Monthly Wrap-Up // October ’19

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This was a bit of a slow month for me. I only read a handful of books, but that’s okay. I might have discovered one of my all time favorite books, though! Continue reading for a peek into what I consumed in October. Continue reading

Book Review: The Haunting of Ashburn House by Darcy Coates

30646488._sy475_TITLE: The Haunting of Ashburn House

AUTHOR: Darcy Coates

PUBLICATION DATE: July 20th, 2016

GENRE: Horror, Paranormal, Adult Fiction, Mystery

There’s something wrong with Ashburn House…
The ancient building has been the subject of rumours for close to a century. Its owner, Edith, refused to let guests inside and rarely visited the nearby town.

Following Edith’s death, her sole surviving relative, Adrienne, inherits the property. Adrienne’s only possessions are a suitcase of luggage, twenty dollars, and her pet cat. Ashburn House is a lifeline she can’t afford to refuse.

Adrienne doesn’t believe in ghosts, but it’s hard to ignore the unease that grows as she explores her new home. Strange messages have been etched into the wallpaper, an old grave is hidden in the forest behind the house, and eerie portraits in the upstairs hall seem to watch her every movement.

As she uncovers more of the house’s secrets, Adrienne begins to believe the whispered rumours about Ashburn may hold more truth than she ever suspected. The building has a bleak and grisly past, and as she chases the threads of a decades-old mystery, Adrienne realises she’s become the prey to something deeply unnatural and intensely resentful.

Only one thing is certain: Ashburn’s dead are not at rest. Continue reading

ARC Review: Glow of the Fireflies by Lindsey Duga

43256810TITLE: Glow of the Fireflies

AUTHOR: Lindsey Duga

PUBLICATION DATE: October 1st, 2019

GENRE: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy

Briony never planned to go back to the place she lost everything.

Firefly Valley, nestled deep within the Smoky Mountains, is better kept in her past. After an unexplained fire gave Briony amnesia, her mother disappeared and her dad moved them to Knoxville.

But now her grandmother needs a caretaker and Briony’s dad volunteers her to help. The moment she returns, her whole world shifts. She feels a magical connection to this valley, as if it’s literally part of her somehow.

And when she meets a hot guy who claims he was her childhood friend but now mysteriously keeps his distance, Briony starts piecing together her missing past…and discovers her mother didn’t leave to start a new life somewhere. She’s trapped in the hidden world within the valley.

Now, Briony will do whatever it takes to rescue her, even if it means standing up against dangerously powerful nature spirits. Even if it means giving up her first love. Continue reading

Book Review: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

40664757TITLE: Where the Crawdads Sing

AUTHOR: Delia Owens

PUBLICATION DATE: August 14th, 2018

GENRE: Adult Fiction, Mystery, Historical Fiction

For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. She’s barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark.

But Kya is not what they say. Abandoned at age ten, she has survived on her own in the marsh that she calls home. A born naturalist with just one day of school, she takes life lessons from the land, learning from the false signals of fireflies the real way of this world. But while she could have lived in solitude forever, the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. Drawn to two young men from town, who are each intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world–until the unthinkable happens. Continue reading

ARC Review: The Grey Sisters by Jo Treggiari

43495134TITLE: The Grey Sisters

AUTHOR: Jo Treggiari

PUBLICATION DATE: September 24th, 2019

GENRE: Young Adult, Contemporary, Thriller

D and Spider have always been close friends, and they are further united in their shared heartbreak: they both lost siblings in a horrific plane crash two years earlier. A chance sighting of a beloved cuddly toy in a photograph of the only survivor spurs D to finally seek closure. She and Spider and their friend, Min, set off on a road trip to the mountainside site of that terrible crash.

Ariel has lived on the mountain all her life. She and her extended family are looked down upon by neighboring townsfolk and she has learned to live by her wits, trusting few people outside of her isolated, survivalist community. A terrifying attack sends her down the mountain for help; on her way, she comes upon the three girls — a chance encounter that will have far-reaching consequences for them all. Continue reading

ARC Review: One Night Gone by Tara Laskowski

44132098._sy475_TITLE: One Night Gone

AUTHOR: Tara Laskowski

Publication Date: October 1st, 2019

GENRE: Thriller, Mystery, Fiction, Contemporary

It was the perfect place to disappear…

One sultry summer, Maureen Haddaway arrives in the wealthy town of Opal Beach to start her life anew—to achieve her destiny. There, she finds herself lured by the promise of friendship, love, starry skies, and wild parties. But Maureen’s new life just might be too good to be true, and before the summer is up, she vanishes.

Decades later, when Allison Simpson is offered the opportunity to house-sit in Opal Beach during the off-season, it seems like the perfect chance to begin fresh after a messy divorce. But when she becomes drawn into the mysterious disappearance of a girl thirty years before, Allison realizes the gorgeous homes of Opal Beach hide dark secrets. And the truth of that long-ago summer is not even the most shocking part of all… Continue reading

Book Review: Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) by Neal Shusterman

28954189TITLE: Scythe

AUTHOR: Neal Shusterman

Publication Date: November 22nd, 2016

GENRE: Fantasy, Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian

Thou shalt kill.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own. Continue reading