Title: The Beasts of Electra Drive
Author: Rohan Quine
Genre: Literary Fiction/Magical Realism/Horror
Aptly titled, The Beasts of Electra Drive tells the story of a video game designer’s revenge on the “Dreary Ones,” the corporate leaders at Bang Dead Games, the company where he worked until recently.
They’re about to release a new, glamorous social media software, Ain’t They Freaky!, designed to fuel the tabloid-style view of the world—cutting others down to build oneself up—and Jaymi Peek feels that something is wrong. Despite owning an opulent house on Electra Drive and two nearby rental properties, something is missing…and then he has an epiphany.
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Title: Pray Lied Eve 2: Further Tales of the Untoward
Author: Lydia Peever
Genre: Horror – Short Stories
This collection of six unrelated short stories spans a few subgenres of horror from the psychopathic to the fantastical. Death, however, circulates as a recurrent theme with tales hitting on different aspects or relationships to deaths both tragic and unnatural. Fittingly, Halloween is central to several tales which update existent folklore to create single-sitting reads of dark urban fantasy.
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Author: Anthony Knott
Genre: Fiction, Southern Gothic, Crime
This novel reads somewhat like a memoir or a snapshot of the past. The summer in Tennessee enters as almost another character to the story of young Rodney, a boy tottering on the brink of puberty. He’s interested in everything and regularly writes down what he hears, but he struggles to know what to do after witnessing a series of disturbing events committed by an older, local boy adept at violence and threats.
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Bone Witch (2017, Sourcebooks Fire, Young Adult Fantasy) by Rin Chupeco
When I finish a book and review it, I also post on sites such as Amazon and GoodReads which gives me a chance to see what other people are thinking about the book too.
If I really love a book, I’m always eager to check out reviews and see if everyone else loved it as much as I did.
So after reading Bone Witch, I rushed over to GoodReads only to discover most reviewers did not enjoy this book. I was so confused, how could someone not love this book?
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I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review in November last year, but I’ve only just got to reading it! Despite being on a short break from blogging, any books I am sent to review I will be posting reviews of as and when I get to reading them. I was excited to read Nest because the concept sounded great, and I wanted to start the year off with an exciting thriller! I had read good and bad reviews, so I just decided I would push them away and make what I wanted out of it.
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Title: Priceless Treasures and Ghastly: A Slight Collection of Hallowe’en Tales and Miscellanea
Author: Thomas Olivieri
Published: October 25, 2016
Blurb: THESE days, Hallowe’en is a night of ghosts, celebrated by people who can longer believe in them, a day of tricks, treats, and twilight. A night when — sanctioned by custom — the proudest and most willful child politely begs for candy at strangers’ doors and the most docile child transforms in a monster.
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The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley
Published by John Murray in 2016
My copy: Secondhand paperback
Two brothers. One mute, the other his lifelong protector.
Year after year, their family visits the same sacred shrine on a desolate strip of coastline known as the Loney, in desperate hope of a cure.
In the long hours of waiting, the boys are left alone. And they cannot resist the causeway revealed with every turn of the treacherous tide, the old house they glimpse at its end . . .
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Author: Lucy Fenton
Genre: Young Adult, Thriller
Published: August 3, 2015
Rating: 5 Spines
What happens when your childhood nightmares of being bitten by strange creatures in a dark wood aren’t just dreams?
Sixteen-year-old Arden St. John’s life takes a strange turn when she finds an unusual animal injured near her new house on the south east coast of Australia. When she takes it to the local vet, a terrible truth is inadvertently exposed to her.
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Building it Up
It was supposed to be the start of their lives, not the end. After a tragic accident as teenagers, Jensen Owens and Autumn Miller found themselves miles apart but fate would soon have other ideas. Jensen returns to the place he ran away from, but he is not the man he once was.
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Published by Candlewick in August 2013.
Wow, I just finished reading this book and I’m so disappointed in myself for not having read it sooner. What an amazing, heartbreaking, beautiful book. From the very first line, I was hooked.
Reminiscent of Guillermo del Toro’s 2006 film Pan’s Labyrinth, this story about a 13-year-old boy, Conor, struggling to cope with his mother’s ongoing illness left me in tears for most of the afternoon.
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