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Book Review: The Collector by K.R. Alexander

The Collector
Author: K.R. Alexander

Published: August 28, 2018
224 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

Josie always liked visiting her grandmother in the countryside. But when her mother loses her job in the city and they’re forced to relocate along with Josie’s sister, Annie, she realizes she doesn’t like the country that much. Especially because Grandma Jeannie has some strange rules: Don’t bring any dolls into the house. And never, ever go near the house in the woods behind their yard. Soon though, Josie manages to make friends with the most popular girl in the sixth grade, Vanessa. When Vanessa eventually invites Josie back to her house to hang out, Josie doesn’t question it. Not even when Vanessa takes her into the woods, and down an old dirt road, toward the very house Grandma Jeannie had warned her about.

As Josie gets caught up in her illicit friendship with Vanessa, Annie is caught in the crossfire. What follows is a chilling tale of dark magic, friendship, and some verrrrrry creepy dolls.

Kim’s Review:

This might be the scariest kids’ book I have ever read! I was seriously creeped out during the whole thing! And I was very impressed with the unique story, I felt like I was reading something new. Beryl is a terrifying villain! I could totally see her in my head and she scared me. I did feel like some loose ends were left and that keeps me from giving it 5 stars. I still don’t know who Clara is … and it makes my head want to explode! I don’t like unanswered questions! But the story still resolved itself satisfactorily and was even left open ended in a way that doesn’t bother me.

I’m a little surprised that this could be considered a kids’ book considering how mature it felt. Then again, any future children of mine will be weird enough to start out with scary books so what do I know! I think this is a great read for anyone who likes creepy stories!

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Book Review: The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender

The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall
Author: Katie Alender

Published: August 25, 2015
329 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

In this asylum, your mind plays tricks on you all the time…

Delia’s new house isn’t just a house. Long ago, it was the Piven Institute for the Care and Correction of Troubled Females—an insane asylum nicknamed “Hysteria Hall.” However, many of the inmates were not insane, just defiant and strong willed. Kind of like Delia herself.

But the house still wants to keep “troubled” girls locked away. So, in the most horrifying way, Delia gets trapped.

And that’s when she learns that the house is also haunted.

Ghost girls wander the halls in their old-fashioned nightgowns. A handsome ghost boy named Theo roams the grounds. Delia finds that all the spirits are unsettled and full of dark secrets. The house, as well, harbors shocking truths within its walls—truths that only Delia can uncover, and that may set her free.

But she’ll need to act quickly, before the house’s power overtakes everything she loves.

Kim’s Review:

This is the second time I’ve read this book and I’m so glad I went back to it. Since it was so long ago, I barely remembered anything about the story. Katie Alender has established herself as a solid horror author. She does a great job with atmosphere. Her settings create the perfect atmospheres that push her stories forward. Hysteria Hall … why don’t I have a rich relative who leaves me an old mental hospital? The story was simple, but unique. The twists were surprising and unpredictable. My only real issue with this story is Delia’s parents. It just annoyed me how much they overreacted to her little stunt. I added tips to my future parenting notes after reading this book. But overall, it was creepy, it was fascinating, and I really liked it a lot! I think it’s a great book to hand to teens to encourage their love of reading!

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Book Review: Strangelets by Michelle Gagnon

Strangelets
Author: Michelle Gagnon

Published: April 9, 2013
272 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

17-year-old Sophie lies on her deathbed in California, awaiting the inevitable loss of her battle with cancer…
17-year-old Declan stares down two armed thugs in a back alley in Galway, Ireland…
18-year-old Anat attempts to traverse a booby-trapped tunnel between Israel and Egypt…

All three strangers should have died at the exact same moment, thousands of miles apart. Instead, they awaken together in an abandoned hospital—only to discover that they’re not alone. Three other teens from different places on the globe are trapped with them. Somebody or something seems to be pulling the strings. With their individual clocks ticking, they must band together if they’re to have any hope of surviving.

Soon they discover that they’ve been trapped in a future that isn’t of their making: a deadly, desolate world at once entirely familiar and utterly strange. Each teen harbors a secret, but only one holds the key that could get them home. As the truth comes to light Sophie, Declan, Anat, and the rest must decide what to do with a second chance at life—if they can survive to claim it.

Kim’s Review:

This was a random find that sounded pretty cool. I saw the words “abandoned hospital” and that was it! Unfortunately for me, the hospital wasn’t haunted or even the focal point. Once I got over that, I couldn’t put it down! The story is engaging even predictable, but without being obvious. Every time I thought I guessed what was happening, the mystery just continued. My only real issue with this book is that with all the anticipation that Gagnon built up, the ending felt a little anticlimactic. I don’t want to give any more info about the plot, because this book needs to be read with as little knowing going into it as possible.

Overall, I enjoyed it and I would recommend it to those who like mystery with a little creep.

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