Showcase Showdown (8): I Want to Be Scared
Happy Friday everyone and welcome to this week’s edition of Showcase Showdown: Two Books, Two Games – I Want to Be Scared. This is a weekly highlight created to place a spotlight on books and games that are on one of my various Wish Lists. Each week’s list will consist of…duh…two books and two games that come out, and my top reasons for wanting each of them. Books will range from comics and manga, to romance and non-fiction. As for games, I will feature any game (PC, PlayStation, Xbox, Wii, DS, iOS, etc.) that is on my MUST-Play-Now List. If you would like to join along, leave a comment and let me know what’s on your must-read and/or must-play list. Blogger’s can also link to the post on their blog and discuss their picks with their readers. You don’t have to be a gamer, nor do gamers’ have to be avid readers, just find a couple of things you are looking forward to the most and let me (and others) know why.
Going toe to toe this week:
Harbinger, a YA novel that may leave you questioning your own sanity and Anne Rice Servant Of The Bones will compete against one of my favorite horror franchises, Resident Evil and a new RPG that looks promising, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning.
What makes me love a book? A deeply compelling story that leaves me thinking, dreaming, and salivating over its characters long after I’ve hit the last page. Harbinger appeals to me on every level. Psychological Thrillers are HIGH on my Must-Read list. I love being inside someone’s head and trying to discover if what they are seeing is reality or a figment of their own insanity. And from the reviews of Harbinger, readers can expect just that. I can’t wait to get my hands on this book!
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- ISBN-13: 9780399256684
- Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
- Publication date: 2/2/2012
- Pages: 320
- Age range: 12 – 17 Years
Girl, Interrupted meets Beautiful Creatures in this fast-paced thriller
When sixteen-year-old Faye arrives at Holbrook Academy, she doesn’t expect to find herself exactly where she needs to be. After years of strange waking visions and nightmares, her only comfort the bones of dead animals, Faye is afraid she’s going crazy. Fast.
But her first night at Holbrook, she feels strangely connected to the school and the island it sits on, like she’s come home. She’s even made her first real friends, but odd things keep happening to them. Every morning they wake on the floors of their dorm rooms with their hands stained red.
Faye knows she’s the reason, but what does it all mean? The handsome Kel tries to help her unravel the mystery, but Faye is certain she can’t trust him; in fact, he may be trying to kill her – and the rest of the world too.
Rich, compelling writing will keep the pages turning in this riveting and tautly told psychological thriller.
What do I love more than angels? Demons! Anne Rice is one of the best when it comes to writing horror and scaring people out of their minds. She is a compelling writer and the fact that she now does Graphic Novels too, I think I’m in love <3. If you like Anne Rice and have never tried a Graphic Novel before, this might be your chance to check one out. Anne Rice’s Servant of the Bones promises a good/scary time. And by the looks of the cover, it’s not going to disappoint.
Anne Rice’s Servant of the Bones
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- ISBN-13: 9781613771730
- Publisher: Idea & Design Works, LLC
- Publication date: 4/24/2012
- Pages: 152
Anne Rice, among the most iconic creators in horror, brings one of her richest stories to IDW in this six-part tale of murder, demonic revenge, and the redemptive power of faith.
When a beautiful young woman is brutally slain in the streets of New York City, the demon Azriel sets out to discover who killed her, only to find a far more sinister plot that could end the world. Once a human in ancient Babylon, Azriel is a spirit of rage and terror that gradually rediscovers his humanity through holy vengeance and spiritual love.
Ornately illustrated by the New York Times Best-selling team of Renae DeLiz and Ray Dillon.
Resident Evil is hands down my favorite horror franchise. I love being scared, correction, I LOVE being TERRIFIED. I love everything about Resident Evil including the movies (well except for that last one) and I am excited they are continuing to make more games. It combines two of my favorite genres, Survival Horror and Shooter. I crave intensity, and you can’t get any more intense than feeling like your character is about to die because you are down to your last bullet and a horde of zombies are racing towards you. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! Please Resident Evil, scare me some more!
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City
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- Developer: Slant Six Games
- Available on: PC, PS3, Xbox 360
- Mode: Single-player, multiplayer
- Genre: Action Adventure
- M for Mature: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language
Good old RPG’s (Role Playing Games). Everyone needs one; everyone should play one at least once. This is definitely my go-to genre when I get tired of shooting creatures in the head or overly repetitive multiplayer. What I love most about RPG’s is that they allow you to relax and immerse yourself in a world, building your own character and deciding who or what they will become. There is magic, action, and epic storytelling, all the qualities of a good book. With Kingdoms of Amalur, I am hoping Big Huge Games and EA created something that will leave me utterly speechless.
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
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- Publisher: Electronic Arts
- Developer: Big Huge Games
- Available on: PC, PS3, Xbox 360
- Genre: First-Person RPG
- M for Mature: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Suggestive Themes
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