I have a deep and undying love for the story of Victor Frankenstein and his monster. The story makes me happy and sad at the same time. Reading the story makes me happy but aspects of the story make me sad. The monster’s story itself makes me sad. Abandoned and cast off by Victor. This retelling is wonderful and such a different take on what caused Victor to be the way he was. It also gave you more of an insight into the family dynamics of the Frankensteins. If you love the story of the monster I suggest that you pick this up immediately!! I picked up my copy at the Tucson Festival of Books.
Synopsis: The story of Victor Frankenstein’s wife.
What I liked: The writing is lush and delicious. The characterizations are so well written. The twist in the story I didn’t see coming. However, I enjoyed the crime element of the book. (I can’t say any more than that about it, or I will give it away.) The pacing is perfect. The story unfolds little bit by little bit in front of your eyes like a present. As a reader and lover of the original story I am always worried about retellings. But this is so well done you can feel the love that White has for the original. The retelling was lovingly written. It was dark and had so many details. The flashbacks throughout the chapters allowed you to see into the madness of Victor. It really builds upon the original.
What I didn’t like: There is nothing that I didn’t like about this story.
Star Rating: 5 Stars
My thoughts: HOLY HELL!!! I am totally kicking my self. I have had this book for close to a year on my TBR and I hadn’t read it till now. Everyone, I knew who had read it loved it and told me I would as well. They were right. I LOVED it. LOVE it. It was an amazing retelling of Frankenstein. if you haven’t read it then you are missing out on so so much goodness. There is a crime element to the story and I loved it. The backstory was amazing and I was totally there for it.
Every month on Goodreads the LOHF host a group read. This months choice was Sawkill Girls. I really just started reading YA horror this year and have been enjoying what I have read.
Synopsis: Three girls with special powers take on a evil demon.
What I liked: I enjoyed the first part of this book. There was a very mysterious aspect to the beginning of the story but…towards the middle of the story it more or less fell apart for me. I don’t really think that the cult aspect really fit in the story. It felt a bit forced when I was reading it. I think that the story would have flowed better without the cult. It felt like an after thought. This is just my opinion and a lot of people have really enjoyed the book. It just wasn’t my cup of tea.
What I didn’t like: I think that the cult aspect of the story didn’t flow very well. Just my opinion.
Star Rating: 3.5 stars
My thoughts: I really enjoyed the diversity in this story. The diversity in the story worked really well and didn’t feel forced. I really appreciate that aspect. For me the story was like Mean Girls meets Sabrina: The Teenage Witch.
I read a book earlier this year which was by Irish author Tracy Fahey. OMG!!! Her writing made me very very happy. She took stories that my grandmother told me when I was a child and worked them into a modern day stories. So when I saw she had another book out I had to read it.
Synopsis: A girl goes to live with her grandparents and learns the mysteries of fairy forts.
What I liked: Fahey’s characterizations are spot on for kids the age that she is writing. The pacing of the story was perfect for the story line. Fahey has the ability to weave folklore and horror seamlessly. I loved the ending to this story. It was one of those stories that really made your heart happy. (well certain aspects of the ending). You need to read it if you want to know what I am talking about.
What I didn’t like: I loved the entire thing.
Star Rating: 5
My thoughts: This is the second book of Fahey’s that I have read and her writing still makes me happy. It is like sitting with my grandmother and listening to stories. I think that this book would work for ages 10 and up. It isn’t so much in your face, gorey scary. Which is something that I really appreciated. I want to shove this in so many people’s hands.
I have really enjoyed some of Holly Black’s other books. She has a flair for the fantastical that I really enjoy. When I was going through my libraries MG horror category this popped up. I was talking to Jen about it and she told me that she thought I would love it. She wasn’t wrong.
Synopsis: Three friends go on a adventure lead by a ghost.
Things I liked: I loved the idea of these three friends which are growing up going on that one last adventure. MG is that awkward age between being a teenager and child. Black dealt with this wonderfully in the story. It was more of a coming of age story wrapped around a ghost story. The pacing of the story was perfect. The characters where very well written. The awkwardness of the changes the characters were going through were dealt with so well. The story was ended very well.
Things I didn’t like: I would have liked for this to be a series.
Star Rating: 4 stars
My Thoughts: I wish MG horror books I have been reading, were around when I was a kid. There are some wonderful themes of friendship and the changes that you go through as you grow up. I really enjoyed this story. I wish that this was a series but I enjoyed the way Black tied the story up. I enjoy Black’s writing but this is a book that I would recommend for anyone with a spooky loving child.
Urban legends are something that I truly love. Give me all the stories of the Jersey Devil or Bloody Mary. I love them all so much. There is so much history behind urban legends. I love how the stories change from one generation to another. The details are small but they can change the entire story.
Synopsis: A girl loses her sister and goes on an adventure with her friends to find her.
What I liked: Marshall was very clever in how she put this book together. It consisted of interviews and text messages between the story telling. It was a very clever use of different types of story telling. Personally, I feel like these little bits of behind the scenes information really was fantastic. It helped you piece the story together and allows the story to draw out. It doesn’t ever overrule the story. But it enhances it.
What I didn’t like: There wasn’t anything I didn’t like
Star Rating: 4.5 Stars
My thoughts: Due to the ending of the story I am wondering if there is going to be another book. There are still a lot of unanswered questions. I want to know everything LOL. But it reads really well as a stand alone book as well….if there is no sequel it still is a great YA read. I can’t wait to see what else Marshall comes up with and if she uses the same format.
There are times when you put a book down and you want to know what the characters do after the story ends. Wilder Girls is one of those stories. As soon as I finished I sent a message to Jen who recommended it and said “I want to know what happens to the girls.” For me that really tells me how I felt about a story. The need to know what happens after the end of the story. In my mind I have an idea of what has happened to the characters
Synopsis: Girls at a remote school become infected with something.
What I liked: The story kept moving. It really kept me wanting to read more about what was going on. The pacing was perfect. There was a change in the story that I wasn’t expecting and I really enjoyed. It opened the world up a bit more than what was seen through the beginning of the story. The characters where well rounded. There are bits and pieces of each character which are likable and not likable that makes them very realistic. I really enjoyed the body horror aspects and the things that surrounded the body horror as I can totally see how that plays into story.
What I didn’t like: I wanted more in the ending. I wanted to know the characters where safe or not safe.
Star Rating: 5 Stars
My Thoughts: There is a lot of thoughts surrounding this story. The changing that the girls go through. The revelations through out the story. The struggle that the characters go through are palpable. You struggle along with them. You also think about what would happen if this story were to actually happen what would the response be. How these changes that characters are going through can be linked to other changes that happened at the time. I really enjoyed this story so very much. I can’t want to see what else Power releases.
I recently took part in a blog blitz (I believe that is what it is called) for Salvation Day by Kali Wallace. I was talking to Jen from over at Book Den about how much I enjoyed the story and she pointed out that Wallace had also published a YA horror called Shallow Graves, as I am now reading YA and MG horror as well I got the book from my library. I am so glad that I did. I may be on the hunt for a copy to keep as well. I can’t believe that I hadn’t heard about this book before. Seriously, I can’t believe I haven’t heard all about it in the YA book community.
Synopsis: A girl wakes up in her grave and goes on a trip across the country.
What I liked: Wallace’s writing style lends itself so well to this story. This story flows so smooth and that is down to Wallace’s writing style. The character’s are well written and three dimensional. The pacing is perfect for the way the story unfolds. The plot holds together extremely well. The premise of the book was very original and Wallace’s writing really shines through out it.
What I didn’t Like: I would have loved a second book….or for this to be a series. I really want to revisit the characters!!
Star Rating: 4.5 Stars
My thoughts: I love YA/MG horror. I feel like this was a missing genre when I was growing up. So much of the YA/MG horror I am reading right now is really good. Wallace is an author that I recently reviewed, I really enjoy her writing style. I hope that everyone picks this book up!! A super big thank you to Jen for telling me about this book!!
Early in July, the Ladies of Horror Fiction where extremely lucky to work with Wunderkind PR for a giveaway of Madeleine Roux’s House of Furies series. Jen and I wanted to read something that was a bit fun so we started House of Furies one Friday night. Jen finished it before I did but told me that I would enjoy it…..she wasn’t wrong! This story has so many elements that I absolutely love in it.
Synopsis: A girl with a secret begins to work in a country house.
What I liked: I enjoyed the entire book. The pacing is perfect for this book. So spot on. The story itself pulls you in and doesn’t let go until the last page. Even then you want the story to keep going. Roux pulls you into this alternate world where you actually question the rights and wrongs of the story. Actually the story makes you think a little bit deeper than just reading the story. It actually forces you to question a couple of your own morals. What would you do in such and such situation? I rather enjoyed that. I believe that the story is YA accessible and there isn’t anything that you wouldn’t want your YA reading.
What I didn’t Like: That the book ended when it did.
Star Rating: 4.5 Stars
My Thoughts: As I was buddy reading this I received a message from Jen telling me that I was going to love an aspect of the book and she was right. Now I can’t say anything as that will ruin the story. But it was a great twist in the story. There is a beauty to the characters in the story. Even which each of their unique qualities you really come to like them especially when you find out more about their backstories. Also there is a book within a book which Roux does very well. It actually ties the stories of the characters together. I really enjoyed the extra back story.
I may be on a bit of a Schwab kick this month. But I will say this I wish when I was in grade school this book was in the library. When I was in grade school the main “horror”book that was in the library was Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. They were always checked out and hard to get your mitts on. Seriously I really wish City of Ghosts would have been an option.
Synopsis: A girl whose parents who write paranormal books goes on an adventure in Edinburgh.
What I liked: Schwab is so freaking talented!! The pacing of the story was fantastic. The premise of the story has been done before but Schwab takes the story and makes it fresh and modern. The characters are well written. The setting for the story is lovely and Schwab really captures the history and beauty of one of my favorite cities in the world.
What I didn’t like: There is nothing that I didn’t like.
Star Rating: 5 Stars!!!
My Thoughts: I really really enjoyed this story. It was so well written and the premise was great! I loved it. I can’t wait for the second story in the series. I love that Schwab started the series in Edinburgh. It is a city that is steeped in history, legend and ghost stories. It is one of my favorite cities in the world. I loved the idea that the main characters parents are writers of paranormal books. It was such a lovely part of the story.