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From Serial Killers to Fairy Tales

Cain's Blood

We do run the gamut here at AB4T. Quite a variety to introduce today, but all three fall under the broad category of speculative fiction. Let’s begin with our starred review, a blood-filled serial killer/government experiment-gone-wrong thriller, with an interesting twist. It was released alongside a companion YA novel — Project Cain — which is [...]

Door Stoppers

The Goldfinch

I thought we’d kick off the New Year with two of the biggest books of 2013. Both couple length with accessible, engaging prose that seduces the reader all the way to the end. Donna Tartt made her name with The Secret History over 20 years ago, and it has since gained cult status. The Goldfinch, [...]

The Different Shades of Horror

Help for the Haunted

I am writing this on the Sunday evening of a weekend during which the movie “Insidious: Chapter 2″ made $41 million dollars at the box office. Tomorrow evening “Sleepy Hollow” premieres on Fox and CBS airs the finale of the first season of “Under the Dome”. “The Walking Dead” is on the cover of this [...]

Weekly Reviews: Monster Thrillers

Red Moon

Benjamin Percy’s Red Moon is a political thriller as much as werewolf horror novel, in the same way that World War Z is about military strategy. Red Moon reflects the current state of our world, in particular terrorism, persecuted minorities, and the importance of energy sources in today’s political decision-making. In fact, Justin Cronin (author of The [...]

Two Books, Two Stars

The Golem and the Jinni

Two magical books topped off our April reading, both earning starred reviews. The Golem and the Jinni is a mash-up of Jewish and Arab folklore, historical fiction and fantasy,  new and old world sensibilities.  Helene Wecker’s debut seems destined to be among the best of the year. The publisher has certainly gone all-out. The physical package is richly [...]

Contemplating Horror

The Demonologist

I’ve been thinking about horror fiction lately. What are the secrets of its appeal? Why are teens so drawn to it? How can we know which adult horror novels will appeal to teens and which won’t? One of the reasons I’ve been thinking about this lately is because I enjoyed The Demonologist by Andrew Pyper [...]

Weekly Reviews: Speculative Fiction

The Office of Mercy

Today we review three thrillingly original works of speculative fiction. Let’s start with a post-apocalyptic, dystopian debut novel. The Office of Mercy is being marketed as a Hunger Games readalike. (I’ve also seen comparisons to recent Alex Award winner, Pure). However, debut author Djanikian is more concerned with ethical questions than fast-paced action. The Alphas had good intentions [...]

The Six-Gun Tarot

The Six-Gun Tarot

A few weeks ago, I posted about genre fiction and teen appeal. At that time I made a promise to myself that I would read more genre titles this year. So far so good because by reading The Six-Gun Tarot I covered three in one – fantasy, horror and western. Teens are going to love [...]

The Games

The Games

Ted Kosmatka‘s first novel receives our latest starred review. The Games has nothing to do with The Hunger Games, although it is a dystopian thriller that deals with a gladiatorial fight to the death (or rather, destruction), in a great blend of horror and science fiction. Library Journal named The Games a science fiction/fantasy debut [...]

What Dies in Summer

What Dies in Summer

Tom Wright‘s debut is far from a typical southern coming-of-age novel. What begins as a dysfunctional family story (and what a family) becomes something else after our two young teens, Jim and L.A., find the body of a girl just about their age while out riding bikes and collecting bottles to supplement their allowance. There’s [...]