Book Review: Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen

Cover: I think that this cover is pretty awesome. I love that it looks like a school book but also looks like an old book that might be used for I don’t know maybe summoning demons. I also Love the fact that it has a big huge b-movie devil drawing on the front.

Synopsis:#EvilLibrarian He’s young. He’s hot. He’s also evil. He’s . . . the librarian.

When Cynthia Rothschild’s best friend, Annie, falls head over heels for the new high-school librarian, Cyn can totally see why. He’s really young and super cute and thinks Annie would make an excellent library monitor. But after meeting Mr. Gabriel, Cyn realizes something isn’t quite right. Maybe it’s the creepy look in the librarian’s eyes, or the weird feeling Cyn gets whenever she’s around him. Before long Cyn realizes that Mr. Gabriel is, in fact . . . a demon. Now, in addition to saving the school musical from technical disaster and trying not to make a fool of herself with her own hopeless crush, Cyn has to save her best friend from the clutches of the evil librarian, who also seems to be slowly sucking the life force out of the entire student body! From best-selling author Michelle Knudsen, here is the perfect novel for teens who like their horror served up with a bit of romance, plenty of humor, and some pretty hot guys (of both the good and evil variety).

Goodreads Rating: 3/5 however it really is a 3.5/ 5 

Review: Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen is a fun read. However, there were some parts of this book that annoyed the hell out of me. So this story follows Cynthia Rothschild, she is the run of the mill average teenager. She spends most of her days hanging out with her best friend Annie and lusting after her crush Ryan. One day a new librarian arrives at her school and her friend Annie is smitten, actually she becomes rather obsessed. Annie stops hanging out with Cyn and starts spending all of her time in the library. What Annie does not realize is that the new librarian Mr. Gabriel is a demon. Now I do not want to say too much more on the premise of the story. However, it basically breaks down into Cynthia discovers that he is a demon and all hell is set to break loose at the closing of the schools musical Sweeney Todd. This book left me with a lot of mixed feelings while I liked the book I hated it as well. First thing first, I liked it because it did make me laugh, it was a tad ridiculous. Which is what made this a fun read. If the authors intentions were to write a B movie style book she hit it on the nose. However, the thing that got on my nerves was Cynthia’s consistent lusting after her crush, sure I get it, she thinks that he is hot and swoon worthy, that is great. However, I do not feel that this needed to be stated a billion times throughout the course of the book. Eventually, Cynthia and Ryan start hanging out because Cynthia tries to convince him that something is off about Mr. Gabriel. Ryan is reluctant to believe her until they walk into the Library and find him in a demon like form. From there Ryan and Cynthia begin hanging out and try to figure out how they are going to save the school from Mr. Gabriel. I felt that every time the story started getting better it was stopped by Cyn’s consistent lusting after Ryan. For Example, in one part of the book Ryan and Cynthia are talking to a teacher, whom they think will be able to help them, however, Cynthia can do nothing but lust after Ryan. “Maybe he’s got some additional motivation, maybe there’s a larger story, some ultimate overarching goal, but in the end, demons do what they do because they want to. I think our essences are like candy to them. Or like drugs. They cannot always come through to our world; that must be true, or else we would all have been wiped out long ago. But some of them come through, and some of them are able to get to us in various ways.” “Alright,” Ryan says. “So how do we stop him?” LOVE. Seriously, the way he stays on topic is just incredibly hot. (Pg 131). Stuff like that happens A LOT throughout the duration of the book. Other than that the book was ok. It read like a B movie, which is always fun. It is cheesy and ridiculous and that is what I enjoyed. I don’t mind a little bit of the girl drooling over the guy, but this was overboard. All in all I do not foresee myself reading this book again in the future. I do believe that this is a stand-alone novel, however, if there was a second book I may pick it up, but I am not too sure. Have any of you read this book? If so, I would love to hear your thoughts. Leave your comments letting me know below.

Book Review: Jackaby By William Ritter

Jackaby

Cover: I absolutely LOVE this cover. I love the colors and I love the style. It tells so much about the book without giving anything away. BEAUTIFUL!

Synopsis:Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary–including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain it’s a nonhuman creature, whose existence the police–with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane–deny.

Doctor Who meets Sherlock in William Ritter’s debut novel, which features a detective of the paranormal as seen through the eyes of his adventurous and intelligent assistant in a tale brimming with cheeky humor and a dose of the macabre.

Goodreads Rating: 5 out of 5. 

Review: Jackaby by William Ritter is one of my new all time favorite books. It is a combination of Sherlock Holmes meets Doctor Who, which if you are a fan of these shows you are going to LOVE this book. The story follows Abigail Rook who sails from England to New Fiddleham in 1892. She has the need for adventure in her life, which is why she left home. When she arrives in New Fiddleham she has little to no money and a few select items of clothing. While in a bar she meets R.F. Jackaby a strange and delightful character. He is a detective of the paranormal. Jackaby while he reminds me of Benedict Cumberbatch’s version of Sherlock Holmes he does posses qualities that remind of Matt Smith’s portrayal of the Doctor. While this is a short book, only 299 pages, it is fast paced and it flows really well. It draws you into the world and it makes you feel like you are right there alongside Jackaby and Abigail Rook. From what I understand this is not a stand alone book, I believe it is going to be a series, though I do not know how many books there will be. I will have to do some research and find out! Once I do though I will let you guys know. I am so excited to see how the story will progress. While there are no cliff hangers at the end and everything is tied up I believe there is so many ways that this story can develop. So if you have had not had a chance to check this book out yet I suggest that you do. You will be in for one heck of a ride. If you have had the chance to read it I would love to hear what you guys think!!! Let me know in the comment section below.

Welcome to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz

THE_DARK_HOUSE_CAROUSEL_TK_5Cover: I LOVE this cover. There is something that is so mysterious and creepy about it. There is something about abandon amusement parks that gives me the creeps. When I first saw this book I was on the other side of Barnes and Noble and I was like “OOOOO What is that book?” So I went over to admire the cover.

Synopsis: For Ivy Jensen, it’s the eyes of a killer that haunt her nights. For Parker Bradley, it’s bloodthirsty sea serpents that slither in his dreams.

And for seven essay contestants, it’s their worst nightmares that win them an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at director Justin Blake’s latest, confidential project. Ivy doesn’t even like scary movies, but she’s ready to face her real-world fears. Parker’s sympathetic words and perfect smile help keep her spirits up. . . at least for now.

Not everyone is so charming, though. Horror-film fanatic Garth Vader wants to stir up trouble. It’s bad enough he has to stay in the middle of nowhere with this group—the girl who locks herself in her room; the know-it-all roommate; “Mister Sensitive”; and the one who’s too cheery for her own good. Someone has to make things interesting.

Except, things are already a little weird. The hostess is a serial-killer look-alike, the dream-stealing Nightmare Elf is lurking about, and the seventh member of the group is missing.

By the time Ivy and Parker realize what’s really at stake, it’s too late to wake up and run.

My Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars

My Thoughts:  The first thing that I noticed about this book was the cover. I was on the other side of Barnes and Noble when I spotted it and had to go check it out. Initially, I read the synopsis and read the first 5 pages (which is something I normally do), then I put the book down and walked away. As I was wandering around the store looking around I could not stop thinking about this book. So, I went back over and picked it back up. Needless to say that I read 138 pages of the book in the store. Sadly, I could not purchase it that day. Then a few days later (still unable to purchase it) I went back to the store with my Nook and read for an hour at the store, which left me with 22 pages of the book to read. So I bought it for my nook. I still want to get a physical copy of the book, but for now the e-book is fine. It allowed me to finish it.

I loved that this book was told in multiple perspectives. Six to be exact. Usually I am a little leery of books told from multiple perspectives because sometimes things get lost in translation. Normally, I am OK with two and sometimes three perspectives, but six made me nervous. Stolarz pulled this off well! Every chapter was a different perspective and it was labeled clearly, so you knew whose view point you were reading. This book was an easy, fun, and creepy read that kept me hooked until the end. I had to know what was going to happen to each character. While I cared about all the characters in the book, there were a few that I cared more about than others. Some characters just fell flat for me like Garth Vader (Awesome name!) for instance. In the beginning of the book he was quite annoying and I could not get into his story line as much, but his nightmare in the book was the only thing that caught my attention in his story.

This book reads like a campy horror movie. Even though most of the time campy horror movies are more funny than scary, this book still left me creeped out. I could see scenes clearly in my head like I was there watching this book as a movie. I love it when a writer paints a picture so clearly, but still leaves you enough room to use your own imagination. This book was creative and different than any other horror book that I have read. Is it perfect? No, but it sure is a good book! So, if you love campy gory horror movies, or books about the darkest parts of nightmares please pick this book up. It is a fun and creepy ride that will keep you up all night. If any of you have read this book please let me know what you thought in the comments below.

The Merciless by Danielle Vega

mercilessCover:  This is an interesting cover. I like that it has no dust jacket. I also like the obscurity of this cover. It is pink with a pentagram, so, it left me wondering what the heck this book would be about.

Synopsis: Forgive us, Father, for we have sinned

Brooklyn Stevens sits in a pool of her own blood, tied up and gagged. No one outside of these dank basement walls knows she’s here. No one can hear her scream.

Sofia Flores knows she shouldn’t have gotten involved. When she befriended Riley, Grace, and Alexis on her first day at school, she admired them, with their perfect hair and their good-girl ways. They said they wanted to save Brooklyn. They wanted to help her. Sofia didn’t realize they believed Brooklyn was possessed.

Now, Riley and the girls are performing an exorcism on Brooklyn—but their idea of an exorcism is closer to torture than salvation. All Sofia wants is to get out of this house. But there is no way out. Sofia can’t go against the other girls . . . unless she wants to be next. . . .

In this chilling debut, Danielle Vega delivers blood-curdling suspense and terror on every page. By the shockingly twisted end, readers will be faced with the most haunting question of all: Is there evil in all of us?

Overall Rating: On Goodreads I gave this book a 4/5 stars. However, it is 3.8/5 stars for me. 
 
My Thoughts: I went into this book not knowing a whole lot about it (which was part of the fun), so, I will leave this review as spoiler free as possible. I had seen this floating around on book tube quite a bit, and I kept hearing that it was totally scary and a great YA Horror novel. I knew that this book was about an exorcism, and anyone who knows me, knows that stuff scares the crap out of me. I have a hard time reading or watching anything that deals with possession. However, this book, was not one of those books that scared me. While I love scary movies and scary novels, I felt that this fell just a little short. Yes, it is a creepy story and a bit disturbing, however, it did not keep me awake at night and afraid of the things that go bump in the night. For me, this book kind of felt like a gory version of mean girls. I did enjoy the story and it did keep me interested  enough to keep reading. If you are squeamish, than you may want to steer clear of this book. It is quite gory. Overall, I enjoyed this book and if you are looking for a fast paced, creepy teen horror book then this may be the book for you. 

Dorothy Must Die Full Review

Dorothy

Cover: I am not in love with this cover. I like it. For me, there is just something missing. I am not sure what it is, but it is lacking something. However, once the dust jacket is off the book itself is intriguing.

Synopsis:

I didn’t ask for any of this.
I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero.

But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little bluebirds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still a yellow brick road—but even that’s crumbling.

What happened? Dorothy.

They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I’m the other girl from Kansas.

I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.

I’ve been trained to fight.

And I have a mission.

ill write a full review for this book.

My Thoughts:  OMG!!! This book was freaking AMAZING! I love the fact that this is  a twisted classic. So, this book follows Amy Gumm, who in the real world is considered a loser. She lives a horrible life. No friends and a Mom who is not really present in her life. The only thing that she does have  is a rat named Star who she hates. One day Amy comes home after a fight at school and is swept up by a tornado and taken to Oz. However, Oz is nothing like the movies make it out to be. It used to be beautiful and glorious, but now it is dilapidated and falling apart.  This is all due to the fact that Dorothy has taken over and is stealing all of the magic. Everything is twisted and nightmarish. The lines between good and evil are seriously blurred in this book. Amy is recruited by the Order of the Wicked and given the task of killing Dorothy. If you have not read this book I would absolutely recommend it. On good reads I rated this book a five out of five stars.

Dorothy Must Die Chapters 1-12.

Dorothy

I just finished reading the first 3 chapters of this book. I think they are releasing 3 more chapters later today.  Lately, I have been enjoying books like these. I like how they take a classic story and make it their own.

Cover: I must say that the cover has me intrigued. It is not the most beautiful cover out there, but I feel like it is interesting enough to make me want to read this. Now I am only basing this off of this picture as the book has yet to be released and I have not seen a physical copy.

Synopsis:

I didn’t ask for any of this.
I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero.

But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little bluebirds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still a yellow brick road—but even that’s crumbling.

What happened? Dorothy.

They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I’m the other girl from Kansas.

I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.

I’ve been trained to fight.

And I have a mission.

Review Chapters 1-3: Amy Gumm lives a sad life. When she was a little girl her father left and her mother was in an accident. Now her mother lives in her pajamas and takes pills and spends her time drinking her life away. At school she is known as trash or salvation army because Madison Pendelton said that she is dirty and if you associate with Amy than you are dirty just like her. I feel sad for Amy. Having no friends and someone who is consistently bullying you is no way to live. Since I have not read past the first 3 chapters, I cannot say much more than her life sucks. I would not want to be in her shoes. For now, at the end of the third chapter it left me with a bit of curiosity. I am curious to see how this story progresses. I may in fact read the next 3 chapters later today. If I enjoy the next set of chapters, I may continue reading it. We shall see. If you are interested in reading more about Amy Gumm, please click on the link. Dorothy Must Die.  Enjoy!

Chapters 4-6: Chapters 4-6 can be found here Dorthy Must Die Chapters 4-6.  Imagine that Oz is a dilapidated place. Everything is crumbling down. It is not as magnificent as it used to be. Power hungry Dorothy has taken over. What?? This is crazy! Everything that you think is good in the Wizard of Oz is in fact not. I am really enjoying this book. I don’t know if I can wait until April to find out what happens. I may have to pop back in every day to get to read 3 chapters more. While this is not the best writing in the world, the story is intriguing. I like the premise of the story. I like the fact that everything you think is good is in fact bad. Oh and the perma-smile that is some messed up creepy stuff. I am excited to see what is in store for the rest of this book. This is in fact a twisted play on a classic.

Chapters 7-9: Here is the link for the next 3 chapters. Dorothy must die Chapter 7-9. OMG!!! This story is insane. It is totally twisted and I love it. What more can I say without giving too much away. You just have to read it. Amy during the course of her journey in Oz has made 2 friends Indigo (whom I like very much) and Ollie a wingless monkey. Ollie and his people (monkey’s) have been through quite a bit and I feel sorry for them. It is sad to see anyone as a slave, even if they are evil winged monkeys. Ollie is wingless for a reason and there are others like him. Put it this way, he is wingless because it goes against the happiness decree. What is the happiness decree you might ask? Well, I am not going to tell you. You are going to have to read this and find out yourself. Oh and I take back what I said about the perma-smile being the creepiest thing in the book; it is the Tin woodman and his army.I really love the way the author describes Oz and the way the characters are navigating through it. While this book is more on the demented side I do think that the author paints a good picture of what has happened to Oz and its inhabitants. Like I have said on numerous occasions this book is a true Twisted Classic and what more could someone ask for. 

Chapters 10-12: Chapters 10-12 will be available to read tomorrow at this website Dorothy must Die Chapters 10-12. I just finished the last 3 chapters they made available and OMG! I do not think I can wait until April 1st for this book to come out. In these last few chapters we meet a few new characters and well I like them. They are of the wicked variety (at least in the original story), but in this version they are still “wicked” but more helpful on the side of good. So all in all, I am super excited to finish this book when it comes out in April. Once I finish I will write a full review for this book.

Frost Burned

Frostburned Currently I am in the middle of reading this book. I am just about halfway done and OMG!! Patricia Briggs gets me everytime. This series is so much fun. Mercy is one of my favorite literary characters. This is the 7th book in the series, so if you have not checked out this series you must do so. As for now, I am not going to say too much about it. I don’t want to give away to many spoilers. When I am finished with this book I will update with a more detailed post.

***UPDATE***

Cover: I like this cover. I am not in love with it. I do like that they are starting to show the faces on the covers, but I feel like it takes away from the mystery a little. Seeing as this is the 7th book in the series I already have my own visions of what Mercy looks like and what her car looks like. Now what is on the cover is not so far fetched, but it still is not what I have imagined over the last 6 books.

Synopsis: Mercy Thompson’s life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Adam Hauptman – the charismatic Alpha of the local werewolf pack – has made her a stepmother to his daughter Jesse, a relationship that brings moments of blissful normalcy to Mercy’s life. But on the edges of humanity, a minor mishap on an ordinary day can turn into so much more. After an accident in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Mercy and Jesse can’t reach Adam – or anyone else in the pack for that matter. They’ve all been abducted. Through their mating bond, all Mercy knows is that Adam is angry and in pain. Outclassed and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from the most unlikely of allies: the vampire seethe.

Review:I Finished reading this book yesterday (3/20/14) and OMG! Patricia Briggs has done it again. Another Mercy Thompson book that makes me just want to read more. There is never a dull moment with Mercy.  If you love a kick ass shape shifting protagonist than go no further. Mercy is always getting into some kind of trouble, whether it be intentional or not. I will not go into too much detail about this book because I do not want to spoil it for others who have not read this book or the series.For those of you who have not read this series please do so. You are missing out!!! There is a little bit of everything in these books, at least supernaturally speaking: werewolves,gremlins, shape shifters, ghosts, and of course vampires.  Who doesn’t love a book where there is magic, sex, violence, and romance. As far as this book is concerned, this one was action packed. I loved the development of the characters, as well as, the relationship between Mercy and Adam. I love to see the bond between those two. Sadly, one member of the pack is lost and I went through a mourning period. The end of the book was insanely intense. I always love a great battle at the end of the book. I am excited to read the next book. However, because I have none of these books in hardcover (which I want to get) I am going to have wait to buy the paper back version of Night Broken next year. I do not know if  I can wait that long!!!