Cover Rating: 3/5
Val receives a calling card from a very dangerous boy who wants to play with her. It's a game without rules, logic, or consequence, and he'll stop at nothing to claim her as his—even if it means destroying them both.
Three years ago, Valerian Kimble got herself entangled with a burgeoning sociopath intent on adding her to his own columns of wins and losses. She managed to escape him, but at a terrible cost...
This time it's personal.
Now a high school senior, Val is a pale shadow of the girl she once was and still recovering from the terrible trauma she suffered at his hands. She is understandably reluctant when her friends receive mysterious invitations to a theme party being held in one of the old manor homes on the edge of town.
Right away, something about the party seems off. The other guests are secretive, and strangely hostile. Cell phones don't work. Doors lock and unlock, seemingly at will. And the festivities start to take a turn for the sinister as the evening progresses. Because their host loves games. Loves them so much that he's decided to make a little wager. The deadline is sunrise. The stakes? Their lives.
Let the games begin.
I go into books with a theory, with a knowledge of what I expect to happen - I always look for romance and I always want the bad guy to turn good - and it does my head in when these things don't appear.
usually though, those books, the ones I don't expect become the ones I cant forget, and Horrorscape is no exception.
What I loved
✔ The new characters especially Blake
✔ The change in Lisa - much better
✔ The shocking areas, the moment when you realise - he isn't pretending.
✔ That GM intrigues me so much
What I didn't love so much
❌ Val seemed to have gotten a little dumb in three years - she wasn't the same
❌ That no one recognised GM
❌ Plot holes regarding the black team - who are they? Brent?
❌ What GMs true intentions are and why he chose Val
Generally this was great. It was a little unbelievable at times but it was a captivating read, I finished at 3am.
I have downloaded the final book which has some pretty clear warnings - I'm terrified but I have to read it, don't I.