September Rewind

 

 

It’s that time of the month again where I watch Netflix as I struggle to list out the books I read. BUT this also means that tomorrow is October!!! Remember to click on the pics to be taken to either my review or the GoodReads page.

 

So this is new but, Currently Unrated:

[I have no idea what to do with this one, so, it’s remaining unrated for now.]

 

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[Rounded to Three cups for the blog tour, it’s more of a case of me just not being capable of enjoying ‘sappy’ romances]

 

[I’ve rounded this up to 3 on GoodReads, it’s got a really interesting plot but I felt like things needed to be fleshed out more, and sometimes the style seemed a bit immature, but, I think it shows a lot of promise as well and I liked the ending! I’ll be writing up a full review later. The author was nice enough to send me a copy, so thank you for that!]

 

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Total Count: 27

 

Still Currently Reading:

[I would have finished it if it were not for all the damn tours I signed up for, but I adore this book so far]

 

 

Favorite Posts from around the book blogger-verse

 

Kal @ Reader Voracious: 6 Books to Haunt You this Spooky Season

Clo @ Cuppa Clo: How We Manage School And Blogging (ft Jayati @ Its A Coffee Addicted Bibliophile)

Clo @ Cuppa Clo: Reality of Being a Book Blogger

Kelly @ Another Book in the Wall: A BOOKWORM’S GUIDE TO REMOVING STUBBORN STICKERS

Isabelle @ BookwyrmBites: My Long-Term Relationship with Fanfiction

Lauren @ Northern Plunder: The Importance of an Author’s Online Presence | Guest Post by Bronwyn Eley

Sam @ Fictionally Sam: Ultimate Guide To Stories That Have Bisexual Representation

Sam @ Fictionally Sam: BE Autumn Announcement

 

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Bookending Autumn Approaches!!

Cover Reveal: Windborn by Mary Fan

Favorite Thriller/Mystery Books: The First Half Of 2019

Tag Time: Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Thriller Thursday

Spooky Reads and Recs

 

This month was pretty much a blur of Blog Tours, and as much as I absolutely adore books, I will from now on limit myself to no more than 10 blog tours a month starting in November. [There is 11 for October as I forgot about one I’d already signed up for yonks ago lol]

I didn’t get to go to the Jay Kristoff event in the end but I was so happy that I was able to give my ticket to someone who really wanted it. BUT I am going to see Leigh Bardugo four days before my birthday, YAY. AND the husband is coming with me!

Expect my first Illumicrate Unboxing probably tomorrow, so, be warned, spoilers will be there. Also, we may FINALLY be moving in October, it looks promising! This means I may be a bit absent in the community but I promise that I will be around as much as I can. Especially with BE Autumn! I can’t wait to do my hosted posts and I can’t wait to read everyone else’s posts.

 

 

 

 

 

Spooky Reads and Recs

 

So I took a couple of days off reading, sometimes, I need it, and let’s face it, that means a couple less books to add to my September Rewind tomorrow lol.

Today I wanted to do something fun that had nothing to do with writing a review lol so…

SOON IT WILL BE OCTOBER THE MONTH OF HALLOWEEN [And my birthday]

I’m going to give you all my recs to read for Halloween and which ones I plan to read in honour of this month!

First, my recommendations:

GoodReads:
“A fast-moving, eerie…tale set on Halloween night. Eight costumed boys running to meet their friend Pipkin at the haunted house outside town encounter instead the huge and cadaverous Mr. Moundshroud. As Pipkin scrambles to join them, he is swept away by a dark Something, and Moundshroud leads the boys on the tail of a kite through time and space to search the past for their friend and the meaning of Halloween. After witnessing a funeral procession in ancient Egypt, cavemen discovering fire, Druid rites, the persecution of witches in the Dark Ages, and the gargoyles of Notre Dame, they catch up with the elusive Pipkin in the catacombs of Mexico, where each boy gives one year from the end of his life to save Pipkin’s. Enhanced by appropriately haunting black-and-white drawings.”–Booklist

So this is my all-time favorite Halloween movie as a kid and my husband knew I’d been eying the book so this was the first birthday present he sent me when we were dating. It’s a bit of an educational read, and though targeted more towards YA/Older Middle Grade, it’s such a brilliant read. You learn about different cultures and Bradbury also manages to give you a really great plot along with it so it’s not just info-dumping.

 

GoodReads:
“Welcome to my house. Come freely. Go safely; and leave something of the happiness you bring.”

I couldn’t not add it, I love Dracula and always will, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, and that’s okay, but if you haven’t read it yet and like classics, maybe keep this in your thoughts.

 

GoodReads:
Every tree in the sacred Forest of Laida houses a soul. Though each of those souls will return to the mortal world for many future lives, not all of them deserve to.

Seycia’s father told her this story as a child — a story of the most holy place in the Underworld, The Forest of Laida, where all souls go to rest before embarking on a new life. But Seycia’s father is dead now, and his killer has put a target on her back.

After being chosen for her village’s human sacrifice ritual, Seycia is transported to the Underworld and must join forces with Haben, the demon to whom she was sacrificed, to protect the family she left behind from beyond the grave. In this story of love, survival, and what it means to be human, Seycia and Haben discover that the Underworld is riddled with secrets that can only be unlocked through complete trust and devotion, not only to their mission, but also to one another.

I adore this book so much and I plan on. featuring it on one of my Thriller Thursday slots this month, I’ve been holding this review back since its release month because I wanted it to a have a spooky spot that it so richly deserves. Kerin knocks it out of the park with this, and also leaves you emotionally devastated, so, good times.

 

GoodReads:
A teenage murder witness is drowned in a tub of apples… At a Hallowe’en party, Joyce—a hostile thirteen-year-old—boasts that she once witnessed a murder. When no-one believes her, she storms off home. But within hours her body is found, still in the house, drowned in an apple-bobbing tub. That night, Hercule Poirot is called in to find the ‘evil presence’. But first he must establish whether he is looking for a murderer or a double-murderer…

Okay, I mean, Agatha Christie is just a fall mood for me, but this one, in particular, is a really fun read for the spooky holiday coming upon us! It’s also a pretty quick read, it’s not as good as some of the others, I’ll freely admit this but it certainly puts one in the Halloween mood.

 

GoodReads:

A serial killer leaves one dancing shoe on a foot of the victims who answer his personal ads. When Erin dies, her best friend places ads to entice the villain already targeting her next. New York police detective Vince D’Ambrosio takes a personal interest. New boyfriend Dr Michael Nash is supportive. A stalker may surprise everyone.

Alright, so apparently this book may be really disliked, but hear me out, this was the very first thriller I ever read, so it’s a really sentimental read for me. This scared the pants off me as a sixth-grader, like I would rush around to the turn on the light on my way to the bathroom in case there was a murderer as if perhaps the light would scare him and make him go away. Oh to be young again. Anyway, I think it’s one of those reads that’s perfect to have in your bag to read during waiting times for an appointment or on the train. Definitely spooky.

 

GoodReads:
In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed.

Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor, a manor by the sea, with her sisters, their father, and stepmother. Once they were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls’ lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last—the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge—and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods.

Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that the deaths were no accidents. Her sisters have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn’t sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who—or what—are they really dancing with?

When Annaleigh’s involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it’s a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family—before it claims her next. 

If you all don’t know, this is one of my favorite reads for this year so far. I ADORE THIS BOOK and if you want to know why you should read it and why it’s the PERFECT spooky read for this month, I direct you to my review of this amazing spooky book, here.

 

 

GoodReads:
A big, friendly dog chases a rabbit into a hidden underground cave – and stirs a sleeping evil crueler than death itself. A terrified four year-old boy sees his bedroom closet door swing open untouched by human hands, and screams at the unholy red eyes gleaming in the darkness. The little Maine town of Castle Rock is about to be invaded by the most hideous menace ever to savage the flesh and devour the mind.

This is my only Stephen King novel so far that I’ve read, and I feel it’s only appropriate to add a Stephen King novel to a spooky reads list. Not to mention, this is a pretty intense read though it is also shorter than most his books, so if you don’t have time for the 1000+ pages for ‘It‘ then this might be a good option to look at. Unless you’d rather not be scared senseless by a dog lol.

 

GoodReads:
When The Alienist was first published in 1994, it was a major phenomenon, spending six months on the New York Times bestseller list, receiving critical acclaim, and selling millions of copies. This modern classic continues to be a touchstone of historical suspense fiction for readers everywhere.

The year is 1896. The city is New York. Newspaper reporter John Schuyler Moore is summoned by his friend Dr. Laszlo Kreizler—a psychologist, or “alienist”—to view the horribly mutilated body of an adolescent boy abandoned on the unfinished Williamsburg Bridge. From there the two embark on a revolutionary effort in criminology: creating a psychological profile of the perpetrator based on the details of his crimes. Their dangerous quest takes them into the tortured past and twisted mind of a murderer who will kill again before their hunt is over.

Fast-paced and riveting, infused with historical detail, The Alienist conjures up Gilded Age New York, with its tenements and mansions, corrupt cops and flamboyant gangsters, shining opera houses and seamy gin mills. It is an age in which questioning society’s belief that all killers are born, not made, could have unexpected and fatal consequences.

Okay, I really loved how creepy and scary this was, but remember it is pretty gory. Here’s my review of it. I thought it was a really creepy read, but, I also know it’s pretty huge, so, be forewarned. There’s always the series to watch instead if you decide you’re interested enough!

 

GoodReads:
Magic has a price—if you’re willing to pay.

Born into a family of powerful witchdoctors, Arrah yearns for magic of her own. But each year she fails to call forth her ancestral powers, while her ambitious mother watches with growing disapproval.

There’s only one thing Arrah hasn’t tried, a deadly last resort: trading years of her own life for scraps of magic. Until the Kingdom’s children begin to disappear, and Arrah is desperate to find the culprit.

She uncovers something worse. The long-imprisoned Demon King is stirring. And if he rises, his hunger for souls will bring the world to its knees… unless Arrah pays the price for the magic to stop him.

Another book that’s a fave for this year and one I’ve been seriously raving about. GO FORTH AND READ THIS AMAZING BOOK. It’s another darker YA fantasy, and Barron is like out to break hearts and take names. You’re left wanting to reread this the moment you put it down, especially since we’re going to have to wait on book two. My review for this is here.

 

GoodReads:
New Orleans, 1919. As a dark serial killer – The Axeman – stalks the city, three individuals set out to unmask him…

Though every citizen of the ‘Big Easy’ thinks they know who could be behind the terrifying murders, Detective Lieutenant Michael Talbot, heading up the official investigation, is struggling to find leads. But Michael has a grave secret – and if he doesn’t find himself on the right track fast – it could be exposed…

Former detective Luca d’Andrea has spent the last six years in Angola state penitentiary, after Michael, his protégée, blew the whistle on his corrupt behaviour. Now a newly freed man, Luca finds himself working with the mafia, whose need to solve the mystery of the Axeman is every bit as urgent as the authorities’.

Meanwhile, Ida is a secretary at the Pinkerton Detective Agency.Obsessed with Sherlock Holmes and dreaming of a better life, Ida stumbles across a clue which lures her and her trumpet-playing friend, Lewis ‘Louis’ Armstrong, to the case and into terrible danger…

As Michael, Luca and Ida each draw closer to discovering the killer’s identity, the Axeman himself will issue a challenge to the people of New Orleans: play jazz or risk becoming the next victim. And as the case builds to its crescendo, the sky will darken and a great storm will loom over the city…

I mean, do I really need to say more when we look at that spooky cover? And I know I didn’t really include reads with ghosts, but that’s because they’re mostly short story collections that I’ve read where ghosts are concerned and I cannot remember their titles lol. So, here we go, more murder and mayhem.

 

GoodReads:

Here are the confessions of a vampire. Hypnotic, shocking, and chillingly erotic, this is a novel of mesmerizing beauty and astonishing force — a story of danger and flight, of love and loss, of suspense and resolution, and of the extraordinary power of the senses. It is a novel only Anne Rice could write.

Another vampire read to get you in the mood, and I mean, a little Anne Rice never hurt anyone, and if you’re looking for something that’s not Dracula related but also maybe outside the YA genre, this is my recommendation.

 

GoodReads:
Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was only eighteen. At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature’s hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.

Frankenstein, an instant bestseller and an important ancestor of both the horror and science fiction genres, not only tells a terrifying story, but also raises profound, disturbing questions about the very nature of life and the place of humankind within the cosmos: What does it mean to be human? What responsibilities do we have to each other? How far can we go in tampering with Nature? In our age, filled with news of organ donation genetic engineering, and bio-terrorism, these questions are more relevant than ever.

I had to add one more classic read for this. And Frankenstein is another one I hold dear. I only read it just last year, but it really made an impression on me and I can understand why Shelley is Queen and known as the creator of Sci-fi to many.

Alright, we’re done with my recs, but what am I reading this season to get into the spooky mood?

 

GoodReads:
Welcome to Derry, Maine …

It’s a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real …

They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them back to Derry to face the nightmare without an end, and the evil without a name.

I talked about the read-along I joined for this, here.

 

GoodReads:
The start of a fierce fantasy duology about three maidens who are chosen for their land’s greatest honor…and one girl determined to save her sister from the grave.

In the walled city-state of Alu, Kammani wants nothing more than to become the accomplished healer her father used to be before her family was cast out of their privileged life in shame.

When Alu’s ruler falls deathly ill, Kammani’s beautiful little sister, Nanaea, is chosen as one of three sacred maidens to join him in the afterlife. It’s an honor. A tradition. And Nanaea believes it is her chance to live an even grander life than the one that was stolen from her.

But Kammani sees the selection for what it really is—a death sentence.

Desperate to save her sister, Kammani schemes her way into the palace to heal the ruler. There she discovers more danger lurking in the sand-stone corridors than she could have ever imagined and that her own life—and heart—are at stake. But Kammani will stop at nothing to dig up the palace’s buried secrets even if it means sacrificing everything…including herself.

I’m doing a buddy read of this, and can’t wait!! [Hi Kal and Ruby!] Seriously, I’m so excited for this book.

 

GoodReads:
Gothic, intoxicating, feminist, darkly provoking and deeply romantic – this is the breathtakingly imagined untold story of the brides of Dracula, by bestselling author Kiran Millwood Hargrave in her much-anticipated YA debut.

They say the thirst of blood is like a madness – they must sate it. Even with their own kin.

On the eve of her divining, the day she’ll discover her fate, seventeen-year-old Lil and her twin sister Kizzy are captured and enslaved by the cruel Boyar Valcar, taken far away from their beloved traveller community.

Forced to work in the harsh and unwelcoming castle kitchens, Lil is comforted when she meets Mira, a fellow slave who she feels drawn to in a way she doesn’t understand. But she also learns about the Dragon, a mysterious and terrifying figure of myth and legend who takes girls as gifts.

They may not have had their divining day, but the girls will still discover their fate…

I bought the beautiful Waterstones edition of this with the sprayed edges and all, and I mean, it’s Dracula related but feminist and has f/f love. Why would I pass this up?

 

GoodReads:
Paul Sheldon. He’s a bestselling novelist who has finally met his biggest fan. Her name is Annie Wilkes and she is more than a rabid reader – she is Paul’s nurse, tending his shattered body after an automobile accident. But she is also his captor, keeping him prisoner in her isolated house.

Another Stephen King, let’s see if I get a chance to read this, It is one thick book.

 

GoodReads:
More than a century has passed since Liliath crept into the empty sarcophagus of Saint Marguerite, fleeing the Fall of Ystara. But she emerges from her magical sleep still beautiful, looking no more than nineteen, and once again renews her single-minded quest to be united with her lover, Palleniel, the archangel of Ystara.

A seemingly impossible quest, but Liliath is one of the greatest practitioners of angelic magic to have ever lived, summoning angels and forcing them to do her bidding.

Liliath knew that most of the inhabitants of Ystara died from the Ash Blood plague or were transformed into beastlings, and she herself led the survivors who fled into neighboring Sarance. Now she learns that angels shun the Ystaran’s descendants. If they are touched by angelic magic, their blood will turn to ash. They are known as Refusers, and can only live the most lowly lives.

But Liliath cares nothing for the descendants of her people, save how they can serve her. It is four young Sarancians who hold her interest: Simeon, a studious doctor-in-training; Henri, a dedicated fortune hunter; Agnez, an adventurous musketeer cadet; and Dorotea, an icon-maker and scholar of angelic magic. They are the key to her quest.

The four feel a strange kinship from the moment they meet, but do not know why, or suspect their importance. All become pawns in Liliath’s grand scheme to fulfill her destiny and be united with the love of her life. No matter the cost to everyone else.

I was so lucky to get a chance to participate in the blog tour for this that’s coming up in October, it just seems like a perfect read for fall in general!

 

GoodReads:
The Owens sisters confront the challenges of life and love in this bewitching novel from New York Times bestselling author Alice Hoffman.

For more than two hundred years, the Owens women have been blamed for everything that has gone wrong in their Massachusetts town. Gillian and Sally have endured that fate as well: as children, the sisters were forever outsiders, taunted, talked about, pointed at. Their elderly aunts almost seemed to encourage the whispers of witchery, with their musty house and their exotic concoctions and their crowd of black cats. But all Gillian and Sally wanted was to escape.

One will do so by marrying, the other by running away. But the bonds they share will bring them back—almost as if by magic.

I found this at a charity shop this year, and it’s time I finally see what this is like compared to the movie that I’ve come to love as a Halloween staple to my watchlist.

 

GoodReads:
The mesmerizing adult debut from #1 New York Times bestselling author Leigh Bardugo

Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?

Still searching for answers to this herself, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. These eight windowless “tombs” are well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street and Hollywood’s biggest players. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive.

I have some horrible truths to lay down. I’ve yet to read anything by Bardugo, but I plan to heavily rectify this, starting with this one. I’ll be going to her Edinburgh Event with the hubs as well, so I’ll get a cool edition signed by her. I’m pretty excited about this one too.

 

Alright guys, that’s it from me!  NOW

Your turn. What are you planning on reading in October? Do you have any recs? What about videogames or movies/shows? LET ME HEAR OF ALL THE SPOOKIES.

The Immortal Prudence Blackwood – Blog Tour

 

 

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GoodReads:
Throughout history, the world has witnessed cruel, gruesome, and twisted murders at the hands of the most notorious serial killers. For those who were never caught—Jack the Ripper, the Atlanta Ripper, and the Cleveland Torso Murderer—their crimes will live on in infamy as their identities are forever chased, but never revealed.

It’s 1947 in Washington, D.C. and a dangerous murderer has boldly discarded two headless bodies nearby the White House and the Jefferson Memorial. With no leads, Detective Clive O’Reilly is feeling desperate. When a stranger convinces O’Reilly to join him at a local pub, he is treated to a wild tale about Prudence Blackwood, an immortal who seeks vengeance for those murdered by history’s most notorious serial killers.

Initially in disbelief over her existence, O’Reilly is surprised to discover that she’s very real and she’ll be assisting in the investigation.

But Prudence has unorthodox methods. With the body count rising, O’Riley will have to find a way to work with her to stop the most brutal killer in D.C.’s history before more victims are added to the list.

 

My Review

I loved Prudence, she was such an enjoyable character! This had a great combination of fantasy and mystery/thriller, Immortals and a murder story, nothing could have made me happier lol. Also, there was more than one time period, so you got to glimpse into a few, though the story was set mostly in D.C., 1947.

You all know how much I love mysteries and historical fiction…and fantasy. Can you understand my excitement over reading this?

It was a fun and quick read and those things are so important to me when I don’t always have the time to read heavier novels.

As for the characters…

I already said I loved Prudence, and hands down she was my favorite.

I liked Clive well enough, especially as a detective and father, the scenes with his son were precious. I was also glad to see a healthy relationship between him and his ex-wife, it’s something we just don’t see enough in the fictional world. Prudence’s purpose in life is noble, she helps to solve the problems of serial killers the law can’t get their hands on. She does feel like something is shifting inside of her with each ‘case’ solved though and her ending was thoroughly satisfying.

I really enjoyed the fantasy elements. My only issues were the writing of dialogue seemed stilted or too staged at times. This was a plot-driven story, character development was there but not too evident until the very end and not the focus, which I enjoyed but some may not.

**Thank you to NetGalley and the BHC for a copy of this read in exchange for my honest review!**

 

About the Author

Stephanie Grey is a graduate of East Tennessee State University with a degree in journalism. Writing has always been present in Stephanie’s life. From a young age, she has been writing short stories for her family to enjoy. When she entered high school, she decided that she would one day write a full-length novel. She finally achieved her goal and is the proud author of three novels, including The Immortal Prudence Blackwood. She continues to write and hopes to be able to share her stories with the world for many years to come.

 

A Savage Generation – Blog Tour

 

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Blurb:
Sickness is ravaging America, driving the infected to savagery. Ben Silensky risks everything to get those he loves to a safe haven that unbeknownst to him has become a survivalist colony called Funland which may prove to be salvation or the start of something even worse. 

Book Information:
Fiction: Contemporary horror
Product format: Paperback
Price: £9.95
ISBN: 978-1-78758-242-2
Pages: 288 pp
Imprint: FLAME TREE PRESS
Distribution: Marston Book Services 

 

My Review

I can’t help but be fascinated by zombies. I mean most of my friends have talked about the zombie apocalypse, and I mean, if you know me, let’s face it, I’m probably the first one to die, however, it’s just something that grabs my attention.

I’m a fraidy cat and can’t watch Zombie things without needing the lights on for over a month but I do enjoy horror fiction so I decided to go for this.

So I got to read late into the night and then keep the light on because Tallerman successfully scared the crap out of me.

This is a pretty damn enjoyable plot, and I like that it made me think of ‘The Walking Dead’ season 3/4 [can’t remember which one is the one set in the prison].

By far my favorite character was Johnson, followed by Kyle and Austin the two kids stuck in this nightmare they call reality.

I would have enjoyed this SO much more if it hadn’t been in the present tense and I have to say because it was I found it a struggle to get through, just solely on that. Because the plot is interesting, the characters are stereotypical but I’m not looking for unique ones in a zombie story, they’re appropriately awesome and simultaneously scared sh**less when the time calls for it. And I love that, to me that’s what I want to read, maybe some can be exceptionally brave but not everyone, and I like that these characters felt real.

It’s nothing new, but I think when I pick a book up like this, I want some good ol’ fashion zombie horror. I want the end of the world, I want jump scares and gory bits and once more Tallerman delivers.

I mean, let’s face it, this book screams spooky read, and spooky reading time is nigh! I’ll be putting this on my spooky reads recs. for those who love a good zombie story!

I’m going to go sleep with the lights on for about a week now, thanks to this book.

Again, there is absolutely nothing wrong with this, I just am not a present tense reader, so, I’m refraining from giving a straight up rating, it’s not the book, it’s me that’s the issue in this sense. For fans of ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘World War Z’

I want to thank Flame Tree Press and Anne Cater for giving me the opportunity to read and review this honestly, I truly appreciate it.

 

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David Tallerman is the author of crime drama The Bad The Bad Neighbour Neighbour with Flame Tree Press. His other publications consist of the YA fantasy series The Black River The Black River Chronicles Chronicles, which began in late 2016 with Level One Level One and continued in 2017 with The Ursvaal Exchange The Ursvaal Exchange, the Tales Tales of Easie Damasco of Easie Damasco series – consisting of Giant Thief, Crown Thief and Prince Thief – and the novella Patchwerk Patchwerk. His comics work includes the absurdist steampunk graphic novel Endangered Weapon B Endangered Weapon B: Mechanimal Science Mechanimal Science (with artist Bob Molesworth). 
David’s short fiction has appeared in around eighty markets, including Clarkesworld, Nightmare, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. A number of his best dark fantasy and horror stories were gathered together in his debut collection The Sign in the Moonlight and The Sign in the Moonlight and Other Stories Other Stories. 
His previous career as an IT Technician took him all across the country, but he currently resides in West Yorkshire, on the opposite side of the county of his birth. In his spare time he likes to hike around the local countryside, a hobby that has also taken him to wild spots throughout England and beyond. 

Author Links

Blog | Website | Twitter

 

About the Publisher

FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launched recently in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.

 

The Rest of the Tour

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Thriller Thursday

 

Another Thriller Thursday kinda day, not to mention I have spammed you all to hell with Blog Tour Reviews this month.

I’m so sorry. I have no self-control.

However! I’ve now set a limit to how many tours I’ll accept, and I want to realy focus on my backlist and books I’ve been anticipating for months but still haven’t read.

Anyway, onto the main event of this!

Bookstagrammer Hiso_6 is doing a read-along for October and I’m excited to say that I’m joining in and reading…

GoodReads:
Welcome to Derry, Maine …

It’s a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real …

They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them back to Derry to face the nightmare without an end, and the evil without a name.

This will be the whole month of October and considering I’m a big scaredy-cat, expect to hear me screeching from Scotland.

I’m still, unfortunately, waiting on my library copy but if I need to, I’ll hunt down a used paperback.

I also plan on reading Misery this month if I get the chance as I already own this one.

Also, I’m the co-host in a read-along for Fawkes in October via Instagram, so if you want to join in, message me on Instagram, but it’s not a thriller, I’m just really excited lol.

Sunday I’ll be posting my spooky read recs, and other spooky reads I’ll be trying to read for October but I thought I’d share the read-along here.

Anyone else doing read-alongs for October? What about participating in BE Autumn?? I can’t wait for October!

A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World Review

 

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Synopsis:
My name’s Griz. I’ve never been to school, I’ve never had friends, in my whole life I’ev not met enough people to play a game of football. My parents told me how crowded the world used to be, before all the people went away, but we weree never lonely on our remote island. We had each other, and our dogs.
Then the thief came.
He told stories of the deserted towns and cities beyond our horizons. I liked him – until I woke to find he had stolen my dog. So I chased him out into the ruins of the world.
I just want to get my dog back, but I found more than I ever imagined was possible. More about how the world ended. More about what my family’s real story is. More about what really matters. 
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My Review

This book was phenomenal, Griz is so innocent and naive and reading the character development felt like an honour. This is an epic journey and the future is so atmospheric that you imagine you are there with Griz and the findings and explorations are enthralling to read.

Right out the gate, you can tell this book is going to try and break your heart in record time. And of course, it does. But as always when I love a book that breaks my heart, it does it in the best of ways.

Fletcher has a truly transportive style of writing, there was something that made it haunting in the space between the written words. The vast expanse that is described just seems like something that you can conjure up when you think of say an abandoned theme park, but then to think of it on a global scale, that’s where the haunting part comes in and Fletcher doesn’t hold back any punches with it.

Griz is easy to connect with, especially given the narrative, with using the book as a diary it’s like Griz is speaking to you personally the whole time and you are seeing everything through his interpretation.

The plot twist was also so incredible if not one of the best plot twists that I have ever read. Why? BECAUSE I DEFINITELY DID NOT SEE THAT COMING!

Talk about just throwing the reader through a loop!

And the ending was perfection, truly, I just held this book after I finished and let it all wash over me. The haunting world of a future where infertility is our main downfall, the isolation that still includes adventure, and the heart of it all, Griz and of course Griz’s love for a dog [or two].

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in this emotional and captivating tale! Thank you to Orbit Books UK For the copy, I’ll have a full review posted on my blog at a later date.

Bloodlust & Bonnets Blog Tour

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The Year is 1820, and bored young debutante Lucy knows there must be more to life than embroidery and engagements – no matter how eligible the bachelore might be. Some bechelors, she has discovered, are less ‘eligible’ than they are ‘bloodthirsty,’ however…literally. It turns out that there are a lot of vampires in latje-Regency England, and Lucy has an eye for spotting them and the desire to rid the world of them.
It’s not long before Lady Violet Travesty, leader of a mysterious vampire cult, spots Lucy’s talents and offers her a place amongst her vampire acolytes. Unfortunately, lady Violet is most horribly slain by the famous Lord Byron before Lucy can accept. Lucy instead joins Lord Byron and his enormous, psychic eagle Napoleon in their ongoing fight against evils such as bloodsucking ghouls and bad taste. Before long they’re joind by the mysterious Sham, an androgynous bounty hunter, who catches Lucy’s eye. The trio lie, flirt, fight and manipulate each other as they make their way across Britain, disrupting society balls, slaying vampires, and making every effort not to betray their feelings to each other as their personal and romantic lives become increasingly entangled.
A balm for the soul for readers who love Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series, novels by Eloisa James and Jane Austen, and the action and adventure of Xena, Warrior Princess, Bloodlust & Bonnets is the most modern action-heavy love-story set two hundred years ago that you’ll read this year.

Book Information:
By: Emily McGovern
Published By: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: September 19, 2019
Format: Trade Paperback
Price: £14.99
ISBN: 9781471178955
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My Review

Do you enjoy dramatic walks in the park? Reading the poetry of Lord Byron and scoffing at Walter Scott? Historical fiction with vampire hunting and endless adventure? What about amazingly funny and witty humour?

This may be the graphic novel for you.

Lucy finds herself being approached by the vampire Lady Travesty and before she can consider the woman’s offer, Lord Byron takes care of Lady Travesty with his sword.

They run off together to start a string of adventures in their pursuit of Lady Travesty, to vanquish her…of course.

Along the way they meet and interact with some hilarious characters, BB, Walter Scott, a quadrille society. You heard me.

But the best character they interact with along the way is Sham, the androgynous and mysterious third to their newly made trio as Sham is also seeking out Lady Travesty.

Are there sparks between Sham and Lucy? They do both reach for the same piece of bread after all.

Guys, there is even a psychic eagle named Napoleon who speaks French and honestly, he is the one I can connect with most bahaha. He’s hysterical and seems to be going through a bit of a mid-life/existential crisis. [To be fair, if I had to be Lord Byron’s loyal animal sidekick, I might also be acting that way.]

Also, Lord Byron lives in a magical castle who though capable of speaking, seems to enjoy carrying its own schedule and doing as it pleases, always mysteriously gone when they need its answers most.

I was cackling [as Slytherins tend to do] through this so much. It is a longer graphic novel at around 200 pages but it kept me chuckling cackling the whole time. I loved how ridiculous their plights were and the villains were appropriately hilarious and gifted with bad timing, well, to be fair the bad timing was more on Lord Byron’s part.

Funny, great queer rep, and with vampires and poetic rivals Byron and Scott, I really truly enjoyed this. The colours are brilliant and I really love the art/comic style that is used.

Already a huge fan of McGovern’s ‘My Life As A Background Slytherin’ I knew that I needed to read this, something different but still full of her wonderful sense of humour and the art that has become so easily recognizably McGovern’s.

Four and a half cups of coffee from me, and I can’t wait to read what McGovern comes out with next.

Thank you to Anne Cater and Simon&Schuster for a copy of this in exchange for my honest review. Expect this to continue tomorrow as part of Darkroom Tours as well.

 

About the Author

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Emily was born in the UK but grew up in Brussels, where she attended the European School of Brussels II. After graduating, she began a Foundation Art Diploma course at London College of Fashion. She studiously avoided any fashion, and instead spent her timemaking hand-drawn animations and weird paintings of witches.
She began a BA degree in Russion Studies at the University College Lonon and spent a year in Russia working in a rural commune, where she ran a weekly art “gathering” for the kids. The year abroad allowed her to go to many Russian art galleries, which were a revelation to her – artists such as Vereshchagin and Vasnetsov she found influenced her greatly.
She graduated with First Class Honours and by 2016 was uilding a comic driven social media platform based around the regular posting of her ‘My Life as a Background Slytherin’ comic. Emily’s instagram account @emilyscartoons has over 135K followers. Bloodlust & Bonnets is her first graphic novel.

 

The Rest of the Tour

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