Sunday, October 26, 2014

Something Wicked Strikes! Giveaway! Review!


So, as I'm sure you know by now, I love Halloween! So, when I heard of Something Wicked Strikes I knew I had to contribute a post! This also includes a giveaway for a $10 Amazon giftcard!
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The Devouring
by Simon Holt
How I got it - bought it
Genre: YA Paranormal/Horror
Goodreads Link
Description -

When dark creeps in and eats the light,
Bury your fears on Sorry Night,
For in the winter's blackest hours,
Comes the feasting of the Vours,
No one can see it, the life they stole,
Your body's here but not your soul...
-The Devouring by Simon Holt

My Rating: Overall: 4 stars.

My synopsis: Reggie is a horror fanatic. One day she discovers a journal that she believes to be a first draft of a horror novel, it's all about the mythical "Vours". Demons of a sort that only come out on Sorry Night(Winter Solstice), they take over your body sending your mind or soul to a fearscape where you tend to be locked away forever. Reggie decides to try and summon these beings and bad things inevitably ensue. The trilogy chronicles Reggies fight against these beings, demons, whatever you want to call them.

I don't like doing series reviews! Why did I decide to do a series review?

So while I think this series is technically considered YA "Horror" it's not just that. Yes it's scary, yes it has the gross out factor that horror books and movies thrive on. But, it also has some really good character and story development, like any good Paranormal book. You really come to love Reggie and everyone, the mythology of the Vours is pretty epic and I love that part of it, even if it can be slightly gross and gruesome. Also they're really quick reads.

Fearcapes: The "fearscape" is one of my favorite parts of these books. The mythical fearscape is where your mind or soul gets sent when a Vour takes over your body. To get free you have to make it through your fearscape. I love that! I love things with dreams and nightmares, even when it's scary.

You should these books if:

-You like to be scared.
-You like a good horror novel that has a real story.
-You don't mind minor gore.
-You want a quick, fun(sorta), horror book to read for Halloween!

You should not read this if:

-you get nauseous from slightly gory scenes
-you don't like to be scared.

So originally I was going to giveaway a copy of the first book, you see I read this series when I was about 14, and I didn't remember it being very scary or gory. However upon re-reading it I realized it is slightly gory and I don't want to give it away. Instead I am giving away one $10 Amazon Gift Card!

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  1. Ah, it's like Sophie's Choice! I guess I'd have to say something with peanut butter. Like, a Reece's pumpkin or something. Is that a thing? I also really like Mr. Goodbar, but you can get those all the time. I find a lot of people give Snickers, which I like. I do NOT like nougat-only candy. Blech. OR Candy Corn, that stuff is nasty. Thanks for the giveaway :)

  2. Anything chocolate with no nuts especially Milk Duds or plain M&Ms.

  3. Thanks so much for being a part of Wicked. I have still got to read this series. I have heard it is fantastic and so creepy. thanks for giving me a nudge and thanks for the giveaway. My fav candy is Reeses Peanut Butter cups.

  4. Smarties. No kidding. Because Halloween is really the only time I eat them. Other candies I may actually buy for myself, but smarties can only come by stealing from my kid's pumpkin.

  5. Warheads! Smarties and laffy taffy come close to it, but Warheads will be my all time favorite. I wish they were still a big thing and in all the stores, but oh well. One more thing to be nostalgic about :)

  6. I am in love with Snickers & Reese's!

  7. I don't mind series reviews, it's sequels on their own that are hard. I'm not a horror fan, but I like the sounds of this book with the mythology and characters. I would've thought the fearscapes to be the worst part of the book. I have way too many fears, I'd be in there forever!

    *scrolls up to find out why everyone else is talking about candy* Okay found it. My favorite is licorice. What's yours?

    1. At least with sequels you can spoil the first book(as long as you warn people), with series reviews you can't say much about anything!!!

      What's my favorite candy? That's a hard question! Why did I ask it? Umm, I love Jelly Beans. But for Halloween my favorite thing to get is the Spongebob crabby patty gummies...because obviously I'm a six year old! =)

  8. My favorite Halloween candy is almond joys.

  9. Resse's peanut butter cups hands down. I am a huge peanut butter junkie.

  10. Candy Corn!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    Happy Halloween!

  11. Hershey's cookies and creme drops by far! I could probably survive on just those candies for weeks.

    And I agree with you, series reviews are VERY difficult to write. I always tend to get the story lines for the books mixed up and all the characters and plot twists confused, so I usually write individual reviews for every book in a series. I don't know that I'd read the Devouring series, since I don't always have the stomach for scary things, but it sounds interesting enough. Great review!

  12. Def popcorn balls! :D
    Mary G Loki

  13. My favorite is Reese's peanut butter cups. DamianMom at yahoo dot com