Posts Tagged ‘Horror’

Skulduggery Pleasant : The dying of the light
By Derek Landy
ISBN : 9780007489282

Well this is it! The final book in a wonderfully funny, yet scary series all about a detective who just happens to be over 400 years old and dead.
I was so fortunate to meet the author Derek Landy recently at an event here in Christchurch, New Zealand. He had the audience captivated from the get-go. His wonderful Irish accent and his contagious sense of humour had us laughing the whole hour he spoke. And then he signed books for another two hours. Everyone was made to feel special and he took time to actually chat with each fan. Readers of all ages lined up and waited so patiently. It was a brilliant night. Grab hold of the last book although if you are a fan you will have done that already. If you haven’t then now is the time to start.
While primary school students will enjoy the first few books it might get a bit darker towards the end but a fan is a fan no matter what age.
The final battle begins – but who will make it out alive?
The Skulduggery Pleasant website is a must to visit.

Landy & me
Author Derek Landy clowning around, and me.

Silent Saturday
By Helen Grant

The cover of this book has a haunting Gothic quality to it which is just brilliant. This book quite frankly stands out among so many others with its visual appeal. And then there is the story!

“Seventeen-year-old Veerle is frustrated with life in suburban Brussels. But a chance encounter with a hidden society, whose members illegally break into unoccupied buildings around the city, soon opens up a whole new world of excitement—and danger.

When one of the society’s founding members disappears, Veerle suspects foul play. But nothing can prepare her for the horror that is about to unfold when an old foe emerges from the shadows… No one is safe, and The Hunter will strike again…”
Random House New Zealand
Sounds a perfect read for those who love a bit of horror and thriller all rolled up into one. This is definitely one to put on my list. The trailer has a certain creepiness to it which adds to the sense of growing suspense.

The adjusters
By Andrew Taylor

The cover of this book caught my attention straight away and the story holds even more appeal.
“Welcome to Newton, the perfect town…Where kids get perfect grades…And everyone seems perfectly happy”. –
Henry Ward is a newcomer who just does not believe what he sees. Henry makes friends with two misfits and they are determined find and expose the dark secrets of Newton’s false facade. Danger lurks everywhere especially from the doctors who perform a procedure called “adjustment” on kids who don’t fit in.
Suddenly Henry and his friends are at the top of the waiting list.
This is definitely another for my ‘must read’.

Ten by Gretchen McNeil

Vengance is mine

This is definitely not for younger readers but will suit young adults who like a good thrill and a scare.
Best friends Meg and Minnie are on Henry Island with a bunch of teenagers for a good time of boys, booze and partying.
The discovery of a DVD with a sinister message, “Vengeance is mine” changes everything. Cut off from the outside world with a huge storm brewing the teens are beginning to turn up dead. Who is killing them and why? And can Meg stop the killings before she is next.
The trailer to this book is quiet creepy and I will have to make sure I am not reading it late at night when I do get it.

While I was checking out the trailer for Ten I found Gretchen McNeil’s trailer for her debut novel Possess.
Very cool. Both trailers are brilliant and I can’t wait to find the books at my library although again, not to be read late at night!

Fifteen-year-old Bridget hears creepy voices that turn out to be demons. She soon discovers she has the rare ability to banish them back to whatever hell they came from.
Confiding in a local priest hoping to find a solution, Bridget becomes embroiled in
dangerous cases of demonic possession. A demon delivers a special message leaving Bridget trying to save someone close to her from being killed. What do the demons want from her?
Both of these books are definitely ones to order.


Posted: November 24, 2011 in Secondary
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Forest of hands and teeth
By Carrie Ryan

Mary lives inside the fence surrounding her village. The Sisterhood guard the fence from the unconsecrated outside. However, when Mary joins the Sisterhood she learns about a hidden gate. Will she or won’t she go threw and just what is outside the fence. What happens when the fence is breached is chaos and a fight for survival.

The Skulduggery Pleasant series proves to be popular in many schools. Thanks to Sandra K. for this little gem. This is a great series for those boys who love to be scared and enjoy a bit of humour at the same time.

For more fun check out the Skulduggery Pleasant site and look at the other books in the series.