sundered ruthanne reid
Dark, Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction, Indie, Loved-it

A Brilliant Dystopian Fantasy With A Twist That Uncovers The Dark Nature Of Humanity The Sundered by Ruthanne Reid, ★★★★★ 5 stars

Sometimes we value things based on how much they cost us. We can’t really help it, it’s simply psychology, or maybe its societal. But that’s not always right, and it certainly wasn’t when it came to The Sundered. Because I got this book as a freebie or review copy before I even blogged, and let it sit unread on my…

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Bunyan's Guide to the Great American Wildlife
Dark, Fiction, Literary, NetGalley

Heavy Content, Quirky Writing – Definitely Not For Everyone, But I Enjoyed Reading It Bunyan's Guide to the Great American Wildlife by Quentin Canterel, ★★★★☆ 4 stars

Bunyan’s Guide to the Great American Wildlife is no easy read, both for its contents (quite triggering) and its style (a lot of reviewers found it to be all over the place). Since I’ve read another book by Quentin Canterel, I can firmly say it’s simply the author’s quirky style, but if you get used to his storytelling, you will…

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three days breathing
Dark, Dystopian, Fiction, NetGalley, Society

A Heart-Breaking, But Very Good Dystopian Critique Of Our Society Three Days Breathing by Mike Maguire, ★★★★✬ 4.5 stars

Three Days Breathing is a really good book, but its also incredibly sad, painfully so. But it is definitely worth the read, provided you can stomach it and the heaviness of its contents. I would even say that this is as much a literary novel, considering its depth and topics, as it is a dystopian fantasy. I will definitely not…

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test sylvain neuvel
Dark, Diversity, Fast-paced, Fiction, Loved-it, Society

Racism, Evil Governments And Our Small Lives: A Relevant Story In Today’s World The Test by Sylvain Neuvel, ★★★★★ 5 stars

Sylvain Neuvel is an amazing writer, and The Test is an incredible book. I don’t understand how you can put this much tension in merely around 100 pages!! And I have absolutely no idea how to review it without spoilers. Maybe you could just take my word on the fact that you should absolutely, definitely read it? Check out on…

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room full of night
Dark, Edelweiss, Fast-paced, Fiction, Historical, Thiller / Mystery

A Dark Semi-Slow-Burn Thriller About Some Forgotten WWII Nightmares A Room Full of Night by T.R. Kenneth

When I got this book off Edelweiss as a free download, I didn’t know if I’d like it. I don’t read a lot of thrillers either, but something in the blurb just hooked me. And it made for some good reading! For lovers of thrillers and conspiracy theories, it’s definitely worth a go. Check out on Goodreads ★★★✬☆ 3.5 stars…

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Dark, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic

A Boy In A Magical School, Take Two – Done Well! Ewan Pendle and the Castle of Nightmares by Shaun Hume, ★★★★☆ 4 stars

When I first started my journey of following Ewan Pendle on his adventures, I remember giving the first book a half-star “in advance” – because I knew the story would eventually start rolling. Having finished Ewan Pendle and the Castle of Nightmares, I am glad to say that I knew what I was saying! The story indeed got rolling – so…

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the vela
Dark, Diversity, Fast-paced, Fiction, Loved-it, Rising star, Scifi

FINALLY A Scifi, Empowering Women, Queer (And Non-binary!), As Well As Disabled People The Vela by Yoon Ha Lee, Becky Chambers, S.L. Huang, Rivers Solomon, ★★★★★ 5 stars

When I was offered The Vela as ad advance review copy, I was thrilled – because look at the author list! Several new ones I have not read yet are in there too, but if you know what has been going on in the world of scifi for the past two or three years, you’ll recognize the names of Becky…

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four women
Dark, Fiction, Literary, Magical realism, Women's

The Four Women by Michelle Keill A Complex, Emotional, Smart And Incredibly Dark Tale

The Four Women is a strange, unique story you can’t quite make something of, at first. The strongest thing about it is that it’s littered with dark premonitions and foreboding, but it’s dosed so measuredly that it will keep you guessing about why what happens will happen – even if you’ve known it will happen ever since you’ve started reading…

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winter of the witch
Dark, Fantasy, Fiction, Loved-it, Magic, Well known books, Women's

Why I Loved The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden Incredibly Dark, Centers Around Women's Issues And Has The Strongest Protagonist Ever

I am so lucky to have been able to read The Winter of the Witch before its release! I have been following this series ever since I started blogging, and I have to say, I think The Winter of the Witch is the best installment. This doesn’t happen very often! We all know that it’s usually the first book that’s the best, and…

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anomaly by michael rutger
Dark, Fiction, NetGalley, Thiller / Mystery

[Thriller] Cavern Mysteries And Minotaurs: Lots of Promise, Middling Delivery The Anomaly by Michael Rutger

I was very excited to read The Anomaly after I got the publisher’s invitation. There was promise of conspiracy, ancient secrets, danger and fright – anything ranging from Indiana Jones to Uncharted and all that. Exciting! I was kind of sad when at 40% of the book, nothing much had really happened, and when at 70% it just lost me. I…

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thousand perfect notes
Dark, Fiction, Loved-it, NetGalley, Rising star, YA

[YA] Incredibly Touching, Relatable And Musical – It Has Captured My Heart <3 5 Reasons To Read A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews, AKA Our Own Cait @ PaperFury!

I am intensely flapping my arms and squawking like a poor abandoned pterodactyl baby at the excitement of actually having been able to read a review copy of A Thousand Perfect Notes! (Thanks for staying with my review after that sentence.) My emotions towards Cait’s book can be described roughly as such, starting from when I found out she was…

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the strain series
Dark, Dystopian, Fiction, Nope, Problematic, Well known books

[Thriller] The Strain Series, AKA The Popular Series With ONE Woman & Next To NO PoC It Started Off Great... But Then There Were All Those Problems

This series is… ahem. Mostly interesting in the way The Strain series degrades as you go. Book one is promising! Book two is just plain boring and a little far fetched, plus you start getting mysoginy fatigue and realizing you have not seen a single non-white person yet. Book three? Pure bull. Pure, unadulterated, illogical nonsense. It was almost entertaining…

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vicious real life super heroes
Dark, Fantasy, Non-fiction, Well known books

[General lit] Vicious..ly Odd, But Really Good? + Added Reality For Kicks Vicious by V.E. Schwab + Real Life Super Heroes by Nadia Fezzani

Trying my first V.E. Schwab book, I wasn’t sure what to expect – her books seem to be really big in the community, and yet I didn’t even know which kind of books they were. Would it be funny, sad, jokey or filled with adventure? I should have known better. I mean, I know the book world now mostly goes…

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little friend
Buddy read, Dark, Fiction, Literary, Well known books

[Literary] Great Social Commentary, But Poor Reading Experience The Little Friend by Donna Tartt - Buddy Read with JJ @ This Dark Material!

It seems I can never go a month without a buddy read! And that’s good, because they’re so much fun. This time, me and JJ @ This Dark Material read The Little Friend by Donna Tartt. Tartt is actually one of my favorite authors, although previously I had just read one book by her – The Goldfinch, which is one of my…

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freshwater
Dark, Diversity, Edelweiss, Fiction, Illness, Loved-it, Magical realism, Other-cultures, Rising star, Women's

Mythological + #OwnVoices + Mental Health = Fascinating Novel!! Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi

I cannot believe Freshwater is a debut novel. Akwaeke Emezi is a rising star, an incredible writer, and I hope to see many more masterpieces by her. Will I be re-reading this one? Oh, yeah – definitely. And you know what it means when I say I would reread a book. Check out on Goodreads Get at Book Depository ★★★★★ 5 stars…

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