12 05, 2017

Review: FINDER’S KEEPERS and END OF WATCH by Stephen King

By | Friday, May 12, 2017|8 Comments

After reading MR.MERCEDES I knew I would have to finish this series. Stephen King is one of my favorite authors and his delve into police procedural is pretty fucking fantastic. Bill Hodges is a perfectly flawed hero and I grew to really love him. In FINDER’S KEEPERS we meet a kid named Pete […]

6 05, 2017

Review: NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

By | Saturday, May 6, 2017|11 Comments

This story was such good fun. NOS4A2 features Victoria MacQueen as the female protagonist/heroine within a vampire-ish nightmare. But it isn’t really about vampire. I know “what!” Read my description….or skip down to watch the author describe NOS4A2. Victoria starts with a unique ability to find lost things. She rides her bike, a […]

11 11, 2016

Review: DEAD GIRL’S SOCIETY by Michelle Krys

By | Friday, November 11, 2016|12 Comments

Review: DEAD GIRL’S SOCIETY by Michelle KrysDead Girls Society by Michelle Krys
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on November 8th 2016
Pages: 304
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Horror, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Social Themes, General
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A girl accepts a mysterious invitation to play a deadly game in this suspense-filled thriller from the author of HEXED--perfect for fans of NERVE by Jeanne Ryan and Lauren Oliver's PANIC.

You are cordially invited to participate in a game of thrills and dares. Tell no one, and come alone. If you dare.

Hope is sick of everyone treating her like she’s breakable. Sure, she has cystic fibrosis (basically really bad lungs), but she’s tired of being babied by her mom and her overprotective best friend, Ethan, not to mention worrying about paying for her expensive medication and how she’s going to afford college.And she’s bored with life in her run-down New Orleans suburb.

When an invitation arrives from a mysterious group that calls itself the Society, Hope jumps at the chance for some excitement. This could be her ticket out. All she has to do is complete a few dares and she just might win some real money.

But the Society isn’t all that it seems . . . and soon Hope finds that playing the game isn’t a choice—it’s a requirement.

“Dark, twisty, and thrilling.” —Danielle Paige, New York Times bestselling author of Dorothy Must Die 
 “A delicious and fast-paced read! This one kept me up way past my bedtime!” —Julie Murphy, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin’
From the Hardcover edition.

This was a fun thriller. I think this story was written at a great pace and had a cool concept. Some of it was really far fetched. I would sum this up as good, not great. First the good: I like Hope as a person. I love the idea of the society with […]

21 09, 2016

Review: CHILLS by Mary SanGiovanni

By | Wednesday, September 21, 2016|5 Comments

Review: CHILLS by Mary SanGiovanniChills by Mary SanGiovanni
Published by Kensington on September 27th 2016
Pages: 320
Genres: Fiction, Horror, Occult & Supernatural, Thrillers, Supernatural
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“True Detective” meets H.P. Lovecraft in this chilling novel of murder, mystery, and slow-mounting dread from acclaimed author Mary SanGiovanni . . .   It begins with a freak snowstorm in May. Hit hardest is the rural town of Colby, Connecticut. Schools and businesses are closed, powerlines are down, and police detective Jack Glazier has found a body in the snow. It appears to be the victim of a bizarre ritual murder. It won’t be the last. As the snow piles up, so do the sacrifices. Cut off from the rest of the world, Glazier teams up with an occult crime specialist to uncover a secret society hiding in their midst.   The gods they worship are unthinkable. The powers they summon are unstoppable. And the things they will do to the good people of Colby are utterly, horribly unspeakable…   Praise for the novels of Mary SanGiovanni   “A feast of both visceral and existential horror.”—F. Paul Wilson on Thrall   “Filled to the brim with mounting terror.”—Gary A. Braunbeck on The Hollower   “Nightmarish and vivid.”—FearZone on The Hollower

I was riveted when I started reading this book. Not only were the characters dealing with some terrifying things, but they are in small town Colby, Connecticut. It was not hard for me to imagine a town like Colby in Connecticut. Small towns abound in this state where snow storms are common and […]

20 04, 2016

Review: DOWN WITH THE SHINE by Kate Karyus Quinn

By | Wednesday, April 20, 2016|4 Comments

Review: DOWN WITH THE SHINE by Kate Karyus QuinnDown with the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn
Published by HarperCollins on April 26th 2016
Pages: 368
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy & Magic, Horror, Love & Romance, Horror & Ghost Stories
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Think twice before you make a wish in this imaginative, twisted, and witty new novel from the author of Another Little Piece.
When Lennie brings a few jars of her uncles’ moonshine to Michaela Gordon’s house party, she has everyone who drinks it make a wish. It’s tradition. So is the toast her uncles taught her: “May all your wishes come true, or at least just this one.”
The thing is, those words aren’t just a tradition. The next morning, every wish—no matter how crazy—comes true. And most of them turn out bad. But once granted, a wish can’t be unmade . . .

Lennie (a girl with an unfortunate name) lives with her three uncles and her comatose mother. Her uncles sell moonshine for a living. After her best friend, Dylan, dies Lennie is devastated. Lennie decides to steal some of her uncle’s moonshine and crash the biggest party of the year. She is only trying […]

19 04, 2016

Review: THE FIREMAN by Joe Hill

By | Tuesday, April 19, 2016|6 Comments

Review: THE FIREMAN by Joe HillThe Fireman by Joe Hill
Published by William Morrow & Company on May 17th 2016
Pages: 768
Genres: Fiction, Horror, Thrillers, General, Psychological
Also by this author: NOS4A2
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From the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of NOS4A2 and Heart-Shaped Box comes a chilling novel about a worldwide pandemic of spontaneous combustion that threatens to reduce civilization to ashes and a band of improbable heroes who battle to save it, led by one powerful and enigmatic man known as the Fireman.
The fireman is coming. Stay cool.
No one knows exactly when it began or where it originated. A terrifying new plague is spreading like wildfire across the country, striking cities one by one: Boston, Detroit, Seattle. The doctors call it Draco Incendia Trychophyton. To everyone else it’s Dragonscale, a highly contagious, deadly spore that marks its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks across their bodies—before causing them to burst into flames. Millions are infected; blazes erupt everywhere. There is no antidote. No one is safe.
Harper Grayson, a compassionate, dedicated nurse as pragmatic as Mary Poppins, treated hundreds of infected patients before her hospital burned to the ground. Now she’s discovered the telltale gold-flecked marks on her skin. When the outbreak first began, she and her husband, Jakob, had made a pact: they would take matters into their own hands if they became infected. To Jakob’s dismay, Harper wants to live—at least until the fetus she is carrying comes to term. At the hospital, she witnessed infected mothers give birth to healthy babies and believes hers will be fine too. . . if she can live long enough to deliver the child.
Convinced that his do-gooding wife has made him sick, Jakob becomes unhinged, and eventually abandons her as their placid New England community collapses in terror. The chaos gives rise to ruthless Cremation Squads—armed, self-appointed posses roaming the streets and woods to exterminate those who they believe carry the spore. But Harper isn’t as alone as she fears: a mysterious and compelling stranger she briefly met at the hospital, a man in a dirty yellow fire fighter’s jacket, carrying a hooked iron bar, straddles the abyss between insanity and death. Known as The Fireman, he strolls the ruins of New Hampshire, a madman afflicted with Dragonscale who has learned to control the fire within himself, using it as a shield to protect the hunted . . . and as a weapon to avenge the wronged.
In the desperate season to come, as the world burns out of control, Harper must learn the Fireman’s secrets before her life—and that of her unborn child—goes up in smoke.

The Fireman is really about a woman named Harper in the midst of a plague of fire. Draco Incendia Trychophyton (aka Dragonscale) is a death mark of scales on the body. Once the scales appear the victim has a few weeks before spontaneous combustion. Harper is a school nurse when Dragonscale shows up […]

18 03, 2016

Review and Giveaway: A DROP OF NIGHT by Stefan Bachmann

By | Friday, March 18, 2016|14 Comments

Review and Giveaway: A DROP OF NIGHT by Stefan Bachmann

Review and Giveaway: A DROP OF NIGHT by Stefan BachmannA Drop of Night by Stefan Bachmann
Published by HarperCollins on March 15th 2016
Pages: 464
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, General, Fantasy & Magic, Horror
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Modern-day teenagers meet a palace of terrors locked up since the French Revolution in this surprising and haunting thriller from Stefan Bachmann, the internationally bestselling author of The Peculiar and The Whatnot. A Drop of Night will thrill fans of Neal Shusterman and Jessica Khoury.
Seventeen-year-old Anouk has finally caught the break she’s been looking for—she’s been chosen to participate in an exclusive program that includes an all-expense-paid trip to France and a chance to explore the hidden underground Palais des Papillons, or Palace of Butterflies. Along with four other gifted teenagers, Anouk will be one of the first people to set foot in the palace in more than two hundred years. Bachmann’s masterful scene-building alternates between Anouk’s flight through the palace and the struggles of Aurelie, who escaped the French Revolution by fleeing into the Palais des Papillons in 1792.

A Drop of Night was an interesting and creepy read. The story is told in two different timelines. The first timeline tells the story of Aurélie who is living in the late 1780. Her father is building a palace beneath his palace and it will harbor a dangerous secret. The second timeline is […]

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