Blog Tour Review: It Looks Like Us by Alison Ames

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A very atmospheric horror/thriller novel

Thank you so much to TBR and Beyond Tours and Alison Ames for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary ARC and media kit!

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Blog Tour Review: Hell Followed with Us by Andrew Joseph White

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

A post-apocalyptic/dystopian religious horror novel reminiscent of Resident Evil.

Thank you so much to TBR and Beyond Tours and Andrew Joseph White for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary ARC and media kit!

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Blog Tour Review: Summer’s Edge by Dana Mele

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I had no idea where this book was going and I honestly still don’t know how to feel about it.

Thank you so much to TBR and Beyond Tours and Dana Mele for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary ARC and media kit!

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Blog Tour Review: Primal Animals by Julia Lynn Rubin

Rating: 3 out of 5.

A horror novel full of insects and suspense that will leave your skin crawling

Thank you so much to TBR and Beyond Tours and Julia Lynn Rubin for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary eARC and media kit!

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#TheWriteReads #UltimateBlogTour Review: Dread Wood by Jennifer Killick

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This Middle Grade horror novel was a blast to read!

Thank you so much to The Write Reads and Farshore for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary eARC and media kit!

Purchase this book (affiliate link): Amazon

About the Author

Jennifer Killick is the author of Crater Lake, the Alex Sparrow series, and middle-grade sci-fi adventure Mo, Lottie and the Junkers. She regularly visits schools and festivals, and her books have three times been selected for The Reading Agency’s Summer Reading Challenge. She lives in Uxbridge, in a house full of children, animals and Lego. When she isn’t busy mothering or step-mothering (which isn’t often) she loves to read, write and run, as fast as she can.

Twitter: @JenniferKillick

Review

Book CWs

For a list of warnings, tropes, and representation for this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com.

Premise

Turn the lights on. Lock the door. Things are about to get SERIOUSLY SCARY!

The brand new must-read middle-grade novel from the author of super-spooky Crater Lake. Perfect for 9+ fans of R.L.Stine’s Goosebumps

It’s basically the worst school detention ever. When classmates (but not mate-mates) Hallie, Angelo, Gustav and Naira are forced to come to school on a SATURDAY, they think things can’t get much worse. But they’re wrong. Things are about to get seriously scary.

What has dragged their teacher underground? Why do the creepy caretakers keeping humming the tune to Itsy Bitsy Spider? And what horrors lurk in the shadows, getting stronger and meaner every minute…? Cut off from help and in danger each time they touch the ground, the gang’s only hope is to work together. But it’s no coincidence that they’re all there on detention. Someone has been watching and plotting and is out for revenge…

Review (No Spoilers)

Welcome back to my blog, everyone! Today’s review is of the newly-released middle grade horror novel, Dread Wood. I’ve been reading a lot more middle grade than usual, and let me tell you, I am having a blast! This book was a whole lot of fun, from the creepy atmosphere, to the eerie absence of adult figures, to the creepy crawlies prowling in the dark.

The story follows four students who have found themselves in weekend detention after they each committed various atrocities at school. Detention starts, a blood-curdling scream is heard, and the teacher goes missing. What the heck is going on??

The whole band-of-misfits thing this book had going for it reminded me a lot of some of societies favorite horror tv shows and movies such as IT and Stranger Things. I could definitely see this book being adapted into an amazing film or series. The characters are all flawed in character, but in ways that are both relatable and understandable. With their funny banter and childish glee, you can’t help but root them on until the end.

Dread Wood is definitely a book I would recommend to anyone looking for a Goosebumps-esque MG novel. It also seems to be the first in an upcoming series, so you can bet your bottom I’m excited to see what other adventures this fun, loyal, and incredibly scrappy group will get into!

P.S. the blurb says Itsy Bitsy Spider but the eARC I had said Incy Wincy Spider (both are correct depending on geography) so just be aware that there might be two different versions of the novel out there depending on where you get it from, much like with A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder.


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Book Review: Deep Down There by Oli Jacobs

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

A chilling horror novel reminiscent of House of Leaves

Book CWs: For a list of content/trigger warnings, tropes, and representation found in this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com!

Premise (from Goodreads)

In the gated community of Anton Court, everything is normal enough. The five families living there get on, and the assigned caretaker makes sure that nothing is out of sorts. All is well and everyone is happy.

Until the hole appears.

Perfectly round and 6-feet wide, the hole inspires many feelings in the residents. Wealthy app developer Rich Davis wants to investigate it. Elderly army veteran James Stanley (known as The Colonel) wants it removed. While widowed single mother Hannah Suggs is just unnerved by the hole.

Soon enough, obsessions take over and the peace of Anton Court is horribly corrupted.

From the dark mind of Oli Jacobs, author of The Station 17 Chronicles, The Children of Little Thwopping, and Book Bloggers Novel of the Year Award 2021 finalist Wilthaven, Deep Down There is a story of obsession, secrets, and the fragile nature of fate and reality. As always, he hopes you enjoy.

Purchase this book (affiliate link): Amazon

Review (No Spoilers)

Is this day 4 of me posting consecutively?? Who am I?

When Oli Jacobs approached followers on Twitter about reading and reviewing his new novel Deep Down There, I knew I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. Having just recently read his novel Wilthaven as part of last year’s BBNYA competition (which is open for 2022 submissions btw), I was positively itching to get my hands on more of his products.

Unlike Witlhaven—which is told through a collection of government documents and personal communications—Deep Down There is written in regular prose. However, similar to Wilthaven, the plot follows mysterious otherworldly events that secret agencies seem to be uncomfortably knowledgable about. The plot of Deep Down There follows a small collection of neighbors as they struggle to deal with a giant hole suddenly appearing in their gated community. All attempts to cover, block, or fill the hole are quickly thwarted, and the court residents soon find that the strange pit has begin to influence their mental health, giving them deep obsessions with exploring, understanding and even feeding the hole, whatever that may mean.

Readers are sure to feel a mixture of confusion, dread, curiosity, and terror as they make their way through this unique horror novel. It very much reminded me of the inner plot of House of Leaves, where the characters are exploring an inexplicable and seemingly never-ending tunnel system that is appears inside their house. Several other reviews also compare it to Lovecraftian horror, but unfortunately I’ve never read any Lovecraft books to know how accurate this comparison is.

I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in a psychological horror experience. Like the characters of this novel, I too found myself obsessed with learning more about this hole and all the terrors that came with it. Thank you Oli for providing me with a complimentary eBook in exchange for an honest review!

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Blog Tour Review: Horror Hotel by Victoria Fulton & Faith McClaren

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A healthy dose of terror, gore, and murder.

Thank you so much to TBR and Beyond and the authors for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary eARC and media kit!

Book Information

Genre: YA Horror
Publishing Date: February 1, 2022

This addictive YA horror about a group of teen ghost hunters who spend the night in a haunted LA hotel is The Blair Witch Project for the TikTok generation.

When the YouTube-famous Ghost Gang—Chrissy, Chase, Emma, and Kiki—visit a haunted LA hotel notorious for tragedy to secretly film after dark, they expect it to be just like their previous paranormal huntings. Spooky enough to attract subscribers—and ultimately harmless.

But when they stumble upon something unexpected in the former room of a gruesome serial killer, they quickly realize that they’re in over their heads.

Sometimes, it’s the dead who need our help—and the living we should fear.

Underlined is a line of totally addictive romance, thriller, and horror paperback original titles coming to you fast and furious each month. Enjoy everything you want to read the way you want to read it.

Content and Trigger Warnings

For a list of warnings, tropes, and representation for this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com.

About the Author

Victoria Fulton and Faith McClaren are an award-winning coauthor duo who write edgy rom-coms and frightening horror with plenty of smooching, friendship and movie references. Originally hailing from Ohio and Texas, respectively, they met in an online writing workshop where their friendship quickly blossomed into a partnership demanding they live in the same state. Now they both work and write in too-sunny Los Angeles, CA. Victoria lives with her fiancé and their two cat children and co-runs a PR agency with her other best friend in her spare time. Faith eats home baked goods made by her husband, raises a wolf-loving son, and wrangles two scruffy dogs, while also working as a book coach and developmental editor, and writing YA and women’s fiction under her real name Rebekah Faubion.

Author Links:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/victoriaxfaith
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/victoriaxfaith/
Victoria’s Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/21368841.Victoria_Fulton
Faith’s Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/21368842.Faith_McClaren

Review (no spoilers)

If you’d like to follow along with the rest of the tour, you can find the tour schedule here.

I’ve been trying to expand my genres a bit and read more horror novels. Typically, I stay away from that genre because I’m a huge scaredy pants. I’m someone who likes to say that something isn’t scary but then as soon as I take a break from it for a second, my brain starts freaking out.

I poorly planned my reading scheduled and read this book entirely at night, with a majority of it being read while my partner was asleep. I even got too scared at one point to get up and go to the kitchen, so I had to wake my partner up to go with me. Oops.

I rated this book 4 stars because it was enjoyable as a campy horror novel. Let me take a second to get my gripes out of the way. The plot of this novel is very standard for the genre: it’s a bunch of way-too-confident ghost investigators putting their noses where they shouldn’t be. There was no shortage of DONT-DO-THAT moments as these characters were often short-sighted, immature, and downright nonsensical. There’s also a healthy dose of teen drama thrown in, of course.

Aside from that, however, if you took the campy nature of this at face value, it was actually quite fun. It did a great job of being atmospheric and spooky by painting detailed pictures of what these kids were experiencing. The four main characters had very different personalities that helped compliment the story telling (which was told through multiple POV). The ending was quite predictable, but the path there was a thrill-filled ride.

The inspiration for this book is extremely recognizable if you know about it. It is largely based on the real-life story of Elisa Lam and the Cecil Hotel. I read a few reviews about how this bothered some readers, but as someone who isn’t that familiar with Elisa’s story, I was completely fine with this aspect of it. In fact, this book has pushed me to reading the Netflix docu-series about it to learn more (and my partner will be there this time if I get scared again).

If you’re a fan of YA horror, I would definitely recommend checking out Horror Hotel. It reminded me a bit of The Girls Are Never Gone, which is another YA horror I’ve read and review for TBR and Beyond Tours. You can check out my review of that here.

#TheWriteReads #BBNYA #BlogTour Review: Wilthaven by Oli Jacobs

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A very fun mixed-media horror/comedy novel.

Thank you so much to The Write Reads and Oli Jacobs for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary eARC and media kit!

Purchase this book (affiliate link): Amazon

About the Author

Oli Jacobs is a bearded chap who enjoys spinning a yarn or two. While now a hermit, he has been rumoured to be seen drinking beer and enjoying chicken in the wilds of Southampton. If seen, please approach gently as he has severe anxiety and may cry.

As well as Wilthaven, Oli has also wrote other Horror (The Children of Little Thwopping, The Station 17 Chronicles), Comedy (the Kirk Sandblaster series), Thriller (the Mr Blank series), and short stories (the Filmic Cuts series).

As always, he hopes you enjoy.

Review

Book CWs

For a list of warnings, tropes, and representation for this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com.

Premise

A quiet English town that thrives on local produce, old fashioned values, and survival against the rule of an Eldritch Abomination. Here, you will enjoy endless walks, soothing sounds, forceful avatars, and the kind of joys that only an English township can bring!

(Please note: this dossier has been compiled by the BPD based on materials found relating to P1983 – or Wilthaven as you know it. Treat every sentence, word, image, and syllable with the utmost paranoia. Be safe.)

Wilthaven is a horror comedy by Oli Jacobs, who previously mined scares & chuckles from the likes of The Children of Little Thwopping, Filmic Cuts, and Bad Sandwich. As always, he hopes you enjoy.

Review (No Spoilers)

I’m just going to come out and say it: reading Wilthaven was one of the most enjoyable reading experiences I’ve had in a while.

The format of this book is mixed-media in that it is told using a “found footage” type of narration. If you’ve read Illuminae, it’s kind of like that. As you make your way through the story, you’ll find various letters, emails, photographs, newspaper clippings, etc. I’m a huge fan of this type of formatting, so I was hooked right away.

The story itself follows a government agency who studies alternative universes/realities. They have recently begun finding artifacts that all connect back to a mysterious (and nonexistent) town called Wilthaven, where abnormal is the normal.

As I read this book, it reminded me a lot of the podcast Welcome to Nightvale. It has the same “horror, but funny horror” type of feel to it and was equal parts hilarious, perplexing, and terrifying. I would 100% recommend this to anyone who is interested in checking it out.

If you’d like to follow along with the rest of the tour, you can find the tour schedule here!


I received this book to read and review as part of the 2021 BBNYA competition and the BBNYA tours organised by the TWR Tour team. All opinions are my own, unbiased and honest.

BBNYA is a yearly competition where Book Bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors. If you are an author and wish to learn more about the BBNYA competition, you can visit the official website http://www.bbnya.com or twitter @bbnya_official.

The sign-ups will soon be open for the 2022 BBNYA competition, be it for authors to enter their books, or for bloggers wanting to be part of the new panel, so keep your eyes peeled!!


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Blog Tour Review: The Girls are Never Gone by Sarah Glenn Marsh

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Scary, chilling, and thrilling.

Thank you so much to TBR and Beyond and Sarah Glenn Marsh for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary eARC and media kit!

Book Information

Genre: Young Adult Horror
Publishing Date: September 7, 2021

The Conjuring meets Sadie when seventeen-year-old podcaster Dare takes an internship in a haunted house and finds herself in a life-or-death struggle against an evil spirit.

Dare Chase doesn’t believe in ghosts.

Privately, she’s a supernatural skeptic. But publicly, she’s keeping her doubts to herself—because she’s the voice of Attachments, her brand-new paranormal investigation podcast, and she needs her ghost-loving listeners to tune in.

That’s what brings her to Arrington Estate. Thirty years ago, teenager Atheleen Bell drowned in Arrington’s lake, and legend says her spirit haunts the estate. Dare’s more interested in the suspicious circumstances surrounding her death—circumstances that she believes point to a living culprit, not the supernatural. Still, she’s vowed to keep an open mind as she investigates, even if she’s pretty sure what she’ll find.

But Arrington is full of surprises. Good ones like Quinn, the cute daughter of the house’s new owner. And baffling ones like the threatening messages left scrawled in paint on Quinn’s walls, the ghastly face that appears behind Dare’s own in the mirror, and the unnatural current that nearly drowns their friend Holly in the lake. As Dare is drawn deeper into the mysteries of Arrington, she’ll have to rethink the boundaries of what is possible. Because if something is lurking in the lake…it might not be willing to let her go

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Content and Trigger Warnings

For a list of warnings, tropes, and representation for this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com.

About the Author

Sarah Glenn Marsh writes young adult novels and children’s picture books. An avid fantasy reader from the day her dad handed her a copy of The Hobbit and promised it would change her life, she’s been making up words and worlds ever since.

When she’s not writing, Sarah frequents the pottery studio, volunteers her time to sighthound rescue, and raises awareness about her autoimmune disease, Type 1 diabetes. She often enjoys pursuits of the nerd variety, from video games to tabletop adventures. She’s never met an animal or a doughnut she didn’t like.

Sarah lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and their tiny zoo of four rescued sighthounds, two birds, and many fish. She is the author of Fear the Drowning Deep, the Reign of the Fallen series, and several books for younger readers.

Review (no spoilers)

If you’d like to follow along with the rest of the tour, you can find the tour schedule here.

I don’t consider myself someone who reads many horror novels, mostly because I’m a huge scaredy cat, but I’m trying to branch out. I’m a sucker for a good mystery and horror novels are often a mixture of mystery and terror, which makes them seem like a good option. I read this book late at night right before bed, and I will admit that The Girls Are Never Gone left me with some lingering unease as I tried to fall asleep. Thankfully I was tired enough that I eventually passed out.

The Girls Are Never Gone does an amazing job working with the “Is it Supernatural?” trope. If you don’t know what this trope is (it might be called something else) it’s basically when the book you’re reading is constantly toying with the idea that the events might be supernatural/paranormal or might eventually be scientifically/rationally explained away at the end. The reason this trope worked so well in this novel is because the main character, Dare, is a skeptic, but her love interest, Quinn, is 100% convinced the place is haunted. The third girl in the house, Holly, is on the fence and tends to play both sides. Giving the reader these three girls who are all experiencing the same terrorizing events but under very different lenses allows for us to kind of choose which girl to levitate towards (hehe) depending on how we feel about ghosts and hauntings personally while getting a more complete picture of what is happening.

As far as the writing goes, this book was written pretty solidly and the book has a good amount of rep. Dare is bisexual/pansexual (I don’t think she’s ever explicitly labelled) with Type 1 Diabetes. Quinn is Puerto Rican from her dad’s side and is sapphic (again I don’t know if she is explicitly labelled either). I was a bit unsure about how to feel about the diabetes rep because Dare is basically constantly checking her blood sugar levels throughout the book, so much so that I felt like it was beginning to affect my immersion in the story. However, I think this was the entire point, to expose readers to the reality of what it means to have to monitor your blood sugar almost constantly and the effect it can have on day to day life. I don’t have diabetes and my mom is Type 2, not Type 1, so definitely check out what OwnVoices readers have to say about it.

The pacing was very solid throughout the book and picked up quite a lot in the last 20% or so as the tension comes to a climax. The ending was slightly predictable (in my opinion), but there was one unexpected final twist that I thought was an amazing decision. Overall, I really enjoyed this experienced and I’ll definitely be keeping my eye out for more Sarah Glenn Marsh books and for more YA horror in general.

The Girls Are Never Gone released last week! Pick up your copy today!

ARC Review: Dismal Dreams by Red Lagoe

Rating: 4 out of 5.

An anthology that is sure to make your blood curdle.

Book CWs: For a list of content/trigger warnings, tropes, and representation found in this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com!

Premise (from Goodreads)

Red Lagoe, author of Lucid Screams, brings us her follow up collection of horror shorts, Dismal Dreams, with a foreword by Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Devil’s Dreamland, Sara Tantlinger.

Every day is steeped in horror. An inexplicable force deep in the forest. A serpent lurking in the shadows. Or the sinister thoughts forged in the deepest abyss of a tortured mind.

Lagoe offers a gamut of horrific experiences artfully woven into thirteen stories. Explore the darkness within a selfish heart, face death among ghosts, and roar into the snarling maw of a beast. Horror can be empowering if we can survive our most dismal dreams.

Purchase this book (affiliate link): Amazon

Review (No Spoilers)

Thank you so much to the author for providing me with a free physical ARC in exchange for an honest review! The personalization in the book and the beautiful card really made my day!

Dismal Dreams is a horror anthology consisting of 13 (ehehe) short stories. I’ve never read a horror anthology before (aside from Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark when I was a kid and that book terrified the heck out of me) so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I mostly expected there to be a lot of creepy ghosts and haunted houses, but the book actually puts much more emphasis on the horrors that real life humans are capable of, which was a nice twist.

Throughout the book we experience basically every human-designed horror that you could think of: murder, kidnapping, greed, jealousy, rape, the whole lot. While there were a few stories with supernatural elements, the initial conflict was basically always human-caused. And though I was expecting some super scary ghost stories and was a bit disappointed (though honestly relieved because I’m a big baby), I think Red Lagoe’s Dismal Dreams will pack a much more powerful punch than any ghost story ever could. It’s very easy for people to dismiss stories with ghosts/zombies/vampires/etc. as pure fiction and totally preposterous, but when we’re confronted with the dark aspects of our very own human nature, there’s no real escape from that. I think that will make all the difference.

Dismal Dreams comes out on June 25, 2021! If you’d like to pre-order it, you can do so from your favorite bookstore or from Amazon by clicking here (affiliate link).

I rated this book an overall 4 stars, but if you’d like to see my rating by short story, you can continue below.

Rating by Story
  • Dismal Dreams (2.5)
  • The Creation of Man (3)
  • Shutter Stop (4.5)
  • Flicker (3.75)
  • A Cold Day in Hell (4)
  • Valentine’s Day (4)
  • Prospect Nowhere (4)
  • One Year Anniversary (3)
  • To the Ground (4.5)
  • Never Have I Ever (3)
  • Doll House (3.5)
  • The Terminator Line (4)
  • Burden’s Beast (3.5)

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