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

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

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

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

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