The Grownup by Gillian Flynn (★★★★☆½)
I can understand why people feel lukewarm toward The Grownup. Aside from the ridiculous price point, we were promised a ghost story and we weren’t given a ghost story — not exactly. Instead, what we got was a well-written psychological story with one hell of a twist. And I for one can’t really complain about that.
Penpal by Dathan Auerbach (★★★☆☆)
This creepypasta turned novel could have been great. Unfortunately, a non-linear narrative, way too many descriptive elements and all the filler made what could have been a superbly creepy horror story way less creepy. While I ultimately liked it and some of its chilling turns, Penpal has plenty of falts. Still curious? Read the shorter online version — which makes way more sense structurally — instead.
In this modern day exorcism story, a teenage girl and her family become the subjects of a reality television show called The Possession. Named for a Bad Religion song, and partially inspired by The Yellow Wallpaper — with a dash of We Have Always Lived in the Castle thrown in — A Head Full of Ghosts will leave you with more questions than answers.Read More »
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly series hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming book releases we can’t wait to get our hands on.
This week’s Waiting on Wednesday pick is a fractured and original fairy tale collection told from the villains’ perspective: Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy.
This anthology however comes with a twist. In these short stories, BookTube stars work with young adult authors by creating inspirational writing prompts!
Authors lending their writing talents to bring new and old villains to life include Renee Ahdieh, Susan Dennard, Marissa Meyer, Victoria Schwab, April Genevieve Tucholke, Nicola Yoon and more!
Because You Love to Hate Me will be available for purchase July 11, 2017. Continue reading for the official synopsis.
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Enjoy looking at books as much as reading them?
Welcome to the world of Bookstagram/Instabook, a special corner of Instagram where bibliophiles come together to share bookish photos.
This month was the most wonderful time of the year: October! Meaning: time to read and photograph all the spooky books.
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Broken into four different parts (the Princess, the Damsel, the Queen and You), Amanda Lovelace’s beautifully moving poetry collection is part memoir, part feminist tale and part motivational speech. Get your pens (and your hankies) ready, because you will want to underline the hell out of this thought provoking read.
You knew it was coming, the final devastating story in The Assassin’s Blade bind up. While I did appreciate the brief foray into Arobynn’s insanely manipulative mental process at the end of the story (you deserve everything you have coming your way sir), I didn’t necessarily need to read about the traumatic ending to all things Celaena and Sam.
What if Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars had a baby? A futuristic baby. Then you would definitely be reading Katharine McGee’s debut novel The Thousandth Floor. Set in the year 2118, this first in a series re-imagines life if Manhattan were a giant thousandth floor skyscraper, exploring the glamorous lives of the Tower’s elite and the not so posh citizens who live miles below them. [READ FULL REVIEW]
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Enjoy looking at books in addition to reading them?
I’d like to welcome you to a magical place called Bookstagram. InstaBook if you’re nasty. Bookstagram is essentially a tag that highlights literary themed Instagram photos — think Foodstagram but with books instead of food.
Still don’t get it? Keep going for all the Bookstagram photos I shared in August!
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