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Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Only If You Dare: 13 Stories of Darkness and Doom by Josh Allen - Book Tour & Review + Giveaway

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the ONLY IF YOU DARE: 13 STORIES OF DARKNESS AND DOOM by Josh Allen, illustrated by Sarah J. Coleman, Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About The Book:

Title: ONLY IF YOU DARE: 13 STORIES OF DARKNESS AND DOOM

Author: Josh Allen, illustrated by Sarah J. Coleman

Pub. Date: August 31, 2021

Publisher: Holiday House

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 208

Find it:  GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBDBookshop.org

Thirteen chilling short stories to keep you up at night--but only if you dare.

You never know what's out to get you. Though you might think you're safe from monsters and menaces, everyday objects can turn against you, too. A mysterious microwave. A threatening board game. A snowman that refuses to melt. Even your own heartbeat has its secrets. Thu-thump. Thu-thump. When you stop to listen, each beat sounds more menacing than the last.

Master storyteller Josh Allen brings thirteen nightmare scenarios to life in this page-turning collection that's perfect for budding horror junkies. In his wondrous world, danger waits behind every doorway . . . even in the most ordinary places.

Eerie illustrations by award-winning artist Sarah Coleman accompany the stories, packaged in a stunning hardcover edition complete with glow-in-the-dark jacket. Readers will sleep with one eye open! 

Reviews:

"Allen has cemented himself as the heir-apparent of ­Alvin Schwartz; this is the new quick pick for patrons who want more after reading all the classic ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.’. . .A chilling anthology of memorable scares that will leave even the biggest ­horror buffs sleeping with the light on."School Library Journal, Starred Review

"Thirteen illustrated short stories range from eerie to totally terrifying. Each tale stands completely alone, but a strong sense of foreboding, unease, and utterly chilling twists runs through the collection. . . . intrepid tweens and teens who enjoy a thrill will be thoroughly sucked in."The Horn Book

"Twisty, terrifying, and oh-so fun! Just when you think you’re safe, Josh Allen brings on the scares. From monstrous microwaves to carnivorous pillows, you’ll never look at life the same way again."—Kim Ventrella, author of The Secret Life of Sam

"Horror fans will enjoy this spine-tingling selection. . . ."—Publishers Weekly

"This delightfully dark and spine-tingling anthology will keep young readers and horror lovers on the edge of their seats."—Booklist

"An excellent offering for young people looking for real scares that don’t condescend to them or pander to adult anxieties about what might be ‘too scary.’ This book will fly off the shelves."—Kirkus Reviews

 

MY REVIEW
I'm a sucker for short horror stories. As a kid, I was obsessed with Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Short & Shivery, Twisted Tales, and Scary Stories for Sleepovers. This book, Only If You Dare, is reminiscent of those, and it brought back the memories of spending my nights trying to scare myself by reading them.
Each story has its own creepy factor, and while not every story is super scary, they are all strange and macabre. From haunted oatmeal to trees out for revenge, there's something for everyone within these pages. I, personally, found the story Lumpy, Lumpy to be mildly nauseating. That's probably the grossest story in the book. Scrabbled and My Hand, Right There are both kind of on the darker side. 
And We All Scream for Ice Cream is the one story that resonated the most with me. Oddly enough, it's because what happens in the story is how I am in real life. When everyone else is melting in the summer heat/humidity, I'm perfectly comfortable. But once the temperature starts dropping to 70 or below, I'm always cold and can't seem to get warm, regardless of how many layers I put on. And while Chloe's issues are because of the food choices she makes, mine don't seem to have any real cause. The scene where Chloe goes to the doctor reminded me so much of what I've dealt with. "You just seem to be cold. I'm sure it will go away on its own." Maybe I need to find a hot chocolate hut and order a Smooth and Sweeter Mega-Heater now that winter is coming. 😂
This is a fun collection of short, spooky reads. Perfect for this time of year. If you or your middle-grade reader are looking for something creepy to read, give Only If You Dare a whirl.
4.5 stars!

About Josh Allen: 

Josh Allen checks under his bed before switching off the light each night. During the day, he teaches creative writing and literature at Brigham Young University-Idaho. His debut book for young readers, Out to Get You, received two starred reviews and was a Junior Library Guild selection. He lives in Idaho with his family.

 

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon

 





About Sarah Coleman: 

Sarah Coleman was an early pioneer of hand lettering and has illustrated covers for many renowned books, including the 50th anniversary edition of To Kill a Mockingbird and Newbery Honor-winner Wolf Hollow. Her design clients range from Coca Cola and Starbucks to The New York Times. She lives in the UK.

 

Website | Twitter | Instagram |Goodreads

 

 



Giveaway Details:

3 winners will win a finished copy of ONLY IF YOU DARE: 13 STORIES OF DARKNESS AND DOOM, US Only.

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

9/27/2021

BookHounds YA

Excerpt

9/27/2021

Pick a good book

Excerpt

9/28/2021

YA Books Central

Excerpt

9/28/2021

The Pages In-Between

Review

9/29/2021

popthebutterfly reads

Review

9/29/2021

Rajiv's Reviews

Review

9/30/2021

Nerdophiles

Review

9/30/2021

@coffeebooksandmascara

Review

10/1/2021

Locks, Hooks and Books

Review

10/1/2021

Lifestyle of Me

Review

Week Two:

10/4/2021

FyreKatz Blog

Review

10/4/2021

two points of interest

Review

10/5/2021

The Bookwyrm's Den

Review

10/5/2021

@bookisheclectic

Review

10/6/2021

Jazzy Book Reviews

Review

10/6/2021

hauntedbybooks

Review

10/7/2021

@jypsylynn

Review

10/7/2021

@amysbooknook8

IG Post

10/8/2021

Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

Review

10/8/2021

My Fictional Oasis

Review


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