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Book Title:
There's a Giant Trapdoor Spider Under Your Bed
Book Author:
Edgar Cantero
Book Series:
Dark Corners, #3
Page Count:
24
Publishing Date:
September 27th, 2018
Publisher:
Amazon Original Stories
Date Read:
February 26th, 2021
Format:
Kindle Edition
Source:
Prime Reading

Synopsis

The thrill of a sleepover becomes sheer terror as kids voice their greatest fears into existence in this cheeky, vividly cinematic tale by New York Times bestselling author Edgar Cantero. Lights out.

It’s bad enough that its venom-dripping chelicerae can slice through flesh like warm butter. Worse? It’s right there under the bunk. It’s a fact now. To make it through the night, the children must obey the rules: don’t get out of bed, stay out of the shadows, and don’t wake the beast. But as the threats multiply, so do the rules of survival. And with the safety of dawn still hours away, the fun is just beginning.

Edgar Cantero’s There’s a Giant Trapdoor Spider under Your Bed is part of Dark Corners, a collection of seven heart-stopping short stories by bestselling authors who give you so many new reasons to be afraid. Each story can be read in a single sitting. Or, if you have the nerve, you can listen all by yourself in the dark.

My Review

There’s a Giant Trapdoor Spider Under Your Bed is the third book in the Dark Corners series from Amazon. This is the shortest story so far, with only twenty-some pages, and it didn’t take very long to read at all … Continue reading

3 stars
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Book Title:
The Sleep Tight Motel
Book Author:
Lisa Unger
Book Series:
Dark Corners, #2
Page Count:
48
Publishing Date:
September 27th, 2018
Publisher:
Amazon Original Stories
Date Read:
February 26th, 2021
Format:
Kindle Edition
Source:
Prime Reading

Synopsis

A woman on the run finds refuge in a motel at the edge of the woods, with plenty of vacancies. Check in for the night with New York Times bestselling author Lisa Unger.

Eve has a fake ID, a .38, and a violent lover receding in the rearview mirror. He’ll never find her at the isolated motel, and its kindly manager is happy to ease her fears. But if Eve is the only guest, whom does she keep hearing on the other side of the wall? Eve won’t get a good night’s rest until she finds out.

Lisa Unger’s The Sleep Tight Motel is part of Dark Corners, a collection of seven heart-stopping short stories by bestselling authors who give you so many new reasons to be afraid. Each story can be read in a single sitting. Or, if you have the nerve, you can listen all by yourself in the dark.

My Review

This is the second book in the Dark Corners series from Amazon Original Stories. These are short stories that are meant to read in one sitting or so, and promise to give you that quick burst of horror that you’re … Continue reading

4 stars
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Book Title:
Hannah-Beast
Book Author:
Jennifer McMahon
Book Series:
Dark Corners, #1
Page Count:
49
Publishing Date:
September 27th, 2018
Publisher:
Amazon Original Stories
Date Read:
February 25th, 2021
Format:
Kindle Edition
Source:
Prime Reading

Synopsis

The fate of a lonely girl becomes part of a town’s shameful secret history in Thriller Award winner Jennifer McMahon’s terrifying story of guilt, retribution, and one tragic Halloween night.

Thirty-four years ago, on October 31, poor Hannah Talbott took part in a scavenger hunt gone violently wrong. The mean girls made sure of it. To this day, for a haunted local mother, the most unsettling Halloween costume of all is an urban legend they call Hannah-Beast. It’s a reminder of the past she can’t forget. Especially tonight when it’s come back, so close to home.

Jennifer McMahon’s Hannah-Beast is part of Dark Corners, a collection of seven heart-stopping short stories by bestselling authors who give you so many new reasons to be afraid. Each story can be read in a single sitting. Or, if you have the nerve, you can listen all by yourself in the dark.

My Review

In 1982, a girl named Hannah was teased and emotionally abused by a group of girls, and despite that, she didn’t recognize it and thought that they were her friends. They pulled horrible pranks on her, including one that went … Continue reading

5 stars
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Book Title:
Fresh Ink
Book Author:
Lamar Giles, Nicola Yoon, Malinda Lo, Melissa de la Cruz, Sara Farizan, Eric Gansworth, Walter Dean Myers, Daniel José Older, Thien Pham, Jason Reynolds, Gene Luen Yang, Sharon G. Flake, Schuyler Bailar, Aminah Mae Safi
Page Count:
208
Publishing Date:
August 14th, 2018
Publisher:
Crown Books for Young Readers
Date Read:
August 4th, 2018
Source:
I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review - Thank you!

Synopsis

In partnership with We Need Diverse Books, thirteen of the most recognizable, diverse authors come together in this remarkable YA anthology featuring ten short stories, a graphic short story, and a one-act play from Walter Dean Myers never before in-print.

All it takes to rewrite the rules is a little fresh ink in this remarkable YA anthology from thirteen of the most recognizable, diverse authors writing today including Nicola Yoon, Jason Reynolds, Melissa de la Cruz, and many more, and published in partnership with We Need Diverse Books. This collection features ten short stories, a graphic short story, and a one-act play from Walter Dean Myers never before in-print. It will give readers the opportunity to discover how the next chapter is up to them.

Careful--you are holding fresh ink. And not hot-off-the-press, still-drying-in-your-hands ink. Instead, you are holding twelve stories with endings that are still being written--whose next chapters are up to you.

Because these stories are meant to be read. And shared.

Thirteen of the most accomplished YA authors deliver a label-defying anthology that includes ten short stories, a graphic novel, and a one-act play. This collection will inspire you to break conventions, bend the rules, and color outside the lines. All you need is fresh ink.

My Review

I’m not all that big on anthologies, and it takes a truly special one to really grab my attention.  When I heard about Fresh Ink and had the chance to read the general synopsis regarding it, I knew I needed … Continue reading

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Book Title:
The Wrong Train
Book Author:
Jeremy de Quidt
Page Count:
224
Publishing Date:
July 25th, 2017
Publisher:
David Fickling Books
Date Read:
July 31st, 2017
Source:
I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review - thank you!

Synopsis

Light the candles and shut the door, The Wrong Train is a deliciously creepy and scarily good collection of scary stories, complete with terrifying illustrations from Dave Shelton. Perfect for fans of Patrick Ness, R.L. Stine, and Emily Carroll.

Imagine you've just managed to catch your train and you realize it's the wrong one. You'd be annoyed of course, but not scared . . . Yet.

Imagine you get off the wrong train at the next station hoping to catch one back the way you came. But the station is empty. Again, you'd be annoyed, but not scared . . . Yet.

Imagine someone comes to the station, a stranger who starts to tell you stories to help pass the time. But these aren't any old stories--they're nightmares that come with a price to pay. And you want them to stop.

Scared yet? You will be.

My Review

While I typically don’t read a lot in terms of short stories, every now and again a short story collection comes along that really grabs my attention.  This is often the case when it comes to horror – so when … Continue reading

4 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:
A Tyranny of Petticoats
Book Author:
Edited by Jessica Spotswood
Publishing Date:
March 8th, 2016
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Date Read:
March 17th, 2016
Source:
ARC from publisher - Thank you!

Synopsis

From an impressive sisterhood of YA writers comes an edge-of-your-seat anthology of historical fiction and fantasy featuring a diverse array of daring heroines.

Criss-cross America — on dogsleds and ships, stagecoaches and trains — from pirate ships off the coast of the Carolinas to the peace, love, and protests of 1960s Chicago. Join fifteen of today’s most talented writers of young adult literature on a thrill ride through history with American girls charting their own course. They are monsters and mediums, bodyguards and barkeeps, screenwriters and schoolteachers, heiresses and hobos. They're making their own way in often-hostile lands, using every weapon in their arsenals, facing down murderers and marriage proposals. And they all have a story to tell.

With stories by:

J. Anderson Coats, Andrea Cremer, Y. S. Lee, Katherine Longshore, Marie Lu, Kekla Magoon, Marissa Meyer, Saundra Mitchell, Beth Revis, Caroline Richmond, Lindsay Smith, Jessica Spotswood, Robin Talley, Leslye Walton and Elizabeth Wein

My Review

I don’t read a lot of anthologies or short stories, but when I came across this book a few months ago, I was super excited to read it.  I waited patiently (okay, so rather impatiently, actually), and thanks to the … Continue reading

4 stars
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Book Title:
My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories
Book Author:
Stephanie Perkins & 11 More
Publishing Date:
October 14th, 2014
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Date Read:
December 9th, 2015

Synopsis

If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you're going to fall in love with My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by twelve bestselling young adult writers (Holly Black, Ally Carter, Matt de La Peña, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Rainbow Rowell, Stephanie Perkins, Laini Tayler and Kiersten White), edited by the international bestselling Stephanie Perkins. Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or Kwanzaa, there's something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace and get cozy. You have twelve reasons this season to stay indoors and fall in love.

My Review

Cozy up with a fluffy blanket, some hot chocolate, and this book, and prepare to spend a snowy afternoon getting warmed up with these adorable love stories! My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories features stories from twelve … Continue reading

4.5 stars
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