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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer – Michelle Hodkin // Book REVIEW

I always thought that if I read the Mara Dyer trilogy I’d either love it or hate it. So obviously I bought the entire box set. Was the buy worth it? Let’s find out!

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Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.
There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.
She’s wrong.

GENRE – Horror

RATING – PG13 (Some intense scenes, some sexual scenes and innuendos. TRIGGER WARNING – Sexual Assault )

LENGTH – 452 pages

PUBLICATION DATE – 9 / 27 / 11

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Sour Candy + Blanky – Kealan Patrick Burke // 2 MINI Reviews

So the book club I participate in Gore n More  was featuring two novellas from Kealan Patrick Burke. I was so excited because this author has been on my radar for a while now and couldn’t pass up this opportunity to check him out! So did I find a new favorite horror author? Let’s find out!

Sour Candy

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At first glance, Phil Pendleton and his son Adam are just an ordinary father and son, no different from any other. They take walks in the park together, visit county fairs, museums, and zoos, and eat together overlooking the lake. Some might say the father is a little too accommodating given the lack of discipline when the child loses his temper in public. Some might say he spoils his son by allowing him to set his own bedtimes and eat candy whenever he wants. Some might say that such leniency is starting to take its toll on the father, given how his health has declined.

What no one knows is that Phil is a prisoner, and that up until a few weeks ago and a chance encounter at a grocery store, he had never seen the child before in his life.

 GENRE – Horror

RATING – PG13 (Some intense scenes)

LENGTH – 67 pages

PUBLICATION DATE – 11 / 13 / 2015

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The Haunting of Hill House – Shirley Jackson || Book REVIEW

As a horror lover, I feel I haven’t read enough of the classics in the genre. Finally, Spookathon gave me a reason to pick up this and I was so excited! Did I love it? Let’s find out!

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The classic supernatural thriller by an author who helped define the genre

First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a “haunting”; Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.

GENRE – Horror

RATING – PG13 (Intense situations)

LENGTH – 182 pages

PUBLICATION DATE – 10 / 16 / 1959

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In A Dark, Dark Wood – Ruth Ware || Book REVIEW

I love a good thriller and this is one of the most high profile thrillers to come out recently. It’s had pretty mixed reviews so I wanted to see what I thought as well. So where did I fall on the spectrum of reviews? Let’s find out!

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What should be a cozy and fun-filled weekend deep in the English countryside takes a sinister turn in Ruth Ware’s suspenseful, compulsive, and darkly twisted psychological thriller.

Sometimes the only thing to fear…is yourself.

When reclusive writer Leonora is invited to the English countryside for a weekend away, she reluctantly agrees to make the trip. But as the first night falls, revelations unfold among friends old and new, an unnerving memory shatters Leonora’s reserve, and a haunting realization creeps in: the party is not alone in the woods.

GENRE – Thriller

RATING – R (Drugs and Alcohol, Gore, Death, Sexual Situations)

LENGTH – 352 pages

PUBLICATION DATE – 7 / 30 / 15

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The Dark Tower (The Dark Tower #7) – Stephen King || Book REVIEW

So as y’all may know I have been reading the Dark Tower series  for over a year now. It was really out of my comfort zone since I don’t read much fantasy or series but to my surprise I loved it! So did the finale of the series live up to the rest? Let’s find out.

P.S. I don’t think I can use the normal  format for this review. Honestly it will more of a book talk then a review.

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Set in a world of extraordinary circumstances, filled with stunning visual imagery and unforgettable characters, The Dark Tower series is unlike anything you have ever read. The final book opens like a door to the uttermost reaches of Stephen King’s imagination. You’ve come this far. Come a little farther. Come all the way. The sound you hear may be the slamming of the door behind you. Welcome to The Dark Tower.

GENRE – Fantasy/ Sci-Fi/ Horror

RATING – R  (Violence, Sex, Language, Intense Situations)

LENGTH – 845 pages

PUBLICATION DATE – 11 / 1 / 05

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NOS4A2 – Joe Hill || Book REVIEW

I have been wanting to read NOS4A2 since I saw it in the bookstore when it was a new release (A.K.A YEARS).  Finally, I got around to it. Did I enjoy it? Let’s find out!

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Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. On her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes her way to a rickety covered bridge that, within moments, takes her wherever she needs to go, whether it’s across Massachusetts or across the country.

Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing – and terrifying – playground of amusements he calls “Christmasland.”

Then, one day, Vic goes looking for trouble—and finds Manx. That was a lifetime ago. Now Vic, the only kid to ever escape Manx’s unmitigated evil, is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx never stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. He’s on the road again and he’s picked up a new passenger: Vic’s own son.

GENRE – Horror

RATING – PG13 (Intense scenes and some sexual suggestions)

LENGTH – 704 pages (too long!)

PUBLICATION DATE – 4 / 30 / 13

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Gerald’s Game (BOOK – 1992) vs. Gerald’s Game (MOVIE – 2017)

***If you don’t want to read the entire post, there is a short review at the end!***

Ever since I read Gerald’s Game, in February (see my review HERE ), I have been wanting to see it adapted. So you can imagine my excitement when I heard the news that it was coming to Netflix. I thought that if anyone could adapt this, with all the gore and sexuality, that they could.

EXTREME TRIGGER WARNING – SEXUAL ASSAULT IN BOTH THE BOOK AND MOVIE!

So let’s see the similarities and differences between the 1990 book and the 2017 movie.

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Home To Roost – Chauncey Rogers || Book REVIEW

**DISCLAIMER : I was sent this book in return for an honest book review. This did not affect my thoughts or ratings!**

This book was marketed to me as a horror novel with chickens. How can you say no to a concept like that? Did it live up to it’s synopsis? Let’s find out!

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When Brad is sent to live with the other chickens, his life of ease is transformed into one of struggle–for friendship, for love, for survival. But when everything he’s accomplished teeters on the edge of destruction, Brad discovers that the true struggle is against evil itself, and it may be a fight that is impossible for him to win.

Inspired by a true story, Home to Roost is touching, beautiful, and dark; a powerful debut novel.

GENRE – Horror

RATING – PG13 (Some intense scenes)

LENGTH – 320 pages

PUBLICATION DATE – 3 / 20 / 17

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Cat Got Your Cash (Kitty Couture Mystery #2) – Julie Chase | Book REVIEW

I read the first in this series earlier this year and really liked it! When I saw the second in my library, I knew I had to pick it up! Did I enjoy it as much as the first? Let’s find out!

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Lacy Marie Crocker’s whimsical pet couture has gained a following in New Orleans’s cozy Garden District, and word of mouth has traveled all the way to her favorite fashion designer, Annie Lane. Lacy’s thrilled when Annie schedules a private session at her home to discuss a companion line for her evening wear, but when Lacy arrives for the appointment, she enters the kitchen to two mewling Siamese cats–and one very dead Annie. — Gooodreads

GENRE – Cozy Mystery

RATING – PG13 (Some intense scenes and language)

LENGTH – 336 pages

PUBLICATION DATE – 4 / 11 / 2017

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The Grip of It – Jac Jemc | Book REVIEW

I received this book in my August Nocturnal Reader’s Box (comment if you want me to post a monthly unboxing) and loved the idea and cover. So I picked it up hoping it would be a fun and spooky haunted house book. Did it live up to my expectations? Let’s find out!

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Julie and James settle into a house in a small town outside the city where they met. The move—prompted by James’s penchant for gambling, his inability to keep his impulses in check—is quick and seamless; both Julie and James are happy to leave behind their usual haunts and start afresh. But this house, which sits between ocean and forest, has plans for the unsuspecting couple. As Julie and James try to settle into their home and their relationship, the house and its surrounding terrain become the locus of increasingly strange happenings. The architecture—claustrophobic, riddled with hidden rooms within rooms—becomes unrecognizable, decaying before their eyes. Stains are animated on the wall—contracting, expanding—and map themselves onto Julie’s body in the form of bruises; mold spores taint the water that James pours from the sink. Together the couple embark on a panicked search for the source of their mutual torment, a journey that mires them in the history of their peculiar neighbors and the mysterious residents who lived in the house before Julia and James.

Written in creepy, potent prose, The Grip of It is an enthralling, psychologically intense novel that deals in questions of home: how we make it and how it in turn makes us, mapping itself onto bodies and the relationships we cherish.

GENRE – Horror

RATING – R (Some language, violence, and tense situations)

LENGTH – 272 pages

PUBLICATION DATE – 8 / 1 / 2017

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