Book Review: Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones

Title: Mongrels

Author: Stephen Graham Jones

Genre: Horror

Source: Borrowed (library)

Content/Trigger Warnings: For a list of potential content and trigger warnings, check out this book’s page on BookTriggerWarnings.com

Rating: ★★★★

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One Sentence Synopsis

A coming-of-age story with fangs where a boy grows up in a family of werewolves and can’t wait for his turn to sprout fur.

Favorite Quote

“The modern world, it’s custom-designed to kill werewolves. There’s french fries, for one.”

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Book Review: Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Title: Cemetery Boys

Author: Aiden Thomas

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Source: Bought

Content/Trigger Warnings: For a list of potential content and trigger warnings, check out this book’s page on BookTriggerWarnings.com

Rating: ★★★★

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One Sentence Synopsis

Yadriel, a young trans teen desperately trying to prove himself as a brujo, accidently summons the recently deceased spirit of the local bad boy, Julian, and must figure what is behind his sudden loss of corporeal form.

Favorite Quote

“Why do you have to prove anything to anyone?”

“It’s just how it is, how it’s always been. In order for them to let me be a brujo—”

“You don’t need anyone’s permission to be you, Yads”

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Mini Reviews: Rivers of London Edition

Hello, reader!

As you may or may not have picked up on, I’m participating in a relaxed readalong for the Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch. I had honestly never heard of this series before one of the TWR gang suggested this readalong, but the premise pulled me in. It’s a police procedural and a fantasy all wrapped up into one incredible package!

I’ve been thoroughly enjoying this series, but I’m woefully behind on my reviews. Which is why I’m doing another installment of my mini reviews! Let’s go ahead and dive in.


Title: Rivers of London (UK)/Midnight Riot (US)

Author: Ben Aaronovitch

Genre: Urban Fantasy/Mystery

Source: Borrowed (library)

CW/TW: For a list of content and trigger warnings, please check out BookTriggerWarnings.com

Rating: ★★★★

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The first book in the Rivers of London series was a great starter. I loved getting to know Peter Grant, our sarcastic main character who is a PC for the Metropolitan in London that discovers that magic is very real. Not only is magic real, but there’s an entire division of the Met that is dedicated to taking care of “the weird stuff”. I mean… there was only one person assigned to the unit before Peter, but it still exists! The build up of this world that is very like and unlike our own was wonderful and definitely got me invested in the series.

Though there is a lot of set up in this book, it still has a gripping plot that completely sucked me into the book. I also loved the characters though I will admit that I found Peter a tad frustrating in this first story. Not to the point where I thought he was annoying or anything. No, I was just worried about his reckless self, lol. Peter’s tone of voice makes this story such a fun and engaging read. And the magical elements gave it an ominous feel that I love!

As first books in a series go, this one was pretty stellar.

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Blog Tour: Shadow-Stained by Rachel Hobbs

Hello, reader!

Welcome to another blog tour posted hosted by the ever fabulous The Write Reads! My tour stop today features a book that is perfect for this time of year. It features demons, an ancient artifact, and perhaps a touch of the end of the world as we know it. It’s a dark fantasy novel that doesn’t hold back on the gore… or the sexual tension: Shadow-Stained by Rachel Hobbs!

Now, before I jump into my stop and my review, I want to say thank you to Dave @ The Write Reads and the author for providing me with a free e-book in exchange for participation with this tour. It is, as always, much appreciated. All views written here are definitely my own!

Now, let’s get to the post.


Book Details


  • Title: Shadow-Stained
  • Author: Rachel Hobbs
  • Publication date: April 14th, 2020
  • Genre: Dark Fantasy
  • Age group: Adult
  • Content/Trigger Warnings: For a list of potential content and trigger warnings, check out this book’s page on BookTriggerWarnings.com

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Synopsis


“For her, it’s her late grandma’s legacy. For him, the mother of all black arts spoils, granting one demon the power of a God. Immortality.

When occult-magnet Ruby falls victim to Demon Lord Drayvex’s viperous allure, she loses a sentient dark relic to his light fingers and appetite for power. Like calls to like. But when Drayvex himself loses the relic to a traitor to the throne, Ruby coerces him – the tyrant king with a soft spot for humanity – into helping her save her pokey old world village from becoming a ground zero of mass demonic carnage.

Both invested in reclaiming the relic, the one thing Ruby and Drayvex agree on is that it’s in the wrong hands. Co-existing in a precarious arrangement between predator and prey, to save the planet they both love for different reasons, they must become a formidable double-team in the face of an apocalyptic takeover. Now, the fate of both human and demon alike rests with a killer that walks between worlds, and a woman with a curse in her bloodline.”

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ARC Review: The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

Title: The Gilded Ones

Author: Namina Forna

Genre: Fantasy

Source: e-ARC (Netgalley)

Content/Trigger Warnings: For a list of content and trigger warnings, please check out BookTriggerWarnings.com

Rating: ★★★★★

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One Sentence Synopsis

After her blood runs gold during a purity ceremony, Deka is labelled as an “impure demon” and sent to training camp where she will be taught to kill for the country that made her an outcast.

Favorite Quote

“We all have a choice right now. Are we girls or are we demons? Are we going to die or are we going to survive?”

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Book Review: The Darkwater Bride by Marty Ross

Title: The Darkwater Bride

Author: Marty Ross

Genre: Horror

Source: Bought (Audible)

Content/Trigger Warnings: Gore, misogyny, physical abuse, sexual assault, death, violence

Rating: ★★★

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One Sentence Synopsis

After the mysterious death of her father, a young woman named Catriona heads into the seedy underbelly of Victorian London to discover what has happened.

Favorite Quote

“The river runs restless between the high stone walls enclosing it. As if it were a woman – refusing to be fixed in one spot yet hardly free.”

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ARC Review: The Dare by Lesley Kara

Title: The Dare

Author: Lesley Kara

Genre: Thriller

Source: e-ARC (Netgalley)

Content/Trigger Warnings: High risk pregnancy, gaslighting, revenge, death

Rating: ★★★★

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One Sentence Synopsis

Lizzie was the only one with her best friend, Alice, when she was tragically hit by a train when they were thirteen and now her past is coming back to haunt her.

Favorite Quote

“You may wonder why I let her take the lead. Why I surrendered all sense of self on the altar of her desires. I wonder it myself sometimes, but I never had a choice. Not really.”

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Blog Tour: The Girls Are Never Gone by Sarah Glenn Marsh

Hello, reader!

I have another blog tour for you today, this one hosted by TBR & Beyond Tours! And this book is the perfect kick off for spooky season. It’s a creepy, spine-tingling young adult horror that definitely reinforced my dislike of swimming in lakes: The Girls Are Never Gone by Sarah Glenn Marsh! This was an intense read and I can’t wait to talk to y’all about it!

But, first, we must get the thank yous out of the way. First, thank you to TBR & Beyond Tours for giving me a spot on this fabulous tour! If you’d like to check out the other bloggers and bookstagrammers participating along the road, you can find the schedule here. I would also like to thank the publisher, Razorbill, and Netgalley for providing me with a free e-ARC in exchange for my participation in this tour and an honest review. It is, as always, much appreciated.

And, now, let’s talk about this wild ride of a book!


Synopsis


The Conjuring meets Sadie when seventeen-year-old podcaster Dare takes an internship in a haunted house and finds herself in a life-or-death struggle against an evil spirit.

Dare Chase doesn’t believe in ghosts.

Privately, she’s a supernatural skeptic. But publicly, she’s keeping her doubts to herself—because she’s the voice of Attachments, her brand-new paranormal investigation podcast, and she needs her ghost-loving listeners to tune in.

That’s what brings her to Arrington Estate. Thirty years ago, teenager Atheleen Bell drowned in Arrington’s lake, and legend says her spirit haunts the estate. Dare’s more interested in the suspicious circumstances surrounding her death—circumstances that she believes point to a living culprit, not the supernatural. Still, she’s vowed to keep an open mind as she investigates, even if she’s pretty sure what she’ll find.

But Arrington is full of surprises. Good ones like Quinn, the cute daughter of the house’s new owner. And baffling ones like the threatening messages left scrawled in paint on Quinn’s walls, the ghastly face that appears behind Dare’s own in the mirror, and the unnatural current that nearly drowns their friend Holly in the lake. As Dare is drawn deeper into the mysteries of Arrington, she’ll have to rethink the boundaries of what is possible. Because if something is lurking in the lake…it might not be willing to let her go.

Book Details


  • Title: The Girls Are Never Gone
  • Author: Sarah Glenn Marsh
  • Publication date: September 7th, 2021
  • Genre: Horror
  • Age group: Young Adult
  • Content/Trigger Warnings: Scary images, death

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Blog Tour: The Meeting Point by Olivia Lara

Hello, reader!

It’s time, once again, for another marvelous blog tour hosted by The Write Reads! This time, we’re going a bit outside of my wheelhouse. I’m not a huge romance reader but, as of late, I have found quite a few that I’ve enjoyed. I’m happy to say that the topic of today’s tour stop is yet another one! I’ll be highlighting a new contemporary romance featuring a heartbroken woman and, of all things, a Lift driver: The Meeting Point by Olivia Lara! I was definitely intrigued by the premise of this book and just had to join in the tour!

Before I get into it, though, I want to say thank you! Thank you to Dave @ The Write Reads (and all the behind-the-scenes folk!) for giving me a spot on this tour. And thank you to the publisher, Aria Fiction, and Netgalley for providing me with a free e-ARC in exchange for my participation and an honest review. It is, as always, appreciated.

Now, let’s get to this post!


Synopsis


What if the Lift driver who finds your cheating boyfriend’s phone holds the directions to true love?

‘Who are you and why do you have my boyfriend’s phone?’

‘He left it in my car. You must be the blonde in the red dress? I’m the Lift driver who dropped you two off earlier.’

And with these words, the life of the brunette and t-shirt wearing Maya Maas is turned upside down. Having planned to surprise her boyfriend, she finds herself single and stranded in an unknown city on her birthday.

So when the mystery driver rescues Maya with the suggestion that she cheers herself up at a nearby beach town, she jumps at the chance to get things back on track. She wasn’t expecting a personalised itinerary or the easy companionship that comes from opening up to a stranger via text, let alone the possibility it might grow into something more…

Come on this 5* journey to love, laughter and back again, perfect for fans of Mhairi McFarlane, Josie Silver and Sally Thorne.

Book Details


  • Title: The Meeting Point
  • Author: Olivia Lara
  • Publication date: September 2nd, 2021
  • Genre: Contemporary Romance
  • Age group: Adult
  • Content/Trigger Warnings: Cheating, gaslighting, divorce, heartbreak.

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Blog Tour: The Blood of the Spear by Mark Timmony

Hello, reader!

We’re keeping the blog tour train rolling, but this time I’m teaming with the ever fabulous Storytellers On Tour! And, when I say this was an epic tour to participate in, I do mean epic! The featured book for this is an incredible fantasy story that was a chonker, but felt like it just flew by. There’s magic, daemons, and high stakes that had me biting my nails. The book for this tour is The Blood of the Spear by Mark Timmony!

Of course, I’m just one stop on this magical, mystery tour. There are a load of wonderful bloggers and Bookstagrammers participating! If you’d like to visit any of the other tour stops, click the banner below to be taking to the tour schedule:

Now, before I get into the post, I want to take a moment to Timy & Justine @ Storytellers on Tour for allowing me a space on this tour. I also want to thank the author for providing me with a free e-ARC in exchange for my participation and an honest review. It is very much appreciated. Also, stick around til the end for details on a giveaway!

Alright, let’s get to it!


Synopsis


“Two brothers. One prophecy. A world in peril.

When Kaiel loses his chance to become part of the legendary Daemon Hunters, joining the Bronze Guard mercenaries seems like the logical alternative. It is an opportunity to put his training to use and, more importantly, as the company is currently in the employ of Prince Alesandr, it will allow him to keep an eye on his younger brother, Darien, who’s determined to follow his dream of becoming a Ciralys magic-user.

But the broken continent of Athmay still bears the scars of the war between the Summoners some three-thousand years ago, and an unexpected battle with a daemon – a remnant of that ancient war – reveals the brothers’ connection to a forbidden bloodline. Soon they find themselves on the run from the prince, daemonic hordes, and a prophecy that could break the world anew.”

Book Details


  • Title: The Blood of the Spear
  • Series: The Eye of the Eternity
  • Author: Mark Timmony
  • Publication date: May 3rd, 2021
  • Genre: Epic Fantasy
  • Age group: Adult
  • Content/Trigger Warnings: Substance Abuse (mentioned), Bullying, Gore, Violence, Human trafficking

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