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Book Review: The Hollow Tree by James Brogden

 The Hollow Tree
Author: James Brogden

Published: March 13, 2018
352 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

After losing her hand in a tragic accident, Rachel is plagued by vivid nightmares of a hollow tree, and a hand reaching from it, begging her for help. Terrified that she is going mad, Rachel experiences phantom sensations of leaves, trees, and finally a hand that grasps hers and pulls a young woman into Rachel’s world. She has no idea of who she is, but Rachel can’t help but think of the local legend of Oak Mary, the corpse of a woman found hidden in a hollow tree, and who was never identified. Three myths have grown up around the body; was she a spy, a prostitute or a murdered gypsy? Rachel is desperate to learn the truth, but darker forces are at work. For a rule has been broken, and Mary is in a world where she doesn’t belong…

Kim’s Review:

Another odd read! I’m not gonna lie, halfway through this book, I was ready to just call it and move on to my next book but I’m really glad I didn’t! Unfortunately, one must slog thru the first half of this book in order to enjoy the second half, which is great! A lot of set up was required and that was all kinds of boring, but not really boring, just kinda difficult to get through. Everything felt a little disjointed. I wasn’t seeing any real connection between Rachel and her amputation and Oak Mary and her mysterious death.

But, the second half hit and boy howdy, it went off like a shot! Everything started coming together and making sense! Plus, there was a random asylum!! Y’all know I love those! By the time I was done, I was excited and actually wanted more! This is the kind of story that could be a series, but alas, it is not. I wouldn’t call this a kids’ book, it felt far too complicated! But for those who like spooky thrillers, as opposed to all out horror, this is a good one!

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Book Review: A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole

 A Hunger Like No Other
Series: Immortals After Dark #1
Author:
Kresley Cole

Published: April 1 ,2006
360 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

After enduring years of torture from the vampire horde, Lachlain MacRieve, leader of the Lykae Clan, is enraged to find the predestined mate he’s waited millennia for is a vampire. Or partly one. Emmaline Troy is a small, ethereal half Valkyrie/half vampire, who somehow begins to soothe the fury burning within him.

Sheltered Emmaline finally sets out to uncover the truth about her deceased parents—until a powerful Lykae claims her as his mate and forces her back to his ancestral Scottish castle. There, her fear of the Lykae—and their notorious dark desires—ebbs as he begins a slow, wicked seduction to sate her own dark cravings.

Yet when an ancient evil from her past resurfaces, will their desire deepen into a love that can bring a proud warrior to his knees and turn a gentle beauty into the fighter she was born to be?

Kim’s Review:

Oh glorious smut! Paranormal romance is my new jam and I love it! I’ll admit that Emma’s chip on her shoulder about nobody treating her like an adult got a little tiresome, but the steamy sex scenes totally made up for it. I also really like Lachlain as an alpha male Lykae; he’s just hot, what can I say. The plot is far more complicated than any romance book I read before and I can’t wait to continue the series to learn more!

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Book Review: Ghost: Thirteen Haunting Tales to Tell by Illustratus

Ghost: Thirteen Haunting Tales to Tell
Author: Illustratus

Published: August 13, 2019
160 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

Ghost: Thirteen Haunting Tales to Tell is a ghost story collection for middle schoolers.

Featuring the only true ghost stories in existence (as the book itself will tell you), readers discover 13 eerie encounters that are perfect for sharing—if they dare.

With tales about a finger against the inside of a mirror, a wooded area where the trees look back, and a basement door blocked by a brick wall so thick it stifles the screams from below, this book is sure to haunt anyone who can’t resist a spooky story.

• Filled with creepy poems and tales
• Features striking, bone-chilling illustrations from Disney-Pixar talent
• Book contains all original stories

This haunting book will consume your imagination and keep readers of every age up long past their bedtimes.

• Great for those who can’t get enough of Halloween, ghost stories, scary movies, and all things spooky, as well as librarians and teachers looking for a thrilling read to share with students
• The perfect book to read by a campfire or during a slumber party—or alone under the covers in the middle of the night

Kim’s Review:

This is a great one for kids! It’s very Scary Stories, but definitely unique! The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous and I think I actually liked this anthology better, overall, than Scary Stories. The connection between all the stories was general enough that it didn’t affect the stories, but that everything felt like it all went together. The stories are short and simple and chilling! I really liked it a lot!!!!

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