Friday, March 30, 2018

Jinxed by Thommy Hutson - Book Tour & Review + Giveaway

Jinxed
Thommy Hutson
Publication date: March 13th 2018
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Young Adult
High School Can Be a Real Killer
Break a mirror

Walk under a ladder

Step on a crack

Innocent childhood superstitions …
But someone at the secluded Trask Academy of Performing Arts is taking things one deadly step further when the campus is rocked with the deaths of some of its star students.
Layna Curtis, a talented, popular senior, soon realizes that the seemingly random, accidental deaths of her friends aren’t random—or accidents—at all. Someone has taken the childhood games too far, using the idea of superstitions to dispose of their classmates. As Layna tries to convince people of her theory, she uncovers the terrifying notion that each escalating, gruesome murder leads closer to its final victim: her.
Will Layna’s opening night also be her final bow?

My Review
When I first saw the cover for Jinxed, I was instantly sold. I didn't know anything about the book, but I knew I wanted to read it. I've been a huge fan of horror novels ever since I was a kid, so I was definitely excited about the opportunity to review Jinxed for this tour. And let me tell you, I was not at all disappointed with it. 

Jinxed is set at a performing arts school on a secluded island. It starts with a scene set in the past, then fast-forwards to the here and now of the story. We meet Layna and her group of friends as they discuss the superstitions and wild rumors that surround their school. It's all in good fun...until the murders start.

As Layna's friends start getting picked off one by one, she has to try and uncover the truth before it's too late. Who is killing her friends, and why?

Jinxed is definitely a fun whodunit sort of mystery that reminded me a lot of Scream. There are some graphic descriptions in the story, so for those who have weaker constitutions, you may want to proceed with caution if you decide to read this book.  

I enjoyed the characters, and I thought they were fleshed out well enough. There are characters you'll find yourself getting attached to, and then there are some that will make you say, "hmm..." Are they the same characters? Perhaps. But I won't spoil anything.

The plot is very well paced. I sped through the book, mostly because I loved it so much. It sort of brought back some of those memories from my teenage years when I was obsessed with Fear Street and Christopher Pike novels. Jinxed is sort of along the same vein as those books, at least in my opinion.

I really, thoroughly enjoy Jinxed. It had me on the edge of my seat, eagerly scrolling through the pages to see what would happen next and how the story would end. I don't think I've read through a book that fast in a long while. It had me so anxious at times, and that ending... whoo. That's all I'm gonna say.

As a random thought to add in here, I was telling my fiance about the story after I finished it, and when I told him who the author was, he said the name was familiar. Then he realized it was because him and our one friend, who is a huge horror fiend, watched the Nightmare on Elm Street documentary Thommy did. He said they also watched the Friday the 13th documentary as well. So after discovering that, I may have convinced him to read Jinxed to see what it's all about. 

Anyway, if you enjoy horror that will keep you guessing, definitely give Jinxed a whirl. You won't regret it! 

Five very well-deserved stars! Highly recommend!


Author Bio:
Born and raised in Upstate New York, Thommy graduated from UCLA and launched his career co-writing the story for the Warner Bros. animated hit SCOOBY-DOO IN WHERE’S MY MUMMY? He followed that with co-writing the concept and additional material for CHILL OUT, SCOOBY-DOO!
His career then took a thrilling turn when he wrote and produced several definitive genre film retrospectives for television and home entertainment: SCREAM: THE INSIDE STORY, NEVER SLEEP AGAIN: THE ELM STREET LEGACY, MORE BRAINS! A RETURN TO THE LIVING DEAD and HIS NAME WAS JASON: 30 YEARS OF FRIDAY THE 13th.
He was also a staff writer on Hulu’s daily web series “The Morning After,” a smart, witty, pop culture program aimed at getting viewers up-to-date on the latest entertainment news and celebrity interviews.
Thommy also produced the critically acclaimed feature THE TROUBLE WITH THE TRUTH, an insightful relationship drama starring Lea Thompson and John Shea. He also produced DREAMWORLD, a quirky, romantic dramedy.
He co-wrote and produced ANIMAL for Chiller Films and Drew Barrymore’s Flower Films. The project debuted in iTunes’ top ten horror films (reaching #1) and became the network’s highest-rated original movie.
Continuing his passion for uncovering the stories behind the story, he went on to produce CRYSTAL LAKE MEMORIES: THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF FRIDAY THE 13th, which is the most comprehensive look at the popular film franchise.
As an author Thommy crafted a limited-edition coffee table book detailing the making and legacy of Wes Craven’s 1984 classic A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. A trade version distributed by Simon & Schuster reached number one in Amazon.com’s Movie History & Criticism category. He also has a deal with Vesuvian Media to write a YA thriller trilogy with the first book due out spring 2017.
He produced and made his feature directorial debut with THE ID, an independent psychological drama/thriller. Filmmaker Magazine stated it was “a deeply unsettling thriller that’s as moving as it is frightening…with skillful, provocative direction that has echoes of early Polanski.”
Most recently, Thommy wrote the screenplay for CineTel Films’ supernatural horror film TRUTH OR DARE. He is also directing, writing and producing a documentary with Clive Barker’s Seraphim Films in addition to developing other film and television properties with the company.
As an author, he is currently writing another book that definitively details the history, making and legacy of another fan-favorite genre film from the 1980s.
A member of the Producers Guild of America, Thommy continues to develop unique, compelling and provocative projects across multiple genres for film, television, publishing, and home entertainment through his company Hutson Ranch Media.

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2 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for taking the time read the book. I am so glad you enjoyed it! And thank you for helping spread the word!

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    1. You're very welcome! Always happy to help an author out! :)

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