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She saw it coming. She knew it would happen―but no one believed her.Almost a year after tragedy shattered her family, sixteen-year-old Paige Thomas can’t break free from her guilt. Her mother ignores her, doting on her annoying little sister, while her father is a barely-functioning shell. He hopes a move to the quiet little town of Shadesboro PA will help them heal, but PShe saw it coming. She knew it would happen―but no one believed her.Almost a year after tragedy shattered her family, sixteen-year-old Paige Thomas can’t break free from her guilt. Her mother ignores her, doting on her annoying little sister, while her father is a barely-functioning shell. He hopes a move to the quiet little town of Shadesboro PA will help them heal, but Paige doesn’t believe in happiness anymore.On her first day at school, a chance encounter with a bullied eighth grader reawakens a gift Paige had forgotten, and ingratiates her into a pack of local outcasts. For weeks, they’ve been trying to cast a ritual to fulfill their innermost desires, but all they’ve done is waste time. After witnessing Paige touch the Ouija board and trigger a paranormal event, the girls are convinced another try with their new fifth member will finally work.Once the darkness is unleashed, it’s not long before they learn it will give them exactly what they asked for―whether they want it or not....

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Nine Candles of Deepest Black Reviews

  • Carrie
    2018-12-02 14:00

    Paige Thomas and her family have moved to the quiet town of Shadesboro, PA for a fresh start and to heal after the loss of Paige's older sister in a tragic accident. Paige blames herself in a way for the accident because she knew that it was coming and couldn't get anyone to listen to her that night. Paige has visions and premonitions but of course everyone chalks it up to her imagination. When Paige starts school in the new town she meets a group of girls who are more the local outcasts but Paige feels somewhat drawn to them. The new group has been messing around with practicing magic and when Paige touches a Ouija board and triggers a paranormal event they convince her that she is the fifth needed for their circle to begin real magic but of course things do not always turn out as one would like where magic is concerned. Nine Candles of Deepest Black is a young adult horror read that while I could see touches of different stories or movies this book took on a life of it's own and brought an action packed ride from start to finish. There's ghosts, demons, witchcraft and all sorts of things involved in the story to make a great tale when finished. Perfect for this particular time of year this book keeps you on your seat with not knowing what could come next. Of course messing around with witchcraft is probably obvious that things may go wrong but the girls start off with what seems to be good intentions to only find that they needed to be careful what they wish for as there is more than one way to obtain your end goal. Overall, from creepy crawlies to ghosts and demons this was one action packed horror read. I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley. For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.wordpress....

  • Montzalee Wittmann
    2018-12-18 16:20

    Nine Candles of Deepest Black by Matthew S. Cox is a creepy, suspenseful, teen/YA book that can scare the wits out of this old lady! If you like ghosts, suspense, magic, things that go bump in the night (literally), and the supernatural, well this is for you! Wow, what an awesome book! I was not expecting this, it was soooo good. The characters were so realistic and complex. The plot was great with many twist and surprises. The suspense was dramatic and had my heart racing. This author knows how to make thrillers. Girls from a small town open a portal they shouldn't open and ask for things they shouldn't ask for. They get more. It is soooo good. I want more books from this author! Great job! I received this book for an honest review and it in no way effected my review or rating, it was just darn awesome!

  • Nada Sobhi
    2018-11-21 19:13

    Nine Candles of the Deepest Black by Matthew S. Cox is a fast-paced horror/paranormal novel with lots of magic.The main character is Paige, who has been trying to heal after losing her older sister in a car crash, which she claims to have had a premonition about. Also trying to heal are her parents, who move to the supposedly quiet town of Shadesboro. There, Paige makes friends on the first day and they invite her to a Ouija game and later a spell-casting, which she doesn't believe in but agrees to do anyway.In the spell, each girl asks for what her heart desires, but the spell is mostly infused with dark magic and intentions. Once the spell is cast, the girls realise that in order to get what they want, the magic will take something in return. They also release a demon. The novel opens with a tense start especially in terms of conversation, however, Paige's sarcasm makes way for a light mood."Now I know how sharks feel with those little fish clinging to their ass."Paige is a likeable goth-character. I enjoyed seeing her transition from constant anger to kind and caring for her younger eight-year old sister, Melissa. Her character development is significant and realistic.Other characters who also progress in the course of the novel are her parents. (Which I truly liked). Melissa is a fun and adorable character, who gives a lot of warmth to the mostly cold-inducing novel. The part that bugged me though was the excessive description towards the end. I felt I wanted to know what's going on more than details about Paige. The parts behind the mirror were rather fuzzy and hard to imagine for me, as well. The grit at the end was a little over the top for me.I also liked that the novel isn't purely good versus evil – I mean there is evil and a demon and all, but the original evil came in the form of greed and heartlessness."The sight of [the candles] stirred an odd feeling in the pit of Paige's gut. Rather than normal black-coloured objects, they seemed to absorb light, appearing to be candle-sharped holes in reality."Nine Candles of the Deepest Black kept me cold and on edge all the time. Paige seemed to have a series of horrifying happening one after the other. Overall rating: 3.75 stars.

  • a_tiffyfit
    2018-11-26 11:21

    This is not my first book by Matthew S Cox and I seriously doubt it will be the last. As long as he keeps writing, I will keep reading. He has an amazing talent for telling a story so vivid it is as if I'm observing it right next to the character...and sometimes am even that character him/herself and dealing with the worries and angst and relief all at once. This is a great book for those who love witchcraft stories and family stories and who like their worlds of fantasy and reality blended well. The hurting grief of losing a loved one and how differently people can react was a palpable thing as we are introduced to the Thomas family. The fantasy comes from the witchcraft itself. Fans of THE CRAFT and PRACTICAL MAGIC and BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and and and...this is an excellent book for you. Lots of modern references that keep this story fresh, evil manifested, creepy nightmarish scenes, and love.

  • ✿ℎazℯℓ - thℯ ℛock Cℎick ℱairy✿
    2018-12-14 15:06

    A great story to read before Halloween!!!I'm so glad I was able to read this days before Halloween. It added to the creepy vibe!!Yes, this book is fairly creepy, but with a hint of drama. I can't say I love being scared, but I do love Horror books. This one is definitely worth it! Full review to come.

  • Jennifer Y.
    2018-11-18 19:17

    *I received a free digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*I am not even sure where to start with this review. As a fan of the spooky and supernatural as well as reading, I am always on the look out for what might be a fascinating horror story. Trust me, Nine Candles of Deepest Black is just as creepy and chilling as the cover and title suggest. It’s as if the author had a list of everything I desired to read in a horror story plus a few things I didn’t even know I wanted.After the death of her older sister, Paige and her family are struggling with their new reality and not everyone is handling it so well. Unfortunately, Paige feels alone and ignored as she struggles to come to grips with not only the loss of her beloved sister, but also the effects it has had on her parents and little sister. And as if that weren’t enough to deal with, Paige’s parents decided to move thinking the quiet little town of Shadesboro would be a safer place for the grieving family…shows what little they knew.Now Paige must also adapt to a new town and school full of strangers, as well as the changes to the family dynamic, oh, and did I mention that Paige also seems to have psychic visions that foretell horrible events and that her new friends are into witchcraft? When you add all of that together, you have one complicated horror story that is quite entertaining and touching.The story was a bit reminiscent of one of my favorite movies, The Craft as well as a few other movies that I have enjoyed over the years. Five girls decide to dabble with witchcraft to fulfill their wishes giving little thought to the consequences of their actions. And those consequences are quite chilling and terrifying as are the visions that plague Paige as she realizes what she and her new friends have done and tries to stop it.The author definitely has a way with words and I enjoyed the characters he created as well as the terrifying and spooky events that occur in the story. Each character is unique and adds something to the story and everything is so vivid. I could easily imagine what was happening in each chilling and terrifying moment and felt Paige’s anguish as well as her uncertainty as she struggles with the consequences of what she and her friends started. And the quiet moments between characters as they bonded and opened up to one another were just as enjoyable as the more thrilling ones. I stayed up all night reading because I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. I will definitely be on the lookout for more books by Matthew S. Cox and recommend this one to horror fans.

  • Cherei
    2018-12-04 13:09

    There's a new horror writer in town.. So, flip on those lights and prepare to be frightened! Every now and again.. one has to read a good scary story. Especially around Halloween! Nine Candles of Deepest Black is about a young tween who has lost her older sister in a tragic car accident. The book captures your attention immediately.. as the two sisters are deep in conversation.. AFTER the oldest sister's demise. The story sucks you in.. from the beginning paragraph. Which.. keeps you enthralled to the last juicy page. Normally, I'd read a book of this length rather quickly. But, I intentionally slowed down.. to savor every word. I finished this novel this morning.. and bear in mind.. I've not had a day off in over two weeks. (long story.. nothing exciting..)I foresee, Matthew S. Cox becoming one of those rare household names in the upcoming decade. He really knows how to capture the reader.. bring them into his story.. and delivers paragraph after paragraph. I am positive this particular book will be made into a movie. I'd love to compare it to the movie I had in my head the entire time I read it! Little girls should never mess with old magical books. Forming a coven whilst a child.. brings out predators that can truly hurt a tweener. The characters are so well developed. There's not a kid out there.. that doesn't know these youngsters.. in their own school or neighborhood. The thing you'll be left wondering.. do you live near the good'un.. or the evil witch?Dive in!! Perfect for Halloween! Nine Candles of Deepest Black will have you outside putting up all of your decorations! Just watch out for that dark smoke.. hehe

  • Michelle
    2018-11-28 14:58

    This was really good...ill have a full review with the blog tour at the end of September.

  • Yzabel Ginsberg
    2018-12-10 12:16

    (I got a copy from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.)A little lengthy at times, but overall an enjoyable "coming of (witchcraft) age" story that, while resting on archetypical elements, turns out to go deeper than what could be expected at first. Even though, looking at it with a more mature eye, I wouldn't shelve it as a favourite, I can say that teenage!me would probably have loved it (I really was into that kind of witchcraft stories at the time).For once, I'll start with the elements I found problematic. First, depending on its moments, the story reminded me of "The Craft"—incidentally, a movie I had liked when it came out in 1996—since it rests on similar premises: girl moves to a new town, arrives in a school where she doesn't know anyone, quickly becomes friends with the local wannabe-witches, then becomes the last member they needed to perform their rituals... and said rituals turn out to be not-so-nice magic after all. I don't know if this was on purpose or not (after all, the author listed his inspirations at the end of the book, so I don't see why some would have been hidden and others not). This said, this kind of plot is definitely not unique, and I've seen it in several other movies and books, so...Quite a few tropes, like the ones mentioned above, are also involved—the goth-looking girls being bullied because they dress in black, the Ouija board... I'd deem this as "problematic... or not", because truth be told, there are days when I just love myself a handful of tropes.Finally, another thing I sometimes had trouble with were the descriptions, more specifically the ones about clothes. They're not bad; it just felt odd when Paige's outfit, for instance, was described every time she changed. The really strange thing here is that a character not changing clothes during a whole movie or series spanning more than a couple of days would bother me, yet when I see it mentioned in written form, actually I'd prefer it not to be. This is clearly linked to the medium: I've had the same feeling with other novels, too. As for other descriptions, the ones of the "mirror world" were creepy-good, although I wasn't too impressed with the antagonist's appearance, to be honest.Where "Nine Candles" shone for me, on the other hand, was on the tropes it did -not- use, and on the presence of Paige's family. For instance, in this story, you won't find the typical, vomit-inducing love polygon, causing the main character to balance between which love interest to choose why the world is getting destroyed. Vapid love has no place here, as another character quickly finds out when she fails to get what she wants, and the one truly strong love is actually the one of family bonds. Because what's thankfully missing as well is the Absent Parents trope, with our MC happily traipsing around unsupervised like every 16-year-old in the world does.In fact, Paige's family is very present, and turned from slightly annoying in the first chapters to a solid cluster that nothing can break. "Annoying" because of the initial situation: the father depressed and absent in mind after the death of the elder sister Amber, the mother only paying attention the younger sister Melissa, and Paige being somewhat invisible in the middle—it was a bit extreme, and led to Paige appearing at first like a pouting child. Especially since Melissa is really, really cute and nice, and not at all the spoiled brat cliché often expected when younger siblings are mentioned. But then, it turned into situations where Paige made a fragile truce with her mother, rediscovered her relationship with Melissa, and more. And Paige's "wish" during the ritual (not a spoiler, everybody did expect The Ritual, right?) was a noble one, not a selfish one, confirming her character as a good person.Families are present throughout the whole novel: as loved ones; as people to trust and who'll support you even though they're not convinced you're saying the truth; as potential victims; as triggers of darker deeds; as ways of highlighting to which extent some characters are superficial, too. More than one aspect, and more than one family, is explored here, and I really liked that.Conclusion: in its theme, not particularly original, yet definitely worth it for the inclusion of family themes (not only biological families—Paige and Co are also a second family for Sofia, for instance). It would make a good coming of age-slash-horror story for teenage readers. 3.5 stars.

  • Roberta R. (Offbeat YA)
    2018-11-20 14:19

    Rated 3.5 really.Excerpt from my review - originally published at Offbeat YA. Pros: Strong mix of supernatural and horror. Characters with authentic voices. Great development of a sibling relationship.Cons: A little heavy on the descriptive side. Some aspects of the supernatural plot are a bit derivative, or leave too little to the imagination (e.g.: the demon).WARNING! Blood, gruesome deaths and spiders in all sizes.Will appeal to: Supernatural/horror lovers who can appreciate a coming-of-age story with a strong accent on family.First off...DISCLAIMER: I received this novel from Curiosity Quills in exchange for an honest review. To be more precise, I specifically requested a review copy. That didn't affect my opinion and rating in any way. Here goes...I'm a strong believer in reading a book at least twice in order to do it justice with my review. And sometimes I even like it more the second time around. This is one of those times.INNER POWERPaige has always been a loner, living in the shadow of her older sister. After tragedy striked, she was devastated - and now she's only going through the motions, occasionally lashing out at her little sister who, in turn, idolises her. She looks Goth without even trying, so she decided to embrace it. A witchy look, you think? Maybe, but Paige is far from being your stereotyped little necromancer. Cox does a great job in that he doesn't introduce her as a magic-endowed character; the things she can do (which were first triggered by her love for her older sister and the sense of an approaching tragedy) are actually revealed bit by bit, and Paige herself doesn't know the extent of her powers until they are put to the test. Hers is a coming-of-age story as much as a magic-gone-wrong one, where her efforts to revert the deadly effects of a spell she acted as a catalyst for go hand-in-hand with a journey to make her family whole again - though it's missing a vital piece - and finally empathyse with other people. [...]Whole review here.

  • March Shoggoth Madness The Haunted Reading Room
    2018-11-23 15:59

    Review: NINE CANDLES OF DEEPEST BLACK by Matthew S. CoxThis YA-themed, paranormal/occult thriller, is riveting. Author Matthew Cox develops his themes so subtly, placing his story in the hands of a small high school clique, seemingly harmless girls just having the normal identity crises and crushes of adolescence; oh, but... I was frequently reminded of the wonderful film "The Coven," in which a group of adolescent girls, seemingly unknowingly, mess with magic. In this novel, the ringleader eschews sweetness and light as oh too "new agey, Wicca, tree-hugging nonsense." She wants more: to compel the universe to provide the girls' true desires. She has wealth and charisma, and as a manipulator of the first order, she compels. The five open a portal so destructive it makes the hell mouth of Sunnydale ["Buffy the Vampire Slayer"] seem like a child's playground. This is a champion story not to be overlooked.

  • Carol
    2018-11-25 16:03

    Nine Candles Of Deepest Black By Michael S.Cox I received a free copy of this book from in exchange for and open and honest review .About : Paige Thomas moves to a new town with her family after her older sister Amber dies in a drunk driving accident . As any family would be in the wake of this tragedy her family is in shambles, her dad who is a cop is a zombie in his own world who rarely speaks to anyone and her mom pays attention to her youngest sister Mellissa and ignores Paige completely .Mellissa has developed a fear of riding in cars because of the accident and when she is forced to ride in one she cries uncontrollably .Paige feels alone after moving to a new place and starting at new school right before fall when she joins a group of other outcasts: Mackenzie ,Sofia ,Renee and Santana.They welcome her with open arms but each of the girls are unhappy, they each crave something they don't have, Mackenzie -her true love Cole who is in love with another ,Santana -whose family is broke living off teacher/banker salaries , Sofia who is constantly picked on by kids at school and has no friends, Renee's father abandoned her and her mom and Paige wants her father to snap out of his comatose state and pay attention to her like he did when her older sister was alive . Well isn't it a blessing that her new friends practice magic. Mackenzie comes up with and idea to cast a spell to get each of them all what they want . Little do they know magic comes with a price and not all friends with seemingly good intentions are made of sugar and spice .What I liked : The story line and each of the girls wants were very realistic in the realm of what teenage girls would want nothing was way out there like wanting a magic talking unicorn or winning the lottery every month for life .I was happy with the amount of dark twists in the book there were little things to lighten the mood but when it got dark it stayed dark right up until the end .This book wasn't rushed in anyway either it took the time to cover everything description detail mood and to develop each and every character .What I didn't like :I did say that the book wasn't rushed but it was very drawn out in a way that I didn't feel it needed to be, especially more towards the end as we were getting toward the wrap up of the main story finished I found myself cringing at the fact that there were more pages. I didn't hate this book or anything to that affect it just seem a little too long .I was also agitated by the character stereotypical outlines and personalities for example Sofia wears all black all the time ,likes goth bands (Not that there's anything wrong with that.), her class mates call her Wednesday and she lives above a funeral home which her parents run and own she so desperately wants friends but makes no effort to change . I don't expect people to change for others , if you are content with who you are own it. I was just bothered by the fact that she was always upset that the other kids in her class didn't like her, she had a group of friends who accepted her so I guess I was just hoping and waiting that she would dust off the rain cloud and get a move on . I understand why she didn't otherwise her role would have diminished and the author would have had to think of something else or her but it was just so cookie cutter and in the box I did multiple face palms while reading this book . Overall: The story line and plot were original to me I haven't read a book that has the sort of idea or tone that this book took on. The book was a little long winded at times but the ending was pleasing . The characters though a bit one dimensional except for that one who surprised me a bit were entertaining and interesting to see what would happened kind of way. This is also the perfect fall October creepy dark read if your looking for something to make your heart pound and chills to cascade over your arms this is a good book for that.Good news ! This book is available now Published sept 15th 2016This author can be found on good reads His website :http://www.matthewcoxbooks.comI would like to thank once again for sending me the book for review

  • Shannara Johnson
    2018-11-28 11:17

    This was one of the best YA books I've recently read. Often, YA is kind of disneyfied and all the threats are more or less of the cotton ball type... well, not this one. People die (in droves) and even main characters are rarely left unharmed. The evil that Paige and her friends have unleashed hunts them relentlessly, and the creepy/scary moments rain down on the reader by the bucketful. The book reminds me of the movie "Final Destination," one of my favorites, where death stalks teenagers who "wrongfully" escaped it before.I also like the very realistic and touching moments between Paige and her little sister Melissa, and the changing family dynamic from the beginning of the book to the end. The dialogue is excellent and I laughed out loud a number of times. The only thing I wish was gone is the many "Uhhh"s and "Ughs" that really don't add anything to the story and get a bit annoying over time. That being said, though, I still give the book five stars for its riveting plot that doesn't pull any punches and is pretty hardcore for a YA book... which will delight teenagers and makes it a great read for adults as well.

  • Joan
    2018-12-11 14:06

    WOW!!! What an amazing book, I couldn't put it down once I started it. This book grabs on to you and never lets up. I can't recommend this book enough to anyone who loves a book with elements of witchcraft, demons, supernatural and love of family and friends.Paige and her family move to the quiet little town of Shadesboro about a year after the sudden death of her adored sister Amber. Paige has visions and saw it happening but no one believed her so she is still struggling with the quilt. She has visions which resurface again after the move.She becomes friends with fellow outcasts Mackenize, Renee, Santana and Sofia and they decide to cast a spell to make their wishes come true when they realize Paige's gift. Unknown to the others, Mackenize has tinkered with the spell and they start getting results by way of horrific events.What follows is a fast paced tale of survival against the darkness.Two things to remember from this brilliant tale are 1. Don't mess with forces you have no control over and 2. Always be careful what you wish for as there are always consequences.

  • Seraphia
    2018-12-09 13:18

    ***I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my unbiased review of it. All of the opinions stated are solely my own and no one else's. ***Nine Candles of Deepest Black by Matthew S. Cox is a story about Paige and her family. They have moved to a new town in an attempt to start over after the death of her sister in a car accident. Paige is wanting her family to get back to normal but that in itself seems to be just a distant dream as everyone but her little sister ignores her. Her dad walks around in a fog and her mom acts like she only has one daughter now. Paige meets some girls at her new school and things look like she might make some friends here. Paige has somehow managed to summon her sister's spirit back to her and so she has some talent for the occult. When these new girls learn this one of them, Makenzie immediately becomes interested and wants Paige to join their little group to cast a spell. Paige goes along because she thinks that it will just be a waste of time but when they let something loose after making requests/wishes of it as a part of the spell....things go dark fast and people not only start getting hurt...badly...but people start dying as well. Paige knows that it has to stop before more innocent people die or are hurt but will the others help her? Or will she be on her own? And what happens when you mess with forces that you honestly can't control? All HELL...breaks loose...I have to say that Nine Candles of Deepest Black is a book that I had a REALLY hard time putting down. From the beginning it was engaging and the more I read the better it got. I just couldn't put it down without wanting to know what happened next. This book is really gripping especially if you are a fan of the occult, paranormal and horror. This book really has it. Plus, the title quickly matches up with the story which I loved because that is a huge pet peeve of mine. Following Paige and the girls as they go through all the horrors that follow them after they cast this spell is a gripping thing because you always it going to stop? Is someone innocent going to die? Will they stop it themselves? I have to say that I really enjoyed reading this book and this author. This author really has something with this book and I look forward to reading more from him in the future. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars and two thumbs waaaayyy up! Loved it!

  • Jasmine
    2018-12-02 18:02

    **I received a copy of the book in exchange for a review**Nine Candles of Deepest Black is one of those books that you can't seem to pull yourself away from, no matter how hard you try. It's creepy, edge-of-your-seat, nail-biting terror that will leave you anxiously turning pages, eager to see how it ends. And when you finish, you'll be left breathless and amazed.The book reminds me of something you'd see in an episode of Supernatural, Buffy, or maybe The X-Files. Heck, it could even be its own movie. That's how good it is. I loved all of the imagery, and while reading it, I imagined it taking place in a small town in PA (which is actually where it's set, but I had a real town in mind). Enter Paige. She's our main character. Her older sister is dead, her younger sister is clingy, and Paige... well, she's just super emo. Understandable, though. She also has something special about her: (view spoiler)[she's clairvoyant. (hide spoiler)]On her first day of school, Paige stumbles across an 8th grade girl trapped in a locker. Without understanding why, she sees the combination to the lock in her mind and is able to free the girl. It's from this moment on that things start to slowly spiral out of control for Paige. Her new group of friends, desperate to have their innermost desires come true, embrace Paige and ask her to be a part of their witchy ritual. Believing it to be a silly thing that won't work, Paige agrees. Then all hell breaks loose.I absolutely loved this book. It was intense and thrilling, and it elicited so many emotions. Fear, anger, worry, a bit of sadness, and, eventually, satisfaction. The plot moved at a quick pace that made the book easy to read, as well as enjoyable. The setting and imagery brought about by the wording also helped make the story even better, as I could picture the town and each event that was happening with pretty clear detail in my head.Character-wise, everyone was pretty well developed. Paige seems like a stereotypical emo girl suffering from teenage angst, but she's got more to her than just what she portrays on the outside. She's actually one of my favorite characters. You find yourself wanting to help her and be her friend, while also wanting to fuss at her for the way she treats her little sister sometimes. One of my most hated characters is Makenzie. She's probably the worst person ever, and when you read the story, you'll see why.Overall, Nine Candles of Deepest Black is a fantastic read filled with thrills, chills, and the moral that children shouldn't play with dead things... or books filled with dark magic they don't understand. I highly recommend it! I rate it 4.5 stars. Definitely check it out!

  • Janis Hill
    2018-12-15 18:07

    I would like to thank Curiosity Quills Press for providing me with a free ARC of this book in exchange for an open and honest review.Wow! What a book. Now, I am not usually a fan of gore/horror scary tales of the supernatural… mostly as I tend to read in the dark at night… and I’m a wuss.But ‘Nine candles of deepest black’ had just the right level of these things to be creepy and scary… but in an addictive way that literally DID have me awake until 1:30 each morning. And not because I was scared, but because I was just could NOT put this book down!Due to the age of the characters, I am sure this is possibly meant to be a YA or NA story… but it would have scared the pants off me back at that age and so do feel I’m now *cough* mature enough to enjoy it and not need to turn all the lights on in the house and check all the doors are locked after reading it for a while.

  • R.Reza
    2018-11-30 15:06

    Overall thoughtsNine Candles of the Deepest Black takes us on a very fast, fun, and thrilling ride. The author manages to grip the reader’s attention from the start and doesn’t let go until the very end. To those that are fans of the horror genre, there are several scenes and elements that aren’t exactly groundbreaking, or new. However, the author manages to incorporate these themes in a way to avoid being too much of a cliché. On the other hand, there are certain elements and scenes that are new, at least to me. While there are some twists and turns here and there, the story is rather straightforward and easy to follow. In general, the characters aren’t entirely original, which is one of the weaker points of the novel. They should be pretty familiar to fans of the genre. However, the author still manages to add some degree of personality, depth, and complexity to the main characters. As a whole, due to its low amount of flaws and its high degree of entertainment, I’d be inclined to give the book 4.5 stars, though I’ll be rounding it up to 5. The book left me wanting more, though the story is pretty self-contained, meaning that sequels or future entries aren’t needed. The following sections provide further insight on how I arrived at my final comments and conclusions, though please be aware that there might be minor spoilers ahead. Plot, themes, and charactersIn a few words, the novel follows Paige, a teenage girl who just moved into a new town after the death of her older sister. In this new town, Paige befriends a group of girls in her high school. Contrary to the usual teenage group of friends, Paige and company seem to like the occult and get involved in different paranormal events. In one occasion, the girls decide to play with an Ouija board in order to communicate with the spirits. In another occasion, they step up their game so to speak and conduct a ritual in which they end up calling some spirits into the world, with the purpose of having a wish per girl being fulfilled. Unfortunately for Paige, they quickly lose control over the spell, and things start to go very wrong. The first theme is quite obvious, which is the elements of witchcraft in the book. Even though the author doesn’t explore this in too much detail, it is still a central theme in the book. The reason for which I say that it is not explored much is that there is no explanation behind the how and why the magic works most of the time. There’s indication that there are different witches with different innate abilities, such as being able to see the future or having visions of accidents. However, there’s not an exploration of whether or not other such abilities exist, and if so, what they might be. Furthermore, the author does distinguish between real, ancient magic, and new age magic. This is mostly distinguishing with magic that seems to rely more on the supernatural and unknown forces, with it being the real magic, when compared to the magic that is found in Wiccan religion. There is also a distinction and interplay between good and bad magic. This magic is described as being as quite dark and evil, to the point that it’s almost demonic. I would have liked to see this point expanded further. Based on the ending, this could easily be done in future entries, though sequels are not necessary. Another important theme in the book is the role that family plays in each of the main characters’ lives. As mentioned before, Paige moved to a different town after the death of her sister, Amber. As one can imagine, the grief and mourning affect the dynamics and relationships within the family. The other characters also have different family situations, dynamics, and issues. These different families all have a different amount of members within them, for instance, some of them only having a single parent, others having stepparents. In other cases, some of the characters have siblings, while others are the sole child in the family. Furthermore, the different families all have different financial situations, which ultimately play a role in these dynamics and affect the character’s personalities. All of these issues are quite well explored and developed throughout the novel. In relation to the first theme, the third theme in the book revolves around supernatural entities and events. Throughout the book, there are characters that present themselves in ghost form. There is also an indication that there are other ghosts in town, though they don’t all make a direct appearance in the novel. Another type of paranormal phenomenon that presents itself in the book is something akin to a demon, which ends up haunting the protagonists. The presence of these beings also leads up to different paranormal scenarios, ranging from poltergeist type of events all the way to things akin to possessions. The last thing I’d like to address in this section is the characters. As mentioned before, the characters themselves should feel pretty familiar to horror fans. At a first glance, they seem like teenage characters that can be found in other horror stories. However, the author does give these characters distinct personalities with some degree of depth and complexity. Naturally, there are some characters that are more likable than others, though this is purposely done. While the interactions between the characters do have some enjoyable and funny moments, there’s nothing incredibly memorable or entirely unique. As a whole, I would say this is one of the weaker aspects of the novel, but it’s not entirely weak. Narration and use of languageThe book is explored in a third person narrator, which is suits the novel quite well since it provides details or aspects that some of the characters fail to pick up on. At the start of each chapter, the author provides with a day and time, which gives the readers an indication of how fast these events are happening. As for the language aspect, the author provides some very detailed and vivid descriptions, while at the same time having pretty simple and easy to follow language. The author’s use of language keeps the reader very engaged and interested in the story. All in all, the combination of these elements provide a very fast-paced and immersive novel.RecommendationsI’d recommend this book to anyone that likes the horror genre. I’d also recommend it to those that like or are interested in witchcraft and the occult as a whole. For those that have read this book already and are looking for something similar to read, then my first suggestion would be Malus Domestica by S.A. Hunt, which is also another fast-paced, witch-related, horror novel. For those that are looking for something less on the scary side, though still within the horror genre, I’d recommend REX’D: Welcome to Scholomance by J.B Skelter & Jack Reher. I would also recommend Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault by Candace Robinson. Thanks for reading my review, happy reading!

  • Christy
    2018-12-12 14:01

    This is a great read, and I think if you enjoy feeling a little scared the closer we get to October and Halloween - then you will enjoy this book.Paige's parents have moved her and her little sister to a new town following the death of their oldest daughter. Paige worshiped her older sister, and feels at a loss. Her mother dotes on her younger sister; her father seemingly ignores everyone and focuses on work. Now she has to start at a new school.She soon finds herself quickly embraced by a group of what others at the school consider "misfits" (for lack of a better phrase), and opens up to them about gifts that she has. After she confides in them, they confide their own secret about interests that they feel she would only add to. (I don't want to say much, I do not want to give anything away)Again, I really enjoyed this book. I had a very hard time putting it down, because I wanted to see how Paige saved not only this group of girls, but herself - from themselves. This book was a great combination of mystery, young adult, paranormal and suspense all wrapped into one wonderful package.I usually struggle when I read books written by one gender who are writing from the point of view of the other gender. However, Matthew S. Cox does an awesome job in this book that is specifically told from Paige's point of view.Highly recommend this book for lovers of all the genres I mentioned above; or if you just need a good read outside of your normal genre.ARC received in exchange for honest review.

  • Jo
    2018-12-06 13:20

    Not only does the author have to deal with the always prickly issue of teenage girl dynamics, but he also has the small matter of a rule breaking dark entity to add to the mix. And for the most part, I think that he does a good job.I felt that he was able to get into the heads of the girls quite well, and the drama and angst of high school interactions was ably described. At times, the pacing of the story seemed to get slow a little, when I would have expected it to be gradually increasing in pace, almost as if the narrative was sidetracked a bit, but this didn't affect my enjoyment of the story overall.I would have liked to have felt more scared by this story, and there were elements which were genuinely freak, but for me at least, the final showdown lacked some of the intensity of the buildup.That said, this is a decent read.I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • CrazyCat (Alex)
    2018-11-26 14:59

    Wow, that was really good. And scary. I was hooked from the moment the five girls met at the table in the cafeteria. That was in chapter one. So I was like glued to the couch with this book in my hands and my heartbeat goes up and my brain starts screaming. But I have to read on, because there is too much happening to put it down. Then people starting to get hurt and die and I start to fear that, maybe, Paige isn't going to make it till the end. But she is tough, so she has to be okay, right? Or not, who knows in this book no one is safe.If you haven't already read this book, grab a copy and read it. But be prepared to get a ride you'll not forget easily. This book has it all: magic, spoiled brats, drama, fear, greediness and so much more. ***Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review***

  • Brian
    2018-12-13 12:58

    I had the opportunity to read this book by being granted a copy from Matthew Cox, the Author.This was a very enjoyable read. It started a little slow while the author set the characters but once that was done, this story, mostly, keeps the reader hopping.The story centers around a group of girls messing with witchcraft and they let loose some of the darker side. One of the girls has a hidden agenda while the others just want to make life a little happier. This is not "Bewitched" type of witchery.This story is not for the faint of heart and there were times I closed the book for a bit to clear my brain because the author writes very vividly and it gets a whole lot freaky.I won't give you any "real" spoilers but there are a multitude of twists and turns that will leave you wondering how the author came up with them.I highly recommend this book!

  • The Pursuit Of Bookiness
    2018-12-18 12:12

    A Great Read in the run up to Halloween!This is the first book by Matthew S. Cox that I have read and I would definitely pick up another of his titles! The author brilliantly builds the characters and has an excellent ability to tell a story that sucks you in and makes you want to sleep with the lights on (I so didn't do that honest!!) With a good mix of suspense and horror this coming of age story will keep you engrossed throughout as well as hiding under the covers. If you love films like The Craft then you will love this book! Disclosure: I received a copy of this book free of charge in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own

  • Heather
    2018-12-01 13:12

    I received a free signed copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.I LOVED this book. When I first started this story I wasn't sure what I was getting myself into but after a few pages I was hooked.Cox did such a fantastic job infusing this story with magic, teen angst, horror and humor. His characters were believable and stayed true to character throughout the story.It was hard not to fall in love with Paige. You could see through all her anger that she was a good person. I found it hard to put this story down, I kept telling myself one more chapter.Even though this book was written as a YA, I loved it and recommend it for almost all ages.

  • Neal Dalton
    2018-11-23 19:13

    In the interest of transparency, I know the author from high school and, while in recent years I have only been in sporadic contact with him, I consider him my friend. I was given an advance copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review. Also, I'm a novice at reviewing a book.That being said, I really enjoyed this book which is surprising because YA fiction is usually not my thing. The pace was quick and the dialogue was good. The story was engaging and I raced to the end. I felt the characters were believable and the elements of the supernatural were suitably scary.I don't know what else to say other than I would recommend this book to my two teenage daughters.

  • Mary Bernsen
    2018-12-04 13:58

    Remember that movie from the nineties, Now And Then with Christina Ricci and Thora Birch? This reminded me of a twisted, creepy, suspenseful version of that. From the very beginning I feel for Paige and her turmoil. There were so many important secondary characters I thought it might get to be too much to keep up with, but each one is developed so well I had no trouble at all remembering who was who. I adored the relationship between Paige and her sister, Melissa. I would say this book teeters on the edge of 'paranormal' and 'horror'. I'm a big horror fan, and a HUGE paranormal fan, so this was a perfect read for me. So well done!

  • Louise Feagans
    2018-11-27 12:11

    I had a chance to read this book by Matthew Cox (and of course I took it) and he manages to never let me down with his story telling. I loved the book and his characters minus one. of course there is always one. when Paige loss her older sister in a devastating accident, due to her drunk boyfriend, her family was torn apart! she goes to a new school, makes some new friends and practices some witchcraft which brings forth something from the depths of hell. I really don't want to say more but when the book come out be sure to read it. You will love it.

  • Jan farnworth
    2018-11-23 16:15

    This book was intensely creepy, keep you up all night, heart wrenching story. When i started it i was expecting it to be creepy but this book had me shivering, screaming and feeling like ghosts lurked in the shadows. If you want an book that gonna scare you then this one is perfect. I really like how i was expecting it to be low key but the characters where really well developed, the relationships among the characters where very intense. I really felt a part of the whole story and was on the edge of my seat the whole time. Very well done.

  • Roberta
    2018-12-01 19:10

    I was pleasantly impressed with the book. Overall the pacing and the characters were done really well and I like the authors style of writing. He didn't dumb anything down and did his research. Only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was because I had the book all figured out so no surprises. Could be because I like horror far too much for my own good and am completely jaded but it was a fun read none the less. I am leaving out all of The Craft parallels here. No spoilers. Great read and not a waste of time.

  • AK Mama Reads
    2018-11-19 18:15

    With fall coming our way tomorrow, this book perfectly sets the mood for all those who like something a little creepy and less cute.  When the darkness comes out to play, boys and girls should run away.  Too bad they make some terrible decisions and things go horribly awry.  I found this to be a riveting and haunting read, one that is much more than it seems on the surface.  If you're wanting a ya paranormal that is original and memorable, then check out Nine Candles of the Deepest Black.4 stars and many thanks to the author and tour host for the review opportunity!