Helga joins Ally and myself in dissecting the first 50% of And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich and man, when my friend told me last week things get fucked up in the next quarter, she wasn’t kidding. We play detective trying to piece things together to find out the mystery of Gowan, the curse, and Gollum-mouthed Nori. Come give us a listen and let us know if we’re just flinging wild accusations, missed something, or agree with our conspiracy theories!
Sad to say, but I just could not get through Nightmares a New Decade of Horror to the end. I got to around 40% and was just bored out of my brain. The stories did not scare me a bit. I think every single creepypasta I’ve read has gotten more of a rise out of me than all of the short stories I read in this collection. Most of the stories in the collection were just talk and descriptions with nothing happening. No building up of suspense. No thought that this could happen to me. It all fell flat, especially compared to other horror collections and stories I’ve read. The scariest thing to me was the cover.
I previously read the first book of this series, The City’s Son, back in April and I really enjoyed it. It reminded me of a YA version of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere. So, when I was approached to review the sequel, I was extremely excited! I wanted to know how the story continued for Beth without Fil, and how Pen was able to piece her life back together. Let me tell you, The Glass Republic by Tom Pollock completely BLOWS the first book out of the water. It was such an exciting read that really added so much depth to a character that wasn’t really looked into that much in the first book of the trilogy. We get to look at a new facet of this amazing world Pollock has created and the story itself is wonderful!
Ally and I finally get into the first 25% of And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich and boy, we have no idea what to make of any of it other than it’s creepy as FUCK. This is definitely a book to be read in October and the author truly knows what she’s doing, not just story wise, obviously, but visually as well. We talk about the sisters, the creeper man, Gown and his apples, and wonder at Nori’s Gollum mouth. Join us, won’t you?
Iron Cast by Destiny Soria is perfect for readers that are interested in reading more historical novels, but with a slight paranormal twist. The author does a fantastic job weaving together all of the political and societal undertones happening during the time period into a plot that takes twists and turns.
This week saw reviews published for Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco, as well as the written review for Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Also, posted were the top ten books I was looking forward to reading this fall, and DAY 1 of my Spooktober challenge!