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Frozen Charlotte

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The Ninth Circle came out in April 2008 with possibly the most beautiful cover ever created (matched only by her second book, Jasmyn). This was such a genuinely creepy YA horror, I loved that there were some really scary moments in there that weren't watered down for a teen audience. One of her fingernails ripped off as she lost her grip on the rock and fell back down the cliff face to the ledge below. She immediately hits it off with Piper, who is always exuding charm and positivity as she takes over as host and prepares the food and shows her around. Online articles about the case and interview transcripts are provided throughout, and Pip’s capstone logs offer insights into her thought processes as new evidence and suspects arise.

The Frozen Charlottes don't just want to stab your eyes out with needles, although that would be fun. It doesn’t really explain why Rebecca’s ghost at the beginning caused serious harm to Sophie’s friend and the waitress, but it may have been done out of anger.A girl with amnesia and a boy suspected of harming his girlfriend overcome adversity to find the answers they seek. There were a few scenes in the book where I did actually find myself lifting my feet from the floor so that I wouldn’t imagine a freezing cold hand reaching out to my ankle. Aside from all these wonderful things that made me love Frozen Charlotte, do you know what my favourite thing was? The book starts out like 80 or so years before this and the head mistress at the Dunvegan School for Girls on the isle of Skye is playing outside in the winter snow with some of the youngest little girls during their playtime outside, when she notices a very weird and abnormal incident going on with the girls who are playing with their little dolls that they had made in class.

I loved that the author drew on real stuff for the book, the Frozen Charlotte dolls are real things (which I knew) and the Fair Charlotte ballad, which the author used at the start of each chapter (a very cool inclusion) is actually a real thing. Both are things I have previously found counter-productive to the chilling atmosphere the genre is meant to provide the reader with. Now, I don't know, if as a parent, seeing my child's grief, I would have gone and left them, regardless of how much I paid for a ticket. Sophia goes to spend the summer with her uncle and cousins in their former schoolhouse home following the death of her best friend. To me, the use of social media made this paranormal story seem much more realistic and therefore scarier.The two immersive storylines bring to life the trials and frustrations each main character faces in this debut, which is a thrilling delight right up to the unexpected and bittersweet conclusion. I have found that modern technology often ruins much of the suspension of belief that the reader contributes to a historical horror, and a younger character set can often be synonymous with tame horror. A fantastic read that I thoroughly enjoyed, and I would definitely recommend this to all readers looking for a good scare and a murder mystery! The author went as far as having the five year old scared so badly off bones that she wants her own skeleton out of her body so they have to hide the knives so she won't try and cut them out. Throughout the month of ‘Spooktober’ I’m reviewing creepy reads, so make sure the check out the rest of my posts.

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