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.

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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.

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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?

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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

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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’

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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!

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5 Atmospheric Horror Books For Your Spooktober Reading List

Halloween’s my favorite holiday, but this year it looks like it’s going to be a little . . . different. But that doesn’t mean it has to be disappointing!

Here are 5 books to add to your Spooktober reading list if you’re looking for a creepy, atmospheric escape!

The book that got me back into reading ghost stories! This one delivers all the chills, thrills!
I couldn’t put this one down! There’s a lot going on here, and it gets wrapped up in a neat, creepy package.
Creepy house? Check. Vulnerable female lead? Check. Something wicked afoot? Check.
Slow burning gothic horror that culminates in a chilling climax!
This one goes off on an odd tangent, and I wasn’t the biggest fan, but there’s no denying the eerie atmosphere in this one!

Check out more ghoulish reading recommendations:

Fun YA Horror Books

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Monday (Mini #BookReview ) Madness

This week I read:

This one is what I would call a very slow burner. It’s long, and for a while it’s dry, and then it slowly picks up the pace until all of a sudden, wham! Scary good times! At times I didn’t know what certain things would have to do with the plot – it tends to meander in a most circuitous way – although all threads are tied together by the end. Some chapters are named, some are not, the paragraphs are long and dense, and I didn’t like any of the characters. But – I must say that when I finally got to the good parts, they were enjoyable.
This was a fast paced book that I quickly devoured. It felt a little amateurish at times, but the premise – a killer loose at an all night rave called Survive The Night where you aren’t allowed to leave – had me hooked. I did enjoy this story, but I have to say that it took a turn that I wish it hadn’t, turning into something I wasn’t expecting, and the ending left me underwhelmed. However, if you’re looking for a fast paced bit of horror, this is it!

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Monday (Mini Book Review) Madness

This week I read:

This was definitely an interesting mystery. I liked the way the author approached the story, splitting the narrative into different points of view that kept you guessing what was true while slowly revealing what had really happened. Although I had my suspicions, it kept me guessing until the end.

I didn’t like this one quite as much as Dumplin’. It took me a while to warm up to the characters. That said, once the story got underway, I was feeling it. It had that mix of feel good, wrong righting, everything will turn out all right warm fuzzies that makes some YA books so special. Add to your TBR for when you’re looking for something lighter.

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Monday (Book) Madness

This week I read:

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This book had ALL the feels. It grabbed me by the throat and pulled me along on an emotional rollercoaster, keeping me breathless and slightly dizzy. I couldn’t put it down – even though the most eventful part happens near the beginning, I had to keep reading. Right book, right time. 😍

 

Drowning With Others
An interesting premise, well written, but I didn’t connect with or care about any of the characters, and the stakes never seemed quite dire enough for me. While I wouldn’t not recommend the book (it kept my attention and I enjoyed it), I feel like I liked the idea of the plot better that the book itself. 

 

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