Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix is one of those books that starts out innocent and promising, then BOOM, the scary crap comes out.
I think that Hendrix diHorrorstor by Grady Hendrix is one of those books that starts out innocent and promising, then BOOM, the scary crap comes out.
I think that Hendrix did a wonderful job of messing with my senses and pushing the fear index to something more than just a spooky situation, or a terrifying adventure that can be summed up to pure imagination (by the characters) at the end of the novel. He takes realistic characters, with realistic insecurities/imperfections, and puts them into a situation that is freaky as crap.
I kind of regret not reading this before Halloween because it would have made a perfect companion. The horror is sometimes subtle, like the hint of a haunting, or obvious, like the stare of a dead, blacked out face. The combination of subtleness at the beginning and the fearless way of describing truly horrifying scenes from the middle of the book and up until the conclusion makes for a very nerve wracking experience. The reader is kind of lulled into a false sense of security because s/he thinks that the story will be of the tame scary variety (since the minor hints of a haunting barely warrant a case of the shivers.) The result of this is fantastic because when the big, scary events start to take place, the reader then realizes his/her mistake and it quickly becomes time to read with the lights on.
The conclusion was great in its cheesiness. It kind of goes with the whole desperadoes aspect of the storyline, which I like to think is the "all or nothing," theme--i.e. (view spoiler)[the seance--like really, who the hell ever thinks that THAT'S a good idea, anyway? (hide spoiler)] If that makes any sense (it makes sense in my head!)
The design and concept of the novel is brilliant and unique. I can definitely see where the satirical aspect of this novel comes from. The names of the furniture, the title headings, (view spoiler)[the way torture devices are described and made to sound fashionable (hide spoiler)], and the mottos all play into this world that not-so-subtly mocks our consumerist society. Hendrix not only takes what is familiar to us and molds it into a farce, but he literally makes it into a horror novel (with the occasionally witty remark on something that only Ikea, or ORSK, shoppers would know--special Ikea tool, anyone?)
And okay, this is a horror novel about hauntings and ghosts and all kinds of dark things, but I think what comes close to stealing the show in this novel is how Hendrix kind of takes back the power from Ikea and puts the ridiculous furniture names into perspective. I mean, how awkward is it to own a sofa that isn't called a sofa, but some obscure word with accents a lot of us have never had to pronounce before?
Overall, I really enjoyed this novel and I look forward to anything like this in the future. Would I recommend this? YES. It's terrifying, but so entertaining! If you like novels that make you quiver with both laughter and horror, then you might like this one!
Famous Last Words by Katie Alender is one terrifying and addicting ride. It's nothing extremely uniquReview also appeared on my blog: Book Addict 24-7
Famous Last Words by Katie Alender is one terrifying and addicting ride. It's nothing extremely unique or artsy, it's just a good and dark fun time. It's got a great mystery that may not be entirely opaque, but will still have you guessing. The characters aren't your typical dense, "let's be best friends/let's date" type of characters that frequent many books nowadays--they have depth and grow and are imperfect, and it's okay.
Willa, the protagonist, has a bit of a problem. Recently relocated to Hollywood with her mom and new stepfather, the last thing Willa needs is to live in a potentially haunted house. Not only is there a serial killer on the loose, but Willa has to also contend with the possibility that something is stalking her at home. When the first event takes place (which is hinted at on the back of my hardcover copy of this book), it's the beginning of what is going to be a very creepy ride.
What I loved the most about this book is that Alender doesn't mince words. Every short description describing Willa's potential fall into insanity, or a nightmare is exact and powerful because she somehow knows how to get the reader's heart pounding. I read this at night (for a good chunk of it) and found myself looking around my dark room as a result. I loved it. I love the feeling of thinking that what I'm reading can directly affect my immediate surroundings (within reason, of course.)
The pacing was awesome and very rarely where we ahead of Willa in her attempt to solve the mystery. It was like we were her silent accomplices, waiting to see what she would do next. Though there were instances where I wanted to tell her to keep quiet, or to act a bit more spontaneously, I also understand that that would have gone against her character--but the fact that I felt involved enough to be afraid for her is a huge plus with this book.
Wyatt and Reed, the two main potential love interests, are both intriguing in their own way, making you want to know more. Her friendships are imperfect and rather than dwell on the drama of it all, she instead continues to investigate what's important. Despite her past and her tight hold on her emotions, Willa is a pretty sensible and intelligent character. Also, there's her own character growth that not only allows for her to accept who she is, but what has happened in her past.
Very rarely does a book have me guessing so much, especially when it's trying to scare the crap out of me at the same time. The characters were great and seeing them through Willa's mistrusting perspective was a great way to make everyone look suspicious. While the haunting was probably one of the things I loved the most about this book, I also enjoyed the interactions between the characters and how everything kind of connected at the end.
I was also really excited when I finished this book because I can finally recommend a book to someone who loved Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Dark mysteries in Young Adult literature are a bit harder to find, so whenever I find them it's like a little piece of happiness in the palms of my hands.
I would definitely recommend this book to readers who enjoy a darker and creepy mystery full of twists and spooky noises in the night. I hope to see more stories like this from Katie Alender in the future!
I've been wanting to read Unbreakable by Kami Garcia for a long time, especially since a reviewer mentioned that it was like the show Supernatural. I'I've been wanting to read Unbreakable by Kami Garcia for a long time, especially since a reviewer mentioned that it was like the show Supernatural. I'm a huge fan of the paranormal and finding a storyline that offers a new look at a genre that Supernatural perfected was too good to ignore.
This was fun, creepy, and it definitely left me wanting more. The romance is pretty predictable and though I'm not a fan of love triangles, I didn't get too angry with this one (Come on, reading the synopsis should be enough to let you know that it's inevitable for there to be a love triangle.) The reason why I didn't get too angry about this one was because though there are moments where Kennedy, the protagonist, does waver on who she actually likes, she's mostly pretty clear about where her interest lies.
Kennedy herself is a very flawed character (as is humanly realistic, right?), but still realistically so. She's not perfect and though the boys are immediately enamoured with her, she doesn't act all aloof about the attention. She is constantly wreaking havoc and yet, these strangers still let her in. What I didn't really like about her was how easily she went with these people. I understand that she witnessed a lot of creepiness before the twins showed up, but really, is that all it takes to trust people nowadays?
The novel definitely left me wanting more and I think I'm going to blame this on the length of the novel. The book is very short, given the topic of the story. I haven't read the second book yet, but something tells me that this series, no matter how long it's going to be, could have been much shorter if Unbreakable was longer. Another issue with having such a short novel is that it's harder to connect with the characters. I know that there are shorter books out there with characters that we fully connect with, or vaguely connect with (as the author wishes for us), but if we're going to be reading about these characters for the next few books, it would have been nicer if we had a chance to get closer to these characters in the first book.
The length of this novel also introduces the improbable idea of two characters falling for each other in only a matter of days, the hard to believe concept that a mystery hidden within their families for years can be deciphered in the span of a few days, and the unrealistic change in attitude for a couple of very serious characters.
I enjoyed this one because I love when stories use ghosts instead of vampires. Also, I enjoyed the quick pacing and how addicting it was. Though the characters are flawed and the book could have used a few extra pages, it was still a fun read. I recommend it for fans of Supernatural, the paranormal, ghosts, and a quick and creepy read about hauntings.
I received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
The Weight of Souls by Bryony PearceReview first appeared on my blog: Book Addict 24-7
I received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
The Weight of Souls by Bryony Pearce is an interesting young adult read that hosts both a slightly cliche love story, and an original premise. I enjoyed reading this one because of how honest it was in its cruelty regarding bullying (it didn't shy away and make it a fluffy kind of meanness), and because the mystery was intriguing. The writing is also fast-paced, making this one a quick and curious read.
It seems that the idea of ghosts and living people falling in love is slowly becoming more and more popular in young adult fiction. The idea that Taylor, the protagonist, and her ghostly companion may start to romantically hit it off isn't entirely new (hey, check out the synopsis--no spoilers here!) The trend of having a supernatural creature or being falling in love with a human is way older than even Twilight. What can save a book from this deadly cliche, however, is having a powerful storyline and an intriguing and slightly original concept.
The creepiness of The Weight of Souls adds a hint of excitement to the story and the overbearing father shows the reader just how frustrating it must be to be Taylor. The reason why I mentioned that I liked the way bullying is portrayed in this one is because it isn't the kind of bullying where people ignore you and/or say a few choice words--this kind of bullying is still horrendous, but to see people getting physical with Taylor makes it all the more believable, not to mention that it helps us hate the antagonists a lot more.
Taylor is a sort of detective for the murdered ghosts that haunt the world around her and it is the crime solving and the inevitable encounter with another ghost that keeps you anticipating the next page. The mystery of who killed Taylor's biggest bully may seem like an easily solved murder, but is in fact just the top layer of something much bigger than she can ever imagine.
Which leads us to an intense conclusion. When we think that the worst is over, we come to terms with the idea that there's so much more out there that we, and Taylor, don't know about. We're given hints as to what might happen in the next installment, but what makes this so much fun is that we're left with just the clues of what will happen next. Pearce trusts her readers to understand where she's going with Taylor's story--which is awesome.
I would recommend The Weight of Souls to readers who enjoy a mystery/ghostly read. This has romance, friendship, anti-social behavior, mystery, ghosts, a troubled father/daughter relationship, and a wallop of regret from the protagonist and various other characters....more
I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review
Aprilynne Pike's Life After Theft iReview first appeared on my blog: Book Addict 24-7
I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review
Aprilynne Pike's Life After Theft is one of those ghost/haunting young adult novels that focuses more on character growth, rather than if the ghost and the female or male protagonist will fall in love with his/her tormentor. Pike's novel is a quickly paced tale of a ghost haunted by her choices and a protagonist who is, perhaps, too nice for his own good.
Life After Theft is fun and witty, but it is also emotionally moving. The reader isn't just dealing with a snarky ghost, Kimberlee, s/he is witnessing someone find herself, despite her death, and her dark deeds when she was still alive. This aspect of the novel is what brings Pike's novel up a notch.
But Jeff, the protagonist, grows as well. His life has already changed by the time we meet him, but it changes even more once he meets Kimberlee. She forces him to move beyond his comfort zone, while his love interest challenges him to take a person as she is, rather than base everything on past decisions.
Life After Theft is also an addicting novel, since Jeff and Kimberlee are always right on the verge of getting caught in the act. The close calls are cringe-worthy, but we can't look away. We absolutely need to know more.
The storyline is slightly predictable, but not so much that we aren't surprised occasionally by a revelation, or two. The characters all give life to the story as their secrets and pasts come to light. Basically, Life After Theft is a book that warns you against judging others by their outward appearances.
Which brings me to the dominant theme in this novel: redemption. Jeff is the kind of guy who believes that everyone has a bit of good in them, so it is only natural that Jeff is the personification of redemption. He not only tries to save Kimberlee, but he unknowingly tries to save others around him. Redemption is what moves Pike's novel; without it, the story would fall flat.
The conclusion, however, is a little abrupt. Especially the concluding sentence--it is jarring, like Pike just wants it to end. It all also feels a little too...obvious at the end--everything is spelled out for you. No magic; no "wow" moment. The story leading up to the conclusion is eventful and touching, but I couldn't help but feel disconnected from the conclusion.
I recommend Life After Theft to readers of contemporary literature with a light paranormal touch. If you like stories that have ghostly encounters and witty dialogue, then you'll like this one. Pike challenges her characters to give themselves more credit, and to face their demons....more
I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review
Alex Flinn's Towering is very obvioReview first appeared on my blog: Book Addict 24-7
I received a copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review
Alex Flinn's Towering is very obviously a retelling of Rapunzel with a twist--it wouldn't be a Flinn novel otherwise. Towering is an original adaptation of a tale that has become increasingly popular and it was refreshing seeing it brought to life in a new light. A fun and surprisingly quick read, Towering is a cute story to be read on a quiet afternoon. Though it is at times cheesy (as fairy tales often are), Flinn's new novel includes a surprise twist and an ending fit for a fairy tale.
The story begins with Rachel and Wyatt, the co-narrators. Wyatt hints that something dark happened in his past, while Rachel alludes to the fact that she is lonely. By having the two characters introduced this way, Flinn is setting up the obvious "Hero and maiden in distress" situation we are very familiar with in recent novels. And though she challenges this notion with Rachel being more than just a chick in need of rescue, we still see the co-dependency featured in fairy tales.
The pacing is very quick, almost to the point of lacking believability. While I loved that these two characters seem to save each other in their darkest times, I find it so awkward that it is an "insta-love" kind of romance. I mean, before Wyatt meets Rachel, he has other women on the brain. But then--BOOM! There is Rachel in all her blond, blue-eyed beauty. Oh, and she's very innocent, naive, and old-fashioned. I just find the whole situation a little forced. I mean, at least let the characters grow to like each other! Give them some time to fall in love, don't just shove it in my face.
Okay, putting that issue aside.
I liked the mystery aspect and the intertextuality, which was very intelligent and unexpected. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (coincidentally one of my favourite novels) is featured in Towering as a key to understanding what is happening to Wyatt. I love that Flinn adopts ideas from another classic novel portraying madness, and the ghostly spell of the past, to retell such an admittedly sad fairy tale. I think it's fitting and a fun little twist.
The mystery, though not completely surprising, is great. We are given clues and red herrings, and it allows you to be an active reader in the story, rather than just an observer. I like that Flinn doesn't truly start dropping hints until just after the middle of the novel, because then we can still go along with Wyatt's search for the truth.
I don't know how I feel about Rachel. It's like her old fashionedness rubs off on Wyatt. I get that she is locked away from society in some small town that barely even registers on the map, but come on. I'd expect for Wyatt's vernacular to rub off on her, not the other way around. Also, though she is told (various times) of the dangers in the real world, she easily falls for Wyatt.
Wouldn't she at least put up a fight?
I understand that she is lonely, and I more than understand Wyatt's quick taking to her, but I find these characters to be a little unreliable.
Okay, okay, I'm being mean and hard on these two poor lovebirds. I know. But I honestly did enjoy Towering. Once I got into it, it was a surprisingly quick read. I felt satisfied by the events that took place, and I knew I'd read another enjoyable Flinn novel. I just didn't think it was something that would change my life for forever. It was just a light and magical read.
I recommend Towering to lovers of fairy tale adaptations in young adult fiction, quick romance, adventure, and fun mysteries. If you like ghosts, there're a few of those too. Even if you don't end up liking the characters, you might like the storyline.
Though they're not perfect, you can always count on Alex Flinn for an entertaining read!...more
I received a copy from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review!
The Murmurings by Carly Anne West is a creepy young adult novel that follows a protagonist trying to understand what happened to her older sister. Tough characters, a touch of romance, and a deadly mystery make up the bulk of this suspenseful debut. Also, I'm a huge fan of supernatural novels that focus on demons and ghostly entities, so this was a bit of a treat.
Okay, so The Murmurings isn't just creepy--it's disturbing. Take a mental hospital more corrupt than any you've ever had nightmares of, demons that mimic those from The Grudge and The Ring, and that all-too-familiar sensation of being watched or hearing whispers, and you've got The Murmurings.
The strongest aspect of Anne West's debut is the writing and build-up of the suspense. The mystery behind the murmurings and the strange suicides keeps the reader intrigued, while the descriptive writing of the horrific creatures plaguing the characters is wonderfully detailed and delicious (especially if you're a horror addict).
I wasn't a big fan of the protagonist, Sophie. I know she is recovering from her sister's suicide, dealing with a horrible home life, and is ostracized by her peers, so I understand her need to wear her metaphorical cloak of darkness. What I didn't like so much was how difficult it was to like her.
Though Sophie acts like a brave character, she is incredibly gullible and naive. I have no idea how many times I yelled at her for doing EXACTLY what the other characters warned her against.
Okay, some may find her naive nature as a trait that makes her character unique, but I just found it frustrating. On one hand, you have a wicked storyline that could easily keep a reader up at night. But on the other hand, you've got this protagonist who is just a little too weak to be narrating such an intense novel.
At first I wasn't sure how I felt about the romantic story that is interlaced with the main story. At first I thought it was random and unnecessary, but then I realized that Sophie's romantic life is her chance to hope for something better than what life has dealt her. In a way, her romance with her love interest saves her--in more ways than one. It also acts as an opportunity for Sophie to trust again, and I applaud Anne West for finding ways to redeem her character.
The pacing is great as we're led from one situation to another. The storyline is slightly predictable, but this is mostly due to Sophie's stubbornness.
It would have been cool to meet Nell, Sophie's sister, beyond the journal entries we're shown. Though the conclusion of the novel implies that Sophie is stronger than Nell, I like to think that Nell was the stronger sister.
I recommend The Murmurings to readers of the horror genre in the Y/A age group. If you enjoy suspenseful ghost stories, this novel will keep you entertained....more
Beautifully Broken by Sherry Soule is the first installment in the SpellReview first appeared on my blog: Book Addict 24-7
I received a copy for review
Beautifully Broken by Sherry Soule is the first installment in the Spellbound Series. The surprisingly dark story follows the quirky sixteen year-old witchy protagonist, Shiloh, as she sleuths around a dangerously haunted mansion in her quiet, but eerie Californian small town. Full of creepy moments and dark entities, Soule's book was a great read for the month of October.
I am a huge believer of the supernatural, so to have Soule give voice to a paranormal entity, let alone a demon, freaked me out a little. The descriptions were great and they placed me directly into Shiloh's world, having me see the darkness around her through her eyes. It was also neat how Soule offered the readers a few surprises as the story developed, even if one or two were a bit expected.
The one aspect of Soule's novel that had me on the fence was Shiloh. The sixteen year-old character can be viewed in so many ways. On one hand, she may be seen as an annoying and sometimes ridiculously naive character. But on the other hand, she can be taken simply as a young girl trying to deal with an absurd and decidedly adult situation. I'm on the fence because I understand that Shiloh's story is definitely beyond anything a teenager should ever have to go through, but she really drove me nuts at times.
Going off that though, let me just say that she did make me laugh, even at the worst of times. Shiloh could be facing her eminent death, but still be witty and quirky. Rumors circulate around Whispering Pines, the small town, of Shiloh's weirdness, but I like to define it more as quirkiness that jumps off the pages.
The romance, though sweet at times, was a bit off-kilter. Shiloh's quasi-relationship with Trent was, at times, hard to follow. It made me slightly uncomfortable too, not because of his actions, but because of how undefined their romance was. Trent is broken and he shows this through his unsettling actions, but in my honest opinion, he acts more like a trouble seventeen year-old than most troubled teenaged boys I've encountered in recent reads.
Soule's book was entertaining, funny, scary, and addicting until the very end. My fingers itched to reach the last page, simply because I wanted to know all the secrets being kept from Shiloh. Also, the concluding sentences have me eagerly anticipating the sequel.
I recommend Beautifully Broken to those who love a fun, but spooky and witchy tale of a teenager coming of age, even if in an undesirable atmosphere. If you like characters who have spunk and don't care about how the world perceives him/her, then this might be a book for you to check out....more
Bleed by young author Nusrat Sultana is an ambitious novel that offers an original perspective of the vampire genre. Sultana’s debut is impressive, since she manages to draw the reader in and keep his/her attention throughout the 264 pages. Though her technique is a bit archaic, Sultana is an author to watch for in the future.
Bleed is a novel revolving around Amaryliss, a young girl on the verge of changing into something from a horror book. Not only does she receive news that will aid in re-shaping her outlook of the world around her, but she starts to experience odd events that make her question her sanity. Then she meets Austin, the strange and always cool boy by the graveyard. But Amaryliss knows her parents are keeping secrets, and she's confused by Austin’s sudden appearance. As a result, she spends the greater part of the novel questioning nearly everything she sees as she learns about her seemingly new world.
Sultana’s ability to write in an omniscient, third person voice is seamless. The reader will barely notice when she changes from one character’s point of view to another. Another aspect of writing that Sultana appears to have a strong understanding of is how to show the reader what is happening, rather than telling him/her what s/he should be experiencing. Sultana shows the reader Amaryliss’s fear through slightly archaic diction, regardless of how old-fashioned the writing appears.
However, one of the downfalls of Bleed is how cliched some of Amaryliss’s characteristics are. It feels like Sultana uses every negative feature from a past heroine when it comes to describing her own character. Amaryliss’s frailty is reminiscent of the past gender-degrading state of various heroines, and her naiveté over the situations surrounding her is an over-used tactic to create angst in novels. One other cliche is Austin’s ability to always appear when Amaryliss needs him. Does anyone remember a certain sparkly creature waiting on the sidelines?
Of course, even with all these cliches, the reader must admit that Sultana’s Bleed is a fun and highly addicting novel. Though at times the dialogue is contrived and the pacing is a bit slow, Bleed will grab the attention of nearly any eager reader.
Bleed is recommended for readers who want a different take on the vampire genre, and a plot that grows beautifully as the story progresses. Sultana sets the stage for a new generation of writers who promise to take the future of literature by storm....more
I enjoyed Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock, but it lacked a certain touch that would otherwise makeMini review first appeared on my blog: Book Addict 24-7
I enjoyed Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock, but it lacked a certain touch that would otherwise make it a favorite.
It was creepy and exciting, since it's set in a world where werewolves are a reality--which reminded me of Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse series. I was drawn to the mystery aspect of the book and how this ghost was seemingly haunting her best friend.
What I didn't like so much:
1. The detective work isn't as prominent as the synopses hints at. 2. There is a LOVE TRIANGLE. Like, a pretty obvious one that set my nerves on edge. Just, no. 3. The protagonist is one of those plain Janes who magically has all the guys wanting her, putting her in the cliche woods.
What redeemed this for me:
1. The creepy small town 2. The surprise twists 3. The sexy male characters (ignore my age)
I have many mixed feelings regarding this one, but it was a fun read.
This was a fun read with a very fresh take on the idea of werewolves!
I wasn't too keen on the love triangle, and even though the protagonist wasn't exactly out of the cliche woods, this was still an exciting read!...more
Eileen Cook's most recent novel, Unraveling Isobel, is spooky and has a spunky female protagonist who isn'tFirst appeared on my blog: Book Addict 24-7
Eileen Cook's most recent novel, Unraveling Isobel, is spooky and has a spunky female protagonist who isn't afraid to speak her mind. The novel opens on a very pissed off Isobel as her mother relocates her to an island where her new step-father lives before the start of her Senior year. There, she learns the importance of not caring what others think, she finds love, and has a creepy and life-threatening experience.
Full of humour, suspense, and mystery, Cook's novel is a surprisingly quick read that will pull its reader in and doesn't let him/her go until the end. There are some unanswered questions which may annoy the reader at the end, but for the most part this is a great summer read.
I have to admit that Cook's best talent is her dialogue. I couldn't stop laughing on more than one occasion as her characters' personalities flowed out through their manners of speech.
If you're looking for a fast, fun, creepy, and addicting read that's also on the romantic side, then I would recommend Unraveling Isobel--it's worth the read. ...more
Possess by Gretchen McNeil is a creepy story of a girl with psychic abilities that help her ridThis review first appeared on my blog: Book Addict 24-7
Possess by Gretchen McNeil is a creepy story of a girl with psychic abilities that help her rid people of demonic possessions. At first I was a bit skeptic of this novel, especially since it dealt with demons, exorcisms, and religion (I laughed when I watched the exorcist, so please try to understand my skepticism). But I was pleasantly surprised.
"Rule #1: Do not show fear.
Rule #2: Do not show pity. Rule #3: Do not engage. Rule #4: Do not let your guard down. Rule #5: They lie.
Fifteen-year-old Bridget Liu just wants to be left alone: by her mom, by the cute son of a local police sergeant, and by the eerie voices she can suddenly and inexplicably hear. Unfortunately for Bridget, it turns out the voices are demons – and Bridget has the rare ability to banish them back to whatever hell they came from.
Terrified to tell people about her new power, Bridget confides in a local priest who enlists her help in increasingly dangerous cases of demonic possession. But just as she is starting to come to terms with her new power, Bridget receives a startling message from one of the demons. Now Bridget must unlock the secret to the demons' plan before someone close to her winds up dead – or worse, the human vessel of a demon king."
McNeil's novel was a quick paced, fun read, though of course it had only a few flaws.
1. The protagonist, Bridget, was a bit stubborn and annoying. Characters would tell her that she needed to do something but she would protest instead of acting. Even near the end when she needs to pay attention, she still stubbornly fights against the facts. This annoyed me because of how naive and ignorant she was acting. This occurred several times.
2. Okay, sorry for this spoiler, but it's a pretty obvious thing: Bridget's mother and her love interest's father are in love. I'm not really disturbed with this, but others might not be so accepting of the fact that Bridget's soon-to-be boyfriend's father will be her step-father if her mother decides to marry him.
3. Though it isn't so obvious that it disrupts the story, there are some editing mishaps. Every once in a while I ran into awkward sentences that made me re-read the sentence twice to understand what was intended.
4. A bit predictable, but still a fun read.
1. The eerie tone was awesome. It was consistent and expertly done.
2. Ignoring the protagonist's annoying behavior, the other characters were intriguing.
3. The world created by McNeil is interesting because of how effectively she uses diction to create fear and intrigue for the reader.
4. McNeil's story is creepy as hell, which is incredibly hard to do effectively in a novel. But she uses a simple thing like an animal haunting a home and makes it a scary experience for the reader.
5. This isn't the first book in a series! Do you know how refreshing that is?
This was definitely one of those novels that was a surprise. If you want to get spooked, while enjoying an interesting story, then you should check this one out. I will definitely be looking forward to McNeil's work in the future....more