BOOK: Slasher Girls & Monster Boys, a collection of terrifying tales and psychological thrillers selected by April Genevieve Tucholke


Ranges from ★★★☆☆ to ★★★★☆

The Bird of Azalea Street, by Nova Ren Suma– ★★★★☆
Excellent start to an anthology boasting terrifying tales. A+ gray characters.

In The Forest Dark And Deep, by Carrie Ryan– ★★★★★
Easily one of my favourites because it caused me having to put it down because I had been reading deep into the night and I got scared. (But I’m easily scared so there’s that.) Fantastic adaptation of Alice in Wonderland.

Emmeline, by Cat Winters – ★★★☆☆
Predictable, still a good read.

Verse Chorus Verse, by Leigh Bardugo – ★★☆☆☆
Only story that made me feel uncomfortable with the hinting at paparazzi manipulation, suicide. Which may also mean it was successful but I don’t know. :T

Hide-And-Seek, by Megan Shepherd – ★★★☆☆
Wonderful plot, but poor execution. It had all the elements I love – creepy legend, death’s messenger, a gamble with death. But the storytelling sold it short.

The Dark, Scary Parts and All, by Danielle Paige – ★★★★☆
Ah, another of my favourite troupes – nerdy girl gets chosen by the scary death. Hints of other things I enjoy in a tall, dark, scary villain that also tries so hard to take the girl with him. And the girl actually wants to go. Very Hades and Persephone.

The Flicker, The Fingers, The Beat, The Sigh, by April Genevieve Tucholke – ★★★☆☆
This one is pure psychological terror on the main character. A good old haunting caused by nothing but the human’s guilty conscience.

Fat Girl with a Knife, by Jonathan Maberry – ★★☆☆☆
Zombie, nothing exciting to see here.

Sleepless, by Jay Kristoff – ★★★★☆
This is akin to reading an episode of Criminal Minds. Also, Kristoff seems to enjoy storytelling through letters, messaging, etc. Not complaining, just a note. 😉

M, by Stefan Bachmann – ★★★☆☆
Another story of karma getting the villain, but with a blind protagonist, which is very refreshing.

The Girl Without A Face, by Marie Lu – ★★★★☆
Also like reading a Criminal Minds episode, with the karma factor mixed in.

A Girl Who Dreamed of Snow, by McCormick Templeman – ★★★★☆
Excellent storytelling of a girl who not only saved the village, took down her violators, and paid for her own sin. Collateral damage was also karma working.

Stitches, by A.G. Howard – ★★★★★
Howard’s stories always have this surrealism to them that keeps hitting home to things that I have thought about before. I love this particular story very much, the exchanging of parts to a person so that the person becomes better.

On The I-5, by Kendare Blake – ★★★☆☆
The vicious cycle of victim, murderer, haunted.

Sometimes in an anthology, it’s undeniable that you get different stories but on a repetitive theme. There are a a fair bit of stories that uses karma (always gets you). It is very apparent, but I think that is life and it just shows up more obviously because of the length of the story. The book has its share of scary, but not strong enough to give me the creeps throughout (just once, lol).

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