‘Vespertine’ by Margaret Rogerson

Thanks to Simon and Schuster UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

I greatly enjoyed Rogerson’s last book ‘Sorcery of Thorns’ so I was really excited to be accepted for an advance copy for Vespertine (SUCH a great title) and I know it’s a hotly anticipated release as well so I had high expectations all around.
This book follows the story of Artemisia, a young woman training to be a nun who looks after the dead to ensure that they can pass successfully onto the next world and won’t return twisted and evil. As someone who has more than a slight morbid/creepy facet to her personality, I was already hooked after the first couple of pages. The story starts in a graveyard! I got a bit of a Red Sister vibe at the very beginning, but the books aren’t similar at all. I’m just highlighting that to say that if you are into reading about badass nuns (and who isn’t?) then this is a book that you want to check out.

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“The Devil and the Dark Water” by Stuart Turton

Thanks to Bloomsbury and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

I was looking forward to reading this book based on the positive feedback I had heard regarding Sturton’s previous book. I wouldn’t say that I’m normally a huge fan of mystery/detective type books but to my pleasant surprise, this was something a little different. There are the usual twists and turns you would expect in a novel of this type but the story and characters elevated it above the norm.

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“The Bass Rock” by Evie Wyld

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Thanks to Random House UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

This book tells the story of three women whose stories are cleverly interwoven across time. The main setting is the area around North Berwick where the Bass Rock looms eternal. Sarah and Ruth’s narratives are written in the third person and Viviane’s is in the first person. This was quite an interesting approach for the author to take but it took a little bit of getting used to as a reader. There is an element of the supernatural in the story but the living are scarier than the dead in this particular tale.

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“Starve Acre” by Andrew Michael Hurley

Thanks to John Murray Press and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve heard a lot of good things about this author on the Guardian Books Podcast and have some of his books unread on my Kindle. I’ve also seen Book Twitter raving about it so what better excuse to read a spooky book in the fine month of October.

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“The Deathless Girls” by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Thanks to Hachette Children’s Group and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

So I was really pumped to read this, I really like Hargrave’s writing and I’m also really excited to read The Mercies when it’s released. Plus, a feminist Brides of Dracula retelling? Yeah, I’m here for that.

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“Hollow Kingdom” by Kira Jane Buxton

Thanks to Headline and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

When I was a young whippersnapper, I loved reading books from an animal’s point of view. Watership Down, The Animals of Farthing Wood, those weird books where anthropomorphic animals are at war with one another….but short of a few examples of Murakami-esque weirdness, it’s not something I’ve come across very much in adult literature.

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“Music and Malice in Hurricane Town” by Alex Bell

Thanks to Little Tiger Group and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

First, I have to apologise for being a bit late with this review. I’ve been unwell recently and there’s been a bit of a domino effect with my reviews falling by the wayside. I do endeavour to complete reviews before publication date but I’m playing catch up this month I’m afraid! If it’s any consolation it has been genuinely stressing me out to see my reviews falling behind.

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