ARC REVIEW: Throw Me to the Wolves by Lindy Ryan and Christopher Brooks

Title: Throw Me to the Wolves by Lindy Ryan and Christopher Brooks
Published by: 
Black Spot Books
Publication date: 
24th May 2022
Genre: Horror/Science fiction/Fantasy
Format: eBook
Amazon UK

Synopsis:

Some evil wants to live forever.

Ten years ago a witch sacrificed Britta Orchid’s family and turned her into a werewolf. Selena Stone’s spell failed, and she was never seen again. Until now.

Officer Aaron Labaye has discovered Selena’s remains in the house where Britta’s family died, and dragged Britta back to Louisiana to aid the investigation, hoping her past will break the case. Britta has a hard time resisting the handsome rookie, especially when he shows her a new drawing by her murdered little brother: Britta in her wolf-form.

As an unseen hand sets events in motion, Britta has to help Labaye dig into the murders old and new. The bloodthirsty ghost of her brother, a jealous member from her pack, and a former friend with a serious prejudice against wolves all stand to stop Britta as she fights to finally get the truth about that night ten years ago. But, as she looks harder than ever into her own dark past, Britta will confront more than just her own demons as she fights for peace for herself and for her family. She can’t hide anymore, but must find her place in a world she’s avoided—and discover what it truly means to be a wolf.

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BLOG TOUR: Mr Jones by Alex Woolf

Title: Mr Jones by Alex Woolf
Published by: 
IndieNovella
Publication date: 
January 2022
Genre: Horror/Psychological thriller
Format: Paperback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis:

Ben hears noises in his basement and witnesses weird goings-on in his local park. His eight-year-old daughter Imogen starts receiving messages from someone claiming to be her missing mother. And then there is Mr Jones —the man who haunts the imaginations of the children at Imogen’s school. But they are just stories, surely? Ben soon develops a creeping suspicion that someone is out to kidnap his daughter. Are his fears real or a result of his own stress-induced paranoia?

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BLOG TOUR: The Soul Stealer by Graham Masterton

Title: The Soul Stealer by Graham Masterton
Pages: 384
Published by: Head of Zeus
Publication date: 3rd March 2022
Genre: Horror
Format: eBook
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis:

Nemo Frisby used to be a detective. Now he drives an Uber between billionaire mansions in California. But he never lost the nose for the case – and when his housecleaner Trinity Fox discovers a young woman lying dead in her neighborhood, she persuades him to help her prove it wasn’t suicide.

Their investigation leads them to the Bel Air home of a wealthy movie producer, who built his mansion over an American Indian burial site. Ancient mythology tells of a demon who, if unearthed, can imbue evil men with terrible power. But only if the demon is fed by the sacrifice of innocent lives…

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February 2022 Wrap-Up!

Hey guys! Today I’ll be talking about the books I read in February. I read a great mix of books this month and I managed to read another two Illumicrate books from my 2021 stack! Here’s what I read:

The Devil Makes Three by Tori Bovalino: I was so looking forward to this one as it’s dark academia but I found it really disappointing. It took so long for anything to happen and then when it did, it seemed to be more of a subplot than the actual main plot. It follows Tessa and Eliot who accidentally release a demon from his book-bound prison and they have to work together to re-trap him. I had a lot of issues with this book, the main one being Eliot’s magic. Eliot supposedly has magic but it’s never explored and it felt completely pointless for it to have been included in the story. All we’re told is that Eliot got his magic from his mother; we’re never told if anyone else knows about the magic or has it, or if there’s a magical society. He doesn’t even use the magic to take the demon down so, again, I’m not even sure why it was included because it seemed pretty pointless to me. The only thing I enjoyed about this story was what the demon does when it’s free. There was some really creepy scenes and I definitely think there’s potential for the author to write a proper horror story. Unfortunately, this wasn’t for me but maybe I’ll see what Bovalino writes next.

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BLOG TOUR: The Watchers by A.M. Shine

Title: The Watchers by A.M. Shine
Pages: 320
Published by: Head of Zeus
Publication date: 14th October 2021
Genre: Horror
Format: Hardback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis:

You can’t see them. But they can see you.

This forest isn’t charted on any map. Every car breaks down at its treeline. Mina’s is no different. Left stranded, she is forced into the dark woodland only to find a woman shouting, urging Mina to run to a concrete bunker. As the door slams behind her, the building is besieged by screams.

Mina finds herself in a room with a wall of glass, and an electric light that activates at nightfall, when the Watchers come above ground. These creatures emerge to observe their captive humans and terrible things happen to anyone who doesn’t reach the bunker in time.

Afraid and trapped among strangers, Mina is desperate for answers. Who are the Watchers and why are these creatures keeping them imprisoned, keen to watch their every move?

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ARC REVIEW: Come Closer by Sara Gran

Title: Come Closer by Sara Gran
Pages: 165
Published by: Faber & Faber
Publication date: 1st July 2021
Genre: Horror
Format: Paperback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis:

There was no reason to assume anything out of the ordinary was going on.
Strange noises in the apartment.
Impulsive behaviour.
Intense dreams.
It wasn’t like everything went wrong all at once.
Shoplifting.
Fighting.
Blackouts.
There must be a reasonable explanation for all this.

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ARC REVIEW: This Is Not a Ghost Story by Andrea Portes

Title: This Is Not a Ghost Story by Andrea Portes
Pages: 288
Published by: HarperTeen
Publication date: 10 December 2020
Genre: Horror/Paranormal
Format: Paperback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis:

I am not welcome. Somehow I know that. Something doesn’t want me here.

Daffodil Franklin has plans for a quiet summer before her freshman year at college, and luckily, she’s found the job that can give her just that: housesitting a mansion for a wealthy couple.

But as the summer progresses and shadows lengthen, Daffodil comes to realize the house is more than it appears. The spacious home seems to close in on her, and as she takes the long road into town, she feels eyes on her the entire way, and something tugging her back.

What Daffodil doesn’t yet realize is that her job comes with a steep price. The house has a long-ago grudge it needs to settle . . . and Daffodil is the key to settling it.

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Jason Price

Hey guys! Today I’m excited to share with you an interview with Jason Price, author of middle grade sci-fi Pleasant Grove. I posted a review for this book last month, which you can find here and I’m thrilled to by sharing some insight into this story and Jason’s writing process. I hope you enjoy!

What inspired you to write the story? 

Pleasant Grove was written for my daughters, who are both in grade school now and fast approaching the age when I first discovered Steven Spielberg’s Amblin films, like E.T. and The Goonies. I wanted them to read a book that captured the same sense of wonder, where ordinary kids went on extraordinary adventures. I couldn’t find a book that fit the bill…so Pleasant Grove was born. The story is also inspired by Rod Serling, whose supernatural tales were often rooted in the ordinary. I grew up in the suburbs and I wanted to reflect those experiences as well. So, while the story pulls from sci-fi and horror, it’s also a meditation on leaving a hometown – what’s gained…and what’s lost. My hope is that Pleasant Grove is enjoyed by middle-graders and the middle-grader at heart.

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