The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich Review

24396858Book:The Dead House
Author:Dawn Kurtagich
Genre:YA, Horror, Paranormal
Pages:400
Rating: 5 Stars

Synopsis:

Three students: dead.
Carly Johnson: vanished without a trace.

Two decades have passed since an inferno swept through Elmbridge High, claiming the lives of three teenagers and causing one student, Carly Johnson, to disappear. The main suspect: Kaitlyn, “the girl of nowhere.”

Kaitlyn’s diary, discovered in the ruins of Elmbridge High, reveals the thoughts of a disturbed mind. Its charred pages tell a sinister version of events that took place that tragic night, and the girl of nowhere is caught in the center of it all. But many claim Kaitlyn doesn’t exist, and in a way, she doesn’t – because she is the alter ego of Carly Johnson.

Carly gets the day. Kaitlyn has the night. It’s during the night that a mystery surrounding the Dead House unravels and a dark, twisted magic ruins the lives of each student that dares touch it.

Debut author Dawn Kurtagich masterfully weaves together a thrilling and terrifying story using psychiatric reports, witness testimonials, video footage, and the discovered diary – and as the mystery grows, the horrifying truth about what happened that night unfolds.

My Thoughts

I love scary books but it’s extremely hard for me to find books that actually scare me. A lot of Ya horror isn’t scary, but 99% of horror movies don’t scare me either. But this book is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. The Dead House was exactly what I was looking for in a horror book.

I loved the format in which this book was written. Written from pieces of a journal, the story unravels in a unique way. Mostly there’s journal entries, newspaper clippings and even some video camera screenshots. I can’t believe this is the author’s first novel! Unreliable narrators are one of my favorite kind of stories. The main character(s), Kaitlyn and Carly, are wonderful and complicated. .You can literally feel their fear and confusion in the diary entries.

It is the kind of book that you’d love to read and hate to put down, if you’re into psychological thrillers with all kinds of creepy. The ending is a shock as well, I wasn’t expecting what happened. A very fun read. Spooky and fantastic for October/Halloween read.

The Spooky Halloween Tag!

The Spooky Halloween Tag

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Favorite horror or Halloween-themed song?
This is Halloween- Marilyn Manson, The theme to John Carpenters Halloween.

Name something you wouldn’t want to run into in a dark forest or in an abandoned building.
Anything.

Have you ever played with a Ouija Board?
No, my dad always told me not to as a kid and would never let me buy one.

Favorite horror monster or villain?
Micheal Meyers ❤

The creepiest thing that’s ever happened while you were alone?
I was home alone and I kept hearing people talking,and footsteps out in the other room.

If you were dared to spend the night in a “haunted house”, would you do it?
Yes, I would be creepy but cool if someone else was with me

Are you superstitious?
No, i don’t think so

Do you ever see figures in your peripheral vision?
Sometimes.

Which urban legend scares you the most?
The one with the guy in the back seat of the car with an ax.

Do you prefer gore or thrillers?
I like thrillers to gore. But I do really like the Saw movies.

Do you believe in multiple dimensions or worlds?
No, it would be cool though.

Ever made a potion of any sort?
When I was 11 or 12, i found these old bottles and I went around my Dad’s house mixing perfumes and spices to water saying they were my potions.

Do you get scared easily?
No

Have you ever played Bloody Mary?
No I haven’t.

Do you believe in demons/the devil?
No, I don’t.

You’re home alone but you hear footsteps in your house, what do you do?
Hide under the covers.

If you got trapped in one scary movie, which would you choose?
This is so hard some movies are so violent or creepy, hard to pick one to be trapped in. Can I say Charlie Brown’s Halloween 😉

If you could only wear one Halloween costume for the rest of your life, what would you be?
A witch, black velvet dress,black wide brim hat and knee high black boots ❤

Would you ever go to a graveyard at night?
Yes, I think it would be cool.

In a zombie apocalypse what is your weapon of choice?
A gun ? I don’t know whatever is available.

Would you rather go to a Halloween party or go trick or treating?
Trick or Treating 🙂 Candy!!

You’re in a horror movie. Are you the final girl, the first to die, the comic relief, the skeptic, the smart one, or the killer?
The killer 😉

Do you have to watch something happy after watching a horror movie so you can go to sleep?
No ahah I watch horror movies all the time, I love them.

Whilst watching scary movies, are you the person who yells at the characters, the person with their eyes covered the whole time, or the person who falls asleep?
Yells at the character’s.

Are you the one who gets scared, or the one who does the scaring?
Does the scaring? haha I’m not sure I don’t really get scared though.

Favorite scary book?
I really like Salems Lot by Stephen King,and The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

How old were you when you saw your first horror movie?
I was either 8 or 9.

What was your first Halloween costume?
Wnen I was a baby, my parents dressed me up as a bag of potatoes

What are you going to be for Halloween this year?
A “modern” witch

If you could have a spooky halloween pet (black cat, owl, bat, rat, wolf), what would you pick?
Black Cat

trick… or treat?
treats 🙂

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THE CREATURES OF THE NIGHT TAG

tumblr_na1noxgNow1sih1r9o1_500This tag was created by Kat over at  Katytastic channel

1.Vampire
Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris

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2. Werewolf
New Moon by Stephanie Meyer

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3. Zombie
Something strange and deadly by Susan Dennerd

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4. Ghost
The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender

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5. Witch/Warlock/Spellcaster
Harry Potter is the obvious answer

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6. Fairy/Fae
The Fever series by Karen Marie Moning

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7. Demon
The Mortal Intruments, The infernal devices by Cassandra Clare

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8. Angel
Daughter of smoke and bone by Laini Taylor

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9. Alien
The Lux series by Jennifer l Armentrout

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10. Superpowered human
Juliette (Shatter Me) by Tahareh Mafi

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Fall Essentials + Obsessions!

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This post of going to sound so basic but I love the fall so much. It’s the season I look forward to all year. The leaves are starting to turn color,and its glorious. I love it so much.

I like to read paranormal/horror books in the fall. Coming in October I will be making a post of “spooky” recommendations. It’s such a good essential to have to get into a darker Halloween mood.

Make a Fall playlist, my favorite kind of music to listen to in the fall time is more indie, acoustic. I put a bunch of my favorite songs into a big list. Just a nice chill playlist to listen to while studying or reading.

How can I talk about fall without talking about candles! My favorite fall scents from Bath and Body works; Leaves, Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin, your whole place smells great and its just awesome. My new favorite is marshmallow fireside,I didn’t think I would like it but omg its amazing !!

Fall is by far the best time to wear boots. I’m so excited I got a new pair of boots and I love them !! Go for long walks in the afternoon with the crisp fall air and crunching leaves under my feet. Super comfy cozy sweaters, and it wouldn’t be Fall without flannel.

And of course you need fall drinks weather you like tea or coffee, if not then grab a hot chocolate. Personally I love pumpkin spice lattes. I’m a very basic person 🙂

I love spending time outside this time of year. So of course apple picking is a must. To be honest I went last weekend and it was so much fun. Something new this year where I live is Zombie Manor, its a house set up and you walk through it and its filled with zombies and other creepy things,I’m planning on going next weekend. Hopefully I don’t get too scared haha. Another thing they do around my city is Boo at the Zoo, it’s honestly my favorite thing, they decorate they zoo in all things Halloween, this is where I’m having my sons birthday party ( his 10th birthday is Tuesday, Where has the time gone ! )

It wouldn’t be fall without Halloween/horror movies. My favorite is John Carpenters Halloween and Earnest scared stupid I used to watch it every year as a kid and want to pass the tradition on to my son 🙂 I’ve been so busy since school started and I haven’t had much time but these are some simple things I love to do and I’m so happy I still have time to do these things. Oh and I almost forgot Gilmore Girls, I dunno why but watching it in the fall there’s just something that makes it so much better. What are some of your favorite fall essentials?

 

Waiting on Wednesday [#10]

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that everyone’s excited about!

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Release Date: November 15
Genre: Non-Fiction,Humor,Biography
Publisher: Touchstone
Pages: 304 Hardcover

Goodreads Synopsis:
A collection of humorous autobiographical essays by the Academy Award-nominated actress and star of Up in the Air and Pitch Perfect.

“I’m excited to publish my first book, and because I get uncomfortable when people have high expectations, I’d like to use this opportunity to showcase my ineptitude, pettiness, and the frequency with which I embarrass myself. And while many of my female inspirations who have become authors are incredibly well-educated and accomplished comedy writers, I’m very, very funny on Twitter, according to Buzzfeed and my mom, so I feel like this is a great idea. Quick question: are run-on sentences still frowned upon? Wait, is ending a sentence with a preposition still frowned upon? I mean, upon frowned? Dammit!” —Anna Kendrick

Anna Kendrick’s autobiographical collection of essays amusingly recounts memorable moments throughout her life, from her middle class upbringing in New England to the blockbuster movies that have made her one of Hollywood’s most popular actresses today. Expanding upon the witty and ironic dispatches for which she is known, Anna Kendrick’s essays offer her one-of-a-kind commentary on the absurdities she’s experienced on her way to and from the heart of pop culture

Halloween Tag #1

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1. Favorite Halloween song?
This is Halloween- Marilyn Manson

2. Witch or Vampire?
Witch, I adore stories about witches, there should be more books/movies.

3. Favorite thing about Halloween?
Its a smell in the air, it’s that feeling when you walk outside. Sweaters and crunchy leaves,the scary movies,costumes and decorations. there’s just something so special about Halloween.

4. Halloween party or scary movie marathon?
Scary movie marathon, too scared of being near real people.

5. Skeletons or Zombies?
Zombies, The Walking Dead is one of my Favorite shows

6.Favorite Halloween candy?
Caramel apple pops

7. Favorite Halloween movie?
Halloweentown,Earnest scared stupid, Hocus pocus

8.Favorite Halloween costume?
Witch,Doll

9.Favorite Halloween store?
Micheals and Spirit Halloween

10. Jack-o-lanterns, yes or no?
Yes ! I love them.

11. Bats or Black Cats?
Black cats. I am cat obssesed.

12. Is Halloween your favorite holiday?
Yes I get excited way to early. In July I was already looking up decorations and movies to watch.

13. Pumpkin spice latte or hot chocolate?
Pumkin spice, yum !

 

Waiting on Wednesday [#9]

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that everyone’s excited about!

9781250044655Heartless by Marissa Meyers

Release Date: 8th of November
Genre: YA,Fantasy,Retellings
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Pages: 464 Hardcover

Goodreads Synopsis:
Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king’s marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.

Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans

Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett Review

23845997Book:Blood and Salt
Author:Kim Liggett
Genre:YA, Horror
Pages:341
Rating:5 Stars

Synopsis:

Romeo and Juliet meets Children of the Corn in this one-of-a-kind romantic horror.

These are the last words Ash Larkin hears before her mother returns to the spiritual commune she escaped long ago. But when Ash follows her to Quivira, Kansas, something sinister and ancient waits among the rustling cornstalks of this village lost to time.

Ash is plagued by memories of her ancestor, Katia, which harken back to the town’s history of unrequited love and murder, alchemy and immortality. Charming traditions soon give way to a string of gruesome deaths, and Ash feels drawn to Dane, a forbidden boy with secrets of his own.

As the community prepares for a ceremony five hundred years in the making, Ash must fight not only to save her mother, but herself—and discover the truth about Quivira before it’s too late. Before she’s all in—blood and salt “

My Thoughts

A dark, seductive, sensual book. Incredibly gripping. The atmosphere is creepy and chilling, Love the corn stalks it gives it a 80’s horror movie feeling. There were so many feels…so many twists…so many SECRETS!!

I absolutely flew through this book. I started it last night and had to leave it with only 50 so pages left and finished it just a few minutes ago. I’ve had my eye on this book ever since the cover was revealed, and I was not disappointed. I love it !!! I’m a big horror/paranormal fan and I didn’t really know what to expect when going into this book.

I loved all the characters Ash,Beth,Dane and Rhys( I want to know more about what he can do !! ) Really happy there is going to be a sequel because I need more to this story. The romance with Ash and Dane was sweet and had some time to build up, and the twist keep coming. I loved secondary characters.

I recommend to those who love YA romantic horror. Blood and Salt is the perfect young adult book for this season!! Patiently waiting for the sequel, Goodreads page says May 2017.

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Update/Horror Movie Tag

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It’s finally October!!I love the feel of autumn so much.Its a smell in the air, it’s that feeling when you walk outside .Pumpkin spice everything in the grocery store, it’s scary movies and Halloween and sweaters and crunchy leaves the colors of fire. Everything feels different and special. I’m not going to be doing a September wrap up as I only read We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and I’m on page 304 of Empire of Storms. Unless you count all the nursing textbooks 😉  So here is a horror movie tag.
What is the first horror movie you remember watching?
House by the cemetery,I remember watching this with my Dad when I was 8 or 9. I had nightmares for week’s.

What is your favorite horror movie?
Halloween 1978. The music, the lighting, the acting, the atmosphere, the story, and oh my gosh, that cinematography. Halloween is a masterpiece of horror cinema.

What is your favorite horror genre?
Slasher, I love serial killers haha

What genre scares you the most?
Cannibals.I ‘m not really scared, they just make me feel uneasy, except Hannible. I mean like gross hillbilly cannibals, like in The Hills Have Eyes and Wrong Turn.

Who is your ultimate scream queen?
Jamie Leigh Curtuis,Vera Farmiga

What is your favorite horror franchise?
Halloween, Saw, Child’s Play,Scream

Who is your favorite horror director?
John Carpenter, Wes Craven, James Wan, Mike Flanagan

Who is your favorite horror antagonist?
Micheal Meyers, Chucky, Ghost Face

Who is your favorite horror protagonist?
Laurie Straude (Halloween) Sydney (Scream)

What is the last movie that actually scared you?
The Conjuring 2, made me jump a few times.