Review: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Goodreads: Mexican Gothic
Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books
Buy: Bookshop.org UK | US
Synopsis: After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find—her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region.

Noemí is also an unlikely rescuer: She’s a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she’s also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: Not of her cousin’s new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noemí; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemí’s dreams with visions of blood and doom.

Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the family’s youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noemí, but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his family’s past. For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The family’s once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noemí digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness.

And Noemí, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind.

Review: It’s rare that a book becomes a five star read for me just a few chapters in, but this book is one of those few. Mexican Gothic is the haunted house thriller I’d always dreamed of, it’s so unassuming and just as you think you know what’s happening this book will twist round and bite you.

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Best of 2020

Soo normally I’d split this out into a few smaller posts about the books, games, and films I’ve loved this year, but instead I’ve decided to pull together a big behemoth post about the things that have touched my ice-cold heart!

Books

So this years first place on Nia’s list of absolutely amazing reads was hotly contested. I have read some absolutely wonderful mind-bendingly good books this year, but one really stood out for me.

Eliza Clark’s incredible debut novel Boy Parts published with Influx Press is my book of the year! This book was a perfect example of unreliable narrator done well, and the book itself feels more than a little hallucinogenic. Boy Parts will be one I’ll come back to again and again just to drink in the detail, it’s dark, gritty, and I cannot wait to read what Clark writes next.
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My best of 2019

So am I late posting this? Yes
Have I combined everything into one post so it’ll actually go up before the end of January? Yes
Have I vanished of the face of the earth? I wish. Anyway here’s some of my favourite books, films, and television that I got my hands on in 2019.

Books

I’ve read a lot of really fantastic books this year, but here’s a few of my favorites. There’s unsurprisingly a whole lot of YA and fantasy, but for 2020 I really want to try and read outside my box! Anyone have any recommendations??

My best book of 2019 is still Bridget Collins’ The Binding. It’s an absolutely incredible fantasy, and the absolutely gorgeous hardback looks beautiful on my shelf.
The Raven Boys gets an honorable mention here as the biggest surprise of 2019. Such a bad blurb for such a good book…

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That book has re-readability

A broken spine for me is the no.1 sign of a fantastic book, I have books that I’ve read so many times they’re all floppy. Basically what I’m trying to say here is that I’m a chronic re-reader, I have a problem, instead of picking up the book I should be reading I grab a book I know I already love.

I think it’s because I’ve been a little stressed lately so I’ve drifted back to what I know and love, those special books that always manage to make you cry every time you read that certain chapter. This habit is not a particularly good one for a book blogger though, as unfortunately I can’t just talk about the same books over and over again. It’s a habit I’ve been trying to kick for awhile now, but sometimes nothing can beat a world you know like the back of your hand.

So in honour of my inability to escape these books…here’s a list.


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The Raven King by Nora Sakavic

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Series: All For The Game #2
Goodreads: The Raven King
Publisher: Self Published
Amazon: UK|US
Synopsis: The Foxes are a fractured mess, but their latest disaster might be the miracle they’ve always needed to come together as a team. The one person standing in their way is Andrew, and the only one who can break through his personal barriers is Neil.

Except Andrew doesn’t give up anything for free and Neil is terrible at trusting anyone but himself. The two don’t have much time to come to terms with their situation before outside forces start tearing them apart. Riko is intent on destroying Neil’s fragile new life, and the Foxes have just become collateral damage.

Neil’s days are numbered, but he’s learning the hard way to go down fighting for what he believes in, and Neil believes in Andrew even if Andrew won’t believe in himself.


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Anime Review: Devilman Crybaby

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Synopsis: A sensitive demon-boy is led into a brutal, degenerate war against evil by his mysterious friend, Ryo.


Review: This anime is so much more than its synopsis, DEVILMAN crybaby is dark, violent, and so emotional that I honestly had to take a few days before writing my review. It’s based on Go Nagai’s iconic manga from the 70s, which sadly I have never read, but I think this did mean that the anime’s twists had a much bigger impact on me.

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Anime Review: Yuri!!! On Ice

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Crunchyroll: Yuri!!! On Ice

Synopsis: Yuri Katsuki carried the hope of all Japan on his shoulders in the Figure Skating Grand Prix, but suffered a crushing defeat in the finals. He returned to his hometown in Kyushu and hid away in his family’s home, half wanting to continue skating and half wanting to retire. That was when the five-time consecutive world champion, Viktor Nikiforov, suddenly showed up with his teammate, Yuri Plisetsky, a young skater starting to surpass his seniors. And so the two Yuri’s and the Russian champion Viktor set out to compete in a Grand Prix like none the world has ever seen!


Review: So with it being a year since this beautiful anime graced my screen, I felt like now was the right time to talk about it again. I wanted to talk about this anime when it came out last year, but it ended up being pushed back in my drafts and got left out; so since I’ve been re-watching this big, beautiful pile of cheese, I figured now would be the time to talk about it.

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My 2017 Best Three: Book Edition!

Ah it’s almost the end of the year, so I think its high time I discuss some of the favourite books I’ve read this year! I fell in love with many fantastic reads this year, and narrowing it down has been so hard, but without further ado here are my top three reads of 2017.

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War for The Oaks by Emma Bull

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Publisher: Penguin
Amazon: UK|US
Goodreads: War for the Oaks


Synopsis: Eddi McCandry sings rock and roll. But her boyfriend just dumped her, her band just broke up, and life could hardly be worse. Then, walking home through downtown Minneapolis on a dark night, she finds herself drafted into an invisible war between the faerie folk. Now, more than her own survival is at risk-and her own preferences, musical and personal, are very much beside the point.

War for the Oaks is a brilliantly entertaining fantasy novel that’s as much about this world as about the imagined one.


Review: I picked up this book in Waterstones where they were describing it as a forgotten classic, and honestly I think it is one; from reading this I can clearly see the foundations for books like Cassie Clare’s The Mortal Instruments, with its melding of the supernatural world and a very urban human environment. This book is honestly my favourite book of 2016 it’s jam packed with action and charismatic characters, I found myself unable to put it down.

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