Notes from the Upside Down: An Unofficial Guide to Stranger Things by Guy Adams

I don't know about you, but I love Stranger Things. If you haven't watched it, stop right now and go watch it. Not because there are spoilers below (there are), but because it's literally that good. I'll wait.

Okay, now that you've watched it and fallen in love, and not just with Steve Harrington, but the entire cast and premise, you can read the review.

Notes from the Upside Down is a collection of all of the nerdy things related to Stranger Things. Now, I would never write a companion novel for a TV series, I'm more of a closet nerd, I'm very grateful for Guy Adams writing this, because now I can go watch all movies and TV shows, listen to all of the music, and read all of the books that are referenced and inspired the Duffer Brothers.

The book goes through each episode of season one (it's only about the first season, I don't know if there will be more for season two and future seasons). It gives you a little recap of the episode and then it starts…

The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes

I hate saying this. You all know I hate saying this. But I don't know how good my review will be. It's been two months since I finished The Arsonist and am just now getting to the review. I'd like to blame the holidays or new job or finishing my degree, but those would all be excuses and those don't do anyone any good.

Ava Dreyman lives in East Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall. She's tough, she's determined, and she wants a life better than the one she's been dealt. Molly Mavity's mother killed herself three years ago, but Molly doesn't believe it. Her father is about to be executed for his crimes. Molly's world is imploding on her. Pepper Al-Yusef is a Kuwaiti immigrant who spilled too much to a girl, has a seizure dog who's always finding new ways to embarrass him, and unless he can write some really good essays, he won't graduate high school. How are all of their lives connected? The Arsonist; a diary written by Ava, sent t…

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

You know what sold me on One of Us Is Lying before I knew anything else? On the front flap, in red letters, it says "The Brain," "The Beauty," "The Criminal," and "The Athlete." Any lover of 80s films knows this reference. Okay, so technically it's "Princess" and not "Beauty" and we're missing the Basket Case (it's replaced with "The Outcast), but come on! It's The Breakfast Club!!! This is my number one all time favorite movie! It didn't matter what came after that, I was sold. The fact that the book is really good makes it even better.

So, one afternoon, Bronwyn (Brain), Addy (Beauty), Nate
(Criminal), and Cooper (Athlete) find themselves in detention. The 5th person is Simon, the outcast, or as he likes to say "the omniscient narrator." They're all in a fuss because they are in detention for a bogus reason-their teacher, Mr. Avery, found them with cell phones. That's not the bogu…

Member of the Family: My Story of Charles Manson, Life Inside His Cult, and the Darkness That Ended the Sixties by Dianne Lake

This was an extremely interesting read. I wasn't really sure what to expect, but I know that I didn't expect this.

Dianne Lake was a child of the 60s who just wanted to live a life of peace, love, and happiness. However, reading her story, it's pretty obvious early on that it wasn't going to be that way. Her father was restless and wanted nothing but to follow his dreams of painting America beautiful. Her mother follows along with what her father wants, no questions asked. When the family travels to California so her father could continue pursuing his dream. When the family decides to drop out of society, you can see that this is when Dianne really loses a chance at a normal life. Her and her siblings are taken out of school; they live in a van; they drop out from society-literally. From here, it is just a short time before Dianne is introduced to Charles Manson.

Charles, or Charlie to members of the family, is clearly a replacement for her poor excuse of a father fig…

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King

This is my second Stephen King novel, and my first Owen King novel. Last year, I read 11/22/63, and that was extremely interesting. I was very excited when I received my pre-order of Sleeping Beauties.

Sleeping Beauties takes place in a small Appalachian town called Dooling. The first morning, everything seems fine. That is until a mysterious woman appears from a tree, kills two men (they are drug dealers) and then proceeds into town where she is arrested by Sheriff Lila Norcross. The mysterious woman gives her name as Evie Black. Little does Lila know it then, but Evie holds the answers to questions she does not even know to ask yet. Lila takes Evie to the prison where her husband Clint works as a psychologist; she is hoping that maybe he can make sense of Evie's riddles.

As the day progresses, news of the Aurora virus is spreading. Women are falling asleep and not waking up. As they sleep, they are cocooned in a web-like material that doctors and scientists cannot explain. If t…

Good as Gone by Amy Gentry

Good as Gone is a Book of the Month Club book that has been sitting on my shelf for a little, like most of my books do before being read. However, I am glad that I waited to read it, as right now I'm in one of my mystery/suspense moods.
Eight years ago, in the middle of the night. Jane watcher her older sister Julie be kidnapped from her room at knife point. That was the last to be seen of Julie. Now, it is present day. Jane is in college, and her parents have formed a life around the void of their missing daughter. Of course it is not the same, how could it be; but it is a life nonetheless. Then, one evening as they are sitting down for dinner, the doorbell rings, and who should be at the door other than...drum roll...Julie! She passes out upon her mother opening the door and they rush her to the hospital. When Julie sits down with detectives, she tells a harrowing story of being sold to drug lords and sex traffickers and the years of abuse she faced at the hands of her captor; h…

There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

If you're looking for a book to really mess with you, look no further! There's Someone Inside Your House is a psycho thriller like no other!

The book is told primarily from the point of view of the main character, Makani Young, who recently moved from sunny, beautiful Hawaii to dull, cold Nebraska. Like all main characters, Makani is hiding a part of her past that haunts her. But now it seems that Nebraska will be just as haunted as students are being brutally murdered for no apparent reason. When the killer attacks Makani, she begins to question if the killer knows her true identity.

The few chapters that are told from the points of view of others are the victims last few minutes before being brutally slain. You learn how the killer messes with the victims minds, and has been for quite some time. For one, the egg timer keeps appearing even though she has put it away a few times. For another, he wakes up to his house being rearranged. I won't lie; any time my keys show up …