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.
If you love Lee Child and/or James Rollins then you must read Jonathan Maberry. His Joe Ledger character is like Jack Reacher but with a secret science military team to back him up. He is a martial arts expert and a cop, so he knows how to handle the bad guys when them come around. Dragon Factory is book two in the series. Joe Ledger and his team are going up against two separate geneticists. One creating exotic transgenic monsters and mercenaries and the other is continuing the Nazi Master Race that began with Josef Mengele. Both groups are set on bringing down Ledger and taking over the world, but Ledger is ready to go to war in order to stop them.
What I really love about this series is how complex everything is. It is never just one bad guy against Ledger, it’s more like one bad guy, his grown kids, plus several other creatures lurking around reeking havoc. The science, specifically the genetic manipulation, is taken to the extreme in Dragon Factory. It is frightening to think what people could do, but boy does it make for an intense and crazy read. If you are looking for a new thriller author to read, Maberry is a great choice and you will be glued to the series.
We had another fabulous book festival this year. Our booth had almost 50 authors for book signings and it was wonderful. We would like to thank all of the amazing authors who join as well as all of our staff and volunteers. Here is a brief look at who was at our booth. Some of the authors were missed in pictures because sometimes things were just a little crazy.