It takes place in Eden, Kentucky, a small town which is only known for the legend of E. Starling and the mysterious-looking and overgrown house at the edge of town. Whereas everyone in town would rather let the house rot, Opal (the main character) is determined to discover the true mystery behind the house and why she continues to have very vivid dreams about it.
Recommended to those who desire their haunted house stories less terrifying than Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House and is a perfect read for these darker months.
Penance – Eliza Clark
The perfect read for true crime fans. It’s a dark and gritty account of a fictional crime in a fictitious seaside town in northern England. It’s so well done that you come to think the crime, the history of the town and all the characters are real. Luckily it’s not!
A Prayer for the Crown Shy – Becky Chambers
Becky Chambers never disappoints, to be honest. I was thrilled to return to Panga and read about Sibling Dex and Mosscap’s journey and their search for answers to questions such as: “What do humans need when they already have everything?” Much like the first novella, the second installment in the Monk & Robot series was like a warm hug. Definitely novellas I will return to in the future.
A Fate Inked in Blood – Danielle L. Jensen
This book won’t be published until February next year, but I was lucky to get my hands on an advanced reader’s copy. It is a Norse-inspired romance/fantasy about Freya, a shield maiden who desires to become a warrior and get as far away as possible from her brute of a husband. When a bloodthirsty jarl learns of her existence, he binds her to him through a blood oath, because he believes she will be the key to him becoming king of Skaland. Combine all this with a forbidden love interest and you get a book that will hook you from the first page. That was definitely the case for me!
Great for readers who love a kickass female main character who isn’t afraid to speak her mind.
Lapvona – Ottessa Moshfegh
It’s hard to describe this book, but I can say that it’s a weird and disturbing one. It’s dark and gloomy and not for the faint of heart. I’m a fan of Moshfegh’s writing, as she turns out to be very good at creating unhinged women, but Lapvona was definitely on a different level compared to her previous novels and short stories.
The story goes that a medieval village is plagued by tragedy and grief. Over the course of four seasons, each of the characters looks for some sort of spiritual guidance, Biblical or otherwise. However, there’s something more powerful than God lurking around the corner….
Natural Beauty – Ling Ling Huang
Legends & Lattes – Travis Baldree