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review 2017-04-10 18:55
Elizabeth by Ken Greenhall
Elizabeth: A Novel of the Unnatural - Jonathan Janz,Ken Greenhall,Jessica Hamilton

 

NEVER have I been so unsettled reading a book narrated by a 14 year old girl. But perhaps that is because Elizabeth is not your ordinary teenager. She's descended from a long line of witches and is now discovering the power within her. Or is she? You'll have to read this to find out!

 

The prose in this book is simply outstanding. It's chilling at times because the narrator seems to have no feelings whatsoever. She talks about sex, acts of violence, and eating breakfast all in the same tone. Sometimes I would need to read a sentence or paragraph over again to be sure that I read it correctly.

 

Then, there's the sex. It's not graphic at all, there are no mentions of sex organs or the mechanics of the act itself...it's just there. Perhaps that is why it never bothered me, as sex between a 14 year old girl and adults should. Then again, perhaps it is because Elizabeth herself never expresses any feeling about it, she only mentions it as a...tool, (please forgive the half-hearted pun), to get what she wants.

 

The entire time I was reading, I was wondering if Elizabeth, indeed, possessed supernatural powers. Was everything going on simply a matter of coincidence and her overactive imagination? Or were these things actually happening because of her actions? (In this regard, Elizabeth reminds me of one of my favorite books, THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR by Anne Rivers Siddons.) It was the masterful writing of Mr. Greenhall that had me turning this fact over and over again in my mind. I know what conclusion I came to, I'm interested in yours!

 

This novel reminds me of why I became a horror fan in the first place, it wasn't the gore or the blood, (though those DO have their place and I love them too), it's human nature and what people can be capable of, underneath their ordinary facades. These days we have tons of books and TV shows about sociopaths/psychopaths/personality disorders-all of which are trying to explain things to us. Mr. Greenhall wrote this back in the day, (the 1970's), before FBI profiling and Criminal Minds. Even without all of those studies and the psychiatric manuals, he had this criminal profile down PAT.

 

Is Elizabeth continuing on her family's tradition of witchcraft, or is she another type of animal altogether? I HIGHLY recommend you read this book, and then come talk to me. We'll discuss it together!

 

*Thank you to the most awesome Valancourt Books for the free review copy in exchange for my honest review. This is it!*

 

**Furthermore, thanks to Valancourt for bringing back these horror gems that may otherwise have been entirely forgotten. Bravo, guys! Bravo!**

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review 2017-03-14 01:58
Review: Exorcist Falls by Jonathan Janz
Exorcist Falls: Includes the novella Exorcist Road - Jonathan Janz


Exorcist Falls continues the story of the Sweet Sixteen Killer first introduced in Janz's earlier novella Exorcist Road. I first read Exorcist Road back in 2014 and loved it so much that it made my best of 2014 list. Exorcist Road is included within Exorcist Falls and I re-read it so that the story was fresh in my mind and, I have to say, I enjoyed it just as much second time around.

 

Exorcist Falls was a great read and I enjoyed it, but not to the same extent that I did Exorcist Road. There are more characters in this one and I think perhaps one or two of them missed the mark for me. There were two in particular that I wasn't feeling at all, their characters felt off and seemed to be a little inconsistent throughout. I struggled with Liz in particular, her character felt like a shell and I couldn't see through the cracks to the person inside. She didn't feel solid or fleshed out enough for me to be able to connect to her. The male characters outshone her in every way.

 

Father Crowder is by far the most memorable character in the book, his character was well written and fleshed out. I saw into the furthest corners of his mind and I got to experience his inner thoughts and struggles. In fact, all but one of the male characters were well fleshed out, consistent, and felt like real people which is why I think I was so disappointed that Liz didn't. In a cast of mostly all male characters, she was the one that I should have been able to connect to the easiest, both as a mother and as a female.

 

Possession is one of my favourite topics in horror and Exorcist Falls didn't disappoint. There were many scenes that had me turning the pages desperate to know what happens next, but at the same time not wanting to because it was so visual and horrifying. The cringe factor was real with this one. You know when you're watching a horror movie and it reaches that point where you're cringing and covering your eyes, but at the same time still desperate to see what's happening? I found myself doing that during one particular scene while reading, only to remember I was reading and how ridiculous it was to cover my eyes cause now I couldn't see the words. I just couldn't help myself.

 

I had a lot of fun with this book and it's one I would definitely recommend. I just hope there is more to this story, especially after that ending... I need more!

 

 

 

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text 2017-02-22 03:33
100% done with Exorcist Falls by Jonathan Janz
Exorcist Falls: Includes the novella Exorcist Road - Jonathan Janz

 

Man, the cringe was real with this one. You know that point in a horror movie when you just have to cover your eyes but you are still aware of what's going on? I found myself doing that during one particular scene while reading, only to remember I was reading and how ridiculous it was to cover my eyes cause now I couldn't see the words. I just couldn't help myself lol.

 

Review coming soon!

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text 2016-12-30 19:47
TOP 10 BOOKS OF 2016
Behold, Darkness and Sorrow: A Post-Apocalyptic EMP-Survival Thriller (Seven Cows, Ugly and Gaunt Book 1) - Mark Goodwin
The Days of Elijah, Book One: Apocalypse: A Novel of the Great Tribulation in America - Mark Goodwin
A Song of War - Kate Quinn
Federal Underground (Penn Mitchell's Ancient Alien Saga) - Jeff Bennington
A.L.I.V.E. (The A.L.I.V.E.Series Book 1) - R.D. Brady
VALLEY OF THE KINGS: The 18th Dynasty - Terrance Coffey
The Traveler: An Event Group Thriller (Event Group Thrillers) - David Golemon
Land of Silence - Tessa Afshar
Children of the Dark - Jonathan Janz
God Against the Gods: Storytelling, Imagination and Apologetics in the Bible - Brian Godawa

While 2016 may have been a crappy year, (my father passed away), it was a great year for books and I read some really good ones. The above were some of the best, but certainly not the whole list. I really couldn't whittle it down to 10 because there were to many good ones, so the list will also have to include the following:

 

 

  

 

and...

The Whore of Babylon by Azaria Frost

Kings of the Promised Land by Justin Gabriel

 

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review 2016-11-18 20:07
Woeful
Children of the Dark - Jonathan Janz What an utter disappointment this horror story has proved to be! The start was lively and exciting and I had great hopes that this coming of age saga with 15 year old Will Burgess would have lots of memorable moments as our young hero and his friends coped with the sometimes traumatic experience of maturing from children to adults. Until we got to some 40% in it was all shaping up nicely, the usual teenage angst mixed with troublesome bullies and pretty "first love" girlfriends"........and then it all went wrong.... A rampaging criminal "The Moonlight Killer" had escaped and was terrorizing the locals, green eyed monsters with long pale arms (I kid you not!) were spotted and gradually commenced eating the good citizens and to add to the misery hurricane force weather was forecast! The second half of this sorry story disintegrated into a pathetic picture of green eyed monsters devouring anyone and anything that stood in their way......yawn...yawn.....................zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz The only reason I felt the story worthy of 1 star was the unusual and unpredictable ending. So will our charismatic hero emerge from his troubled childhood, ( and in truth there were many obstacles, no father figure and a alcoholic mother) will he keep his young 5 year old sister from turning into a midday "monster" meal and will he gain the love of Mia, the girl of his dreams. As Rhett would have said..."Frankly my dear I don't give a dam*" and you may choose to disagree dear readers but for me this story was almost as bad as "Night of the Nazi Zombies".....and that's saying something.....................
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