Review: The Blood and the Raven by John Hennessy

The Blood and the Raven (A Tale of Vampires, #2)

The Blood and the Raven 
(A Tale of Vampires #2)
Author: John Hennessy
Publisher: John Hennessy
Publication: February 1, 2015
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Young Adult
My Rating:

four stars


A group of teenagers spend a night amongst
the ruins of an old priory, taking turns to scare
each other with a tale of horror, the next tale
more frightening than the last.

When it comes to Seth, the last storyteller,
he is reluctant to tell the story, because once
the tale has been told, those who hear it, will
begin to die.

His friends think Seth is bluffing – but is he in
fact, telling the truth?

To find out, you must dare to read the tale of The Blood and The Raven.


This is the second in the Tale of Vampires series.


About A Tale of Vampires Series:-

There will be seven books in the series, novella style, that are separate, standalone stories, but link up to one big story in the end. Of course, they are best read in order.

my thoughts

(A digital copy was generously provided by the author John Hennessy in exchange for an honest review. *This does not influence my rating and review*)

So this book is real creepy. Horror books are usually out of my wheel but John Hennessy managed to pull me out of my reading comfort zone by simply making me drawn into the spooky storyline of this book.


The Blood and the Raven is the second novella installment of A Tale of Vampires. I’ve enjoyed the first installment of this book which was the Murderous Little Darlings and this novella is equally good!

One thing I love about The Blood and the Raven is its beautiful, thrilling plot. It’s about teenagers hanging out around an old cemetery, telling one another horror tales. But that’s not just about that. One of these kids, the main character of this story Seth, has the ability to kill anyone who listens to his story. Sounds scary? You have no idea how my spine basically tingled! As Seth’s story went on, I discovered yet another more scary story about a couple who went to a strange town where they experienced an unforgettable real-life nightmare.

For a young adult horror book, this is not a typical fare because it’s basically unique and really effective. The writing style, once again, impressed me. And those scenes– especially the ending, made me want to hurl. I’ve actually read it around 3:00 A.M. and I was scared as shit!

So if you are a horror fan, this book is for you. I highly recommend you to read the first novella of this series if you haven’t read it yet. 🙂

Rating: 4 Stars


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REVIEW: Zomburbia by Adam Gallardo


Author: Adam Gallardo
Publisher: K-Teen
Expected Publication: August 26, 2014
Genre: Horror, Young Adult
My Rating:


“Scary, freaky, and original. Get this book!” -Nancy Holder Lifeless. Slow-moving. Brain-dead.
“Welcome To Zomburbia.”

My name is Courtney Hart, and I’m here to tell you about things that suck. Being born in a podunk town like Salem, Oregon, for one. Living in a world infested with zombies? That, too. And the meat heads I go to school with? I think I’d actually take the undead over them most days. But I have a plan to get out of here and move to New York. I just have to keep selling Vitamin Z along with your fries at The Bully Burger. The secret ingredient? Zombie brains.

I’ve noticed things are getting even worse lately, if that’s even possible. The zombies seem to be getting smarter and faster. If I can avoid being arrested, eaten by shufflers, or catching the eye of some stupid boy, I should be able to make it through finals week still breathing. . .

“Gallardo’s world-building is innovative and fascinating, sick and twisted and unexpectedly touching. You’ll want to check that your zombie apocalypse closet is well stocked.” -Molly Harper White

“Readers are guaranteed plenty of mayhem and romance, laughter and heartbreak.” -James Patrick Kelly


I received an ARC of this book free from the author and netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I didn’t expect anything in this book, and I’m just glad because honestly, it wasn’t a good read for me. The book didn’t have anything to tickle my interest. No excitement, no thrill, nothing but bouts of pure boringness.

There isn’t any terrifying scene and I wasn’t even scared, to think that it’s a horror genre. Added the fact that the main character, Courtney, is one mean, selfish, rude, and annoying character. She literally ruined my reading mood she’s getting on my nerves all the time!

The plot is generally dull. Not even those zombie attacks made the entire book interesting. There are also lots of characters in this book– characters that don’t even help. The only good thing about this book is that the author is witty and funny, but that didn’t make the story engaging at all. 😦

My Rate for this Book: 1 Star