3 IN 1 MINI REVIEWS books #32-34 || A Living Nightmare, The Vampire’s Assistant, Tunnels of Blood

A Living Nightmare (Cirque du Freak #1) by Darren Shan

The Vampire’s Assistant (Cirque du Freak #2) by Darren Shan

Tunnels of Blood (Cirque du Freak #3) by Darren Shan

Series: Book 1 – 3 in the Cirque du Freak series | Published: In 2000 | Genre: YA, Middle grade, Vampires, Horror  | Pages: 272, 256, 240 | Language read: English | Format read: Audiobooks | Rating: 3 stars 3stjerner

This is a mini review of the 3 first books in the Cirque du Freak series by Darren Shan. Instead of writing my thought on the 3 separate books, I’ll just write my general thoughts on all of them.

This is a middle grade series I read as a kid. It follows a kid named Darren Shan, who gets into trouble with a vampire when he steals the vampire’s big and deadly spider. The vampire chooses to turn him into a half vampire and make him into his assistant. He now has to leave his family to live with his master. I remember really loving this series, the books were dark and addictive, and the whole vampire setting just intrigued me so much.

I thought it would be fun to revisit this series and see if it was as awesome as I remember. Sadly I didn’t like it as much now when I’m older. I don’t know what my problem with the books was. Maybe I’m just too old for them? They just didn’t grab me like they used to do.

The books are pretty short, so I smashed through them in just a couple of days. I was hoping for them to get better, but when the 3rd book ended I wasn’t sure I will ever pick up the 4th. This series was unfortunately not for me anymore.

Will I recommend these books? Maybe not for adults, but I think younger readers might find them fun and scary to read. The books are fast paced and action packed, definitely something a lot of kids like.

❤ -Rakel



Deadlight Jack – The Faceless One #2 by Mark Onspaugh

Deadlight Jack by Mark Onspaugh.jpgSeries: Book 2 in the The Faceless One

Expected publication: January 3rd 2017 by Hydra

Genre: Horror, Supernatural, Thriller, Suspense

Pages: 264

Language read: English

Format read: Earc

Rating: 3.5 stars 3-5stjerner

Deadlight Jack synopsis: Worse things than gators lurk in the Louisiana swamp. . . . The author of The Faceless One fuses the twisted imagination of Fritz Leiber with the razor-sharp plotting of Joe Hill in this rollicking horror thriller.

Appearances can be deceiving. Take Jimmy Kalmaku. Anyone passing him on the streets of Lake Nisqually, Washington, would merely see an elderly man. But Jimmy is actually a powerful Tlingit shaman, with a link to the god Raven and a résumé that includes saving the world.

Or take his friend and roommate, George Watters. Another ordinary retiree, right? Wrong. Like Jimmy, George is more than he seems to be. He too has a link to the supernatural. He too has saved the world.

Then there’s Professor Foxfire—also known as Deadlight Jack. Dressed in the garb of a stage magician, he seems a figure of magic and fun. But he isn’t fun at all. He isn’t even human. And his magic is of the darkest and bloodiest kind.

When George’s grandson vanishes on a family vacation to the Louisiana bayou, George and Jimmy fly across the country to aid in the search. Once they arrive, family feuds and buried secrets bring George face-to-face with the ghosts of a forgotten past; Jimmy finds his powers wilting under the humid Southern sun; and deep in the swamp, Deadlight Jack prepares his long-awaited revenge.


My Thoughts

When I asked for this book on Netgalley I didn’t know it was a second book in a duology. But after reading a few reviews on Goodreads that said this book can be read as a standalone, I choose to read it because the synopsis sounded very interesting. They were right, you can read this book without reading book 1.

This Book Can Be Read As A Standalone!

In this book we read about the two best friends George and Jimmy. They are two men in their 70, living together and fighting supernatural cases. How awesome isn’t that? In this book George’s grandson goes missing, and the two old men goes on an adventure to find the missing boy.

For me the characters are the strength of this book, even though I also really like the story. The story is scary and interesting with lots of supernatural elements and characters. It also has a great atmosphere, especially at the ending. Spoiler Strike-through: How good was the part in the run down house at the ending, the atmosphere and setting was amazing.

I was so much fun reading about protagonists that is elderly, because I usually read books with younger characters.

I love the character George and Jimmy. George is African American and Jimmy is Native American. I love their chemistry and the interactions between them. It is so funny how much they argue and bicker, even though you know they have a great friendship and care for each other.

This book had some great character development, especially George. I wanted more character development on Jimmy, but I have the feeling that he had his parts in book one. I’m very curious about his past though especially because he is native American, so maybe I’ll read book one some time.

I really enjoyed the talk/story George had with Jimmy about his life. In this talk and throughout the book, racism was a theme that came up.

There is also two women who are married to each other and have children together, which I really liked. This book had some great diverse characters.

I rate this book 3.5 stars


I received this copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

❤ -Rakel

October 2016 Monthly Wrap Up

I’m very happy with the amount of books I read this month. A couple of months back I was in a reading slump, and for a while there I though I wouldn’t be able to finish my goodreads reading challenge for this year. Now I’m finally out of the reading slump and on track, yay. I have read 44 books of 50 so far this year. I focused on reading darker books this month, like thrillers or more creepy stuff. I also participated in the Spookathon, that helped a lot and was so much fun.

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Book 1 in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series

A great first book in a middle grade book series. The book is a quick read it didn’t take me long to finish. It has some great characters and the story is fun to read. I really like the Greek mythology theme in the story. It is both very creative and a great spin on mythology. The book is educational especially for children. Rating: 4.


Dead Mountain by Donnie Eichar

I liked this book, it was interesting and a different read for me. I usually don’t read mystery or nonfiction. The author of the book is trying to find out the truth behind a famous Russian tragedy where 11 students mysteriously died on a hiking trip. Rating: 4


The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Book 1 in the Gentleman Bastard series

This book is so good. It is my new favorite book, maybe of all time. If you like fantasy and thieves read this book. A review of this book will be up in November. Rating: 5


The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison

The book was interesting and creepy. I found the setting very creative, and I wanted to know about the butterfly garden. I didn’t care for the characters and the character’s voice and I didn’t like the ending. I’m not sure I completely understood it? I don’t know. I also want to know why the Gardener did what he did. What is his backstory? Now I can’t look at a butterfly tattoo and think of anything else than this book. The book is very graphic when it comes to rape etc and also contains suicide, so trigger warning. Rating: 2


You by Caroline Kepnes

Book 1 in the You duology

This is a crazy romantic love story. Or ehm NOT if you are a normal person. But from Joe’s perspective it is. Joe is a crazy obsessive stalker. I really liked this book. I found the book suspenseful, and I couldn’t stop listening to the audiobook. I wanted to know what would happened next. It was different and interesting to be in Joe’s head. Rating: 4


A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

I don’t like to read about people being sick, like Conor’s mom in this book. It’s just one thing I really don’t like to read about. This book is really sad, and I wanted with all of my heart for a happy ending. My favorite parts are when he is talking with the monster. I like the writing and the ending was beautifully written. I think a lot of other people would like this book more than me, only because I don’t like to read about illness. Rating: 3


Hollow city by Ransom Riggs

Book 2 in the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series

The books aren’t bad. It’s just I don’t think they are for me. I can see why people like this series though. Rating: 3



-What did you read this month?

Top 5 Wednesday October 26: Favorite Spooky Settings

118368Top 5 Wednesday is created by Gingerreadslainey. Each week there is a new bookish topic, where everyone can join and create their top 5 list. You can find more information on the Top 5 Wednesday goodreads group. This week’s topic is:

Favorite Spooky Settings

-These can be settings that exist in books or ones you’d like to see in books. Also, if you are like me, you don’t really have to make this about horror or scary settings. You can also use eerie, atmospheric settings. Macabre settings. Eclectic settings. I’m not a scary horror person either, but I do enjoy the latter.

The Hotel in Psycho

Psycho by Robert Bloch is one of my favorite books in the horror genre. The setting of the run down motel and the odd manager Norman Bates makes a good mix for a creepy setting.



I actually really like zombie stuff. I need to need more books with zombies. If you have any recommendations write them in the comment section. 

Good examples are The Girl With all the Gifts by M.R. Carey, The walking dead TV series and one of my favorite games The Last of Us.

The End of the World / Post Apocalyptic

I like books set in a The End of the Word or post apocalyptic setting. Often where the characters has to survive. The Road by Cormac McCarthy is a good example, and the Fallout games. There is one scene in The Road that shocked me and almost made me sick.

Crazy Person’s mind

This is not really a setting, but I find it interesting to read from a crazy person perspective. The person’s mind can be the setting I guess. Like the narrator in the book I’m currently reading, You by Caroline Kepnes. Other examples are Norman Bates from Psycho or the person in Gone Girl (I don’t want to spoil).

-Which books did you choose for this week’s T5W?

Spookaton To Be Read

Hi I’m participating in this year’s Spookaton. It is a read-a-ton which runs from 17 October to 23 October. Spookaton is hostet by BooksandLala & Paige’s Pages & BookerlyThis read-a-thon is all about the spooky books that fits the Halloween season. You can read whatever you want that is spooky/scary/thrilling. There is 5 challenges you can follow if you want.

I don’t like very scary things with ghosts etc. What I hate the most in horror movies is the scary sounds and jumpscares. Books may be more okay for me because they don’t contain that. I want to go out of my comfort zone and read some horror and thriller books. Maybe I find out that I really love those genres. I’m planning to read 3 books but I have 4 on my list. Here is my list and the challenges for the Spookaton: 

  1. Read a thriller

The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison

This is a thriller obviously. I think I will start with this book. And I’m going to be listening to the audiobook version.   

  1. Read a book with red on the cover

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

This is a science fiction, thriller, mystery. And the main color on the cover is red.

  1. Read a book with a spooky word in the title

A Monster Calls by Patric Ness

Monster is the spooky word. I’m not sure if I will read or listen to this book.

  1. Read a 2016 release

The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison & Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

The Butterfly Garden and Dark Matter are both 2016 releases.

  1. Read a book with a paranormal character/creature

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

This is the book 2 in Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children. I found book one to be a little bit spooky. There is paranormal characters and creatures in this book.

-Are you planning on participating in the Spookaton?