Top Ten Creepy Covers! (#wimp)

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a Halloween freebie. I’m not the biggest lover of Halloween or scary books in fact. I thought I’d put up some creepy book covers this week. Why not freak myself out on Halloween, hey?

Krampus: The Yule Lord

Tales of the Undead: Hell Whore

Annabelle

Berserk

Demons: True stories of demonic possessions & demonic attacks

Cat's Cradle (Cat, #1)

What even is this?!

This actually makes me feel sick!

That’s it for me this week! Feeling totally creeped out by these covers! What did you do for your Halloween freebie? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

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Coraline (Graphic Novel Review)

Coraline (Illustrated/Graphic Novel Edition)

How did I get it?:
I borrowed it from Beth!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

When Coraline steps through a door in her family’s new house, she finds another house, strangely similar to her own (only better). At first, things seem marvelous. The food is better than at home, and the toy box is filled with fluttering wind-up angels and dinosaur skulls that crawl and rattle their teeth.

But there’s another mother there and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go. Coraline will have to fight with all her wit and all the tools she can find if she is to save herself and return to her ordinary life.

Thoughts:

Perhaps I’m not the best person to review this graphic novel or the original book. I haven’t seen the movie yet either. But do you know what? Based on this graphic novel, I’m going to read the original and watch the movie. I liked the graphic novel that much!

It centres around Coraline who steps through a door in her family’s house to find another house which is incredibly similar to hers… only slightly better. Every single thing seems better in the other house. The toys, the food… Coraline thinks she’s got it good! There’s another mother and another father there though. They look like her actual parents, but they aren’t. They want Coraline to stay with them and be their little girl. They’re determined to change her, but Coraline is fighting back. She wants to be with her true family and return to her normal life.

I enjoyed the illustrations from P. Craig Russell. I thought it was beautifully drawn. The other mother in particular really freaked me out. She really was an unforgettable character. I can still see those black button eyes when I close my eyes!

I thought this graphic novel was super creepy. I hear that the original is too, so I’m excited to read that as soon as I can fit it in.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

I thoroughly enjoyed this graphic novel and will be checking out the original for sure!

Charlotte Says

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Frozen Charlotte
The Haunting

Synopsis:

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.

Thoughts:

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?:
Of course!

Charlotte Says really creeped me out. It’s such an atmospheric, chilling read.

As I Descended

As I Descended

How did I get it?:
It was a gift!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Lies We Tell Ourselves
What We Left Behind

Synopsis:

Maria Lyon and Lily Boiten are their school’s ultimate power couple—even if no one knows it but them.

Only one thing stands between them and their perfect future: campus superstar Delilah Dufrey.

Golden child Delilah is a legend at the exclusive Acheron Academy, and the presumptive winner of the distinguished Cawdor Kingsley Prize. She runs the school, and if she chose, she could blow up Maria and Lily’s whole world with a pointed look, or a carefully placed word.

But what Delilah doesn’t know is that Lily and Maria are willing to do anything—absolutely anything—to make their dreams come true. And the first step is unseating Delilah for the Kingsley Prize. The full scholarship, awarded to Maria, will lock in her attendance at Stanford―and four more years in a shared dorm room with Lily.

Maria and Lily will stop at nothing to ensure their victory—including harnessing the dark power long rumored to be present on the former plantation that houses their school.

But when feuds turn to fatalities, and madness begins to blur the distinction between what’s real and what is imagined, the girls must decide where they draw the line.

Thoughts:

I absolutely loved Robin Talley’s debut novel, but was a little disappointed by her second release. However, the synopsis of this book had me easily gripped and I knew I had to read it. I also really enjoy retellings and I was intrigued by the modern take on Macbeth.

As I Descended takes place at a boarding school. Our main characters use a Ouija board and that is the catalyst to the madness…Although this story is told from multiple points of view, Maria is the main focus of this story. She is determined to take down Delilah, who is the front runner for the Kingsley Prize, a scholarship for college. It will give her more time with Lily, her girlfriend. Maria and Lily work hard to make sure Maria gets that prize, no matter what it takes. The story definitely takes a turn for the worse when creepy things begin to happen….

I really enjoy Robin Talley’s writing style, she created such a wonderfully chilling atmosphere, I just had to keep turning the pages. I absolutely loved the diversity in the characters. As a reader, you can find LGBT characters and also a character with a physical disability.

If you don’t know much about Macbeth then it really doesn’t matter. I know the plot of Macbeth, but I’ve never read it and it didn’t affect my enjoyment of the story.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

I was pleasantly surprised by this book! It’s not quite Lies We Tell Ourselves, but it’s a creepy, intriguing read!

This Is Not A Test (This Is Not A Test #1)

This is Not a Test (This is Not a Test #1)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

 

Synopsis:

It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self. To Sloane Price, that doesn’t sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she’s failed to find a reason to keep going. Now seems like the perfect time to give up. As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she’s forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually want to live. But as the days crawl by, the motivations for survival change in startling ways and soon the group’s fate is determined less and less by what’s happening outside and more and more by the unpredictable and violent bids for life—and death—inside. When everything is gone, what do you hold on to?  

Thoughts:

I had some misconceptions before I started this book. I thought it was going to be a zombie book but really it’s a book that has zombies within the story. It’s much more than a zombie book. It’s a story about survival.

This Is Not A Test centres around six characters who are hiding in a school. It’s the end of the world and there are zombies outside who are determined to kill. The zombies will only need one bite to kill a person. Sloane has been suffering for six months and begins to wonder if it’s time to give up. Sloane has to experience the apocalypse through eyes of others that want to survive. Days pass by and life becomes even more unpredictable for the teens inside the school.

I thought this book was so intense and quite tough to read. As I expect from Courtney Summers, this book really was quite dark. I could feel Sloane’s pain through the pages. I’m not usually a fan of books containing zombies, but it really worked with this book. It wasn’t gory, but the reader certainly felt the threat throughout. It was creepy to think of them lurking outside hammering on the door. *shudders*

I absolutely loved the character of Sloane. She is incredibly complex and her pain was so tough to read about. I really feel a character like Sloane adds depth to the story. There’s so much to be found in this story, there’s grief, loss, a lot of pain and a struggle for survival. It really is a wonderful read and I’m intrigued to see how the story continues in Please Remain Calm.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

This was a really different read than what I had expected from Courtney Summers. I love it when an author keeps their books fresh and exciting!

As Dead It Gets- Spoiler for Book 2! (Bad Girls Don’t Die #3)

As Dead As It Gets (Bad Girls Don't Die, #3)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously read by the same author:
Bad Girls Don’t Die
From Bad To Cursed

Synopsis:

It’s been three months since Alexis helplessly witnessed Lydia Small’s violent death, and all she wants is for her life to return to normal.

But normal people don’t see decaying bodies haunting photographs. Normal people don’t have to deal with regular intrusions from Lydia’s angry ghost, sometimes escalating to terrifying attacks.

At first, it seems that Lydia wants revenge on Alexis alone. But a girl from school disappears one night, and Alexis spots one of Lydia’s signature yellow roses lying on the girl’s dresser the next day. Soon, it becomes clear that several of Alexis’s friends are in danger, and that she’s the only person who can save them. But as she tries to intervene, Alexis realizes that her enemy is a much more powerful ghost than she’s ever faced before… and that its fate is tied to hers in ways she couldn’t possibly imagine.

Not even in her worst nightmares.  

Thoughts:

I think most regular readers of my blog will know that I’m not a massive fan of horror/paranormal. I’m a bit of a scaredy-cat when it comes to horror. I have a way too active imagination. However, I have devoured the Bad Girls Don’t Die series by Katie Alender. It’s a fantastic YA ghost series which I really don’t see enough of around the blogosphere. I expected more drama in this finale if I’m completely honest, but it was still utterly readable and chilling at the same time.

As Dead as It Gets takes place not long after the events of From Bad To Cursed. Our main protagonist, Alexis can now see ghosts, especially in photographs that she takes. Alexis is keen to give up this hobby because she’s fed up of being spooked by ghosts. Alexis is haunted by Lydia Small who died in the second book. Carter, who was with Alexis has started dating another girl and Alexis decides to move on with Jared. Jared is quite a lovable character in the second book, so I could get on board with this relationship. Girls have been disappearing and two of them have been found dead, each time a girl disappears yellow roses are found by her. Alexis is convinced that Lydia has something to do with it as Lydia had yellow roses at her funeral.

I felt like Alexis was pretty alone in this book. She was so isolated. We didn’t see much of her relationship with Kasey, her relationship with Carter and her best friend Megan. We see her relationship with Jared, but we soon learn that he is incredibly controlling. I really wanted someone to be there for her and that was lacking at first in this book. I did like Elliot though, who we are introduced to- she begins to develop a friendship with Alexis.

I really enjoyed the character of Lydia in As Dead As It Gets! I love how her character develops over the course of the series, she grows so much in this book and there are some particularly chilling scenes that involve her. On the other hand, there are some incredibly touching scenes too. She was one of my favourite things about this book.

I think there was far too much going on in this book and it lost some of the charm of the first two books. However, I’d still highly recommend this series. I’ve been so impressed with Katie Alender’s writing, I’m eager to explore more.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

Not an explosive ending, but decent all the same!

From Bad To Cursed (Bad Girls Don’t Die #2)

From Bad to Cursed (Bad Girls Don't Die, #2)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Bad Girls Don’t Die

Synopsis:

Alexis is the last girl you’d expect to sell her soul. She already has everything she needs–an adorable boyfriend, the perfect best friend, and a little sister who’s finally recovering after being possessed by an evil spirit, then institutionalized.

Alexis is thrilled when her sister joins a club; new friends are just what Kasey needs. It’s strange, though, to see how fast the girls in The Sunshine Club go from dorky and antisocial to gorgeous and popular. Soon Alexis learns that the girls have pledged an oath to a seemingly benevolent spirit named Aralt. Worried that Kasey’s in over her head again, Alexis and her best friend Megan decide to investigate by joining the club themselves. At first, their connection with Aralt seems harmless. Alexis trades in her pink hair and punky clothes for a mainstream look, and quickly finds herself reveling in her newfound elegance and success.

Instead of fighting off the supernatural, Alexis can hardly remember why she joined in the first place. Surely it wasn’t to destroy Aralt…why would she hurt someone who has given her so much, and asked for so little in return?

Thoughts:

I think I’ve made it known here on my blog that horror isn’t usually my sort of thing. Then I read Bad Girls Don’t Die and absolutely loved it. I finally got around to reading From Bad To Cursed and I absolutely loved it. It’s a very different book to the first. It still has some of the same characters but I felt this one had a different vibe. I found it to be incredibly unsettling but utterly gripping at the same time.

From Bad To Cursed follows Alexis and her sister Kasey. Kasey has finally come home and is attempting to go to high school following the awful things that happened to her. Alexis is thrilled when Kasey joins The Sunshine Club. Kasey is in need of some friends. However, there is something different about The Sunshine Club. Alexis finds out that the girls have pledged an oath to a spirit called Aralt. The Sunshine Club are getting more beautiful and popular by the minute. Alexis is worried that Kasey will get in all sorts of trouble. Alexis and Megan join The Sunshine Club and find themselves intrigued by the increasing confidence, elegance and success. Alexis becomes completely enveloped in The Sunshine Club and begins to forget her reasons why she joined the club in the first place.

As I mentioned, I’m not one for scary. I’d definitely describe this book as creepy and unsettling but nothing that’ll keep you wide awake at night or cause you to have nightmares. Yes, this sometimes happens to me, I have an overactive imagination.

I thought Katie Alender’s writing was superb in this sequel. I find it simple, but engaging to read. It captured my attention throughout the story. The plot is fast paced and the changes on Alexis creep up on you and before you know it, you realise Alexis is deep trouble. I am so intrigued to see what happens in the next book as it ends in such a gripping manner. I’m just pleased that it’s already out so I can read it as soon as I can slip it in!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A fantastic, creepy sequel! I loved it!