Book Review: Germination – Feast of Weeds by Jamie Thornton

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I received this book as a free download from the author’s webpage and with Halloween just around the corner, this zombie thriller could not have come at a better time!

The story revolves around Mary, a homeless runaway, who quickly runs into problems when faced with an unknown viral outbreak spreading across the city. The book is enjoyably fast-paced and seldom allows its reader to come up for air before hitting them with another wave of groaning zombies. The plot is strong, while the narrative and characters hook you instantly. Moreover, I liked its perspective and how Mary fits into the story. It’s a unique spin on a genre that has grown significantly over the last few years.

Another aspect I enjoyed about Thornton’s story was that it didn’t only revolve around zombies. The author offers a pretty graphic idea of how difficult life must be for a street kid and doesn’t spare us from the harsh realities that come along with it. That being said, if you’re looking for suspense then you’ve come to the right place; zombies are here, they’re awesome and they are totally taking over.

My only complaint would be that the book felt far too short. At 92 pages (it’s a novella after all), it leaves you absolutely reeling and begging for more. Mercifully, there is more; Germination is the first of four in the Feast of Weeds series.

If you’re a fan of the YA genre and apocalyptic tales of the Walking Dead variety then read Germination – Feast of Weeds.

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Top 5 Horror Books to Scare You This Halloween

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The time of year is upon us, folks! It’s Halloween week. And do you know what goes beautifully with jack-o-lanterns? Candy (seriously, I eat more in those 24hrs than I give out to trick-or-treaters). But even more than a high calorie intake, Halloween is a perfect time to pick up a scary book.

Below are my top 5 favorite horror book recommendations for the ghouls out there who love a good scare.

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Yes, I know – total cliché – however the fact that the 1897 gothic horror is still so relevant makes Bram Stoker’s Dracula part of my top 5. The author largely responsible for defining the modern form of vampires we see today but please, don’t settle for the current knockoffs; do yourselves a favor and read the original.

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Ghost Story by Peter Straub

I’d grant Straub’s Ghost Story one of the scarier books that I’ve read. Even the master of horror himself Stephen King pegged it as “probably the best of the supernatural novels to be published”. If you’re a fan of this genre, pick it up. You’ll be happy (and terrified) that you did.

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The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

This is certainly one of the greatest ghost stories of the 20th century. Although it walks a fine line between paranormal horror and psychological thriller, Jackson is genius at setting the tone and the whole story leaves you with an unsettling feeling in the pit of your stomach hours after you’ve finished.

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It by Stephen King

Much of the story revolves around a middle-aged clown going around town murdering people. Need I say more?

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Ghost Beach (Goosebumps #22) by R. L. Stine

Perhaps it’s due to the fact that I watched the new movie this weekend but yes, I’ve listed a Goosebumps novella in my top 5 and no, I’m not sorry. If you were anything like me as a kid, chances are you grew up reading Stine’s series and I’d be hard pressed to believe that you didn’t think they were awesome. All cheesy moments aside, Ghost Beach is a fun Halloween read for most ages.

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