Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Wishlist | Our Share of Night by Mariana Enríquez, Megan McDowell (Translator)

Our Share of Night by Mariana Enríquez (translated by Megan McDowell) is a chunky, epic horror spanning decades, and I can't wait to read it.


His father could find what was lost. His father knew when someone was going to die. His father had talked to him about the dead who rode in on the wind. The dead travel fast.

Gaspar is six years old when the Order first come for him.

For years, they have exploited his father’s ability to commune with the dead and the demonic, presiding over macabre rituals where the unwanted and the disappeared are tortured and executed, sacrificed to the Darkness. Now they want a successor.

Nothing will stop the Order, nothing is beyond them. Surrounded by horrors, can Gaspar break free?

Spanning the brutal decades of Argentina’s military dictatorship and its aftermath, Our Share of Night is a haunting, thrilling novel of broken families, cursed inheritances, and the sacrifices a father will make to help his son escape his destiny.


I have Our Share of Night preordered, and I'm looking forward to getting lost in this one in the fall.

Have you read anything by Mariana Enríquez? Will you be reading Our Share of Night?



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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Books On My Summer 2022 To-Read List

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl


These are some of the books releasing in Summer 2022 that I hope to read!

A Prayer for the Crown-Shy (Monk and Robot #2) by Becky Chambers

Babel by R.F. Kuang

This Appearing House by Ally Malinenko

The First Binding (Tales of Tremaine #1) by R.R. Virdi

The Midnighters by Hana Tooke

The Lies I Tell by Julie Clark

Upgrade by Blake Crouch

Things We Do in the Dark by Jennifer Hillier

Our Crooked Hearts by Melissa Albert

These Fleeting Shadows by Kate Alice Marshall

The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager

Amari and the Great Game (Supernatural Investigations #2) by B.B. Alston

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Saturday, June 25, 2022

Recent Updates and Currently Reading | June 25

Happy weekend! My family spent the last half of the week on a little bit of a vacation. It was nice to get away and spend a few days together.

Posted Last Week


Recent Updates | 2022 Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag


Finished Reading


Sundial by Catriona Ward One Piece, Volume 1: Romance Dawn by by Eiichiro Oda, Andy Nakatani (Translator) One Piece, Volume 2: Buggy the Clown by by Eiichiro Oda, Andy Nakatani (Translator)

Sundial by Catriona Ward ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ - Sundial was so good! I hope I can get some reviewing mojo back because this one was great.

One Piece, Volume 1: Romance Dawn by Eiichiro Oda, Andy Nakatani (Translator) ⭐⭐⭐⭐★ - I started reading One Piece, and now I'm addicted.

One Piece, Volume 2: Buggy the Clown by Eiichiro Oda, Andy Nakatani (Translator) ⭐⭐⭐★★ - I immediately had to read the next volume.


Currently Reading


Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafón One Piece, Volume 3: Don't Get Fooled Again by by Eiichiro Oda, Andy Nakatani (Translator)

Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky - I have been in such a mood to reread Children of Time so that's exactly what I'm doing.

Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafón - I started reading Marina last summer but didn't finish. I was happy to start it over from the beginning. Zafón's writing is possibly the most beautiful I have ever read. I'm reading it in Spanish and hoping I don't burn out again.

One Piece, Volume 3: Don't Get Fooled Again by Eiichiro Oda, Andy Nakatani (Translator) - I'm planning to start volume 3 tonight, and then I have to figure out how I'm going to read the next 100 volumes 😭


Added to the TBR


Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky Children of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky One Piece. Omnibus, Vol. 1 by by Eiichiro Oda, Andy Nakatani (Translator)

Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky - The first time I read this it was on Audible so I picked up a print copy to read this time.

Children of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky - I'm hoping to finally continue on with Children of Ruin soon!

One Piece. Omnibus, Vol. 1 by Eiichiro Oda, Andy Nakatani (Translator) - When I came across this omnibus, I knew it was time to finally start my journey with One Piece - but now I have to figure out how to afford the rest. I really hate to read them on my computer, but I think that's what I'm going to have to do since my library (thankfully!) appears to have all 100+ volumes.


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Sunday, June 19, 2022

Recent Updates | 2022 Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

Hi everyone! I'm going to do something a bit different today. I haven't been around this year for a whole host of reasons, but long covid and too many commitments have been at the top of that list. Things are improving in both of those areas, and I'd love to get back to updating this space. I've decided to do the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag because I think it's a great way to catch up on my bookish year so far, and also I just really like this tag so I'm happy to have it motivate me today!

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2022?

Bad Witch Burning by Jessica LewisBad Witch Burning by Jessica Lewis - This book had such an emotional impact on me. It was fantastic.
 

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2022?

The Collectors (Fright Watch #2) by Lorien Lawrence

The Collectors (Fright Watch #2) by Lorien Lawrence - Fright Watch is such a fun series. It's kids who are like the neighborhood watch combating evil neighbors.

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to?

My goal as I try to get some of my personal time back is to be able to read new releases as I get them. I'm trying to catch up right now so I can get to that point. The book I probably want to read most from my 2022 purchases is The Hunger of the Gods by John Gwynne, but I will need to read The Shadow of the Gods first!

The Shadow of the Gods by John Gwynne The Hunger of the Gods by John Gwynne

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of 2022?

This was a tough one because there are several books I'm super excited about this year, but I'm going to have to say the upcoming fantasy book from Stephen King is probably at the top of the list.

Fairy Tale by Stephen King

Fairy Tale by Stephen King

5. Biggest disappointment?

Mine by Delilah S. Dawson

I'm going to have to go with Mine by Delilah S. Dawson. It just didn't have the heart of a middle grade horror so it was a miss for me. It's highly rated on Goodreads so it's probably not a bad book, but it wasn't what makes me tick when I pick up a middle grade so I was disappointed.

6. Biggest surprise?

White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson

I'm struggling with how to phrase this because I don't want to sound like I'm bashing YA. You guys know I read a lot of YA, but it's my least favorite age level because I'm often not interested in the themes of this age range. However - I've read so many great YA horror books lately including White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson. I highly recommend it.

7. New favorite author?

Hands down - Catriona Ward. I read The Last House on Needless Street last year, and while it wasn't my favorite book of the year, it was definitely my favorite reading experience of the year. I'm in the middle of reading Sundial by Catriona Ward right now, and it has solidified her as a new favorite must read author.

Sundial by Catriona Ward

8. Newest fictional crush?

I don't think I read the right type of books for this question. Lots of horror and thrillers I really shouldn't be crushing on so I'm happy to report no one.

9. Newest favorite character?

As I was scrolling through my books, Ophie popped out as the most memorable character in the list. I hope we get more books with Ophie in the future.

Ophie's Ghosts by Justina Ireland

Ophie's Ghosts by Justina Ireland

10. Book that made you cry?

Girl in the Walls by Katy Michelle Quinn

Girl in the Walls by Katy Michelle Quinn - This is a heartbreaking and wonderful tale of self-discovery.

11. Book that made you happy?

Never Say You Can't Survive by Charlie Jane Anders

I'm currently reading Never Say You Can't Survive: How to Get Through Hard Times by Making Up Stories by Charlie Jane Anders, and it is making me really happy. There's a lot about creating whatever it is you need to create in that moment for your own wellbeing.

12. Favorite book to movie adaptation you’ve seen so far this year?

Doctor Sleep

I finally watched Doctor Sleep recently, and it was so good. I'm looking forward to watching Where the Crawdads Sing very soon, too.

13. Favorite review you’ve written this year?

Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls by Kaela Rivera

Probably my review of Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls by Kaela Rivera

14. Most beautiful book you bought this year?

I'm having trouble finding any pictures online but my family got me a gorgeous anniversary edition of The Princess Bride for Mother's Day this year. It's beautiful.

15. What books do you really need to read by the end of this year?

I already mentioned my goal of getting to the point where I can read books as they are released. These are the my top 3 2022 I've already purchased but have not yet read (not including Hunger of the Gods that I mentioned earlier).

Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd

Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree

The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James

The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd

Thank you so much for letting me somewhat catch up today. If you want to do this tag as well, consider yourself tagged!



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Sunday, April 10, 2022

Recent Updates and Currently Reading | April 10

Real talk - despite being triple protected, I managed to come down with you-know-what back in January. I have been so low functioning ever since, I haven't managed to do blog updates other than a couple of reviews over the last few months. This may not be an official return to weekly posts, but it's a start! I'm hoping to spend some time today catching up with everyone the best I can.

These are my favorite reads over the last few months:


Bad Witch Burning by Jessica Lewis The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris Our Last Echoes by Kate Alice Marshall
Girl in the Walls by Katy Michelle Quinn The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould Long Lost by Jacqueline West

Bad Witch Burning by Jessica Lewis

The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris

Our Last Echoes by Kate Alice Marshall

Girl in the Walls by Katy Michelle Quinn

The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould

Long Lost by Jacqueline West

 

Currently Reading


Dead Silence by S.A. Barnes White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson

Dead Silence by S.A. Barnes and White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson - I'm really enjoying these. They are both CREEPY! 👻

Sorry for such a short update. I promise there will be more. I just wanted to mention where I've been and why I may be commenting on some really old posts today... I hope you all are doing well!



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Monday, March 28, 2022

Book Review | Girl in the Walls by Katy Michelle Quinn

Girl in the Walls is a YA novella by

Girl in the Walls by Katy Michelle Quinn

A dark & sweet coming of age fairy tale about becoming who you are.

Leaving the city was not Vernon's choice. Neither was moving into an old house in a bumpkin-run town in the Cascadian forest, where the shadows move and the stairs make a sound like dying crows. It's a relief when Vernon discovers a space inside the walls of his bedroom, a space inhabited by a mysterious girl named Violet. Violet's nothing like Vernon. She's pretty and cool, and she has a closetful of cute clothes. But as Vernon and Violet become friends, Vernon starts to realize that she's much more like him than he thought, leading him down a fairy-tale path of self-discovery. Out of the closet and into the world.

Girl in the Walls is a wonderful book.

This is the first thing I have read by
⭐⭐⭐⭐★
4/5 stars

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Monday, March 7, 2022

Book Review | When the Reckoning Comes by LaTanya McQueen

When the Reckoning Comes is a debut horror novel by LaTanya McQueen.

When the Reckoning Comes by LaTanya McQueen

A haunting novel about a black woman who returns to her hometown for a plantation wedding and the horror that ensues as she reconnects with the blood-soaked history of the land and the best friends she left behind.

More than a decade ago, Mira fled her small, segregated hometown in the south to forget. With every mile she traveled, she distanced herself from her past: from her best friend Celine, mocked by their town as the only white girl with black friends; from her old neighborhood; from the eerie Woodsman plantation rumored to be haunted by the spirits of slaves; from the terrifying memory of a ghost she saw that terrible day when a dare-gone-wrong almost got Jesse—the boy she secretly loved—arrested for murder.

But now Mira is back in Kipsen to attend Celine’s wedding at the plantation, which has been transformed into a lush vacation resort. Mira hopes to reconnect with her friends, and especially, Jesse, to finally tell him the truth about her feelings and the events of that devastating long-ago day.

But for all its fancy renovations, the Woodsman remains a monument to its oppressive racist history. The bar serves antebellum drinks, entertainments include horrifying reenactments, and the service staff is nearly all black. Yet the darkest elements of the plantation’s past have been carefully erased—rumors that slaves were tortured mercilessly and that ghosts roam the lands, seeking vengeance on the descendants of those who tormented them, which includes most of the wedding guests. 

As the weekend unfolds, Mira, Jesse, and Celine are forced to acknowledge their history together, and to save themselves from what is to come.

I love reading debut horror, and I'm excited to read more from LaTanya McQueen.

When the Reckoning Comes is atmospheric and chilling. I mention this often, but when it comes to horror, ghost stories are my favorite. The ghosts are used brilliantly in When the Reckoning Comes, but they are also what makes the story confusing. It's hard to distinguish what's actually happening in the physical world, but the hauntings are so effective in telling the story McQueen wants to tell.

I read When the Reckoning Comes with the Ladies of Horror Fiction discord group. It was the group read pick for February, and it was the perfect choice. I listened to it on audio which I recommend because the narration is fantastic.

⭐⭐⭐⭐★
4/5 stars


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Monday, January 31, 2022

Book Review | Ghost Girl by Ally Malinenko

Source: preordered purchase. This is a review of my reading experience.

Ghost Girl is a middle grade horror novel by Ally Malinenko.

Ghost Girl by Ally Malinenko

Perfect for fans of Small Spaces and Nightbooks, Ally Malinenko’s middle-grade debut is an empowering and triumphant ghost story—with spooky twists sure to give readers a few good goosebumps!

Zee Puckett loves ghost stories. She just never expected to be living one.

It all starts with a dark and stormy night. When the skies clear, everything is different. People are missing. There’s a creepy new principal who seems to know everyone’s darkest dreams. And Zee is seeing frightening things: large, scary dogs that talk and maybe even . . . a ghost.

When she tells her classmates, only her best friend, Elijah, believes her. Worse, mean girl Nellie gives Zee a cruel nickname: Ghost Girl.

But whatever the storm washed up isn’t going away. Everyone’s most selfish wishes start coming true in creepy ways.

To fight for what’s right, Zee will have to embrace what makes her different and what makes her Ghost Girl. And all three of them—Zee, Elijah, and Nellie—will have to work together if they want to give their ghost story a happy ending.

I loved Ghost Girl!

Growing up I picked up every book I could find that possibly had a ghost in it. All of the amazing middle grade and young adult books that exist today weren't available back then. My inner Jen still gets excited every time I get to pick up a middle grade horror - especially the ones that center around ghosts.

While Ghost Girl is certainly a ghostly book, it is much, much more than that. And most important (to me) - it's scary! I love when a horror book turns out to be scary, and Ghost Girl joins the ranks of Hide and Seeker, The Girl and the Ghost, Root Magic, and Where the Woods End for having some amazing horror content!

Like Hide and Seeker, it will also hit you right in the feels. I love the characters of Zee, Elijah, and Nellie. Their character growth and their friendships are wonderful! I grew to love them so much.

If you read middle grade or have someone in your life who reads middle grade, I highly recommend Ghost Girl. I can't wait to read more from Ally Malinenko!

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
5/5 stars

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Sunday, January 23, 2022

Recent Updates and Currently Reading | January 23

I hope you all had an excellent weekend! I'm getting this post out pretty late in the weekend, but I'm trying to stay on top of my updates this year.

Are any of you watching The Book of Boba Fett? It's so good. I'm so excited for what's to come. If you are watching, you know what I'm talking about.


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A History of Wild Places by Shea Ernshaw Age of Ash by Daniel Abraham The Ghost of Midnight Lake by Lucy Strange


Book Review | A History of Wild Places by Shea Ernshaw
⭐⭐💫★★

2021 Releases I Was Excited to Read But Didn’t Get To

On My Wishlist | Age of Ash by Daniel Abraham

Book Review | The Ghost of Midnight Lake by Lucy Strange ⭐⭐⭐⭐★


Finished Reading


Mine by Delilah S. Dawson Unsouled by Will Wight Exposed Nerves by Lucy A. Snyder

Mine by Delilah S. Dawson ⭐⭐★★★ - This was not a favorite. I will have a review out either this week or next.

Unsouled by Will Wight ⭐⭐⭐★★ - I'm so happy to finally be reading this series.

Exposed Nerves by Lucy A. Snyder ⭐⭐⭐★★ - This is a collection of horror poetry. I probably won't post a review since it's hard enough to review poetry - a "good" 3⭐ poetry review is even tougher.


Currently Reading


Soulsmith by Will Wight Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule

Soulsmith by Will Wight - I'm continuing on with Will Wight's Cradle series. This is book two.

Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule - I started reading this last summer, and I guess I lost interest. I've started over. It's not really pulling me in, but I want to catch up with the rest of the High Republic books.


Added to the TBR


Strange Nests by Jessica McHugh

Strange Nests by Jessica McHugh - I loved her collection A Complex Accident of Life last year.



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