Rites of Extinction by Matt Serafini

There are times when the cover of a book just grabs you. This is one of those times. It doesn’t tell you what that book is about. It is just a beautiful cover. There are no hints or tells. Which is okay by me. Rites of Extinction is one of those books. The cover does not give away any of the story itself.

Synopsis: A women tries to find the man that brutally killed her daughter and some other women.

What I liked: The story was fast paced and the plot was intriguing. The characters were three dimensional and I really appreciated the way the characters were written. There were no plot holes. The story itself was well plotted out and I personally didn’t see where it was going. But once the reader was in the thick of the story you couldn’t stop reading it. You wanted to get to the next page and the next page so you could find out what is actually happening.

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

Star Rating 4.5 stars

My thoughts: I have a love of folk horror. This story had many different aspects of folk horror that it really made me happy. The twist in the story was fantastic. I was pretty blown away by the twist and I wasn’t sure what to think when it was revealed. Honestly it wasn’t what I expected. I personally thought we were reading a women descending into madness. However, your perception of the story and the characters change dramatically. But I loved the aspects of folk horror in the story. It really made the story unique and I truly appreciated that.

New Music for Old Rituals by Tracy Fahey

There aren’t many books that I read, I can honestly say feel like home. Where the stories of my childhood are presented in different and inventive ways. But Fahey is able to do that. Fahey took me back to my childhood where my nan would put out offerings for the good folk, she would tell me stories of changelings and the hungry grass. She told me stories of people that would walk off into the country side never to be seen again. So I grew up hearing much of the mythology that Fahey uses in her fiction. To this day I still have a hefty appreciation for the good folk…..because you never know.

Synopsis: A collection of horror stories based on mythology and legends from Ireland and one from Iceland.

What I liked: I loved this entire collection. It felt like sitting in the kitchen with my nan as she cooked and told stories. So many were stories that I had hear variations of that it was comfortable. Fahey’s writing style is very much like listening to a great story teller. The way she interwove legend and mythology into the stories that she told was perfect. At the end of each story Fahey gave you information about the story or her inspiration for the story. I really liked that. So many times you don’t the author’s though process behind a story. I really enjoyed her play with modern and mythology.

What I didn’t like: There wasn’t anything in the collection that I didn’t like.

Star Rating: 5

My thoughts: After the first story…..I thought to myself that I missed my nan terribly. I missed the family that is still in Ireland. But the more I read the more this homesickness for lack of a better term was. Each story was like listening to my aunts tell one story after the other while they were cooking or knitting in the evening. I am happy to see an author using the old stories today. I am overjoyed to see the Irish language written down in a story. Go raibh maith agat Tracy. Chun na sean-scéalta a choinneáil beo. Agus chun glúin eile a mhúineadh chun eagla a chur ar na sióga.