BLOG TOUR | Excerpt: Secrets in the Dark, written by Darcy Coates

Hi everyone! Today I’m excited to participate in the blog tour for Secrets in the Dark – Book 2 in the Black winter series, written by Darcy Coates, published by Sourcebooks Fire and hosted by Midas PR.

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Book Review: Mexican Gothic, written by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Book Review: Mexican Gothic, written by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Hello everyone! Today I’m going to be reviewing Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, published by Quercus Books(UK) on June 30th. The first book I read and loved by Moreno-Garcia was The Gods of Jade And Shadow. Mexican Gothic proved to be even more of a captivating and stunning book.

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Blog Tour: The Tenth Girl, written by Sara Faring | ARC Review & Giveaway

Blog Tour: The Tenth Girl, written by Sara Faring | ARC Review & Giveaway
The Tenth Girl, written by Sara Faring | ARC Review & Giveaway

The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring

Publication date: September 24th, 2019 
Publisher: Imprint
Pages: 464
Genre: Young Adult, Horror, Mystery
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Synopsis:

Simmering in Patagonian myth, The Tenth Girl is a gothic psychological thriller with a haunting twist.
At the very southern tip of South America looms an isolated finishing school. Legend has it that the land will curse those who settle there. But for Mavi—a bold Buenos Aires native fleeing the military regime that took her mother—it offers an escape to a new life as a young teacher to Argentina’s elite girls.
Mavi tries to embrace the strangeness of the imposing house—despite warnings not to roam at night, threats from an enigmatic young man, and rumors of mysterious Others. But one of Mavi’s ten students is missing, and when students and teachers alike begin to behave as if possessed, the forces haunting this unholy cliff will no longer be ignored.
One of these spirits holds a secret that could unravel Mavi’s existence. In order to survive she must solve a cosmic mystery—and then fight for her life.

– My Thoughts –

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The Tenth Girl is described as a gothic horror set in a creepy boarding school in Patagonia. I was so looking forward to this book and it was good but failed to leave a lasting impression on me.

The story has two timelines told by two narrators; one is our young teacher Mavi and the other is a mysterious being named Angel. For Mavi, this school is her salvation as she’s got nowhere to go and even though she’s been warned of a curse on this school, she ignores it. Upon her arrival, she notices that the house..rather, the mansion is not normal. She’s advised to stay in her room at night and not to wander around the house. We’re constantly reminded of the creepiness of the mansion on top of the complete isolation and the near arctic atmosphere.

Soon, Mavi finds a student missing and strange things start happening in the house that forces Mavi to rethink the warnings she received before arriving.

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I love the atmosphere the author created in this book. You’ll get chills from thinking about a dilapidated house in the middle of nowhere. Even the house, it seems, has a mind of its own..so it doesn’t matter if you’re outside or inside: You’re not safe. This is own voices for Latinx representation and includes tidbits of real-life stories from the author’s family members living under the oppressive rule in 1970’s Argentina. This book also includes mythology from an indigenous group based in modern Patagonia and it adds a horror element to the story. The twist that came in the end was so unexpected that I had to go back and re-read the last pages again. I have conflicting feelings about this twist; it was unique and asks more moral questions of us but I’m not sure how I feel about it just yet.

Overall, I would recommend this book If you want to read a young adult debut with horror elements, that has a very twisted climax. Despite my conflicted feelings about this book, I’ll definitely keep an eye on Sara Faring’s upcoming titles.

Thanks to the publisher for gifting me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

– About the Author –

Sara Faring

Born in Los Angeles, Sara Faring is a multi-lingual Argentine-American fascinated by literary puzzles. After working in investment banking at J.P. Morgan, she worked at Penguin Random House. She holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in International Studies and from the Wharton School in Business. She currently resides in New York City.

Her first novel, The Tenth Girl, will be released by Macmillan/Imprint on September 24, 2019. Sara is represented by Sarah Bedingfield at Levine Greenberg Rostan Agency.

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A creepy but modern retelling of the Grimms’ Fairytales | Blog Tour Review: Little Darlings by Melanie Golding

A creepy but modern retelling of the Grimms' Fairytales | Blog Tour Review: Little Darlings by Melanie Golding

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SYNOPSIS

Everyone says Lauren Tranter is exhausted, that she needs rest. And they’re right; with newborn twins, Morgan and Riley, she’s never been more tired in her life. But she knows what she saw: that night, in her hospital room, a woman tried to take her babies and replace them with her own…creatures. Yet when the police arrived, they saw no one. Everyone, from her doctor to her husband, thinks she’s imagining things.

A month passes. And one bright summer morning, the babies disappear from Lauren’s side in a park. But when they’re found, something is different about them. The infants look like Morgan and Riley―to everyone else. But to Lauren, something is off. As everyone around her celebrates their return, Lauren begins to scream, These are not my babies.

Determined to bring her true infant sons home, Lauren will risk the unthinkable. But if she’s wrong about what she saw…she’ll be making the biggest mistake of her life.

Should You read Little Darlings by Melanie Golding ?

She had to play the game, even before she knew what the rules were.

It takes a lot to creep me out but Little Darlings did that and did that early in the book. Little Darlings is Melanie Golding’s debut novel and I’m so excited to be a part of this blog tour. Don’t forget to check out the other stops in the tour.

The story starts off with our protagonist Lauren Tranter, who is giving birth to her twins. She is exhausted- rightly so – but her husband has to go to work and therefore, has to leave her alone in the hospital. Lauren looks over to the opposite of her bed and sees another set of twins but upon inquiring from a nurse, she is shocked to hear that hers is the only set of twins to be born until now. The next time she’s alone, she encounters a strange woman with twins and Lauren thinks her a homeless person and tries to help her but she shouldn’t have.

Besides Lauren, there’s yet another character whose POV we read and it is DC Harper’s. DC Harper is drawn to Lauren’s story when she hears a 999 call(emergency contact no.) from Lauren who’s asking for help as someone is trying to kidnap her babies. Although this emergency has been ticked off as a Mental Health problem, Harper’s instincts tell her otherwise.

Look at someone every day for long enough and you stop seeing what everyone else sees. You start to see what no one else sees, what is kept hidden from most people.

After a hospital visit to Lauren, Harper has to let this case go as she has no evidence but she soon gets a call from Lauren who saw the strange lady from the hospital again! Outside her house! Is Lauren just paranoid ? Or, is the threat real? Why does Lauren’s husband look so worried? To uncover all these secrets and more, you need to read Little Darlings.

The story of Little Darlings is said to be a modern retelling(of sorts) of the Grimms’ Fairytales. It’s an incredible blend of fantasy, thriller and horror. It urges you to question your beliefs…are the stories about fairies or changelings all just farce or are they real? At first, I had assumed that Lauren is suffering from psychiatric disorders which were common post-partum but it somehow turned out to be much more ..more twists and turns..more creepiness. I didn’t have any trouble with the pace, or the plot but I hated Lauren’s husband. It may remind you a bit of Gine Girl’s Amy and her husband.

Overall, I recommend this book if  you love reading Neil Gaiman and psychological thrillers mixed with some elements of horror(and fantasy).

Thanks to the publisher for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

VERDICT: 

Author: Connect with Author Melanie Golding here.

  • Publisher: HQ Stories
  • Publication Date: 2nd May , 2019
  • Hardcover: 384 Pages
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Will you read Little Darlings ? If you have read it, then let me know if you liked it or not. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

A creepy but modern retelling of the Grimms' Fairytales | Blog Tour Review: Little Darlings by Melanie Golding

A story where the dead live and have unique names | ARC Review: Smoke And Key by Kelsey Sutton

A story where the dead live and have unique names | ARC Review: Smoke & Key by Kelsey Sutton

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A sound awakens her. There’s darkness all around. And then she’s falling…

She has no idea who or where she is. Or why she’s dead. The only clue to her identity hangs around her neck: a single rusted key. This is how she and the others receive their names—from whatever belongings they had when they fell out of their graves. Under is a place of dirt and secrets, and Key is determined to discover the truth of her past in order to escape it.

She needs help, but who can she trust? Ribbon seems content in Under, uninterested in finding answers. Doll’s silence hints at deep sorrow, which could be why she doesn’t utter a word. There’s Smoke, the boy with a fierceness that rivals even the living. And Journal, who stays apart from everyone else. Key’s instincts tell her there is something remarkable about each of them, even if she can’t remember why.

Then the murders start; bodies that are burnt to a crisp. After being burned, the dead stay dead. Key is running out of time to discover who she was—and what secret someone is willing to kill to keep hidden—before she becomes the next victim…

Should You read Smoke & Key by Kelsey Sutton?

I gather an unnecessary breath several times, about to put voice to my confusion, but it feels as though talking isn’t allowed.


I was supposed to write a review post for a blog tour but since I didn’t like it, I’m reviewing it now..like, super late. I was about to DNF this book but I kept saying let’s read on, maybe I’ll like it … maybe …maybe.. maybe not.

First impressions, I loved the cover and the synopsis so much. I was fascinated the idea of naming people by the object they were found with. However, as the story progressed, I was confused about everything and my situation mirrored with that of the protagonist’s.

The protagonist of Smoke and Key is Key and this is her name because she was buried with one. Key wakes up from the dead, disoriented and can’t recall anything about her identity, the cause of her death or why she can speak even when she is dead. Then, some of her questions are answered by a mysterious boy called Smoke. Smoke tells her that this place she sees around her is called Under and no, it isn’t “hell”. Key is soon attacked and she just wants some answers (and so do I) but all she gets are more questions.

Just remember. you can’t kill what’s already dead.”

Then someone gets killed in UNDER, and I’m like whaaaaat?! How can you get killed when you’re ..you know.. DEAD. Then I remembered the freakin’ White Walkers but then realised oh, I’m not reading or watching GOT.. you get my point(I hope). Anyway, so everyone is panicking now and some suspect Key because theses “killings” didn’t happen until after she arrived.

Then, a lot of things happen which lead Key to discovering the reason for everyone’s deaths. Question is, ” Will Key succeed in rescuing everyone from Under before she and her loved ones die in the hands of a killer?”

I was confused throughout most of the book. It was like wandering through a maze and failing to find a way out. I reread some pages because I wondered if I my brain was fried and maybe that’s why I was so confused. When I neared the ending, I finally found my way of the maze and understood everything that was going on.

Overall, I wouldn’t recommend this book if you’re thinking of picking this up as your first fantasy read or just in general.. I didn’t like it and I’m sorry because this book is an author’s years of hard work. I loved the unique concept of the undead, their naming, and the backstory of how they came to be undead.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

VERDICT:

Author: Connect with Author Kelsey Sutton here or here

  • Publisher: Entangled Teen
  • Publication Date: 2nd April , 2019
  • Paperback: 304 Pages

GIVEAWAY(US): SIGNED FINISHED COPY 

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A story where the dead live and have unique names | ARC Review: Smoke & Key by Kelsey Sutton