May 6, 2019

8 Souls Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

8 Souls
Author: Rachel Rust
Release Date: May 6, 2019
Publisher: Entangled Teen


All her life, seventeen-year-old Chessie has had recurring dreams about a little white farmhouse. Quaint? Not quite. The house is the site of the unsolved murders of Villisca, Iowa, where eight people were slaughtered in 1912. With her parents on the verge of divorce, Chessie is stuck spending the summer with her grandparents in Villisca—right across the street from the axe murder house. 

She’s soon hearing voices calling out for help and begins unraveling a link between herself and the town’s bloody history. And when she falls for a cute boy harboring a big secret, the pieces fall into place as she at last discovers the truth of Villisca's gruesome past…
8 Souls is a creepy and fantastic young adult horror novel that fans of the genre will devour. I'm a huge fan of YA horror and I'm also usually complaining that there isn't enough of it. When I read the description of this book, I was so excited and couldn't wait to get my hands on it. It didn't disappoint in the least. I don't do spoilers in my reviews, so I can't really go into the plot much more than what the description says. Let's just say that things go from eerie to creepy to downright WTF and there are tons of twists and secrets that you don't see coming. I can normally guess these things pretty quickly, but this one had me puzzled for the majority of the book - which is actually a huge plus in my opinion. The characters were great - especially Chessie - and we get to know David and Mateo pretty well throughout the story. The rest of the characters are pretty two dimensional, but I didn't mind that much because the story wasn't really focused on them. A huge positive for me was the author's use of the first person POV. This is by far my favorite writing style because I can always connect with the narrator (in this case, Chessie) on a deeper level than third person. I loved getting to really know Chessie and everything about her - those horrific nightmares, the daymares, the almost constant paranormal activity that she has to go through - it felt so lifelike and realistic. Like I was right inside Chessie's mind seeing and feeling everything right along with her. This was a thrilling YA horror novel that I ended up reading in one sitting because I couldn't put it down - I got sucked into Chessie's world immediately from the start. I highly recommend this book to fans of YA horror, paranormal, fantasy, and even historical fiction, contemporary fiction and romance.


Rachel Rust is a YA author who loves all things mysterious, romantic, and thrilling. Her favorite stories have twisty plots, and if it's a whodunit, she's all about it. When not making up stories, Rachel can usually be found with her family and their two dogs -- a pug and a chug (chihuahua/pug).

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 Prize: A Signed copy of 8 Souls



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