and take over Soviet Russia.
  This book is unlike any other. Throughout, I kept thinking to myself, "Is this like (insert book title here)? No, it's like (insert other book title here). Wait, no it's not!"
  It is so different, so unique, and so unlike many YA books out there, it's quite extraordinary.
  This book was very addicting. I couldn't put it down for fear of something bad happening to the characters if I left them alone for more than five minutes.
  At the last stop of the Spring Fierce Reads Tour at the Vero Beach Book Center, I had the pleasure of meeting Ms Smith and I have to say, she was absolutely extraordinary! She was sweet, intelligent, and just amazing. I could easily see where the brilliance of Sekret came from.
  I actually returned to the Vero Beach Book Center a few days later, and on the way home, read as much as I could of Sekret before I got home. I could not put it down!
  The beginning will captivate you, the middle with entrance you, and the end will have you holding your breath. It's fun, exciting, and scary as heck!

Lindsay's Books

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(To be released: April 2015)

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About Lindsay Smith

I’m Lindsay, author of the forthcoming YA historical thriller, SEKRET (Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan Children’s, Winter 2014). I’m an ex-Oklahoman and an unapologetic Washingtonian. I have an unhealthy fascination with foreign affairs. When I’m not reading or writing, I can be found nerding out over food, board games, modern history, the Science channel, and all things cheesetacular.
I write historicals and fantasies, sometimes in the same book.

For more on Lindsay Smith, check out her website here!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Bull Rider's Family by Leigh Duncan

  By the time I started The Bull Rider's Family by Leigh Duncan, I was positively certain that I would love every single one of her books. Each one has touched my heart so, and Ms Duncan should know that her books, and the Glades County Cowboys, will always hold a special place in my heart.
  I loved The Bull Rider's Family just as much as His Favorite Cowgirl, and I LOVED His Favorite Cowgirl. Although I didn't love it as much as I loved Rancher's Son, though, because that one was definitely my favorite. Possibly because it introduced me into the world of the Glades County Cowboys, but whatever it was, it stuck.
  That being said, The Bull Rider's Family has to be the most entertaining and the most whimsical.
  After a tragic loss that leaves the Circle P ranch shocked and in mourning, everyone is lost. But of course, the Parkers and the Judds are the strongest ranchers there are, and they must continue on.
  Colt Judd has just returned to his family's ranch after his incredibly successful career run as a bull rider, but he receives quite the unusual welcome as soon as he walks through his former house's doors...
  ...where he meets Emma Shane.
  Emma is a single mother, who has just about reached the end of her rope. But before she calls it quits at her old job as a line cook in New York, she receives the opportunity of working as a personal chef for a ranch, all the way down in Florida...the Circle P ranch.
  After a few catastrophes, a soaking wet and ruined cookbook, and a run-in with a few gators, The Bull Rider's Family was on its way to its happily ever after.
  Once again, Leigh Duncan has written another winner. Although, I do have to say I had a harder time adjusting to Emma's daughter and liking her, but when it came to the end, I was almost brought to tears with the book's sentimentality.
  I am positively in love with Leigh Duncan's work.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Rancher's Son by Leigh Duncan

  I am ashamed to say that before I dove into Leigh Duncan's Glades County Cowboys books, I had yet to read a Harlequin Romance. I am not entirely sure how I've lived my life so far without reading one, but I finally did, and it was well worth the wait.
  Rancher's Son was the first ever Harlequin Romance I read, not only by Leigh Duncan, but altogether, and it was amazing! As soon as I started the book I was interested, and I would only fall more in love as I read on.
  Sarah Magarity doesn't know if she was fully prepared to work for the Department of Children and Family Services when she accepted the job. She never knew how truly hard it would be to work, case after case, for children whose parents have abandoned them, and/or have come from broken homes. Little did she know that soon enough, one child would walk through her door who would change her life forever.
  And then there's James Tyrone Parker, or Ty, as his friends and family call him, who's escaped to the Circle P ranch for horse riding, cattle herding, and Floridian fresh air. After a tiresome and emotionally exhausting relationship Ty had years ago, he's sworn off relationships, and things that can only complicate his life.
  Little does he know.
  The thing is, Ty's previous relationship ended five years the same age as the little boy who just walked through Sarah's door.
  I don't have to tell you how excited I was to read this book after I read the plot. It was so good! I loved every single one of the characters in Rancher's Son, especially Jimmy (the five year-old), and I normally have a rough time adjusting to the way children in books are written. Leigh Duncan most certainly deserves an A+!
  If you're looking for an incredibly sweet story that will warm your heart, bring tears to your eyes, and renew your faith in the world, this is your book.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

His Favorite Cowgirl by Leigh Duncan

  As a newly found fan of Leigh Duncan and the Glades County Cowboys books, I was absolutely thrilled to dive right in to His Favorite Cowgirl. Before I started Leigh Duncan's latest release, I was introduced to her writing with Rancher's Son and The Bull Rider's Family, and I immediately fell in love.
  Ms Duncan's books are positively precious! Every time I finish one, I just feel so good inside. With a combination of lovable characters, intriguing plots, a twist that will make you come close to tears, and an ending that will warm your heart, these books have all the right ingredients to make a wonderful novel.
  Especially His Favorite Cowgirl.
  Hank Judd masters the art of riding horses, helping to run the Circle P ranch, and cattle herding...but after ten years of being a dad, he just hasn't been able to connect with his daughter, Noelle.
  In fact, there's another female who occupies his mind, almost on a regular basis, even though they didn't leave on the best of terms...ever since they broke each other's hearts.
  Kelly Tompkins.
  Kelly Tompkins hasn't been back to her grandfather's ranch (which happens to be the Circle P's ranch rival) since the day he kicked her out. She's become extremely successful working for the number one most popular cowboy boot company in the south, but still, she feels as if something is missing from her life...
  But what she doesn't know, is that you really can go back home.
  I am hopelessly addicted to Leigh Duncan's books. Positively, hopelessly, and undoubtedly addicted to her books. They are AMAZING! There is enough romance in His Favorite Cowgirl to melt your heart and make you swoon, but Ms Duncan keeps it classy (which I appreciate VERY much).
  I loved His Favorite Cowgirl. I loved Hank (very, very much), and I loved Kelly, which is impressive, because you all know how easily female characters can irritate me. After her character grew, I fell in love with Noelle as well, but most of all...I love the Circle P ranchers.
  I will, without a doubt, read more Leigh Duncan because I feel almost as if my life is incomplete without the Circle P ranch.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

An Interview with New York Times Bestselling Author, Lauren Oliver

Every time I would venture into a bookstore, step into its beauty, and gaze across the bound bestsellers, my eyes would always find Lauren Oliver's books. From the eye catching covers of the Delirium series, to Panic, to Liesl and Po, to the Spindlers, there's no denying that Lauren Oliver's books were meant to stand out on bookshelves. 

You can only imagine my reaction when Ms Oliver agreed to do an interview for The Literary Connoisseur, me being an admirer of hers for so long.

But enough of me and my ever-growing fangirling, let's get to the interview!


The Literary Connoisseur: Ms Oliver, thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to stop by The Literary Connoisseur and answer some questions about yourself, your life as an author, and your writing process. If you're ready, let's begin! Have you always known that you wanted to be an author? 

Lauren Oliver: No, but I've always been a writer. I've been writing pretty much every day since I was nine!

The Literary Connoisseur: Do you have a favorite place to write? Outside? A comfy couch, perhaps? 

Lauren Oliver: I prefer to write at tables, but I love writing in the sunroom of my house upstate. It has beautiful light and it's very quiet. 

The Literary Connoisseur: How did the plot of Delirium come to you? 

Lauren Oliver: I was at the gym! I was watching a news piece about swine flu, and I was thinking about how governments can use the threat of disease to control populations. At the time I was also thinking about love stories. The two ideas just came together in my head!

The Literary Connoisseur: You've written books in the three genres; Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, and Children's Fiction. Which was most fun to write? 

Lauren Oliver: I honestly love all of them! There's different joys and challenges for every age.

The Literary Connoisseur: Are you a reader as well as a writer? If so, what do you enjoy reading? 

Lauren Oliver: I think all writers need to be readers. I read very broadly, obviously fiction, but also history and science!

The Literary Connoisseur: Which of your books was the most fun to write? 

Lauren Oliver: I can't pick, they all obsess me, and torture me, while I'm writing them. 

The Literary Connoisseur: How do you feel when you walk into a bookstore and see your books, your pride and joy, sitting there on the "Most Talked About" shelves? 

Lauren Oliver: It never stops being completely amazing. I'm so grateful to readers and booksellers.

The Literary Connoisseur: What would you like to say to "fans-to-be" of your books? What would you like to say to readers who are considering picking up your work? 

Lauren Oliver: To keep an open mind. I've heard from so many readers who HATED Sam in the beginning of Before I Fall, and loved her by the end!

The Literary Connoisseur: How can fans stay up-to-date with your latest news and announcements? 

Lauren Oliver: You can follow my blog ( my twitter (@oliverbooks) or sign up for the newsletter on my website!

The Literary Connoisseur: What new and exciting things are coming to the world of Lauren Oliver? Are you currently working on any new projects? 

Lauren Oliver: I'm ALWAYS working on new projects. My first Adult book, Rooms, comes out in a month! Then I have a new YA standalone book coming out this spring called Vanishing Girls. Check them out on Goodreads!

Lauren's Books

The Delirium Trilogy

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More from the world of Delirium...


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Lauren's latest release! 

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About Lauren Oliver

I was born in Queens and raised in Westchester, New York, in a small town very similar to the one depicted in Before I Fall. My parents are both literature professors, and from a very early age, my sister and I were encouraged to make up stories, draw, paint, dance around in costumes, and essentially spend much of our time living imaginatively. Our house was old and full of art and towers and towers of books, and that’s still the kind of house I like best.
I started writing as a way of extending my love of reading; when I read a book I loved, I would continue to write sequels for it (I was inadvertently a fan fic writer, before “fan fiction” was even a term!). Later on, I began working on my own stories, and keeping company with a lot of imaginary friends.
I pursued literature and philosophy at the University of Chicago, and then moved back to New York to attend NYU’s MFA program in creative writing. I simultaneously began working at Penguin Books, in a young adult division called Razorbill, and while there, I started work on Before I Fall. I left in 2009 to pursue writing full-time, and now I happily work in my pajamas every day.
I have a variety of interests apart from writing, including reading, cooking, traveling, dancing, running, and making up weird songs. Some of my favorite things are: being cozy; fires; autumn; fuzzy slippers; very high heels; great wine; dark chocolate; ketchup; pasta. Things I hate: practical shoes, liars, and bananas. I divide my time between Brooklyn, upstate New York, and various hotel rooms.

For more on Lauren Oliver, check out her website here!

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Heaven of Animals by David James Poissant

  David James Poissant captures the very essence of humankind, all of the beauty, and all of the ugliness in the world in his book of short stories, The Heaven of Animals. From the very first story, Mr Poissant's storytelling and character details will capture your interest and not let it go until you finish the very last page.
  From varying scenarios of a father coping with his son coming out of the closet, to a pair of cousins who share a deep, dark secret, to a woman who helps her husband as he passes away from cancer, each story will affect you. Whether it touches your heart, makes you cringe, or speaks to you on a personal level, I guarantee you will be touched in one way or another.
  I know I was.
  By the end of the book, I definitely had my favorites. Some of the stories touched my heart so, I was very close to tears and I sat there saying, "Wow..."
  These are the sort of stories that will stick with you forever, and will become relevant to real life situations. You will find yourself at the post office, the grocery store, or the laundromat thinking, "Oh my gosh, that reminds me of that short story (insert short story title here) in The Heaven of Animals."
  This compilation of short stories can only be compared to the Mirror of Erised from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
  Each and every person who opens up this book and delves into the stories, will find that they are transfixed in David James Poissant's words, and will connect with it in some way.
  The Heaven of Animals is very well done. I'm so glad I was asked to read this book in exchange for an honest review, because it left a very large and wonderful impression on me. Well done, Mr. Poissant.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Unlit Star by Lindy Zart

  Every bookworm should experience the euphoric feeling one gets when they read that book. The book that has you in the palm of its hand. The book that has you so emotionally involved/distraught/overwhelmed with its story, there's nothing you can do but sit there in awe, book laying open (if it's an actual paper book, if not, screen sitting there lit up) in your hand, as your brain works together what's currently happening.
  How could this happen? After all the author and you have been through- after experiencing these past 300 or so pages together- how could the author do this to you, their faithful reader?
  How can normal life proceed after this book is finished?
  Next comes the feeling of desperately wanting to talk to someone after you've finished that book, and not understanding when someone answers your frantic cries for help with an, "It's just a book."
  Every bookworm knows that it's never "just a book."
  This author has found a way into your heart through their writing and their words. They have found a way to capture your most raw emotions, drawing them out, coaxing them with their charismatic characters and utmost endearing plotlines, and then following it all up by leading your emotions down the dizzying and endless rabbit-hole known as "Falling Madly in Love with a Book."
  Out of the 700 or so books I have read over my years as an avid book lover, I have only come across 25 or so that leave me tear-streaked, sad, happy, and beyond the point of "book infatuation." I have crossed the line into "Past the Point of No Return" territory. This feeling occurs when you cannot move on to another book right away, when you just have to hold the book to your chest longer, for fear of the story disappearing altogether, leaving you with a broken heart and a nest of half-used tissues strewn around your comfy reading chair. You are so involved with this book, you don't know what to do with yourself. You sit there, crying (because even if you're not a typical crier when you read books, that one book that hits you like this will make you cry, even if you don't want to), and you want the rest of your life to be surrounded by this one story.
  Around the internet, you hear of this feeling called a "book hangover." This feeling leaves you breathless, it leaves you an emotional wreck, and you cannot, cannot imagine starting another story at the moment- still being stuck in the previous book's world. But the book I just finished is way beyond "book hangover."
  I have a "book hangover" that will last a lifetime. I have book-shaped impression on my heart.
  This book impression is in the shape of Lindy Zart's Unlit Star.
  When Lindy asked me to review her latest novel, I was of course more than happy to oblige. Every single book that I have read by Lindy Zart has been incredible in different ways, no matter the genre. From Ordinary, to Incomplete, to Take Care, Sara, I was in love with her work.
  What I didn't expect was to read something so extraordinary, that the only category I could file Unlit Star into wouldn't be "Lindy Zart's Books," it wouldn't be, "My Favorite Indie Books," it would be filed under, "My Favorite Books of All-Time/Life-Altering Books."
  I fell in love with Unlit Star as I did with Lindy Zart's other books; immediately. (With intriguing plots such as these, how could you not?) Although, Unlit Star had an extra ummph.
  I fell in love with Unlit Star as soon as our main character, Delilah, was introduced.
  We begin Unlit Star with Delilah working as the Young family house cleaner while their normal cleaner is on vacation for the summer. Delilah is well acquainted with the Young son who is her age, although they never quite meshed in school. Easy peasy; he was popular, she was definitely not.
  But after a tragic boat accident that summer, the son, Rivers, is left semi-crippled, scarred (inside and out), and almost catatonic. Delilah almost has to clean around him as he sits there and watches her.
  These two obviously don't go well together, but when a family illness lures Rivers' mother and step-father out of town, there is only one responsible person to sit and watch him to make sure he doesn't do anything reckless or stupid.
  Neither of them are too thrilled with this arrangement, but what can you do? Delilah can definitely hold her own, and she won't put up with Rivers' attitude.
  And right there is my #1 reason for falling in love with Unlit Star so quickly. Delilah.
  Of course after a few chapters, my love for Rivers followed shortly as his character progressed. By the end of the book, I was madly in love with both of them.
  This book affected me as one is affected on a roller coaster. First, your anticipation builds as you climb higher and higher on the tracks, your heart beating wildly out of your chest and your fear of having a heart-attack increasing. Next, you reach that peak where everything starts to slow, as if you're trudging through a river of molasses. You know something is wrong- you know if you stop now, there's no way you can roll back into the safety of the tracks you know. You'll head straight for the unknown track in front of you, diving head-first into a wild, hair-whipping course, so you know you're better off continuing this nail-biting journey willingly.
  And then...then you reach the fall. That weightless, heart-in-stomach feeling of the inevitable. That feeling of receiving a text stating, "We need to talk," before you actually know what you're meant to talk about.
  You're now free falling into oblivion, unaware of what awaits you, but you know that it'll be huge.
  This is what I experienced, word for word, when I read Lindy Zart's Unlit Star.
  I implore you, if you are a fan of these feelings, if you savor books that make you go, "Wow..." or even if you're in a book rut, looking for that next book to capture your every emotion, read Unlit Star.
  In all honesty, I've read one or two books recently that I've been requested to review that left me positively breathless. Unlit Star not only took my breath, it also stole my heart, my mind, and one of the spots on my "Favorite Books of 2014 List."
  Unlit Star was not just a story, it was life-changing, a work of poetry, a piece artwork, and a gorgeous, real-life story of two young adults transformed onto paper.
  Lindy Zart was born to write. A book like this that captures your soul so cannot be written by just anyone. Lindy Zart poured everything onto Unlit Star's paper that's required in order to create a masterpiece, and it shows. You know by reading this book that Lindy has put her blood, sweat, and tears into this story.
  Only a few books have affected me in this way. Only a few books in my entire lifetime, and Unlit Star is one of them. I want to continue to fully immerse myself in this story, but how is that possible once it's over?
  I need everyone to read this book. I want to spread the wealth and share the love of this story to keep it alive. I want to completely surround myself with its story again, and breathe in its riches. I miss Delilah and Rivers, desperately.
  I never say this- EVER- but I need to reread this book.

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Duma Key by Stephen King

  After a horrific accident that left him emotionally scarred, divorced, and an amputee, Edgar decides to take a break from his now horrid life, and rent a house on the island of Duma Key.
  Although, he bites off more than he can chew when he meets the intriguing occupants of the Key, regains his love of painting, and comes across ghosts that should have stayed undiscovered...
  I didn't expect to love this book as much as I did. Before I read this book, I had already read, enjoyed, and completely fallen in love with two other Stephen King books; Doctor Sleep and 11/22/63. Both were exceptional, and both had me completely in a bundle of tears.
  I started Duma Key, not expecting to love it as much as I did, and I dove into the story.
  I have to say that so far, no other Stephen King novel has spooked me as much as Duma Key. There was one scene I read at night that freaked me out so much, I had to put my back to a wall and tuck my feet up under my butt so nothing grabbed me.
  Paranoid? Maybe. But it was freaky!
  Now, that was expected. I already knew from my mother that it was scary, since she read it before me and would occasionally whimper every time something spooky happened.
  What I didn't expect was my reaction to the book after I closed the back cover.
  I cried, hard.
  It was beautiful. Edgar's story was incredible, Stephen King's secondary characters were positively wonderful (wait until Wireman is introduced), and the entire novel left such a huge impact on me, I cried as much as I did in 11/22/63 and Doctor Sleep.
  And you know what? I have to say that it was bumped to the top three of my "Favorite Stephen King Books" list.

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