Thursday, January 6, 2011

Review: House of Reckoning by John Saul

After reading Nightshade, I wasn't ready to give up on John Saul's writing ability. Even though I couldn't find the wherewithal to jump up and down for joy with Nightshade, I still think John deserves a second chance from me. I've read numerous of his novels and all of them are exceptional. Click here to read my review on Nightshade. I was a bit sad and displeased because the book haven't fulfilled my expectations. House of Reckoning changed all that...By the way that's me writing this review...You can see some of my books and my current read is there too, Last Known Victim by Erica Spindler.

But enough about Nightshade, that's water under the bridge. Let's now turn to House of Reckoning. This book was released last 2009. I only got a copy of it last December 2010, you see, I couldn't possibly afford a hardcover release, it's just too expensive for a person who's unemployed like myself. I'm hoping to get a job this year. Wish me luck! 

Last Christmas, I decided to make a Christmas Book Wish List and literally begged to all my friends and relatives to grant me these wishes. I wasn't expecting anything likely to happen, you know, it was a long shot. I was surprised that two of my relatives answered and told me that they're going to fulfill my wishes! I was in seventh heaven! Thanks again to Tito Bobby and Tita Cynthia. :-)

House of Reckoning is a book that I would recommend to all the readers out there who have a liking for an edge-of-your-seat story. John Saul normally have young characters and storylines that probes the mind and delves further to the unknown and supernatural. That's the main reason I read his books. In House of Reckoning, John introduces us to Sarah Crane, the main character. She loves to paint but the problem is, her paintings turned out to be "paintings of bizarre happenings" and it also depicts "violence and bloodshed". Sarah doesn't know how this came to be, she's not aware of what's happening once she started painting...Loads of characters are introduced to make the story more interesting. One particular character affected me the most was Tiffany, Sarah's foster sister. Tiffany was anything but rude and unpleasant towards Sarah. She started spreading nasty rumors at school and even stole some of Sarah's prescribed medication and sell it to people who abuses them. Now that's just sick. I must admit that sometimes I get carried away with the characters personalities, but it only shows that the book is really good.

My Rating: 5 Stars
To wrap it all up, the book is gripping with characters that you'd want to kill and some that you'll love and adore. The ending was nothing that I've imagined it would be. John Saul is back in full force!!! Cheerz!


leeshinyoung said...

I admire you for such a voracious reader.
I love to read to, but just started book blogging a couple do days ago.
Your books look to tempting to read. But I read mostly nonfiction books. A few fiction if it really intrigues me and won't stop pestering my mind unti I read it. :-D
Enjoy reading!

Ruperto Prieto Jr. said...

Hi! thanks so much for your kind words! I don't like nonfiction books so much but like you, if it catches my interest, I'll probably read it. Hope you can recommend some really interesting titles! ☺

Lazy Girl said...

well the cover certainly makes me want to check it out!

Ruperto Prieto Jr. said...

@Lazy Girl: I hope you will!

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