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review 2016-11-02 11:25
Book Review - The Halloweeners
The Halloweeners (Volume 1) - John Hennessy

I bought The Halloweeners as a fun read for Halloween.

This novella is about a group of kids who love Halloween, and each have their own character of zombie, witch, vampire and ghost. Within these pages is a story of friendship, young love, bullying, nasty teachers, and perhaps a little revenge.

One of my PE teachers in secondary school was pure evil. Just the mention of Miss Glover makes me shudder over 20 years later! Teachers really do have a huge impact on you. Luckily, at the other end of the scale, was the most marvellous teacher ever in primary school, Mr Zienko, who was strict but ever so funny. He did the most amazing school plays, and I got to be a cowgirl, witch and belly dancer in his plays. Such fun times, which helps to make up for the memory of Miss Glover trying to half strangle me once!

“Kirsty didn’t trust men with hair on their faces.” made me giggle, as I remember a scenario but sort of in reverse, as my dad always had a beard, but shaved it off for a play he was in over 30 years ago, and one of my younger sisters wouldn’t go near him, as she was convinced he was no longer her daddy, as Daddy has a beard.

As the main characters are aged around 13 years old, I think this book would most suit children around that age, although I still enjoyed it as an adult, as it reminded me of my school days, so felt nostalgic and slightly emotional remembering the good old days. Plus, I also enjoyed the little references from other books I’ve read by this author.

Source: www.goodreads.com/book/show/32068916-the-halloweeners
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review 2016-01-04 06:30
Amazingly creepy
The Girl Who Collected Butterflies: A Supernatural Ghost Thriller (Haunted Minds) (Volume 3) - John Hennessy

First of all a huge thanks ….no scratch that ……a truck load of hugs and love to John for not only trusting my words but sending me the copies as soon as they are ready because he knows that I am that madly and badly waiting for his works. So in spite of being repetitive I am going to say it.

 

THANK YOU SO MUCH JOHN.

 

I can honestly say that perhaps John Hennessy is the only author, whose works evolve and develop so much that his growth as a writer is almost tangible and it is always interesting to see what new he brings to the table every time he writes a book.

 

There has been no one who has been able to write horror so good enough to scare the good life out of me as much as John has done in my whole reading experience. ( also making me wonder as to how his brain works… no wonder aliens are rotating our earth, probably trying to have a peak at John’s brain… :P)

 

KIDS !!


If Uncle John ever says that he is going to tell you a bedtime story run as far as you can or hide in the nearest corner because you probably will never come out of the closet after reading his books and listening to his stories and that probably makes him the best in his genre

 

This book is parked on a whole different level than the previous one in the series. In the previous books, the story kept dwindling whenever John tried in bring in the flashback but come to this book and it is as smooth as butter in narration and he manages the travel between past and present quite effortlessly and seamlessly

 

Characters as usual remains the brightest in the book, even in passing each character jostles you and impresses you with their part. Language is sharp and crisp just like the previous books and it seems that finally John has brought me to a point where I am trying hard to find a fault. It could be the story too that must have made me so blind to everything else

 

JOHN !! My BOY !! you did it !! :P

 

Do you like horror? Do you like reading stories that could make you shiver and yell “mommy”? Do you like to have nightmares as a consequence of reading a horror novel? Then look no further , pick this book and start reading it with all the windows and doors shut tightly and the lights at full brightness (even in broad daylight)

 

 

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review 2015-12-12 13:43
Book Review - The Ghost of Normandy Road
The Ghost of Normandy Road - Haunted Minds Series Book One (A Supernatural Ghost Thriller): Haunted Minds Series Book One - John Hennessy

This novella focusses on a ten year old boy and his school friends. The young love within this story is adorable. Time at school isn’t always happy though, as there are some nasty bullies (yes, I remember those too). There are also some creepy things taking place, such as The Witch of Hill Top Green, The Tooth Fairy with Blood-Red Wings, and the Ghost of Normandy Road. But how much of it is real, or just legend to scare the children?

The sense of creepiness within this story reminded me of a childhood memory. I was only a few years old, and was messing about in bed rather than sleeping, so my dad pretended to be Wee Willie Winkie, and used a long stick to knock on my upstairs bedroom window. My parents had told me about Wee Willie Winkie and used it to make sure I went to bed on time, so I was absolutely terrified by the knock on my window. I remember screaming, then crying my eyes out while sat in my bed. I can still picture my mum and dad appearing in the doorway of my bedroom to see what was going on. My dad didn’t admit to pretending to be Wee Willie Winkie for years. Needless to say, I didn’t mess around in bed after that night.

On a more positive note, I did have a much nicer tooth fairy than the one in this book. When I had 6 teeth taken out at the dentist when I was just 9 years old, I placed them under my pillow, but the following morning, I discovered a postage stamp sized letter from Fiona, the tooth fairy, explaining she was unable to carry all 6 teeth and would be back for the remaining 2 teeth the following night. I read that tiny letter for years after that, and feel a little sad that I lost it at some point.

I love a book that triggers childhood memories, especially the magical ones. This story certainly did that. There is an innocence running through this novel, but at the same time a somewhat harrowing undertone, which I think gave this story a great balance.

Overall, a very well written story with interesting characters. I found it very hard to put down, reading it until almost 3am, and dying to finish it later that day, once I had got some sleep and done my work.

As an adult I really enjoyed this novella. As a teenager I would have loved it. I loved the ending. I never saw that coming, and briefly sat stunned at what I had just read.


Although I didn’t find this scary, there are some descriptions that are graphic or violent enough for me to not necessarily recommend this to young readers. Great book for fans of young adult horror and dark fairy tales. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more in the Haunted Minds series.

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/1414891238
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review 2015-11-19 20:13
Review: Murderous Little Darlings (A Tale of Vampires Book 1) by John L. Hennessy
Murderous Little Darlings (A Tale of Vampires Book 1) - John L. Hennessy

 

I grabbed this as a freebie after seeing another reviewer, who was given a review copy, post a glowing review saying that it was dark and an entertaining quick read. It's none of these things. It had a good rating, which is why I grabbed it, but now that I have checked out the reviews I can see why. Most of the 4 and 5 star reviews are from other authors (take from that what you will) wish I had realised that before picking up the book.

 

To begin with Word Wise is auto enabled and set to high, which means the format is all off and there are notes, highlights and pop-up explanations all over the place before you even start to read. After fixing the word wise problem and the format you then have 10 pages of stuff thrown at you before the story even starts. I was annoyed with the book before I even started reading the story itself.

 

The dialogue is awful, it's stunted and not natural, what seven year old child speaks this way?...

 

"That brain deserves to exist in a better body than yours, Rocco. My, what a dreary way to describe our existence. No!"

 

"I find this such a thankless task. No one will ever understand our work on this earth."

 

"It's a hell of thing, killing someone. You'll see the light extinguish from their eyes - now that's the last thing to leave their so-called life. Your teeth buried into their neck is the last thing they feel, and you'll be the last thing they'll see. You take all they are, all they were, and all they will ever be. The vampire's kiss is the most efficient of killing tools. One bite takes all."

 

This is the natural dialogue of a seven year old child?

 

Near the beginning the author tells us they are 7 year old triplets, possibly vampires but they grow at a normal rate so they are basically normal children (kinda), but it jumps around so much that it's very confusing. One minute they are seven, the next they are eleven years old and no time seems to have passed story wise. The female character Juliana is called many different versions of her own name, I lost count but we have Julie, Juliana, Julee, Joolee and a few more that I didn't take note of. The author used the different versions of Juliana's name to portray the personality or the attitude that the character had at that point, so it changed a lot and started to become rather irritating.

 

The writing was stilted and had no flow to it, it was hard to read. The whole thing was confusing, there were too many holes in the story for it to make much sense. There are a few twists in the story too but these don't make sense when looking back on what happened in previous pages and also because of the plot holes.

 

Not one I would recommend, it's a bit of a badly executed jumbled up mess.

 

 

 

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text 2015-11-19 07:17
26% done with Murderous Little Darlings by John Hennessy
Murderous Little Darlings (A Tale of Vampires Book 1) - John L. Hennessy

"That brain deserves to exist in a better body than yours, Rocco. My, what a dreary way to describe our existence. No!"

 

"I find this such a thankless task. No one will ever understand our work on this earth."

 

"Come on, Rocco. Otherwise I will leave you with Marcus. I'm not having any part of this madness."

 

 

What "almost" seven year old kids talk this way? I get that they are vampires but apparently they age normally so they are basically just normal seven year olds, apart from the whole sucking blood thing anyway. Thank goodness this is a short book me thinks!

 

I should have had a peek at the reviews before grabbing this, the reviews look somewhat suspect. Glad it was a freebie!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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