The Hiding Place by C. J. Tudor

In my honest opinion, I’ll give it 3 1/2 stars. It was a good story, but not everything everyone made it out to be. Love a good twisted story and that’s why I gave it the extra half star because I didn’t see some twists coming. But, this book really wasn’t everything I was expecting and I may be in the minority with this, but I can’t help it. Still a good enough book I would tell people to read through.

The Hungry One’s Book 2 of the Messy Man series๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ”ฎ๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿ‘น

One word, WOW!! I thought I was sucked into the first book in this series. Then dived right not this one head first and never looked back. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. Great story, great everything. Ghosts, monsters, demons, you name it- it had it all. I thoroughly enjoyed this one even better than the first. If you want to read some amazingly styled creative horror writing, then this book is a high recommendation from me. Can’t wait to see if there’s something next…..

The Nightmare Room ๐Ÿ’€

I really enjoyed reading this one. I went in not knowing what I was getting myself into and those are usually the best kind!! I have a soft spot for ghost stories, this isn’t your average ghost story. This had more of a backstory and solid foundation. I am jumping headfirst into the second book right away to see where it’s headed. I highly recommend this book to people that like horror with a bite!

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The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿฅ€

I love horror, I love YA and the two put together is a very tricky thing to accomplish. Three-quarters of the beginning of this book started off with the character building, world-building, and love triangles before the action even started. Believe me, when I say, it still kept my interest because I was intrigued to know what part the title played in the story.
I do have to say it was dragged out a bit, but sometimes that’s needed to be done in order to set the foundation for a series to begin. Yes, a series.
I realized when the action got going and I was on the edge of my seat, there were only 50 pages left. Cliffhanger!
But I know I’ll try to keep this series on my TBR, but most likely, I’ll forget. That doesn’t mean YOU won’t adore the style and amazing storyline even more. In my honest opinion, it was a good book but fell more into the YA/fantasy category with maybe an attempt at putting a little “horror” into it. It was definitely not the horror it portrayed itself to be. Very misleading, but overall good enough to keep me interested.

I give this book 3 1/2 glittering black stars.
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The Cabin at the End ofthe World- Paul Tremblay๐Ÿ’€๐ŸŒŽ๐Ÿค“

3 1/2 stars really. Not a bad book, it was good and meaningful with mental horror…some weird psychological horror. I will say I had to sit on this review because it didn’t really keep my attention. It was slow to start and I kept getting distracted with other books. This was my first by him, but it won’t be my last since I’ve heard nothing but great things from his writing. And I like his style, quite unique and not a common way to get to my psyche. I think I just started off with the wrong book. It has great meaning when you dig deep and I think it’s a great horror read for those who like something special.

Secrets of the Weird by Chad Stroup๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ”ฎ๐ŸŒˆ

Page count: 289

I walked into this beautiful book thinking horror! This is a whole new deeper meaning of horror. I read it with an open mind and was caught up in the storyline, even though it took a couple of twists and turns at unexpected times and confused me a little bit. I got the lovely meaning of this book but was disappointed and it lost a star only because I will never know what transpires between relationships….(that’s as far as I’ll say to not give it away) If you like deep meaning, open-minded, bizarre horror then this is the perfect fit for you! Definitely give it a try!

4**** glittering black stars

Sexy Leper by Chad Stroup๐Ÿ–ค๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ’€

page count: 170

This short story packed such a hardcore punch straight to my gut. There honestly are NO words to put down to describe how wonderfully bizarre this book was. I’ve read A LOT of gory, gross and detailed horror novels out there…but this one, I literally had to put this bad boy down and take solid breaks. I had to regroup myself, my thoughts, come back up for air and reacquaint my turning stomach back to a stationary position (it was like being on a rollercoaster that never ended.)

Watching gory horror movies, I admit, I’m the faint of heart chicken that closes my eyes during scenes I can’t stomach, but with horror books, it’s so much more different! Done correctly, which Mr. Stroup did tenfold, makes you use your imagination so vividly and wild. I was floored by the detailed imagination this 5-star author created inside a demented mind. TAKE THAT AS A TREMENDOUS COMPLIMENT!! I will put trigger warnings here for people who are really faint of heart (since I was unaware of what tremendous horrors I was walking into) that there are VERY stomach-turning gory scenes, sex, and drugs. Just don’t say I didn’t warn you!

But I give this great story 5 glittering black stars!! โญโญโญโญโญ! If I could rate it higher for gory weird horror, I would give it ALL the stars in the sky!! Go purchase this book, step out of your comfort zone, and transform your imagination of Halloween and what costumes you choose to wear. He has another novel as well, Secrets of the Weird, that now I’m diving headfirst into so I can dig a bit deeper in his horrific and creative mind and take a peek…..you’ll be hearing about that one as well by me. Try this one out and let me know how it made YOU feel. WELL DONE AND BRAVO Chad Stroup!!!!!

A HOUSE AT THE BOTTOM OF A LAKE- Josh Malerman ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ’€

DO NOT GO INTO THIS BOOK THINKING HORROR!!

Ok, that out of the way, it is horror and scary with parts that gave me chills with an undiscovered and unexplored house under the lake. But Mr. Malerman makes this book such a wonderful metaphor of first love- which is truly unique, beautiful and yes scary. I dove into this book with creep factors ready. But I wasn’t too disappointed because it IS scary, but at the end of this novella….you sit back and realize the deeper meanings of everything he compared it with. It only lost 1 star from me because I was expecting horror, BUT what I got was more! Bravo! ๐Ÿ‘

4 BLACK GLITTERY STARS ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

Little Darlings๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ‘ฃ๐Ÿผ

Wow! Yesss, complete shock factor and great thriller…. I’m still reeling over this. I stayed up all night to finish it and I LOVED it!๐Ÿ’œ the only reason it lost a star is because it doesn’t go past the main characters, what I mean is they introduce some really interesting people….then drop them and you never know what happened with them. Left me a little hanging to what went on with them, but overall this was a thrill ride of a great time! If you like mystery/thriller/pshychological thrillers that keep you up and wanting more, then I recommend you pick this up! It came out in April and I’m sorry I just got around to getting to my ARC now- GO READ THIS!!

4 stars!!!!๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

Choking Back the Devil ๐Ÿ˜ˆ๐ŸŒนโ˜

“Demons come in many forms

Some with teeth and some with horns

But none so vicious as the hordes

That came to be when you were born.”

-Introduction Choking Back the Devil by Donna Lynch

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Let’s kick off this review with 5 glittery black stars!!!

To start with, I wasn’t too familiar with a lot of horror poetry- actually none at all to be more precise. That being said, I don’t have a whole lot to compare it to, but that’s ok. I just fell in love with the diversity of this creative writing! My heart swallowed all the short and sweet poetry and devoured it whole! I am now a HUGE fan of this style of expression and I will be diving into plenty more to be certain! Donna Lynch holds nothing back when writing her words onto paper…she grabs you by the throat and holds you until you’re finished with the last sentence! I’m not sure if it’s the genre or just her book, but you usually interpret poetry in your own way, and I saw this as a fine lined tight rope of horror and personal mental demons of insanity. It can be viewed and loved in so many many ways!

When I was in my teens, I dabbled in some of my own poetry (little tidbit of something no one really knows…) I wrote down my feelings when I was struggling in life situations with my own creative way of using a tool to release how I was coping. I would turn up the music, get lost, and just write…..I still have those notebooks with me somewhere. It’s in my experience, a great method to free oneself of their demons per say. Maybe one day I’ll release some, maybe I won’t- it’s a really brave thing to put your words and heart on your sleeve and release it out to the wild for everyone to see. I applaud Donna Lynch for her bravery, her passion, and her undying trust to us readers to take a peek inside her mind! Bravo for entrusting us with this piece of heart and soul you’ve created!

Let’s give this lady some recognition for her beautiful heart felt book and remember woman in horror are just as glorious and horrifying as all the wonderful men authors among them. If you’ve never really read horror poetry or you have and you’re a fan like me now, this book will be straight up your ally and work its way into your soul if you allow it to. I reread this 3 times (and I’m sure I’ll always go back to it), it just had me in awe! Amazing read, stunning!