Posted in Adult, Book Review, Graphic Novel, Horror

Walking Dead Vol. 1 – Days Gone Bye

Review:

The Walking Dead, Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye - Tony Moore, Robert Kirkman

The Walking Dead will be the zombie movie that never ends.

– from the introduction by Robert Kirkman

I’m a huge fan of The Walking Dead tv show. It’s hard to put into words what this show means to me and how it has played with my emotions over the years. I can’t believe I waited this long to read the graphic novel.

I loved everything about this graphic novel and I can’t wait to read Volume 2.

 

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A Terrifying Twist on the zombie genre

Review:

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This is how the world ends.

 – First sentence

 

Wow. Reading Dead of Night blew my mind. Imagine being trapped inside your brain, having no control over your actions, but feeling and experiencing everything. Oh, and your body is a zombie, eating people. The people trapped inside zombie bodies just wanted to die and escape the horror. Maberry captured their thoughts and feelings perfectly.

A scientist creates a formula that mimics death, with the purpose of punishing serial killers in the worst possible way. He plans to inject the formula during the execution process and bury the body in an unmarked grave. When the killer’s consciousness revives, they are unable to move, forced to experience the pain of decomposition, and the torture of being buried partially alive. Of course, things don’t go as planned and the world gradually goes to hell.

I’ve been a fan of Jonathan Maberry’s work since I read Rot & Ruin several years ago. The events in the Dead of Night series take place years before that, in the same world. He is an amazing writer. I’m looking forward to reading more by him.

Overall the series was fantastic. Dead of Night (book 1) was my favorite, followed by Fall of Night (#2), and then Dark of Night (#3). Dark of Night was very short, but I enjoyed seeing characters from other series in that one.

It was funny seeing the characters watching dead people reanimate and not believing their eyes. Or, seeing the zombies taking bites out of people and then watching others trying to reason with them. Zombies are so prevalent in our entertainment that I felt much more knowledgable on the subject than the characters in the books. How did they not realize what was happening and how did it get so out of control? The characters also wrestle with moral issues – is it ethical to destroy a town full of innocent people in order to prevent an apocalypse?

Do the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few…?

 

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Posted in Audiobook, Book Review, Grades 6-8, Horror, Middle Grade, Sunshine State 2018-19

Curse of the Boggin – audiobook

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This is book one in The Library series, about a magical library that helps spirits whose stories have been disrupted by supernatural events.  After Marcus finds the key that opens the door to the library, he is confronted by a creepy old lady who demands that he “Surrender the key.” Along with his friends, Lu and Theo, Marcus must fight an ancient enemy and protect the library.

I listened to the audiobook and the narrator did an excellent job. The forward gave interesting information about the author and the other books in this series, complete with creepy laugh. The only slightly annoying part was when the narrator read for the librarian who has a Scottish accent. It was a bit distracting.

While this book was much shorter than what I’m used to, the length is perfect for young readers. I was a bit disappointed when it ended so soon. Middle-grade readers will want more of this scary, thrilling adventure. Some may find they want to leave the lights on after reading, but the story is worth it.

This book has also been released as Surrender the Key. There is one more book in the series so far (Black Moon Rising), and book 3, The Oracle of Doom, will be released in October of this year. After reading this book, I am interested in checking out other series by this author including The Pendragon series, and The Morpheus Road series.

Has anyone out there read either of those or something else by MacHale?

Recommended to: Readers in grades 5-8 who are looking for a scary adventure series.

 

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I Know What You Did Last Summer – audiobook

Review:

I wasn’t a fan of this book at all. I didn’t expect much to start with, I was just curious because I’ve seen the movie. Anyway, the voices the narrator did for certain characters were annoying. The characters themselves were flat and shallow and I didn’t like any of them or care if (when) they died. There was very little to the plot and it ended too suddenly.

My suggestion – watch the movie instead (but don’t expect more than a teenage slasher movie). 🍿

 

 

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Dead of Night - Jonathan Maberry

I devised a way for these monsters to suffer. Not just during the execution… but afterward. Long, long afterward.

Can you think of a more fitting punishment for a serial murderer than to be awake and aware in a coffin while his body slowly rots?

-Chapter 49

 

Dr. Volker created a way to punish serial killers, but it didn’t turn out exactly as he thought it would.

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Dead of Night - Jonathan Maberry

He could feel everything. Every. Single. Thing.

He existed within.

Disconnected from control but still connected to every single nerve and sensory organ.

God, he begged, let me die.

But his own voice whispered to him, I’m already dead…

Chapter 16 —

We realize the true horror of being a “zombie” in this world. Your consciousness still exists and you experience everything your body does, with no control to stop or change what happens.

 

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Posted in Adult, Book Review, Horror

The Last Passenger by Manel Loureiro

Review:

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August 28, 1939 – Somewhere in the North Atlantic Ocean, the Valkyrie is found, drifting, with a single passenger – a baby wrapped in a blanket and left on the dance floor.

Present Day – Kate is a reporter who recently lost her husband (Ralph), and she is looking for a distraction. When the editor offers her the chance to follow up on the final story Ralph worked on, she jumps at the chance. But this is no simple mystery. There is an evil presence on the Valkyrie, and Kate may be the only one who can end its reign.

This story involves not time travel, but an overlapping of times. On the ship, Kate sees the current version of the ship, then blinks and sees the ship as it was in 1939. There is a high creepiness factor and a fair amount of blood and violence. I enjoyed the book and may look into others by this author.

 

 

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Posted in Audiobook, Book Review, Fairy tale retelling, Horror

Alice by Christina Henry

Review:

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“One day, long ago, she’d gone seeking an adventure and found terror instead. That day had changed the course of her life, and left her hands awash in blood. It was not her fault, but this was how it must be. She understood that now.”

Poor, trusting Alice. She went with her best friend on a supposed adventure and ended up in an insane asylum. She doesn’t remember what happened, only before and after. Before, she was a sweet innocent girl who lived in the New City, and after, she was found wandering the streets of the Old City with blood on her thighs muttering about a rabbit. Now, she has the chance to escape the asylum with Hatcher (who was living on the other side of the wall for 8 years) and she is about to embark on an even stranger adventure, dark, bloody, and frankly a bit disturbing.

This is not the Alice you remember from the Disney movie, some of the characters are here: Alice, Cheshire, the Rabbit, the Caterpillar, but they are not as you remember them. This book is full of violence, human trafficking, and rape. Women are treated as objects at best and as sex toys or killing toys at worst. Sections of the Old City are owned by ruthless gang lords, and women are never safe there. But, this is also a story of justice and revenge. Believe me when I say Alice & her friend Hatcher (from the asylum) are no slackers when it comes to giving people what they deserve.

So, should you read it? Well, if you like dark, creepy, retellings which are more horror than fantasy, and if you won’t be disturbed by the violence, then go for it. If you are the tiniest bit squeamish, then I suggest you pass.

 

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Posted in Book Review, Horror, Middle Grade

Scary Squirrels at Summer Camp

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Frenzy by Robert Lettrick

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Wow. I honestly did not expect to like this as much as I did. This book is scary, nail-biting, compassionate and somewhat realistic. But I am glad that my summer camp experiences were never this intense.

I don’t want to give anything away, but I will say this is not for the faint of heart. There is a lot of death. There are a lot of crazy “rabid” animals. There are good kids and bad, brave kids and cowards, and there are a lot of slow revelations about the kids’ backgrounds.

This book is fantastic if you like a realistic story with a heavy dose of fright.

This is on the 2016-2017 Sunshine State Nomination list of books for grades 6-8. And it is good for those grades and above, but I will suggest to our elementary librarian that we leave it out of our collection. As I always say, you know your kids. This book is intense, but if you have a budding horror fan (as I was as a preteen), they will probably love it.

Think:

Cujo (King) + Zoo (Patterson) + summer camp – adults = a fantasticly frightening experience

Recommended to:
Budding horror fans in grades 6 and up. (Avoid if you are sensitive to animal death or are squeamish in general).