Mexican Gothic

“The world might indeed be a cursed circle; the snake swallowed its tail and there could be no end, only an eternal ruination and endless devouring.” Spooky. Moody. Tense. Fascinating. These are just a few words I would use to describe MEXICAN GOTHIC by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. MEXICAN GOTHIC is an innovative gothic horror novel that…

Cemetery Boys

“HAY NIÑAS CON PENE, NIÑOS CON VULVA Y TRANSFÓBICOS SIN DIENTES” It’s Spooky Season, ghoul-friends! Let’s get Spooky Ooky Kooky Booky Nooky! I’m celebrating Halloween and #SpookyBookyNooky with CEMETERY BOYS by Aiden Thomas! This queer YA, fantasy, mystery, romance, coming-of-age story is pure magic! Yadriel comes from an ancient ancestral lineage of brujx who have…

Death in Her Hands

DEATH IN HER HANDS is Ottessa Moshfegh’s riff on the classic detective novel. The “detective” is Vesta, a lonely old widow who stumbles upon a note in the woods that alludes to a woman’s murder. The note consumes Vesta’s every thought. Her mind runs wild as she fabricates clues and invents background stories for the…

Miracle Creek

I’ve been seeing so many rave reviews for Angie Kim’s debut novel MIRACLE CREEK that I just had to see for myself what the buzz was all about! The story begins with a deadly explosion at a hyperbaric oxygen therapy (aka HBOT) chamber. HBOT is a very real treatment that involves breathing pure oxygen in…

The Saturday Night Ghost Club

I’m a total sucker for coming-of-age stories, especially ones set in the 1980s: there is just something about the nostalgia that gets me every time! THE SATURDAY NIGHT GHOST CLUB by Craig Davidson follows Jake in the magical time in a boy’s life: he is twelve, its summer break and everything feels possible. Led by…

Unraveling

I’ll be honest, I finished “Unraveling” by Karen Lord weeks ago but have not had the energy or desire to write this review. Unfortunately, it was an arduous read for me. I had to force myself to pick it up and often found my mind wandering while I read it. When I finally did finish…

The Affair of the Mysterious Letter

Picture this: a queer, sci-fi, fantasy twist on the classic mystery styling of Sherlock Holmes. Need I say more?! Honestly: take my money, gimme-gimme-gimme, file this in the category of something I didn’t know I needed but DEFINITELY needed!!! Lucky for us the wickedly talented Alexis Hall gave us just that in his new book The…