Thursday, September 22, 2016

RIP XI Review: Mirror Image by Scott & Rose

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

My taste for horror has changed over the years. Once discovered, Idevoured horror in it's many forms. As I got older I found that I lost my taste for gore, ghosts and almost all Japanese horror films (The Grudge SERIOUSLY freaked me out!).

So what was I left with? A love of monster movies, zombies, and Horror thrillers.  Mirror Image was like the best comfort food. Mac and Cheese to my horror loving soul.

Mirror Image manages to avoid horror tropes, but taps into the classic elements of the genre, that keep horror fans coming back for more. The story opens with antique store owner Jonathan Frazer, who has found an incredible deal at a London Antiques auction. A gigantic mirror with an ornate frame.

Jonathan is excited to find the mirror is appraised for thousands more thenhe paid for it and puts his restorer to work.

Hours later he finds his restorer dead and it isnt long before the death toll keeps on rising. These authors keep raising the thrill level with each chapter. Little by little the clues to the mirror's origin and intentions become known.

Our protagonist Jonathan goes from a state of confusion to obsession as the mirror begins to influence him. I'ts a very twisted and transformative journey that leads the reader  through many shocking twists and turns. The reach of the mirror extends it's infunce to Jonathan's deceitful wife and partying daughter. The growing body count also draws the attention of police and investigatorr Margaret Haaren.

There is a vein of anxiety that begins to build in the narrative as the mirror's blood soaked past is revealed  and nothing but a bleak future seems imminent.

This is just the type of creepy read that I love diving into. The revelations and resolutions at the end of story are very satisfying, with a twist that keeps you guessing.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

RIPXI Review: Red Right Hand by Levi Black

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tor/Forge in exchange for an honest review.

Before I get into the story I want to talk about the BEAUTIFUL design of this book! It is a petite hardcover  with the gorgeous illustration above, and each page with a chapter number is black. These elements add to the overall feel of the narrative.

This book revolves around the experiences of Charlie, a young woman who has a traumatic past and is thrust into a future of blood, death and elder gods.

Charlie comes home from a rough night to find demon dogs waiting to destroy her. Charlies's mind goes from shock to self defense mode quickly,but it's not enough and  as she waits to die, The Man In Black comes to her aide. 

He is darkness and death and wields a glowing red hand. Charlie has a very quick learning curve as the creature tells her she is his Acolyte and she must aid him in his cause or lose the life of her friend Daniel. 

The man in black, known in the world of Elder Gods as Nyarlathotep seeks to kill his own kind, Elder Gods that will bring about the end of the human race if they aren't destroyed.

But can Charlie really trust the motives of an immortal god?  Their adventures will test  the limits of trust and power.

I really loved the pacing of this book, and  Charlie. I read a lot of specualtive fiction and the most difficult part is getting to the part where the character stops denying their new reality and embraces it.

With the abuse Charlie suffered in the past she is able to quickly switch into coping mechanisms for the fantastical things around her. 

Levi has the gift of writing the multifaceted emotions of women, especially women who have experienced trauma. It is obvious tha the is a man who has earned the trust and confidence of women in his life. It is a gift that translates into a character that readers connect with, suffer with and ultimately cheer for.  If you are a fan of dark action packed thrills with a touch of Lovecraftian horror this is the book for you!

A really great read, I'm looking forward to more stories being told in this universe.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

RIPXI Review: Curse of The Boggin : The Library Book by D.J MacHale

I  got a copy of this arc at SDCC. I was drawn to it because of the creepy cover and the fact that I heard a lot of good things about the Pendragon series by MacHale.

This is a fast paced read and MacHale sets up the premise of the story very quickly. Marcus O' Mara is a young boy who begins to have supernatural visitations. They tell him to surrend the key yet he knows nothing about a key. After some research Marcus deiscovers a ghost he is seeing is of a recently deceased firefighter. When Marcus goes to the home of the deceased he finds his widow has a connection to Marcus's birth parents and the key that the dark force is seeking.

I read this book in a day, it was a real page turner. I really enjoyed Marcus and liked his friends Arabella and Theo. MacHale changes things up with Arabella. She perfers her nickname Lou, is a roller derby superstar and is Marcus's best friend. Marcus's other friend Theo is an African American kid who is the genius of the group,though very fearful at times.

Between the three of the kids they are able to unravel the mystery of the creature chasing them.

This book is a nice set up for the series to come, and is a great book for middle grade readers.