It’s been a while since I’ve published a book review — about five and a half months. I’ve been in a bit of an unannounced hiatus mixed with a large reading slump, so I’ve been taking a break from book blogging to focus on other things. While I’m still not done with my break, I was recently asked by Kimberly Giarratano if I wanted to review her new YA mystery Dead and Breakfast. Seeing how much I loved her book Grunge Gods and Graveyards as well as her One Night Is All You Need short story, it was a no brainer that I’d be open to doing it! I still need to get around to reading The Lady In Blue by her, but I’ll get to that some other time…
If it isn’t obvious already, Kimberly loves to write young adult stories involving the paranormal. Dead and Breakfast, as you might be able to interpret from the title, is no different. Just like her other stories this one is also all about the paranormal, plus just like One Night Is All You Need the story takes place in Florida, albeit with different characters.
Ever since I discovered “A Haunting” on Discovery Channel back when I was in middle school the paranormal has fascinated me. Sure, The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall may be a work of fiction, but that doesn’t mean anything. I enjoy reading about the paranormal, whether fact or fake, and because this book has to do with the paranormal it really interested me.
Delia, who is 16, is labeled as a “troubled teen” after she and her friends worked out a plan to fly to Daytona with her friends without their parents knowing. Except there’s two things: one, she doesn’t really want to go, and two, she ended up getting caught whilst at the airport after her parents caught wind of it. Oh, and her boyfriend broke up with her over text.
In a world where the government is open about the existence of supernatural creatures, seventeen-year-old Maggie Cunningham and her mother hunt all sorts monsters together – except vampires. Maggie isn’t allowed to hunt them until she gets her journeyman’s license, which requires losing her virginity, as the blood of a virgin makes vampires seek them out. So what does Maggie do? She sets out on a journey to get the deed done…what can be so hard about finding a guy and doing it? As it turns out, a lot can be hard about it. (and no, “hard” is not meant to be an innuendo. But it’d totally fit the theme of the book)
A common way to tell horror stories is through the art of a short story rather than a full length novel, and so that’s exactly what Roma Gray did. She refers to her short stories as trick-or-treat thrillers. In Gray Shadows Under a Harvest Moon there are six thrillers, all of which are a chapter from a novels or series she is currently working on.