Don’t Turn on the Lights Review

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About the Book

Featuring stories from R.L. Stine and Madeleine Roux, this middle grade horror anthology, curated by New York Times bestselling author and master of macabre Jonathan Maberry, is a chilling tribute to Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

Flesh-hungry ogres? Brains full of spiders? Haunted houses you can’t escape? This collection of 35 terrifying stories from the Horror Writers Association has it all, including ghastly illustrations from Iris Compiet that will absolutely chill readers to the bone.

So turn off your lamps, click on your flashlights, and prepare—if you dare—to be utterly spooked!

The complete list of writers: Linda D. Addison, Courtney Alameda, Jonathan Auxier, Gary A. Braunbeck, Z Brewer, Aric Cushing, John Dixon, Tananarive Due, Jamie Ford, Kami Garcia, Christopher Golden, Tonya Hurley, Catherine Jordan, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Alethea Kontis, N.R. Lambert, Laurent Linn, Amy Lukavics, Barry Lyga, D.J. MacHale, Josh Malerman, James A. Moore, Michael Northrop, Micol Ostow, Joanna Parypinksi, Brendan Reichs, Madeleine Roux, R.L. Stine, Margaret Stohl, Gaby Triana, Luis Alberto Urrea, Rosario Urrea, Kim Ventrella, Sheri White, T.J. Wooldridge, Brenna Yovanoff

Review

Who’s ready to get scared?! I just love short story anthologies. And I love them even more when they’re scary short stories! I remember reading Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark with my cousins as a kid, so this book was just such a fun way to bring back allllll of that nostalgia! Plus, who doesn’t love a good scary story?! And I love how the scare factor isn’t held back because this is a “kids” book, sometimes the creepiest things come from those geared towards younger audiences.

This selection of stories is geared as a tribute to the ever enduring OG, and that’s just what they felt like when reading! There was a hint of nostalgia, a dash of reverence, and a whole bunch of creativity. I mean this collection was just the perfect mash of new mixed with that ode to the old.

I just adored this book and all it’s scary glory. While I don’t necessarily scare easily, I do love the feeling of unease that something spooky always brings (I know I’m a smidge twisted). And if you hold any love for scary stories in your heart this book is a MUST. Plus it’s the perfect season to pass these stories around a camp fire!

About the Author

JONATHAN MABERRY is a New York Times best-selling and five-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author, anthology editor, comic book writer, magazine feature writer, playwright, content creator and writing teacher/lecturer. He was named one of the Today’s Top Ten Horror Writers. His books have been sold to more than two-dozen countries.

He writes in several genres. His young adult fiction includes ROT & RUIN (2011; was named in Booklist’s Ten Best Horror Novels for Young Adults, an American Library Association Top Pick, a Bram Stoker and Pennsylvania Keystone to Reading winner; winner of several state Teen Book Awards including the Cricket, Nutmeg and MASL; winner of the Cybils Award, the Eva Perry Mock Printz medal, Dead Letter Best Novel Award, and four Melinda Awards); DUST & DECAY (winner of the 2011 Bram Stoker Award; FLESH & BONE (winner of the Bram Stoker Award; 2012; and FIRE & ASH (August 2013). BROKEN LANDS, the first of a new spin-off series, debuts in 2018.

His thrillers include The Joe Ledger Thrillers from St. Martin’s Griffin (PATIENT ZERO, 2009, winner of the Black Quill and a Bram Stoker Award finalist for Best Novel; EXTINCTION MACHINE, (2013; now in development for TV by SONY); PREDATOR ONE, and others. His first middle grade novel, THE NIGHTSIDERS BOOK 1: THE ORPHAN ARMY, was named one the 100 Best Books for Children 2015, with a sequel, VAULT OF SHADOWS debuting this year from Simon & Schuster. His standalone teen science fiction novel, MARS ONE, is in development for film by Zucker Productions and Lone Tree Entertainment. His upcoming standalone suspense novel, GLIMPSE, has gotten advance praise from Clive Barker, Scott Smith, James Rollins, Heather Graham and Charlaine Harris.

His horror novels include The Pine Deep Trilogy from Pinnacle Books (GHOST ROAD BLUES, 2006, winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel and named one of the 25 Best Horror Novels of the New Millennium; DEAD MAN’S SONG, 2007; and BAD MOON RISING, 2008), as well as DEAD OF NIGHT, 2011 (named one of the 25 Best Horror Novels of the New Millennium) and its sequel, FALL OF NIGHT, 2014. He also wrote the movie novelization, THE WOLFMAN, 2010, winner of the Scribe Award for Best Adaptation; and DEADLANDS: GHOSTWALKERS, an original novel inspired by the million-copy-selling role-playing game. He has also written the foreword to a new annotated edition of DRACULA from Writers Digest Books.

Jonathan and colleague #1 NY Times bestseller Kami Garcia (Beautiful Creatures) each wrote an X-FILES ORIGINS novel for teens; with Kami focusing on Fox Mulder in AGENT OF CHAOS; and Jonathan telling the backstory of young Dana Scully in DEVIL’S ADVOCATE.

Jonathan is the creator, editor and co-author of V-WARS, a shared-world vampire anthology from IDW, and its sequels, V-WARS: BLOOD AND FIRE, V-WARS: NIGHT TERRORS, and V-WARS. And he writes a best-selling monthly V-WARS comic. A board game version of V-Wars was released in 2017; and the series is in development for TV by IDW Media.

He is also the editor of the dark fantasy anthology series, OUT OF TUNE (JournalStone), a series of THE X-FILES anthologies which launched in 2015; SCARY OUT THERE, an anthology of horror for teens; and the anthologies ALIENS: BUG HUNT, NIGHTS OF THE LIVING DEAD (with George Romero), JOE LEDGER UNSTOPPABLE (with Bryan Thomas Schmidt) and two volumes of mysteries: ALTERNATE SHERLOCKS and THE GAME’S AFOOT (with Michael Ventrella).

Jonathan was an expert on the History Channel documentary series, ZOMBIES: A Living History and TRUE MONSTERS. And he was participated in the commentary tracks for NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD: REANIMATED.

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*

The Hand on the Wall Tour – Review, Favorite Quotes, & Giveaway

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About the Book

The Hand on the Wall (Truly Devious #3)
by Maureen Johnson
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: January 21st 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller

My moose,” she said in a low voice. “I finally got it. The universe paid me in moose.”

Maureen Johnson

New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson delivers the witty and pulse-pounding conclusion to the Truly Devious series as Stevie Bell solves the mystery that has haunted Ellingham Academy for over 75 years.

Ellingham Academy must be cursed. Three people are now dead. One, a victim of either a prank gone wrong or a murder. Another, dead by misadventure. And now, an accident in Burlington has claimed another life. All three in the wrong place at the wrong time. All at the exact moment of Stevie’s greatest triumph . . .

She knows who Truly Devious is. She’s solved it. The greatest case of the century.

Perhaps it was always designed as a place that had to be abandoned because of death and danger.

Maureen Johnson

At least, she thinks she has. With this latest tragedy, it’s hard to concentrate on the past. Not only has someone died in town, but David disappeared of his own free will and is up to something. Stevie is sure that somehow—somehow—all these things connect. The three deaths in the present. The deaths in the past. The missing Alice Ellingham and the missing David Eastman. Somewhere in this place of riddles and puzzles there must be answers.

Then another accident occurs as a massive storm heads toward Vermont. This is too much for the parents and administrators. Ellingham Academy is evacuated. Obviously, it’s time for Stevie to do something stupid. It’s time to stay on the mountain and face the storm—and a murderer. In the tantalizing finale to the Truly Devious trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson expertly tangles her dual narrative threads and ignites an explosive end for all who’ve walked through Ellingham Academy

What do you do when the big foam finger of justice points itself at you?

Maureen Johnson

Review

Well, what a series! I have always been a fan of a good old detective/mystery solving story! I could say my love for crime solving began with Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes. Or even with Bones. But, if I’m being honest, it really started when I was a kid with Scooby Doo. So, of course the Truly Devious series was right up my alley! Seriously, if you like Agatha Christie, Sherlock Holmes, or any type of mystery novel then you should check this series out!

At least, someone was watching her. She could feel it.

Maureen Johnson

I do have to admit that this series did start out a little slow for me. I don’t know why. I immediately loved the quirky style of writing and felt a sense of kinship with Stevie and her intrigue with murder and crippling anxiety. But, something just made me struggle in the beginning. HOWEVER, I persevered and I am so thankful I did and I encourage anyone who might feel the same way to do the same!

She shook her head and tried to seem alert and together, though she strongly suspected she had been drooling and snoring.

Maureen Johnson

So, one thing I want to say about our main who-done-it of the past: I KNEW IT! I am so proud of myself (and maybe should feel a little disturbed over my ability to sniff out murderers?), because I can honestly say I figured out the big case at the beginning of the first book. But also, I loved the intertwining of the past and present mysteries. The stories wove together so well and I loved all of the snippet chapters from the past.

About the Author

Maureen Johnson is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of several YA novels, including 13 Little Blue Envelopes, Suite Scarlett, The Name of the Star, and Truly Devious. She has also done collaborative works, such as Let It Snow (with John Green and Lauren Myracle), and The Bane Chronicles (with Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan). Her work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Buzzfeed, and The Guardian, and she has also served as a scriptwriter for EA Games. She has an MFA in Writing from Columbia University and lives in New York City.

Tour Schedule

January 21st

The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club – Welcome Post

January 22nd

Bookish Looks – Guest Post
Sometimes Leelynn Reads – Review + Playlist
Confessions of a YA Reader – Review + Favourite Quotes
Bookbriefs – Review
TheGeekishBrunette – Review + Favourite Quotes

January 23rd

Star-Crossed Book Blog – Review + Favourite Quotes
Bookish Geek – Review + Favourite Quotes
Moonlight Rendezvous – Review + Favourite Quotes
We Live and Breathe Books – Review
Magical Reads – Review + Playlist

January 24th

L.M. Durand – Interview
The Reading Corner for All – Review + Favourite Quotes
Booked J – Review + Playlist + Favourite Quotes
Books.Bags.Burgers – Review + Playlist + Favourite Quotes
Cover to Cover Book Blog – Review

January 25th

BookCrushin – Guest Post
Here’s to Happy Endings – Review
Sleepydoe Reads – Review
bewitchingwords – Review + Playlist
Little voids – Review + Dream Cast + Favourite Quotes

January 26th

The Reading Life – Review + Favourite Quotes
The Clever Reader – Review
onemused – Review
Midnight Book Girl – Review + Favourite Quotes
A Dream Within A Dream – Review

January 27th

A Book Addict’s Bookshelves – Interview
Ya It’s Lit – Review + Favourite Quotes
Frayed Books – Review
Books of Amber – Review + Playlist
Life Within The Pages – Review

Giveaway

PRIZE: Win a copy of THE HAND ON THE WALL by Maureen Johnson (US Only)
STARTS: 21st January 2020
ENDS: 4th February 2020

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Instagram Tour Schedule

January 21st

TUABFC
The FFBC Tours

January 22nd

Bookish Looks
Sometimes Leelynn Reads
Confessions of a YA Reader
Bookbriefs
TheGeekishBrunette

January 23rd

Star-Crossed Book Blog
Bookish Geek
Moonlight Rendezvous
Magical Reads

January 24th

L.M. Durand
The Reading Corner for All
Booked J
Books.Bags.Burgers

January 25th

BookCrushin
Here’s to Happy Endings
Little voids
Sleepydoe Reads

January 26th

The Clever Readeronemused
A Dream Within A Dream

January 27th

Ya It’s LitFrayed Books
Life Within The Pages

Instagram Giveaway

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For this particular giveaway, we have an exclusive Instagram. We are giving away 1 finished copy of THE HAND ON THE WALL by Maureen Johnson (US Only). The giveaway will start on JANUARY 21st 2019 and will finish on FEBRUARY 4th 2020 (00:00 GMT+1).  

Entries for the giveaway:

On Instagram:
▪︎Follow @theffbc & @whatmakespatri
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▪︎Follow the publishing house @epicreads
▪︎Follow me (@ya.its.lit)
▪︎Answer the QOTD and tag @theffbc in your comment!

Extra entries:

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*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Don’t Call the Wolf Review

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About the Book

A forest, besieged. A queen, unyielding. Fans of Leigh Bardugo and Holly Black will devour this deliciously dark Eastern European–inspired YA fantasy debut.

When the Golden Dragon descended on the forest of Kamiena, a horde of monsters followed in its wake.

Ren, the forest’s young queen, is slowly losing her battle against them. Until she rescues Lukasz—the last survivor of a heroic regiment of dragon slayers—and they strike a deal. She will help him find his brother, who vanished into her forest… if Lukasz promises to slay the Dragon.

But promises are all too easily broken.

Review

So, as soon as I started reading this book I knew it would be one of my favorites! It’s a retelling of a polish fairy tale “The Glass Mountain.” Which, I have never read but now need to familiarize myself with. So, there’s a lot to love in this story: the fairy tale aspects, wolves, and dragons. I mean, it’s like all of my favorite things wrapped up into one!

I’m quite picky with retellings and I don’t always pick up fairy tale inspired books right away. The reason? There’s so many and I’m sick of the same story over and over. HOWEVER, I LOVE a retelling that still keeps a sense of the fairy tale. This story does just that and (in a very contradictory statement) the traditional stylization is such a breath of fresh air! It’s exactly what I miss in many of these retellings that come out now. Which, is funny, because a lot of people tend to feel the opposite of me. Oops.

So, dragons man. These dragons have antlers and are basically the coolest dragons I’ve ever read about. There are also so many other mythical creatures in this story. Everything was always taken back to the mythology on which this story was based, so be prepared to read some very Polish names for these creatures.

This story is set up like a classic fairy tale. The prose is beautiful and the story is paced like you would read in a fairy tale. This also means that the story wraps up quickly at the end.

But anyways: READ IT!

About the Author

Aleksandra Ross‘s earliest memories include sitting on the couch and listening to her grandmother read the Polish folktales of her childhood. She grew up in Vancouver, BC, and went to medical school at the University of Alberta. Don’t Call the Wolf is her first novel.

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*