The Taking of Jake Livingston

Jake is one of the only black kids at his high school. Also, he can see the dead. Like, all the time. Most of them don't bother him intentionally -- they're just stuck in their death loops, reliving their deaths over and over. But then a ghost named Sawyer starts haunting Jake. Sawyer shot and killed kids at his school before killing himself a year ago, and . . .

In the House in the Dark of the Woods | book review

In colonial New England, a woman is collecting berries for her son and her man. She ventures into the woods, but winds up getting lost. Or did she run away, abandoning her family? Or was she taken into the woods, now trapped and unable to leave? Try as she might to leave, she always finds herself back in the woods. Back at the house in the dark of the . . .

Malorie (Bird Box, #2) | book review

It's been seventeen years since the creatures arrived. Twelve since Malorie and her children arrived at the The Jane Tucker School for the Blind, and ten years since they were forced to leave it. Malorie's children, Tom and Olympia, are sixteen now, and living under their mother's harsh rules and strict reality has left them wanting more than just to . . .

The Haunting (1999) vs The Haunting of Hill House (2018) | adaptation review

In honor of Halloween this year, I read for the first time Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House. Obviously I was dying to watch the Netflix series when it came out, but I told myself I'd get around to it. After finally reading the novel this year, I discovered there are film adaptations, too. I decided to only watch the . . .

Dead Trees Give No Shelter | book review

Jay Turner left his hometown of Garron, Ohio behind 20 years ago, along with everything and everyone in it. But now he's back for his brother's murderer's execution. Jay's mind has blocked everything that happened that tragic night all those years ago. The last thing he can remember is sitting in his backyard with his brother, listening to . . .

There’s Someone Inside Your House | book review

Makani Young was forced to leave her life behind in Hawaii after a terrible accident. She now lives with her grandmother in Osborne, Nebraska---basically, a giant corn field, the most boring place on the planet. That is, until Makani's classmates start turning up dead. And not just dead---horribly, disgustingly mutilated. Makani and ...