Wednesday, April 29, 2020

What We're Reading #47

We’re back with more must-read books to brighten up your life!

Thin Places by Kay Chronister

Kay Chronister’s remarkable debut collection of modern horror tales, Thin Places, echoes with the ghosts of Shirley Jackson and Charlotte Perkins Gilman, while forging its own unique gothic sensibility. Here there be monsters! And witches!

These are tales of monstrous mothers and dark desires. Love, grief, death; and the exquisite pain and joy of life. With transcendent prose, Chronister chronicles the lives of powerful women and children; wicked witches and demons. These are the traumatic ghosts we all carry, and Chronister knows what it means to be human and humane. Powerful and hypnotic, these are tales you won’t forget, from a vibrant new voice. 

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Audra’s Teaser Review

Chronister’s focus throughout these stories is women who struggle to be heard, who strive to gain power and agency, who are haunted by ghosts real and imagined. They swim in legend and the supernatural but feel tangible, which makes them all the more chilling.

Read Audra’s entire review at Goodreads.

Asylum of Shadows by Stephanie Ellis

Amongst the slums of Limehouse stands a new hospital, a monument to Victorian philanthropy. Marian, destitute and about to be orphaned as her father succumbs to the ravages of syphilis, is taken there by Dr. Janssen. This eminent physician offers her work and a roof over her head. Employed as a seamstress, she stitches shrouds for the dead and hoods for the hangman. Marian is taken to the ward of St. Carcifex. This shadowy ward receives the recently deceased, particularly those who have hung from the gallows. Her task in this gloomy place is to watch over them, make sure the dead stay dead. On Marian’s first night, she is charged with the care of two murderers, who, despite their hanging, do not appear to have the expected deathly pallor. On the second night, these guests are joined by innocent, hard-working men, victims of an unfortunate dock accident. Marian is enraged that such should be forced to share the ward. As her own mind falls victim to the ravages of the disease which killed her father, she metes out her own justice, her own vengeance – on dead and alive alike.

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Emily’s Teaser Review

This is a quick and intriguing story about the main character’s descent into madness, and I got pretty invested in the story. I recommend checking this one out!

Read Emily’s entire review at Goodreads.

Season of Secrets by Kerry E.B. Black

Did Equinox Magic lead to murder?

Casey Adams juggles the responsibilities of a stressful life, but after participating in a secret campus ceremony, these concerns seem minor, compared to a growing dread that somehow she and her friends may have unleashed something sinister. Assailed by bloody visions of death, Casey fears she’s going as insane as her mother.

When a horrible murder comes to peaceful Ol’ Nor’eastern College, Casey and her friends must accept the changes in their lives and stop the bloodshed. Fans of magical realism will enjoy this debut Young Adult contemporary exploration of the paranormal, responsibility to family, friends, and community, and self-acceptance.

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Alex’s Teaser Review

This is considered along the lines of YA paranormal mystery horror. It was a fun read and I read it in two sittings – I just got so drawn into Casey’s life and had to find out what was going to happen. 

Read Alex’s entire review at Goodreads.

Thank you for joining us today! We hope you found something to add to your tbr list. Please share your recent reads with us in the comments below.

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