Friday, 29 August 2014

Review: Inferno by J.L. Bryan


Title: Inferno Park
Author: J. L. Bryan
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Genre: Horror
Source: Received from author
Publication Date: 13th August 2014

Tell Me About It
Carter was only twelve when he witnessed the disaster that killed more than a hundred people at Starland Amusement Park. Five years later, Carter’s hometown is no longer a busy Florida panhandle resort, but a slowly dying town full of empty motels and attractions rusting behind chains and padlocks.

Now something evil stirs in the ruins of the old amusement park...something with an alluring siren song drawing visitors into the dark mysteries of the forbidden world behind the gate. Something with an appetite for restless, yearning souls.

Carter reluctantly returns to the old park in the company of a new girl in town, who is obsessed with urban decay and pop-culture ruins, and discovers the evil at work. To stop it, and protect the children of the town, Carter will have to face his oldest and deepest fears.
My Thoughts
I've read a few of J.L Bryan's books, and I know he doesn't go easy on the detail, whether it be sparkly wings, or scary faerie beings, or even gory details, so when I began Inferno Park I knew it was going to be creepy, and I knew it wouldn't lack for detail......and when the detail came, it was bloody, it was gruesome, it was great!!!!!

Carter and his friend Jared, live in the resort town of Conch City, with the beach over the road, and Starland Amusement Park right at their door steps. One fateful evening their time is quickly, and brutally cut short by a sink hole, devastating the amusement park, and causing multiple injuries and deaths. From that moment on, Carter has never been the same, with daily nightmares and the run down park near by, it's hard to forget all the gruesome things he witnessed that day.

Inferno Park is told from Carter's point of view, we do however get to see others as the vast array of characters all explore the park for themselves, and we get a front row seat to some pretty spectacular scenes. One thing that quickly captured my attention was how the name of the book, Inferno Park, is linked with the the sad story of Starland Amusement Park itself, I thought this was a clever little piece of information.

When I initially began reading Inferno Park I ended up putting it down. A lot of others things got in the way of me enjoying this book so I waited until I was able to read it without being disturbed, and as soon as that time came, I devoured this book. Inferno Park is nothing like J.L. Bryan's others books, but I have to say this is by far my favourite one out of them all. I loved the attention to detail, from character descriptions, to the rusting flakes off the run-down rides. I honestly didn't know what to expect from reading Inferno Park, but I was not disappointed at all, even the cover of the book is amazing.

I know my review is vague, and I have purposefully not gone into detail about Inferno Park, I want YOU to read this book and be completely sucked into this world like I was, with no forewarning over what happens on the next page, or even the next chapter.

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