I decided to do something a little different for this Two Book Tuesday and talk about two scary books that I’ve read recently that sent shivers down my spine and made me want to turn on all the lights in the house.
First we have Bleeding Earth by Kaitlin Ward. A young adult horror title with a slightly dystopian feel to it, Bleeding Earth has a pretty original idea for an apocalypse where the earth literally starts to bleed and growing hair and bones. Throughout the story, we follow Lea as she navigates trying to maintain a normal life in spite of the encroaching blood while hoping that her girlfriend will be strong enough to go public (going against her father in doing so).
Even though it has its problems (with plot and actually ANSWERING WHY THE EARTH BLEEDS TO BEGIN WITH), I absolutely could not put this book down. It was just… viscerally disturbing and nauseatingly descriptive. Every single time that the blood is described, I wanted to gag, and when they introduced the hair and bones I actually had to close the book for a minute and just breathe.
This book is gross. It truly is horrific in both atmosphere and the behavior of the people trapped in a world they believe to be ending. I rated this 4 out of 5 stars on goodreads and suggest you read it if you like Young Adult or being spooked. 👻
Book two is Down by Ally Blue and is one of fifteen titles that I purchased at the 2017 Romantic Times Book Lovers Convention. I was lucky enough to meet Ally Blue in person and goofy enough to gush about which of her books that I ADORED! Over the course of the discussion, she mentioned that she had just finished her first ever horror title and would I like to purchase it?
Now, I am not a huge follower of the horror genre, but I do love Ally’s writing style and honestly, how do you say no to an author who is sitting right in front of you? I am thankful that I didn’t. I bought that book and then sat on it for months… Months that I could have spent reading this! At any time!
Down is a horrific take on the mermaid mythos that has a distinctly science fiction twist and a smidgen romance.