Obsidian, the first book in Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Lux series, was shamefully addicting. This book fits the typical YA paranormal romance plotline, but I couldn’t put it down. Katy, a typical girl next door character, moves to the middle of nowhere in West Virginia, where her neighbors, Daemon and Dee Black, are aliens. Forming a relationship with the Blacks places Katy in the middle of a timeless rivalry between the Luxen and their evil alien counterparts, the Arum. Overall, Obsidian was ordinary, but the inclusion of aliens made it stick out at least a little bit from other popular series
Shadow Kiss is the third book in the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. This installment explores what it means to be shadow kissed and Rose's feelings for Dimitri. When Rose's mind is tainted by unexplainable darkness, and she begins to see ghosts, including Mason's, she must decide who she will confide in, risking her closest relationships while trying to move on. I absolutely loved Rose's continued character development; she took a giant step toward becoming more mature in this book. The ending was the most fantastic thing about this novel; it was shocking and heartbreaking.
Frostbite, the second novel in Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy series, was even better than the first book. After a mysterious strigoi attack threatens the protections surrounding St. Vladimir's Academy, the student body takes a trip to a ski lodge. On the trip, controversy arises among the moroi, and Rose is held hostage by a group of strigoi.
I loved how this book took on a darker tone than the last one, focusing more on serious issues instead of high school drama. Additionally, I enjoyed how Rose developed in this novel; she became less naive while still maintaining her fiery and
Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy, the first book in a series of the same name, was excellent. After running away from school, Lissa, a Moroi princess, and her unofficial guardian/best friend, Rose, are caught and forced to return to St. Vladimir's Academy. There, the two girls must figure out who's after Lissa, all while trying to navigate a high school filled with vampires.
I loved this book; I especially enjoyed how Mead wrote Rose as a strong female character that seemed like a real teenager instead of an invincible savior. The one criticism I have for this book is that the high school
Every year, teams of kids compete against each other to see which team can frighten people. But, the kids are all going to lose, because the haunted house has awakened. The house will eat everyone and will not be happy until it does. Even though it started as a game, it will not end like one.
Scare Me is a really good book. K.R Alexander adds many suspicious details to make the book more interesting. The plot is also really good, and I enjoyed the book. Secondly, there is a big twist towards the ending. I like how all the kids thought they could easily beat each other in the contest. I like
Sixth grader Josie, her sister, and her mother both moved to their grandmother's house. Even though Josie does not like the town, she has to adjust to it. Weird things happen once her grandmother starts giving off warnings and rules. Then, one day at school, Josie meets a new girl named Vanessa. They become best friends. Suddenly, people from her school start to disappear. What or who is behind the disappearance?
The Collector is a really good book. K.R. Alexander adds many suspicious details to make the book more interesting. The plot is also really good, and I enjoyed the book. Secondly
Our Dark Duet is the sequel to This Savage Song. It’s been six months since August Flynn fell. Six months since Kate Harker fled V-City. Six months since the world they knew was ripped apart. Kate is working as a monster hunter in the neighboring territory of Prosperity, while August is learning to embrace his duty as a monster, reaping the souls of sinners in South Verity. Without the iron fist of Callum Harker gripped around North Verity, it has long since become the domain of Corsai and Malchai, monsters born out of violence and sin. But there’s a new monster in town, one that feeds on
Vampire Diaries Season 1 is a fantasy, fiction TV series by Julie Plec. It follows the story of Elena Gilbert who lives in a small town called Mystic Falls. Elena’s life is normal and happy until a tragic day when her parents die. Then a pair of vampire brothers move to town named Stephan and Damon Salvatore. In the midst of love, violence, and friendship also lies vampires and witches. With her romance with Stephan and the violence from Damon, will Elena be able to keep everyone safe?
This is my all-time favorite TV show. For anyone who loves fantasy and romance this is a perfect show that
Scrooge, a selfish and rude man, does not know the true meaning of Christmas. When his dead friend’s ghost visits him and tells him that he needs to change his ways, Scrooge has no choice but to change his feelings. Three ghosts pay Scrooge a visit to teach him the power of Christmas. Does Scrooge change? Or is he still the selfish, rude man? Read the book to find out!
I think this book should be rewarded because it helps people realizes the true meaning of Christmas. Honestly, I would have been a lot like Scrooge if I hadn’t read A Christmas Carol. I think this would be a great book for
Midnight Sun is Stephanie Meyer’s newest addition to her #1 bestselling Twilight Saga. This novel retells Twilight from Edward’s perspective, providing a better explanation for Edward’s actions in Twilight and the following book, New Moon. Edward’s character grew a lot throughout this novel as his thoughts provided explanation for his stalker-like actions and proved him to be flawed. Midnight Sun satisfies everything I wanted from Edward’s perspective, and while Midnight Sun and Twilight have been criticized for Edward and Bella’s seemingly instant romance, this new novel adds
Ilze Hugo’s debut novel Down Days was written before the Covid-19 pandemic swept the globe, so the eerie similarities between her fictional version of Cape Town, South Africa and the real world today seem prophetic. Readers are introduced to Sick City ( formerly known as Cape Town ) 7 years after a pandemic has affected the entire world. The slang term for the virus is called “the joke”, named for it’s symptom of uncontrollable laughter, but the other symptoms are no joke — a fever followed by organ failure leads to death. Although there is no cure for the infected, a vaccine is administered
In The Undefeated we have a lovely novella with a leisurely pace by Una McCormack. This space opera is an introspective reminiscent view of a sixty-year-old's life. The novella blends science fiction life on other planets, colonialism's rise and fall, and an eerie near-apocalyptic setting.
The science fiction novella in the far future in which a woman travels to her childhood home as war looms between humans and modified humans called "jenjers" that humans have enslaved. Much of the story is the protagonist Monica and her homecoming. I enjoyed the lyrical writing style and the journey
Fifty years ago in a town barely more than a pinpoint on a map, a deadly tornado swept through the local drive-in and took a whole generation of teenagers with it. In the present, there are too many coincidences: another tornado, the now ruined drive-in, and the same teens roaming as Spirits.
There were so many beautiful parts of this novel that I hardly know where to begin! Firstly, the plot was absolutely gripping and eerily haunting at the same time. The supernatural aspect was just enough to make your spine tingle. The suspense left me breathless chapter after chapter, as did the
When teenager Rhett dies, he becomes a skelletor on the Harbinger, which is a ship that collects souls when people die. Suddenly, a demon appears and wants some special power that Rhett seems to have. What could it be? How will Rhett and his new friends stop her? Or can they even?
The most compelling aspect of the book with all it's different characters reacting to the situations they were put in and to each other. I loved the cover; it gave this creepy ominous vibe without telling much about the story but sort of hinting at things. Much like the book, the cover is suspenseful.
This book is about a girl named Adele who can see the dead. She's diagnosed as a schizophrenic and given pills to stop her "hallucinations", but one day, she misses a dose, realizes how alive she felt, and started flushing her pills. However, she sees the ghost of a former best friend who was murdered, and winds up being the prime suspect.
The most compelling part of the book for me was the shocking accuracy and logic in it. I could tell the author knew what they were talking about when they brought up terms such as Occam's Razor, how detectives were able to legally lie to suspects to get
Looking for a fun, scary movie to keep you awake on a cold, dark night? Would you like this movie to be based on an actual location which really was featured on CNN Travel's list of 7 Freakiest Places? Well, here you go!
With a name like Gonjiam, Haunted Asylum, many assumptions you might make would prove correct about this Korean-language horror flick:
- There are ghosts
- The asylum's patients were mistreated (soooo.. angry ghosts)
- Things probably aren't going to go so well for most of the living characters in the film (but hey, sometimes one person survives in the end, right?)
The Little Stranger follows Faraday, a respectable country doctor in post-World War II England who is called to assist the Ayres family—an aristocratic family whose once elegant home, Hundreds Hall, has fallen into disrepair as their power and wealth dwindle with the collapsing noble class. His patient, Roderick, lives there with his mother and sister as they all wage daily battles to prevent the inevitable loss of their formerly prosperous country estate. Roderick was wounded in the second World War and has never recovered—but his injuries are not all that plague him. The entire family is
Strange, fascinating, moving, disturbing, challenging, poignant, and human. Oh, so very human.
Lincoln in the Bardo is a book that delves deep into the human condition and the particular human penchant for storytelling. It presents a myriad cast of characters, each obsessed with telling his or her own story to others. And to living it out, over and over. They are stuck in their stories. Limited by them. Blinded by them. Stories of regret, sorrow, and unfinished lives. Unhappy stories.
For the characters are ghosts. Or spirits or phantoms or souls or what you will. Trapped in a limbo of
After surviving one curse, Samantha Mather never imagined having to combat another. She keeps having vivid dreams of being a first-class passenger aboard the Titanic. Meanwhile, strange artifacts have been appearing around town, as well as visions of spirits who went down with the ship. Even stranger, her close friends have begun acting strangely, and the spring ball has been suspiciously themed after the Titanic. She will have to team up yet again with the Descendants and the ghost Elijah to figure who is causing the mysterious spell that is drawing her dangerously closer into the serene
Cal is a carrier without symptoms of a parasite that caused his later girlfriends to become modern day vampires. He hunts these dangerous parasite positives, ‘‘peeps’’ he calls them, for an organization called the Night Watch. But newer victims are showing more sanity, the parasite is evolving. Cal is also receiving pressure from Lacey, a girl who has accidentally become involved. Her apartment building has now become infested unnatural rats, red eyed cats, and monstrous worms that could threaten all of humanity. Cal and Lacey need to find the secret to an ancient conspiracy before a battle
Cameron and his mother have been on the run for years. But every time they begin to feel safe, his father catches up with them, and they have to leave for a new place and start over again. But this time is different. The old farmhouse they have moved to is full of disturbing secrets from the past. And they won’t leave Cameron alone.
This is a great little book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is a ghost story that has some creepiness, but is one of those that you feel good about when everything is finally revealed.
People who are not fans of super scary books will like this one.
The Haunting of Fabian Gray is a classic action and adventure story with some wonderful twists that are fitting for comics. The reader follows Fabian Gray, a treasure hunter, in search of his missing sister after a supernatural incident made her disappear and gave him special abilities.
Fabian Gray is torn, possessed by five ghosts: The Wizard (much like Merlin), The Archer (much like Robin Hood), The Detective (much like Sherlock Holmes), The Vampire (much like Dracula), and finally, The Samurai (much like, well, a samurai). He uses their spirits to enhance his own prowess. I enjoyed that
Have you ever wanted to execute a massive heist? How about pretend to be a Japanese high schooler? Explore Jungian psychology? You're in luck!
This may be the fifth game in the Persona subseries of the Shin Megami Tensei games, but no prior knowledge is required (although it helps to catch references, and maybe a little foreshadowing). You play as a student shipped off to big-city Tokyo from the country on criminal probation for assault, but you only find this out a little ways into the game, which begins in mid-heist. You're quickly apprehended by police, informed that you were
When her mother disappears, Clary is attacked by a demon, and is drawn into the world of the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. But why would demons be interested in normal people like Clary and her mother? How can Clary suddenly have the sight, these beings are invisible to everyone else. The Shadowhunters would like to know...
Rich, vivid, entrancing. City of Bones is all those things and more. As I read this book, I felt that sense of childhood joy that I remembered from reading C.S. Lewis' Narnia series and Madeleine L'Engle's Wrinkle in Time, and the many
Samantha Mather has just moved to Salem, Massachusetts, the site of the infamous witch trials. Sam is the descendant of Cotton Mather, the man responsible for the trials. So she almost immediately becomes the target of a group of girls called the descendants, a new generation of the witches persecuted during the trials. She soon discovers she is at the center of an ancient curse affecting anyone with ties to the trials. She must find a way to work with the descendants and an angry ghost to stop a deadly cycle and history from repeating itself.
This book is absolute thrilling, spooky fun.You
Sleepy Hollow, the television series, takes an old story and gives it a new twist, blending the original Revolutionary War element with the modern world.
Ichabod Crane, a British-turned-American-patriot soldier, is a captain in George Washington’s army. According to Crane, Washington was fighting more than a physical war; he was also fighting a supernatural one. Crane is a soldier in both wars. During the course of one skirmish, he battles with a deadly, seemingly unkillable horseman, resulting in Crane’s death and the horseman’s decapitation.
Through his wife’s witchcraft, Crane is set
Megan Henske is not a normal teen, her family owns an undertaker business, which makes her a perfect candidate to land a job at a Chicago ghost tour company. But soon she realizes her boss isn’t joking about killing people at stops to make them more haunted, and she might even help. Then come the mysterious deaths of prominent figures in the ghost tour industry, and she discovers she looks exactly like woman who disappeared in 1922. She also receives a mysterious warning that she might be the next ghost on the tour.
Fun, yet disturbing read. I felt like I was in Chicago. I loved the
Abigail Rook has just arrived in New Fiddleham in 1892 and she needs a job. She soon meets R.F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained. She has a gift for noticing important details which makes her perfect for the position as his assistant. They quickly find themselves in the midst of a thrilling new case, a serial killer is on the loose. The police are sure it is an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is convinced it is a nonhuman creature that the police deny even exists.
When Jacob’s grandfather is brutally killed, it sends him to a remote island in Wales to cope with his loss and learn about his grandfather’s childhood there. He soon finds the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children. He discovers while exploring the ancient hallways and rooms, that these children might have been dangerous and quarantined in the middle of nowhere for a reason. He also finds that even though they all died when a bomb hit the home during the war, they could impossibly be still alive.
Every so often a book comes along that is pure magic, and Miss
Evie’s life may not be normal, but she likes to think it is, even if she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her former boyfriend is a faerie, she can’t help but fall for an incarcerated shape-shifter, and she is the only one who can see through the glamours worn by paranormals. But when she learns that she is at the heart of an age-old prophecy that foretells the destruction of all paranormal creatures, she realizes her life may not be what she thought it was. So much for normal.
Paranormalcy has it all: romance, adventure, suspense. This book made me laugh out loud