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

Wake the Bones by Elizabeth Kilcoyne 🌟 ARC Review 🌟

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I really enjoyed this read and for reasons more than just the horror aspect. Laurel is living and working on her family’s tobacco farm in Kentucky. She has a unique hobby of working with bones and an ability to read them in the sense that she can see the death of the owners of these bones. However, one day her bones walk away and she begins to understand the evil at work on her land.

While being a creepy read, especially the ending, I found the author’s look into grief and hopelessness really intriguing. Kilcoyne told this story with a bone jarring passion that cannot be ignored. I was lost in the author’s winding storytelling style and it felt amazing to be so wrapped up in a book that is so honest about how many new adult’s deal with change and decision making during difficult times. I definitely would say this is worth a read!

The author has a link on their book review on Goodreads for all the trigger warnings. There is abuse, violence and disturbing imagery in this, but check the link if you can because it’s more detailed. Also this list is available in the book.

Out July 12, 2022!

What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher 🌟 Arc Review 🌟

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I don’t believe I’ve ever read The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe but there is a large possibility I did when I was growing up and just can’t remember. (I loved Poe and any scary stories when I was growing up). This retelling, however, is something I will never forget. It began with the mystery of the situation and evolved into being truly horrifying.

Easton is a soldier and is visiting an old friend and their sister, Madeline, after receiving a letter calling for help. Soon Easton learns of Madeline’s sickness in the ancient House of Usher. However, there is a strangeness to this sickness and an even stranger quality to the hares in the surrounding countryside and the near lake. Soon it becomes clear that nothing in and surrounding the House of Usher is as it seems.

This story gave me chills and is going down as a new favorite horror story for me! I highly recommend this!

Out July 12th!

Witch 13 by Patrick Delaney! 🌟 Arc Review 🌟

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Wow! This is pure horror with all the gore included! And, it has illustrations… which are seriously freaky! (I thank you for the nightmares but I need an eraser for my brain bc scary).

The plot really centers around a small town sheriff and her deputy on her last night on the job…. and, of course, the witch. There are several issues revolving around the sheriff and why she is leaving that make up part of the story. But, mainly, the focus goes to the witch and her tricks and treats on this Christmas-y night.

I did feel like the chapters jumped around a bit and that the ending was wanting but still a good horror read to check out.

Out June 7th

Hide by Kiersten White 🌟 Arc Review 🌟

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Well, this was absolutely brilliant. Everything I thought I knew… how the story was going, a guess at the ending… this author would flip the switch. And, can I just give this author a huge thank you for that note at the end that revealed the truth behind this story? Bc, Kiersten White, you are magnificent.

It’s a reality hide and seek show…. or is it? Because things seem pretty strange from the start. The immediate start with Mack as the narrator gives this whole game a push towards oddness. And, it doesn’t stop there. The 14 contestants gather and begin a strange trip with an enthusiastic host to the middle of nowhere… really anywhere, no one knows. The game begins and you’ll just have to read the book to find out what happens! Trust me, it’s an incredible surprise!

I could not recommend this more to fans of horror!

(TW: Death, gruesome depictions, unnerving content, religious topics, serial murder)

Out May 24th!

Black Tide by KC Jones 🌟ARC Review 🌟

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This book is described as sci-fi/horror and if you are in the mood for that then this is the perfect read.

It’s just another day and then it’s the end of the world. This was a great read for me because it gave me exactly what I wanted without any of the confused explanations that are in longer apolypse style stories. I really wanted a fast-paced horror and that’s what I got and I couldn’t ask for more.

This book features a few interesting main characters that drive the story forward and a whole lot of action! Definitely recommend this one!

Out April 31st!

🌟 Arc Review 🌟 Dark Stars edited by John F.D. Taff

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Dark Stars edited by John F.D. Taff is a great anthology of horror short stories which is perfect for this time period bc horror is in.

The main thing that stuck with me about all these stories was not only how unique they each are but how easily they each slide into strange and horrific ideals. So many different types of disgusting to terrifying scenarios that really made me think of not just that specific story and it’s characters but the big picture as well. Looking at life through a haunting lens which brought out many different feelings for me.

I definitely recommend this as an entrancing horror read. I personally love short stories of the horror genre. It seems to make the point of each story even more powerful.

Lots of trigger warnings here. Sexual, emotional and physical harm. Prepare yourself.

Out on March 22nd!

🌟 Arc Review 🌟 The Ravenous Dead by Darcy Coates!

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This book and this series has such a great vibe to it. I feel so at home reading this horror, murder/mystery style book. It’s the perfect series to curl up with at night and enjoy a glass of wine or cup of tea or whatever! Your beverage of choice, ya’ll.

The small town fills with gossip as Keira becomes more well known, for better or worse (but mostly better). She is living in a cabin by the graveyard and trying to use her abilities to help the ghosts pass on. Things quickly escalate when not only does she find an evil ghostly presence near the graveyard, but also when her past comes back to haunt her threatening to take away her new life.

I love the friendship between Keira, Zoe and Mason. Zoe cracks me up with her conspiracy theories and Mason is endearing with his calm and caring attitude. This book gave me everything I need; thrills, chills and laughs and love. I definitely recommend this series!

Out March 15th!

What do you like in horror/thrillers?

I really liked this book but there was one thing that bothered me. And, this is something that would bother me about any horror or thriller book. Mainly it’s predictability. I was able to predict something that would have been more exciting not to know. Especially when the ending revealed all this books secrets.

Now, I’m not saying I predicted everything. There were so many different aspects to this story that when the truth was revealed at the end it left me completely shocked.

I loved the small town centered around this creepy old church and the Secrets that seemed to be kept by everyone. Jack, the mother of daughter Flo (age 15) and Vicar of the church, was a really interesting character to follow through this. Especially with the peeks into her past that didn’t completely make sense until the end. I also loved Flo bc she really reminded me of myself, lol. I loved her attitude.

This is definitely worth a read for fans of horror and thrillers. But, the question remains… What do you need from horror and thrillers? I need them to be unpredictable and I’m wondering if anyone agrees?

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🌟 Arc Review 🌟 Such a Pretty Smile by Kristi Demeester!

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This book is a very freaky! Women standing up to the patriarchy and feminism, though ❀ I definitely agree about certain men treating women this way. Basically, in a way that says we as women should be quiet and docile. We should be good girls and just swallow the pill whole, literally and figuratively.

The story follows Caroline in 2004 and her daughter, Lila, in 2019. Their stories with this beast who represents the demeaning men of the world are told in tandem. It’s very easy to see similarities and notice the differences in the two and that makes the story even more interesting.

This is a great serial killer thriller tale with a twist and I recommend it especially if you can withstand the blood and gore, animal violence and death and some disturbing imagery both sexual and not.

Look for this on January 18th!