Horror Stories, Various Authors – A Review.

Aloha my fellow book blogger pals! I’m here again with another (kinda late) October book review, and I’m really excited about this one as it was one of my favourites that I read!

Horror Stories by various authors.

Overall rating 4 out of 5 stars.

My review…

Going For A Walk by Ron Ripley. This one started us off with a bang, I literally had no idea what was going to happen in this one and it ended up being something completely different to what I expected, which I loved. The ending was brilliant. This was just an all around good story.

The Doctors Questions by Eric Whittle. Another one that I absolutely loved, it was so fast paced that whilst I feel like we didn’t stop but in a good way. The only criticism I have is that the ending was very ambiguous which frustrated me.

Urbex by David Longhorn. Urbex was somewhat of a disappointment for me, I figured out what the story within the first few sentences. That being said, it was very well written and cleverly done.

Museum Quality by Ron Ripley. This one actually made me feel physically sick. I was going to skip it to begin with but I’m so glad I stuck with it, it cleverly built up a story that got just under my skin and not in a good way…

Tell Me Your Name by A I Nasser. I really enjoyed this one even though it didn’t have the same scare factor as the others it was incredibly well written and still managed to make me feel unnerved.

His Neighbours Garden by Ron Ripley. Omg I adored this one! Even though I figured out a little bit of what was going on nothing could prepare me for the ending, it shocked me to my core. I think this one was my favourite story from the collection.

The Sin Eater by David Longhorn. This one was a close second to be my favourite. The story itself was original, well written and I loved how it let us make our own assumptions at the end…

Kimberley by Sara Clancy. I had goosebumps from start to finish whilst I read this story. Every line I read I got more and more on edge and creeped out. The atmosphere that was built up was brilliant, I cannot fault this story.

Scarecrow by A I Nasser. Again, I enjoyed this one it had a sort of mature rated goosebumps feel to it which I really liked. It kept my attention throughout and I definitely didn’t want it to end!

Graveyard Shift. I’m quite disappointed with this one, I figured out the story from the beginning and it felt really rushed compared to the other stories which is super annoying because it didn’t have the same feel and atmosphere as the rest of them.

On the whole, I really loved these stories! They all brought something different but managed to maintain the same quality pretty much right the way through with an exception or two.

Let me know if you’ve read this book as I would love to know what you thought about it!

Em xxx

The Ghost in the Closet, M K Theodoratus – A Review.

Hey fellow book bloggers and book lovers! I have another fairly short review coming your way from another October read so here we go!

The Ghost in the Closet by M K Theodoratus.

Synopsis… “Dumdie Swartz’s ability to see ghosts has gotten her into scrapes all her life, ever since she was little. In her senior years, it takes its toll when she gets fired from her job and loses her apartment as a result of her gift. Now homeless, Dumdie is forced to sleep in her car in a shopping mall car park. When she gets the chance of a room in an old house that has been transformed into a shelter she jumps at the opportunity to sleep in a comfy bed once more, but she cannot escape from the dead. Just when it looks like her life is beginning to turn around, the ghost of the former occupant of her room reaches out for her assistance to find her will and save the shelter.

Dumdie is forced into a choice. Should she risk upsetting the rest of the occupants by helping the spirit to find peace?. Or, should she ignore the ghost and walk away, allowing the shelter to close?”

Overall rating 1 out of 5 stars.

My review…

I really don’t want to sound too scathing with this review, so I’m trying super hard to find some positives but I really can’t… I found The Ghost in the Closet very hard to read, there were large blocks of text without breaks or paragraphs and I could feel my eyes moving down the page because there was just so. Much. Text.

Because I found it hard to read I couldn’t actually gather what the story was about, it only became clear towards the last 5% of the book which for me is just too late in the story to explain everything…

There were far too many characters introduced for a story of this length and I found it hard to both keep up with them and form a connection to any of them, which disappointed me as Dumdie seemed like a brilliant character.

I really struggled to read this book, if it wasn’t for the fact it was a short story I would have given up with it because there appeared to be no clear plot, the characters were all over the place and the main question asked throughout the story wasn’t actually cleared up or answered at the end… It was a disappointing read on the whole.

Let me know if you’ve read this book and what you thought!

Em xxx

October Horror Reading Update #3!

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So here is my second proper update for my October Horror Reads which I’m thoroughly enjoying, although how I’ve managed to find time to read amongst all the horror films I’ve been watching I will never know haha.

Number of books completed – To date I have now completed 7 of my Halloween reads! I’ve actually DNFR one of them too, just because I found it so hard to get into and then follow which is such a shame because the premise was so good 😦

Number of pages read – 1067 pages.

Currently reading – Horror Stories: A Short Story Collection by various authors.

Next read – The Haunted by Niki Valentine.

And then I will have completed my October horror reads which is super exciting!

Until next time, Em xxx

Be Careful What You Wish For, A C Hutchinson – A Review.

Hello fellow book lovers! It’s a very short review from me today as this was a short story that I read as part of my horror October reads.

Be Careful What You Wish For by A C Hutchinson.

Synopsis… “When David Patzpowski takes his breakfast at a motorway diner, he discovers the clientele to be a little on the strange side.

Overall rating 3 out of 5 stars.

My review…

Let me start by saying, I didn’t hate this book, it wasn’t terrible it just didn’t have enough substance for me to rate it any higher than 3 stars.

A C Hutchinson built up a very clever story that grabbed my attention straight away and held that interest the entire time I was reading and the ending took me very much by surprise.

However, I do think the story could have easily been just a few more pages longer, with the addition of a few more “wishes” David made.

I also, despite this book being tagged as horror on Goodreads, didn’t think it was that scary at all, it definitely had a shock factor at the end but there was no fear factor for me, which really disappointed me.

If you’ve read this book let me know what you thought of it!

Em xxx

October Horror Reading Update #2!

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So here is my first update for my October Horror Reads which marks exactly 1 week since I shared I would only be reading horror and thriller books of October.

Number of books completed – 6. I’ve read Dr Sleep, I Can’t Sleep, Be Careful What You Wish For, The Ghost in the Closet, Typhoid Mary and Psychosis: Tales Of Horror.

Number of pages read – 845.

Currently reading – Absolutely nothing, as I’ve gotten through 6 books already (granted some where short stories) I’m taking a small break to play Animal Crossing as the fall update has been released!!!

Next read – I haven’t quite decided yet, I’m going to run a poll on my Twitter of the 2 books I’ve narrowed it down to so if you follow me on there be sure to vote.

My next update may not (definitely won’t) have as many books as this but I’m super pleased with my start so far.

Em xxx

October Horror Reading Update!

Hi fellow book friends and HAPPY OCTOBER, it’s finally spooky season and I am EXCITED. If you saw my Top Ten Tuesday post back in September you’d have seen my Autumn TBR is actually a list of 10 horror or thriller books that I want to read in October…

As it’s only the 1st October I am literally a few pages into some of these books so I don’t really have a lot to share haha! I’ve kicked October off by selecting I Can’t Sleep by J E Rowney and Dr Sleep by Stephen King.

I’ll be sharing my progress on these books, and my other October Horror Reads at least once a week, maybe more it depends how quickly I start getting through them.

EEEEK, I’m so excited to do this, I just love Halloween and can’t wait for spooky season!

Until next time, Em xxx