on August 27th, 2014
Genres: Horror, Paranormal
Source: blog tour
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Sixteen-year-old Brenna doesn’t believe her vivid imagination can hurt her, until she wakes up in a church, covered in blood. Blood that isn’t hers.
She thinks her life can't get much worse, but when she finally finds a way to escape her abusive home, her imagination turns to nightmarish hallucinations.
Niven likes staying inside the abandoned church, hiding from his violent father. The two bond through art and misery, but Brenna knows good things in her life don’t last long.
Her delusions take a horrific turn when she thinks she sees two men gruesomely murdered by a monster in the church basement, but in the end, she’s the one with blood on her hands.
Amanda Troyer’s Top 5 Scariest Books & Movies
- The Ring-
I saw The Ring in the theater when I was in high school. It was probably the scariest thing I’d ever seen. To make things worse, I got a phone call right after the movie that was dead air, then it hung up. I know you’re supposed to hear, “seven days” but it was still unnerving. Then, to top it off, I had the first bloody nose of my life when I woke up the next morning. I’m not sure I’ve had one since. I’ll never forget that strange sequence of events for the rest of my life.
- Perfume: The Story of a Murderer –
When I was pregnant with my second son, my first son was taking multiple naps, and I wasn’t as big of a reader as I am now. So I would rent stacks of movies from the library, and one of them happened to be Perfume. It’s the most beautifully disturbing movie I’ve ever seen. There are so many scenes that stick with me and haunt me to this day.
- Don’t Breathe a Word –
I don’t know why I picked up this book, but I’m glad I did. It isn’t what I expected, and it honestly took me a while to finish it. But at the end, I was terrified of the dark. Even more than I usually am. The last fifty pages had me up then back down again, until I was left looking at this book in my lap thinking, “What just happened?” I felt sick, and confused. I really need more scary, or disturbing books recommended to me!
- Exorcism of Emily Rose –
I have to admit something. I have an irrational fear of being possessed by a demon. The movie focuses a lot on her, and her experiences, so watching it was pretty terrifying for me. To be honest, I’m glad I don’t remember much of that movie. Though, the part I do remember has to be the worst: “We are the ones who dwelt within, [five demon names in other languages], and I am Lucifer, the Devil in the flesh.” Chills.
- Saw –
Saw is way more disturbing than it is scary. But the first one was really original (for me) and scary at the time. I remember feeling about like I did after reading Don’t Breathe a Word! I didn’t know if I was upset or confused. It definitely left its mark.
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