Review: Wilder Girls by Rory Power

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My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Genre: YA Horror
Pages: 353
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Published: July 9th, 2019

 

 

 

 

It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty’s life out from under her.

It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything. Continue reading “Review: Wilder Girls by Rory Power”

Middle-Grade Monday: Spooky Books I Want to Read

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It’s almost Halloween time, so I think this week I’ll feature some spooky middle-grade novels that I really want to read.  I don’t just read darker books in October, it’s kind of an all year around thing for me and I think middle-grade has some of the best offerings for spooky novels.  Lots of atmosphere, great characters and cool adventures.  I can’t wait to dig into these!

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Mini Reviews: The Mericiless Series 1- 4 (Non-Spoiler)

Hey guys! I’m finally getting around to doing my mini reviews on a series that a  lot of readers seem to be pretty curious about – The Merciless Series by Danielle Vega.  I will not be going into trigger warnings because there are just too many and I don’t tend to give really detailed warnings when it comes to horror, unless is something such as sexual assault.  Just assume basically everything and anything but remember it’s a YA book, so they can only go so far.  That being said, let’s get on with the reviews!

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Review: Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lucavics

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My rating:  4 out of 5 stars
Genre: YA Horror
Pages: 266
Pacing: Slower
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Published: September 29th 2015

 

Trigger Warnings: Graphic imagery and violence, miscarriage, and child death.

 

When sixteen-year-old Amanda Verner’s family decides to move from their small mountain cabin to the vast prairie, she hopes it is her chance for a fresh start. She can leave behind the memory of the past winter; of her sickly ma giving birth to a baby sister who cries endlessly; of the terrifying visions she saw as her sanity began to slip, the victim of cabin fever; and most of all, the memories of the boy she has been secretly meeting with as a distraction from her pain. The boy whose baby she now carries.

When the Verners arrive at their new home, a large cabin abandoned by its previous owners, they discover the inside covered in blood. And as the days pass, it is obvious to Amanda that something isn’t right on the prairie. She’s heard stories of lands being tainted by evil, of men losing their minds and killing their families, and there is something strange about the doctor and his son who live in the woods on the edge of the prairie. But with the guilt and shame of her sins weighing on her, Amanda can’t be sure if the true evil lies in the land, or deep within her soul. – Synopsis from Goodreads. 

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“The only devil inside of you is the one you created yourself.”

Holy shit, what did I just read? This was in the YA section?!? Really? Man, they really went for it here. This is a VERY dark, historical fiction horror novel and it was very unsettling, which means I was completely there for it.

Ok guys, really take caution with this one with violence that involves children bothers you. This one doesn’t holdback any punches. This book is marketed as Little House on the Prairie meets Stephen King and that’s pretty darn accurate. I love dark historical fiction, so I’m a bit surprised that this is the first time I’m picking this one up – glad I did though. This story follows a family that is going through a hard time and doesn’t really have a large enough house to be able to get through the next winter with their sanity intact and so when they hear about another settlement that has some free cabins to claim, they set out to find a new home.

Our main protagonist Amanda is a very polarizing character, many people are going to hate her from the get-go. Her inner dialogue is dark, selfish and at many times repulsive. I had a love-hate relationship with this young girl because that is exactly what she was – young. Her family is struggling and her sanity is questionable and I thought her thoughts were very authentic. Ugly, but authentic. When they finally get to the settlement, things are not what they had hoped for – it kind of blows my mind that anyone would stay there but I guess desperate times. I won’t say what they find when they arrive but I think most of us would scream and run in the other direction pretty fast – not fix it up and decide to stay. It wouldn’t be much of a horror book if they didn’t that though!

Daughters Unto Devils is a slow burn, like a lot of historical fiction is. It does feature an unreliable narrator as well, since we have no idea if she has lost her mind or if what is happening is real for most of the book. I thought I had completely figured it out at one point and I was wrong. I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews on this one and I’m not sure if it’s because it’s a slower paced book or because it’s fairly gory and disturbing. Either way, I thought it was a fantastic October read and I’m sure I’ll have some of those images stuck in my head for awhile.

You have been warned about the content, if the story still sounds intriguing then go pick this one up! Totally worth and a very quick read. Incredibly disturbing though.

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Spooky Book Recommendations for Scaredy Cats

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Do you want to participate with everyone in reading spookier reads during the October month, but are a bit of a scaredy cat when it comes to horror? Don’t worry I got you! There are still tons of books for you out there! Lots of my friends fit into this category and have to get a little more creative during the Halloween month, so they can play along with the reading challenges as well. I’ve broken this list down into genres – there is really something for everyone and the best part – none of it is too scary!

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Review: Slasher Girls and Monster Boys – Various Authors

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My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Genre: YA Horror Anthology
Pages: 400
Pacing: Various
Publisher:Dial Books
Published: August 18th 2015

 

Trigger Warnings: Graphic violence, sexual assault, cutting, bullying, addiction, pedophilia.

 

A host of the smartest young adult authors come together in this collection of scary stories and psychological thrillers curated by Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea’s April Genevieve Tucholke.

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Horror Mini Reviews – Kin, Final Girls, & Trapped

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Alright, who is in the mood for some adult horror book reviews? I’m a complete horror addict but it’s more for horror films.  I have been reading more and more horror novels lately though, so if you have any suggestions for me (other than King, Koontz or Hil) then I am all ears!

Warning, I am not going to give trigger warnings for adult horror books unless it’s for  rape or pedophilia.  Assume that all of these books the possibility of graphic violence, gore, slurs, etc…  It’s horror – it’s going to have some messed up shit in it.

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