Weekend Reads #14: YA Psychological Horror & Gargantuan Sea Monsters

Saturday has arrived, and I plan on using my time to finish my current reads, so I can be ready for the Bout of Books 22 Readathon that is starting up on Monday! It’s a week-long reading event that I am very excited for. If you are interested in learning more about it, please check out my post here. Finishing off the two books I’ve got my nose in will help keep my anxiety down and decrease my chances of feeling overwhelmed when the readathon officially kicks off.

Apart from one title, I have been digging the other book quite a bit and recommend it to y’all. If it floats your fancy, then definitely pick it up!

Meg: Primal Waters (Meg #3) by Steve Alten


The third book in the action-adventure, thriller series takes place about eighteen years after the events of the second novel in the Meg series, The Trench. Following Jonas Taylor, who is now a middle-aged father, as he embarks on a fresh new journey to help pay off his family’s debt. Yet, when a terrible surprise from his past resurfaces, Jonas must face his biggest fear and most-thrilling adventure yet!

The third book is not as great as Meg and The Trench as it’s got much slower plot progression with clichéd shark scenes that lack originality, making it difficult to stay invested. I decided to re-read this novel, so I can continue with the series because I’m curious as to where Alten will take this tale. Also, the Meg film releases in August and I’m so fucking psyched for it! Reading this book has helped re-ignite my excitement for it.

(Meg Book Review ~ The Trench Book Review)

And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich

Composed of first person narration, snippets from journal entries, notes, and other odd sources, the story revolves around a pair of sisters who fled from their abusive father to their mother’s childhood home, where their aunt lives. Upon arriving, it’s at once apparent that this old creepy house is cursed. The endless creaking of the house at night and the eerie stillness of the woods surrounding them would be enough of a sign, but there are secrets too—questions that Silla can’t ignore: Why does it seem that, ever since they arrived, the trees have been creeping closer? Who is the beautiful boy who’s appeared from the woods? And who is the tall man with no eyes who Nori plays with in the basement at night… a man no one else can see?

A young adult psychological horror novel, And the Trees Crept In is the perfect encapsulation of atmosphere and macabre ambience. The unique styles of storytelling create a wonderfully interactive experience that pulls you into the pages one branch, one shadow, one mysterious figure at a time. I have no fucking idea what is going to happen next, which I am loving; all I know is that the novel has me anxiously anticipating the truth behind the mystery of this manor. I haven’t felt this close to frightened while reading a book since I read the novelisation for Crimson Peak (SO much better than the film, which I adored).

Those are my weekend biblio-projects! Do these books sound interesting to you? What shall you be reading this weekend?

Thank you for taking the time to visit me today. Until next time, happy reading and happy otakuing! 🦈