Tag: #horror

The Sadeiest by Austrian Spencer

Today I’m participating in the book tour for The Sadeiest. I have to say in advance that this is quite possibly the most disturbing book I’ve ever read. It’s not for the squeamish. Let’s jump into the review.

What is our perceived notion of death is wrong? What if it isn’t what we imagined at all? Maybe death actually dies for us instead of silently watching on. Death pays for his sin by dying again and again. William is a Sadeiest. William is death. He dies daily, but he also saves the trapped souls of people. He is thrown into this world with very little training. What he doesn’t know is that his destiny is so much bigger than he ever imagined.

My Thoughts on The Sadeiest

Firstly, I have to say I’m blown away by the author’s imagination. The Sadeiest is so unique. A lot of thought went into the development of the world and magic system.

I expected this to be a dark read. I was definitely right. It was extremely gruesome and graphic. And it was gritty and dark. It will be great for the toughest of horror lovers. It’s definitely darker than what I’m used to, but I can respect the storyline.

If you’re looking for a terrifying, unique horror novel this one is for you.


Don’t forget to check out the rest of the blog tour! Thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to participate.

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The Haunting of Ashburn House by Darcy Coates Review

I wanted to read something scary for Halloween. I have read a lot of spooky books, but nothing actually scary. So on our way in from vacation I stopped and grabbed The Haunting of Ashburn House. It was everything that I wanted The Haunting of Hill House to be.

Ashburn House has been the talk of the town for years. The owner, Edith, wouldn’t allow visitors. The town talked from afar. After she passed, her niece, Adrienne, was her sole heir. Adrienne doesn’t believe in ghosts, but it’s hard to deny their existence at Ashburn House. As she learns more about the house she begins to believe that something has unfinished business.

My Thoughts on The Haunting of Ashburn House

The Haunting of Ashburn House is not for the squeamish. There are some very creepy scenes. It begins like a lot of ghost stories. The main character lost her job and Ashburn House is her only option. A few of her aunt’s creepy possessions linger. They set off the ominous feeling perfectly.

Then the tension begins to build. It starts a little slow, but then it picks up nicely. The deeper in the book I read the more unsettled I became.

Further into the book, the main character started making questionable choices. However, she acknowledged her dumb choices. I kind of enjoyed that. It made it a little less infuriating.

The mystery surrounding the original family was well thought out. I loved the way the author used newspaper articles, letters, and other documents to make her big reveals. I’ve always enjoyed it when an author does that.

By the ending I couldn’t put the book down. It was so fast-paced and terrifying, but I also needed answers. The conclusion was satisfying and quirky. The Haunting of Ashburn House was just what I needed to get into the Halloween mood.

My Rating: 5/5