The Disembodied

31312779Griffin Rinaldi is not your average teenage kid but he tries to be. He plays basketball, is starting to date and loves hanging out with his cousin Tanner. He also has depersonalization disorder, sometimes he feels disconnected from his body, and at times he doesn’t know if he’s dead or alive. Griffin has had a rough childhood, his abusive father has recently died and he keeps seeing a red-haired kid who no one else can see. Griffin is struggling to keep his sanity and his soul.

Whether you like The Disembodied by Anthony Hains or not will come down to how much you like to think. This book may be light on action but the characters are complex and interesting and there is a good mystery as to what is really going on here. Also to me it seemed like the setting itself was a character in the story. Most of it takes place during a rare blizzard in North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Some of the themes that are present in this book are: dealing with abuse, mental illness, dealing with loss, death and there is a coming of age story also.

This book would be classified as horror and makes it an original horror novel is that it looks at real life horror while it also looks at the supernatural. Part of the mystery here is to see how the real life horror is causing the supernatural to happen. This book is filled with deeper meanings if you look for them. One of my favorite scenes was when Griffin was out on a date and saw his girlfriend’s dad and wondered what it was like to have a normal father. This was such a simple scene but heartbreaking.

The best part of this book is the characters. I liked how the point of view in the story changed back and forth from Griffin to his Grandfather Soren. I was sold on this book from the beginning as Soren recounts how he went from an awkward kid to a witty adult who was great at telling ghost stories and writing novels. We then see that Griffin is like him in several ways and Soren seems like the only one that can help him and relate to him the most. Later in the story there is a major twist and we see that their relationship isn’t what we thought,  making the story that much more interesting. At the center of this story is a kid who is just trying to be normal but there is nothing normal about his situation and he has to work at making the best life he can have. Throughout the book I found myself rooting for Tanner and Griffin to defeat their demons and find happiness.

Personally I think The Disembodied is a great horror novel, I could relate to the characters in it. Even the ones that come across as evil (like Griffin’s father) or overbearing and paranoid (like Veronica) came across as realistic and someone you might meet in your everyday life. This is the kind of book that you should read if you like to analyze people and try to figure out what makes them tick. Anthony Hanis is a professor of counseling psychology and it shows in this book. You can teach a class on why every character is the way they are in this book. The Disembodied is a deep and complex horror novel that fans of psychological horror will love.



bloodmark-book-1Ashling Boru wasn’t your average werewolf princess. she was able to shift into a wolf from birth while others of her kind were not able to until they were older. She also never received her bloodmark  which is a brand that wolves get at birth when they are initiated into the pack. Her father is the king of their pack and instead of initiating Ashling into his pack he has promised her hand in marriage to a man she doesn’t know.


Ashling defies her father and the ancient laws of the pack and ends up going from Ireland to York Harbor, Maine. When she gets there she meets and falls in love with a rebellious human named Grey Donavan. Ashling is now leading a new life far away from everyone she has known but her wolf packs ancient traditions and secrets come back to haunt her and she has to make a choice between Grey or the path that she was meant to follow.

Bloodmark by Aurora Whittet is the first book in a trilogy and a pretty good YA novel. What drew me to this book was that it got into werewolf mythology and it was partially set in Ireland. I really enjoyed that this book was written from the first person perspective, in the beginning it had the feel of a diary as Ashling talked about her family. Bloodmark has a good story to it, I loved the character of Ashling and I think she is someone who teenage girls can relate to. This is a book that young readers will love.

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Guest Blog Post: Aurora Whittet

We are all surrounded by inspiration


Aurora Whittet

aurora-whittetI’m often asked where I find my inspiration and I always say everywhere. I see it in my waitress at the café, in the man at the bus station, in the child at the park. I find it in my friends and family. I find it in my dreams. Inspiration is endless if you open your eyes. It can be a word or phrase or even the way a bird mesmerizingly swoops through the sky. A photo you see in your FaceBook feed or a song on the radio.

The Bloodmark Saga is a combination of a few things I’m fascinated with: Mythology, Werewolves, and Ireland. And it all started from a scene in the third book. I knew how it was going to end. I saw Ashling’s face as she screamed those words, and I knew I had to tell her story.

I didn’t know who she was just yet, but I knew who she would become and I wanted to walk with her every step of the way to that moment that she dared to show me. I saw her hair in the wind, the fierceness of her face, and heard the strength in her words. Then I backed up to where her story began and I began my research. Her red hair told me she was Irish, her strength told me she was a wolf and then I dug through gobs of mythology until I found just the right pieces to braid together into the Bloodmark Saga.

So where do you find inspiration . . . you have no further to look then inside yourself.




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SEASON 11 Finale & Halloween Special
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Michelangelo’s Ghost

30972176Jada Jones is starting to get a reputation as a treasure hunter. She is also a historian and professor at a local University. She isn’t sure she likes her new reputation but it leads to a an invitation from her old mentor Lilith Vine. Lilith once had a good career going once but has fallen on hard times. She may have the key to changing everything in the form of sketchbooks from the 16th century, written in the hand of Lazzaro Allegri, an artist who was Michelangelo’s protegé before moving to India.

Lilith has more evidence pointing to the fact that Allegri may have had a secret art studio in Italy’s Park Of Monsters. Within that studio lies priceless artwork and a connection between Indian art and the Italian Renaissance. when Lilith dies under mysterious circumstances, Jada starts to believe that someone else may be trying to find the lost art treasure.  Now Jada is in a race against time to find the paintings and restore Lilith’s reputation.

Michelangelo’s Ghost by Gigi Pandian reminded me a little of a Dan Brown book but with deeper characters. To be honest I’m not big on mysteries, what got me interested in this book was that it was set in a location that I knew very little about. I had never heard of The Park Of Monsters, this and the idea of a ghost haunting it drew me in. It’s not the main point of the story but it got me wanting to know more. I felt this book got off to a slow start but I liked the characters enough to keep reading and the book gets better as Jada arrives in Italy. From that point, the pace of the story picks up and you start to see a good mix of superstition and history in this mystery.

To me the best part of this book is the historical research that went into it. I love the details given about The Park Of Monsters, the history behind the park and the connections between Indian and Italian art. Michelangelo’s Ghost is as much a historical fiction novel as a mystery and that’s what makes it a good read. My favorite part wasn’t the mystery or the ghost, it was when the professors talked about the history of the area and how exciting it was that their could be an art studio on the grounds. It does work as a good mystery too and fans of the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery will finish this book feeling satisfied.

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Horror Addicts Guide to Life

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Do you love the horror genre? Do you look at horror as a lifestyle? Do the “norms” not understand your love of the macabre?

Despair no longer, my friend, for within your grasp is a book written by those who look at horror as a way of life, just like you. This is your guide to living a horrifying existence. Featuring interviews with Midnight Syndicate, Valentine Wolfe, and The Gothic Tea Society.

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Dance Diaries: Ballroom Budgeting: How I Afford to Dance

30821527Dance Diaries:Ballroom Budgeting: How I Afford To Dance by The Girl With The Tree Tattoo is the second how to book in her series. While the first one focused on Starting your journey and what to look out for, this book focuses on how you can afford to follow your dream of dancing. Dancing can be very expensive and this book breaks it down into something that even a person on a tight budget can pursue.

Ballroom Budgeting tells you everything you need to afford being a dancer. It gets into creating a budget, how to cut costs, increasing your income so you can afford more dancing, alternatives to competition and what to do when you feel ballroom poor. The most important lesson that she teaches here was not to compare yourself to other dancers that have more money. She says to remember that everyone has their own problems and path to follow and not to compare yourself to others. The most important thing to remember is that you have a passion for dance and you want to stick with it, no matter what it takes.

What I liked most about this book was the same thing I liked about the last one. It’s a great instructional manual on what you need to do to get what you want. This author is following her passion in life and telling you how it’s possible for you to do the same, no matter what your passion is. Whether it is ballroom dancing or something else, the lessons that the author gives you in her books will help you make your dreams come true. The budgeting spreadsheets in Ballroom Budgeting can be applied to helping you to achieve a goal even if that goal isn’t ballroom dancing.

Personally I enjoy dancing but the classes that I’ve taken were from my community recreation department and I have no desire to go further than that, I was generally just looking to have a good time and the author even gives tips on how to get the most out of ballroom Dancing if a little fun is all you want. I really loved this book mostly because it was written by a person who has a passion for dance. Even though I don’t have that same passion, I can take away some of the lessons that she teaches here and apply them to other areas of my life.  This book teaches us that no matter what your dream is, there is a way to make it happen.

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