[Book Talk] Maze of Souls (Ellie Jordan: Ghost Trapper, #6) by J. L. Bryan

maze-of-soulsBook Details:

Format: Ebook
Source: Purchased
Read: January 2017

Ellie Jordan: Ghost Trapper series

  1. Ellie Jordan: Ghost Trapper
  2. Cold Shadows
  3. The Crawling Darkness
  4. Terminal
  5. House of Whispers (no review)
  6. Maze of Souls

Synopsis:

It’s October, and down at newly opened Pine Hollow Farm, the ghosts are running wild!. This “genuine” old-time family farm offers a big heap of fun fall activities. You can drink cider fresh from the orchard, enter a pumpkin-carving contest, and explore the five-acre corn maze. At night, if you aren’t too scared, join the haunted hayride through the woods, featuring a genuine eighteenth-century cemetery. According to local legend, the ghost of a horseman has ridden the old dirt road through the woods for nearly two centuries, menacing travelers. Hayriders beware!

Then the real ghosts start to come out, threatening visitors to the farm and the family who live there. Paranormal detective Ellie Jordan travels out to the remote farm to root out the dangerous spirits. Ellie and her assistant Stacey must move fast, because the night is coming when all ghosts will be at full strength and free to roam—the night of Halloween.

My Thoughts

I am loving this series by J. L. Bryan! Fall is my favourite time of year and I’ve always loved reading about things that go bump in the night (even when they keep me up in the night). This book made me terrified for corn mazes in my future — it’s something I won’t be going into one for a while!

Ellie is still an amazing, kick butt character, and I love the humour between her and Stacey. I’m still not totally convinced that they both need relationships, but I guess it’s the norm as series like this continue on. And Ellie has the shittiest of luck, it seems, when it comes to bringing people close to her – you definitely need to have read the previous books in this series to follow what’s going on in this regard!

Since I love spooky books so much, I hope this series continues on for many more books! J. L. Bryan writes super spooky books and who doesn’t love a good ghost story?

[Book Talk] The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

the-winter-peopleBook Details:

Format: Audiobook
Source: Bought
Read: January 2017

Synopsis:

West Hall, Vermont, has always been a town of strange disappearances and old legends. The most mysterious is that of Sara Harrison Shea, who, in 1908, was found dead in the field behind her house just months after the tragic death of her daughter, Gertie. Now, in present day, nineteen-year-old Ruthie lives in Sara’s farmhouse with her mother, Alice, and her younger sister, Fawn. Alice has always insisted that they live off the grid, a decision that suddenly proves perilous when Ruthie wakes up one morning to find that Alice has vanished without a trace. Searching for clues, she is startled to find a copy of Sara Harrison Shea’s diary hidden beneath the floorboards of her mother’s bedroom. As Ruthie gets sucked deeper into the mystery of Sara’s fate, she discovers that she’s not the only person who’s desperately looking for someone that they’ve lost. But she may be the only one who can stop history from repeating itself.

My Thoughts

This story was one I started early in the morning, in an effort to make cleaning my dark basement more enjoyable. This book was ridiculously creepy and I loved the tale as it took place in the past and in the present, the central force being an old book about the dead.

This is the kind of horror that I love to read, nothing with lots of blood and gore, but one of those slow paranormal and psychological burns that just creeps under my skin, making it hard to sleep at night. At first, I wasn’t sure I could get into the story but after a few chapters I was hooked and just had to keep listening.

The book blends the past and present perfectly and is very reminiscent of Pet Semetary — horrifying and creepy, and an ultimate reminder of why the dead is probably left buried.

[Book Talk] Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) by Marissa Meyer

cinderBook Details:

Format: Hardcover
Source: Bought
Read: January 2017

Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder’s brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on.

Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder’s intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that’s been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter’s illness, Cinder’s stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an “honor” that no one has survived.

But it doesn’t take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.

My Thoughts

This was a fun book! I was a little hesitant about reading this one, since I had tried out Heartless, Marissa Meyer’s newest book, just this last month as well, and didn’t like it too much. I knew this one was a retelling, but I didn’t realize how much of a retelling it would be until I was about halfway through. I think the reason I enjoyed this one more is because I’m more familiar with the world of Cinderella than I am the world of Alice In Wonderland.

I loved the idea of Cinder, the main character, being a cyborg, of her living in New Beijing (since soooo many dystopian/fantasy YA books take place in America), and her step-sisters and step-mother. I loved that she was a mechanic and that Prince Kai wasn’t the knight in shining armour that Prince Charming is in the original story – he, too, led a life he didn’t want to lead.

This one had a bit of a slow start, but once I was hooked, I was hooked. And the ending was gripping enough that I am determined to read Scarlet right away! I’m so interested to keep reading this series and see what the next instalments bring!