Heather Beck contacted us and asked us to review her book ‘ Haunted’ It is anthology of ghostly encounters and paranormal events. Here is the blurb
After discovering a mysterious playground in the woods, Chase is stalked by angry ghost children.
A Haunting Past
Truce’s class trip to an old native reserve turns deadly when Bear, an infamous chief who died two hundred years ago, blames him for the tribe’s extinction.
The Manor On The Rocks
Grey, damp and surrounded by jagged rocks, Calla Lily’s new home isn’t only unpleasant, it’s also haunted by the world’s most evil boy.
A Medieval Nightmare
When Ellie and Brandon get trapped in a medieval museum that’s a bit too real, they fall under a spell and become pivotal players in a ghostly regime.
A Watery Grave
A camping trip becomes a heart-pounding race for survival when Justine meets a ghost who’s determined to change her fate by trading bodies with a living entity.
Straight away I knew this was written for the younger teens that interested in horror’s – maybe horror is a strong word but for a middle grader this would be classed scary enough to be called a horror. These stories are brilliant for easily introducing children to such stories. I remember when I was young I was subjected to Fright Friday every week and my love for all things scary started. Then my mother bought me the first Goosebumps book and I was hooked. To me this is a similar type of book.
They are easy to read, quite simply worded. Sometimes I felt as though the story didn’t flow much and the endings were rushed. Overall I quite enjoyed reading them. My favorite story was The Manor On The Rocks. It was a quite scary and I am 24! However I did feel it could have been developed a lot more however giving the nature of the book it wouldn’t have been appropriate to extend it. I do think I had a disadvantage as my mind is not a teen mind, I have ready so many fantastic books so trying to turn my mind back to a young readers mind was quite difficult so I don’t think I can review each story one by one.
So if you’re in your early teens or looking for some fun easy reading this book is for you!
You can purchase your copy here
I read this with recommendations from Dayna as per. She actually said she didn’t now whether it was my type of book and it wasn’t. However that doesn’t me I didn’t like because I did!
In a few words : Chase is a demon hunter and is exiled from the circle. Chase meets Rayna and Marcus whilst killing vampires. Turns out Marcus knew his father and mother. Rayna is a weird one. She is a witch but very much like me minus the magic so I really liked the character! The characters are very well-developed, they all have a little something about them that makes them different. I loved how he developed the demons, they were slightly different from your every day demon’s. (ha because we do have them you know!) I wanted more of Marcus/Tessa because it was sooo cute. The good thing about Exiled is the humor and relate-ability! I laughed out loud quite a few times.
I was hooked from the beginning, it seemed to be my type of book. Then about 60% the way through it turned rather Buffy-ish as Dayna has said. Now I am not a fan of Buffy so it kind of put me off a bit but I still liked the story.
Then the very last few pages, it turned around again. It returned to the more serious supernatural/paranormal side of the book. The side which I like. So I cannot say I loved it and I cannot say I didn’t. I am in between. I would recommend people to read it, its such an easy and enjoyable read. It’s written very well and I think Merrick is a terrific writer. There is something about his story that made it different.
You can see a more in-depth review here by Dayna.
To celebrate the release of Immortal Beloved (ebook) on the 25th August 2011 we will be giving away 1 signed paperback Arc of The Forest of Adventures, 3 The Forest of Adventures Ebooks and 1 charm bookmark!!
The first winner will receive the Signed Arc and blookmark, second, third and fourth place winners will win an ebook. Thats FOUR winners! All you have to do is tweet us! For an extra entry all you need to do is subscribe! You only needs to enter your email address, no account needed
Don’t forget to check out the interview we had with Katie!
So the rules!
- This is international.
- The first place winner will need to be over 16 as we will need your postal address.
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- The giveaway will end on the 24th August and winners will be announced on the 25th via blog post.
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