Thursday, July 17, 2014


Well I have to admit something to you all, I HATE CLOWNS, yes I admit it . Ever since reading IT by Stephen King I have hated those smiley, balloon animal making circus acts. Well when I got this book I didn't see the cover right away. So here I am beginning the book and guess what we have a clown. So you know that any book that has a killer clown it will make me squirm and also make me read and that is what I did well into to the night  THE COLOR OF EVIL by Connie Corcoran Wilson

Named both an E-Lit Gold Medal winner (Horror), a Silver Feather (IWPA) winner, and a Lucky Cinda winner while leading all books in recommendations for the Bram Stoker in the YA category (2012), THE COLOR OF EVIL: A Paranormal Thriller, is the first book in the young adult series by the same name (THE COLOR OF EVIL).

Tad McGreevy has a power that he has never revealed, not even to his life-long best friend, Stevie Scranton. When Tad looks at others, he sees colors. These auras tell Tad whether a person is good or evil. At night, Tad dreams about the evil-doers, reliving their crimes in horrifyingly vivid detail.

But Tad doesn't know if the evil acts he witnesses in his nightmares are happening now, are already over, or are going to occur in the future. He has no control over the horrifying visions. He has been told (by his parents) never to speak of his paranormal power. All Tad knows is that he wants to protect those he loves. And he wants the bad dreams to stop.
At Tad's eighth birthday party (April 1, 1995) in Cedar Falls, Iowa, the clown his parents hire to entertain Tad's third-grade classmates is one of the bad people. Pogo, the Killer Clown (aka Michael Clay) is a serial killer. So begins 53 nights of terror as Tad relives Pogo's crime, awakens screaming, and recites the terrifying details to his disbelieving family. The situation becomes so dire that Tad is hospitalized in a private institution under the care of a psychiatrist---who also does not believe the small boy's stories of having paranormal power.

And then the police arrest Pogo, the Killer Clown.

Flash forward to the beginning of Tad's junior year in high school, 8 years later. Tad is 16 and recovered from the spring of his third-grade year. When Michael Clay was caught and imprisoned, the crime spree ended and so did Tad's bad dreams.

Until now, in the year of our Lord 2003, when evil once again stalks the land.

  Well this is a book that had me turning pages , even though it has a psychotic killed clown in it . This is a well written book that takes us on a journey . Ta is just a boy when they realize that he can see auras and has dreams of death . Noone believes him so he hides it . We jump ahead where Tad is a junior in high school and has friends and is in love with his best friend Jenny. As they navigate through school and life things start to happen and events unfold as they do their best to figure out where Stevie went and how to get Jenny away from Jeremy
  The author took us on an adventure . The two main characters are well written and just a little misunderstood. Pogo the clown is the epitome of evil. And no I am not biased because I hate clowns . The clown is psychotic and jut pure evil. Then there is Tad, you just really want to hug him and keep him safe. He is so sweet and kind and lovable . The boy can see evil and is trying to understand it . He doesn't know how to explain to people about the evil he sees.
  There is so much more going on in this town then anyone wants to know. There is the psychotic boyfriend of Jenny's and the people cheating on each other. Jeremy is one character that has the makings to be the next serial killer. He is very abusive to his family and Jenny. Jenny was to me in my opinion, acting like an abused girlfriend. She knew she shouldn't see him but she did anyway. That to me is classic battered wife syndrome. They are very complex characters that will make you scream at the computer and then in the next sentence you want to hug them up and never let them go. 
  The author threw a bunch of twists and turns in the story, like what ever happened to Stevie . You actually need to keep turning the pages to find out what the hell is going on .  I will tell you this isn't an easy story to read. It will actually play with your mind a bit. I know it did with my mind. I was all over the place with this book, in a good way. I just couldn't get enough . I do admit it did drag for just a minute when Jenny kept saying that she shouldn't be seeing Jeremy but it wasn't that bad .
  This is a great horror/thriller that will most definitely keep you reading. You will want to know what happens and what will become of the characters . Yes you will get invested in them, Cause honestly they are like the people that are in your life and live on your street. Yes even the psycho  clowns. There is a  cliff hanger at the end of this book but there is book two out.
 So if you want a good horror story this is the book for you. But be prepared  you will most definitely hate clowns after this book. Thanks Connie for adding to my clown phobia LOL

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