Recap #18 – My Bloody Valentine by Jo Gibson

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Title: My Bloody Valentine

Author: Jo Gibson (Joanne Fluke)

Published: Feb. 1995

Description: Be mine . . . and die. It’s Valentine’s Day at Hamilton High. [Pretty sure it’s Valentine’s Day everywhere, but okay.] Everyone’s excited about this year’s big dance, especially the six girls competing to be Queen of Hearts.

One student at Hamilton High is paying extra close attention to the contest. Because it takes a very special girl to be queen . . . and if her heart isn’t pure and good, she doesn’t deserve to win.

In fact, she doesn’t deserve to live.

Poor Amy Hunter. Five girls down . . . one to go.

Nostalgia Time!


Well, guys, once again we have a book that I didn’t remember at all. Like, nothing sparked a memory, except when a certain character showed up I was like – it’s him! He’s the killer! And he was. (Saying “he” isn’t a spoiler – we get killer POV scenes that flat-out state the killer is male.) So, I would have been about 13 and a half when this book was released, chances are I bought it around that time. Probably only read it once since it’s pretty unremarkable and I obviously remembered nothing except who the killer was. This is the same author who wrote Slay Bells, which was one of the most fun recaps I’ve ever written, so I was hoping for something similarly over-the-top bonkers, and . . . I was pretty disappointed. This book was released a couple months after Slay Bells, and it’s like Gibson kept the template from that one to write this one (the similarities are ridiculous), but forgot how to make it fun. Which is sad for me, but hopefully not for y’all. My recap will probably make the book sound more fun than it is. Don’t be fooled though. This book is solidly “meh.”

Also, it has nothing to do with the slasher film of the same name. Just throwing that out there so there’s no confusion.

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Recap #17 – Broken Hearts by R.L. Stine

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Title: Broken Hearts

Author: R.L. Stine

Published: Feb. 1993

Tagline: Valentine’s Day can be a killer

Description: Roses are red, corpses are blue. On Valentine’s Day, you’ll die too!

There’s someone out there, someone who kills on Valentine’s Day. Josie and Melissa are scared—especially when they receive threatening valentines. Then the murders begin. Who is sending these horrible valentines to the girls of Shadyside High? And who will be the next to die?

Nostalgia Time!


I wanted to recap Valentine’s books for February, and I caught this one for sale cheap on Kindle, so I thought to myself, perfect! The cover and description were familiar, so I knew I’d read it back in the day (I was eleven when it was published, so probably sometime around then), but I couldn’t for the life of me remember anything about this book . . . until I read the first couple of pages. Then it all came flooding back and I remembered who the killer was and why, although there was one surprise that I didn’t remember at all. Having said that, it’s never a good sign when I’m three pages into a book and suddenly remember, Oh, yeah, this book sucks. I’m pretty sure I thought it sucked the first time I read it, although I have no memory of the first time I read it. Hey, one of these days, this section might actually contain fond memories of actually reading the damn book I’m recapping on my nostalgia recap site, right?

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Recap #16 – Full Moon Blowout: The Blooding by Patricia Windsor

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Title: The Blooding

Author: Patricia Windsor

Published: Oct. 1996

Description: Maris can’t bear her mother’s painful criticism, the constant reminders of past mistakes. So when she takes a summer job as an au pair in England and her mother insists she won’t be able to handle the responsibility, Maris knows this is her chance to prove that she can make up her own mind about things.

Barb Forrest suffers from a strange fatigue disorder and is grateful for Maris’s help with the two young children. For Maris, it feels good to be needed. Barb’s husband, Derek, may be a bit odd – unpredictable, with a wild light behind his eyes – but life with their family is peaceful, like a dream.

Then everything comes apart when Barb is found dead on the bedroom floor, killed in a disturbing manner. At first, Maris is frightened. But when she discovers the truth about Derek, the truth about his transformations and his plans for her, surprisingly, she’s no longer afraid. Because Maris is beginning to see that being blooded means she will have something that her mother can never take away.

Or, if you like a more succinct summary, there’s this:

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For a story that practically screams “WEREWOLF!” at you in all the descriptions, it takes forever to actually werewolf.

Nostalgia Time!


I remember reading this book as a teenager, and it stood out to me because it was one of a very few werewolf books I’d ever read. I was more into vampires than werewolves at the time, and werewolf books didn’t seem as common in the YA thriller genre. The book stuck in my mind, including the title, but I’d forgotten who the author was until I listened to the Teen Creeps podcast episode of Windsor’s The Christmas Killer and they named off Windsor’s other novels. So I hopped on Amazon, bought myself a used library copy, and figured I just had to recap it! I decided to do it for the full moon in January since it fit in with my theme of the month – babysitters in peril – and was a werewolf story. How perfect is that, right? Now, if you look at the reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, it’s very mixed. I understand. I have such nostalgia about this book (I remember checking it out of the library, the house I lived in at the time, lying in bed reading it), but reading it as an adult was a bit of a let-down. Which I guess was my whole premise for this site? Anyway, let’s get into it, shall we?

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