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review 2018-09-29 00:18
Carnival Of Fear
Carnival Of Fear - J.G. Faherty

For any small town a traveling carnival is a huge event. This traveling carnival is a little different because not everyone will survive this one. This carnival's Castle Of Horrors is the real deal. Aliens, zombies, vampires and werewolves. They're all here and waiting for the unsuspecting townspeople.  When JD Cole and the other kids from the local high school entered the castle they thought it would be fun, instead they have to count on each other to survive.

 

Carnival Of Fear by J.G. Faherty is the type of book that to me shouts: "Read Me Now!" Monsters, a traveling carnival and a bunch of teenagers who can't get along, what's not to like? This book was really a mixed bag though, it kind of felt like a YA novel but with more violence. It has its moments though, I liked the idea that all these kids from different social backgrounds had to work together to survive and because of this they grew and changed. On the bad side there was so much going on in this book it bordered on ridiculous. If you can suspend your disbelief though this is a fun book.

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review 2015-11-30 16:29
Death Do Us Part review
Death Do Us Part - JG Faherty

At a brisk 82 pages (which includes a sample from another of the author's works), Death Do Us Part wastes no time in establishing Catherine as a nasty piece of work, before she is summarily dispatched by someone known to her, but kept hidden from the reader. She then manages to come back as a spirit to terrorise her husbamd, Art, their child, and the woman he had been cheating with, aka Catherine's sister.

The rest of the novella revolves around Art truing to get rid of Catherine before she manages to kill one of them. Pretty much every plot beat you would expect gets hit along the way, so there are very few surprises to be had in Death Do Us Part. In fact, the final twist was one that seemed overly telegraphed to me, even if it opens the way for a relatively satisfying conclusion.

Those who favour the old Tales from The Crypt comics and TV episodes will probably find enough to entertain, but if the angry dead coming back to terrorise their seemingly innocent relatives does little for you as a concept, there's not much here to recommend this one from other versions of the same. In fact, Catherine is never sufficiently frightening that I ever felt overly concerned for the safety of Art and co. All that said, the writing is decent and as mentioned, the pacing is fast.

As such, I'll be back to give Faherty another try in the not too distant future.

3 Marriage Vows Left Unfulfilled for Death Do Us Part.

The preceding review is based on an eARC obtained through Netgalley as provided by Samhain Publishing.

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/1452313306
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review 2015-07-29 10:20
Winterwood by JG Faherty
Winterwood (Childhood Fears) - JG Faherty

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Anders Bach observes the old ways when it comes to christmas. He has the scars to prove that Krampus and Winterwood exists but his family are tired of his frightening tales. His grandchildren venture outside at night and are kidnapped by the Yule lads and taken to Winterwood for the Soltice feast. It is up to Anders to find them and bring them back before it's too late.

This was quite an enjoyable novella, I really liked the use of Christmas mythology especially as it was a sharp contrast to the usual holiday celebrations. I thought that Anders character was well done and I liked how his own experiences from his childhood started the novella.

Although I enjoyed the mythology I did think it was slightly overdone with too many antagonists which ended up affecting the flow of the story. The middle portion of the read was worse affected by this and I found myself unable to concentrate properly on the story.

A fun tale that would be better released at Christmas instead of May, interesting mythology but too much going on character wise which affected the overall flow.

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review 2015-07-04 10:09
Thief of Souls by JG Faherty
Thief of Souls - JG Faherty

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Perry has given all his money to his friend for a business venture however his friend has disappeared with his money and he now has to replace his savings before his wife finds out. The only way he can make up the money is to burglarise 3 houses and hope his wife doesn't check their savings before he finishes.

In one of the homes he comes across an ugly Polynesian mask and on an impulse takes it, finding out later that this is a rare artefact and can't be sold without arousing suspicion. He is now stuck with it and strange things start to happen as it makes it's presence known.

 

This started off pretty well and even though Perry is not the most likeable character you do understand that he is only doing this due to his desperate situation. The first half went quickly but the flow of the story started to slow down when the demonic mask was featured more. The ending was quite good but by this time it had lost most of it's momentum and it was harder to care about Perry's outcome.

The writing itself is good and it's really just the pacing and flow of the story that made this an underwhelming read, shame as before it got to the halfway mark it was looking to be a 4* read.

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review 2015-05-18 04:38
Review of Winterwood by J.G. Faherty
Winterwood (Childhood Fears) - JG Faherty

4.5 stars, rounded up.

 

Christmas in May? Yes, please. Winterwood will make you glad that it's almost summer and not anywhere near wintertime. Based on Icelandic folklore, this little tale of Yuletide horror is indeed every child's worst nightmare and may just be yours too. Anders grew up in the Black Forest of Germany with not only all of the old tales of the Holly King, Jólaköttur (the Yule cat), and Winterwood, but with the scars to prove that they exist. Now living in America with his less-than-superstitious daughter Anders is chastised for scaring his grandsons as he did Anna all of her life. Christmas is supposed to be fun and magical, filled with Santa and presents and joy... not with scary tales of Yule Lads snatching bad children and baking them into pies. Anna is adamant that her children not be traumatized. At least until they both disappear and Anna ends up in the midst of all of her father's "superstitions" come to life.

 

Whether you read this now or at Christmas, it will have you looking at the holiday in a whole new light and probably with a diminished desire to sit on Santa's lap. This horrific little bit of folklore is another great story by an author who has yet to disappoint me. I enjoyed this one very much.

 

© 2015 by Andi Rawson of Andreya's Asylum

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