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Review: Food Fright by Nico Bell

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This was so much fun! Food Fright by Nico Bell Published March 2020 Dark Fiction   |   Goodreads   |   Amazon  |   Source: Received for Review Consideration  High school junior Cassie Adler just wanted the bullying to stop. She thought gaining a spot on the varsity soccer team would whip up instant friends, but it isn't until the popular girls need Cassie's help that they acknowledge her presence. Cassie reluctantly agrees to participate in a prank that turns sour fast. Now with blood on their hands, she and the popular girls race to cover their tracks. But something savage knows what they've done, and it's hungry for revenge. Can Cassie redeem herself before it's too late, or will her deadly sins ketchup to her? Book 7 in the Rewind-or-Die series: imagine your local movie rental store back in the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, remember all those fantastic covers. Remember taking those movies home and watching in awe as the stories unfolded in nasty rainbows of go

Retro Review: The Bone Tree by Christopher Fulbright

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Because older titles deserve love too! The Bone Tree by Christopher Fulbright Published 2011 Dark Fiction   |   Goodreads   |   Amazon  |   Source: Received for Review Consideration  Above a Civil War graveyard in the rural backwoods of Texas, Kevin and Bobby's treehouse was their haven against the world. But the day Tom Plecker came screaming through the creek below, terrified of a shadow man, that all changed. Walking Tom home, they saw it for the first time—the tree, its branches twisted like the pain-wracked frame of a fleshless corpse, knotty snarls of bone-white wood clawing the sky. The Bone Tree is more than a stark, twisted visage. It's alive, and it's gaining power. When the shadow men come to call on the boys, they must fight a supernatural force they barely understand, or fall victim to the apparitions and learn what it means to disappear... My 2 Cents For Free! This is a chilling novella set in the late 70’s abo

Review: The Messy Man by Chris Sorensen

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Have you read The Messy Man series? It's a creepy good time. The Messy Man by Chris Sorensen Published October 2020 Dark Fiction   |   Goodreads   |   Amazon  |  Bookshop Source: Received for Review Consideration  Ellen Marx sees ghosts. Her mother Rita just wants her to be a ‘normal’ eleven-year-old kid. But that’s tough to do when you receive a birthday card from your dead father. Following a trail of breadcrumbs left by her dad, Ellen sets out on a journey to unravel the mystery surrounding her father’s disappearance and ends up unearthing secrets best left buried. The third and final book in the haunting trilogy, The Messy Man brings to a close the story that began with The Nightmare Room and The Hungry Ones.  My 2 Cents For Free! Have you read The Nightmare Room and the Hungry Ones? Yeah?! Then you’ll want to jump right into The Messy Man. No? Do something good for yourself and add them to your reading list because I think this

Review: The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher

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This book is getting every one of my stingy stars! The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher Published October 2020 Dark Fiction   |   Goodreads   |   Amazon  |  Bookshop Source: Gifted from a lovely friend A young woman discovers a strange portal in her uncle’s house, leading to madness and terror in this gripping new novel. Pray they are hungry. Kara finds these words in the mysterious bunker that she’s discovered behind a hole in the wall of her uncle’s house. Freshly divorced and living back at home, Kara now becomes obsessed with these cryptic words and starts exploring the peculiar bunker—only to discover that it holds portals to countless alternate realities. But these places are haunted by creatures that seem to hear thoughts…and the more you fear them, the stronger they become.   My 2 Cents For Free! I loved The Twisted Ones by this author. It was such a pleasure to read so I had high expectations for this one and I was not disappoint

Review: The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson

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I read this one a little bit ago and thankfully my reading slump came to end! The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson Published July 2020 Dark Fiction   |   Goodreads   |   Amazon  |  Bookshop Source: Library Borrow  The Handmaid's Tale for a new generation . . . In the lands of Bethel, where the Prophet's word is law, Immanuelle Moore's very existence is blasphemy. The daughter of a union with an outsider that cast her once-proud family into disgrace, Immanuelle does her best to worship the Father, follow Holy Protocol and lead a life of submission, devotion and absolute conformity, like all the women in the settlement. But a chance mishap lures her into the forbidden Darkwood that surrounds Bethel - a place where the first prophet once pursued and killed four powerful witches. Their spirits are still walking there, and they bestow a gift on Immanuelle: the diary of her dead mother, who Immanuelle is shocked to learn once sought sanctuary in the wood. Fasci

Horror Fiction Review: Crazytimes by Scott Cole

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I apparently took an unintended hiatus here. Sorry about that! It was a bit wild here for a few weeks and I  now have a huge backlog of posts waiting for their turn so I'll try to do my best to push out a few each week until I catch up. Crazytimes by Scott Cole Published May 2020 Dark Fiction   |   Goodreads   |   Amazon  |  Bookshop Source: Received for Review Consideration  You wake up Monday morning and everyone is crazy. Everyone was already crazy, though, right? But somehow things are worse today. People are angry, throwing chairs out of office windows, eating rocks, violently scratching their necks, and running naked through the streets. They’re killing each other for no reason and laughing through the carnage. The whole city is like this. And meteors are falling from the hazy skies above. How are you going to survive? Do you even want to? This isn’t just another manic Monday. This is Crazytimes. My 2 Cents For Free! Like Supe

Nothing But Mini's #4: The mostly romance update ♥

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Recent Mini Reviews I'm putting some "lovely" back into my blog today. Here's the rest of what I've read sorta recently (this has been sitting in my drafts for far too long!) in mini review form because life has been crazy and I might also still be a little lazy.   Red, White & Royal Blue  by  Casey McQuiston ⭐⭐⭐⭐ I apologize in advance to this book because I have no mental energy left today to compose a thought. I read this book to escape from the world and let me tell you it worked. This is the most adorable, sexy-sweet romance and I LOVED it. It's set in some sort of alternate world where a woman is the president and her son falls in love with a prince and there isn't a lot of pain and suffering (not that there's anything wrong with the pain and the suffering!) but seriously, right now, I could read this sort of thing all the live long day. T he Herd  by  Andrea Bartz ⭐⭐⭐ I think maybe I've read one too many of these "

Review: Horrid by Katrina Leno

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This is a quirky and creepy read with an amazing ending. Horrid by Katrina Leno Published September 2020 Dark Fiction   |   Goodreads   |   Amazon   Source: Received for Review Consideration  From the author of You Must Not Miss comes a haunting contemporary horror novel that explores themes of mental illness, rage, and grief, twisted with spine-chilling elements of Stephen King and Agatha Christie. Following her father's death, Jane North-Robinson and her mom move from sunny California to the dreary, dilapidated old house in Maine where her mother grew up. All they want is a fresh start, but behind North Manor's doors lurks a history that leaves them feeling more alone...and more tormented. As the cold New England autumn arrives, and Jane settles in to her new home, she finds solace in old books and memories of her dad. She steadily begins making new friends, but also faces bullying from the resident "bad seed," struggling to tamp down her own worst nature

Review: The Possession of Natalie Glasgow by Hailey Piper

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This one sneaks up on you! The Possession of Natalie Glasgow Published August 2019 Dark Fiction   |   Goodreads   |   Amazon  Source: Received for Review Consideration  Margaret Willow has never met an eleven-year-old as dangerous as Natalie Glasgow. Natalie spends her days comatose, but at night she prowls her mother’s home, unnaturally strong and insatiably carnivorous. With doctors baffled, Natalie’s mother reaches out to Margaret, an expert in the supernatural. But even Margaret is mystified and terrified by Natalie’s condition. She’s dying, and before she dies, she might kill someone. Has a demon clawed its way inside an eleven-year-old girl? Or does the source of this nightmare lie with Natalie’s dead father? A tight, tense novella, The Possession of Natalie Glasgow twists the exorcism tale at every turn down to its final grave confrontation. My 2 Cents For Free! A desperate widow is at her wits end. Her young daughter is acting s

Review: Come Join Us by the Fire Season 2

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Free creepy stories for your ears! Come Join Us By The Fire Season 2 Published October 2021 Dark Fiction   |   Goodreads   |  GooglePlay   Source: Freebie! Come Join Us by the Fire Season 2 is the second installment of Nightfire's audio-only horror anthology, featuring a wide collection of short stories from emerging voices in the horror genre as well as longtime fan favorites. The collection showcases the breadth of talent writing in the horror genre today, with contributions from a wide range of genre luminaries including Laird Barron, Indrapramit Das, Shaun Hamill, Daniel M. Lavery, Matthew Lyons, T. Kingfisher, Seanan McGuire, Nibedita Sen, and Nightfire’s own Cassandra Khaw and Silvia Moreno-Garcia.  My 2 Cents For Free! I don't know if I have it in me to review this collection in any proper way so I'm throwing a 3.5 at it (bumping up for GR) It is huge and there so many stories and though I'm thankful for all of th