Recensie: Red Queen

30196348Auteur: Christina Henry
Titel: The red queen
Serie: The chronicles of Alice #2
Genre: Horror, adaptatie
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2016
ISBN: 9781785653322
Aantal pagina’s: 313
Gelezen: Augustus 2018

The land outside of the Old City was supposed to be green, lush, hopeful. But the verdant fields are nothing but ash and hope is nowhere to be found. Still, Alice and Hatcher are on a mission to find his daughter: a quest they will not forsake even as it takes them deep into the clutches of the mad White Queen or into the realm of the twisted and cruel Black King. The pieces are set and the game has begun, and each move brings Alice closer to her destiny.

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Recensie: It

36013075Auteur: Stephen King
Titel: It
Genre: Horror
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 1986
ISBN: 9781473666931
Aantal pagina’s: 1392
Gelezen: Oktober 2018

‘They float…and when you’re down here with me, you’ll float, too.’

To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry Maine was just their home town: familiar, well-ordered for the most part. A good place to live.

It was the children who saw – and felt – what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one’s deepest dread. Sometimes IT reached up, seizing, tearing, killing . . .

The adults, knowing better, knew nothing.

Time passed and the children grew up, moved away. The horror of IT was deep-buried, wrapped in forgetfulness. Until they were called back, once more to confront IT as IT stirred and coiled in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.
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Recensie: Alice

30196357Auteur: Christina Henry
Titel: Alice
Serie: The chronicles of Alice, #1
Genre: Horror, sproojesadaptatie
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2015
ISBN: 9781785653308
Aantal pagina’s: 325
Gelezen: Juli 2018

In a warren of crumbling buildings and desperate people called the Old City, there stands a hospital with cinderblock walls which echo with the screams of the poor souls inside. In the hospital, there is a woman. Her hair, once blonde, hangs in tangles down her back. She doesn’t remember why she’s in such a terrible place-just a tea party long ago, and long ears, and blood… Then, one night, a fire at the hospital gives the woman a chance to escape, tumbling out of the hole that imprisoned her, leaving her free to uncover the truth about what happened to her all those years ago. Only something else has escaped with her. Something dark. Something powerful. And to find the truth, she will have to track this beast to the very heart of the Old City, where the rabbit waits for his Alice.
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Halloween TBR

b68b0b4e-3893-426f-b660-59cd6c2a6f9dHoi allemaal! Het is oktober, en weten jullie wat dat betekent? Halloween komt eraan! En bij Halloween horen enge boeken, dus ik heb een TBR lijstje samengesteld van de boeken die ik wil gaan lezen in de komende weken!

Als eerst: It van Stephen King. En met lezen bedoel ik, proberen te lezen want ik ben eigenlijk echt heel bang voor clowns. Maar mijn nieuwsgierigheid van wat Pennywise nu eigenlijk met die kinderen doet en het feit dat ik nog nooit een écht eng boek gelezen heb (en dat ik een poll plaatste op instagram waarop de meesten van jullie reageerden dat ik It moest gaan lezen, nog bedankt hé) wonnen het en nu ligt het boek dus op mijn TBR. Wish me luck…
Ik heb Toil & Trouble besteld via The Book Depository, maar deze is helaas nog niet binnen. Ik kwam het boek tegen toen ik de post maakte over nieuwe releases in september (klik) en hij maakte me gelijk heel nieuwsierig. Het zijn short stories over heksen en ik denk/hoop dat dit een goed tussendoortje is voor als It te eng wordt. Moet hij alleen wel nog binnenkomen…
The Mermaid van Christina Henry kocht ik in Engeland. Ik heb haar adaptatie van Alice en het vervolg (Red Queen) inmiddels gelezen en die waren best wel eng en spannend! Ik vermoed dat deze adaptatie van De Kleine Zeemeermin net zo is, dus ook dit is een goede toevoeging aan de Halloween TBR.
Ten slotte, A skinful of shadows van Frances Hardinge kocht ik ook in Engeland. Het gaat over ondode zielen die lichamen overnemen. Als dat niet iets is voor Halloween, dat weet ik het ook niet meer!

Hebben jullie een speciale Halloween TBR? Welke boeken gaan jullie lezen in de komende weken?

Recensie: Dracula

12362630Auteur: Bram Stoker
Titel: Dracula
Genre: Literatuur, klassieker, horror
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 1986
ISBN: 9780061992155
Aantal pagina’s: 384
Gelezen: November 2017

This new edition of Dracula, offering the complete text of the original book with more than 50 original illustrations in the form of horizontal and vertical panels, spot illustrations, and ornate borders by Becky Cloonan, will delight Dracula fans. This is a Dracula we’ve never seen before—contemporary, edgy, stylishly macabre with Victorian overtones, and an unusual color palette.
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Recensie: Hazel Wood

35997403Auteur: Melissa Albert
Titel: The Hazel Wood
Genre: Young Adult, fictie, sprookjes, horror
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2018
ISBN: 9780141388663
Aantal pagina’s: 359
Gelezen: maart 2018

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the strange bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate – the Hazel Wood – Alice learns how bad her luck can really get. Her mother is stolen away – by a figure who claims to come from the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: STAY AWAY FROM THE HAZEL WOOD. 

To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began . . .
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Recensie: The phantom of the opera

480204Auteur: Gaston Leroux
Titel: The phantom of the opera
Genre: Literatuur, klassieker, horror
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 1909
ISBN: 9780060809249
Aantal pagina’s: 360
Gelezen: September 2017

First published in French as a serial in 1909, The Phantom of the Opera is a riveting story that revolves around the young, Swedish Christine Daaé. Her father, a famous musician, dies, and she is raised in the Paris Opera House with his dying promise of a protective angel of music to guide her. After a time at the opera house, she begins hearing a voice, who eventually teaches her how to sing beautifully. All goes well until Christine’s childhood friend Raoul comes to visit his parents, who are patrons of the opera, and he sees Christine when she begins successfully singing on the stage. The voice, who is the deformed, murderous ‘ghost’ of the opera house named Erik, however, grows violent in his terrible jealousy, until Christine suddenly disappears. The phantom is in love, but it can only spell disaster.

Leroux’s work, with characters ranging from the spoiled prima donna Carlotta to the mysterious Persian from Erik’s past, has been immortalized by memorable adaptations. Despite this, it remains a remarkable piece of Gothic horror literature in and of itself, deeper and darker than any version that follows.
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