Wednesday, 23 September 2020



The Murders of Molly Southbourne (Molly Southbourne, #1)The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was in the mood for a novella today and this was the perfect fit.

When Molly Southbourne bleeds, something really bad happens. Another molly is born, but this new version is violent and terrible, and has to be put down...

Yikes! This is one amazing and interesting concept. One that is handled so well, this novella is quite the gem.

Love how everything is revealed at just the right pace. Spending time with Molly and going through this ordeal with her was quite a gruesome ride. And I liked the relationship she had with her parents. There was just the right amount of respect, rebellion and understanding everything they did for her.

This story is very mysterious, in the best way possible.

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Tuesday, 22 September 2020

THE WITCHES by Roald Dahl


The WitchesThe Witches by Roald Dahl
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I've been meaning to read this book FOREVER. So, when I woke up this morning I decided today was a good day to get stuck into it.

When the Grand High Witch of all the World meets with the other witches of England at the Hotel Magnificent, she doesn't expect a clever boy to hear all about the main topic on their annual meeting's agenda...

What a wickedly fun little story this turned out to be! It was nothing like I expected.

I mean, I've read enough Dahl to know he doesn't shy away from the macabre, but this story was packed with delicious morsels of unexpected creepiness. And I'm not even talking about the witches. Sure, they were evil, vile creatures hellbent on destroying children with a horrifying plan, but there was so much more.

Both Grandmother and Grandson were excellent characters. Sympathetic, smart, doers, and their relationship was beautiful. Their connection was deep and unconditional and so pure, but also edges into freaky territory. And I loved every minute of it. I thought that the bittersweet ending was glorious.

Also, like always, Quentin Blake's illustrations enhanced every step of the story and provided quite a few laughs. The mice are my favourites!

This was another awesome classic written by an amazing author who wasn't afraid to let his stories dip into very dark waters. He dared to go there because he knew kids could handle it.

A most excellent addition to my collection!

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Monday, 21 September 2020

MY SISTER, THE SERIAL KILLER by Oyinkan Braithwaite

My Sister, the Serial KillerMy Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a book I've wanted to read for ages & decided to get stuck into today.

Korede's sister is everyone's favourite. She's beautiful, manipulative and a killer. Ayoola is also a sociopath and needs Korede to help clean up every bloody mess she keeps making.

And now, Ayoola's got her eye on the handsome doctor Korede is secretly in love with...

I really enjoyed this! I liked the writing style, Korede's voice and found the story very intriguing. It's also written in short, snappy chapters that not only show what's going on, but also what led to this point in their lives.

It's quite an interesting look into how far someone is willing to go for family. How much bullshit some people will put up with just because they feel they have to. And how toxic some families really are.

Korede was a great character and I often felt bad for her because everyone treated her like crap. No one respected her or listened to what she had to say, just because she wasn't as pretty as her stupid sister. That's why I was often frustrated when she covered up for someone who really didn't deserve her protection.

It's also why the ending, while it made total sense, frustrated me even more.

Still, this turned out to be a great book, and a different angle in the serial killer genre.

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Sunday, 20 September 2020


The Case of the Missing Marquess (Enola Holmes, #1)The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As soon as I found out about the Enola Holmes movie coming to Netflix, I was interested in checking it out. So, when I found out it's based on a book series I started looking into it.

Imagine my surprise when hubby showed me the cover of the first book and I realised I actually have a copy. I mean, how could I forget this lovely cover? And that it's one of the many books we found during our pre-pandemic thrifting adventures! 👀

I was so excited I read it right away.

Enola Holmes lives with her mother in Ferndell Hall and enjoys a relaxed life of learning, mischief and personal adventure. On her 14th birthday, her mother disappears and she becomes obsessed with finding her.

But when her much older brothers, Mycroft and Sherlock Holmes come to the estate to investigate, they're appalled by what they find and take over. Following their overreactions and threats, Enola heads out on a journey to London to search for her mother. Along the way she gets caught up in a kidnapping and so much more...

OMG. I loved this! It was SO much fun.

I love a good mystery set during any time period, but there's something that always grabs me about a good Victorian mystery. Maybe it's because girls and women weren't valued for their intelligence and these stories focus on that fact so well. 😊

Either way, this story is fast-paced, intriguing and packed full of interesting characters. Enola was such a great heroine! She didn't let her brothers stop her from following her instincts, and didn't care about their contempt for their mother. Actually, it pushes her to start her own investigation and along the way, finds her place in the world.

Enola is an awesome young lady. And no matter how silly or wild her brothers claim she is, it works to her advantage. Which is awesome because Mycroft and Sherlock are super annoying, so it's great to see her outsmart them.

The mystery of the missing Eudoria Holmes was enhanced by Enola's memories of everything her mother taught her. As well as the ciphers she taught her how to solve. I liked the ending because on the surface seems so simple, but made so much sense. And fit so well with the overall message in the narrative.

Now I can't wait to watch the movie and get my hands on the next book... 

Saturday, 19 September 2020


The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying VampiresThe Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I've been looking forward to reading this book for AGES! I've enjoyed the hell out of every Grady Hendrix book I've read, so I was very excited about this one too.

Patricia is a busy housewife with kids who have no time for her and an arrogant husband who only cares about his job. They don't respect her or anything she does. At least she has her book club. Where she reads a bunch of interesting true-crime books and spends time with a group of fellow housewives.

When a new person moves into their quiet neighbourhood, she's determined to help him fit in. Yet, soon starts suspecting he's not what he seems...

WOW! I had such a blast with this book. It's amazing. LOVED IT!

As soon as I started reading, I was hooked. The deeper I got into the story, the more I struggled to put it down.

Patricia is a great character. She tries so hard to be a good person and helps whenever she can, but everyone treats her like she's a crazy moron. No one cares about what she's going through or how much crap is piled on her. They don't know how strong she is, or how brave. So, before she knows what's going on, she finds her life spiralling out of control. I felt so bad when everyone turns on her because she didn't deserve that kind of treatment.

Now, let's talk about the husbands. They were such weak, pathetic fools and pissed me off so much I wanted to slap some sense into them. I hated the flippant way they treated their wives. And how they refused to listen because they were so consumed by their toxic masculinity they were easily being manipulated and didn't even realise it. 😒

I've mentioned this before about this author and I have to say it again: he really gets the many struggles of girls and women. He writes these characters so well, and treats women like the real people they are, that their plights are often very familiar.

Like all his other books, the combination of humour, nostalgia, tension and gore is outstanding. Grady Hendrix sure knows how to set a creepy scene to tell an intriguing and interesting story. That's also unpredictable. I couldn't wait to find out what other dark surprises were waiting within these very pretty pages and didn't expect any of the twists and turns along the way.

I loved the mounting tension, every page was SO intense. And enjoyed how the story went to some pretty terrifying places and didn't shy away from the disturbing. I seriously couldn't read fast enough.

Also, not only was this a great book to read, the actual physical copy is lovely.

This turned out to be such an original vampire story. Can't wait to see what monster Hendrix tackles next. 

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