Mini-Review: We Have Always Lived in the Castle, by Shirley Jackson

we have always lived in the castle shirley jackson

Rating: ★★★★★

Genres: Fiction, Gothic

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We Have Always Lived in the Castle tells the story of Mary Katherine and her sister Constance, who live their Uncle Julian in the old mansion  where the rest of their family died. The villagers hate them, but they’ve managed to have a quiet life despite the animosity. This will all change once Cousin Charles decides to pay a visit…

This book was such a deliciously whimsical, Gothic read! I loved it so much. Mary Katherine is one of the best characters I’ve read in a while, smart, a bit wild, and definitely up to no good. The atmosphere of the book so tense you always feel like it will all fall apart. Constance is a bit of an enigma to me, so kind and lovely but her involvement in the murders is not clear, so you always have a suspicion about her sweet temperament – did she or didn’t she? I loved also that there is so much talk about food in this book – there is something ritualistic about the way so much of their lives go around the meals they will have, especially considering the way their family died.

This short novel is full of mystery, witty dialogue and it’s such an entertaining read! If you’ve never read anything Gothic before, I think it’s a great place to start.

Review: Lock Every Door, by Riley Sager

lock every door by riley sager

Rating: ★★★★★

Genres: Thriller, Horror

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Lock Every Door is the story of Jules, a young woman who just lost her job and is now crashing at her friend’s place. When she sees a job opportunity as an apartment sitter at the grand, mysterious and glamorous Bartholomew, she can hardly believe her luck. All she has to do is live in the apartment for the next few weeks and she’ll have enough time and money to start over. But the rules of apartment sitting are strict and clear: no visitors, no spending nights outside of the Bartholomew, no bothering the neighbors. And there is something not quite right about the place, which becomes even more creepy when another apartment sitter disappears in the middle of the night. Continue reading

Review: The Lingering, by S.J.I. Holliday

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Horror, Thriller

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The Lingering is the story of a couple, Ali and Jack, who move to a self-sufficient community, in hope for a fresh start. There is a dark mystery to the community and the house they are to move into, and the two of them are intrinsically in the middle of the events that unfold.

I really like this eerie cover, setting the mood for this book. It begins unfolding the plot a bit slowly, tension and mystery in the air from first page, as the couple moves into a small community which keeps itself away from the rest of the world. Everyone has their own secrets, and perhaps Ali and Jack have the biggest of all. They’re here for a fresh start. But something dark seems to awaken with their arrival – and the secrets from the place where the community is set also start to unravel. Continue reading

Review: Bird Box, by Josh Malerman

Bird Box Josh Malerman

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Genres: Horror

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Bird Box tells the story of an apocalyptic world where people need blindfolds to leave their houses because there is something out there that drives people into viciously attacking one another and themselves. This horror book is less than 300 pages long and quite perfect for an afternoon of reading horror and sipping tea.

This is a book that is constantly added to people’s lists on what to read in October, every year. So I had to keep my expectations in check, since hyping a book up is the surest way to get disappointed. Continue reading

ARC Review: The Bone Curse, by Carrie Rubin

The Bone Curse Carrie Rubin

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Genres: Thriller, Horror

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I have received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book attracted me immediately with its creepy cover and intriguing synopsis: Ben is a medical student known for his pragmatic personality. He goes to a trip in Paris with his friend Laurette, where he enters a catacomb and gets hurt in an old bone.

I loved the creepy, horror feel of the novel. I flew through its pages and was always on the edge to see who would fall victim to the curse next and if they would survive! I really liked Laurette, too, a Haitian student who wants to become a nurse to help her country. Continue reading

Review: My Best Friend’s Exorcism, by Grady Hendrix

My Best Friend's Exorcism Grady Hendrix

Rating: ★★★★★

Recommend: Yes

Genres: Horror, Paranormal

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This was such a fun read, I didn’t expect it to be so entertaining. When I read the blurb saying it was both a heart-warming story about friendship and also a horror story, I was a bit confused. But yes! This reads like a summer horror blockbuster, and I had lots of fun.

My Best Friend’s Exorcism is the story of Abby and Gretchen, and the fall of ’88, when Gretchen is possessed by a demon. She’s moody, irritable, edgy – and strange things keep happening around her. Now, Abby must find a way to help her friend, even if nobody will believe her. Will their friendship be strong enough?

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Review: Arena (Arena #1), by Pavan Lewis

Arena by Pavan Lewis

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Genres: Horror, Dystopia, Young Adult, LGBTQ+

[THIS BOOK IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT]

I have received a free copy of Arena from the author of this book. This in no way affects the opinions reflected on this review.

When seventeen-year-old Tasa Strong is ‘taken’ by the dreaded Iron Cart, she finds herself in a vast arena filled with wild animals and grotesque killers. In order to survive, and save her beloved friend Valeria, Tasa must work with eleven other children to find a way forward – even as she comes to understand that many of them cannot be trusted, and may also be a danger to her life. As they struggle to survive, and compete, they are forced to make horrifying life and death decisions; voting on which in their company should be killed. This act threatens to tear any potential alliances apart; and factions form within their group. Yet still Tasa must struggle forward, led by a boy who seems to want to save her and her friend: yet also clearly has his own secret reasons and brutal abilities – until at last she faces a final and terrifying round of dangers that will reveal the most unexpected and shocking betrayal, and potential reward… Continue reading

Review: The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison (The Collector #1)

The Butterfly Garden

Rating: ★★★★★

Recommend: Yes, with restrictions

Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Horror

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This book is such a gem! I don’t read a lot of horror, although this one is probably closer to a mystery thriller in my opinion, and I had not heard about it at all, until I saw it on Amazon Unlimited. The story sounded interesting and it was among their most popular and best-rated books in the Unlimited list, so I thought – well, why not?

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