You know that feeling when you find a book that's funny as hell but also moving and thought provoking at the same time? Well, this one ticks all the right boxes. What am I talking about, you ask? Here's my honest review of Better Off Dead by Martin John.
Hey, people! Yes, I'm talking to you. Wanna hear a shameful confession from yours truly? While I love the more contemporary Urban Fantasy because I enjoy seeing the repercussions of magic and monsters in the real world, High Fantasy doesn't have the same lure to me. Until a month ago, The Inheritance Cycle and A … Continue reading Panthera – Andreas Boesch
I've been gifted an ARC of Not Meant for Each Other by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Let me show you cover and blurb before I explain why I loved this book. Sometimes, there is no happily ever after. In this anthology, talented writers craft 10 diverse tales of heartbreak and failed … Continue reading Not Meant for Each Other
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