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What I Read In August

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Hi everyone! I realize September is nearly over and it's a little late for an August wrap-up but I wouldn't be me if I wasn't chronically late! This is what August looked like. Not too shabby all considering and also considering the fact that I probably read way too much fanfic but I would like to do better because these books aren't going to read themselves and I hope to some day open up to review subs again. I'll eventually get all of the reviews up over here but for now I linked up the rating to the Goodreads review. If you want to learn more about any of the books just give the stars a click.  DNF  (oh noooo!) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ I hope you're reading some fabulous books!

Review: The Burning Girls by C.J. Tudor

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Why am I not hearing more about this book?!!  The Burning Girls by C.J. Tudor  Released February 2021 Dark Fiction   |   Goodreads   |   Amazon   |  Bookshop An unconventional vicar moves to a remote corner of the English countryside, only to discover a community haunted by death and disappearances both past and present--and intent on keeping its dark secrets--in this explosive, unsettling thriller from acclaimed author C. J. Tudor. Welcome to Chapel Croft. Five hundred years ago, eight protestant martyrs were burned at the stake here. Thirty years ago, two teenage girls disappeared without a trace. And two months ago, the vicar of the local parish killed himself. Reverend Jack Brooks, a single parent with a fourteen-year-old daughter and a heavy conscience, arrives in the village hoping to make a fresh start and find some peace. Instead, Jack finds a town mired in secrecy and a strange welcome package: an old exorcism kit and a note quoting scripture. "But there is noth

Audiobook Review: Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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I'm back with a new release! I know some of you have read it previously but I am always late to the party. Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, narrated by Aida Reluzco  Reissued by Tor Nightfire September 7,2021 Dark Fiction   |   Goodreads   |   Amazon   |  Bookshop From the New York Times bestselling author of Mexican Gothic comes a pulse-pounding neo-noir that reimagines vampire lore. Welcome to Mexico City, an oasis in a sea of vampires. Domingo, a lonely garbage-collecting street kid, is just trying to survive its heavily policed streets when a jaded vampire on the run swoops into his life. Atl, the descendant of Aztec blood drinkers, is smart, beautiful, and dangerous. Domingo is mesmerized. Atl needs to quickly escape the city, far from the rival narco-vampire clan relentlessly pursuing her. Her plan doesn't include Domingo, but little by little, Atl finds herself warming up to the scrappy young man and his undeniable charm. As the trail of corpses str

Here's some spooky recs for a blah Monday!

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Hi everyone! I hope you're all reading some great stuff and that we've all been able to banish the slump once and for all. I haven't done so great with my September pile but I'm trying. If you need some spooky in your life, I'm currently reading these two and they are fantastic! Reviews coming soon. I'm serious this time, lol. Someone to Share My Nightmares by Sonora Taylor A band of bloodthirsty sea creatures terrorize a scientist and a journalist trapped in a Carolina cove. The seduction of a plumber making a house call becomes a nightmarish haunting for both parties. A woman transformed for her lover has second thoughts about just how good “together forever” can be. And the one man a woman wants for Christmas is the holiday demon sent to punish the wicked. "Someone to Share My Nightmares" is a tapestry of horrors interwoven with sensuality. Can our deepest fears be vanquished when they’re shared with someone else? Or is the danger doubled when two p

The September TBR

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Hey, everyone out there! I hope you're reading some amazing books! I'm most definitely going to end this slump I've been experiencing for the last two weeks and read a few of these in September. My head has just been everywhere but the books but I know these will all be amazing. Where should I start?! I hope you all have a relaxing weekend filled with lots of five star reads ♥  

Review: The Cousins by Karen M. McManus

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This one was a wee bit of a disappointment. The Cousins by Karen M. McManus Published December 2020 Dark Fiction   |   Goodreads   |   Amazon   |  Bookshop From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying comes your next obsession. You'll never feel the same about family again. Milly, Aubrey, and Jonah Story are cousins, but they barely know each another, and they've never even met their grandmother. Rich and reclusive, she disinherited their parents before they were born. So when they each receive a letter inviting them to work at her island resort for the summer, they're surprised . . . and curious. Their parents are all clear on one point--not going is not an option. This could be the opportunity to get back into Grandmother's good graces. But when the cousins arrive on the island, it's immediately clear that she has different plans for them. And the longer they stay, the more they realize how mysterious--and dark--their family's

Review: Goddess of Filth by V. Castro

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Have you read V. Castro yet? Goddess of Filth by V. Castro Published March 2021 Dark Fiction   |   Goodreads   |   Amazon   “Five of us sat in a circle doing our best to emulate the girls in The Craft, hoping to unleash some power to take us all away from our home to the place of our dreams. But we weren’t witches. We were five Chicanas living in San Antonio, Texas, one year out of high school.” One hot summer night, best friends Lourdes, Fernanda, Ana, Perla, and Pauline hold a sรฉance. It’s all fun and games at first, but their tipsy laughter turns to terror when the flames burn straight through their prayer candles and Fernanda starts crawling toward her friends and chanting in Nahuatl, the language of their Aztec ancestors. Over the next few weeks, shy, modest Fernanda starts acting strangely—smearing herself in black makeup, shredding her hands on rose thorns, sucking sin out of the mouths of the guilty. The local priest is convinced it's a demon, but Lourdes begins t

Review: Dreams for the Dying by Adam Light

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This is a long-winded review. Oops, sometimes I get carried away. Dreams for the Dying by Adam Light Published June 2021 Dark Fiction   |   Goodreads   |   Amazon   Source: Received for Review Consideration  Bad dreams don't always evaporate in the light of day. Some refuse to fade, forever haunting dark corners of consciousness: The dread of an approaching headlight on a deserted road . . . Swirling black clouds claiming the sky, bringing death and madness . . . The cabin of a trucker's rig, where a waitress lies bound and gagged . . . A cursed soul in a moonlit pumpkin patch, desperate and lonely . . . These are songs for the damned, poisons for the cure, and Dreams for the Dying. For years, Adam Light has frightened and delighted readers around the world with his stories of horror and the bizarre. Fully revised to best represent the author's original vision, these fearsome tales of the macabre are finally collected under a single cover for the first time.

Review: Murder House by C.V. Hunt

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This one is wild. Murder House by C.V. Hunt Published May 2020 Dark Fiction   |   Goodreads   |   Amazon  |   It’s not the house you should be afraid of, it’s the people who live there. Laura’s boyfriend, Brent, is an author and he’s writing a true crime book about the Hallows' Eve Massacre. The publisher has given Brent a tight deadline and the opportunity to stay in the house where the massacre took place. But the basement creeps Laura out and she’s left questioning her sanity after she sees things that may or may not be there. When Brent begins to act strange, Laura writes it off to the pressure of his deadline. Is Laura really losing her mind or is there something in the house that’s changing the couple? My 2 Cents For Free! Cockblock by C.V. Hunt is one of my favorite books. It’s a madcap adventurous tale about a very strange apocalypse with a brutally perfect ending and I highly recommend it. Murder House, the author’s latest

I am still alive!

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Hi everyone!  My apologies for being so long missing. I am never giving up on my blog here. It is my safe space but sometimes life just doesn't leave me with any free time. I'll be back posting my even bigger backlog of reviews when I have some time to format them. In the meantime, I'm super busy with Ladies of Horror Fiction's current award season!  You can see all of the nominations and a few of the winners (they're still being announced) at https://www.ladiesofhorrorfiction.com/  .  I'll do up a proper post soon and hope to update the Horror Fiction Review Directory before summer ends. I miss you all but I will return soon ๐Ÿ˜‰