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Famous Last Words by Katie Alender Review 10/9/14

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Famous Last Words by Katie Alender
September 30, 2014
Hardcover, 320 pgs.

What it’s about:

Willa has been uprooted from her home in Connecticut when her mother marries a Hollywood screenwriter. Fitting in at a new school is a problem, and being partnered with the school’s social outcast doesn’t help. But this doesn’t top her list of problems. The new location doesn’t change the fact that she is still having experiences that make her question her sanity. The real issue is the hallucinations-weird visions and sounds that haunt her. And seem to be somehow connected to the serial killer that is terrorizing Hollywood and targeting young, would-be actresses.

Why you might like it:

Do you like a ghost story that thrills but won’t keep you up at night? Katie Alender is a master at writing suspenseful and spooky stories that don’t rely on gore and terror. There are plenty of pop culture references, Hollywood glitz and glam, and a twisted serial killer mystery to keep readers guessing. Some readers will also appreciate the light romance that takes a back seat to the hauntings and suspense.

Want more like this?

Don’t miss Katie Alender’s other books, including her Bad Girls Don’t Die series and Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer. Also be sure to check out The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson and Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake



Amity by Micol Ostow Review 8/9/14

Amity by Micol Ostow
August 26, 2014
Hardcover, 368 pages

What it’s about:

Amity is an old house with a long and troubled history.  Connor’s family moved to the quite town where Amity is located in order to escape an unnamed scandal caused by their father. It doesn’t take the already disturbed teen long to realize things are not right with the house. It is almost as if the house is speaking to him, luring him, manipulating him. Ten years later, unaware of the tragic events that have transpired, a new family comes to Amity. Gwen’s family is looking for a fresh start, a quiet place for Gwen to recover from her breakdown. Amity has other plans and they are certainly not peaceful.

Why you might like it:

Do you like stories about haunted houses? Amity is HAUNTED! Are you looking for a disturbing, psychological thriller? Both Connor and Gwen find themselves questioning their sanity the longer they stay in Amity. Do you like parallel story lines that converge at the end? Connor’s and Gwen’s voices are distinct, but their experiences with Amity are frighteningly similar. Do you enjoy an edge-or-your-seat, spooky read? Amity is a great pick, with plenty of references to the classic horror story, Amityville Horror. This reader was thankful that the horror came more from suspense and tension rather than blood and gore, but readers looking for a bloodbath may be disappointed. Nonetheless, Amity should satisfy the reader looking for a creepy book!

Want more like this?

For more haunted houses and ghosts, try The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington, Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender, The Turning by Francine Prose, Stone Child by Dan Poblocki, and Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley.com for providing a copy for review!

Happy Reading!


Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books to Read For Halloween 10/29/13


Demons, ghosts, and monsters, oh my! It’s time for all things spooky, creepy, and down-right terrifying. I am big baby when it comes to scary things and I refuse to watch horror movies (or even commercials for horror movies), but I still like a good fright in the form of a book. That I read during the day. In public. And the book can’t even come home with me. Those are the rules. Here are my picks for Halloween Reads. Oh, and stop by The Broke and the Bookish for more terrifying lists.

1. The Diviners by Libba Bray. I think this book is so scary. Seriously. I have read it once and I know I want to read it again. I want to listen to the audio but the thought of actually hearing the Naughty John song freaks me out. I will never be able to unhear it.


2. In the Shadow of the Blackbirds by Cat Winters. I just recently read this one. It is delightfully creepy!

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3. Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender. This is a great series. Just creepy enough to make me nervous, but not terrifying. *ahem, Diviners*

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4. Ten by Gretchen McNeil. This is a creepy mystery/thriller. It reads like a teen slasher movie!


5. The Stone Child by Dan Poblocki. The monsters from books come to life in this unique horror story.

stone child

6. I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga. Serial Killer. That is all. Game is even scarier.

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7. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson. Speaking of serial killers, this one stars the ghost of Jack the Ripper. Spooky!

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8. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. This is my favorite zombie series ever.

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9. Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride. Delightfully dark and droll.

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10. Locke & Key by Joe Hill. This graphic novel series is so awesome. It’s very creepy.

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Honorable Mentions:

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Happy Reading!



Top Ten Tuesday: Halloween Spooktacular

Despite my growing aversion to scary movies (total wimp), I do love a good creepy book. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, brought to you by The Broke and The Bookish, is all about books that will get you in the Halloween spirit. This week I am including books that I haven’t read yet and it will definitely be longer than ten. It happens. I have recently read two super creepy books and I definitely recommend them! Ten by Gretchen McNeil is terrifying murder mystery that I compulsively read in one sitting. The Diviners by Libba Bray continues to haunt me, weeks after finishing it. It’s the song. Oh, that song. And the good old-fashioned occult murders, of course. So. Definitely read those.

How about some ghost stories?

1. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. I read this last year around Halloween and it was certainly spooky. I still need to read Girl of Nightmares.

2. Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey. Historical paranormal romance. BUT-there is a scene with the ghost that is super creepy.

3. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson. Jack the Ripper is back and terrorizing London! Or is he? I cannot wait for the next Shades of London book.

4. Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender. Don’t you just hate it when you have to live with a bratty and possessed little sister? Ugh. I really enjoyed this one and need to read the next two, From Bad to Cursed and As Dead as it Gets.

5. Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore. This is a Scooby-doo-esque ghost story. Lots of fun! Another great ghost story from this author is The Splendor Falls. That one is more of a southern gothic ghost story.

Now for the ones that I haven’t read, but really should. Also, some non-girly ones.

6. The Light by D.J. MacHale. From the author of the Pendragon series (also need to read!), comes the Morpheus Road Trilogy, starring a sixteen-year-old boy who finds himself haunted and hunted by ghosts.

7. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. I can’t believe I haven’t read this one about the boy raised in a graveyard by ghosts!

8. On the Day I Died by Candace Fleming. This collection of short stories is on my TBR list!

9. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. I lied, I read this one and really enjoyed it. I was totally surprised by the ghost. Did not see that coming.

10. Beyond: A Ghost Story by Graham McNamee. This is a new one that I want to read. Jane’s shadow is trying to kill her? Sounds creepy! And look at the cover:

Well, that’s all from me today. It’s weird to not include zombies or demons or vampires on this list, but I am pleased with my ghost story list. What spooky books are you reading?

Happy Reading!


Top Ten Tuesday: Books to Read for Halloween

It’s time for a spooky Top Ten Tuesday. This fun meme is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. These week’s list is all about creepy, spooky, scary stories that are must-reads during the Halloween season.

1. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake was so creepy that I only read it during the day.

Cas is a ghost hunter determined to avenge his father’s murder. Each mission puts him one step closer to the demon that he seeks. Life is business as usual until he encounters Anna, a murderous ghost haunting a small town is Canada.


2. Stone Child by Dan Poblocki is a suspenseful mystery that is perfect for younger teens.

Strange things are happening in the small town of Gateswood, home to the famous auther Nathaniel Olmstead. Moving here is a dream come true for Eddie, until he realizes that the monsters from Olmstead’s books are coming to life and terrorizing the town.


3. The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff is a unique journey into the mysterious world of changelings.

Sixteen-year old Mackie Doyle is a replacement. The real Malcolm Doyle was stolen as an infant and taken underground. For years the town of Tate has looked the other way, ignoring what lives just under the surface. When another baby goes missing Mackie takes action and confronts the sinister monsters that have been playing with human lives for ages.

4. Gone by Michael Grant is so creepy it doesn’t need ghosts!

One day everyone over the age of 14 disappears from the seaside town of Perdido Beach. The kids who remain are trapped by an invisible barrier. Inside battles are drawn: townies vs Coates kids, normal vs kids with new supernatural powers. All the while, the Darkness is awakening.


5. The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon is a chilling story about the price people are will to pay to have their dreams come true.

Max and his family move out of their war-torn city to the safety of the seaside. Their safety is short-lived when strange things begin to happen in their new house, leading them to believe it is haunted. They soon learn that more is at play then ghosts. The Prince of Mist, the great dealmaker, has returned to collect an old debt and no one is safe until he gets what he wants.

Super creepy not your thing? Still looking to get into the Halloween spirit without having to sleep with the lights on for a week? Try one of these:

6. Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore is ghost story with a touch of humor and romance to lighten the mood.

Amy Goodnight comes from a long line of witches, a fact that she would love to ignore. There is no denying her family history when she gets drawn into some total ghost weirdness while goat-sitting on her aunt’s farm. Spooky ghosts, uncooperative goats, and a hottie cowboy neighbor = a good time!

7. Dead is the New Black by Marlene Perez is full of quirky characters, spooky paranormal happenings, and a hint of romance.

Daisy Giordano is the only normal member of her paranormally gifted family. Her lack of psychic powers does not stop her from trying to figure out who or what is preying on the girls of Nightshade, California. Her family suspects a vampire, and it is up to the Giordano sisters to solve the case before any more cheerleaders are hurt.

8. Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey is an eerie historical fiction with a ghostly twist.

Sixteen-year-old Violet Willoughby has been a part of her mother’s Spiritualism scam for most of her life and knows without a doubt that ghosts are not real. Her skepticism is shattered when a ghost begins appearing to her during an elaborate ruse staged at the country estate of a wealthy Spiritualist. The only way to end the haunting is to solve the mystery of the ghost’s death.

9. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting is the perfect blend of mystery, suspense, and paranormal activity.

Violet Ambrose, a high school junior, has the ability to sense when someone or something has been killed. The dead leave behind an echo, and the killer carries an imprint of the dead. This ability usually just leads Violet to dead animals, but now a serial killer is terrorizing her small Washington town, and the police have turned to Violet for help.

10.  I could not decide between a bunch of spooky favorites!


 Oh boy! The layout of these pictures is horrifying! That’s it, I give up! Look at the pretty covers, disregard the wacky layout

Happy Reading!