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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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 Faithful Place by Tana French

★★★☆☆ Meet Francis Mackey. A really positive and optimistic guy. Let me pour you a nice cold refreshing glass of reality. Most people are only too delighted to wreck each other’s heads. And for the tiny minority who do their pathetic best not to, this world is going to go right ahead and make sure…

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The Fold by Peter Clines

★★★☆☆ The Fold is my second encounter with Peter Clines after reading 14, and while I see a number of similarities between the two books I actually surprisingly liked this better. Mike Erikson is a high school teacher living an ordinary life in an ordinary town, but when he is approached by an old friend…

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The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

★★★☆☆ We live on, as long as there are people to live on in. This is my first David Mitchell, and I was surprised to learn that all of his books are interconnected, with characters in one appearing in others. While I liked this enough to want to check out other books that he has…

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Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman

★★★☆☆ I was so sure this was going to be a 5 star read. I was so excited to start. So what happened? The kingdom of Goredd is heading towards war as they are caught in the middle of a conflict between Loyalist dragons who want to keep the peace with humans, and those that…

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Crane by Stacey Rourke

★★★☆☆ Three stars, rounded up from a middle of the road 2.5 stars. Dark grows near, sense the fear, Cloak of night, brings Horseman’s plight. His pricy toll, will be a soul. Run and hide, before his ride. I seem to have a bit of a Headless Horseman addiction. This is the second book in…

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The Vines by Christopher Rice

★★★☆☆ The petals of the flower have rounded slightly around the edges, forming a half funnel that is now aimed directly at her. The stamens and filaments within have gone rigid, abandoning the slightly interlaced posture they’ve held since she first discovered the impossible bloom, and the slender stalk is curling gently back and forth…

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Thief of Lives by Barb Hendee

★★★☆☆ There are two ways authors use to create drama that I am getting more and more tired of. The first is withholding information that you think they don’t need to know or that will cause someone stress and/or unhappiness. This inevitably leads up to the big confession and results in them being angry in…

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Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb

★★★☆☆ The exercise for centering oneself is a simple one. Stop thinking of what you intend to do. Stop thinking of what you have just done. Then, stop thinking that you have stopped thinking of those things. Then you will find the Now, the time that stretches eternal, and is really the only time there…

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