Review: The Exorcist by William Blatty




The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty is a great Halloween read, and relatively short at only 340 pages.

The book is from three points of view: Chris MacNeil, whose daughter is severely ill with a strange disease; Damien Karras, a Jesuit priest who is struggling with his faith; and Lietenant Kinderman, a detective who is trying to find a murderer in a strange case.

The pacing proves to be great throughout the story by introducing the characters quickly and downplaying the exorcism in the beginning. The characters are wonderful and their actions are believable which is not something you always come by. The author provides careful thought into how to proves someone’s beliefs or disbeliefs throughout the story. AS for the downplay of the exorcism brings out a different feeling by it not being brought up right away along with additions of secrets to shift the focus.

However, there are points of droning on when regarding the medical and psychological diseases, unless you like to read about that then there are no flaws. The ending is also a bit rushed and I won’t spoil it, but it leaves you with a sense of …That’s it? While I like the originality of the ending, and the surprise of it, it just doesn’t make a lot of sense. It is an abrupt ending, when the scene should have been a bit longer.
All in all, it’s a good book and a classic read. I would recommend it for older audiences.

I do have to warn you, the book does contain strong sexual themes, and a lot of cussing.


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She-Hulk, Vol. 1: Law and Disorder by Charles Soule, Javier Pulido, Ron Wimberly

Jennifer Walters is the She-Hulk! A stalwart member of the Avengers and FF, she’s also a killer attorney with a pile of degrees and professional respect. But juggling cases and kicking bad guy butt is a little more complicated than she anticipated. With a new practice, a new paralegal and a mounting number of super villains she’s racking up as personal enemies, She Hulk might have bitten off more than she can chew! When Kristoff Vernard, the son of Victor Von Doom, seeks extradition, it’s an international jailbreak, She-Hulk-style! Then, She-Hulk and Hellcat must uncover the secrets of the Blue File — a conspiracy that touches the entire Marvel Universe! And when someone important to She-Hulk is killed, and won’t let it stand — but who can she trust? She-Hulk takes on her most terrifying role yet: defendant!

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Imprudence ( The Custard Protocol #2 ) by Gail Carriger

London is in chaos.

Rue and the crew of The Spotted Custard returned from India with revelations that shook the foundations of the scientific community. There is mass political upheaval, the vampires are tetchy, and something is seriously wrong with the local werewolf pack. To top it all off, Rue’s best friend Primrose keeps getting engaged to the most inappropriate military types.

Rue has got personal problems as well. Her vampire father is angry, her werewolf father is crazy, and her obstreperous mother is both. Worst of all, Rue’s beginning to suspect what they all really are… is frightened.

When the Custard is ordered to Egypt, transporting some highly unusual passengers, Rue’s problems go from personal to impossible. Can she get Percy to stop sulking? Will she find the true cause of Primrose’s lovesickness? And what is Quesnel hiding in the boiler room?

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Stealing Snow by Danielle Page

First kisses sometimes wake slumbering princesses, undo spells, and spark happily ever afters.

Mine broke Bale.

Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent her life locked in Whittaker Psychiatric—but she isn’t crazy. And that’s not the worst of it. Her very first kiss proves anything but innocent…when Bale, her only love, turns violent.

Despite Snow knowing that Bale would never truly hurt her, he is taken away—dashing her last hope for any sort of future in the mental ward she calls home. With nowhere else to turn, Snow finds herself drawn to a strange new orderly who whispers secrets in the night about a mysterious past and a kingdom that’s hers for the taking—if only she can find her way past the iron gates to the Tree that has been haunting her dreams.

Beyond the Tree lies Algid, a land far away from the real world, frozen by a ruthless king. And there too await the River Witch, a village boy named Kai, the charming thief Jagger, and a prophecy that Snow will save them all.

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Dorothy Must Die Review


“Dorothy Must Die” by Danielle Paige is a great spinoff of the Wizard of Oz. The main character, Amy, is transported to Oz and finds that Dorothy has come back, and Oz has taken a turn for the worst. Now, it is up to her to kill Dorothy.

There are a lot of things in the book that I love. There is a sense of mystery throughout the story; like how everyone has secrets they aren’t willing to share. The main character Amy is a strong female character who you can see how she changes and finds out about herself as a person though out the book, gaining confidence and drive. It’s also admirable how the author takes a bright fairytale filled with fun and magic and turns it into something much darker and interesting for older readers.

Another great thing, the plot doesn’t rely on a romance to move the story along. Instead, it has other elements to take its place, causing there to never be a dull moment. That isn’t exercised quite enough in teen books. At the end of the book I was left surprised but it was a good way to end. “Dorothy Must Die” is definitely a great book, and I think if nothing else, the author made it clear, this is not a fairy tale.


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Black River Falls by Jeff Hirsch

In a town without a memory, there’s one who can’t forget.

When a mysterious virus tears through the small town of Black River, it spares residents’ lives but takes something just as precious—their memories.

Six months later, the people of Black River are quarantined, surviving on rations, and policed by government forces. With their memories erased, they’ve all been transformed—some for better, some for worse.

Seventeen-year-old Cardinal Cassidy has escaped the virus, but he can’t escape its devastating impact on his home and family. He chooses to remain deep within the Quarantine Zone, living in a mountain camp with the town’s former bully—now his best friend. Together, they look after a group of orphaned kids and do their best to move on.

But then an enigmatic young woman appears, a private corporation takes control of Black River, and the safe, closed-off world Cardinal has created begins to crumble.


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JFOL September Meeting Notes

Volunteer Opportunities:

Story Time – Crafts, Templates, Signs

American Girl Club this Saturday, October 1st

Book Sale- Someone needs to do this at least once a week. May change due to amount of books.

Displays- Signs, Ideas, Pulling Books, Decorations

Harry Potter Program – Decorations, Supervising, Running activities, Handing out treats Oct. 22

Study Room Picture Frames- Decorate with theme of the month

Book Club

Every JFOL meeting at 6. Hope to spend 30-45 minutes on the discussion.

Book of the month is Dorothy Must Die.

Future Outreach

Letters about Literature


SNIP Alliance