Recenie: Small Spaces van

Recenie: Small Spaces vanSmall Spaces by Katherine Arden
Series: Small Spaces #1
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers on 25 september 2018
Genres: middle grade, Horror
Pages: 218
Format: e-book

Bestselling adult author of The Bear and the Nightingale makes her middle grade debut with a creepy, spellbinding ghost story destined to become a classic

After suffering a tragic loss, eleven-year-old Ollie only finds solace in books. So when she happens upon a crazed woman at the river threatening to throw a book into the water, Ollie doesn't think--she just acts, stealing the book and running away. As she begins to read the slender volume, Ollie discovers a chilling story about a girl named Beth, the two brothers who both loved her, and a peculiar deal made with "the smiling man," a sinister specter who grants your most tightly held wish, but only for the ultimate price.

Ollie is captivated by the tale until her school trip the next day to Smoke Hollow, a local farm with a haunting history all its own. There she stumbles upon the graves of the very people she's been reading about. Could it be the story about the smiling man is true? Ollie doesn't have too long to think about the answer to that. On the way home, the school bus breaks down, sending their teacher back to the farm for help. But the strange bus driver has some advice for the kids left behind in his care: "Best get moving. At nightfall they'll come for the rest of you." Nightfall is, indeed, fast descending when Ollie's previously broken digital wristwatch, a keepsake reminder of better times, begins a startling countdown and delivers a terrifying message: RUN.

Only Ollie and two of her classmates heed the bus driver's warning. As the trio head out into the woods--bordered by a field of scarecrows that seem to be watching them--the bus driver has just one final piece of advice for Ollie and her friends: "Avoid large places. Keep to small."

And with that, a deliciously creepy and hair-raising adventure begins.

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Recensie: You may now kill the bride van R.L. Stine

Recensie: You may now kill the bride van R.L. StineYou may now kill the bride by R.L. Stine
Series: Return to Fear street #1
on 24 juli 2018
Genres: young-adult, Horror
Pages: 352
Format: paperback

NEW Fear Street stories with a retro look, perfect for fans of Stranger Things!

Two sisters, divided by time. Each with a terrible resentment she can barely contain.

Two Fear family weddings, decades apart... Each bride will find that the ancient curse that haunts the Fears LIVES ON. It feeds off the evil that courses through their blood. It takes its toll in unexpected ways, and allows dark history to repeat itself.

In this all-new Fear Street story, family ties bind sisters together—till DEATH do they part

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Recensie: The merciless van Daniella Vega

Recensie: The merciless van Daniella VegaThe merciless by Daniella Vega
Series: The merciless #1
Published by Razorbill on 12 juni 2014
Genres: young-adult, Horror
Pages: 279
Format: paperback

Forgive us, Father, for we have sinned

Brooklyn Stevens sits in a pool of her own blood, tied up and gagged. No one outside of these dank basement walls knows she’s here. No one can hear her scream.

Sofia Flores knows she shouldn’t have gotten involved. When she befriended Riley, Grace, and Alexis on her first day at school, she admired them, with their perfect hair and their good-girl ways. They said they wanted to save Brooklyn. They wanted to help her. Sofia didn’t realize they believed Brooklyn was possessed.

Now, Riley and the girls are performing an exorcism on Brooklyn—but their idea of an exorcism is closer to torture than salvation. All Sofia wants is to get out of this house. But there is no way out. Sofia can’t go against the other girls . . . unless she wants to be next. . . .

In this chilling debut, Danielle Vega delivers blood-curdling suspense and terror on every page. By the shockingly twisted end, readers will be faced with the most haunting question of all: Is there evil in all of us?

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Recensie: Bloody Mary book 2: Mary unleashed van Hillary Monahan

Recensie: Bloody Mary book 2: Mary unleashed van Hillary MonahanBloody Mary, book 2: Mary unleashed by Hillary Monahan
Series: Bloody Mary #2
Published by Disney Hyperion on 6 september 2016
Genres: young-adult, Horror
Pages: 256
Format: paperback

Mary in the mirror.
Mary in the glass.
Mary in the water.
Mary lurks in the emptiness, in the darkness . . . in the reflection. That is, until Jess unleashes her into the world. Now Mary Worth is out, and her haunting is deadlier than ever.
No one is safe.
Shauna, Kitty, and Jess must band together to unearth the truth about Mary's death, to put her soul to rest for good. Their search leads them back to where it all began-Solomon's Folly, a place as dangerous as the ghost who died there a century and a half ago. Quicksand, hidden traps, and a phantom fog are the least of their worries. To stop Mary, they need to follow a dark string of clues and piece together a gruesome mystery that spans generations.
But time is running out.
As chilling facts come to light, Mary inches ever closer to her prey. Can Jess, Shauna, and Kitty break Mary's curse before it's too late? Or will history repeat itself until there is no one left to call her name . . . ?

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Recensie: The dead house van Dawn Kurtagich

Recensie: The dead house van Dawn KurtagichThe dead house by Dawn Kurtagich
Published by Orion children's books on 6 augustus 2015
Genres: young-adult, Horror
Pages: 440
Format: Hardcover

Part-psychological thriller, part-urban legend, this is an unsettling narrative made up of diary entries, interview transcripts, film footage transcripts and medical notes. Twenty-five years ago, Elmbridge High burned down. Three people were killed and one pupil, Carly Johnson, disappeared. Now a diary has been found in the ruins of the school. The diary belongs to Kaitlyn Johnson, Carly’s identical twin sister. But Carly didn’t have a twin . . .

Re-opened police records, psychiatric reports, transcripts of video footage and fragments of diary reveal a web of deceit and intrigue, violence and murder, raising a whole lot more questions than it answers.

Who was Kaitlyn and why did she only appear at night? Did she really exist or was she a figment of a disturbed mind? What were the illicit rituals taking place at the school? And just what did happen at Elmbridge in the events leading up to ‘the Johnson Incident’?

Chilling, creepy and utterly compelling, THE DEAD HOUSE is one of those very special books that finds all the dark places in your imagination, and haunts you long after you've finished reading.

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Recensie: Survive the night van Danielle Vega

Recensie: Survive the night van Danielle VegaSurvive the night by Danielle Vega
Published by Razorbill on 24 mei 2016
Genres: Horror, young-adult
Pages: 288
Format: paperback

Stephen King meets Pretty Little Liars in this pulse-pounding novel from the author of The Merciless

Just back from rehab, Casey regrets letting her friends Shana, Julie, and Aya talk her into coming to Survive the Night, an all-night, underground rave in a New York City subway tunnel. Surrounded by frightening drugs and menacing strangers, Casey doesn’t think Survive the Night could get any worse...

...until she comes across Julie’s mutilated body in a dank, black subway tunnel, red-eyed rats nibbling at her fingers. Casey thought she was just off with some guy—no one could hear her getting torn apart over the sound of pulsing music. And by the time they get back to the party, everyone is gone.

Desperate for help, Casey and her friends find themselves running through the putrid subway tunnels, searching for a way out. But every manhole is sealed shut, and every noise echoes eerily in the dark, reminding them they’re not alone.

They’re being hunted.

Trapped underground with someone—or something—out to get them, Casey can’t help but listen to Aya’s terrified refrain: “We’re all gonna die down here.”

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Recensie: Mary: The summoning van Hillary Monahan

Recensie: Mary: The summoning van Hillary MonahanMary: The summoning by Hillary Monahan
Series: Bloody Mary #1
Published by Disney Hyperion on 2 september 2014
Genres: young-adult, Horror
Pages: 245
Format: paperback

There is a right way and a wrong way to summon her.

Jess had done the research. Success requires precision: a dark room, a mirror, a candle, salt, and four teenage girls. Each of them--Jess, Shauna, Kitty, and Anna--must link hands, follow the rules . . . and never let go.

A thrilling fear spins around the room the first time Jess calls her name: "Bloody Mary. Bloody Mary. BLOODY MARY." A ripple of terror follows when a shadowy silhouette emerges through the fog, a specter trapped behind the mirror.

Once is not enough, though--at least not for Jess. Mary is called again. And again. But when their summoning circle is broken, Bloody Mary slips through the glass with a taste for revenge on her lips. As the girls struggle to escape Mary's wrath, loyalties are questioned, friendships are torn apart, and lives are forever altered.

A haunting trail of clues leads Shauna on a desperate search to uncover the legacy of Mary Worth. What she finds will change everything, but will it be enough to stop Mary--and Jess--before it's too late?

Mijn recensie:

Het verhaal algemeen:

Ik zal alvast bekennen dat er één urban legend is waar ik altijd echt rillingen van over mijn rug krijg en dat is Bloody Mary, dus toen ik dit boek zag, wist ik dat het moest gaan lezen in de Halloween maand. Ik kan vertellen dat ik daar geen spijt van heb, of misschien wel want in de spiegel kijken dat durfde ik de eerste dagen na het lezen van dit boek echt even niet meer. Net als in het donker naar de wc. gaan haha.

Het verhaal begint eigenlijk met de summoning, maar verteld daarna ook het verhaal over de fascinatie voor Mary van één van de personages. Eigenlijk is het vanaf het eerste hoofdstuk al meteen spannend en daar hoopte ik eigenlijk ook een beetje op. Een boek dat me vanaf de eerste regel meteen zou pakken.

Het verhaal is echt een horror verhaal, het is niet voor mensen met een zwak hart of mensen die niet tegen een beetje spanning of bloed kunnen want dan kun je dit boek beter laten liggen. Wat ik vooral heel goed vond was dat je je geen moment echt veilig voelde in dit boek, Mary kon echt elk moment opduiken en dat maakte het gewoon super eng.

Het verhaal bouwt goed op en het is ook geweldig om te zien hoe het verhaal van Mary tot stand komt, wie is ze nu precies en wat wil ze nou eigenlijk? Waarom is zij bloody mary geworden? Hoe het nu precies zit weet ik nog niet, want natuurlijk is er nog een tweede deel haha.

De personages:

De personages zijn wel echt typische tieners, met typische tiener problemen. Ze zijn verliefd, gedumpt, roddelen over anderen en gaan naar school. Maar het was niet dat ik me daar aan stoorde. Je komt gaande weg meer te weten over het meisje dat heeft voorgesteld om Bloody Mary op te roepen en dat is ook wel heel tof. Want waarom zou je in hemelsnaam zoiets doen?

Shauna vind ik ook echt een geweldig personage, je ziet echt hoe ze steeds verder afglijd in haar angst om van Bloody Mary af te komen.

De Schrijfstijl:

De schrijfstijl van dit boek is echt heerlijk, je vliegt echt door het boek heen, ik kon het met moeite wegleggen en het einde van vele hoofdstukken deed mij vrezen voor het volgende hoofdstuk.


Ik vond het echt een geweldig goed boek, zeker de moeite waard om te lezen en zeker rond de tijd van Halloween. Bedenk wel dat je nooit meer hetzelfde in de spiegel zal kijken, zie ik daar nu iets vanuit mijn ooghoek? Ik hoef natuurlijk niet te vertellen dat deel twee ook besteld is!