October 29, 2013

[Book Review] Deadly Offer (The Vampire's Promise, #1) by Caroline B. Cooney

Althea has always been a sweet, kind girl. In middle school, she had a group of friends to hang out with. She was on the softball team, took gymnastics, and won ribbons for horseback riding.

But high school is horrible for Althea. She doesn’t make the cheerleading squad. Her group of friends splits apart to form new cliques, and Althea is left to sit alone at lunch. That is, until she discovers a vampire living in the attic tower of her family home. A vampire who can make her dreams come true: a spot on the cheerleading squad; popularity; a boyfriend.

All the vampire wants in return is a small sacrifice, and Althea is in too deep to back out now.

October 28, 2013

[Book Review] Haunted Animals: True Ghost Stories by Allan Zullo

A ghostly cat comforts its former owner. A mistreated bulldog returns to haunt its master. A mysterious horse leads a group of rescuers to an injured boy--then disappears.

Could animals really become ghosts? Read these and many more unexplained encounters with the supernatural and decide for yourself...

October 27, 2013

Showcase Sunday [2013 #23]

Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme from Books, Biscuits, and Tea.

[Book Review] Someone at the Door by Richie Tankersley Cusick


The phone and the radio were dead, but they'd already heard the news: a mass murderer was on the loose. Hannah and her younger sister Meg were miles from the nearest neighbor, trapped in a raging blizzard, home alone. Until the knock at the door. Two strangers burst into the house, wounded, bleeding and nearly frozen. Hannah couldn't just turn Lance and Jonathon away, so she made them promise to leave in the morning. But they stayed, insisting the girls needed protection. Wary of Lance's brooding good looks, Hannah was drawn to Jonathon's reassuring presence. Until the dog, and the axe, disappeared--and the girls wondered "protection from whom?"

October 24, 2013

[Book Review] April Fools by Richie Tankersley Cusick

You can fool some of the people some of the time...

One the night of April 1st, Belinda, Frank, and Hildy are driving home from a party when they get involved in a gruesome car accident. The people in the other car never could have survived the wreck, so Frank insists they take off. After all, what happened wasn't really their fault.

Two weeks later, Belinda is the only one who still feels guilty about the accident. Then the "pranks" begin. Someone sends her a bloody doll's head. A car nearly runs her off the road.

Obviously someone witnessed... or survived that car accident. And they're going to make her pay... slowly... for what happened.

April Fools' Day is over. But these jokes are for real.

October 23, 2013

[Book Review] The Invitation by Diane Hoh

An invitation to death.

It arrives on crisp, ivory paper, printed with elegant gold script.

Sarah has been invited to the social event of the year, Cass Rockham's annual Fall Party.

But Sarah knows she isn't popular or rich enough to be in Cass's circle. To Cass, she's a nobody. A loser.

So why was she invited?

Sarah hopes this will be a night she'll never forget.

And it is. For unspeakable reasons...

October 22, 2013

[Book Review] The Perfume by Caroline B. Cooney


Dove doesn't want to buy the perfume. She doesn't like its scent. And its name frightens her.

But somehow she can't help herself. It's almost as if something--or someone--inside her is forcing her to try it.

Dove was always a nice person, a sweet and gentle girl on whom friends could rely.

Until now.

Because when Dove puts on the perfume, she unleashes a part of herself that has been locked away all her life.

It is a second life she never knew existed.

And it is Evil.

October 21, 2013

[Book Review] Teacher's Pet by Richie Tankersley Cusick

Kate likes a little thrill. She likes a little scare. And she loves getting the chance to go to the exclusive week-long writing conference taught by the famous master of horror himself. He's so good at being so bad.

With a teacher like that, you expect a little competition. With a teacher like that, you practically have to kill to get his attention.

Does Kate have what it takes to be teacher's pet?