Category Archives: Horror

Book News and Author Announcements Faith Hunter

Don’t forget about Jane Yellowrock’s next adventure in Cold Reign released May  2, 2017!  Here’s some extra news you might not know.

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WhatCold Reign
Who:  Faith Hunter
Series: Jane Yellowrock #11
When: May 2, 2017

SUPER SECRET NEWS:  The first chapter is available on Faith’s website for your reading pleasure.  You can also pre-order a SIGNED copy directly from Faith’s desk to yours here.

Description:  Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker…and the woman rogue vampires fear most. Jane walks softly and carries a big stake to keep the peace in New Orleans, all part of her job as official enforcer to Leo Pellisier, Master of the City. But Leo’s reign is being threatened by a visit from a delegation of ancient European vampires seeking to expand their dominions.

But there’s another danger to the city. When she hears reports of revenant vampires, loose in NOLA and out for blood, Jane goes to put them down—and discovers there’s something unusual about these revenants. They never should have risen.

Jane must test her strength against a deadly, unnatural magic beyond human understanding, and a ruthless of cadre of near-immortals whose thirst for power knows no bounds…

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Book News and Author Announcements

Check out news on Author Lisa Shearin‘s Ruins & Revenge Raine Benares novel!

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WhatRuins & Revenge
Who: Lisa Shearin
When: May 2, 2017

SUPER SECRET NEWS:  The first three chapters of Ruins & Revenge will be posted on Shearin’s website April 26, 2017.  Hop on over there and get a preview dose!

Description:  Ruins & Revenge picks up where Treasure & Treason left off.

An ancient power.

Beneath a mountain on an uninhabited continent is said to be a fabled city, a city occupied by an ancient goblin civilization founded for only one reason—to protect and defend the Heart of Nidaar, an artifact that can harness the forces of nature as a weapon.

An elite team of combat mages.

Chief mage and goblin duke Tamnais Nathrach must help the guardians keep the legendary power out of the hands of a malevolent goblin brotherhood and their otherworldly allies, whatever the cost. Together with his hand-picked team—which includes elf pirate (and team demolitions expert) Phaelan Benares—Tam descends into a vast subterranean world both wondrous and terrifying, a world laid with deadly traps and filled with apex predators from another age.

The countdown to the end of the world.

Some secrets are meant to stay buried. When the Heart of Nidaar is accidentally awakened, and aimed at the west coast of the Seven Kingdoms, Tam and his team are in a race against time to prevent the deaths of millions. To succeed, they must confront their deepest fears, unmask their darkest secrets, and reveal their shameful pasts, testing the bonds of friendship and beyond. To fail means death for them all—and the end of all life in the Seven Kingdoms.

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Teen Hyde by Chandler Baker

A classic tale set in modern times makes for a great read!

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

teen-hydeTitleTeen Hyde
AuthorChandler Baker
SeriesHigh School Horror Story, Book 02
Publish Date: January 10, 2017, by Feiwel & Friends
Genre: YA Horror
Source: provided by the publisher

Publisher’s DescriptionHigh school meets classic horror in this YA contemporary twist on Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Head Cheerleader Cassidy Hyde’s life should have been perfect. But it really, really wasn’t, and she’s about ready to give up and disappear. Until, the first time she takes Sunshine. This new experimental drug makes Cassidy feel like the perfect, golden girl once again. A little memory loss seems like a small price to pay to get her life back . . . at least until boys start to go missing . . . boys that Cassidy NEVER wanted to think of again . . .

Thus begins Chandler Baker’s second twisty-turny retelling of a familiar tale, once again set in the town of Hollow Pines, Texas, where high school is truly horrifying.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Luna_Lovebooks_100Luna Lovebooks says…

Likes: What a great way to bring to light real life issues that teens face today—pressures of school, drugs, and sexual assault. These problems, mixed with the tale of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, makes this book twice as scary. I did enjoy that this novel is part of a bigger story but can be read as a standalone. Cassidy’s descent into madness is well written and both her and Macy’s voices are distinct.

badge4v5Dislikes: I would like to have heard more about the drug Sunshine. It is never mentioned after a certain point and gives us the impression that this drug is the reason that Cassidy changes, but it never really states so. Many of the background characters could have been a little less in the background. They would have rounded out the story nicely.

This is a great novel about modern issues mixed in with classic horror. Overall I give this 4 tally marks.

Other recommendations…

Looking for more creepy teen reads? Check out the following: Teen Frankenstein by Chandler Baker, The Midnight Club Christopher Pike, The Cellar by Natasha Preston

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

Midnight Sky by Amy Braun

2016-standout-award-badge-smallTake a ride to another world where airships control the skies and Hellions are but one step away from painful and horrid death…

FTC Notice: This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review. This is no way impacts my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Midnight SkyTitle:  Midnight Sky
Author:  Amy Braun
Series: Dark Sky #2
Publish Date:  August 2, 2016
Genre:  Urban fantasy
Source: Provided by the author

Publisher’s Description: There are secrets, there are betrayals, and there are sacrifices…

The Behemoth has been destroyed, and the bloodthirsty Hellions seem to have left Westraven. But Claire Abernathy’s mind is not at ease. A terrible disease plagues her sister, appearing to have been brought on the Vesper, the leader of the Hellions beyond the tear between worlds– the Breach.

To save Abby and stop the Hellions for good, Claire must find the machine her parents built before the attacks, and fix it before the monsters return. To do so, she needs the help of her crew, and must ignore the secrets and rivalries between her captain and the man she saved.

Because the Hellions are not the only dangers following Claire. Twisted humans and old enemies surface to stop her and destroy all she loves. While she is determined to endure the trials, a single betrayal could shatter the hope of a better world, and force Claire to make a choice that will cost her dearly…

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Nervous Nellie says…Nervous_Nellie_100

…forcing myself not to think about pale faces with shark teeth smeared with blood, or crimson eyes that seemed to smile as onyx claws sank into my flesh and started to rip it open…

Yes, there is a cliffhanger. I’m getting that out of the way straight out of the chute. It’s not so bad. I could handle it, so I’m sure anyone can. No sex, a little male chest pounding to claim alpha status and lots of death. This is not a stand alone, so please start with book one.

Amy Braun is a storyteller of the highest degree. This series is about one woman trying to save a world that is practically collapsing in on itself. Dauntless may be the name of the airship, but it accurately describes the female protagonist in this book. She is part of a team of pirates that are searching for a lead to help them close the ‘breach’ to another dimension all the while dodging and weaving through dangers that can only be termed as death defying.

badge5v4The characters are vivid and they all have their secrets. The premise of this series is that the human team is fighting the Hellion team.  The humans chose to invade another world and got more than they bargained for. The descriptions of the airships and battle scenes are good. Brother is turned against brother and power is how they all keep score.

I enjoy this author’s work. She writes a face paced, action packed story with a lot of emotion and heart. If you want to delve into a world that is post-apocalyptic steampunk, jump on in.

Invested_Ivana_100Invested Ivana says…

What drew me to this book: I love Amy Braun’s work and, having read Crimson Sky, I wanted to find out what happens next!

Why I kept reading: Midnight Sky is full of action, heartache, and betrayal. At the end of Crimson Sky, the protagonist—Claire—has rescued her sister from the clutches of the Hellions along with Riley, a former soldier who had been captured and nearly killed.  They all return to earth and are bunking with Sawyer and his crew on the Dauntless, Sawyer’s airship.

Now they have to face the consequences of breaching the Behemoth, the Hellion ship, to rescue Abby and Riley, making their presence known to the Vesper, a telepathic alien, and his Hellions alike. At the same time, Claire is searching for answers to her parents’ role in creating the breach between worlds and the key to closing that breach. Can they find the answers they need while evading the Hellions who are hunting them?

There are a lot of tense moments in this book, and the cliff-hanger ending provides no relief! But it makes for a great story. We’ll have to hope our characters can find a way out of their many troubles when we rejoin them in February 2017.

badge4v4Why I recommend it: Braun’s Dark Sky series is a great steampunk adventure without the manners and tea. There are machines and electricity and airships, but the feel is decidedly more science-fiction than Victorian British. So if you’re looking for a good adventure without the corsets and goggles, the Dark Sky series is the one you want. Midnight Sky comes out August 2, so if you haven’t read Crimson Sky yet, now is the time.

Our reviews in this series…

If you like this book…

…you might try the Cursed series also by Amy Braun.

FTC Notice: This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review. This is no way impacts my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Alice by Christina Henry

2016-standout-award-badge-smallIn this dark twist on a classic tale, Alice struggles to recover from the trauma of her past and her commitment to a mental institution, and to regain her power as an independent and whole person.

AliceTitleAlice
AuthorChristina Henry
Narrator: Jenny Sterlin
Series: The Chronicles of Alice, Book 01
Publish Date: January 25, 2016 (audio)
Genre: Horror, Dark Fantasy
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s DescriptionIn a warren of crumbling buildings and desperate people called the Old City, there stands a hospital with cinderblock walls which echo the screams of the poor souls inside.

In the hospital, there is a woman. Her hair, once blond, hangs in tangles down her back. She doesn’t remember why she’s in such a terrible place. Just a tea party long ago, and long ears, and blood…

Then, one night, a fire at the hospital gives the woman a chance to escape, tumbling out of the hole that imprisoned her, leaving her free to uncover the truth about what happened to her all those years ago.

Only something else has escaped with her. Something dark. Something powerful.

And to find the truth, she will have to track this beast to the very heart of the Old City, where the rabbit waits for his Alice.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Invested_Ivana_100Invested Ivana says…

What drew me to this book: Reviews for this book are very good, and I like the vintage paper collage look of the cover. I have read some of the books in Christina Henry’s Black Wing series and enjoyed them. Plus, I love retellings of fairy tales. I love the clever ways authors use details from the originals to make a new story.

Why I kept reading: Wow! First off, Alice is not like the Black Wings books. It’s a grittier, harsher, and beautifully written. It’s a different genre entirely; Alice is categorized as horror or dark fantasy. It feels as if the writing intentionally matches the style and sound of Victorian England, in which period the original Alice books were written. Not to the extent that it’s difficult to read, but just enough to give the story character and convey the time period reflected in Alice’s fantasy world.

I adore the way the elements of both original books are used in this story. Having the Walrus and the Carpenter appear as two rival street bosses, for example, is very clever. The uses of some elements are obvious, such as the Cheshire cat or the tea party with a door mouse. Others you may not recognize immediately, such as Alice’s plunge “down the rabbit hole” and swimming through a river of tears, the Mad Hatter, or the oysters that the Walrus and the Carpenter eat.

Though not a young adult novel, one of the themes is certainly Alice coming into her own power as an adult and a survivor of trauma. The book also touches on the idea of loving yourself and others regardless of “imperfections,” and whether or not you can be a good person despite having done some bad things.

I listened to the audio version of this book, and I highly recommend it. The narrator, Jenny Sterlin, does a great job with the voices and the Victorian feel of the book. I’ve already purchased, and am listening to, the sequel, Red Queen.

badge5v4Why I recommend this book: Alice is a clever and well-written dark fantasy that has depth and substance enough to feel literary. The world Henry has created is fascinatingly awful, but watching Alice own her past and take control of her future is incredibly satisfying. Alice is certainly another contender for this site’s Standout Awards this year.

Our reviews in this series…