My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s October 2017 Wrap Up

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert (★★★★★)

A dark horror fantasy, Albert’s debut novel is about a fairy tale author turned cult phenomenon, and her granddaughter Alice, who has been raised as far away from everything to do with Althea Proserpine and the Tales from the Hinterland as possible. That is until her mother is kidnapped and she’s forced to learn the horrible truth of her past. From the dark fairy stories within the book, to a trip to a magical land and a journey of self-discovery, The Hazel Wood is three amazing tales all rolled up in one.

My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix (★★★½)

Both funny and horrifying, Grady Hendrix’s re-released novel is one giant walk down nostalgia lane, but with 100% more demonic possession. Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since a disastrous roller rink party, that is until Gretchen goes missing one night and returns possessed by a demon. With everyone else snowed by Demon Gretchen, it is up to Abby to save her bestie with the power of friendship.

Deep Dark Fears and The Creeps by Fran Krause (★★★★)

The Deep Dark Fears collection is a humorous look at humanity’s strangest and darkest fears. A webcomic turned into two collected editions, Deep Dark Fears and The Creeps are unique looks at strangers’ most horrifying and baseless fears, submitted through Tumblr and illustrated by Krause himself. Get ready to feel slightly less crazy!

From Here to Eternity by Caitlin Doughty (★★★★★)

Mortician Caitlin Doughty is back to tackle death … with a twist. Another candid exploration of the funeral industry, this time around Doughty travels the world to learn how other cultures deal with their dead. Morbidly illustrated, From Here to Eternity explores the intriguing and sometimes icky death rituals of other cultures with compassion, empathy and just the right touch of humor.

Lady Killer Vol. 2 by Joëlle Jones (★★★★)

Professional assassin/Tupperware saleswoman Josie is back and bloodier than ever. With her nuclear family now living in sunny, Cocoa Beach, Florida, Josie is struggling with the challenges of being a freelance murderer, all while trying to keep the literal skeletons in her closet hidden from her unsuspecting husband. What could go right?

Behind You by Brian Coldrick (★★★★)

A collected edition of the horror webcomic of the same name, Behind You is a series of one to two sentence flash fiction stories accompanied by terrifying artwork. Even though both the eerie prose and the illustrations work to tell the small part of a much larger story, I feel that some of the creepiness in Coldrick’s animated work is lost when translated from page to screen.

Bird Box by Josh Malerman (★★★½)

Based on everything I’ve heard over the years, Bird Box is supposedly the scariest horror story ever written. While the story itself isn’t very scary, it’s certainly not an apocalypse I would want to find myself trying to survive. Compulsively readable, you can easily devour Bird Box and its wholly original premise in a single day.

Strange Weather by Joe Hill (★★★★)

A series of four novellas, Hill’s Strange Weather includes everything from a fantastical story about an unwilling  skydiver trapped on a cloud, to a contemporary tale of gun violence, out-this-world ’80s technology that steals your memories and an apocalypse where Donald Trump is the president and the clouds rain nails. Super intriguing, occasionally funny and ultimately horrifying, not all of Hill’s endings are as bleak as you might imagine.

Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero (★★★½)

While I was definitely a fan of Meddling Kids’ premise (Scooby Doo meets H.P. Lovecraft), and I more than appreciated the fourth wall breaks, I had trouble getting through Cantero’s second English language novel. Blame the hype, blame the numerous action scenes, but I found the non-talking dog, the ghost/potential delusion and the eventually introduced Big Bad to be the most entertaining characters.


Rock My TBR 2017 Reading Challenge

Books Read This Month: 1
Totals: 23/24 books

2017 New Release Challenge

Books Read This Month: 5
Totals: 39/14 books

2017 Prequel & Sequel Challenge

Prequel/Sequel Points Earned This Month: 0
Totals: 64/78 points

2017 Series Enders Reading Challenge

Series Enders Completed This Month: 0
Totals: 3/7 books

2017 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge

Books Read This Month: 1
Totals: 27/25 books


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