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!

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Waiting on Wednesday: ‘Meddling Kids’ by Edgar Cantero

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 basically Scooby Doo with more tentacles: Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero.

The novel — which sounds like H.P. Lovecraft meets Scooby Doo meets Stephen King’s It follows a group of former teen detectives (and their dog) in 1990’s Oregon as they regroup to uncover the truth behind their last unsolved mystery.

Meddling Kids will be available for purchase on July 11, 2017.

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Waiting on Wednesday: ‘What the Hell Did I Just Read’ by David Wong

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 the third book in the John Dies at the End series: What the Hell Did I Just Read by David Wong.

The follow up to the horrifying and hilarious This Book is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It once again follows our heroes John and Dave as they investigate a shapeshifter who is snatching local children.

Wong’s latest book will hit shelves just in time for Halloween: October 3, 2017!

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