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Sunday, October 30, 2011

It's almost here!!...Top 5 things to do on Halloween

It's almost here....Halloween! One of my favourite times of the year. The fall colours, the crisp air, pumpkins and costumes...No wonder everyone is always so happy this time of year! There are certain things that I just love doing on Halloween Weekend. And here I am going to share with you some of my favourites!

Go to a Costume Store:
Grab a group of your friends, and head out to the biggest costume depot in your town. I could spend hours in there trying on fancy fairytale dresses, grotesque masks and vampire teeth. Model with your friends, and make a bet of who can put together the best costume. By the time your done, your lungs will be ready to burst from all the laughter and fun you had!


Haunted Houses and Hayrides:
Is there anything better..and scarier then entering the spookiest haunted house you can find? Grab someone you can hold on too and take one of the scariest tours of your life. And while your there...if you survived indulge in a haunted hayride a midnight. Most local pumpkin patches offer them and there is nothing like roaming the open field and forests on a hay wagon while murderous things jump out and scare the daylights out of you!




Pumpkin Patches:
Speaking of Pumpkin patches, go to one! On the last couple days leading up to Halloween(or even on Halloween day!) Pumpkins are a steal. The prices are dropped as the farmers or patch owners are trying to get rid of the final batches. Buy some pumpkins(even if you already have some at home) and do up some extra creepy carvings before the kiddies come knocking on your door!


Scary Movies:
Grab the scariest movie you can find(or that you've ever seen) and cuddle up with your friends or loved ones and watch it at night, with all the lights off! Go ahead, you can do it!





Scary Reads:
Nothing seems better than curling up on Halloween night reading some scary stories. Ghosts, witches, chainsaw-bearing maniacs...Indulge in some of your favourite spine tingling reads.





HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff


The Replacement
Young Adult: 352 Pages
Publisher: Razorbill
Published: October 18th, 2011(Paperback)
Series: None
Source: From publisher for review
Buy the Book: Amazon 
Find the Author: Website
First impression: Stunning cover, I've gotta read it.

Mackie Doyle is The Replacement—left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. He has been raised among us. But he is not one of us. Now, he must face the dark creatures of the slag heaps from which he came and find his rightful place—in our world or theirs.

“I wanted it in the way you sometimes want to jump into very cold water, even though you know it won't feel good. I wanted to go numb. To see what it felt like to be someone else.” - Mackie Doyle


The Replacement was a book I have been dying to read. The cover is just absolutely stunning, and the premise offers so much suspense that you can't help but want to read it and learn about the town of Gentry.

The Replacement definitely doesn't give away much for the first half of the book. But it doesn't lack in content, it gives you just enough to learn and bond with the characters but keeps the mystery of the town under wraps until you can't take it anymore. I was literally getting jittery and antsy, waiting to learn what the mystery is behind the town. I must say that the author delivered that beautifully, the secret was slowly revealed until the very last pages of the book.

Mackie Doyle, there was something about him that I just adored, and found totally swoon-worthy. Brenna Yovanoff crafted a great character in him. The entire character cast, including the secondary ones were extraordinary. Roswell and Tate were both strong characters that stayed firm in what they believed in. They loved with their whole hearts. The Morrigan, Luther, Carolina...everyone. The book would have been incomplete if just one character was missing. Everyone offered something great to the novel.

The Replacement is a book that you must experience for yourself. A enthralling, dark ride that I simply devoured. A perfect read to curl up to in the dark, or under the covers on Halloween night.
Last impression: A stunning cover to match the stunning storyline.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Interview with a Blogger: The Bookish Brunette-Halloween Edition



Ashley A.K.A The Bookish Brunette is a Book obsessed, Zombie Crazed, Stiletto wearing blogger with a purse fetish!


Check out her wicked blog The Bookish Brunette






First off, Thanks for stopping by!



YAY! I'm happy to be here chick!

Tell us five Random things about yourself


Oooh... let's see...


1. I keep extensive lists on EVERYTHING... Lose them... and find them 3 months later!


2. I LOVE flamingos... What? They're so pretty!


3. I'm a huge NASCAR fan.


4. I have over 60 pairs of stilettos, in just about every color of the rainbow.


5. I have an unhealthy addiction to coffee... Seriously- it's bad.


When did you discover your love for the undead?


After I read Married with Zombies by Jesse Petersen! It's ROCKSAUCE amazing!


Since this is a Halloween event, let's talk things that go bump in the night:

Have you ever had a paranormal experience?


NO!! And I hope I never do dude! I'm such a chicken!


Do you have a favourite horror film you love to curl up to on Halloween?


Uuuum Zombieland or Hocus Pocus... ;) Yeah, that's about as scary as it gets for me!

Your top 5 scary(or Zombie) books


1. The First Days by Rhiannon Frater (zombie)


2. Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith (scary YA)


3. Zombie Queen of Newbury High by Amanda Ashby (zombie)


4. Rot & Ruin (zombie)


5. Married with Zombies (zombie)


Who are your two favourite book villains, and who would win a fight against each other?


This is a tough one dude!!!


Probably:


Ashleigh Goodling- from the Jenny Pox series and the Winter Queen- from the Wicked Lovely series (Keenan mother, not Donia.)


Also... Holy crap!!! that's be ONE hell of a fight! LOL


Which would you prefer as a new roommate: A Ghost, A Vampire, A Witch, or A Zombie?


Probably a witch... We could cause some SERIOUS trouble together!!!


It's the Zombie Apocalypse, how would you handle it: Lay low and wait it out, or go out there and kick some ass?


Dude, I'm going to KICK ASS and take names!


What would your weapon of choice be to handle a zombie take over?


Preferably a shot gun, hand gun, and like a dagger/spear contraption!!


What words come first to mind with the following letters:


Z- Ziggy


O- Ostrich


M- Marquee


B- Barbie


I- Ice Cream


E- Echo

Yeah.. I have no idea.. but those are the first words that popped into my head! LOL


What is your best 'Monster Math' Creation? Example: Mermaid + Vampire=Merpire( We can thank Carrie Harris for this fantastic game!)


How much do you LOOOVE Carrie Harris right? Okay... Zombie+Faerie=Zomfae ... Really it doesn't work any other way... Faebie just sound too ridiculous... and Zomrie just looks like I can't spell!


Crazy Quiz: Halloween Edition!


Top 3 fave horror flicks


Like I said... I'm not much of a scary movie chick, but I have seen them! The one's that SCARED the crap out of me are:


1. CHUCKY- Duuuude, it's a POSSESSED DOLL. I can't think of anything scarier in the WORLD!


2. The Exorcist- Do you really have to ask? *shivers*


3. Then maybe Jaws (I'm TERRIFIED of water...) or possibly Poltergeist....

Were you or are you scared of the dark?


Uh YEAH. The dark is SCARY. Like I can walk through the house in the dark... but I still think I see something moving out of the corner of my eye!

If you could be any paranormal creature, what would you be?


People probably expect me to say zombie... but I mean lets be real here! I don't want to be a ROTTING corpse, I'd totally want to be a faerie! Shhhhyea!

Favourite halloween costume as a child?


Ha! Wonder Woman!!!


Chocolate or Candy?


It totally depends on the day, hour, minute... Seriously.

Thanks for stopping by, Ashley!

Thanks for having me on chick!!!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Top 5 Witch Movies


Eye of Newt, Toe of a Dead Man and one bat wing...Spells, broomsticks and magic! Don't witches rock?! Here are some of my favourite witch movies.


A young boy stumbles onto a witch convention and must stop them, even after he has been turned into a mouse.


 Sally and Gillian Owens have always known they were different. Raised by their aunts after their parents' death, the sisters grew up in a household that was anything but typical--their aunts fed them chocolate cake for breakfast and taught them the uses of practical magic.


Three single women in a picturesque village have their wishes granted - at a cost - when a mysterious and flamboyant man arrives in their lives.


A newcomer to a Catholic prep high school falls in with a trio of outcast teenage girls who practice witchcraft and they all soon conjure up various spells and curses against those who even slightly anger them.


After 300 years, three sister witches are resurrected in Salem Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it us up to two teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to the witches reign of terror once and for all.


What are your favourites?


Monday, October 24, 2011

Ask a Book Blogger



Q: How do you do a marquee of people's grab buttons?

A:  I loved having this feature! I took it down because my blog was getting a little cluttered but it is a great way to expose those lovely blogs you follow! When I had mine, I visited the Domestic Witch blog. And she had a great step by step way to do it. Just be sure your blog button codes have a space(&nbsp) between them or else your Marquee will only display one or two. If that happens, just go back and add &nbsp between each blog code. That is the html code for a space. Good luck!

Q: I've heard that in Wordpress you can set it up so that anything you post automatically goes on your Twitter and Facebook accounts. I haven't been able to see anything on Blogspot that has this feature and have to use the buttons below each post to add to Facebook and Twitter. Any ideas?


A:  I use a great facebook app called NetworkedBlogs. Once you sign in(using your facebook account) you register(free) your blog link and then once your in the main account/profile page you will see 'Syndication' in the top right corner. Click on that and it will allow you to sync your blog with Twitter and Facebook, so whenever you add a new post. Facebook and Twitter will share it immediatley!

Q: Is there a way when someone becomes a new follower, you can find out where there blog is so you can check out their blog?


I click on the new follower, but the contact information doesn't appear.

A: If your new follower does indeed have a blog then the blog information should come up when you click on The New Follower icon. Your newest follower may not have a blog and could just be following you through Twitter or Google.

This is an open feature. Other bloggers and readers a welcome and encouraged to share their own opinion on these questions in the comments!



Sunday, October 23, 2011

In My Mailbox


For Review

The Puppy That Came for Christmas: How a Dog Brought One Family the Gift of Joy

The Scorpio Races

Bought
The Best of Me

Room

The Dead Fathers Club

Cowboy & Wills: A Love Story

What's in your mailbox?

Be sure to check out The Current Giveaways page for all of the halloween giveaways this month!

This Week at The Crazy Bookworm

*The Bookish Brunette stops by to talk all things that go bump in the night!
*The Replacement by Breena Yovanoff Review
*Before the Storm by Marian Perera Review

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Hoppin' Time!




Q: What superhero is your alter-ego?

A: Hmm...Good question....I'd have to say Storm from the X-Men comics.





*Be sure to check out the Current Giveaways page to check out all the Spooktastic giveaways that are happening this month for The Crazy Bookworm's 'Countdown to Halloween'*
 
I love comments so keep em' coming. And leave your link so I can hop back!
 
Happy Hoppin!

Halloween Countdown: Top 5 Ghost movies!

This week is the week of the Ghost. My favourite out of all halloween things! To me, there is nothing scarier than a ghost. A troubled spirit that you can't see but can feel all around you...Eeek! Here are my top 5 favourite ghost movies.




Newlyweds move into a house where a murder was committed, and experience strange manifestations which drive them away.


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Three film students travel to Maryland to make a student film about a local urban legend... The Blair Witch. The three went into the woods on a two day hike to find the Blair Witch, and never came back. One year later, the students film and video was found in the woods. The footage was compiled and made into a movie. The Blair Witch Project

 
 
   
After moving into a suburban home, a couple becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence.


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 A woman who lives in a darkened old house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that her family home is haunted. 
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Four young people spend a night in a haunted mansion.


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A man who specializes in debunking paranormal occurrences checks into the fabled room 1408 in the Dolphin Hotel. Soon after settling in, he confronts genuine terror.








I know, I know...That was a top 6. But I just couldn't narrow it down anymore. These are all so spooktacular! You can find any of these on DVD or Blu Ray on Amazon or Amazon Canada

What are you favourite scary movies?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Author Spotlight: Kathleen McKenna shares a scary story! + Giveaways!



I have had the pleasure of getting to know Kathleen McKenna over the last year ever since I reviewed
her spooktacular tale The Wedding Gift. She is one of the kindest, down to earth people I have had the opportunity to meet. Kathleen took part in The Countdown to Halloween last year and submitted a true ghost story that definitely sprouted some goosebumps! Please welcome her back to The Crazy Bookworm with another one of those tales!


The Resurrection

"Well it goes like this; the fourth, the fifth, the minor fall and the major lift the baffled king, composing Hallelujah." Leonard Cohen

"I'm the only God any of you people will ever see." Jim Jones

The BA 146 banked sharply turning over the three hundred acres long reclaimed by the Jungle. I made myself look out the window. After all, for all intents and purposes this would be my home for the foreseeable future. It didn't look any different than the rest of the endless green spaces that we had flown over since leaving Georgetown forty minutes earlier.

My pilot landed with a great deal of bumping and an unnerving squealing of brakes and then I was exiting the plane and standing outside on the Port Kaituma airstrip. Almost immediately I saw approaching me from a nearby wooden building a handsome older black man wearing a bespoke navy suit. He seemed undisturbed by the thick cloying heat that had already caused my clothes to stick to my skin with sweat. He walked towards me with a lazy grace and when he reached me he held out his hand, unsmiling.

"Grace Harvey?" I took his hand grateful to have an English speaking liaison in this so foreign place.

 "Yes, I'm Grace Harvey; you must be the Guyanese ambassador's attache that he told me to expect. I apologize but you have me at a loss Mr

"My name is Reginald Haverhill." At my ill concealed look of surprise, he smiled thinly and said, "I was born and named during the years that Guyana was still a British colony Miss Harvey." I spoke automatically.

 "Grace, please. I apologize, I should have realized. So Mr. Haverhill, (he did not ask me to call him Reginald) I am grateful to you for meeting my plane and I guess..." My voice trailed off. I was uncertain what the next steps in this strange journey were to be. He nodded in understanding.

"Yes, of course, I was uncertain how well briefed you would be Miss Harvey. If you will accompany me I will escort you to Mike's place." He gave me his first real smile.


"Port Kaituma is a town of limited services Miss Harvey, pardon me, Grace. It serves the small population as a motel, discotheque and Laundromat. The rest of your team will not be arriving until tomorrow morning and so I have arranged for you to spend the night there. I do not think Grace that you would enjoy a night in Jonestown alone." I shuddered involuntarily; he saw and merely raised one eyebrow.

The walk to Mikes all purpose establishments was only a few yards and after the friendly hippie guy took off with my bag to what he claimed was the best room in the place, I was left standing awkwardly in the so called discotheque with Mr. Haverhill. The disco consisted of six battered tables, three washing machines, no dryers and a mirror ball that hung from the ceiling. There was also a bar that took up the entire far wall. I was tired and sticky and longed for a shower and some thinking room, but old Reggie just kept standing there staring at me inscrutably. I sighed and said,

"Listen, Mr. Haverhill, thank you so much for meeting me and bringing me here and I imagine that there is a great deal that you have to tell me, but it would probably save time if you held the briefing tomorrow with the whole team. It's been a long couple of days and I'm exhausted. I think right now I need a vending machine and a shower, so please excuse me but I'm going to need to call it a night."

Instead of answering he merely pulled out one of the battered chairs and waited silently for me to sit down, which I did with an ill concealed sigh of exasperation. I knew enough about men to recognize one who was going to have his say come hell or high water. I didn't say anything I just stared at him in resigned silence. He nodded as if pleased and sat down across from me.

 "Grace. I do not know you, and it is an ill considered decision to make any sort of judgments upon those one does not know. But in my short observation I have noted that you are young, beautiful and apparently have no idea of what you are walking into." I shook my head in exasperation; this was the way it was going to be from now on from everybody with the possible exception of the other team members. But I was going to have to work with this man, so I forced a smile.

"Mr. Haverhill, I am here, as you are well aware, to build animatronics re-creations of some of the more prominent members of the former Jonestown community as well as a few more basic ones that will serve as an illustration of day to day life in the settlement." He steepled his fingers and said,

 "Is one of these...animatronics as you call them going to be of Jim Jones?" I nodded.

"Yes, of course it is Mr. Haverhill, I don't suppose you have ever been to Disneyland but there is a display called the Hall of Presidents and..."

"I have in fact visited your country's premier amusement park and enjoyed the speaking, moving Mr. Lincoln a great deal Grace. Did you build him?" I laughed in genuine amusement.

"No Mr. Haverhill, I think honest Abe has been there longer than I've been alive but I do build them now. I have a graduate degree from M.I.T, and I can assure you-" Again he interrupted me.

"Oh I am certain that you are more than qualified Grace, but I wonder if you know exactly what, or better I should say who it is that you plan to bring back to life?" I shook my head.

 "Oh please, Mr. Haverhill if you have been to Disneyland as you say then you will realize that the Pirates of the Caribbean ride didn't exactly come to life and become Johnny Depp, mores the pity." I laughed he didn't. I continued speaking.

"In addition Mr. Haverhill, it was your government working with that of Dubai who was interested in rebuilding Jonestown. I believe your prime minister referred to it as the ultimate in dark tourism; isn't that correct?" Instead of answering my question he began speaking in a hushed voice.

"It was almost exactly thirty years ago Grace, when it happened. I wasn't even eighteen" a very young, very new soldier. Orders were given for us to take the train to Port Kaituma. We were told only that a disaster had befallen an American settlement nearby. When we arrived here at Kaituma, there were blood stains all over the tarmac, and some covered bodies. I had never seen blood or death Grace, and I was shocked, but I knew nothing of death yet... nothing." The last word was said with such vehemence that I recoiled. He didn't seem to notice. He said:

"They took us into Jonestown on old military trucks; it's only a few miles but the road was bad, then and now... it took nearly an hour. After fifteen minutes the smell began. I have smelled death many times since, Grace, but that smell, it was beyond death. It was the smell of all the charnel houses that have ever existed since evil first came to this earth; since bad men walked amongst us wearing the faces of humans. But such men have never been human Grace. At first we thought maybe there were only three hundred dead." He shook himself.

"I say only as the later numbers were to make the deaths of three hundred seem optimistic. But we were wrong so wrong. You see Grace, when he told them to die, when he slaughtered them, they lay down over their children, a final embrace I suppose. And so they were stacked and in some cases, because of the heat, the flesh melted, melded, and then disappeared. By the fifth day with the heat and the rats, some were only skeletons Grace."

Seeing his obvious distress at this horrible tale, I reached my hand out to his and he took it. He looked at me, his eyes filled with tears.

"I suppose there have been worse things since the beginning of the world Grace, but what they are I cannot imagine. And you cannot help to resurrect this monstrosity. I don't care what my prime minister says Grace, go away. I will tell this to each member of your team. Leave Jonestown as it is now, a wilderness and maybe in a thousand years the ground will not reek of an evil so great as to be unimaginable." Casting manners to the wind I addressed him as Reggie.

"Reggie, I can't...none of us can the money...it's incredible and anyway they would just replace us. What is it you fear really?"

"Jim Jones told his followers he was God everyday for many years Grace and then as only God can, he decided the day of their deaths and acted upon it. But he wasn't God Grace. If there is indeed a devil, it was James Warren Jones, and the devil lives on. You will see he is in every blade of grass and inch of cursed soil in Jonestown. It was said that when he lived as a mortal the only things he feared were being alone and a loss of power. That is why he never let the people leave, nor would he relocate to another country where his power might be challenged. And if you believe in heaven Grace, you might say that the innocent were allowed to move on to a better place. But I promise you this, If Jim Jones was not offered heaven and of course he was not, and if he could not be the king of hell, for he would never settle for less than no one else was going to be offered that chance either. So then where could he go?" I shook my head and he answered himself.

"Nowhere, that's where, Grace; he couldn't go anywhere. The only place for him was Jonestown and he is there today just as surely as he was thirty years ago. And so are all the rest of them. Grace. If you do this, raise Jonestown, then do so knowing that you will raise all of it Grace. And then you will learn that you do not even know what fear is yet." I tried to lighten things up mostly for my own sake. I turned the full voltage of my charm on him and said in a light voice.

"Reggie, I don't think you have any idea just how much money we are talking about here its"""

"Its half a million dollars, maybe more, I hope you have made arrangements with your next of kin for the disposal of your estate. You will never live to collect a penny Grace." I was getting annoyed with this maybe well meaning man. I blew the sweat drenched hair off my face in exasperation.

"Reggie, there is not one damn living thing at the old Jonestown site except snakes and rats and God help us maybe a tiger or two. And believe me that's bad enough and those working conditions are one of the reasons his majesty is paying what he is. You have clearly lost your perspective on this. Look you seem like a good guy, a smart educated guy, so please, stop this I-"

"You will die is what you will do. You will die in a horrible way. And you are so right Grace, there is not one damn living thing at Jonestown, but there are nearly a thousand things that exist. Exist in the state of terror, oppression and rage, for Jim Jones died in a terrible rage. You will die and then you will find that you will wish for death, death, for hell, for anyplace but where you will find yourself. He was a powerful man Grace and he would never let death stop him." He tilted his head a strange smile on his face.

"You know sometimes even all the way out here you can still smell them, the bodies. If the wind is right you can even hear them screaming still. But not him, I haven't heard him. Hmm funny he was not a patient man in life but death changes all of us. I imagine you will find that out for yourself soon. No Jim has learned patience I suppose. Maybe he knew all along that people like you would come one day. Come and return his fiefdom, give him his voice back. I imagine he did. What price must be paid by those who resurrect the man even the devil would fear Grace?"



Giveaway

Kathleen Mckenna has been generous enough to offer four...that's right FOUR copies of her fantastic book The Wedding Gift that has just been re-released with a fabulous new cover on Oct 7th.

To Enter:
Giveaway is open to Canada/U.S
Must be 13 years of age or older.
Fill out THIS FORM to enter
Giveaway ends October 31st.

Good Luck!

The Wedding Gift
(Not new cover)
17 year old Leeann Worthier is the perfect girl in town - or so she says.

George Willets is the heir to a booming petroleum business. When they announce their engagement, George's controlling mother is unimpressed and Leeann absolutely refuses to live with her mother-in-law. So George gives his new wife a house as a wedding gift.

Thirty years before, the same house had hosted a grisly scene: George's uncle and cousins had all been slaughtered, his aunt Robina accused of both murder and suicide.

The house is a gorgeous, well-maintained mansion but has stood empty since the tragedy. It's intimidating, but who is Leeann to turn down a free house? When the ghost of Robina begins to haunt Leeann, she realizes she's made a huge mistake ...

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Sins of the Angels(Grigori Legacy #1) by Linda Poitevin


Sins of the Angels (Grigori Legacy, #1)





A detective with a secret lineage. An undercover Hunter with a bullet-proof soul. And a world made to pay for the sins of an angel…



Homicide detective Alexandra Jarvis answers to no one. Especially not to the new partner assigned to her in the middle of a gruesome serial killer case—a partner who is obstructive, irritatingly magnetic, and arrogant as hell.


Aramael is a Power—a hunter of the Fallen Angels. A millennium ago, he sentenced his own brother to eternal exile for crimes against humanity. Now his brother is back and wreaking murderous havoc in the mortal realm. To find him, Aramael must play second to a human police officer who wants nothing to do with him and whose very bloodline threatens both his mission and his soul.


Now, faced with a fallen angel hell-bent on triggering the apocalypse, Alex and Aramael have no choice but to join forces, because only together can they stop the end of days.



Linda Poitevin was scheduled to stop by for an interview this week, but unfortunately due to some Internet glitches that wasn't possible. But please stay tuned as the interview will still be taking place!

In the meantime grab yourself a copy of Sins of the Angels for a thrilling read!

Have any questions for Linda or her book? She'll be stopping by throughout the day to answer any readers comments!

Next stop on the Angels Gather Here tour: Parajunkee's View

Monday, October 17, 2011

The Poisoned House by Michael Ford


The Poisoned House
Young Adult: 328 Pages
Publisher: A;lbert Whitman and Company
Published: August 1st, 2011
Series: None
Source: From publisher for review
Buy the Book: Amazon


Life can be cruel for a servant girl in 1850s London. Fifteen-year-old Abi is a scullery maid in Greave Hall, an elegant but troubled household. The widowed master of the house is slowly slipping into madness, and the tyrannical housekeeper, Mrs.Cotton, punishes Abi without mercy. But there's something else going on in Greave Hall, too. An otherworldly presence is making itself known, and a deadly secret will reveal itself—-a secret that will shatter everything Abi knows.

I have been dying to read The Poisoned House as soon as it arrived at my doorstep months ago. But I knew I was going to be hosting the Countdown to Halloween event, so I thought what better book to save for that?

The premise instantly drew me in. A London, England setting, in the 1850's. A servant girl and a big old haunted house. Perfect for Halloween, right?

The one thing that jumped out at me right away was the Authors writing style. Usually I don't notice a pattern or flow until at least 50 pages in, but Ford's writing style was bold and very well structured. And it was consistent through out the entire novel. From penning the setting right down to the old English language, he pulled it off flawlessly.

I also loved how the author laid out the book. Almost every chapter ended on a cliffhanger, so you couldn't help but keep reading. The anticipation of what was going to happen next was too great, I would be reading well into the night because I simply couldn't stop. The book followed me everywhere. From my couch to the kitchen. From the gym to my workplace. Any chance I had, I would pick it up!

Abi was a very strong willed character. A service maid is what she had to do to survive, but she knew deep in her heart that that's not where she belonged. She knew there were bigger plans for her out there. Her determination and boldness jumped off the pages. Michael Ford crafted a fantastic character in her. Although she was the main character, the author didn't lack when it came to the secondary characters. Every single person mentioned in the novel played a role into the grand finale.

Now on to the ghostly stuff!! My spine tingled and my arms definitely grew some goosebumps throughout the book. Ghosts have always been a favourite thing of mine. I love horror movies like The Amityville Horror and Paranormal Activity. I watch Ghost Hunters and Haunted Collector. I have a high tollerance when it comes to that stuff, the scarier the better. The Poisoned House definitely lived up to my ghostly expectations!

The Poisoned House is so much more than a "Ghost Story". It is a book about truth, self growth and right and wrong. A suspensful page-turner that will leave your spine tingling and looking over your shoulder.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Follow Friday/TGIF





Q: If you could have particular characters from a book meet and form an epic storyline with characters from a TV series, which characters would you choose and why?



A: Michael and Emily from David Moody's Autumn Series meets the AMC's The Walking Dead. Together, they could kick some major zombie butt!!






Q: Show & Tell: Where do you grab a book and get lost in it? Show us your favorite spot you like to read at.



A: My Fiance and I spend most of our time in our Recreation room. Where we cozy up on the couch and watch flicks
 
I have my little reading corner. Where I can sit and read my books, or look at em'.






It also doubles as our movie room.

This is where I love to spend my time and catch up on my reading! Especially with a nice crackling fire going.

Be sure to Check out my "Current Giveaways" page to enter all the Halloween Countdown giveaways that are going on now and throughout the month of October! There are more to come!

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