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Dracula is the Classic Horror Story Everyone Should Read

Dracula
Bram Stoker
Horror, Fiction
Dracula
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I used to have a lot of wacky ideas about Dracula. I knew vaguely that it was an older novel (written in 1897 by Bram Stoker). In my imagination Dracula skulked in the shadows and said “I vant to suck your blahd” in a cartoonish accent.

To me, Dracula was about as frightening as the Count from Sesame Street. I always ignored the novel because I thought it would be boring. And that just goes to show how badly I underestimated the Gothic Novel.

Classics are classics for a reason and Dracula surprised me from the very beginning by not being a straight-forward vampire narrative.

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Michelle McNamara's I'll Be Gone in the Dark thrills us with the tale of the Golden State Killer

The Golden State Killer is Michelle McNamara’s Target in I’ll Be Gone in the Dark

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
Michelle McNamara
True Crime, Non-fiction
I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
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The Golden State Killer is well known by now.

Infamous for committing over 50 rapes, dozens of burglaries, and at least 10 murders, the Golden State Killer remained uncaught for decades.

Once known only as the East Area Rapist or Original Night Stalker (EARONS), the man was a legend. There were many reasons for that, but the biggest one was that he somehow had never been caught.

Michelle McNamara’s book, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark brought a renewed public interest to this case. True Crime is in its heyday right now and this book shot to the top of the New York Times’ best seller’s list.

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Try Herding Cats When Life Feels Like Too Much

Herding Cats
by Sarah Andersen
Humour, Nonfiction, Autobiography, Graphic Novels
Herding Cats (Sarah's Scribbles, #3)
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[[I was given a free copy of this book in return for my honest review.]]

The world is absolutely @%#$&% and sometimes it might feel like there’s no saving it.

For me personally it was such a rough year that I had to stop blogging about books and I slowly stopped reading the further we got into the year. It wasn’t because I didn’t love the books or that I didn’t want to do these things, but the outside world was so overwhelming that it felt flat out impossible to focus on my creative endeavours.

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Small Treasons refuses to give us our monsters

Small Treasons
Mark Powell
Literary Fiction
Small Treasons
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From the outside looking in, there was no reason to be worried. Tess Maynard lives with a loving husband, with three young children, and they’re living the suburban dream. But her family has started to notice that something’s off. They keep insisting that she’s depressed, but Tess doesn’t know how to explain that what’s driving her isn’t depression, but obsession.

All over the news is beheadings, bombings, and terrorist plots. How could Tess do anything else, but witness the passing of the world?

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Angels and demons and baristas, oh my

The Seraphina Series
Sheena Hutchinson
Paranormal Romance
The Seraphina Series (Seraphina #1-2)
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[[I received a free copy of all these books in return for my honest review.]]

Listen, I’m not going to beat around the bush. There are giveaways and stuff, so if you’re interested in this novel at all, I’d recommend you go back and look at the giveaway post. Otherwise, let’s go on a ride.

I had the feeling that the Seraphina series wasn’t going to be in my wheelhouse when I started reading the first few pages and it only got worse from there.

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The Thirteenth Gate by Kat Ross – Review

The Thirteenth Gate
Kat Ross
Historical Fiction, Fantasy
The Thirteenth Gate (Dominion Mysteries) (Volume 2)
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It’s the Winter of 1988 and a doctor suspected of being Jack the Ripper, murders a man before disappearing from the asylum that held him. It’s up to Lady Vivienne Cumberland and her companion, Alec, to hunt down the most dangerous man they know. There’s more to the world than we’re allowed to see and in Victorian London, they’ve started to take precautions against the supernatural elements that threaten their world.

But Lady Vivienne is walking a dangerous line and one wrong step could upset the balance between worlds, throwing the Thirteenth Gate wide open to create hell on earth.

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TS901 by Stacey Rourke – Review

TS901
Stacey Rourke
Science Fiction, Dystopia, Romance
Ts901: Anomaly: Rise of the Rebels
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Tainted water for the good of the people. Fluoride and vitamins to sustain the health of the human race. Added ingredients to extend and elevate the quality of life. All good things, right?

Wrong.

Thia Kelly has been changed by the TS901 chemical in the world’s water supply. Now, forced into hiding with the other inflicted outcasts, she struggles to survive as her powers emerge.

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The Daemoniac by Kat Ross – Review

The Daemoniac
Kat Ross
Historical Fiction, Mystery
The Daemoniac
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In three weeks, Jack the Ripper will terrorize London in the slum called Whitechapel, but across the pond in New York, there’s another serial killer who is taunting investigators. Fingerprints that are burned into skin, the smell of sulpher, and messages in Latin… all seem like a demon, but that’s silly. Demons don’t exist.

In The Daemoniac, Consulting detective Harrison Fearing Pell certainly doesn’t think so and even if her uncle, Arthur Conan Doyle is a believer, it will take more than a few cheap tricks to pull the wool over her eyes.

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If I did it : Confessions of the Killer by O.J. Simpson

If I did it : Confessions of the Killer
by O.J. Simpson, Pablo F. Fenjves, Dominick Dunne (Contributor), The Goldman Family (Contributor)
True Crime, Memoir
If I did it : Confessions of the Killer
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Everyone knows about O.J. Simpson and his acquittal of guilt in the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and her friend, Ron Goldman. In the criminal trial, Simpson was found “not guilty” by a jury of his peers, a controversial decision to this day. In a civil trial, however, he was found liable for the damages to the Goldman family and lost a fortune to them.

It was in order to make money (presumably because he was low on funds due to that lost fortune), O.J. Simpson agreed to make this book. He worked with a ghost writer and basically hypothesized how he would have committed the murders IF he had been the one to commit them.

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