Thursday, August 17

Suspenseful, Riveting and Harrowing - After the Fire by Will Hill

The things I’ve seen are burned into me, like scars that refuse to fade.

Father John controls everything inside The Fence. And Father John likes rules. Especially about never talking to Outsiders. Because Father John knows the truth. He knows what is right, and what is wrong. He knows what is coming.

Moonbeam is starting to doubt, though. She’s starting to see the lies behind Father John’s words. She wants him to be found out.

What if the only way out of the darkness is to light a fire?




Tuesday, August 15

Chilling Novels for Those Who Like 'Em Dark


Hello everyone! I'm so so SO glad Top Ten Tuesday is back, because, as a lover of lists, I've been missing it so much. I broke my brain trying to think of a cool topic for today, something that maybe not a lot of people would be doing, and finally decided next to dark books with truly disturbed characters that will surely make you sit tight with nerves until - or even after - you finish the book. 

Now, these aren't necessary horror novels, many are mysteries, but they all contain some dark shit, be that the characters or certain scenarios. I'll tell you in a few words why each is worth reading and even share some quotes to make you all really feel the dark, chilling atmosphere of these books. 

Saturday, August 12

The Regal Critiques Review Final Girls by Riley Sager


Photo by Allef Vinicius

"But somehow we screamed louder, ran faster, fought harder. We survived."


Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout's knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media's attempts, they never meet.

Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past.

That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy's doorstep. Blowing through Quincy's life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa's death come to light, Quincy's life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam's truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.


Thursday, August 10

Magical Realism, Small Town Vibes and Complex Characters in The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murpy

“But really, aren't there bits of magic everywhere we look? We've just stopped seeing it that way.” 


What if the ordinary things in life suddenly…disappeared?

Aila Quinn’s mother, Juliet, has always been a mystery: vibrant yet guarded, she keeps her secrets beyond Aila’s reach. When Juliet dies, Aila and her younger brother Miles are sent to live in Sterling, a rural town far from home--and the place where Juliet grew up.

Sterling is a place with mysteries of its own. A place where the experiences that weave life together--scents of flowers and food, reflections from mirrors and lakes, even the ability to dream--vanish every seven years.

No one knows what caused these “Disappearances,” or what will slip away next. But Sterling always suspected that Juliet Quinn was somehow responsible--and Aila must bear the brunt of their blame while she follows the chain of literary clues her mother left behind.

As the next Disappearance nears, Aila begins to unravel the dual mystery of why the Disappearances happen and who her mother truly was. One thing is clear: Sterling isn’t going to hold on to anyone's secrets for long before it starts giving them up.




Thursday, August 3

A Grand Tour, Flirting With Trouble and Fun awaits you in The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

“We are not broken things, neither of us. We are cracked pottery mended with lacquer and flakes of gold, whole as we are, complete unto each other. Complete and worthy and so very loved.” 


Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.



Tuesday, August 1

August New Releases To Die For

Photo by Prasanna Kumar

Hello everyone! As it's the first day of August we're here with all the upcoming new releases of the month that Ruzi and I are excited about, and let me tell you, there are quite a lot! I was actually very surprised to see just how many books I'm looking forward to this month, at least one of which is one of my most awaited releases of the whole year (yeah, it is Wonder Woman: Warbringer, you guessed it right). So, on one hand, I'm really sad it's already August, because that signals the end of summer (and I love summer), but I'm also really glad, because FINALLY, I CAN GET ALL THESE BOOKS. Let's take a look at what "all these books" are, shall we? 

To get to the books' GR page, just click on their covers. 

Monday, July 31

Claire Barker - Knitbone Pepper Ghost Dog and a Horse Called Moon (Knitbone Pepper #3)

"You always think books are very helpful."

One starry night, Knitbone and his friends find a ghost horse hiding in the garden. Her name is Moon, and she is searching for her long-lost owner.

But Moon has a spooky secret, which is sure to spell trouble.










Saturday, July 29

Rodman Philbrick - Freak the Mighty

“...remembering is a great invention of the mind, and if you try hard enough you can remember anything, whether it really happened or not.”

Max is used to being called stupid.

And he is used to everyone being scared of him. On account of his size and looking like his dad.

Kevin is used to being called dwarf.

On account of his size and being some cripple kid.

But greatness comes in all shapes and sizes, and together Max and Kevin become FREAK THE MIGHTY and walk high above the world.

An inspiring, heartbreaking, multi-award winning international bestseller.



Tuesday, July 25

24 in 48 Readathon Recap (I DID IT, I DID IT!!)

photo by Nick Hillier

As a lot of you know this past weekend I took part in the 24 in 48 hours readathon which takes place twice a year and the goal is to read for 24 hours in 48 hours. AND I DID IT, I READ FOR 24+ HOURS!! I still can't believe that I was able to do that, because back when I was making my TBR post it seemed VERY hard, near impossible, to tell you the truth. I'm so satisfied and proud of myself right now. 

Today, I'm here with a recap of the 9 books + 1 short story that I read this past weekend, and I'm very happy to say that most of these books were great. Even the two that I rated 3 stars were fairly enjoyable, so yay.

Friday, July 21

24 in 48 Readathon TBR (Let's cheer each other on!)


Hello everyone! I'm here with an update/announcement today about a readathon starting this very day, in just about two hours. It's called the 24 in 48 Readathon (find out more here), and the participants' aim is to read at least 24 out of 48 hours. I KNOW, SOUNDS BRUTAL, buuuut I did the maths (literally anyone who knows me would go through those numbers VERY carefully, because I'm bad with numbers, but I swear this will be correct!!) and it seems totally doable if you think about it. 

What I'm personally aiming to do is to read approx the same amount of time on both days, which would mean around 12 hours each day. Sounds hard, BUT not if you look at it this way: if I sleep six hours, which is perfectly enough for me as long as I don't do that for days and days, I'll have 18 hours left of each day. That means that if I can keep up the 12 hours/day schedule, I'll have 6 hours left of each day to eat, update on my progress etc. SEE? I just made the impossible look possible. Thank me later. 

On a side note, this is actually my second time participating, and the last time I was in a smaller reading slump, so I failed spectacularly, but this time around I'm a lot more prepared, which means that I have a whole TBR ready, full of books I'm super-duper excited for. 

I picked 5 copies I own in physical form and 5 that I own in ebook form. I contemplated adding review copies to my list, but I like to write my reviews soon after finishing a book, and that obviously wouldn't be possible here. Also, I'm not sure if ten books is too much or no (pretty sure it is), but I'd rather have more than less. 

To be honest, knowing myself there's a huge chance I won't read the majority of these, but rather pick up other novels.. yeah, I'm that much of a mood reader. But still, let's take a look at them together!