Wednesday, July 20, 2022

What We've Been Reading #133

Hello everyone! We are back from a short posting hiatus and are currently working on our new website. Thank you for sticking with us as we transition from LOHF to Horror Spotlight. We're excited about expanding our reach to recommend even more worthy books! Today our team members review T. Kingfisher's new release, a backlist title by Hailey Piper and Mona Awad's 2019 LOHF award-winning novel Bunny.  We’re sure you’ll find something new to love.

What Moves The Dead by T. Kingfisher

From the award-winning author of The Twisted Ones comes a gripping and atmospheric retelling of Edgar Allan Poe's classic "The Fall of the House of Usher."

When Alex Easton, a retired soldier, receives word that their childhood friend Madeline Usher is dying, they race to the ancestral home of the Ushers in the remote countryside of Ruritania.

What they find there is a nightmare of fungal growths and possessed wildlife, surrounding a dark, pulsing lake. Madeline sleepwalks and speaks in strange voices at night, and her brother Roderick is consumed with a mysterious malady of the nerves.

Aided by a redoubtable British mycologist and a baffled American doctor, Alex must unravel the secret of the House of Usher before it consumes them all.

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Laurie's Teaser Review

"I enjoyed this wild retelling so much. It was cringy gross, it was creepy, and it also had some great original characters and humor that hits just right."

Read Laurie's entire review at Goodreads.

Cassie's Teaser Review

"I loved this so, so much - wow! This is a retelling of an old Edgar Allan Poe story, but the old story leaves so much up to the imagination that I've never found the reading of it to be a satisfying experience. Where that one lacked in explanation, this one more than makes up for it, and I think this is probably one of my favorite retellings of all time - it's just so good!"

Read Cassie's entire review at Goodreads.

An Invitation to Darkness by Hailey Piper

In Invitation To Darkness sea captain Jamie Thames meets wealthy heiress Elizabeth Leavenworth and the two women quickly fall in love. Of course, it’s never that simple in a Gothic story. Leavenworth Manor is haunted, but ghosts are the least of the lovers’ troubles.

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Alex's Teaser Review

"Highly enjoyable and this story has rejuvenated my interest in Gothic fiction."

Read Alex's entire review at Goodreads.

Bunny by Mona Awad

Samantha Heather Mackey couldn't be more of an outsider in her small, highly selective MFA program at New England's Warren University. A scholarship student who prefers the company of her dark imagination to that of most people, she is utterly repelled by the rest of her fiction writing cohort--a clique of unbearably twee rich girls who call each other "Bunny," and seem to move and speak as one.

But everything changes when Samantha receives an invitation to the Bunnies' fabled "Smut Salon," and finds herself inexplicably drawn to their front door--ditching her only friend, Ava, in the process. As Samantha plunges deeper and deeper into the Bunnies' sinister yet saccharine world, beginning to take part in the ritualistic off-campus "Workshop" where they conjure their monstrous creations, the edges of reality begin to blur. Soon, her friendships with Ava and the Bunnies will be brought into deadly collision.

The spellbinding new novel from one of our most fearless chroniclers of the female experience, Bunny is a down-the-rabbit-hole tale of loneliness and belonging, friendship and desire, and the fantastic and terrible power of the imagination.

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Cat's Teaser Review

"Bunny was bonkers, and understandably it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. A journey into the mind of Samantha as she gets involved with an inseparable group of women, it touched on what it’s like to feel lonely and resentful of life. I enjoyed it a lot, the entertainment level at a constant high."

Read Cat's entire review at Red Lace Reviews.

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 Horror Spotlight Admins. Laurie creates our review posts and coordinates review requests.

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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