ARC Review: JUST LIKE HOME by Sarah Gailey (2022)

Genre: Adult Horror
Year Release: July 19th, 2022
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Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Content warning: murder, torture, gore, blood, sleep paralysis demons, emotional abuse, parental terminal illness

Vera Crowder comes home to settle the estate while her mother lives out her final days. Their relationship has always been strained and it doesn’t help that her father is Francis Crowder, a storied serial killer who used the house for his deadly extracurriculars. Though her father died years ago, something else haunts the house, leaving behind notes and making sure Vera doesn’t get a wink of sleep.

Claustrophobic, melancholy, and atmospheric, this story about a woman packing up her family’s possibly haunted house is a delight for both true crime and horror fans alike.

An interview with the author will be going up on release day, July 19th, 2022.

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Author to Author with Lee Mandelo

Summer Sons is what you get when you blend dark academia, coming-of-age, and hauntings. Andrew Blur just lost his best friend in what looks like a suicide while also starting the graduate program they were supposed to do together. There’s grief, there’s fast cars, there’s big feelings, and softer moments of understanding. This book truly has the full gamut of possible emotions, with a well-earned hopeful ending.

I’m so excited to celebrate the release of this scary, sexy, and heart-wrenching debut. Author Lee Mandelo talks about the vibes, the revisions process, and what they’re working on now.

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ARC Review: A DESOLATION CALLED PEACE (Teixcalaan #2) by Arkady Martine (2021)

Genre: Adult Science Fiction
Year Release: March 2021
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Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Content warning: vomiting, death, attempted genocide

The sequel to A Memory Called Empire picks up right where the previous entry left off: with Mahit Dzmare returning to Lsel Station. However, we are treated to a few new POV characters in the form of Nine Hibiscus and her fleet waging war on aliens they can’t communicate with who fight back with novel weaponry.

Taking a few pages out of Arrival (2016), the second half of Teixcalaan’s story moves away from a single location mystery and brings that political intrigue to space and beyond. As hypnotic as the first and ties up many loose ends in its satisfying conclusion.

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Author to Author with K.A. Doore #TheUnconqueredCity


I got to interview K.A. Doore for the first two books in The Chronicles of Ghadid, The Perfect Assassin and The Impossible Contrast. I am delighted to celebrate the release of the finale, The Unconquered City, the thrilling conclusion featuring the community of Ghadid coming together to solve the undead problem once and for all.

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Author to Author with K.A. Doore #TheImpossibleContract


Another mystery-horror-fantasy hits shelves today in the form of K.A. Doore’s The Impossible Contract. Come back to the world of Ghadid and the lands beyond, as we follow Thana trying to take down a necromancer, Amastan makes a cameo, and the greatest curmudgeon of a healer graces the pages. Learn more about the process of writing the book, some more world-building details, and what to read while we’re all pining for The Unconquered City.

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Author to Author with K.A. Doore


Do you like fantasy? Are you looking for some mystery and horror? Look no further than The Perfect Assassin  by K.A. Doore. This delightful murder book is set in a city protected by pylons from treacherous sand dunes, featuring several levels of political intrigue and a wonderfully inclusive cast of characters. In this interview, Kai shares her favorite pieces of world-building and her journey towards giving us the gift of Amastan and Ghadid.

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