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Kiersten White ★★ “Fourteen competitors. Seven Days.” Still haunted by the horrors of her childhood, Mack reluctantly agrees to enter a competition, knowing that the prize money would allow her to move out of the shelter and take control of her life. Fourteen contestants will enter an abandoned amusement park for a week-long game of…… Continue reading Hide

January Releases

Wow, January. 2022. You know you’re getting old when time passes too quickly for you to reliably remember what year it is. I generally try to do these ‘end of month/looking forward to next month’ things before, as seems logical, the end of the month, but everything’s been crazy over the last few weeks, and…… Continue reading January Releases

December Releases

November has been a relatively slow month on the book front, probably because at this time of year my day job begins to intrude more on my precious reading time. I run a small business, Dragonrat Jewellery, and while I’d usually be knee-deep in Christmas fairs by now Covid-19 has meant sticking to online events…… Continue reading December Releases

The Once and Future Witches

Alix E. Harrow ★★★★ “Witching and women’s rights. Suffrage and spells. They’re both…” She gestures in midair again. “They’re both a kind of power, aren’t they? The kind we aren’t allowed to have…” There are no such thing as witches, not anymore. Those that came before were burned, and Salem lies in ruins. A new…… Continue reading The Once and Future Witches

Forging a Nightmare

Patricia A. Jackson ★★★ Unknown to Humanity, the descendants of Fallen Angels live among us. After millennia of living in anonymity, a serial killer has discovered their secret and has marked them for death. FBI Agent Michael Childs is brought in to investigate a series of grisly murders in New York City. The only link…… Continue reading Forging a Nightmare

November Releases

What’s that saying about good intentions? I’ve not read a single one of the Halloween reads I mentioned last month (although I’m going to start The Island of Dr. Moreau tonight). Instead, I’ve been distracted by random Kindle Unlimited books, a lengthy book of Egyptian steampunk short stories, the fantastic Rivers of London graphic novels,…… Continue reading November Releases

Evolutionary Magic

Christina Herlyn ★★★ Evolutionary Magic is the debut novel of Christina Herlyn, a dystopian urban fantasy set in an alternate history where our moon was shunted out of orbit by an asteroid, Atlas. As you might expect, this caused a massive amount of environmental damage, along with the failure of a substantial proportion of technology,…… Continue reading Evolutionary Magic

Femlandia

Christina Dalcher ★★ With the world in a dystopian turmoil following an international economic collapse, Miranda and her teen-aged daughter are forced to make a difficult decision – stay in Maryland and risk starvation or attack by one of the roving gangs of violent, disenfranchised men, or make a dangerous and arduous journey on foot…… Continue reading Femlandia

The Final Girl Support Group

Grady Hendrix ★★★ “Men die because they make mistakes. Women? We die because we’re female.” To the casual observer, the group of women would appear to have little in common. They meet monthly in the church basement, arriving one by one and leaving alone. What the observer cannot know is that this is a meeting…… Continue reading The Final Girl Support Group

Pieces of Her

Karin Slaughter ★★★ When Andy and her mother, Laura, are caught up in a shooting at a local diner, Laura risks her life to defend her daughter. In the aftermath, Andy tries to reconcile the disturbingly professional manner in which Laura disarmed and killed the gunman with her memories of her mother. When public opinion…… Continue reading Pieces of Her