New Release Review: You’ve Lost a Lot of Blood

Hello Everyone,

Book Title: You’ve Lost a Lot of Blood

Author: Eric Larocca

Series: Standalone

Genre: Adult Fiction, Horror

Publisher: Author

Page Count: 300

Trigger warnings: violence, torture, abandonment, cancer, child death, parent death, other(?)

Please note: The only horror authors I’m familiar with are Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Paul Tremblay. Horror is a new genre to me and I’m already finding that I like being scared but I don’t like gore for the sake of gore. I’m attempting to list triggers as I can. If I missed something vital please let me know in the comments!

Goodreads Summary:

A disturbing new vision of terror from the author of Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke.

“Each precious thing I show you in this book is a holy relic from the night we both perished-the night when I combed you from my hair and watered the moon with your blood.

You’ve lost a lot of blood . . .”

My Thoughts:

I honestly don’t know what to think about what I just read!

My Review:

I first encountered Eric Larocca about a year ago when I read Things Have Gotten Worse Since Last We Spoke and thought that the title and cover art was absolutely hysterical (if morbid) and picked up the slim volume not realizing what I was reading. I read it in a single sitting and I’m still thinking about that brilliant, disturbing book to this day. I never read anything like that before. Even King didn’t make me shiver like that.

What’s this about? Well I don’t want to give anything away. I went into this blind but I will say that this was another book that creeped me out! It’s short but packs a punch straight to the gut! I’m devouring everything by the author that I can get my hands on. Highly recommend!

My Rating:

⭐ ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

Library Book Review: White Smoke

Hello everyone,

Such a lovely cover.

Title: White Smoke

Author: Tiffany D. Jackson

Series: Standalone

Genre: YA, Paranormal, Suspense

Publisher: Harper Collins

Page Count: 400

Goodreads Summary:

The Haunting of Hill House meets Get Out in this chilling YA psychological thriller and modern take on the classic haunted house story from New York Times bestselling author Tiffany D. Jackson!

Marigold is running from ghosts. The phantoms of her old life keep haunting her, but a move with her newly blended family from their small California beach town to the embattled Midwestern city of Cedarville might be the fresh start she needs. Her mom has accepted a new job with the Sterling Foundation that comes with a free house, one that Mari now has to share with her bratty ten-year-old stepsister, Piper.

The renovated picture-perfect home on Maple Street, sitting between dilapidated houses, surrounded by wary neighbors has its . . . secrets. That’s only half the problem: household items vanish, doors open on their own, lights turn off, shadows walk past rooms, voices can be heard in the walls, and there’s a foul smell seeping through the vents only Mari seems to notice. Worse: Piper keeps talking about a friend who wants Mari gone.

But “running from ghosts” is just a metaphor, right?

As the house closes in, Mari learns that the danger isn’t limited to Maple Street. Cedarville has its secrets, too. And secrets always find their way through the cracks.

My Thoughts:

I had no idea that this was a ghost story as I went into this book as blindly as possible and was pleasantly surprised. When’s a better time to read a ghost story if not at Christmas, lol. Especially ones like this. It referenced paranormal activity and the haunting of hill house, both of which I am barely familiar with. The ghost story was well handled and I enjoyed the book. While the beginning is a bit slow paced of a family winning a house in a broken down neighborhood (which for me would have been major red flags); the parents in this story of course didn’t believe that the kids could see ghosts. Of which the ghost cliches in this book constantly made me laugh and wasn’t for me this book wasn’t scary but entertaining.

The ending though. I definitely wasn’t expecting that ending and am still feeling a book hangover like “what did I just read?”. I have no clue what to say and so it’s best not to say anything and let y’all read for yourself. It’s good writing, strong characters and all kinds of fun.

My Rating:

⭐ ⭐⭐⭐

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

ARC Review: The Darkening (Halloween Read!)

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Title: The Darkening
Author: Chris Sarantopulos
Genre: Horror
Publisher: Amazon Digital Service
Page Count: 300
Received: As an arc from the author
Review Word Count: 400
Rated: 3.5/5 stars
Notes: Perfect read for Halloween!

Horror’s not generally my thing, but for Halloween I try to make exceptions. This was surprisingly not bad at all. While it was certainly dark and spooky, it didn’t make me cringe or want to toss the book through the window. A bonus, in my experience. While I wish I liked horror stories more than I do, I’m still not enthused about it, though I do try. So with that in mind, please be aware that the rating could be higher for someone else that’s a lot more enthused about horror in general!

This was a good experience for me, reading outside of my comfort zone. The author is definitely talented at drawing a person into a story, showing rather than telling what’s all going on. I liked the build up and anticipation, the mystery of it all, and the horror wasn’t too gruesome or disturbing for me. If that’s a negative in your book (I know some who would be utterly disappointed if they weren’t freaked out several times during a horror book) then apologies, but for me, it made it more bearable.

I think I may check out more of the author’s books, should I be in the mood for more of this genre, and I am pleased to have read this even if it brought me out of my comfort zone. So thank you to the author, and for those who wish to buy it, here’s the amazon link to it as well.

I’m giving this a 3.5/5 stars, rounding up to a low 4. I hope to be able to read more horror later, but for now I think I’ll stick with my preferred genre, which is-as most of my followers probably know-fantasy. Thank you to the author for providing me with an arc of your book, and I hope you enjoyed reading this review! Happy Halloween to all!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book