The House at Phantom Park by Graham Masterton 🌟 Arc Review 🌟

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This is a great new look on the haunted hospital up for renovations idea that is found in some other ghost stories. I really love the haunted hospital vibe because it offers so much for gruesome and intense horror which this book certainly has. Also, this story has a very unique take with these ghosts, how they affect their victims and where exactly they are from. All of this together gave me a very satisfying spooky read!

If you enjoy books by this author and intense ghost stories then this may be the perfect read for you!

Out October 1, 2022!

Content Warning for gruesome details and depictions.

The Witch and the Tsar by Olesya Salnikova Gilmore 🌟 Arc Review 🌟

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I loved this beautiful historical fiction fantasy that revolved around Baba Yaga and the infamous Ivan the Terrible of Russia.

I love reading anything that gives me a real taste of history from any part of the world and I especially loved this incredible folklore surrounding a very dark time. It’s a bit slow in parts but that’s not something that bothered me because the writing was so beautiful. I loved seeing the old gods of Russia in this story along with Baba Yaga. Also, I love how this author conveyed the importance of the mortal pieces that make up these immortal gods and half-gods creating a very human side to some of them.

A beautiful story that I definitely recommend to fans of Russian folklore!

Out September 20, 2022!

Daphne by Josh Malerman 🌟 Arc Review 🌟

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After finishing this book, I read in the acknowledgements Malerman expressing that Daphne is a love letter to horror, to basketball, and also to anxiety. This made me really see how powerful this horror story is. It’s anxiety that the main character, Kit, deals with and it’s the ghost story of Daphne that really burrows in the girls basketball team’s minds which creates the reality of the horror itself. It’s the constant unwanted thoughts of this scary ghost, Daphne, that brings her to life to actually murder her victims.

This is brilliant horror. I felt like the writing is similar to Stephen King 80’s-90’s era which I love. I definitely recommend this to horror fans!

Out September 20, 2022!

Babel by R.F. Kuang 🌟Arc Review 🌟

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This is one of those books that while reading I become fascinated and inspired by the genius of a mind that is behind this writing. I want to be in this story just as this story is in me now and always will be. And as a student, I want more knowledge. Like I said, inspiring. The magic of language.

Robin Swift was born in Canton, China. He lived there long enough to know the language easily and then, when he was about to die from a sickness, he was moved to England by a man promising him the world. He learned Greek and Latin while studying his own language, Chinese. In doing all this, he became prepared for a life at Oxford at the school for translation. Where language is not just studied, but used to change the world.

This is the best Dark Academia I have ever witnessed. Along with a dangerous secret society and a world on the cusp of revolution. I loved this book and I cannot recommend this enough!

Out August 23, 2022!

The Art of Prophecy by Wesley Chu 🌟 ARC Review 🌟

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This is going in my top five favorite books for the year, no question. I enjoyed this so much that I’m having trouble adequately coming up with how to describe this book.

The Art of Prophecy is about so many things but a major point of this book is about the honor of war arts and when to throw others expectations out the window and simply do the right thing. Even if it means taking on a whole nation or a fanatical religion.

This story follows Taishi and Jian, along with other characters I’m not getting into because Spoilers! Taishi is an incredible woman with incredible fighting skills and also a fierceness that makes others stop and listen. Jian has a lot to learn about war arts even though he is the center of a prophecy for the Zuhn people and their savior against the Eternal Khan.

I loved every single second of this book. A gorgeous fantasy world that includes all the dirty parts of life. Play-by-play fight scenes that are simply fantastic. And, laugh out loud funny and thought provoking all at once.

I cannot recommend this enough!

Out August 9, 2022!

The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia 🌟 ARC Review 🌟

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This is another remarkable read by Silvia Moreno-Garcia! If the authors name doesn’t catch your attention then maybe the title will; The Daughter of Dr. Moreau. How does this not leap out and beg to be read and enjoyed? As soon as I saw this book, especially with such a beautiful cover, I was on it… And it did not disappoint!

Carlota is the only child of Dr. Moreau and leads a simple but elegant life on their property of Yuxaktan. Among the hybrids and beautiful plant life lies secrets that even she cannot guess at. When a rich and powerful young man comes seeking her attention this acts as a catalyst for life changing events.

I highly recommend this as a gorgeous and beautifully told story that I was lucky enough to luxuriate in

TW: Violence

Out July 19, 2022!

Just Like Home by Sarah Gailey 🌟 ARC Review 🌟

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This book was so good, the ending so so good, I wanted to just scream. Unfortunately, I can’t because I share this space with other people who would be very angry if I screamed over a book… instead of, you know, actually being in danger. Whatever. But, this book. This is an incredible new look on horror.

Vera was called home by her mother. A home she hasn’t been to in years because she was not welcome there. But, as her mother dies inside that house, Vera at last approaches her home and her past. Horror has often included grisly deaths, monsters under the bed and haunted houses, but never like this. If you are a fan of horror then I cannot recommend this enough.

TW: violence, gore, unsettling imagery

Out July 19, 2022

Things We Do in the Dark by Jennifer Hillier. 🌟 Arc Review 🌟

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Wow! Right from the start I was hooked. It started with a shock and the twists just kept coming. I can honestly say that I did not know the reality of everything until the very end. And, I couldn’t even have guessed right if I tried.

Paris is a yoga instructor married to an older, rich and famous man. But when she comes home early from a conference, she finds him dead. And, of course, she is suspect number one. Nothing is exactly as it seems and I was shocked by the ending.

Definitely recommend this for an intense thriller!

TW: child abuse including sexual assault. Suicide.

Out July 19, 2022!

Bookish thoughts…

Pictured is the book Kaikeyi by Vaisnavi Patel. I loved this story. Gorgeous retelling and what really caught my attention was not only the look at the gods and goddesses but many mythical stories about them.

So, I joined BOTM in March because I felt like it was a really inexpensive and easy way to get books. However, the prices have risen in this short amount of time! It’s not that big of a deal but it’s getting closer to what I would pay for a nice new copy at the bookstore. And, while it’s great to buy new releases, I personally feel like I would rather spend the money on just the new releases that I’ve been looking forward to. Which, are not usually in BOTM. So, I canceled. And, that is my story of the short period I was a member.

Current Reads

These are my current reads. People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry, The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix and A Shadow In the Glass by Jia Harwood. I’m loving these and can’t wait to tell you more!

We Made It All Up by Margot Harrison 🌟 Arc Review 🌟

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I really loved this story. Told in a “then” and “now” storyline it created a unique way to pull everything together at the end while being incredibly mysterious throughout its entirety.

Celeste moved from Montreal to a small town in Montana. She comes with a loaded past and finds herself in a new friendship with the quirky Vivvy. They begin creating fanfic about a couple of boys at their school and somehow the lines blur between fiction and reality. When one of the boys is found dead, fingers start to point, rumors are made, and everyone is looking at Celeste… the new girl.

I really loved this read and recommend it as a dark thriller.

TW: violence, alcohol use, sexual abuse, stalking.

Out July 12, 2022!