YA Horror Book Reviews

Ultimate Sacrifice

A small town, a grisly ritualistic murder followed by whispers of a prophecy and sacrifice, the prospect of this book is terrifying. Ultimate Sacrifice is a young adult novel about a teen girl that finds herself and her family in the middle of a murder investigation with some horrifying implications. The book begins at a running start and keeps up a fast pace for the entirety of the book.

I could sympathize with Vickie and the stress of having her family flooded with hatred and negative press, the pressure of suddenly being in the spotlight and suspected of the most heinous crime imaginable. I liked that the book showed realistically what something like this can do to a family and to a person’s sense of personal safety, making them question everyone and everything around them.

“How is it possible that any of this even exists and that I’m half way convinced that it does?”

The hints at a cult in their small town was also seriously creepy, and the more that Vickie dug around the more uneasy even I felt at what she was finding. It reminded me of the old slasher films I grew up watching from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. The story definitely takes on a dark and disturbing tone and it only gets worse and worse, but I loved every minute of it.

Now the version that I had was riddled with errors, missing words or ones that I can only assume were auto-corrected and it was a bit off putting. I was given a copy for a blog tour a few weeks before release, so I can only hope that it has been corrected for the full version. I also have to acknowledge that it’s a tiny bit predictable, but at the same time I kept telling myself that it couldn’t be what I suspected, I didn’t want it to be, so it did a good job of filling me with dread and making me feel invested in the story and characters.

This has got to be one of the fastet most fun reads I’ve had in a while. I enjoyed myself thoroughly despite mild issues, and while it deals in some pretty gruesome topics I think it’s a decent horror thriller for a young adult audience. It’s perfect for the Halloween season and I strongly recommend it.

Title: Ultimate Sacrifice
Author: S. E. Green
Publisher: Oftomes Publishing
Publication Date: October 9, 2017
Pages: 175
Format: ARC / Ebook
Source: Blog Tour

Vickie has always lived a quiet, ordinary life in an equally quiet and ordinary small town. Yet one fateful night a child turns up dead in the woods behind her house in a ritualistic slaughter. Vickie and her family are suddenly thrown into a national spotlight. But as the investigation unfolds, she begins to realize her family isn’t so ordinary after all. Evil is inching closer to those she holds dear and Vickie isn’t sure who she can ultimately trust.


  1. Great review! This sounds like a really entertaining and creepy read! Glad you liked it! 🙂

    1. It is! Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to join the tour, it was a lot of fun!

  2. This looks like a fun book. Your spooky reads post reminded me that I haven’t read a scary novel in awhile. I am currently in a book rut (all baby books)

    1. I’ve noticed all the baby books! I can recommend some Japanese lit I’ve been enjoying this year to you if you’d like. 🙂

  3. Great review! I enjoyed this one and even read it again to see if the hints led me to figure out the mystery sooner.

    1. Yes I saw your review and it made me excited to read it! I had a suspicion early on since there was a character that was mentioned all the time but they didn’t actually appear all that often in the story, so it made me go, “It’ll be this person won’t it.” After that it was all just dread because I didn’t want any of my suspicions to be right haha.

      It’s definitely a lot of fun and I had no idea where it was gonna go!

      1. I am glad you enjoyed it! I think the ending was pretty great and I cannot wait to read more from the author. Definitely a nice creepy read for October!

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