Going to a summer camp that has a theme based on Grimm’s fairy tales may sound like fun, but it’s not. Scott was having a hard time finding a job but that all changed when he was offered a summer job as a camp counselor for kids. Everything at the camp is based on old fairy tales such as Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Rapunzel and others. Seems like it would be an easy and fun job but when counselors start dying in gruesome ways, Scott and the other adults quickly learn that this camp is no fairy tale.
Someone is killing all the counselors and making it look like deaths that take place in Grimm’s Fairy Tales. We’re not talking the sanitized Disney fairy tales, we’re talking about the original stories which were meant to scare kids into being moral. Scott and the other counselors are faced with the challenge of staying alive while being hunted by a fairy tale obsessed psychopath.
Grimm Woods by D. Melhoff has the feel of an old 80’s slasher movie. We have a summer camp where there are teenagers having sex, doing drugs and unbeknownst to them, they’re being stalked by a serial killer. That’s only the beginning though, as the story moves along it gets more complex and the characters become more interesting. What really makes this book stand out is when it gets into the old fairy tales and you see how different they are compared to the kid friendly ones that most people know. D. Melhoff did his homework on Grimm’s fairy tales and seeing how they fit into the story is what made Grimm Woods different from other slasher stories.
The best part of the story is when all of the kids and counselors are trapped in a building trying to stay away from the killer. One of the counselors finds a big book of original fairy tales and decides to have the kids put on plays based on the stories. While they’re working on the performances they realize that the stories aren’t kid friendly, leading to a gruesome discovery and the realization that the world of fairy tales is a bleak place.
Grimm Woods is a book that has its flaws but is still a fun read. It gets off to a slow start, some of the action sequences didn’t make sense and the story would have been better if it was shorter. That being said, I enjoyed how a few of the characters grew as the story moved along, the villain was downright sadistic and the use of original fairy tales that most people don’t know about, made it all worthwhile. Grimm Woods may not be a great read but it’s an entertaining ride.
Witches, vampires, ghosts, trolls, they all may be monsters but just like humans they need love. That’s where Rasputin’s Supernatural Dating Service comes in. The famous mystic Rasputin didn’t die in 1916 like everyone thought. He came to America and decided the best way to keep monsters from eating people was by getting them dates. He now goes by the name “Love Machine” and his biggest problem is weeding out the wannabe monsters that just want to date monsters from the real monsters looking for love.
So he had to hire a team of certifiers, one of them is Eli and he has a gift for figuring out who the real monsters are. While meeting with a client, Eli is given an ancient tablet that has the power to kill all supernatural creatures. Eli soon becomes the target of a powerful witch who wants the tablet to destroy all monsters. It’s up to Eli, the witch’s ex-girlfriend, Rasputin and a supernatural policing Agency to stop monsters from being exterminated and get back to finding them love.
Rasputin’s Supernatural Dating Service by David D. Hammons is a supernatural comedy that shows monsters in a way that you have never seen them before. From the opening scenes where a woman tries to pass herself off as a vampire and Eli knows she isn’t because vampires are so polite, you know this isn’t your average paranormal romance. We then get into how Eli became an employee of the dating service by not running in terror from screaming ghosts, blood running up a wall and convincing a lizard man he wouldn’t taste good on a pizza. From the first couple of chapters you know this book is something special and it’s filled with laugh out loud moments.
I loved the character of Rasputin, he’s just a cool guy looking to make the world a better place by getting everyone laid. In Rasputin’s first scene we see him having a hot tub party with a group of United Nations delegates. He then starts a game of kick ball where the winning team gets a seat on the security council. Anything goes here, from a mystic kept alive because love won’t let him die to a troll in a Japanese girl school outfit to a group of orcs who go to a church run by a poisonous snake. The wide variety of monsters and the back story for how monsters exist in a world full of humans is what makes this book so good. I also liked the character of Eli who thinks of himself as nothing special but shows he has a talent for making others happy.
I really liked Rasputin’s Supernatural Dating Service and I hope the author decides to do a lot more in the universe he created. While I felt the story was a little weak, it didn’t really matter. The characters were so good and the book was so funny that it didn’t need a good story, in fact it would have been better without it. I would have liked to have heard more stories about dating monsters from Eli’s point of view and gotten more into Eli’s love life. If anything I felt the monster apocalypse story line took a little bit away from what is overall a good horror romantic comedy. I’m hoping David D. Hammons next book is just about the love lives of supernatural creatures, because that in itsself is a great story.
Admit it! I’m sure you’ve told a lie or two in your time. You may even think of yourself as good at it. Does it really help? Or is it just leading you to a delusional way of life by covering up the flaws that might in fact really be blessings? The Skeleton Code: A Satirical Guide to Secret Keeping by Ken Massey and Alla Campanella could be the book you need to live a happier life.
If you are looking for better ways to keep secrets or hide the Skeletons in your closet, this book has that. It gets into how to distract people from seeing through your lies, how to use plausible deniability, how to use celebrities as examples on keeping your secrets and much more. As this book outlines great and humorous ways to keep your secrets, it slowly moves forward to it’s real point, which is to say the best way to keep your secrets hidden is by not having them.
While I think this book really has its moments, the problem is that it’s a little long. The Skeleton Code makes its point about how ridiculous lying about yourself is, pretty quickly. Then its a little like beating a dead horse. It’s a funny book, but when I got to the middle I found myself thinking “ok I get your point, you can stop now.” That being said, towards the end of the book it picks up again as it gets into how to deal with your secrets and live a more honest life.
The Skeleton Code is a self-help book that is worth your time. There are some good life lessons to be learned here. The biggest one is total honesty and how it will lead you to a better life. The point to the book is that we make up lies to cover up who we really are as a person. If we can learn to be honest and get rid of the skeletons in our closet, we can experience a more enlightened way of living. Towards the end of the book the authors mention the movie A Beautiful Mind and how John Nash through love and trusting another gets freed from his delusions, starts to deal with reality and manages to create a better life and win a Nobel prize. I loved the example given and that’s what’s being taught here, a better life through honesty and without having an ego. I also like how humor is used to get the point across which works much better than taking a serious approach.
Two months before Troye Saavedra’s senior year of high school, his father’s drinking problem skyrockets. When Troye’s parents make an impulsive move to Georgia in order to “help” him finish high school on a positive note, he is forced to leave behind everything he knows. Things couldn’t get worse for Troye. That is, until he meets three enigmatic teenagers: Adelaide, an independent violinist with radical ideas; Zaidan, fiercely loyal and always funny; and Arabella, a girl who harbors secret struggles. Together, the four friends try to pick up the jagged pieces of their lives without getting hurt themselves. An insightful tale of perseverance, Silence Interrupted is a young adult novel about the beauty and peril of traversing the world as a teenager.
Sania Shaikh is a junior at Cambridge High School. Inspired to write from a young age, she worked on Silence Interrupted, her debut novel, starting in eighth grade.
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