Genre: Horror & Ghost Stories

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Jun 27
{Excerpt+Giveaway} THE LIGHT: HOUSTON TEXAS by Joe Solomon

{Excerpt+Giveaway} THE LIGHT: HOUSTON TEXAS by Joe Solomon

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Jun 06
{ARC Review+Giveaway} Teeth in the Mist by @DawnKurtagich @theNOVL

{ARC Review+Giveaway} Teeth in the Mist by @DawnKurtagich @theNOVL

Teeth in the Mist is a young adult horror fantasy novel by author Dawn Kurtagich. I will admit that I do not read a ton of novels in the horror genre, but after having read, and absolutely loved, Teeth in the Mist, I may need to rethink this. This novel blew me away. I loved everything about it. I loved the writing, I loved the multiple timelines and points of views, and I really really loved the creepiness. I need to read Dawn’s other books ASAP because Teeth in the Mist is one of the best books I have read this year, and it is certainly the best young adult horror book I have ever read. Teeth in the Mist centers around the story of Mill House and the mountain it was built on/into. To tell the story of Mill house we put all the pieces together through the lives of three different young women in three different time periods. Hermione in the 1500s, Roan in the 1850s and Zoey… Read more »

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Apr 04
{ARC Review+Interview+Giveaway} Nightstruck by @JennaBlack @torteen

{ARC Review+Interview+Giveaway} Nightstruck by @JennaBlack @torteen

Describe Nightstruck in a tweet. (140 characters or less) Ordinary teenage girl tricked into opening gate to a malevolent world that takes over Philadelphia every night. What is something we would be surprised to learn about Becket? Becket knows how to fire a gun. She figured it would be “lame” not to be able to fire one when her father is the police commissioner. Her knowledge of firearms comes in handy more than once over the course of the book. What are some of your bookish pet peeves at the moment? This goes for books, movies, and TV—I get tired of scenarios where one character is keeping a secret, and then just when that character has nerved him- or herself up to reveal it, it comes out accidentally. It’s supposed to create tension, but because it’s done so much, you know from the moment the person in question decides to keep the secret that it’s going to be revealed by someone else and create drama and angst. What is one… Read more »

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Nov 07
{Guest Post+Giveaway} The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever by @JeffStrand @SourcebooksFire

{Guest Post+Giveaway} The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever by @JeffStrand @SourcebooksFire

Jeff Strand’s Five Favorite Zombie Movies: My five favorite zombie movies are very similar to many other people’s five favorite zombie movies. I could’ve gone the condescending click-bait route and written about “The Five Best Zombie Movies You’ve Never Seen!” but, no, I’m going with my five real favorites…. #5: DAWN OF THE DEAD (2004 version). I was one of the many people bellowing, “You can’t remake DAWN OF THE DEAD! This is blasphemy! Blasphemy!!!” But somehow this remake to a sequel (but not a sequel to the remake) turned out to be awesome. Not quite as good as the original (SPOILER ALERT: That’s #3 on this list) but one of my all-time favorites.  #4: RE-ANIMATOR. I’ve now seen plenty of movies that are more over-the-top insane than RE-ANIMATOR, but this was the first movie where I simply couldn’t believe what I was watching. It was hard to believe that a movie so dark and gruesome could be so funny.  #3: DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978 version). Shameful confession: When… Read more »

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Aug 17
{Review} Alive by Chandler Baker @chandlerbakerYA @HyperionTeens

{Review} Alive by Chandler Baker @chandlerbakerYA @HyperionTeens

Alive is one of those young adult books that has such a cool concept, that you can’t not read it. Alive is about a teenage girl that gets a heart transplant, and then some strange and dare-I-say-it… creepy, things begin to happen. You cannot tell me that story doesn’t sounds, original and flat out awesome, can you? Nope, I didn’t think so. Alive is a great read. One that will leave you more than a little spooked.Stella is a character that I think could be very polarizing in the young adult book world. I can certainly see people getting frustrated with her, but it was really easy for me to put myself in her shoes and imagine how hard her recovery and every day life must be. I haven’t gone through anything as traumatic as having a bad heart or needing a transplant, but Stella is a very easily relate-able character. Sure, she gets a bit of first boyfriend tunnel- vision, and sure she takes a couple craps on her… Read more »

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Jun 29
{Review} Sweet by @EmmyLaybourne @FeiwelFriends

{Review} Sweet by @EmmyLaybourne @FeiwelFriends

Sweet is a new young adult thriller/horror novel by Emmy Laybourne. When I was finished with sweet, I assumed it was a standalone, but goodreads says it is the first in the Sweet series. Now I am even more intrigued by the book than I was when I finished it, because I cannot wait to see what the author is going to do next with the series. It is going to be freakin’ insane. I really enjoyed Sweet. The idea behind it is scary as all get out…because of how realistic it seems. Solu is a brand new sweetener that is also a weight loss supplement. To celebrate the launch of this innovative new product that is promised to change the weight loss game, Solu pairs up with a luxury cruise line- bringing in celebrities along with normal cruise goers to partake in a luxury weight loss cruise! I love the idea of that, but what happens next is straight out of a horror film. I loved the idea behind… Read more »

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Apr 06
{ARC Review} Don’t Stay Up Late by R.L. Stine

{ARC Review} Don’t Stay Up Late by R.L. Stine

I used to love R.L. Stine so much as a kid. I read the books, I watched the shows. I just loved it. So when I found out that his Fear Street series was being re-launched I was super excited. What actually started my love of R.L. Stine was the tv show, “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” with the midnight society. I loved that show so much that I started looking for things like it, and I discovered the creepy magic that was R.L. Stine. Don’t Stay Up Late is actually the second book in the Fear Street series, but I never read the first book and I was fine. They are each a different scary story. I liked Don’t Stay Up Late. It transported me back to my childhood. It was a bit on the younger side for YA, so I think MG readers will enjoy it as well. It will be a great scary book for younger readers, and for YA readers looking for some new R.L…. Read more »

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Jan 10
{Review} Suspicion by Alexandra Monir @TimelessAlex @randomhousekids

{Review} Suspicion by Alexandra Monir @TimelessAlex @randomhousekids

Suspicion by Alexandra Monir is a young adult Mystery thriller with a gothic flair. I absolutely loved the cover, and the idea of an old english manor and spooky maze drew me in instantly. The book is divided into three parts, and I really liked that. Each one of the parts had a different feel too it and they were good divisors for the story. I read this book in 3 days, with 1 part a day. It did take a while to actually get into the maze, over 200 pages into the book before our main character ventures inside it in fact. I have seen a lot of mixed reviews on this book. And the main critique for the people that didn’t like it, was that the book felt forced or that it tried to do too much. While I can see where they might be coming from, and I agree with them to a lesser extent, I didn’t feel like it took away from the story that much…. Read more »

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Sep 08
{Guest Post+Giveaway} Of Monsters and Madness by Jessica Verday

{Guest Post+Giveaway} Of Monsters and Madness by Jessica Verday

Today I am super excited to have the author of Of Monsters and Madness, Jessica Verday here to tell us how she creates a spooky atmosphere! and then enter to win a signed copy of the book! Creating a Spooky Atmosphere – OF MONSTERS AND MADNESS If you’re anything like me, the words “spooky atmosphere” conjures up images of cemeteries and creepy roads. Or abandoned houses and forgotten places. But sometimes taking a character out of her element is a great place to start when designing a spooky atmosphere. At the beginning of OF MONSTERS AND MADNESS, Annabel finds herself sitting alone at night on a filthy pier waiting for her father to arrive to pick her up. The sights and smells and people still walking the docks at such a late hour surround her immediately, and I make sure that she’s as uncomfortable as possible. Most of us can relate to that feeling of being all alone in a strange place. That place you can’t wait to never go… Read more »

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Aug 29
{Guest Post+Giveaway} Ghost House by Alexandra Adornetto @MissAllyGrace

{Guest Post+Giveaway} Ghost House by Alexandra Adornetto @MissAllyGrace

TOP FIVE GHOST MOVIES   1. The Woman in Black,  because who doesn’t love a good period horror film!? So much care and detail went into creating the atmosphere of the Eel Marsh House. The scares aren’t too frequent, but I think they’re worth waiting for. And that ending moment…actually, I’m writing this alone in my room and I better not think about it! Also, I should admit, that I was very attracted to Daniel Radcliffe in period costume. I can’t wait for the sequel with Jeremy Irvine *swoon* 2. The Others This is one of my all-time favorites. “They’re everywhere – they say this house is theirs.” Doesn’t that just give you chills? This movie is a lot more subtle and suspenseful than the average horror film and Nicole Kidman is captivating. She plays a mother living in an isolated house just after the end of WW2. She has two children (Anne and Nicholas) who suffer from an allergy to light and as a result, the house must be kept in darkness. Then… Read more »

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