Thursday, May 27, 2021

What We've Been Reading #97

We have three recent reads to share with you today! We hope you find your new favorite book and don’t forget to click either tag above to find more recommendations that you need in your collection.

Cradle and Grave by Anya Ow

In the distant dystopian irradiated future of Cradle and Grave, Dar Lien is a professional scout for scavenger runs into the Scab, a ruined urban-zone badly infected by heavily mutagenic phenomena called the Change. When Yusuf and the mysterious Servertu employ her for an unorthodox run into the Scab, she finds herself embroiled in a conflict she didn’t expect.

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Audra’s Teaser Review

This novella has some of the most impressive and imaginative world-building that I’ve ever come across and Ow is able to craft excellent visuals through her writing. 

Read Audra’s entire review at Goodreads.

Laurie’s Review

Cradle and Grave is a dark and imaginative action-packed road trip filled with terrifying creatures. The author throws you immediately into the world leaving you scrambling to figure things out and I much prefer this method to a huge (and often boring) info dump. It’s a futuristic blend of horror and sci-fi and I think sci-fi fans will adore it.

Pivot by L.C. Barlow

From the age of seven, Jack Harper is raised by the leader of a mystical cult, Cyrus Harper. Through Cyrus, Jack receives a full education in all usual subjects―economics, literature, mathematics, history―as well as one unique skill useful to a person in Cyrus’s position: assassination. With the help of Roland James, a man incapable of dying, Cyrus hones Jack into the perfect weapon to use against all who oppose him.

It is not long, however, before Jack discovers that Cyrus and Roland are not the only ones living in Cyrus’s mansion. There, too, exists a mysterious creature in the depths of the house with supposed immortal magic. According to Roland, this creature is responsible for all the miraculous things Jack has witnessed throughout her childhood, including Roland’s resurrection. The creature, potent and powerful, only weakens in the presence of Cyrus’s red velvet box―a dark, enchanted tool that grants Cyrus his invincibility and ensures his reign.

Lonely and terrified by her life in the cult, under Cyrus’s neverending watch, Jack desperately pursues the mysterious being. When they finally meet, her world is turned upside down, as he offers her more than she could have ever expected―the possibility of escape and her own secret, magical power.

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Alex’s Teaser Review

PIVOT is book one in the Jack Harper trilogy, a trio of books I will most definitely be finishing! As of today, only the 2nd one is published. I am going to get that one and then (im)patiently await the final installment! PIVOT is this wonderful blend of thriller, supernatural horror, and dark fantasy.

Read Alex’s entire review at Goodreads.

The Prisoners of Stewartville by Shannon Felton

Everyone knew about Stewartville’s dark history. The mining war that led to the prisons. The prisons that brought the corruption. The drugs and the crime. It was no secret that something was wrong with the place.What we didn’t know was why. Then Denny and I found that tunnel in his basement. And what we learned—what everyone learned—is that there’s no escaping the ghosts of your past. But let me start at the beginning… 

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Laurie’s Teaser Review

The Prisoners of Stewartville is a beautifully written novella about a town buried beneath a cloud of despair and desperation. 

Read Laurie’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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Laurie is one of our LOHF Admins. Laurie creates our review posts, coordinates review requests, oversees the Ladies of Horror Fiction directory, and manages our LOHF Goodreads group.

You can find Laurie on her blog Bark’s Book Nonsense, on Twitter as @barksbooks, on Instagram as @barksbooks, and on Goodreads.

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