After a short hiatus from reading (and doing anything that didn't involve my job, actually), here I am with a new review. Truth be told, I've added this book to my TBR pile in March, after the author, James Fuller, asked me if I was interested in reading one of his stories. We talked a bit on Twitter, and he suggested this one based on my reading preferences. The blurb intrigued me, so here's my honest review of Until Death Do Us Part.
I've been offered an ARC of this book back in March. It took me a while to begin reading it, and now that I've finished it I'm so disappointed with myself for not reading it earlier. Let me present you the blurb, and then I'll tell you what made me love it so much.
As a first-timer on Reedsy, the sensible thing I should have done was spending some time trying to figure out the platform. A book caught my attention instead, and I had to take it. The title promised a lot of irony and fun, and I was sold even before reading the blurb. The book in question is How Not to Vampire, by Rodney V. Smith, an Urban Fantasy that is so much more than your average vampire story! The first thing that comes to mind was that it gives the same vibes of some '90s movies I love, those irreverent and crude dark comedies so iconic that stuck with me till today.
Urban Fantasy is my favorite genre ever. Seriously, read my bio and you'll find out how much I love its tropes, how curious I am to see mythological creatures interact with the modern world. Cue NetGalley, and me browsing for some new UF to read. When I found Bottle Demon, I wasn't sure reading it was a good idea, mainly because it is the sixth installment of an ongoing series and I was afraid I would not be able to understand what was going on. I asked for an ARC anyway and I am so glad I did it! I'll tell you why in a heartbeat, but let me show you the cover first.
I love to read short stories. There was a time when my morning routine consisted in waking up, making a cup of tea and sitting at the small table I had in the kitchen with my pc open on the Daily Science Fiction to read the short story of the day. It's a memory buried in the past now (kids, you know the deal), but I still try to read short stories whenever I can. So when Anomalies & Curiosities came out, I just knew I had to read it. First, I knew some of the authors from a previous Quill & Crow anthology (poetry this time); second, horror short stories with anatomy and medicine as a theme? I was sold. And was I beyond ecstatic when the publishing house reached out to ask me to review it? Yes, yes and yes.
The last time I read a horror book I was a 16 years old wandering alone in Barcelona. I carried three things back home from that vacation: a beautiful dog who's been the love of my life for a very long time, an insane passion for anything created by Gaudí, and the idea that I would never read another horror story ever again. Fast-forward to 20 years later, I'm on Twitter and everyone is raging about how good Ghost River is, and I can't help but be curious about it.
I believe in happy endings, I do. Even when things get dire, there's the incurably optimistic part of me that trusts it's all for the best. Call it wishful thinking, call it magical thinking, but I need to believe everything will be okay in the end. This might explain my love for romance novels: happy … Continue reading Men Are Frogs – Saranna DeWylde
February 4, 2003, promises to be a typical day for Olivia Ross—a greeting card writer whose passion project is a screenplay of her own. But after she and a handsome actor have a magical meet-cute in a coffee shop, they make a spontaneous pact: in ten years, after they’ve found the success they’re just sure they’re going to achieve, they’ll return to the coffeehouse to partner up and make a film together. The only problem? Olivia neglected to get the stranger’s name. But she doesn’t forget his face—or the date.
Chimera, edited by Ashley Hutchinson and published by Lost Boys Press, is a collection of short stories by ten talented authors, all having a common theme: monsters. I've been gifted with an ARC in exchange of a honest review, which I'm more than happy to supply.
Remember my adversion to multiple POVs and third person? Forget everything I've said so far and repeat this with me: THIS BOOK IS AWESOME. Entertaining, compelling characters? Check. Surreal setting? Check. Interesting plot? Check, again. I'm gonna have a really hard time writing something coherent enough about this novel because it is perfect. I'm talking about Dead Heads, by R Young, and here's my review.