After reading FaceOff, I knew there were several new authors I wanted to read. My fist pick was Heather Graham’s Let the Dead Sleep. Her character that was featured in FaceOff was so intriguing that I wanted to know more about her, and let me say wow, it was excellent. The book takes place in New Orleans and is a mystery with a bit of a paranormal kick. Danni is the owner of an antique shop and for the most part nothing too exciting happens. However everything changes when a mysterious statue is brought to her store. Before she can even decide to buy it, the original owner is found dead and the statue is missing. Danni discovers that she is not the only one looking for the statue. A PI has been trying to track it down and destroy it and the long evil history that goes with it. Joining forces, the two begin the harrowing search.
As I said before, this is a great book with not only suspense but quite a bit of creepiness too. In fact there were a few times that I had to set the book down because it was just too late at night to be reading a scary novel. Graham does a great job creating all of her characters. Their interactions are engaging and genuine and it is easy to start rooting for them. I also enjoyed the southern setting. Graham did a great job of incorporating the spooky elements of New Orleans into her tale along with a side of southern charm. If you enjoy your mysteries on the scarier side, then this is the perfect series to start.
Slasher Girls & Monster Boys compiled by April Genevieve Tucholke is an engrossing spooky read. If you are craving something that will have your skin crawling before Halloween, then this is the perfect read. The book is a compilation of short stories from some amazing YA authors, such as Marie Lu, Danielle Paige, Carry Ryan, Jonathan Maberry, Leigh Bardugo just to name a few. Each author used a previously published story, movie, or song for inspiration and then re-imagines the tale. At the end they tell you what the inspiration was. Some tales were filled with bloody and disturbing details, but others were more psychological horror that really let your imagination go crazy. After I finished a story, I was excited to go on and see what new sinister creature was lurking around the next page.
The writing throughout is fantastic. Each author created complex characters in a short amount of time as well as really capturing the dark atmosphere. There were definitely times where my hair stood on edge. I really love how creepy this book is and that it is geared for YA readers. It just goes to show that some of the most haunting tales can exist without all of the graphic details.
My favorite short stories were In the “Forest Dark and Deep” by Carrie Ryan and “Hide-and-Seek” by Megan Shepard.
Kim Harrison’s latest novel The Drafter while being very different from her Hollows series still has her crazy suspenseful action and a fearless heroine who is ready to kick butt. Peri has the rare gift of being a drafter, someone who has the ability to change the existing timeline and create a new timeline. The only problem is that she doesn’t remember the original timeline or what changes she makes. In fact, she often loses more than just a few minutes of her memory. Thankfully, she has the help of her anchor Jack. He sees all of the changes she makes during a draft and can remind her of things in the past, as well as both the original and changed timeline. But what happens when you can no longer trust your anchor, the company you work for, or your own faulty memories? Thus begins the first book in the Peri Reed Chronicles.
I loved Harrison’s Hollow series and was worried that her science fiction detour wouldn’t have the same flare, but I was completely wrong. Peri is just as fierce as Rachel and is more than happy to take down a bad guy. I found the premise of this book to be quite interesting: time traveling with a terrible side effect of memory loss, how can you not want to read that? Often we (the reader) were just as confused as Peri. She is constantly questioning who to trust and trying to wade through all of the half truths she is told. Harrison does such a great job of developing her characters. I am really excited to see how the dynamics between everyone grows and changes in this series. Needless to say any Harrison fan or time traveling fan will enjoy her new novel.