Just a little note before I start, this review is going to be different from other reviews. Since Slasher Girls and Monster Boys is a book that has multiple stories in it, I am going to do little reviews for each one. The first category is the overall rating of the story out of 10. The next category is a tiny summary. The third category is why I liked it and why I didn’t and the last category is if it is scary or not. Since the back of the book guarantees fright, I will judge if the story is truly frightening or not. Without further ado, I present to you my Slasher Girls and Monster Boys review.
Ť̪̂̄̄h̭̣̞̳͗́ͨ̈͋̌e͈̅̌ͯ̈͂̈ ͕̥̙̓͆ͮ̂ͨB̪͈̺̥͓͛͐i̻͖̩͉ͪͧͣ͆̉ȑͧͪdsͥ̇̑͛ ̤̄̃ͫ͌͂o̙̘ͨ͌ͬ̒̄͋ͩf̍̍ͪ̈́ ̘̭̅ͭ̈́ͥAz͑̂̌ͤa̯̤̻̖̅̉l͋ͮ̒̓̚e̼͇̖̺̖͋́ͤ̾̂ͧa͙̥̙ͣ͑̀ͨ̒ ̟̫ͅS̮̤͙̳͐̆̾ͮͨ̆ͨt̳ͬ͋̔̓̅̍r̦̥͖̈̒ͤ̔͛ͅē͖̼̖̰̲̦e̜̫ͧ̾̿ṫ͖̯̥̺̟̳̫
The Birds of Azalea Street
Summary: Tasha, a girl living on Azalea Street, is having some trouble with a creepy neighbor. He does eerie things to her and her friends until one day, they seem him bring a woman into his house. This woman isn’t very normal, however…
Why I liked it/ didn’t: This story mostly confused me. The plot and the woman didn’t really make sense to me. I feel like the story would have been scarier if it just focused on what the creepy neighbor did, and didn’t bring magical creatures into the plot.
Scariness Factor: This story isn’t very scary at all. The neighbor (Leonard) makes the story creepy, but as I said earlier this story is more confusing than scary.
I̤̠̫̱͕͋ͫ̈̓̿ͮ͢n̬͇̲̩̠͈ͪ̿ͯ̑̔͜ ͎̱̦͙̘͍ͬ̐͒͛́ͥ͑ẗ́̆ͥ͠h̶̥e͈̻̘ͤ ̆͂̈́̓̍ͣ̕F̹̮̱͑ͥ͌͑̾̉ǒͫ̽ͣͣͣ̕rͤͣ̿ͮ̄̄ͩ͞e̴͈̤͎ͣ̂ͧ̇ͅs̯t̜̤̫̗͛͟ ̺̠͉͍͎̘̆ͅD̼̗͉ͩ̄͛a͍̥͚r̴̟͍͉̒k͖̭̻͙̫̭ ͓aͭ̊n̙̭̮͋ͫ́d̷̘̱̄̓̈ ̬͍͔͔̔͗̇̋̓͞D̟͔͍̱̩̉ͥ̒̚͘e̼͔̗͕͐͛ḙ̩̃ͭ̀ͅp̗͈̳̙̓ͯ̒̓
In the Forest Dark and Deep
Summary: Cassidy Evans, the main character, loves the story of Alice in Wonderland. She loves it so much that she has a themed birthday party of it. When Cassidy goes into a clearing one day and arranges some stumps, she does not expect that, later on, the stumps would be turned into the Mad Hatter’s table. Amazed, Cassidy starts to play as Alice at the table. Little does Cassidy know that someone odd is watching her perform…
Why I liked it/ didn’t: I like the younger Cassidy Evans compared to the older Cassidy. The Young Cassidy Evans is interesting and as you read, you see how unfairly she is treated. Older Cassidy ,however, annoys me. She is bland and her friends have more personality than her. What I do like is the connection with Alice in Wonderland and the real world. It turns the imaginative fairy tale into a terrifying horror story based on the real world.
Scariness Factor: I love the gory scenes in this book. They are creepy and whimsical at the same time. I also love the stalker aspect of the story. When I was reading this, I always felt like someone was watching me, peering from somewhere invisible to my eye.
Summary: Emmeline is a romance fanatic. She is obsessed with the idea of love and wants someone to be with her forever. So when Emerson, an American soldier, comes up to her desolated room, she knows this is her second chance at love. She seduces Emerson and before he knows it, he falls into Emmeline’s trap.
Why I liked it/ didn’t: This story depicts things beautifly. The reader can see the setting perfectly. I really do love how Emmeline describes things. She takes a beatiful tone about everything, even when what she is doing is dastardly. If it wasn’t for Emmeline describing things differently than what is actually happening, I wouldn’t be able to finish the book.
What I didn’t like about the book coincides with how scary the book is, so I am just going to combine the two so I don’t repeat the same thing twice.
Scariness Factor: This story was not at all scary. When I bought the book, I was expecting stories chilling enough to make me terrified. What I have gotten so far however, is a confusing story, and okay scary story, and a love story that had to add something scary in order to be put into the book. My main problem with the story is… ghost sex. Yes in this story, a ghost and a human have sex. That should not even be possible. When I read a horror story, I don’t want to read about sex. In fact, when I read any story I don’t want to read about sex. To me, it is just something unnecessary that authors drag out. I did get spooked at the end of the story, but that was just because I wasn’t expecting it to actually take a scary turn. If I read this book again, I’ll be sure to skip Emmeline.
V̬̤̗̱͜ͅḛ̫̖͖͕̯ͨ̈́ͨ̐ͨ̆͠ŗ͙̻̼̟̤̮͙̍̓̚s̸̫͉̻̳̒̓͑͊͐e̙̼͚̮̭̥ͭ̑̈́͜ͅ ̳̭͐̈́̽C̛͖̎̏̐̾ͬ̔h̅ͦͮͥò̵̬͆̇͛̈́ͧṙ̤̻͕̪̪̖̂͐͋̾u̻̞̭̘̻̜s̼̖͚̻̠̋̀̃ ͧ͑̍҉̬̲̪͙̫̪̹V̰͚̖̩̳̍ͮͯ͜ė͕͉̞̩̾̉̒ͩ̚ͅr͕͍̲̜̱͈̒̉͆̅̈́̀ș͍̫̲̯̙ͭ̀̈́̓ȇ̵̳̦̺͎̜̘̦ͨ͛̃̍̈́
Verse Chorus Verse
Summary: Jaycee is a huge star and many people adore her. They think of Jaycee as someone who is too sweet and kind to do anything bad. One day, Jaycee proves them wrong by running over a kid while she is drunk. As punishment, Jaycee has to go to a correctional facility called Wellways. At first, the place seems fine, but Jaycee quickly learns that something is wrong. The kids in Wellways tell her that there is something horrible connected to Wellways and that it is looking for blood. So when Kara, Jaycee’s mother, picks her up from Wellways, she finds out that Jaycee may not be who she says she is.
Why I liked it/ didn’t: This story has pretty good characters. At the beginning Kara and Jaycee seem like rotten characters. As the reader progresses through the story, they find out that both have had a troubled past and that can be the reason for their attitude. The way this story interprets stardom is unique. Most people view stardom as something glamorous, but in this story, it is anything but glamorous. This story shows Jaycee with a mask on in order to make her fans love her, but when she is with her mom that sweet and kind mask comes off.
The only thing in this story I don’t particularly like is the mystery. You can read the whole story and still get things out of it, but you feel like your missing a big chunk. I’ve read through this story twice now and I still don’t get the mystery. I’m not blaming the story entirely though. You can’t put an intricate mystery into a story with about twenty pages. That is why this rating is only one below “In the Forest Dark and Deep”. I love this story, I just don’t get the mystery.
Scariness Factor: The scare in this story is involved with the mystery. If you don’t get the mystery, you won’t get what the monster is. That is the reason why this story isn’t terribly scary. Now some of the best scares can come from the unknown, but you at least need to know a little about the monster. The story just gives you a bunch of scary things that have happened at Wellways in the past and expects you to be terrified of the monster. Instead of getting spooked, I got confused.
Summary: Annie is dying. She got into a fight with her abusive step-father and he stabbed her. As Annie looks at the world with the last remainder of her life, she sees Crow Cullom. Seeing him, Annie remembers the tale her grandmother told her. The story that if you challenge Crow Cullom to a game and win, you can have you life back. So Annie challenges Crow Cullom to hide and seek and for the next twenty four hours Annie runs from various disasters in order to claim her life.
Why I liked it/ didn’t: I love the story about Crow Cullom. It takes something that is considered fantasy and makes it very chilling. When Annie is continuously running from obstacles that can easily kill her, you are always on edge. It’s also very easy to side with Annie because she doesn’t deserve to die.
Scariness Factor: I really like this story and the only reason I am not giving it a higher rating is because it makes you rigid, not scared. This story is very tense because of the many disasters wanting to claim Annie’s life. These events do not make the story scary. It is still a wonderful story, it is just lacking in the terrifying department.
T̠̻͇̤̙̃͂̾ͨͦͭh̄̄̒͗e̮̣̜̩͎̜̍̆̓͡ ͎̥̮͍͍͗D҉̦̙a͇̩͕̪̙̤͂̽ͭ̈̿̏ͅr̪̮̠͕̀ͯ̄̃̾k͓͚͇̓͝,̴̩̱̜̹͍̯̥̏ ͪ͐̄͋̃̿ͤS̪̯̩̗̃͟c̭̒́a̴̠̹̥͕͒̔ͩͅͅṟ̠̗͍̥̹̽ͧ͋̽ͦ̚ͅÿ̇͑̐ ̶̲͚͓͕̪̝Pa̴̪͙̪̯͉ͬ̈́̑r͔̮̼̞̳̭̉ͫͅt͍̖̻͉̯͙͊ͩͯ̕s̞̠̗̰̭̤͈̃͒̃̅͢,͉̘ͭ̈ͤ ̥̣̱̏ͦͣ̏̉̕ã̛̩͉̆ͅn̔́ͣͩ̒҉̮̼̥̻̬d̰͇̙̻͔͔̾͐ͅ ̞̞̏̎̐͊Å͖̥͚͓͆̇̍lͧͥ͑̇͏̳̰͎̬̠̼l̼͙̝̫̫̙
The Dark, Scary Parts and All
Summary: Marnie isn’t the most popular girl at her school. She is constantly teased by Everly and to make matters worse, every one in the school loves Everly and laugh at all of her cruel jokes meant for Marnie. One day, when Marnie is talking about the book Frankenstein, the most popular boy in school, Damien, takes a liking to her and asks her out. Marnie feels like she is on top of the world and even stands up to Everly a little until Damien shows her his secret. A secret that will change her life forever.
Why I liked it/ didn’t: This is the second time I have read this story and I really enjoy it more the second time. Since I know the twist, I can see certain things that happen and know why they happen. I especially love Marnie as a character, at least until the end. Marnie is very intelligent and throughout the story she will refrence certain stories to connect with what is happening. The twist at the very end is also very interesting.
The main thing I didn’t like about the story is at the end. SPOILER ALERT: Damien is the son of Hadez and Persephone. This wouldn’t be too bad if that was the end of it, but it’s not. The author tries to mix Cristianity with Greek Mythology. Marnie calls Damien the son of the devil and Damien even uses pentagrams. There are many things wrong with this. The Devil and Hades are two completely different things. Even Greek mythology and Christianity are different down to their base. Christianity is monotheistic and Greek mythology is polytheistic. Hades also isn’t directly evil. He doesn’t want world domination, he is just a little unhappy with what he got left with. Besides that, Damien is also messed up. Damien has the power of death, but he doesn’t have the power of life. In the story, he talks about how Hades took Persephone away which would mean that Persephone is most likely the mother of Damien. If that’s so, then wouldn’t Damien get Persephone’s power too? Persephone has the power of life, at least regarding plants. It doesn’t make sense that Damien would only inherit Hades’ power. Also, if Persephone is truly dead, then all plants would be dead too. Persephone creates plant life and her whole story with Hades talks about how when she is in the underworld, the plants die. I could go on with more plot holes about the story, but I’m going to stop here.
Scariness Factor: This story wasn’t frightening until the very end. I wasn’t scared by it because I was very disappointed with Hades being the Devil. It wasn’t plausible and it just looked like the author didn’t do their research. I know Hades isn’t particularly scary, but making him seem like the devil doesn’t make him any more scary.
My rating for this book is five out of ten because,to me, this story is average. It has pros, but it has just as many cons as well. I like the story, but it just seems that this story needs more work.
T̠̠̥͍̳͎̯h̶̺̹͔ͧ͆̏ͪ̍ͅḛ̻͍̥͍̯̯̇͊̇͆ͮ͘ ̡͓͕̼̺̰͖̉̿ͩ̿̿̓ͅF͙̲̻̤̟͚̫ͭ͂͆l̮̪̦̜̾ͮ͌̒̆͗ì̴͙̤c̻͍͍̖̦̭ͮ̈́̈́̎͑ͯ͡k͓̠ͩ̾́e͚̩ͧ̐ͤ̂́̌̐͞r̨͚̜͒ͩ̎̐́͂,͕̜̌ ̩̺̝̩ͫ͂̏̓̿͝t̤̮̭͎̪̣̄͐ͯh͕̞̄̍̾̓͠e̬̝̦̥̠̥̿̓ͬ̋ ̩̞̯̹̤͌̋̎Fͨͤ͛ͅi̡̺̲̗̠̝͔͖̍̔͗ͯ̾n̫̩̼͖̭͓̺̏͑g̥e̶̦̝̤͓͎̦͊̒͐͂r̴̜̱̖͔͇̠̗̈́̑͛ͣ̇̇̄s,͍̪̖͙ ̡̬t͈͓̹̋̉̽̃̈́h͕̓̃̆ͧ͛̑͢e̛̝̝̫̥̯̎ ̯̭̻̪̣̤̔͂̅̆ͬ͘B̯̎̑ͬe͕̝͚̮͗ͥa͇̜͍͔̙ͥț̛̹̼̝̾,̶̺̏̋ͭͬͯ̓ ̛̟͎͉͎ͣͮͅt̬̭͚̬ͤḫ̙̯͙̖ͧ́̑ͪ͌ͮͮe̦̫ͧ̉ͪ͛̈́͝ ͕́S͉̀ͩͨi͙̲͓͙̙ͭ̿ͬ̓̊̕ͅg̟̝̦̙̩ͩ̂ͮ̒h͔͈ͦ̈͆̓ͨͅ
The Flicker, the Fingers, the Beat, the Sigh
Summary: Theo, Scout, Asher, and Grace are coming back from a party when they hit a girl with their car. The girl is Canary, a friend of Theo. As Scout is freaking out with Asher and Grace, Theo thinks back to the times he spent with her and thinks about how he wasn’t the best person to Canary. With time against them and cars passing along the highway, Theo and his friends must think fast about what to do with Canary.
Why I liked it/ didn’t: I love how this story portrays its characters. Each one is about to have a perfect life, but they don’t have the best personalities. Scout can never blame herself and instead chooses to blame others, Theo is a coward and a yes man who can’t say no to anything, and Asher and Grace don’t really have a bad personality. Scout and Theo do some horrible things to Canary in the past, yet scout is going to Harvard and Theo is going to an art school in Italy. But, by the end of the story, things change drastically and our characters get what they deserve.
When I first read the story, I hated it. Looking at it for a second time, I now realize that it is a really good story. I don’t have anything to say that’s bad because of the ending. Scout, Theo, Grace, and Asher are supposed to be hated so you can at least get why they deserve their punishments.
Scariness Factor: The only reason I’m giving this story an average rating is because it isn’t scary. At all. You don’t feel creeped out or horrified and you don’t feel any adrenaline. This story is just a revenge story, not a scary story. The only connection it has with horror is when the characters name off horror movie and stories at the beginning. It has some spooky moments, but it’s nothing to brag about.
F̟̼̳͛̓̾a͍͐t̸̹ ̖ͦͧͭ̆ͯ͂ͮG̩̗̘̯̅ī̜ͧ͐ȑ͙͎͛ļ͖ͬͮͤ̌ͨͥͩ ̨͉͎W̢̳̝͂i̗̩͕̭̬͑̿̊̇͟t͎̰͍̫̫̭͗h̶̗͖̜̗̺ͩ̉͂ͅ ̠͚̞͈̝̋͌̿̌̂̚a͌̆̈́̓ ͌̐͆̕K̮̟̟̝̥̩͂̉ͮn̼̙͎̣͂͑ͦ͂ͤ̚i̱̬̟̪ͨ̓ͦ́ͅf̮͉͍̮͚͔͖ͭ͂̌̍e̡̲̫͈̹̦̖ͬ
Fat Girl with a Knife
Summary: Dahlia is your not-so-average teenage girl. Dahlia doesn’t have the prettiest face or the skinniest waist. Because of this, Marcy and her group harass her all the time. Dahlia has a trick up her sleeve though. She is very good at getting her revenge. Just as it seems like a normal Friday, perfect for getting revenge, the world ends. As Dahlia figures out what happened, she learns that she might be more popular in this world since it seems she is the only one who has fended off the zombies so far.
Why I liked it/ didn’t: I really like Dahlia in this book. I love how she gets her revenge and I also like how she acts. Even though Dahlia isn’t pretty on the outside, she is beautiful on the inside and I believe that is all that matters. She is so cool when it comes to the zombie apocalypse. The only thing that I want to change about this story is to make it longer.
Scariness Factor: Even though this story isn’t frightening like the other ones, it is very gory, and goriness counts as a type of horror. Even though this story was more action packed, it had the perfect amount of gore in it.
Summary: Wolfboy, a regular seventeen year old teen, thinks he finds true love when he meets 2muchc0ff33_grrl on Reddit. Turns out Wolfboy may not be who he says he is, however.
Why I liked it/ didn’t: I cannot say how much I love this story. I adore the characters, enjoy the plot, and freak out over the ending. I can’t say much about it without spoiling the whole thing, but it is a bit like Paper Valentine. Even when I read it for the second time, I still enjoy what the story has to offer.
Scariness Factor: This story focuses on horror of the present time and horror that still happens today. It mixes true horror stories with some fantasy and creates something wondrously scary.
Summary: Misha is a blind woman that is the daughter of a dead lord. She spends her days trying to keep out of the way of others. One day, she literally stumbles across a dead body and everyone seems suspicious of her. Misha knows only a few things about the killer, he melts of lavender and tobacco. With the help of Kerstin, Misha must find out who the killer is, before more people become missing.
Why I liked it/ didn’t: The mystery in M is very intriguing. The fact that Misha is blind and sees things like the murderers and murder victims differently than we do also brings some originality into the mystery. When you read this story, you have to think about certain aspects like the children before knowing the whole mystery. In terms of completeness, M seems to be the winner. Unlike the other stories where they either have a simple story line or just end on a certain note, M has a book like story that comes and goes without needing anything extra.
Scariness Factor: The story is more interesting than horrific. Through Misha’s perspective, we don’t see murder scenes like how we usually do and the gore seems less scary. Other than that, this is a very well rounded story that I really enjoyed reading.
T̲̙̪͂h͚͈͇͍̏͋ͨ͊̽̋͘e͊͐̏ ̭̹͓̿̃͑̌͒̾́G̸ͨi̬̻ṛ̡͓ͣ̒̅͒̌l̗̼͉͈̺̝̠͆ͫͤ̄͌ ̰̻͑̏͛W̩̰̭͇͆̂͑̃ͦ̆͒ͅį͓̙̼̗̅̅ͣ̑͋ͨ̀ț͖̙͈̩̭́ẖ̛͖͕̤̼̳̙͊ọ̝̫̳̋͒́ût̜̯͛̌̂͗ ̳͈̥̜͖ͬ̊̇ͤ̓̿̇ͅͅa ̡̭̘͇͔̜͔ͅF̼̻ͥ͛̿̌̇̅̒͡a̗͙͉ͮ̋̀̓̆c͖͔̻̓̋̋e͇ͩͭ͛͛̆̑
The Girl Without a Face
Summary: Richard has just moved to a new home. He is distraught to find the closet locked, but after a month goes by, he forgets about it. He soon regrets forgetting about it because he stars dreaming about the closet and a strange girl inside it. Soon, the dreams become worse and Richard starts to become a slave to the girl in the closet.
Why I liked it/ didn’t: My favorite thing about this story is how the girl in the closet gets into Richard’a head. She slowly drives him into insanity and as you read the story, you find out that he deserves it. Other than that, this is an average story and I didn’t find anything else I adored.
This story reminds me a lot of “The Flicker, the Fingers, the Beat, the Sigh”. The thing is, I like “The Flicker, the Fingers, the Beat, the Sigh” more than “The Girl Without a Face”. In “The Flicker, the Fingers, the Beat, the Sigh”, you get to know Canary and really feel for her. You learn what she has been through, and even though she does some weird stuff, you know why she would attempt it. In this story, you barely know the girl without a face and even though what was done to her was horrible, you don’t know the girl as well as you would know Canary. I do like how the girl gives Richard his punishment though. That is why I gave this book one less number rating than “The Flicker, the Fingers, the Beat, the Sigh”. They both have a similar plot to one another and when looking at both stories I think “The Flicker, the Fingers, the Beat, the Sigh” is superior.
Scariness Factor: The scariest thing about The Girl Without A Face is how the girl messes with Richard. Slowly, we see Richard loose his mind until he is put into a mental hospital for his own safety. After knowing what Richard does to her, it makes his punishment feel just, in a way. The way the girl slowly induces Richard into insanity is also nicely done.
Ạ͙̺͕ͮ͑ͩͪ ̜̤G̗͖̃̒̀̈́̊͝i̪̓ȑ͈̏͜l͎̪͔̺̪̉ͦ̉͗ͥ̃ͥ͘ ̓̊͊̋҉W͖̜̻ͫh̵̙o̤̳ ̵̺d̳̩̉̾r͉̻̰̔ë͈͎́ͧͧͤ̇̽͐a̬͕̰ͬ͒̏̿̎ͦ͠m̅͆̍́̐ě̱ͦ̄̒̆̽d̰͓̙̹ ̢̮̩̫̭̖̣ͨ̇͒͛ͫ̎o͚͉͈͖͚̱̎̇̉̋̃f̈ͧ̐ͫͥ͏̫̗͇̱ ̶̏S̢̥͎̹̮̻̳̓ͮ͑̂n̛̤̻̞̺̞̽̓̏ͦ͂ͦ͗o͉̬̲͑ͩ̄̒ͬ̈́͟w̠̆̾ͤ̑͋̽ͯ
A Girl Who Dreamed of Snow
Summary: Nara has a mission. A mission to travel a long path and meet her father. She goes to sleep one night, dreaming of her father, when she gets kidnapped by Mowich’s brothers. Nara knows what will become of her if the boys take her to their destination, so Nara needs to escape before they get to the destination, or get sold to a man in order to birth his children.
Why I liked it/ didn’t: The setting and characters In this story are interesting in their own ways. I just wish I fully understood the characters and the setting. The worst part of this story is how confusing it is. You get a couple paragraphs of story and lore and that’s it. You don’t know anything about this world and even though you can still follow the plot somewhat. The ending will make things even more confusing. I understand that these stories have only a limited number of pages, but for this story to be understood, it needs to have more time to explain at least a little of the lore.
Scariness Factor: This story isn’t scary at all. The thing you’re supposed to be afraid of in the story is Nara’s power and her people, but in all honesty, it’s not scary. If you’re looking for a story that isn’t very gory or scary in this book, “A Girl Who Dreamed of Snow” is what you are looking for.
Summary: Sage, Clover, and Oakley have a horrid father. Since their mother’s disappearance, their father has been drinking any time he can and abusing them when he is drunk. That all changes when The Collector comes. Their father explains that The Collector wants his sinful body parts, and in turn, The Collector will give him good ones. Since Sage is the toughest one of the bunch, she has the job of removing and replacing her father’s body parts. After a while, it starts to work and Sage starts to think that everything will be okay. That is, until the good hand comes in with a familiar mark on the ring finger. Sage, after sticking the part on to her father, gets an axe and drives to The Collector’s place to finally get some answers. And she gets tons of them.
Why I liked it/ didn’t: Stitches is my favorite story in Slasher Girls and Monster Boys. I love everything about it. The characters are interesting, the plot is amazing, and the story is the perfect length. I would say more about how I love it, but this post is already super long. If you buy this book, you have to read Stitches.
Scariness Factor: This story isn’t as scary as it is gory. Since this story is about stitching, you’re going to get a lot of it. At the beginning and end, you get wonderful gory descriptions, but in the middle, you get analogies of raspberry filing and cookie dough instead of blood and flesh. If those analogies weren’t there, I would not be able to read this story. It gives you gore, but not too much and that is why the horror in this story is just right.
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On the I-5
Summary: EmmaRae has a job to do. She needs to find a dead body suitable for resurrection. The world outside isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, and many girls get murdered by horrible people. Due to something strange, girls like EmmaRae find themselves alive again after they already die. These girls have only one job to do and that is to kill their beast, the one that killed them. After their job is done, they find a dead body, bury it, and die beside it. EmmaRae is about to go through the second process when she spots a beast. It’s not her own, nor is it the dead girls. EmmaRae decides to go on more killing before her time is up. After all, the beasts do deserve death for the things they’ve done.
Why I liked it/ didn’t: at a first glance, this story seemed boring and EmmaRae seemed a bit full of herself. As I read on, the story became more interesting and I began to fall in love with it. In the beginning, the story might be confusing since EmmaRae talks about certain monsters that belong to dead bodies. As you read on, you understand who the monsters are exactly and you understand the lore behind girls like EmmaRae. The story seems so dull at the beginning, but quickly turns into something amazing. It is a very good story to end on.
Scariness Factor: This story is also gory, but there are no analagies this time. The gore in this story is really good. The gore starts off hard, not even giving you a chance to prepare yourself, but as it reaches its peak, it’s gone before you know it. The gore is very bloody, but even though it is very descriptive, it doesn’t last very long. Like I said in the previous paragraph, I’m very happy the book ended with this story, it is a perfect finish.
Overall rating of the book: 6.5
This book isn’t terrific, but it isn’t awful either. It’s a bit above average. There are some stories in here that I love, but there are also stories that I would never read again. If I’m being honest, I wouldnt recommend this book. It has a pretty equal amount of good and bad stories and for all of its advertising on how scary it is, there are a pretty good amount of stories that aren’t even frightening. If I were you, I would just find a really scary book and read that instead of this.
Why this is related to the Fourth of July: So it is definitely not the Fourth of July anymore. This book was supposed to be the special Fourth of July review, but it didn’t get done until the end of July. So this is just the rough beginning of these types of reviews. The next holiday review I do will be very different, trust me. So, the connection between the Fourth of July and this book is that Emerson, a character in Emmeline, is an American soldier.
J is for Jamie, who gave us quince pies
K is for Kerstin, who stabbed out his eyes
L is for Laughter that flew through the green
M is for Misha, who stifled his screams . . .