Title: The Invitation Author: Diane Hoh Genre: MG, Horror, Thriller Publisher: Open Road Media Publication Date: March 27th 2012 [rating: 3] Goodreads | Amazon | B&N Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for honest review. For the high schoolers of Greenhaven, Cass Rockham’s fall party is the social event of the year. Each [...]
Title: Bitten Author: Dan O’Brien Genre: Paranormal Mystery, Suspense, Thriller Publisher: CreateSpace Publication Date: November 21st 2011 [rating: 3] Goodreads | Author Website | Amazon | B&N Review copy provided by the author in exchange for honest review. A predator stalks a cold northern Minnesotan town. There is talk of wolves walking on two legs [...]
Title: Long Black Coffin Author: Tim Curran Genre: Horror, Dark Fiction Publisher: Dark Fuse Publications Publication Date: December 18th, 2012 [rating: 3] Goodreads | Order from Publisher Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for honest review. The Long Black Coffin is a ’67 GTO. A [...]
Title: The Vanishing Game Author: Kate Kae Meyers Genre: Thriller, YA, Supernatural Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Publication Date: February 14th 2012 [rating: 3] Goodreads | Amazon | B&N Review copy provided by the publisher through Netgalley. Seventeen-year-old Jocelyn follows clues apparently from her dead twin, Jack, in and around Seale House, the terrifying foster home where [...]
Timeless Innocents is one of the first horror novellas published by Carina Press, and I’m glad they expanded into this genre. I’ve always enjoyed reading horror, and in my opinion, there simply aren’t enough publishers interested in the genre. That said, this book was an enjoyable read, but not a particularly outstanding one. On the one hand, the story feels like it’s too short to really gets its message across, on the other hand it’s suspenseful enough to keep me reading. My major problem was with what happens at the end of the novel, and what the Innocents really turn out to be.
If you’re as much of a fan of gothic horror as I am, then the synopsis of Beneath The Shadows probably intrigues you more than you’d like to admit. It was the synopsis that first drew me in for this story, but it definitely didn’t dissapoint. It’s a bit less gothic than I would’ve liked, but it does its best to be a gothic horror with a modern twist, and it succeeds in that department. The only problem? To me, it read more like women’s fiction meets mystery. Or even a cozy mystery of sorts. There were creepy, ghostly elements, but they were either quickly dismissed or offered little to nothing to the story. This could’ve been handled differently, better even, by living up to its genre and giving the reader true gothic horror.
Hallowed is a tough book to review, because it deals with a lot of difficult topics. It’s certainly a lot more emotional than its prequel, Unearthly, which is great, but also places the characters in difficult situations they may or may not be able to handle. Clara is a part-angel, and that gives her visions of a purpose she must fulfill in life. She’s already fulfilled hers, or at least one of them, but she keeps having recurring dreams that place her at the cemetery, grieving. When it becomes apparent the vision is telling the future, Clara has to find out what’s about to happen and who’s going to die so she can stop it.
Title: Forbidden (Demon Trappers #2) Author: Jana Oliver Genre: YA, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books Publication Date: August 5th 2011 [rating: 3] Author Website | Demon Trappers Website | Goodreads Riley Blackthorne is beginning to learn that there are worse things than death by demon. And love is just one of them… [...]
Title: Thieves at Heart Author: Tristan J. Tarwater Genre: YA, Fantasy Publisher: Back That Elf Up Publication Date: September 28th 2011 [rating: 3] Author Website | Goodreads | Amazon | B&N Review copy provided by the author in exchange for honest review. Tavera is a half-elf child in a land of humans, an outsider dragged [...]
Title: The Journey Author: Dan O’Brien Genre: Spiritual, Philosophical, Fiction Publisher: Self-Published Publication Date: November 21st 2011 [rating: 3] Goodreads | Author Website | Amazon | B&N Review copy provided by the author in exchange for honest review. The Frozen Man. The Translucent Man. The Burning Man. The Wicker Man. The guide known only as [...]