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The Keeper Of Night – Hello Darkness, My Old Friend

The Keeper of Night by Kylie Lee Baker may be filled with darkness, but it’s another great read to ignite your spooky season. This story is unique and at the helm is a main character archetype I rarely experience but thoroughly enjoy. Baker immerses her reader in the world of Reapers and Shinigami where death…

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A Spindle Splintered – Fractured Fairy Tale

I am never one to shy away from retellings, and I can’t deny Alix E. Harrow presented an intriguing remix of Sleeping Beauty in A Spindle Splintered. I certainly loved what this story tried to be, but unfortunately, there were other forces at play. Zinnia Gray is obsessed with Sleeping Beauty because she’s been cursed…

The Death Of Jane Lawrence – Reborn Again

When I read the summary of The Death of Jane Lawrence by Caitlin Starling it piqued my interest, but I was a little hesitant to pick up this genre again after my experience with Mexican Gothic. I am glad I did because this book packs more punch. But, I am starting to think that gothic…

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Summer Sons – Sweltering Haunts

It’s officially time to kick off the spooky season, and I do declare that Summer Sons by Lee Mandelo should be your first pick. The book is part southern gothic, part paranormal mystery, and part dark academia set against the backdrop of prestigious Vanderbilt University and rural Tennessee. It’s hot and humid and confusing as…

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The Wolf And The Woodsman – All Bark, No Bite

Guess what? I finally won a Goodreads giveaway! That’s how I ended up with The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava Reid. It took about six weeks to arrive, but when it did, I paused my Guy Gavriel Kay marathon and quickly switched gears to see what this debut had in store.  In the village…

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The Summer Tree – Rooted In Excellence

The Summer Tree was my first foray into Guy Gavriel Kay’s pantheon and let me tell you, I’m officially a fan. Based on Kay’s presence on The Quill To Live’s Recommendations page, I knew enough to expect something special. I was not prepared for the assault on my heartstrings or the pure fantastical wonder that…

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Black Water Sister – Take Control

Gangsters, ghosts, and gods. That’s what you’re up against in Black Water Sister by Zen Cho. Be prepared to deal with at least two threats at any given time. And when a god shows up, well, just start praying. Cho’s standalone story is a brilliant blend of reality and the supernatural set against the vibrancy…

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The Witch’s Heart – Motherhood Woes

I know next to nothing about Norse mythology. I don’t even have a basic idea of the stuff from Marvel because, well, I don’t follow anything from that universe. But even the Marvel stuff seems to be a liberal interpretation of the original source material. Needless to say, I stepped out of my comfort zone…