Wednesday, May 18, 2022

What We've Been Reading #132

We have three recommended reads for your tbr pile today! Our team members review books by T.C. Parker, Hailey Piper and Sonora Taylor. We’re sure you’ll find something new to love!

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Hummingbird by TC Parker

There’s a storm brewing in Gallow: angry parents, protests at the school, a new priest up at the church with some very clear ideas on sin… and an unfamiliar face in the cottage on the edges of the village, carving sculptures out of skin and bone.

It’s a powder keg. Even before the protestors start disappearing…

Jodie doesn’t want trouble – just to be left alone to raise her son in peace.

Tanya wants more God and less wickedness in her own son’s studies.

Tara wants to leave her complicated past behind her, if only it would let her go.

And all Jonas wants is to get some work done – and if he can make peace with his father while he’s at it, then so much the better.

But the woman in the cottage and the priest up at the church – they have very different goals in mind. And Jodie and Tanya, Tara and Jonas… they’re about to get caught in the crossfire.

With a Foreword by Stephanie Ellis, author of PAUSED and THE FIVE TURNS OF THE WHEEL

“Hummingbird is the kind of novel labyrinth where the unexpected lurks around every corner. Parker’s mosaic holds layer upon layer of gripping characters and supernatural tricks in a Pulp Fiction-esque horror show, where a monster’s only weakness is another kind of monster. Immediately engrossing.” — Hailey Piper, author of THE WORM AND HIS KINGS

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Teresa’s Teaser Review

This is one of the best books I have read so far this year, and it deserves all of the stars. If you know me, and you probably don’t, I loved Saltblood with the fire of a thousand suns, and I am here to say that Hummingbird is even better. TC Parker is just getting better and better with each book.

Read Teresa’s entire review at Goodreads.

Queen of Teeth by Hailey Piper

Within forty-eight hours, Yaya Betancourt will go from discovering teeth between her thighs to being hunted by one of the most powerful corporations in America.

She assumes the vagina dentata is a side effect of a rare genetic condition caused by AlphaBeta Pharmaceutical, decades ago, when she and several thousand others were still in the womb.

But, when ABP corporate goons upend her life, she realizes her secondary teeth might be evidence of a new experiment for which she’s the most advanced test tube… a situation worsened when Yaya’s condition sprouts horns, tentacles, and a mind of its own.

On the run and transforming, Yaya may be either ABP’s greatest success, or the deadliest failure science has ever created.

Goodreads | Amazon | Bookshop

Tracy’s Teaser Review

Queen of Teeth promises teeth and tentacles, yet delivers so much more. The complexity of the world Piper crafts is believable and expertly done. Fans of Piper will adore this book and new readers will be quick to pick up her previous titles after this delightful initiation.

Read Tracy’s entire review at Goodreads.

Alex’s Teaser Review

YES YES YES! Only Hailey Piper can combine vagina tentacles/dentata and ALL the body horror and still have it feeling a little romantic. There are scenes written to disgust you and elate you. There are scenes to make you really think about things. There’s some sharp wit and humor dabbled in. There’s social commentary, world-building, and an all around incredible pacing that will have you feverishly flipping through all the pages. All of these things are a sure way to make you fall in love with Piper’s debut novel.

Read Alex’s entire review at Goodreads.

Someone to Share My Nightmares by Sonora Taylor

A band of bloodthirsty sea creatures terrorize a scientist and a journalist trapped in a Carolina cove. The seduction of a plumber making a house call becomes a nightmarish haunting for both parties. A woman transformed for her lover has second thoughts about just how good ‘together forever’ can be. And the one man a woman wants for Christmas is the holiday demon sent to punish the wicked.

Someone to Share My Nightmares is a tapestry of horrors interwoven with sensuality. Can our deepest fears be vanquished when they’re shared with someone else? Or is the danger doubled when two people come together?

Amazon | Goodreads | Bookshop

Cassie’s Teaser Review

Overall, this is a stunning addition to the “horrormance” genre, and to horror short story collections in general. Super fun, quick to read, and that cover – spicy, whooooo! Love it so much, and will continue reading anything by Sonora Taylor in the future – she’s got so much range, folks!!

Read Cassie’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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