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What We’re Reading #29

We took a little break from our review round-up last week in order to celebrate the holiday but we’re back with more must-reads for your tbr!

The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters

A supernatural thriller in the vein of A Head Full of Ghosts about two young girls, a scary story that becomes far too real, and the tragic–and terrifying–consequences that follow one of them into adulthood.

Red Lady, Red Lady, show us your face…

In 1991, Heather Cole and her friends were members of the Dead Girls Club. Obsessed with the macabre, the girls exchanged stories about serial killers and imaginary monsters, like the Red Lady, the spirit of a vengeful witch killed centuries before. Heather knew the stories were just that, until her best friend Becca began insisting the Red Lady was real–and she could prove it.

That belief got Becca killed.

It’s been nearly thirty years, but Heather has never told anyone what really happened that night–that Becca was right and the Red Lady was real. She’s done her best to put that fateful summer, Becca, and the Red Lady, behind her. Until a familiar necklace arrives in the mail, a necklace Heather hasn’t seen since the night Becca died.

The night Heather killed her.

Now, someone else knows what she did…and they’re determined to make Heather pay.

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Audra’s Teaser Review

Though it is about many things, at its heart, this is a book about friendship, and I loved the portrayal of the bond between Becca and Heather. It is beautiful but also heartbreaking, and their story encapsulates the divide between child and adult.

This book has some serious creep-factor too: if you are here for the thrills and chills, buckle in. With the pacing and mystery of a thriller and some excellent moments of horror, I think this book will appeal to fans of both genres.

Read Audra’s entire review at Goodreads.

Tracy’s Teaser Review

With well-crafted writing, believable characters, high stakes discovery, and a storyline that digs its claws in, DEAD GIRLS CLUB is a coming of age tale that makes us ponder truth and fiction, love and hatred.

Read Tracy’s entire review at Goodreads.

Emily’s Teaser Review

The Dead Girls Club is an upcoming thriller / horror coming-of-age novel. I loved the setup of this book – it’s about a group of girls growing up who get involved in a witchy story, and it switches back and forth between the main character in the present (as an adult) and past.

Read Emily’s entire review at Goodreads.


Rabbit Heart by Emily Deibler

Rabbit Heart by Emily Deibler

Rachel’s parents, Linda and Marcus, have their hobbies: reading Shakespeare, crocheting blankets, and killing people who trespass near their cabin in the North Georgia woods.

Being adopted by killers with a taste for cannibalism shouldn’t be the highlight of Rachel’s life, but for her, it’s a chance to heal and find the love she’s desperately craved. No one has empathized with her more than Linda and Marcus. After losing her biological parents when she was a child and enduring neglect and abuse, Rachel has a family again, and her new parents will go to extreme measures to protect her.

When a stranger connected to one of Marcus and Linda’s victims comes into her life, Rachel must juggle secrets that may lead to her undoing, and meanwhile, she has to decide whether she should save this new person at the risk of abandoning the only family she has—or lose what humanity she has left.

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Emily’s Teaser Review

Rabbit Heart is my introduction to Emily Deibler’s work, and this was a really interesting story. It’s well-written, and it goes pretty deep into how people aren’t just “good” or “bad”, but have a wide array of human emotions and actions.

Read Emily’s entire review at Goodreads.


Hex Life

Hex Life edited by Christopher Golden & Rachel Autumn Deering

Brand-new stories of witches and witchcraft written by popular female fantasy authors, including Kelley Armstrong, Rachel Caine and Sherrilyn Kenyon writing in their own bestselling universes!

These are tales of wickedness… stories of evil and cunning, written by today’s women you should fear. Includes tales from Kelley Armstong, Rachel Caine and Sherrilyn Kenyon, writing in their own bestselling universes.

Hex Life: Wicked New Tales of Witchery will take the classic tropes of tales of witchcraft and infuse them with fresh, feminist perspective and present-day concerns–even if they’re set in the past. These witches might be monstrous, or they might be heroes, depending on their own definitions. Even the kind hostess with the candy cottage thought of herself as the hero of her own story. After all, a woman’s gotta eat.

Bring out your dread.

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Toni’s Teaser Review

There were so many different takes on witches! There was a fairytale retelling which I enjoyed immensely and a take on Baba Yaga. I loved them all. I loved reading all the different takes on the witch theme.

Read Toni’s entire review at The Misadventures Of A Reader.


Thanks for joining us today and we hope you found something to add to your tbr list! Please share your recent reads with us in the comments below.

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