It puzzles me -- and sometimes frustrates me to no end -- how or why some books get categorized/released as Young Adult. These days it seems the label has become so loosey-goosey all that's required is that there be a teen protagonist. Content, language, themes -- all of the meatier, important elements of any book are blithely ignored in the rush to market and movie deals.
There are definitely books that walk the hinterland -- the very, very outer reaches of YA and upon reading them you realize ...more
This book fell into my mitts courtesy of another round of library roulette. About a quarter of the way in, things reached such a level of WTF that I broke one of my (made up) roulette rules, and just had to look it up to get a bead on this Scowler business.
Given the bit that I had just finished, I was surprised (at the very least) to find that it's actually classified as "young adult" and/or juvenile fiction. I'm relatively new to this "horror" business, but, still, ...more
Ry's father Marvin was an abusive, horrific man. His father put his mother through hell, and it was Ry who helped save his mother back when he was way too young, too impressionable, and too vulnerable to have that sort of responsibility heft upon him. But Marvin was locked up years ago for it.
Things change now that the meteorite is predicted to hit. The first clue is the appearance of a stranger on the family farm, claiming an explosion at the high ...more
What I loved:
This book is true horror. Not horror in the sense that EEK! something might jump out at you, but horror in a deep, visceral, ...more
Let's talk about my ...more
Very well done. This one puts Krause on my read-everything-from-this-author list.
The tale begins when we meet Ry Burke, his little sister Ella and ...more
There is gore galore and I was pleasantly surprised by it. I didn't have low expectations for this necessarily; I just didn't have any expectations at all. Scowler did not let that happen for long--I was thrown directly ...more
It will be a long time before I forget this novel. Take my advice and don't read the last 80 pages right before bed. Review to come.
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I enjoyed the read, but didn't find it particularly frightening....
The meteor strike was an interesting touch...I kept expecting a form of alien life to come into the story, but it never did...
Daniel Kraus wrote the book Scowler with all intentions of scaring the reader. The book is supposed to shock and terrify people as they read about delusionary Ry and his murderous, vengeful father Marvin. The author uses demonic ideas of torture and abuse to give readers a chill or a thrill, depending on how they view the book. There is no educational value to this novel, for it is meant to be read for fun only. The story follows Ry and his family as they try to survive another encounter with...more
This fall I haven't had this big list of horror books to-read for the Halloween season. The RIP challenge finally started up for this year and I really didn't have much read to go.Thank you to my library and the Overdrive app on my iPhone to supply me with a steady stream of audio books. I decided to pull up the Horror genre and see what was available. Right away this cover caught my eye. Reading over the summary I started to think this was really interesting ...more
Ry's father is currently in prison and Ry and his family are still trying to cope with the abuse he caused them all. They live in a secluded farmhouse, the land being the prize of their fathers heart. But after years of having to run the farm on her own, Ry's mother has finally decided it's time for them to move now that it's been desolated and dried out. One day when meteorites begin to fall from the sky, one lands on their ...more
You know that commercial during the Super Bowl about the farmers that everyone loved? I didn't. In fact, I couldn't watch the whole thing. I had to walk away but I kept thinking about it, despite my efforts to stop.
It reminded me of this book. This book, set on a rundown farm in middle of nowhere Iowa. This book, turning my stomach with some of the descriptions of absolute mutilation. This book, which takes the childhood dependency on make-believe friends and turns it into something so ...more
RA notes: language, seriously graphic abuse and murder, talk about sex but no actual sex, insanity
1. Does the reader get to experience the crime or crisis event? When does this event take place in the book (beginning, middle, end, etc.) Describe the crime/crisis event that happens in the book.
The crisis that occurred was that a meteorite hit there farm and the father is abusive.The father escape from prison because part of the meteorite hit the prison that he was in and tries to kill his family.
2. Does the majority of the book deal with how a character or characters ...more
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