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If Stephen King and Edgar Allen Poe wrote a book! The Ripper Of Monkshood Manor is the most bizarre story I have ever read. Think Poe's the Tell Tale Heart if it were rewritten by Stephen King.Author Mary Gray has one twisted mind. I'll admit, in the beginning I was a bit confused with the storyline but at the 50% mark it all came together. The Ripper of Monkshood Manor is a perfect tale to dive into for Halloween.
–Lynn Shaw, Amazon customer
Creepy? Yes Gory? Yes Weird? A bit, yes. The story was actually unique in a way. It wasn't your typical haunted house story. There were ghosts, and shifters, and unsuspecting victim.
–Chrissy, Amazon customer
The Ripper of Monkshood Manor uses relatable colloquial language and topical references to connect with readers and make the story feel that much more real. True horror fans will love the haunted house, shape-shifting, and eerie descriptions of bags o' bones and so much more. The book is wildly unique and is perfect for readers who crave fast-paced, modern horror that will keep them up at night--half-buried under the covers, all the lights on, ears tuned to anything creeping down the halls
–Vanessa, Amazon Customer
This was a very interesting read and it was very different than most books I have read! I loved reading the inner thoughts of the protagonist. It had a surprise twist and it kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time!
Wow. From the first page, you’re thrown right into the story, wondering what’s going to happen next. I’ve never read a first-person narrative that was so fast-paced in all the right ways. I love the main character, Cate, who has all the reasoning, logic, and hormones of a 16 year-old. Her narration kept everything so “real” in this twisty house in which she finds herself. And the story? I loved discovering each sinister new layer. Great read and one I highly recommend. Also, I now want to go and visit old, spooky houses.
–Josey, Amazon customer
I absolutely loved this book! Everything about it worked together: the characters, the plot, and the setting. This is a perfect combination of fairy-tale and Christian fantasy that I absolutely adore. If you like either of those two genres, you will enjoy this book. There's so much to talk about for this book, but I'll try to stick to the highlights.
Let's start with the characters. Addie, the main character, is absolutely awesome. Her love for her brother and her journey to overcome her anxiety was an absolute delight to read. I could understand everything she went through, and every temptation she faced. Her battle to overcome evil and preserve her heart was just absolutely beautiful. I rooted for her every step of the way....
If you love fairy tales or Christian fantasy with great characters, plot, and setting, you'll love this book!
–M.H. Elrich, Amazon customer
The book has the feel of a fairy tale, with an allegorical twist. There's so much to like in the story, from Addie's tenacity, the build-up of suspense, and the heart (pun intended) of the story's themes.
I saw the premise in a tweet and I fell in love. This is an incredible story with so many layers of beauty and darkness. Nothing happened how I thought it would and the entire story kept me guessing. And I'm still thinking about it, months later. Fantastic debut!
–Cammie, Goodreads Reviewer
Overall, this story is fast-paced with vivid descriptions, relatable characters, and a strong message of hope. I quite enjoyed it and would recommend it for those interested in Christian-inspired YA fantasy.
Heartmender is a refreshing take on Christian fantasy. V. Romas Burton builds a deliciously dark world sprinkled with Hope. As an avid fantasy reader, I am always on the quest for unique fantasy worlds, magical constructs, creatures/races, and character development. Heartmender definitely delivered -- and remained completely Young Adult appropriate!
The story line is fast paced and its many twists and turns kept me on my toes! V. Romas Burton does a wonderful job introducing new mysteries while revealing answers to existing ones.
My favorite aspect of Heartmender is the strong symbolism sprinkled throughout the story. In every chapter I was reminded of God's unending love and patience with His flawed, sinful children. I love the emphasis on choices and that God sees the whole picture even when we are blinded by our immediate circumstances. I definitely will be saving a copy for my children to read when they're older!
I'm so excited for this story to be out in the hands of readers because I believe that regardless of a reader's view or perspective of faith, I think this story can be appreciated as a worthy fantasy and encourage any reader. (I know I'm already itching to get my hands on book two!) It's one of my favorite reads this year and will be recommending to everyone I know.
–Laura A. Grace, Amazon customer
Harper is a book I definitely think young female readers would REALLY enjoy! The MC is snarky, can kick butt, and has a strong love for her family.
Though it took me a little bit to fully get into this story, I loved Harper from the beginning and absolutely enjoyed being on adventures with her. She's smart, but she's also down to Earth and not embarrassed about her background. She totally gained my respect even more then she already did when "meeting" her because of her great friendship with Ike.
Overall, this book was super cool! Definitely recommend to YA readers who like Batman and snarky female heroines.
-Laura A. Grace,
Love love loved this book! Great characters. Intriguing plot line. Mystery. Romance. Danger. *sigh* So... when does the sequel come out?!?
Once I started, I couldn’t stop! I felt like I could connect and relate with the characters, even though the setting is in the very distant future.
–Tiffany G., Amazon Customer
This book has everything I love in a novel -- a strong heroine, danger around every corner, and clever dialogue that sometimes made me laugh. Harper's scenes with handsome Akiro are really sweet -- that is, when she isn't fighting her attraction to him.
I've loved all of Jo Cassidy's novels, but this one stands out as my absolute favorite. I know I'll be reading it many times. Once is definitely not enough.
A fun read full of complex relationships, cute boys, and a heroine that is delightfully flawed.
Camille is obsessed with kissing and boys until she realizes she's lost herself along the way. I loved how feisty she was as she plots revenge against her ex-boyfriend. I loved her too best friends and their unique personalities.
The boys were all dreamy but I was so happy with her final choice. And the hidden depths that were explored as Camille grows and comes to realize her own culpability in her unhappiness and problems, and she confronts the hurts she's tried to fill with outside approval. I loved how struggled to find herself again and that scene at the bonfire made me want to cheer.
A fun, cute read with great messages about healing broken relationships and finding yourself.
–M. R. Buttars, Amazon customer
Great book for teenagers. I enjoyed seeing the main character find happiness as she persisted in seeking forgiveness from others she had hurt.
–Banyan Sillito, Goodreads reviewer
This was a fun read. Made me laugh, and kept me turning the pages. Will be keeping an eye out for future books by Sara.
This book is refreshingly fun and still manages to have strong moral themes without whacking you upside the head with them. I love the impulsive behavior of the protagonist. She's so real. She makes mistakes and she learns from them. We get to enjoy her interactions with the different guys and swoon away. And-surprise!-the book doesn't have seventeen-year-olds acting like 21-year-olds!
Cluff has such a knack for fun flirtation and keeping you on your toes with her out-of-the-box plots.
Looking forward to reading many more by Cluff.
–Cammie, goodreads reviewer
Author Kelly Martin knows how to bring on the creepy. As soon as I heard about this book I knew I had to have it. I have been a fan of her work for quite a while and now Trinity Row is my absolute favorite by her. She really knocked it out of the park with this frightening and mysterious tale. I thought I had it all figured out about half way through, then BAM she through a curve ball that left me jumping out of my seat.
With characters like Ivy, John, Nate and Dara Lynn I couldn't help but want to find out more about them. The rate at which their secrets were revealed had me flying through the pages. I would get one tid bit at a time and scream, "I want more". I love when a book does that.
This ghostly tale will have you begging for more! I highly recommend it!
–TinaMDonnelly, Amazon customer
Horror is not my usual go-to, but I've loved anything I've ever read written by Kelly Martin so decided to give it a try. So glad I did! She develops characters and scenes in a way that it's easy to picture in my mind. So much horror includes gore and violence. But not Kelly Martin in this book. She writes it on a way that keeps you on the edge of your seat with goosebumps, but without the unnecessary gore. Perfect amount of scare that keeps you turning the pages but doesn't keep you up at night or make you afraid at home alone (except maybe in the bathroom ;). I grew up in a small town with some old abandoned homes that were fodder for rumors and stories, so I could relate to the premise of the book. A great read that left me wanting to read more by this author.
–Stephanie, Amazon Customer
Fans of the classic Alfred Hitchcock movies are going to love Trinity Row. This story is unnerving and will leave readers questioning their sanity! The house will not die and the person pulling its strings might not be who you think. I found myself scrolling back and re-reading sections to see if I missed any clues. Trinity Row is a twisted, haunting tale that you simply must read more than once.
–Banyan Sillito, Goodreads reviewer
Trinity Row was a mind trip. Anyone who knows me knows that I don't re-read books, ever. This one will most likely be re-read eventually to see what I might have missed. Any hints along the way. It truly leaves your mind reeling. I highly recommend this!
–Crystal Gray, Amazon customer
This was such a rollercoaster ride, took my breath away. It would be a great movie, super creepy. I don't know if it's a stand alone book? But I would Love to see how it goes further with the house and Ivy. Loved it a lot, great job from Kelly Martin.
Conny, Goodreads review
I had so much to get done this week and reading Good Girls Stay Quiet was not at the top of that list. I ordered the paperback but then amazon offered me a few chapters to read while I waited for my book to come. I was hooked from the first page. I couldn't wait for my book to ship to my house. I went ahead and ordered the kindle version too! I had to explain to my husband why I bought two of the same book in the same day! I stayed up late two nights in a row to finish reading it. I loved the character. She's so self reliant on this dysfunctional relationship because sometimes what you know seems better than what you can imagine. But I love the sassiness and strength that slips out when she lets her guard down. In fact her adaptability to survive her circumstances is just a testament to her strength. This was a page turner for me. The mystery had me suspecting everyone. I've talked my new book club into reading this book and I'm excited to talk it over with others who have read it!
I’ve always had an interest in psychology and have made it a mission of mine to try to understand people and why they are the way they are. I found the phrase “hurting people hurt people” to be accurate here as well as in every other facet of life.
Good Girls Stay Quiet is an interesting exploration of generational abuse and Stockholm syndrome. Because of the frequent violence and isolation, Cora is naive and seems almost child-like, especially in the relationships she has with her stuffed imaginary friends. Daddy’s actions—and Cora’s too near the end of the book—are irrational and unpredictable, further results of their abuse and seclusion.
There’s evidence of Cora’s future struggles too, which I found to be true to life.
This book is an insightful read for those who are interested in the psychology of abused victims and their abusers.
–Vanessa K. Eccles, Bound & Brewed
Jo Cassidy's Good Girls Stay Quiet is a powerful, thought provoking, intense read that left me reeling in the end. Cassidy's portrayal of Cora was haunting. Her naivete. Her innocence. Her unwaning desire to make "Daddy" happy. The psychological and physical abuse Cora endured left a lasting imprint on my soul. And that ending... In a story like this can there be a happy ending?
–Lynn Shaw, Amazon Customer
The first thing I wanted to do after reading this book, was chop off all my long hair.
The story was intense, but clean and without all the sexual weight many stories like this carry.
I loved the characters and relationships formed. I can’t say too much more without revealing spoilers. My one tip: start this book when you have a good chunk of free time. You won’t be able to put it down.
–CK, Amazon customer
–Tyler Jolley, Jolley Chronicles
Don’t let the word “Dollhouse” fool you into thinking this a fluffy girly book. It is a raw, mysterious, thriller and I loved every minute of it.
The Dollhouse Asylum. I can’t even see those three words without shuddering. I don’t know what kind of spell Mary Gray casts over this book but MOTHEROFPEARL it is one of the creepiest books I have ever read in my life. From the first page I wanted to put it in the freezer but I staunchly refused because if I didn’t know how it played out then I could kiss goodbye to any hopes of a decent night’s sleep ever again. Even now while trying to compile this review, I keep having to stop and blink a few times in shock.
–Rebekah Campbell, reflective bookworm blog
This was such a strange and unique story. I absolutely loved it. I really appreciated it that one of the characters wore an insulin pump. The entire story was just really different from anything I’ve read before.
–Valerie Sparkle, Goodreads review
Totally unique. Creepy, saucy, and just violent enough to keep you on the edge of your seat. Not one for a lazy reader, this is art and meant to be understood in its own unique way. The protagonist is a welcome departure from the snarky punk girl that prevails in most YA lately. I’m so glad I got to read this and learn more about literature and mental illness. Fascinating!
I’m not really into the creepy books. But it was DEFINITELY a creepy book. Gaaaaaah. Like, probably it’s not a good idea to read it alone in the dark by yourself. The writing itself was excellent, and the writing and the plot line kept me turning pages and “Oh no she didn’t”ing all the way ’til the end. If creepy dystopian fiction is your thing, and a seriously twisted yet somehow kind of sympathetic villain makes you all happy, run to your nearest bookstore and get yourself a copy.
–K.K. Hendin, Goodreads review
The character that stole the show however is our villain, Teo. There is so much I want to say about him, but so much I can’t to avoid spoilers. He is the kind of villain you just love to hate. You can never anticipate his actions and he keeps you guessing. He has moments where he shows humanity and then the next second he turns it all off. He is sick and twisted and an awesome villain.
–Teresa Mary Rose, Goodreads review
Well. If you want a good read, have a look at this. Jo has a way of keeping an awesome edge to the tone of the book. Always leading to more. Nothing is settled or ended. Just keeps pulling you in.
Her attention to atmosphere and details is amazing. I am a stone cold fan for life. I promise you will love it!!!! And I read it in one day. Yup. I am a true fan!!!! Get your copy!!!!
This novel was a real page turner. It grabbed my attention from the very first page and never let go. There's just something about a small town that seems to be hiding things from the newcomers that puts me on edge. Evil does indeed walk among the people of Willow Marsh. Sometimes it even floats unseen!
The book made me uncomfortable in some places, namely the scenes where Reed and his brothers sauntered in and wreaked havoc. This shows what an incredible writer Jo Cassidy is. She can evoke emotions in her readers like few authors can.
–Janet Johnson, Goodreads review
I loved that I could sit back, cuddle-up and get scared without the story going to dark or evil. I had a hard time putting it down when it was time to go to work, so I took it with me to read at lunch time! I also loved Tessa's strength to never give up. I highly recommend this book!
–Debra Wyatt, Amazon customer
This author is quickly becoming a favorite of mine!
I was introduced to her through reading Good Girls Stay Quiet, and Willow Marsh was so much more! I didn't think it was possible. If you have not read either of these books yet, what are you waiting for???
And even better, it is teen friendly!
–Crystal Gray, Amazon customer
This beautiful look at a frightening time in history opens the reader’s eyes to brilliant revelations: the fragility of the mind, the strength of family unity, the need for satisfaction in the form of revenge. Tempeste is a study in a broken mind. Although she needs to be healed, she must first exact revenge. As her dual personalities fight for supremacy they keep her teetering on the edge. Mary Gray’s attention to detail in crafting this character is superb. The quirks of a shattered mind are a delicate dance to perfect, and Ms. Gray has done it with aplomb! Deft character creation continues for the entire ensemble, providing a rich tapestry of detail to the novel. The mixture of the mystery with history is well drawn out and leads to a solid climax. The truly unique romance, blossoming as it does from vengeance, guilt and family allegiance, is heart rending. Adjusting to certain quirks in Tempeste’s character is the only issue that could potentially cause reader’s concern. “Our Sweet Guillotine” as well as Tempeste and Gabriel will stick in the mind and heart!
Mary Gray is a master at writing authentically broken characters, people who are so haunted by their pasts that their present decisions are infected. Readers of dark, gritty, gothic tales with a romantic spin will enjoy this twisted story. This book will appeal to people of all ages who enjoy exploring the dark side of humanity through the comfortable safety of a book, but who also crave redemption and forgiveness.
–Vanessa K. Eccles, Executive Editor of The Faithful Creative Magazine
Fraught with twisted love and bleeding hearts, this fascinating historical fiction grabbed me behind the eyes and made me want to don a petty coat and wooden shoes so I could follow Tempeste and Gabriel through the pages of the book. Fantastic read.
–Tamara Hart Heiner,
Author and Freelance Editor
Mary Gray has done it again! This book was so very good and had me hooked until the last page. You will not regret picking this one up! Side note: My teen book club read her previous book, The Dollhouse Asylum, a while back and when they heard that I was reading her new one they begged me for it. Of course, I couldn’t give it to them since I was an advance reader, but they are SO looking forward to getting their hands on a copy. Amazing book! Great author!
–Brittany Chavez, YA librarian
Frost, Eva and their Aunt Maggie are wonderfully drawn, feisty women. The dialogue these three characters have with one another really brings the story to life.
Love these sisters/characters! This is a really fun series that I will continue with (hint, hint so keep writing!). The series is full of action/adventure, paranormal, a twist on ghost mythology, and quirky characters who are very likable. None of them are perfect but that's part of what makes them relatable. Engaging and full of asides that made me chuckle, I thoroughly enjoyed this read.
I don't want to say too much and give anything away, so I'll just say this: Oh. My. Freaking. Gosh. I need book 3, like now.
Paranormal, but not anti God. Sexy, but not sexual. Loved this book! From beginning to end, with every chapter, I felt like I was Eva and then Frost. Their feelings became my feelings. The book is written in a way that takes you right into the minds of the characters. The paranormal references were fun and interesting, but still had their own twists.
Hush, Now Forget is a good blend of mystery, paranormal, and romance. It is a clean read, nothing crude in it. I feel good about recommending it to my friends – a quality that many books in this genre don’t possess.
I fell in love with this book [Hush, Now Forget] and the characters instantly. They are relatable and hilarious. Gray and Larsen (the authors) are great at creating imagery which makes the reader feel like they are right in the story. The story keeps you on your toes and wanting more! So hard to put it down once you’ve picked it up. I CANT WAIT until this book is made into a movie! Annnd I can’t wait for the second book! Love those Abraham sisters so much!
Kelly Veirs, Goodreads review
I'm a guy and I loved this book. The sisters are realistic, relateable, and entertaining, and they guys were pretty awesome too. Parts made me laugh out loud, and other parts were really creepy. It's very different from Supernatural, but has enough similarities to enjoy. You can tell the writers are fans of the show.
Also, I appreciated that it was clean but still exciting. Looking forward to book #2!
"It's the kind of dark that makes you see things that aren't there."
Only, in Sleep, Don't Fret the scary things we all fear are there--creeping around every corner and threatening to suck the life from you.
One of my favorite things about this series is its authentic sisterly bond. It's shared in a way that could only come from real-life sisters, like Mary and Cammie. Their relationship and the way they protect, honor, and love each other are what makes these books so compelling. Not to mention, the awesome love stories the two sisters are living. Leo is one of my new favorite Byronic heroes--the perfect mix of sullen and serious but with this mysterious, hidden kindness that is so endearing.
This book takes readers from one dangerous scenario to another, lives at stake at every turn. This action-packed, character-driven tale is a must for those who love a unique story of ghouls, demons, and deliciously spooky things.
IT CALLS ME is a wonderful anthology full of beautiful prose and poetry. I especially loved “The Ghost that Wore Rouge” and “The Riverwalk.” I also really appreciated the exploration of emotion through story and verse. With everything from romance to magic, this is one anthology that you’ll likely reread again and again.
So many feelings! Coughran's work is witty one second and heart-wrenching the next. She makes you think about things in a new way, while so relatable, you wonder why everyone isn't screaming it from the rooftops. Even if you don't "get" one piece right away, give it a day to catch up to the author's intention and you'll find love.
Katie uses her pen like a paintbrush, coloring our minds with vivid pictures, and shifting our emotions at her whim. You know you're in skillful hands when you read a Katie Coughran book.
–Janet, Barnes & Noble REviewer