Archive for the ‘Horror’ Category

”The Girl with all the gifts” by M.R Carey is a dystopian thriller. It is the sort of book I normally prefer to read. I was thrilled to read the first half with but second half fell from the original story line and I was bit disappointed.

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Melanie is ten and she is in a base. Her entire world consisting of her cell, a corridor, a shower room and a classroom. Five days a week, Melanie is strapped into a wheelchair, fastened securely and wheeled into the classroom where she, and her fellow classmates are taught. Melanie is a bright and quick learner, who worships her teacher Miss Helen. Although Melanie is content enough with the world that she knows, she is concerned when two children from her class suddenly disappear, taken by the aggressive Sergeant Parks to Dr Caroline Caldwell’s lab, never to return.

First part was great, but second part was full of zombies and stuff like that. It felt like reading 2 different books. Interesting twist at the end and it ended abruptly as if to indicate the hope for the better world. There is 2nd installment in this ”the girl with all the gifts” series and it is called as ”The boy on the bridge”-Published on May 2nd 2017.

My rating: 2 out of 5. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate this book.I can’t describe it, because part of its wonderful but then part two begins and almost all of that is thrown out the window.

I wanted to get scared, after ‘the exorcist’ and ‘Dracula’ I didn’t come across any book that scared the hell out of me. I want horror books to haunt me, I love watching horror movies and reading about real life incidents. Don’t get me wrong, I am not the bravest person, actually no where near brave 🙂 I am just fascinated by the idea of all these. I can get scared in plain day light 😉 🙂

So  I picked this book which was in horror category. It says real life story so I had to read this. I did a quick research about  Ronnie DeFeo, 23, was convicted of shooting his parents, brothers, and sisters. George and Kathleen Lutz thought it was ideal place to move into with their 3 kids after buying this place complete with finished basement, swimming pool, and boathouse. Twenty-eight days later, they fled in terror, leaving most of their belongings behind.

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It was a good read, but bit slow. By coincidence  I started waking up in between 3 AM to 4 AM after reading this book. I really got scared to even go to washroom, cause in the book, at the same time scary stuff happened to the people who were at that house. I used to wake my husband and ask him to stay awake until I return from wash room 🙂

I read in internet somewhere that George Lutz was into black magic. I think that is why he chose that place believing that Ronnie DeFeo killed his family under the influence of devil and he might be able to practice his black magic in that house. But something went terribly wrong and his magic backfired on him. I read that one of his kids accused him of practicing Satanism and magic even before they moved to into the quiet suburban neighborhood on the south shore of Long Island, New York. He recalled the family’s bookshelves lined with books on the occult and demonism. Anyways we don’t know what really happened. But this story is interesting if you are a horror lover. My ratings: 3 out of 5. A one time read which I can’t forget easily.

Girl of Nightmares”Girl of Nightmares” is the second book in Anna Du- logy. I loved the first book, ”Anna Dressed in Blood” I thought it was clever, spooky and funny with interesting characters. I loved the fresh concept of ghost and ghost hunter being in love. I was eagerly waiting to get my hands on the second installment and finally here I am reviewing it.

Anna sacrificed herself to save Cas Lowood, he hoped that she would get her peace. But poor Anna is still a lost soul, and Cas is haunted by her tortured painful face everywhere. The evil soul who killed his father and took away Anna is still in control of her soul. Cas must find a way to get there and help Anna at any cost. Its Cas’s turn to save her, but in this journey to save Anna he find’s out a lot more than he would have wanted.

My rating: 4 out of 5. This series was one of the best paranormal series I have read so far. Excellent imagination and brilliant story, there is nothing to get bored about this book. I highly recommend this series to paranormal fiction fans. Other than the fact that there was not much of Anna in this book everything else was likable.

Hell House by Richard Matheson Richard Matheson is one of my favorite authors, ”I am legend” is one hell of a horror novel.  ”Hell House” is not that special compared to the other two books I have read from this author. It seems obviously inspired by Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House which I read few days back. But this book is more creepier than ‘The Haunting Hill House’ where the haunting was imaginary and bit confusing.

Welcome to my house, I’m delighted you could come. I am certain you will find your stay here most illuminating. It is regrettable I cannot be with you, but I had to leave before your arrival. Do not let my physical absence disturb you, however. Think of me as your unseen host and believe that, during your stay here, I shall be with you in spirit.” ~ Emeric Belasco

This book begins with the new owner of the house assembling a crew to determine what, if anything, haunts this tomb-like mansion. The crew consists of Dr. Lionel Barrett (a scientist), his wife Edith, Benjamin Franklin Fischer (a physical medium whom had experienced the house previously and survived when all his crew members were dead), and Florence Tanner (a mental medium with a profound religious faith). They all set to this haunting house where Emeric Belasco used to receive his guests, soon they find out that these guests never left that place. It was a hell indeed for people who stayed there, hell with pleasure.

Author opens a door to this sinister world of sexual exploitations, physical cruelties and mental games. Soon this crew will find their own hell in this hell house. This book was published in 1971, so there is a classic touch to it.   My rating: 3 out of 5. I recommend this to horror fiction fans out there who like some good dose of creepiness.

The haunting hill house”The Haunting of Hill House” by Shirley Jackson was first published in 1959. What made me pick this book was very promising synopsis and a classic, gothic touch to it.  I love gothic fiction and the descriptions of creepy, unsettling hill house was just perfect. But somehow by the middle of the book I lost my interest. It was more of a mad roller coaster than a horror house story.

In The Haunting of Hill House, Dr Montague, an occult scholar, has gathered with three individuals selected for evidence of psychic abilities, in the old unoccupied mansion with its sad history of deaths, including suicide. The Doctor hopes to find solid evidence for what is called “haunting”. But the house is waiting patiently and planning to choose one person to control and make one of its own.

 It was creepy in the beginning but then turned into a story about a young mentally unstable woman losing her mind. I Don’t see any logical explanations for the things they see or at least they think they have seen. There are lot of unexplained things and its upon readers to decide if the haunting was real or just imaginary. My rating: 2 out of 5. I have seen a lot of good reviews but I couldn’t make myself to enjoy this book.

The DemonologistAfter a lot of YA fiction and vampire myths I wanted to read a real horror novel. Horror is one of my favorite genres,  even though I usually have trouble sleeping at night after reading too much of horror I am kind of sucker for them. I picked up this book by Andrew Pyper ”The Demonologist” looking at the title. Sadly, this isn’t scary, and the purpose goes unfulfilled here. This book had real promise but somehow it missed to deliver it. It may work good as a horror movie with lot of scary sound effect and creepy graphics but as a book it failed to deliver the horror. Some of the scenes were disturbing and frightening but most of the time it was just boring. I felt the main character, Professor David Ullman miraculously figuring out the next step in his adversary’s plan was kind of too much to take in.

David Ullman is a Columbia scholar who has devoted his life to studying Milton’s Paradise Lost despite being an atheist. His personal life is a mess, his wife is having affair and there is a lot going with his daughter. When he is approached by a mysterious woman to jet off on an all-expense-paid trip to Italy to play witness to an event, he jumps on the chance to flee his failing marriage and get away with his daughter, Tess. But things don’t go as planned, and when Tess seemingly commits suicide he can’t belive that she is dead. David is off on a whirlwind adventure to get her back. Will he succeed in adventure by blindly following some clues? What is this even he witnessed, that changed his entire life?

My rating: 2 out of 5. I believe it is hard to write horror novels, all a reader wants is a good scare but that is hard to come.  I would have liked if this was a short story, the character development seemed very forced and I felt that the story was bit dragging.

Zom-B Baby Creepiest cover ever! This covers gives me chills. There is one thing about Darren Shan’s books, you think you have an idea what the book is about and all of a sudden you realize that you know nothing about it. Zom-B Baby is the 5th installment of Zom-B series and in this book B must decide whether or not to join the Angels in battling freaky and dangerous clown Mr.Dowling and the mutants.

B is not sure what to believe and what not. She has been training and living with angels for past few months but still she is not able to believe in their motto. She has to think about it so she runs away from there searching for an answer. But soon she has to go through the same streets of London she passed few months ago, filled with walking dead people. But instead of answers to her questions she finds something horrible and more dangerous thing ever.

I don’t want to add any spoilers in my review. When you read it you will come to know what is this horrible thing she found. My rating: 3.5 out of 5. It was really a good read, I finished reading in one sitting. This series is getting more and more creepy. I am now ready to read the next book in the series- Zom-B Gladiator.

Zom-B AngelsZom-B Angels is the 4th installment in Darren Shan’s ”Zom-B” series. This book was a lot less action packed than the first 3. But it did answer some of the questions that I had been asking during the other books. Here a few more characters are introduced and the story gets a new twist.

After spending few months out side in London with walking dead people B has forgotten about normal life. But soon she finds strange signs all over the city-a “Z” plus red arrows. By Following them, B finds The Angels- a group gathered in the hopes of combating the evil dead and the forces that introduced them. It seems that they are also aware of this hideous and dangerous  joker looking zombie master. Whom are they fighting against? Will B find a reason to join them in this strange battle they all are training for?

My rating: 3 out of 5. I have been giving constant 3 stars to this series from the book 1. This is another interesting book in Zom-B series I enjoyed reading.

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea I’m kind of torn with this book. I am utterly uncertain about how I feel for this book. Did I love it or did I hate it? I really don’t know. Set up and atmosphere gets 5 stars but mystery and romance is what I didn’t quite buy as much as I wanted to.

Violets parents have been in Paris for months now. They are off exhibiting their paintings there, leaving Violet with her brother Luke. When they run out of money violet decides to rent out the guesthouse and a teenager named River West comes to live in their guesthouse. But strange things begin to happen around and their small town is in chaos. Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark haired sexy teenager for whom violet will fall for.

I liked the story, it was really creepy and for some odd reasons I like creepy stories. If you are looking for a good paranormal mystery with a little Gothic touch then this is perfect choice. My rating: 3 out of 5.

Zom-B City Zom-B City is 3rd installment in Zom-B series. In this book you can see things finally coming together, although not really. You will get the picture of B Smith’s hometown, London after the apocalypse. As she suspected, things have gone to hell there and the city is full of walking dead zombies. But again this book lacks actions, there is no one to challenge B Smith as zombies are no longer threat to her. Its like a story of lonely depressed girl in the city of undead.

B Smith after the escape from the Underground is back in London city. She needs to follow few rules to stay alive, when she reaches her house she gets radio access and finds out about the rescue team coming to save the survives in the city. Finally she decides to go to them and explain what she is and wait for them to accept her. But she is hell wrong!  Who can accept a walking dead conscious zombie to live with them. But there is someone who is more dangerous and her nightmare who wants her to join him.

My rating- 3 out of 5. Good enough to read the next books in the series. I  highly recommend this series to zombie fiction fans.