Published: August 6, 2019
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars
The Blair Witch Project meets Imaginary Girls in this story of codependent sisterhood, the struggle to claim one’s own space, and the power of secrets.
Sixteen-year-old Skye is done playing the knight in shining armor for her insufferable younger sister, Deirdre. Moving across the country seems like the perfect chance to start over.
In their isolated new neighborhood, Skye manages to fit in, but Deirdre withdraws from everyone, becoming fixated on the swampy woods behind their house and building monstrous sculptures out of sticks and bones.
Then Deirdre disappears.
And when something awful comes scratching at Skye’s window in the middle of the night, claiming she’s the only one who can save Deirdre, Skye knows she will stop at nothing to bring her sister home.
Another amazing cover!! Pretty much the main reason I got this book. The description sounded interesting as well, so lets do it! I think I got it . . . But I’m not sure. And I think that’s ok. I think this is one of those books that can be interpreted in many ways, depending on who is reading it. I found this to be a book about the difficulties of growing up and the coping mechanisms used to deal with stress and problems. I don’t want to go into any more details because I don’t want to ruin it for anybody. I was expecting something a little scarier, but the imagery was still effective and vivid.
I found Skye and Deirdre to be realistic and fanciful all at the same time, and I liked that. There was a part of me that both loved and hated them,, depending on which part of the story I was in. I also liked the look into dealing with friendships in high school.
This is an overall fascinating read that I would suggest to anybody who likes creepy fiction. I don’t know that I’d let younger kids read it, but older teens who enjoy reading would probably like it.
Author: Dawn Kurtagich
Published: June 11, 2019
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars
Before the birth of time, a monk uncovers the Devil’s Tongue and dares to speak it. The repercussions will be felt for generations…
Sixteen-year-old photography enthusiast Zoey has been fascinated by the haunted, burnt-out ruins of Medwyn Mill House for as long as she can remember–so she and her best friend, Poulton, run away from home to explore them. But are they really alone in the house? And who will know if something goes wrong?
In 1851, seventeen-year-old Roan arrives at the Mill House as a ward–one of three, all with something to hide from their new guardian. When Roan learns that she is connected to an ancient secret, she must escape the house before she is trapped forever.
1583. Hermione, a new young bride, accompanies her husband to the wilds of North Wales where he plans to build the largest water mill and mansion in the area. But rumors of unholy rituals lead to a tragic occurrence and she will need all her strength to defeat it.
Three women, centuries apart, drawn together by one Unholy Pact. A pact made by a man who, more than a thousand years later, may still be watching…
Cheese and crackers, this book!!!! I had to go get it the day it came out. Kurtagich is easily one of those authors that I will read anytime. She does the creepy thing so well! The Trees Crept In had me sleeping with the hall lights on. When I started Teeth in the Mist, I was a little worried that it was going to be too vague for me to enjoy. Y’all know me, I like the obvious. But nope! I was sucked in right from the beginning. I now would like to go exploring in Wales . . . Maybe I’ll meet a ghost!!!
Meddwyn Mill House is fascinating!! The multiple timelines add so much to the story and actually help to answer many of my questions. Roan is a great protagonist that I sympathize with. And all the plot twists and turns!! And of course, guess what. It’s a series!!!!!! WHYYYYY? Why does this always happen to me? But thankfully, the next book is in the works and Kurtagich recommends that we all keep our fingers crossed . . . I even crossed my toes!
I don’t want to go into anymore detail because y’all just need to experience it, the darkness, the chills, the mysterious! But I absolutely recommend it!
Author: M. Verano
Published: September 19, 2017
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 3 stars
All Melanie wants is a blank book to keep a journal of her private thoughts. One day while browsing in a used bookshop, she finds the perfect blank book—smooth black leather with strange symbols in gold embossing. But once she gets home, Melanie finds herself too intimidated by the heavy vellum pages to write her trivial thoughts on them. Her Wiccan friend Lara tells her it’s better suited to be a magical spell book, called The Book of Shadows.
Melanie doesn’t know much about that stuff, but Lara, her boyfriend Caleb, and his friend Lucas, get her started by writing their own made up spells inside the book’s tempting pages. What they didn’t expect was a new spell showing up inside the book—and in handwriting none of them recognize.
Soon they discover that the spells suggested by The Book of Shadows itself do work—but not without wreaking havoc on the lives of the four teenagers.
Why do authors always insist on putting politics in their stories?? I would have totally given this book 4 stars and put it as a good, slow burn scary book, but then he ruined it with all his condescension and virtue signaling! What’s so sad is that the story was overshadowed by it all. Everyone goes on and on about tolerance but of course that applies to everyone EXCEPT Christians. I get that people don’t want their religions criticized and judged so people have been all about inclusivity and diversity and fine. But again, all that applies to all groups, all religions, except Christianity. It just annoyed me. Plus, why politics have to be thrown in, I’m not entirely sure, but ok.
The story itself was actually pretty good. As I said before, it was a slow burn and Verano has a great way of building up tension to a breaking point. And the breaking point is intense! I also like the formatting of this Diary of a Haunting series; a paranormal expert laying out stories sent to him by others. I look forward to seeing where this series goes! The characters are pretty good, if a little flat. There are too many stereotyped people and this seems to limit development. I was very happy with the ending. It was chilling and totally appropriate for the story! Overall, this is an ok scary book, that will scratch the itch without being too crazy.