Lily’s Scary Book Review: Well Witched by Frances Hardinge

Ryan, Chelle, and Josh just missed their bus back from a town they weren’t supposed to go to and don’t have enough money for new tickets to a different bus, so who could blame them for stealing a handful of coins out of a wishing well? After that incident though, things get a bit weird. Ryan grows eyes on his hands, Chelle speaks the thoughts of others uncontrollably, and machines break around Josh. It turns out that they have to fulfill the wishes of those whose coins they stole. Things start off lighthearted enough, but as things escalate and one of the trio gets a little too into it, wish granting takes a sinister twist into the terrifying.

I would recommend this to anyone who likes Coraline by Neil Gaiman. They’re both captivating and complex adventures that borrow elements of horror. It isn’t quite as scary as Coraline, but there are moments that send shivers down your spine(the hand eyes have eyelashes!). The book starts off a bit slow, but things pick off once the kids become more and more proactive in their mission. This author, like Gaiman, also does an excellent job at capturing those emotions in our life, like the feeling when you’re in a trio of best friends but you want to be THE Best Friend.

Lily rates this book 4.5/5 stars.

Aditya’s Scary Book Review: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

A crazy scientist, Victor, performs an experiment on a dead person, bringing him back to life. The reason for this experiment was that the scientist wanted fame. Eventually, things get out of hand, and the Frankenstein’s man turns into a monster. The monster then goes on to destroy the scientist’s brother. When Victor meets the monster the next time, he kills him and dumps the remains of the monster into a lake. The monster somehow comes back and goes on to kill Victor’s friend Henry and Victor’s bride, Elizabeth. The rest of the book focuses on Victor’s quest for revenge on the monster.

I would recommend this to those who like a combo of sci-fi, mystery and adventure, because Mary Shelley does a great job of going into depth at every turn of the book, especially the ending.

Rated 4/5 by Aditya

Sarah’s Scary Book Review: The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

The Eel Marsh House once lived an old widow. Sounds pretty simple right? Well that seems to be for solicitor Arthur Kipps who ventures to Crythin Gifford to settle affairs about the death of the old widow, Alice Drablow. But as Arthur Kipps begins his trip, he is hinted with many mysterious reactions when mentioned the Eel Marsh House. As things get eerie, Kipps begins seeing flashes of a woman in black. Confused and frightened, he is explained to that Alice Drablow once had an unmarried sister, Jennet, who had a child out of wedlock. The Drablows adopted the child and kept the child’s real mother a secret. Things are fine until one day the child and his nanny goes out riding with a pony and a trap and an accident occurs that resulted in their deaths. Jennet sees all and becomes crazy, soon to die too…but who knew, she’d be back, a demented haunted ghost…killing children. Many wonder…who ‘s next?

I recommend this book because it surely gives you a fright. The book is written in detail that appears realistic. Each flip of the page keeps you sitting on the edge of your seat. The plot is very convincing, not too out of the world. This novel has also been made into a horror movie. If you love total horror and you love being nervous, this is the book for you!

Sarah rates this book 5/5 stars

Young’s Scary Book Review: Lord Loss by Darren Shan

Grubitsch Grady, one of two offspring from chess obsessed parents, had lived a normal life until one day. His parents and his sister gets him out of the house for reasons unknown, but out of curiosity, Grubitsch sneaks back into the house and meets with Lord Loss; a demon who killed his parents and sister. Months after escaping, he goes and lives with his uncle Dervish. Whilst living with his uncle, Grubitsch meets Bille-E who deemed that Dervish was a werewolf which results in Grubitsch finding out about his family timeline and lycanthrophy. When Grubitsch and Bill-E stalk Dervish in the middle of a full moon Bill-E unexpectedly turns into a werewolf. In order to turn him back both Dervish and Grubitsch compete with Lord Loss, and wins, but with the cost of Dervish’s soul. Many months later, Dervish regains conscious and reunites with Grubitsch.

I would recommend this book to kids in middle school, or ages 11 to 13, or someone who has knack for reading made-up stories. The reason being that this is an adventure/scary book with fictional characters and events for readers with free time.

Young rates this book 3/5 stars.

Scary Book Review–Marilyn: Carrie by Stephen King

Carrie is a horror story by Stephen King about a teenage girl who discovers her telekinesis powers. When Carrie gets her first period at school, she is mocked for thinking she was dying. After a series of events, the most popular girl at school, Chris, is banned from the prom, and feels that it is Carrie’s fault. Chris plots to ruin prom night by embarrassing Carrie in front of the dance. Carrie is angered, and uses her powers to destroy everyone. Soon, she is rampaging around the city. Finally, Chris and her boyfriend try to kill Carrie, but only it only backfires.

I would recommend this book to people who would like to read in the horror genre, but do not enjoy to be spooked, because Carrie is not as scary as one would think at first. The way the story is written is very interesting, and it gives the reader the point of views of many different characters.

Marilyn Rates this book 4/5

Scary Book Review — Charita: Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever. Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. But that’s all it takes. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone. Her father was right. The monsters are real. To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies.

I recommend this book to those who like a good old plot twist to classic tales that we know from our childhood and who like zombies and the supernatural

Rated 4/5 by Charita.

Scary Book Review –Charita: Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Coraline’s often wondered what’s behind the locked door in the drawing room. It reveals only a brick wall when she finally opens it, but when she tries again later, a passageway mysteriously appears. Coraline is surprised to find a flat decorated exactly like her own, but strangely different. And when she finds her “other” parents in this alternate world, they are much more interesting despite their creepy black button eyes. When they make it clear, however, that they want to make her theirs forever, Coraline begins a nightmarish game to rescue her real parents and three children imprisoned in a mirror. With only a bored-through stone and an aloof cat to help, Coraline confronts this harrowing task of escaping these monstrous creatures.

This a great tale and even better than the movie version…

Gaiman has delivered a wonderfully chilling novel, subtle yet intense on many levels. The line between pleasant and horrible is often blurred until what’s what becomes suddenly clear, and like Coraline, we resist leaving this strange world until we’re hooked.  If u want a good scare before Halloween this book is the perfect book to get a spine tingling chill!

How many stars out of 5 would you rate this book?: 4.5