Tag: horror

Book Review: Yellow Jessamine by Caitlin Starling

Yellow Jessamine
Author:
  Caitlin Starling

Series: Neon Hemlock
Published
: September 5, 2020

131 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

Powerful shipping magnate Evelyn Perdanu lives a tight, contained life, holding herself at a distance from all who would get close to her. Her family is dead, her country is dying, and when something foul comes to the city of Delphinium, the brittle, perilous existence she’s built for herself is strained to breaking.

When one of her ships arrives in dock, she counts herself lucky that it made it through the military blockades slowly strangling her city. But one by one, the crew fall ill with a mysterious sickness: an intense light in their eyes and obsessive behavior, followed by a catatonic stupor. Even as Evelyn works to exonerate her company of bringing plague into her besieged capital city, more and more cases develop, and the afflicted all share one singular obsession: her.

Panicked and paranoid, she retreats to her estate, which rests on a foundation of secrets: the deaths of her family, the poisons and cures that hasten the dissolution of the remaining upper classes, and a rebel soldier, incapacitated and held hostage in a desperate bid for information. But the afflicted are closing in on her, and bringing the attention of the law with them. Evelyn must unearth her connection to the spreading illness, and fast, before it takes root inside her home and destroys all that she has built.

Kim’s Review:

This is another one I saw on Instagram and became downright enamored but this cover. We have definitely found a contestant for the 2021 Most Gorgeous Cover Tournament, maybe even a winner? Well one can hope. But the pages under the cover … I still haven’t figured this book out yet.

It’s definitely a somber, chilling, gothic tale. I liked reading it and the setting and the characters. The story itself held me until the very end. But all I am now is puzzled. I’m not sure what this book was even about. I think the closest thing I can compare it to is Rappaccini’s Daughter, but only if Du Maurier wrote it and not Hawthorne. Thankfully I’m not frustrated by this book. If anything, I want to read it again and try to figure it out again. Overall, I liked it. But I don’t get it. So I will indeed read it again.

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Book Review: The Ancestor by Danielle Trussoni

The Ancestor
Author:
Danielle Trussoni

Published:  April 7, 2020
349 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

It feels like a fairy tale when Alberta ”Bert” Monte receives a letter addressed to “Countess Alberta Montebianco” at her Hudson Valley, New York, home that claims she’s inherited a noble title, money, and a castle in Italy. While Bert is more than a little skeptical, the mystery of her aristocratic family’s past, and the chance to escape her stressful life for a luxury holiday in Italy, is too good to pass up.

At first, her inheritance seems like a dream come true: a champagne-drenched trip on a private jet to Turin, Italy; lawyers with lists of artwork and jewels bequeathed to Bert; a helicopter ride to an ancestral castle nestled in the Italian Alps below Mont Blanc; a portrait gallery of ancestors Bert never knew existed; and a cellar of expensive vintage wine for Bert to drink.

But her ancestry has a dark side, and Bert soon learns that her family history is particularly complicated. As Bert begins to unravel the Montebianco secrets, she begins to realize her true inheritance lies not in a legacy of ancestral treasures, but in her very genes.

Kim’s Review:

This one was … odd. At first, I considered giving it 3 stars, but then I gave it 4; if nothing else, it kept my attention! I got this book for Christmas and I was so excited because it had everything I love! Italy, ancient families, an old castle in the mountains, family secrets … a gothic tale that I hoped would be filled with spirits, mystery, haunting a, murder, intrigue, fabulous style and architecture! And to be fair, it had almost all of that. But dang if I ended in a way different place that I ever expected to be!

I can’t say much about it because I don’t want to give anything away, but holy crap on a cracker. By the time I was finished reading, I was just shaking my head trying to make sense of what the fudge I just read! I mean, I’m still speechless. I’m actually sending my copy to a friend so she can read it and tell me what’s happening! It’s intriguing, it’s confusing, it’s fascinating, it’s frustrating, and I guess I can’t fault a book for being all those things! Just read it, you’ll see what I mean.

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Book Review: The Girl and the Raven by Cecile Guillot and Mina M

The Girl and the Raven
Authors:

Cecile Guillot
Mina M
Published: November 18, 2020
80 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

My name is Frances, but my friends call me Franny. Or should I say my friend, because my raven Dark Wings is the only one I’ve got . I am a strange girl indeed, and that’s why I was sent to a boarding school far away from home. However, bizarre things have started happening here. Some girls disappeared, girls like me, and I may be next…

Kim’s Review:

I bought this one impulsively after seeing it on Instagram and I’m so glad I did! This is a simple, easy fairy-tale with amazing illustrations! A girl who is different is sent to a boarding school for different girls, but when she gets there, she has to figure out why girls are disappearing. It took me barely half an hour to read and I really enjoyed it! It’s almost more scary than any kids’ story has a right to be, but I think it’s a great one to tell even the younger kids!

And those illustrations are beautiful and I sincerely hope this is the beginning of a series … Because I would read the whole thing!

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