Hunted Review

Hunted Review

Kindle Edition, First, 330 pages

Expected publication: January 25th 2022 by Dark Night Horror


A 4 Star Read

Open waters are terrifying. Well, at least to me. But I do think that the characters written by Damian Dawes in his novel Hunted would agree with me after meeting the Abarath. A viscous creature that only has one goal- to eat you.

Katrina Robbins is a damaged woman whose life has been rough so far. She takes a job on an icebreaker in the Arctic Circle with a crew of misfits. It’s already one hell of a job, but when the seemingly greedy captain let’s some tourists join the ride, things go to hell a lot quicker than expected.

Dawes’ writing and pacing are pretty unique to me, and I’m not saying that in a bad way. He uses short and sometimes clipped sentences to create a hectic and dramatic environment, and it works. His monster, the Abarath, is also extremely well thought out, and also pretty repulsive, which is just how I like it. 

The death scenes are gore galore, and the author is able to paint a pretty vivid picture. Some deaths were satisfying and some rather sad, but that depends on how much Dawes helped us like/dislike the character. So, prepare to be elated at the Abarath finally catching up with your most hated character, or draw in a shocked breath when it’s someone you really liked (no hints from me!). 

Overall, a well written, fast paced action-horror book!

Thanks to the author for the arc. 

 

 

 

Sundial Review

Sundial Review

Kindle Edition, 272 pages

Expected publication: March 1st 2022 by Tor Nightfire


A 5 Star Read

It’s rare that I’m sucked into a story from the first page. But Sundial is exactly that kind of story. There is so much mystery, despair, and drama that I couldn’t stop myself from devouring it. A mix of thriller and horror; it’s the perfect story for me. Catriona Ward’s writing almost has a V.C. Andrews-feel to me, and I love her work for that. It’s Gothic and eerie; the perfect mix.

Ward writes deeply flawed characters in Sundial, just like she did in her previous book The Last House on Needless Street, which was also a five star book for me. This is definitely an auto-read author for me from now on.

It’s a  story about a loveless (and hateful) marriage, twin sisters that grew apart in anger and resentment and the strange way they were brought up. All of this is told in two different timelines, and two POVs. 

Little extra note: once I found out the remote control experiments really happened, it got even more unsettling. 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the advanced copy!

 

 

 

Swine Review

Swine Review

Paperback, 340 pages

Published August 24th 2021 by New Degree Press


A 3 Star Read

First of all, the cover and interior work of Swine is amazing, and so is the premise of the book itself. It’s quite unique to be able to read a book from the POV of the killer and the detectives chasing him; that was a completely new experience for me. The author has a good way with words and knows how to set a scene.

What I didn’t enjoy so much was the cliche of the grumpy old detective and his new partner. I’ve just seen it one too many times. Also, the character of Susan was really annoying, and I had trouble relating to any of the others in general.

A big thanks to the author for the review copy!

 

 

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.