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Dangerous Games to Play in the Dark by Lucia Peters
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Spice up your SPN viewing party with a game of Sara Sarita!

(Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review through Library Thing's Early Reviewers program.)

Flashlights. Darkened rooms. The chanting of names, of mantras, of mysterious incantations. Giggles in the dark - some out of bravery, others out of bravado. Dares. Challenges. Ghosts.

You might be familiar with them: the kinds of games you play at sleepovers, around the campfire, or on the playground - more rituals than games, really - meant to summon spirits, communicate with supernatural beings, or otherwise connect with a realm beyond our own. You may have learned these games from your older friends or siblings, or out of books found in dusty and forgotten corners of the library - books like this one, perhaps. You might not be convinced the games will actually work, believing them to be simply stories or urban legends - but when you play, you hope all the same that this time, maybe something will happen. You'll fall into a trance. You'll defy the laws of nature. You'll look into a mirror and see not your own reflection, but the shape of someone ... or something ... else.


In Dangerous Games to Play in the Dark, Lucia Peters shares twenty-four spooky games you can play at your next sleepover, Halloween party, or Supernatural viewing party - the options are endless. Each game includes a brief history about its origins, along with step-by-step instructions, a list of materials, additional warnings (open flames + mild scares = a fire risk, for obvious reasons), risk level, and objectives and rewards.

The games are roughly divided into different categories, including:

Party Games
- Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board
- The Answer Man
- The Picture Game
- The Games of One Hundred Ghost Stories, or Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai

Summoning Spirits
- Bloody Mary
- Blue Baby, Baby Blue
- Lady Spades
- The Hosting Game

High-Stakes Hide-and-Seek
- The Midnight Game
- Hide-and-Seek Alone, or Hitori Kakurenbo
- The Bath Game, or Daruma-san
- The Candles Game

Long, Strange Trips
- The Doors of Your Mind
- The Elevator Game
- Closet to Another World
- The Black Telephone Game

Contacting the Other Side
- The Closet Game
- Musical Chairs Alone
- The Corner Game
- The Sister, Sister Game, or Sara Sarita

Games of Knowledge
- The Red Book Game
- The Compass Game
- The Fortune Game
- The Playing Card Game

Dangerous Games to Play in the Dark is a really handsome gift book, with red-edged pages; an attractive, embossed black, red, and white cover; and matching interior artwork. Some of the instructions could be a little clearer, but overall they're easy enough to follow. I would've liked more detailed background on some of the games, but the book does have a short list of resources at the end.

My only complaint - and forgive me while I show my age here - is that the type is teeny tiny and very difficult to read. It's eight point, tops. Maybe spring for the ebook so you can adjust the font size and read along in the dark to boot?

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Reading Progress

November 29, 2019 – Started Reading
November 29, 2019 – Shelved
November 29, 2019 – Shelved as: read-in-2019
November 29, 2019 – Shelved as: reviewed
November 29, 2019 – Finished Reading

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