Cut to the Bone by Alex Caan #BookReview #Thriller

cuttotheboneTitle: Cut to the Bone
Author: Alex Caan
Series: N/a
Format: Digital ARC, 320 pages
Publication Details: November 3rd 2016 by Bonnier Publishing
Genre(s): Thriller; Crime Fiction
Disclosure? Yep, I received a free copy in exchange for an HONEST review. 

Goodreads 

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One Missing Girl. Two Million Suspects.

Ruby is a vlogger, a rising star of YouTube and a heroine to millions of teenage girls.

And she’s missing . . .

But she’s an adult – nothing to worry about, surely?

Until the video’s uploaded . . .

Ruby, in the dirt, pleading for her life.

Enter Detective Inspector Kate Riley; the Met’s rising star and the head of a new team of investigators with the best resources money can buy. Among them, Detective Sergeant Zain Harris, the poster boy for multiracial policing. But can Kate wholly trust him – and more importantly, can she trust herself around him?

As hysteria builds amongst the press and Ruby’s millions of fans, Kate and her team are under pressure to get results, and fast, but as they soon discover, the world of YouTube vloggers and social media is much darker than anyone could have imagined.

And the videos keep coming…

Review

I was in the mood for a dark, crime thriller so I picked this book up slightly ahead of schedule and I enjoyed it a lot.

Cut to the Bone opens with a girl being kidnapped. I instantly found the writing-style exciting and intriguing. It’s sharp and very matter-of-fact which I’m sure some people with have an issue with but I lapped it up. 

We soon discover that the girl being kidnapped was Ruby, a YouTube star. Ruby does beauty tutorials and talks about her life, depression and other things on her Vlog, to a huge teen audience. She’s a good role model, she tries to use her experiences to help others. So when she goes missing there’s instant interest in it. But it doesn’t explain why commissioner Justin Hope seems to know about it before she’s even classified as a missing person- only hours after her disappearance. 

Like all good crime thrillers, Cut to the Bone is complex, with many strands weaving through it at once. There’s the unreliable cops, the exploitative media agents, ex-boyfriends, stalker-fans and a strange family, (amongst others) all thrown into the mix. Any one of them could be the culprit. 

Caan does a good job of throwing in some red herrings and keeping you guessing, and I couldn’t stop digitally turning those pages, although to be fair, I was never that invested it finding out who the killer is, because we don’t actually know if she’s dead.

I feel like I can’t really give Cut to the Bone more than 3/5, mainly because it wasn’t anything special. I enjoyed it and all, but it didn’t blow me away. It hasn’t stayed with me, you know!? Maybe I’m just in a harsh mood…

I also got pretty bored with all the drawn-out explanations about what Vloggers do and how they make money. I’m sure it’s just a case of timing, and that probably when the story was actually written Vloggers weren’t very well known, but it felt quite dated and well, out of touch. Like it was written by someone who has only just discovered the internet or something.

Anyhoo, for a debut novel, Cut to the Bone is a winner. The writing is quite different than your run-of-the-mill thrillers and that’s what really impressed me. 

Definitely worth a read – and I’ll be looking out for more from Caan in the future. 

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Cut to the Bone is out now on Kindle, but not due in paperback until November 2016

This Month in Books: August 2016 #MonthlyRoundUp #TMIB

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August has been a fun month. I finally got back to a normal reading & blogging schedule, visited Prague, went to a #UKYA Speakeasy night, found a few new bookshops, saw two films at the London FrightFest and spent time with friends. It’s one of those few occasions where the work/life balance seemed to, well, balance!

August 2016 Stats

Total Posts: 14

Books Read: 6 
When Everything Feels Like the Movies ~ Raziel Reid
Daughter of Smoke and Bone ~ Laini Taylor
The Song of Achilles ~ Madeline Miller
The Seeing Stone ~ Kevin Crossley-Holland
A Million Little Pieces ~ James Frey
The Hummingbird’s Cage ~ Tamara Dietrich

The Breakdown:
Genres: YA (3/6); Fantasy (3/6); Historical (2/6); Contemporary (1/6)

Formats/Sources: Advance Copy (2/6); Digital (2/6); Hardback (0/6); Paperback (4/6) / Owned (2/6); Borrowed (1/6); For Review (2/6)

Most Surprising: The Hummingbird’s Cage 
Most Disappointing: The Seeing Stone
Most Exciting: The Song of Achilles
Most Swoon-worthy:  The Song of Achilles
Most Beautifully Written: The Song of Achilles

Reviews: 6

    • The Foreshadowing by Marcus Sedgwick, 4/5 (View)
    • And I Darken by Kiersten White, 2/5 (View)
    • When Everything Feels Like the Movies by Raziel Reid, 3/5 (View)
    • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, 4/5 (View)
    • The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, 5/5 (View)
    • The Hummingbird’s Cage by Tamara Dietrich

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TBR Shelf Update

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Earlier this year I decided I HAD to do something about my TBR shelves. Each month I’ll be doing a quick update to see how I’ve done. See my original post here, and my updated TBR list here. 

My TBR shelf has undergone a bit of a overhaul of late because I moved house and was brutal (well, it felt brutal OK) in my book weeding! However, I also now have more disposable income so I’ve been buying books again. It’s an endless cycle…

Previous TBR Count: 82

Books Added: 9

Books Read: 5

Books Donated: 18

Remaining: 68

September Releases

Here’s my pick of the September Releases

Are you looking forward to any of these?

This Month in Books: April 2016 #TMIB

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Hmm…what happened in April? I tried to slow down this month by planning less fun things in order to relax a bit more & save some money for the summer. I’m not sure how successful that was, but at the very least I caught up on reading and posting reviews which I’d fallen behind on.

April 2016 Stats

Total Posts: 14 (+1 from previous month)

Books Read: 7 (+4)
The Crow Girl ~ Erik Axl Sund
The Colour of Milk ~ Nell Leyshon
PETA’s Vegan College Cookbook ~ PETA
Can you Keep a Secret ~ R.L Stine
The Glittering Court ~ Richelle Mead
Murder at the 42nd Street Library ~ Con Lehane
Deception ~ Naomi Chase

The Breakdown:
Genres: YA (2/7); Literary Fiction (1/7); Urban Fiction (1/7); Thriller (3/7); Non-Fiction (1/7)

Formats/Sources: Advance Copy (5/7); Digital (5/7); Hardback (0/7); Paperback (2/7); Owned (0/7); Borrowed (2/7); For Review (5/7)

Most Surprising: The Crow Girl
Most Disappointing: Murder at the 42nd Street Library
Most Exciting: The Crow Girl
Most Swoon-worthy:  The Glittering Court
Most Beautifully Written: The Crow Girl

Reviews: 6 (+3)

    • My Kind of Crazy by Robin Reul, 4/5 (View)
    • The Crow Girl by Erik Axl Sund, 4/5 (View)
    • Can you Keep a Secret by R.L Stine, 4/5 (View)
    • PETA’s Vegan Cookbook, 2/5 (View)
    • Murder at the 42nd Street Library by Con Lehane, 3/5 (View)
    • The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead, 3/5 (View)

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TBR Shelf Update

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Earlier this year I decided I HAD to do something about my TBR shelves. Each month I’ll be doing a quick update to see how I’ve done. See my original post here, and my updated TBR list here. 

Previous TBR Count: 77

Books Added: 5

Books Read: 0

Remaining: 82

FAIL!

May Releases

Here’s my pick of the May Releases

Are you looking forward to any of these?

This Week in Books 17.02.16 #TWIB

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Welcome to my weekly post, where I sum-up what I’ve been up to in bookland the past week. 

Happy Wednesday, Guys. Here’s what I’ve been up to:

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Now:  Into the Dim ~ Janet B. Taylor

I’m liking this YA time travelling romp a lot so far!

Then:  The Glass Castle ~ Trisha White Priebe & Jerry Jenkins

The Glass Castle was a really cute, fast-paced read inspired by the likes of Narnia. It wasn’t without its flaws but I enjoyed it. It comes out at the beginning of March so my review will be up in a few weeks. 

Next: ???

I’m mainly working on ARCs this month so next up will be All Things Cease to Appear or The Madwoman Upstairs which I featured last week. They’re both out in March.

New on the Shelves

(Linking up with Stacking the Shelves)

From Netgalley:

Can You Keep a Secret?

 

canyouR.L. Stine has built his legacy on scaring children and teenagers. Now he’s back with another spine-tingling tale of horror in this new Fear Street book about temptation, betrayal, and fear.

Eddie and Emma are high school sweethearts from the wrong side of the tracks. Looking for an escape their dreary lives, they embark on an overnight camping trip in the Fear Street Woods with four friends. As Eddie is carving a heart into a tree, he and Emma discover a bag hidden in the trunk. A bag filled with hundred-dollar bills. Thousands of them. Should they take it? Should they leave the money there? The six teens agree to leave the bag where it is until it’s safe to use it. But when tragedy strikes Emma’s family, the temptation to skim some money off of the top becomes impossible to fight. There’s only one problem. When Emma returns to the woods, the bag of money is gone, and with it, the trust of six friends with a big secret.

Packed with tension and sure to illicit shivers in its readers, this new Fear Street book is another terrifying tale from a master of horror.

Expected publication: April 12th 2016 by St. Martin’s Griffin 

Borrowed:

The Amber Fury

amberfuryWhen you open up, who will you let in?

When Alex Morris loses her fiancé in dreadful circumstances, she moves from London to Edinburgh to make a break with the past. Alex takes a job at a Pupil Referral Unit, which accepts the students excluded from other schools in the city. These are troubled, difficult kids and Alex is terrified of what she’s taken on.

There is one class – a group of five teenagers – who intimidate Alex and every other teacher on The Unit. But with the help of the Greek tragedies she teaches, Alex gradually develops a rapport with them. Finding them enthralled by tales of cruel fate and bloody revenge, she even begins to worry that they are taking her lessons to heart, and that a whole new tragedy is being performed, right in front of her…

Published March 6th 2014 by Corvus

 I’m Waiting On…

(Linking up with Breaking the Spine)

The Glittering Court

I only got up to book #4 (I think) in Mead’s Vampire Academy series but I really enjoyed them and will continue at some point. I’ve avoided her other series so far, but I really like the look of this one.  

glitteringcourtBig and sweeping, spanning the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies capable of arranging powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.

When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together, they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise—first, as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and later, when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.

But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands. . . .

Expected Publication: April 5th 2016 by Razorbill

So, that’s my week in books, now how about yours? If you’re joining in leave the link to your answers in the comments so everyone can take a look 🙂

Welcome to Horror October 2015!

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Prepare yourselves, Horror October is back!

Autumn is the best time of year to read all of those books you’ve been too scared to open, and curl up on the sofa to watch you favourite scary movie, so once again I’m dedicating a whole month to doing just that.

However, if you’re not a fan of horror, do not fret, I’m using the term quite loosely and hope that there will be something to suit everyone (it’s not like I could go a month without reading any YA)!

Here’s what’s coming up this month and how you can get involved…

The Books

I clearly won’t get round to all of these within the month but I’m going to give it a bloody good try, pun intended 😉

Click on the images to for the Goodreads page

New & Upcoming Releases

 
 
The Lost Girl ~ R.L Stine
thelostgirlGenerations of children and teens have grown up on R.L. Stine’s bestselling and hugely popular horror series, Fear Street and Goosebumps. Now, the Fear Street series is back with a chilling new instalment, packed with pure nightmare fodder that will scare Stine’s avid fan base of teen readers and adults.

New student Lizzy Palmer is the talk of Shadyside High. Michael and his girlfriend Pepper befriend her, but the closer they get to her, the stranger she seems… and the more attractive she is to Michael. He invites her to join him on a snowmobile race that ends in a tragic accident. Soon, Michael’s friends start being murdered, and Pepper becomes convinced that Lizzy is behind the killings. But to her total shock, she and Michael are drawn into a tragic story of an unthinkable betrayal committed over 60 years ago. Frightening and tense in the way that only this master of horror can deliver, The Lost Girl is another terrifying Fear Street novel by the king of juvenile horror.

 

Seize the Night ~ Edited by Christopher Golden
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A blockbuster anthology of original, blood-curdling vampire fiction from New York Times bestselling and award-winning authors, including Charlaine Harris, whose novels were adapted into HBO’s hit show True Blood, and Scott Smith, publishing his first work since The Ruins.

Before being transformed into romantic heroes and soft, emotional antiheroes, vampires were figures of overwhelming terror. Now, from some of the biggest names in horror and dark fiction, comes this stellar collection of short stories that make vampires frightening once again. Edited by New York Times bestselling author Christopher Golden and featuring all-new stories from such contributors as Charlaine Harris, John Ajvide Lindqvist, Scott Smith, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Michael Kortya, Kelley Armstrong, Brian Keene, David Wellington, Seanan McGuire, and Tim Lebbon, Seize the Night is old-school vampire fiction at its finest.

 
Behind Closed Doors ~ Elizabeth Haynes
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Ten years ago, fifteen-year-old Scarlett Rainsford vanished while on a family holiday in Greece. Was she abducted, or did she run away? Lou Smith worked the case as a police constable, and failing to find Scarlett has been one of the biggest regrets of her career. No one is more shocked than Lou to learn that Scarlett has unexpectedly been found during a Special Branch raid of a brothel in Briarstone.

Lou and her Major Crimes team are already stretched working two troubling cases: nineteen-year-old Ian Palmer was found badly beaten; soon after, bar owner Carl McVey was found half-buried in the woods, his Rolex and money gone. While Lou tries to establish the links between the two cases, DS Sam Hollands works with Special Branch to question Scarlett. What happened to her? Where has she been until now? And why is her family—with the exception of her emotionally fragile younger sister, Juliette—less than enthusiastic about her return?

When another brutal assault and homicide are linked to the McVey murder, Lou’s cases collide, and the clues all point in one terrifying direction. As the pressure and the danger mount, it becomes clear that the silent, secretive Scarlett holds the key to everything.

Vampire Vic 2: Morbius Reborn ~ Harris Gray
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Vampires walk among us. Appraising our houses, policing our neighborhoods, crossing our borders. We understand there will be biting and an occasional conversion. These are small sacrifices for the sexy thrill. We do worry about vampires popping up in positions of power. They are evolved, difficult to slay, not as sexy. A backlash grows; but are we far too late?

Victor Thetherson is nearly cured. The treatment buries the charisma and confidence that only vampirism seems able to resurrect, and snuffs his rekindled love affair with ex-wife Barbara. Victor can’t trust himself as a vampire and doesn’t want to live with himself otherwise.

Eugene Foreman dispenses wisdom on his Sage Slayer site, offs vamps when convenient, and romances Victor and Barbara’s daughter, Amberly. His sensei, the Civil War Soldier, begs Eugene to slay Victor before he realizes his deadly inheritance.

Victor versus Eugene, round two in an ancient war. With Morbius Reborn, our time at the top of the food chain is coming to an end.

From the TBR Shelves

 

An English Ghost Story
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A dysfunctional British nuclear family seek a new life away from the big city in the sleepy Somerset countryside.

At first their new home, The Hollow, seems to embrace them, creating a rare peace and harmony within the family. But when the house turns on them, it seems to know just how to hurt them the most—threatening to destroy them from the inside out.

 

Edgar Allan Poe: Stories & Poems
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Rockport Books revisit the classics in a new series lushly illustrated by some of today’s most endearing and sought-after artists. These aren’t your typical classics–our artists reinterpret these stories and create a stunning presentation unlike any you’ve ever seen. Book enthusiasts and artisans will want to collect the entire series. Renowned artist David Plunkert takes readers on a dark journey into the gothic stories of Edgar Allan Poe, through his luscious imagery. These stories take on a whole new meaning when accompanied by Plunkert’s mystical, and sometimes spooky interpretations. With this edition of the Classics Reimagined series, you’ll think classics boring, nevermore!

 

The Kiss of Death ~ Marcus Sedgwick
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Marcus Sedgwick’s tale of Venice and vampires is a captivating companion volume to the bestselling My Swordhand is Singing.

Marko and Sorrel meet in Venice for the first time. They must uncover the mystery of what has happened both to Sorrel’s father, plagued by a strange madness that prevents him from sleeping, and to Marko’s father, a doctor, who has mysteriously gone missing after travelling to Venice to help his old friend. Years on from My Swordhand is Singing and Peter is still on the trail of the Shadow Queen. His search leads him to Venice, a city whose beauty disguises many ugly secrets.

The Shadow Queen is there, gathering strength, recruiting a new army of the Undead for a final confrontation. This fabled city with its lapping waterways, its crumbling magnificence, dark, twisting alleyways and surprising piazzas is the perfect setting for Marcus’s captivating gothic novel of love and loss in 18th century Venice.

 

The Ghoul Archipelago ~ Stephen Kozeniewski
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After ravenous corpses topple society and consume most of the world’s population, freighter captain Henk Martigan is shocked to receive a distress call. Eighty survivors beg him to whisk them away to the relative safety of the South Pacific. Martigan wants to help, but to rescue anyone he must first pass through the nightmare backwater of the Curien island chain.

A power struggle is brewing in the Curiens. On one side, the billionaire inventor of the mind-control collar seeks to squeeze all the profit he can out of the apocalypse. Opposing him is the charismatic leader of a ghoul-worshipping cargo cult. When a lunatic warlord berths an aircraft carrier off the coast and stakes his own claim on the islands, the stage is set for a bloody showdown.

To save the remnants of humanity (and himself), Captain Martigan must defeat all three of his ruthless new foes and brave the gruesome horrors of…THE GHOUL ARCHIPELAGO.

Ghostly Guest Posts, Frightening Features & Petrifying Promos

Spotlights/Promos

Wes Craven

I was really sad to hear the news of Wes Craven’s passing last month. He had a huge impact on the horror genre when I was growing up, so I’ll be taking a look at his work.

‘Cleopatra Loves Books’ Guest Posts

Cleo is a renowned blogger who just can’t get enough of all that murder and mayhem, she tells us more!

5 Horror Films That Still Scare Me

For me, horror films that are actually scary are few and far between these days. I look at some of my favourites that still hit the spot.

This Year in Horror…So Far

A round-up of the horror books I’ve read so far this year.

Release the Hounds

Spotlight on the ITV show

Halloween Party Time!

Planning a Halloween party? I share my favourite things to do/watch/eat/play on Halloween.

Get Involved

– Are you planning on reading or posting anything ghoulish or gruesome this month? If so let me know and I’ll link to your post on my weekly round-up

– Want to be a Horror October guest? I’m still open for guest posts, reviews, and spotlights. You’ll be fully credited and can still post on your own blog too so it’s a good opportunity to reach more people. Email me for more info.

– It goes without saying but I’ll say it anyway…Comment Away! I’ll also be tweeting using #HorrorOctober

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books on my Autumn TBR List

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish (click the link to visit them) who pick a different topic each week.

This week the topic is: the Top Ten Books on our Autumn to-be-read Lists.

Whenever these seasonal TBR topics come up I always cringe because I know I probably never got through the books on my previous list. I’m pleasantly surprised to see that I did actually read six out of the ten books on my Summer list this time round though, go me.

And so on to Autumn, which is one of my favourite times of the year, especially where reading is concerned. I love curling up on the sofa, under a million blankets to keep warm, with a good book.

This list is comprised of the ten books I’m most looking forward to reading over the next couple of months, in no particular order. Some of the books will be read for my annual Horror October, some are new/upcoming releases, and some are the ones on the top of my physical TBR pile.

Click on the book covers for Goodreads

1. Edgar Allan Poe: Stories and Poems (Classics Reimagined)

autumn1-poe This book was a birthday gift and it’s so awesome! I’ve been waiting for the nights to draw in to pick it up!

Rockport Books revisit the classics in a new series lushly illustrated by some of today’s most endearing and sought-after artists. These aren’t your typical classics–our artists reinterpret these stories and create a stunning presentation unlike any you’ve ever seen. Book enthusiasts and artisans will want to collect the entire series.

Renowned artist David Plunkert takes readers on a dark journey into the gothic stories of Edgar Allan Poe, through his luscious imagery. These stories take on a whole new meaning when accompanied by Plunkert’s mystical, and sometimes spooky interpretations. With this edition of the Classics Reimagined series, you’ll think classics boring, nevermore!

2. Seize the Night ~ Various

seizethenight This one is at the top of my list for Horror October.

A blockbuster anthology of original, blood-curdling vampire fiction from New York Times bestselling and award-winning authors, including Charlaine Harris, whose novels were adapted into HBO’s hit show True Blood, and Scott Smith, publishing his first work since The Ruins.

Before being transformed into romantic heroes and soft, emotional antiheroes, vampires were figures of overwhelming terror. Now, from some of the biggest names in horror and dark fiction, comes this stellar collection of short stories that make vampires frightening once again.

Edited by New York Times bestselling author Christopher Golden and featuring all-new stories from such contributors as Charlaine Harris, John Ajvide Lindqvist, Scott Smith, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Michael Kortya, Kelley Armstrong, Brian Keene, David Wellington, Seanan McGuire, and Tim Lebbon, Seize the Night is old-school vampire fiction at its finest.

Expected publication: October 6th 2015 by Gallery Books

3. The Light That Gets Lost ~ Natasha Carthew

thelightthatAnother upcoming release that I can’t wait to get my hands on.

A small boy hiding in a cupboard witnesses something no child should ever see. He tries not to look but he still hears it. And when he comes out, there’s no mistaking. His mum and dad have been killed. And though he’s only small, he swears that he’ll get revenge one day.

Years later, Trey enters a strange camp that is meant to save troubled teenagers. It’s packed with crazies, god-botherers, devoted felons and broken kids. Trey’s been in and out of trouble ever since the day the bad thing happened, but he’s he not here for saving: this is where he’ll find the man who did it. Revenge and healing, salvation and hell are a boiling, dangerous mix, and Trey finds himself drawn to a girl, a dream and the offer of friendship in the dark.

Expected publication: November 5th 2015 by Bloomsbury Childrens

4. The Lost Girl ~ R.L Stine

thelostgirlI love that the Fear Street books have been relaunched, I’ll be interested to see how this compares to the Point Horror books I loved as a child. I’m hoping to do a feature about it for Horror October.

Generations of children and teens have grown up on R.L. Stine’s bestselling and hugely popular horror series, Fear Street and Goosebumps. Now, the Fear Street series is back with a chilling new installment, packed with pure nightmare fodder that will scare Stine’s avid fan base of teen readers and adults.

New student Lizzy Palmer is the talk of Shadyside High. Michael and his girlfriend Pepper befriend her, but the closer they get to her, the stranger she seems… and the more attractive she is to Michael. He invites her to join him on a snowmobile race that ends in a tragic accident.

Soon, Michael’s friends start being murdered, and Pepper becomes convinced that Lizzy is behind the killings. But to her total shock, she and Michael are drawn into a tragic story of an unthinkable betrayal committed over 60 years ago.

Frightening and tense in the way that only this master of horror can deliver, The Lost Girl is another terrifying Fear Street novel by the king of juvenile horror.

Expected publication: September 29th 2015 by St. Martin’s Griffin

5. Behind Closed Doors ~ Elizabeth Haynes

behindclosedI missed this one the first time around, but thanks to Netgalley I have a copy of the relaunched edition waiting for me. I really loved Into the Darkest Corner so looking forward to this one.

‘To begin with, nothing was certain except her own terror . . .’

Ten years ago, fourteen-year-old Scarlett Rainsford vanished without a trace during a family holiday to Greece. Not being able to find Scarlett was one of the biggest regrets of DCI Louisa Smith’s career and when Scarlett is discovered back in her home town after all this time, Lou is determined to find out what happened to her and why she remained hidden for so long. Was she abducted or did she run away?

As Lou and her team delve deeper into Scarlett’s past, their investigation throws up more questions than it answers. But as they edge closer to the truth about what really went on behind closed doors, it is more sinister and disturbing than they had ever imagined.

6. The Winter Place ~ Alexander Yates

thewinterplace I was thrilled to get approved for this ARC, it sounds soooo good!

When a mysterious stranger and his brown bear show up on the same day that Axel and Tess’s father dies in an accident, Axel fears he might be going crazy, especially as only he can see them. However, the strange duo are quickly forgotten when Axel and Tess are shipped off to Finland to stay with grandparents that they’ve never met. But when they arrive in Finland, Axel is stunned when the stranger and his bear reappear. More incredibly, the stranger tells him that his parents are lost and need help. Desperate to see his father again, and actually meet his mother, Axel follows the man and his bear, disappearing deep into the frozen wilds of northern Finland.

When Tess realises that her brother has vanished she’s distraught. And so begins the frantic search across snow and ice into the dark forest. But as the hours creep by and with no sign of Axel, Tess begins to wonder if her brother has ventured onto a path that she cannot follow.

Delving into the timeless, fantastical world of Nordic mysticism, set against the harsh beauty of a frozen landscape, The Winter Place is an imaginative, beautiful story of loss, love and hope, a story of family, and of a brother and sister who find each other again.

Expected publication: October 22nd 2015 by Simon & Schuster Children

7. Alice in Zombieland ~ Gena Showalter

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I’ve been meaning to give this series a try ever since it came out. I only recently grabbed myself a copy so hopefully I’ll get round to it soon.

She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.

Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. But that’s all it takes. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

Her father was right. The monsters are real.

To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies.

8. An English Ghost Story ~ Kim Newman

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I think this was the only book I didn’t get round to reading on my Horror October list last year, so I have to include it this year too.

A dysfunctional British nuclear family seek a new life away from the big city in the sleepy Somerset countryside. At first their new home, The Hollow, seems to embrace them, creating a rare peace and harmony within the family. But when the house turns on them, it seems to know just how to hurt them the most—threatening to destroy them from the inside out.

A stand-alone novel from acclaimed author Kim Newman.

9. The Black Tongue ~ Marko Hautala

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Sounds terrifying! I think I’m going to have buy a copy of this. It’s flown to the top of my wishlist!

For generations, the urban legend of Granny Hatchet has plagued the quiet residential area of Suvikylä in northern Finland. As the story goes, this immortal killer murders her victims with a hatchet, then buries the hearts in a potato field and eats them after they’ve rotted black. But not everyone is convinced it is just a story.

Maisa Riipinen has returned to her hometown to complete her dissertation on urban folklore at the same time that Samuel Autio has come home to arrange his father’s funeral. As hazy, disturbing memories from their pasts meld with strange events in the present, Maisa and Samuel attempt to make sense of the town’s fearful obsession with the mythical Granny Hatchet. But if it’s only a legend, then why are people still vanishing without a trace?

From Finnish author Marko Hautala comes The Black Tongue, a gripping novel about a terrifying story with the power to silence—and the power to make those who dare speak disappear.

Expected publication: September 22nd 2015 by AmazonCrossing

10. Winter ~ Marissa Meyer

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I couldn’t not include this. It’s definitely one of my most anticipated releases this year, never mind this Autumn!

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

Expected publication: November 10th 2015 by Feiwel and Friends

Can’t wait to see what you guys chose – feel free to leave your link 🙂

This Month in Books: August 2015

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In August I continued my mission to get back on my feet, blogging and reading wise, and I’m getting there, just about. I concentrated on trying to get my outstanding review requests read, and then the same for Netgalley approvals. Therefore the month was a bit low on reviews, but I now have lots scheduled for this month already 🙂

I also went to Germany for a long (beer-festival-filled) weekend to visit my friend who has just moved back there. It was sooo good. Bamberg is lovely – highly recommend it.

August was also the month where I once again became obsessed with The Great British Bake Off, and I watched so much RuPaul’s Drag Race that I’m not sure how I got any reading done at all. So good!

Anyway, back to the blog round-up…

August 2015 Stats

Total Posts: 13 (-3 from last month)

Books Read: 5 (+ 1)
The Curse of Crow Hollow ~ Billy Coffey
Wonder Light ~ R.R Russell
My Soul Immortal ~ Jen Printy
Memoirs of a Dipper ~ Nell Leyshon
Beneath the Lake ~ Christopher Ransom

The Breakdown:
Genres: YA (1/5); Horror (2/5); Paranormal Romance (1/5); Crime/Thriller (1/5)

Formats/Sources: Advance Copy (2/5); Digital (4/5); Hardback (1/5); Paperback (0/5); Owned (0/5); Borrowed (1/5)

Most Surprising: My Soul Immortal
Most Disappointing: Beneath the Lake
Most Exciting: Memoirs of a Dipper
Most Swoon-worthy: My Soul Immortal
Most Beautifully Written: The Curse of Crow Hollow

Reviews: 3 (-4)

  • Wonder Light by R.R. Russell, 4/5 (View)
  • The Curse of Crow Hollow by Billy Coffey, 3/5 (View)
  • Dinner with a Vampire by Abigail Gibbs, 3/5 (View)

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What are you looking forward to this month?