The Fearing Book Three: Air & Dust

I know I have said this before but I really wish that more publishers would serialize their stories. It has been so much fun waiting for each novella and then devouring it as soon as it comes in the mail. Honestly, it reminds me of watching a regular TV show and needing to wait a week to watch the next episode. It has made me super happy.

Synopsis: Book 3 in the serialization of The Fearing.

What I liked: I love the story. I really, really do. With the fact that it is serialized it allows the pacing to pull the reader in. It was really nice waiting for the next installment. The introduction of Mr. Jackoby was really interesting and added new flavor to the story. The characterizations are so well written, as a reader I am worried about some of the characters. Taff’s story is so well written that you really don’t want it to end. I do have book 4 and will be reading it this week. But I really love how Taff has built the story up. I can’t wait until to read more about Monday as well.

What I didn’t like: ABSOLUTLEY NOTHING

Star Rating: 5

My Thoughts: Seriously, I wish that more publishers serialized their stories. It was really nice not binging the entire thing. I really hope the Grey Matter does this with another book. It really drew out the enjoyment of the story.

Sawkill Girls by Claire LeGrand

Every month on Goodreads the LOHF host a group read. This months choice was Sawkill Girls. I really just started reading YA horror this year and have been enjoying what I have read.

Synopsis: Three girls with special powers take on a evil demon.

What I liked: I enjoyed the first part of this book. There was a very mysterious aspect to the beginning of the story but…towards the middle of the story it more or less fell apart for me. I don’t really think that the cult aspect really fit in the story. It felt a bit forced when I was reading it. I think that the story would have flowed better without the cult. It felt like an after thought. This is just my opinion and a lot of people have really enjoyed the book. It just wasn’t my cup of tea.

What I didn’t like: I think that the cult aspect of the story didn’t flow very well. Just my opinion.

Star Rating: 3.5 stars

My thoughts: I really enjoyed the diversity in this story. The diversity in the story worked really well and didn’t feel forced. I really appreciate that aspect. For me the story was like Mean Girls meets Sabrina: The Teenage Witch.

The Girl in the Fort by Tracy Fahey

I read a book earlier this year which was by Irish author Tracy Fahey. OMG!!! Her writing made me very very happy. She took stories that my grandmother told me when I was a child and worked them into a modern day stories. So when I saw she had another book out I had to read it.

Synopsis: A girl goes to live with her grandparents and learns the mysteries of fairy forts.

What I liked: Fahey’s characterizations are spot on for kids the age that she is writing. The pacing of the story was perfect for the story line. Fahey has the ability to weave folklore and horror seamlessly. I loved the ending to this story. It was one of those stories that really made your heart happy. (well certain aspects of the ending). You need to read it if you want to know what I am talking about.

What I didn’t like: I loved the entire thing.

Star Rating: 5

My thoughts: This is the second book of Fahey’s that I have read and her writing still makes me happy. It is like sitting with my grandmother and listening to stories. I think that this book would work for ages 10 and up. It isn’t so much in your face, gorey scary. Which is something that I really appreciated. I want to shove this in so many people’s hands.

Hex Life Edited by Christopher Golden and Rachel Autumn Deering

Autumn is my favorite season. It starts to cool down in the desert and makes me think of past autumns. When I was a kid I dressed up as a witch with the full green face makeup or the horrible plastic mask. I would ride around the house on a fake broom stick. I have a love of witches and everything witchy. So when I saw Hex Life being floated around I had to review it.

Synopsis: An anthology of witchy stories written by women.

What I liked: There were so many different takes on witches! There was a fairytale retelling which I enjoyed immensely and a take on Baba Yaga. I loved them all. I loved reading all the different takes on the witch theme. This is going to be an anthology that are going to be re-reads every year. I have also not read anything by Hillary Monaghan before but her witch story was fantastic. Every story stayed within the theme and were well paced.

What I didn’t like: Nada

Star Rating: 4.5 stars

My thoughts: I am so very very happy that I read this anthology. The stories were wonderful and I found some new authors to read. What makes an anthology really great is the stories within it. This is going to be a yearly re-read for me. So many different takes on witches. I can’t wait for everyone to start reading it!!

Big THANK YOU to Titan Books for a review copy!!!

The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher

In my personal opinion horror and folklore go hand in hand. Whether, we are talking about folk horror or just folklore that is used in a horror story. It meshes so well. I want more folk horror and horror that uses folklore. We all need more. So when I started the The Twisted Ones I was super excited.

Synopsis: A woman and her dog go to clean out her dead grandmother’s house with some interesting consequences.

What I like: There is a heavy folklore element to the story and I LOVE THAT. I really enjoyed Kingfisher’s characters. As a reader I cared about what happened to Mouse. The pacing was really well done and the folklore narrative was inserted in the story really well. I liked how Kingfisher was able to draw a linear line between folklore in Wales to folklore in NC. There was a great deal of Welsh migration to that area and I really enjoyed that little tidbit.

What I didn’t like: The story became slightly slow about 3/4s of the way in. I thought it would have picked up a bit during this climatic part of the story but it didn’t.

Star Rating: 4 stars

My Thoughts: I really wish that more horror had folkloric parts to it. With the rise of folk horror I am hoping that we will get more of this in the future. For those of us the enjoy folklore it adds to the story and can bring a different element to the horror genre. I really enjoyed this book. If you really enjoy folk horror pick this one up.

Big Thanks to Saga Press for a review copy!!

Doll Bones by Holly Black

I have really enjoyed some of Holly Black’s other books. She has a flair for the fantastical that I really enjoy. When I was going through my libraries MG horror category this popped up. I was talking to Jen about it and she told me that she thought I would love it. She wasn’t wrong.

Synopsis: Three friends go on a adventure lead by a ghost.

Things I liked: I loved the idea of these three friends which are growing up going on that one last adventure. MG is that awkward age between being a teenager and child. Black dealt with this wonderfully in the story. It was more of a coming of age story wrapped around a ghost story. The pacing of the story was perfect. The characters where very well written. The awkwardness of the changes the characters were going through were dealt with so well. The story was ended very well.

Things I didn’t like: I would have liked for this to be a series.

Star Rating: 4 stars

My Thoughts: I wish MG horror books I have been reading, were around when I was a kid. There are some wonderful themes of friendship and the changes that you go through as you grow up. I really enjoyed this story. I wish that this was a series but I enjoyed the way Black tied the story up. I enjoy Black’s writing but this is a book that I would recommend for anyone with a spooky loving child.

Monster, She Wrote by Lisa Kröger and Melanie R. Anderson

If you haven’t realized that I am a bit of a nerd yet then you really haven’t been paying attention. As the host of a podcast you tend to do lots of research on whatever topic that you are talking about. I have been fortunate in that I talk about a lot of women horror authors. So when I saw this beauty floating around in the twitterverse I had to have it. The book itself is just beautiful!!

Synopsis: Each chapter deals with a influential women in the horror and speculative fiction genres.

What I liked: I loved that I was able to dip in and out of this book while I was reading it. The writing style was super accessible and I really enjoyed the information at the end of each profile. It tells you what to read by the author and other things to read if you enjoyed the author’s work. The illustrations through out the book are lovely.

What I didn’t like: Absolutely nothing

Star Rating: 5 Stars

My Thoughts: I think that this is a really important book. Women have been a part of the horror genre since the beginning. Whether they were writing Gothic horror or are writing now. Women have been instrumental in shaping the horror genre. This is a very important work that lists the most influential women. If you support women in horror this is a book that you will want on your shelves.

Big Thank you to Quirk Books for sending me a review copy. AND A HUGE THANK YOU to Lisa and Melanie for mentioning the Ladies of Horror Fiction!!!