Archive for the ‘Horror Stories’ Category

Eerie magnetism, with a heaping of evil, a present day siren:   that is Ruby, the older sister of Chloe.   I have met people who can command the allegiance, faith and adoration of others to a nonsensical level, but Ruby takes the cake.  Even balloons with written commands on them obey her will.  Ruby demands that Chloe show her drinking party Chloe’s swimming ability in the reservoir that destroyed the town called Olive, which Ruby insists still has inhabitants walk-swimming with their webbed hands, waiting to snatch the living.  Chloe does it, swims out to the center of it but returns with a boat holding a dead girl.  The incident and drinking party are discovered and Chloe’s dad demands that she live with him.  Two years later she reappears, because Ruby insists, to live with her again.  Who does Chloe see, but the girl in the boat walking toward her.  The dead girl is alive?  That return was terrifying for Chloe and did not bother one other person.  The mental and emotional manipulation of boyfriends, Chloe, townspeople accelerates.  Can Ruby truly make anything happen? Who really is the most dysfunctional of these two sisters?  Here I digress:  this is another YA novel that has a weird anti-Christ statement dropped into the story on page 138 with Ruby stating that Christ is as real as a unicorn. ( If Ruby says it, is it true?)   It is a unrelated and disparaging statement in an amazing novel.  I will always remember these sisters.

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Beautiful, red-headed Rebecca leaves London for the summer with her dad, a disgraced cop, for six weeks to live in the diminishing hamlet of Winterfold.  It was a once prosperous medieval metropolis that has been dropping off into the ocean until only a generous pie serving is left.  Her father licks his wounds and Rebecca becomes more isolated.  Her London boyfriend believes in “love the girl you’re with” and she seems to have no friends with which to text or chat with from home .Enters slithery, pasty, goth Ferelith who lives in the local rectory with a motley crew of addicts.  The reader knows this girl is up to no good..  But lonely Rebecca  is lured into a love/hate friendship that almost costs Rebecca her life.  Juxtapose their story with the clergy from the eighteenth century who was likewise lured into a partnership with a secretive French doctor whose experiments to determine if the recently dead could still communicate could prove life after death.  Interweave the stories once the secret of 1798 is divulged and you have a horror story.  White crow comes from a William James’ work.  Unlike some who reviewed the book, I felt the stories between centuries were justified and artfully concluded.  Abuse of religion for power and science were evident, but didn’t need a heavy hand.

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Move over zombies, vampires and werewolves for the capaill uisce, the sea monsters that are faster than the winter wind and blood-thirsty for whatever throbs with blood. Well, there goes a girl’s romantic dream of horses! Actually the novel has been the dream of Maggie Stiefvater for years, and we all should cheer that she followed through with writing her finest novel to date. On the isle of Thisby water horses come ashore. Some are captured and trained for the Scorpio Race each November, full of blood, mayhem, death and a prize. Sean Kendrick is the undisputed king of four of the races and trains a capall named Corr, the other half of the team that is to be beat. Another orphan on the island, Puck Donelly, enters the race to pay off the back rent owed by her and her two brothers, to the horrid landlord threatening eviction. Of course the race is the climax of the story boiling with hatred, sexual prejudice, intimidation, attempted murder, and love. The narrative is shared by Sean and Puck. What I love about the writing is that Maggie allows the reader to incrementally piece the stories of these characters together from the evidences of the narration with zero omniscient presence. It is brilliant! I didn’t want to put it down, but I did. I wanted the story to also last longer. I want it to win awards.

ENDERS’ Rating: *****
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For those who think there is no creativity any more in fantasy writing, read Chime! For those who think that young adult lit has no meat, read Chime! For those who think there are no more deliciously creepy stories, read Chime!

Biony is a beautiful teenager who blames herself for the death of her wonderful stepmother, the condition of her twin sister Rose and the fire that destroyed all her stories in the library. When lion-maned Eldric becomes a boarder at her home, she slowly begins to discover herself, the Old Ones in the swamp, and other unsettling revelations.

Rose’s outbursts and commentaries made me laugh out loud. Biony’s musings were innocent, complex, amazing. Here is a sample: “Slicing yourself is harder than you’d think. Your skin doesn’t slice, not like bread or cheese. Your flesh pushes back. It’s resilient, like the skin of a mushroom.”

The swamp was creepy and mesmerizing. I may never walk on a boardwalk at the beach wetlands again. But at least the beach will not give me a deadly cough…

This is no book to rush through. You need to take a bite and chew sixty times. Be prepared for each bite to have another literary flavor.

ENDERS’ Rating: ***** Franny’s Website


When is a old Gothic mansion not spooky?

Evie senses that immediately when her soldier father enrolls her in the prestigious, expensive, eerie Wyldcliff School for Young Ladies as he reports overseas. With her mother dead and her grandmother elderly and ill, this is his only option to care for his daughter. So Evie begins school after the school year has begun, and enters as a scholarship student, aka, a student needing financial help: two-fisted ostracizing. On her way to the school, which the taxi driver insists in evil and will not drive her all the way, she trudges into a Gothic-ly handsome, black-haired young man who is instantly smitten by her. She knows the women teachers are up to something at the school. The young man insists on nighttime meetings and he wanes from healthy to puny. The other scholarship students seems crazy. Evie discovers startling facts in old portraits and books and diaries. Danger creeps closer and closer as she uncovers powerful secrets. The book is hard to put down, and though British, American readers will relish it.

A sequel is coming in which Evie has to make a life or death choice.

ENDERS’ Rating: ***

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In this companion novel to The Forest of Hands and Teeth, we join Mary and her daughter Gabriella (Gabry) about sixteen years after Mary is found by the lighthouse employee almost drowned on the shore of Vista. Mary is now the lighthouse keeper and Mudo destroyer for the beach, rather ironic that her dream location has become the juxtaposition of her dreams and nightmares. Gabry likes the security of her home, the constancy of her mother, the borders protecting Vista. Then she and her mother argue, and Mary leaves to go to her village in the Forest.

But there is this boy. Gabry likes him. He wants to jump the Barrier into the deserted amusement park. With his friends. With Gabry. Common sense never rules in this situation. With some of their friends dead, others captured by authorities, Gabry and Catcher (the boy) take off through the Forest to find her mother.

If you thought the first book was creepy-good, you want to read this book!

Carrie’s website has some cool extras that you can download and print.

ENDERS” Rating: ****

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