BOOK REVIEW: The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

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AUTHOR: Grady Hendrix

PUBLICATION DATE: April 7th, 2020

GENRE: Horror, Fiction, Adult, Supernatural, Thriller, Mystery

TRIGGER WARNINGS: See below 

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Patricia Campbell had always planned for a big life, but after giving up her career as a nurse to marry an ambitious doctor and become a mother, Patricia’s life has never felt smaller. The days are long, her kids are ungrateful, her husband is distant, and her to-do list is never really done. The one thing she has to look forward to is her book club, a group of Charleston mothers united only by their love for true-crime and suspenseful fiction. In these meetings, they’re more likely to discuss the FBI’s recent siege of Waco as much as the ups and downs of marriage and motherhood.

But when an artistic and sensitive stranger moves into the neighborhood, the book club’s meetings turn into speculation about the newcomer. Patricia is initially attracted to him, but when some local children go missing, she starts to suspect the newcomer is involved. She begins her own investigation, assuming that he’s a Jeffrey Dahmer or Ted Bundy. What she uncovers is far more terrifying, and soon she–and her book club–are the only people standing between the monster they’ve invited into their homes and their unsuspecting community. Continue reading

SleepySamisDisabled: Coming to Terms with a New Diagnosis

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Two weeks ago I was officially diagnosed with lupus. This diagnosis came after having joint pain for years (though it’s got progressively worse in the last few months) and a butterfly rash on my face after spending a day in the sun.

Usually I can take a new diagnosis in stride, but this one has been harder for me to swallow. I want to talk a little about why. Continue reading

BLOG TOUR: Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles

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AUTHOR: Janelle Angeles

PUBLICATION DATE: August 25th, 2020

GENRE: Fantasy, Young Adult

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152991932849243491In a city covered in ice and ruin, a group of magicians face off in a daring game of magical feats to find the next headliner of the Conquering Circus, only to find themselves under the threat of an unseen danger striking behind the scenes.

As each act becomes more and more risky and the number of missing magicians piles up, three are forced to reckon with their secrets before the darkness comes for them next.

The Star: Kallia, a powerful showgirl out to prove she’s the best no matter the cost

The Master: Jack, the enigmatic keeper of the club, and more than one lie told

The Magician: Demarco, the brooding judge with a dark past he can no longer hide. Continue reading

Book Review: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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AUTHOR: Silvia Moreno-Garcia

PUBLICATION DATE: June 30th, 2020

GENRE: Horror, Historical Fiction, Adult, Mystery

TRIGGER WARNINGS: Death, Eugenics, Racism, Child death, Incest, Murder, Gore, Cannibalism, Attempted rape

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After receiving a frantic letter from her newlywed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find – her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region.

Noemí is also an unlikely rescuer: She’s a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she’s also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: not of her cousin’s new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noemí; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemi’s dreams with visions of blood and doom.

Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the family’s youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noemí but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his family’s past. For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The family’s once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noemí digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness.

And Noemí, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind. Continue reading

Blog Tour- Body Talk: 37 Voices Explore Our Radical Anatomy

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AUTHOR: Kelly Jensen (Editor)

PUBLICATION DATE: August 18th 2020

GENRE: Non-fiction, Anthology, Short Stories

 

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It’s time to bare it all about bodies!

We all experience the world in a body, but we don’t usually take the time to explore what it really means to have and live within one. Just as every person has a unique personality, every person has a unique body, and every body tells its own story.

In Body Talk, thirty-seven writers, models, actors, musicians, and artists share essays, lists, comics, and illustrations—about everything from size and shape to scoliosis, from eating disorders to cancer, from sexuality and gender identity to the use of makeup as armor. Together, they contribute a broad variety of perspectives on what it’s like to live in their particular bodies—and how their bodies have helped to inform who they are and how they move through the world.

Come on in, turn the pages, and join the celebration of our diverse, miraculous, beautiful bodies! Continue reading

ARC Review: Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

TITLE: Cinderella Is Dead

AUTHOR: Kalynn Bayron

PUBLICATION DATE: July 7th, 2020

GENRE: Fantasy, Retellings, LGBTQ+, Young Adult

TRIGGER WARNINGS: Graphic animal death, body horror, homophobia, sexism, spousal abuse

 

 

t’s 200 years after Cinderella found her prince, but the fairy tale is over. Teen girls are now required to appear at the Annual Ball, where the men of the kingdom select wives based on a girl’s display of finery. If a suitable match is not found, the girls not chosen are never heard from again.

Sixteen-year-old Sophia would much rather marry Erin, her childhood best friend, than parade in front of suitors. At the ball, Sophia makes the desperate decision to flee, and finds herself hiding in Cinderella’s mausoleum. There, she meets Constance, the last known descendant of Cinderella and her step sisters. Together they vow to bring down the king once and for all–and in the process, they learn that there’s more to Cinderella’s story than they ever knew . . .

This fresh take on a classic story will make readers question the tales they’ve been told, and root for girls to break down the constructs of the world around them.

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Book Review: You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

TITLE: You Should See Me in a Crown

AUTHOR: Leah Johnson

PUBLICATION DATE: June 2nd, 2020

GENRE: Contemporary, Romance, LGBTQ+, Young Adult

TRIGGER WARNINGS: Homophobia, Racism, Parental death mention

Liz Lighty has always believed she’s too black, too poor, too awkward to shine in her small, rich, prom-obsessed midwestern town. But it’s okay — Liz has a plan that will get her out of Campbell, Indiana, forever: attend the uber-elite Pennington College, play in their world-famous orchestra, and become a doctor.

But when the financial aid she was counting on unexpectedly falls through, Liz’s plans come crashing down . . . until she’s reminded of her school’s scholarship for prom king and queen. There’s nothing Liz wants to do less than endure a gauntlet of social media trolls, catty competitors, and humiliating public events, but despite her devastating fear of the spotlight she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get to Pennington.

The only thing that makes it halfway bearable is the new girl in school, Mack. She’s smart, funny, and just as much of an outsider as Liz. But Mack is also in the running for queen. Will falling for the competition keep Liz from her dreams . . . or make them come true? 

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