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What We’ve Been Reading #128

Today we have three recommended reads for your tbr pile! Our team members review S.A. Barnes’ latest release and two recent books you may have missed by Isabel Yap and Jennifer Soucy. We hope you find something you’ll love!

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Dead Silence by S.A. Barnes

Titanic meets The Shining in S.A. Barnes’ Dead Silence, a SF horror novel in which a woman and her crew board a decades-lost luxury cruiser and find the wreckage of a nightmare that hasn’t yet ended.

A GHOST SHIP.
A SALVAGE CREW.
UNSPEAKABLE HORRORS.

Claire Kovalik is days away from being unemployed—made obsolete—when her beacon repair crew picks up a strange distress signal. With nothing to lose and no desire to return to Earth, Claire and her team decide to investigate.

What they find at the other end of the signal is a shock: the Aurora, a famous luxury space-liner that vanished on its maiden tour of the solar system more than twenty years ago. A salvage claim like this could set Claire and her crew up for life. But a quick trip through the Aurora reveals something isn’t right.

Whispers in the dark. Flickers of movement. Words scrawled in blood. Claire must fight to hold onto her sanity and find out what really happened on the Aurora, before she and her crew meet the same ghastly fate.

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Cassie’s Teaser Review

This is probably going to be one of my favorite books of 2022 given the fact that it’s been weeks since I read it, and I’m still thinking about so much of the story.

Read Cassie’s entire review at Goodreads.

Laurie’s Teaser Review

I’m not a big sci-fi reader but I enjoy books about people who are damaged and who sometimes spend too much time all up in their own heads and this is one of those. 

Read Laurie’s entire review at Goodreads.


Never Have I Ever by Isabel Yap

“Am I dead?”

Mebuyen sighs. She was hoping the girl would not ask.

Spells and stories, urban legends and immigrant tales: the magic in Isabel Yap’s debut collection jumps right off the page, from the joy in her new novella, ‘A Spell for Foolish Hearts’ to the terrifying tension of the urban legend ‘Have You Heard the One About Anamaria Marquez’.

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Audra’s Teaser Review

A fabulous story collection with heart and horror.

Yap’s stories truly surprised and delighted me—this is an author to watch. Though I love reading short stories, I rarely walk away from a collection feeling like it was an all-around amazing read. They tend to have some hits and some misses. Not so here! Each story in this collection gave me a new perspective with interesting characters and legends and flawless writing.

Read Audra’s entire review at Goodreads.


The Mother We Share by Jennifer Soucy

She yearned for the mother she never knew, wishing for a whole family. Something heard and replied…

Evie Bonaventura is terrified when a strange girl breaks into her room, a creature with her dead mother’s eyes. Dad confesses Evie had a twin, but she died along with their mother who was unable to survive the devastating childbirth. Mom swore on her deathbed that her baby was kidnapped by fairies—a changeling, but that was impossible. Myths aren’t real.

Yet the otherworldly girl continues to stalk Evie before attacking their father and others. Beltane approaches, their 18th birthday and the night when fairy powers peak. Evie’s determined to protect her family, confident because heroes always win—don’t they?

Tragedy strikes, forcing Evie to act. She embarks on an adventurous rescue mission from Boston to Ireland, aided by an unlikely band of brave friends, legendary creatures, and a colorful coven of witches. Evie has a choice: destroy her twin sister or save her, in honor of the mother they once shared.

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Alex’s Teaser Review

THE MOTHER WE SHARE by Jennifer Soucy is a fun coming-of-age novel with elements of folklore, fantasy, and mystery. And bonus points for all the Irish influences, plot points, and mythology!

Read Alex’s entire review at Goodreads.


Thank you for joining us today! 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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Laurie is one of our LOHF Admins. Laurie creates our review posts, coordinates review requests, oversees the Ladies of Horror Fiction directory, and manages our LOHF Goodreads group.

You can find Laurie on her blog Bark’s Book Nonsense, on Twitter as @barksbooks, on Instagram as @barksbooks, and on Goodreads.

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