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Monday, February 5, 2018

With Love for Horror Books: Death's Awakening & Deep Dark Secrets by Sarra Cannon - Book Reviews, Interview & Giveaway

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Review by Anniek

The young witch has been sick and tired of always being seen as useless. She wants to show the elders that she's capable of doing great things and she follows Tobias, a powerful sorcerer, into a portal. By doing so she breaks the strong hold the guardians have over the dark one. This gives the dark one room to break free and offers her a willing young witch to do her bidding. Five guardians were named to keep the dark one bound. Over the years they've died and reincarnated into new lives. The world now relies on five teenagers to find each other through the apocalypse. Will the five guardians be in time to stop the dark one from destroying the world?

Parrish lives with her parents and her prodigy sister. She is used to being left in the shadows while her sister shines on her violin. Her sister is going on a tour and their father is going with her. Parrish stays at home with her mother, who suddenly becomes ill. Parrish is a strong young girl, with a smart mouth and a strong connection with Noah.

Noah lives with his father, who's a doctor at the CDC. His father knows that something massive is happening and he has prepared Noah for the apocalypse. This gives Noah an advantage because he has learned how to save himself from being infected. Noah is popular at school and he's a great team player. Noah has the ability to see details clearly and is a strong survivor.

Karmen lives with her rich parents in a large house. Karmen hides under the layers of her perfectly applied make-up and her snobby character. She has been in a relationship for the past three years, but she secretly has a crush on Noah. Karmen is naive and thinks that other people will protect her when the world falls apart.

Crash lives alone in a basement apartment. He's dreamed of the apocalypse many times. He's a prepper and he has been ready for a while now. Crash knows that he's the one who has to bring all five guardians together. Crash is a computer genius and he's positive that he can fulfill his destiny together with the other four.

The fifth is a young boy who has been hiding in his closet. He tries to drown out the screams and he only leaves the apartment to get food and water. This young boy has lost everything and has no idea how long he'll be able to survive. He has no idea that he has such an important job waiting for him.

Death's Awakening is a story about a zombie apocalypse that was brought onto the world by a dark witch. This story grabbed me from the very first page and I had a hard time putting it down. Sarra Cannon knows how to pull you into her world and she didn't let me go until the last lines. Death's Awakening surprised me many times. Every time I thought I had it all figured out, Sarra Cannon throws in an amazing unsuspected twist, which turned all of my believes around. I've read many stories written by Sarra Cannon and fortunately I have more waiting for me on my Kindle. Death's Awakening is the start of the brilliant and addictive Eternal Sorrow series and I can't wait to start reading the next book, Sorrow's Gift.


If you love to read about witches combined with the dangers of the zombie apocalypse Death's Awakening is a must-read.

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Review by Suze

Marayah spent a lot of time in rehab recovering from a tragic accident that killed her best friend Hailey. She can remember parts of what happened to them that night, but has been told that her memories are false. Marayah saw darkness in her friend, there were black tears streaming down Hailey's face and what was inside her is now inside Marayah. Marayah and Hailey weren't alone when the accident happened. Marayah saw a shadowy figure and there was a man who rescued her and gave her a talisman. When she can leave the center she knows her memories are real because she gets back the necklace that was meant to protect her. Marayah can finally start looking for the truth, will she find the answers she so desperately needs?

Jordan is new at school, but Marayah instantly recognizes him. There's a familiarity she can't deny. Who is he and what is he doing at her school? Marayah isn't free of the evil that caused the accident and while searching for the truth she learns that the accident she and her friend were in might not have been an accident at all. Who can she trust and what should she believe? Is there a way to get to the bottom of the matter and is Marayah still in danger?

Deep Dark Secrets is a gripping story about friendship, darkness and secrets. I was immediately intrigued by Marayah's situation. Nobody believes her when she tells what she saw on the night of the accident and this makes her doubt herself and the memories she has. She has to find out more, because whatever happened that night is still part of her. She's a strong resilient girl with a good head on her shoulders and I was fascinated by her resolve to keep going until she's uncovered the truth. She doesn't rest until she knows what Jodan's doing at her school and I liked the part he plays in her story. She also keeps questioning those who should have answers for her and never gives up, which is something I admired. Slowly she finds the missing pieces of the puzzle and her search kept me on the edge of my seat.

Sarra Cannon has written a fantastic story about evil, magic and spirits. I was captivated by her engaging writing style, her vivid descriptions and skillful way to use tension. Deep Dark Secrets is fabulously creepy. I love stories about mysterious powers, compelling legends and unknown adversaries. I read Deep Dark Secrets in one sitting and enjoyed every single page. I highly recommend this promising first story in The Spiritwalkers series and am anxious to read more.


If you love creepy stories about darkness with plenty of mystery and secrets you should definitely read Deep Dark Secrets. Keep in mind that this is the first story in a series.

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About Sarra Cannon

Sarra Cannon writes contemporary and paranormal fiction with both teen and college aged characters. Her novels often stem from her own experiences growing up in the small town of Hawkinsville, Georgia, where she learned that being popular always comes at a price and relationships are rarely as simple as they seem.

Sarra recently celebrated six years in indie publishing and has sold over half a million copies of her books.

She is a devoted (obsessed) fan of Hello Kitty and has an extensive collection that decorates her desk as she writes. She currently lives in South Carolina with her amazingly supportive husband and her adorable son.


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1. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?

I grew up in a very small town in Georgia, and I lived in the middle of the woods outside of town in a log cabin my father built. Things could get pretty boring living in the middle of nowhere, so I had a lot of time to read and let my imagination run away with itself. A lot of my stories now are still influenced by my childhood in the woods. Now, however, I live just a couple miles from the beach in Charleston, South Carolina. I have a five-year-old son and a wonderfully supportive husband, and we love our life here by the water!

2. What makes your heart beat faster?

Rollercoasters. Cliffhangers. Dancing. I have always loved excitement and stepping into unfamiliar territory. I love to explore and push myself beyond my fears.

3. Which horror monster do you fear the most?

The horror monster I fear the most is a regular, human person who decides to go on a killing spree. Movies like The Strangers are the most terrifying for me, because they feel like real life. Sure, vampires, zombies, and other creatures can be terrifying, but nothing compares to that person who looks just like the guy next door but is really a serial killer.

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

Oh, I already have my plan in place! You never know! I would head straight for my father's house! He still lives there in the woods, and he owns a lot of guns. I feel like we could cut down some of the trees around the house and build a barrier wall pretty easily. We could definitely defend the area! Plus, he has well water and a few ponds nearby, so it would be easy to get water even if the electricity went out. He also has a small plot of farmland there with a tractor, so we could begin growing our own food, too. The key would be getting to my dad's house before the roads got too clogged up to drive!

5. What's your favorite horror movie?

My favorite horror movie of all time is Halloween. For me, it isn't just about how scary the movie is, it's also about the memories I have surrounding it. When I was younger, Halloween scared me so much more than gory movies, but there was more to it than that. My sister and I didn't get along very well when we were younger, and after she went off to college, I wasn't sure we would ever be very close. Then, one weekend, she came home from college to visit, and she brought a handful of movies with her. One of them was Halloween. I will never forget staying up late at night watching that movie with her and laughing and jumping in fear together. That was the beginning of our true friendship, and for that reason, Halloween is my favorite horror movie ever.

On a side note, one of my more recent favorites is a movie called Hush. Incredible.

6. What's your worst nightmare?

A home invasion! Remember I said The Strangers was the type of horror movie that scares me more than anything? There's a reason! My worst nightmare is having a group of people break into my house and hold us hostage. If I lived alone, it might not scare me quite as much as it does now, but with a small child, this has definitely become my worst nightmare!

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

For Death's Awakening, I always pictured someone like Lily Collins playing Parrish. She's got a delicate look to her, but I could also see her being strong enough to really start kicking butt when it came down to it. I see someone like Ashley Benson playing Karmen, because she's really good at portraying that misunderstood, stuckup teenager with a deeper side to her. I honestly don't have anyone in mind for Noah and Crash or the little boy. I guess I have a harder time imagining actors for my male characters!

8. What inspired you to write horror stories?

When I was a teenager, my favorite books to read were Christopher Pike. I lived in the middle of nowhere with a terrible public library (and no Kindles yet!), so it was a real treat to get to go to the mall in Macon. The minute we would get there, I would take off for the bookstore and search the shelves to see if there was a new Christopher Pike or Lois Duncan book. I just loved being scared and watching these characters figure out how to survive in the worst of scenarios. I also loved trying to figure out who the killer was and why they were doing it.

When I started to write books of my own, I naturally gravitated toward stories like these that I loved as a teen. I love coming up with the twists and turns of these types of stories, holding a reader on the edge of their seat as they try to figure out what's going to happen next.

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

I love the survival aspect of the horror genre. I know that everyone doesn't always survive every movie or book, but most of the time, you have that handful of characters who make it through to the end, surviving against all odds. Those are my favorite kind of horror stories. I live for that moment when the good guy finally figures out who the bad guy is and either gets away or ends them for good. It's all about the struggle, but in a way, it's all about conquering that struggle, no matter how dark the nightmare is. I love that about horror.

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

So many books coming up later this year! I just released Book 9 of my Shadow Demons Saga, and I'll be writing at least 2 more books in that series, as well as Season Two of the Sacrifice Me spin-off series. For my Eternal Sorrows series, there is just one more book to go. Fate's Surrender is due to be released around Halloween later this year. Then, I also have two more books in my Spiritwalkers series coming either later this year or early 2019. Lots of new books to come, so I hope you'll check them out and catch up with all of my series before the new books are released!


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One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive the complete digital set of The Shadow Demons Saga (10 books in total). Besides all the books you see in the picture, book nine and ten in the series, Forgotten Darkness and Beyond The Darkness, will also be included.

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  1. Both books sound like a fantastic supernatural series that mixes magic with evil and spirits.

  2. Love 💘 meeting new authors! Books look wonderful!
    Thank you for this awesome fabulous chance!

  3. Your covers are stunning, love them!

  4. I would enter. .. but I already have the series.
    Love Sarra Cannon books.

  5. I love reading books with Witches and sorcerer. Will have to discover Sarra Cannon books. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Thanks for the introduction to this author.

  7. love the interview - the books look great, so interesting and creepy xx

  8. Thank you for the chance. Love her books.

  9. Christopher Pike & Lois Duncan books got me started reading horror books, too.