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review 2016-11-02 12:23
Ghoul Scouts: Night of the Unliving Undead - Steve Bryant

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review!

So it is not Halloween any more, but when I spotted this one over at Netgalley I just had to try it out. Scouts + zombies + mystery? Um, yes, where do I sign up for this!

This one is apparently a bundling of 4 volumes. Each part has a separate cover, a bit of information about the series, and also some sketches for the characters and how the characters got to be were they are now.

After reading it, well, I have to say I am filled with many many questions. However, I do have to say, that I don't mind them that much. The story builds up, you start with mystery, scouts, and then zombies. Then some more zombies, you find out some stuff as we get along. However, I do feel that the ending was a bit rushed. So, they suddenly find our mysterious guy, then boom, then people get called and done. I feel like this part could have done with a bit more spreading out. Now it felt disjointed and weird.

The whole scout stuff was really fun, it gave the kids some advantage as they knew how to work the land, and also how to work with tools. Plus it was a bit funny to see how the guys had to be saved by 2 girls. :P Sorry, just think it is always funny. Guys are always acting tough, but then they do something stupid and end up having to be saved. :P

I don't really get how anyone would want to live at this place. Sorry, but apparently people have been going missing for quite some time, yet people just continue living there? Whut? I would move as fast as I could if this was the case.

I also wonder how the zombies work, apparently a bite is not deadly? So what do you have to do to turn into a zombie? Magic? Something else?

I will definitely check out the next volume, hopefully more information is given in that one.

The art was so-so. At times it looked pretty decent, but sometimes it was just not that pretty.

But all in all, I did enjoy this volume. Kick-ass scouts, mystery, and zombies (glow in the dark even).

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com

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review 2016-09-30 05:06
A Ghoul's Guide to Love and Murder by: Victoria Laurie
A Ghoul's Guide to Love and Murder - Victoria Laurie

An OK read, The style is breezy, and occasionally breathless. It's the last book in the Ghost Hunter series, and I'm not really tempted to go back and read the others. Here's the blurb:


Medium M. J. Holliday battles demons in the tenth Ghost Hunter Mystery from the "New York Times" bestselling author of "No Ghouls Allowed."
M.J., Heath, and Gilley, are back home in Boston, where their new film is sure to be a "monster "hit! To promote the film, the studio is sponsoring a special exhibit of supernatural artifacts at a local museum. Unfortunately, Gilley whose mind is engaged with wedding plans gets talked into donating to the exhibit the very dagger that keeps the dangerous ghost Oruc and his pet demon locked down in the lower realms. Before M.J. can recover the bewitched blade, there s a murder and a heist at the museum, and the dagger is stolen.
Now Oruc is coming for M.J. and her crew, and he's bringing with him some fiendish friends from M.J. s haunted past. She, Gilley, and Heath are certain to be in for a devil of a time. M.J. may even need to recruit a certain skeptical Boston detective to help stop the paranormal party crashers from turning Gilley s wedding bells to funeral knells. . . ."


I did like the action parts, and thought they were well done.

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text 2016-09-25 16:33
Tokyo Ghoul, Volume 1 - Sui Ishida

I liked this I plan on finishing the series I will save my review till then.

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text 2016-09-23 02:17
Tokyo Ghoul, Volume 1 - Sui Ishida

I tend to gravitate toward super cutesy manga or horrifically violent manga. So I'm hoping that this will be right up my alley, plus the main character is a book lover.

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review 2016-09-22 00:26
Ghoul - Marc Alexander

Ghoul was originally published in 1980 under the name Mark Ronson. Fast forward to 2016 and the same story is published under the name Marc Alexander. Why? I have no clue. But what I do know is that Ghoul is one of the better pulp horror to come out of the early 1980s. It reminds me greatly of the type of slow-burn horror that J.N. Williamson or Charles Grant used to write and there are days that I miss that style. So, if you're one that likes that kind of horror...


In the fictitious Middle Eastern country of Abu Sabbah, Julia Sword is an archeologist that discovers a sealed tomb after a landslide uncovers it in the Valley of the Jinn. Sound spooky? It's supposed to. It seems that this valley was named after King Solomon had a problem with an evil Jinn and had the power to seal it away so that it wouldn't cause any more trouble. Add a few thousand years and Julia is on the brink of busting open this hidden tomb thinking that it contains an unknown Egyptian mummy. Her rich father is the bankroll for this expedition and Julia has an admirer in the King of Abu Sabbah, King Hamid. It all plays like a female Howard Carter scenario. In fact, Carter is mentioned a couple of times throughout the telling. Now, throw in the Middle Eastern version of The Spy Who Loved Me James Bond type, Israeli Head of Intelligence, Moshe Leohr and the Arabian spy love interest, Leliah, as well as the evil uncle hell bent on taking over, Sheikh Ahmid. If that wasn't enough, we have a tall drink of water love interest for Julia, named Andrew, and a Manson-like cult hanging out in the valley just waiting for shit to go down with the opening of the tomb. Last, but certainly not least, we have an attempt by the bad guy uncle to extract information out of the Israeli by hooking up a set of jumper cables to his balls. Yes, that would make me sing like a canary and throw my own mother under the bus, if that was what was needed to bring that particular torture to a stop.


While my description does sound a bit hokey, it actually works better than what you'd think. The story really does have a nice slow burn to it with a decent payoff at the end. Yes, the King is unlike anything you'd hear about in the Middle East on CNN today (or in 1980, for that matter). Things are a little too liberal and friendly to the English to be believable, but it is a fun, pulpy horror offering that screams I'm From The Eighties. Pop some popcorn, don't think too much about the holes, and enjoy the ride!




4 Hidden Tombs out of 5



*This ARC was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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