Thursday, January 5, 2012

"The Cannibals of Candyland" by Carlton Mellick III

Synopsis - (from

There exists a race of cannibals who are made out of candy. They live in an underground world filled with lollipop forests and gumdrop goblins. During the day, while you are away at work, they come above ground and prowl our streets for food. Their prey: your children. They lure young boys and girls to them with their sweet scent and bright colorful candy coating, then rip them apart with razor sharp teeth and claws. When he was a child, Franklin Pierce witnessed the death of his siblings at the hands of a candy woman with pink cotton candy hair. Since that day, the candy people have become his obsession. He has spent his entire life trying to prove that they exist. And after discovering the entrance to the underground world of the candy people, Franklin finds himself venturing into their sugary domain. His mission: capture one of them and bring it back, dead or alive.


Rating - 5 out of 5

Genre - Erotic Horror

I placed this book in my to-read shelf at I loved the cover art and the whole premise of the story itself. I was actually waiting for it to become available for my Nook Color. After having waited nearly a year, I gave in and finally just bought the paperback. I am so happy I did!

I thoroughly enjoyed the silliness and horrifying aspects of this book. Mellick took an idea from a board game we all know and twisted it into a sickening adult read. I must add that there are no characters in the book from the actual game. It is just the idea of turning a fun game into a place of horrors. Can you just imagine candy people running around eating people? I think that would be scary. Although, I might be laughing like I did as I read this book.

This silly yet horrific book gave me a certain demented pleasure while reading it. It held my attention with its simplicity of something that is kid-like, but added a whole other level of "Did I just read that?!" I found myself laughing through most of the book.

This book is not for anyone who is looking for a serious horror book. It is very lighthearted. There are points in the book that may be considered horrific, but it is written in a way that keeps your eyes glued to the book.

I recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick, fun read. It was very entertaining.

"Afraid" by Jack Kilborn

Synopsis – (from

Welcome to Safe Haven, Wisconsin. Miles from everything, with one road in and out, this peaceful town has never needed a full-time police force. Until now...

A helicopter has crashed near Safe Haven and unleashed something horrifying. Now this merciless force is about to do what it does best. Isolate. Terrorize. Annihilate. As residents begin dying in a storm of gory violence, Safe Haven’s only chance for survival will rest with an aging county sheriff, a firefighter, and a single mom. And each will have this harrowing thought: Maybe death hasn’t come to their town by accident...


Rating: 0 out of 5

Genre: Horror

I must admit immediately that I did not finish this book. I started it at the end of July of 2011!

This book was so awful that I would rather peel my nails from my fingers with pliers rather than consider opening it back up to try and complete it. It was like riding in a station wagon with the windows up and a stinky dog breathing his dog-breath in your face for ten hours. Yes, that is correct. I hated this book with every ounce of my being.

The story started out with promise. There was a cool mystery about the "merciless force" that had appeared in this cozy town. The bad part of that is that the author kept running in circles. I felt like I was reading the same thing over and over again. I was wanting a change-up somewhere along the line, but was sorely disappointed.

I was able, with struggles, to get to the middle of the book. At that point, I simply had to stop reading it. I was so incredibly bored that I wanted to slam my Nook Color into the street so I wouldn't have to subject myself to anymore torture.

I have read some other books by Kilborn (JA Konrath) and those were up to my standards. This book was so below those standards I feel I was raped with an elbow macaroni. Wrap your head around that one!

I cannot in good conscience recommend this book to anyone other than to those who like repetitive situations. It saddens me that I wasted my money on this book and more time.