Monday, October 12, 2015

Tag You're It!!! Halloween Time

This is our Halloween Tag...... We haven't done one of our own yet so we hope we get a bit of participation on this tag.... 

1. Favorite Scary Book?

Jenn: I have a few favorites but the one that sticks with me that I love to recommend for those that like horror books is the Jasper Dent Series by Barry Lyga .... Its creepy its twisted its serial killer. 

Ash: Hide and Shriek by RL Stine- I read it as a kid and scared the crap out of me!

2. Thriller or Slasher?

Jenn: Thriller. I love thrillers... movies or books. I love thiller suspense and psychological thrillers and mystery thrillers. Love them all. 

Ash: I love them both and it depends on my mood but most the time I will go for classic slasher films and book. 

3.  Favorite Scary Movie

Jenn: I don't have many favorite scary movies.... I generally do thrillers and one of my most favorite psychological thrillers are The Others, Hide and Seek, and The Secret Window.

Ash: I love the original Nightmare on Elm Street. 

4.  Favorite Halloween costume you have worn or like to see others? 

Jenn- I liked the one in the picture above... Steampunk Bride of Frankenstein. It was fun and it turned out really well done. 

Ash: For me it was last years skeleton.... as shown in the picture too. 
I love to see anything horror or zombie related on others. 

5.  What will you be or would you be this year for Halloween?

Jenn: Well our plan was to do a superhero theme this year but it didn't work out ( I was going to be Scarlet Witch) sooo... last years costumes are being recycled. 

Ash: What I wanted to be was Iron Man but looks like I will be a skeleton again. 

6.  Haunted House or Haunted Hayride?

Jenn: Haunted Hayride. I like it in the open I am very claustorphobic. 

Ash: Haunted Hayride too. The idea of escape is possible on a hayride. In a Haunted House you are just kind of stuck there. 

7.  Your scariest Horror Villian?

Jenn: Stactic on the television really scares me. I snuck a peek at Poltergeist when I was a childe and the tv turned off then back on to static on its own... well that is what we thought happened. So ever since I hate static on the tv. 

I also hate Freddy Kruger... I just don't see any kind of escape from a baddy in nightmares. 

Ash: Pennywise from It. It made me hate clowns. 

8.  Do you still Trick or Treat?

Jenn: Yes of course.... I have a Grandchild I love to take. I would rather go to Halloween theme parties though.

Ash: Yes and even if I didn't have my son I would still go.

9. Favorite Halloween Candy?

Jenn: Candy Corn and Caramel Apple suckers. Yum Yum Yum....

Ash: The fun size chocolate bars. Not sure why they are called fun size, I don't think that less chocolate is more fun. 

10.  What are your Halloween traditions?

Jenn: I love to read creepy books and plan family group costumes. We always take Finn to the same pumpkin Patch too. 

Ash: Taking Finn trick or treating.... 30 days of Halloween... and the pumpkin patch of course. 

Play along if you like!

Review; Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young

Hotel RubyTitle: Hotel Ruby 
Author:  Suzanne Young
Publisher: Simon Pulse 
Publishing Date: November 3rd 2015
Pages: 288
Genre: YA Psychological Horror
Series: Stand Alone
Source: ARC
Stay Tonight. Stay Forever.

When Audrey Casella arrives for an unplanned stay at the grand Hotel Ruby, she’s grateful for the detour. Just months after their mother’s death, Audrey and her brother, Daniel, are on their way to live with their grandmother, dumped on the doorstep of a DNA-matched stranger because their father is drowning in his grief.

Audrey and her family only plan to stay the night, but life in the Ruby can be intoxicating, extending their stay as it provides endless distractions—including handsome guest Elias Lange, who sends Audrey’s pulse racing. However, the hotel proves to be as strange as it is beautiful. Nightly fancy affairs in the ballroom are invitation only, and Audrey seems to be the one guest who doesn't have an invite. Instead, she joins the hotel staff on the rooftop, catching whispers about the hotel’s dark past.

The more Audrey learns about the new people she's met, the more her curiosity grows. She’s torn in different directions—the pull of her past with its overwhelming loss, the promise of a future that holds little joy, and an in-between life in a place that is so much more than it seems…

Welcome to the Ruby.

This was a highly anticipated fall read for me. I was very excited to get the ARC and I just couldn't wait to dive in. I was not disappointed. It was a great read. I wasn't quite aware of what the book really was about. The description really doesn't give too much away. It sounded creepy and it was pretty creepy. It was a bit twisted but not too bad. It was another great read for my October Creepy Halloween reads. 

Audrey, her brother Daniel, and her father are on a road trip to grandmother's house. Before they arrive they decide to stop at the Hotel Ruby and relax, Its not quite the relaxation they were looking for. There is something different about the Hotel Ruby. It's easy to arrive but not always easy to leave. As Audrey finds friends, a crush, and family issues she fights to figure out if the Hotel Ruby is on her side or is her enemy. 

This was a pretty good read. It was quick, fast paced, and kept my eyes glued to the pages. It wasn't the best mystery I have read. I figured it all out pretty early on in the book but the thrills and the creepy were there. It had a great tone for a psychological horror and that made up for the ease of the secrets being figured out. 

This was another book where the depth of characters seemed to be on the back burner. There wasn't a real connection to any of the characters. I find that in these type of books its more about the story than the person. Although the main character Audrey did have some good selling points and she did have some growth. 

Audrey went from a mad, quiet, sulking girl to a very determined, loyal, and brave girl. I did like her growth. There was some back story to the family. There was some family issues going on, some mourning, some anger. So there was some character growth. I did like Audrey... I liked her brother Daniel more and unfortunately there wasn't that much of him in the book. He was more a secondary character. I did enjoy their relationship though. It was a great sibling/best friend kind of relationship and I loved it. 

I didn't feel the romance. That was sad for me but it wasn't the main point of the book. It was more about the family relationship than the romance. But you can't have a YA book without some kind of romance. 

This entire book takes place in about 3 days. Its 288 pages. There really wasn't time in the story or room on the pages to build a romance so I really could have gone without it at all. I did like the romantic interest, Elias. His story did play into the big picture and so he was important. I just didn't think there needed to be a romance between Audrey and Elias. It would have been fine with me to just have a friendship forming between the two.  

So the story was the most interesting parts for the book and there was really multiple stories going but the main stories were Audrey and her family and the story behind the Ruby. I liked both. It was interesting and it kept me invested throughout the entire book. 

There was creepiness, there was suspense, there was a bit of horror. I would have liked just a bit more character depth and no romance. I did enjoy it very much though.

A great Halloween read. Short and sweet. 

Suzanne YoungSuzanne Young is the New York Times bestselling author of The Program, The Treatment, and several other novels. She currently lives in Tempe, Arizona where she teaches high school English and obsesses about books. Learn more about Suzanne at

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Jenn Vs. Ash : Halloween Watching

Ash: For the month of October I decided to watch a different horror/scary/thriller/zombie/etc movie/television show every night. Now I am working 10-7 currently so I'm extremely exhausted by the end of the night so I'm falling a bit behind.. but I've watched a few.

Here are the ones I've watched

Jenn: I have been hanging around to join in when I can. I haven't watched them all but I have watched a few with Ash.... 

Lizzie Borden Took an Ax

Description: The true story of Lizzie Borden, a young woman tried and acquitted in the 1892 murders of her father and stepmother.

Ash: What I thought:
this one was a bit slow, but it kept me wanting to watch more as well. I love the story of Lizzie Borden and I think Christina Ricci did an amazing job, as she usually does.

Jenn: I didn't watch this one... so no thoughts for me. I do wish I had watched this one though. I have a fascination with this story and have watched some true crime television episodes on this case. 

State of Emergency

Description: Chaos consumes a small town when a chemical facility explodes releasing a deadly toxin. Moments after the leak, the town's residents show signs of mutation, causing the military to quarantine the area leaving any survivors helpless and trapped inside. The story follows Jim, a young man isolated within the red zone, as he eludes flesh eating zombies in an attempt to win back his freedom.

What I thought: 
Different take on Zombie movies. They were faster, smarter, and seemed to be able to talk. I wouldn't say it's a movie I'll watch again, but it was quite interesting and I don't feel like it was a waste of time.

Jenn: I liked this one. I really enjoyed the different take on zombies and the atmosphere of the movie. It was not as zombie horror as I thought it would be more psychological horror/suspense. It was good . 

Before I go to sleep

Description: A woman wakes up every day, remembering nothing as a result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, new terrifying truths emerge that force her to question everyone around her.

Ash : What I thought:
I really enjoyed this movie actually. It keeps you guessing the entire movie, great acting and over all a really great movie.

Jenn: I really liked this one too. It was very suspenseful. It was a bit freaky... and a bit twisted. I thought it was a great scary movie for our Halloween watch. 

Nightmare Before Christmas

Description: Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but doesn't quite understand the concept.

Ash: What I thought:
One of my all time favorite movies. I've loved this movie for as long as I can remember. It's great from October 1st all the way through til Christmas!

Jenn: Well this one is nothing new to me. I have see it before and I enjoy it for a strange type of story. I am not a huge fan like Ash but I did enjoy it. 

Scream Queens 

Description: On the twentieth anniversary of a 1995 sorority pledge which went wrong, a college campus is rattled by a series of murders.

Ash: What I thought:
Not a movie, but still counts. This is my new favorite show and I think it's perfect for Halloween
Jenn: I am with Ash on this one. Love this show. It has taken me over and I think its the craziest, most demented, but addicting show I have seen a  very long time. It really does rock. (if you haven't checked this show out and like twisted yet funny... I mean hilarious dark comedy... watch it and yes the words will come out of your mouth "what did I just watch" but its so worth it.

The Waking Deceased 

Description: When a police officer wakes up in a hospital to find out he is in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, he will do anything to find his family, even sacrifice Twitter.

Ash: What I thought:
Not a horror movie, but still hilarious, and it's zombies so it counts.. It's a horribly funny take on The Walking Dead, Warm Bodies, Zombieland, and Shaun of the Dead.

Jenn: Okay so I am normally not one to watch these.. but I am a huge Walking Dead fan... so I said sure why not. So stupid so funny so stupid but still enjoyable. 

The Cottage  

Description: When Chloe (Kristen Dalton) and Michael Carpenter rent out the cottage behind their house to charming romance novelist, Robert Mars (David Arquette) their American dream soon turns into a suburban nightmare.

Ash: What I thought:
I didn't watch this one, I fell asleep. But I still want to watch it.

I thought this movie was okay. It was creepy and twisted and did the job of giving me the chills while watching it. A little bit more than I was expecting. Definitely a great Halloween watch if you don't mind twisted. 

Fear the Walking DeadDescription: What did the world look like as it was transforming into the horrifying apocalypse depicted in "The Walking Dead"? This spin-off set in Los Angeles, following new characters as they face the beginning of the end of the world, will answer that question.

Ash:What I thought:
Now, we all know how much of a HUGE fan of Walking Dead I am. And when they announced this show I was equally as excited. You mean we get to see how the zombie apocalypse started!? You mean we get to have Walking Dead even during the summer!? This show started off kind of slow, but it had a lot of build up, unlike Walking Dead where we started in the middle of the apocalypse. It did get good in the end and I cannot wait until next year when the show comes back.


I am also a NUT for Walking Dead. So when they started talking about Fear the Walking Dead... I went nuts and fangirled all over the place. So we watched it. Last Sunday being the season Finale and it ROCKED MY SOCKS!!! Just as awesome as the The Walking Dead but so different it was even more awesome to have two shows that are equally awesome but so different that you can awesomely enjoy both equally.... 

And coming up tonight.. SEASON PREMIERE!!!!  THE WALKING DEAD!


Saturday, October 10, 2015

Jenn Vs. Ash: Our Top 5 Recommended Halloween Reads

When it comes to Halloween for adults I think many things...Monsters.... .Chills and Thrills... Creepy... Killer so I for my Halloween read  I like to get scared and get creeped out...and read things that are a bit twisted. Here are my top Halloween recommendations....

Made For YouI Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent, #1)The Madman's Daughter (The Madman's Daughter, #1)Welcome to the Dark House (Dark House, #1)The Dead House

As a kid there is one book that I remember really terrifying me.... Its the one book I will forever remember as a Halloween read....

Hide and Shriek (Ghosts of Fear Street, #1)

As an adult I like these reads for Halloween... 

Asylum (Asylum, #1)Bad Girls Dont Die  (Bad Girls Don't Die, #1)The Waking DarkThe Road of the Dead


Friday, October 9, 2015

Genre Definition and Recommendation : :Halloween Reads- Psychological Thrillers

Genre Definition and Recommendation is a feature where I will define a genre and a sub-genre definition and the make some recommendations.  

Suspense- Definition found on Wikipedia

Suspense is a feeling of pleasurable fascination and excitement mixed with apprehension, tension, and anxiety developed from an unpredictable, mysterious, and rousing source of entertainment. The term most often refers to an audience's perceptions in a dramatic work. 

Psychological Thriller Definition found on Wikipedia

Psychological thriller is a fictional thriller story which emphasizes the psychology of its characters and their unstable emotional states.[1] In terms of classification, the category is a sub-genre of the broader ranging thriller category,[1] with similarities to Gothic and detective fiction in the sense of sometimes having a "dissolving sense of reality", moral ambiguity, and complex and tortured relationships between obsessive and pathological characters.[2] Psychological thrillers often incorporate elements of mystery, drama, and horror, particularly psychological horror. 
My Recommendations: 

The Dead HouseThe Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

Three students: dead. Carly Johnson: vanished without a trace. 
Two decades have passed since an inferno swept through Elmbridge High, claiming the lives of three teenagers and causing one student, Carly Johnson, to disappear. The main suspect: Kaitlyn, "the girl of nowhere." 
Kaitlyn's diary, discovered in the ruins of Elmbridge High, reveals the thoughts of a disturbed mind. Its charred pages tell a sinister version of events that took place that tragic night, and the girl of nowhere is caught in the center of it all. But many claim Kaitlyn doesn't exist, and in a way, she doesn't - because she is the alter ego of Carly Johnson. 
Carly gets the day. Kaitlyn has the night. It's during the night that a mystery surrounding the Dead House unravels and a dark, twisted magic ruins the lives of each student that dares touch it. 
Debut author Dawn Kurtagich masterfully weaves together a thrilling and terrifying story using psychiatric reports, witness testimonials, video footage, and the discovered diary - and as the mystery grows, the horrifying truth about what happened that night unfolds.

Dangerous Girls
Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

It's Spring Break of senior year. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and a few other close friends are off to a debaucherous trip to Aruba that promises to be the time of their lives. But when Elise is found brutally murdered, Anna finds herself trapped in a country not her own, fighting against vile and contemptuous accusations. 
As Anna sets out to find her friend's killer; she discovers hard truths about her friendships, the slippery nature of truth, and the ache of young love.
As she awaits the judge's decree, it becomes clear that everyone around her thinks she is not just guilty, but dangerous. When the truth comes out, it is more shocking than one could ever imagine... 

What Do you Recommend? 

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