The Transition

 Title: The Transition Writer: Luke Kennard Publishing House: Fourth Estate Date of Publication: September 7th 2017 Rating: 2 stars Well, I don’t know… I don’t know where to begin with this one. When you finish a book and the first thing that comes to your mind is “I won’t write a review on this one”, then things are quite bleak….

The Winter People

 Title: The Winter People   Writer: Jennifer McMahon   Publishing House: Anchor  Date of Publication: February 11th 2014  Rating: 3 stars “Sometimes they’re angry. They hate being stuck.” This was one of my most anticipated scheduled reads for the year. It felt appropriate for the beginning of the winter, since November calls for stories with supernatural twists. The title and…

The World of Lore….

 Title: The World of Lore, Volume 1: Monstrous Creatures Writer: Aaron Mahnke Publishing House: Del Rey Date of Publication:  October 10th 2017 Rating: 4 stars ‘’The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.’’                             H.P. Lovecraft Starting this book, I had the belief that nothing new…

The Toymakers

Title: The Toymakers Writer: Robert Dinsdale Publishing House: Penguin Random House Date of Publication: February 8th 2018 Rating: 5 stars                                      ‘’Are you lost? Are you afraid? Are you a child at heart?’’   I never thought that there would ever be another…

Ghost Stories

 Title: Ghost Stories Writer: Whit Taylor Publishing House: Rosarium Publishing Date of Publication:  January 10th 2018 Rating: 5 stars Whoever thought that this little read would be about actual ghosts, excuse me, but sometimes you need to pay attention because the cover represents the whole tone of the written work. I mean, seriously….. 😦 So, this isn’t about ghosts…

The Good People

 Title: The Good People Writer: Hannah Kent Publishing House: Pan McMillan Date of Publication: September 27th 2016 Rating: 5 stars.                                                      “She was the gatekeeper at the edge of the world. The final human hymn…

Caligula

Title: Caligula Writer: Albert Camus Publishing House: Gallimard Date of Publication: 1944 Rating: 5 stars ‘’A man can’t live without some reason for living.” It is often the case when I find no particular connection with the novels of highly acclaimed writers but their plays resonate with me and become a point of reference in my collection. Such bright…

The Girl In The Tower

 Title: The Girl in the Tower (The Winternight Trilogy #2) Writer: Katherine Arden Publishing House: Penguin Random House Date of Publication: December 5th 2017 ‘’Think of me sometimes’’, he returned, ‘’When the snowdrops have bloomed and the snow has melted.’’ Moving on to the 2nd book of the trilogy immediately after finishing the 1st volume was a no-brainer and…

The Woman Behind the Waterfall

Title: The Woman Behind the Waterfall                              Writer: Leonora Meriel Publishing House: Granite Cloud                                           Date of Publication: October 1st 2016          …

What We See In The Stars

 Title: What We See in the Stars: An Illustrated Tour of the Night Sky Writer: Kelsey Oseid Publishing House: Ten Speed Press Publication Date: September 26th 2017 Rating: 5 stars In high school, I was an excellent student in every subject that had to do with Languages, Literature, History and so on and so forth. Maths was the very bane…

This House Is Haunted

 Title:  This House is Haunted Writer: John Boyne Publishing House: Doubleday Publication Date: April 25th 2013 Rating: 2 stars ‘’Where are you?’’                 ‘’But answer came there none.’’ Eliza Caine may have found the answer to her question at some point, but unfortunately, I never found mine as to why I was expecting so much from this ‘’ghost’’ story…A story…

The Bear and the Nightingale

Title: The Bear and the Nightingale (The Winternight Trilogy #1) Writer: Katherine Arden Publishing House: Penguin Random House Publication Date: January 10th 2017 Rating: 4 stars “Father Frost and the Maiden” From the village of Mstera (image source: https://josonja.com) ‘’Fairy tales are sweet on winter nights, nothing more.’’ Russian fairy tales are unlike any others, in my opinion.They are not simple,…

Uncommon Type: Some Stories….

 Title:Uncommon Type: Some Stories Writer: Tom Hanks Publishing House: Penguin Random House Publication Date: October 17th 2017 Rating: 5 stars “In her living room she opened the windows to get a bit of breeze. The sun had set, so the first fireflies of the evening would begin to flare in a bit. She sat on the windowsill…

The Daylight Gate

(The beautiful city of Lancaster -image source: https://www.ilh.com/countries/england/lancashire) ‘’Stand on the flat top of Pendle Hill and you can see everything of the county of Lancashire. Some say you can see other things too. This is a haunted place. The living and the dead come together on the hill.’’ Jeanette Winterson is one of those writers…

Eight Ghosts…..

Title: Eight Ghosts: The English Heritage Book of New Ghost Stories Writers: Sarah Perry, Jeanette Winterson, Andrew Michael Hurley, Mark Haddon, Kamila Shamsie, Stuart Evers, Kate Clanchy, Max Porter edited by Rowan Routh Publishing House: September Publishing Publication Date:  September 28th 2017 Rating: 5 stars ‘’There is melancholy in lights glimpsed from a distance’’, she said, ‘’A party to which one has not been invited.’’…

The Halloween Children

 Title: The Halloween Children Writer: Brian James Freeman & Norman Prentiss Publishing House: Earthling Publications Date of Publication: October 2014 Rating: 3 stars “If my jokes had anything to do with what happened to our family that Halloween, I’m really sorry. I wish I could take it all back.” When you behave as if your children are idiots, when you…

The Shadow Hour

 Title :The Shadow Hour Writer: Kate Riordan Publishing House: Penguin Random House Publication Date:  February 25th 2016 Kate Riordan’s first novel, “The Girl in the Photograph”, was one of the most atmospheric reads of last year. It contained everything we have come to associate worth the good, old British Gothic Fiction. An old mansion, dual time narration,…

Haunted Nights…

 Title: Haunted Nights Writer: A Horror Writers Association Anthology edited by Elen Datlow and Lisa Morton Publishing House: Anchor Books Publication Date: October 3rd 2017 Rating: 5 stars “Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?” “With graveyard weeds and wolfsbane seeds, and empty graves all in a row.” Who would pass a book entitled Haunted Nights? Would you…

Hallowe’en Party…

 Title: Hallowe’en Party (Hercule Poirot, #36) Writer: Agatha Christie Publishing House: HarperCollins Date of Publication: November 1969 Rating: 5 stars ”The past is the father of the present. The ”crime” writers who write like Christie are few. The ones who try to write mysteries similar to her own are non-existent. I may sound harsh, but those who struggle to…

Hocus Pocus In Focus…

  Title: Hocus Pocus in Focus: The Thinking Fan’s Guide to Disney’s Halloween Classic Writer: Aaron Wallace Publishing House: Pensive Pen Publishing Publication Date: September 9th 2016 Rating: 5 stars I admit that strange as it may sound, I didn’t count myself among the millions of ‘’Hocus Pocus’’ fans until last autumn, when I watched the film for the first time….