I'm absolutely delighted to be taking part in the #Bookstagram tour today for A Burning by Megha Majumdar so I wanted to keep spreading the word of this incredible debut by posting about it on here too. The story is told through the viewpoint of three characters, each leading different lives, as they are caught… Continue reading Blog Tour || A Burning – an intense and thought-provoking debut ovel
Thank you so much to Jo Fletcher Books for having me on this Blog Blast for the rather excellent Witch Bottle by Tom Fletcher. I really loved this book and can't wait to tell you all about it. But also make sure to check out the other amazing bloggers on the tour to see what… Continue reading Blog Tour || Witch Bottle – folk horror that reaches into the very depths of the soul
October marks the two year anniversary of the wonderful Abominable Book Club and the celebratory box was absolutely incredible. There are two different subscriptions and, as money is a little tighter than usual, I'm on the Bare Bones box which includes a new book, a second hand book, a magazine and a book mark -… Continue reading Subscription box review: Abominable Book Club second anniversary celebration box
There's something about universities and schools that lend themselves so well to books with a darker tone. The settings themselves, usually Ivy League or similar, along with the smart-arse full of themselves characters that authors tend to conjure to populate the hallowed halls, mingle so well. From secret societies to posh kids gone wild, to… Continue reading Craving the dark side in the spookiest month? How about some dark academia?
I don't find reviewing books easy. It's not something that comes naturally to me and more often than not I'll procrastinate on it to the point it never gets done. Sometimes though, a book will come along where my own laziness is the least of my worries when it comes to a review. Sometimes, a… Continue reading My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell | why I can’t get this book out of my head
Last year was my year of Sarah J. Maas (thank you @Tabz_Talks_Tales!). I tore through Throne of Glass then swiftly caught up on A Court of Thorns and Roses and then, bereft with no more of her books to read, I pre-ordered House of Earth and Blood, the first book in her new adult series,… Continue reading House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J. Maas | does it live up to the hype?
Mike Carter and his girlfriend Helen, along with their friends Alex and Kay, travel to a remote loch side cottage for a post-graduation holiday. But their celebrations are short-lived when they hit and kill a stag on the road. Alex’s sister Meggie awaits them in the cottage, adding to the tension when her dog, Oscar,… Continue reading Fear in the remote Scottish Highlands – Hearthstone Cottage by Frazer Lee #review
In his acknowledgements, Jason Arnopp declares Ghoster his “difficult second novel” following the sublime The Last Days of Jack Sparks. But there’s nothing difficult about Ghoster, it’s an absolute belter of a modern horror story that turns the blackest of mirrors on smart phones, dating apps and addiction. Kate, our heroine, is me. No, seriously,… Continue reading Technological horror that resonates hard – Ghoster by Jason Arnopp #review
"No matter how desirable the agent had made it sound, the reality was very different. The farmhouse had been a vacant possession - indeed, on that first viewing, it had looked abandoned, its room scattered with a miscellany of furniture as if the occupants had up and left at a moment's notice and might suddenly… Continue reading A modern ghost story steeped in tradition – Mistletoe by Alison Littlewood #blogtour #review
"Whenever somebody from town wants to do something in secret, they come out here. Where they think they're alone. Where nobody's watching. They hide in the shadows, performing their little rituals beneath these branches, as if they believe these trees will keep their secrets for them. Their lovers' liaisons, their midnight masses. They think nobody… Continue reading A meta horror that will make you think – The Remaking by Clay McLeod Chapman #review