Having read and loved Clark's Cairo novellas earlier this year, I was so incredibly excited to read an advance copy of his upcoming novella, Ring Shout. Although it is very different in terms of tone and setting, Clark's newest story is an incredibly powerful horror tale.
Harrow Lake first burst onto my radar when the publishers were sending out the coolest looking proofs (seriously, check it out!) in the winter. I was immediately interested in the book as soon as I read the summary -- I’ve never been much of a horror reader but have been trying to dip my toe into the genre lately. Harrow Lake turned out to be a great stepping stone into horror for me with its creepy, atmospheric setting and things that go bump in the night.
I’m not much of a horror reader, however lately I have been dipping my toe into the genre and am loving what I’ve been read so far. Having recently finished My Best Friend’s Exorcism, I was so excited to pick up Hendrix’s new book, The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires. His trademark wit and humor balanced the truly horrifying elements of the book, making it a thrilling, hilarious, and fast-paced read that kept me up long past my bedtime.
My interest in Into the Drowning Deep can be summarised in two words: killer mermaids. Add on the fact that Mira Grant is a pen name for Seanan McGuire, the author of the Wayward Children series, and I knew this was a book I had to read. Ultimately, I was left a little disappointed -- while Into the Drowning Deep had fantastic bits, the overall book just didn’t quite work for me.
If you’ve been around here for long, you may realise that Pine is not the kind of book I typically pick up -- I tend to lean toward science fiction and fantasy rather than contemporary-set books. However, I was drawn in by its stunning cover and mysterious description. I took a chance and bought a copy and I’m so thrilled I did! Pine is a gorgeous, literary ghost story that will make the hair on the back of your neck rise.
January is finally over! Seriously though, how did January last about 12 years? I'm really not sure what it is about that month that seems like time has stopped moving, but now we are in February and all is right with the world!
I’m not usually a horror reader -- I’m pretty much frightened of my own shadow -- but a lovely and trusted bookish friend had been telling me about Dark Matter for ages and it caught my interest. I was totally delighted to receive a copy from my Amazon wishlist from my amazing friend Jenn in December! I cracked it open and, for the first time in a long while, was unable to tear myself away. I was completely lost in this chilling ghost story and I loved it.
Sometimes I don't have a lot to say about a given book, even if it's one I really love! Enter, the mini review. Take a look at two books I read over Christmas this year and really enjoyed!
The Devouring Gray is a book that has had so much buzz around it over the past year. Although it was one of my most highly anticipated books of the spring, I figured it would be a fun but over hyped book -- I’ve been burned by this before and I try to be cautious and manage my expectations. Much to my delight, I really enjoyed and absolutely devoured (ha) this book. The Devouring Gray was exactly what I needed and very nearly read it in one sitting -- something I haven’t done in ages.
In the blogging community, we talk about books all the time. But sometimes we get caught up in reading and reviewing the same books as everyone else, and great books can slip beneath our radar. I wanted to take the opportunity to talk about a few books I really loved, but I think are underrated in the blogging community.