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The Frustrated Reader: Horror

I am a fan of horror, thrillers and words like grim, psychological and scary. I am a fan of these things because I understand what they mean. Lately I haven’t had much luck with stories that claim to represent these words. So I am going to break it down.

Definitions (As per Dictionary.com);

Horror: an overwhelming and painful feeling 

caused by something frightfully shocking, 

terrifying, or revolting;a shuddering fear.


Thriller: an exciting, suspenseful play

or story, especially a mystery story.


Grim: of a sinister or ghastly character; repellent.


Psychological: of, pertaining to, dealing with,

 or affecting the mind, especially as 

a function of awareness, feeling, or motivation.


Scary: causing fright or alarm.

Now a lot of author or even their publicist constantly attach these words to books without actually realizing that the books do not live up to their word. Here are some examples:

This book is a collection of short stories by some of the most beloved authors such as Ellen Hopkins, Kimberly Derting and Sarah Rees-Brennan.

These were stories based off the Grimm Fairy Tales and while some were very creative others were very bad. But no matter how good they were (or bad) the stories didn’t scream scary or grim for that matter.

Let’s make this clear when the Brothers Grimm produces their stories, during their time it was scary; they did move people to re-think the shadows. But these stories are only grim in the sense of you finding out your secret boyfriend killed his girlfriend. Like come on. None of the stories made you think or even gave a chill up the back. They didn’t provide the reaction the word grim is known for.

This book was supposedly based off the horrible true story of Amityville Horror. Now there have been countless of stories and movies that shake your core, so if there is going to be a comparison there is a huge expectation. This book didn’t deliver in any kind of shock or scary factor. It was told in two points of view the past and present and both of the kids were weird but in a lacking type of way. For more details check out my review here.


These two books were my biggest horror let down’s this year thus far. The expectation that was there for these books really hyped them to a point of excitement.

What makes a good horror novel is suspense, unexpected twist, realistic twist, believable characters, a great mystery and a great setting. 

NetGalley Review: Amity by Micol Ostow

         EgmontUSA To Be Released Aug. 26, 2014         368 Pages
To Be Released Aug. 26, 2014
368 Pages

* I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Inspired by the true events of Amityville house; Gwen has moved into Amity with her family because of a embarrassing breakdown in her former home town. 10 years before Connor moved into Amity with his family to lay low from nosy town-folks.

Gwen and Connor go through a series of is it real or is it a dream for 28 days before the house decides their fate.

This book is not a retelling of the Amityville horror. The actual event isn’t mentioned at all through this book and it implies that there was a bigger evil that comes out every 10 years.

It started off well enough but half way through the book it fell badly and fast. Disappointed isn’t even the word because the author was being compared to Stephen King.

What I liked about the book was the two different point of views and how Gwen and Connor were connected beyond the fact that they lived in the same house. Both of them were considered “crazy.” Gwen before the move thought she had mind powers and apparently acted on it. Her mother thought she was crazy and was constantly walking on egg shells throughout the book. Her brother also kept belittling her feelings which was annoying.

Connor was actually crazy. 1: If you see a decomposing corpse through the window and smile at AND put your hand to touch it without freaking out . . .  something is wrong. To be honest the only thing that was stopping Connor from going full blown into the house was his sister whom he had a pretty cool relationship with.

What I didn’t like about the book was it was boring. The author told the story day by day and although she skipped a few days there was no real substance to keep the book flowing like a horror book. There was a lot of implied ghost encounters and when there was an encounter there was no reaction. Gwen was in denial and Connor was like oh well that is normal.

Overall this book gets 2 Pickles.