Something Wicked Returns Day something or other... I am beginning to lose track as there have been so many fantastic posts and giveaways this month. We are headed into the final stretch, but don't think the great giveaways will fizzle out, be prepared to end the month with a bang! For today's treats visit:
Ali@My Guilty Obsession: Brigid Kemmerer: Elemental Series
Tara@Dividing by Zero: Charles Day: The Legend of the Pumpkin Thief
Here on Rainy Day Ramblings, I have a dark and scary read with an apocalyptic setting. I am pleased to welcome back author Jeyn Roberts. For those of you who were along for Apocalypse! this summer, you may remember Jeyn stopped by and shared with us how she might survive if she was thrust into the world of her books. Jeyn's series: Dark Inside is a frightening world taken over by hostile Baggers. What are Baggers you ask? They are humans who have let the evil of the world seep into their minds and they are consumed by it. Baggers act on all the dark, murderous impulses that normal humans suppress. Imagine trying to surive in this world? It is a frightening prospect! *Shivers* I love the world that Jeyn has created it is scary good! .....Let's get onto the post but first let me reintroduce you all to Jeyn Roberts:
Jeyn Roberts grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and started writing at an early age, having her first story published when she was 16 in a middle-grade anthology called LET ME TELL YOU. When she was 21, she moved to Vancouver with dreams of being a rock star, graduating from the University of British Columbia with a degree in Writing and Psychology. For the next few years she played in an alternative/punk band called Missing Mile before moving to England where she received her MA from the prestigious Creative Writing graduate course at Bath Spa University. Jeyn is a former singer, songwriter, actress, bicycle courier and tree planter. An avid traveler, she’s been around the world, most recently, teaching high school in South Korea. A lover of animals, Jeyn volunteers regularly with helping abandoned and abused animals, especially cats. You can find Jeyn on her website, Facebook, Twitter andGoodreads.
Jeyn is here to share a post about her scariest Halloween ever......
My Scariest Halloween by Jeyn Roberts
Hey everyone. Jeyn Roberts here, the gal with the dark insides, to tell you all about my scariest Halloween ever. It happened when I was five years old.
A few weeks ago, I was bitten by a dog. I made that mistake of being stuck between a 90lb bull dog, a table, and one pissed off cat. Don't worry, I'm alright, but I did get some nasty puncture wounds on the palm of my hand. And I'm not mad at the dog either. It wasn't his fault. My hand just happened to get in his mouth while I was trying to get away.
The funny part of all of this, was that just minutes before the accident, when we were sitting around having some wine and chatting, my brother was telling the story of Boon, the German Shepherd.
Let me tell you a bit about Boon. He was one scary dog that lived next door to us in Saskatoon when I was growing up. He had originally been trained to be a police dog, but they had to remove him from the training program because he was too unpredictable and mean. This dog was so psychotic, he used to slam his head into the window, trying to break the glass to get to the mailman. It got to the point where the mailman refused to deliver mail to their house.
As kids, we knew Boon was not the dog to pet.
So there I was, five years old on Halloween. It was cold that October and I had on my winter jacket. I was outside playing with my brother, Steve, and his friend Brock.
We were by the side of the house when my brother exclaimed: "Hey, it's Happy."
Happy was the name of the other German Shepherd on our block. As you can imagine, this dog lived up to his name. He was the friendliest pooch in the world. So we all started walking over towards "Happy."
Then Happy growled and bared his teeth.
The three of us turned and ran for the backyard. Steve and Brock, being three years older than me, reached the yard first. I was about ten feet behind them. My brother (and yes, remember he was only eight and terrified) slammed the gate shut, locking me out.
I remember being terrified out of my mind. But I knew what to do. I threw myself up against the wall and covered my head with my arms. Boon jumped at my back, tore at my jacket, barking and growling in my ear.
It's a miracle I didn't wet my pants.
I don't know how long I was out there. It was probably just seconds, but it felt like an eternity.
Then I heard my mother. "BOON!"
I swear, the dog whimpered.
Mom had come out of the house. I don't even think she was wearing shoes. She's not a big person either. She's a five foot, four inches of nothing that fits into a size small. But she puffed up her chest, and started screaming at Boon, telling him to get away.
And that huge, insane, ferocious German Shepherd was shaking like a coward.
At that moment, I was able to escape into the house with Mom right behind me. Funny enough, Boon's owner never did fully believe that my tiny mother was able to save me from the dog. He eventually had to give Boon away to a farm where he was away from people. I can't say that any of us were sad to see Boon go.
And the moral of this scary Halloween story? Never get between a mother bear and her cubs. Yes, that works for human Mommy bears as well.
So do I find it funny that many years later, my brother tells this story to a group of people, and five minutes later I get bitten by a dog? Yes, it's funny. I can say that now, after the fact. But at the same time, I don't think I'm ever going to let him tell that story again when there are dogs present.
That's my scariest Halloween story. What's yours?
Hopefully, you are on the mend after your dog bite, Jeyn. Yes, you are right there is nothing like the fierce instinct of a mother protecting her young. I am sure your mom would have jumped between you and that dog if necessary. Glad it all turned out well. What about your scariest Halloween? Share it in the comments with Jeyn. Now for the treat.....how about a giveaway? Jeyn is graciously offering to one lucky winner your choice of either Dark Inside or Rage Within.
To enter fill out the Rafflecopter after reading Contest Policies. This giveaway is open Internationally so please be sure to thank Jeyn in the comments. Good Luck!
Here is my review:
Rage Within (Dark Inside #2) by Jeyn Roberts
In this apocalyptic sequel to Dark Inside’s “well-balanced, realistic suspense” (Kirkus Reviews), four teens continue the struggle for survival as they face a world gone mad.
Aries, Clementine, Mason and Michael have survived the first wave of the apocalypse that wiped out most of the world’s population, and turned many of the rest into murderous Baggers. Now, they’re hiding out in an abandoned house in Vancouver with a ragtag group of surviving teens, and trying to figure out their next move. Aries is trying to lead, but it’s hard to be a leader when there are no easy answers, and every move feels wrong. Clementine is desperate to find her brother Heath, but it’s impossible to know where he’d be, even if he is still alive. Michael is still haunted by the memories of his actions during his harrowing struggle to survive. And Mason is struggling with something far worse: the fear that he may be a danger to his friends. As the Baggers begin to create a new world order, Aries, Clementine, Mason and Michael will have to trust and rely on each other in order to survive.
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers (first published August 30th 2012)
Four stars: A dark, gritty, exciting, apocalyptic tale!
Michael, Aries, Clementine and Mason have found a safe refuge for now. The four of them, along with with the rest of their small band of survivors, are holed up in a large house in Vancouver. However, they know it is just a matter of time before they are forced to move on. The Baggers are swarming the city, and they seem to be banding together and organizing. Daily, The Baggers patrol the city in white vans blaring messages urging survivors to head to downtown where they will be safe. It is yet another scary reminder that their world is overrun by evil. Right now they are focused on surviving, and Clementine is determined to find her brother Heath. How long can they hide from the Baggers?
What I Liked:
- I loved being plunged back into this scary, apocalyptic world. Ms. Roberts has created a dark and horrific world where human kind has been taken over by an ancient evil. This evil has seeped into people's souls and caused them to give into all the horrible impulses that normal humans repress on a daily basis. Ever feel like strangling the guy who cut you off on the freeway but you don't for fear of reprisal? A Bagger doesn't have a moral compass and they do murder the guy on the freeway and anyone else who stands in the way of their hedonistic desires. It is a truly terrifying world, and I am horrified and intrigued by it at the same time. This is certainly a series that is different from any other dystopians out there. It is dark, scary and fascinating.
- Even though it takes a bit of time getting used to, I enjoy the five different narratives. This book is told through the eyes of Clementine, Aries, Michael and Mason, and the Nothing. Each person is strong in their own way, and they all have endured some terrifying circumstances in order to survive. I like seeing how each one of them handles the danger. Michael and Clementine are much more optimistic and, on the whole, they have a more positive attitude. Mason is more troubled and he, unlike the others, battles more with his dark side. He seems to have a propensity to succumb to the evil, but yet he doesn't. Aries is a fierce and courageous irl who is the leader of the group. She is determined to keep them together and safe. The Nothing is the haunting voice of the evil that is creeping into one of the characters. It is the voice of malice, and it is downright chilling. I know that multiple view points can be challenging for many readers, but I had no problems with the switch in narration because the chapters are clearly labeled so there is no doubt as to who the narrator is and second, each character has a distinct voice so it is easy to differentiate between them. I would recommend reading the first book, Dark Inside, before jumping into this one so you will have the full back story on each character.
- I like that even amidst the chaos of death and destruction, there is still a spark of goodness and love. Despite all odds, there are a couple of blossoming romances. One is just hints and a hope, while the other actually takes root and flowers. It was a breath of fresh air, and a beacon of light in all the darkness.
- This is a fast paced book that rarely pauses for you to catch your breath. You are swept away in the danger, and you watch anxiously as the characters you have grown to love fight for their own survival and those they have chosen to protect. If you like your books quick and full of adrenaline, you won't be disappointed.
And The Not So Much:
- The ending is a bit frustrating. It isn't exactly a cliffhanger as everything settles for the moment and it pauses during a rare lull in the action, but one of the main character's fate was left hanging in the balance and I desperately wanted to know what was in store for him.
- Colin is a character I absolutely want to throttle. He is a leech, hanging on to the others and he is worthless, nasty and a waste of time and resources. How I want to see the group stand up to him and throw him out on his sorry ass. Hopefully, he will get what he deserves soon.
- I wanted to know a bit more about the organized Baggers, and how they grouped together and functioned. There are just the barest hints of what is going on amongst them, but not enough to satisfy my curiosity.
- Finally, as of right now, there is no definite date in sight for the release of book three. According to Ms. Roberts, the publisher has put a hold on the next book for right now. I am angrily shaking my fist.... darn you publisher, give us what we want, and that is another book in this heart pounding series!
Rage Within is a solid sequel. This book picks up right after the finale of the first book. It has all you love in a great dystopian: sound world building, survivalist characters, exciting, action packed storyline and plenty to make your heart pound. If you are hungering for a thrilling apocalyptic adventure that is original, I highly recommend you check out this series. I only hope that book three will be along soon!
“I used to love my things so much. I couldn’t live without them. Today I looked at it all and I hated it.”
“Dark days. They change a man. They’ve changed all of us.”
“There are three sides to every story.
What really happened: The truth.”
“She is a song written for someone else.”
“Some things you can’t take back. Some things take you farther into the darkness.”
I purchased a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
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