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review 2018-04-13 18:30
WINTERBAY ABBEY by John Bladek and Javonna Duroe, narrated by Matt Godfrey
Winterbay Abbey: A Ghost Story - John Bladek,Davonna Juroe,Matt Godfrey

 

WINTERBAY ABBEY is a beautifully written Gothic style ghost story and I adored it, from start to finish!

 

When I saw this being compared to Susan Hill's THE WOMAN IN BLACK, I was a bit hesitant because, to be honest, I did not like that tale AT ALL. It was repetitious and I felt it lacked the Gothic, quiet horror atmosphere that I love so much. I needn't have worried because this book was much better than that one and it had the added advantage of Matt Godfrey's narration.

 

This is the story of a man and his wife, Will & Emily, getting over a recent accident where the wife nearly lost her hand. They've also just discovered that Emily is pregnant. Her damaged hand has affected her ability to contribute to the family's financial resources and times are tight. When Will's boss offers makes him take a job in Maine drawing up architecture plans to turn an abandoned abbey into a resort hotel, he jumps on the chance to secure his family's financial future. At the last minute, he decided to invite Emily to meet him there. Will their plans work out? Will they succeed in having a happy and healthy family? You'll have to read this to find out!

 

I do love me a quiet horror story. What does that mean? For me, it means atmospheric, inspiring feelings of dread and fear, without spilling a lot of blood and guts. This must be difficult to write, because, to be honest, I haven't read that many good, quiet horror stories. This one is better than good, it's fantastic! There were a few instances where I thought Will made a bad decision or two, but overall, I also felt that it was realistic in the telling, and I was rooting for our couple to make it through.

 

With the always rich narration of Matt Godfrey, I felt this couple come to life. I hope that you give it a chance and let Will and Emily come alive for you.

 

Highly recommended!

 

Get your copy here: WINTERBAY ABBEY

 

*Thanks to narrator and friend, Matt Godfrey, for the audio copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. This is it!* 

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review 2016-02-14 19:20
Ravenwood by Margaux Gillis
Ravenwood - Margaux Gillis

*Victorian Gothic Paranormal Romance*

Written in a Brontë/Austen style, this novel delivers a blend of Gothic mystery and romance. The heroine, Elinore, sets out for the estate of Ravenwood which is to be her new home. The carriage is besieged and she and her driver are stranded. As she seeks help, she's bitten by a wolf in the forest. Problems and romance ensue.

I loved the strong female heroine in this story! I loved her romantic interest, Caleb. I loved pretty much everything about this novel. Gillis has perfectly blended my favorite literary genres and created something that is modern but feels like it's been around since Jane Eyre was published. I'm all in if this continues as a series!

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review 2015-08-10 23:00
This House is Haunted by John Boyne, narrated by Alison Larkin
This House Is Haunted - John Boyne,Alison Larkin

This was a haunted house story so Dickensian in style, Dickens himself is a catalyst within. I listened to the audio version, narrated by Alison Larkin.

 

I enjoyed this story of Eliza Caine attempting to fulfill her position as governess to two children, in a house almost falling down due to disrepair. How she got there and her attempt to keep the children safe I will leave for you to discover.

 

I liked the style of the storytelling and I enjoyed the character of Eliza, though at times she seemed too wily and too naive-both at once. Where the story lost me was at the very end, which is usually where these types of books fall apart, in my opinion. In this case I didn't mind it because I enjoyed the journey towards the end so much.

 

The narrator, Alison Larkin, is new to me, but I loved her performance! She brought the characters alive and I will actively seek out more of her audio narrations in the future.

 

Overall, this was a decent haunted house story and I recommend it to fans of such.

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text 2015-08-04 18:30
Reading progress update: I've listened to 44% of This House is Haunted and...
This House Is Haunted - John Boyne,Alison Larkin

I'm wondering why people, when they are being urged by disembodied voices saying "Get Out" or when they're being pushed by unseen hands towards a window that was violently opened by the same, why, oh why people, do you not LEAVE? Just LEAVE! That's it!

 

 

 

You remember what happened to this couple, right? For the love of all that is holy, RUN AWAY! That is all. 

 

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review 2014-09-27 23:44
Dracula's Guest by Bram Stoker
Dracula's Guest and Other Weird Stories - Bram Stoker

I thought this collection was just okay. I enjoyed the story "The Judge's House" the most. 

A good rat story is always fun.

 

I was a bit disappointed in this collection. I'm a big fan of Dracula and I guess I just expected more.

 

To be fair in the beginning it does state that these stories were published by Mrs. Stoker after the death of her husband, Bram According to her, he most likely would have gone over these stories again before seeking to have them published.

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