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Articles / October 17, 2019

Daughter of the Blood Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop is $2.99! This is the first book in The Black Jewels series and was recommended in today’s Rec League. Ellen notes that this series deserves all of the content warnings. I know for many readers this was a formative series for their fantasy reading. What are your thoguhts? The Dark Kingdom is preparing itself for the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy–the arrival of a new Queen, a Witch who will wield more power than even the High Lord of Hell himself. But this new ruler is young, and very susceptible to influence and corruption; whoever controls her controls the Darkness. And now, three sworn enemies begin a ruthless game of politics and intrigue, magic and betrayal, and the destiny of an entire world is at stake. Add to Goodreads To-Read List → You can find ordering info for this book here.       Pleasures of the Night Pleasures of the Night by Sylvia Day is $1.99! This is the first book in the Dream Guardians erotic paranormal romance series. Readers say this series and book is very steamy, but others found the plot/paranormal setup to be a little too complicated. There are sensuous pleasures…

Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu
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Articles / October 17, 2019

B- Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker October 15, 2019 · Lion Forge Graphic NovelLGBTQIAYoung Adult This YA graphic novel is very sweet and perfect for fall. I’m not sure that much about it will stay with me, but it was a good use of a leisurely autumn lunch break. Mooncakes tells the story of Nova, a teen witch, and her childhood friend Tam, a werewolf, who is back in town after a several-year absence. Tam is trying to defeat a local demon who has possessed a horse (unlike most of the rest of this book, the six-legged demon horse is truly nightmare fuel). Nova finds Tam, and Nova and her family take Tam in to help them harness their wolf powers and defeat the demon. Mooncakes gets a giant thumbs up from me for atmosphere. Everything about this book screams COZY FALL: witchcraft, a magic-filled bookstore, benevolent ghosts, the mid-autumn festival (hence the titular mooncakes), Halloween decorations, adorable and Very Good black cats, and vivid outdoor scenes—Mooncakes basically fills up a “fall trope” bingo board all by itself! Truly they are Very Good black cats. The colors of this graphic novel are gorgeous. It is clear that a lot of care…

Monster She Wrote by Lisa Kröger and Melanie Anderson
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Articles / October 17, 2019

A Monster, She Wrote by Lisa Kroger September 17, 2019 · Quirk Books Nonfiction Never in my life have I made grabby hands as ferocious as the ones I made when I saw Monster, She Wrote: The Women Who Pioneered Horror and Speculative Fiction. This book describes the life and work of women in speculative fiction starting with Margaret Cavendish and ending with Jewelle Gomez (and shorter mentions of many others). This is out just in time for you to make your Halloween reading list and since it mentions some movie adaptations you can get your viewing schedule lined up too. In my opinion we should all get October off and sit around reading and watching scary things under blankies with our cocoa and/or pumpkin spice lattes. I may start a petition. Anyway, this book will get you all set up for many autumns to come. The book is organized into subgenre sections, more or less chronologically, with titles like “The Women Who Wrote the Pulps” and “Haunting the Home.” Within each section are short (2 – 3 page) chapters about individual author, including a biography, a recommendation of what to read first by said author, and recommendations of other…

The Rec League: Books for Your Inner Goth
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Articles / October 17, 2019

This is a purely selfish post inspired by a lot of squeeing I’ve been doing with my fellow reviewers over the spooky season. Which books speak to your inner (or outer) goth, whether it appeals to your 16-year-old self  just going through a phase or your adult witchy aesthetic? Amanda: Obviously Gideon the Ninth and Wicked Saints. Elyse: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake Claudia: I’m going to be a little wide of the mark perhaps but go with my favorite Anne Stuart: The Devil’s Waltz. Perhaps not gothic per se but definitely dark. Starchy heroine undone by brooding hero. Superb first half and great banter and sexual tension. And for “soft goth” or Gothic elements, The Matrimonial Advertisement by Mimi Matthews ( A | BN | K | AB ). Marriage-of-convenience story featuring scarred hero, secrets, and cliffs! A | BN | K Elyse: The Dark Affair by Maire Claremont Amanda: Would you suggest the Hester Fox, Elyse? Elyse: Yes! Eve Silver too. Catherine: Maybe This Time by Jennifer Crusie? ( A | BN | K | G | AB ) It’s a Turn of the Screw retelling, so creepy and haunted, but maybe not quite goth. Ooh, or…