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HUNTER SHEA HAUL & GIVEAWAY | Mystery Unboxing from Horror Author

Gory and Brockie open a mystery box from horror author Hunter Shea full of booky goodness. Stay tuned for a giveaway to win a signed copy of Hunter’s book The Montauk Monster at the end of the video.

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ENTER THE GIVEAWAY
Watch the video and answer Gory’s question in the YouTube comments. Don’t forget to add the hashtag #HoffVSFish to make sure Gory sees it.

To qualify you need to be a subscriber to Horror Addicts. Giveaway ends March 15th at 12pm Pacific Standard Time. Winner will receive a copy of The Montauk Monster signed by author Hunter Shea. Winner will be drawn March 16th. Video responses earn an extra five entries into the giveaway.

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HORROR HAUL & DIGITAL GIVEAWAY | Movies, Books & Games (January 2016)

Gory B. Movie’s haul of horror books, Blu-Rays, DVDs, and PS4 games from November through January. Loads of movie reviews and unboxings of new releases including Scream Factory editions. PLUS digital HD codes from movies of all genres–just leave a comment on YouTube below the video letting me know which one you want and I’ll message you the code and instructions. First come, first served.

For a complete list of currently available codes, check the video description on YouTube.

May Birthday Book Haul

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So you may have noticed that I was MIA for much of last week. This is partly because it was my birthday (woot!) and because I have two book tours that I’m participating in for WatchPlayRead, so I’ve had a ton of reading to catch up on. I’m hoping next week, after the book tours are over, that I can get some reviews posted. In the meantime, check out all my new books!

Birthday Books!

The Walking Dead Graphic Novels
by Robert Kirkman

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I’m behind on the series because I like to wait until I’ve collected a few to read back-to-back. For my birthday, I received volumes #16-18. I’m excited to read these! I reread the entire series at the start of the year and really liked where the series is going. From what I’ve read in reviews the next volume sets a much-needed change of pace for the series and offers a glimmer of hope to the survivors when they meet a stranger that wants them to join him in rebuilding society. There have been a few of these moments in past volumes where the group finds what they think is a place where they can begin new lives only to have the rug pulled out from underneath them and are then attacked or double-crossed. I’m hoping these volumes will be a turning point for the series and not a repeat of the Governor storyline.

Side note: I never noticed before that the zombies in the cover images line up. Have they always done this? I’m going to have to pull out all my old volumes and check.

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Buffy Season 8, Volume 3 Hardcover
by Joss Whedon

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Yay! Just what I needed for my Buffyverse marathon! I have this volume in comic book form, but I was missing the Dark Horse Presents Harmony issues. Also, I LOVE these big, beautiful hardback editions. The illustrations look so vibrant and I notice hidden Easter eggs in the background that I missed the first time around. This volume includes the story arcs Predators and Prey and Retreat. It also has a ton of one-shots. I’m reviewing the Buffyverse comics for WatchPlayRead so I will be starting this volume just as soon as I finish my review of Volume 2 (hopefully tonight or tomorrow).

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Book Tours

Awesome Jones
by AshleyRose Sullivan

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WatchPlayRead, the online entertainment magazine I write for, hooked me up with this one for a book tour. I finished it last weekend and posted a review of it yesterday that you can read here. Awesome Jones is an ordinary guy that dreams of becoming a superhero, but when destiny calls he must choose to continue his simple life with the girl he loves or risk it all to save the world and live up to his name. I was given a few books to choose from for this tour and chose this one because I love comics and superheros. I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of depth and world-building in Awesome Jones and highly recommend it to fans of superheroes and fairy tales.

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Olde School
by Selah Janel

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This is another one that I got from WatchPlayRead for a book tour. The review is scheduled for this coming Monday so I better hurry up and finish this before I go out-of-town for Crypticon (a horror movie convention) this weekend. So, far it reminds me of Jim Henson’s work particularly Labyrinth. Check back next week for my full review.

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Netgalley

Hexed
by Michelle Krys

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I haven’t read too many witchy books I like, but I did like the movie The Craft and the description for this book said it’s similar. However, reviews from my fellow bloggers have not been all that great so my expectations are fairly low.  This one releases June 10th so I will be reading it very soon.

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The Immortal Crown
by Richelle Mead

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I requested this one because I like the Vampire Academy series and because Richelle Mead is a local author. However, I didn’t realize that this book is a sequel. I have so much to read this month that I don’t think I will be able to track down the first book and read this before the May 29th release date. Also, the plot sounds like the kind of convoluted science fiction dystopian tale that usually fails to interest me. If you are reading this series, please let me know what you think of it. It’s highly reviewed on Goodreads so, while I may not get to it in time for the release, I may keep it on my TBR to read later this year.

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Sidekick
by Auralee Wallace

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I was ridiculously excited to be approved for this one from Netgalley. It releases June 1st so I will be starting it as soon as I finish Olde School. It is about a wealthy girl that wants to be a superhero. She tries to apprentice under an established superhero but is turned down until her connections make her an asset to the cause. Now, she has less than a month to learn the ropes and save the city. This sounds awesome and is supposed to be similar to Kick Ass which I really enjoyed. I’m looking forward to reading this!

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9 books altogether! And the best part? I didn’t have to buy any of them! Woot! *Happy book dance*

Now I want to hear from you! What new books did you get this month and have you read any of these books or will you be adding any of these to your TBR? Also, which of these books would you like me to read and review first?

April Book Haul

I have six new books from Netgalley and Amazon (you can’t see it but I’m doing my I-got-new-books happy dance!):

16068341The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu [Kindle]:
This is an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) from Netgalley set for release June 3, 2014.  It is a young adult, literary novel about a high school girl named Alice who is rumored to have slept with two guys at a party. Then one of the guys, Brandon, dies in a car crash because he was sexting her (and now sexting is in my spell check dictionary. My blog is getting so racy!). Four first-person narrators tell the story, none of which are Alice. I started reading The Truth About Alice last night and already I’m invested.  This book is only 208 pages so I’m hoping to have it finished sometime today. Expect a review soon!

19141361Amity by Michol Ostow [Kindle]:
Another Netgalley ARC set for release August 26, 2014. A young adult horror novel about a house called Amity that is either the same house from the Amityville Horror legend or inspired by it. Not sure. But good timing on the author’s part since the real Amityville house just went back on the market. It’s true. Here’s the article.

The novel follows the stories of two teenagers: Connor and Gwen. Connor enjoys the gory dreams he experiences after moving into the house with his family. Gwen’s story takes place ten years later. Her parents moved to the house to start fresh after Gwen’s psychotic break. The story alternates between the two stories of this evil house and how it uses these two teens to carry out its will. I’m expecting this book to be similar to the Amityville horror legend about the haunted house that drove people to kill. I like stories that weave together and surprise endings and I’m hoping Amity delivers both.

18810467Before They Find Us by Michelle Hansen [Kindle]:
The book is another ARC from Netgalley and is about a 17-year-old girl named Rebecca who receives a threatening text. Then, a bomb goes off in her best friend Ryan’s locker two states away. Rebecca worries that these two incidents are related to a crime she witnesses six years ago. Then the FBI labels Ryan a terrorist so he turns to Rebecca and the two of them head to Vegas to clear his name.

This is a young adult thriller. I don’t read too many crime novels so this whole thing sounds like something out of a Tom Cruise movie to me, but one of my goals this year was to read genres outside of my comfort zone so this book might be a good place to start.

15780926The Night has Teeth by Kat Kruger [Kindle]
I am both excited and terrified to read this book. Excited because it is about werewolves. Terrified because I’m writing a book about werewolves and some of the plot points sound similar. (I seriously need to finish my book already before someone else comes up with the same idea.)

I downloaded this book from Amazon for only $2.99 (bargain!). It is a YA horror novel and the first in a trilogy. The sequel, The Night has Claws, is already out  which will make me really happy when I’m done with this one, particularly if it ends on a cliffhanger. Already I’m loving the titles of these books and the covers are fantastic!

Anyway, onto the synopsis: The Night has Teeth is about a 17-year-old named Connor (I just noticed that all the books on this list so far are about 17-year-olds and there is a Connor in Amity. I really need to expand my reading list) who goes to study abroad in Paris and discovers that werewolves live among us and that there are two kinds: the bitten and the born. The bitten are the wolfman, bipedal, half-man, half-beast variety. The born look like ordinary wolves. Connor finds himself on the wanted list of an old werewolf who is searching for a cure and a means of killing all werewolves. The teaser also mentions something about mad scientists. I am very intrigued and I cannot wait to devour this book!

11235712Cinder by Marissa Meyer [Hardback]
Yeah, I know. I’m probably the only person who hasn’t read this book yet. I am finally reading it because I will be meeting author Marissa Meyer at the end of the month (yay!).  Anyhow, you know what it’s about. It’s Cinderella only she’s a cyborg and a mechanic and there’s a prince. It sounds awesome. AND Marissa Meyer lives in Tacoma, WA which is cool because, I like to read local authors. AND Marissa Meyer wrote the first draft of this book for NaNoWriMo. I follow her on Goodreads, the Nano site, and Twitter (actually this is starting to sound more like I cyber stalk her) and really enjoyed her posts. She seems like my kind of people and reviews from my fellow bloggers have been very positive. I’m sure I will love this book. Now, if it would only get here already…I’m going to go check the mail again.

15795357Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell [Kindle]
This is another book that you’ve probably already read. I know. This book is amazing. All the reviews say so. It will probably change my life and make me a better person. So, why have I put off reading it for so long? Because I’m a cheap skate. Lucky for me, the Kindle edition went on sale for $5 at the start of the month. The only thing I love more than getting new books, is getting new books really cheap. For those who haven’t read this yet, it is a YA romance about two music loving teens in the 1986 and all the feels that come with first love. I have the book. I have a box of tissues. I’m ready.

Okay that’s it. Well sort of.

I also ordered Invasion of the Mind Swappers from Asteroid 6 (yep, that’s what it’s really called.) by James Howe for my kiddo.  This is the second book in the Bunnicula spinoff series Tales from the House of Bunnicula told by Howie the puppy. My son would not let me put the first one down until we finished it. These books, like the Bunnicula books, are silly and full of puns and my 9-year-old son can’t get enough of them.

If you are interested in reviews of children’s books, please let me know. I’ve thought of doing something where I review books with my son so you would get the opinion of a parent and a kid.

Now I want to hear from you! Which of these books sounds most interesting to you and which would you like to see a review of? Leave a comment below and if you’re new here, don’t forget to hit that follow button for more book hauls, reviews and posts on writing!