Tag: horror

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
Author: Stephen King
Published: November 1, 2005
264 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

Nine-year-old Trisha McFarland strays from the path while she and her recently divorced mother and brother take a hike along a branch of the Appalachian Trail. Lost for days, wandering farther and farther astray, Trisha has only her portable radio for comfort. A huge fan of Tom Gordon, a Boston Red Sox relief pitcher, she listens to baseball games and fantasizes that her hero will save her. Nature isn’t her only adversary, though – something dangerous may be tracking Trisha through the dark woods.

Kim’s Review:

I won this book in an Instagram giveaway and I’ve been trying to read more Stephen King so it all worked out perfectly! I was a little worried about the fact that the entire book was a little girl walking through the woods; I don’t do well with monotony. But I was pleasantly surprised! I read the entire book in one day and really enjoyed it!

I liked Trisha’s perspective on her parents’ divorce and her brother’s response to it. Then when she got lost, seeing her reasoning and thinking through each problem that comes up was really interesting! All the advice that my mom always gave me about being lost in the woods came rushing back: hug a tree so it’ll be easier to find you. I loved the movie Far from Home: Adventures of Yellow Dog and while that kid had been trained by his dad in the practice of survival, it always annoyed me that he didn’t hug a tree! Trisha didn’t either and King made sure to show the possible consequences of any other choice she didn’t make! Not gonna lie, I’m sure there was some kind of metaphor with the monster in the woods … but y’all know I’m not deep enough for that. But the monster was creepy and added a scary edge to the story. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to just about everyone.

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Video Review: Ensnared by Sian B. Claven

Today Kim brings you a video review of Ensnared by Sian B. Claven.

Ensnared
Author: Sian B. Claven
Published: July 15, 2017
194 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

Moving to an isolated farm was not what Amari wanted to do with her life, but since she doesn’t know what she wants to do, following her parents is her only option.

Then strange things start to happen. She finds a diary with a girl trapped inside it by a witch.

Now Amari must face dark magic to save Kiara, herself and her family.

A true teenage horror.

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Some Can See by J.R. Erickson

Some Can See
Author: J.R. Erickson

Published: November 27, 2018
275 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

The dead have stories to tell. Are you listening?

On a sunny August morning, in 1935, thirteen-year-old Sophia Gray finds her friend, Rosemary wandering in the woods. Rosemary’s yellow dress is tattered and stained, she walks with a strange lurch, and her eyes are vacant and glassy. She beckons to Sophia, desperate to show her something, and Sophia follows.

In an abandoned cabin, beneath a tattered blanket, Sophia discovers Rosemary’s body.

It was not Rosemary who led her there, but Rosemary’s ghost.

Step into the Northern Michigan Asylum for the Insane

Twenty years after Sophia discovers Rosemary’s body, she finds herself trapped in the sprawling, and eerily beautiful, Northern Michigan Asylum for the Insane, in the hands of a malevolent doctor who preys on patients who exhibit paranormal abilities.

Sometimes the dead don’t rest

In present day 1965, Hattie, much like her mother, thirty years before, is led by a ghost. A newspaper hidden in an attic reveals a secret that has shaped the lives of Hattie and her siblings. Hattie with her sister, Jude, embark on a crusade to remedy the wrongs of the past and discover the tale of deception that stole their mother a decade before.

Hattie and Jude are in a race against time to discover a murderer and save their mother from a horrific fate.

Get lost in a uniquely chilling story that spans the life of a family and the ghosts who haunt them.

Kim’s Review:

An asylum!!!!! Y’all know I love them!!!! My only real issue with this book, and unfortunately it’s kind of a big one, is that not much of the story actually happened in the hospital! I was expecting an AHS Asylum type story where most of the plot unfolds within the hospital. I’m hoping that if I keep reading the series (filled with stand alone stories), I’ll get to learn more about the asylum and this mysterious brotherhood that operates within the Michigan medical community.

But the story itself was interesting and I mostly liked Hattie and Jude. I sympathized with them easily and I was excited to see the resolution of everything. It kept me guessing and there were plenty of creepy happenings to make my inner horror fan happy. I’m not sure if this is labeled as YA or not, but I wouldn’t actually recommend this to younger readers. There are objectionable elements that would keep it best for more mature audiences. Overall, this was a great book and I can’t wait to continue with the series!

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