Picker’s Bleed Review

Picker’s Bleed Review

Paperback, 1, 278 pages

Expected publication: September 13th 2021 by Infested Books


A 4 star read

Hannah and Jake buy an old house in the middle of the woods. The pair always wanted a house that was cut off from the rest of the bustle of life, but Jake isn’t so sure if living in the middle of nowhere is right for him. Yet, Hannah insists it is her dream house and they end up purchasing it. 

As soon as they move in things start getting weird, and when Jake leaves for a tour with his band everything turns into a nightmare for both Hannah and him.

Picker’s Bleed is a well written story about the dark side of magic and long ago curses. I have always loved books in the realm of witchcraft, but they mostly don’t scare me anymore. Mark R. Faulkner, on the other hand, has a good way of sneaking up on you and making you pull your blanket up over your nose! There are a few scenes that sent shivers down my spine and made me check the corners in my bedroom. Really good story, with lots of fantastic characters in it. 

Thanks to the author for the review copy!

 

On the Tip of Her Tongue Review

On the Tip of Her Tongue Review

Kindle Edition, 1, 302 pages

Published June 8th 2021 by Aberration Press Books


A 3 star read

Judy Angel opens her eyes one day and can’t remember anything. All of her memories are gone, and she has no idea how she got to her hometown. She knows she was on her way to drop off a manuscript for her husband, but everything else is blank.

Her parents take her back to her childhood home, where she finds messages from her younger self. Now she has to face the demons of her past, and figure out why she chose to run away to begin with.

When I first picked up this book I didn’t know where it was going. I knew it was about a woman with memory loss, but I would’ve never guessed what turns it would take. It was a very surprising story, and I did enjoy it mostly.

If you enjoy reading thrillers with lots of twists and turns, then this will be for you. For me, it was sadly a bit too “twisty” in some areas. I’m not saying a story needs to be fully linear, but at some points I got lost or maybe I just didn’t pay attention enough? I don’t think it was the writing, there’s just books that are meant for you, and some that are not. 

Thanks to the author for the review copy!

 

After me, the Great Flood Review

After me, the Great Flood Review

Paperback, 135 pages

Expected publication: June 29th 2021


A 3 star read

After me, the Great Flood is the second book I’ve gotten to read by Ducharme. It is the story of Lena, who has been struggling as a single mother and her demanding job. She seeks to move out of the city, and soon finds herself moving into a house belonging to an older gentleman called Ellis Delapore. Despite the age difference, the two of them become friends, most likely due to loneliness on both ends. 

But after a tragic incident at work, Lena starts to experience weird things in the house. Something isn’t right, and she knows she might have to jeopardize her newfound friendship in order to get out. 

I really enjoyed getting to know Lena and Ellis. I especially admired their friendship and how they could open up to each other. There were definitely spooky moments in this novella, even if they came slow and creeping up at you.

I just felt as if something was missing. Maybe it was because the book is only 135 pages long, or maybe it was just me. I wanted more, and I didn’t quite get it. I would’ve liked to learn more about the ending after learning so much about Lena and Ellis’ past.

Thanks to the author for the review copy!

 

The Ghost Finders Review

The Ghost Finders Review

Paperback, 238 pages

Expected publication: June 4th 2021 by JournalStone


A 5 star read

The Ghost Finders has to be one of the most entertaining books I’ve ever read. It is the story of Henry Coxton, who is as the name of the novel suggests, an occult detective. He works alongside his partners; Violet and Christopher. Violet has telekinetic powers and a mysterious past, and Christopher is a monster who lost all memories of his life prior to being with Henry.

Together they must work to overcome their most dangerous case yet as a cult is closing in on them!

Usually, I will tell you what I liked and didn’t like about a book. But in this case I don’t have much to say. I absolutely adored this book. The characters are perfect, the story is unique and fantastic, and the writing is perfect for the time period it is set in.

I’m looking forward to reading more of Adam’s work! Thank you again for the review copy Adam!

 

 

 

Rave Review

Rave Review

Paperback, 1, 306 pages

Expected publication: May 20th 2021 by Reveal Books


A 4 star read

Rave  is the story of Seth and his friends set in 1999 in Canada. They all come from a small town, you know the ones where everyone knows everyone. He hates his shitty job, his home situation and the fact that his last name is tainted. Ten years ago his cousin was involved in the murder of a girl, and well small towns never forget.

He makes his way to a rave in the middle of nowhere with his friends. This is supposed to be the ultimate party night, along with finally getting some alone time with his crush Dimitri. 

But things have a way of not working out, and soon the friends find themselves hunted by a horned man-beast. All of this while on drugs. Sounds fun, right? 

I love Konn Lavery’s style of storytelling. He doesn’t just write an engaging horror thriller, but he also adds lots of humor. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book where the author addresses the characters directly. It’s unique and refreshing! 

If you like reading about the 90s, drug fueled raves, and friendship; then this is your jam!

Thank you Konn for the review copy!  

Transmuted Review

Transmuted Review

Expected publication: July 15th 2021 by Unnerving


A 3 star read

Isa is a twitch streamer, who has been streaming for donations in order to undergo facial feminization surgery. But just as she has enough money, her father needs it for yet another experimental treatment for his life threatening disease. 

She thinks this is the end of the road, and she will never get the features she has hoped for. That is until she finds a mysterious doctor who promises a free, yet experimental gender affirming surgery. After the first treatment everything seems to go according to plan, the only problem is her body won’t stop changing. 

I truly enjoyed the first part of this book. It was entertaining, funny and you can’t help but love Isa’s character. She has the same sarcastic humor as myself, and I sympathized with the struggle she went through. I was completely engrossed in the story.

Yet, after a while it all felt a bit rushed. Stuff was happening too fast, and I have to say maybe a bit too bizarre. Now, don’t get me wrong I really liked the weirdness and grotesque imagery, but at some point it kind of went way out there. 

Still, a really entertaining queer body horror tale and if this sounds interesting to you, I would definitely give it a read! 

Thanks to the publisher for the free copy!