20702062Sing No Evil by J.P Ahonen and K.P Alare
Published by Harry N. Abrams
Genres: Graphic novels, Music, Fantasy, Horror, Fiction
For Fans of: Incredible art, stories that take you by surprise.
My Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Twenty-something guitarist Aksel stutters when he sings, and the latest reviews say he has the voice of a crow with throat plague. That’s not a compliment, even for the avant-garde music his band Perkeros plays. Aksel is having a hard time keeping the band together, stopping his girlfriend from kicking him out, and not getting eaten by his drummer (who happens to be a cranky brown bear). There are also the rival bands that Perkeros find themselves in battle with to save the city from supernatural forces set loose by ancient music. The key to it all could be in the music Aksel hears in his dreams—if it doesn’t drive him mad first. With a visual soundtrack that blasts off the page, Sing No Evil is a wild ride through otherworldly dangers and the power of pure rock’n’roll.

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Written In Red by Anne Bishop
Published by ROC
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
For Fans of: Patricia Briggs, Werewolves, Vampires, elementals, Human vs. Other conflicts
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 5

As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut—a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg’s Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard—a business district operated by the Others.

Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job. First, he senses she’s keeping a secret, and second, she doesn’t smell like human prey. Yet a stronger instinct propels him to give Meg the job. And when he learns the truth about Meg and that she’s wanted by the government, he’ll have to decide if she’s worth the fight between humans and the Others that will surely follow

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Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs
Published by Ace
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Adult, Paranormal
For Fans of: Alpha and Omega, Dreg City, Kelly Armstrong, Werwolves, Vampires, Shapeshifters, and all of that other supernatural jazz
My rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

Mercy Thompson has been hailed as “a heroine who continues to grow and yet always remains true to herself.”* Now she’s back, and she’ll soon discover that when the fae stalk the human world, it’s the children who suffer…

Tensions between the fae and humans are coming to a head. And when coyote shapeshifter Mercy and her Alpha werewolf mate, Adam, are called upon to stop a rampaging troll, they find themselves with something that could be used to make the fae back down and forestall out-and-out war: a human child stolen long ago by the fae.

Defying the most powerful werewolf in the country, the humans, and the fae, Mercy, Adam, and their pack choose to protect the boy no matter what the cost. But who will protect them from a boy who is fire touched?

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Thehollowboy-goodreadscoverThe Hollow Boy by Jonathan Stroud
Published by Disney Hyperion
Genres: Children’s, Paranormal, Horror,  YA
For Fans of: The Bartimaeus Sequence, Skulduggery Pleasant, Rick Riordan
My Rating: 4.5 of out 5 stars

As a supernatural outbreak baffles Scotland Yard and causes protests against the psychic agencies throughout London, Lockwood and Co. continue to demonstrate their effectiveness in exterminating spirits. Anthony is dashing, George insightful, and Lucy dynamic, while the skull in the jar utters sardonic advice from the sidelines. There is a new spirit of openness between the team now that Anthony has shared his childhood story, and Lucy is feeling more and more like her true home is at Portland Row. It comes as a great shock, then, when Lockwood and George introduce her to an annoyingly perky and hyper-efficient new assistant, Holly Munro. Meanwhile, there are reports of many new hauntings, including an old school where bloody handprints and a glowing boy are appearing. But ghosts seem to be the least of Lockwood and Co.’s concerns when a living assassin makes an attempt on Fittes’s and Rotwell’s lives. Can the team get past their interpersonal issues to save the day on all fronts? Danger abounds, tensions escalate, and new loyalties form in this third delightfully terrifying adventure.

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Horns by Joe Hill
Published by William Morrow
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Fantasy
For Fans of: early Stephen King novels, creepy books, books that will mess with your emotions
My rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

“Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with a thunderous hangover, a raging headache . . . and a pair of horns growing from his temples.

At first Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who was raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances. A mental breakdown would have been the most natural thing in the world. But there was nothing natural about the horns, which were all too real.

Once the righteous Ig had enjoyed the life of the blessed: born into privilege, the second son of a renowned musician and younger brother of a rising late-night TV star, he had security, wealth, and a place in his community. Ig had it all, and more—he had Merrin and a love founded on shared daydreams, mutual daring, and unlikely midsummer magic.

But Merrin’s death damned all that. The only suspect in the crime, Ig was never charged or tried. And he was never cleared. In the court of public opinion in Gideon, New Hampshire, Ig is and always will be guilty because his rich and connected parents pulled strings to make the investigation go away. Nothing Ig can do, nothing he can say, matters. Everyone, it seems, including God, has abandoned him. Everyone, that is, but the devil inside. . . .”

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Darkness by Erin Eveland
Published by Selladore Press
Genres: YA, Paranormal, Fantasy
For fans of: Horror and paranormal novels
My rating: 3 stars out of 5.

“One Girl. One Boy. And the Masters of Darkness. See the Shadow Creatures. They are everywhere. But you can’t run from the shadows or the Masters who control them.

Catherine has been born with a supernatural power called Darkness. The Masters of Darkness have found her and it’s just a matter of time before someone claims her.”

An Interactive Novel.
A QR Code starts the beginning of each chapter connecting the reader to specific art or music that ties into the mood and setting of the novel. Using the quick response code in print and eBook formatting, Darkness incorporates visual and sound to heighten the reading experience

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So I finally got around to reading Stephen King’s “The Shining” last week, (super late to this party, I know) and I really need to talk about this book. Please know that this is not a review because, really, at this point in the game does Stephen King even need reviews anymore? Come on, we all know that anything the man writes is gold.

This is basically just me needing to talk about the book with ALL THE SPOILERS. So please, if you haven’t read the book or watched the movie, leave now because I’m telling you I’m giving everything away in this post. I cannot find the lid to the spoiler jar, so I’m letting them run free.

I should probably start off by mentioning that I don’t scare easily. I read and watch a lot of horror, and I play a lot of horror games and more often than not, I’m always left a tad disappointed because I go into these things expecting to have the bejeezus freaked out of me at least once, to just end up with nothing but my battered expectations. So yes, The Shining didn’t scare me, but it did mess with my mind a bunch, so it definitely didn’t disappoint.

The story begins from Jack Torrence, a recovering alcoholic’s, POV and, if you’re like me and have yet to see the movie (yes, I know) and have no clue what’s going on, you can totally tell from the first paragraph that this Jack is going to be a very troublesome character. At a glance, he just looks like this decent guy trying to find a job to support his family who has to tolerate being looked down on by an obnoxious snob (Ullman). But if you take a step back and pay attention to his internal monologue, you’ll see that Jack is actually a very mercurial character, almost two-faced in how he treats Ullman as opposed to the things he thinks about him.

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