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Book Review: Return to Dyatlov Pass by J. H. Moncrieff

dyatlovpass‘In 1959, nine Russian students set off on a skiing expedition in the Ural Mountains. Their mutilated bodies were discovered weeks later. Their bizarre and unexplained deaths are one of the most enduring true mysteries of our time.
Nearly sixty years later, podcast host Nat McPherson ventures into the same mountains with her team, determined to finally solve the mystery of the Dyatlov Pass incident. Her plans are thwarted on the first night, when two trackers from her group are brutally slaughtered.
The team’s guide, a superstitious man from a neighboring village, blames the killings on yetis, but no one believes him. As members of Nat’s team die one by one, she must figure out if there’s a murderer in their midst—or something even worse—before history repeats itself and her group becomes another casualty of the infamous Dead Mountain.’

A fictional investigation in to a real life tragedy, the Dyatlov Pass incident was never fully explained, as the deaths of the victims were too bizarre for reason. The book has a fairly slow start as we get to know the 8 people chosen for the challenge of revisiting the exact place that the incident took place to try and find answers for a popular online podcast. The middle section of this story was deffinitly the best part in my opinion, the atmosphere was written extremely well and seriously gave me the creeps. The yetis can’t be real, right? so who out of their group is killing them off one by one and recreating the Dyatlov victims deaths? There are a lot of shocking moments but the ending fell a bit short for me, although overall a very gripping read.

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My Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

this ebook was purchased by myself

 

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Book Review: The Wicked King by Holly Black

thewickedking‘Jude has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were biddable. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her, even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.
When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a faerie world.’

The Wicked King is the sequel to The Cruel Prince so there will be spoilers for the first book in this review. Jude and Carden are now in power, seeing as he is bound to her command for a year (and a day), this doesn’t stop Carden from trying to work ways around this bargain and he still manages to find his own sick ways of belittling, with some help of old faithful Locke. Traitors are at play and Jude is left feeling like she can trust no one but herself. My favourite parts of this book were seeing the relationship between Jude and Carden evolve, and yes I do ship that toxic relationship. Cardens brother, after massacring most of the family is being held captive and may or may not be conspiring against the crown with Orlagh, queen of the sea. We see Jude try whatever is in her power to keep the ones she loves safe while protecting the kingdom, but of course nothing ever goes to plan in Faerie. The book has a huge cliff hanger ending that left me still confused at what Cardens true feelings and intentions are, and now we wait for book 3.

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My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

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Book Review: In The Night Wood by Dale Bailey

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‘Charles Hayden has been fascinated by a strange Victorian fairy tale, In the Night Wood, since he was a child. When his wife, Erin – a descendant of the author – inherits her ancestor’s house, the couple decide to make it their home. Still mourning the recent death of their daughter, they leave America behind, seeking a new beginning in the English countryside. But Hollow House, filled with secrets and surrounded by an ancient oak forest, is a place where the past seems very much alive.’

Released: 7th February 2019

A dark fairy tale within a dark fairy tale, this book is a very atmospheric gothic thriller based in Yorkshire. Charles and Erin move in to Hollow House which is a huge mansion which has previously been burnt down by its previous owner and rebuilt. A tall wall has been built around the whole house, to keep the forest out? but why. Charles is obsessed with finding out more about the previous owner who was said to have been driven mad by the forest and committed suicide. When they move in, there are already staff working there to maintain the house, some more suspicious than others. A young girl has gone missing from the village that looks remarkably like their deceased daughter Lissa, both Charles and Erin see visions of a young girl and a dark horned figure in and around the forest, are they just visions?

This book kept me guessing to the very end about what was actually real, the truth, and who was responsible for the missing girls. It shows how people handle grief differently, some distract themselves and obsess over something else, others are completely consumed by the grief with no way out. Murder, adultery, betrayal, guilt. The only criticisms I have from reading this book is that it took me a while to get used to the writing style and I sometimes found myself lost in it and having to reread some parts. Overall I enjoyed this thriller and was satisfied with how it ended.

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My Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

eARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

 

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Book Review: Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

nevermoor‘Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she’s blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks–and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday.
But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.’

The best way I can describe this book is being Harry Potter but not being Harry Potter. What a compliment though? It did give me similar feels while reading it, I love me some good British humor. All of the characters are unique and excellent, there’s a huge talking cat and a vampire dwarf for goodness sake.

We follow Morrigan as she is whisked away by a tall ginger man called Jupiter North the same night she was supposed to die. She finds her way around this new magical world, Nevermoor, and has to pass a series of ‘trials’ to try and become a part of the Wundrous Society. If she fails, she faces exportation back to the normal world and certain death, not much pressure then. The writing is well paced and easy to read, the friendships are marvelous and the story overall is great. There really isn’t much else to say about it, it’s a great start to a new series, go read it! There are currently 2 books out and the 3rd should be out later this year. Also the hardcover versions of these books are gorgeous.

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My Rating: 4.75/5 Stars

THIS BOOK WAS PURCHASED BY MYSELF
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Book Review: The Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge

thetwistedtree‘Martha can tell things about a person just by touching their clothes, as if their emotions and memories have been absorbed into the material. It started the day she fell from the tree at her grandma’s cabin and became blind in one eye.
Determined to understand her strange ability, Martha sets off to visit her grandmother, Mormor – only to discover Mormor is dead, a peculiar boy is in her cabin and a terrifying creature is on the loose.
Then the spinning wheel starts creaking, books move around and terror creeps in . . .’

This is by far the creepiest book I’ve read in a while and it caught me off guard, I wasn’t expecting it to be so paranormal but it was an extremely chilling read. The atmosphere was written so well and I regretted having this as my night-time read! It also features a lot of Norse mythology which was fun. Watching the relationship between Martha and the boy in the cabin ‘Stig’ evolve was really nice but it kept the thought in the back of my mind whether he could really be trusted or not, seeing as we don’t really know him.

There is a certain part in the story that sets all hell loose and left me truly shocked and scared to continue reading (in a good way). The only criticism I have is that towards the end the writing seemed a bit messy and I found it hard to keep up with what was happening as it was so fast paced. Overall I would definitely recommend, especially to fans of YA horror/thrillers and Norse mythology. This was also a debut book which makes it that more impressive! I can’t wait to read more by Rachel Burge in the future.

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My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

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Book Review: Beneath The Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

beneaththesugarsky‘When Rini lands with a literal splash in the pond behind Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children, the last thing she expects to find is that her mother, Sumi, died years before Rini was even conceived. But Rini can’t let Reality get in the way of her quest – not when she has an entire world to save!

If she can’t find a way to restore her mother, Rini will have more than a world to save: she will never have been born in the first place. And in a world without magic, she doesn’t have long before Reality notices her existence and washes her away. Good thing the student body is well-acquainted with quests…’

The third book in the Wayward Children series, this one revisits the school some time after the events of the first book. There are a few new characters as well as some beloved old ones and they are all trying to bring Sumi (my favourite character from book 1) back to life, hurrah!

Sumi’s daughter falls out of the sky and in to the pond at the back of the school where she is discovered by some familiar characters and one new (chubby mermaid) girl. They decide to help her on her quest to try and find Sumi’s body and some how figure out how to bring her back to life before Rini completely ceases to exist, she is slowly disappearing (one finger at a time) so the race is on.

The usual hilarity ensues and we get to travel to some different worlds via a magic candy bracelet, confront a queen of candy, bargain with the lord of the dead and meet a god of confection! These books are always a joy to read and I have enjoyed them all so far. Book 4 (In an absent dream) is newly released and I can’t wait to read it!

If you like dark humor and interesting characters, please read book 1 in this series! (Every heart a doorway)

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My Rating: 5/5 Stars

THIS BOOK WAS PURCHASED BY MYSELF
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My Top 10 Books of 2018

KAFKA ON THE SHORE BY HARUKI MURAKAMI

6564051I read my first Murakami book in 2018 and oh boy, this book is now one of my favourites of all time! One of those books I feel everyone should read at least once. I’m not a huge re-reader (ok not a re-reader at all) but I will for sure be reading this book again in 2019, and probably once a year until I die to be honest. Please read it!

SHADOW OF THE FOX BY JULIE KAGAWA

37004954Most people who have read this book describe it as being an anime in book form, and that is pretty accurate. What a fun, emotional ride. Being a huge fan of Japanese culture and mythology I enjoyed this SO much. Great cast of diverse characters, good and evil and a giant monstrous centipede. The sequel comes out in 2019 and I can’t wait.

VICIOUS BY V.E. SCHWAB

viciousMy first V. E. Schwab book and what a great introduction to an author. Self made super villains, switching timelines and great characters. This book challenges morality and the way we perceive what’s wrong or right. Who will you root for?

THE SOUND OF WAVES BY YUKIO MUSHIMA

628052018 was also a discovery of my new favourite author and I ended up reading the majority of his English translated work. Sound of waves in particular touched me and gave me all the feels, another one I will end up re-reading. I still have some of his books to read in 2019 but I’m savoring them like the precious gems that they are.

GIRLS OF PAPER AND FIRE BY NATASHA NGAN

34433755I feel like this was quite a popular book from 2018 and rightly so. It has a lot of trigger warnings for sexual abuse, violence and rape though. It also features a F/F romance and is written really well in my opinion. The sequel is out in 2019 and I will for sure be picking it up, this book leaves on a bit of a cliff hanger and I need to know how this plays out.

REVENGE BY YOKO OGAWA

17789899Another awesome Japanese author discovery for me, this book is made up of 11 short stories that all inter connect in some way and will leave you feeling CONFUSED, but in a good way. An excellent unique read and another that I would recommend everyone to read at least once.

ALICE BY CHRISTINA HENRY

aliceI recently posted my review for this book but in summary, a VERY dark Alice in wonderland inspired story, set some years after the events of the original story. Trigger warnings for extreme violence and sexual abuse. Revisit all of the old Alice in Wonderland characters with a very evil twist.

SCYTHE BY NEAL SHUSTERMAN

scytheSet in the future where all illnesses are cured, humans can live forever, no poverty or hunger issues. So how do they keep the population down? Random people get chosen to become Scythes and they get to pick and choose who dies, for good. Great read aside from the unneccessary romance.

EVERY HEART A DOORWAY BY SEANAN MCGUIRE

25526296A pleasant surprise, I went in to this thinking it would be more of a children’s book but I was WRONG and it was amazing. A school that children come to after they return from spending years in a different world. Loved the humor,  characters and dark themes.

CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE BY TOMI ADEYEMI

childrenofbloodandboneA great author debut from 2018. Multi perspective fantasy adventure trying to reclaim the magic that was taken from them very brutally. There is one character I didn’t really like and some insta love that didn’t make too much sense but over all a fun read. The sequel comes out in 2019.