Review of Just Add Water ~Two Bloggers, One Book

Posted June 22, 2017 by Stormi in Book Reviews / 8 Comments

Review of Just Add Water ~Two Bloggers, One Book

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Just Add Water by Hunter Shea
Genres: Horror
Published by Lyrical Underground on June 13th, 2017
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

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It’s fun! It’s easy! They only cost a measly dollar. Just clip out the ad in your comic book. Then ask Mom to mail it in. A few weeks later, receive a packet of instant Sea Serpent dust. Then:

Just add water . . . and watch them grow!


Just ask David and Patrick. Their “instant pets” are instant duds. They don’t hatch, they don’t grow, they don’t do anything. So they dump them into the sewer where Dad pours toxic chemicals . . .


It’s been years since David and Patrick thought about those Sea Serpents. But now, small animals are disappearing in the neighborhood. Strange slimy creatures are rising from the sewers. And once the screaming starts, David and Patrick realize that their childhood pets really did come to life. With a vengeance. They’re enormous . . . and have a ravenous hunger for human flesh . . .

Also by this author: The Jersey Devil, Optical Delusion, We Are Always Watching, Money Back Guarantee, Fury Of The Orcas, Jurassic, Florida, The Devil's Fingers , Antarctic Ice Beasts, Ghost Mine, Slash, Misfits, Faithless

Barb and I are at it again with a new Two Bloggers One Book read! After you have checked out my review please go over to see Barb at Booker T’s Farm!

First Line

When everything was said and done and the dead were long  buried, they would blame Wonder Woman.

Here is what I thought

I have read only one other book by Hunter Shea and that was The Jersey Devil which Barb and I buddy read so it just seemed right to buddy read this one. I didn’t realize it was a novella till I started reading and finished in the same day which doesn’t happen with me often,  Nonetheless, it was a fun cheesy horror book and I will be checking out the next in this Mail Order Massacre series.

David and Patrick are huge comic book collectors and they use all their money they scrap together to get the next ones. When they go to the store to get a new comic they are bummed to find no new comics but Wonder Woman. They are not a huge fan of WW but they get it anyway as it was something new. So when they see an ad in the WW comic for sea serpents they think it would be cool to try it out and they don’t mind cutting into that comic cause they were not going to keep it in a plastic sleeve like their others.

When they get them they feel really let down cause nothing really happens, so one day they decide to get rid of them and throw them in the sewer. They forget all about that experiment, meanwhile, those little smelly eggs hatch out some nasty critters. They devour the sewer rats and then move on to bigger things and as they eat they grow then one day they come out and start attacking people. It was like slaughterhouse time and pretty gory.

When the boys realize what those creatures are they find the  package with the chinese writing on it and take it to the only man they know who is Asian. He is a Chinese chef and he tells them those were not sea serpents but the Hakuri, or Demon Lizards. There is only one way to kill them and I will let you find out that rather interesting and slightly cheesy method, it made me laugh.

Even though this novel features children it is by no means a children’s horror story as it was really gory and features an adult party. Hunter Shea has a great imagination and is  very good at the gore. This one reminds me a bit of a cheesy syfy movie but I really enjoyed it though I thought the ending was a bit fast.

It was a very quick read and I can’t wait for the next one to come out called Optical Delusion about those x-ray glasses you could order in the mail…lol. I think this was a great idea the author had for some fun cheesy short horror reads. If I had one thing bad to say about this novella is the bashing of one of my favorite comic characters Wonder Woman. 🙂

Recommend if you like

Cheesy horror, sea serpent creature and short reads

Author Bio:

Hunter Shea is the product of a misspent childhood watching scary movies, reading forbidden books and wishing Bigfoot would walk past his house. He doesn’t just write about the paranormal – he actively seeks out the things that scare the hell out of people and experiences them for himself. Hunter’s novels can even be found on display at the International Cryptozoology Museum. His video podcast, Monster Men, is one of the most watched horror podcasts in the world. He’s a bestselling author of over 13 (lucky number!) books, all of them written with the express desire to quicken heartbeats and make spines tingle. Living with his wonderful family and two cats, he’s happy to be close enough to New York City to gobble down Gray’s Papaya hotdogs when the craving hits.


Interview with Hunter Shea

Stormi:  What made you decide to do a series based on the wall ads in comic books? And speaking of comic books, are you a big fan and if so, what is your favorite?

Hunter:  My editor came to me one day with this idea about killer sea monkeys. I thought he was drunk or kidding or both. Since we’re both slightly insane, we kept talking about it until we had the arc for a full story. I then suggested that we do at least three so we could cover a few of our favorite mail order ripoffs that we wanted as kids. We were both huge comic book geeks…and still are, to some degree. My favorite is Captain America. So much so, that I have a tattoo of his shield on arm. I got it many years ago, before Cap was suddenly so damn cool. 

Barb: Stormi and I both loved “Just Add Water” and know a second book is in the works.  What are your plans for this series and will there be more than two?

Hunter: Oh, thank you so much. Yes, there are three in the series. The second is called “Optical Delusion” about a pair of X-ray specs gone horribly wrong. The last, “Money Back Guarantee”, is about those cardboard nuclear subs you could order from the comics. This time around, mom isn’t happy at all that she was ripped off. Someone’s gonna pay…big time! 

Stormi:  You tend to favor the horror genre. Why is that and who are some of your favorite authors and books in the genre?

Hunter: I grew up as a horror kid, thanks to my father. He took me to every horror movie that came out in the 70s when I was just a wee tyke. The reason he did it is because I wasn’t scared. I loved them all, even The Exorcist! I started reading Stephen King and HP Lovecraft when I was about 9 and haven’t stopped. Robert McCammon is one of my favorite all time writers. I worship Boy’s Life and Swan Song. There are so many authors I just devour. It would take all day to name them all. 

Barb:  What question have you always wanted someone to ask you and of course, please provide the answer

Hunter:  Hmmm. How about, do you think Shania Twain will ever fall in love with you? Now, I understand that we’re both happily married, but I think given the chance, I could charm my way into her heart. At least that’s what I tell myself. And yes, some horror writers like to rock out to Man, I Feel Like a Woman. 

Thanks for visiting with us Hunter and good luck on all your future endeavors!!!

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8 responses to “Review of Just Add Water ~Two Bloggers, One Book

  1. So glad you liked it too, Stormi! I pre-ordered the next book too. And one of the reasons I enjoy Hunter’s books is because he pulls no punches and wastes no time dropping you into his mayhem. LOL

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