Review: Manga Classics: The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe

Manga Classics: The Stories of Edgar Allan PoeManga Classics: The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe by Stacy King

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A beautifully illustrated telling of classic Poe tales.
I was previously familiar with all the tales depicted in this book and feel like the illustrations definitely do the stories justice.
If you’re a fan of manga or Poe then I’d definitely recommend you read this graphic novel.

Thanks to Netgalley for a copy of this book

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Review: Halloween Carnival Volume One

Halloween Carnival Volume 1Halloween Carnival Volume 1 by Robert McCammon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well I had fun with this book.

Horror is my favourite genre and lately I’ve become more accustomed to books that are collections of short stories.
This is a fantastic collection of short horror stories, from Strange Candy at the start right through to the last story each one is fantastic in their own way.
However, for me, my favourite was #MakeHalloweenScaryAgain. How one mans hashtag caused a whole new level of trouble. In this day and age, using social media as a basis was a very clever way of writing the story.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for this advanced reading copy

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Review: The Vampire’s Assistant – Darren Shan #2

The Vampire's Assistant (The Saga of Darren Shan, #2)The Vampire’s Assistant by Darren Shan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Darren made the difficult decision to become a half-vampire to save his best mate Steve Leopard’s life. Now, he must leave his friends and family behind as he travels cross-country with the vampire Mr Crepsley and the Cirque du Freak. The Vampire’s Assistant is not for the squeamish or faint-hearted. How long can Darren go before he must drink human blood? How safe are Darren’s new-found friends? Why don’t the mysterious, blue-hooded dwarves speak or cry out in pain? And does their master Mr Des Tiny really feed on little children? No one is safe in this gruesome, macabre tale–more a who’s-going-to-do-what than a who-dunnit.

This is the second book in The Saga of Darren Shan (A Living Nightmare is the first, otherwise known as Cirque Du Freak). I bought the first nine books in this series from a car boot sale back in March of this year (2017), partly on a whim. I had never read anything by Shan before but had heard about this series. Even with little knowledge of the series, at £6.75 for nine books I couldn’t pass them up (I have a book buying problem haha). Anyway, when I loved the first book I decided my money was well spent and made a start on the second – The Vampire’s Assistant.

I’m really glad I decided to continue with the story because Shan does not disappoint. In the previous book, Darren Shan had agreed to become a half vampire and assistant to Crepsley (a fully fledged bonafide vampire) in order to save his best friends life. Moving into the current book, and we see Darren start his journey to a vampiric life. The pair flit around quite a bit at the beginning of the book but eventually end up back where it all started – at the Cirque Du Freak. Darren begins to make friends but things, unfortunately, aren’t plain sailing from there.

As with the first book, the writing and language used is quite simple. Not simple in a bad, OMG I can’t read this kind of way but in a way that shows that the author was clearly writing for the younger audience (not that I care that I am 33 and reading books clearly not aimed at me haha). The author spends some time building a scene but doesn’t go overboard with what I sometimes think are over the top descriptions e.g. He will describe a setting, but won’t linger too much on any particular thing – how bright and green the trees are, for example. He will say they are bright, and green but won’t stoop to using too many words. I think is perfect for the younger (and older) reader.

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Review: Cirque Du Freak – Darren Shan #1

Cirque Du Freak (The Saga of Darren Shan, #1)Cirque Du Freak by Darren Shan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book. Told from the perspective of a young boy (Shan) the story is quite simplistic in its language as you would expect from a child of the main characters age, but it breaches barriers between the child and adult worlds.
Darren and his friend go to see a freak show. Freak shows are banned but there is one still travelling around, behind the scenes, dingy and secretive events held for only certain people.
We follow Darren and Steve into this freak show and what happens next.

To a younger person, I could definitely see this book bordering on horror, as a grown up not so much. That being said, it was still a good read. And a good job too as I have the next 8 books in the series waiting on my book shelf courtesy of a car boot sale a while ago.

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Review: Through The Woods

Through the WoodsThrough the Woods by Emily Carroll

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Through the Woods is a beautiful collection of stories in graphic novel format.

The illustrations are visually striking and also beautiful. Each of the five stories is illustrated to the same high quality. The colours used are very fitting to both the environment they are supposed to be setting and the story being told.

The stories themselves are creepy. Horror story for minors creepy. Yet as a fully fledged adult and horror enthusiast, they still managed to give me the heeby-jeebies.

I’d definitely recommend reading this if you like horror stories and you like graphic novels, you will not be disappointed.

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