The Gates by John Connolly was such an ODD young adult novel. Basically, the non-sugar coated version… this novel is about Satan and how a little boy named Samuel and his daschund Boswell are the only things standing between Satan and Earth! Some neighbors decide to call to the underworld as a fun parlor game, but things go terribly wrong (or is it terribly right?) and the Abernathys find their bodies being used by a host of demons and evil creatures.
Odd? Yes. Scary? Yes. This novel does not seem to be a topic appropriate for it’s reading level! While the novel copes with the common fight between good and evil, it still felt a bit stretched. There were good topics, but I found the novel a bit too evil. The candid way that Connolly wrote about demons and the devil really made me uncomfortable. That being said, I loved the relationship between Samuel and Boswell… their friendship was very Matilda-esque and magical.
The characters were odd and I found myself feeling uneasy about reading this novel. I wouldn’t really suggest this novel, though I’d read this author again if he chose a different topic.
Halloweenie is one of my absolute FAVORITE holidays. Mostly because the theatre kid in me loves coming up with creative costumes and dressing up! I went to Zoo Boo at the Indy zoo this past weekend dressed up as a scarecrow and I have a Tardis costume in the works for Friday! Hope you all have safe and treat-filled Halloweens!
-Hitting my head REALLY hard against the frame of my car this past weekend. OUCH! I’m pretty sure I gave myself a concussion. Still have a headache after four days. OI!
-Having to log off of my work email, etc in order to print ANYTHING at work. Ugh. #firstworldproblems
-Cuddly socks and sweaters.
-Reading Harry Potter in bed with my sweet husband. He is such an incredible man.
-Unexpected moments with old friends that seem to breathe new life into a friendship. I feel really close to my friend Ashlee right now. =)
-ZooBoo with my nephew and his parents! So much fun… even though I was the oldest person in costume!
-All the laundry stacking up at our apt. What my husband does in any given day to go through so many outfits, I will never understand.
-Miscommunications at work. I can’t seem to reach this co-worker. I try to “kill her with kindness” but I find that we continue to have trouble communicating. It’s frustrating…
-Noodles for lunch that leave an odd smell on your clothes.
-Cats and cozy sweaters and hot tea and pumpkin colored things (like pumpkins ;] ).
-Getting the script for a skit at church for the Kids service. It’s so fun!
-Writing at work. I love when it’s writing my own procedures. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy editing, too, but writing is my real passion.
-Audiobooks. They make my drive to and from work each day much more manageable.
-GET MY NEW IPHONE TOMORROW!!! WHOO!!
-AND MY AUNT DONNA IS COMING TO VISIT THIS WEEKEND. <3 She is like a second mother to me and I can’t wait to see her again!