Come Closer Review

Come Closer Review

Kindle Edition, 196 pages

Published July 1st 2003 by Soho Press


A 2 Star Read

I went into Come Closer with pretty high expectations seeing all the reviews on Goodreads. I was expecting a really scary book, something that would haunt me for a while after I finished reading- well, that didn’t happen.

The book moved at a really fast pace, which isn’t a bad thing, but somehow nothing happened. The protagonist and her husband just fought a whole lot, and the protagonist did some bad things, but where was the scary part? Was it the dreams? Because honestly, that was some pretty mild creepiness. 

Also, the way everyone was just cool with the whole possession thing is ridiculous.

Overall, a big let down in my book. 

 

John Dies at the End Review

John Dies at the End Review

First published 2007


A 4 Skull Read

Have you ever read a book and all you can think is “What the Hell did I just read”? Well, actually that’s the title of the third book in this series, but the first one is just as freaking weird. I imagine a lot of you have either heard or actually seen the movie John Dies at the End, but I had not. I picked up the book on a whim, and I’m glad I did. 

The story of John Dies at the End is outrageous, funny and doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. There’s a dude named David and a dude named John and they’re friends. Together they get involved in this really weird situation, involving a weird drug called “soy sauce” and these shadow people are stalking them. Oh, and some being called Korrok is trying to take over the world. It’s wild, I’ll tell you that. 

If you have an odd sense of humor like me (yeah, childish jokes are my jam), I think you’ll enjoy this one! 

 

 

Krampus and Friends Review

Krampus and Friends Review

Paperback, 188 pages

Published December 4th 2020 by BookBaby



4 Stars

Christmas. What a peaceful and jolly holiday during the most wonderful time of the year. Or, is it? According to Krampus and Friends: Tales of Terrifying Christmas Monsters From Around the World, it doesn’t quite seem that way. Sure, the “good” kids get presents a plenty, but what about the “bad” kids? Well, what’s waiting for them in most of these tales is rather horrific.

I had a good time reading this book, especially since I grew up in Germany and I’ve heard of a lot of these tales in the past. I had a feeling of nostalgia getting to experience these stories all over again, but this time with a new twist by the author. If you like the idea of Krampus, you will surely enjoy learning all about his friends as well! 

Thanks to the author for the review copy.

 

 

 

Curse of Crater House Review

Curse of Crater House Review

ebook, 217 pages

Published October 4th 2021


 
3 Skull Read

Haunted houses make for an excellent backdrop for any horror story. It’s one of my favorite tropes in both movies and books. 

Curse of Crater House gives that trope another breath of fresh air, by giving the main character special powers. Her work as a realtor, combined with her ability to “sense” houses’ personalities, was great. Bringing in a team of ghost hunters made the whole thing even better. 

There were a lot of extremely creepy moments throughout this book, and I don’t get scared easily. The author surely knows how to set the tone for spine tingling creepiness. 

What I didn’t like was that the characters seemed rather hollow, and were missing personalities. Also, the ending (and I don’t want to spoil it) was an extreme letdown. 

Thanks to Netgalley for the review copy. 

 

 

 

 

 

Maiden Review

Maiden Review

Kindle Edition, 200 pages

Published 2021 by Hold My Beer Publishing


 

4 Skull Read

I freaking adore mermaids. Really anything with mermaids/sirens in it: the scarier, the better. I am a full grown adult that wants there to be merpeople living in the depths of our oceans, ready to strike at any moment. Gruesome killing machines; half-human, half-fish. I don’t know when this obsession started. So, when I heard about Maiden, I immediately jumped over to Netgalley and requested an advanced copy. Here is what I thought:

The mermaids themselves are a-mazing! They are everything I want in them, if not better. In fact, I need more of them. I want this to be a whole series, because these are not your fairytale mermaids, and I’m all here for it. 

I also enjoyed the characters to an extent. The captain and his three new crew members were all flawed human beings, just like the rest of us. I like being able to sympathize with characters that are down on their luck. Makes the book feel more organic, more real. 

The villain, on the other hand, was more vile and disgusting than I expected. I’m not generally a person that gets offended easily, but this villain did nothing but just that. Since I can only assume this was on purpose, I won’t deduct any points for his gross presence in the novel. Just some parts were a bit too much, but then again trigger warnings were included in the book, so it’s nothing I didn’t know going on. 

A very solid, gruesome and outright bloodbath by the two authors working together! 

Thanks to the authors for the review copy!

 

Amalina and the Secrets of the Wailing Castle Review

Amalina and the Secrets of the Wailing Castle Review

Paperback

Published September 24th 2019


 

5 Skull Read

Amalina and the Secrets of the Wailing Castle is the first book or episode in a series titled “The Count at Play and Slaughter Series”. It follows a young baker’s daughter by the name of Amalina through her peculiar journey to stay in an old castle. The owner of this castle is a count, who is feared throughout the land. She finds herself there scared and frightened, but finds a friend in the count’s servant. 

As this is a vampire story, I was a bit hesitant at first. Vampires in movies/books have become very odd throughout the last few years, but this book takes us back to old fashioned vamps in stuffy old castles and I loved every minute of it.

It did take me a good minute to finish the book, as it is pretty long, but I never found myself bored or tired of it. The author does an excellent job writing the book in a narrative style. And the entire book is written exceptionally well. 

Amalina is a likeable character, and I even found a soft spot for the “mean” count. 

Thanks to the author for the review copy!