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Let Me In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

Review:

Let Me In - -Macmillan Audio-, John Ajvide Lindquist, Steven Pacey

 

Audience: Adult

Format: Audiobook/Owned

 

Blackeberg. It makes you think of coconut-frosted cookies, maybe drugs.

– first sentence

 

Let’s see, the narrator was amazing and I enjoyed listening to him. The story was creepy and the vampires were scary as hell. The human characters were highly flawed; there are no heroes in this story. Oskar is bullied relentlessly and puts up with it until he meets the new girl next door. The boys who bully him deal with difficult home lives. There are other characters who drink together and that’s pretty much it. There is also pedophilia, abuse, adult bullies, and parents who don’t seem interested in what their kids are doing. I would say this takes a dark and unflinching look at the more disturbing realities we try not to think about.

 

The reason I didn’t really like the book is because of that darkness. I’m better with stories that have less of the realistic evil and more of the supernatural I guess. I’m glad the book is over and eager to move on to something less disturbing.

 

I read this for the Vampire square.

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City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

Review:

City of Ghosts - Victoria Schwab

 

 

Audience: Middle Grade

Format: Kindle/Owned

 

People think that ghosts only come out at night, or on Halloween, when the world is dark and the walls are thin.

-First sentence

 

When Cassidy was drowning, she was saved by a ghost named Jacob. Ever since then, she can pull back the Veil and enter the spirit world. She can also see ghosts, and Jacob is her best friend. Her parents write books about spirits and they are going to host a TV show about the world’s most haunted places. They all travel to Edinburgh, Scotland where graveyards, castles, and passageways are filled with all types of ghosts. At the hotel, Cass meets a girl like her who can also see ghosts.

 

Cass is a strong, brave girl and Jacob is loyal and brave. I love their interactions and how her parents think Jacob is her invisible friend. Overall, the story moves quickly, is a little scary and has a lot of heart. I enjoyed reading this one and I think middle-grade readers will love it. It has a few scary parts, but nothing that will be too much for the middle-grade audience.

 

I’m looking forward to reading the sequel and finding out more about Jacob, Cassidy, and the next haunted place.

 

I read this for the Ghost Stories space.

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Halloween Bingo 2019 Update 3

 

 

 

Called:

9/1/19: Ghost stories
9/2/19: Genre: Horror
9/3/19: Creepy Crawlies
9/4/19: Amateur Sleuth (not on my card)

9/5/19: American Horror Story
9/6/19: Dystopian Hellscape (not on my card)
9/7/19: Fear Street

9/8/19: Black Cat
9/9/19: Relics and Curiosities
9/10/19: A Grimm Tale  (not on my card)

9/11/19: Stranger Things
9/12/19: Creepy Carnivals (not on my card)

9/13/19: Country House Mystery (not on my card)
9/14/19: Classic Horror (not on my card)
9/15/19: Supernatural
9/16/19: Psych (not on my card)

9/17/19: Darkest London (not on my card)
9/18/19: Cozy Mystery (not on my card)
9/19/19: Southern Gothic (not on my card)

9/20/19: Read by Flashlight or Candlelight (not on my card)
9/21/19: Modern Noir (not on my card)

9/22/19: Spellbound
9/23/19: Dark Academia
9/24/19: Deadlands

9/25/19: Slasher Stories

9/26/19: In the Dark, Dark Woods

9/27/19: It was a Dark & Stormy Night

 

 

 

 

Currently Reading:

 

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

Kill Creek by Scott Thomas

Let Me In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

 

 

Read:

 

The Shuddering by Ania Ahlborn for American Horror Story

 

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The Shuddering by Ania Ahlborn

Review:

The Shuddering - Ania Ahlborn

 

 

Audience: Adult

Format: Audiobook/Owned

 

 

Don slapped the trunks of the trees with his left hand as he ran past them, a small ax held tight in his right.

– first sentence

 

This book takes place in the mountains of Colorado. Ryan and Jane, along with their friends, are enjoying their last trip to their family’s mountain cabin and lots of snowboarding. They don’t encounter the creatures until about 70% through the book. We see the creatures attacking other disposable characters, but the main characters have no idea there is any danger. There was a pack of the creatures, maybe more, and yet no one knew about them? Supposedly they were somewhere hidden until their prey ran out and they were starving. I think they were some sort of wolfish/human creature, it was unclear.

When the creatures finally start attacking the main characters, the story moves quickly and the characters have pretty realistic reactions – freezing out of fear, wanting to save themselves while at the same time wanting to help their friends, acting without thinking. There are no selfless heroes in this story. The end is left open-ended and I kind of like that, though I see no need for a sequel.

I read this book for the American Horror Story square because it takes place in the Colorado mountains.

 

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Halloween Bingo Update 2

 

 

 

Called:

9/1/19: Ghost stories
9/2/19: Genre: Horror
9/3/19: Creepy Crawlies
9/4/19: Amateur Sleuth (not on my card)

9/5/19: American Horror Story
9/6/19: Dystopian Hellscape (not on my card)
9/7/19: Fear Street

9/8/19: Black Cat
9/9/19: Relics and Curiosities
9/10/19: A Grimm Tale  (not on my card)

9/11/19: Stranger Things
9/12/19: Creepy Carnivals (not on my card)

 

 

Currently Reading:

 

The Shuddering by Ania Ahlborn

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

 

 

Read:

 

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