A Head Full of Ghosts – Book Review

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Note: The publisher sent me a copy of this novel, this in no way impacted my opinion.

Summary: The lives of the Barretts, a suburban New England family, are torn apart when fourteen-year-old Marjorie begins to display signs of acute schizophrenia. To her parents despair, the doctors are unable to halt Marjorie’s descent into madness. As their stable home devolves into a house of horrors, they reluctantly turn to a local Catholic priest for help, and soon find themselves the unwitting stars of The Possession, a hit reality television show. Fifteen years later, a bestselling writer interviews Marjorie’s younger sister, Merry. As she recalls the terrifying events that took place when she was just eight years old, long-buried secrets and painful memories begin to surface and a mind-bending tale of psychological horror is unleashed.

Creeped out yet? you will be…

Review: You know the deal with my reviews, I keep them spoiler free because I want you to enjoy the novels as much as I do. So feel free to continue reading. This book was the perfect creepy read for the month of October, but it was generally a great creepy read. You will feel chills up and down your spine, and you will feel slightly unnerved. I went in thinking, “Well Stephen King thinks it’s scary, so maybe I should go unbox one of my teddy bears before I begin.” I didn’t actually unbox them, but I probably should have.

You know what’s the scariest part of this? That so much of the story revolves around those two sisters, Marjorie and Merry. Kids can be super creepy. (Remember the shining?) As I got deeper into the story, the more disturbing it actually became. The way Marjorie acts leaves you wondering “is she possessed by demons?” or is it really that she has schizophrenia that’s not being treated properly for a girl her age?  You well spend a lot of time second guessing yourself. You will THINK you know where the story is headed, but you have NO idea where it actually ends up.

I read this story many times right before bed, and if you are sensitive to these kinds of stories, I would say DON’T DO IT! Many scenes will leave you all out of sorts. Or maybe I can’t speak for everyone but it’s just how I felt sometimes, and of course if you’re reading a scary book, you want to feel that way. Humans, we are weird. haha

I will say that when the tv show aspect kicked in, that some things were a little repetitive, but it didn’t ruin the story at all. The ending, disturbed me, and really creeped me out, and once you read it, please feel free to contact me so we can chat about it because…it’s great in my opinion what Paul Tremblay did there.

I give this novel 4 out of 5 Metalhorns!!

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Night Film – Book Review

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Night Film is a tough review to do without spoiling anything at all, but I AM KEEPING THIS spoiler free. It will be vague, and mysterious…kind of like this book.

Night Film Summary:

Everybody has a Cordova story. Cult horror director Stanislas Cordova hasn’t been seen in public since 1977. To his fans he is an enigma. To journalist Scott McGrath he is the enemy. To Ashley he was a father.

On a damp October night the body of young, beautiful Ashley Cordova is found in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Her suicide appears to be the latest tragedy to hit a severely cursed dynasty.

For McGrath, another death connected to the legendary director seems more than a coincidence. Driven by revenge, curiosity and a need for the truth, he finds himself pulled into a hypnotic, disorientating world, where almost everyone seems afraid.

The last time McGrath got close to exposing Cordova, he lost his marriage and his career. This time he could lose his grip on reality.

ONCE WE FACE OUR DEEPEST FEARS, WHAT LIES ON THE OTHER SIDE?

Night Film Review:

I will say this, this book had certain points and aspects that had me turning on every light around me when moving about the house at night. The characters were really interesting, especially Ashley, even though the whole mystery is around her and why she appears to have committed suicide. I read this book fairly quickly, or at least as quick as I could considering I had a lot on my plate. So you are going to wonder a little bit why my rating isn’t higher.

Well the truth is, while this book was creepy and I kept turning the pages wondering what was really going on, it also felt like it was over done. The book is quite long, and I think if I got to the end it was this glorifying “holy yes!! this is amazing!” I wouldn’t have minded all the filler moments in the book, but the ending pretty much ruined the book for me. It felt to me like Marisha Pessl also had no idea how to end it. It sort of flip flops a bit there. If you want a clear and concise ending, you may want to steer clear of this book. I kind of wish I had known that before diving in, but then again I still don’t actually regret reading this.

If you love mystery with a hint of horror I definitely recommend this book, but be aware that the ending may infuriate you. The writing was good, and it will keep you hooked.

I gave Night Film 3 out of 5 Metal horns!!

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Locke & Key Vol.1: Welcome to Lovecraft – Book Review

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Locke & Key Vol.1 Summary:

“Locke & Key” tells of Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them, and home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all!

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Locke & Key Vol.1 Book Review:

My love for graphic novels has grown exponentially within the past 2 years or so. Of course this means I have gotten into a lot of the super hero comics, but I actually really just enjoy creative and unique graphic novels. Locke & Key is definitely one of those Graphic Novels. Joe Hill, who as many of you might already be aware is Stephen King’s son, writes Locke & Key’s story. Apparently the art of gruesome and creepy story telling runs in the family, because this was just a bit of both.

Here’s the thing though, while it does in fact get creepy and indeed there are many gruesome scenes, it is not overly in your face the entire time. There’s build up, and there’s just incredible art by Gabriel Rodriguez that is so fitting to Joe Hill’s story telling. There is some spine tingling moments that really had me stop for a second, which is what you want from a scary or horror story. You want it to get to you a bit. The thing is, as you follow this family’s journey through their mourning and their grief, you feel connected to them a little bit. Joe Hill makes them feel quite human. This also has that very horror movie feel where the old manor they live in seems to have a life of its own, and truly it does. It holds so many secrets.

The key storyline in the title is a HUGE part of the plot. This house seems to have doors that open to different kinds of worlds? Realms? Craziness? You discover one particularly creepy one when the youngest child Bode goes exploring. See the entire family is traumatized in ways we can’t possibly imagine. You watch as the Locke children deal with the situation in their own ways. I am trying really hard not to put in any spoilers because going into this story as blind about plot as possible is the key to really loving it. All I can say is I highly recommend this one, and I am already moving onto the next Volume.

I gave this 5 out of 5 Metal Horns!!

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Daughters Unto Devils – Book Review

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Daughters Unto Devils by: Amy Lukavics

I started a Halloween Read Along with a couple of friends, well Actually it ended up being me and one of my closest friends reading it because others dropped out. Which is totally fine. We picked Daughters Unto Devils because people on Goodreads were calling it terrifying and good. I was all about terrifying for a Halloween Read along.

Daughters Unto Devils is about a sixteen-year-old girl Amanda Verner and her family. There’s some mystery about the last winter the family went through. There’s something happening with her youngest sister who is a baby who cries non-stop. And Amanda is secretly pregnant. Then the family moves to the prairie, and chooses to settle in a huge cabin, but when they open the door to this abandoned cabin there’s dried blood everywhere. The prairie is known to drive men crazy, crazy to the point of killing, but what happened in this cabin? What will happen to this family?

Ya know, going in I thought I would be instantly scared. It was more that I was instantly disappointed. The writing was good, but the story fell flat. The characters all seemed like the same person with little to no differences in personality. Also why the HELL would you go and settle into a bloody cabin and think your life would be normal? I mean sure they cleaned it up but really? I bought this one on my kindle, and it honestly didn’t get “creepy” until I was about 80% done with the book. I say creepy, because whoever is calling this terrifying must have a super low threshold for fear. This was not terrifying. I had this discussion with my friend who also read the book, and we both agreed that it is actually quite difficult to find a truly scary book. I know you’re probably thinking “Uh, hello Stephen King?” but I like his books, not all of them, but some. I read The Shining last year and it was certainly scarier than this nonsense of a book, but a lot of horror in novels, isn’t actually that horrific.

My problem with Daughters Unto Devils is that I feel it was a missed opportunity. I realize this was a YA novel but still there should have been more scary parts mixed in, there should have been more creepy scenes mixed within the pages. Sure the ending was weird and creepy, but that’s it. It was one of the most disappointing reads this year. I originally gave it three stars on Good Reads but I changed my mind the more I thought about it for this review.

If you get scared easily, sure check this out. If you’re like me and need something seriously scary to get to you, then check something else out. This is NOT terrifying as so many people claimed it to be. This is why I always read things even if they have weird reviews; to form my own opinions on them.

This gets two out of five metal horns from me.

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