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Samhain Island (Samhain Island, #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Samhain Island is riddled with conspiracy theories, urban legends, and various monsters. This is the island Tremaine Boppel moved to with her family. She’s happy to start over in a new town, with new people and a new school. But what’s in that tower by her apartment? Why will the tenant never come out of it? Why does she keep getting notes out of thin air? She’s about to l ...more
Paperback, 148 pages
Published October 30th 2015
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Ashley Daviau
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
I would like to start this review by saying that I received a free e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my review.

I was quite excited to receive a copy of this to review as the description and the cover really intrigued me. And once I started reading I was sold! I just couldn't stop turning the pages on this one, it was quite unlike any other book I've read and I absolutely adored the concept. Hallowe'en has always been my favourite holida
Maria Dobos
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I must admit I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this story... It all starts nice and easy, just another story about a teenage girl who moves to an island with her parents and does her best to fit in... But, then again, things aren't always what they seem and soon enough Tremaine will get more than she has bargained for.
I'm not going to spoil anything, but I have to say this: mysterious creatures, monster hunters, immortality, urban legends - what more can you ask for? [My inner child is gl
Vampress Bathory
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! So this is a middle school read and I wasn't expecting to get into it, but guess what? I did and I loved it. I am a 24 y old adult that reads middle school books and I am not ashamed. This is a very cool, very fast paced read and you just want to know what happens next. So when I saw the title I thought: Oh yeah, cool, I guess this happens around Halloween and it's perfect for that holiday. Even if this is a light, quick read, indeed perfect to read around Halloween, ...more
Iona L.
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I admit that I’m one that still likes to read young adult books even though I am no longer what one would consider a young adult. I prefer light stories, but something that will keep me coming back. Samhain Island was that novel. I'm writing this review right after read it so bare with me.

I appreciated how frank Tremaine was, but also how vulnerable she seemed. When most writers use the “character moves to a new place” trope, usually the character is against their new home. I was scared that may
Claire  (Jst1MoreChapter)
I was given this ebook by the author in exchange for an honest review...

First and foremost... I really like the concept of this story, it's an original and fresh plot and has the potential to be a great series...

Why only 3 stars?... well, it's hard to give constructive criticism without sounding mean, and I'm really not a mean girl, I'm actually a nice girl who doesn't like to sugarcoat stuff... the author was kind enough to let me read her story for free, but I need to be honest, so here goes..
Seid Suleyman
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
While I usually avoid young adult novel books, Samhain Island was a great surprise. The tone, narration, and story-lines all converged to make a great read for people of any age. The level of attention paid to world building, and the details therein, invoke vivid scenes in one's mind that last long after one finishes the book. I highly recommend it and can't wait for the next installment.
Dominic Rios
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Taylor Thomas is a fresh and welcomed new author. I really love Samhain Island. It's a fun read with a crisp pace and characters I cared for from the get go. Perfect for young adults of all ages. Can't wait for the next episode
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book grabs you from the beginning and tells the tale of Tremaine a likeable independent teenager who finds herself quickly engaged into the mysteries of Samhain Island. Well wriiten and good character development. I recommednd especially for teenagers and young adults.
Not Sarah Connor  Writes
Jul 02, 2016 rated it really liked it

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

When the author, Taylor Thomas, messaged me about this novel, I immediately became interested because of the title. You see, I have a love/hate relationship with Halloween that is much more hate than love. I love the magic that Halloween brings, the myths, the stories, and the magic. But I absolutely hate being scared, and that seems to be the main focus of the holiday. From reading the description, I didn’t get any
Erika Santoro
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I always stare at the "What do you think?" above the review, while the black bold line blinks at me over and over, yelling at me to type something.

I did not stare at that blinking line for this review. I knew what I wanted to say since I closed this book.

Taylor Thomas had messaged me a few weeks ago and told me about this new book she wrote and if I would be interested in reading it. Once I pulled it up on Goodreads, it was all over. Absolutely I wanted to read this! I was anticipating this book
Bronwen Hollinger
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As a lover of historical fiction I know all too well how challenging it is to actually become engaged with a book. The beginnings are seldom exciting, and by the time you have gotten through the beginning you might have decided to put the book down. However this is not the case for Samhain Island. The novel is absolutely intriguing from the very beginning and leaves you wanting more and more.

The brilliance of this book is in the character development and diction. By the end of the novel you fee
Kryssi Helka
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I stayed up way too late, reading it, because it just sucked me in! I'm looking forward to the next book! Very gripping!
Brittany Reed
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I found Samhain Island to be very thrilling and compelling. I really loved Sky’s character and the world building around the series. I recommend it to young teenagers especially.
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
When I first started this book it seems like it’s the basic story of a girl moving to a new town. It seemed like a realistic fiction book where everything was exactly how life was. But as I kept turning the pages the creepiness of this story began to settle in. I loved how this story is mixed in with a dark Halloween like theme but also has the light tones of a teenage girl. I also have to mention that I LOVE urban legends so this story was perfect for me. It was not hard at all to get into this ...more
Jan 18, 2018 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review.
I didn’t know what to expect getting into this book and the very start of the book was a bit slower for me. As I got farther in I really started to enjoy it! I like the character Sky a lot and also just the concept of all these monsters on an island. There were a couple of spots where the shift in POV was a little weird but over all I really enjoyed this book! I will have to read the next one at some point to see what happens next!
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
07\10/20: I'm loving this soooooooo much, so far despite only really half of the book and will update more at my final thoughts when I do get around on finishing! So far as reading, my rating would be five stars!

Update- 08/02/20: Okay, my final thoughts since reading Samhain Island: Episode One and I have to say, this story blew my mind!

Sky being my favorite character in the story despite what happened to him and made me sad for. But enjoyed Tremaine way more as she was daring and tough! The en
Taylor Thomas
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)
(This is a review from the book blog Instagram: "bookishshenanigans_" This is a review posted with their permission, because they do not have a Goodreads account)

Today, I have another review for you guys. The lovely Taylor Thomas (@taylorofsamhain) sent us a digital copy of her book "Samhain Island: Episode One" for reviewing.

The basic plot of this soy revolves around the main character, Tremaine Boppel, who has to move to Samhain Island after her father opens his movie store there. The island i
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in any way.

Tremaine and her parents, Danny and Josey, move to Samhain Island. Samhain is a creepy island, filled with theories and urban legends. When Tremaine arrives at her new home, she wants to know about the weird things happening near her apartment. Tremaine goes on a rollercoaster in the story "Samhain Island Ep.1" written by Taylor Thomas.
This book shocked me. I am not sure exactly wh
Nicole Strand
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
So the premise of this book actually really intreagued me and I just knew I had to read and review it. It's a fairly short story with 121 pages according to my kindle. On the authors website it states that episode two has also come out, so I recommend checking that out!
It starts off with the main character, Tremaine Boppel( an eighth grade girl), and her parents, Josey and Danny, packing up and moving to Samhain Island so Danny can open up a movie store. Tremaine joins an u
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was really fun! It was fast-paced and I loved the character development in Sky. There were a few typos here and there, but nothing major. Very well done for someone Taylor's age. I can't wait for episode two!

Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Welcome to Samhain Island, a place filled with traditions, legends and rumors.
An intrepid, curious 13-y.o., newcomer Tremaine is determined to get answers from the locals, starting with this elusive neighbour who lives in a tower.

I did not know what to expect when I begun to read a novel aimed at a younger audience than me, but it was a pleasant surprise.
While I thought Tremaine's parents were not fully credible characters, I like the fact Tremaine is not your typical "good girl". She can be inq
Dec 31, 2016 rated it liked it
I received a free e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review!

Let me just start off by saying: I love the concept of this book. A girl and her family moving to this secluded island where mysterious monsters run rampant is RIGHT up my alley. I especially love that everyone on the island KNOWS there's monsters there, like it's no big deal. And there's monster hunters!! What could be better?

The execution was great as well. Some parts were a little shaky; I couldn't ignore t
Merve Thaler
Jan 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads, fantasy
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Salla (Books Told Me So)
Miss Taylor Thomas sent me a copy of this on New Year's Eve.

The idea to this book was great. All things including mythology and abnormal things are.
Switching between point of view's was sometimes too confusing.

Read full review here:
Erika Marroquín
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'd like to start off by saying I was sent a free e-copy in exchange for my honest review. But this does not change my opinion in any way.

I absolutely enjoyed Samhain Island. The plot and characters were both very interesting. I couldn't put the book down once I started reading, there was not a point in the book where I felt uninterested or bored. There were many surprising and unexpected turns in the book which had me at the edge of my seat at all times. I found myself trying to read the book u
Mica Parente
Sep 22, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, dont-plan-on-it
DNF at page 51.

The author asked me to take a look at the work for an honest review.

It's sad to say but I just couldn't finish this book. It started off ok but it easily lost my attention. Maybe one day in the future I'll come back to it but it wont be any time soon. The character is just not relatable and the situation they are in is just uninteresting. I haven't read too many Halloween inspired books but this one just didn't hold my attention at all.
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My first novel, Samhain Island: Episode One, was published October 30th, 2015. My second novel, Samhain Island: Episode Two was published in August 2016. Episode Three is underway.

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