Book Reviews, Books, Reviews

Enjoy your Friday the 13th with a perfect spooky read: Teen Hyde by Chandler Baker!

Friday the 13th is always seen as a creepy, haunted day, regardless of what month it happens to fall in. We here at Lytherus have the perfect way for you to add a little creepiness to this Friday the 13th: check out Teen Hyde by Chandler Baker, which hit shelves earlier this week on January 10th, 2017. This book was not only a good teen horror read but was a believable, complex story of real struggles and difficulties, and I couldn’t put it down.

What’s it about? Here’s the summary:

51OJ9Oo5coLCassidy Hyde is NOT having a good year. Her boyfriend cheated on her, killed her best friend’s date during homecoming, and was then murdered in turn by a serial killer, and that’s without counting the thing that no one knows about. (But Cassidy doesn’t like to think about that.) The point is, anyone would be a little depressed and no one can blame her for looking for a little bit of help. That’s where Sunshine comes in. This new experimental drug makes Cassidy feel like everything is good and she’s the golden girl once again. A little memory loss feels like a small price to pay to get her life back. And the fact that boys are once again going missing (boys who Cassidy does NOT want to remember) has NOTHING to do with anything! Right?

Thus begins Chandler Baker’s contemporary twist on Robert Louis Stevenson’s Jekyll and Hyde, set in the town of Hollow Pines, Texas, where high school is truly horrifying.

This story reminded me of a horrific accident, in the best way possible. I was seriously disturbed and yet I couldn’t look away. This book was a great read, even more than I anticipated. I knew going in that it was going to play on the Jekyll and Hyde theme, but the way the author wrote it up was awesome. Both parts of Cassidy’s characters were complex and had interesting thoughts and motivations.

Also, it’s not only a good horror story, but surprisingly relatable. The main character Cassidy is dealing with some serious issues, issues that too many people can relate to, sadly, and that alone made the story interesting and a page turner. But adding in the element of multiple personalities, and what the other ‘us’ would do, took the book to a definitely creepy level. I don’t want to give too much away, but the issues keep piling on as the story continues, and the momentum speeds up all the way to a well-written end.

I’m so glad I read Teen Hyde. What at first seemed like just a teen horror romp actually delves into some really good issues, and the characters are believable and relatable. It was a quick, easy read, and I’d definitely recommend it for someone who likes getting lost in the horrors of both real life and fantasy.

You can pick up Teen Hyde on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, and you can follow author Chandler Baker on twitter!

Book News, Books, News

Check out this AMAZING book trailer for TEEN FRANKENSTEIN!

25663529You need to watch this book trailer. Right now.

Why? Because, in an advertising media that so often these days underwhelms, or comes across as lower quality, the book trailer for Teen Frankenstein by Chandler Baker views like a movie. It’s incredibly well shot, and is a treat to watch. It basically blew us away with its awesomeness.

We here at Lytherus are already a fan of Chandler’s book, as we did the book cover reveal this time last year. So we’re really excited to share this really amazing trailer with you below. And stay tuned over the next few months, as we bring you more news of upcoming books by Chandler Baker!

Find out how to contact Chandler here!

Book Events, Books, Events

Cover Reveal: ‘Teen Frankenstein’ by Chandler Baker!

We’re excited to have our first ever cover reveal here on Lytherus! The cover for Chandler Baker’s upcoming High School Horror book, Teen Frankenstein, recently got a fun overhaul, and we’re bringing the new look to you exclusively. We’re also really excited to share some thoughts on the development of the cover from one of the heads of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Jean Feiwel. Be sure to check out her insights below.
So, without further ado, here’s the new cover!

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Here’s what Jean had to say about its creation:

The challenge of creating a distinctive and singular image for Teen Frankenstein was the ubiquitous number of images associated with the name.  The classic Shelley novel–of which there are multiple versions and the many television/movies old and new.  So how to set yourself apart? What I love about the cover our Creative Director, Rich Deas, has come up with is that it’s simple and sinister.  It takes a minute to know what you’re looking at.  You’re drawn closer.. And then you see the profile, the lightening, the staples. Ah, there he is–Teen Frankenstein.  Grim, but beautiful.  
-Jean Feiwel, Senior VP and Director, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group
I definitely did not see the profile until it was pointed out to me in the above description, and that makes it all the more awesome. The clean, evocative image is a great fit for the upcoming book.
Enjoy horror? Here’s the description of the book to whet your appetite:

It was a dark and stormy night when Tor Frankenstein accidentally hits someone with her car. And kills him. But, all is not lost-Tor, being the scientific genius she is, brings him back to life…

Thus begins a twisty, turn-y take on a familiar tale, set in the town of Hollow Pines, Texas, where high school is truly horrifying.

High School Horror: Teen Frankenstein by Chandler Baker hits shelves on January 12, 2016.