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The Hunger
The Hunger | Alma Katsu
The Hunger is a tense and gripping reimagining of one of America's most fascinating historical moments: the Donner Party with a supernatural twist. Evil is invisible, and it is everywhere. Tamsen Donner must be a witch. That is the only way to explain the series of misfortunes that have plagued the wagon train known as the Donner Party. Depleted rations, bitter quarrels, and the mysterious death of a little boy have driven the pioneers to the brink of madness. They cannot escape the feeling that someone--or something--is stalking them. Whether it was a curse from the beautiful Tamsen, the choice to follow a disastrous experimental route West, or just plain bad luck--the 90 men, women, and children of the Donner Party are at the brink of one of the deadliest and most disastrous western adventures in American history. While the ill-fated group struggles to survive in the treacherous mountain conditions--searing heat that turns the sand into bubbling stew; snows that freeze the oxen where they stand--evil begins to grow around them, and within them. As members of the party begin to disappear, they must ask themselves "What if there is something waiting in the mountains? Something disturbing and diseased...and very hungry?" Effortlessly combining the supernatural and the historical, The Hunger is an eerie, thrilling look at the volatility of human nature, pushed to its breaking point.
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CuriousG
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Only 1 kid came to the door tonight, but had 4 on Saturday @ least. Now settled in for creepy nighttime read by flashlight

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CuriousG
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@ShelleyBooksie sent me this *AMAZING* Haunted Hallow Swap package! The bookmarks and everything in the notepad holder are gorgeous. I'm so glad the card is in there saying who created it so I can check out more from them. And the book/ereader sleeve! 😍 Books also seem like my kind of disturbing read, now to decide which to read first. Is it wrong to enjoy a snack while reading The Hunger? 🤔
@wanderinglynn #HHS #hauntedhallow #hauntedhallowswap

wanderinglynn The Hunger is a good read. Enjoy! 🎃 3mo
ShelleyBooksie So glad that you like everything!! Did you open the whole folder on the notepad? There are 3 "pockets". I had a lot of fun selecting items for you ♡ 3mo
CuriousG @ShelleyBooksie I didn't notice at first, but did after a few hours. It is all so gorgeous 😍 Thank you! 3mo
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Nessavamusic
The Hunger | Alma Katsu
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I liked this but didn‘t love it. It is heavier on historical fiction/speculative fiction with horror elements. An alternative history version of the tragic Donner party incident. 3.5⭐️
#bookspinbingo - bingo! #littenlisten #bodycountbingo #Scarathlon2022 #TeamMonsterMash #31in31 #Spookathon

TheSpineView Great job 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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Zoes_Human
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I absolutely hated this book and had no plans to read her again. BUT I just read an amazing short story of hers. So I‘m looking for recommendations of her work to give her another shot. ESPECIALLY if you like her but didn‘t enjoy this one.

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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By setting the book at the end of WWII, Katsu captures the conflicted feelings of everyday Germans. And then, she injects a level of fantasy and horror that makes the story even more compelling. Set near the legendary Reinhardswald forest, there's magical history here. But the darkness of Nazi Germany overtakes anything potentially heartwarming. This is all about sharp teeth and claws, whether wolflike or warlike. ⬇️

BarbaraTheBibliophage As the main character, Uwe is not nearly as horrifying as the town's bully. Uwe's horror is how some people will do anything to survive uncertainty. And then he falls prey to those instincts himself.

Absolutely a perfect spooky season read. And it's just as chilling for the political and historical implications that echo forward to the current day.
4mo
Reggie As a gay guy, I hope this gets made into a movie where every time they undress to become wolves there‘s a lot of full frontal. As an American living in our times this was absolutely frightening. 4mo
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Chrissyreadit @Reggie I feel like I need your comment to be in two different blurbs so I can react appropriately to each 😆🙌 4mo
Reggie @Chrissyreadit 🖤🖤🖤 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Reggie LOL - yes, I think that would go over pretty well! Just need the right streaming service! And as for comment two … OMG yes. Every day gets more frightening. 4mo
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Addison_Reads
The Hunger | Alma Katsu
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This book isn't in the database so I tagged another book by this author I loved.

@Reggie just highlighted this story about a #Creature in a post earlier and now I'm even more excited to read it this month.

#Scarathlon #Scarathlon2022 #ScarathlonDailyPrompts @Clwojick

Reggie It‘s really good and kinda reflective of what‘s going on here. 4mo
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intothehallofbooks
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Reviews on Goodreads are all over the place but I absolutely loved it! Definitely a slow build for most of the story up until the last quarter which was a complete thrill ride. Not so much horror as suspense/thriller. I‘m a sucker for the frontier and the Donner Party, so this was a lot of fun for me. A fun take on the history associated with the Donner Party tragedy. I‘m for sure gonna read more of Alma Katsu‘s books.

lynneamch Been wanting to read this since 6mo
tessavi I didn't know anything about the book when I started it and I ended up enjoying it a lot. 6mo
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traa
The Hunger | Alma Katsu
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A great take on historical horror

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wanderinglynn
The Hunger | Alma Katsu
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#thoughtfulthursday

📖 I rarely read horror, but this was one that @Reggie had picked for our #LMPBC group and I read it in one sitting. Horror, yes, but so well written and not gory. I wouldn‘t have otherwise picked it up so I‘m thankful to Reggie!

📖 🦄🧝🏻‍♀️🧝🏼‍♂️🧙🏻🧙🏻‍♂️🧚🏻‍♀️🧚🏻🐲🏰 because I love to escape into other worlds

📖 Either. Sometimes it‘s the cover that catches my eye. Sometimes it‘s the title.

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BookMaven9
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Bailedbailed

DNF! I couldn‘t get past 40% of this bore me to death book! Great premise weaving supernatural elements into the Donner Party tragedy. Idea was awesome, execution was a mess.

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BookwormAHN
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kplovesbooks This has been on my TBR...forever. And it's sitting on my Kindle...somewhere. 🤦🤣 1y
TheSpineView 👍📖 1y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 1y
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DebinHawaii
The Hunger | Alma Katsu
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#scarathlon #scarathlon2021 #photochallenge

I wanted a #thriller with a supernatural element for today‘s prompt so it matched #teamhendrix & I this this one does it nicely. It‘s tagged as both #supernaturalthriller & #historicalthriller on Amazon. I really liked the audiobook when I listened to it a couple of years ago. 😱 Very creepy!

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FantasyChick
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Gotta love Alma Katsu! I didn't really think this is where this story was going but if anything could turn me off of a cross-country wagon trip....it was this book!

10.5hrs

Non team theme: 5pts
#littenlisten :105pts
#screamathon :105pts
#wickedathon :105pts
#bookspinbingo :105pts
#spookoween :105pts
#scarsthlon2021 #teamslaughter @Clwojick @TheAromaofBooks @4thhouseontheleft @aperfectmjk @StayCurious @TheSpineView

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 1y
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Larkken
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This is a twofer for #littensdressedinblood as I‘m behind!
(Hungry like the wolf AND Dead Man‘sParty)
Katsu reimagines the Donner Party story to have a supernatural influence in this novel, and it is creepy. Recommend visiting Donner Pass immediately after reading 😜

MidnightBookGirl I'm thinking of adding this book as a book club read for our horror/sci-fi book club at the bookstore. 1y
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monalyisha
The Hunger | Alma Katsu
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Some #Screamathon 2021 alternates. I‘ll tag the titles below (in case anyone‘s still forming their list & is investigating possibilities).

Read-y_Picker Love these lists!! IMO Ninth House deserves better than being an alternate though! It is so good I can hardly wait for book 2. 1y
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monalyisha Thanks, @Read-y_Picker 🖤! The Ninth House is just so long. 😅 But it might get bumped up. Plenty of time to fiddle with things. 1y
PatriciaU If you can get your hands on The Last House on Needless Street, do it. Shivers for days! 1y
alisiakae A lot of people plan on reading Ninth House, and it's on my tbr too! 1y
monalyisha @4thhouseontheleft I have a giant pile of #Screamathon books waiting for me on the passenger seat of my car. I‘m a hot mess. 🥵 I have the day off today (because I have to work tomorrow), so maybe today will be the day I finally bring them in, photograph them, & sort through them. Haha. 1y
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Karkar
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I liked this different take on what happened to the Donner party. It kept me interested thru the whole book and I did not have the feeling of hurry up and get this over.

Angitron I liked this one too! Very creepy! 2y
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sprainedbrain
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Alma Katsu is good at historical fiction. This is the Donner party that I (inexplicably) learned about in my US education, complete with the names, dates, and events of their ill-fated trip west, but extra creepy with a supernatural element that was very well done. The pervasive sense of dread is palpable, and Katsu created some cool backstories and developed the characters so well that I found myself hoping for a happier outcome.😬

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

sprainedbrain This was my California book for my #50States50Scares challenge. 1y
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bibliobliss
The Hunger | Alma Katsu

Reed stared at him. "So you believe this story of monsters in the woods?"
"I don't believe in monsters," Stanton said. "Only men who behave like them."

#currentlyreading #inprogress #bookblurbs

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Jari-chan
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For some reason this book ended up on my TBR list - I don't remember how. But I'm glad it did. I loved the atmosphere of a constant danger, without really knowing what lies out there in the dark. But even more I was stunned to read about the journey the characters are taking. Only at the end I learned that this book is based on real events, and of course the added reading list made my TBR a little longer 😁

@TheAromaOfBooks #BookSpinBingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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Jari-chan
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Finished a couple of books yesterday and scores several Bingos 😄 Now it's time to clear the board and, as always, catch up with Litsy posts ❤

@TheAromaOfBooks #BookSpinBingo

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Fabulous progress!!! 2y
Jari-chan @TheAromaofBooks Thank you 😊 2y
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NotPrunes
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I really enjoyed this book. It‘s the story of the Donner Party but with a supernatural spin. Some characters were added, some people not included, and some backstories... fudged. It does start off a bit slow but builds on itself over time, fast-paced at the end.

Loved some of the characters, loved to hate some of the characters.

Not for the faint of heart in terms of gore.

Reggie I loved this book! And poor, poor, Tamsen! 2y
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twolittlefeetreads
The Hunger | Alma Katsu
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This horror novel about the Donner Party was such a fun read! Dark and scary and interesting on a historical level all at the same time!

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FantasyChick
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Another amazing #AllHallowsReadSwap gift from @wanderinglynnn 😍 I love this so much! I'm hiding the chocolate from my Japan-obsessed son 🤣 And I can't wait to try the coffee. The washi tape and pen are going right to my #bujo kit and I LOVE that candle. I've always wanted to try but they are so much to ship here. I love Alma Katsu and had this from the library but never finished so I can't wait to dig in. Thank you sooo much!

Happy Halloween 😘

FantasyChick @MaleficentBookDragon Thank you for hosting another great swap! 2y
wanderinglynn So glad you like it. 🧡 2y
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rsteve388
The Hunger | Alma Katsu
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Just opened my #HaubtedHallowsSwap #HHS Box before work. What a great way to start my day. Thank you @katy4peas it's wonderful. Looking forward to reading The Hunger and I love the Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark! I used to read it when I was a kid so I love having a copy. Thank you! @wanderinglynn

Bookgoil We are reading some scary stories in 4th and 5th this week they love them! 💀 2y
rsteve388 @Bookgoil Awww that's fun! This the season! 2y
wanderinglynn Great box! 🎃🖤🧡☠️ 2y
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rsteve388 Thank you! 2y
katy4peas Glad you like it! 😁Happy Halloween! 🎃 2y
BethM Scary stories scared the daylights out of me as a kid 😂 2y
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wanderinglynn
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#thoughtfulthursday

1. No. It‘s just me and I live on a sub-tropical island, so produce quickly becomes a science experiment.
2. Orange!
3. Tagged. Can‘t say it‘s the spookiest I‘ve ever read, but it‘s the most recent spookiest.

Tagging some of my new followers. Take a screenshot, create your own post, tag @MoonWitch94 & play along! @KristabellaBooks @thepinkpumpkin @ShelleyBooksie @starrdom

daisyheadmaesie Where do you live?! 2y
daisyheadmaesie @wanderinglynn That‘s amazing. We have a soft spot for Japan, and have a friend in Uruma! We were hoping to be back in 2021... Doesn‘t look like that‘s gonna be happening. 😢 How are things over there now?? 2y
wanderinglynn @daisyheadmaesie like most places, cases are on the rise out in town. I work for the Marine Corps & luckily we haven‘t had any new cases in a while. Everyone is taking appropriate precautions & masks are mandatory. 2y
MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing! 🎃🖤⭐️ 2y
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IamIamIam
The Hunger | Alma Katsu
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In a super slump and only 63% done with this extremely slow burn... it's well detailed and well written but so so slow. It's due back at the library and 1 person is waiting so I'll have to come back to it some day.

Bookishlie I have this but actually started The Deep first and that is sloooooow too:( 2y
IamIamIam @Bookishlie I liked The Deep a lot better but I've always been really into the Titanic disaster so I felt that I knew a lot of what was going on. This is people trekking across country, starting and stopping and getting more and more frustrated with each other every chapter. Lol, I just can't keep going... good luck!!! 2y
BookMaven9 I just bailed at about 40%. What a slog of a book. Not at all what i expected. 7mo
IamIamIam @Booklover2 Life's too short to wade through an unenjoyable book! I wanted it to pick up and it just never did. 7mo
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HeathHof
The Hunger | Alma Katsu
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Before starting this, I wasn't familiar with the Donner Party. I have read a few other fictional stories about the pioneers and of course loved playing the Oregon Trail game growing up but let me tell you, dysentery and snake bites are a walk in the park compared to what these poor souls ended up going through. 👇

HeathHof Almost immediately the author puts us at unease. Leaving you feeling cold on a a bright sunny day on the prairie. I loved that she gave a backstory for many of the characters.Sharing the dark and ruinious reasons that sent each person off across the country on a long dangerous journey to start a new life. The supernatural element to this story (no spoilers) really lit up this already harrowing and fascinating story. ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 2y
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Godpants
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This book maintains such a feeling of dread for so long. I really enjoyed it!

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Godpants
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I‘ve heard such good things about this book, and the wait list was shorter than for her new one.

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Brooke_H
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Ewwwwww.... You thought the Donner Party story couldn‘t get any crazier? You were wrong! This ridiculous potboiler of a gothic historical horror novel is truly bonkers. I fully enjoyed it. I can‘t help but wonder how descendants of the actual Donner Party feel about this book. 🤔

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brittanythebookdragon
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I already knew a good bit about the story of The Donner Party but the way Katsu puts her own fictional spin on this made it even more terrifying. I was engrossed. I hated almost every single man and most of the women. I hated that people wouldn‘t just listen to each other. But I couldn‘t stop reading. I thoroughly enjoyed this tragic twist on an already tragic story. I really liked what she did here to flip it around and up the creep factor.

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perfectsinner
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What an odd book. A mix of fiction and paranormal. This isn't the type of book I would usually read. It's a slow burner, for sure, so if you're looking for fast paced action, this won't be the book for you. Most are familiar with the Donner party, and this book takes a unique spin on the tale with someone... Or something.... Out to get Donner & Co.
I found it pretty slow and not that gripping or exciting. Spoiler alert: nearly everyone dies.

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perfectsinner
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Nearly halfway through. This is quite a strange read, indeed. It's completely outside my usually realm.

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Kamisha
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My March reads!
Favorite: definitely The Hunger, read it in all in a day! And Untamed Shore/King of Scars were also favorites.
Least favorite: The Tomb, not horrible just a bit dated with some of the terms and language used.

After having an immensely horrible start to 2020, I‘m hoping to focus more on books and Litsy again, because the world is a damn mess. Hope everyone is doing well and staying safe! ❤️

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Reagan
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A little morning reading before I try getting some work done. I am a glass half full person, and something I am really enjoying is lazy mornings in bed reading.

Hopefully I will be able to finish this one today. I have a stack of netgalleys and never mind how many physical and ebooks to read. I‘m trying to stay focused on that.

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FantasyChick
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After my failed attempt at getting groceries today I'm sufficiently annoyed and calling it a night. The world has lost it's damn mind and I'm already fed up with the chaos.
Fitting book for the evening I think

#TheHunger #Mood #FirstTheTPNowTheChicken #WheresTheBeef

MoonWitch94 Seriously 😒 I had to hit 3 different stores just to do my “normal” shopping. It‘s maddening! 3y
Hooked_on_books The world has definitely lost its damn mind. You got that right. 😕 3y
FantasyChick @Hooked_on_books @MoonWitch94 Right? I keep thinking if I'm having this much trouble just getting our normal shopping done, how are all those who rely on government cheques at the end of the month going to manage? We are fortunate enough that we do have freezers and pantries full enough that we can make do if need be but not everyone has that. It's freaking insane. I'm over this already 3y
MoonWitch94 @FantasyChick Yes, exactly Vanessa! Here in the states they‘ve also canceled all professional sporting events, too. So—no sports, no arts, no anything. People are going to go stir crazy. And I‘m worried about our elderly population too. (edited) 3y
Hooked_on_books Yeah, I‘m thinking about all those people who aren‘t working now because their jobs are shut down. Will they be able to eat and make ends meet? How disastrous will this be for people already living right at the edge? It‘s awful. 3y
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kammartinez
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Full review here: https://wp.me/p21txV-GI

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ of 5 ⭐️s

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FlowerFairy
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1. Fluent English, a little French, currently learning Spanish
2. The Hunger by Alma Katsu
3. Zero. Skipped dinner.
4. 😘🤣🙄
5. Happy Friday, #Friyayintro -ers!!!

Bookzombie I loved The Hunger. I can‘t wait to read her new one this year. 3y
FlowerFairy @Bookzombie I know!!! The Deep will be released March 10th! 😁 3y
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Reagan
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You know when you‘re reading like 7 books, and you have one with you that you are really enjoying but then you decide to just look in the bookstore? That old story? Anyways, I bought this. I was in a conversation with someone on here who said they had really enjoyed this and I don‘t remember who 😫 but very good so far!

TEArificbooks I liked this one too 3y
vivastory It's a great one! 3y
readordierachel I really liked it! 3y
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Reggie You‘ll love it!!! 3y
kezzlou85 It's a really good read. 3y
Bookzombie I really liked this one! 3y
WJCintron I was looking for that one the other day at Barnes n Noble, not a single copy found 😭 Can't wait to read that one!! 3y
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ReadingOver50
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The first 2/3rds of the book was amazing. Right from the start I was hooked. Then I put the book away for 2 days and when I came back it wasn‘t quite as enthralling. Maybe it was my mood, or maybe the story slowed towards the end. Who knows.

This is a retelling of the story of the Donner party. There is a supernatural twist here. I am left with a whole new respect for the people who traveled across the United States in search of a new start.

Hestapleton You should check out the tagged book if you‘re interested in the history of the Donner Party! 3y
ReadingOver50 @Hestapleton that sounds interesting 3y
readordierachel I can't even imagine how hard that journey must have been! 3y
TEArificbooks I liked this book too but thought the ending was rushed 3y
Reggie Poor Tamsen! And in a shocking turn of events, the gay character lived! I really liked this book. 3y
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BookwormAHN
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Thank you so much @teebe for the great #CreepyChristmas package. I love the choices of books you picked. The bookmarks are adorable and the It merch is fantastic. Also Druzy has somewhat of a straw fetish so hopefully I will be able to enjoy the skull before she does 😸💀😸
Thank you for hosting #CreepyChristmasSwap

LeahBergen The Silent Companions is fun! 3y
Bookzombie The Hunger is one of favorites! 3y
ReadingOver50 Just finished The Hunger this morning. It was great! 3y
MidnightBookGirl Very cool! 1pt! 3y
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pigeonsandcrows
The Hunger | Alma Katsu
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An imaginative retelling of the Donner Party's ill-fated attempt to reach California from Illinois in the 1840s. The set up was strong, although I will admit to some qualms about making up scandalous backstories for the long dead protagonists. My main complaint and reason for not rating it more highly is that things are brought to a rushed and muddled conclusion. It made me want to pick up more Donner Party nonfiction, though!

Pricel101 I was really pumped for this one and ended up disappointed. I agree with your review 💯! 3y
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Addison_Reads
The Hunger | Alma Katsu
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This book started a little slow for me, but once it picks up you're in for a wild ride.

You will be creeped out, grossed out, angry, sad, and unable to stop reading until you see how it all ends. This is a fictionalized story of the Donner Party that will make your skin crawl even more than the true events it's based on.

Definite recommend for horror fans.

Do you dare attempt a journey through the pages as the hungry ones stalk you?

readordierachel Glad you liked it! 3y
TheHungryBookworms I have this one on my TBR pile 3y
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