"The Haunted" by Danielle Vega

I’ve got a book I’ve crossed off my list over the weekend. Even though it’s geared towards the young adult crowd, I decided to give it a try. I thought the story line was good and I liked the way the book ended. The only thing I didn’t really care for was the main character seemed like she couldn’t make up her mind which boy she liked more and even then she couldn’t decide if she wanted to be with that boy or not. That may be normal for young adult novels…I know I’ve seen it happen in a few other young adult novels I’ve read in the past.

Synopsis: From Danielle Vega, YA’s answer to Stephen King, comes a new paranormal novel about dark family secrets, deep-seated vengeance, and the horrifying truth that evil often lurks in the unlikeliest of places.

Hendricks Becker-O’Malley is new in town, and she’s bringing baggage with her. With a dark and wild past, Hendricks doesn’t think the small town her parents moved her to has much to offer her in terms of excitement. She plans on laying low, but when she’s suddenly welcomed into the popular crowd at school, things don’t go as expected.

Hendricks learns from her new friends that the fixer-upper her parents are so excited about is notorious in town. Local legend says it’s haunted. Hendricks doesn’t believe it. Until she’s forced to. Blood-curdling screams erupt from the basement, her little brother wakes up covered in scratches, and something, or someone pushes her dad down the stairs. With help from the mysterious boy next door, Hendricks makes it her mission to take down the ghosts . . . if they don’t take her first.

"Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill your Bones" by Alvin Schwartz

I’ve finished the last in this series. These stories were everything I remembered from when I read them back in the 7th grade. They brought back a lot of memories from my childhood. They’re perfect for kids who aren’t scared easily and want to read some scary stories.

“Perfect for reading alone or aloud in a dimly lit room.” – Kirkus Reviews

"More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" by Alvin Schwartz

I’ve finished the next book in the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series. I had originally read these books back in the 7th grade. I remember checking them out from the library in school. Good book for readers ages 8 to 12 if the child doesn’t scare easily.

“Guaranteed to make your teeth chatter and your spine tingle. The stories are short and perfect for telling aloud. Gammell’s eerie drawings are excellent.” – School Library Journal (starred review)

Also, on a side note, I went to the bookstore yesterday and picked up another book to add to my list of books to be read…

"Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" by Alvin Schwartz

I read this book back in 7th grade (if memory serves me right). I wanted to re-read this book after they made a movie based on this book and it was released back in August. The book was just as I remember it. This book is good for younger audiences who enjoy a good scare (on the back of the book it says this book is appropriate for ages 8 to 12 but that depends on whether the child is easily scared or not).

“Sure to provoke chills along the spine, this collection of short selections about witches and ghosts includes ‘jump’ stories as well as macabre songs, modern-day psychic tales, and frightening legends from the past.” -ALA Booklist

"The Monster of Elendhaven" by Jennifer Giesbrecht

I’ve finished another novel recently. I enjoyed this book and this is good for any horror fan who wants a quick read around Halloween time. I can’t say what I really want to say here without ruining the ending. I’m just going to suggest you go read it and you can comment on this article when you’re done. I want to know what you think when you’ve made it to the end. For those of you who haven’t read this book, don’t read the comments for fear of spoilers.

Synopsis: The city of Elendhaven sulks on the edge of the ocean. Wracked by plague, abandoned by the South, stripped of industry and left to die. But not everything dies so easily. A thing without a name stalks the city, a thing shaped like a man, with a dark heart and long pale fingers yearning to wrap around throats. A monster who cannot die. His frail master sends him out on errands, twisting him with magic, crafting a plan too cruel to name, while the monster’s heart grows fonder and colder and more cunning.

These monsters of Elendhaven will have their revenge on everyone who wronged the city, even if they have to burn the world to do it.

"The Haunted" by Bentley Little

Okay, my first book of the year. This book is one of those haunted house type stories but it’s a little different than the haunted house stories I’ve read before. I’m kind of on the fence about this one. There were things I liked about this novel and other things I didn’t like. It’s hard to talk about without ruining the story to someone who hasn’t read it yet. There were some strange things going on at this “haunted house” and I felt like some things were left unanswered or just left hanging. Maybe that’s what I didn’t like about it. Anyway, I’ll leave it to you to read yourself and form your own opinions about the novel. (Note: I do not recommend this book for younger audiences. This book is for adults only, especially adults who are not easily scared.)

Synopsis: Julie and Claire Perry and their two children, Megan and James, have made the move to a bigger, nicer home in their city’s historic district. But something isn’t right.

The neighbors seem reluctant to visit. Claire can’t shake the feeling that someone is watching her. Megan receives increasingly menacing and obscene texts. And James is having terrible dreams. No wonder, considering what he’s seen in the corner of the basement, staring at him and shuffling closer ever so slowly. 

Pity no one warned the family about the house. Now it’s too late. Because the darkness at the bottom of the stairs is rising….

Looking forward to…

I think I’ve found another book to look forward to. What drew me to this book was the synopsis sounded interesting. Plus, I’ve read some other stuff from this author and I’ve liked them so far. This latest book is suppose to be released on March 3 of 2020. I’m thinking about getting this on my Kindle Fire when it comes out.

In this twisty psychological thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of THE CELLAR, Ivy finds out that her twin sister, Iris, is trying to push her out of her own life–and might be responsible for their mother’s death.

After their parents divorced, 10-year-old twins Ivy and Iris were split up–Ivy lived with Dad, Iris with Mom. Now, after a tragic accident takes their mom’s life, the twins are reunited and Iris moves in with Ivy and their dad. Devastated over Mom’s death, Iris spends the first few weeks in almost total silence–the only person she will speak to is Ivy. Iris feels her life is over and she doesn’t know what to do. Emmy promises her twin that she can share her life now. After all, they’re sisters. Twins.

It’s a promise that Iris takes seriously. And before long, Ivy’s friends, her life at school, and her boyfriend, Tyler, fall under Iris’s spell. Slowly, Ivy realizes she’s being pushed out of her own life. But she’s just being paranoid, right? And Mom’s accident was . . . just an accident. Right? It’s not like she–or Dad–or Tyler–are in any danger. . . .

Latest trip…

Today, I not only had a day off from work but I was free to go do what I wanted to do. It’s my first free day since Christmas. I finally have a day where I can go to the local bookstore in my town and spend the gift cards that I got for Christmas. I had fun shopping at my local bookstore, as always. I was there from shortly after 10 am til about 1:30 in the afternoon but I could have spent a lot longer there if I’m being honest. The only reason I didn’t stay any longer is I ran out of money on my gift cards.

Me running to the bookstore to spend my gift cards

Anyway, here is a list of all the books I got at the bookstore on this trip…

The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden
The Last Seance by Agatha Christie
A Tale of Magic by Chris Colfer (autographed copy)
Creep by Eireann Corrigan
The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht
A Lush and Seething Hell by John Hornor Jacobs
The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King
Fireborne by Rosaria Munda
Warlight by Michael Ondaatje

New e-books!

One of the things my hubby got me for Christmas was an Amazon gift card. Today I used that to get some e-books put on my Kindle Fire. One of the e-books is a pre-order and I won’t be able to download it onto my Kindle until it is released on April 2 of 2020 (it’s the last one on the list). Now I’ll have to get reading…

The Folcroft Ghosts by Darcy Coates
The Haunting of Gillespie House by Darcy Coates
So Pretty a Problem by Francis Duncan
In at the Death by Francis Duncan
The Girl Who Lived Twice by David Lagercrantz
The Vanishing by Bentley Little
Viper’s Daughter by Michelle Paver

"Enter the Dark House" (part 2) by Laurie Faria Stolarz

I’ve finished the second part of this novel, “Return to the Dark House” last night. There’s so much I want to say about this but I can’t do it without revealing spoilers and ruining the whole thing before you get a chance to read it yourself. I did enjoy the second book as well as the first one. This was hard to put down and kept me on the edge of my seat to the very end. This would be good to read around Halloween time.

Synopsis: Ivy Jensen survived the Dark House once, but can she make it out a second time?

Two months have passed since Ivy narrowly escaped the Nightmare Elf’s grip, but the memories of Parker, Natalie, Shayla, Frankie, and Garth continue to haunt her. Their killer is still out there-somewhere. The police trail has gone cold, though, and it’s up to Ivy to piece together the clues to find him.

When a cryptic video arrives in her in-box, Ivy finds herself back in the spotlight, this time on a twisted scavenger hunt through the dark, ancient halls of a long-forgotten Gothic building. Ivy’s not alone, either. Taylor Monroe has returned to the scene. But can Taylor be trusted? Or is she another pawn in the Nightmare Elf’s deadly game?