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Book Title:
Unearthly Things
Book Author:
Michelle Gagnon
Page Count:
288
Publishing Date:
April 11th, 2017
Publisher:
Soho Teen
Date Read:
April 15th, 2017
Source:
ARC from publisher - Thank you!

Synopsis

Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre retold against the backdrop of San Francisco's most fabulous—and dangerous—elites.

After losing her parents in a tragic accident, surfer girl Janie Mason trades the sunny beaches of Hawaii for the cold fog of San Francisco and new guardians—the Rochesters—she’s never even met. Janie feels hopelessly out of place in their world of Napa weekends, fancy cotillions, and chauffeurs. The only person she can relate to is Daniel, a fellow surfer. Meeting him makes Janie feel like things might be looking up.

Still, something isn’t right in the Rochester mansion. There are noises—screams—coming from the attic that everyone else claims they can’t hear. Then John, the black sheep of the family, returns after getting kicked out of yet another boarding school. Soon Janie finds herself torn between devil-may-care John and fiercely loyal Daniel. Just when she thinks her life can’t get any more complicated, she learns the truth about why the Rochesters took her in. They want something from Janie, and she’s about to see just how far they’ll go to get it.

My Review

Unearthly Things is a real treat for those looking for YA horror that isn’t too terrifying, yet relies a lot on thrilling concepts to tell an amazing story.  For those who aren’t too into horror, but every now and again … Continue reading

4 stars
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Book Title:
The Beast is an Animal
Book Author:
Peternelle van Arsdale
Publishing Date:
March 7th, 2017
Publisher:
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Date Read:
March 8th, 2017
Source:
ARC from publisher - Thank you!

Synopsis

Alys was seven the first time she saw the soul eaters. Twin sisters, they radiated an energy that excited Alys. Through them she felt the wildness of the fforest, and The Beast within it. Too late, she learned of their power to destroy.

By the time she is fifteen, Alys knows too much about both the lure and the danger of the soul eaters. She lives in a world of adults who are terrified of their power, and who cower behind high walls and grim rules. Fear of the soul eaters—and of The Beast—rules their lives. Even more, they fear the ways in which The Beast may lurk among them—and within a girl like Alys.

For Alys has a connection to the soul eaters, and The Beast. And she hides a truth about herself that she can reveal to no one, for fear she will be called a witch. As the threat posed by the soul eaters grows, Alys must undertake a journey through the wild danger of the fforest. But the greatest danger is not outside her. Alys’s secret about who—and what—she is terrifies her most of all. And in order to save her world, she must also risk losing herself.

My Review

I came across The Beast is an Animal a while ago, and I was so excited to read it – horror is probably my all time favorite genre, so I expected to be pretty scared when I picked this one … Continue reading

4 stars
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Book Title:
Frozen Charlotte
Book Author:
Alex Bell
Book Series:
Red Eye
Publishing Date:
November 29th, 2016
Publisher:
Scholastic
Date Read:
November 19th, 2016
Source:
I received a copy from the publisher - Thank you!

Synopsis

An instantly gripping, edge-of-your-seat thriller filled with haunted dolls, creepy settings, and horrific twists.

When fifteen-year-old Sophie's best friend dies abruptly under mysterious circumstances, Sophie sets off to stay with her uncle and cousins on the remote Isle of Skye. It's been years since she last saw her cousins -- brooding Cameron with his scarred hand; Piper, who seems too perfect to be real; and peculiar little Lilias with her fear of bones.

Sophie knows that in her uncle's house, there are rules she must follow: Make no mention of Cameron's accident. Never leave the front gate unlocked. Above all, don't speak of the girl who's no longer there, the sister whose room lies empty of all but the strange antique dolls she left behind.

As Sophie begins to explore the old house, a former academy for girls shut down long ago, she discovers unsettling secrets that shed light on a dark and dangerous history. But there are some secrets Sophie never expected to uncover. Secrets about her own family. Secrets that suggest Sophie may be in more danger than she could have ever imagined.

My Review

Horror is such a fun genre that is perfect  for reading all year – not just during the Halloween season!  Frozen Charlotte is a great horror read that would be perfect for reading at any time of the year, and … Continue reading

5 stars
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Book Title:
And The Trees Crept In
Book Author:
Dawn Kurtagich
Publishing Date:
September 6th, 2016
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Date Read:
August 15th, 2016
Source:
ARC from publisher - Thank you!

Synopsis

A stunning, terrifying novel about a house the color of blood and the two sisters who are trapped there, by The Dead House author Dawn Kurtagich.

When Silla and Nori arrive at their aunt's home, it's immediately clear that the "blood manor" is cursed. The creaking of the house and the stillness of the woods surrounding them would be enough of a sign, but there are secrets too--the questions that Silla can't ignore: Who is the beautiful boy that's appeared from the woods? Who is the man that her little sister sees, but no one else? And why does it seem that, ever since they arrived, the trees have been creeping closer?

Filled with just as many twists and turns as The Dead House, and with achingly beautiful, chilling language that delivers haunting scenes, AND THE TREES CREPT IN is the perfect follow-up novel for master horror writer Dawn Kurtagich.

My Review

Horror is a complicated genre to write – you have the ability to not add enough terrifying elements to the story, but at the same time, you have the ability to add way too many different elements that will completely … Continue reading

5 stars
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Book Title:
Scary Out There
Book Author:
Jonathan Maberry and Others
Publishing Date:
August 30th, 2016
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Date Read:
August 29th, 2016
Source:
ARC from publisher - Thank you!

Synopsis

Multiple Bram Stoker Award–winning author Jonathan Maberry compiles more than twenty stories and poems—written by members of the Horror Writers Association—in this terrifying collection about worst fears.

What scares you? Things that go bump in the night? Being irreversibly different? A brutal early death? The unknown?

This collection contains stories and poetry by renowned writers such as R. L. Stine, Neal and Brendan Shusterman, and Ellen Hopkins—all members of the Horror Writers Association—about what they fear most. The stories include mermaids, ghosts, and personal demons, and are edited by Jonathan Maberry, multiple Bram Stoker award winner and author of the Rot & Ruin series.

My Review

I love horror novels and horror stories, so when I heard about this book, I knew it was going to be for me.  I knew I was going to enjoy it before I even started it, and I wasn’t wrong … Continue reading

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Book Title:
The May Queen Murders
Book Author:
Sarah Jude
Publishing Date:
May 3rd, 2016
Publisher:
HMH Books for Young Readers
Date Read:
April 30th, 2016
Source:
ARC from publisher

Synopsis

Stay on the roads. Don’t enter the woods. Never go out at night.

Those are the rules in Rowan’s Glen, a remote farming community in the Missouri Ozarks where Ivy Templeton’s family has lived for centuries. It’s an old-fashioned way of life, full of superstition and traditions, and sixteen-year-old Ivy loves it. The other kids at school may think the Glen kids are weird, but Ivy doesn’t care—she has her cousin Heather as her best friend. The two girls share everything with each other—or so Ivy thinks. When Heather goes missing after a May Day celebration, Ivy discovers that both her best friend and her beloved hometown are as full of secrets as the woods that surround them.

My Review

The May Queen Murders is an interesting YA horror/thriller that isn’t for the faint of heart – there is a lot in this book that reminds me of a really gory horror film (and since I really like that kind … Continue reading

4 stars
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Book Title:
Dream House
Book Author:
Marzia Bisognin
Publishing Date:
April 5th, 2016
Publisher:
Atria/Keywords Press
Date Read:
March 24th, 2016

Synopsis

From YouTube sensation Marzia “CutiePieMarzia” Bisognin comes a debut young adult paranormal thriller about a girl whose dream house quickly becomes a nightmare.

When Amethyst stumbles upon the house of her dreams, she can’t help but be enchanted by it, even if there’s something a little…off about the place.

It’s everything she’s ever wanted in a home, so when the Blooms invite her to stay the night to avoid an impending storm, she instantly accepts.

Yet when she awakes the next morning, alone and unable to bring herself to leave, Amethyst comes face-to-face with unexpected twists and turns—like Alfred, the creepy gardener; Avery, the handsome but secretive neighbor, and a little girl who keeps appearing and vanishing within the house.

As Amethyst searches for the Blooms and tries to unravel the truth, her connection to the house only grows stronger. Will she be able to break free of the house’s allure, or will its secrets keep her trapped forever?

My Review

This book gets a rare 5 stars from me, because it was just that absolutely fantastic that it has earned a special place on my “Will probably read again like 20 times this year” shelf. I haven’t seen much hype … Continue reading

5 stars
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Book Title:
A Drop of Night
Book Author:
Stefan Bachmann
Page Count:
439
Publishing Date:
March 15th, 2016
Publisher:
Greenwillow Books
Date Read:
March 18th, 2016
Source:
eARC from publisher via Edelweiss - Thank you!

Synopsis

Seventeen-year-old Anouk has finally caught the break she’s been looking for—she's been selected out of hundreds of other candidates to fly to France and help with the excavation of a vast, underground palace buried a hundred feet below the suburbs of Paris. Built in the 1780's to hide an aristocratic family and a mad duke during the French Revolution, the palace has lain hidden and forgotten ever since. Anouk, along with several other gifted teenagers, will be the first to set foot in it in over two centuries.

Or so she thought.

But nothing is as it seems, and the teens soon find themselves embroiled in a game far more sinister, and dangerous, than they could possibly have imagined. An evil spanning centuries is waiting for them in the depths. . .

A genre-bending thriller from Stefan Bachmann for fans of The Maze Runner and Joss Whedon’s The Cabin in the Woods.

You cannot escape the palace

You cannot guess its secrets.

My Review

This book was a tad bit…difficult for me to review.  On one hand, I enjoyed it – the mystery, the creepy aspects of it, the way everything seemed to wrap up neatly.  On the other hand, I spent the majority … Continue reading

3.5 stars
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Book Title:
Harmony House
Book Author:
Nic Sheff
Publishing Date:
March 22nd, 2016
Publisher:
HarperTeen
Date Read:
March 11th, 2016

Synopsis

Carrie meets American Horror Story meets The Shining in this terrifying YA horror novel from the author of Tweak and Schizo.

Something’s not right in Beach Haven.

Jen Noonan’s father thinks a move to Harmony House is the key to salvation, but to everyone who has lived there before, it is a portal to pure horror.

After her alcoholic mother’s death, Jen’s father cracked. He dragged Jen to a dilapidated old manor on the shore of New Jersey to start their new lives—but Jen can tell that the place has an unhappy history. She can feel it the same way she can feel her anger flowing out of her, affecting the world in strange ways she can’t explain.

But Harmony House is more than just a creepy old estate. It’s got a chilling past—and the more Jen discovers its secrets, the more the house awakens. Visions of a strange boy who lived in the house long ago follow Jen wherever she goes, and her father’s already-fragile sanity disintegrates before her eyes. As the forces in the house join together to terrorize Jen, she must find a way to escape the past she didn’t know was haunting her—and the mysterious and terrible power she didn’t realize she had.

My Review

Harmony House was one of those books that I was so excited for that it felt like torture to wait for after I had heard about it.  There just never seems to be enough good YA horror novels out for … Continue reading

3 stars
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Book Title:
The Mailman
Book Author:
Bentley Little
Publishing Date:
February 1st, 1991/April 30th, 2015
Publisher:
Signet Books/Cemetery Dance Publications
Date Read:
November 5th, 2015

Synopsis

Once upon a time, waiting for the mail was filled with warm anticipation, but the suicide of the local mailman has left the residents of this tiny Arizona town shell-shocked. Nothing this bad has ever happened here. But now it has and more bad things are on the way.

Soon there's a new mail carrier in town, one who's delivering lethal letters stuffed with icy fear. He's bringing bad news and before too long the killing will begin.

Nothing — not even the most outstanding citizens or the most secret weaknesses — will be safe from The Mailman's sinister power...

My Review

I’m taking a break from my usual young adult genre reviews to review a book that has been a favorite of mine for years. Ever since I was little I had a strange obsession with horror movies, and as I … Continue reading

5 stars
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