Holly & Hazel – Review

 

 

 


Title: Hazel and Holly

Author: 
Sara C. Snider
Publisher: 
Double Beast Publishing
Genre: New Adult, Sci Fi & Fantasy
Release Date: May 16 2019
Rating: 

 

 

 

So I have a confession, I actually started reading this quite some time ago but I had so much going on with work I stopped and suddenly picked it back up. I was instantly hooked on the book once again and binged the last 2/3’s quite quickly.

Here is the synopsis pulled from Netgalley:

Nestled within an enchanted forest is the Grove, a community where witches and warlocks practice natural magic, brew mystical potions, and lock their cellars against beer thieving gnomes. Life is quiet and uneventful. Well, except when Hazel’s long-lost father uses necromancy to trap her dead mother’s soul.

That simply won’t do. Necromancy is forbidden in the Grove, and for good reason too. Nobody wants filthy corpses shambling around, mussing up one’s garden. Hazel is determined to find her father and undo his treachery.

But despite Hazel’s plans of becoming a one-woman army, she can’t do everything alone. It’s not until wild sister Holly convinces her to leave the house for once and go to a party that Hazel finds a pair of unlikely allies in two bickering warlock brothers.

Together, the four of them go on a journey that takes them out of the Grove and into a world where necromancy reigns and the dead won’t respectfully stay in the grave. Hazel will do whatever it takes to stop her father and save her mother’s soul. Even if it means turning to necromancy. Even if it means losing her friends. Because they would never help a necromancer. Would they?

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Ever Alice – Review

 

Title: Ever Alice
Author: 
H.J Ramsay
Publisher: 
Red Rogue Press
Genre: Fantasy, Teens & YA, Sci-Fi
Release Date: August 1st 2019
Rating:

 

 

 

If you know me personally you would know that Alice in Wonderland is one of my all time favourite books,  I grew up watching the Disney version of the film over and over again. In fact I know my parents have a VHS of me somewhere singing ‘All the Flowers’ proudly in the front room for the whole family.

When I saw that Ever Alice was available on Netgalley to review I jumped at the chance,  it sounded like a mixture of the world I once knew as a child mixed with the harsh realities of mental health. By now if you’ve been reading my blog you will know that I love a good dark Fantasy fiction, especially tales with a twist.

Here is the synopsis pulled from Netgalley:

Alice’s stories of Wonderland did more than raise a few eyebrows—it landed her in an asylum. Now at 15 years of age, she’s willing to do anything to leave, which includes agreeing to an experimental procedure. When Alice decides at the last minute not to go through with it, she escapes with the White Rabbit to Wonderland and trades one mad house for another: the court of the Queen of Hearts. Only this time, she is under orders to take out the Queen. When love, scandal, and intrigue begin to muddle her mission, Alice finds herself on the wrong side of the chopping block.

I have now finished reading Ever Alice and my review is below, there will be a few spoilers so be warned.

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What I thought – Books I Read in March

This month I read 3 books (I’ve almost finished my 4th one but I will be doing a separate review for that)


Sadie

This took me a while to get into and I did almost put it down and begin reading something else, then a friend told me to try the audiobook. Again I wasn’t feeling it and the narration felt a bit cheesy at times, but suddenly something clicked and I ended up really enjoying it. It is very clever and is laid out as a podcast within a book, so as an audiobook it works really well. It starts quite sad and the tone get progressively darker, which as you know I really enjoy. However it does deal with death of children and can be very difficult to listen too / read throughout.

The Alchemist

I was recommended this by SOOOOOO many people, so when I read it and didn’t like it I felt bad. I don’t know, I understand it’s a different take on a self-help book however I couldn’t distance myself from what it really was. It felt like it was preaching to me and also felt very misleading and just not something I could get into. I didn’t get anything from this – I didn’t get my spiritual awakening it kept talking about and I don’t think I will be recommending this to anyone any time soon.

Snot Girl #13

Snotgirl is back with another amazing comic and I loved it! It was such a good way to bring the story back and also made me howl with laughter. I love Snotgirl because it is a comic based on this era of influencers and does it in such a good way. If you’re interested in me writing up a proper review of the series so far then let me know!

What did you read in March?

-Amy x

Review | Little Darlings By Melanie Golding

I love reading thriller / mystery books, so when I saw that Little Darlings was highly rated on NetGalley I had to request it, especially after reading the synopsis.

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Taken from NetGalley:

“Everyone says Lauren Tranter is exhausted, that she needs rest. And they’re right; with newborn twins, Morgan and Riley, she’s never been more tired in her life. But she knows what she saw: that night, in her hospital room, a woman tried to take her babies and replace them with her own…creatures. Yet when the police arrived, they saw no one. Everyone, from her doctor to her husband, thinks she’s imagining things.

A month passes. And one bright summer morning, the babies disappear from Lauren’s side in a park. But when they’re found, something is different about them. The infants look like Morgan and Riley—to everyone else. But to Lauren, something is off. As everyone around her celebrates their return, Lauren begins to scream, These are not my babies.

Determined to bring her true infant sons home, Lauren will risk the unthinkable. But if she’s wrong about what she saw…she’ll be making the biggest mistake of her life.

Compulsive, creepy, and inspired by some our darkest fairy tales, Little Darlings will have you checking—and rechecking—your own little ones. Just to be sure. Just to be safe.”

This review will have spoilers so please only read on if you don’t mind them. Please click read more for my review 🙂

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What I thought – Books in October

I thought I would summarise the books I read in October and share my favourites with you. I even came up with a swanky rating system, but if you’d rather read my actual scores then check out my Goodreads.

In October I managed to read a graphic novel volume and a few books – I tried to stick to a spoopy theme however I was lucky to receive an early copy of Muse of Nightmares.

Muse of Nightmares

(Must read)

This book, this incredible book! I loved Strange the Dreamer (it was actually the first book to make me ugly cry in public) so I waited in anticipation for this next installment, and I was not let down. It follows on straight after the previous book, and continues to expand on the lost city of Weep and it’s incredibly powerful inhabitants.

Without giving away too much of the plot, this book captivated me even more than the first and I believe this was due to the emotional attachment you build with the characters. You really feel something for Lazlo, Sarai and especially Eril-Fane in this book – you can feel the intense emotion throughout each individual person, their love, pain and anger. If you enjoyed Strange the Dreamer you will love this, it opens up more lore into the universe and finally gives you some clarity to the backstory of the Gods and Godslayers.

This wasn’t a horror themed book but Minya did an excellent job of giving me actual shivers up my spine, obviously I cannot wait for the third installment!

Hex

(Buy on sale)

Hex was a difficult one for me because the first 80 pages or so felt like a mish-mash of tones and writing styles. I really struggled and almost gave up but then around 100 pages in it suddenly clicked and I began really enjoying it – until the ending that was…

Set in a town haunted by the ghost of a ‘witch’ who was previously murdered by the townsfolk for resurrecting her son – the book opens in a surprisingly comical way, the townsfolk speak about her so lightheartedly you’d think she was a relative. The books concept and ideas were great and a few of the scenes mid-way through the book really were hard-hitting, however the tone just felt so wrong at times. After reading up on the author however I realised this was a book translated from Dutch, the location it was set was completely changed and some of the scenes were taken out / rewritten – so maybe it was lost in translation with me?

Personally I wouldn’t recommend this book to someone unless they could pick it up real cheap!

The Last Days of Jack Sparks

(Read immediately)

I was sent this by my friend Kelsey, and I was not sure if it would by my cup of tea but I really, really enjoyed this. I read it in 2 sittings because I was hooked!

A book within a book, this was written in a documentary style and the internal author was Jack Sparks, who could be deemed the Louis Theroux of the book world. He has spent his career writing books on the darker sides of life and his latest book was to debunk the idea of ghosts and possession. The book opens with an excorism that Jack witnesses and it then spirals out of control, seeing what happens after you burst out laughing in-front of a possessed little girl.

Honestly this was one of the first books in a very long time that gave me the creeps. I actually had a couple of mini nightmares off the back of this book, this has literally never happened with any book I’ve read in the past. You really feel what Jack is going through, he isn’t the most likable character to begin with but following his journey you warm to him. I absolutely loved it.

It did what a horror book should do, scared the shit out of me.

Sex Criminals : Volume 5

Not quite Halloweeny, but volume 5 of Sex Criminals came out this month!

Volume 4 was a bit of a let-down for me and I was really hoping it would redeem itself, it did just that. The humor felt on-point and the story feels like it’s progressing and finally back on track to how strong it was with volumes 1-3.

I can’t really talk about this too much especially if you haven’t read the other volumes. But if you are looking for something which isn’t about Superheroes, has a very adult theme and some pretty dark humor, then this might be for you!

I hope this gave you an insight into my reading habits…

See you next month!

-Amy x

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Not a stitch!

So this is going to be a completely unrelated post to stitching, but my friend Kelsey inspired me to write a bookish blog post. You can check out her blog here, her blog is fabulous and full of books and cats!

I thought I would do a August book haul as I bought A LOT – and I’ve already read through 4 of them…I am part of a group where we live and breath books, we also enable each other a tremendous amount so quite a lot of my money goes on buying books that the ladies tell me too.

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I had a bit of a physical and digital book haul in August, however I am trying to buy more books digitally as I’m running low on space…

On Kindle I picked up;

  • Human Acts – I bought this because the blurb sounded very interesting and I fell in love with Han Kangs writing after recently reading The Vegetarian. This book is based on true events of the Gwangju Uprising in South Korea in 1980, it’s very moving and it took a few days for me to recover after reading it – it also made me go and do a tonne of research into the Uprising.
  • The White Book – This is also written by Han Kang and I bought this soon after finishing Human Acts. The blurb suggests its a book which is about the spirit of life, dealing with mourning and rebirth – I cannot wait to read it!
  • The Alchemist – This was recommended to me by several people so I went in blind and I’m going to also read it completely blind, I am not going to read much into it and I’ll let you know my thoughts when I’m done.
  • Grotesque – I really love dark and messed up books (if you check out my goodreads read list you’ll see…), this has been coming up on my recommendations list for about a year so I thought it was time to pick it up.
  • Out – This was the other book which was recommended me to me alongside Grotesque, it’s the same author Natsuo Kirino and this one intrigues me because the blurb suggests it’s about a group of women who band together to leave their mundane lifestyles, and in doing this they do some pretty bad stuff…
  • Friend Request – This was suggested to me by a few friends so I thought I’d pick it up, but after reading the reviews I’m not sure I’m as hyped for it as I was originally. Who knows though, I may follow up with a blog post about this one.
  • Hex – This is going to be my first Halloween read in October (I put out a tweet asking for your favourite horror books and picked this up straight away), so many of my friends have read this, and the book group I’m part of always talk about how good and scary this is.

Physically I picked up;

  • Strange Weather in Tokyo – I’ve wanted to read this for a long time and recently I’ve found a new love of Japanese slice of life translated books. I thought I’d pick this up because it has such good reviews, and of course the ladies in my book group have been RAVING about this for months. So it’s only natural I join the hype train!
  • Kitchen (currently reading) – I picked this up because of Kelsey (who I linked above) and the cover alone had me sold, then I read the blurb on the back and it confirmed that I NEEDED to read this book.  The blurb is “Kitchen juxtaposes two tales about mothers, transsexuality, bereavement, kitchens, love and tragedy in contemporary Japan. It is a startlingly original first work by Japan’s brightest young literary star and is now a cult film”.
  • The Chalk Man & Snap – I’ve grouped these together because the only reason I picked them up is because they have been advertised on the tubes in London for months, yes, I am one of those people where advertising really does work!

If you’re wondering what I rate my books you can check out my Goodreads here.

So that is the end of my book haul, if you liked this please let me know and I’ll consider doing more in the future!

-Amy x

 

*Please note that I use affiliate links to Amazon purchases, if you use this link to buy the item I earn a small portion of the sale – which essentially goes back into my obsession.