Thursday, October 4, 2012

Book Review | Seed by Ania Ahlborn

Seed is the debut novel of Ania Ahlborn. Seed was originally a self-published phenomenon before being scooped up by the Amazon imprint 47North. More on that after the review!

Book Description
With nothing but the clothes on his back—and something horrific snapping at his heels—Jack Winter fled his rural Georgia home when he was still just a boy. Watching the world he knew vanish in a trucker’s rearview mirror, he thought he was leaving an unspeakable nightmare behind forever. But years later, the bright new future he’s built suddenly turns pitch black, as something fiendishly familiar looms dead ahead.

When Jack, his wife Aimee, and their two small children survive a violent car crash, it seems like a miracle. But Jack knows what he saw on the road that night, and it wasn’t divine intervention. The profound evil from his past won’t let them die…at least not quickly. It’s back, and it’s hungry; ready to make Jack pay for running, to work its malignant magic on his angelic youngest daughter, and to whisper a chilling promise: I’ve always been here, and I’ll never leave.

Country comfort is no match for spine-tingling Southern gothic suspense in Ania Ahlborn’s tale of an ordinary man with a demon on his back. Seed plants its page-turning terror deep in your soul, and lets it grow wild.

I have had Seed sitting on my Kindle for over a year now begging me to read it. I am so glad I didn't wait any longer. Seed is a great scary novel to read this October (or any time!).

I don't get the creeps very often. I wish I did, but it's pretty hard to freak me out. Seed gave me the creeps. I actually wrote "aaaaaahh" and "don't go!" in my notes. (Yes, notes, whatever.) I don't want to spoil anything so I won't go into specifics - like why I really, really wanted my dog to stop scratching on the door.

If you are looking for some fresh, new horror, I highly recommend Seed. On top of being fast paced and suspenseful, it's an atypical horror story and it is completely unsettling. I loved it.

9/10: Highly Recommended

Amazon Studios announced yesterday they have selected Seed as their first novel to option for film. I'm super excited because 1) I obviously loved Seed and 2) Amazon chose a great horror story for its first film adaptation. So many good things rolled up into one.

Have you read Seed? Do you have plans to read anything scary for October?

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16 comments:

  1. Too big a coward to read anything too scary and Seed sounds like it will fall into this category, I do however tend to read several children's book with a Halloween theme - Witch Baby and Me After Dark (interestingly enough its another banned book) by Debi Gliori is first on my list this October.

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    1. I love Halloween children's books. My kids and I have been reading them already this month.

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  2. Nice! I don't get creeped out very often either so we'll see if SEED does the same for me. I have a MASSIVE stack I want to get to in October and I've not been able to actually start any of them yet. Urgh! SEED's in there, though.

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    1. Let me know if you get creeped out! There is one particular scene that just gah! eek! :D

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  3. I'm excited and scared at the same time! I probably won't read it because I do get creeped out easily but I love that this book is creepy for those who are into that, especially for the season.

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    1. I really wish I could recommend it to everyone because I loved it so much, but it really isn't for everyone. That's sweet of you to share in the excitement, though. :)

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  4. Love the cover, the synopsis, and especially your review!! Thanks for letting me know about this one. Off to add it to my TBR. Great post!

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    1. Thanks, dear! I hope you have a chance to read it!

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  5. I guess I should probably read this one, huh? I have been sitting on the fence with this one for a long time and they good reviews still keep coming. Time to bite the bullet. Glad you enjoyed it!

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  6. Oooh this sounds really good. I hadn't heard of it before so I'm happy you brought it to my attention. I'm always looking for a good scare and I'm with you that I crave it because I never get freaked out anymore. Great review Jennifer, I'll be adding this to my TBR

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    1. This is definitely a good book to try if you are craving a scare. I hope it freaks you out!

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  7. Okay, I had to skip the review, because I'll be reading this soon for Readathon and I don't want to get spoiled this soon- but I did see your rating, which makes me happy!

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    1. I am very anti-spoiler so hopefully you will never see an actual spoiler here. I can't wait to hear what you think after the Readathon!!

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  8. This sounds really creepy. I get pretty easily creeped out so I don't read a lot of horror, but a friend just read The Neighbors and said it was amazing so I *may* give this one a shot. If I can work up my nerve. ;)

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