Tag: Paranormal

Book Review: Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin

Rosemary’s Baby
Series: Book One of Rosemary’s Baby

Author: Ira Levin
Published: March 12, 1967
218 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 5 stars

Book Description:

Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse were delighted at the chance to move into Bramford, one of Manhattan’s oldest and most celebrated apartment houses. Their friend Hutch urged them not to; he knew of too many shadows in the Bramford’s past – unsavory tenants like Adrian Marcato, who had practiced witchcraft, and the monstrous Trench sisters. But Rosemary and Guy were clear-thinking and not at all superstitious. They dismissed Hutch’s warnings and moved in. At first, they were completely happy. Rosemary hung curtains and planned a nursery for the baby she hoped to have some day. Guy pursued his career as a stage and television actor. They met their neighbors who were friendly and unintrusive. But then, one day when Rosemary was down in the basement laundry room, a girl her own ago came in … Quietly and with a compelling matter-of-factness. Ira Levin tells a story of mounting terror and icy climactic shock in a book that manages to be wildly entertaining as well.

Kim’s Review:

What a great book! Of course, we’ve all seen the movie, but I once I found out it was based on a book . . . so I read it and I love it so much! I’m not sure I’d even call this horror. I’d classify it more as suspense with a slight horror twist. The Bramford is a great setting and Levin did a superb job of building up the tension slowly and subtly, until the twist just pounces and you’re left speechless. The only other author who is this successful at a slow burn is Shirley Jackson, and even she wasn’t this subtle.

Rosemary is an excellent character who both conforms to and breaks the 60’s housewife stereotypes. You also get a great look into the decade and feel like you’re actually living it. Even if you don’t like horror, I would still recommend this book because it’s such a awesome story! It’s easy to read and quick to get through!

Purchase Links:
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Book Review: Watch Over Me by Nina LaCour

Watch Over Me
Author: Nina LaCour
Published: September 15, 2020
272 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 5 stars

Book Description:

Mila is used to being alone. Maybe that’s why she said yes to the opportunity: living in this remote place, among the flowers and the fog and the crash of waves far below.

But she hadn’t known about the ghosts.

Newly graduated from high school, Mila has aged out of the foster care system. So when she’s offered a job and a place to stay at a farm on an isolated part of the Northern California Coast, she immediately accepts. Maybe she will finally find a new home, a real home. The farm is a refuge, but also haunted by the past traumas its young residents have come to escape. And Mila’s own terrible memories are starting to rise to the surface.

Kim’s Review:

Amazing cover. Totally why I bought it and thankfully it lived up to its gorgeous outside!

I feel bad writing a short review for such a great book, but I think it just needs to be experienced. I believe that everyone will have a different experience while reading it. It’s gonna mean different things to different people and that’s the beauty of it. So I’ll just say that it’s an emotional story, with great characters, and simple plot with engaging metaphors. The best thing to say about Watch Over Me is that you need to read it, then you’ll get it. I really loved it!

Purchase Links:
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Blog Blitz: Inside Voices by Sarah Davis

As a part of the blog blitz, today I share my review for Inside Voices by Sarah Davis. I awarded this one 5 stars! It is currently just .99 for Kindle!  **There is also an international giveaway going on!**

Book Description:

The mind is a strange beast…extraordinary, unpredictable, protective.

Penny Osborn’s mind is no exception. In High School, Penny witnessed a massacre and lost her father to the same killers. She had seen it unfold before it happened, in a premonition, but could not prevent it.

A college research project at the edge of the Arctic is her chance for a new beginning. Struggling with PTSD, Penny’s therapy includes running, dogs, and guitars. Yet her fresh start is plagued by new premonitions, dark and foreboding, that coincide with a rising number of murders in the community. Her visions are vague, offering little to identify the killer.

When confronted with an orphaned polar bear cub, Penny risks everything to save its life. The deepening mystery of the murdered women, coupled with the exhaustive duties of caring for the small cub, draw her closer to her friend, Noah, and further from her sister.

Fearful for the serial killer’s next target, Penny discovers where her physical abilities can help her.

Will letting go of the past lead to healing? And can she stop the murders?

Inside Voices
Author: Sarah Davis

Published: June 30, 2020
309 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars
Dates Read: October 14-27, 2020

Jessica’s Review:

The way Inside Voices begins is a living nightmare of a terrible school shooting and then more. This was a day that changes Penny Osborne’s life forever.  This novel shows us what PTSD and learning to deal with loss can do to a person. After the shooting, Penny and the rest of her family move to Alaska for a chance to start over and move on.  But will they be able to?

From the book description I knew there was going to be a baby polar bear, and I was anxiously awaiting the cub’s arrival. Once the cub arrived things really got moving for me. Inside Voices is my first novel based out of Alaska and also the first with a polar bear cub and I absolutely loved it!  Add in a serial killer mystery, a set of twins with psychic powers, and a bit of romance and you have just about everything you could want!

Davis has been a veterinarian for 20 years and she took what she knows with the character of Eelyn. Her descriptions of Alaska made me feel like I was there, I could picture everything perfectly.

I really liked Penny and she has more abilities than just telepathic communication with her twin sister Lucy.  Thrillers are my main genre of choice, and the serial killer subplot is what drew me to this novel, but it is so much more than that!  Once the serial killer events are solved there is still much more story that takes place: most of it dealing with Fjord. I adored Fjord, and it makes me thisclose to wanting a polar bear cub.  (As long as it stays small and will not eat me….) Fjord became the whole reason for reading this novel for me.

There is an unexpected turn that makes we want to read the novel again.  It was something I should have seen coming, but didn’t!

Thank you to Sarah Davis for introducing me to the state of Alaska, Fjord and the whole story of Inside Voices.  This is one that I really enjoyed and will stay with me for a while.  This one is definitely recommended!

Purchase Link: http://mybook.to/insidevoices

About the Author:

Sarah Davis is many things…wife, mother, veterinarian, writer. An avid reader, she enjoys stories that transport her into new and exciting lands. Having read more books than she could ever count, she has considered writing a novel for ages. It wasn’t until the idea for “Inside Voices” popped into her mind that she finally started pursuing that dream, with much encouragement from her family. She and her incredible husband share their remote home on the prairie with their three extraordinary children and one mostly human weimaraner.

Contact Sarah:
Website
Twitter @SarahDavisAuth1
Instagram:
Penny: @PennyOsborn10
Sarah: @sarahdavisauthor
Facebook:
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