Its time for my final spooky book review. This time I am not talking about a standard book, this is an anthology. Today I am talking about Slasher Girls And Monster Boys. I am going to review this in the same way that I have reviewed previous anthology’s. Small overall review, and individual mini reviews for each story. So, letsa go!
This book is all young adult authors and all the stories in this anthology are horror or thriller stories. It is kind of like the Halloween equivalent of Summer Days And Summer Nights/My True Love Gave To Me. I will be honest with you, I have to be very careful with horror based stories, because I have an incredibly over active imagination and I have a tendency to freak myself out. So I was obviously very cautious when I picked this one up. And I have to admit, I am a little disappointed None of the stories really, well, scared me. A couple unnevered me a bit, but that was the extent of it. Which was a little bit sad, but, hey ho. Overall I loved most of these stories. I have found several new authors that I want to look into, which is always a high point with anthology’s. Generally speaking the book was entertaining, a little spooky and was generally a good read. I do love a good anthology.
4.5 out of 5
The Birds Of Azalea Street by Nova Ren Suma
wow. What an incredible way to open the book. This was really weird and really creepy. I think the worst part of this story wasn’t the, strange, unexplained aspect of it, but the fact that I think every young woman/teenage girl has experienced something similar to the main idea of this story (I’m trying not to spoil anything so sorry if I’m not making much sense). I don’t know. All I know is this one, really unnevered me. I instantly regretted starting this book at 11 o’clock at night. I now do not trust birds. This was a brilliant story to open on, and I am so looking up Nova Ren Suma now, who I had never even heard of before this. I want to know if everything she writes is this unnevering lol.
In The Forest Dark And Deep by Carrie Ryan
Well, that was pretty fucked up. I really liked this one. I’ve read some of Carrie Ryan’s books already, and I love them. I love her style of writing And this story did not disappoint It held everything that I have grown to love about her writing, but was also very different to anything I have read by her before. This particular story switched back and forth between the past and the present, which I never expect in a short story, but it work so well. It managed to add a whole deeper dimension to the story. It was dark and twisted and strange and it left me with major chills.
Emmeline by Cat Winters
I quiet liked this one, but I didn’t find it at all scary/spooky. It had the potential to be very scary and unnerving, but it needed to be longer. This was one of those stories that need to be further developed. It needed to be longer and more fleshed out. If this was a actual book, it would be brilliant. I mean, I did enjoy it, I just know that I would have loved it a lot more if it was longer.
Verse Chorus Verse by Leigh Bardugo
Okay, this one was pretty unnerving. Nothing was explained. It was so confusing and just generally strange. Everything in this story felt off. I think that because the story was left very much unexplained and unresolved,it left me very unnevered. What is it about unanswered questions that is so creepy? Lol. I did really enjoy it though. Its a very good creepy story.
Hide-And-Seek by Megan Shepherd
I loved this one, but I didn’t think that it was at all spooky/scary. I personally just found it really interesting A game with death? Come one, that’s like the best story ever. I really did like this story. It was fast paced, intriguing, quiet unusual. I just really enjoyed it. I am now very interested in Shepherd. I will defo be looking up more of her work now.
The Dark, Scary Parts And All by Danielle Paige
yay! A demonic romance! I quiet enjoyed this one. It was dark and twisted, with magic and flirting and basically, everything you could ever want in a short story. This was one of those stories that could work really well as a full book. It had such an interesting premise to it. I personally didn’t find it overly creepy, but I did really enjoy it.
The Flicker, The Fingers, The Beat, The Sigh by April Genevieve Tucholke
I didn’t like this one. I just didn’t It was weird. I really didn’t enjoy it. One second they where getting drunk, the next someone was dead, or they not may have been. I don’t know. I just didn’t enjoy this one at all. It wasn’t at all spooky, it was just strange.
Fat Girl With A Knife by Jonathan Maberry
I am very torn by this story. I liked the premise for it, but I didn’t love the execution of the story. It was quiet slow to get going, and then, I don’t know. It just wasn’t great. There was far to much concentration on Dahlia as a person, rather then on what was happening in the world. Too much character, not enough horror. Maybe in a full length book, this could work, but it didn’t really work as a short story. It wasn’t at all scary and I think that that was because there was just no focus on that aspect of the story. I didn’t like this one
Sleepless by Jay Kristoff
Well, I’m never talking to anyone online, ever again. This story was creepy AF. And I think that it was because it was about something that is so possible and I think that every single person has worried about at some point in their lives. It was odd and suspense-full. The story twisted and manipulated It was a very different story at end to the one that it was at the start. It was so creepy. I really really liked this one. This was more of what I was expecting from this book.
M by Stefan Bachmann
I think that I liked this story, but I’m not convinced. I cant decide. I personally didn’t think this one was scary, but it was a bit unnerving. I loved the idea of this little blind girl taking down a murderer, but I’m not sure if I actually liked the story or not. At times I enjoyed it, at others I didn’t It was one of those stories that I couldn’t make up my mind about.
The Girl Without A Face by Marie Lu
why the fuck did I read this one at night? Leave it to Marie Lu to write a story that was actually scary. This one has really creeped me out. I don’t ever want to be alone in my room again lol. It was spooky and creepy. It had faceless girls and heartless boys, plus a creepy arse closet. Basically, the perfect ingredients for a good horror story. This is the scariest story of the book so far.
A Girl Who Dreamed Of Snow by McCormic Templeman
erm, I have no idea what was happening in this book. Every single bit of it was weird as hell. I am so confused. This one was just strange and confusing. It wasn’t at all spooky. I didn’t like it. I just didn’t It was just very strange and, I don’t know, I just didn’t get it.
Stitches by A.G Howard
I am in love with this story. It was kind of unnerving, but it was mainly just incredible It was essentially a sort of retelling of Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, but in more modern times, and with a twist. It was exciting and weird, creepy, dark and twisted. It was brilliant I absolutely loved this story. I think this was probably the story that I got through the quickest. I really really liked it. I also now really want to read more by A.G Howard. If their other work is as good as this, I am hooked.
On The I-5 by Kendare Blake
and once again I am left a little bit confused. I liked this story. It was twisted and interesting, but, I don’t personally think that it worked as a short story. I feel as if this is one of those stories that would have worked better as a full length story. It just, felt very unfinished because it was so short. Which is a shame as it is a wonderful premise for a book. I really liked it. It was good, just needed to be longer.
And that was Slasher Girls and Monster Boys! I really do love anthology’s. They are a brilliant way to discover new authors. And this one was no exception. I enjoyed most of the stories. I admit, I was a bit disappointed that the stories weren’t spookier/scarier then they where, but it was still good. Well worth a read. I hope that you enjoyed today’s post and I will see you again very soon.