ARC Review: The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

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Inspired by the work of Shirley Jackson and Susan Hill and set in a crumbling country mansion, The Silent Companions is an unsettling gothic ghost story to send a shiver down the spine…

Newly married, newly widowed Elsie is sent to see out her pregnancy at her late husband’s crumbling country estate, The Bridge.

With her new servants resentful and the local villagers actively hostile, Elsie only has her husband’s awkward cousin for company. Or so she thinks. But inside her new home lies a locked room, and beyond that door lies a two-hundred-year-old diary and a deeply unsettling painted wooden figure – a Silent Companion – that bears a striking resemblance to Elsie herself…

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell
Publisher:
 Raven Books, Bloomsbury Publishing (October 5th 2017)
Length: 384 pages
Genre: adult lit; historical fiction, gothic, mystery, ghost story
Review also on my GR
Rating: 3.5/5 🍑

 

I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

To be perfectly candid, I was first intrigued by The Silent Companions because of its beautiful cover that made me think of Natasha Pulley’s novels. (And I was right about that, actually, they are all made by the same amazing artist – David Mann!) Then I read an interview with Natasha where she recommended this title so, as a fan of her work, I knew I had to check it out. She called this book “magnificently creepy” and oh boy, was she right.

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Review: We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

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You go through life thinking there’s so much you need…

Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother.

Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend, Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit, and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
Publisher:
Dutton Books for Young Readers (February 14th 2017)
Length: 234 pages
Genre: YA; contemporary
Review also on my GR
Rating: 4/5 🍑

 

I went into this book not knowing anything about it. I knew Nina of course, I’ve read one of her books before and even without that, it’s rather hard to have any kind of interest in ya literature & not recognise her name. In any case, I was looking for a book that would make me feel and my friend told me to read We Are Okay. I will never be able to thank her for that rec enough.

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Review: Joyride, vol. 1 by Jackson Lanzing & Collin Kelly (writers)

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Earth sucks.

The stars have been blocked out for so long that people have forgotten there was anything else besides the World Government Alliance watching over them. Uma Akkolyte is a girl who shoots first, leaps before she looks, and is desperate for any means to leave her planet behind. And so she does. When Uma jacks an alien spaceship and punches through the stratosphere she sets forth on an adventure with an unlikely crew who are totally not ready for all the good, bad, and weird the universe will throw at them.

From writers Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly (Batman and Robin EternalGrayson) and artist Marcus To (NightwingNew Avengers), Joyride is a rebellious love letter to the sci-fi genre, exploring what happens when nothing stands between a group of teens and their freedom amongst the stars.

Joyride, vol. 1 by Jackson Lanzing & Collin Kelly (writers)
Publisher:
Boom Entertainment (October 4th 2016)
Series: Joyride #1
Length: 112 pages
Genre: YA; science-fiction, adventure
Review also on my GR
Rating: 4/5 🍑

 

I received a galley from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Joyride truly was a ride full of joy! Listen, I’ll be honest, I was sold from the very first line of the blurb I read & I was sure I’d love this comic book. I was not wrong.

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Shorts Friday: Rumor Has It by Farrah F. Polestico

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Okay, so we’re all busy on Fridays. It’s the end of the week, you need to finish all your work before the weekend, it’s a bit of a hectic day. That’s why I thought it’s a perfect day for reading short stories & novellas!

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It’s senior year and it’s now or never. Callie Rivera always wanted to be part of her school’s drama club, and she finally musters the courage to audition for Shakespeare’s classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Only she got the audition dates wrong and landed a role that only existed in her wildest dreams. And her co-actor? None other than Landon Arcival, theater actor extraordinaire, not to mention Callie’s (former) crush— or so she says.

Callie is living the dream, until she wakes up to a nightmare. According to the rumor mill, she is sleeping with different guys in her school. Of course it isn’t true, but who would believe her? And the worst part? It may or may not be her fault the rumors spread in the first place.

What to do? Callie finds herself in the middle of a hot mess. But then Landon proposes the perfect plan that can fix everything, but only if they don’t fall for each other first.

Rumor Has It by Farrah F. Polestico
Publisher:
Cosmos Books (November 30th 2015)
Length: 73 pages
Genre: YA; contemporary, romance
Rating: 3/5 🍑

 

I picked up Rumor Has It mostly for two reasons: 1) it features the fake dating trope! I’m not gonna lie, I adore it and still don’t feel tired of it and 2) it’s written by a Filipino author which is great simply because I haven’t read many books by writers from the Philippines.

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Starting the week with poetry: Greek mythology

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Probably not the best way to start this post but: I don’t really read that much poetry. At least not as much as I would like. Still there are quite a few collections I’ve enjoyed immensely so I thought I might make a series on that. (Most likely it won’t be actually a weekly thing since I would run out of the things to rec too soon…) I’m also hoping this will motivate me to read more poetry tbh!

For this week I’m going with Greek mythology themed poetry books since that’s what the last one I read (Sunblind by Ramona Meisel) was about & what’s one of my all time favourites (Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson) is about as well. They both focus on a gay relationship as well. Another thing they both share is the modern day setting which makes them easier to connect to but also somehow even more heartbreaking?

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Waiting for: September 2017

septemberFor whatever reason I was convinced I already read more of this year’s releases… Turns out I was only planning on reading most of them & have yet to accomplish that. The only ones I did read were the Captive Prince short stories, When Rosie Met Jim by Melina Marchetta (I will grow old waiting for the Jimmy book but it will be worth it!!), and of course the most important two that completely stole my heart – The Gentelman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee & The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley.

If I’m being totally honest it’s those two that made me think so fondly of this year’s books & gave me so much hope for what’s yet to come! :>>>

When I started writing this post it was supposed to be “books of fall ’17” but then I realised just how many I’m waiting for and umm…. It didn’t seem like such a great idea anymore. So I cut it to only September in the end.

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Monthly wrap-up: July 2017

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I must say, July was simply wonderful for me in terms of reading! I was starting to get scared for my reading abilities this year (I was like 15 books behind my challenge on gr at some point!) but then finally a true blessing happened. 17 books in one month? I’d say that’s spectacular.

I started the month with The Gentelman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee which I’ve been anticipating for months & which exceeded my expectations in every way and ended it with a reread of one of my all time favourites: Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta (you can read my review here).

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Review: Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

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Finnikin of the Rock and his guardian, Sir Topher, have not been home to their beloved Lumatere for ten years. Not since the dark days when the royal family was murdered and the kingdom put under a terrible curse. But then Finnikin is summoned to meet Evanjalin, a young woman with an incredible claim: the heir to the throne of Lumatere, Prince Balthazar, is alive.

Evanjalin is determined to return home and she is the only one who can lead them to the heir. As they journey together, Finnikin is affected by her arrogance . . . and her hope. He begins to believe he will see his childhood friend, Prince Balthazar, again. And that their cursed people will be able to enter Lumatere and be reunited with those trapped inside. He even believes he will find his imprisoned father.

But Evanjalin is not what she seems. And the truth will test not only Finnikin’s faith in her . . . but in himself.

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
Publisher:
 Viking Australia (September 29th 2008)
Series: Lumatere Chronicles #1
Length: 416 pages
Genre: YA, fantasy, romance
Mini-review on my GR
Rating: 5/5 🍑

 

I recently read this book again, after over 3 years, and everyone knows the danger of rereading your favourite books: what if your taste changed? what if you won’t like them as much anymore? There was no need to worry with Finnikin… though.

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