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Review; Loch Ness Revenge by Hunter Shea

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As I've been interested in the myth around the Loch Ness monster, I couldn't resist the horror novel Loch Ness Revenge by Hunter Shea. I've finally read it and today I'll post my review. Description from Goodreads Deep in the murky waters of Loch Ness, the creature known as Nessie has returned. Twins Natalie and Austin McQueen watched in horror as their parents were devoured by the world’s most infamous lake monster. Two decades later, it’s their turn to hunt the legend. But what lurks in the Loch is not what they expected. Nessie is devouring everything in and around the Loch, and it’s not alone. Hell has come to the Scottish Highlands. In a fierce battle between man and monster, the world may never be the same. My Thoughts on the Book I really enjoyed reading this book. There's plenty of action and I liked the dynamics between Natalie and Austin a lot. There's even a few moments where I ended up with a good laugh. It may be a fairly thin book, but it's hi

Review; Slash by Hunter Shea

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When I came across Slash by Hunter Shea, I couldn't resist reading it as I have a weak spot for 80's and 90's slasher movies. Today I'll post my review. Description from Goodreads Five years after Ashley King survived the infamous Resort Massacre, she’s found hanging in her basement by her fiancé, Todd Matthews. She left behind clues as to what really happened that night, clues that may reveal the identity of the killer the press has called The Wraith. With the help of his friends, Todd goes back to the crumbling Hayden Resort, a death-tinged ruin in the Catskills Mountains. What they find is a haunted history that’s been lying in wait for a fresh set of victims. The Wraith is back, and he’s nothing what they expected. My Thoughts on the Book Slash was a fun book for those who love gory slasher movies from the 80's and 90's. Run down area, ill-prepared friends and something (or someone) lurking around. It's a horror novel that would be suitable for a movie

Review; Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

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I've had Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith on my TBR shelf for some time. At last I've managed to read it and today I'll post my review. Description from Goodreads Indiana, 1818. Moonlight falls through the dense woods that surround a one-room cabin, where a nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln kneels at his suffering mother's bedside. She's been stricken with something the old-timers call "Milk Sickness." "My baby boy..." she whispers before dying. Only later will the grieving Abe learn that his mother's fatal affliction was actually the work of a vampire. When the truth becomes known to young Lincoln, he writes in his journal, "henceforth my life shall be one of rigorous study and devotion. I shall become a master of mind and body. And this mastery shall have but one purpose..." Gifted with his legendary height, strength, and skill with an ax, Abe sets out on a path of vengeance that will lead him all the way to the

Review; What Not to Wear to a Graveyard (Resale Boutique Mystery #3) by Debra Sennefelder

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Last year I recieved an ARC of the novella What Not to Wear to a Graveyard (Resale Boutique Mystery #3) by Debra Sennefelder through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review. Description from Goodreads After trading her Manhattan digs for her upstate hometown, fashionista Kelly Quinn has big plans for her grandmother’s consignment shop. But this All Hallow’s Eve someone is already dressed to kill . . . A socialite’s missing dog has made front page news in Lucky Cove—complete with a hefty reward. But between renovating the consignment shop, planning her costume for a 1970s themed Halloween party, and scouting a location for a fashion shoot, Kelly doesn’t have time to search. Yet a visit to the local colonial-era cemetery—ideal for the moody atmosphere she’s after—soon turns up the precious pooch. Kelly’s looking forward to collecting the check—until she makes a gruesome discovery in an abandoned farmhouse: The dog’s owner, stabbed through the hear

Book Tag; The Cosy Autumn Book Tag

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(This post contains an affiliate link.) I came across The Cosy Autumn Book Tag over at Amy's Book Reviews (originally created by The Book Belle ) and I decided to play along as I really love autumn. 1. What book always reminds you of fall/autumn? The Woman in Black by Susan Hill 2. What is your favourite autumnal book cover? Murder in the Bayou Boneyard by Ellen Byron 3. What is your favourite autumnal drink to read with? Not directly autumnal, but I do enjoy hot chocolate. 4. Do you prefer to read late at night or early in the morning? I prefer to read late at night. 5. Halloween is coming! What is your favourite spooky read? Dracula by Bram Stoker 6. What is the ultimate comfort read for you? Chocolat by Joanne Harris 7. What is your favourite autumnal reading snack? It's never wrong with chocolate or muffins. 8. What is your favourite autumnal candle to burn whilst reading? Whatever I've got on hand, but at the moment I really love Spooky Stories from  Frostbeard Studio

Top Five Wednesday; Monsters

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It's Wednesday and perhaps time for a new Top Five Wednesday, courtesy of the Goodreads group  with the same name. The theme of the week was monsters and I decided writing a top five list of books with vampires. Those who know me well enough, probably know I'm a sucker for vampire fiction (pun intended). Anyway, here's my picks. Romanov by Samaire Provost Dracula by Bram Stoker Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

Review; The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray by Chris Wooding

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As it is October, I thought it was time for a few creepy/spooky books. I recently read The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray by Chris Wooding and today I'll post my review. Description from Goodreads Thaniel, just seventeen, is a wych-hunter. Together, he and Cathaline--his friend and mentor--track down the fearful creatures that lurk in the Old Quarter of London. It is on one of these hunts that he first encounters Alaizabel Cray. Alaizabel is half-crazed, lovely, and possessed.Whatever dreadful entity has entered her soul has turned her into a strange and unearthly magnet--attracting evil and drawing horrors from every dark corner. Cathaline and Thaniel must discover its cause--and defend humanity at all costs. My Thoughts on the Book The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray is one of those books that sucks you right in and make you stay there. The plot is fast paced and engaging and I really enjoyed the author's writing style. The book has some amazing descriptions that makes you feel like

Review; Misfits by Hunter Shea

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the horror novel Misfits by Hunter Shea through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review. Description from Goodreads During the height of the 90s grunge era, five high school friends living on the fringe are driven to the breaking point. When one of their friends is brutally raped by a drunk townie, they decide to take matters into their own hands. Deep in the woods of Milbury, Connecticut, there lives the legend of the Melon Heads, a race of creatures that shun human interaction and prey on those who dare to wander down Dracula Drive. Maybe this night, one band of misfits can help the other. Or maybe some legends are meant to be feared for a reason. My Thoughts on the Book Misfits was such a great read. I liked the revenge part in relation to Marnie's rape and in general how the aftermath was portrayed in a well written manner and not the "she bounced back quickly like nothing happened"

Smakebit på Søndag; You Are Invited av Sarah A. Denzil

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Det er på tide med en ny Smakebit på Søndag, som Betraktninger har ansvaret for. Boka jeg vil dele en smakebit fra i dag er skrekk-romanen You Are Invited, skrevet av Sarah A. Denzil. Boka omhandler Cath og fire andre, som skal bli med på en retreat for influensere innen sosiale medier. Men etter hvert føler enkelte av dem at det er noe som ikke stemmer ved det tidligere klosteret i Karpatene. Smakebiten jeg vil dele er fra da Cath reiser opp til klosteret. "The trees were heavy with amber leaves, the houses pastel fronted. Yet there was an atmosphere about the narrow roads, with the bruised contours of the mountains in the distance, that was tangible even on a crisp autumn day like today. I imagined the isolation bad weather would bring, and the sweeping mists coming down from those blue peaks, touching the steeples and bulwarks of the Gothic churches."

Review; Pet Sematary by Stephen King

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Well, as it is October and therefore the month of Halloween, I couldn't resist reading a horror novel by Stephen King. This time it was Pet Sematary and today I'll post my review. Description from Goodreads The house looked right, felt right to Dr Louis Creed. Rambling, old, unsmart and comfortable. A place where the family could settle; the children grow and play and explore. The rolling hills and meadows of Maine seemed a world away from the fume-choked dangers of Chicago. Only the occasional big truck out on the two-lane highway, grinding up through the gears, hammering down the long gradients, growled out an intrusive threat. But behind the house and far away from the road: that was safe. Just a carefully cleared path up into the woods where generations of local children have processed with the solemn innocence of the young, taking with them their dear departed pets for burial. A sad place maybe, but safe. Surely a safe place. Not a place to seep into your dreams, to wake

Review; The Haunting of the Antique Brooch by Hina Ansari

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Last year I recieved an ARC of the paranormal horror novel The Haunting of the Antique Brooch by Hina Ansari through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review. Description from Goodreads Sixteen-year-old Roni and her family, lead a normal Muslim American life. As the youngest member of the family, Roni spends her summer vacations investigating haunted houses with her best friend, Matty. It seems like a fun distraction until the hauntings come home with Roni, disrupting the family and killing her grandfather. In the middle of all this chaos, Roni meets a mysterious girl, Marissa, who she might have a crush on. With the help of a ghost hunting team, Roni and Matty conduct a full investigation. They come to discover that one of the entities is trying to possess Roni. Will the entities within the house battle over who will take over Roni's body or will a mysterious friendly ghost be able to intervene in time to save her? The author currently resides out

Book Tag; Trick or Treat Book Tag

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I came across this fun tag called Trick or Treat Book Tag over at  Lala's Book Reviews  and I decided playing along. Kit Kat Bar : An anticipated release (break me off a piece of that kit kat bar) The Girl in the Maze by Cathy Hayward M&Ms: book with a colorful cover The Hocuss Pocus Magic Shop by Abigail Drake Milky Way: Name a book that makes you feel all gooey in the middle. The Little Book of Love Stories by Jaimie Admans Sugar Babies – An underrated book or character Misfits by Hunter Shea Sour Patch Kids – A book that started off sour and ended up being sweet. I have honestly no idea. Hershey Kiss – Your favorite first kiss! I have honestly no idea on this one either. Favorite book to read during Halloween-time? The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

Review; Cake Popped Off (Cupcake Catering Mystery Book 2) by Kim Davis

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the cosy mystery Cake Popped Off (Cupcake Catering Mystery Book 2) by Kim Davis through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review. Description from Goodreads Cupcake caterer Emory Martinez is hosting a Halloween bash alongside her octogenarian employer, Tillie. With guests dressed in elaborate costumes, the band is rocking, the cocktails are flowing, and tempers are flaring when the hired Bavarian Barmaid tries to hook a rich, hapless husband. Except one of her targets happens to be Emory’s brother-in-law, which bodes ill for his pregnant wife. When Emory tracks down the distraught barmaid, instead of finding the young woman in tears, she finds her dead. Can she explain to the new detective on the scene why the Bavarian Barmaid was murdered in Emory’s bathtub with Emory’s Poison Apple Cake Pops stuffed into her mouth? With an angry pregnant sister to contend with, she promises to clear her brother-in

Review; Stoker's Wilde by Steven Hopstaken and Melissa Prusi

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Earlier I ended up reading Stoker's Wilde by Steven Hopstaken and Melissa Prusi and today I'll post mt review. Description from Goodreads Years before either becomes a literary legend, Bram Stoker and Oscar Wilde must overcome their disdain for one another to battle the Black Bishop, a mysterious madman wielding supernatural forces to bend the British Empire to his will. With the help of a European vampire expert, a spirited actress and an American businessman, our heroes fight werewolves, vampires and the chains of Victorian morality. The fight will take them through dark forests in Ireland, the upper-class London theater world and Stonehenge, where Bram and Oscar must stop a vampire cult from opening the gates of Hell. My Thoughts on the Book For me, Stoker's Wilde was a fun and engaging read with several nods to both Bram Stoker's Dracula and Oscar Wilde's Picture of Dorian Gray. That being said, some of Wilde's dialogue seemed a bit "off" and not

Review; Southern Bred and Dead (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries #9) by Angie Fox

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the paranormal cosy mystery Southern Bred and Dead (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries #9) by Angie Fox through Netgalley. I read the book shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review. Desription from Goodreads A haunted church. A ghastly death. Can Verity clear up the case before she’s buried way over her head? Verity Long would really like a day off. Between uncovering the culprit who capped her gangster ghost housemate and dodging the bomb her boyfriend just dropped on their relationship, her spiritual calling has gotten complicated. But when she steps out for a little fun at a church fundraiser, she has another mystery on her hands when a family friend plunges from the bell tower. With her pet skunk and a spectral mobster buddy in tow, Verity charges back into the world of furious phantoms. But as she follows a shocking trail of clues through a dangerous speakeasy, a possessed movie theatre, and a spooky mob safehouse, she

#SixForSunday; Favourite Books by Black Authors

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It's Sunday and perhaps time for a new #SixForSunday post, courtesy of A Little But A Lot . The theme of the week was favourite books by black authors. Here's my picks. Bayou Magic by Jewell Parker Rhodes This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron Pride: A Pride and Prejudice Remix by Ibi Zoboi On the Come Up by Angie Thomas Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

Review; Autumn Leaves at Mill Grange by Jenny Kane

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the romance novel Autumn Leaves at Mill Grange by Jenny Kane through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review. Description from Netgalley At Mill Grange, the work – and the fun – never stops! As autumn brings coolness and colour, change is in the air for all at the manor... Sam Philips' time in the forces changed him forever. Supported by his friends, Sam is keen to help make beautiful Mill Grange a safe retreat for injured army personnel... but his crippling claustrophobia means Sam is living in a tent on the grounds! Enlisting the help of charming village stalwarts Bert and Mabel Hastings, Tina Martins is determined to find a way to help him conquer his fears. But why does she feel like he is keeping a secret? After discovering evidence of a Roman fortlet on the manor's grounds, Thea Thomas is thrilled at the chance to return to her archaeological roots and lead the excavation. She spent t

Review; Greyfriars Reformatory by Frazer Lee

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Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the horror novel Greyfriars Reformatory by Frazer Lee through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards, but I haven't published my review until now. Description from Goodreads Nineteen year-old Emily's acute dissociative disorder causes her to be institutionalised - again - at Greyfriars Reformatory For Girls. Caught in the crossfire between brutal Principal Quick and cruel bully Saffron Chassay, Emily befriends fellow outcast Victoria. When the terrifying apparition of the mysterious 'Grey Girl' begins scaring the inmates to death, Emily's disorder may be the one thing that can save her. My Thoughts on the Book I've read a few of Frazer Lee's previous work, so I was looking forward to Greyfriars Reformatory and it did not disappoint. Greyfriars Reformatory includes several familiar horror tropes, such as isolated and creepy building, a group of teenagers and an unreliable narrator. The book is well paced

Book Tag; Halloween Creatures Book Tag!

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I came across this fun Halloween Creatures Book Tag created by  Keep Reading Forward  and I decided to play along. Rules: *Follow the Categories *You Must Be Honest *You Must Answer All Questions to the Best of Your Ability *You Must Tag At Least 3 People *Have Fun! *Credit Would be Greatly Appreciated! Witches A Book or Character that is Magical. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern Mummies A Book or Character You Can’t Wrap Your Mind Around. A Class of Conjuring by Evie Wilde Vampires A Book, Series, or Author You Can’t Live Without. Dracula by Bram Stoker Werewolves A Book Best Reading at the Middle of the Night. The Woman in Black by Susan Hill Zombies A Book You Picked Up for the 2nd Time or Continued after DNFing it. I honestly rarely re-read books, so I can't really answer this one. Ghosts A Character You Saw Right Through or a Book You Easily Predicted a Twist or the Ending. The Little Bookshop of Love Stories by Jaimie Admans - of course they got

Top Five Wednesday; Recommendable Books

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It's Wednesday and perhaps time for a new Top Five Wednesday post, courtesy of the Goodreads group  with the same name. The theme of the week was recommendable books. Here's my five (somewhat random) picks. Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern The Twistrose Key by Tone Almhjell Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor A Pair of Silver Wings by James Holland

Top Ten Tuesday; Autumnal Reads For Rainy Days

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It's Tuesday and perhaps time for a new Top Ten Tuesday, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl . As it was freebie week in terms of themes, I decided writing a list of ten autumnal reads for rainy days. Here's my picks. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson The Woman in Black by Susan Hill Dracula by Bram Stoker Crypt Suzette by Maya Corrigan Autumn Alibi by Jennifer David Hesse Fudge Bites by Nancy Coco Southern Spirits by Angie Fox Murder in the Bayou Boneyard by Ellen Byron Knit of the Living Dead by Peggy Ehrhart Boston Scream Murder by Ginger Bolton