Tag: horror

Arc Review: Lost Girl by R.L. Stine

Posted September 29, 2015 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments

Arc Review: Lost Girl by R.L. StineThe Lost Girl by R.L. Stine
Series: Fear Street Relaunch #3
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on September 29th 2015
Genres: horror, mystery, Young Adult
Format: ebook
Source: Free for Review, Netgalley
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three-stars

Generations of children and teens have grown up on R.L. Stine's bestselling and hugely popular horror series, Fear Street and Goosebumps. Now, the Fear Street series is back with a chilling new installment, packed with pure nightmare fodder that will scare Stine's avid fan base of teen readers and adults.
New student Lizzy Palmer is the talk of Shadyside High. Michael and his girlfriend Pepper befriend her, but the closer they get to her, the stranger she seemsÂ… and the more attractive she is to Michael. He invites her to join him on a snowmobile race that ends in a tragic accident. Soon, Michael's friends start being murdered, and Pepper becomes convinced that Lizzy is behind the killings. But to her total shock, she and Michael are drawn into a tragic story of an unthinkable betrayal committed over 60 years ago. Frightening and tense in the way that only this master of horror can deliver, The Lost Girl is another terrifying Fear Street novel by the king of juvenile horror.

This book took me way way back to  my youth. This review will probably date me but that’s fine. Back in the the days of scholastic book order forms, I looked forward to scouring them for R.L. Stine novels. I started reading his books back when the original Fear Street series was being released and I read every one. This was way back before he started writing Goosebumps but when those came out, I read those too. I remember Say Cheese! as a particular favorite. I was a huge fan in late elementary school and early jr high. R.L. Stine definitely honed my love of horror novels and paved the way for me to fall in love with Stephen King later in life.

I had hoped that reading Lost Girl would be a lot like revisiting my childhood love. My memories of the original Fear Street novels are scary mysteries. Some of the books had paranormal overtones but most were teenage mystery novels with villains hellbent on revenge. Usually the villain was a part of the main characters’ group of friends and they would slowing pick off members of the group, one by one until the final reveal.

This book started off like that as well, following the familiar format that I was expecting. For the most part, I think this book was a great example of the classic Fear Street series. The book bounces between viewpoints in the past and in the present. which I really liked. However I thought that the book’s finale had a very unsatisfying end. I didn’t like the explanation of how some things happened and the complete lack of explanation about other things. I wanted the end to be more explicit and less implied. For a mystery-ish horror novel like this one I really wanted things to be more tied with a bow in the end.

This book left me wondering what happened.

three-stars

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ARC Review: Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett

Posted September 21, 2015 by Emily in Review / 3 Comments

ARC Review: Blood and Salt by Kim LiggettBlood and Salt by Kim Liggett
Series: Blood and Salt #1
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers on September 22nd 2015
Pages: 352
Format: ebook
Source: Free for Review, Netgalley
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four-stars

Romeo and Juliet meets Children of the Corn in this one-of-a-kind romantic horror.
“When you fall in love, you will carve out your heart and throw it into the deepest ocean. You will be all in—blood and salt.”
These are the last words Ash Larkin hears before her mother returns to the spiritual commune she escaped long ago. But when Ash follows her to Quivira, Kansas, something sinister and ancient waits among the rustling cornstalks of this village lost to time.
Ash is plagued by memories of her ancestor, Katia, which harken back to the townÂ’s history of unrequited love and murder, alchemy and immortality. Charming traditions soon give way to a string of gruesome deaths, and Ash feels drawn to Dane, a forbidden boy with secrets of his own.
As the community prepares for a ceremony five hundred years in the making, Ash must fight not only to save her mother, but herself—and discover the truth about Quivira before it’s too late. Before she’s all in—blood and salt.

I’m really torn up about this book. The ups and downs have been killing me! This is the first book that I’ve actually received from a publisher for review after requesting it and I was thrilled! I threw myself a little mini celebration when it happened. Then, when I first downloaded it off Netgalley, it didn’t work. It was a huge mess. The first page was there but then it skipped to the first page of chapter six. It was totally unreadable. I was crushed. However, I took to twitter to talk about it and Kim responded right away! She was just as upset as I was!. Between her and her agent, they fixed it very quickly! Happiness again! I really couldn’t believe how responsive they were to just a few of us on twitter having issues.

After all that, I really felt like I should love this book. I wanted to love it. I tried to love it. I felt terrible that I didn’t love it. I got to 32% in my first sitting in about an hour and I was feeling just awful because it wasn’t clicking with me. I know sometimes a book doesn’t and it just happens. This time though, the whole situation made me miserable.

So I took a break. I read a graphic novel. I tweeted some. I didn’t think about it or worry about it. Then I went back to it today and I finished it. The main thing I want you to take away from this blog is this:

If this book isn’t clicking with you, DON’T GIVE UP ON IT!

It really did pick up at the 40% mark. Kim Liggett has this really intricate and interesting alternate mythology that’s based on the explorer Coronado and his relationship with the Caddo Native American nation. This mythology, it could even be termed religion or cult, is what the entire story is based on and its only hinted at in the description. This is also the entire basis of the mystery and the horror and it really got my attention when more and more of it was revealed.

By the time I got to the 90% mark I was whizzing through this book and I didn’t want it to end. There was a big reveal that I didn’t see coming at all and I loved it! View Spoiler »Â It was absolutely reassuring to know that this is the first in a series when I got to the end of this book, because I can’t want to know what happens next.

Sometimes a book sneaks up on you. This book was a little bit of a slow start for me at the beginning but I ended up really enjoying it. I think you will too.

four-stars

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Triple T Thursday: Horror Lovers Unite!

Triple T Thursday: Horror Lovers Unite!

I’ve been thinking about this post all week. I had a lot of ideas, which I wrote down to use in the future. Ultimately though, I decided to go back to my first love: Stephen King. I’ve been fascinated with Stephen King for as long as I can remember. My parents had tall bookcases lining the walls of our house and the shelves were covered with titles like The Stand and Misery. I was told early on that those books were not for me; that I could read them when I was older. I eagerly anticipated it and longed for it and that day finally came in middle school when I picked up:   As a middle schooler, this book changed my life. I probably would be just as much an odd duck without having read it, but it definitely made me feel better about my oddities.  In Stephen King’s IT, evil has taken up residence in a small town. Strange things are happening, people are disappearing, monsters are real and the only people who notice are seven children who have bonded over their mutual oddities and how they never fit in.  These seven best friends named themselves The Losers Club. Who wouldn’t love that? As a misfit myself, I carried IT around and read it and loved every terrifying chapter. If you liked IT or really any other […]

Posted April 30, 2015 by Emily in IFTTT Thursday / 0 Comments
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Review: Asylum by Madeleine Roux

Review: Asylum by Madeleine Roux

  Book Talk Daniel has been accepted to a prestigious summer college prep program held at a university in New Hampshire. Unfortunately the normal college dorm is closed for renovations. This summer the students are being housed in an older building on campus, that just happens to be an old mental hospital. Daniel and his two new friends must race to figure out what secrets the building holds before someone else gets hurt. This is the first book in a trilogy. Review This book reminded me, and everyone else, of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. Asylum makes use of creepy black and white photographs  and hand written notes that just add to the unsettling feeling the author is cultivating. However, unlike Miss Peregrine, this book is not paranormal. Everything that happens is caused by natural means. Asylum is rated YA but I would place it a little younger than that. The characters are still in high school. That doesn’t automatically make it appeal to a younger audience but Daniel and his friends were immature. There was a little romance that was sweet, innocent and at odds with the horror theme that the author was going for. Nothing says horror like young love and first kisses. I just didn’t connect to this book the way I wanted to. I didn’t like the characters. I wasn’t scared. When […]

Posted April 22, 2015 by Emily in Review / 4 Comments
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