Book Review: Devil’s Call (J. Danielle Dorn) @Inkshares @jdanielledorn

Screen Shot 2017-07-19 at 2.07.21 PM.pngI am going to open this review by being brutally honest.

When I received this book for our July #cjsreads titles, I almost added it automatically to my DNF pile. I don’t do Westerns and I don’t (usually) read historical fiction, let alone fantastical historical fiction; this book was set in the iconic American frontier on the eve of the Civil War and had to do with witches.   However, I decided to read the first chapter (to say that I tried) and, I must say, shame on me for judging this book!

Devil’s Call by J. Danielle Dorn ended up surprising me!

From the first few pages, I was hooked as I followed Li Lian, a woman in a long line of witches who goes on to avenge her husband’s murder. Dorn brilliantly drew me in with the narrative style (told sort of diary style by our protagonist) and held on to me tight! I found this one incredibly entertaining.

I do think that this title was slightly mismarketed as a horror novel; I didn’t find anything about this one particularly scary. It really was more like occult fiction. Also, do not be thrown off by the Western aspect of this novel, I promise it is not overwhelming or distracting.

Overall, this novel surprised me greatly and that is not easy to do when you read as much as I do! I give this one 3.5/5 stars.

Thanks to the author and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book; it was my pleasure to provide an honest review.

Keep reading to see what Jessica and Chandra thought of Devil’s Call.

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Book Review: Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook (Christina Henry)

Screen Shot 2017-07-04 at 9.47.30 AM.pngI am always a fan of a re-telling.  I love seeing how an author can manipulate a most loved story and turn it into something completely different.   I am familiar with and have read plenty of retellings, but, for the most part, had read them for use in my classroom. I was very excited to read one for fun. Enter, Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook by Christina Henry. A story that gives a twist on the classic Peter Pan tale and shows Peter as a villainous, evil mastermind who manipulates the lost boys and eventually creates his greatest enemy.

Told through the perspective of James, who eventually becomes Captain Hook, we see how Peter’s world of make believe and magic was a farce and the island (known as The Other Place) was truly filled with darkness and danger. The Lost Boys were not a family, but really waiting for their turn to be Peter’s favourite. This one really gave off a Lord of the Flies vibe, which I felt was really interesting.    Continue reading “Book Review: Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook (Christina Henry)”

Blog Tour: Enter the Dark (Chris Thomas) @Bloodhoundbook

Screen Shot 2017-06-26 at 6.34.24 AM.pngWelcome to my blog tour stop and Happy Publication Day to Enter the Dark, the newest heart-pounding thriller by Chris Thomas.   Today, I am coming at you with a review.

I have always been fascinated by the concept of the dark net; a place for the worst undergroundling to trade and explore their sick fantasies.   It is one of those concepts that you want to ignore but can’t help but approach with strange infatuation. This summer, one of my most anticipated reads is the August release of The Dark Net by Benjamin Percy so, needless to say, when Bloodhound Books sent me a synopsis of this Enter the Dark, it soared to the top of my TBR pile.

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Book Review: Dis Mem Ber (Joyce Carol Oates) @JoyceCarolOates @MysteriousPress

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I have been increasing the number of short story collections I have been reading lately. I love that they are flexible and I can read them along with anything else I have on my nightstand. I can read a story at a time for a little break and be back to business. However, Dis Mem Ber, a series of short stories by Joyce Carol Oates, did not provide the versatility I desired; I was unable to simply pick up this book and put it down again. Once I started, I was completely sucked into these dark and twisted narratives and had to greedily finish them all!!

Each story provided a look into completely different sets of characters and scenarios. Dis Mem Ber, the first story followed a girl who became attached to the family black sheep, The Crawl Space about a grieving widow, and The Drowned Girl about a woman who becomes obsessed with a homicide victim. Ominous and gritty, each story provided a snapshot that I desperately wanted more of!

I felt like these stories gave a Southern Gothic Fiction vibe (think Flannery O’Conner or Shirley Jackson), which I loved. I also loved that each of the stories was narrated by or featured a female protagonist.

For my first experience with this author, I would say it was a win. Obviously, some stories, like the ones I mentioned above, stood out more than others, but overall, I love this collection! 4/5 stars from me.

Thanks to the author and the publisher for a copy of this novel; it was my pleasure to provide an honest review.

This book was also a June #cjsreads pick!  Keep reading to see what Jessica and Chandra thought of this one.

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Sitting Down with John Hunt: Author Q&A @johnhuntfiction #authorq&a

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Thrilled to be sitting down today with the author of Doll House, a book that I read (and LOVED!) this past week.  Looking at writing horror, character research, and what John likes to do in this spare time, keep reading to see what John Hunt had to say when I put him in the hot seat!

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Book Review: Doll House (John Hunt) @JohnHuntFiction @brwpublisher

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Olivia is a college freshman; bright-eyed, eager for what the future holds until she is abducted and kept hostage locked in a room. For five years she is raped, tortured and abused. Her room is pink. A room fit for a doll. She is a member of their sick collection.  After Olivia escapes her captors, her worries truly begin. Getting out of the Doll House was the easy part; remaining away from the Doll House proves to be the bigger obstacle.

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Book Review: The Many (Nathan Fields)

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The Many, by Nathan Fields, caught my interest right away. The concept was completely original. People go on blind dates with people from the Internet and they come back different. They are colder, cruder and mentally unstable. As they turn violent, their families are left searching for answers. Conspiracy thriller meets psychological thriller, and a bit of horror brought in, this novel had a lot to offer. I read it easily in a few sittings.

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#cjsreads2017: Seed (Ania Ahlborn) @aniaahlborn

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In honour of Ania Ahlborn’s newest release, The Devil Crept In (you can check out my review for that one HERE), #cjsreads decided to read her first novel, Seed.  SO. CREEPY.

Keep reading below for a synopsis of the book and our thoughts.

 

 

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Sitting Down With Ania Ahlborn #authorinterview #q&a @aniaahlborn @gallerybooks

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Unless you are brand new to Clues and Reviews, you know how much I adore Ania Ahlborn. Her writing is smart, chilling and downright addicting.  In honour of her new book, The Devil Crept In, releasing TODAY, I had the opportunity to ask Ania Ahlborn some questions.

In case you missed it, I read The Devil Crept In late last year and LOVED IT! I think it was my favourite Ania Ahlborn, to date.   You can check out my review here.

The novel follows a young boy, Stevie, whose best friend (and cousin), Jude, goes missing. Sick with worry at the loss of his only friend, Stevie begins his own search for what happened to Jude when he went into the woods. Deer Valley, the town where the boys reside, is no stranger to tragedy; a little boy went missing (and was murdered) years ago and animals in the town go missing often. Stevie continues his search and finds out that whatever is in the woods is a lot more sinister than he could even imagine. And when Jude shows up back in town, seemingly unharmed, Stevie realizes that this Jude is not Jude. Whatever evil lurks in the woods seems to have crept in.  Super creepy right?!

Super creepy right?!

 The Devil Crept In had a little bit of everything, for every reader. It contains some elements of every genre (supernatural, horror, thriller, mystery) and has such multi-dimensional characters. I truly became invested in each storyline.  I have been recommending this book to everyone and anyone. I am already naming this one as one of my favourite releases of 2017!

Keep scrolling to check out what the author, Ania Ahlborn, had to say about her new novel, her writing process and life in general!

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