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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  116 ratings  ·  57 reviews
She saw it coming. She knew it would happen―but no one believed her.

Almost a year after tragedy shattered her family, sixteen-year-old Paige Thomas can’t break free from her guilt. Her mother ignores her, doting on her annoying little sister, while her father is a barely-functioning shell. He hopes a move to the quiet little town of Shadesboro PA will help them heal, but P
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Published September 15th 2016 by Curiosity Quills Press
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Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Paige Thomas and her family have moved to the quiet town of Shadesboro, PA for a fresh start and to heal after the loss of Paige's older sister in a tragic accident. Paige blames herself in a way for the accident because she knew that it was coming and couldn't get anyone to listen to her that night. Paige has visions and premonitions but of course everyone chalks it up to her imagination.

When Paige starts school in the new town she meets a group of girls who are more the local outcasts but Pai
Montzalee Wittmann
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Nine Candles of Deepest Black by Matthew S. Cox is a creepy, suspenseful, teen/YA book that can scare the wits out of this old lady! If you like ghosts, suspense, magic, things that go bump in the night (literally), and the supernatural, well this is for you! Wow, what an awesome book! I was not expecting this, it was soooo good. The characters were so realistic and complex. The plot was great with many twist and surprises. The suspense was dramatic and had my heart racing. This author knows how ...more
Jennifer Y.
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-reads
*I received a free digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

I am not even sure where to start with this review. As a fan of the spooky and supernatural as well as reading, I am always on the look out for what might be a fascinating horror story. Trust me, Nine Candles of Deepest Black is just as creepy and chilling as the cover and title suggest. It’s as if the author had a list of everything I desired to read in a horror story plus a few things I didn’t even know I wanted.

This is not my first book by Matthew S Cox and I seriously doubt it will be the last. As long as he keeps writing, I will keep reading. He has an amazing talent for telling a story so vivid it is as if I'm observing it right next to the character...and sometimes am even that character him/herself and dealing with the worries and angst and relief all at once.
This is a great book for those who love witchcraft stories and family stories and who like their worlds of fantasy and reality blended well
✿ℎazℯℓ - thℯ ℛock Cℎick ℱairy✿
A great story to read before Halloween!!!

I'm so glad I was able to read this days before Halloween. It added to the creepy vibe!!

Yes, this book is fairly creepy, but with a hint of drama. I can't say I love being scared, but I do love Horror books. This one is definitely worth it!

Full review to come.
Nada Sobhi
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Nine Candles of the Deepest Black by Matthew S. Cox is a fast-paced horror/paranormal novel with lots of magic.

The main character is Paige, who has been trying to heal after losing her older sister in a car crash, which she claims to have had a premonition about. Also trying to heal are her parents, who move to the supposedly quiet town of Shadesboro. There, Paige makes friends on the first day and they invite her to a Ouija game and later a spell-casting, which she doesn't believe in but agrees
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
There's a new horror writer in town.. So, flip on those lights and prepare to be frightened! Every now and again.. one has to read a good scary story. Especially around Halloween! Nine Candles of Deepest Black is about a young tween who has lost her older sister in a tragic car accident. The book captures your attention immediately.. as the two sisters are deep in conversation.. AFTER the oldest sister's demise. The story sucks you in.. from the beginning paragraph. Which.. keeps you enthralled ...more
Aug 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
This was really good...ill have a full review with the blog tour at the end of September.
Yzabel Ginsberg
(I got a copy from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.)

A little lengthy at times, but overall an enjoyable "coming of (witchcraft) age" story that, while resting on archetypical elements, turns out to go deeper than what could be expected at first. Even though, looking at it with a more mature eye, I wouldn't shelve it as a favourite, I can say that teenage!me would probably have loved it (I really was into that kind of witchcraft stories at the time).

For once, I'll start with the e
Roberta R. (Offbeat YA)
Rated 3.5 really.

Excerpt from my review - originally published at Offbeat YA.

Pros: Strong mix of supernatural and horror. Characters with authentic voices. Great development of a sibling relationship.
Cons: A little heavy on the descriptive side. Some aspects of the supernatural plot are a bit derivative, or leave too little to the imagination (e.g.: the demon).
WARNING! Blood, gruesome deaths and spiders in all sizes.
Will appeal to: Supernatural/horror lovers who can appreciate a coming-of-age s
 Reading Reindeer

This YA-themed, paranormal/occult thriller, is riveting. Author Matthew Cox develops his themes so subtly, placing his story in the hands of a small high school clique, seemingly harmless girls just having the normal identity crises and crushes of adolescence; oh, but... I was frequently reminded of the wonderful film "The Coven," in which a group of adolescent girls, seemingly unknowingly, mess with magic. In this novel, the ringleader esch
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Nine Candles Of Deepest Black By Michael S.Cox

I received a free copy of this book from in exchange for and open and honest review .

About : Paige Thomas moves to a new town with her family after her older sister Amber dies in a drunk driving accident . As any family would be in the wake of this tragedy her family is in shambles, her dad who is a cop is a zombie in his own world who rarely speaks to anyone and her mom pays attention to her youngest sister Mellissa and ignores Paige
Shannara Johnson
This was one of the best YA books I've recently read. Often, YA is kind of disneyfied and all the threats are more or less of the cotton ball type... well, not this one.

People die (in droves) and even main characters are rarely left unharmed. The evil that Paige and her friends have unleashed hunts them relentlessly, and the creepy/scary moments rain down on the reader by the bucketful.

The book reminds me of the movie "Final Destination," one of my favorites, where death stalks teenagers who "
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
WOW!!! What an amazing book, I couldn't put it down once I started it. This book grabs on to you and never lets up. I can't recommend this book enough to anyone who loves a book with elements of witchcraft, demons, supernatural and love of family and friends.
Paige and her family move to the quiet little town of Shadesboro about a year after the sudden death of her adored sister Amber. Paige has visions and saw it happening but no one believed her so she is still struggling with the quilt. She ha
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
***I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my unbiased review of it. All of the opinions stated are solely my own and no one else's. ***

Nine Candles of Deepest Black by Matthew S. Cox is a story about Paige and her family. They have moved to a new town in an attempt to start over after the death of her sister in a car accident. Paige is wanting her family to get back to normal but that in itself seems to be just a distant dream as everyone but her little sister ignores
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Satisfyingly spooky!

Classic cautionary tale against playing with fire unless one is prepared to suffer the consequences of getting burned... many times more applicable when dealing with the ‘other side’ and the various good/evil denizens one may encounter through such experiences.

I have now read many books by this author, and I feel his great strength is the emotional realism experienced and exhibited by his characters, no matter the genre he chooses to write in (and there are many choices a rea
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
**I received a copy of the book in exchange for a review**

Nine Candles of Deepest Black is one of those books that you can't seem to pull yourself away from, no matter how hard you try. It's creepy, edge-of-your-seat, nail-biting terror that will leave you anxiously turning pages, eager to see how it ends. And when you finish, you'll be left breathless and amazed.

The book reminds me of something you'd see in an episode of Supernatural, Buffy, or maybe The X-Files. Heck, it could even be its own
Janis Hill
I would like to thank Curiosity Quills Press for providing me with a free ARC of this book in exchange for an open and honest review.

Wow! What a book. Now, I am not usually a fan of gore/horror scary tales of the supernatural… mostly as I tend to read in the dark at night… and I’m a wuss.

But ‘Nine candles of deepest black’ had just the right level of these things to be creepy and scary… but in an addictive way that literally DID have me awake until 1:30 each morning. And not because I was scared
Raul R
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, cwag
Overall thoughts
Nine Candles of the Deepest Black takes us on a very fast, fun, and thrilling ride. The author manages to grip the reader’s attention from the start and doesn’t let go until the very end. To those that are fans of the horror genre, there are several scenes and elements that aren’t exactly groundbreaking, or new. However, the author manages to incorporate these themes in a way to avoid being too much of a cliché. On the other hand, there are certain elements and scenes that are ne
Christy Wilson
Aug 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a great read, and I think if you enjoy feeling a little scared the closer we get to October and Halloween - then you will enjoy this book.

Paige's parents have moved her and her little sister to a new town following the death of their oldest daughter. Paige worshiped her older sister, and feels at a loss. Her mother dotes on her younger sister; her father seemingly ignores everyone and focuses on work. Now she has to start at a new school.

She soon finds herself quickly embraced by a group
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Not only does the author have to deal with the always prickly issue of teenage girl dynamics, but he also has the small matter of a rule breaking dark entity to add to the mix. And for the most part, I think that he does a good job.

I felt that he was able to get into the heads of the girls quite well, and the drama and angst of high school interactions was ably described.

At times, the pacing of the story seemed to get slow a little, when I would have expected it to be gradually increasing in pa
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-by-me
I had the opportunity to read this book by being granted a copy from Matthew Cox, the Author.

This was a very enjoyable read. It started a little slow while the author set the characters but once that was done, this story, mostly, keeps the reader hopping.

The story centers around a group of girls messing with witchcraft and they let loose some of the darker side. One of the girls has a hidden agenda while the others just want to make life a little happier. This is not "Bewitched" type of witchery
CrazyCat (Alex)
Wow, that was really good. And scary. I was hooked from the moment the five girls met at the table in the cafeteria. That was in chapter one. So I was like glued to the couch with this book in my hands and my heartbeat goes up and my brain starts screaming. But I have to read on, because there is too much happening to put it down. Then people starting to get hurt and die and I start to fear that, maybe, Paige isn't going to make it till the end. But she is tough, so she has to be okay, right? Or ...more
The Pursuit Of Bookiness
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Great Read in the run up to Halloween!

This is the first book by Matthew S. Cox that I have read and I would definitely pick up another of his titles!

The author brilliantly builds the characters and has an excellent ability to tell a story that sucks you in and makes you want to sleep with the lights on (I so didn't do that honest!!)

With a good mix of suspense and horror this coming of age story will keep you engrossed throughout as well as hiding under the covers. If you love films like The
Neal Dalton
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
In the interest of transparency, I know the author from high school and, while in recent years I have only been in sporadic contact with him, I consider him my friend. I was given an advance copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review. Also, I'm a novice at reviewing a book.

That being said, I really enjoyed this book which is surprising because YA fiction is usually not my thing. The pace was quick and the dialogue was good. The story was engaging and I raced to the end. I felt the chara
Mary Bernsen
Jul 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Remember that movie from the nineties, Now And Then with Christina Ricci and Thora Birch? This reminded me of a twisted, creepy, suspenseful version of that. From the very beginning I feel for Paige and her turmoil. There were so many important secondary characters I thought it might get to be too much to keep up with, but each one is developed so well I had no trouble at all remembering who was who. I adored the relationship between Paige and her sister, Melissa. I would say this book teeters o ...more
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a free signed copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I LOVED this book. When I first started this story I wasn't sure what I was getting myself into but after a few pages I was hooked.

Cox did such a fantastic job infusing this story with magic, teen angst, horror and humor. His characters were believable and stayed true to character throughout the story.

It was hard not to fall in love with Paige. You could see through all her anger that she was a good perso
Louise Feagans
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I had a chance to read this book by Matthew Cox (and of course I took it) and he manages to never let me down with his story telling. I loved the book and his characters minus one. of course there is always one. when Paige loss her older sister in a devastating accident, due to her drunk boyfriend, her family was torn apart! she goes to a new school, makes some new friends and practices some witchcraft which brings forth something from the depths of hell. I really don't want to say more but when ...more
Jul 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly impressed with the book. Overall the pacing and the characters were done really well and I like the authors style of writing. He didn't dumb anything down and did his research. Only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was because I had the book all figured out so no surprises. Could be because I like horror far too much for my own good and am completely jaded but it was a fun read none the less. I am leaving out all of The Craft parallels here. No spoilers. Great read and not a wast ...more
AK Mama Reads
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
With fall coming our way tomorrow, this book perfectly sets the mood for all those who like something a little creepy and less cute.  When the darkness comes out to play, boys and girls should run away.  Too bad they make some terrible decisions and things go horribly awry.  I found this to be a riveting and haunting read, one that is much more than it seems on the surface.  If you're wanting a ya paranormal that is original and memorable, then check out Nine Candles of the Deepest Black.

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Born in a little town known as South Amboy NJ in 1973, Matthew has been creating science fiction and fantasy worlds for most of his reasoning life. Somewhere between fifteen to eighteen of them spent developing the world in which Division Zero, Virtual Immortality, and The Awakened Series take place. He has several other projects in the works as well as a collaborative science fiction endeavor wit ...more

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