Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Short Story Peril: Elevator by Queenie Chan

"Elevator", by Queenie Chan, is a short horror story written in manga form. It's about fourteen pages. Just as with The Dreaming, the art added a whole new level of creepiness to the story. While The Dreaming was a Gothic boarding school horror story based off Aboriginal myths, "Elevator" is a modern ghost/murder story.

You can read the story here.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Book Review: 7 Souls by Barnabas Miller and Jordan Orlando

Mary Shayne thought everyone loved her.

She was dead wrong.

Mary is the envy of everyone around her: she's drop-dead gorgeous, popular, and has a great boyfriend, Patrick. But all that changes on the day of Mary's seventeenth birthday. It starts off when she wakes up in a mortifying place with an awful hangover and no memory of the night before. Things quickly go from bad to worse. No one at school has any idea that it's her birthday, and Patrick is downright cold to her. As school ends and evening approaches, Mary can't shake the feeling that something awful is going to happen...and she's right. By the next morning, she's been murdered.

But it doesn't end there. Mary must relive the day of her death in the bodies of seven different people, her closest friends, who she soon finds out had plenty of reasons to hate her. Mary must scramble to uncover the mystery of her murder, slowly piecing together clues in a desperate effort to save her life.

7 Souls is a haunting, shocking thriller filled with mystery, horror, and magic. Mary was a vain, manipulative, and completely unlikeable character at first, but by the end of the book I found myself softening towards her. I enjoyed the opportunity to see from the POV of Mary's friends and understand the grudges each one had against her. The mystery kept me guessing until the shocking and moving ending. The ending didn't really suggest a sequel to me, but it's possible, and I'll keep my eyes out for one.

Final Rating: 9.5 out of 10

This book was read for the R.I.P Challenge

Thursday, September 16, 2010


That I haven't posted in a while. I've been busy with school and other things, so I haven't had much time. But I'll try to post soon. :)

Monday, September 6, 2010

Two Book Reviews: Coraline by Neil Gaiman and Vampire Knight Volume One by Matsuri Hino

This was the third time I've read Coraline, and I loved it just as much as I did before. When Coraline Jones and her family move into a new apartment, despite the eccentric neighbors and big yard, Coraline gets bored quickly. She's read all her books, watched all her videos, and her parents never have time to play with her. So when Coraline finds a locked door in the drawing room, she's excited. It seems bricked up at first, but Coraline soon discovers that sometimes, the passage opens. It leads into a world quite like her own...but better. With talking animals, delicious food, and fun games, this world seems like a dream come true. But she has other parents there, who want to change her and make her to stay with them forever. Coraline soon realizes that some doors are best left closed...

Rating: 9.5 out of 10 stars

At the Cross Academy, there are two classes of students: the Day Class and the Night Class. Yuki Cross and Zero Kiryu, two Day Class students, work to make sure that the rest of the Day Class never finds out the Night Class's secret--they're vampires! Yuki and Zero both found their way to Cross Academy after having been attacked by vampires, and while the vampires in the Night Class are "pacifists", Zero has hated them for a long time. So what will he do when Yuki finds out...that the attack on him turned HIM into a vampire too?!

Rating: 7.5 out of 10 stars

Both of these books were read for the R.I.P Challenge.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Radiance by Alyson Noel: A Book Review

Twelve-year-old Riley Bloom has finally made it to the afterlife. After a fatal car accident killed her, her parents, and her dog Buttercup, Riley was reluctant to let go of her old life. She lingered on the earth plane, staying with her older sister, Ever. But Riley's finally decided to cross the bridge and give up her old ties to earth once and for all. And she's sort of happy...at first. But the truth is, the afterlife is nothing like she expected, and she misses Ever and her old life. So when she gets a chance to return to the earth plane as a Soul Catcher, someone who leads reluctant spirits across the bridge, of course she's totally excited. But as Riley, Buttercup, and Bodhi, a possibly nerdy, but also cute boy, head towards an old English castle, Riley has no idea what she's getting herself into...

I loved this book! It was even better than Evermore, which I also enjoyed a great deal. Riley was a more interesting and likeable heroine than Ever, and the plot was more suspenseful, creepy, and engaging. I can't wait until the next one comes out in April.

Rating: 8.5 out of 10 stars

This book was read for the R.I.P Challenge.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Evermore by Alyson Noel: A Book Review

Since an accident claimed the lives of her mother, father, sister, and dog, sixteen-year-old Ever hasn't been the same. Not just emotionally...she now sees auras, hears thoughts, sees her sister Riley's spirit, and can tell things about a person just by touching them. She's always thought of these powers as a curse, and when a hot and mysterious new boy, Damen, shows up at school, Ever realizes that he may be the only one who can lessen her psychic burden. Because whenever she touches him, all the noise and psychic energy in her head is silenced. But freedom from her powers comes with a price, and the secrets Damen is hiding could get Ever, or those closest to her, killed.

This is the fourth Alyson Noel book I've read, and I think it was one of the best. Ever is a likeable heroine, and her friends and Riley are even more so. The concept of immortality and reincarnation that is presented in the book is unique. Ever's obsession with Damen seemed unhealthy and stalker-ish at first, and I still don't like Damen, but because of the unique ideas and engaging characters I've decided to continue reading the series. And I'm also reading a new series by the author starring Riley as the main character, which so far is exciting and enjoyable.

This book was read for the R.I.P. Challenge.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Joining RIP Challenge!

I'm excited to join the R.I.P. Challenge hosted by Carl. I'll be doing Peril the First, which includes reading four mystery, horror, or dark fantasy books. I have a long list of possibilities. Here they are:

1. Coraline by Neil Gaiman (re-read)
2. Night World 2 by L.J. Smith
3. Night World 3 by L.J. Smith
4. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
5. The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
6. Evermore by Alyson Noel
7. The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong
8. Marked by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
9. Curse of the Wolf Girl by Martin Millar
10. Down a Dark Hall by Lois Duncan
11. Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink
12. Vampire Knight Volume 1 by Matsuri Hino
13. Ruined by Paula Morris
14. Dead is the New Black by Marlene Perez
15. Blue is for Nightmares by Laurie Faria Stolarz
16. Sweep: Book of Shadows by Cate Tiernan
17. Stargazer by Claudia Gray
18. The 13 Best Horror Stories of all Time edited by Leslie Pockell

Thanks for hosting this challenge again Carl!