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Book Review: There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

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There’s Someone Inside Your House

Release Date: September 26th 2017

4 stars

One-by-one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted.
International bestselling author Stephanie Perkins returns with a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that’s fun, quick-witted, and completely impossible to put down.

This book was definitely a complete turn-around from the themes of Anna and the French Kiss and its companions. Is it wrong to call a book full of horror and gore a fun read? This book gave me the same kind of feelings I get when I am all comfortable, wrapped in a blanket with popcorn, waiting for a horror movie to start. I know I’ll probably be creeped out and wonder why I chose to do that to myself but I’m excited anyway.

Makani was the new girl in a small town, sent to live with her grandmother by her divorcing parents. She was escaping an incident back home and was hoping to hide her past from her new classmates. When the attacks started to happen, I could see why she feared it was linked to her past even before it was revealed what had happened back then. I liked the romance she had with Ollie, though it was pretty fast and got intense but it did provide a catalyst for some hilarious scenes between Makani and her grandmother.

This book was pitched as Scream meets YA and I can definitely agree with that. A lot of the murdered characters got little page time but still had little moments to make the reader feel when they died. The death scenes were gory but it was the smaller moments that were really creepy. There were still moments of friendship during the book as Makani tried to balance her new relationship with hanging out with her two friends.

It was an entertaining, creepy read and very different from Stephanie Perkins other books. I can’t wait to see what she has planned next

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review: Dreamfall by Amy Plum

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Dreamfall

Release date: May 2nd 2017

4 stars

Cata Cordova suffers from such debilitating insomnia that she agreed to take part in an experimental new procedure. She thought things couldn’t get any worse…but she was terribly wrong.
Soon after the experiment begins, there’s a malfunction with the lab equipment, and Cata and six other teen patients are plunged into a shared dreamworld with no memory of how they got there. Even worse, they come to the chilling realization that they are trapped in a place where their worst nightmares have come to life. Hunted by creatures from their darkest imaginations and tormented by secrets they’d rather keep buried, Cata and the others will be forced to band together to face their biggest fears. And if they can’t find a way to defeat their dreams, they will never wake up.

Every now and then I love picking up a creepy read that I think will leave me unsettled and thinking about it long after I put it down. I also really liked Amy Plum’s other books so I was very hopeful that this one would be exactly what I was looking for in a creepy read. It definitely did its job in keeping me intrigued, guessing, and just the right amount of creeped out where I was on edge but didn’t feel like I had to put the book down(I liked being scared but not too scared).

Cata was a great main characters but I also liked the additions of POVs from Fergus, a fellow experiment participate, and Jaime, a student observing the experiment. It was interesting to see the experiment gone wrong from two vantage points. Through Cora and Fergus we got to see the teens fighting for their lives in the dream world they were trapped in and through Jaime we got to see the more medical side and a connection to the outside world so we knew there were people trying to save them. All three POVs were easy to distinguish from each other and I felt I had a good sense of all the characters.

Jaime ended up being my favourite POV, mostly because his chapters acted as a way to get to know each character through their medical files and other information Jaime dug up and gave the reader insight into the medical experiment as a whole. Cata and Fergus, along with the other teens, were trapped in a world that kept throwing them into their worst nightmares and some of those nightmares were extreme. They each have reasons they’re suffering from insomnia and this experiment was supposed to be something that could finally help them. Instead it was a literal nightmare.

There were many twists, especially with the characters, and I was happy that the book managed to surprise me a few times. It ended up being a very creepy, didn’t want to put it down, then didn’t really want to sleep type of a read. And it definitely has me excited for the next one.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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