Book Review: Scritch Scratch by Lindsay Currie

Title: Scritch Scratch
Author: Lindsay Currie
Genre: Middle Grade Paranormal / Mystery
Publication Date: September 1st, 2020
Publisher: Sourcebooks




A ghost story about a malevolent spirit, an unlucky girl, and a haunting mystery that will tie the two together.

Claire has absolutely no interest in the paranormal. She’s a scientist, which is why she can’t think of anything worse than having to help out her dad on one of his ghost-themed Chicago bus tours. She thinks she’s made it through when she sees a boy with a sad face and dark eyes at the back of the bus. There’s something off about his presence, especially because when she checks at the end of the tour…he’s gone.

Claire tries to brush it off, she must be imagining things, letting her dad’s ghost stories get the best of her. But then the scratching starts. Voices whisper to her in the dark. The number 396 appears everywhere she turns. And the boy with the dark eyes starts following her.

Claire is being haunted. The boy from the bus wants something…and Claire needs to find out what before it’s too late.” (Goodreads)

I had no idea this book existed until Amanda @ aelilyreads wrote a review and then I knew I needed to read it!

I’m also glad that my library had it so I didn’t have to look too hard for it, haha.

This book wasn’t really what I expected but in a good way. In a way, I thought this book would be more spooky but instead we get paranormal activity laced with mystery that surrounds actual events from Chicago. If you know me well, I am really intrigued by historical events (even spooky ones because I like to torture myself, haha.).

I was so fascinated by everything that was mentioned so of course, I had to go to google multiple times while reading. It really helped to understand all of the events that the main character was talking about. Although, even without google the author does a great job of giving enough information to the reader about events.

The plot isn’t just about the paranormal activites plaguing Claire but it’s also about friendship and family.

Claire is struggling to find balance in her friendship when a new girl comes along. It’s hard feeling like your bestfriend is slipping away. I’ve been there and it sucks. I liked seeing how it would all play out and I’m glad that there was a great resolution in the end.

Family was big since she had to rely on her brother for help. He never once thought she was crazy about seeing a ghost and made sure to help her in any way he could, even if that meant not telling their parents. I love seeing sibling bonds and I liked the one in this book very much.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It is a solid MG book that isn’t too spooky but still gives those paranormal vibes. The historical events and real hauntings from Chicago were the icing on the cake for me. It was just all around a good book and I would definitely recommend it!

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E-Arc Review: Gloom Town by Ronald L. Smith

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Author: Ronald L. Smith
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Publication Date: February 11th, 2020

eARC provided by publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

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“When twelve-year-old Rory applies for a job at a spooky old mansion in his gloomy seaside town, he finds the owner, Lord Foxglove, odd and unpleasant. But he and his mom need the money, so he takes the job anyway. Rory soon finds out that his new boss is not just strange, he’s not even human—and he’s trying to steal the townspeople’s shadows. Together, Rory and his friend Isabella set out to uncover exactly what Foxglove and his otherworldly accomplices are planning and devise a strategy to defeat them. But can two kids defeat a group of ancient evil beings who are determined to take over the world?” (Goodreads)

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I liked the premise for this one and the cover is a bit spooky and cool at the same time! There are things that I enjoyed and then there were other parts that were a bit confusing.

Let’s start with the good. I liked the friendship between Rory and Isabella/Izzy. She is always there for him and will help in any way she can even if that means freeing the town from evil. Rory is a brave kid and does what he must to keep the house his mom and him live in. It’s nice to see a kid take on responsibility. Although getting a job leads him into some trouble!

The plot was interesting and creepy. It has you wondering what will happen next and if their luck is about to run out. I liked the plot twists that were involved and it was cool to see how it would all play out. I wasn’t expecting the ending and that is where it got confusing. I am sure it was made for another book to come (maybe?) but at the same time it just came out of nowhere.

Another part that I wish more was said about was the evil. We got a bit of backstory but there were still things that were left unsaid and I just wanted to know why it existed and happened to plant itself in this town. Maybe if there is another book there will be more backstory for it.

Overall, I think this was a good read and if children love books about fighting evil with a dash of creepy then they will certainly enjoy this one!

-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

The Bone Houses: Book Review

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36524503._SY475_Title: The Bone Houses
Author: Emily Lloyd-Jones
Genre: YA Fantasy/Historical Fiction/Horror
Publication Date: September 24th, 2019

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Synopsis: “eventeen-year-old Aderyn (“Ryn”) only cares about two things: her family, and her family’s graveyard. And right now, both are in dire straits. Since the death of their parents, Ryn and her siblings have been scraping together a meager existence as gravediggers in the remote village of Colbren, which sits at the foot of a harsh and deadly mountain range that was once home to the fae. The problem with being a gravedigger in Colbren, though, is that the dead don’t always stay dead.

The risen corpses are known as “bone houses,” and legend says that they’re the result of a decades-old curse. When Ellis, an apprentice mapmaker with a mysterious past, arrives in town, the bone houses attack with new ferocity. What is it that draws them near? And more importantly, how can they be stopped for good?

Together, Ellis and Ryn embark on a journey that will take them deep into the heart of the mountains, where they will have to face both the curse and the long-hidden truths about themselves.” (Goodreads)

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My Review:

Here’s the thing, calling an undead being a Bone House is a lot nicer than zombie but it is still a zombie! Also, I am terrified of them and they have been haunting my dreams for 21 years! Seriously, it dates back to Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island, ha.

Anyways, enough of my boring background. As a certified chicken, I would say that this book had its creepy parts but overall it wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be. That’s probably for the best so I wouldn’t have nightmares.

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But, let’s talk about the characters! Ryn is not afraid of death and carries an axe with her to deal with the ones that rise. Just like her father, she becomes the next gravedigger for their town after he goes missing. Ryn and her siblings have suffered a lot of loss and even then the local Lord is also a dillweed to them. She is always trying to protect them and will do everything to make sure they have what they need to live.

Quickly into the book we are introduced to Ellis. There isn’t much that is known about his background and as the plot progresses, so does his background. He is very witty and I enjoyed the humor he produced during the worst times, ha.

Although you would think Ellis would be considered the comedic relief, a goat steals the whole show! The goat is funny, loyal, and her horns pack a punch! No fear for the undead can be found when it comes to her. I always enjoy a good animal companion and this one did not disappoint.

As for the plot, it was fast paced, interesting, and left me wanting more from the characters. I will say that the plot twists were easy to spot out after learning a bit about the curse. I also thought the ending was a tad anti-climatic.

It took until the last book of the page to make me sad. I wasn’t expecting the last couple of sentences to be so impactful but I think it’s what I needed to hear since I am dealing with my own grief.

“And perhaps this was the truth about the dead.
You went on.
They’d want you to.”

Overall, I enjoyed it and I am glad I have the Owlcrate copy because it’s definitely one I would read again.

Top Ten Tuesday: Spooky Books I Didn’t Get To This Month

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Hello, Lovely Bookworms!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

Well guys, I’m here to tattle on myself. I haven’t read any of these books this month and clearly I am not going to. Maybe one but I don’t know. I’m really trying to get through all my NetGalley reads.

But alas, let’s get into the list of books I should have read but didn’t.

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1.) The Bone Houses

2.) Frankenstein

3.) Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

4.) The Deep

5.) The Woman in the Mirror

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Technically the last two are from NetGalley and I still haven’t read them yet, lol. Darn those library books!

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Hopefully I will manage to get to The Bone Houses. I just need to stay positive! No pressure! *lots of pressure*

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First Lines Friday (10/25/19)

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Hello Lovely Readers!

I have decided to partake in this weekly meme!

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

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“The Gravedigger’s children were troublemakers. They chased chickens through the neighbors’ yards, brandishing sticks like swords, claiming that the fowl were monsters in disguise. They went to the fields and returned with berry-stained lips, crunching seeds between their teeth.”

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The book is….

 

 

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I got this book in my Owlcrate last month and have been really wanting to read it since then. There are other books I needed to get to first but now October is coming to a close and I still haven’t read a spooky book! So, this is me making myself accountable by saying this book will be read before the end of the month. Mark my words!

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Have you picked this one up? Do you want to read it? Let me know!

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Owlcrate Jr. Unboxing: Tunnel of Bones

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Hello Readers!

Today I am skipping Top Ten Tuesday (because honestly, I have no idea what titles I would change.) and bringing you another unboxing!

This one is a little late as this box arrived on September 3rd but better late than never, am I right?

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So, let’s just stop with all the chit chat and move right along into it!

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Included In This Box:

  • Tunnel of Bones Signed by Author
  • Author Letter and Poster
  • A choose your own adventure book: ‘Could You Escape the Paris Catacombs?’ by Matt Doeden
  • Black Cat Plushie (@wildrepublic)
  • Silver Mirror Pendant
  • Tote Bag (@blycrawford)
  • Skull Soap (@leeloosoap)
  • Travel Stickers (@foxville_art)

My favorite item out of this box had to be the extra book or the cat. I have a black cat and so anything I can find of one I like to get! I also like the extra book because as a kid I was always reading the Choose Your Own Adventure books.

My least favorite item was the necklace. It is a really cool piece and fits with the book well but I am just not big on jewelry.

Overall I was impressed with this special edition box especially because it was their first when it came to their Jr. box. I’m glad I got it because I love this series and now I have a signed copy!

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What do you think of this box? Let me know in the comments!

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Weekly Update (10/12/19)

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Hello Lovely Bookworms!

I have been scarce on here and Instagram the last couple of days. I honestly just felt burned out and needed a nice break from social media and my blog. I’m glad I took it because I feel more refreshed.

I will have new book reviews this week and a couple I am real excited to share! I still need to write a few blog posts so hopefully I can get photos taken and those written. Wish me luck!

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Blog Posts From This Week:

Books Finished This Week:

  • Sisters of Shadow and Light by Sara B. Larson
  • Summernight by Sarah K.L. Wilson
  • Betrayed by Raye Wagner
  • The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
  • Dead Voices by Katherine Arden

Currently Reading:

  • Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski
  • Echoes Between Us by Katie McGarry

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How was your week? Did you do anything fun over the weekend? Read anything good this week? Let me know in the comments!

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Weekly Update (10/5/19)

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Hello Lovely Bookworms!

This week has been a better week when it comes to my mental health. I have also been staying caught up on here and Instagram so that is definitely a win!

Nothing too exciting has happened besides the weather finally starting to feel like its fall. It makes my Minnesota blood so happy. I also got some apple cider so honestly, I’m just going to cozy up with a book and a blanket.

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Blog Posts From This Week:

Books Finished This Week:

  • Nordic Tales by Chronicle Books
  • Sand Chronicles Vol. 2 by Hinako Ashihara
  • Bid My Soul Farewell by Beth Revis
  • The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
  • Yona of the Dawn Vol. 18 by Mizuho Kusanagi
  • A Treason of Thorns by Laura E. Weymouth

Currently Reading:

  • Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski
  • Sisters of Shadow and Light by Sara B. Larson

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How was your week? Did you do anything fun over the weekend? Read anything good this week? Let me know in the comments!

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Spooky Reads

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Hello Readers!

Since October has just started, I thought I would write a blog post about spooky reads!

Now, I hate being scared but I always find myself being drawn to spooky things. It’s like watching one and wanting to look away but you can’t because you just need to know! You know what I mean?

I wanted to get this done at the beginning of the month so that way you have time to check them out and maybe read a few.

Let’s get into it!

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1.) How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather
2.) Haunting the Deep by Adriana Mather
3.) Small Spaces by Katherine Arden
4.) Dead Voices by Katherine Arden (reading this month)

5.) City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
6.) Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab
7.) Mistwalker by Saundra Mitchell (reading this month)
8.) The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein

9.) The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox
10.) The Widow of Pale Harbor by Hester Fox
11.) Dracula by Bram Stoker
12.) The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

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What are some spooky books you would recommend? Let me know in the comments below!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Fall 2019 TBR

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Hello, Lovely Bookworms!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

Today’s prompt is all about the books I am wanting to get to during the fall season. I can’t say that I have many planned, but there are a few that I would like to read along with some books releasing that I am dying to read!

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1.) The Sky Weaver

2.) Tears of Frost

3.) Bid My Soul Farewell

4.) Dead Voices

5.) Starsight

6.) Rules for Vanishing

7.) The Deep

8.) The Shrike & the Shadows

9.) Mistwalker

10.) The Traitor’s Kingdom

11.) Crooked Kingdom

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What are some books you would like to get to this fall? Let me know in the comments below!

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