Mini-Review Day!

 

 

Expiry Date

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GoodReads:
Bea’s favourite customer, Julie, hasn’t been seen for weeks. Her abusive husband claims she left him but when a corpse is found, it seems to confirm Bea’s worst fears. As Bea investigates, the truth she and Ant uncovers will threaten everything Bea believed about her own family.

My Review

This was a surprisingly cute read. Book 3 in the Bea and Ant series, but, it can be read as a standalone. Ward has a really fresh and modern voice and a way of describing things that made it feel as if this were the newest show from BBC rather than a book.

The mystery wasn’t the sole focus, it was more about the people of the town, especially those connected to Bea and Ant. I wouldn’t say this was amazing but it was exactly what I needed, quite lighthearted for the most part, a dash of mystery and a premise for a mystery series I haven’t seen yet! Supermarket Sleuths, love it!

Thank you to Sandstone Press and NetGalley for the eARC in exchange for my honest opinion.

 

A Cosmology of Monsters

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GoodReads:
Stephen King’s It meets Stranger Things in a tender and terrifying coming-of-age tale of haunted houses and the monster at the door.
Noah Turner’s family are haunted by monsters that are all too real, strange creatures that visit them all: His bookish mother Margaret; Lovecraft-obsessed father Harry; eldest sister Sydney, born for the spotlight; the brilliant but awkward Eunice, a gifted writer and storyteller – the Turners each face their demons alone.
When his terminally-ill father becomes obsessed with the construction of an elaborate haunted house – the Wandering Dark – the family grant his last wish, creating themselves a legacy, and a new family business in their grief. But families don’t talk about the important things, and they try to shield baby Noah from horrors, both staged and real.
As the family falls apart, fighting demons of poverty, loss and sickness, the real monsters grow ever closer. Unbeknownst to them, Noah is being visited by a wolfish beast with glowing orange eyes. Noah is not the first of the Turners to meet the monster, but he is the first to let it into his room…

My Review

I thought this had a great start, creepy and reminding me of more of the classics such as Jackson or Matheson. Unfortunately, once we got to part III/the middle it really slumped and the writing focused on more of the MC(s) which weren’t really the creepy part of it all. With the shift in focus, it left me feeling disappointed and the creepiness drained away until I got to about part VI.

The ending saved it for me, bringing back the creepiness and having the sort of open ending I can only expect and love from horror books.

There was overall way too much referring to H.P. Lovecraft and the romance aspect of it didn’t suit me, but, overall still an enjoyable and mostly creepy read! Thank you to NetGalley and TitanBooks for the eARC in exchange for my honest opinion.

Rep: f/f coupling
Content/Trigger Warnings: Gore, death, violence, torture, scary scenes, suicidal thoughts, depression.

 

 

920London

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GoodReads:
North of London, 2005. A doomed romance between an emo kid and a scene kid. More than friends, less than lovers, they’re trying to grow shrooms before the world ends. Send help.

My Review

Lovely artwork, it totally met the early/mid 00’s vibe with like 200% accuracy lol but the story was a bit lacking, I wanted to know more because the characters did intrigue me, still, the artwork was definitely worth the peek alone.

I received a copy via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest opinion.

 

 

Rosslyn

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GoodReads:
The flamboyant Gothic church became a third Temple of Solomon for the Knights Templar, under the patronage of the St Clairs of Rosslyn. In the eighteenth century the Templars supported the Jacobite cause, and after the final defeat at Culloden, moved their radical Scots Lodges to America and France, where they played a powerful part in the revolutions in both countries. This book offers an enthralling trail through the rich tapestry of events witnessed by Rosslyn over the centuries. Andrew Sinclair, himself descended from Prince Henry St Clair, who could have taken the Templar treasure from the original vaults beneath Rosslyn Chapel to the medieval Newport Tower, Rhode Island, explores – and sometimes explodes – the many myths and misinterpretations that have grown up around Rosslyn, as the fortunes of the Sinclair family declined and the Church and Castle fell into ruin.

My Review

This was more of an information dump of names and dates and I was hoping for more of a cohesive narration and expected it to be more about the chapel itself than the family. Also, there were so many William Sinclairs that I got very confused haha. Still, it had some neat facts. I’ve been on a kick to read nonfiction about the country/area I live in out of curiosity so this was the second book I’ve read in that regards, I’ve only got one or two left on the list actually lol, anyway, a flood of numbers and names in this, with some tidbits thrown in between.

 

 

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