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Review: Dark Stars: New Tales of Darkest Horror edited by John F.D. Taff

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Anthologies are so hard to review but I tried my best. Dark Stars: New Tales of Darkest Horror edited by John F.D. Taff Released: May 2022 Dark Fiction   |   Goodreads   |   Amazon   |  Bookshop Dark Stars, edited by John F.D. Taff, is a tribute to horror’s longstanding short fiction legacy, featuring 12 terrifying original stories from today’s most noteworthy authors. Within these pages you’ll find tales of dead men walking, an insidious secret summer fling, an island harboring unspeakable power, and a dark hallway that beckons. You’ll encounter terrible monsters―both human and supernatural―and be forever changed. The stories in Dark Stars run the gamut from traditional to modern, from dark fantasy to neo-noir, from explorations of beloved horror tropes to the unknown―possibly unknowable―threats. It’s all in here because it’s all out there, now, in horror. Dark Stars features all-new stories from the following award-winning authors and up-and-coming voices: Chesya Burke, Rams

Review: Ensnared by Tiffany Roberts

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This wasn't exactly what I thought it was going to be and I'm actually happy about it. Ensnared by Tiffany Roberts Released: May 2021 Sci-Fi Romance   |   Goodreads   |   Amazon    Ketahn did not want a mate. Fate has a different plan for him. When the queen he despises declares her intention to claim him, he retreats into the jungle. What he finds there changes his world. Small, delicate, and pale skinned, Ivy Foster is nothing like the females Ketahn has known. She’s not of his kind at all. Yet the moment he sees her, he knows the truth in his soul—she is his heartsthread. And now that he has her, he won’t let anything take her away. Not the jungle, not the gods, not the queen. Whether Ivy agrees or not, their webs are entangled. No one will ever sever those threads. ---- Book 1 of 3 in The Spider's Mate Trilogy. My 2 Cents For Free! This was such an adorably sweet slow-burn romance. I was honestly quite surprised because, well, feast your eyes u

Review: My Sweet Audrina by V.C. Andrews

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Here I am with another 2 1/2 star review 😬 I do still like books. Truly I do. My Sweet Audrina by V.C Andrews Released 1983 Dark Fiction   |   Goodreads   |   Amazon   |  Bookshop V.C. Andrews, author of the phenomenally successful Dollanganger series, has created a fascinating new cast of characters in this haunting story of love and deceit, innocence and betrayal, and the suffocating power of parental love. Audrina Adare wanted so to be as good as her sister. She knew her father could not love her as he loved her sister. Her sister was so special, so perfect -- and dead. Now she will come face to face with the dangerous, terrifying secret that everyone knows. Everyone except...  My Sweet Audrina.  My 2 Cents For Free! “Just trust whatever Papa tells you.” 😩 Sometimes you reread a book and think “wow that really held up. I’ve always had impeccable taste” and you pat yourself on the back for being such a smarty-pants even as a kid and then there are the days

Review: The Violence by Delilah S. Dawson

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I'm back with a 2.5 star review. Sorry in advance 😬  The Violence by Delilah S. Dawson Released February 1, 2022 Dark Fiction   |   Goodreads   |   Amazon   |  Bookshop A mysterious plague that causes random bouts of violence is sweeping the nation. Now three generations of women must navigate their chilling new reality in this moving exploration of identity, cycles of abuse, and hope. Chelsea Martin appears to be the perfect housewife: married to her high school sweetheart, the mother of two daughters, keeper of an immaculate home. But Chelsea's husband has turned their home into a prison; he has been abusing her for years, cutting off her independence, autonomy, and support. She has nowhere to turn, not even to her narcissistic mother, Patricia, who is more concerned with maintaining the appearance of an ideal family than she is with her daughter's actual well-being. And Chelsea is worried that her daughters will be trapped just as she is--until a mysterious ill

Horror Fiction Review: Dead Silence by S.A. Barnes

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I read this for the #LOHFReadathon and our monthly #LOHFReadalong . Dead Silence by S.A. Barnes Released February 8, 2022 Dark Fiction   |   Goodreads   |   Amazon   |  Bookshop Titanic meets The Shining in S.A. Barnes’ Dead Silence, a SF horror novel in which a woman and her crew board a decades-lost luxury cruiser and find the wreckage of a nightmare that hasn't yet ended. A GHOST SHIP. A SALVAGE CREW. UNSPEAKABLE HORRORS. Claire Kovalik is days away from being unemployed—made obsolete—when her beacon repair crew picks up a strange distress signal. With nothing to lose and no desire to return to Earth, Claire and her team decide to investigate. What they find at the other end of the signal is a shock: the Aurora, a famous luxury space-liner that vanished on its maiden tour of the solar system more than twenty years ago. A salvage claim like this could set Claire and her crew up for life. But a quick trip through the Aurora reveals something isn’t right. Whispers in the

Friday's TBR

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Happy Friday! I didn't think it would ever get here. I've been ignoring social media (always for the best), puppy sitting this handsome little devil, and reading some books. I've been not so great about writing reviews though but what else is new. At least I'm reading books so I suppose I have to be happy about that. What's everyone reading this weekend? I finished DEAD SILENCE by S.A. Barnes a week or so ago for the Ladies of Horror Fiction Readathon we have going on to celebrate Women In Horror Month and did actually write a short review so I'll try to get it posted next week. This is the ARC copy that I dropped in the Little Free Library. I hope someone finds it, reads it and gets addicted to spooky fiction! If you'd like to join us for our April Readalong, we'll be reading The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris. You can find all the information  HERE! Get Out meets The Stepford Wives in this electric debut about the tension that unfurls when tw

Book Review: The Lighthouse Witches by C.J. Cooke

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It's a 3 for me. The Lighthouse Witches by C.J. Cooke Released October 2021 Dark Fiction   |   Goodreads   |   Amazon   |  Bookshop Two sisters go missing on a remote Scottish island. Twenty years later, one is found--but she's still the same age as when she disappeared. The secrets of witches have reached across the centuries in this chilling Gothic thriller from the author of the acclaimed The Nesting. When single mother Liv is commissioned to paint a mural in a 100-year-old lighthouse on a remote Scottish island, it's an opportunity to start over with her three daughters--Luna, Sapphire, and Clover. When two of her daughters go missing, she's frantic. She learns that the cave beneath the lighthouse was once a prison for women accused of witchcraft. The locals warn her about wildlings, supernatural beings who mimic human children, created by witches for revenge. Liv is told wildlings are dangerous and must be killed. Twenty-two years later, Luna has been searc

Horror Novella Review: The Secret Skin by Wendy N. Wagner

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I finished this book yesterday, wrote a review and posted it to my blog. Who the heck am I?! The Secret Skin by Wendy N. Wagner Released October 2021 Dark Fiction   |   Goodreads   |   Amazon   |  Bookshop The Secret Skin by Wendy N. Wagner is a sawmill gothic that begins with June Vogel’s return to Storm Break, her family’s estate. Things in the great house aren’t what they used to be. Doors slam in the night. Faucets turn on, untouched. Something is always watching, whatever June does. And when her brother returns with his new bride, deceit and betrayal threaten to destroy everything she loves. My 2 Cents For Free! This review is my personal reading experience. Yours may differ. Don't be blaming me if it does! The Secret Skin is a quick gothic read. It has all the spooky things you’d expect in a gothic and a few surprises too! June returns to the family estate, a looming mansion on the coast, to care for her 9-year-old niece while her brother takes a lo

Friday's TBR

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 Happy Friday Bloglandia!  I hope you're all doing better than my cat here. Patrick is super grumpy because he's lost his window seat while the puppy has been recovering. I think he wants to throw me in the oven, to be honest. I probably deserve it too! What's everyone reading? I just finished this one and will post the review on Monday. It's good stuff if you like gothics. And I'm planning to get to work on this bunch: In a neighborhood known as the Bramble Patch, the Lyons family endures despite poverty, racism, and the ghoulish appetites of an underworld kingpin called the Barghest. As the years pass and the neighborhood falls into decay, along with the town that surrounds it, what's left of the Bramble Patch will learn the saying is true: These bones are gonna rise again. Titanic meets The Shining in S.A. Barnes’ Dead Silence, a SF horror novel in which a woman and her crew board a decades-lost luxury cruiser and find the wreckage of a nightmare that hasn

Status of the Blog

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Wow, hello!  It has been a while. Ugh. I had grand plans to blog regularly and catch up going forward but life went sideways on me in January and all of my plans went out the damn window. We lost a family member which has been rough, we moved my son cross-country and back again and I'm now caring for his puppy during the day while I try to work at home. It's been a whole lot of madness and a whole lot of adjusting. Some of it fun, some of it heart-crushing but all of it exhausting.  I haven't felt much like reviewing and have been super distracted, but I have been reading so I'll try to put together some mini book posts while maybe catching up on review posts that have been sitting in the queue for eternity. I refuse to make any grand pronouncements because every time I do that life kicks me in the butt so I'll only say that I'll do my best to be a better blogger now that things are starting to quiet down.  Anyhow, that's more than anyone cared to know so he