Psychos, murderers and even wendigos run rampant in this short story compilation!
These are very well-thought-out little stories. Unfortunately the version that I am reading currently would be equivalent to a first draft. There is little to no detail and most of the main characters even lack first names.
This could be easily remedied by a simple fleshing out of each story and a run through an editor. Adding some more detail definitely wouldn't hurt either. Without a little more detail and with the stories being so short, the reader is jumping from story to story without fully immersing themselves into one before they start the next. This doesn't pull the reader in very well. Each story should ideally be a little longer.
I loved the first story however, My Wife Was Psychic for a Short While, the ending was a pleasant surprise. These stories really do have potential. They just need a little bit of work.
After the book is rewritten into a final draft and run through an editor, I would be happy to recommend this book.
Short and sweet...
This is a cute little paranormal romance. There is lots of action but it could use a bit more detail throughout the book.
I do love the chemistry between the two main characters and the push and pull that the author gave them.
I personally found the mix of the three paranormal creatures (vampires, werewolves, and witches) to be a little bit overwhelming but others may like it.
The writing style is very short and blunt with not alot of world-building. Once again, there could be a lot more detail in this book to help the reader see through the character's eyes and move through their world with them.
The happily-ever-after ending was sweet. Not what I prefer, but sweet none the less.
The one thing I had a problem with was the title doesn't really fit the book. The title induces thoughts of a completely different premise. Perhaps a renaming is an order?
All in all it was a quick easy read and I would recommend it as such.
It was okay...
Jack's daughter Charlie is starting to act very strangeafter a car accident that was endured by the family. Strange things are also happening around the house that are scaring his other daughter and his wife. And he's starting to get a bit afraid as well.
Okay the first part of this book was so slow moving! I feel like the beginning is all just the same information being repeated over and over again. the story doesn't finally start to pick up until over halfway through the book. And the book doesn't really start to get good until about five chapters till the end.
When things finally do start to happen, it is all very typical and predictable for a demon possession story.
I do like the flashbacks that Jack has though. They add depth to his character and are very well done and not disorienting to the reader in any way. The other characters really don't have the depth that Jack has but then again he's the main character so I can't complain.
There are two things that I want to tip my hat to Ania Ahlborn for:
One is the amount of detail in her books. For lack of a better way to put it, it is perfect. There is not too much and there is not too little and it leaves a lot to the imagination which makes it all the more horrifying.
The second is that she never leaves a happy ending it seems. Anything and everything bad can and will happen in her books. As an aspiring writer myself, I write my short stories in this manner and I find it to be much more grabbing for the reader.
This was not one of her best books but it was okay and a fun read. I would recommend it as one of her books.
Ramses the Great (or Ramses the Damned) is discovered in The Valley of the Kings. He has risen from the his immortal sleep to fall in love with Julie. But when people start turning up dead Ramses raises the seductive Cleopatra from her grave.
Um... Ok. So I read this in October as a good monster read. Unfortunately I didn't really get that. I have a few problems with this book.
First off (and foremost I think) this is not a horror book by any means. I hate to compare this book to her others but unfortunately here I must do so. This is more of a paranormal romance which I was not expecting at all. Although I did like the romance between Ramses and Julie, I have to say the sex scenes were completely rushed and having a very wham bam thank you ma'am sort of feel to them. Which is not usual for Anne Rice who definitely knows how to write a good sex scene.
The characters don't seem to be fleshed out enough. They just seemed very one-dimensional to me with not a lot of background to them at all. It also made it very difficult for me to connect with the characters or two relate to the main character Julie at all.
The main storylines were okay but there are so many little story lines and subplots that are going on that really have no sway on the main storylines and it seems they are almost there just to confuse you, of which they do a very good job in that respect.
Everything considered, not her best work at all. Sadness. I am hoping that her wolf series will be better.
Can't say I'd really recommend this one.
I read this book twice in one sitting and by the time I was done tears were streaming down my face!
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley is one of the strongest women I have ever read about. And through it all she is still remembered and will be forever immortalized through her masterpiece. For all the hurt that she felt, for everything she had lost, for all the pain she had to endure... her work, her Adonis, her magnum opus is still being rewritten, televised, immortalized on the silver screen, and celebrated over 200 years later. Her story is not only a cautionary tale for society but is also debated in classrooms and even science labs to this very day.
While this book doesn't go truly into depth of her life, it paints such a clear picture of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley that by the end of the book your heart seems to be bleeding for the character that you have just read about and for the monster that she had created which was, indeed, herself incarnate.
The illustrations give you a clear and precise picture of both Mary and her monster as well as the world that Mary struggles to live in. The artwork is beautiful and the fact that it is black and white yet looks like watercolor paintings give the book a Gothic yet classic feel. They complement the book in such a way that I don't think any other artwork or photographs could possibly have done.
This book made me feel things that I haven't felt in over a decade. This book made me feel alive as if I were a young aspiring writer again. Back when I believed that love was the only thing worth living for and that poetry could change the world. And here I see that Mary made that all true. Lita Judge's writing of Mary paints such a true and deep portrait of her that I connected to Mary in a way that is unprecedented. I felt it so deep in my soul that I feel that I need to pick up a pen and start writing again and that more needs to come out or else I will simply burst. I feel as if I want to use this book as a teddy bear to hug at night when I go to sleep I love it so much. To put it bluntly, this book has inspired me!
I would go on but I think I've said enough. This book is more than worth a read.
I highly recommend this book.
***WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD***
Oh my gods where do I begin? The synopsis of the book is spiders come to kill everyone. Yeah that's pretty much it.
First off, I am really pissed at this book. Nowhere on this book or inside it does it mention the fact that this is a trilogy and this is the first book in that trilogy until you are finished with the book and see that there is a prologue to the next book. But I guess I should have guessed it sooner when the book just kept on going and never got to a resolution point toward the end. Stupid me! 🤦🏼♀️
The constant changing of point of views from character to character are more than annoying. With a small cast, writing like this is doable however, this book has a HUGE cast of characters, all of which run around acting like stupid, horny teenagers (even the female President of the United States). But seriously every chapter reads like a prologue and it's like holy f&$#@ing sh#@$ are you kidding me? Another introduction to this mess?
And on to the cast... these are all non fleshed-out one-dimensional characters whose only background information we get is who they've slept with who they are sleeping with or who they want to sleep with. Nothing else. Not to mention even for a thriller that is borderlined on horror/monster B-movie type genre, these are some of the stupidest characters I have ever come across in a book. At the end of the book someone mentions pouring gasoline on the spider's nest and calling it a f@#$ing day and the other characters just shrug it off. WTF? 🤦🏼♀️ The spiders were the only decent character in the story however, they didn't even get a damn backstory.
Nothing is ever explained in this book at all. Why the hell are there seismic ripples underneath India? What could the spiders have been eating down there in the tunnels under the Earth? Why exactly are they all hatching now? NO ONE KNOWS!!! I would have to assume that things get better fleshed-out and explained in the future sequels of this book, however honestly I'm not going to invest my time in it to find out.
And you know what? I could forgive all of it... ALL OF IT! If only it wasn't such a bore to read. I love B-rate monster movies and books but this one really took the cake on stupidity and poor execution. Sad but true. It's almost as if the author was trying SO HARD to get himself some movie rights but failed miserably.
I don't usually do this and I hope I haven't offended anyone with my crude language but this book really pissed me off.
I will not be recommending this one.
A storm comes up out of nowhere and sinks Isaura's ship leaving no survivors except for her. She is left for dead in the middle of the ocean. But she's in luck because Leonel, the last of the merfolk and protector of the seas, is investigating where these storms are coming from. He saves her, and together they team up to solve the mystery of the violent storms. Secrets and betrayal lie ahead for the two as their bond grows ever closer. The question is, will they survive long enough?
Okay I will admit, when I read the beginning of this book I found it 100% cliche and was rolling my eyes. "Yes, the ship sinks, the merman saves her... it's all been done before..." But then I started reading more and the more that I read the less cliche the story became. In fact the more I read the more fresh and new material I came across. You find yourself turning pages to find out what happens next. This book is very unpredictable which is very refreshing.
This book has great world-building to where you can actually envision the characters world that they move around in. It also has great character development throughout the book and you really get to have a feel for the characters that the author writes. Especially Isaura (for me). I completely understand her plight in the book and at times I wish I could reach out and hug her and tell her that it's going to be okay. She is also a very strong female lead character which I very much appreciate.
The banter between the two main characters is also very humorous and very relatable. It is not overdone and is very true to life and real sounding.
This book has a lot of action I'm not going to lie but it has a great plot pace and very well executed. This book is obviously well-thought-out and put together very carefully for its readers. I love the great mix of genre elements. I would call this a Game of Thrones meets The Little Merman type of story.
The ending was also a very great element. While wrapping up the story of the first book in a neat little bow the author also sets us up for the second installment quite nicely. I am very much anticipating its release.
I would lastly like to mention that I personally loved all of the Nordic terms and characters of mythology throughout the book. That was very different and surprising for me considering that mermaids in Nordic stories were evil beings. But this book has taken the two elements and weaved them together in a very different light. I liked it a lot. Being of Norse ancestry myself, this really hit home for me.
This was definitely a good book and I very much recommend it to others who enjoy a good fantasy with lots of action and adventure.
Bilbo Baggins has been chosen (quite unexpectedly) to join a company of dwarves and a wizard on a great epic journey to remove a dragon from a mountain filled with gold.
This is indeed a very epic journey. Tolkien writes in such a way that he is speaking directly to you as if he were sitting in front of you telling you that his tale from beginning to end. Throughout the journey he breaks the reality of the book and speaks directly to you through his words. Don't get me wrong this is not annoying but rather refreshing. It makes me think of an old, wise sage sitting in a leather high-back chair, smoking his corn cob pipe and telling you this wonderful story with his eyes glistening as if he were just there yesterday.
This book surprised me! I was one who watched the three movies before I read the book. So this book came as quite a surprise to me as there are many details in the movies that were made up just for the movies. They simply aren't there in the book. This is probably the very first time I ever get to say that they completely overdid it in the movie rather than under doing it the way they usually do. I personally think that if they would have made the movies a little more toward the book it still would have been an amazing story. But nevertheless, I digress.
Note: If you want to know more about the differences between the book and the films you're going to have to look it up on the internet which I'm sure you can find many articles of that nature. I will not discuss them one by one here. Sorry everybody, but but that is indeed a review in and of itself.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Instead of reminding me a lot of the movies it actually reminded me a lot of one of my childhood films which was The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe (animated 1979). It had the same presence and feel and it made me love the story even more.
Do I even have to say that I would recommend this book? LOL 😉
I don't get it...
This is a collection of Southern Gothic tales written by Julia Elliott.
I really just don't get it. When I think of Gothic I don't think of aliens and nanobots. Maybe I have it all wrong but those are more sci-fi and futuristic type elements. Some of these stories would even borderline on dystopian rather than Gothic in my mind. Not all of the stories were this way as we do have talk of werewolves and the like. Like I said maybe I'm way off base here but I just don't see those things as Gothic.
One of the real problems that I had with this book was the fact that none of these stories really have an ending. It's almost as if Elliott stopped writing right in the middle of the story or, even worse, she leaves us with a cliffhanger at the end. This is a good tie-in for some stories if she were ever to produce another compilation of short stories with sequels to some of these written here, however for almost every single one in a series of short stories to end this way it is not good. I mean come on give the reader some goddamn closure here please!
As many have stated before me, this book is beautifully written, I cannot deny that. Elliot certainly has a way with the English language. So much so that her detail of certain things makes you see, hear and smell what is going on in the story! It's that powerful! I do take my hat off to her in this measure.
Another thing that I really have to tip my hat to her for is that she has written these tales that are no doubt inspired by much older tales but she has written them as very updated versions. These are not just Gothic tales, these are tales for the new millennium. They are written with verbiage and a syntax style that anyone of this age could pick up and enjoy. This part was very refreshing to me as it was not simply a rehash of old stories but almost as if they were brand new stories written just yesterday.
And may I just say, I am absolutely in love with this cover! The design is absolutely perfect for its content. Well, most of its content anyway. 😂
All in all I'd say it was an entertaining read but it did have some issues that I cannot ignore. I would recommend it to those looking for something a little different in the reading.
So many questions...
Dan is going away to New Hampshire College Prep for the summer. This program is to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Dan to prepare him for college. There's one problem... this college used to be a sanitarium for the criminally insane! When things start to get really weird, Dan will need the help of his friends Abby and Jordan to help him figure out the mystery and catch a killer on the loose. But the question is, will any of them survive the summer?
This is a good book but it is definitely aimed towards the younger crowd, which I think is awesome that such a cool horror novel is in the YA section. The details in this book are a bit scant and I had trouble clearly envisioning some of the character's world however, that did not take away from the story.
I personally found the three main characters a little mean and annoying but honestly I think that's just the age difference between them and myself. Oh to be young again 😂
One thing I absolutely loved about this book was the insertion of all the black and white photos that were apparently from actual asylums!!! They really help you paint the picture but not enough to where it controls your imagination. They are great helpers in setting the mood for this book and helping you to see through the character's eyes. I can't help but wonder what came first, the photos or the story? The photos seem to fit the story so well it is almost as if the author found these old photos and wrote a story to go along with them. Quite possibly so. Nevertheless they are a great addition and I wish that more horror novels included some illustrations or photos along with their wonderful stories.
The problem that I had with this novel was that there are a lot of questions left unanswered. The end of the book doesn't fully explain a few things such as Daniel's bloodline details and whether or not Felix was indeed possessed by a spirit of the asylum or whether he was actually the killer. It also does not explain whatever happens/will happen to Felix once he is sent to a psychiatric care unit. We don't even know if Jordan went home to his parents or whether he stayed with Dan at the end of the book. These are plot holes that are pretty big and should have been explained more thoroughly.
All things considered it was a very exciting read and it definitely had me turning the pages. Unfortunately, I fear, I cannot give it a higher rating because of the humongous plot holes. We can only hope that the questions that lay unanswered will be answered in the next books in the series. I will most certainly be reading them.
I do recommend this book to those who enjoy YA and a good horror book.
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