Book Review: The Dead House 

  
Summary: 

Part-psychological thriller, part-urban legend, this is an unsettling narrative made up of diary entries, interview transcripts, film footage transcripts and medical notes. Twenty-five years ago, Elmbridge High burned down. Three people were killed and one pupil, Carly Johnson, disappeared. Now a diary has been found in the ruins of the school. The diary belongs to Kaitlyn Johnson, Carly’s identical twin sister. But Carly didn’t have a twin . . . 


Re-opened police records, psychiatric reports, transcripts of video footage and fragments of diary reveal a web of deceit and intrigue, violence and murder, raising a whole lot more questions than it answers.


Who was Kaitlyn and why did she only appear at night? Did she really exist or was she a figment of a disturbed mind? What were the illicit rituals taking place at the school? And just what did happen at Elmbridge in the events leading up to ‘the Johnson Incident’?


Chilling, creepy and utterly compelling, THE DEAD HOUSE is one of those very special books that finds all the dark places in your imagination, and haunts you long after you’ve finished reading.

This was one hell of a book!! It was really interesting reading about Kaitlyn and Carly’s story. What I really enjoyed was how the book is made from diary entries, interviews and camera footage and it made the whole reading experience very engaging. There were some mystery elements to it which made it more compelling and overall it was a very fascinating book! 

Rating: 5 stars

Most Anticipated Book of October 

Ahh.. It’s October already?? Time is going way faster than I thought! Well that means to share my most anticipated book of October( which is like tomorrow)..

Underneath Everything by Marcy Beller Paul

  
Summary: Mattie shouldn’t be at the bonfire. She should be finding new maps for her collection, hanging out with Kris, and steering clear of almost everyone else, especially Jolene. After all, Mattie and Kris dropped off the social scene the summer after sophomore year for a reason.


But now Mattie is a senior, and she’s sick of missing things. So here she is. 


And there’s Jolene: Beautiful. Captivating. Just like the stories she wove. Mattie would know; she used to star in them. She and Jolene were best friends. Mattie has the scar on her palm to prove it, and Jolene has everything else, including Hudson.


But when Mattie runs into Hudson and gets a glimpse of what could have been, she decides to take it all back: the boyfriend, the friends, the life she was supposed to live. Problem is, Mattie can’t figure out where Jolene ends and she begins.


Because there’s something Mattie hasn’t told anyone—she walked away from Jolene over a year ago, but she never really left. 


Poignant and provocative, Marcy Beller Paul’s debut novel tells the story of an intoxicating—and toxic—relationship that blurs the boundary between reality and fantasy, love and loyalty, friendship and obsession.

Yum! I’ve been waiting for this book to come out for months and now I can’t believe it’s almost a month away! Underneath Everything comes out October 27th. 


Cover Reveal: Teen Frankenstein by Chandler Baker 

Recently the cover for Chandler Baker’s next novel, Teen Frankenstein has been released and because I loved it so much I wanted to share it here on my blog. 

   

Isn’t it lovely? 

Summary: High school meets classic horror in this groundbreaking new series.


It was a dark and stormy night when Tor Frankenstein accidentally hit someone with her car. And killed him. But all is not lost–Tor, being the scientific genius she is, brings him back to life…


Thus begins a twisty, turn-y take on a familiar tale, set in the town of Hollow Pines, Texas, where high school is truly horrifying.

This is the first in a series of High School Horror Story. Here is the original link of the cover release: http://lytherus.com/2015/09/29/cover-reveal-teen-frankenstein-by-chandler-baker/

You should also go check out her first novel, Alive! 

Cover Reveal : Vicarious by Paula Stokes 

Today there was a cover reveal for another YA book by Paula Stokes, namely Vicarious. 

I was able to see the cover a few days ago and it completely amazed me 🙂 It comes out in 2016. 

  
Summary: 

Winter Kim and her sister, Rose, have always been inseparable. Together, the two of them survived growing up in a Korean orphanage and being trafficked into the United States. 


Now they work as digital stunt girls for Rose’s ex-boyfriend, Gideon, engaging in dangerous and enticing activities while recording their neural impulses for his Vicarious Sensory Experiences, or ViSEs. Whether it’s bungee jumping, shark diving, or grinding up against celebrities at the city’s hottest dance clubs, Gideon can make it happen for you, for a price.


When Rose disappears and a ViSE recording of her murder is delivered to Gideon, Winter won’t rest until she finds her sister’s killer. But when the clues she uncovers conflict with the neural recordings her sister made, Winter isn’t sure what to believe. To find out what happened to Rose, she’ll have to untangle what’s real from what only seems real, risking her life in the process.

This book is a 2 book series and that means there’s going to be a sequel!! Yay!!! Can’t wait!! 

There is a giveaway going on at http://www.yabookscentral.com/blog/it-s-live-cover-reveal-vicarious-by-paula-stokes-giveaway-international. Check it out! 

Most Anticipated Books of September 

Apparently since The Dead House is also coming out in the U.S. In September in mentioning it in this post 🙂 

  
Summary: 

Part-psychological thriller, part-urban legend, this is an unsettling narrative made up of diary entries, interview transcripts, film footage transcripts and medical notes. Twenty-five years ago, Elmbridge High burned down. Three people were killed and one pupil, Carly Johnson, disappeared. Now a diary has been found in the ruins of the school. The diary belongs to Kaitlyn Johnson, Carly’s identical twin sister. But Carly didn’t have a twin . . . 


Re-opened police records, psychiatric reports, transcripts of video footage and fragments of diary reveal a web of deceit and intrigue, violence and murder, raising a whole lot more questions than it answers.


Who was Kaitlyn and why did she only appear at night? Did she really exist or was she a figment of a disturbed mind? What were the illicit rituals taking place at the school? And just what did happen at Elmbridge in the events leading up to ‘the Johnson Incident’?


Chilling, creepy and utterly compelling, THE DEAD HOUSE is one of those very special books that finds all the dark places in your imagination, and haunts you long after you’ve finished reading.


  

Summary: 

Romeo and Juliet meets Children of the Corn in this one-of-a-kind romantic horror.


“When you fall in love, you will carve out your heart and throw it into the deepest ocean. You will be all in—blood and salt.”


These are the last words Ash Larkin hears before her mother returns to the spiritual commune she escaped long ago. But when Ash follows her to Quivira, Kansas, something sinister and ancient waits among the rustling cornstalks of this village lost to time.


Ash is plagued by memories of her ancestor, Katia, which harken back to the town’s history of unrequited love and murder, alchemy and immortality. Charming traditions soon give way to a string of gruesome deaths, and Ash feels drawn to Dane, a forbidden boy with secrets of his own.


As the community prepares for a ceremony five hundred years in the making, Ash must fight not only to save her mother, but herself—and discover the truth about Quivira before it’s too late. Before she’s all in—blood and salt.

I can’t believe it’s already September. Time goes pretty fast 😮

Book Review : The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly By Stephanie Oakes 

  
This book was very dark in a way I never could’ve imagined. I had to pause in between cause of the subject matter a few times. I usually don’t read religion related books but this one seemed so intriguing so I decided to read it. 

Summary: 

The Kevinian cult has taken everything from seventeen-year-old Minnow: twelve years of her life, her family, her ability to trust.


And when she rebelled, they took away her hands, too.


Now their Prophet has been murdered and their camp set aflame, and it’s clear that Minnow knows something—but she’s not talking. As she languishes in juvenile detention, she struggles to un-learn everything she has been taught to believe, adjusting to a life behind bars and recounting the events that led up to her incarceration. But when an FBI detective approaches her about making a deal, Minnow sees she can have the freedom she always dreamed of—if she’s willing to part with the terrible secrets of her past.


The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly is a hard-hitting and hopeful story about the dangers of blind faith—and the power of having faith in oneself.

This was very atmospheric and very VERY dark . I mean like darker than I thought. And this was one of those books where it just sucked me in and the author did a really great job of telling Minnow’s story. 

Rating: 4.5 stars 

Most Anticipated Books of August 

I’ve decided to do a little different for August and September. Apparently there is more than one book I am way too excited for so I’m sharing both of them. 

1. The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich 

  
Summary: 

Part-psychological thriller, part-urban legend, this is an unsettling narrative made up of diary entries, interview transcripts, film footage transcripts and medical notes. Twenty-five years ago, Elmbridge High burned down. Three people were killed and one pupil, Carly Johnson, disappeared. Now a diary has been found in the ruins of the school. The diary belongs to Kaitlyn Johnson, Carly’s identical twin sister. But Carly didn’t have a twin . . . 
Re-opened police records, psychiatric reports, transcripts of video footage and fragments of diary reveal a web of deceit and intrigue, violence and murder, raising a whole lot more questions than it answers.
Who was Kaitlyn and why did she only appear at night? Did she really exist or was she a figment of a disturbed mind? What were the illicit rituals taking place at the school? And just what did happen at Elmbridge in the events leading up to ‘the Johnson Incident’?
Chilling, creepy and utterly compelling, THE DEAD HOUSE is one of those very special books that finds all the dark places in your imagination, and haunts you long after you’ve finished reading.

This one has two official release dates, the UK (August 6) and USA (September 15). And personally I love the U.S. cover cause it’s so much creepier. 😉 

2. The Creeping by Alexander Sirowy 

  
Summary: 

Twelve years ago Stella and Jeanie vanished while picking strawberries. Stella returned minutes later, with no memory of what happened. Jeanie was never seen or heard from again.
Now Stella is seventeen, and she’s over it. She’s the lucky one who survived, and sure, the case is still cloaked in mystery—and it’s her small town’s ugly legacy—but Stella is focused on the coming summer. She’s got a great best friend, a hookup with an irresistibly crooked smile, and two months of beach days stretching out before her.
Then along comes a corpse, a little girl who washes up in an ancient cemetery after a mudslide, and who has red hair just like Jeanie did. Suddenly memories of that haunting day begin to return, and when Stella discovers that other red-headed girls have gone missing as well, she begins to suspect that something sinister is at work.
And before the summer ends, Stella will learn the hard way that if you hunt for monsters, you will find them.

I really love the cover for this one especially how it looks so atmospheric.  I can’t wait for both of them!! 

Most Anticipated Book of July 

Omg! My birthday is coming up soon! And for July I am most delighted to say this book is one I really CANNOT wait for!! 

    Survive The Night by Danielle Vega 

  
That cover looks so badass!! 

And for the summary: We’re all gonna die down here. . . .

 

Julie lies dead and disemboweled in a dank, black subway tunnel, red-eyed rats nibbling at her fingers. Her friends think she’s just off with some guy—no one could hear her getting torn apart over the sound of pulsing music.

 

In a tunnel nearby, Casey regrets coming to Survive the Night, the all-night underground rave in the New York City subway. Her best friend Shana talked her into it, even though Casey just got out of rehab. Alone and lost in the dark, creepy tunnels, Casey doesn’t think Survive the Night could get any worse . . .

               

. . . until she comes across Julie’s body, and the party turns deadly.

 

Desperate for help, Casey and her friends find themselves running through the putrid subway system, searching for a way out. But every manhole is sealed shut, and every noise echoes eerily in the dark, reminding them they’re not alone.

 

They’re being hunted.

               

Trapped underground with someone—or something—out to get them, Casey can’t help but listen to her friend’s terrified refrain: “We’re all gonna die down here. . . .” in this bone-chilling sophmore novel by the acclaimed author of The Merciless.

P.S. I loved The Merciless!! 😉 

Book Review : Alive by Chandler Baker 

  

So I finally read this after a long while of busy school days and other really weird turn of events. And so here is my review. 

I loved the book as in the plot but the characters, not so much. The main character Stella Cross gets a new heart in the beginning of the story and she tries to deal with life after it. Apparently getting a new heart obviously effects her life AKA school, her parents and her friends. Then one day a new guy comes to school and the whole situation flips. Like in most cases. 

I liked how the book felt atmospheric. I felt a lot of tension while reading it and I was really eager to find out what happened next. Overall it was a really entertaining read. 

Rating: 4 stars