Thursday, May 11, 2017

With Love For Horror Books: Sarah by Teri Polen - Book Review, Interview & Giveaway

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Review by Anniek

After losing his dad Cain moves into a new house with his mother and his younger sister. His mom is a realtor, so she got a great deal on this house. The door to the attic is in Cain's bedroom and soon after moving in strange things are starting to happen. Doors are opening by themselves, temperatures suddenly drop and stuff is moving on its own. Cain decides to investigate by setting up a video camera and the results are shocking. Can he find out what needs to be done to restore the peace in his home?

Sarah was a girl who went to the same school as Cain. He never really knew her, but he did know that she disappeared a while ago. Her body was never found and the police weren't able to find out what happened to her. Cain has a pretty good idea now that he knows that Sarah's ghost is living in his attic. Cain and his best friend Finn are trying to help Sarah to get justice. They discover that a bet went wrong in a horrible way, which ended with Sarah passing away. When Cain realizes that he's blacking out he fears that Sarah has been taking over his body. He needs to find a way to protect himself against a ghost that seemed harmless in the beginning. But what if Sarah has no intention of leaving?

Cain has had a hard time after his father died. He feels responsible because he's the only man in the house and tries to help his mother by taking care of his younger sister. They're close and considerate towards one another. Cain is very good at sports and is even the captain of his soccer team. He has no clue about how to handle girls, but he's confident on the soccer field. Cain is a sensible boy. I loved how he thinks about his family first and how protective he is. When Cain says exactly what's on his mind he is absolutely hilarious. I laughed out loud many times while reading his perception of the people around him. Cain is a great guy with a terrific resourceful brain.

Sarah is a creepy story that made my heart race. I hate attics and basements, I avoid them as much as I can and will only go there if I have no other choice. At my former job all of the supplies were stored in the basement and if I was the unlucky one who had to go down there, I always felt miserable and uneasy. I recognized the feelings Cain describes when he's being watched. When I saw the eerie cover of Sarah I couldn't wait to find out if the story would be just as scary. It absolutely is. I put down the book several times while I was reading late at night because it was so frightening. I'm definitely curious to find out what more Teri Polen has in store for her readers.

Advice

If you like to read stories about ghosts, possessions and creepy attics I highly recommend Sarah. One warning, don't read this book after dark. Sarah really is that scary.

About Teri Polen


Some of my favorite things in life are books (no romance), music (preferably alt/rock and absolutely no country), movies (rarely chick flicks), red wine (no merlot) and dark chocolate (please don’t add any fruit to what is already perfection). On the flip side of that, I strongly dislike the color pink and loathe shopping – unless it’s in a bookstore or someplace I can buy movies, music, wine, or chocolate. That being said, it’s pretty evident why my female friends think I’m a little strange.

Author links

Website: https://teripolen.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeriPolenAuthor/?ref=bookmarks
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tpolen6
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16114393.Teri_Polen

Interview

1. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m a total nerd – love books, The Walking Dead, Harry Potter (I’m a Gryffindor), and anything Marvel-related. I’d love to go to Comic-Con someday. My oldest son and I plan to skydive together this summer, something I’ve wanted to do for years.

2. What makes your heart beat faster?

On a normal day, peanut butter/chocolate froyo loaded with buckeyes and hot fudge. The frozen yogurt cancels out the bad calories (that’s what I tell myself, anyway). If you’re talking about the horror genre - maybe things you can’t see. In the first Paranormal Activity movie when a sleeping Katie is pulled out of bed and into the hall by something she can’t see – that scene actually gave me goosebumps. Other than the first time I read The Shining, no other book or movie has affected me that way.

3. Which horror monster do you fear the most?

None of the traditional horror monsters get me ramped up. But a giant snake in a SyFy channel movie? See question #6. Thinking about the Snakes on a Plane movie could potentially incapacitate me.

4. If the zombie apocalypse would happen today, what would you do?

First, grab a weapon – something that I could handle and has a decent reach, like a baseball bat, spear, or crowbar - then find Daryl Dixon or Rick Grimes.

5. What's your favorite horror movie?

That’s a hard question, but the one I keep going back to is The Exorcist. Possession movies are the best.

6. What's your worst nightmare?

Other than something happening to my family, I’d have to say it involves snakes and being constrained. I’m slightly claustrophobic and hate snakes more than anything.

7. If your book was made into a movie, who would play the lead characters and why?

With Finn, it’s easy. Ian Somerhalder is a bit too old, but his sarcasm as Damon Salvatore on The Vampire Diaries would be perfect for Finn. I’d always pictured Lindsey as Chloe Grace Moretz – she has that strong independent streak about her. Maisie Williams from Game of Thrones would make an ideal Sarah. Cain has always stumped me, but I just watched The Edge of Seventeen and Blake Jenner is a strong possibility. He’s got that innocent good guy vibe going on, but he knows how to take care of things.

8. What inspired you to write horror stories?

I’ve been a fan of horror books and movies my whole life – probably because my dad used to let me stay up late and watch Chiller Theatre with him. My mind just naturally goes to the dark places. Example: If there’s a rolling field of wild flowers, most people think about how beautiful it is. I think about how many bodies could be buried there and if they rise at night.

9. What do you like the most about the horror genre?

Horror books and movies can get your heart racing and adrenaline flowing. Self-preservation is our strongest instinct and seeing how far a person will go to survive can be highly compelling.

10. What can we expect from you in the future?

My second book, Gemini Connection, is a YA sci-fi/fantasy and will be released later this year or the early part of 2018. An idea for a third book has been churning in the back of my mind and it looks like I’ll be returning to the horror genre again.

Giveaway

One very lucky reader of With Love For Books will receive a signed paperback copy of Sarah by Teri Polen.

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48 comments:

  1. Sounds Spooky. I will enjoy reading this book.Thanks a great review.

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  2. Ooh, this sounds scary good. I love to be scared!

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  3. The book review sounds intriguing. Thanks for sharing. I'm a big fan of the horror genre. Love the cover and interview too.

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    1. I've been a fan of the horror genre since I read my first 'age appropriate' horror book at age 8 - then I moved on to Stephen King soon after.

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  4. What a fascinating book! I love a good ghost story. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks, BookLady - I love to curl up with a good ghost story too!

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  5. WOW ! I Can't wait to read this book !

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  6. Sarah, I had to laugh about the snakes and shopping. I don't mind snakes at all (insects and bears are the creatures that freak me out) and I LOVE to shop, LOL!

    The first time I read The Shining, I was totally creeped out. I still remember how terrified I was by that book.

    Really enjoyed the interview, Teri, and you know I loved SARAH. It's an excellent ghost story!

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    1. Thanks, Mae! I'll take insects over snakes any day - not so sure about the bears. I still remember getting goosebumps while reading The Shining by the pool in 90+ degree weather - that should tell you something.

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  7. I loved getting to know you better, Teri. And you know I love Sarah. I can't wait to see what you come up with next!

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    1. Thanks, Staci! You know I'm working on the next book - added up my word count and had more than I thought - 64K. A pleasant surprise - and a relief. Still have a lot of work ahead.

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  8. Thanks so much for having me today, AnnieK - the interview was such fun and I'm thrilled you enjoyed Sarah! Good luck to all who enter the giveaway.

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  9. Great review. Good luck with this book Teri!

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  10. I have become a wimp. I can't read horror books any more!

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    1. Sarah also has a good bit of humor - 2 non-horror friends of mine read it and got through it just fine - no nightmares!

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  11. I have never tried reading horror books. I get too scared with films. This sounds very intense and a good for people who enjoy this genre.

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    1. My two friends don't read horror either, but they enjoyed the humor in Sarah enough to get through a tense moments. Maybe you'll decide to give it a try!

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    1. Thanks, Judy - I've had a lot of compliments on it.

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  13. Looks like an absorbing and interesting read, thanks xx

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  14. Thanks for the review and giveaway!

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  15. This sounds really good. I love basements (or cellars) and have always wanted to have a house with an attic. We have to settle for a ghost or two instead. This sounds really good, and full of scares.

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    1. Aren't basements and attics perfect for ghosts?

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  16. Sarah is one of my favorite female names :) I also love the horror genre! This is on my to read list for sure!! :)

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  17. Sounds like a really good read. Would love it. Thank you for the chance.

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  18. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  19. Sounds like an awesomly gripping suspenseful horror story. I'm so excited to read it.

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  20. sounds great. id love to read this

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    1. I agree - AnnieK gave a wonderful review.

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  22. Yet another book to add to my to read list!

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