Posts Categorized: horror

The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall: review

The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall: review

INSANE ASYLUM FOR GIRLS. That’s enough to get anyone’s attention, but unlike many slick, cheap-thrills books that quickly bore me, The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall is one of the most well-crafted YA horror books I’ve read in ages. It’s a short but surprisingly thoughtful book, with good creepiness and suspense and sadness, as well as the right balance of teenage snark and feeling. It’s hard to juggle humor and darkness, but the author does a great job of that here. I also very much appreciated the writing–I loved the way the passage of time was described, which places the reader in an unsettled frame of mind, as well as the sensory experiences of being in Delia’s mind and body as she adjusts to living in the house. There are good plot twists, a well-written back story that doesn’t slow down the pace, and logical progression in character and plot… Read more »

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Halloween Thrills & Chills: box of horror giveaway + Jonathan Stroud interview

Halloween Thrills & Chills: box of horror giveaway + Jonathan Stroud interview

Fall is in the air, and we’re celebrating by hosting a Halloween Thrills and Chills event! Some of our favorite blog friends will present fantastic guest posts and interviews by three Disney Hyperion authors with books releasing this year, including Mary: The Summoning‘s Hillary Monahan, Welcome to the Dark House‘s Laurie Faria Stolarz, and The Whispering Skull‘s Jonathan Stroud. Check out the full tour schedule below, and be sure to enter the giveaway at the very end for a box of horror books that will be delivered to you in time for Halloween reading! We’re kicking off the event tour with Jonathan Stroud, author of the The Bartimaeus Sequence and many other novels. His second book in his Lockwood and Co. series just came out, and if you like the idea of coolly competent young British ghosthunters with a Sherlock-type vibe, you’ll certainly enjoy this series. I love how the… Read more »

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Cuckoo Song: Review

Cuckoo Song: Review

Cuckoo Song is one of those books that I really struggled to find the words for. You know those books that have such an intense amount of complexity, beauty, and feeling? The kind of book that leaves you asking yourself, “How can I do this book justice?” Yes, this is one of those. I was expecting this story to be a creepy, horror-tinged, fantastical mystery. And it is those things. But I was not expecting it to also be a story about the devastating effects of war on both societal and personal levels and of how a family torn apart by grief can come back together again. It’s also somehow lovely. So, so lovely in the midst of such horror.. Imagine you woke up one morning with all memories fractured, able only to grasp at mere pieces of who you are. You went missing from your home last night, found… Read more »

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Favorite Creepy Reads

Favorite Creepy Reads

  Happy Halloween, dear readers! My, your costumes look lovely. Here, have some candy.  Today we’re sharing our favorite creepy reads with you. Our tastes range from connoisseur of creep to scaredy-cat, but none of can pass up a well-written book–even if some of us may need to read it from the safety of a blanket fort.  Keeping reading to see which sinister stories we recommend this All Hallow’s Eve.    Wendy’s Creepy Reads For someone who rarely likes horror movies, I really enjoy well-written horror books. I don’t necessarily find a lot of them scary, though–as much as I like Stephen King or zombie novels, the books I find really creepy are the ones that evoke a feeling of unease or are terrifying in the power of their suggestion. I don’t bat an eye at bloody bodily violence, but describe a creaking sound in the attic or imply that… Read more »

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mini reviews: Halloween Edition

mini reviews: Halloween Edition

Today’s mini reviews are for some recently released books that would make great Halloween reads. I am always on the lookout for really good horror YA no matter what time of year it is, but these are especially fun for October! Title: The Waking Dark  Author: Robin Wasserman Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Release Date: September 10th, 2013 Publisher: Knopf BFYR Age Group: YA Source: finished copy provided by the publisher Why did five seemingly normal people kill their friends and neighbors? This intense, riveting novel captivated me from the very first chapter, when the murders begin almost immediately. The rest of the book unravels the mystery of why these ordinary citizens turned, and the story is bloody, violent, and suspenseful–but there’s an added complexity with moments of genuine sadness. With no more than a handful of succinct sentences, the author is able to make you feel connected in… Read more »

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Parasite: review

Parasite: review

Six years ago, Sally Mitchell woke up from a coma with no memory of anything but the hot warm darkand the sound of drums.  She did not know what humans were.  She did not understand language.  She remembered nothing of the seizure that caused her to drive her car into the path of a bus.  She had a completely new personality.  She was a completely new person. Sal’s life was saved by an intestinal parasite.  Hundreds of thousands of people have a version of the same parasite in them, a parasite genetically modified to fight disease and infection in its host.  No one knows how Sal’s parasite managed to wake her from a coma, or why she has no memory and a new personality, or why, for that matter, she is terrified of teeth.  But as Sal and her boyfriend try to figure out what is going on, they learn… Read more »

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Another Little Piece: review + EPIC giveaway!

Another Little Piece: review + EPIC giveaway!

Title: Another Little PieceAuthor: Kate Karyus QuinnRating: 4.5 out of 5 starsRelease Date: June 11, 2013Publisher: Harper TeenAge Group: YASource: ARC from publisher Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn is a deliciously dark and savage debut. Please don’t mistake this for a typical YA paranormal story: it does not feature any screeching heroines, cliched scenarios, or last-minute romantic rescues. Instead, this is a strange, startlingly original horror novel that is beautifully written, thoughtfully considered, and yet somehow leaves you longing for more. Its fractured structure and ambiguous nature mean that it’s not a story that will work for everyone–but holy hell, did it work for me. Annaliese Gordon is not who you think she is. A year ago, she was found on the side of the road, screaming and covered in blood, before she disappeared. Now she’s mysteriously come back, and can’t remember what happened to her–but one thing… Read more »

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