Tag: novella

Book Review: The Christmas Bell by L.A. Detwiler

The Christmas Bell
Author:
L.A. Detwiler

Published: November 10, 2020
160 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

Some Christmas ornaments should be left in the attic.

When Candace Mills, 26, heads home for the holidays to visit her mother and ailing grandmother, she’s expecting a peaceful, dull Christmas. She has no idea, though, that a single Christmas ornament is about to send her into a whirling chasm of evil.

It starts with the Christmas bell, scratched and worn in one of Grandma Anne’s boxes in the attic. Once they put it on the tree, Grandma Anne starts to say terrifying things and act strangely. Candace and her mother assume it’s her dementia talking—until they start to have dangerous encounters with a fiendish being.

As the secrets of Anne’s past involving her twin sister rise to the surface, the women face sinister horrors from a dark force looking for revenge.

Will any of them be able to survive, or will they fall prey to the malevolent secret Grandma Anne is harboring from her past?

Kim’s Review:

This was a creepy series! I read Rachel’s Story first and I think that was a good idea. It gave some good background for The Christmas Bell that helped the story along. The Christmas Bell had some pretty terrifying stuff. The reason I took off a star was simply because I feel like some overreacting was happening and I had a hard time getting over it. Family members are often horrible and very few of us come back from the dead to haunt them in such an intense manner. So some suspension of disbelief is needed. Once you accept that, then the creepiness stars to seep in! Detwiler has a good handle on horror elements and uses them effectively. Rachel was flippin’ scary AF and I had a hard time putting both books down. Overall, this is a great series for horror lovers!

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Book Review: SHH… By Sian B. Claven

SHH…
Author:
Sian B. Claven

Published: December 15, 2020
92 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

What did you say?

The once silent world of Heather Lawrence is turned upside down when her husband, Andrew, admits her to a state of the art facility for surgery that enables Heather to hear and speak, an ability she lost in her teens.

Strangeness abounds as she hears voices that aren’t there and speaks words that are not her own, and she tries to navigate through her noisy new life.

Desperate for answers, Andrew searches for the surgeon that gave Heather her new lease on life, but turns up with more questions than when he started. He soon finds himself in need of a priest as All Hallows’ Eve approaches, and all traces of his wife disappear in front of his eyes.

Kim’s Review:

Yass! A Sian B. Claven book that I can recommend without worrying about offending anyone! I really liked this book. It was simple and straightforward and with a twist that I didn’t see coming. There’s not much to say about it; it just needs to be read. My only real criticism is that I want more. My horror itch was scratched, but come on, more detail! I really liked it!

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Friant’s Video Friday: Book Review: Come Forth in Thaw by Jayson Robert Ducharme

Today Kim is bringing you a video review of Come Forth in Thaw by Jayson Robert Ducharme.
Come Forth in Thaw: A Dark Fantasy Horror Novella about Trauma and Mental Illness
Author: Jayson Robert Ducharme

Published: January 31, 2021
110 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 3 stars

Book Description:

The Adrienne Forest State Park is one of many beautiful state parks in the White Mountains. It is a popular destination for tourists, painters, hikers and even weddings.

Yet the forest is also a place of great pain and torment, and is an equally popular destination to end your own life.

The only thing young mother Eleanor Jackson has left in her life is her son Alan-a troubled teenager who has gone to the forest to commit the unthinkable.

As Eleanor goes to find him in the forest, she witnesses bizarre and fantastical happenings that try to manipulate and distract her from rescuing her child.

When the sun goes down, the specters of the tormented emerge.

She will come to discover so much more than just her son.

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