The world is not the way it was. The dead have risen, and the living are under attack. The powerful...moreSolid 3.5 Stars!
Summary: THE DEPARTED HAVE ARRIVED.
The world is not the way it was. The dead have risen, and the living are under attack. The powerful Church of Real Truth, in charge since the government fell, has sworn to reimburse citizens being harassed by the deceased. Enter Chess Putnam, a fully tattooed witch and freewheeling ghost hunter. She’s got a real talent for banishing the wicked dead. But Chess is keeping a dark secret: She owes a lot of money to a murderous drug lord named Bump, who wants immediate payback in the form of a dangerous job that involves black magic, human sacrifice, a nefarious demonic creature, and enough wicked energy to wipe out a city of souls. Toss in lust for a rival gang leader and a dangerous attraction to Bump’s ruthless enforcer, and Chess begins to wonder if the rush is really worth it. Hell, yeah.
I found this Urban Fantasy to be very original! No perfect people in this book. Chess is a heavy drug user. The world is heavily atheistic, The Church having 'debunked' religion and God and introducing The Truth which proves everthing is energy. Holding spirits captive to keep humanity safe, The Church trains people like Chess to banish ghosts not under Church control. Chess is complex and the characters surrounding her are as well. Gritty and real. I was not too sure how I felt about the darkness in this story but Stacia kane won me over with great character and world building.(less)
Here is the book summary: After experiencing a bad breakup and some disturbing dreams, a young psychology professor from California decides t...more2.5 Stars
Here is the book summary: After experiencing a bad breakup and some disturbing dreams, a young psychology professor from California decides to get a fresh start by taking a job at Duke University. She soon becomes obsessed with the files from the world-famous Rhine parapsychology lab experiments, which attempted to prove if ESP really exists. Along with a handsome professor, she uncovers disturbing cases, including one about a house supposedly haunted by a poltergeist, investigated by another research team in 1965. Unaware that the entire original team ended up insane or dead, the two professors and two exceptionally gifted Duke students move into the grand, abandoned haunted house to replicate the investigation, with horrifying results.
The Unseen is Sokoloff’s most thrilling novel to date: a story of deception, attraction, and the unknown.
Although it takes a lot for a book to scare me, ghost stories usually spook me out just a bit, no matter what. I really wanted to be spooked by The Unseen. I just wasn't. I felt the first 80% of the story toyed with the idea of being a ghost story. It was filled with tidbits of the history of Paranormal Research, the various scientific methods of recording Psi, ESP and Psychokinetic phenomena, although interesting, left little room for character development and a the all important building of eeriness and fear you see in books like Haunting of Hell House by Shirley Jackson. I am not saying there was no character development, just not enough for me to invest myself in them. The paranormal activity near the end was well written but just didn't pack a punch. I felt no creepiness at any 'unseen' entity and even though the main character constantly reminded me she felt she was being watched, I saw no evidence of it. That may not make sense to some but a well written book can use atmosphere to build tension, fear or any strong emotion.
I will say that, for those of you that prefer to 'toy' with light ghost stories. You will probably enjoy this. I realize that I am somewhat jaded when it comes to scary stories.(less)
Summary: Twenty years after surviving a school shooting Tanner Khan and his fellow classmates reluctantly agree to hold a reunion. Although they suff...moreSummary: Twenty years after surviving a school shooting Tanner Khan and his fellow classmates reluctantly agree to hold a reunion. Although they suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, they come back to their hometown and reunite in the defunct school building. Old flames are rekindled, fears are ignited, and their lives are about to explode in a whirlwind of memories, haunted by the spirit of David Ray, the troubled teen who killed many of the students.
Once they're inside the school, they discover that a dark entity has joined them. It has come to collect a debt long overdue and someone has to pay. Will Tanner and his classmates overcome their fears, putting the pieces of their lives back together, or will they be consumed by their worst nightmare? Find out in this suspenseful thrill ride that will keep you guessing and engaged with a lovable cast of characters.
This story pulled me in and didn't let go. It started off on the day of the school shooting. An ordinary day for these kids and the expectancy I felt as the author took me through this day was stomach clenching. I was introduced to the main characters, one by one, as they arrived at school, greeted their friends and went to class. I was also introduced to David Ray, the troubled kid who will be the cause of so much death and trauma as the day progresses. Jeff Bennington writes of this horrid event with amazing insight. He makes sure we are aware of the underlying psychology of a teenager who has been abused and scorned. He also hints at something deeper, something paranormal in the events to come. I felt as if I was reading about any one of the real life school massacres that have happened over the years. You can't help but think of those horrendous events as you read this. This story eventually brings us forward, twenty years to the present and how our main characters have dealt with the trauma of that day. The authors depiction of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is spot on. Some of the victims have done positive things with their lives and some have remained stuck in that day but all are still affected and all need closure. Deciding to arrange a Twenty Year Reunion in order to face the past and heal, one student brings them all back to the school were their lives were shattered.
Now, up until this point, this story seems written as a drama about surviving the worst that can happen but Jeff Bennington doesn't let you off the hook with a heartfelt and healing reunion. Hell no! Instead you are plunged into horror. The menacing ghost of David Ray has his own kind of closure in mind and it ain't healing. It scared the crap outta me and I loved it.
The plot of this story is fresh and I was compelled to finish it as fast as I could. A truly great read!(less)
There is nothing like a good ghost story. Spooky and atmospheric, you find yourself listening to every sound in the house and looking over your shoul...more There is nothing like a good ghost story. Spooky and atmospheric, you find yourself listening to every sound in the house and looking over your shoulder. Sitting around a campfire, gleefully awaiting to be scared to death by a spooky tale. Footsteps in the hall when you are alone in the house. Most of us just love to be creeped out by a ghost story. Yah, well, this just aint that story. This particular story starts out as a charming yet bittersweet tale of a lonely, socially awkward and overweight teenager who longs for a friend. This young girl, Eva, gets a new neighbor and in the process, a new friend. Roxy is the girl every social misfit wants to be. Athletic, vivacious, passionate and funny. The girl who can be captain of the cheerleading squad and dates the team quarterback. So when Eva sees Roxy moving in next door, she knows that Roxy is out of her league for friend material. Roxy surprises her and over the summer they become as close as any two friends can be. Roxy introduces her love of running to Eva and before long Eva is no longer overweight but full of energy and happiness. Her happiness has nothing to do with her body but everything to do with Roxy. Their friendship is a delight to read about. Eva's change is heartwarming and as I read it felt like Getting Thin was shaping up to be a good YA read. Yup, sure. Until the darkness falls. Until Roxy is brutalized and murdered. Until Eva's world is torn apart by Roxy's death and she starts seeing glimpses of Roxy, who in spite of the lovely girl she was when she was alive, is a frightening and evil vision. Even to her best friend who still loves her. Eva vows to avenge Roxy's death. In time she realizes who the killers are and is convinced Roxy wants her to make them all suffer a death as horrific as Roxy's was. Followed and hounded by a police Detective, haunted by an evil and twisted version of her best friend, Eva is losing her grip on sanity. Eva is becoming an avenging angel and her targets are catching on.
Here is the book summary: When Roxy was alive, she was the perfect friend. When Roxy was alive, she was the girl everyone wanted to know. When Roxy was alive, she was the girl everyone fell in love with. The trouble is, Roxy isn't alive anymore and now she is looking for payback. Even if it means destroying her best friend in the process. This is a tale of Eva, one girl haunted by something more than just her best friend's tortured spirit. Her sanity is Getting Thin and she is starting to become the one person she never wanted to be. For Eva, Roxy is the key to finding herself and sometimes discovering who you really are isn't a good thing.
This is not a YA. This is not a spooky ghost story. There is no gentle, otherworldly-atmosphere of restless ghosts who can't find peace and pass over. Instead, this story is gritty. It is hard. It is heart-breaking and frightening and it causes you to pass in to the mind of vengeance and become hopelessly taken for a ride that can't possibly end well.
I freaken' loved this book! This type of story, one in which can surprise and shock me, is why I read so much. The storytelling is brilliant! Kaiya Hart smoothly escorts her readers willingly in to hell on earth and smiles politely as we thank her profusely.(less)
I read this story several months ago and was asked much later to review. I had loved the story but have short term memory. However, I do have impressi...moreI read this story several months ago and was asked much later to review. I had loved the story but have short term memory. However, I do have impressions I can relate in this review. I think it's important to get this out there due to the talent Ruth Barrett utilizes in her story crafting. I remember how much my mother loved Gothic Romances and as a book lover at a very young age, I frequently pilfered those books when she finished them. Full of brooding men with tortured pasts who live in spooky castles and naive girls with nosy inclinations, the Gothic was my introduction to suspense, romance and even horror. Base Spirits does not advertise itself as a Gothic novel but I felt that Ms. Barrett wove the atmospheric elements in to the story very cleverly thus giving this Paranormal Mystery more depth and character. Our main characters enter as modern professionals, a playwright and a Professor on vacation but are soon transformed. Clara is on the hook for a play and behind dead-line. As she begins to experiences frightening visions of the past, her play takes on new meaning. Scott becomes obsessed and moody as each day passes and the atmosphere I spoke of previously begins to pervade the story. There is nothing predictable about Base Spirits. Combining a grisly murder, ghosts and drama, I felt this story transcended the usual ghost story.
Here is the summary:‘Murder has took this chamber with full hands And will ne’er out as long as the house stands.’ ~A Yorkshire Tragedy, Act I, Sc. v
In 1605, Sir Walter Calverley’s murderous rampage leaves a family shattered. The killer suffers a torturous execution… but is it truly the end? A noble Yorkshire house stands forever tarnished by blood and possessed by anguished spirits.
Some crimes are so horrific, they reverberate through the centuries.
As an unhappy modern couple vacation in the guesthouse at Calverley Old Hall, playwright Clara, and her scholar husband, Scott, unwittingly awaken a dark history. Clara is trapped and forced back in time to bear witness to a family’s bloody saga. Overtaken by the malevolent echoes, Scott is pushed over the edge from possessive husband to wholly possessed…
Inspired by a true-life drama in Shakespeare’s day, this is itself a play within a play: a supernatural thriller with a historical core.