The Fearing Book 1 Fire and Rain by John F.D. Taff

Post apocalyptic fiction is totally my jam. Whether the world ends due to a disease, zombies or natural disaster I am totally there for it. I have read so many different ways the world can end that sometimes you get a bit burned out. You need something new, a new way for the world to end. Well, The Fearing delivered a new way the world ends and I can’t wait to read the next installment.

Synopsis: Three different stories of what was going on as the world as we know it ends. However, I think one of the stories is a bit more than that.

What I liked: I thought really appreciated the new way the world is ending. I can’t wait to see how Adam fits into this whole scheme. The pacing is spot on for a post-apocalyptic book. I am enjoying the characters and the mystery that is surrounding Adam. I am really enjoying Taff’s writing style. The plots for each story are well rounded and I haven’t seen any plot holes at this point.

What I didn’t like: There was a scene in the book that I wish I had a bit of warning about. It wasn’t really a big deal for me but for other readers it may have been helpful.

Star Rating: 4 Stars

My thoughts: I really have enjoyed Taff’s take on the end of the world. It is something different and I can’t wait to see where this is going in the next book. I loved the part where Taff used the phrase on fleek, it made me laugh and worked really well with the character. Taff’s character development is spot on. As a reader you aren’t sure what is going on with Adam but the other characters you are pretty sure you have a good understanding at what they are going through. Now I am wondering why these characters have survived. Come on Book 2.

Thank you to Grey Matter Press for sending me a review copy.

Small Spaces by Katherine Arden

I have not been a big middle grade or YA reader; even when I was in middle grade I was looking at other things to read. Some of the ladies of the LOHF have been enjoying middle grade and YA horror. So I wanted to make sure to give it a try myself. I have loved Arden’s other books so naturally I turned to Small Spaces as an introduction to middle grade horror.

Synopsis: A girl who has had a rough year steals a book and then weird stuff starts happening.

What I liked: I like Arden’s writing style generally. She makes the story very accessible for younger readers which I really appreciated. I really enjoyed how the story was setup. The pacing was good through the story and the characters were well fleshed out. I enjoyed the subject matter of the story and it would lend itself well to be read aloud. The story within the story was really well done as well.

What I didn’t like: There wasn’t anything in particular that I didn’t like about the book.

Star Rating: 4.5 Stars

My Thoughts: I believe that this is going to be a series and the second book is going to be coming out this year? Honestly, it was a book that I would have loved to read as a 7th grader. Many of the feelings and emotions that the main character are going through are relatable. The creep factor is there for children and there is a major Halloween vibe through the story which I really loved. It made me think of apple cider doughnuts, hot chocolate and pumpkins. Yes I miss fall….alot.

The Resurrectionists by Michael Patrick Hicks

I love history. I have a bachelors and a masters in Archaeological Science. I really love history. Something that was new to me the last couple of years was historical horror. This my dear friends has opened a whole new world to me and I LOVE IT. I was very lucky to receive The Resurrectionists By Michael Patrick Hicks. This tome has lead me down a couple of different internet rabbit holes since I finished reading it. Which has been fantastic.

Synopsis: Resurrectionists are digging up graves of freed POC in New York. One man is going to stop them. But in order to do so, he has to stop a cult.

What I liked: I loved the concept. Hicks picked a interesting time in our nation and a historical event that I had never heard of and built an entire narrative out of it. The pacing of the novel was good. I enjoyed the climax of the monsters and learning about the cult. I really enjoyed Hick’s writing style. He handled a couple of delicate topics extremely well. Hick’s character building was done extremely well. His characters are three dimensional and well fleshed out.

What I didn’t like: I found the beginning to be a bit slow. However, it was important to build the setting and the characters.

Star Rating: 4 Stars

My Thoughts: I really liked it and I can’t wait for the second book. I think the way Hicks handled some of the nuances was really good. It think it really shows his skill as a writer. I really love that this book is a horror take on an actual event. The time that Hicks put into researching this subject is evident in his writing. It was deliciously gory and bloody. If you haven’t read any of his work I would highly recommend you pick this up honestly it is a helluva ride.

Thank you to Micheal Patrick Hicks for a review copy.

Sing Your Sadness Deep by Laura Mauro

There is something to be said for books that you can’t put down. Where the stories pull you in and don’t let go. Where the horror creeps up on you. At first you think you are safe….but in reality you aren’t. The false sense of security it lovely….until you no longer are safe. Sing Your Sadness Deep by Laura Mauro was one of those horror sleepers.

Synopsis: Collections of short stories that are set all over from the Arizona Desert to a Frozen Finnish lake.

What I liked: There is so much to unpack in this collection. Personally, I think that love and acceptance take the center stage in many of the stories that Mauro writes. Mauro weaves love through the horror of many of the stories which such ease which says a lot about her as a writer. Mauro’s writing style is smooth and flows so well throughout the stories. The arrangement of the short stories was spot on and they flowed well with each other. Even though many of the stories were set in different places Mauro brought out the beauty and the harshness in each book.

What I didn’t like: There was nothing I didn’t like

Star Rating: 5 Stars

My Thoughts: Mauro is a helluva a writer. She is able to take very mundane situations and really twist them. I have to say the first story gave me the feels…shape shifting and stories and love. There are so many different things that I want to talk about but I don’t want to ruin the book for anyone. But I will say this Undertow is a publisher to really keep your eye on!!