Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Review: Charnel House by Graham Masterton

Publisher: Open Road Media
Genre: Horror, Adult
Publication Date: June 7,2016

A desperate and terrified old man appears at the office of John Hyatt at the San Francisco Department of Sanitation with a chilling complaint. His house, Seymour Willis insists, is breathing. Hyatt suspects a rat infestation but the truth is worse. Much worse. An ancient demon out of darkest Native American folklore lives within the walls and floorboards of Willis’s home—an all-powerful malevolent being determined to break free and wreak havoc on the City by the Bay.

Soon a tiny cadre of believers in the impossible—including Hyatt, Willis, and a Native American shaman—hold the fate of all humanity in their hands. The monster’s hunger for blood and flesh is insatiable and it is determined to escape its prison and become whole. And once it does, the entire world will be its feeding ground.

*Small Spoilers Below

Charnel House is a book that I went into knowing very little about. Sure, from the description I knew it would involve a haunting of some sort and that the force was indeed malevolent but beyond that I hadn't seen any reviews for the title or heard anything about it. Which, in truth, was a good thing and here's why:

First off, Charnel House isn't your average Haunted House story. The Monster in this story isn't just a pesky ghost who won't go away. Instead he's an ancient, nearly indestructible, demon, bent on making the world his personal playground of sin and destruction. I don't want to give away the twist or too much of the Monster but he's bad guys, real bad. Oh and don't even get me started on how he punishes those who displease him. Ouch. Ick, No thanks. 

Secondly, I really liked how the story blended Native American Folklore with a modern-ish day Horror story. You just don't see Native American Folklore in Horror all that often and when you do it isn't always executed well. 

Lastly, I really liked the characters. The main character works for the Department of Sanitation and in truth should not have even been involved in the supernatural shenanigans at Mr. Willis's House. It is only the characters curiosity and I suspect an act of boredom that he even investigates the house in question. It is then through circumstance and a bit of bad luck that others are drawn into the story and forced to fight or die. I really felt the characters struggles were real and also it meant that nobody was safe. Nobody was special. They all were on equal footing trying to live and see another sunrise. 

Now although I did enjoy the story I will say that parts of it did read as outdated. I did not realize going into this book that it was written several decades ago. Did it make the story any less enjoyable? No. However it did at times take me out of the narrative and it forced me to remember that this was indeed written during another place and time.  

Overall, I'm happy I read Charnel House. If you like old school creature features than this book is definitely for you. 

With that being said, I'll be rating Charnel House by Graham Masterton ★★★★.

 *Copy reviewed provided by Open Road Media via Netgalley.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in an which way  for providing them.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Book Trailer Tuesday(123) The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan & The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

Book Trailer Tuesday is a Weekly Blog Post hosted by me at Blood Sweat and Books. Each week I choose two Book Trailers to showcase. One Trailer will be for an upcoming book and the other will be one that has already been released. This week I focus my spotlight on The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan & The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee.

Available Now:The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . .

Expected Publication: August 30, 2016 from Harper Collins
The Thousandth Floor by Katherine McGee
A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. But people never change: everyone here wants something…and everyone has something to lose.

Leda Cole’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.

Eris Dodd-Radson’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.

Rylin Myers’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will her new life cost Rylin her old one?

Watt Bakradi is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy by an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.

And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is Avery Fuller, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.

Debut author Katharine McGee has created a breathtakingly original series filled with high-tech luxury and futuristic glamour, where the impossible feels just within reach. But in this world, the higher you go, the farther there is to fall…


What do you think of the Trailers?
Have you started The Magnus Chase series?
If so, How does it compare to Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series of books?
Will you be picking up The Thousandth Floor once it releases?

Strictly out of curiosity:  Would you rather?
A. Find out your the child of a Demi-God but have no powers of your own?
B. Find out your the child of a billionaire playboy but cannot claim your inheritance?

Leave your answers in the comments below, I love reading your responses!
Have a Trailer you would like showcased? Send me an Email. I'm always on the lookout for new book trailers to spotlight. Like what you see? Please Share! I thank you if you do.