Posted in children's, horror, Literature, mystery, thriller/suspense, young adult

Latest haul!

My wonderful hubby let me go to the bookstore today and I got to purchase the following books. You’re probably thinking by now that my living space has got to be filled to the brim with books by now. My hubby even said to me just a few moments ago that he’s surprised I haven’t purchased every book ever made by now because I have so many books.

Synopsis: Avery Grambs has a plan for a better future: survive high school, win a scholarship, and get out. But her fortunes change in an instant when billionaire Tobias Hawthorne dies and leaves Avery virtually his entire fortune. The catch? Avery has no idea why–or even who Tobias Hawthorne is. To receive her inheritance, Avery must move into sprawling, secret passage-filled Hawthorne House, where every room bears the old man’s touch–and his love of puzzles, riddles, and codes.

Unfortunately for Avery, Hawthorne House is also occupied by the family that Tobias Hawthorne just dispossessed. This includes the four Hawthorne grandsons: dangerous, magnetic, brilliant boys who grew up with every expectation that one day, they would inherit billions. Heir apparent Grayson Hawthorne is convinced that Avery must be a con-woman, and he’s determined to take her down. His brother, Jameson, views her as their grandfather’s last hurrah: a twisted riddle, a puzzle to be solved. Caught in a world of wealth and privilege, with danger around every turn, Avery will have to play the game herself just to survive.

Synopsis: A week’s visit to the remote Harob Lake cabin couldn’t have come at a better time for Sam.

She’s battling artist’s block ahead of a major gallery exhibition. Staying at Harob Lake is her final, desperate attempt to paint the collection that could save her floundering career. It seems perfect: no neighbours, no phone, no distractions.

But the dream retreat disintegrates into a nightmare when Sam discovers she’s being stalked.

A tall, strange man stands on the edge of her dock, staring intently into the swirling waters below. He starts to follow her. He disables her car. He destroys her only way to communicate with the outside world.

And Sam is beginning to suspect he’s responsible for the series of disappearances from a nearby hiking trail.

Stranded at Harob Lake, Sam realises she’s become the prey in the hunter’s deadliest game…

Synopsis: In 1959 Florence Green, a kindhearted widow with a small inheritance, risks everything to open a bookshop – the only bookshop – in the seaside town of Hardborough. By making a success of a business so impractical, she invites the hostility of the town’s less prosperous shopkeepers. By daring to enlarge her neighbors’ lives, she crosses Mrs. Gamart, the local arts doyenne. Florence’s warehouse leaks, her cellar seeps, and the shop is apparently haunted. Only too late does she begin to suspect the truth: a town that lacks a bookshop isn’t always a town that wants one.

Synopsis: From #1 New York Times bestselling author Marieke Nijkamp comes a shocking new thriller about a group of friends tied together by a game and the deadly weekend that tears them apart.

FIVE friends go to a cabin.
FOUR of them are hiding secrets.
THREE years of history bind them.
TWO are doomed from the start.
ONE person wants to end this.
NO ONE IS SAFE.

Are you ready to play?

Synopsis: Everyone in Evie’s east-coast school is obsessed with Kill Screen, one of the scariest, most intense video games on the market! But no one has ever beat the game and many believe there must be a defect in the last level, making victory impossible to attain.

When Evie finally figures out how to defeat the final ghost, the Wisp, her work is far from over, for as the first person to ever complete Kill Screen, she’s unwittingly unleashed the Wisp into our world.

Synopsis: The new neighbors are not who they seem…Siblings Matt and Sophie aren’t thrilled when their parents move them away from the country to a boring neighborhood in a new development.The only house that stands out is the one next door—an old stone farmhouse whose owners have refused to sell to developers. They even have a horse in the pasture. And Sophie hopes the owners will let her ride it if she helps take care of it.But something is not quite right about their new neighbors, and Matt and Sophie are determined to find out what exactly is wrong with the house next door.

Posted in children's, fantasy, Literature

“Snow and Rose” by Emily Winfield Martin

I finished reading this last night. I really enjoyed this book, even though I think it’s meant to be for kids. It’s a very good story and there are lots of great illustrations throughout. I also like the way this ended but I won’t ruin it for you in case someone wants to read it. For those of you that want a book that you can read with your children, this would be a good book to do that with.

Synopsis: Snow and Rose didn’t know they were in a fairy tale. People never do. . . .

Once, they lived in a big house with spectacular gardens and an army of servants.

Once, they had a father and mother who loved them more than the sun and moon.

But that was before their father disappeared into the woods and their mother disappeared into sorrow.

This is the story of two sisters and the enchanted woods that have been waiting for them to break a set of terrible spells.

In Snow & Rose, bestselling author-illustrator Emily Winfield Martin retells the traditional but little-known fairy tale “Snow White and Rose Red.”The beautiful full-color illustrations throughout and unusual yet relatable characters will bring readers back to this book again and again.

Posted in children's, Literature

The Ickabog

I just found out that Harry Potter author, J. K. Rowling, has written something else called the Ickabog. It’s a story for children (something she had written for he own children) but she’s bringing it back out during the lockdown due to Covid-19 and she’s publishing it for free on a website. Anyway, there is a link to the website at the bottom of this article if you want to read it for yourself or if you want to share it with someone else.

https://www.theickabog.com/home/

Posted in children's, horror, Literature, mystery, thriller/suspense

My latest e-book purchase…

I got a bonus at work for having perfect attendance. I used a part of my bonus to purchase a gift card from Amazon which I used to purchase some new e-books to add to the collection on my Kindle Fire. I’m going to have to have to get reading pretty soon, my Kindle is quickly filling up. Below is the list of e-books I added….

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
Al Capone Shines My Shoes by Gennifer Choldenko
Al Capone Does My Homework by Gennifer Choldenko
Al Capone Throws Me a Curve by Gennifer Choldenko
Mary by Amy Cross
The Ghosts of Lake Forth Hotel by Amy Cross
Haunted by Amy Cross
The Last to Die by Kelly Garrett
The Lunar Wars by Janey Hunt
Ghost Song by Mark L’Estrange
The Haunting of Beacon Hill by Ambrose Ibsen
The Haunting of Rainier Aslyum by Ambrose Ibsen
Ghostland by Duncan Ralston
The Harrowing by Alexandra Sokoloff
Tainted Waters by Lucretia Stanhope
Feral by Lucretia Stanhope
Blood Relic by Lucretia Stanhope
Paracosm by Lucretia Stanhope
All Our Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban
The Room Upstairs by Iain Rob Wright

Posted in children's, Literature

“The Battle for the Castle” by Elizabeth Winthrop

Well, I’ve finished reading this novel on my Kindle Fire. I enjoyed this book as well, however, I think I enjoyed the first book more if I had to choose. I’m not saying this book was bad, far from it. I just think I enjoyed the adventure in the first book a little more than I did in this one. Still a good book to read with your kids, especially if you like medieval fiction

Synopsis: In this sequel to The Castle in the Attic, twelve-year-old William uses a magic token to return, through the toy castle in his attic, to the medieval land of Sir Simon, which is now menaced by a skeleton ship bearing a plague of evil.

Posted in children's, Literature

“The Castle in the Attic” by Elizabeth Winthrop

Well, I finished reading my first e-book for the year just now. This is an excellent book for children, I would probably say from about 7 till about 12. It depends on the reading ability of the child. If you are a fan of the “Indian of the Cupbard” book or you like medieval fiction, this would be something you should read with your children.

Synopsis: Ten-year-old William receives a wooden model of a medieval castle as a gift. It has everything he could possibly want, right down to a miniature drawbridge, a portcullis and a silver knight. In this enthralling story that weaves the everyday problems of growing up with magic and fantasy, the castle introduces William to an adventure involving magic, a ferocious dragon, a wicked wizard, and his own personal quest, where courage will finally triumph over fear.

Posted in children's, horror, Literature

“Ghost and Bone” by Andrew Prentice

This was an interesting book. I have read ghost stories before but I’d never read about a living boy who can turn into a ghost whenever he wants to. There are a few twists and surprises by the time you get to the end of the book but I liked the way the book ended though. This is a perfect book for kids who enjoy a good scary story and aren’t easily scared (age range is probably around 8 – 12).

Synopsis: Oscar Grimstone is a normal kid—aside from his secret Curse. Whenever he touches something living, like a flower or his classroom goldfish, they always seem to die. But then Oscar discovers an even bigger secret: even though he is very much alive, he has the ability to transform into a ghost.

Just when he thinks things can’t get any stranger two ghosts show up at his home in a skeleton carriage and he winds up joining them on a journey beyond the real world to a place he never knew existed—the city of ghosts. There Oscar will discover a place where people go once they die, before they aboard a ship to the The Other Side. But will he find out who he really is?

Posted in children's, historical fiction, Literature

“Chains” by Laurie Halse Anderson

I’ve finished this book over the weekend and I wanted to share it with you. This book is more from the historical fiction genre and I don’t normally read stuff from that genre but I was glad I read it. It was something a little outside what I normally read but I found the story kept me entertained. This book was hard to put down because I just had to find out what Isabel was up to next. Luckily, this book is part of a trilogy so I’ve got 2 more books to learn more about Isabel and what happens to her.

If an entire nation could seek its freedom, why not a girl?

As the Revolutionary War begins, thirteen-year-old Isabel wages her own fight…for freedom. Promised freedom upon the death of their owner, she and her sister, Ruth, in a cruel twist of fate become the property of a malicious New York City couple, the Locktons, who have no sympathy for the American Revolution and even less for Ruth and Isabel. When Isabel meets Curzon, a slave with ties to the Patriots, he encourages her to spy on her owners, who know details of British plans for invasion. She is reluctant at first, but when the unthinkable happens to Ruth, Isabel realizes her loyalty is available to the bidder who can provide her with freedom.

From acclaimed author Laurie Halse Anderson comes this compelling, impeccably researched novel that shows the lengths we can go to cast off our chains, both physical and spiritual.

Posted in children's, horror, Literature

“Ghostlight” by Sonia Gensler

I finished reading another book and I wanted to share it with you. In this book, we follow Avery May as she explores an old house on her grandmother’s property that is reportedly haunted, even though her grandmother has forbidden her from ever stepping foot in that house. Weird things happen each time she visits and the story takes off from there (I don’t want to reveal too much and ruin the story for people who haven’t read this yet). Even though I know this is a book that is more for kids, this story is still pretty good and the characters are relatable. If you like to read to your kids or have your child read out loud to you, this will probably be a good book to do that with (if your kids like to read about haunted houses, that is).

Synopsis: Avery is looking forward to another summer at Grandma’s farm, at least until her brother says he’s too old for “Kingdom,” the imaginary world they’d spent years creating. Lucky for her, there’s a new kid staying in the cottage down the road: a city boy with a famous dad, Julian’s more than a little full of himself, but he’s also a storyteller like Avery. So when he announces his plan to film a ghost story, Avery is eager to join in.
 
Unfortunately, Julian wants to film at Hilliard House, a looming, empty mansion that Grandma has absolutely forbidden her to enter. As terrified as Avery is of Grandma’s wrath, the allure of filmmaking is impossible to resist.
 
As the kids explore the secrets of Hilliard house, eerie things begin to happen, and the “imaginary” dangers in their movie threaten to become very real. Have Avery and Julian awakened a menacing presence? Can they turn back before they go too far?

Posted in children's, Literature

“The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle” by Janet Fox

I just finished reading this novel last night before going to bed and I wanted to share it with you. I had found this book in the bargain section of my local bookstore and thought it looked interesting. Well, I wasn’t disappointed when I finished this book last night. This book kept me on my toes the whole time I was reading it. Fans of Harry Potter and/or The Chronicles of Narnia may like this book (this novel is a little bit more scary than those series though).

Synopsis: Something is not right at Rookskill Castle, a rundown Scottish manor shrouded in mystery. The castle is a temporary boarding school for children escaping the Blitz, but soon it’s clear there is something terribly wrong. There are clues hinting that a spy is in the house, and there are undeniable signs of a sinister magic. When the children in the castle’s temporary boarding school begin disappearing one by one, it’s a race against the clock for twelve-year-old Kat Bateson, her two younger siblings, and their new best friend.