Here’s our latest round-up of recent reads. We hope you find something to add to your reading list!
The Vegetarian by Han King
Before the nightmare, Yeong-hye and her husband lived an ordinary life. But when splintering, blood-soaked images start haunting her thoughts, Yeong-hye decides to purge her mind and renounce eating meat. In a country where societal mores are strictly obeyed, Yeong-hye’s decision to embrace a more “plant-like” existence is a shocking act of subversion. And as her passive rebellion manifests in ever more extreme and frightening forms, scandal, abuse, and estrangement begin to send Yeong-hye spiraling deep into the spaces of her fantasy. In a complete metamorphosis of both mind and body, her now dangerous endeavor will take Yeong-hye—impossibly, ecstatically, tragically—far from her once-known self altogether.
Jen’s Teaser Review
I found the writing to be very compelling. I’m glad I read it despite it’s oddities.
Read Jen’s entire review at Book Den.
The Toll by Cherie Priest
From Cherie Priest, the author of The Family Plot and Maplecroft, comes The Toll, a tense, dark, and scary treat for modern fans of the traditionally strange and macabre.
State Road 177 runs along the Suwannee River, between Fargo, Georgia, and the Okefenokee Swamp. Drive that route from east to west, and you’ll cross six bridges. Take it from west to east, and you might find seven.
But you’d better hope not.
Titus and Davina Bell leave their hotel in Fargo for a second honeymoon canoeing the Okefenokee Swamp. But shortly before they reach their destination, they draw up to a halt at the edge of a rickety bridge with old stone pilings, with room for only one car . . .
When, much later, a tow-truck arrives, the driver finds Titus lying in the middle of the road, but Davina is nowhere to be found.
Toni’s Teaser Review
I love fairytales. Some of my favorites are about trolls that live under a bridge that won’t let you pass until you pay a toll. Once that toll is paid you are allowed to pass. The Toll is slightly like that but with swamp witches and monsters. When I won The Toll I was super excited. However, this isn’t your grandmother’s fairytale.
Read Toni’s entire review at The Misadventures Of A Reader.
Invisible Chains by Michelle Renee Lane
Jacqueline is a young Creole slave in antebellum New Orleans. An unusual stranger who has haunted her dreams since childhood comes to stay as a guest in her master’s house. Soon after his arrival, members of the household die mysteriously, and Jacqueline is suspected of murder. Despite her fear of the stranger, Jacqueline befriends him and he helps her escape. While running from the slave catchers, they meet conjurers, a loup-garou, and a traveling circus of supernatural freaks. She relies on ancestral magic to guide her and finds strength to conquer her fears on her journey.
Tracy’s Teaser Review
If historical, southern, horror-ish fiction is your jam, you’ll love this.
Read Tracy’s entire review at Goodreads.
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