Halloween Special: Carling Shares A Prince George Urban Ghost Story

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Carling Shares Her Creepy Local Legend

 This story surrounds two hikers, hiking through the wilderness in search old mining caves to explore for gold. i believe up near Prince George. My hunting friend told us this when we were going back road four wheeling to get to secret hot springs. He was on his way up towards that area with his dad to Hunt deer. As they were making stops at gas stations on their way up and diners for meals they would hear news of different things happening and tips on where to hunt. It’s sometime in winter so there is snow covering the forest and everything is quite and serene. So his dad picks up a story that creeps him out a little about these hikers. Apparently they were a week into their hike trip, in higher elevation area and not a soul around. They would spend part of their day getting closer to the location they were seeking and the rest of the day set up a camp and go explore around the area.5_woods1One of them was starting to feel as if they were not alone but the other would just say he wasn’t used to being out in the woods so deep. It was understandable because at night it is so quite, the snow falling and the wind blowing softly is all they could hear for miles. Well one night they are settling in their tents and they hear a loud crack. As if a fairly large branch has been broke off a tree. It creeps them out but they think nothing of it because they are out in the woods and there is going to be animals. Well the next night once again they hear a crack of a branch and it seems as if it is closer. They both decide tomorrow it is worth a closer look to see if they can spot some prints in the snow to have some piece of mind. In the morning they both set off separately to circle their camp area.

One of them returns without finding anything within an hour but his friend has not returned. This other hiker has found  prints but the snow has already covered then over mostly. As he kneels down to get a closer look he accidentally leans his right hand onto a  sharp pointed stick and stabs his hand. With blood dripping down his hand he jumps up forgetting about the prints and sets off back to the camp to dress his wound. So apparently the day is lost and they can’t move forward and move camp spots. When night hits they hear a loud crack again. One of then sticks his head out of the tent and shines his flashlight around the area. He sees nothing. As soon as he shuts the tent they hear more cracking branches one after another as if they are surrounded by the noises and they crack starts to pick up pace and seems to be closing in but stops abruptly. Hours pass with out more sounds and they both eventually fall asleep. In the morning they make a decision to start heading back as they are scared and his friends hand will need proper medical attention. They are at least 7 days out of the nearest town so they need to hike as much of their day as possible to try and make it back in less time. Unfortunately they set down to camp again but they have put quite a bit of distance between them and their last camp and it gives them piece of mind that their sleep should be better.creepy woodsWell as night hits and they’re settled to sleep, there is no noise. The two fall asleep feeling safe. An hour or two into their sleep they are violently woken up to their tent shaking.  Scared but brave the un injured hiker jumps out of the tent yelling and shinning his light around. He circles around the tent and checks around the area but sees nothing or hears nothing. He gets back in and they get dressed so at first light they can set off immediately.

As they start off in the morning moving at a fast pace they both hear cracking noises following behind them. They are both panicked and seeing as how this situation seems extreme and they are fearing for their lives they decide to change direction towards the nearest river. As night is falling they hit the river and Inflate a tiny emergency life raft and get on. In their minds it’s safer on the river and no stopping until they hit the town so it will be safe.

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Book Review: Before I Wake by C.L Taylor

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Published: June 1st 2014 by Sourcebooks Landmark1600108_10152164384975908_207743490_nA mother risks everything to uncover the truth behind her daughter’s botched suicide attempt

To the outside world, Susan Jackson has it all-a loving family, successful husband, and beautiful home-but when Charlotte, her teenage daughter, steps in front of a bus and ends up in a coma, she is forced to question all of it.

Desperate to find out what caused Charlotte’s suicide attempt, she discovers a horrifying entry in her diary: “keeping this secret is killing me.” As Sue spins in desperate circles, she finds herself immersed in a dark world she didn’t know existed-and the closer she comes to the truth, the more dangerous things become.

Can she wake up from the nightmares that haunt her and save her daughter, or will Charlotte’s secret destroy them both?

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Ooooh, what a tricky story! You know those mystery novels where you can figure out the ending halfway through and be correct?

This is not one of them.

Charlotte was such a mysterious character. Initially I envisioned her as so innocent and so sweet, until her mother, Susan digs deeper into her life and some truths are revealed. There is simply no way to review this book without it being filled with spoilers. So, instead I will praise what I enjoyed about the story and what made it work so well.

I’ve read two other books with the same title, Before I Wake—and this one, put the other two to shame. The writing style of C.L Taylor was absolutely flawless. A true storyteller. The novel both engaged and compelled the reader to want to know more, MORE, MORE! That’s a great mystery. One that is thrilling and makes you emotionally connect to the story.

Susan is a mother that will seemingly stop at nothing to make sure Charlotte is okay…. Even when it is going a bit extreme, (reading her diary) * cringe *

I finished this in one night, and as soon as I finished the last page I found myself still pondering the story. How did I not suspect the ending sooner? It almost makes me want to do a re-read just to see if there are any hints that I missed.

Great mystery. I thoroughly enjoyed every page. 🙂

Thank you, NetGalley for the digital review copy.

 

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Fashion: Vera’s Eyecandy

1616430_10152234554850908_943087229_nThe only thing more exciting than shopping, is shopping with small businesses. There is such a feeling of satisfaction knowing you are spending your hard earned dollars on a product that has been handmade with love.1898115_663008943746729_1705507798_nFor years I have swooned for Vera’s Eyecandy dresses. Band t-shirts as rad dresses, yes please! I have owned several Eyecandy dresses over the year, every single one–exceptional quality and endless compliments from both males and females.

Rob Zombie on a hippy style dress? Does life get any better than this!

Rob Zombie on a hippy style dress? Does life get any better than this!

Halloween is such an exciting time! Especially for Eyecandy because Halloween inspired designs are launched. We all know I love Halloween and music, so yes, Eyecandy is in fact my vision of heaven!10665337_772747449439544_2890897262388104019_n

Everything from Freddy Krueger to The Cure, Eyecandy has you covered!il_570xN.658839951_k5lq

Check out this years designs…That pumpkin may have me drooling just a bit! My absolute favourite, Frankie of course! il_570xN.657809399_65uz

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Book Review: The Troop by Nick Cutter

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Published: February 2014

1600108_10152164384975908_207743490_nLord of the Flies meets The Ruins in this frightening novel written in the bestselling traditions of Stephen King and Scott Smith.

 Boy Scouts live by the motto “Be Prepared.” However, nothing can prepare this group of young boys and their scoutmaster for what they encounter on a small, deserted island, as they settle down for a weekend of campfires, merit badges, and survival lessons.

 Everything changes when a haggard stranger in tattered clothing appears out of nowhere and collapses on the campers’ doorstep. Before the night is through, this stranger will end up infecting one of the troop’s own with a bioengineered horror that’s straight out of their worst nightmares. Now stranded on the island with no communication to the outside world, the troop learns to battle much more than the elements, as they are pitted against something nature never intended…and eventually each other.

“Lean and crisp and over-the-top….Disquieting, disturbing,” says Scott Smith, author of The Ruins and A Simple Plan, The Troop is a visceral burn of a read that combines boldly drawn characters with a fantastically rendered narrative—a terrifying story you’ll never forget.

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The cover art lures the reader in. It is so articulate and creative it resembles a high-end piece of art.

This book was certainly unique. Half was mystery, the other half was equal amounts of horror and disturbing sequences. I thoroughly enjoyed the mystery behind the story. The rush of adrenaline and fear of thinking, no one is left to save them.

There were many qualities like the great, Lord of the Flies. It was almost like a facelift on the classic tale better suited for a generation that doesn’t flinch at the sight of gore or at the thought of death. Despite the similarities, this book does have an original premise and a very unique execution of the storyline.

There wasn’t a character that I found to be particularly enjoyable. Each was flawed in their own terms. For me, this is what drove me to keep reading. I disliked the characters so much I wanted to continue to see if they would in fact redeem themselves if the opportunity came.

This story is not for the faint of heart. It is filled with very graphic scenes of gore, and an absolutely disgusting account of an animal suffering. I shudder at the memory of that text.

All the things that we believe go bump in the night are found in this book. Vile creatures, worms, insects, brutality….the list could go on and on. This book had its highs and lows, but for me–not my particular cup of tea. I found it to be much too gory and the brutality took away from the story. I am too weak for true terror!

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Must Read: Snow White by Matt Phelan

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Published: September 2016 by Candlewick Press

SYNOPSIS

Award-winning graphic novelist Matt Phelan delivers a darkly stylized noir Snow White set against the backdrop of Depression-era Manhattan.

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The scene: New York City. The dazzling lights cast shadows that grow ever darker as the glitzy prosperity of the Roaring Twenties screeches to a halt. Enter a cast of familiar characters: a young girl, Samantha White, returning after being sent away by her cruel stepmother, the Queen of the Follies, years earlier; her father, the King of Wall Street, who survives the stock market crash only to suffer a strange and sudden death; seven street urchins, brave protectors for a girl as pure as snow; and a mysterious stock ticker that holds the stepmother in its thrall, churning out ticker tape imprinted with the wicked words “Another . . . More Beautiful . . . KILL.”

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In a moody, cinematic new telling of a beloved fairy tale, extraordinary graphic novelist Matt Phelan captures the essence of classic film noir on the page—and draws a striking distinction between good and evil.

This is a stunning story. The dark interpretation of Snow White instantly lured me in, Snow White has always been my favourite Disney Princess, it’s nice see to her come to life in a new way.

Fantastic writing paired with incredible imagery–this one is a winner!

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Artist Spotlight: A Beautiful Piece by CallowLily 

Autumn is in the air. I’m thinking of the season of the harvest. Colourful leaves. Scarecrows. Pumpkin patches ripe for the picking. Crops being reaped.

The sweet, sweet colours of fall foliage surrounding me. To me, this piece defines Autumn. Such gorgeous colours, it as though I can feel the crisp air on my face as I gaze at this divine piece of art. A blend of unique colouring and in my opinion, a Goddess of Samhain has come to life!


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Monument 14: Sky On Fire Review

Monument 14: Sky On Fire by Emmy Laybourne

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Published May 2013

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Trapped in a superstore by a series of escalating disasters, including a monster hailstorm and terrifying chemical weapons spill, brothers Dean and Alex learned how to survive and worked together with twelve other kids to build a refuge from the chaos. But then strangers appeared, destroying their fragile peace, and bringing both fresh disaster and a glimmer of hope.

Knowing that the chemical weapons saturating the air outside will turn him into a bloodthirsty rage monster, Dean decides to stay in the safety of the store with Astrid and some of the younger kids. But their sanctuary has already been breached once. . . .

Meanwhile, Alex, determined to find their parents, heads out into the darkness and devastation with Niko and some others in a recently repaired school bus. If they can get to Denver International Airport, they might be evacuated to safety. But the outside world is even worse than they expected. . .

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The story begins with a bit of a recap of the first book presented in the form of a letter from character-to-character. This book, much like the first is driven on suspense. Each chapter ends with high action and cliff-hangers. I loved the fast flow of the story. Yes, as I noted in my review of Monument 14, the writing is a bit elementary. But, again, it is YA, and it is perfect for the target audience. So, really there is nothing wrong with it. As a seasoned reader, I always make a point of writing style and polished prose, so my inner editor had to make that comment!

While it is a short read, it is not short on action. This fun book is jam-packed with action, suspense and thrills. It is a fun twist on the common trend of “apocalyptic, dystopian” stories.

Sky On Fire proved to be a fun and exhilarating read, but I still preferred the Monument 14. Sky On Fire showed the growth of the characters, and a few were quite disappointing. Specifically, the female characters.

I have high hopes for the next entry!

Thank you, Raincoast Books for the review copy.

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