I received Apparition free, via one of my emails that offer up Kindle books. I jumped on this book for the book cover alone- you know me! Anyway, I couldn't tell what was in the creature's mouth at first, but once you turn a few pages, you get a really good view: roaches! I'm horrified of them and so what did I do? I read the book.
Michaelbrent Collings is a man who writes dark fiction. He runs with a concept and makes it creepy as heck, regardless of the innocence! In Apparition, he took a parental fear and created horror to a terrifying level. One I tried to run with, but I couldn't take it. I don't remember how far in I got, but this book truly classifies as horrific: It both scared and bored me to death.
Before I go into the actual review, I have to say- you know I love book covers. I can repeatedly look to a book's cover throughout the story and piece the images to the storyline and marvel in it. But when a cover is original- I'm entranced. This book cover, though supernatural, is not original. I saw this same, ghostly face on another person's book cover, minus the mouthful of cockroaches. How much suck is that? If you're going to use stock images, make sure you buy the rights or someone else will have your picture too. This is why I detest that one images of a redbrick road, surrounded by winding trees that reach across the cover. You know the one! Okay, rant completed.
The Apparition's story grew weary- there were too many words! I truly believe the author wanted to place the reader into the shoes of the ones enduring the worry, pain and fear, but it was too much for me. I also do not like how in-depth he tried to go with the roach fear and the other fear- of which I will not mention because it would give SPOILERS!
Then there was the darkness. The story was spooky, because it played on two serious fears of mine. So much so, I did not finish the book. So that's good, right? Anytime a book creeps you out so much, you have to put it down, the author accomplished a goal and created a horror story. I've never felt that way about a book before. EVER. Sadly, it couldn't keep me as a happy reader. I put the book down a few times before finally shouting to the BiblioGods that I'd failed them and moved on.. If you like supernatural, psychotic rampages by those who love you, this book is what you're. Unfortunately, I am not. On to the next book! 📚
Rating: 👓👓/5 specs
*The Melting Dead is next.
**eBook offered free by author, Michaelbrent Collings for an honest review.
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