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Review: Slasher Girls & Monster Boys

Title: Slasher Girls & Monster Boys

Authors: Stefan Bachmann, Leigh Bardugo, Kendare Blake, A. G. Howard, Jay Kristoff, Marie Lu, Jonathan Maberry, Danielle Paige, Carrie Ryan, Megan Shepherd, Nova Ren Suma, McCormick Templeman, April Genevieve Tucholke, Cat Winters

Date of Publication: August 18th, 2015

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Goodreads Summary:

A host of the smartest young adult authors come together in this collection of scary stories and psychological thrillers curated by Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea’s April Genevieve Tucholke.

Each story draws from a classic tale or two—sometimes of the horror genre, sometimes not—to inspire something new and fresh and terrifying. There are no superficial scares here; these are stories that will make you think even as they keep you on the edge of your seat. From bloody horror to supernatural creatures to unsettling, all-too-possible realism, this collection has something for any reader looking for a thrill.

My Review:

This book of short horrorish stories wasn’t as amazing as I thought it would be, especially with all the awesome authors that are in this one! But, it wasn’t bad either, just okay overall. There were some really good ones, though.

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The Birds of Azalea Street by: Nova Ren Suma I didn’t really get this one. It’s inspired by the Birds but in no way does it compare to that at all!

In the Forest Dark and Deep by: Carrie Ryan – This was a very cool and creepy Alice in Wonderland inspired story with a giant March Hare!

Emmeline by: Cat Winters – Very good! I loved the setting and the writing! Emmeline was a very interesting character!

Verse Chorus Verse by: Leigh Bardugo – This one was weird but not in an amazing way. I was surprised that I didn’t like this more because I generally love Leigh Bardugo!

Hide-And-Seek by: Megan Shepherd – Ah—yes. This one was really great! The main character was also one smart cookie! Plus the whole trying to avoid death thing was awesome!

The Dark, Scary Parts and All by: Danielle Paige – This one was all kinds of fun! The story was engaging, and Damien was an interesting character!

The Flicker, The Fingers, The Beat, The Sigh by: April Genevieve Tucholke – I really liked the two inspirations for this one. The story was good, but I hate the main character Theo. He was such an ass and got pretty much what he deserved.

Fat Girl with a Knife by: Jonathan Maberry – This one was all kinds of fun! Also Dahlia was a freaking awesome character!

Sleepless by: Jay Kristoff – There was one twist that I did not see coming, but the other one I did. I actually really liked this one at first, but then it faded to just being okay.

M by: Stefan Bachmann – I couldn’t get into this one!

The Girl Without a Face by: Marie Lu – Marie’s writing is always good, but this one was just okay for me.

A Girl Who Dreamed of Snow by: McCormick Templeman – The writing was good in this one, but I wasn’t completely captivated.

Stitches by: A.G. Howard – I thought this one was pretty awesome, and Howard’s writings and descriptions are always so entrancing.

On the I-5 by: Kendare Blake – I liked the ending on this one!

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Review: Hardened Hearts

Title: Hardened Hearts

Authors: Gwendolyn Kiste, Somer Canon, Calvin Demmer, Theresa Braun, John Boden, Eddie Generous, Tom Deady, J.L. Knight, Madhvi Ramani, Scott Paul Hallam, Robert Dean, Jennifer Williams, Leo X. Robertson, Laura Blackwell, Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi, Sarah L. Johnson, Meg Elison

Date of Publication: December 4th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

17 stories of difficult love, broken hearts, lost hope, and discarded truths. Love brings pain, vulnerability, and demands of revenge. Hardened Hearts spills the sum of darkness and light concerning the measures of love; including works from Meg Elison, author of The Book of the Unnamed Midwife (Winner of the Philip K. Dick Award), Tom Deady, author of Haven (Winner of the Bram Stoker award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel), Gwendolyn Kiste, author of And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe and Pretty Marys All in a Row, and many more.
Hardened Hearts dips from speculative, horror, science fiction, fantasy, into literary and then out of the classifiable and into the waters of unpinned genres, but pure entertainment nonetheless.

My Review:

Honestly, I hate reading most story collections by different authors because the writing styles are so different. Then most of the time I only like a few. This didn’t happen here, though. I definitely liked almost all of the stories! My favorites have to be… Canon’s, Demmer’s Braun’s, Deady’s, Blackwell’s, and Al-Mehairi’s!

What I also liked was that there was a variety in genres, even though I prefer ones that have supernatural stuff, which most of them did!

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40 Ways to Leave Your Monster Lover by: Gwendolyn Kiste – I’ll admit I’m usually not a big fan of second person, like at all. But this one was actually good. I’ll still say that I will never be a fan of second person, though!

It Breaks My Heart to Watch You Rot by: Somer Canon – Loved this one! It even caused me to tear up! The real scenario of when an immortal loves a mortal is a heartbreaking thing.

What is Love? by: Calvin Demmer – Calvin is the master at writing short stories. So, I wasn’t surprised at all that this one was amazing! Loved the ending!

Heirloom by: Theresa Braun – I found this one extremely addicting and kept wanting to know what the heck was going on! Braun’s writing is flawless, and the story is intriguing!

The Recluse by: John Boden – This was a short, fun story and a freaking heck yeah from me!

Dog Tired by: Eddie Generous – Nice character development, and I’ll just say it has my favorite creature ever!

The Pink Balloon by: Tom Deady – Let me go cry myself to sleep after reading this one, no, seriously!

It’s My Party And I’ll Cry If I Want To by: J. L. Knight – This one was extremely relateable, especially if you have lost anyone that means more than anything to you.

Consumed by: Madhvi Ramani – The main guy was ridiculous—which made me like it!

Burning Samantha by: Scott Paul Hallam – I really liked that this put me in Samantha’s head about a boy who feels like a girl. And how the pressure of what other people feel can have an affect on one’s happiness. The thing is, as hard as it is to brush out the world, you have to do what you feel, otherwise, you will live in misery.

Class of 2000 by: Robert Dean – This one felt a little too lifetime for me. I think it was a very important story, but it just didn’t blend in well with the others.

Learning to Love by: Jennifer Williams – Short, but I could feel the emotions from the MC!

Brothers by: Leo X. Robertson – I’m sort of lost by the ending of this one, but it got really, really good with each page!

Porcelain Skin by: Laura Blackwell – This one had a very whimsical feel to it, and I was thoroughly captivated!

The Heart of the Orchard by: Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi – Loved, loved, loved this one! The setting, the tone, the writing—all of it was great!

Meeting the Parents by: Sarah L. Johnson – This one was extremely odd, but equals cool!

Matchmaker by: Meg Elison – I felt this was a good way to end the book!

Overall, a great read where happily ever afters don’t exist, but the reader still feels like they get what they wanted in the end!

 

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Review: There’s Someone Inside Your House

Title: There’s Someone Inside Your House

Author: Stephanie Perkins

Date of Publication: September 26th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Makani Young thought she’d left her dark past behind her in Hawaii, settling in with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska. She’s found new friends and has even started to fall for mysterious outsider Ollie Larsson. But her past isn’t far behind.

Then, one by one, the students of Osborne Hugh begin to die in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasingly grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and her feelings for Ollie intensify, Makani is forced to confront her own dark secrets.

My Review:

I’m not understanding why there was so much hate on this one or why the rating is so low over on Goodreads. I’m not sure if people wanted straight up serial slashing or what. Yes, this book has serial killer status, but it is also filled with an awesome romance. What else would you expect from Perkins?

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What can I say about Makani and Ollie, except for cute, cute, cute! I totally loved them! Lets get to the murders now… there was some pretty gory descriptions which was AWESOME! I don’t get scared when I read books or watch movies, so I can’t tell you on whether it was “scary.”

Also, I mean, this is YA horror here? If you want something more, maybe you should have gone to the big guns like Stephen King or Clive Barker. The killer reveal was never going to be epic like Saw (the first one) or Scream. But I thought the goriness of what the killer did with each victim was pretty unique.

My one pet peeve, though, was how early on the murderer was revealed. It was like halfway through the book! I do wish there would have been an epilogue at the end, but that’s because I love knowing what happens after. Either way, Perkins writing was quirky and I loved the mix of humor with horror along with the perfect romance!

 

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This is Halloween!!!

This is Halloween… This is Halloween… This is Halloween!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thought I’d share some awesome horrorish movies because…. it’s Halloween, duh! So here are 31 movies of awesomeness!

 

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Movie Review: Happy Death Day

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IMDB Summary:

A college student relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and terrifying end until she discovers her killer’s identity.

 

 

My Review:

So, I saw this trailer and was like, heck yeah! I’m all about horror films with people in masks! A lot of people didn’t like the movie Valentine back in 2001, which I totally loved! Anyway, the mask in the trailer gave me that vibe.

I’ve never been a fan of any movie like Groundhog Day because I hate that movie, but I still wanted to try this one out. Glad I did! I love comedy mixed with horror, and I mean, you can only die so many times without trying to have some fun with it!

Also, with the over-hyped movie “It,” this was a 1,000 times better. Besides the horror and comedy aspects, I enjoyed the mystery aspect, because I’m all about guessing who the killer is. Of course, I was right, but not for the reason I had guessed.

The character Tree, yes her name is Tree, has sort of a mean girl type vibe at first. And where most people would hate her or find her annoying right off the bat, I thought she was awesome! I also liked that this movie felt fresh, because all we have been getting lately is “ghost” type haunting movies which I am beyond burnt out on. Definitely recommend!

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Movie Review: It

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IMDB Summary:

A group of bullied kids band together when a shapeshifting demon, taking the appearance of a clown, begins hunting children.

 

 

My Review:

Since everyone and their mom loved this movie, I was like well, I guess I’ll watch it. I can’t remember the original TV film clearly except for Tim Curry’s character, and the bathroom scene with the girl from Ginger Snaps.

Let me just say I was… not super impressed. Some of the CGI was pretty annoying. I also get that this group of characters were kids, but some of them made some super moronic moves that as a kid, I would have never made. Going into rooms alone, leaving the group behind because you think you can do it… get real. I would have stayed hugging onto my friend’s shirt and taking care of business together!

My favorite aspects of the film wasn’t even the horror scenes, it was the group bond with the kids known as “The Losers.” I thought there were a lot of hilarious scenes with them. Jack Dylan Grazer, who played Eddie, was the best! I also really liked Sophia Lillis, and she played Bevery well—the bathroom scene was awesome!

I feel like Bill Skarsgard did a better job at luring the kid at the drain by appearing more child friendly than Curry’s clown I would have liked to see more of his acting skills, since most of the time he just pops out, but he did do a good job.

I am anxious to see the second chapter to see what happens next, but it won’t be out until 2019! I haven’t read the book, either! I just haven’t been impressed by a lot of movies in general lately, but I do recommend this one!

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Review: The Hollow Girl

Title: The Hollow Girl

Author: Hillary Monahan

Date of Publication: October 10th, 2017

Goodreads Summary:

Five boys attacked her.
Now they must repay her with their blood and flesh.

Bethan is the apprentice to a green healer named Drina in a clan of Welsh Romanies. Her life is happy and ordered and modest, as required by Roma custom, except for one thing: Silas, the son of the chieftain, has been secretly harassing her.

One night, Silas and his friends brutally assault Bethan and a half-Roma friend, Martyn. As empty and hopeless as she feels from the attack, she asks Drina to bring Martyn back from death’s door. “There is always a price for this kind of magic,” Drina warns. The way to save him is gruesome. Bethan must collect grisly pieces to fuel the spell: an ear, some hair, an eye, a nose, and fingers.

She gives the boys who assaulted her a chance to come forward and apologize. And when they don’t, she knows exactly where to collect her ingredients to save Martyn.

My Review:

This book is one of my favorite reads this year! It was dark, different, and had revenge. It wasn’t just about revenge though, it had a great daughter/grandmother bond, potential love bond, emotional pulls, and doing something to save someone that deserves to be saved no matter how heinous it might be.

The revenge stuff was pretty awesome! It gave me vibes from Creepshow 2 (the one with the native american wooden statue), Last House on the Left (not the crappy remake), and I spit on your grave, but the thing was it was done with a purpose here.

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Loved the interactions between Martyn and Bethan, they were incredibly sweet. The five boys who Bethan goes to get her ingredients from, were all douche bags, so I didn’t feel sorry for them one bit.

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I really loved the writing in this one, too. It pulled me in, and I could feel Bethan’s hard journey every step of the way, and the ending was perfect!

Note* There is a lot of violence in this, but I feel like it’s incredibly purposeful with the story

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