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review 2018-11-01 02:45
Ghost Story by Peter Straub
Ghost Story - Peter Straub

 

 

 

What was the worst thing you've ever done?

- first sentence

 

This is a terrifically terrifying story. I love the way the tension builds slowly. We know something terrible happened in the past, but we aren't quite sure what. We also know something even more terrible is coming. The feeling of claustrophobia grows as the story continues and the town is closed off from the outside world. The evil is frightening and stays with you even after you put the book down.

 

The prologue was a bit confusing, but it made more sense once I got to the end of the book. I actually went back and reread the prologue and understood it much better.

 

I read this one for the Ghost Stories square and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good supernatural square.

 

 

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text 2018-10-07 21:59
Reading progress update: I've read 164 out of 164 pages.
The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story - Susan Hill

The ending made me cry. The first time I read it, I don't think I saw this story as being sad, but now that I am older, the reality of it is that this is a really sad story. You've got the woman in black's pain that drove her to do what she does, the town people's pain who suffer the spirits hauntings, and then that ending... I really enjoyed the writing style. It flowed beautifully.

 

The scene with the dog... oh my gosh!

It survives, don't worry.

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text 2018-10-05 05:46
Reading progress update: I've read 82 out of 164 pages.
The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story - Susan Hill

My second time reading this. Not much to say. I enjoy it.

 

*cough*like the movie more*cough*

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review 2018-09-24 02:49
Deep and Dark and Dangerous
Deep and Dark and Dangerous: A Ghost Story - Mary Downing Hahn
This was a short read but I really enjoyed it. I can see why her novels are so popular. There was tension in the story line, an eerie feeling to the story, great characters yet by the time the novel finished, everything had come together and the novel ended on a positive note.
 
The mystery started within the first few pages when Ali found an old picture and started asking questions. Who was the other person in the photo whose name began with “T,” who was ripped out of the picture, that was with her mom and Aunt Dulcie? Why doesn’t her mother want to talk about it? The questions begin to mount when Ali discovers that they own a cottage with their Aunt Dulcie, which she has never been to.
 
When Aunt Dulcie arrives later in the novel, Ali is excited to see her. Ali wants to talk to her aunt about the picture and her aunt want Ali to babysit her daughter Emma, for the summer while she works. There is a major issue with this job for Ali, for Aunt Dulcie is working at the cottage this summer and that is where Ali will be babysitting Emma. Of course, mother doesn’t want Ali to go. Eventually though, mother ends up letting Ali go and I waited for the story to erupt.
 
I liked how slowly the story began to erode. Aunt Dulcie, Emma and Ali start to get settled into the cottage. Aunt Dulcie starts painting while the two girls spend time on the beach and hanging out together. It’s an ideal situation.
 
They met Sissy on the beach. Emma likes to play with Sissy as they are about the same age. Sissy pushes Emma to do and say things that Emma might not otherwise say or do. I wasn’t sure if it was because Sissy was a bit older or because Sissy was spoiled and at first, it was no big deal. These first issues were minor things but as they spent more time together, the activities became more intense. I started to think Sissy was bipolar.
 
I was enjoying this interaction, you could feel the energy inside the novel as Sissy started telling Emma what to do and how Emma started to question Sissy now. Ali tried to get in the middle of it and Emma wasn’t sure what to do. She wanted Sissy for a friend yet should she listen to her or should she listen to Ali, who was looking out for her?
 
As things escalated, events in the novel started coming together and it was fantastic how the story was evolving. I enjoyed how the story all came together in the end. A fantastic read and now, I can’t wait to read another novel by this author.  I love that this is a children's book. 

 

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review 2018-09-17 15:22
Good YA Ghost Story
Anna Dressed in Blood - Kendare Blake

Honestly not a lot to say besides I enjoyed this one a lot. It was a nice break from the doom and gloom of Stephen King. This book reminds me of a hybrid of "Supernatural" with a little "Charmed" mixed in for good measure. 


"Anna Dressed in Blood" follows teen Cas who has the ability to sense ghosts and also send them away if he manages to kill them (how do you kill something already dead?) with his father's enchanted athame. Ca's father was also a ghost hunter until he met a tragic end. Cas's sole mission is to get strong enough to go back one day and put to end the ghost that killed his father. When he and his mother are on the move again for him to track down and put down another ghost, Cas starts to realize that this trip is different. 

 

Cas reminds me a bit of Dean and Sam from Supernatural. Cas would be the perfect hybrid of these two characters. Cas apparently is good at research, but can also protect himself when going up against ghosts. One wonders though after what is revealed in the end, was that all him though or something else?

 

Due to the nomadic life he has lived, Cas hasn't really thought about friends or girls. However, after coming to Thunder Bay, Ontario, he starts to develop friendships with Thomas and Carmel. Thomas has some telepathic ability and Carmel is the queen bee of the school. You don't see these friendships coming, but Blake does a good job of fleshing out this threesome. You have Cas's mom who is hoping for something more with Carmel and Thomas who is hoping for something more. I kind of wanted Carmel to pop up and say I am good and keep on keeping on. That was the only part of the book I didn't care for, Carmel was not a prize to be won by Thomas or Cas. Thank God though there is no dumb love triangle in this book. Cas sees Carmel as a really cool and strong friend and I was delighted with that. 

 

We get some other characters who get a bad end. We do have some gruesome scenes here and there, but nothing too scary. We do find out eventually what happened to Anna and how she became an uber ghost. I think that the book could have easily been cut in half, but we continue on and we get some more to do with Cas's father and his legacy. I was worried there was too much going on int his book, but Blake manages to walk the line. 

 

The flow works in this one though I did want to yell at Cas for being dumb sometimes. The action slows down a bit when Cas and Anna talk. I know why Blake set it up that way (for us and Cas to get to know her) but I had a hard time with her not being that scary really. 


The ending leaves things with a slight cliffhanger. I know there's a second book in this series, but the reviews have been mixed. I may just leave things here since I really enjoyed Cas and his ghost hunting. 

 

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