Play Dead

I finished reading Play Dead by Harlan Coben. This is one of his standalone books and it is his first book published. Harlan Coben has written many books and some of his books are shows and movies on Netflix.

Big Warning: there is some violence and some shocking parts.

Note: I had two theories. I was half right about one theory, but I was completely wrong about the other theory. It will keep you guessing.

In this book, a woman named Laura secretly marries a man named David. David is a basketball player. They secretly go to Australia for a honeymoon. Laura’s mother disapproves of the marriage and that’s why they had to go in secret. They were having a good time until Laura is sent away to a business meeting. David then gets a call and goes to meet someone. He leaves a note for Laura and he disappears. The note said that he was going for a swim.  He was found to be dead and he drowned. It really didn’t make sense to Laura because he was known to be a great swimmer. So she digs deeper and she finds out some of David’s money is missing too. She finds out everything that happened in Australia has something to the past. She learns a terrible and shocking family secret that has led to three murders to happen. She stops the killer from killing a fourth victim. The killer ends up committing suicide.

I loved this book. I will read more of Harlan’s books. But now I’m going to read Lisey’s Story by Stephen King.

Mr. Harriagan’s Phone

I watched Mr. Harrigan’s Phone. It is on Netflix. It is based on a short story by Stephen King. No, I haven’t read the short story yet. In case you are wondering it’s in the book If It Bleeds. My mother is a big fan of Stephen King and she liked this movie and wanted me to see it. (She hasn’t read this story either.) The movie has Donald Sutherland (love him), Jaeden Martell, Joe Tippett, Frank Ridley, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, and Cyrus Arnold in it.

Big Warning: there are some disturbing and creepy scenes. Big Warning 2: Have tissues ready.

In this movie, a boy named Craig and a rich man ask Craig’s father if Craig could be his companion and he will pay Craig. So Craig comes to Mr. Harrigan’s house and read to him. Mr. Harrigan gives him advice and lottery tickets as Christmas presents. Craig doesn’t stop going to his house even when he goes to high school. While he is in high school, he gets a cell phone. He ends up giving one to Mr. Harrigan. Mr. Harrigan gets addicted to using his new cell phone. Mr. Harrigan dies and that is when it gets creepy. Craig buries Mr. Harrigan with his cell phone. He gets texts from Mr. Harrigan and he asks Mr. Harrigan to kill some people. Mr. Harrigan tells him to stop and Craig throws the phone into the lake. (I would have kept the phone.)

I liked this movie. Next week I’m watching The Stepford Wives (1975).

The Gravity Engine

I finished reading The Gravity Engine by Kylie Chan. It is a stand-alone book of the martial arts fantasy book series I just read.  This book is supposed to be read after Demon Child and before Black Jade.

Big Warning: there is some violence.

In this book, Michael is seeing Clarissa every day, but she wouldn’t talk to him. So the doctor told him not to see her as much and she will come around. He gets bored at work and his brother comes to say he can go out hunting with him. So he does with a small crew. They find an interesting cave that does have snake demons, but in the end, some of the fighters get killed and Michael is taken. The son of the Demon King wants Michael to make a pact with him to destroy the Demon King and the son will take over. Michael has no choice in agreeing to the pact. He is taken to the Western Heavens. He finds out the Demon King has his mother and Clarissa. (They are demon copies and poor Michael finds out the hard way that they are.)  The Demon Kings are using them as bait so Michael would make a blueprint of a gravity machine and also make the machine itself. The Gravity machine is supposed to help anyone that comes to Western Heavens to stay on the ground. Michael does make the blueprint. He tries to free the demon copies but ends up killing them instead. In shock and sadness, he kills himself and lands in Court Ten back at home. He didn’t make the machine. He tells the Jade Emperor and his father that he didn’t learn much. He didn’t tell them about the demon copies. He told them he didn’t have the blueprint and he was a failure. (IMO I think they should have looked into his memories to get what the blueprint looked like.) Then he sees Clarissa again and they are talking to each other again.

I sorta liked this book. Now I’m reading Scales of the Empire by Kylie Chan. It is the first book of a space dragon book series.

Black Scales White Fur

I finished reading Black Scales White Fur by Kylie Chan. This is a stand-alone book of her martial arts fantasy book series. I have read all of the martial arts book series.

Big Warning: there is some violence.

In this book, a snake demon that is named One Three Seven is half-human. She made her human skin and ends up making human skins for the other snake demons. She even sees the Demon King. Although she almost dies when he has sex with her multiple times. She discovers she has a sister who can make human skins too. So she escapes and finds her dad who is Ronnie (the Demon King’s son). White tiger, John, Ronnie, and Simone try to protect her. But she ends up going back to the Demon King for awhile. He almost kills her again, but she ascends to be something better, a human.

At first, I didn’t like this book, but I ended up liking it. Now I’m reading The Gravity Engine by Kylie Chan. It is another stand-alone of the martial arts fantasy book series.

Black Jade

I finished reading Black Jade by Kylie Chan. This book is part of a martial arts fantasy book series and the last book of that book series. She has written nine books of the books series. She is writing a new book for the series and it will be out soon. She also wrote a dragon book series that I would to read.

Big Warning: there is some violence and some sad parts.

In this book, after the war ended. The demon King took over the Heavens. He killed all the Shen and imprisoned John in the jade cage again. Emma and her family were spared. Simone was spared too. But Emma’s nephew was killed by human soldiers that the Demon King controlled. The Demon King had made him into clones, but the clones were too aggressive so Emma’s sister agreed to have copies destroyed later on. Simone and Emma went to a safe place on Earthly to escape, but they had to get rid of their phones because of tracking. They found somewhere safe until the Demon King asked Emma to come to take Frankie, Emma’s son, to the Heavens so he can be taught how to be the Jade Emperor. While there Gold put BJ (Black Jade) in Emma so she can be able to talk to her family without the Demon King. It was later found out that BJ was working for the Demon King’s son!! Frankie becomes the Jade Emperor and everyone obeys him. Even Emma at some points. The Demon King was wanting to make Simone and Frankie marry. Emma tried to stop it from happening, but Simone wouldn’t talk to her. The Demon King also wanted to sacrifice himself to make John become different and destroy Frankie.  But Simone had other plans. She killed the Demon King and saved everyone.  The Jade Emperor came back to be on the throne. The Demon King’s son becomes the next Demon King. There was a new treaty and the heavens were rebuilt. But BJ (Black Jade) disappeared. In order to draw her out, Emma and John had their wedding (Finally). They had some encounters with some demon copies and they were destroyed. The wedding did bring Black Jade out, and Emma married Black Jade, but Emma realized and she called out to John and John took out the demon copy.  The real wedding happened. They all decided to live on Earthly since Simone couldn’t go to the Heavens.

I sorta liked this book. Now I’m reading a graphic novel called Small Shen by Kylie Chan. It’s the prequel to the martial arts book series.

Demon Child

I finished reading Demon Child by Kylie Chan.  This book is part of a martial arts fantasy book series. She has written 10 books of the books series. She is writing a new book for the series and it will be out soon. She also written a dragon book series that I would to read.

Big Warning: there is some violence and gross parts.

In this book, John gets injured badly by the Demon King torturing the serpent. The Blue Dragon suggests putting him in another jade cage to see if it heals him. It works. They find out that Demon King wants to take over Hell. So they fight and John gets injured again. They also lose the battle and many lives are lost. The Demon King tries to make a deal with John, but they refuse it. So Demon King revises the treaty and wants Emma and John to come to get the new treaty. Everyone thinks that Emma will die during this meeting. But she doesn’t because her son saves her. (Yes I was right. She didn’t lose her baby in the previous book.)  John is injured again.  Emma finds out that their former housekeeper had died and she goes to her funeral and goes back to hell. The Demon King wants her to teach her son. So she does and she tries to find the serpent. Simone rescues her. They find the serpent. Simone gets badly injured so Emma gives her the Elixir and raises Simone. Then Emma frees the serpent by possessing the serpent.  Emma joins with John only so she can free from the serpent. So they take back Hell, but then Demon King wants to take down the Heavens too. So they win the battle at the gates, but then the demons go to the West so Michael kills all the demons there. Emma and John meet with the Jade Emperor who kills Emma so she will be raised and John raises her as promised. Everything is quiet until a phoenix comes to warn about the Demon King has attacked again.

I sorta liked this book. Now I’m reading Black Jade by Kylie Chan. It is the last book of the series.

Dark Serpent

I finished reading Dark Serpent by Kylie Chan. This book is part of a martial arts fantasy book series. She has written 10 books of the books series. She is writing a new book of the series and it will be out soon. She wrote a dragon book series that I would like to read.

Big Warning: there is some gross parts and one “sad” part.

In this book, Emma, John, Simone, and three others went to Wales to find out about Emma’s heritage. They find out that she is from a serpent people who were made by gods to help destroy the Romans. The problem is that the serpent people accidentally kill John and Emma gets kidnapped by the Demon King of both the West and East. They want to take over the world. George aka Kitty Kwork wants to have Emma’s kids. Before she was kidnapped, Emma discovers she is pregnant.  She “loses” the baby and George takes some of her ovaries again. (I sorta think George lied to Emma saying the baby is dead.) John goes crazy and goes to the West Heaven, but ends up going back home to find the Mountain has been attacked by some poisoned insects. But then the gateways are closed to the Western Heavens. John does find a way and he rescues Emma. The elixir is ready for Emma to take for her to be raised to be immortal like John.

I love this book. Now I’m reading Demon Child by Kylie Chan. It’s the next book in the book series. 

Flowers in the Attic: The Origin: The Martyr

I watched the last part of Flowers in the Attic: The Origin: The Martyr. It is based on the book Garden of Shadows which was written by Andrew Neiderman who is the ghostwriter of V.C. Andrews. Yes, I have read that book, but it’s been awhile since I read it. It has Jemima Rooper, Max Irons, T’Shan Williams, Peter Bramhill, Alana Boden, Evelyn Miller, Buck Braithwaite, Luke Fetherston, Hannah Dodd, and Kate Mulgrew.

Big Warning: there is hints of incest and a little bit of violence.

In this “episode,” Malcolm finds out about Corrine and Christopher and goes into a rage. He tries to kill Christopher. Corrine hits Malcolm with a vase and he releases Christopher. Olivia confronts Corrine that Christopher is her half-brother. But she says they are in love anyway. Corrine and Christopher run away. Olivia is convinced that if Malcolm is no longer there then Corrine will back home. So she slits Malcolm’s picture and makes the banister loose so Malcolm will fall to his death. But he doesn’t die, but he can’t talk or walk. She becomes his nurse and invites her uncle to stay. But her uncle wants to rape her so she stabs him. Olivia takes over the house and Malcolm’s company. Corrine and Christopher have four children. Christopher gets killed in a car wreck on his birthday and Corrine ends up coming back home. Hence the start of Flowers in the Attic.

I liked this “episode.” Next week I’m watching The Forever Purge.

Heaven to Wudang Jorney to Wudang Book 3

I finished reading Heaven to Wudang Journey to Wudang Book 3 by Kylie Chan. This book is part of a martial arts fantasy book series. She has written 10 books of the books series. She is writing a new book series and it will be out soon. She also written a dragon book series that I would to read.

Big Warning: there is some violence and some sad parts.

In this book, Emma keeps getting feelings and short visions of impending doom. But she and the others don’t know exactly what the doom is. They think there will be hundreds of demons outside of the Academy. They discuss who will help bring John back. Leo tries to volunteer, but they end up picking two generals instead. So one of the generals brings back John. John tells them that there are fake students in the academy who will explode if they know everyone knows. In the end, they lose a lot of students. Then Emma’s nephews go missing. They raided every research building that “Kitty Kwok” was at. Emma thought her nephews were at one building and let her be taken. She was given more demon essence and her memory wiped. But she had been wrong her nephews wasn’t there. The police found out the passport was fake and she almost went to prison until a police officer that used to haunt her saved her. John restored some of her memory, but the Jade Emperor restored her memory. They found out where Kitty’s hideout was. They found Emma’s nephews and Michael’s girlfriend (who was thought dead). They were tortured badly. Simone also gets poisoned and John helps her by slicing off his arm.  Then Emma’s parents and sisters decide to change their name and go into hiding. She won’t be able to see her parents again. Then Simone goes missing. They find her and she was drugged.  Emma gets radiation poisoning. They take Kitty to see the Demon King as promised. They lead her to the jade cage. This is where they find out Kitty was all along the Demon King. (plot twist which I sorta guessed)  Emma almost died and John’s serpent appeared and healed Emma. Then Emma killed John and the demon king let her go. The Jade Emperor thought maybe the Demon King had put something inside her to change her somehow. Emma lets them see if he did. And he did. John got rid of the thing that made her less fearful and has a death wish.  But now the Demon King is torturing John’s serpent.

I loved this book. Now I reading Dark Serpent by Kylie Chan. It is the next book in the martial arts fantasy book series.

Flowers in the Attic: The Origin: The Murderer

I watched part 3 of Flowers in The Attic: The Origin: The Murderer. It is based on the book Garden of Shadows which was written by Andrew Neiderman who is the ghostwriter of V.C. Andrews. Yes, I have read that book, but it’s been awhile since I read it. It has Jemima Rooper, Max Irons, T’Shan Williams, Peter Bramhill, Alana Boden, Evelyn Miller, Buck Braithwaite, Luke Fetherston, Hannah Dodd, and Kate Mulgrew.

Big Warning: there is some hints of incest.

In this “episode,” Alicia does show up at the Foxworth Hall to tell them she has cancer. She tells them that she wants them to take care of Christopher when she passes. They agree and they tell Corrine that Christopher is her uncle. But in reality, they are half brother and sister. Joel is found out by Malcolm and Malcolm sends him to a hospital to convert him to be normal in exchange that Harry be freed from jail. At the hospital, they use shock therapy. Olivia comes to her senses and rescues him. Joel gets disinherited and leaves with Harry. When Corrine and Christopher fall in love and they have sex on Malcom’s mother’s bed. Olivia sees them. Mrs. Steiner ends up working for the doctor and she finds out about Joel and Corrine’s birth records. She bribes them, but Olivia pushes her and she hit her head and dies. They bury her.

I sorta liked this “episode.” Next week I’m watching the last part: Flowers in The Attic: The Origin: The Martyr.