By John Coon
This is Mr. Coon’s debut YA novel. There were many things I loved about this story. I enjoyed a boy’s viewpoint, since I usually read YA’s through a girl’s perspective. The characters were strong, flaws and all, while the story line was unique. Ron moves to a small town, after his parent’s divorce, with his mother and little brother. He leaves his friends and soccer team behind. The first day at his new school, he ends up in detention. Ron’s introduced to some new friends, and a strange “town lore” that he brushes aside. But, things begin to happen, and people are disappearing. Ron seems to be in the middle of it all. Ron’s only goal up to this point had been to play soccer, but now he must pull himself out of that comfort zone. I recommend “Pandora Reborn” if you love a well-told paranormal YA with a bit of gore and romance thrown in.
This is a horror tale told from the past and modern times, with a bit of everything including: witches, hauntings, demons, romance, and mystery. I enjoyed the two timelines of the same town that met up at the end. There was the progression from when the town was formed by three families in one prospective. In the current timeline was Jess, a widow, and her two children who were new to this town. She buys a house where strange things begin to happen. In another point of view in the current timeline is Mason newly released from jail who grew up in the house Jess bought. Mr. Jones goes back and forth between the past and 2017 adding new information to explain the current events. I found the story line well thought out and interesting. The demon/beast was terrifying to me and nothing I’d want to ever run into. There were a couple of little editing issues that jarred me a moment when I was reading, but nothing that kept me from wanting to continue with this intriguing tale. I thought of “The Exorcist”, “Poltergeist” and other scary tales as I was reading. If you like a good scare with the history behind it, this book has it and more.
by Harmony Kent
I’m a huge fan of Stephen King so I couldn’t wait to read this after seeing the comparison. Although, “Pet Cemetery” isn’t one of my favorite Stephen King books, “The Glade” didn’t have in it what I disliked in Mr. King’s book but instead had the intrigue I did like. Helen and Geoff Wenstrop spent a holiday in a small village. They found some property, and against warnings not to purchase it, they did and built a house. Helen later goes there to die from cancer, but mysteriously recovers. I found myself reading late into the night to find out how Helen got to the point she did. I liked the story being told from two different time lines and eagerly awaited the moment they converged. The relationship between husband and wife was strained and a bit confusing–as were some of the other relationships. The landscape was its own character and added to the story. At times I found myself struggling to have much empathy for Helen and her decisions. But, there were many plot twists that I didn’t see coming after that. When the two story lines did meet up, I had many aha moments that changed my perspective of Helen and other characters while clearing the confusion. “The Glade” is a unique horror tale. I recommend this creepy story to those who love horror presented in a King-like fashion, with a bit of a romance thrown in.
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Embrace your inner ghost with a good book. Happy Halloween! D.L. Finn
13 thoughts on “Halloween Book Reviews”
Great Reviews, Denise! ♥♥♥
Wow! These are awesome reviews, Denise! A couple of them really grabbed my attention. I have pre-ordered “A Long Walk Home.” Congrats on the release!
Thank you Jan! Yay!
It was fun to do some Halloween reading this year.
Such awesome reviews to share, Denise! Fabulous. Bravo to all. 🙂
Thanks Natalie:) It was fun bunch of books to read.
These are perfect reviews to share at this time of year, Denise. I read The Glade by Harmony Kent and found it to be a spooky read. The others sound great, too.
And congrats on your upcoming release “A Long Walk Home.” I’ve pre-ordered my copy!
Thanks Mae! Hope you enjoy Thomas’s return:)
Yes, perfect reads for Halloween. The Glade was definitely spooky for sure. A couple will be Christmas presents for the horror readers.
Thanks for sharing your reviews, Denise! I’ve read “The Glade” and enjoyed it thoroughly. I have “Darkness is Coming” waiting patiently of my TBR list and am looking forward to reading it. Congratulations on the upcoming release! Exciting times, my friend.
I understand about books waiting patiently on a TBR list! I think you’ll enjoy it:) Thanks Soooz! Yes exciting times for you, too! Yay!
The only one of these I’ve read is THE GLADE, and I can attest to how good it was. Thanks for sharing that and your other selections, Denise.
Thanks Staci 🙂 Yes, it was a good one! I had fun doing a Halloween read this year.