Genre: Horror

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5bat! Review: Silence for the Dead by Simone St. James

5bat! Review: Silence for the Dead by Simone St. James

April 3, 2014 Review 0

A brilliant, chilling ghost story, SILENCE FOR THE DEAD created such a vivid world I couldn’t bear to put it down. This story is as romantic and terrifying as reading Jane Eyre for the first time, and as soon as I finished it I rushed back through my gothic favorites to continue savoring the tone.

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Review: Tempered  (The St. Croix Chronicles #4) by Karina Cooper

Review: Tempered (The St. Croix Chronicles #4) by Karina Cooper

February 21, 2014 Review 0

Where the previous books in the St. Croix Chronicles were fast paced with danger and dangerous people lurking around every corner, TEMPERED deals with more internal battles and emotional trauma. Cherry has gone through so much externally dealing with the Veil and Society it felt fitting to have a story spend some time dealing with the internal effects of what happened to Cherry.

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Review: Red Delicious (Siobhan Quinn #2) by Kathleen Tierney

Review: Red Delicious (Siobhan Quinn #2) by Kathleen Tierney

February 10, 2014 Review 2

Sam Spade with blood on her teeth, Quinn is the sort of fly-by-the-seat-of-her-pants, ask-questions-later, non-detective detective that busts the genre wide open. Sex, violence, and mythology are all part of the story, but bent through Quinn’s own one of a kind prism. This Siobhan Quinn book isn’t horror or urban fantasy or mystery, but rather a horrifying, fantastical heroine who finds herself embroiled in a mystery.

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Review: Mayhem (Mayhem #1) by Sarah Pinborough

Review: Mayhem (Mayhem #1) by Sarah Pinborough

January 17, 2014 Review 1

Jack the Ripper has become a familiar boogeyman across genre fiction, with explanations for the unsolved crimes ranging from psychopaths, to aliens, to dinosaurs, to demons, but in Sarah Pinborough’s MAYHEM, she applies the supernatural influence to a second killer operating in London, one whose crimes are overshadowed by the Ripper in number, but whose sins might be worse. This book is a lot like an old-fashioned roller-coaster, with a long, slow climb ratcheting up the tension before the mystery actually takes over and sends the reader on a ride.

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Review: Nightlife by Matthew Quinn Martin

Review: Nightlife by Matthew Quinn Martin

October 21, 2013 Review 0

With Halloween coming I decided to read NIGHTLIFE since based on its description it seemed like just the right scary suspenseful story to read in October on a dark rainy night. I was not disappointing and was met with an incredibly riveting, edge of your seat plot that was equal parts spooky mystery and gruesomely tragic horror novel.

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Early 5!bat Review: Rags & Bones edited by Melissa Marr and Tim Pratt

Early 5!bat Review: Rags & Bones edited by Melissa Marr and Tim Pratt

October 14, 2013 Review 0

RAGS & BONES is a gorgeously curated collection of short stories, as satisfying for the glimpses of each story’s origin story as the final product. Have you ever wished you could be a fly on the wall when your favorite author pitches an idea? See a little piece of art through their creative lens? As favorite authors distill classic tales to their essence, this anthology was immersive and thought provoking, a masters class in the creative process with an all star attendance list.

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Early Review: The Dead Run by Adam Mansbach

Early Review: The Dead Run by Adam Mansbach

September 20, 2013 Review 0

THE DEAD RUN was an exhilarating thriller with a blend of horror and supernatural qualities, though I was left wondering whether I was reading a straight up horror novel as much of the super intricate and magical plot line doesn’t seem to start until a few chapters in. Aside from expecting more paranormal qualities earlier in the story THE DEAD RUN was a pretty enjoyable read and the plot was set to eleven in terms of speed which is how thrillers should be. I am typically not a fan of gore which tends to be synonymous with horror so I was pleased that while THE DEAD RUN does have a fair amount of gore it wasn’t excessive enough for me to stop reading it.

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