Wicked Reads: Slasher Boys and Monster Girls {Review}

Wicked Reads Tour

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We’re thrilled to participate in the Wicked Reads campaign today. Not only are they featuring Eight Books That Prove You Should Be Very, Very Afraid of the Dark, they’re hosting a week-long #TwitterGhostStory event!
When:: 10/26-10/31
Where: Participate on Twitter. Check out the deets on the PenguinTeen Facebook Page
The 411:Write a spooky story in 140 characters or less using #TwitterGhostStory to enter for the chance to win a prize pack of the featured titles.

Lots of amazing Penguin authors are participating, so join in!

Our featured title today is Slasher Girls and Monster Boys, 14 short stories that “each ensure a tingling of the spine and chilling of the bones.” You know how much we love retellings and each of these stories takes something from a classic and spins it into a terrifying tale!

***About the Book***

Wicked Reads: Slasher Boys and Monster Girls {Review}Slasher Girls and Monster Boys by A.G. Howard, April Genevieve Tucholke, Carrie Ryan, Cat Winters, Danielle Paige, Jay Kristoff, Jonathan Maberry, Kendare Blake, Leigh Bardugo, Marie Lu, McCormick Templeman, Megan Shepherd, Nova Ren Suma, Stefan Bachmann
Also by this author: Rags & Bones: New Twists on Timeless Tales
Published by Dial on August 18, 2015
Genres: Anthology, Horror, Paranormal, Retellings, Suspense, Thriller
Pages: 385
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4 Stars

A host of the sharpest young adult authors come together in this collection of terrifying tales and psychological thrillers. Each story draws from a mix of literature, film, television, or even music to offer something new and fresh and unsettling. Even better? After you’ve teased out each tale’s references, satisfy your curiosity at the end, where the inspiration is revealed. There are no superficial scares here. These are stories that will make you think even as they keep you on the edge of your seat. From bloody horror, to the supernatural, to unnerving, all-too-possible realism, this collection has something for anyone looking for an absolute thrill.

***Our Review***

The 411:

14 of the most awesome YA authors contributed short stories to this compilation, each based on a book, movie, or music.  Some of them are ridiculously creepy and gory–and a couple of them are just ridiculous.

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What We Loved:

We loved getting to read stories from new-to-us authors, like Stefan Bachmann and Jonathan Maberry.  We also loved the suspense and the scary feeling we got reading these (we’re looking especially at you, Nova Ren Suma). We reading stories from our favorite authors, like Leigh Bardugo and Marie Lu, who surprised us here. If you’re a fan of any of these authors, you’ll want to pick this book up.

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Um...Not So Much:

We’re not really huge horror fans, but if you are, you’re going to love this book.  There was one story in particular we really didn’t like, and not because it was too scary. It just wasn’t great, and we wish we had skipped it.

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Bottom Line:

With a lineup of authors like this, you can’t go wrong, regardless of the genre. These amazing authors rose to the occasion and gave us some really creepy, wicked reads that definitely belong on every YA lovers’ shelves.

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  1. My favorite spooky read is Cormac McCarthy’s THE ROAD. That book traumatized me.

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  2. Danielle D. says

    My favorite spooky read would have to be Shutter by Courtney Alameda! It’s SOOO good, a perfect mix of horror and romance

  3. My favorite spooky read is definitely Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist, love that book.
    Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

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