Previously reviewed by the same author:
Following the death of her mother in a terrible fire, Jemima flees to the remote Isle of Skye, to take up a job at a school for girls. There she finds herself tormented by the mystery of what really happened that night.
Then Jemima receives a box of Frozen Charlotte dolls from a mystery sender and she begins to remember – a séance with the dolls, a violent argument with her step-father and the inferno that destroyed their home. And when it seems that the dolls are triggering a series of accidents at the school, Jemima realizes she must stop the demonic spirits possessing the dolls – whatever it takes.
I’m not a fan of horror. I think I’ve always made that quite clear here on my blog. However, there are some authors that I make an exception for… and Alex Bell is one of them. I’ve read all of Alex’s books (adult books too, they’re good, you should check them out!) and I adore her horror stories. I was so intrigued to see what Charlotte Says was like after thoroughly enjoying Frozen Charlotte. I found Charlotte Says to be even creepier. Some parts literally made me shudder.
Charlotte Says is based in 1910 and it centres around Jemima. After the death of her mother in a fire, Jemima begins a job at a school for girls at the very remote Isle of Skye. (Readers of Frozen Charlotte will recognise the setting!) Jemima finds life there tough and she finds herself thinking about what happened the night of the fire. She receives a box of Frozen Charlotte dolls (they creep me out!) from a mystery sender. Jemima recalls a seance with the dolls and events that resulted in the fire. The dolls are causing so much trouble at the school after a series of accidents involving the young girls who are used to create havoc amongst their peers.
I could not put this book down! I needed to at points, to you know…calm myself down. I have a very vivid imagination and Alex’s writing really stimulates my overactive imagination. I don’t want to say much about the plot itself as I want it to be read and enjoyed! Just know that it’s terrifying at some points! There are scenes that are still sticking in my mind, days after finishing the book. I think this book is scarier than Frozen Charlotte so if you’re of a nervous disposition then proceed with caution! 😉
Even though this book is a prequel to Frozen Charlotte, I don’t think you necessarily need to read it in order to understand Charlotte Says. It merely enhances your reading experience if you can spot the links!
Would I recommend it?:
Charlotte Says really creeped me out. It’s such an atmospheric, chilling read.
I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!
NOW- Gone Without A Trace– Mary Torjussen– I’m about 50 pages into this book which came highly recommended by my blogging sister, Beth. I’m intrigued, very intrigued so far!
THEN– Charlotte Says– Alex Bell– Ooh. This was good! I am not a fan of creepy books, but this one was fabulous. I couldn’t help but like it!
NEXT– The Disappearing Girl– Heather Topham Wood– I have had this book on my kindle forever, so I’ve decided it’s high time that I got around to it.
What are you reading this week? Feel free to leave a link to a post that you do, or tell me in the comments! Happy reading!
I have decided to join in with ARC August (hosted by Read, Sleep, Repeat) to keep up to date with those pesky ARCS. Don’t get me wrong, I love having ARCS but sometimes I’m not so good at keeping up with them. I’m getting better though and challenges like these often help out.
Here are the rules:
- Any Advanced Reading Copy counts as part of this reading challenge; your backlist books count
- No blog necessary to participate, but you’ll need to include some form of social media as part of your sign up
- Use the #ARCAugust on social media to check-in
e-ARCS I aim to read
(Book images go to Goodreads!)
‘Real book’ ARCS I aim to read
I’m happy to say that only one of these ARCS are backlist ARCS which is Indigo Donut. The rest of them are either August or October ARCS. I’m hoping that getting these books read will keep me on track! I’m trying so hard not to request as many ARCS as I used to!
Are you joining in with ARC August? Please feel free to link me to your sign up posts so I can cheer you on!
Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!
Sent for review:
I was super excited to receive the next in the series of Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell. This is YA Horror. I’m a big fan of Alex’s writing, so I’m excited to read this book soon. It’s due to be released in September!
I’ve recently read If I Stay, I know, I know I’m so far behind, but at least I’ve read it now! It’s left me eager to read the next book!
I enjoyed Carrie Hope Fletcher’s debut, so I’m intrigued to see what her next book is like! 🙂
What have you added to your shelves this week? Let me know!
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, it’s all about underrated or hidden gems that we’ve read within the last year or so.
Some of these have got some good ratings on Goodreads but I don’t feel I see them around enough for how good they are!
For the Goodreads page, please click on the book image!
A Boy Made Of Blocks- Keith Stuart
I don’t know if I’ll ever stop promoting this book wherever I can. I thought it was an absolutely beautiful read which explores the relationship between a father and his child who has autism. It’s much more than just about relationships. It’s a stunning read and I can’t recommend it highly enough!
Strange Star- Emma Carroll
Emma Carroll is another great writer who I wish more people read! 🙂 This is because I think her writing is so impressive. I always feel like I’m inside the story. This story is inspired by the creation of Frankenstein!
Dead Romantic- C.J. Skuse
Such a unique story. It’s about a girl who wants to create her perfect boyfriend from dead parts of others…
Crush- Eve Ainsworth
This book is incredibly raw. It centres around an abusive teenage relationship!
Orangeboy- Patrice Lawrence
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book!
V is for Violet- Alison Rattle
Alison Rattle’s books are always underrated in my opinion.
The Next Together- Lauren James
I know that this book has received mixed reviews, but I really hope people aren’t put off by it!
The Haunting- Alex Bell
Everyone’s all about the author’s book Frozen Charlotte which is awesome, but I prefer The Haunting.
Between The Notes- Sharon Huss Roat
I really enjoyed this contemporary YA read.
Born Weird- Andrew Kaufman
A very unusual, unique read!
What are your underrated or hidden gems that you’ve read recently? Feel free to leave a link to your Top Ten post and I’ll stop by!
It’s that time of year again… time to reflect on the British Books I’ve read this year for the British Books Challenge. I read a grand total of 66 British books! (I shall add anymore to this post if I read more between now and 1st January) Yay!
The challenge involves reading 12 books from British authors, so I think we can safely say I smashed that number! 😉 I really enjoy finding British authors to read as much of my reading is dominated by US authors (they are amazing though!) Linked below are the reviews of the 66 British books that I read!
- Lighter Than My Shadow– Katie Green
- For Holly– Tanya Byrne
- Am I Normal Yet?– Holly Bourne
- The Demon Headmaster– Gillian Cross
- The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig– Emer Stamp
- The Haunting– Alex Bell
- In A Dark, Dark Wood– Ruth Ware
- The Number One Rule For Girls– Rachel McIntyre
- Carrie’s War-Nina Bawden
- The Sin Eater’s Daughter– Melinda Salisbury
- Radio Silence– Alice Oseman
- The Samaritan– Mason Cross
- Moving– Jenny Eclair
- More Of Me– Kathryn Evans
- The Next Together– Lauren James
- The Boy In The Dress– David Walliams
- Consumed– Abbie Rushton
- V is for Violet– Alison Rattle
- Read Me Like A Book– Liz Kessler
- Follow Me Back– Nicci Cloke
- Noble Conflict– Malorie Blackman
- When I Was Invisible– Dorothy Koomson
- Poppy’s Place– Karina Charman
- The Horse and His Boy– C.S. Lewis
- Orangeboy– Patrice Lawrence
- Always With Love– Giovanna Fletcher
- The Moonlight Dreamers– Siobhan Curham
- According To Yes-Dawn French
- The Borrowers– Mary Norton
- Swimming To The Moon– Jane Elson
- The Castle– Sophia Bennett
- The Woman Next Door– Cass Green
- Songs About A Girl– Chris Russell
- Maggot Moon– Sally Gardner
- Shtum– Jem Lester
- The One We Fell In Love With– Paige Toon
- My Embarrassing Dad’s Gone Viral– Ben Davis
- Cuckoo– Keren David
- Harry Potter and The Cursed Child– J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne
- All About The Hype– Paige Toon
- The Girls– Lisa Jewell
- Head Over Heels– Holly Smale
- Crush– Eve Ainsworth
- Perijee and Me– Ross Montgomery
- How Not To Disappear– Clare Furniss
- A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding– Jackie Copleton
- Looking for JJ– Anne Cassidy
- A Boy Made Of Bricks– Keith Stuart
- Robyn Silver- The Midnight Chimes– Paula Harrison
- Isadora Moon Goes To School- Harriet Muncaster
- The Last Act of Love– Cathy Rentzenbrink
- Time To Say Goodbye– S.D. Robertson
- On The Other Side– Carrie Hope Fletcher
- Beautiful Broken Things– Sara Barnard
- The Widow– Fiona Barton
- The Wolves of Willoughby Chase– Joan Aiken
- Dead Romantic– C.J.Skuse
- Haunt Me– Liz Kessler
- Missing, Presumed– Susie Steiner
- Strange Star– Emma Carroll
- Ballet Shoes– Noel Streatfeild
- The Lie Tree– Frances Hardinge
- Into The Trees– Robert Williams
- Lighthousekeeping– Jeanette Winterson
- Infinite Sky– C.J. Flood
- The Sleeping Prince– Melinda Salisbury
A massive thank you to Kirsty from Overflowing Library for hosting this challenge this year.
As this is one of my favourite challenges, I am definitely on board for 2017. In 2017, the challenge will be hosted by Michelle from Tales of Yesterday. Sign up here!
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, we could recommend our favourite scary/creepy reads. I’ve went for more creepy than anything else as I’m a massive baby when it comes to horror.
For the Goodreads page, please click on the book image!
Hollow Pike- Juno Dawson
This was a debut novel and it’s an absolute cracker. A really atmospheric piece.
Cruel Summer- Juno Dawson
This totally reminds me of Point Horror. I adored it.
Say Her Name- Juno Dawson
Bloody Mary used to terrify me (still does if I’m honest…) and this one really creeped me out.
Frozen Charlotte- Alex Bell
Ahh. Dolls. *shudders*
The Haunting- Alex Bell
I loved this one more than Frozen Charlotte. Probably because I have a personal connection to the place in which its set.
Choker- Elizabeth Woods
This messes with your head. Unexpected gem!
Bad Girls Don’t Die- Katie Alender
Through The Woods- Emily Carroll
Why not throw a graphic novel in there? Loved this one!
The Drowning- Rachel Ward
A creepy read. I really enjoyed this one.
Another Little Piece- Kate Karyus Quinn
Kate Karyus Quinn is a writer that you’ll either love or hate. I really enjoy her unique books.
What have you recommended this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!