Thursday, February 28, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: The Haunting of Henderson Close by Catherine Cavendish

After she's laid off, goes through a divorce, and her daughter moves to Australia, Hannah decides to move to Edinburgh for a fresh start with a new job as a tour guide in Henderson Close, a supposedly haunted tourist attraction. She soon discovers the stories about Henderson Close aren't just rumours when she sees a spirit for herself.

I've read and enjoyed pretty much all of Catherine Cavendish's books and The Haunting of Henderson Close is no exception. She always writes such relatable and interesting characters, like the main character in this book, Hannah.

I loved the setting of this novela haunted tourist attractionand thought it was very spooky. I read this book late at night and was creeped out, jumping at every noise, thinking there was a ghost in my apartment.

If you're looking for a spooky ghost story I highly recommend The Haunting of Henderson Close!

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4/5

Monday, January 28, 2019

24 in 48 Wrap-Up

Total hours read: 15 1/2

Total pages read: 687

Books read: The Haunting of Henderson Close by Catherine Cavendish, The First One You Expect by Adam Cesare, Bone Saw by Patrick Lacey and about 100 pages of Paperback Crush by Gabrielle Moss

I didn't make it to 24 hours because I kept getting distracted, but I enjoyed the books that I did manage to read and recommend them all. The Haunting of Henderson Close by Catherine Cavendish would be a great choice for fans of ghost stories and The First One You Expect by Adam Cesare and Bone Saw by Patrick Lacey would be perfect for horror movie fans (hopefully I'll have full reviews for these later this week). 

Saturday, January 26, 2019

24 in 48 Readathon

This weekend is the 24 in 48 Readathon. Instead of reading for 24 hours straight, you can read 24 hours over the course of the whole weekend. I'm planning on reading 12 hours today and 12 hours tomorrow.

What I'll be reading:


  1. The Haunting of Henderson Close by Catherine Cavendish
  2. Bone Saw by Patrick Lacey
  3. The Nightmare Room by Chris Sorensen
  4. Bird Box by Josh Malerman
  5. The First One You Expect by Adam Cesare
  6. Twin Lakes: Autumn Fires by Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason
  7. Someone at the Door by Richie Tankersley Cusick
  8. Paperback Crush by Gabrielle Moss
Snacks:

  • Bugles
  • Cheddar balls
  • Mystery Pringles
  • Vanilla bean shortbread cookie chips
  • Whoppers
  • Junior Mints
  • Fun Dip
  • Sponge toffee
I'm not going to eat all of this, I went a bit crazy buying junk food at Dollar Tree and I had some candy leftover from my Christmas stocking. 

Sunday, January 6, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: Disco Deathtrap by Cameron Roubique

After four students from DeAngelo High are killed in a drunk driving accident, an English teacher and a gym teacher team up to organize an all-night lock-in at Rollerville Roller Disco on New Year's Eve 1980 to prevent losing more of their students. Sadly, they would've been safer anywhere other than Rollerville, which is rumoured to have been built over a cemetery. With a blizzard piling snow against all the emergency exits and a chain on the front door, there is nowhere to run once the slaughter begins.

I'm a huge fan of '80s slashers and I'm always looking for books that have a similar plot and style to the movies that I love. Disco Deathtrap perfectly captures that '80s slasher feeling and reads like a VHS horror flick you rented from Blockbuster. I enjoyed every minute of it and can't remember the last time I had this much fun reading. I had been in a bit of a reading slump before I started Disco Deathtrap and I'm so happy that it brought me out of it!

Other slasher novels I've read have had one-dimensional, stereotypical characters, but Cameron Roubique spends a lot of time introducing and fleshing out the large cast of characters before the action starts so I really cared about them when bad things started to happen. Another pet peeve of mine is when novels have a lot of characters and they're too similar and it's hard to tell them apart, but each character in Disco Deathtrap has enough unique characteristics to easily differentiate them from each other.

Obviously, since I'm a slasher fan I'm also a huge fan of gore and Disco Deathtrap has TONS of blood and guts. There's also a real '80s feel with lots of references to songs playing at the roller rink, fashion, etc.

If you're a fan of '80s slashers, definitely check this one out. I can't wait to read his other books, Kill River and the sequel, Kill River 2. Hopefully Cameron Roubique will be writing more "Year of Blood" books like he mentions in the Afterword of Disco Deathtrap.

Rating: 5/5