October 28, 2013

Halloween Review! Seven from Haven by Daniel Grotta

Title: Seven From Haven
Author: Daniel Grotta
Published: October 31, 2012
Publisher: Pixel Hall Press
Paperback: 167 pgs

Set in a small Pennsylvania mountain village, where strange and wondrous things happen, Seven from Haven are quirky, fantastical short stories which prove what they say about this town: ”Haven takes care of its own.”

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When I first learned about Seven From Haven, the timing was absolutely perfect. Even though Halloween is at the end of October, this is the month where my mind just gravitates toward the paranormal, the gory, the spooky, the down-right scary! This book was exactly the book I wanted to read -- plus, you all know how much I adore short stories :)
But Grotta's book actually took me by surprise. These short stories are not what you would you call your typical tell-in-the-dark-with-a-flashlight stories. They are still spooky, but with one fun twist -- they all have happy endings. Now, does that make them any less eerie? No. And in fact, I found that it kind of draws you in even more. Amongst all the horror and gruesome reads/movies around this time, is is actually refreshing to read about the ghosts in Haven that "take care of their own".

I wish I could tell you about each individual story -- as they are all unique and clever in their own way, but I think I would be giving away too much. But here is the rundown: Every story takes place in or near the town of Haven, Pennsylvania -- a small, secluded town up in the mountains. And almost everyone in this town has their "story" -- whether it's about the mysterious hitchhiker who helps you find yourself;  the doctor who helps you when no one else can and then vanishes from sight; or the old woman who shows you how to find money in desperate times. 

If you're looking for a fun, easy-read that still manages to give you the creeps, check out Seven From Haven. Happy Halloween!

5 out of 5 stars! 



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