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Top Five Wednesday; Favourite Villainess

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It's Wednesday and time for a new Top Five Wednesday post courtesy of the  Top Five Wednesday Goodreads group and the theme of the week was favourite villainess. Here's my five (spooky) picks. The Woman in Black by Susan Hill Description from Goodreads Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor, is summoned to attend the funeral Mrs Alice Drablow, the sole inhabitant of Eel Marsh House, unaware of the tragic secrets which lie hidden behind the shuttered windows. The house stands at the end of a causeway, wreathed in fog and mystery, but it is not until he glimpses a wasted young woman, dressed all in black, at the funeral, that a creeping sense of unease begins to take hold, a feeling deepened by the reluctance of the locals to talk of the woman in black - and her terrible purpose. Blood Born by Renee Lake Description from Goodreads Maddie is excited about the new adventures college life will bring. She dreams of rallies, weird roommates and exciting courses of study. She's living

Mailbox Monday; April 15th 2024

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It's been a little while since the last time I wrote a Mailbox Monday post, so I figured out it was time for a new post. The weekly meme is created by the blog named  Mailbox Monday and here's the books I've recieved in the mail lately. The Haunting of Gillespie House by Darcy Coates Description from Goodreads Elle can't believe her luck; she's spending a month house-sitting the beautiful Gillespie property. Hidden near the edge of the woods and an hour's drive from the nearest town, its dark rooms and rich furniture entice her to explore its secrets. There's even a graveyard hidden behind the house, filled with tombstones that bear an identical year of death. If only the scratching in the walls would be quiet… The house’s dark and deadly history quickly becomes tangled with Elle’s life. At the center of it is Jonathan Gillespie, the tyrannical cult leader and original owner of the house. As Elle soon learns -- just because he’s dead, doesn’t mean he’s gon

Review; The Cabin 2: Asylum by Matt Shaw

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As I was eager to figure out what happened next after finishing The Cabin by Matt Shaw, I had to read The Cabin 2: Asylum. Today I'll post my review of the latter. Description from Goodreads The hugely anticipated follow-up to Matt Shaw's best-selling horror story 'The Cabin'. "I sat up and rested my back against the soft padded wall. I wonder whether the padding on the wall is to stop me from hurting myself, as they had explained when I first got here, or to drown the sounds of my banging and screaming as I beg for them to let me out; not that they ever will." Deemed unfit to stand trial after murdering his family, Craig was sent to the very Asylum (centred around the ghost stories) which led to his downfall. Here he hoped for nothing more than peace and quiet, as he struggled to get to grips with what he'd done, but the vengeful spirits had other ideas as they set about revealing their secrets to him. My Thoughts on the Book The Cabin 2: Asylum is one o

Top Ten Tuesday; Stay Out Of The Woods

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It's Tuesday and probably time for a new Top Ten Tuesday courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl . As it was freebie week in terms of themes, I decided writing a top ten list of horror books where the woods play a role. Here's my top ten list that just might make people want to stay clear of the woods for a little while. The Shapeshifters by Stefan Spjut Description from Goodreads Summer 1978. A young boy disappears without a trace from a summer cabin. His mother claims he was carried away by a giant. He is never found. Twenty-five years later, another child goes missing. This time there’s a lead, a single photograph taken by Susso Myrén. She’s devoted her life to the search for trolls, legendary giants known as stallo who can control human thoughts and assume animal form. Convinced that the trolls are real, she follows the trail of missing children to northern Sweden. But humans, some part stallo themselves, have been watching over the creatures for generations, and this hidden so

Review; The Cabin by Matt Shaw

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Recently I read the supernatural horror novella The Cabin by Matt Shaw and today I'll post my review of this book. Description from Goodreads “You’d never see the ghosts, not properly. You’d only catch a glimpse of their shapes out of the corner of your eye and you’d hear their stolen, vengeful scream; an ear-piercing shriek to steal the lives of anyone who heard it.” * * * * * For Craig, the trip to the cabin was supposed to be a quiet retreat from his hectic city life where he could concentrate on writing his latest novel. For his wife, Susan, and his two kids, Jamie and Ava, it was supposed to be a weekend vacation. For all of them, it became a nightmare. My Thoughts on the Book As The Cabin is more of the psychological horror rather than "blood, guts, and gore"-type of horror, it can certainly creep you out a little bit. Even though it's a quick read, it's also slow-paced, which I found a bit neat and the ending made me pick up the sequel rather quickly as I

Top Five Wednesday; Spooky Books I Dropped Only to Come Back and Love It The Second Time

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It's Wednesday and perhaps it's time for a new Top Five Wednesday post courtesy of the  Top Five Wednesday Goodreads group and the theme of the week was books I dropped only to come back and love it the second time. As I'm focusing on paranormal and horror books on this blog, it's only natural I write a list of spooky reads. Here's my five spooky picks. Horseman: A Tale of Sleepy Hollow by Christina Henry Description from Goodreads Everyone in Sleepy Hollow knows about the Horseman, but no one really believes in him. Not even Ben Van Brunt's grandfather, Brom Bones, who was there when it was said the Horseman chased the upstart Crane out of town. Brom says that's just legend, the village gossips talking. Twenty years after those storied events, the village is a quiet place. Fourteen-year-old Ben loves to play Sleepy Hollow boys, reenacting the events Brom once lived through. But then Ben and a friend stumble across the headless body of a child in the woods

Book Blogger Hop; Book Bloggers VS Professional Critics

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It's time for a new Book Blogger Hop post courtesy of  Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer and the question of the week was " Which has more power over readers: a book blogger or a professional critic? ". Book Blogger Hop The way things are now, with BookTok, Bookstagram, and everything, I'd say book bloggers have more power than professional critics, especially when it comes to younger people while middle-aged and/or older people might rely a lot more on the professional ones. While it's totally great that social media can inspire people to read more, I'm at times a bit wary of some of the book bloggers there's a minority  that actually have a bookish background so to speak, whether it's as librarians, a major in English, or whatever. Not that I'm saying that there isn't any good book bloggers without such a background, but "just because" someone has read a handful of books, it doesn't make them exper

Book Tag; Easter Book Tag

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I came across the Easter Book Tag over at  Rosie The Reader and as it's Easter, I figured out it was the perfect timing to do it. Rabbits – A book that you wish would multiply – So a book you want a sequel to (that doesn’t have one) The Children on the Hill by Jennifer McMahon   Egg – A book that surprised you The Prettiest Girl in the Grave by Kristopher Triana Hunt – A book that was hard for you to get your hands on Some of Matt Shaw's books, such as Loch Ness, was a bit hard getting my hands on, as I had to order from the author's website and get them imported to Norway. Lambs – A children’s book that you still enjoy It's probably a bit more middle grade than strictly children's book, but I do enjoy The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Spring – A book with a cover that makes you think of spring Fair Isle and Fortunes by Nancy Warren Jesus – A religious or spiritual book that you love The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty somehow fits the bill, right? Rising from t

Let's Talk Bookish; The Hype-Train

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It's Friday yet again and perhaps it's time for a new Let's Talk Bookish post courtesy of Book Nook Bits . As it was a bit of a "free for all" in terms of themes this week, I wanted to write about the (infamous) hype-train. I can't deny that I'm a little bit wary of the hype-train for several reasons, as it's a bit of are the books hyped because they're GOOD or are they hyped because "everyone else" is talking about them? Don't get me wrong, there's a bunch of books that deserve the hype they get, others - perhaps not that much (giving a stink-eye to a certain problematic erotic trilogy). Don't get me wrong, I occasionally read a hyped book if it sounds interesting enough and to see if it's actually worth the hype and there's even a couple of Stephen King books I've enjoyed even if he's the master of dragging things out a bit at times. What bugs me with the hype-train though is that it sometimes takes away the

Review; Below by Laurel Hightower

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A little while ago I read the cryptid horror novella Below by Laurel Hightower and today I'll post my review of the book. Description from Goodreads HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO TO HELP A STRANGER? While driving through the mountains of West Virginia during a late-night snowstorm, a recently divorced woman experiences bizarre electrical problems, leaving her with little choice but to place her trust with a charismatic truck driver. But when an unexplainable creature with haunting red eyes gets between them, she is forced to make one of the toughest decisions of her life. Will she abandon the stranger who kept her safe-or will she climb down below, where reality has shapeshifted into a living nightmare? My Thoughts on the Book Below was certainly a fun and engaging read. It's a a short read with a fast pace where shit hits the fan quickly and a few added bonuses such as cryptids, in this case the mothman, and feminist themes (dealing with mysogyny, among other things). Below is certain

Book Blogger Hop; First Ever Library Visit

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It's perhaps time for a new Book Blogger Hop post courtesy of  Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer and the question of the week was "Do you remember your first library visit?". Book Blogger Hop I honestly can't say I remember it, as I was fortunate enough having a library literally down my street when I was a kid and my parents often took me there to borrow books. I was probably a few months old the first time I was at a library. Perhaps needless to say, I was turned into a book lover from a young age, which is a good thing.

Let's Talk Bookish; Do Tropes Count As Spoilers?

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It's Friday again and perhaps it's time for a new Let's Talk Bookish post courtesy of the book blog named Book Nook Bits and the topic of the week was "Do tropes count as spoilers?". Here's the further prompts for this week. A lot of the time, books will be promoted on social media books with their tropes. For example, a book might be advertised as being enemies to lovers, having found family, or starring a ‘chosen one’. Can those tropes be spoilers, giving away parts of the plot? What do you think about marketing books based on tropes? While I do get why some might think that using tropes in marketing can be viewed as spoilers, there's also the fact that somewhere on the cover, there's a blurb anyway and isn't the blurb also a spoiler in that sense? It's not like the average trope gives away too much of the details of the plot and when it comes to for instance romance novels, there's for the most part a happy ending anyway. There's a

Top Five Wednesday; Green Covers

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It's Wednesday and perhaps it's time for another Top Five Wednesday post courtesy of the  Top Five Wednesday Goodreads group and the theme of the week was green covers. Here's my five spooky picks. Inside The Devil's Nest by John Durgin Description from Goodreads Real estate agent Anthony Graham has his family on the run after witnessing a murder at the hands of the powerful Costello crime family. They’re forced to hide at one of Anthony’s properties: a deserted campground with a sinister past. No one is safe from the men that hunt them or the terrors that await them inside The Devil’s Nest. The Haunting of Rookward House by Darcy Coates Description from Goodreads She's always watching... When Guy finds the deeds to a house in his mother’s attic, it seems like an incredible stroke of luck. Sure, the building hasn’t been inhabited in forty years and vines strangle the age-stained walls, but Guy is convinced he can clean it up and sell it. He’d be crazy to turn down

Top Ten Tuesday; Books On My Spring 2024 TBR

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It's Tuesday and perhaps time for yet another Top Ten Tuesday post courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl . The theme of the week was books on my spring 2024 TBR. Here's my top ten list, which per usual is of the more creepy kind as I'm focusing on horror and paranormal. Exquisite Corpse by Poppy Z. Brite Description from Goodreads To serial slayer Andrew Compton, murder is an art, the most intimate art. After feigning his own death to escape from prison, Compton makes his way to the United States with the sole ambition of bringing his "art" to new heights. Tortured by his own perverse desires, and drawn to possess and destroy young boys, Compton inadvertently joins forces with Jay Byrne, a dissolute playboy who has pushed his "art" to limits even Compton hadn't previously imagined. Together, Compton and Byrne set their sights on an exquisite young Vietnamese-American runaway, Tran, whom they deem to be the perfect victim. Swiftly moving from the grimy