Gosh, for it being a spooky month, what little spooky things I did read ended up being disappointments. Falling Bodies is my least favorite of this novella series so far, but it wasn’t bad. Joss and the Countess is older woman/bodyguard, and I loved it?? AND Her Majesty’s Royal Coven had no right being that good with those twists, and I absolutely need to grab the sequel!! Raiders of the Lost Heart was cute and silly but the more I think about it, the more it falls apart and becomes so unrealistic and not cute and silly. Bill Watterson’s first publication in a while was weird; I still don’t know what to think of it except that I am still thinking of it. So, that’s something.
The Once and Future Witches might be my favorite so far of Harrow’s. I love suffragette witches, and each of the characters was so well-done that I fell in love with all of them. It’s a slow start, but the build up is worth it. Schwab has a running current through all of her works, and Gallant reads as a direct precursor and developmental step in the concepts explored in The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. I can finally say I’ve read some of Stephen King’s fiction, and I didn’t like The Shining. It was much too long. Whiteley’s The Beauty was immediately clocked as terfy, but some of the ways body horror with mushrooms were explored were exceptionally gross.
WHAT I READ
💖 purchased/owned | 🌠 library/borrowed | 🔮 review copy | 💞 reread | 👻 dnf
💖 Falling Bodies, by Rebecca Roanhorse
💖 Joss and the Countess, by S.M. LaViolette
💖 Her Majesty’s Royal Coven, by Juno Dawson
🔮 Raiders of the Lost Heart, by Jo Segura
🌠 The Mysteries, by Bill Watterson
💖 The Once and Future Witches, by Alix E. Harrow
💖 Gallant, by V.E. Schwab
💖 The Shining, by Stephen King
🌠 The Beauty, by Aliya Whiteley