Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

★★★☆☆ Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness. I have been looking for a good ghost story for some time now. One of those stories that I am unable to read at night, or risk going to bed hiding under my blankets. After reading…

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Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay

★★★★☆ I’ve read Guy Gavriel Kay before and didn’t really enjoy his novels, but the cover on this one was so beautiful and the blurb so interesting I decided to give him another chance and pick this one up. I am so glad I did. Children of Earth and Sky has a number of characters,…

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The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

★★★★★ I hate reviewing books like this because I really really don’t want to spoil it for others, but I still want to convey how much I enjoyed it. It is also a book that while extremely well done is probably not for everyone especially if you are looking for a book full of action…

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A Drink Before the War by Dennis Lehane

★★★★☆ Private detectives Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro are hired on to do what seems like a simple job – find a black cleaning lady that disappeared with some important documents. But suddenly they find themselves caught up in something more. Something that could kill both of them. I picked this up because I enjoy…

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The Passage by Justin Cronin

★★★★★ i>It had never occurred to her that God would cry, but of course that was wrong. God would be crying all the time. He would cry and cry and never stop. I don’t normally like vampire books. Vampires have become integrated in a formula for an instant best seller, thanks to books like Twilight,…

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Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin

★★★★☆ I am the Cartwright girl, dumped once upon a time with a strangled college student and a stack of human bones out past Highway 10, in an abandoned patch of field near the Jenkins property. I am the star of screaming tabloid headlines and campfire ghost stories. I am one of the four Black-Eyed…

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Fellside by MR Carey

★★★☆☆ This is between 3 and 4 stars rounded up simply because the author’s writing is awesome, and I so much adored their other works. Fellside is a prison, where Jessica Moulson finds herself after discovering that in a heroin induced haze she lit a fire that killed her upstairs neighbour, a little boy the…

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The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

★★☆☆☆ This is the story of what a Woman’s patience can endure, and what a Man’s resolution can achieve. Thus begins this monster of a book, which I started after hearing about it in several reviews of Uncle Silas, a book that I thoroughly enjoyed quite some time ago. The words Gothic psychological thriller can…

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Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen

★★★★★ Americans need to learn from the Wilson era, that there is a connection between racist presidential leadership and like-minded public response. This book is so important to read. I do not know if there is any other field of knowledge which suffers so badly as history from the sheer blind repetitions that occur year…

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2016 Reading Goal – Female Fantasy Authors

Last year my goal was to read more Nonfiction, and the previous year I pledged to read more Classics. It has exposed me to books such as What If? and Working Stiff, books that I enjoyed but may not have picked up normally. Unfortunately I also found ones I didn’t enjoy as much as well…

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