Top Ten Tuesday : Halloween Reads

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.   This week’s topic:

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It’s been a little while since I managed to fit in a Top Ten Tuesday but with Halloween just waiting round the corner it seems the perfect time to recommend some recent reads that would be perfect for this time of year. So, let’s take a look.

Cackle by Rachel Harrison –  a very easy to read story that I raced to complete mostly because I was never keen to put it down and always keen to pick it back up.  A book about self realisation, coming to terms with who you are, self love and worth that includes magical elements and curses.

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A Dowry of Blood by ST Gibson – this is undoubtedly a dark, sexy, romantic, gothic, well told, twisty, retelling of the story of Dracula by one of his brides. I loved the writing and thought Constanta was a wonderful character. An absorbing and hypnotic read.

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Old Country by Matt Query –  this is such an unusual kind of horror story that it’s absolutely compelling and I could barely put it down. Plus creepy much!

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Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney – I picked this one up and was immediately intrigued with the storytelling voice. There’s an almost ethereal feel to the way the narrative is delivered and this is strengthened by the unusual setting and the dysfunctional family that we are introduced to.  Feeney starts out with a captivating hook, she then lets us run on the line enjoying the freedom to explore the remote setting and the histrionics of the Darker family before reeling us in to a climatic and dramatic grand finale.

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Black Mouth by Ronald Malfi –  dark and compelling horror that held me bewitched with it’s ghosts and fascinating characters.  I’m not a horror aficionado but this is definitely my kind of scary catnip.  It’s not a blood soaked slasher so much as an intriguing look at something sinister, a look at monsters and the shape they come in and more importantly that truth is quite often stranger than fiction

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The Path of Thorns by AG Slatter – this is the gothic, dark, fairytale that I’ve been waiting for and I loved it without a single reservation.  Think Jane Eyre but with less a focus on the two central characters and the love they develop and more a tale of revenge, difficult promises to keep, witchcraft and much more.

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Nettle and Bone by T Kingfisher – loved this book so much.  It’s full of everything that I enjoy, it’s got elements of old fairy tales but as the same time feels unique.  It takes us on a wild ride to a far away kingdom.  There are princesses in distress, people who can talk to the dead, a dog that came back to life, amazing characters and the beginnings of a sweet romance.

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Black Tide by KC Jones – it pulled me in very quickly and had me turning the pages so fast that I read it in almost record breaking time.  The writing was snappy and the tension was cranked up.  A quick one night stand turns into the strangest survival story.  This is a slice of life, snapshot of a story that literally takes place at the beach and is packed with horror and nightmare ish creatures

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Insomnia by Sarah Pinborough – It’s a perfect jumble of crazy mixed up, spiralling out of control, sleepless insanity.  Every time I thought I had a handle on what was going on it turned out I was wrong and I just love the way that the ending is totally out there

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The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley – a locked room mystery with plenty of potential suspects but this one had a slightly different tone. I’m trying to put my finger on why this one feels slightly different but it’s eluding me somehow.  I think possibly because the mystery does have outside influences that broaden the story a little and it definitely moves into some much deeper territory along the way

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Top Ten Tuesday : Book Covers That Feel Like Summer

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.   This week’s topic:

Book Covers That Feel Like Summer

So, what we have here is a mix of hot colours, sunny brightness, waves, sand and seashells. Do you have a favourite.

Top Ten Tuesday : Most Anticipated Books Releasing In the Second Half of 2022

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.   This week’s topic:

Most Anticipated Books Releasing In the Second Half of 2022

I have such a lot of books to look forward to but as this is a TTT I’m going to pick a small selection:

Black Mouth by Ronald Malfi

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Just Like Home by Sarah Gailey

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Priest of Crowns by Peter McLean

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Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney

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The First Binding by RR Virdi

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Ithaca by Claire North

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Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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A Dowry of Blood by ST Gibson

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The Ghost Woods by CJ Cooke

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Small Angels by Lauren Owen

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Top Ten Tuesday : Opening first lines #WyrdAndWonder

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TTTTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.   This week’s topic:

Book Quote Freebie

As it’s Wyrd and Wonder all the books I used for this week’s theme are fantasy and in lieu of it being a ‘freebie’ I’m going for first line quotes from recent fantasy – let’s see how I get on.  These are all recent reads and the reviews are linked so if you are intrigued by the opening sentence then check out the review and see if the book calls to you.

Nettle and Bone by T Kingfisher – ‘The trees were full of crows and the woods were full of madmen.’

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The Girl and the Moon (Book of the Ice #3) by Mark Lawrence – ‘Yaz had walked on water her entire life, and now in this place where it fell molten from the skies they planned to drown her in the stuff.’

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The Hunger of the Gods (#2 of the Bloodsworn Saga) by John Gwynne – ‘Orka stood in a tempest of fire and smoke.’

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The Justice of Kings (Empire of the Wolf #1) by Richard Swan – ‘It is a strange thing to think that the end of the Empire of the Wolf, and all the death and devastation that came with it, traced its long roots back to the tiny and insignificant village of Rill.’

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This Charming Man (The Stranger Times #2) by CK McDonnell – ‘The Hunger.  The damned hunger. Phillip had never felt anything like it.’

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Echo by Thomas Olde Heuvelt – ‘Julia sees the people in the stairwell when she gets up at night to pee’

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The Haunting of Las Lagrimas by WM Cleese – ‘Every night the same things happen.’

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The Great Witch of Brittany by Louisa Morgan – ‘Thirteen-year-old Ursule Orchiere knelt in the shadow of the red caravan to watch her mother lie to people.’

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A Witch in Time by Constance Sayers – ‘Just after my divorce was final, my friend set me up on a blind date.’

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Comfort Me With Apples by Catherynne M Valente – ‘Welcome to a new world of luxury living in Arcadia Gardens, an exclusive, upscale gated community!’

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Top Ten Tuesday : One Word Reviews, #WyrdAndWonder

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TTTTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.   This week’s topic:

One-Word Reviews for the Last Ten Books I Read

For the past few weeks my reading has been reduced due to all sorts of events and also I predominantly focused on my finalists for the SPFBO competition (which has been a thrilling race that I will be writing a roundup post for soon).  For the purposes of this week’s theme I’ve used the winner of the SPFBO together with nine other recent review books and in the spirit of Wyrd & Wonder I’ve mostly used fantasy books (although the Paris Apartment is more thriller).

The Hunger of the Gods by John Gwynne – Brilliant

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Reign and Ruin by JD Evans (SPFBO Winner) – Romantasy

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Insomnia by Sarah Pinborough – Compelling

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The City of Dusk by Tara Sim – Mixed

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Last Exit by Max Gladstone – Mind-bending

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Sundial by Catriona Ward – Unputdownable

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Gallant by VE Schwab – Unexpected

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The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley – Twisted

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The Hemlock Cure by Joanne Burn – Interesting

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The Justice of Kings by Richard Swan – Gripping

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It’s a lot more difficult than I thought giving a one word review.  I may have cheated slightly by including some hyphenated words.

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