by Thomas E. Sniegoski Amazon Published by Simon Pulse
on May 31st 2016 Genres: Girls & Women
, Science Fiction
, Thrillers & Suspense
, Young Adult Pages:
Sidney and her friends must race to find the origin of a storm that has hit their small island home—turning every animal into savage weapons—in this suspenseful thriller from New York Times bestselling author, Thomas E. Sniegoski. The future is looking bright for Sidney Moore as she as she gets ready to leave the small island of Benediction behind for one of Boston’s top veterinary schools. Only a few small bumps in the road to navigate before she can go—her father’s recovery from a debilitating stroke, and her own guilt for ending her relationship with her high school sweetheart. But she’s always been strong willed, and she’s not about to let anything stop her from achieving her goals. Now a storm is bearing down on Benediction, a hurricane that will bring devastating winds and rain, rising tides...and something else. Something deadly; something that will transform all the things that creep, crawl, and flutter into instruments of terror and death. The future is looking bright for Sidney Moore…if only she can survive the storm.
Everything was normal on Sidney Moore’s island home of Benediction, at least until the storm came and then it wasn’t. Animals, from smallest bugs to once friendly dogs, have gone erratic and are attempting to kill every human in sight. It’s a nightmare come into reality and Sidney along with her friends must find answers for this hellish phenomena while trying to keep each other alive.
The only word that perfectly describes Savage overall is bizarre. It was a really bizarre book to read and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The ending and the cause of the entire event(s) was really something I didn’t expect (there was only a very brief explanation and it was open-ended, so there is most likely going to be a sequel, otherwise it just doesn’t work in my opinion). Animal lovers may feel uneasy with violence towards and from animals, but if that’s not the case with you then it’s easy to be drawn into the story to see what happens. I’m not 100% sure what I think of the book other than it was okay, but it feels like it’s missing something, and the reason behind the animals turning on humans didn’t feel like it belonged to this book. I don’t want to say it was random, but it sure felt like it.
Diary of a Haunting
by M. Verano Published by Simon Pulse
on August 25th 2015 Genres: Horror & Ghost Stories
, Mysteries & Detective Stories
, New Experience
, Social Issues
, Young Adult Pages:
In the tradition of Paranormal Activity and The Blair Witch Project, an American teen recounts the strange events that occur after she moves into a new—and very haunted—home with her family in this chilling diary that features photos and images of what she experienced.Letters, photographs, and a journal…all left behind in the harrowing aftermath. Following her parents’ high-profile divorce, Paige and her brother are forced to move to Idaho with their mother, and Paige doesn’t have very high hopes for her new life. The small town they’ve moved to is nothing compared to the life she left behind in LA. And the situation is made even worse by the drafty old mansion they’ve rented that’s filled with spiders and plenty of other pests that Paige can’t even bear to imagine. Pretty soon, strange things start to happen around the house—one can of ravioli becomes a dozen, unreadable words start appearing on the walls, and Paige’s little brother begins roaming the house late at night. And there’s something not right about the downstairs neighbor who seems to know a lot more than he’s letting on. Things only get creepier when she learns about the cult that conducted experimental rituals in the house almost one hundred years earlier. The more Paige investigates, the clearer it all becomes: there’s something in the house, and whatever it is…and it won’t be backing down without a fight.
Diary of a Haunting is written completely in online entries by a teenage girl, and it’s very convincing with teen speak and internet slag, so it was just like finding a real diary and reading through the sometimes rather awkward entries. Paige happens to experience really creepy events in the house she had just recently moved to due to her parents’ divorce. Her mother and brother also live with her, although Paige and her brother are the ones experiencing most/worst of the creepiness. Her mother ignores basically everything that happens and is annoyingly the ‘la la la there’s only positive energy!’ types.
At the end I was like, “Why? What? Huh?” Things were just so confusing and I didn’t quite understand why. What was it about Paige that had the house active? And the source of all that was happening, what was the point? I have too many questions. Although, despite being totally confused, the ending was creepy.
Spiders and flies, they’re mentioned a lot. In fact, they’re probably the freakiest things mentioned in the book. I might be a little paranoid about having those ugly things crawling all over my face at night, so there’s that.
If you like very quick reads and love reading diary formats (I know I do), try this.