Slasher Girls & Monster Boys

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.

 

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen (Hardback)

The Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin (Paperback)

The Angel Court Affair by Anne Perry (Hardback)

The Harder They Come by T. C. Boyle (Hardback)

The Patriot Threat by Steve Berry (Hardback)

Murder 101 by Faye Kellerman (Paperback)

Natchez Burning by Greg Iles (Paperback)

Private Down Under by James Patterson & Michael White (Paperback)

Unforgettable: A Son, a Mother and the Lesson of a Lifetime by Scott Simon

The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige (Book 2 in the Dorothy Must Die) (Hardback)

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord (Hardback)

Instinct by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Book 6 in the Chronicles of Nick series) (Hardback)

House of Hades by Rick Riordan (Paperback)

Disney Lands:  Kingdom Keepers the Return by Ridley Pearson (Hardback)

Dorothy Must Die

Danielle Paige’s book Dorothy Must Die is a dark and twisted  adaptation of the Wizard of Oz story.  Amy hasn’t had the easiest life in Kansas.  She lives with her indifferent addict of a mother in the trailer park and is often bullied at school.  However she is making plans to leave her small town for bigger and better thins, she just didn’t realize it would come so soon rather than later.  Sucked up into a huge tornado Amy finds herself dumped into the land of OZ – yep it really does exist.  This is the not the fun, bright and whimsical Oz that Dorothy found herself in.  This is the magic being brutally mined from the ground, flying monkey’s being tortured, munchkins forced into indenture servitude Oz and Amy learns that Dorothy must die.

I really liked this story.  I am going to begin by saying, I am not a Wizard of Oz fan –  at all. However I was so intrigued by the name and premise that I had to read this book.   Paige’s interpretations of all our beloved favorites like the cowardly lion, scarecrow and tinman were terrifying and imaginative.  I could feel the tinman’s sharp knives and I could feel the lions teeth.  I found myself mesmerized by Paige’s descriptions.  There were moments of  intense creepiness, but they were so well done that I had to keep reading.  I also liked Amy.  She is witty, sarcastic and has a little spunk about her.   A reluctant hero she might be, but once she decides to commit to the cause she does it with her whole being – regardless of the cost to herself.  If you are looking for a new read that is dark and edgy that also has great characters this is the book to read.

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Destroyer Angel by Nevada Barr (the latest in the Anna Pigeon series)

I’ve Got You Under My Skin by Mary Higgins Clark

Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Illusion by Sherrilyn Kenyon (the latest in the Chronicles of Nick)

Inferno by Sherrilyn Kenyon (paperback)

Big Nate:  Great Minds Think Alike by Lincoln Pierce

The White Princess by Philippa Gregory (paperback)

Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen (paperback)