Book 26 of 2015: Ouija by Katherine Turner

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It’s not just a game.
As far as Elaine Morris is concerned, the Ouija board is just a game she played at sleepovers as a kid. But her best friend, Debbie, has been messing around with one recently–and claims she’s starting to hear strange noises around the house. ‘Laine thinks Debbie is a total dork for getting spooked, until Debbie dies in a horrible and haunting way. Desperate to figure out what really happened to her friend, ‘Laine starts using the Ouija board to uncover its mystery. She soon learns that something sinister has come through the board, and it’s not ready to say GOOD-BYE.
Read this heart-stopping novel before seeing the major motion picture.

Quija by Katherine Turner is the book version of the PG-13 movie that had come out last year. Granted, I’m not sure if the book came before or after the movie. I hadn’t seen the movie until I finished reading the book and there were differences. Which isn’t surprising.

My first impression about the book was its size and the font size. The font size was rather large in comparison to a small book. It was in a similar format to a juvenile book. This can be good or bad depending on how you look at it. For me, it was a bit of a turn off. I like my books with substance. This showed that the book was going to be just the horror of the movie, but not give you much to the characters.

The writing style was nothing too special as well. Like the book’s format, the writing style was close to a juvenile read. It was simple and quick. Though I have said that as a good quality to some books, this one didn’t have enough characterization for me to really feel connected. I didn’t care about the people who died.

I found the deaths interesting. They were different from the movie and honestly, I found more enjoyable. I liked seeing how they struggled for the control of their bodies. The movie didn’t give that and if it did, I would have found the movie more enjoyable. However, this was a win for the book.

In all, it was a quick and simple read. A book that even a middle schooler won’t freak out too much. As for its movie counterpart, that I didn’t mind watching. I liked the ending fight better in the movie than the book, but the book has a better epilogue. That said, it wasn’t too special, but it was fun to read for the one day.

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