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Saturday, October 7, 2017

REVIEW: I Call Upon Thee by Ania Ahlborn @aniaahlborn @simonschuster

I Call Upon Thee
by Ania Ahlborn
Simon & Schuster


You just MAY have heard me rave about Ania Ahlborn, how I found her eons ago, how she's an autobuy author for me, one of my favorite horror authors and how you need to read her books ASAP. I reviewed her last book, The Devil Crept In, a bit ago and you can find my 5 star review HERE along with a listing of ALL her books.

I finished her novella, I Call Upon Thee, this morning and it's a whopper of a tale.  Continue down for the synopsis and my review.  There's also a little something extra at the bottom so keep using that thumb, mouse or whatever it is that takes you through this entire post 👼

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Maggie Olsen had a pretty ordinary childhood—swimming and sleepovers, movie nights and dad jokes. And then there were the other things…the darker things…the shadow that followed her home from the cemetery and settled into the corners of her home, refusing to let her grow up in peace.

Now, after three years away from the place she's convinced she inadvertently haunted, and after yet another family tragedy strikes, Maggie is forced to return to the sweltering heat of a Savannah summer to come to terms with her past. All along, she's been telling herself, it was just in your head, and she nearly convinces herself that she'd imagined it all. But the moment Maggie steps into the foyer of her family home, she knows. The darkness is still here. And it's been waiting for Maggie's return….

My Review:

Creeeeeeeeeeeepy!  I think this might be one of my favorite novellas to date.  I feel like we have all at one point or another in our childhood have played with dolls and Ouija boards.  I think the difference is whether this experience propelled us into the dark and macabre love that I have, or chased us in the opposite direction, arms flailing and constantly being all bright and glittery and happy... or whatever it is that's the opposite of me.  

Ania does it again.  Pulls you right in and doesn't let you go.  It's like each word comes off the page and sinks it's teeth right into you until you absorb each chapter.  I promised myself I'd finish this novella last night so I could have some kind of closure and then I remember that I've read all her books before and well, that's not likely to happen regardless.  So I finished this morning, in the day light, where it's safe.. until I walked by the bathroom mirror and jumped at my own reflection.  Damn you, Ania!! **shakes fist**

I think this one really got to me because of my own experiences I had as a kid when I was obsessed with Ouija boards, found my hatred for dolls of all kinds and had some super creepy moments of my own that I'm still going to say was nightmares or my imagination.  To read Ania's Author Note at the end about her own experiences and how this novella came about just gave my goose bumps their own goose bumps.  

Basically it's this, readers... if you love Ania already, you won't be disappointed with this novella.  If you haven't read her yet - well, what are you waiting for?  Need a suggestion on where to start?  Come talk to me!  It's October and the season of horror so this is the perfect time to get started.


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If you are on Bookstagram and follow horror lovers then you are sure to have run across one lover of creepy books, Sadie Hartmann... oh, you haven't?  Well find her HERE and give her a follow already!  I'm going to take full credit for turning her onto Ania Ahlborn 😉 and she did a thing and that thing was to become friends with her and do this funny interview with her!  

No copy/pasting here ladies and gents - but I will direct you straight to her blog post... just click on THIS!  It's well worth the read.   Also, you all know that while my first love is horror, my twin love is thrillers (specifically psychological thrillers but all will do!).  Thriller are super close to the horror genre in my opinion and I was THRILLED (see what I did there) to read that Ania is working on a thriller.  SQUEEEEE!  The meeting of my worlds in one of my favorite authors.  

To sum up - buy ALL of Ania's books, follow Sadie on Instagram and read her interview with Ania! 

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