This one was hard to get into at first, but then surprisingly caught hold of me. Overall, the plot was nice and simple and I started to enjoy the charThis one was hard to get into at first, but then surprisingly caught hold of me. Overall, the plot was nice and simple and I started to enjoy the characters, from Simon himself to his grandfather and the housekeeper. Definitely a surprising book all around. :)...more
Why I read this: If you look at that cover, you may get seriously spooked out. I haven't read a spooky book in so long and couldn't resist another novWhy I read this: If you look at that cover, you may get seriously spooked out. I haven't read a spooky book in so long and couldn't resist another novel by the lovely Clare B. Dunkle.
Plot: Wow. Let's just say that this book will definitely keep you up at night and I highly suggest to read it in daylight. Dunkle mixes a meld of classic writing with such horror and suspense, that you will jump if anyone interrupts you while reading (I certainly did). I actually have not read Wuthering Heights (bad me) but I'm definitely intrigued to learn just what the little boy in the book becomes as the character Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights. I think the author did a fantastic job of staying true to the classic voice in the novel while still chilling you to your bones. Definitely a novel to pick up when you need a good, intriguing scare.
Characters: Tabby is a god-stricken young girl who tries her best to make the most of her situation. She cares for her young charge even if he sometimes is rather impossible and terribly cruel for a child his age. She is more clever than some of the characters I have been reading lately and it was quite a nice break to see someone so in depth and so classically written.
Relatability: I think those in love with classic novels or spooky stories will really enjoy this novel. Also, those who have read Wuthering Heights will definitely be making connections I couldn't and I really do want to find a copy of that book now.. pronto. :)
Cover Commentary: Gives me goosebumps and I really can't look at it for too long or I get a wee bit freaked out.
Review: A terrifying and suspenseful novel that I could only listen to during the day, for fear of nightmares. Will Henry is probably the bravest andReview: A terrifying and suspenseful novel that I could only listen to during the day, for fear of nightmares. Will Henry is probably the bravest and humblest lad you've ever meet and really is one of the best seriously male characters I've read in a while. Definitely a story that is dark and full of horror!
Final Verdict: I highly recommend reading this novel! (Not for the faint of heart...)...more
Why I read this: Sounded like something different and a change from my usual reads.
Plot: Sam and Lloyd are relatively new friends. So when they hop inWhy I read this: Sounded like something different and a change from my usual reads.
Plot: Sam and Lloyd are relatively new friends. So when they hop into what Sam thinks is Lloyd's car, they both realize that they thought it was each others dad. Unfortunately, that is not the case. This man takes them to a mansion in the middle of nowhere, filled with toys, games, and junk food. Sam knows something is wrong but Lloyd isn't convinced, thinking it's a fun ploy by his dad for them to have a fun weekend.
Sam must convince Lloyd that they must escape, but that is not his biggest hurdle. The whole property is surrounded by a high fence with barbed wire on the top. They must hide from the man before he kills them and escape before he finds them.
Characters: The bad guy was so realistically horrible, I felt afraid for Sam and Lloyd. The boys were written realistic as well. The way the boys reacted seemed so real as well, one of them was more brave than the other, but they were both scared and shocked at their situation.
Relatability: Anyone who has ever heard of kids disappearing will get a shock from this book. It's sad this type of situation really happens.
Cover Commentary: Very freaky, definitely what I envisioned the mansion to look like....more
Short & Sweet: Cas is an interesting character, one who knows he's good-looking and uses it to his advantage, but is a bit too busy to care aboutShort & Sweet: Cas is an interesting character, one who knows he's good-looking and uses it to his advantage, but is a bit too busy to care about the girls who crush on him. His job is to stop the murdering ghosts from murdering anymore. He finally is able to get a lead on the legendary Anna, who is rumored to wear a white dress covered in blood. But there is more to Anna's story and he must find out why she kills in order to stop her once and for all. There's also something about Anna that Cas can't keep his mind off of. This was another audiobook read for me and I wasn't 100% in love with the narrator, but I worked past it. The story was quite gripping and I'm curious to see what the sequel will hold.
Final Verdict: An interesting and different read, definitely a series I will be reading more of. For fans of ghost stories, curses, the horror genre or looking for something a little different. ...more
First Impression: My coworker highly recommended this book as her favorite summer read. After that, I couldn't help but put a copy on hold at my librarFirst Impression: My coworker highly recommended this book as her favorite summer read. After that, I couldn't help but put a copy on hold at my library and finally was able to pick it up and read it. Definitely has a spooky cover and I was interested to see how the real photos would influence the storyline.
While Reading: The story was an engulfing one, drawing the reader in from the start, where the grandfather of Jacob mysteriously dies by a creature that only Jacob seems to have seen. Jacob and his father commence on a journey to Wales, the only clue his grandfather left him as to what is happening. What Jacob finds on this island is more mysterious than ever and involves a lovely girl.
The plot was an intriguing one and I am happy to see the next book will be out in the next year or so. The pictures certainly added a depth to the story, making it more real and quite a scary thought that such monsters really may go bump in the night. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and can't wait to see what will happen in the next novel.
Verdict: Definitely a fantastic book, but ends on quite a bit of a cliffhanger, so if that irks you, you may want to put it off until the next one is released....more
Plot: Man, I just love zombies. I really do. So when I found a young adult graphic novel about them I had to pick it up. This is the first in a seriesPlot: Man, I just love zombies. I really do. So when I found a young adult graphic novel about them I had to pick it up. This is the first in a series that I'm looking forward to reading more of. Dicey is finally falling in love when a weird infection breaks out. Not the best thing to happen on a first date. With high action, we find the pair trying to outwit and fight back against the zombies as they race to find a secure location. An exhilarating first in a series, I really enjoyed the action and the way this plot played out, with a bit of back story and then quickly into the zombie havoc. A kick-butt romance also helps.
Characters: I just really loved Dicey, who is for once the popular jock whereas her to-be boyfriend is a science nerd. Definitely not what you usually see for YA pairings. So it's nice to see Dicey taking up her bat against the zombies without going all gushy "I'm scared" girly on Jack. I like the way the two met and how she went past social norms to be with a guy who she finds interesting for more than just looks. Jack himself I also adored and reminds me a bit of some of the science nerds I knew in high school. Nice to see the geek boy win out once in a while too.
Graphics: I love the full color graphic novel, always have. I love the character design and also the backgrounds. Definitely a great graphic novel overall. Visually where I like it to be. Reminds me a bit of Runaways.
Final Verdict: A great start to a series and I cannot wait to see what happens next!...more
Plot: Who doesn't love a horror story set at a camp? Truly, there is just something so fun about being stuck in the middle of nowhere with a bunch ofPlot: Who doesn't love a horror story set at a camp? Truly, there is just something so fun about being stuck in the middle of nowhere with a bunch of creepy, zombie-like children to make a book fun.That is exactly what happens in this book. Jenna and Lucas find themselves at a camp that will supposedly make them into the brilliant children that their parents want them to be. Unfortunately, that comes at a price. I love that it's not a traditional zombie graphic novel, and that the explanation is a bit.. out there. It's nice to have something completely unthinkable be the reason behind zombie-like behavior.
Characters: I think anyone can relate to not living up to their parents standards, or at least, feeling a bit of sibling rivalry. I enjoyed Jenna and Lucas as characters. They had potential but were not quite meeting their potential. I love the way they figure out what is going on and how persistent they are in saving themselves from a similar fate while trying to stop what is happening to their fellow campers.
Graphics: I just love the graphics. I'm a huge fan of full-color and I love the artistic styling in this graphic novel. Definitely an appealing read all around. ...more
First Impression: The only thing I expect from Sean Beaudoin is to entertain me immensely in a way I never expected to be. I have enjoyed everything I First Impression: The only thing I expect from Sean Beaudoin is to entertain me immensely in a way I never expected to be. I have enjoyed everything I have read by him and couldn't wait for this zombie tale.
While Reading: Nero is in a really strange situation. He lives with his little sister who is definitely on the autism spectrum from her behaviors and his dad does not work. So it's up to Nero, who works at a chicken factory. The one that produces all of the chicken for a very popular fast food place. He gets promoted to being a butcher and for some reason hurts himself and ends up ruining thousands of dollars of equipment in the process. So, he's off to a juvie camp that is in the wilderness. Unfortunately for them, his counselors have been infected thanks to the chicken, along with the one female prisoner they have ended up taking on.
Nero and the other boys have to get away before they are turned into flesh-eating zombies. But these zombies are a bit different from your usual ones. At least some are, like the girl prisoner who seems to creep up on Nero when you are least expecting it and has seemed to taken a liking to him in a sense other than eating. Strange, right? This book was insanely entertaining and I read it in a night. The characters are fantastically written, the situations are insane and a little strange. I just loved every minute of it.
Final Verdict: Beaudoin always has the most unique books and this really stood out. It's more than just a zombie survival novel. It's sexy, gorey and insane all at once but also really captivating. Definitely a book that will turn the wheels in your brain and take you for a ride. ...more
I seem to be in the mood for ghost stories lately, according to what I've been reading the past couple of months. I picked up The Dead and Buried andI seem to be in the mood for ghost stories lately, according to what I've been reading the past couple of months. I picked up The Dead and Buried and assumed it was a ghost story and was glad to be correct. Jade is a teenage girl who has to worry about dealing with moving to a new school and a crabby stepmother who she can't seem to get along with. So when her little brother starts seeing the ghost of a girl who died in their house, it just adds to her problems. Not only that, but this girl is not a nice ghost. She's willing to do anything to find out who killed her, even harming the small boy who can see her.
Jade must cozy up to some of the popular kids at school to figure out who had it out for Kayla, a girl who was popular but cruel at times. I really liked the pace of the mystery, full of suspects and motives. I was really hoping throughout the book that it wasn't Donovan, as sparks start to fly between him and Jade. It definitely was a surprise ending and not one you see coming until all the clues pull together. I liked that there were hints hidden throughout the book that really pulled the story together at the end.
Final Verdict: Definitely a spooky mystery story that really had me on edge throughout the book. I liked the way the book was written and how the story played out. I recommend it for those who like a good mystery with a side of danger. ...more
First Impression: I picked this book up with really no idea of how much wonderful gore, insanity and well.. more insanity would ensue while reading th First Impression: I picked this book up with really no idea of how much wonderful gore, insanity and well.. more insanity would ensue while reading this book. I can't believe this book is more than 200 pages. It felt like I read it in an hour - as in it was the most enthralling crazy ride of a book I've read in a while.
While Reading: A Bad Day for Voodoo is fantastic. I don't know that I will be able to find the words to describe this. Here's a few phrases - a gang gunfight, homicidal family that makes human sacrifices, zombies, voodoo dolls that work way too well, and missing toes. You will find all of that in this book and then some. When I described this book to my husband, he stared at me in wonder and said "I could so see that as a movie, and I'm already casting it in my head."
You know what surprised me the most about this book? That Tyler had a girlfriend. I know, I'm strange right? Nitpicking on that, but this girl is smarter than him, cuter than him and even freaking takes a bullet for him and then tells him to leave her so he can save his own life. I loved all the characters in this book, but Kelley is the bravest most awesome character in this book.
Tyler is running around because his friend Adam has created a voodoo doll of Tyler to keep him from talking about what happened to their teacher. Like Tyler could say what really happened anyways, but Adam is crazy enough to think so. Unfortunately, on the way to get it reversed, his car gets jacked along with the doll. Obviously, this is where the gang fight, the zombies, and the homicidal family all come in because nothing is ever easy. So good. I could not put this book down. It was insane and fantastic and gorey in a good way.
Final Verdict: Definitely a book "for boys" but that girls will read, because we rock. A Bad Day for Voodoo is insanely fun and will keep readers hooked until the very last page. ...more
The Screaming Staircase caught my eye months ago when I saw it on Netgalley and was happy to find the time to sit and read on my Kindle for once. I t The Screaming Staircase caught my eye months ago when I saw it on Netgalley and was happy to find the time to sit and read on my Kindle for once. I tend towards physical books still but was dying to read this one. The beginning of The Screaming Staircase puts the reader right into the thick of the story, where Lucy and Anthony are currently trying not to get themselves killed by a ghost while missing some very important equipment. I was drawn in from the first page and couldn't wait for the world building, something that did not disappoint.
Set in an alternate England, ghosts are everywhere at night, so a strict curfew is put on all citizens so they will not be killed and become a part of the ghost plague. Only children start out with sensitivity to ghosts, so they quickly become trained and part of the investigative teams that deal with ghosts, both deadly and some less harmful. When Lucy showed signs of hearing ghosts at a young age, she began her training early and it was her wages that helped her family the most. One horrible evening, Lucy's team is all killed, leaving Lucy and their adult leader the only ones left alive. Being from the country, she decides to leave and finds herself in London, exploring her options.
Striking out, she finds herself being tested by a strange boy named Anthony Lockwood and his somewhat annoying sidekick George on the interview. She passes the test and finds herself a part of the odd team of Lockwood & Co., not her first choice or even third choice, but it is a job. Lockwood has a bit of a Sherlock feel to him at times, he has that air of mystery and the odd behaviors. I really enjoyed his interactions with Lucy and George throughout the book, along with really any one he met.
Lucy herself is torn up inside because of her previous experiences and the worry that her skills are not strong enough to cut it. She also has a lot of anger inside of her, which seems to come out the most around George. I love George, who is the somewhat annoying yet strangely endearing character who loves food and research of all things. Unlike Lockwood and Lucy, he does not charge into situations unprepared, although he definitely shows his courage throughout the book.
I cannot talk about The Screaming Staircase without addressing the horrific moments within this story. It was often scarier than a horror movie and I felt Lucy's fear, especially when encountering the Red Room, a thing of nightmares. If I were in the shoes of Lockwood & Co. I would have been peeing my pants at many moments in the book and applaud the author for scaring me so well.
Final Verdict: A mix of horror and adventure, The Screaming Staircase is the first in a series that I cannot wait to read more of. If you enjoy adventureful ghost stories, TV shows like Supernatural or really anything scary at all, read this book! ...more
Extremities: Stories of Death, Murder, and Revenge is a set of short stories that are darker than most stories that David Lubar writes. The preface o Extremities: Stories of Death, Murder, and Revenge is a set of short stories that are darker than most stories that David Lubar writes. The preface of the book addresses that often times his stories can fit into a book for younger readers, but these are not them. I also suggest not reading this at night if you tend to have nightmares, which is of course when I read it. All alone in my apartment, in the dead of night – not the best plan.
Many of the stories were full of gruesome creatures, deaths and moments that made the reader feel as if they were watching a horror movie. The stories were short and to the point and some were more interesting to others to me personally. I don't care for horror itself and preferred the stories that had a paranormal element to it instead of just bloodshed and creepiness.
My first favorite story was called Feelings – which starts off with a friend of the main character abandoning fear and weaving through traffic only to get hit by a truck. His girlfriend moves on quickly and soon that boy too is dead. It's at the second boy's funeral when she comes onto the main character and soon he realizes that something is wrong. Will he realize what's happening before he's killed? I just loved this story, it had an air of mystery with all the hints to figure it out.
My second favorite story was one of the last ones - Morph. A boy is in Chinatown when he sees an albino man buying a scorpion. Curious, he follows him to see him morph the scorpion into his hand and kill a Chinese man. A pattern begins and he finds that he must warn the next victim even if he is a dangerous man. This one had a lot of action, drama, and blood in it and I simple enjoyed this story.
Final Verdict: A creepy, horrific set of stories that will possibly give you nightmares, or at least a series of the creeps. Not all the stories were amazing, but I did like several of them. Read this book if you're in the mood for creepy short stories....more