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  • I Found it Slow

    This book was really slow. It was well written and very creative but I found it to be lacking in the excitement department. Fans of horror and slasher movies might like this a tad more. I wasn't impressed with the ending either. The main character, Jade, is a teenager and we suffer through all her thoughts and anguish. Some of it read like a young adult novel. Four hundred pages of this was just too much for this reader to enjoy it. I can see there being a place for this on some people's bookshelves but it wasn't for me.

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  • Suspenseful, mournful thriller

    As I’m not overly familiar with horror movies, I not only appreciated Jade’s “essays”, but throughly enjoyed them as well. Stephen Graham Jones has expertly woven together the many layers within this book - creating a suspenseful, mournful thriller with a main character to root for. Thank you NetGalley for my copy. My comments and opinions are my own.

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  • A Love Letter to Sleher Movies.

    I enjoyed this horror story. It was a love letter to slasher movies. The prologue nearly knocked me off my chair. Then, I was disappointed with the slow burn to the excitement which started about three quarters of the way in. After that, the horror that we expect from slasher movies kicked in with the ending I was not expecting. If you enjoy horror books, you will love My Heart is a Chainsaw. I received a free copy of this book and I am voluntarily leaving my review.

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  • Gory and bleak but also exciting and suspenseful

    I’ve always been a horror movie fan. When I was young I remember watching all the classic slasher movies-Nightmare on Elm Street, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th. As I’ve gotten older my love of horror has evolved into more of a psychological or Gothic horror and less into the slashers. I haven’t even seen any of the Saw movies, but my introduction to horror was definitely those gory slashers so they hold a place in my nostalgic heart. The story is told from Jade’s point of view and we spend the entire time in her head. She obviously had suffered some serious trauma and her home life was truly terrible causing her to retreat into slasher movies as a defense mechanism. Ascribing order to these films allowed her to compensate for the complete lack of order in her own life. According to Jade, and all of her essays for English class, slashers all follow certain rules and shared elements which make them generally predictable. Jade desperately needs logic and predictability in her own life and she wishes constantly for a real life slasher in her town. When unusual deaths start happening she is overjoyed that the “movie” has begun and she tries to find the familiar patterns of a slasher movie in real life events. Is there really a slasher in Proofrock or is Jade just so desperate for a predictable pattern that she sees patterns that aren’t really there? I’m not going to ruin it for you so you’ll have to read and find out. There were many things to love about this book and the creepy opening scene at the lake immediately got my attention. After the amazing prologue we see the rest of the story through Jade’s eyes and we are in her head throughout. I will say that I didn’t always love being stuck in her brain. She thinks of noting except slasher movies and the constant death and gore. She is a true obsessive and I can’t say that I would want to hang out with her in real life but when the bodies start dropping I would absolutely want her by my side. While the story is often gory, bleak and disturbing it is also is exciting and suspenseful, especially near the end where the action moves at breakneck speed, just like a horror movie. People are dying right and left and Jade is right in the middle taking her one chance to be the hero. She is the ultimate underdog and it is kind of enjoyable to see her fulfill her dream, even if it means mass murder. This isn’t an easy story and Jade isn’t an easy heroine but when it comes together at the end it is satisfying. Thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada, Gallery / Saga Press for providing an Electronic Advance Reader Copy via NetGalley for review.

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  • My Heart is a Chainsaw

    I would give My Heart is a Chainsaw (Stephen Graham Jones) 2 1/2 stars, since it is impossible I'm upping it to 3 stars. I think this story contains the title of every slasher movie ever made and includes more details than I ever wanted to know. The main character is a 17 year old girl who is obsessed with slasher movies and predicts a slasher is coming to her small town. I want to thank NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for an early copy to review.

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