I lurk in the dark, but cannot be seen. Where the smell of death is often keen. Not alive, but still around. In the shadows I can be found. I know sec
I lurk in the dark, but cannot be seen. Where the smell of death is often keen. Not alive, but still around. In the shadows I can be found. I know secrets I cannot tell. Must find a way to escape this HELL! If I fail to break this ancient hex You too will be NEXT! - written by Beckie (me)
While pondering my words of what to say about this amazing book, this poem popped into my head, so I thought I would share it with you all since it's about the book. Now I dabble with writing poetry, and not often at that but for some reason this poem began to form in my mind. I like it quite well, don't you? It's written as if Delia is the author. Delia, our main character in the story was once alive but now is dead. In the beginning of the book Delia comes to inherit a rather large home from her recently deceased great-great Aunt Cordelia. Delia, her parents and her little sister Janie arrive at the home only to find out it's much more than a house but a former insane asylum used to house troubled girls properly named, Hysteria Hall.
On the first night inside Hysteria Hall things are already starting to get weird. Delia is hearing things in the night and seeing things from the corner of her eye. Screams come from down the hall from her sister Janie where she is found bound to her bed with straps. Delia wants to leave, like yesterday but is denied by her parents who feel she is just making things up. Little do they know things are about to get a LOT worse because something or someone is not about to let Delia leave.
Waking up the next morning Delia feels something is off. She hears screams from her family and goes to find out what has happened. She gets the shock of her life when she sees a dead body in a broken heap on the ground outside the house. A body she knows all too well...her own. Now devastated, scared and feeling lost Delia will have to rely on the other inhabitants who haunt the halls of Hysteria. Delia learns something very powerful and very evil has been killing residents of Hysteria Hall and if she is not careful her family will be next. She will need to unlock the mystery of the asylum before it's too late. Who can Delia trust and who is not who they appear to be?
You'll need to read the book to find out what lies next.
I am and forever will be a huge fan of the horror genre, not only in books but in movies as well. I love to be scared. I love the uncertainty of what will happen next. There's just something so fun and thrilling out being frightened. Katie Alender is my go-to author when I need a good scary read. The first books I read by her were the "Bad Girls Don't Die" series and let me tell you I was on the edge of my seat throughout the series. All three books I proudly own and have re-read. Katie is the QUEEN of Horror and knows how to masterfully craft her stories into something darkly haunting and originally frightening. Without a shadow of a doubt, The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall is my all time new favorite horror novel. It thrilled me, it gave me chills and at the end had me in tears.
This unforgettable read is one I highly recommend to anyone who loves a good scare, exquisite world-building, and a story that will leave you breathless.
The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall is one not to miss....you may be "sorry" you did. *evil laugh* ...more
At first glace, Sweet Unrest looked to be a perfect read for this time of year, Halloween. The cMy review can also be found @ Bittersweet Enchantment
At first glace, Sweet Unrest looked to be a perfect read for this time of year, Halloween. The cover is definitely creepy and very unique with name of the book beautifully designed to fix into the gate which is the main focus of the cover. Going into reading the book my expectations were at a all time high and after finishing it in a mere two days I am glad they were. I fell head over heal in love with Sweet Unrest. It was everything I wanted and more.
The story begins as Lucy Aimes and her family move to Louisiana because of her Father's job. He was chosen to curate and direct a antebellum sugar plantation outside of New Orleans. Lucy is not thrilled by the move but more so angry at being uprooted. She wanted nothing more than to remain in Chicago and attend an art institute, taking pictures, her one true passion.
As Lucy and her family get settled in their new home, a large estate which looks to have quite a history behind it. Soon Lucy meets a girl her age named, Chloe. Chloe is the daughter of a women who works for the sugar plantation. Lucy comes to find out that Chloe is into or believes in voodoo and knows a old woman who supposable is a voodoo queen. Lucy doesn't believe in such things, and is determined to show Chloe that these things just don't exist. Although after meeting Mama Legba, Lucy starts to wonder is anything this old lady said is true.
Lucy has had a recurring dream for as long as she can remember, although as of late her dream has been kept a bay, until now... While walking the grounds, Lucy sees a boy close to her age. He's breathtakingly beautiful and oh so mysterious but when Lucy tries to follow him into the woods he seeming vanishes. Days later "Fate" decides intervene and Lucy gets to meet this mysterious man. She learns his name is Alexander, he's french, and by the way he speaks it's as if he comes from another time. After meeting Alex, something happens to Lucy. He dreams have gotten worse, and more intense, scarier but what worries Lucy even more is now she is dreaming of Alex. A man she barely knows, a man who holds many secrets...and a woman who surprising looks a lot like Lucy herself. What do these dreams mean and why can't she seem to turn them off.
Lucy now struggles to understand what her dreams mean, who really is Alex and how voodoo and magic play a large part in it all.... The truth, will leave you breathless...
For me one of the biggest things I loved about the book was the romance between Lucy and Alex, and how the subject of past lives plays into the story. I have always been a huge fan of books about reincarnation, and finding your mate in the next life. It's so romantic. Just seeing Alex and Lucy connect during the course of the book was so raw and emotional for me. The ending had me in a full out crying fest, like seriously balling my eyes out. I loved the all of the characters in the story, even the side characters like Chloe and Mama Legba. Everyone played their part perfectly throughout the book.
I also really enjoyed the concept of voodoo and magic playing such a large part in the book. I've never read any books with this topic in it and I really think it gave the story such depth and excitement. Sweet Unrest was totally unlike anything I've read before. My only problem I had with the book was towards the middle the pacing seems to slow down some and drag but it wasn't so off putting that I stopped reading.
I would without a doubt recommend Sweet Unrest to anyone who enjoys stories about past lives, ghosts, magic, and an epic love story which teaches us TRUE LOVE never dies. ...more
I had a lot of mixed feeling with Vaempires: Revolution: Zombies Rising. On one hand I really enjoyed the story and especially getti3.5 awesome stars!
I had a lot of mixed feeling with Vaempires: Revolution: Zombies Rising. On one hand I really enjoyed the story and especially getting to know a lot more about the secondary characters Ray and Linq. This book was mainly about them as is written from there POV. The reader gets to find out what happened to both Ray's and Linq's family after the war broke out. In this story both teens are making their way back to Daniel and Cassie. Earlier Cassie left Linq to go back herself and find her true love Daniel but runs into someone from her past. This surely puts a damper on her plans. Soon after Cassie left, Linq and Ray decide to go after her in hopes to also be able to find Daniel, Dead or Alive. Both hoping they will not be to late. Of course both teens run into trouble and must fight their way ahead. One thing neither Ray or Linq were expecting to see or have to fight are the undead, undead. Yeah, makes no sense right? Zombie Vaempires, oh boy! Something or someone is raising these ungodly creatures from the dead. Ray and Linq will do everything they kill these zombies, again and find there way to Daniel before it's to late.
The Good and the Bad (not so good!)
Good: I really loved that the story was focused on the secondary characters Ray and Linq. I enjoyed learning about there lives and emotions. The fighting scenes where amazing and gory. The author does a really nice job at making the reader feel like they are right there fighting along with the characters. Thomas Winship writing is very distinguished and easy to read. There is never a dull moment in this book and left me wanting more.
Bad: TOO SHORT! Although the story was great the book itself could have been longer. It left me wanting more and with the feeling of being empty towards the end. Also, there were parts in the book that just make me say "Ewwww". I have never been bothered by a scary or gory novel, this one really turned my stomach.
All in all I am very happy that I was able to read The Evolutionary War series. These books really took me by surprise. They all were a lot better than I first though they would be. I will definitely be reading the next installment. ...more
I am slowing becomes a huge supernatural horror fan. The Possession of Cassie Quinn just reminds me of why I fell in love with this type of book. Honestly this book just totally freaked me out and made me have goosebumps most of the way through. So if your like me and like a good scare than I would definitely read this one but be sure to keep one eye open when you sleep. I know I did.
As the book begins we learn that Cassie's Mother has just gotten remarried to a man named Dave and is now stuck with a new step-sister, Ashleigh. Cassie and her little sister, Andie are forced to move away and live in a large house in the country with her new family. Cassie just wants to be done with the move and carry on with her now fractured life the best she can. Cassie begins having frightening and confusing dreams about something that happen in the house years ago. She'll find out that the house holds many secrets, ones too dark to be told. So when things become even weirder for her upon moving it she is all but happy. In her bedroom she receive terrifying messages that is from beyond the grave. LEAVE! Someone or "something" does not want Cassie and her family to live there. With no one to turn to she begins to make friends with the local kids and discovers they are the key to finding out what really happen and what she can do to end this. But finding the truth may end up killing her or..... worse!
No spoilers there because I don't want to give away any of the good scary parts. I must say I was very surprised but how amazing the story was. I love a good scare but this just has me looking over my shoulder for a week after. The Author Kathryn Knutson really did a excellent job at making the me feel like I was right there with Cassie while the events were taking place around her. Cassie is a strong female protagonist and reading from her POV was much more thrilling than it would have been from a 3rd person POV. The book was short read but all the more reason to want to reach the end. The last few pages I found to scare me the most and was definitely a conclusion I was not suspecting.
The one and only thing that I did not care for was the pace of the book. I found myself stopping and coming back a lot. While the author's writing was very edgy and predominant it got a little choppy at times during the book. Other than that I would say I truly enjoyed the book and would love to read the next installment.
The Possession of Cassie Quinn is a beautifully hunting tale. A thrilling ride from start to finish. A MUST read for a supernatural/horror fans. This book left me with the chills long after the last page. ...more
Unbreakable is like nothing I have ever read. This highly fast-paced, gripping tale keep me flipping it's pages long into the night. I am a huge fan oUnbreakable is like nothing I have ever read. This highly fast-paced, gripping tale keep me flipping it's pages long into the night. I am a huge fan of scary books, I crave them, wishing there would be more of them set in a YA setting. I went into reading Unbreakable with very high expectations. I mean this is Kami Garcia were talking about, author of the Beautiful creatures series. So make no mistake when I tell you I was not disappointed to say the least. More like blown away by the AWESOMENESS that is Unbreakable.
As the story begins we meet our heroine, Kennedy Waters. Kennedy is super smart. She has always been able to remember everything she sees, a photographic memory. After a movie night with her Elle, Kennedy comes home to find her Mother dead in her bed. Her cat, Elvis lying on top of her Mother's body. The police claim she had a heart attack but soon Kennedy is about to find out that is not the case. While deeply saddened by the sudden lose of her Mother, Kennedy decides to move into a boarding school, far away from her family's home as possible. But something is about to change all of that and more so her entire life is about to be turned upside down. While sleeping in her bed she is awakened by a sudden pressure bearing down on her chest. When she opens her eyes, she find her cat Elvis trying to steal her breath, or more precisely her soul. From out of nowhere, two young boys around her age bust through the door and shoot Elvis with a gun, making him flee. A very scared, Kennedy is about to meet the boys who saved her life, twins Jared, and Lukas. First her Mother dies suddenly, then she is almost killed herself. Nothing is making sense, but when she finds out her Mother's death was not in fact a heart attack but a murder by a vengeful ghost, her whole world and everything in it is about to change.
A small group called Legion has been sent to protect mankind by eliminating a very evil demon who has been freed many years ago. This demon has the power to send ghost's to do his bidding and has kill all of them members of the Legion, Kennedy's Mom included. Now Kennedy must learn to accept her birthright and take her rightful place as a new member of this group.
To find out what happens next, Read the book!
This spine tingling creepy tale had me reading long past my bedtime. I was totally hooked from page 1. There is something so fun, and entertaining about the supernatural. Growing up I hated scary movies and books. I would close my eyes "sometimes peaking" when ever my Dad would watch moves, like the Exorcist or The Shining. Now all grown up, I adore those types of movies, and books. I love being scared, it's such a rush. This book totally did that for me. I was mesmerised by the story. There was never a dull moment. Unbreakable was action packed, and thoroughly creeped me out with each page. The storyline itself, the race to save the world from utter disaster, I feel is what really make this book such a great read. One other aspect of the story I loved was the building romance between Kennedy and the twins. Yes, I know what your thinking...another love triangle. Ugh! While, I myself hate love triangles (of course it depends on the book) between the characters for some reason this one worked. For me it just so happen to fit into the story-line perfectly. I found myself actually rooting for one of the twins over the other.
All in all, Unbreakable truly did live up to my high expectations. I think the only thing that kind of bugged me while reading was the plain disregarded of leaving her friend, Elle in the dark. I feel Kennedy could have made it a point to call her friend, and more so her aunt to let them know she was okay, even if she couldn't truly explain what was happening.
There's no doubt about, Unbreakable was one high addictive epic read! Perfect for Halloween or for those who love a good scare. Author, Kami Garica is a born storytelling, she really knows how to spook her readers. I can't wait to find out what happens next! ...more
To begin I must say this book is unlike anything I have ever read which is great because finding a book that is rare is quite refreshing. I3.5 Stars.
To begin I must say this book is unlike anything I have ever read which is great because finding a book that is rare is quite refreshing. I am sure by now most of you know that zombies is a big thing in books right now. I myself have read and are hooked on zombie books. Wanted: Dead or Undead takes place in the american old west around the late 1800's to the early 1900's. Back then medicine was not very developed and people lived in fear of contracting diseases like cholera and smallpox. In this book we see the wild west in a alternate world where zombies are taking over and surviving is a must.
The story begins....On her way back home from gathering water, Elizabeth finds her family has been affected and are becoming zombies. With no other choice she must kill them to protect herself. This now leaves her alone and to fend for herself from now on. Upon her journey to find safety, she stops at a salon where she helps fight off a zombie attack. When a sexy cowboy named Trace sees her in the salon he begins take in interest in her and who she is. He knows he has seen Elizabeth before but where? So when Trace decides to follow her in attempts to befriend Elizabeth this is when the story really begins to pick up. Although she wants nothing to do with Trace she soon finds herself to be able trust him. They now must start moving across the states to find a better way of life, while fighting off zombies, finding new friends, and coming upon many hardships along the way. So when Trace find out that Elizabeth may in fact be the key to surviving this zombie apocalypse things began to take on a whole new kind of ugly. But to find out what happens you will have to read this book.
I did enjoy the story-line and the character's were likable especially Trace. Although I wish that I could have known more about them, their past and who they are. The character building was not as devoupled as I would have liked but I still felt a connection with them. I could get a great sense of what they went through. I though the plot was very fun and unlike any other zombie book I have read. It kept me actively reading and wanting to know what would happen next. Wanted: Dead or Undead is the first book in the series and while I know there will be more to come I kind of did feel like the pace was a bit rushed with a few wholes in the plot. One thing I loved was the killing of the zombies! Besides the plot itself the horror and gore factor was amazing! I felt like I was right there fighting along side them. The book really tips the scales on that. I can tell that the author Angela Scott did her homework and truly wanted to have her readers get lost in this apocalyptic world, full of zombies, blooming romance and fighting to the death all for a single purpose; to survive.
Anyone who loves a good scare and is a zombie book lover like me, than I would say give Wanted: Dead or Undead a chance. This book has great promise and I can't wait to read the next installment....more
Black City is one of the most highly anticipated YA novels of 2012 and if you ask me, one of th Review originally done @ HERE - Bittersweet Enchantment
Black City is one of the most highly anticipated YA novels of 2012 and if you ask me, one of the best! To be completely honest I was not quite sure I would enjoy the book. Even though the cover is breathtaking and the plot sounded unique I felt it may just be another vampire novel. I don't know about you but I am kind of tired of vampires in books. Yeah, big shocker right? I will tell you right now I was sadly mistaken. Black City IS so much more than another vampire book, by far. Author Elizabeth Richards takes "vampires" to a WHOLE new level, and then some. The story is set in a dark post-apocalyptic world were new creatures have emerged. Darklings (a vampire like creature), twin bloods (a mix of vampire and human) and of course humans. Humans of course are known as the superior race and live as such. This also mean they make the laws for the darklings and Twin-Bloods. Of course like any dystopian world the lesser race is not happy. They do not want to live under the human rules but to break down the very wall the separates them from each other.
A teenage human girl named Natalie Buchanan who is also the daughter of the Emissary lives by these rules and tries hard not to question what she knows to be right. Although soon something or yet someone will have her questioning everything she once believed in.
Ash Fisher a darkling boy, part-time "haze dealer" and all around hottie lives outside the wall and has never known anything else. Until the day he meets Natalie Buchanan and from that moment Ash's world and heart becomes alive. In a turn of events both of their lives will soon come to change. Even though they are so different Ash and Natalie will need to find the will to fight for what's right and above all else true love.
For me the story was a very dark and futuristic Romeo and Juliet tale of sorts. Both Ash and Natalie have very intense relationship and the character development was spot on amazing! I felt I really got to know both of them as individuals and a couple. Now while the main characters Ash and Natalie were great I felt the secondary characters could use a bit of work. I really wanted to get to know Day and Beetle more in this book than what I did. I can see that the author does leave room for them both to grow in her next installment in the series, or so I hope. The world building was outstanding as well as the amount of action within the story. I will admit there were a few slow scenes in the book, mostly toward the beginning. All in all Black City is a excellent read which I think most of you will enjoy. Elizabeth Richards did a beautiful job of turning the overdone vampire tale into something outstanding. Black City is by far one of my favorite reads of 2012 and I can't wait until next year to find out what happens next. ...more
Wow, where do I even begin with reviewing Posses?! I have desperately wanted to read this novel sincReview originally posted @ Bittersweet Enchantment
Wow, where do I even begin with reviewing Posses?! I have desperately wanted to read this novel since 2011 but unfortunately my library does not carry it so I broke down recently and bought it. Why I took so long to do so I will never know. I was 110% BLOWN AWAY! Quite literately this book left me breathless or for a better choice of words, "I was MIND-FU*KED!"
Creepy. Scary. Terrifying. These words don't ever begin to describe POSSES. From the first chapter to the very end I was on the edge of my seat, goosebumps and all.
Posses is about a girl named Bridget. Bridget attends a catholic school with her friends Hector and Peter. There she works side my side with the head priest doing something no one else knows about. Something others would say she's insane if they knew. Bridget has a very rare ability that allows her to speak to and hear demons and with doing so she can also banish them back to hell. An Exorcism, if you will. As of late, there has been more and more demon possessions occurring. Bridget knows something is up and decides to find out what. She herself does now understand the reasoning behind her ability. The more she uncovers about the demons the more she come to find out who she really is and why she can do what she does. These forces of evils are now sending her a message. Something is definitely not right, and someone who she trusts is not who they appear to be. Bridget will need to find the answers before it's too late.
For me, Possess was a terrifying mix of the movies, The Exorcism and Angel and Demons. Without a doubt one of the most scariest novels I have ever read. I felt like I was literally flying through the pages, flipping faster and faster. Almost possessed to find out what would happen next. I love ADORE a scary book or movie. Being scared out of my mind is such a huge rush, like riding a huge roller coaster with no seat belts. Possess not only made me feel this way but was SO much more. Bridget is a kick-ass heroine who know what she wants and will do anything to find the answers she seeks. I also loved seeing her shy and sweet side. Over the course of the novel, I really enjoyed seeing her grow not only into her ability but as a person.
Ah, and of course there was some romance. Bridget falls in love with someone she never thought she even liked and a boy who knows her secrets. Their romance was sweet and for me really gave the novel so much more depth. To find out whom this mysterious boy is you'll have to read the book or maybe you have and well...then you KNOW who I mean. Le Sigh!
On a final note, Posses has easily become one of my favorite books of all time. It had everything I wanted and more. Why it took me SO LONG to buy it and read it I will never know but Dear God, I am so glad I did.
If you're looking for a good down right scary book to read of like me procrastinated to read Possess. Don't walk, RUN out to buy this book! You will not be disappointed you did....more