Friday, 31 October 2014
Thursday, 30 October 2014
Halloween means ghosts, goblins, and everything spooky. But for the characters in Curse of the Granville Fortune, every day is scarier than Halloween. They don’t need a trip to a haunted house, because they are trapped inside a forest that brings their worst fears to life. Trees, rocks, and caves transform into creatures ready to devour them. You’d think they’d be safe just keeping their scary thoughts to themselves, but the forest has a way of making them voice those fears.
So if you’re really up for a scare this Halloween, join J.B., Holly, and the others on a terrifying journey through Braeden Forest. Just keep in mind this isn’t a corn maze. You might never find your way out.
Find the fortune, break the curse! The hunt is on for an ancient treasure tied to nine-year-old J.B.'s family history. He's been having visions that make him sweaty, lightheaded, and certain he’s turning into some kind of freak—or worse, going insane. But things are worse than he imagined. The visions stem from a family curse. An ancient ancestor was accused of stealing the massive Granville fortune, and now J.B.’s entirely family will suffer. To break the curse, J.B. must find and return the Granville’s stolen property. But he's not the only one searching for the treasure. As he sets out on his journey through a dark and foreboding forest, he'll battle his worst fears and fight terrifying creatures along the way. And when he meets two others who share the missing pieces of his visions and suffer from the same curse, the three soon realize they need to work together to break the curse before it's too late
Wednesday, 29 October 2014
Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.
At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.
Until one day, he does…
As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?
Tuesday, 28 October 2014
Very few writers can truly be called unique; American horror stylist H.P. Lovecraft is surely one who can. Lovecraft, never a success in his own lifetime, and barely more than a cult figure since, is nevertheless one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. The same can be said of the writer whose work in turn most influenced Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe. Poe’s work was perhaps a little wider read than Lovecraft’s ever was during their respective lifetimes, but Poe’s nevertheless was derided and belittled while he was still around to hear such things. Only in France, for some reason, was Poe truly celebrated, and outside of that it’s been the sad fate of these men to only achieve their true worth after their deaths.
If you don’t know Lovecraft’s work, a few titles will begin to give you the idea: The Shadow out of Time, The Dunwich Horror, At the Mountains of Madness, The Dreams in the Witch House. But these are no conventional horror tales; Lovecraft not only created a style all of his own, he also created an entire occult mythology for the world in which some of his tales are set. His pantheon of hideous ancient gods; the Old Ones, Cthulhu being the most notable, are painted as being horrible dark influences on humanity from times before our imagining and places beyond our understanding.
Lovecraft created his own corner of New England; Arkham, Dunwich, Innsmouth, the Miskatonic river as the diabolic centre of unnameable terrors and lurking creatures, drawing upon (modern) America’s oldest places as his inspiration for twisted versions of reality. Here, we find decrepit houses touching eaves across foetid alleyways, we find unknown and unknowable things sliming their ways from murky harbours, and time and time again, we find madness. Madness was one of Lovevcraft’s recurring themes. His own father was confined to a mental hospital when Lovecraft was just three years old, possibly suffering with General Paralysis of the Insane (as it was known then) – the tertiary stages of a syphilitic infection. It’s hard not to see this as a direct influence on the writer, a writer whose own life was riddled by ill health and strange behavioural issues.
In coming to write the section of The Ghosts of Heaven known as The Easiest Rom in Hell, I decided I wanted to pay homage to a writer whose work I have always enjoyed. This part of the book is set in an insane asylum on Long Island, New York in the 1920s, and features a poet who has gone mad. His name (and Lovecraft fans will know why) is Charles Dexter. Dexter spends his days writing a novel in his head, much to the confusion of his doctors. He strikes up a friendship with a newly arrived Dr James, who hasn’t heard of the poet before. When he learns about his writing, he gets hold of a copy of Dexter’s poetry collection, On Drowning, and reads one of the mad poet’s poems. And here then, was a chance for me to let rip and write some Lovecraftiana of my own; the poem called...
It's there when a girl walks through the forest, the green air clinging to her skin.
There centuries later in a pleasant green dale, hiding the treacherous waters of Golden Beck that take Anna, who they call a witch.
There on the other side of the world, where a mad poet watches the waves and knows the horrors they hide, and far into the future as Keir Bowman realises his destiny.
Each takes their next step in life.
None will ever go back to the same place.
And so their journeys begin...
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Monday, 27 October 2014
Book: Glass Houses
Author: Rachel Caine
Series: The Morganville Vampires #1
Publisher: Allison & Busby
Bought own copy
College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation. When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don't show many signs of life, but they'll have Claire's back when the town's deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood. Will she be able to face the town's terror or will she drown like everyone else?
I have been wanting to start this series for ages. Now I have started it I am kicking myself for not starting it sooner. Its amazing!! I couldn't put it down!
I love vampire stories and I am glad to find another series I know I am going to love. The storyline is different to any other vampire storyline I have read. These vampires are proper scary vampires who immerse themselves into society and are part of it, they rule the town of Morganville and everyone who lives (was born and bread) in Morganville know the vampires exist. I liked this as usually the humans haven't a clue what is going around them even when it is usually right in their face!
I loved the characters in Glass House. Claire the main protagonist, grows up so much in only one book. She goes from this naïve, unconfident girl to someone who is so strong and deals head on with the situation she is in and still retains the insecurities all girls have making her very relatable.
I also loved Eve and cant wait to hear more of her story. I love her Goth attitude and confidence but I know underneath she is just as scared and insecure as everyone. The boys, Shane and Michael . Ahh!! I have to say I have a softer spot for Michael but I love Shane too. Michaels secret??!! How he became a .....
What I loved about Glass houses is I didn't see something happening in it with regards to how Michael got in his situation! Wtf!! Also the end of Glass houses!! Rachel Caine is great at making things happen you didn't see coming or couldn't have guessed which makes for an awesome and compelling read.
If you haven't started to this series now, get started. It has action, secrets, shocks, romance, amazing characters and an awesome story premise! Go what are you waiting for, get started!
Thursday, 23 October 2014
Author: Rebecca Serle
Series: Famous In Love #1
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Received paperback for an honest review
She fell in love with him in the books - now she has the chance to star opposite him in the film . . .
Paige doesn't think she's particularly special, but after getting the starring role in a massive film adaptation of the bestselling Locked trilogy, the rest of the world would disagree. Now she's thrown into the spotlight, and into a world of gossip, rumour and deceit. The only people who know what she's going through are her two male co-stars, and they can't stand the sight of each other. Paige knows it's a mistake to fall in love on the set of a movie, but days of on-screen romance and intensity start to change her mind. The question is, can she keep what happens behind the scenes a secret when the world is watching her every move?
Famous in love is about a girl named Paige who stars in a movie and all the stuff that comes with it. Going from a normal girl to this girl thus into the spotlight. I think Rebecca Serle really showed the betrayal of what its really like to be in the spotlight. She showed what we don't see, she showed us the faces and feelings behind the stars.
There was romance in Famous in love but it wasn't a straight forward boy meets girl, girl falls in love. It wasn't even your typical love triangle. I think this is what I struggled with though out Famous In Love as I love a romance and always want it to be as uncomplicated as possible.
I did also feel that I at times struggled with the female protagonists voice and it really made me struggle to get though parts of the story.
Overall even with the issues I had with the book I still ended up enjoying it. I don't think the book will be for everyone and I definitely have mixed feelings about the book but I will be picking up the next book in the series which go to show I had to like it enough to pick the next one up!
Wednesday, 22 October 2014
It’s hard being good all the time. Everyone needs to be bad once in a while. But for seventeen-year-old Milayna, being good isn’t a choice. It’s a job requirement. And it’s a job she can’t quit. Born a demi-angel, Milayna steps in when danger and demons threaten the people around her, but being half angel isn’t all halos and happiness. Azazel, Hell’s demon, wants Milayna’s power and he’ll do anything to get it. But he only has until her eighteenth birthday, after which she becomes untouchable.
With the help of other demi-angels, Milayna thwarts the trouble Azazel sends her way. Fighting by her side is Chay. He’s a demi-angel who's sinfully gorgeous, and Milayna falls hard. But is Chay her true love… or her nemesis in disguise?
When she learns of a traitor in her group, there’s no one she can trust… not even the one she loves.