Monday (Mini #BookReview) Madness

This week I read:

Two girls alone in a cabin in the middle of the woods waiting for their mom to come home with their sick little sister – this one had me hooked from the start. It switches points of view from one of the girls to a childless woman who hopes to become a foster parent even though she suspects her husband is cheating on her. This one was so good up until the twists, which were a little disappointing. Still a well written and engaging story, just a touch unbelievable at times.

Anthologies are tough because you’re never going to like all the stories – or perhaps I should say almost never. While there were definitely certain stories in this collection that shone brighter than the others, I didn’t dislike any of them. They were all interesting and well written and clever! While the theme was YA horror shorts, these would easily be enjoyed by adult fans of the genre as well.

I just started:

Click the links to friend me on Litsy or Goodreads and unite our bookish communities!

Monday (Mini #BookReview) Madness

This week I read:

Which is scarier? Clowns? or Cornfields? Why not both?!?! This one brings plenty of thrills to the table like a good teen slasher should. Easy reading and big on the entertainment factor without being poorly written. Spoiler alert: The clown did it!

I feel like this one was as much of a social commentary as a horror novel, maybe even more so. There are some good scenes if horror is what you’re after, but if that’s all you’re after, and you want the pacing and tension of a horror novel, you might find your attention straying in spots, especially in the beginning. Good but not spectacular.

I just started:

Click the links to friend me on Litsy or Goodreads and unite our bookish communities!

Monday (Mini #BookReview) Madness

This week I read:

Wow! What a ride! Trapped at a ski resort by an avalanche with a murderer on the loose! While not entirely unpredictable, Ware builds the tension and suspense in such a way that you have to find out what happens next! This one will keep you up late reading!

This was a good book, a classic is there or isn’t there a haunting with plenty of other mayhem going on in the background to craft a suspenseful thriller, but I just wasn’t feeling it. Good, but not great. It felt a touch cliché and predictable, like the author was checking off boxes on a formula list, but they use those formulas for a reason . . . so, to each their own. I’ve talked with someone who can’t say enough good things about this book, so maybe I was just in a fussy mood when I read it?

I just started:

Click the links to friend me on Litsy or Goodreads and unite our bookish communities!

5 More Horror Books To Add To Your Reading List

Okay, so maybe Halloween is over, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to end! Here are 5 more horror books to add to your reading list!

If you’re looking for a time warp back to the 80s try:

If you’re looking to learn something new try:

If you’re looking for something with serious ick factor try:

If you’re looking for a ‘killer’ twist try:

If you’re looking for ghosts try:

For more reading recommendations check out:

5 Gory Books For Your Spooktober Reading List

5 Atmospheric Books For Your Spooktober Reading List

5 Fun YA Books For Your Spooktober Reading List

5 Books Like Agatha Christie’s ‘And Then There Were None’

5 Fictional Serial Killer Books To Add To Your Reading List

Click the links to friend me on Litsy or Goodreads and unite our bookish communities!

Monday (Mini #BookReview) Madness

This week I read:

What an odd book! Interesting characters, intriguing premise (a haunting in a store instead of a house), and some intense scenes. I didn’t connect with the characters as much as I would have liked, which kept me from being overly vested in the outcome, but overall, great entertainment!
What I loved most about this book was the sense of 80s nostalgia. The plot was intriguing and while a horror story, it was also a book about friendship and coming of age, with just enough tongue in cheek humor to keep you smirking between wincing.

I just started:

Click the links to friend me on Litsy or Goodreads and unite our bookish communities!

5 Fictional Serial Killer Books To Add To Your Reading List

October’s not over yet! (And who are we kidding – if you’re reading this, then you’re probably like me and thrilling and chilling fiction is welcome every month of the year!

If serial killers are your thing, here are 5 that may have escaped your attention! If they have, be sure to add them to your TBR because these are ones you won’t want to miss!

This one was just, wow, there are no words – it left me breathless.
Not what you might typically expect, but fresh and fullfilling!
Brutal. Absolutely brutal. But then everything by Hayder is!
A dark, gritty, fresh take on an old theory!
Creepy and memorable, this one might make you cringe!

For more reading recommendations, don’t miss:

5 Gory Books For Your Spooktober Reading List

5 Atmospheric Books For Your Spooktober Reading List

5 Fun YA Books For Your Spooktober Reading List

5 Books Like Agatha Christie’s ‘And Then There Were None’

Click the links to friend me on Litsy or Goodreads and unite our bookish communities!

Monday (Mini #BookReview) Madness

This week I read:

This book was engaging and kept me up late reading. Blake’s writing draws you in and keeps you in the story’s grasp. Good ghost scenes and action. Not as haunting as the first, but a good sequel.
This one was crafty. I thought I knew what I was in for, then it took a turn that had me worried I was mistaken, then *pow* it was back on track, hunting the characters down through the pages and delivering exactly what I wanted!

I just started:

Click the links to friend me on Litsy or Goodreads and unite our bookish communities!

Blog Tour: FORESHADOW ~ Stories to Celebrate the Magic of Reading and Writing YA

Several months ago I was fortunate enough to score an ARC on a book that was unique and fresh. Both short story anthology and a primer on the craft of writing, it presents an innovative format that really demonstrates the lessons being taught. As an added bonus, this collection also features work by new and underrepresented voices. You should really check it out!

(Find my original review here.)

Description

Thirteen Short Stories from Bold New YA Voices & Writing Advice from YA Icons

Created by New York Times bestselling authors Emily X. R. Pan and Nova Ren Suma, Foreshadow is so much more than a short story collection. A trove of unforgettable fiction makes up the beating heart of this book, and the accompanying essays offer an ode to young adult literature, as well as practical advice to writers.

Featured in print for the first time, the thirteen stories anthologized here were originally released via the buzzed-about online platform Foreshadow. Ranging from contemporary romance to mind-bending fantasy, the Foreshadow stories showcase underrepresented voices and highlight the beauty and power of YA fiction. Each piece is selected and introduced by a YA luminary, among them Gayle Forman, Laurie Halse Anderson, Jason Reynolds, and Sabaa Tahir.

What makes these memorable stories tick? What sparked them? How do authors build a world or refine a voice or weave in that deliciously creepy atmosphere to bring their writing to the next level? Addressing these questions and many more are essays and discussions on craft and process by Nova Ren Suma and Emily X. R. Pan.

This unique compilation reveals and celebrates the magic of reading and writing for young adults. 

Find on Amazon here.

Emily X.R. Pan is the New York Times bestselling author of THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER, which won the APALA Honor Award and the Walter Honor Award, received six starred reviews, was an L.A. Times Book Prize finalist, and was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal, among other accolades. NBC News called the novel “moving and poetic” and the Wall Street Journal named it as one of the top twelve books of the season. Emily is also co-creator of the foreshadowYA.com digital platform and the print anthology FORESHADOW: THE MAGIC OF READING & WRITING YA, coming fall 2020 from Algonquin. She lives on Lenape land in Brooklyn, New York. Visit Emily online at exrpan.com, and find her on Twitter and Instagram: @exrpan.

Nova Ren Suma is the author of the YA novels THE WALLS AROUND US as well as the YA novels IMAGINARY GIRLS and 17 & GONE, which were both named 2014 Outstanding Books for the College Bound by YALSA. Her middle-grade novel, DANI NOIR, was reissued for a YA audience under the title FADE OUT. She has a BA in writing & photography from Antioch College and an MFA in fiction from Columbia University and has been awarded fiction fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, the Millay Colony, and an NEA fellowship for a residency at the Hambidge Center. She worked for years behind the scenes in publishing, at places such as HarperCollins, Penguin, Marvel Comics, and RAW Books, and now she teaches writing workshops. She is from various small towns across the Hudson Valley and lives and writes in New York City. Find Nova online at novaren.com and on her blog distraction99.com. Twitter and Instagram: @novaren

Check out the Goodreads page here to find out more about the individual contributors.

Monday (Mini #BookReview ) Madness

This week I read:

This book had a good premise, developed the characters well and created a solid group dynamic. It delivered the creeps and the scares, and if you want to know how, just read the name. I enjoyed the story, but doubt I’ll be reading more in the series.
This book is SO good! It has heart. It has horror. It has carnage. It’s both haunting and about a haunting. 😉 Stellar plot, creative and imaginative, and while it’s an old trope, it felt new. It’s the first book I’ve read in a while where I thought both, “Yay! There’s a sequel!” and, “Must read sequel immediately!” I’ll be very happy if the next book delivers as much as this one did.

I just started:

Click the links to friend me on Litsy or Goodreads and unite our bookish communities!

Monday (Mini #BookReview ) Madness

This week I read:

This was indie?!?! A creepy, slow burning ghost story with a twist that was dark in so many different ways! Imaginative, creative, and not afraid to deal the punches, this was more than I was expecting.
This book was smart! (Like seriously smart.) This escape room tale delivered everything I was hoping for and more with plenty of imagination, a high body count, and a twist that I feel like I should have seen coming but didn’t. My only complaint is that it was branded as the third book in the #murdertrending series, and a prequel at that, even though it really had nothing to do with the other two books and was more than strong enough to be a standalone.

I just started:

Click the links to friend me on Litsy or Goodreads and unite our bookish communities!

Create a website or blog at WordPress.com

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: