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My Annihilation by Fuminori Nakamura

This review is going to be pretty short (for me) as it’s very difficult to explain what’s so good about this novel without spoiling anything, and it’s vital to go into this novel knowing the bare minimum, which is what I did. From reading the, very brief, blurb I thought I had an idea of…

Life Ceremony by Sayaka Murata

Murata has very quickly become a new favourite author of mine, I especially loved the darker story of Earthlings, so I was thrilled to see that a lot of the collection did follow similar darkness. Personally, I think Life Ceremony is an amazing introduction to Murata’s writing and the range that she can expertly handle.

Blog Tour – The Creeper by A.M. Shine

Welcome to my stop on The Creeper blog tour! Huge thanks to Head of Zeus for giving me the opportunity to take part in this! I was provided a copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review.  Publisher: Head of ZeusPublication Date: 15/09/2022Length: 240 pagesGenre: Horror | Gothic Horror CW: graphic depictions of…

Babel by R.F. Kuang

I fell in love with Kuang’s writing after reading The Poppy War trilogy and was eager to see what she would do next. When Babel was announced I was very excited, the novel sounded like it was going to be utterly unique, fantastical, and darkly political – all of which it delivered, and more!

Black Mouth by Ronald Malfi

I absolutely adored Come With Me when I read it last year, so I was not surprised in the slightest that I also devoured Black Mouth in a single sitting. There’s just something about Malfi’s writing that it’s utterly captivating, making it impossible to put the novel down. The pacing, the plot and the characters…

Ghostwritten by Ronald Malfi

Whenever I hear that Malfi has a new book coming out I am always excited, they always sink their claws into me and I can never help myself but devour the entire book as soon as possible as I need to know what happens. The four novellas that make up Ghostwritten have the same level…

The Moonday Letters by Emmi Itäranta

I have no idea where to begin with this review. It’s so difficult to capture the magic of this novel that I won’t be able to do it justice. The Moonday Letters is certainly a unique read, one that is more of an experience as you see life through Lumi’s letters which is much different…

The Path of Thorns by A.G. Slatter

I adored Slatter’s debut novel All the Murmuring Bones, so when I was sent her next novel I was thrilled to delve back into her writing once more. The Path of Thorns was just as dark and gripping as I hoped it would be.

Violets by Kyung-Sook Shin

I loved how Shin was able to do so much in such a short novel, the pacing and the character development were excellently presented. The way that Shin manages to make San’s everyday life so surreal and dreamlike – almost as if you’re strolling through the streets in the same dazed state as San gave…

Nettle and Bone by T. Kingfisher

The opening of this novel immediately sets the scene and draws you into the world. From the first chapter we see how dark and mysterious this story will be, but also balanced with humour which I wasn’t expecting at all. Additionally, I really enjoyed how we jumped straight into Marra doing what she can to…

Ragged by Christopher Irvin

Firstly, a huge thank you to Titan Books for sending me a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Publisher: Titan BooksPublication Date: 19/04/2022Length: 288 pagesGenre: Fiction | Mystery | Gothic CW: graphic depictions of death and illness In a feral twist on crime fiction, Cal, a mutt with a criminal past,…

Blog Tour – The Carnival of Ash by Tom Beckerlegge

Welcome to my stop on The Carnival of Ash blog tour! Huge thanks to TheWriteReads and Rebellion Publishing for giving me the opportunity to take part in this! I was provided a copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review.  Publisher: Solaris / Rebellion PublishingPublication Date: 17/03/2022Length: 528 pagesGenre: Literary Fiction | Historical…

Blog Tour – The Green Indian Problem by Jade Leaf Willetts

It is rare for an author to capture the voice of a child so authentically and yet, Willetts has done just that through the wonderful narrative voice of Green. The entire novel is from Green’s perspective in the form of his ‘workbook’ – a diary where he writes out his problems to help him solve…

Blog Tour – Women and Love by Miriam Burke

As it is February, I’m sure you will see many reviews of romances or books where love is the main theme, however, I don’t think you’ll find a collection of short stories that explores love in a brutal, yet beautiful, way. Not only does Burke celebrate the diversity of love in this collection, not only…

Scorpica by G.R. Macallister

As a lover of the fantasy genre, I’ve really been enjoying how many refreshing takes are being taken in recent years, especially in the aspects of the role reversal of male and female characters. However, Scorpica, takes this to a whole new level with its darkly complex characters, intricate politics and world-building as well as…

The Woman in the Purple Skirt by Natsuko Imamura

I really enjoyed the unique way that this story was told, by being in the perspective of the observer of The Woman in the Purple Skirt (referred to as The Woman in the Yellow Cardigan) we are put into an interesting position.

All the White Spaces by Ally Wilkes

When this book landed on my doorstep, with a letter from the esteemed James Randall himself inviting me on the expedition, I knew that this would be the novel to break me out of my reading slump. Having been fascinated with the story of Captain Scott as a child, this novel was just shouting at…

An Altar on the Village Green by Nathan Hall

This spooky season I’ve been trying to read a variety of horror, I generally read more Gothic horror however when I heard about this novel I was drawn to the uniqueness of the story and within the first chapter I was fully invested.

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