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Leah's Bookshelf

Likes: Horror, macabre, fairy tales, ghosts, hauntings, serial killers, zombies, werewolves, shapeshifters, vampires, time travel, orphans, clones, thrillers, classics, gothic


I like to read anything that tells a good story, duh ;) Genre doesn't really matter much but I tend to read dark fiction and fantasy the most. I skip chick lit and romance novels with a few exceptions for the extraordinary.


My ratings system:

5 stars - ADORED; plan to read over and over and over.

4 stars - ENJOYED; will likely read once or twice more.

3 stars - LIKED; may or may not read again ... someday.

2 stars - MEH; no plans to read again.

1 stars - I didn't enjoy the story and was lucky to finish.

0 stars - I couldn't or wouldn't finish for reasons that may or may not be listed in the review box.

Currently reading

The Oxford Book of American Short Stories
Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville, Henry James, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Washington Irving, Mark Twain, Edith Wharton, Ray Bradbury, Charlotte Gilman Perkins, Willa Carter, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Stephen Crane, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Katherine Anne Porter, Eudora Welty, Nath
Progress: 225/768 pages

Heart-Shaped Box: A Novel by Joe Hill

Heart-Shaped Box - Joe Hill

Rating: 3.5 of 5


Impressive for a debut novel; above average when compared to other ghost stories. Heart-Shaped Bo is definitely worth a read for fans of paranormal stories about unlikable characters and redemption. That, Jude/Justin being a major d**k, was the biggest obstacle for me. Eventually I was able to get past his d**ckyness though.


My favorite parts of the book: the atmosphere and the dogs.


Note: This was my first experience with Joe Hill's writing. In all honesty, I enjoyed the sneak peak at 20th Century Ghosts more than Heart-Shaped Box. If "The Last Breath" is any indication, I can't wait to read 20th Century Ghosts!