Category: Books

A Cinefessions Video – Book Review – Branden Chowen on The Stand by Stephen King

Branden reviews Stephen King’s epic The Stand. If you enjoy this video, please consider subscribing to Cinefessions on YouTube!   Branden ChowenBranden has been a film fan since he was young, roaming the halls of Blockbuster Video, trying to find the grossest, scariest looking VHS covers to rent and watch alone in the basement. It…


Book Review – Branden Chowen on The Baby-Sitter IV by R.L. Stine

Title: The Baby-Sitter IV Author: R.L. Stine Published: 1995 Publisher: Scholastic — I mentioned in my Baby-Sitter III review that I remember the night my parents drove me up to Borders Books and Music to grab both this one and it’s predecessor. Much like The Baby-Sitter III, I knew virtually nothing about the plot of…


Book Review – Branden Chowen on The Baby-Sitter III by R.L. Stine

Title: The Baby-Sitter III Author: R.L. Stine Published: 1993 Publisher: Scholastic — The Baby-Sitter III holds a special place in my heart because I distinctly remember begging my parents to take me up to Borders Books and Music to grab this and The Baby-Sitter 4. I remember the exact location, the fact that it was…


Book Review – Branden Chowen on The Baby-Sitter II by R.L. Stine

Title: The Baby-Sitter II Author: R.L. Stine Published: 1991 Publisher: Scholastic — The Baby-Sitter II is a much different book in tone than the original, but, at the same time, follows a familiar path when it comes to the story beats. My biggest surprise throughout was the realization that, contrary to my belief, I had…


Book Review – Branden Chowen on The Baby-Sitter by R.L. Stine

Title: The Baby-Sitter Author: R.L. Stine Published: 1989 Publisher: Scholastic — The Baby-Sitter series holds a special place in my heart, even though I’ve never actually read through all four entries. Much like I do today, when I was younger, I felt the urge to own all four of these books after reading just one….


Book Review – Branden Chowen on The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie (The First Law Trilogy #1)

Title: The Blade Itself (The First Law Trilogy #1) Author: Joe Abercrombie Published: 2006 Publisher: Gollancz Audiobook Narrator: Steven Pacey — I don’t often find myself reaching for an adult fantasy novel, but this dark fantasy trilogy has gotten so much love on Booktube that I had to pick it up during an Audible sale…


Book Review – Branden Chowen on Carnevil by J.H. Reynolds (MonsterStreet #3)

Title: Carnevil (MonsterStreet #3) Author: J.H. Reynolds Published: 2019 Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books — I happened across the MonsterStreet books while browsing the children’s section at Barnes & Noble a couple months back. I was looking for another middle grade horror series (which I hope to review in 2020) from a different author when I…