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John Carpenter Presents Storm Kids: Sacred Hearts

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It was okay loved the art that was in here and the story was good I think it would have got a better review from me if I could read it physically.....on kindle these things for me are hard to read
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So much potential, so little development. I liked the horror atmosphere and some of the pages were great, but overall it fell flat for me.
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This starts off as a fine book for all ages with a supernatural tilt. However, there's some very graphic violence in the second half with people getting ripped to pieces. Given that I'd say this is for teenagers and older. It's about some kids who discover a monster while building a fort in the woods. But he's not evil and is actually protecting the town from demons entering through a portal to Hell. Nat Jones's art is solid.
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It's a quick but fun read, and honestly very engrossing. The story is very straightforward and linear, but the execution was well done.

I love reading thrillers and this one gets really spooky. The graphics and art style really helped the genre be more scary-like. 

I just hoped we got to see more of the characters because the pacing of the story was very quick. Although, this could be a setup for a potential series and I'd be interested to see more to the story.
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This was horrifically fun.  :).  So horror for kids can go all sorts of right and all sorts of wrong.  There may be some parents who find that this is to “bloody” for their kids, but the story is very well done and I love the graphics.  Everyone in town knows there is something off about the Franklin family, and the woods they live in.  This story has such heart and such charm for something that would be classified as horror.  I do think the ending is a little short and too quickly wrapped up, but kids wanting horror can not go wrong with this book.  My nephew is 11 and I would fully let him read it.
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I'm in love with the Storm Kids series! Each book is so different and so fun!
Sacred Hearts, even if bloody, is filled with so much heart, love and friendship! I hope to read many more in the series!
The art fits the story perfectly, characters are a bit cookie cutter but it seemed fitting.

Review copy provided by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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this story follows three kids who build a tree fort in the woods.  They find themselves in a new world and a evil is rising in town.  They want to stop the curse once and for all.  I loved the artwork.  All of the darker colors really added to the creepy feel.  When we are in the forest at night everything is in shades of blue, so when there is a fight the bright red blood just stands out.  Steve Niles also wrote 30 Days of Night and this is just another example of doing horror right.  It was a fun read that had me on the edge of my seat because I needed to know what happened next.

Creative Team:
Written by Steve Niles
Art by Nat Jones
Lettering by Janice Chiang
Edited by Sandy King
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As a major fan of John Carpenter's films i was eager to read this graphic novel. Unfortunately upon download the file wouldn't open in Adobe Digital Editions so i was unable to read it. From the book description and the front cover images i am sure it would have been an excellent graphic novel.
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John Carpenter Presents Storm Kids: Sacred Hearts is a must-read for Stranger Things fans. Three small-town friends go into the forest to collect some wood but something isn't quite right about these woods. The characters were kind of flat but the story and illustration were quite compelling from page to page.
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I admit I wanted to read this because I’m  a John Carpenter fan. I loved the artwork and the storyline held my attention from beginning to end. While the story was mostly predictable, there were some unexpected twists that kept me entertained. The artwork alone is enough reason to add this one to my collection. If you’re looking for horror that’s not overly gory, you can’t go wrong with Sacred Hearts. Great for young adults, and adults who are young at heart.

A gripping, fast-paced read with gritty artwork, Sacred Hearts is a must-have for horror fans!
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I was drawn to this graphic novel because of seeing "John Carpenter" on the cover. But, that alone would not have been enough to make me love this graphic novel as much as I do. 

This is the 4th book in a series, but each novel is a standalone seperate story. This means that you can read them in any order, or just read this one. But, now that I have read one of the novels, I want to read them all. 

Even though this is a horror story, it is targeted at the young adult (or full adult) audience. The gore is kept to a minimum and I recommend it for ages thirteen and up. 

The story itself will resonate with anyone who has grown up in a small town. Every small town seems to have at least one house or property that is rumored to be haunted or evil. SACRED HEARTS is no different. 

In this case, three friends - Chris, Dirk, and Shelley are building a fort in the woods outside of their town. When they realize they need more wood to be able to finish it, they remember seeing an old pile of boards beside the barn on the Franklin farm. 

Retrieving that wood sets off a chain of events they could never have expected. Curses, pacts with the devil, and a monsterous creature unlike anything the kids have ever seen are only a few of the surprises awaiting readers. 

The entertainment value of this graphic novel is off the charts. It also highlights some basic life lessons such as never judging someone by their appearance, and the value of true friendships. 

The illustrations are utterly fabulous. I particularly liked the way the illustrators used dark and light to highlight the difference between the scenes of good versus those of evil. 

I highly recommend this graphic novel to everyone who loves a tale of good against evil. I rate SACRED HEARTS as 5 OUT OF 5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 

*** Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book. ***
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A home birth occurs and the father is horrified.  He grabs the baby and runs out of the house and buries the baby.  Unknown to him, the baby is saved by his son.  Chris, Shelley and Dirk have decided to build a tree fort out in the woods.  They don’t have the wood so they sneak into the Franklin place to grab wood for their fort.  The fort is built.  As the three kids go home, they see the towing truck has been smashed on the road.  The sheriff sees he crime scene and decides to do a search to find the driver.  With the sheriff departments and volunteers searching, they don’t find him". The baby has grown into a Hugh monster looking person.  He is wounded when the kids run into him.  Shelley convinces them to help her help the monster with bandages and food. They are surprised that he can talk.  Will the monster hurt the kids?  The devil has decided to go after the monster but will he succeed?

The graphic novel is excellent.  I must admit that I am fan of John Carpenter.  The storyline is expertly written and the illustrations were perfect.  This is excellent horror that anyone can read.  It is not a gross out story.  There is fighting but it is to save rather than destroy.
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I just read John Carpenter Presents Storm Kids: Sacred Hearts by Steve Niles, and I really enjoyed the 'Stranger Things' vibe.
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When I saw John Carpenter’s name on this I knew I had to get my hands on this. I am definitely not disappointed. It met all my creepy and gory expectations. The art was also super great. It was dark and sketchy and there was blood, lots and lots of it...

We don’t really get to know much about the characters yet, but I still wanted to root for them!! As a setup for a series, this was such a good beginning. Omg and the brother,... that was bizarre and you gotta love that great advice that no one ever takes. You kids stay out of the woods!! Bahahaha, that’s like pushing them directly into the cave. I love it!!! 

I recommend this to those who like creepy books, a decent amount of violence and blood, or books about monsters. 

Thanks so much to NetGalley and Storm King Productions for allowing me to read this for my honest and unbiased opinion.

This will also be posted on my blog and Amazon shortly.
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I see John Carpenter and I immediately want to read it. I was not disappointed by this story. Scared Hearts is part of a series but I have never read any of the others. I had no issues following this story, so it can definitely be read as a stand alone. It's a spooky thriller with a lot of heart. I loved that illustration and the story. I will definitely be checking out the rest of this series!
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Definitely way too short and rushed, but good until the last few pages, when it just madly sprinted to a finish it wasn't at all prepared for. A decent amount of gore, and ok setup, it also suffered from a lack of character development which is also directly tied in to the brief length.
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You gotta have enough love for the B-Movie kind of schlock that comes from the likes of John Carpenter and Steve Niles. Sometimes a simple premise that keeps your attention is all that keep people from turning away at a moment's notice. Cases like this are where superheroes and horror movie monsters seem almost inseparable. The simple story with a fast paced plot can certainly do that. Sure there are plenty of cliches like people living alone, family curses, and people getting killed by monsters as a result of a family curse, but there's a sense of wonder to it all. Being a kid in a sleepy town will certainly excite someone. With the right make-up and effects this could easily be a decent short film.
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John Carpenter Presents Storm Kids: Sacred Hearts was one of those books where I looked at the cover, judged it, and decided to read it. I do that a lot and it tends to work out for me (in a good way).

This book is a spooky thriller that can stand alone (but I see is also part of a series). I easily understood this book without reading any of the others. 

Basically, there's this weird monster who is living in the forest who makes friends with the lead characters. There's some devil worshipping, scary stories and monster fighting that will happen that will put the reader on the edge of their seat.

My summary for my thoughts on this book:
1. The whole "scary, evil thing in the woods" arc has been doing quite well in media lately. Add in the creepy old man and you've got one spooky introduction for a book.
2. The monster isn't super scary to me, he's rather cute. I think that's the point though!
3. Crazy monster fights - yeeeesssss.
4. It's a story of brotherhood. 
5. Bloody, gory, R rated galore.

I would like to read more out of this series now! I quite enjoyed this one. It's more of a thriller than a horror, but I will take it!

Four out of five stars.

Thank you to NetGalley and Diamond Book Distributors for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.
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I would give this book 3.5 stars, 3 for the story and 4 for the art. Generally the story was good except for the logic flaws (law enforcement was a big one--not able to defend themselves when a kid could; able to identify a body with no identifiable attributes). The art was detailed enough to get the point across of what was going on. It reminds me of the classic evil turns into a huge monster, forces of good trip over themselves but manage to not get eaten. Recommended for 16+.
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I read this in one go. The art and the story instantly hooked me.  It’s a feast for the eyes and a brilliant story. A broken pact with the Devil that unleashes Hell on Earth. Three children playing in a forbidden woods that discover dark secrets and a new ally. Plenty of gore but not in excess, just enough for the premise and what one would expect from something baring the name of John Carpenter. Overall, I loved it cover to cover, I just wish there was more of the story. I was so intrigued by the unnamed central character, I wanted to see more of what happened to him  and I really liked the kids, I thought they were very realistic and enjoyable to read about.
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