“She breathed deeply of the scent of decaying fiction, disintegrating history, and forgotten verse, and she observed for the first time that a room full of books smelled like dessert: a sweet snack made of figs, vanilla, glue, and cleverness.” ~NOS4A2
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill: 5/5 Stars
Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. On her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes her way to a rickety covered bridge that, within moments, takes her wherever she needs to go, whether it’s across Massachusetts or across the country.
Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing – and terrifying – playground of amusements he calls “Christmasland.”
Then, one day, Vic goes looking for trouble—and finds Manx. That was a lifetime ago. Now Vic, the only kid to ever escape Manx’s unmitigated evil, is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx never stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. He’s on the road again and he’s picked up a new passenger: Vic’s own son.
Since my last review had spoilers I’ll keep this one spoiler free. 🙂 Also, I’m sorry it’s been so long since I’ve written a review! I’ll try to get back on the review game, because I’ve definitely been slacking. I just enjoyed this book so much that 1.) I knew I had to write a review and 2.) it’s been so long since I’ve written a review haha.
One thing I would like to mention is that I found out like…maybe halfway through the book that Joe Hill is just a pseudonym! I didn’t know that Joe Hill was King’s son! I just found it so funny because since the beginning of this book I was going on about how good his writing was and how he’s so much better than King and that more people should read his books…and then I found out he was King’s son! It’s so freaking ironic and funny to me.
Anyway, this book was just beautifully written. Plain and simple. He describes things so beautifully, in my opinion. I also loved how dark this book was. I’m a huge horror fan and even if this book wasn’t necessarily scary it was sooooo dark. I felt that the way he described things only made the picture in my mind darker because I already have a good way of picturing things to be scarier than they are…if that makes sense haha. He also managed to describe things with such fascinating detail but without making it boring…which is something I don’t think his father is good at. However, I do plan on having a month of King’s where I’m gonna read books by Joe Hill and Stephen King to get a good comparison of the two. Not sure when that’ll happen though.
The characters were also amazing. I managed to connect with Vic in a way that I can’t even describe. I felt for her and I wanted the best for her. I also connected with Maggie. I like books with characters that aren’t perfect and this book definitely had characters that had flaws. I feel like so many books the main character is always someone who looks and acts heroic/flawless. Well, this book is so different because you have this main character that is set to be the protagonist but she also went through so many things in her life. She grows so much by the end of the story and once you see that it’s so beautiful in its own way.
“No one looks too closely at a librarian. People are afraid of going blind from the glare of ssss-ssso much compressed wisdom.”
Another, character you can’t help but love is Lou. He’s such a softie and a sweetheart that you can just tell he’s such an adorable guy. I don’t want to say too much about him because I don’t want to spoil anything…I know some people don’t care about “small spoilers” but any spoiler is bad to me haha. I also ended up liking Tabitha at the end…I almost hated her but the Hill managed to turn it around.
“If you’re going to be mad, she heard her father say, then use it, and don’t be used by it.”
Hill seemed to be good at that. Making me think one thing and then completely turning it around and surprising me. Definitely kept me reading and wanting more. I know what you’re thinking, “If he kept you wanting more than why did it take you so long to finish?” That my good readers/bloggers/followers/people is because I decided to be lazy when it came to reading this book…or any book for that matter…hence my lack of reading good/longer books. Which, if you’ve been keeping up on my blog, and I know you have, is why I’m choosing quality over quantity.
Let’s see…there were some really good twists in this novel that kind of broke me in a way, which is what a good book should do haha. There are honestly so many things I could talk about but I don’t want to spoil anything.
“Fantasy was always only a reality waiting to be switched on.”
I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves horror/thriller novels because this book is super twisted and dark but also very touching at the same time. I also recommend this book to thriller/fantasy lovers, because there is that fantasy element of Christmasland. The writing is amazing as is the plot of this book. It all just works so beautifully together and seems like it was written effortlessly which I know it wasn’t haha.
The only downside to this book is that if you read it in public people will ask what you’re reading or try to figure out the title. Apparently know one knows about NOS4A2 (I only know him from Spongebob). Also, when you’re first starting out and people ask what it’s about it’s pretty much impossible to explain…if you’re me at least. I had so much trouble explaining that it’s a book about a guy who kind of kills kids by taking them to this kind of real place.
Anyway, that’s my review! I hope y’all enjoyed and I highly recommend this book! If you’ve read this book comment below and let me know your thoughts!! ❤ ❤