Growing Things by Paul Tremblay

Hi guys!!

I got sent this book by titan books a while back to read and review!!

‘Growing Things and Other Stories’ is a collection of horror stories by award-winning author Paul Tremblay!

This collection of short stories was one of the weirdest, spookiest things I have ever read! I enjoyed all of the stories, however I did enjoy a couple a lot more, so I will focus on those!!

-‘Something About Birds’ was the kind of story that felt a little off the whole way through, and then at the end revealed why. This one has stuck with me the most and honestly am still thinking about it daily! It’s so creepy and I almost feel weird saying I enjoyed it, but I really did! It had such an interesting concept that kind of reminded me of a strange adult version of Lord of the Flies? I’m still not quite sure what was going on, but it’s making me want to read it again which is always a good thing!

-‘The Getaway’ kind of hid the horror at first. Up until a certain point, the reader isn’t made aware that there’s anything sinister going on. However, once it is realised, by both the characters and the readers the whole atmosphere of the story changes! It goes from being scared of being caught be the cops to being terrified of something else entirely. As I read this after I watched Infinity War, that’s all I could think about. I don’t know if that made it sadder, scarier or less shocking, but it definitely helped me to visualise what was going on!!

-‘Where We All Will Be’ is so disturbing because it doesn’t feel impossible. The whole basis is that everyone is effected by something, except the protagonist whose brain is said to ‘work differently’. This was so interesting to me because people’s brains are ‘wired’ differently in real life, and some people process things differently, or not at all so this felt quite plausible! You can really feel the panic in the main characters actions, which instantly put me on edge! It’s so so creepy and has definitely made me not trust moths!

-‘It’s Against The Law To Feed The Ducks’ honestly with this one it took me a while to actually figure out what was going on, but oh my god! I adored this story, it reminded me of a freaky sci-fi end of the world type thing! It was just incredible! I loved the family dynamic, and how it felt like it was showing you the end of the world partially through a child’s eyes, but a child whose parents were trying to hide it from them! I’m currently rewatching the walking dead and it keeps reminded me of this story! I think it’s mostly the weirdly empty places that should be packed with people!

This collection of short stories is amazing, there are so many amazing ones, I barely even scratched the surface with these three!! Another one of my favourites’ title is just a bunch of underscores, which is both genius and makes it very hard to talk about😂 I will go into more detail in my blog post in the next couple of days!!

If I had to sum up this book, I would say it is perfect for anyone that enjoys horror and maybe doesn’t have time to read whole books! Each short story in on average about 20 pages, which is totally doable in one sitting!! I will rate this book 4.5/5 stars! Only taking away .5 because I didn’t love love all the stories! But I thought they were all interesting and thought provoking!

See you next time!

Elizabeth

The Girl in Red Review

Hello!

I was sent this book by Titan Books as part of their instagram tour!

The Girl in Red is an amazing retelling of the fairytale ‘Little Red Riding Hood’! It comes out on the 18th June, so be sure to go and pre-order it!!

When a disease destroys most of the U.S. population Red and her brother Adam decide to try and reach their paternal grandmother, who lives over 200 miles away. Adam wants to join a quarantine camp, thinking it’s the only way to survive in this new world, but Red isn’t letting herself get shut away. Red is about to find out that the woods are deep and dark, and there are far worse things than wolves out in the world.

When I was first contacted about this book, I was a little unsure. A fairytale retelling set in an apocalypse situation? How would that work? But oh boy! Not only does it work but it is amazing!

This is definitely one of my favourite retellings! The concept is so unique, and the characters are so diverse! The main character is a mixed race, bisexual, disabled girl! But unlike some books none of it feels forced, like it was just put in for brownie points! Red is a multi-faceted, three dimensional character that just happened to have her leg amputated halfway down.

I absolutely love the messages in this book, how instead of the ‘Big Bad Wolf’, it’s other people. Because more often than not, especially in apocalypse type situations, people are the most threatening thing you can come across. Especially for a character like Red, who is a woman alone.

I immediately liked Red as a character. She might be the first character who is actually realistic within the scenario! These days, who hasn’t seen or read at least one thing about the apocalypse? With shows like The Walking Dead, pretty much every household will have someone who knows how to prepare. Red was this person. She got annoyed at her family doing all the typical stupid mistakes, she made sure she packed her bag in advance and took it everywhere so she was never caught by surprise, and most importantly she actually had common sense!! It felt like a breath of fresh air to read a character that isn’t completely daft.

The way this book was written switched between ‘After’, with Red walking through the woods trying to survive and ‘Before’, which shows Red’s preparation and the build up to the beginning of the journey.

I read this book in two days, which for me is super fast. I absolutely loved everything about this book, the characters and the story were just so good! I will definitely be reading more of Christina Henry’s books! I rate this book 5/5 stars! Seriously, if you love fairytale retellings or apocalypse stories, you will adore this!!

Thank you Titan Books for sending me a copy to review!

See you again soon!

Elizabeth