I absolutely loved this crazy, crazy, crazy book. Did I say it was crazy? I was impressed with the author because she didn’t write in fear. She showedI absolutely loved this crazy, crazy, crazy book. Did I say it was crazy? I was impressed with the author because she didn’t write in fear. She showed in great detail kids, women, babies being tortured. I was extremely grossed out and knew not to eat while reading the book. I appreciated Angel Gelique not holding back because reading a book about an evil child shouldn’t be sugar-coated.
The setting was Cortlandt, a small town that hardly had any crime. The small town was turned upside down when Elizabeth and Martin, wife and husband, entered the hospital. She was pregnant, unbeknownst to her it wasn’t a normal baby.
Four years earlier, Elizabeth had met a mysterious evil man, Malum. She lost her virginity to him, then did a horrible, horrible, horrible act. The self-performed abortion scene was so sad! I felt horrible when she puked on it afterwards. The author did an amazing job creeping me out with her visual details. Sign of a truly talented writer.
My favorite lines: 1) Yet, something about this particular rainstorm unnerved her greatly. 2) “I can help you feel better,” the man said, his flawless face devoid of emotion, yet irresistible. 3) “Is it dead?” Elizabeth cried out. “It’s dead, isn’t it?” 4) “I am death, decay and deception, disease and disorder. I am lust and greed and wrath and chaos. I am the destroyer of minds, bodies, and souls. I am sin itself.”
I really liked the hospital staff, but I wished those scenes would’ve been shorter. The book really picked up after Elizabeth got discharged from the hospital. I really enjoyed the tension and conflict between Elizabeth and Martin. She was scared of her baby and wanted nothing to do with it. But Martin loved it unconditionally. I wanted him to snap out of his naivety, but then there wouldn’t have been a story haha. I didn’t like Martin at all because of his lack of support. He came around towards the end though and I grew to respect him.
I had to pause and catch my composure after reading two scenes. It really hurt my heart and I wept. The first scene was Elizabeth taking matters into her own hands regarding her first baby. And the second scene involved the aftermath of a dad’s greed of insurance regarding his two daughters. That scene really shook me to the core–in a good way. Once again, a sign of a brilliant horror writer!
This was my very first werewolf book so I didn't know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised. I felt for the guy who didn't make it in the major lThis was my very first werewolf book so I didn't know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised. I felt for the guy who didn't make it in the major leagues of baseball. He returned back home. I thought he'd be the main character, but he was massacred at the bonfire like other people. That was a surprising twist!
The story held my interest from beginning to end. The author didn't sugarcoat the werewolf's victims, how they were tore limb to limb, which I appreciated as a reader. He wasn't afraid to make the story as scary as possible. No room for interpretation--the original werewolves were definitely villains, clever hunters.
A few of the people from the bonfire survived their attacks, only to slowly start to turn into animals. These were the actual main characters. Each one had a distinct personality. The creepiest moment for me (in a good way) was definitely the bonfire scene....more
I loved this book. It's fun scaring yourself. The story was written in Ethan's first person point of view. The author was great with sensory details.I loved this book. It's fun scaring yourself. The story was written in Ethan's first person point of view. The author was great with sensory details. He took the time to describe everything so that readers could feel, touch, see, and hear what the characters were going through.
The scenes were conversation-heavy. I loved this because you can tell a lot about a person by the way they communicate with others. The author managed to build up tension among the group and reveal their backstories in a suspenseful way. It was slow and steady. I got the creeps just thinking of being lost in a forest and someone (or ghosts? you'll have to read to find out) messing with me by stealing all the cell phones, moving the ribbons so there's no more trails back to the campsite.
The one thing that bothered me was: no one seemed to use contractions, which seemed somewhat unrealistic. Someone in a crisis isn't going to say "I am scared." They'll probably say "I'm scared." Or "I do not know what to do." They'll say "I don't know what to do."
My favorite lines: 1) The forest was too still, too quiet. 2) She'd been quiet until now. Her face was expressionless, her eyes unreadable.
I really enjoyed this collection of four stories. It was a pleasant surprise that each book was longer than a short story. Each dark story connected wI really enjoyed this collection of four stories. It was a pleasant surprise that each book was longer than a short story. Each dark story connected with Book One. Even though the collection was dark, I was never scared. I did feel bad for the characters though. Each had a sad backstory.
The Blacksmith (Book One)
The opening line of "A baby bird feel" gave me chills. The way the main character Ainsley described this made me aware she was depressed and lost. This story was written in her first person point of view. It felt like Ainsley was talking directly to me, which added to the creepy factor.
All the chapters were written in very simple sentences, but it fit the story because Ainsley sounded depressed and unmotivated, being divorced, and having a boring life, working at a library. The character just told it like it was, instead of bringing personality into her interactions.
The author did a great job of foreshadowing that Ainsley had a dark past...was keeping a dark secret. Eventually, readers found out that she's obsessed with her high school sweetheart Sam. It seemed like he wanted to date her, but she kept pushing him away. I would tell you why, but you have to read to find out...
My favorite lines: 1) I am a monster in disguise. 2) Oh, Sam. My heart isn't beautiful. It's dead.
The ending is tragic. Poor Ainsley. Poor Sam. Poor Blacksmith.
Jessie (Book Two)
This story was full of suspense. The main character Jessie lived with her abusive husband and wicked step-mother. Her husband was a violent man, threatening to kill her with an ax if she tried to leave. Jessie found comfort with the lonely neighbor Blacksmith.
I really couldn't get into this book because most of the paragraphs were one or two sentences each. This read more like a poem instead of a story. Plus, the scenes were too repetitive. Jessie's family were horrible to her. The Blacksmith watched over her. Rinse. Lather. Repeat.
However, I did like how the author described trees as though they were human--like watching people and keeping secrets. I also liked how the story mentioned Lizzie Borden, a daughter who killed her parents with an ax. Jessie sympathized with her.
This book tied in nicely to Book One. Readers found out how Blacksmith died and the horrific reason that would keep Jessie tied to the house. In Book One, Ainsley talked to ghosts, which Jessie was one of them. The ending sent chills down my spine.
Dirt (Book Three)
This was my favorite story in the collection, probably because I could relate to the main character Lila, who was a journalist for the local paper. Finally there were a variety of sentence structures instead of everything sounding simple.
The opening "Cannibal Queen kills dozens; looney librarian hated men; police: garden graveyards gruesome" captured my attention right away. Lila was reading headlines of the local paper that described the haunted house on the hill--Ainsley's house.
Wanting to advance in her writing career, Lila became obsessed with Ainsley's story. You'll have to read the books to figure out what it was. I don't want to spoil it for you. Investigating, Lila found Ainsley's diary (a tie in to Book One--readers find out Book One was her diary word for word). I respected Lila's curiosity, especially when she met Blacksmith's ghost. I felt bad what happened to her. I thought her heart to heart with Sam was cute.
My favorite lines: 1) It was anyone's nightmare, and therefore, a reporter's dream. 2) Others will tell a story. I'm going to find the truth. 3) Just don't ask why. Because, here, the wind will answer. And you might not like what it has to say.
Sam (Book Four)
Sam, still grieving over Ainsley, decided to buy her house and move his pregnant girlfriend in with him. The house whispered and taunted Claudia because it didn't like her there. Ainsley and Jessie haunted her, even Sam.
This book was full of suspense and dread. However, it provided closure to Sam and Ainsley's love story, which I respected the ending. My favorite line was "He realizes: all he can bring to the women he loves is destruction. Death. Horror. Misery. Pain. Nothing."
I would RECOMMEND this book collection to read....more
***I received a free copy from the Paranormal and Horror Lovers group in exchange for an honest review***
Like any short story collection, some stories***I received a free copy from the Paranormal and Horror Lovers group in exchange for an honest review***
Like any short story collection, some stories I really loved and a couple were okay. Some I predicted the ending by the first paragraph. Some caught me off guard in excitement because I hadn't seen the twists and turns coming.
Tierney was married to Rob, who was a rocker. He hid a "Demons, Great and Small" book from her. My favorite line: "She shivered in terror." All I can say is be careful what you wish for. When they were asleep and Tierney could hear a laugh in the darkness that really creeped me out (in a good way)!
Ethan and Anya were best friends who also happened to be writers. What if your friend did something unforgettable to you? Would you fight back or just take it? Anya decided to fight back with her Wiccan friends. Since I'm not much of a supernatural genre reader, I couldn't really get into this short story.
I was intrigued by the opening sentence "If you pester them enough, everyone has a story to tell." The story was written in Christian's first person point of view. He was dating Virginia. They visited a tarot card reader. Something bad happened linked to that last tarot card. Since I'm not a supernatural genre reader, I couldn't really get into this short story.
A Little Blood Between Friends
Wowza. After reading this short story, I can see why vampire books are so popular. The vampire Ash was sweet and romantic, yet hot and steamy as he fed off of Delilah's blood. It was a nice twist of the classic a girl waits on a guy at the bar...
This story was one of my favorites. Thea was depressed about her lonely life and often visited the bar Dollhouse. Andy, the bartender, was worried about her. She kept dreaming of her dead grandma's rose garden--roses dripped in blood. There's a consequence because Thea touched the mirror. I loved the ending.
This was one of my favorites. Lucky and Daniel were best friends. She was jealous because Daniel was hooking up with rude Casey. Their back and forth in the cafe was cute and engaging. As a reader, I was rooting for Lucky and Daniel to end up together. Then, there's a twist. There's a Baby Doll Killer! I feared for their lives. My favorite line: "Predictability would be her downfall." I loved all the twists. Were these characters real? Who was the killer? The ending was stellar.
This cute story was one of my favorites. I love ghost stories. The very first scene was Carin's ghost watching herself die in a car accident, the car caught on fire. I felt bad for her. She realized that humans could still see her, so she decided to teach pop star Billy Chambers a lesson. Their interactions were pretty intense. My favorite lines: 1) "Be a good guy, Billy. The world is already full of dicks." 2) "Don't just be sorry. Be better."
This was one of my favorites. I'm a huge fan of the psychological thriller genre. Vanessa was just a kid, but boy was she crazy! She killed a cat, then asked a young boy to play with her. This story was creepy (in a good way) and had a great twist at the end!
Zach and Naomi are supposed to be getting married soon, but Zach was upset with her. He thought she was cheating on him. There's an erotic scene of him fighting his lust for Naomi. All I can say is Zach was crazy. He thought he had to teach anyone a lesson who "betrayed" him.
This was one of my favorites. At first, readers feel sorry for the married couple because they lost their daughter. Aldous and Courtney were in the living room being cute, reminiscing about the past. Then came an unexpected shock!!! His actions came out of nowhere, which put me at the edge of my seat for the entire ride. I loved how the story showed a flashback of what happened to their daughter Michelle. It was a very chilly ending! I still have goosebumps just thinking about it.
I RECOMMEND this short story collection to read. ...more
***I received a free copy from LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review***
From the book description, I thought this would be a horror read. I tho***I received a free copy from LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review***
From the book description, I thought this would be a horror read. I thought it'd be full of suspense and terror, but the story wasn't scary at all (not even a little). The author did a good job of showing the group dynamics between the two girls and two boys. The twin boys were definitely different, which I liked....more
***I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review from Paranormal and Horror Lovers Goodreads group***
I loved this short story. It hardly had***I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review from Paranormal and Horror Lovers Goodreads group***
I loved this short story. It hardly had any dialogue but it was imagery heavy in the details. It helped to visually see everything as a reader. The story was in Martin's first person point-of-view. He was on his way to Barter Lake, traveling in bad weather. He swerved his car to avoid Katrina walking in the middle of the road. I wasn't scared at any point during the book, but it was fun trying to figure out the mystery of who the lady was.
I loved this book. It was a pretty intense read from start to finish. The author was brilliant in building suspense slowly...to the point I had dreadI loved this book. It was a pretty intense read from start to finish. The author was brilliant in building suspense slowly...to the point I had dread for all the characters. It seemed like there was no way to read a happy ending. Was I right or wrong? You'll have to read to find out.
There were blood stains in Malorie's house. The description was haunting and gave me chills down my spine. Something bad had happened there. I thought Malorie and Tom's friendship was cute. Their scenes were my favorite in the book.
My favorite lines: 1) "You're a bad mother, she thinks." 2) "The world, it seems, is unnaturally quiet." 3) "It feels like Gary is everywhere outside. He's been banished. Ostracized. Cast out."
There was a crazy scene--birds in a tree were killing each other. Dead parts fell in the river, fell on some of the characters. That image stayed with me long after I finished the book. The author did a great job of creating memorable moments in a world with few resources, with characters keeping their eyes closed for safety.
I loved this terrifying book with a non-linear plot. Carly had a split personality--Kaitlyn. Possibly Ari Hait was her other personality as well. KaitI loved this terrifying book with a non-linear plot. Carly had a split personality--Kaitlyn. Possibly Ari Hait was her other personality as well. Kaitlyn was the prime suspect of arson at the school that killed three people.
The novel reminded me of the movie Insidious. It was written entirely as a diary and footage of the police investigation, the therapist's sessions with Carly, and newspaper clippings. The eerie photos accompanied by Carly's friend's video camcorder gave me chills down my spine. The story was full of twists after twists.