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review 2017-11-20 00:00
Haunted
Haunted - Casey Ashwood Haunted - Casey Ashwood 1.5 stars
The plot might have potential but the plot execution leaves a lot to be desired. The dialogues are unnatural and awkward, the author repates the same thing over and over again as if the readers are too dumb to get those things after the first, second or third repeatition. And even worse the author describe her charters in one way and then portrays them through their actions and interaction with each other as the exact opposit.
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review 2017-11-12 19:55
Ghostland
Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places - Colin Dickey

I can't decide if I was mis-sold on this book or not. It was about what I expected to read, I suppose, but not in the way I expected to read it. I dunno. I feel a little cheated but can't quite put my finger on why.

 

Ghostland is an exploration of American history through some of the countries most haunted locations. Houses, hotels, graveyards, and even whole cities are discussed because really, if you look hard enough, everyone has a ghost story to tell. Locations discussed include The Winchester Mystery Manor, Danvers Mental Hospital, Gettysburg, and the entire city of Detroit. It's definitely a different way to look at American history, especially if you're interested in the paranormal.

 

I think the biggest reason I feel cheated by this book is it did end up being more of a review and critique of American history than a book about haunted locations, which was what I expected and haunted. Some chapters, mainly in the beginning, were what I expected. For example, I found the chapter on the Winchester Mystery Manor fascinating due to it going quite in depth into ghost stories and the spiritualist movement while also discussing their historical significance. That to me was exactly what I wanted to read. An annoyingly large part of the book though was more like, "slavery is bad" and "ghost hunters are ridiculous." I'll talk more about that in a moment but it was not at all what I wanted to read. 

 

This book was really interesting. It explored a lot of aspects of American history I was unaware of and when it did connect to ghost stories it was incredible. For example, in one chapter we learn how ghost stories in part inspired the formation of the KKK in that early members pretended to be specters of fallen soldiers to scare the newly emancipated slaves. That's something I never learned in history class. 

 

There were some chapters that even if they weren't connected to ghost stories per say the history was presented in a new way that was fascinating. I particularly liked the chapter on haunted asylums since, even though the ghost stories were few and far between, Dickey a) didn't demonize psychology the way many people I know do when criticizing past practices and b) explored a completely fresh angle of the haunted asylums: why they were built they way they were. As a psych graduate I find the thought processes behind their architecture fascinating and I'm glad Dickey focused so much on that element, rather than just going "lobotomies are bad" and leaving it at that. 

 

Also worth noting is the fact that Dickey explores ghost/creepy stories that don't always make it into the mainstream. I was particularly pleased to see that he included the stories of Elisa Lam and the history of the Cecil Hotel as well as the Lalaurie Manor in his explorations. 

 

The biggest critique I have of this novel is that Dickey comes across as being incredibly full of himself throughout the entire thing. His writing style came across very much so like those "I, an Intellectual" memes and it was obnoxious. I think what got me the most is he came across as VERY disparaging of ghost hunters and tourists. His condescension towards those groups was unbearable. Judging only by the way he writes, he reminds me of the bullies from my English classes who never hesitated to inform you of how enlightened they were and how beneath them you were for not being as enlightened. That was definitely not what I signed up for and it made getting into the book very difficult. 

 

Final rating: 3 out of 5 stars. The book has a lot of interesting information, but the author gets in his own way with his ego. Would recommend for those interested in haunted history but check it out, don't buy it. 

 

Final thought: You can disagree with something without being a dick about it, Colin. 

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review 2017-11-01 19:37
An oldie but goodie
These Haunted Heights - Ally Blue

First off, that's a bad cover. Not the worst I've seen from MLR, but still bad enough to annoy me.

But this isn't about the cover, it's about the story.

 

Loved this. Poor Drew was so broken. And Ron was patient and understanding.
There was no doubt who the ghost was but that didn't matter, this was all about the relationship.


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review 2017-10-26 00:00
Magic and Mayhem: Harmony: A 'Not-Quite' Haunted Love Story (Kindle Worlds Novella)
Magic and Mayhem: Harmony: A 'Not-Quite'... Magic and Mayhem: Harmony: A 'Not-Quite' Haunted Love Story (Kindle Worlds Novella) - Julia Mills Book Reviewed: Magic and Mayhem: Harmony: A 'Not-Quite' Haunted Love Story (The 'Not-Quite' Love Story Series Book 8)
Author: Julia Mills
Publication Date: 10/23/2017
Reviewed by: Tammy Payne- Book Nook Nuts
My Rating: 5 Stars


REVIEW
I absolutely love the books in this series. Every single page has you busting out laughing. It's a short read with a big boost of fun.

Harmony is one spunky, sassy witch I will give her that and her friends haha or shall I say house guests?
A Donkey whose female stole the Pink Lady, A parrot who doesn't shut up about Harmony's rear and a cat who thinks the zombies are coming next month.
Yep, a barrel of laughs and oh yea we get some creepy crawlies and a ghost who has the hots for Ms.Harmony but how will she handle that?
Grab your copy and find out what I laughed so hard at.

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text 2017-10-21 17:21
Halloween Bingo - Demons - Another Bingo!
Terror in Tower Grove - Samantha Johns

 

 

 

I read Terror in Tower Grove for Halloween Bingo on 3 September 2017.

 

This gives me a Bingo for the fourth row down going across.

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