Waiting for Wednesday: Uncanny by David Macinnis Gill

Book Synopsis:

“In this chilling stand-alone novel by the acclaimed David Macinnis Gill, sixteen-year-old Willow Jane discovers she has the ability to stop time, and witnesses an ancient evil infiltrating her Boston neighborhood and hunting her friends and family. This original and sinister spin on gothic tradition will appeal to fans of Asylum, American Horror Story: Coven, and The Walking Dead.

You cannot wake the Shadowless when she sleeps within my bed. Kiss the lips of the Shadowless and the morning finds you dead.

When a bolt of lightning causes a Boston-wide blackout on her sixteenth birthday, Willow Jane doesn’t think anything of it—until she begins stopping time, until she comes face-to-face with her menacing familiar, until her sister disappears. But these aren’t the only strange and horrifying things to come out of the storm. An ancient witch named the Shadowless has awoken and escaped from her crypt, and she’s looking for revenge on Willow Jane’s family.” 

Why I need it:

Personally I don’t think there is enough YA horror out there so when I see a new release in that genre that looks promising it goes straight on my to read list.

Honestly this book had me when the synopsis said it was for “fans of Asylum, American Horror Story and The Walking Dead” because I love 2 out of those 3 things. I am probably the only person in the world who hasn’t seen an episode of Walking Dead. When it comes to American Horror Story though I am a bit of a junkie.

The summary of this book that reminds of the Mara Dyer series. Another dark book where a teenage girl finds herself having sudden unexplained powers with a horror element. The Mara Dyer series might have had a disappointing ending but I will still always love the first and second books of the trilogy.

That cover is also seriously pretty. It is simple and impactful. And as someone who works in design that font made up of tiny twigs is just eye candy for me.

An interesting idea wrapped in a genre I want to read more from, Uncanny is one release I am looking forward to finally getting my hands on.

Uncanny is scheduled for release on the 5th of September 2017

Waiting for Wednesday is a weekly meme started by Break the Spine to spotlight upcoming releases, and continued by Wishful Endings

What is your favourite YA Horror novel? Maybe I will read and review it.

REVIEW: Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell

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Synopsis from GoodReads.com:

“We’re waiting for you to come and play. Dunvegan School for Girls has been closed for many years. Converted into a family home, the teachers and students are long gone. But they left something behind…Sophie arrives at the old schoolhouse to spend the summer with her cousins. Brooding Cameron with his scarred hand, strange Lilias with a fear of bones and Piper, who seems just a bit too good to be true. And then there’s her other cousin. The girl with a room full of antique dolls. The girl that shouldn’t be there. The girl that died.” 

Review:

First of all I want to thank Sarahbaroom on Instagram for recommending me this book when she heard that I was looking to review horror novels for younger readers. You are a live saver Sarah. And if anyone else wants me to read anything creepy feel free to drop me a comment.

Generally I am a very harsh critic when it comes to YA novels. I find that they can be a bit cheesy and predictable. So when I started this book I set the bar pretty low, but I was very pleasantly surprised. This was an awesome horror novel. There were even moments where it felt like it was building up to a cheesy YA trope moment but then it didn’t happen. It doesn’t even have much of a romantic subplot which just makes it even better.

When it comes to horror this book does not fail to deliver. There is at least one creepy scene in every chapter and it gets increasingly action packed as it goes along. It even has creepy dolls, and things involving dolls or children in horror are my favourite. I would say that this book is similar to The Boy Who Drew Monsters, in that it has horror film style pacing and depth. You get to know the characters as much as you need for the story and there is no unnecessary details or talky scenes.

There is nothing really offensive in this book but it is not for young readers. The scary scenes might frighten some younger readers and there is quite a bit of violence in places. If you can handle the average horror film you can handle this. For older readers, I think this book would be enjoyable. The only thing that makes this YA is the age of the characters and lack of sex and bad language. Maybe if you are an adult who wants to read horror but doesn’t like the swearing or sexual references that are in a lot of adult horror novels give this a go.

I do have two negative points about this book to point out though. Firstly, the beginning is a little teen horror flick cheesy, but once all of that is over it gets increasingly good and less predictable. My second point is that the book is set in the UK but a lot of characters have American names. It isn’t the end of the world but it is a pet peeve of mine.

Rating:

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars on GoodReads.com. I loved it but it lost a point due to the character naming issue and the slight cheesiness at the beginning. It did not frighten me but it ticked all of the boxes when it came to being a solid horror novel.  This will be a book I will be recommending people for a long time.

As always feel free to follow me on GoodReads and if you have read Frozen Charlotte let me know what you thought of it below, and I am always open to book suggestions.

MOVIE NEWS: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 Trailer

“Welcome to the 76th Hunger Games.” Today saw the release of the brand new trailer for the final installment of The Hunger Games series. They have done a brilliant job with these films so far and it looks like they are not going to let us down in the final film. I am excited because the mutts looks fantastic and we are getting to see Tigris. I thought they would leave her out because she looks a bit too weird.

What do you think of the new trailer?

MOVIE NEWS: Ready Player One the Movie

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ready_player_one_magnumIf you have been following my blog for a while you might remember that I mentioned there was a film of Ready Player One in the process of being made, well, now it has a release date.

Director Steven Spielberg announced yesterday that the film adaptation of Ernest Cline’s best selling novel has been scheduled for release on December 15 2017. The date is pretty far off and there has been no word on the casting choices yet but now we know it is officially being made.

Ready Player One is set in the not too far off future of 2044, where the world has turned into a futuristic version of the 1980’s. The novel follows the teenage gamer Wade Watts as he works his way through the virtual online world known as OASIS that promises fame and fortune to whoever completes the hidden puzzles in the game. When Wade solves the first of the hidden puzzles in the game, he find himself set upon by other gamers who are willing to kill to claim the ultimate prize.

When I read the novel last year I thought it was seriously lacking in some ways. You can check out my full review here. I am looking forward to seeing the film though. One of my main problems with the novel was that it was very visual and the writing style was not descriptive enough to do the story justice, so I think it would work better as a film than a book. Of course that is if they don’t butcher it. But I am going to keep my fingers crossed because it could turn out brilliantly if done well.

Are you looking forward to seeing Ready Player One on screen? Feel free to let me know. Watch this space for more Ready Player One news.

REVIEW: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

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Synopsis from GoodReads.com:

“After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod’s family…” 

Review:

This is a stand-alone middle-grade to young adult novel, but don’t let the age genre put you off because you cant go wrong with Neil Gaiman and in this book he certainly delivers. The only thing childish about this novel is that the story is written from the point of view of a child. The rest of the story is rather dark and strange. In a lot of ways it is another version of The Jungle Book but instead of animals in the jungle, it is ghosts in a graveyard who raise a young boy.

This book is magnificently written and uniquely illustrated. I haven’t seen an unillustrated version of this novel yet but I have seen different versions with different artists doing the illustrations. Gaiman presents the story in his usual easy to understand and quirky writing style so you yourself get a sense of what it is like to grow up in a graveyard and you can easily put yourself in the main character’s shoes.

The characters in this book are fascinating and lively, even though most of them are dead, and when I finished the book I found myself missing a few of them. Due to the characters being ghosts they are from a variety of different periods in history and how they speak is even written to reflect the speech patterns from their time period. There are nods to Celtic mythology and old christian beliefs, such as having a section with unconsecrated ground in the graveyard. Also the main character is called Nobody, which is a fantastic name, and he is a very believable and realistically written little boy.

The only problem I had with this book was that there was not enough of it. It left me with a couple of unanswered questions, which I suppose added an air of mystery to some things but at the same time I want answers. I want a companion to this book that tells me the backstories of all of the ghosts and the organisations mentioned in this novel. I need more!

Rating:

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.com. (You can follow me on Goodreads by clicking here) I don’t care if you think you are too old to read this book you need to check this one out. I would highly recommend it to anyone, especially if you like The Jungle Book or ghost stories.

This will be the last time I share my “What should I read next?” poll so pick a book while you can and I shall review the winner.

REVIEW: Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

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Summary:

Synopsis from GoodReads.com:

“Prince Aleksander, would-be heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battletorn war machine and a loyal crew of men.

Deryn Sharp is a commoner, disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She’s a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered.

With World War I brewing, Alek and Deryn’s paths cross in the most unexpected way…taking them on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure that will change both their lives forever.” 

Review:

Flying whales, hot air balloon jellyfish, dart bats and giant mechanical war machines, this is probably the strangest retelling of World War One I have ever read. Scott Westerfeld, the writer of the popular Uglies series, has delved into the world of all things steampunk and alternative history with this unique series.

Leviathan manages to creates a world that is both new to the reader but familiar at the same time. It is set at the outbreak of World War One and follows a character on either side of the war. Alek, an Austrian prince, and Deryn, an English officer who pulling a Mulan throughout the whole novel. Both main characters are equally interesting and well developed so it is hard to pick a favourite between the two.

The only real problem I had with this novel was that is very much felt like a set up novel for the rest of the series. It could be a little slow at points but at the same time you can understand why while reading it so you keep plowing through it. It was not until halfway through the novel that I became fully hooked on it, possibly because that was the point where they introduced a Tasmanian tiger into the story and I find them adorable. I want people to bring those cuties back from the dead Jurassic Park style because they are adorable and weird.

If you are interested in reading this book I would highly recommend buying it in physical form instead of getting an ebook version because it is illustrated and personally I found that the ebook file sort of lost a lot of the detail that was included in the wonderful sketches in the book. I am planning on buying myself a proper copy of the book so I can have all of the pretty pictures.

Rating:

I gave this book a solid 3 out of 5 stars on GoodReads.com. I will be reading the rest of the series because I am curious about how everything is going to pan out.

If you have read Leviathan feel free to let me know what you thought of it below. I am also interested in reading more steampunk style literature so I am open to reading suggestions.

Also vote on my poll here to help me decide what book I should read next.

POLL: Help! What Should I Read Next?

I have never done a post like this before and I have never done a poll before so this should be interesting. Basically I have a tiny first world problem, I have downloaded too many ebooks and I have no idea what book I should read next so I have decided to ask the bloggiverse to pick for me. Cast your vote on what I should read next. I have managed to narrow the list down to five and I will review whatever book wins.