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review 2019-02-02 02:26
Room on the Broom - Axel Scheffler,Julia Donaldson

Room on the Broom

Guided Reading: Level L

This is a great book to read during Halloween. This book is about a witching her cat flying on a broom when the witch loses three things. Three helpful animals find her things and then want a ride on the broom. But will there be room? This is great book to talk about predictions. Do you think everyone will fit on the witches broom?

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review 2015-10-28 01:56
Let the Right One In - Ebba Segerberg,John Ajvide Lindqvist

Synopsis: It is autumn 1981 when inconceivable horror comes to Blackeberg, a suburb in Sweden. The body of a teenager is found, emptied of blood, the murder rumored to be part of a ritual killing. Twelve-year-old Oskar is personally hoping that revenge has come at long last---revenge for the bullying he endures at school, day after day.

But the murder is not the most important thing on his mind. A new girl has moved in next door---a girl who has never seen a Rubik's Cube before, but who can solve it at once. There is something wrong with her, though, something odd. And she only comes out at night. . .




I'm a sucker for a good, scary vampire tale. Nothing makes me happier than getting involved in a long novel featuring numerous characters I can really relate to, only to come to a gruesome end via fangs to the neck. Does that make me sick? Maybe . . . but it's Halloween season, so it's okay. Let's face it: vampires are one of the most awesome tropes in all of horror entertainment. And, sadly, great vampire tales are pretty hard to come by. Let The Right One In filled the scary vampires quota for me for quite a while, though. It's a corker. 


At first disarming and (admittedly) off-putting, this novel doesn't really get cooking until a little past the hundred page mark... but from there the author rarely lets up. Brutal murders and frightening sequences abound in this 472-page book filled with some of the most frightening bloodsuckers I've come across this side of Stephen King's 'Salem's Lot.


The main plot is the friendship between bullied loner Oskar and vampire girl Eli. Their friendship -- especially their nightly meet-ups and communication through the wall separating their apartments via morse code -- are among the story's most endearing elements. The friendship feels real, as does Oskar's reaction when he finally discovers his friend is a vampire.


The novel features about five main characters and three or four minor characters, all well-drawn and fully formed. Each character gets their time to shine and the reader is in completely on their thought processes and why they do what they do. The people this author has created become real. At times it felt like I was living in Stockholm and reading about dear friends.


There is really not a whole lot to say about this novel except this: read. it. It makes for excellent Halloween material since it's filled to the brim with some of the nastiest stuff I've come across in horror fiction in a long time. Once one gets past the plodding opening chapters he or she will find there is an engrossing story here waiting to unfold and wrap the reader in a hug... in the dead of night while the wind blows...

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text 2015-10-22 11:56
On freebie today!
SLEEPY HOLLOW: Rise Headless and Ride (Jason Crane) - Richard Gleaves



Just snagged this. Thought I would share.


More Halloween reading, yay!

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review 2015-10-21 10:12
Stolen Hours
Stolen Hours - Michelle M. Pillow

by Michelle M. Pillow

I really enjoyed the first part of this story. I knew it was meant to be a Romance and was anticipating something along the lines of The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, then was pleasantly surprised to find an amusing story about a house full of ghosts with personality quirks that could have been a brilliant story.


Then I got to the second part where it suddenly changes from a comedy to a romance. This is where it all fell down. We are given a time jump and told that the protagonist has fallen in love with the ghost (I don't consider that a spoiler as it was the premise of the story), but given no idea how that developed. That should have been the crux of the story, but instead it's completely skipped over.


The romance phase is fairly meh and lacks believability, especially in the gratuitous move-by-move sex scene that seems to be expected in Romance genre books these days and is the reason why I mostly don't read them anymore. I find it sad that a genre for 'clean Romance' has had to be invented and that Amazon isn't using it yet, so any purchase of a book marked Romance runs a risk of turning out to be porn instead.


I finished the story despite this, in hopes that something would touch the romantic nature of my soul, but on that aspect, the story was a fail. I think it should be re-written as a comedy, because the author is good at that.

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review 2015-10-18 09:49
Ghost Story
Ghost Story - Jeff Brackett

by Jeff Brackett

This starts a little clunky as if the author is trying to shovel in too much information quickly, then settles into an even flow by the end of the first chapter. A ghost hunting team is investigating a house reported to be haunted. One of them is a psychic, balanced by the group sceptic. A full team with modern equipment sets up.


By the second chapter, the fun starts. I'm not going to go into what happens because there's a surprise ending and the potential for spoilers is too great, but I will say that lots does happen and I was at the edge of my seat for most of it.


I should add a trigger warning. No animals were hurt in the making of this story. Anything else is fair game. Normally a story like this would have exceeded my own violence tolerance, but the way it flowed just made it work too well. Characters were developed as much as you could expect in a short story but it is mostly action driven. I was scared for the main protagonist all the way to the end, and maybe even beyond.


The author's afterword was interesting as well. It tells the context that the idea for the story came in and mentions a familiar author involved in the same project. That in itself added a whole new dimension to the story.


If you want something to make you jump at every little noise in the house at night, read this one.

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