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The Devils You Know

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The Devils You Know by MC Atwood

Plenty of legends surround the infamous Boulder House in Whispering Bluffs, Wisconsin, but nobody takes them seriously. Certainly nobody believes that the original owner, Maxwell Cartwright Jr., cursed its construction—or that a murder of crows died upon its completion, their carcasses turning the land black. If anyone did believe it all, there’s no way River Red High would offer a field trip there for the senior class.

Five very different seniors on the trip—Violet, Paul, Ashley, Dylan, and Gretchen—have reasons beyond school spirit for not ditching the trip. When they’re separated from the group, they discover that what lies within Boulder House is far more horrifying than any local folklore. To survive, they’ll have to band together in ways they never could have imagined and ultimately confront the truths of their darkest selves.

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Praise for The Devils You Know

The Devils You Know is a must-read for fans of adventure horror. With plenty of creep and plenty of humor, plus some wicked origin lore, Atwood has crafted the perfect demonic fun-house ride. When can I go again?”

—Kendare Blake, New York Times bestselling author of Three Dark Crowns

 

“Creepy dolls? Check. Shameful secrets? Check. A sinister old house with a mind of its own? Check. I could keep listing The Devils You Know‘s enticing attributes all day long—ooh, can’t forget suspense, compassion, and deliciously wicked humor—but at some point you’ll just have to ignore me, pick up the book, and start reading. And once you do? Ha! Atwood’s got you. You’re trapped; you can’t escape. Or, I should say, you won’t want to.”

—Christine Heppermann, author of Poisoned Apples and Ask Me How I Got Here

 

“With The Devils You Know, M.C. Atwood proves to be a master at plotting insidious twists and turns—a Breakfast Club horror for the 21st century, albeit one best savored during daylight hours.”

—S.A. Bodeen, author of The Garden and The Compound

 

Author’s Bio

M.C. Atwood is a creative writing professor at Rowan University in New Jersey. She has been an active member of the kidlit community since 2000, speaking at conferences, leading writing workshops, and emceeing events whenever she can. She is a bona fide cat addict and a lover of all things horror. The Devils You Know is her first novel.

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My Review

3 stars

The Boulder House in Whispering Bluffs, Wisconsin has a history of bad things, a curse, a death of a ton of crows, and many other creepy factors. But no one really believes them this why we find a bunch of teenagers on a field trip to the house to check out all the historical items that have been collected in it. This is the story of Violet, Paul, Ashley, Dylan, and Gretchen, all are teenagers from the different clicks in school that find themselves fighting together to keep from becoming one of the collections in the house.

You have five teenagers that are almost complete opposites with their own secrets and selfish desires. On the field trip they find themselves being targeted by the house and have to run for their lives. Like typical teenagers they are very drawn into themselves and their lives, what teenager is not, along with how popular they are and what others think of them. So, there were a couple I enjoyed reading about and others that drove me up the wall. But their interactions for the most part felt pretty basic for a horror story.

Now the story was pretty good but it seemed all the kids did was run and run and run some more. There were some startling spots but nothing that really scared the pants off me. This is a first book from MC Atwood and I think it was a good start. There is room for improvement and I will be keeping my eye out for future books from her.

I received The Devils You Know from Soho Press for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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Carbon

Carbon (Watcher – 2) by AJ Eversley

Book Details:

Book Title: Carbon – Book Two in the Watcher Series by AJ Eversley
Category: YA Fiction, 300 pages
Genre: Sci-fi Dystopian
Publisher: Self-published
Release date: Sept 26, 2017
Tour dates: Sept 4 to 29, 2017
Content Rating: PG (No swearing and PG kissing scenes)

Book Description:

Sawyer has lost everything. Her family, the man she loves…her humanity. No longer a Watcher, Sawyer must now begin a journey to understand her new identity. Carbon.

With no where left to call home, and no one left to guide her, Sawyer must rely on the help of a stranger to learn who she really is now, and how to use it to her advantage. In a world where nothing is as it seems, and who to trust is a thin line between friend and foe, Sawyer will turn to the stars that have shaped her destiny long before she even knew she had one. And the man who fate has sent her.

Book two in this epic series, Carbon will answer questions you didn’t even know you had. And strangers will become the only ones who can help her. Join Sawyer as the journey to save humanity continues.

To read more reviews, please visit AJ Eversley’s page on iRead Book Tours.

My Review
5 stars

Sawyer is now a Carbon and on a ship to the United Isles to find out more about being a Carbon and how to possibly break her bond with Coleman. She is with Max but she wants nothing to do with him, she would rather morn her loss of friends and family and to figure out how to get her revenge on Coleman. It’s coming down to a battle for humanity and Sawyer is going to be the key.

First, I want to say that Carbon jumps right into the story we left at the end of Watcher. I don’t recommend reading this as a stand-alone story, you can but you will miss a lot of the background. I have to say that I noticed that even though Watcher was packed full of action. Carbon started out a lot slower and with more development of Sawyer and her situation.

I did like how Sawyer slowly started getting closer to Max. He was just trying to help her adapt to her new life. Although I’m not a big fan of love triangles I like how it is developing and how it highlights the story instead of hijacking it. Now the second half of the book took off, had some great twists and turns, and came to a crashing, cliff hanger of an ending. Although I liked Watcher more, I did enjoy Carbon and now I can’t wait for the third book.

I received Carbon from iRead Book Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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Meet the Author:

AJ Eversley is the author of the WATCHER series. A true north Canadian girl, AJ currently lives in Central Alberta with her husband and dog. When she’s not writing, she can be found binge watching Harry Potter, quoting various movies in every day conversation, and eating copious amounts of candy.

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