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The Forever House Blog Tour + Review

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The Forever House by Tim Waggoner. 

Publisher – Flame Tree Press.

Release date – 26th March 2020.

You can purchase this book on Amazon here. 

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Synopsis

Bram Stoker Award-winner Tim Waggoner consistently delivers the goods when it comes to hard-hitting horror fiction, with compelling characters and dangerous horrors at every turn. This is Horror

In Rockridge, Ohio, a sinister family moves into a sleepy cul de sac. The Eldreds feed on the negative emotions of humans, creating nightmarish realms within their house to entrap their prey. Neighbors are lured into the Eldreds home and faced with challenges designed to heighten their darkest emotions so their inhuman captors can feed and feed well. If the humans are to have any hope of survival, they ll have to learn to overcome their prejudices and resentments toward one another and work together. But which will prove more deadly in the end, the Eldreds . . . or each other?


My thought on the book

The Forever House centres around a new family who move into a quiet neighbourhood. Little do their neighbours know that they are actually demons who feed on the negative emotions of humans, and they plan to lure them into their house to feed on them.

The human characters in this book all have very complex lives and things going on that the Eldred’s love to feed on. The tension was spot on during this book and it was hard to put down once I got into it. It took me a while to become interested, but once I did, I couldn’t stop reading.

This was such a unique horror story. It was creepy, gory, and mind-bending. There were some scenes in this book that were hard to read in terms of their content, so I don’t recommend this for the faint of heart.


About the author

Tim Waggoner’s first novel came out in 2001, and since then he’s published over forty novels and five collections of short stories. He writes original dark fantasy and horror, as well as media tie-ins. His novels include Like Death, considered a modern classic in the genre, and the popular

Nekropolis series of urban fantasy novels. He’s written tie-in fiction for Supernatural, Grimm, the X-Files, Doctor Who, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Alien, and Transformers, among others, and he’s written novelizations for films such as Kingsman: the Golden Circle and Resident Evil: the Final Chapter. His articles on writing have appeared in Writer’s Digest, Writer’s Journal, Writer’s Workshop of Horror, and Where Nightmares Come From.

In 2017 he received the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Long Fiction, and he’s been a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award and the Scribe Award. His fiction has received numerous Honorable Mentions in volumes of Best Horror of the Year, and in 2016, the Horror Writers Association honored him with the Mentor of the Year Award. In addition to writing, he’s also a full-time tenured professor who teaches creative writing and composition at Sinclair College.

 


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ARC Book Review | Little White Lies by Philippa East.

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Title – Little White Lies.

Author – Philippa East.

Expected date published – 4th February 2020.

Publisher – HQ.

Series status – Standalone.

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Synopsis

She only looked away for a second…

Anne White only looked away for a second, but that’s all it took to lose sight of her young daughter.

But seven years later, Abigail is found.

And as Anne struggles to connect with her teenage daughter, she begins to question how much Abigail remembers about the day she disappeared…


My thought on the book

*Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book*

An intense web of secrets, a mysterious lie hanging over them. Little White Lies was a riveting read showing how complex trauma is, and how it destroys not only the victim but also their families.

The two different perspectives worked well and the voices were distinct. I found Jess naive and somewhat childlike and I felt sorry for her. I didn’t connect well with Anne but only because I knew she was hiding something and I couldn’t trust her.

It was intriguing to see what could happen when a missing child is returned after so many years. How it can tear families apart and change not only the kidnapped child but also the ones closest to them.

I quickly realised that all was not as it seemed and some of the characters were hiding things. Anne’s reaction to her daughter coming home was somewhat strange and angered me at points. I couldn’t understand why she reacted the way she did, however, it all becomes clear at the end.

Overall, this book was riveting, exciting and kept me engaged. I had so many questions and I couldn’t stop reading because I needed to know the whole truth. A great debut novel and I’m so excited for the author’s future books!


Have you read Little White Lies? If so, what did you think?

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My Experience Of Writing A Novel (So Far!)

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Hey guys and welcome to day 16 of Blogtober. Today I’m going to be writing about my experience of writing a book. One of the things I want to do on this blog is share my passion of writing, and take anyone who wants to join me on this journey. There are many blogs in the writing niche – just like with the beauty, lifestyle and travel niches. I firmly believe everyone experiences life in a different way, so anything anyone has to say matters and will be different in some way.

The book I am working on at the moment is my very first full length novel. It’s a Young Adult Fantasy novel set in a Kingdom at war with a powerful witch. It’s so hard not to talk about it – but I’m so wary of putting too much about it on the internet, because you hear horror stories about people stealing other writers work.

Let’s get on with it shall we! Here are my experiences about how I’ve found writing a book so far ..


I’m not the type of writer that can go in to a story without a plan. I need some kind of idea on where the story is going to go. When I first started planning this book, I had this elaborate to do list of all the thing I was going to plan before I started writing. Only halfway through this ginormous list, I was like ‘I’m done, I’m so bored and I’m losing the will to live.’ I got to the point where I wanted to start writing,

Honestly, I think it’s working out better that way. Most of the major plot holes have been fixed but I still have a lot of flexibility to allow my creativity and characters to go off in whatever direction they want to.


For this book in particular, the characters didn’t just pop up fully formed like some have in the past. Snippets here and there of their lives and personalities crept out bit by bit and I really had to dig to discover more about them.

Originally my main character was called Feather and she stayed my protagonist until halfway through the outlining process. Then all of a sudden I decided to scrap her – and she was completely gone from the entire story. I wasn’t connecting with her the way I had with the other characters and I feel that’s super important for the story.

One of my other characters – Arabeth – took centre stage and to me she’s like a force to be reckoned with. She’s so much more complex and fits better with the other characters, surroundings and story.


What can I say about world building without scaring you off haha. This was actually the hardest thing for me to plan. Trying to figure out some of the more technical, aspects like climate, geography and government was completely exhausting and at times a complete nightmare. I was and (still am) worried things aren’t going to make sense or I’ll have a tree where it isn’t supposed to be. I think I got so obsessed with small aspects that I started to lose faith in the story. It was then when I decided it was time to abandon the world building and get on with the story. I can always fix things later if I need to.


I started writing my first draft on the 3rd October. It’s going better than expected. At times I feel like my fingers are running away without me and the story just flows from my brain to the page. Other times I feel like my brain is frozen and I can’t write anything. I guess that’s just what happens when you write a book, it isn’t going to all be sunshine and roses. The first draft is getting it down on paper, getting down the building blocks so later you have a foundation to build your house on.


That brings me to the end of my experiences of writing a book. Let me know if you enjoyed this – I’d love to continue documenting my writing journey ☺️

Are you writing a book, let me know in the comments? Is there anything you can connect with if you have ever written a book?

Twisty Psychological Thrillers That Will Leave You Shook

 

Welcome to Blogtober day 6! Today I will be recommending 5 Psychological Thrillers I absolutely loved. Most of these books I feel are underrated – or people haven’t appreciated them as much as I think they deserve. I hope you enjoy and hopefully find a new book you can check out this autumn!


The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight.

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Synopsis

‘It all starts with a text: Please, Wylie, I need your help.

Wylie hasn’t heard from Cassie in over a week, not since their last fight. But that doesn’t matter. Cassie’s in trouble, so Wylie decides to do what she has done so many times before: save her best friend from herself.

This time it’s different, though. Instead of telling Wylie where she is, Cassie sends cryptic clues. And instead of having Wylie come by herself, Jasper shows up saying Cassie sent him to help. Trusting the guy who sent Cassie off the rails doesn’t feel right, but Wylie has no choice: she has to ignore her gut instinct and go with him.

But figuring out where Cassie is goes from difficult to dangerous, fast. As Wylie and Jasper head farther and farther north into the dense woods of Maine, Wylie struggles to control her growing sense that something is really wrong. What isn’t Cassie telling them? And could finding her be only the beginning?’

I read this book back in 2016 and absolutely loved it! It’s had mixed reviews on Goodreads and it seems I’m in the minority that loved it. It was full of twists and turns and the ending was unexpected and interesting. It isn’t a perfect book but what book ever is?

You can read my review for this book here.


The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr.

Synopsis

‘HOW DO YOU KNOW WHO TO TRUST WHEN YOU CAN’T EVEN TRUST YOURSELF?

I look at my hands. One of them says FLORA BE BRAVE.

Flora has anterograde amnesia. She can’t remember anything day-to-day: the joke her friend made, the instructions her parents gave her, how old she is.

Then she kisses someone she shouldn’t, and the next day she remembers it. It’s the first time she’s remembered anything since she was ten.

But the boy is gone. She thinks he’s moved to the Arctic.

Will following him be the key to unlocking her memory? Who can she trust?’

I loved this book so much! It was one of my favourite books of 2017 and it’s still one my favourite books I’ve ever read. I honestly have all good things to say – it’s a beautiful masterpiece full of twists and turns.

You can read my review here.


The Last One by Alexandra Olivia.

Synopsis

‘Survival is the name of the game as the line blurs between reality TV and reality itself in Alexandra Oliva’s fast-paced novel of suspense.

She wanted an adventure. She never imagined it would go this far.

It begins with a reality TV show. Twelve contestants are sent into the woods to face challenges that will test the limits of their endurance. While they are out there, something terrible happens—but how widespread is the destruction, and has it occurred naturally or is it human-made? Cut off from society, the contestants know nothing of it. When one of them—a young woman the show’s producers call Zoo—stumbles across the devastation, she can imagine only that it is part of the game.

Alone and disoriented, Zoo is heavy with doubt regarding the life—and husband—she left behind, but she refuses to quit. Staggering countless miles across unfamiliar territory, Zoo must summon all her survival skills—and learn new ones as she goes.

But as her emotional and physical reserves dwindle, she grasps that the real world might have been altered in terrifying ways—and her ability to parse the charade will be either her triumph or her undoing.

Sophisticated and provocative, The Last One is a novel that forces us to confront the role that media plays in our perception of what is real: how readily we cast our judgments, how easily we are manipulated.’

I haven’t read many adult books in the last few years – I prefer to read Young Adult fiction. However, I read the back of this book in Asda and I knew I had to give it a go. It’s a fast paced, different and exciting book. I also found it highly terrifying. I find these kind of books more terrifying than horror or paranormal – things that could quite possibly happen in real life.


Playing With Fire by Tess Gerritsen.

Synopsis

A beautiful violinist is haunted by a very old piece of music she finds in a strange antique shop in Rome.

The first time Julia Ansdell picks up The Incendio Waltz, she knows it’s a strikingly unusual composition. But while playing the piece, Julia blacks out and awakens to find her young daughter implicated in acts of surprising violence. And when she travels to Venice to find the previous owner of the music, she uncovers a dark secret that involves dangerously powerful people—a family who would stop at nothing to keep Julia from bringing the truth to light.’

Tess Gerritsen is my favourite adult author and this book didn’t disappoint me. Tess has this way with storytelling that is impossible to resist. But beware, if you do love this book be prepared to add a whole load of books to your TBR!


Frayed by Kara Terzis.

Synopsis

‘Dear Kesley,

My therapist tells me I should write you a letter. Like flushing all my thoughts and feelings out of my system and onto paper. I tell her it’s a stupid idea.

But here I am, writing a letter to a dead girl. Where do I start? Where did our story begin? From the moment you were born…or died?

I’ll start with the moment I found out the truth about you. Your lies and my pain. Because it always begins and ends with you.

And that end began when Rafe Lawrence came back to town…

Ava Hale will do anything to find her sister’s killer…although she’ll wish she hadn’t. Because the harder Ava looks, the more secrets she uncovers about Kesley, and the more she begins to think that the girl she called sister was a liar. A sneak. A stranger.

And Kesley’s murderer could be much closer than she thought…

A debut novel from Wattpad award-winner Kara Terzis, Frayed is a psychological whodunit that will keep you guessing!’

I requested this from Netgalley, not particularly expecting much but boy was I invested in this story. The ending was definitely wild and unexpected and I loved the main character and her storytelling.

You can read my review here.


Have you got any psychological thriller recommendations? Let me know in the comments!

Book Review | Frayed by Kara Terzis.

Title – Frayed.

Author – Kara Terzis.

Publication date – 7th June 2016.

Publisher – Sourcebooks Fire.

Series status – standalone.

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Synopsis

‘Dear Kesley,

My therapist tells me I should write you a letter. Like flushing all my thoughts and feelings out of my system and onto paper. I tell her it’s a stupid idea.

But here I am, writing a letter to a dead girl. Where do I start? Where did our story begin? From the moment you were born…or died?

I’ll start with the moment I found out the truth about you. Your lies and my pain. Because it always begins and ends with you.

And that end began when Rafe Lawrence came back to town…

Ava Hale will do anything to find her sister’s killer…although she’ll wish she hadn’t. Because the harder Ava looks, the more secrets she uncovers about Kesley, and the more she begins to think that the girl she called sister was a liar. A sneak. A stranger.

And Kesley’s murderer could be much closer than she thought…

A debut novel from Wattpad award-winner Kara Terzis, Frayed is a psychological whodunit that will keep you guessing!’


My thought on the book

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I enjoyed this book. It started out a bit slow but it soon picked up. It was a quick and easy read – even with the heavy subject matter.

Ava was a fantastic character and I connected with her pretty much straight away. She was sweet and came across as a bit naive but it worked for her character. The relationship Ava had with her foster mother was beautiful. However, when I found out what her mother had done, I was so mad.

The mystery surrounding Kelsey’s death was interesting. When I thought I had it all figured out, the story turned upside down and confused me all over again. I like it when a book does that though, I love the shock factor. I didn’t see it coming in the slightest.

I thought Amanda was a brilliant character. She was a bitch, yes and she was super mean but the character development was right on point.

I don’t feel like Lia was much of a character. She felt a bit flat and boring which was annoying and I hated the Jackson and Lia storyline. I felt like Lia should’ve fought for her best friend a bit more but I guess thats how teenagers can be sometimes.

And wow, the ending. I wasn’t expecting that at all! I’m not going to spoil it but it was a brilliant way to end the book.

The writing was amazing and it was an easy read. For a debut novel, it was good and I think Kara will go far in the writing world.


About the author

‘Kara Helen Terzis was twelve when she wrote her first novel, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. Later she started publishing her work on Wattpad, where in 2013 she won the Sourcebooks Story Development Prize, leading to the publication of her debut novel, Frayed (June 7th, 2016—out now!), which SLJ called, “[A] plot-driven, suspense-filled spine-tingling tale that ends with an unforeseen twist.” She adores fairy tales, photography, rainy days, and film soundtracks. When she’s not writing, you can find her buried in a good book and daydreaming. She lives with her family in Sydney, Australia.’

Find Kara: Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | Tumblr | Facebook.


Have you read Frayed? If so – what did you think?