Reviews by Category: Horror

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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde book cover

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

By Robert Louis Stevenson
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Basil Park
Jun 7, 2024

In this captivating & classic novel, we meet Mr. Utterson, a simple and respected lawyer who becomes very drawn into the events surrounding an evil man called Mr. Hyde. Mr. Utterson is determined to find out more about Mr. Hyde and about the many secrets his friend Dr. Jekyll has been hiding. As he learns more though, he becomes more aware of the dark connection between Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Teen Review
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Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood

By Trevor Noah
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Aakanksha R.
Jun 7, 2024

Born a Crime is the autobiography of Trevor Noah, comedian and host of The Daily Show, detailing his experiences growing up in South Africa during and after apartheid. Noah was born to a black Xhosa mother and a white Swiss father, a union that was illegal under apartheid laws. The book explores his struggles with identity, his complicated relationship with his mother, and the challenges of navigating life as a biracial child in a society rife with racial tension.

Teen Review
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The Salt Grows Heavy

By Cassandra Khaw
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Anonymous
May 3, 2024

“There is nothing wrong with being a monster.” 

The Salt Grows Heavy follows a silent mermaid, abused and tired of captivity, who leaves her castle to wander the dying the world. Her daughters, thousands of horrible teeth-filled creatures roam what’s left of the world. The mermaid finds companionship in an androgenous plague doctor, who’s spend their life being pulled apart and pieced back together. What kind of chaos will the two get into together? 

Teen Review
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A Certain Hunger

By Chelsea G. Summers
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Anonymous
May 3, 2024

“Female psychopaths, researchers eventually realized, don't present like the males. To which I respond: No shit. We women have an emotional wiliness that shellacs us in glossy patina of caring. We have been raised to take interest in promoting healthy interior lives of other humans; preparation, I suppose, for taking on the emotional labor of motherhood - or marriage; either way, really. Few women come into maturity unscathed by the suffocating pink press of girlhood, and even psychopaths are touched by the long, frilly arm of feminine expectations.

Teen Review
Haunting Adeline

Haunting Adeline

By H.D. Carlton
Star Rating
★★★

Rated by
Caitlin T.
Apr 26, 2024

Haunting Adeline by H.D. Carlton was one of if not the hardest books I’ve ever read. This book is about Adeline a girl who is moving into her grandmother's old mansion, when she finds out about her great-grandmother and her death she becomes intrigued because not only did her great-grandmother have a stalker, but now Adeline has one too. She becomes intrigued by who her stalker is and what he wants. But there is something more sinister behind him, and she is both scared and thrilled to discover it.

Teen Review
The Road by Cormac McCarthy

The Road

By Cormac McCarthy
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Anonymous
Feb 16, 2024

The Road by Cormac McCarthy is an apocalyptic dystopian novel, McCarty is able to present a bleak and death-ridden world like no other that uses vivid imagery and extensive world-building to create a real sense of hopelessness. A father and son travel across the desolate world following the road seeking a warmer climate facing the “bad people’ along the way with close calls and showing the true horrors of the wasteland, cannibals, marauders, and a constant struggle for supplies and safety.

Teen Review
Frankenstein book cover

Frankenstein

By Mary Shelley
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Akif A.
Feb 13, 2024

Frankenstein is a book following the life of the scientist Victor Frankenstein. He creates a monster with a horrifying appearance and a conscience which he immediately abandons upon its awakening. He continues to be haunted by his creation, and the story follows the many encounters Frankenstein and his monster have. Frankenstein ultimately has to grapple with the morality behind creating life as he continues to face the consequences of doing so. 

Teen Review
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Hellboy, the Complete Short Stories. Volume 2

By Mike Mignola
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Donovan S.
Jan 19, 2024

Hellboy, the Complete Short Stories. Volume 2 is an anthology of various comics released in between the main series and usually takes place prior to the first volume. Now, this collection isn’t quite as strong as the first, but it’s still a solid read. The story featuring Baba Yaga is pretty solid, especially because of the consequences it has on the main series. You don’t necessarily have to have read the first volume, or even any other Hellboy story, but it is recommended.

Teen Review
Preludes and Nocturns by Neil Gaiman

Preludes and Nocturnes

By Neil Gaiman
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Donnovan S.
Jan 12, 2024

After decades of captivity, Morpheus of the endless, the embodiment of dreams, finds his realm is disrepair. In order to restore himself and his kingdom to its former glory, he must first find his objects of power, which causes him to cross paths with characters from the mystical corner of the DC universe, and find a little of his own humanity.

Teen Review
Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales

Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales

By Yoko Ogawa
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Mahad Z.
Jan 5, 2024

Summary: Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales by Yoko Ogawa is a collection of interconnected short stories that dive into the complexities of human relationships and the dark aspects of life. The narratives are tied together through recurring characters and subtle connections, creating a lot of psychological suspense and unsettling events. Ogawa's writing explores themes of revenge and obsession. With each story revealing the complexities of the characters' lives and their intertwined fates.

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