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Review: Mexican Gothic

Title: Mexican Gothic

Author: Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Date of Publication: June 30th, 2020

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Goodreads Summary:

He is trying to poison me. You must come for me, Noemí. You have to save me.

After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find — her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region.

Noemí is also an unlikely rescuer: She’s a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she’s also tough, smart, and has an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: Not of her cousin’s new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noemí; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemi’s dreams with visions of blood and doom.

Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the family’s youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noemí, but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his family’s past. For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The family’s once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noemí digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness.

And Noemí, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind.

My review:

I always love Moreno-Garcia’s fabulous writing! The Beautiful Ones is still my favorite book by her but this was pretty dang close! I also the loved the 1950s setting!

Noemí was an awesome character, strong, inquisitive, and caring. And Francis!!! He was such an adorable human being!

My favorite thing about this book was the weirdness! Such lovely and beautiful strangeness with a unique atmosphere! There was some delicious creepy things that reminded me of Crimson Peak, which I love so much! This author is def an auto-buy for me!

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Review: The Madman’s Daughter

Title: The Madman’s Daughter

Author: Megan Shepherd

Date of Publication: January 29th, 2013

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Goodreads Summary:

Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father’s gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.

Accompanied by her father’s handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father’s madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island’s inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father’s dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it’s too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father’s genius—and madness—in her own blood.

My Review:

I’ve never read the book the Island of Dr. Moreau, but I freaking loved the movie! Yet in this Island of Dr. Moreau inspired book, the atmosphere was so awesome, the creatures fantastical, and the writing lovely.

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But Dear Juliet, what a fickle creature you are! Enter Montgomery, which any name that has more than three letters needs to be scrapped or given a nickname in a book. So we’ll just call him Monty! Monty was cute and sweet and perfect and had interesting secrets. Then shut the front door, because here comes Edward… Edward Cullen? No… Edward Prince who needs to go away! The love declarations he made were too quick and ridiculous. Then Juliet was like, “Monty, I want Monty, but wait, because some of me wants Edward!” I HATE funky love triangles and fickle pickles!

Push that garbage aside and the book was great and fun with a crazy creep of a father. Some of us in life may have daddy issues, but Juliet really has some with an insane father who does some wild things on this island. This island is definitely no Blue Lagoon! And oh how I’m super interested to see what book 2 will bring!

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The Glass Butterfly: Review + Giveaway

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Title: THE GLASS BUTTERFLY (Haunted Hearts Legacy #3)

Author: A.G. Howard

Pub. Date: August 15, 2018

Publisher: Golden Orb Press

Find it: Goodreads, Amazon

All other formats and vendors will be available on the official launch date: August 15, 2018

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For close to a decade, twenty-five-year-old Felicity Lonsdale has masqueraded as a dowager almost twice her age—selling caterpillars to butterfly consortiums—enabling her to hide an ill-fated past while raising her late brother’s daughters. Together, the three live on an isolated Irish estate bequeathed by a dying earl. When the earl’s estranged son arrives to claim his inheritance by threatening to expose Felicity’s true identity, she longs to pack up her nieces and run. But a ghostly secret within the castle’s turret holds her captive.

Nick Thornton—a Roma viscount’s heir—is also captive. After a tryst with an investor’s wife nearly destroyed his family’s holiday resort, Nick forsook everything to elope with her. However, a tragic mistake at his hand led to her and his baby’s deaths. Refusing to turn to the family he shamed, Nick travels to seek the countess who once co-wrote a romance with his sister. There’s rumor of a special butterfly in her keep—a transparent-winged species with ties to the afterlife. Nick hopes to contact his dead wife and child, for only their forgiveness can free him.

Upon his arrival to Felicity’s estate, Nick offers to help her defeat the earl’s son, on the condition she allow Nick to investigate her glass butterflies. Felicity agrees, though fears the closer he gets to the ghosts of his past, the closer he’ll come to uncovering her own. As Nick spends time with Felicity and her nieces, he realizes the mystery enshrouding this fragile countess and her castle is more intriguing than the ghosts he originally came to find. And perhaps putting his dead to rest and helping her do the same will be his true path to redemption.

My Review:

This was such a beautiful story! I just knew I would like this one as much as the other two! It feels good to be proved right! And my poor babies, Nick and Felicity!!!

“We are two broken pieces. Perhaps together, we can find a fit.”

The chemistry between the MC’s was perfect, and there’s still a gothic vibe and a cool mystery to uncover! Plus, butterflies!!! I wanted to hug Nick and tell Felicity it’s okay! They had both been through so much at a young age, and it’s so hard not to feel for them. Sometimes the main person that’s standing in our way is ourselves, and we have to realize that we can knock those walls down so we can pull ourselves through! The story was perfect!

A.G. has such gorgeous writing, and the descriptions were elegant and breathtaking. The characters felt real, and the side characters were great! All I’m going to say is that I have to know Emilia’s story now! I can tell it’s going to be amazing!

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Set 19 years after The Architect of Song:

Shortly after escaping a circus tragedy, young Italian orphan, Willow Antoniette, seeks refuge at The Manor of Diversions—a holiday resort in England born of a ghost story. For eleven years, she’s raised alongside the children of the resort’s owners: Julian, his twin brother, Nick, and their younger sister Emilia. Now that Willow is of marriable age, she’s determined to escape finishing school along with everyone’s efforts to make her a proper lady. The only man she wants to spend her life with is Julian, after all. Yet how can she tell him, when he thinks of her as nothing but a friend?

As a machinist and engineer, Julian Thornton prefers a governable life. He can’t allow his ever-deepening attraction for Willow to distract from his amusement park plans to lure a younger, wealthier clientele to their family’s resort. In hopes to escape Willow and find investors, Julian sets off on a transatlantic ocean liner headed for the St. Louis World’s Fair, unaware Willow has secretly stowed away on the same ship.

A tiny, mute orphan named Newton and a pair of haunted Italian shoes bring Willow and Julian face to face on deck. Forced to work together to solve the mystery of Newton and his vindictive, ghostly companion, Julian and Willow can no longer fight their untapped passions. However, time to admit their true feelings is running out, for the ghost and her murderer have enlisted them as unsuspecting pawns in a karmic game of cat-and-mouse that could cost all of them their lives.

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A lady imprisoned by deafness, an architect imprisoned by his past, and a ghost imprisoned within the petals of a flower – intertwine in this love story that transcends life and death.

For most of her life, nineteen-year-old Juliet Emerline has subsisted – isolated by deafness – making hats in the solitude of her home. Now, she’s at risk to lose her sanctuary to Lord Nicolas Thornton, a twenty-seven-year-old mysterious and eccentric architect with designs on her humble estate. When she secretly witnesses him raging beside a grave, Juliet investigates, finding the name “Hawk” on the headstone and an unusual flower at the base. The moment Juliet touches the petals, a young English nobleman appears in ghostly form, singing a song only her deaf ears can hear. The ghost remembers nothing of his identity or death, other than the one name that haunts his afterlife: Thornton.

To avenge her ghostly companion and save her estate, Juliet pushes aside her fear of society and travels to Lord Thornton’s secluded holiday resort, posing as a hat maker in one of his boutiques. There, she finds herself questioning who to trust: the architect of flesh and bones who can relate to her through romantic gestures, heartfelt notes, and sensual touches … or the specter who serenades her with beautiful songs and ardent words, touching her mind and soul like no other man ever can. As sinister truths behind Lord Thornton’s interest in her estate and his tie to Hawk come to light, Juliet is lured into a web of secrets. But it’s too late for escape, and the tragic love taking seed in her heart will alter her silent world forever.

International and NYT bestselling author, A.G. Howard, brings her darkly magical and visual/visceral storytelling to Victorian England. The Architect of Song is the first installment in her lush and romantic Haunted Hearts Legacy series, a four book gothic saga following the generations of one family as – haunted by both literal and figurative ghosts – they search for self-acceptance, love, and happiness.

New Adult: Recommended for ages 17+.

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About A.G. Howard

A.G. Howard was inspired to write SPLINTERED while working at a school library. She always wondered what would’ve happened had the subtle creepiness of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland taken center stage, and she hopes her darker and funkier tribute to Carroll will inspire readers to seek out the stories that won her heart as a child.

When she’s not writing, A.G.’s pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

8/6/2018- A Dream Within A Dream– Review

8/7/2018- Smada’s Book Smack– Review

8/8/2018- YA SH3LF– Review

8/9/2018- Book-Keeping– Review

8/10/2018- Omg Books and More Books– Review

Week Two:

8/13/2018- Literary Dust– Review

8/14/2018- History from a Woman’s Perspective– Review

8/15/2018- Lisa Loves Literature– Review

8/16/2018- Pandora’s Books– Review

8/17/2018- BookHounds YA– Review

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The Dead of Haggard Hall by Marie Treanor + Author Interview

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The Dead of Haggard Hall

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Genre: Gothic/historical/paranormal romance

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Date of Publication: 26th July 2016

ISBN: 978-1619235830

ASIN: B01CUOPRZQ

 

Number of pages: 216 (paperback)

Word Count: 71,000

Cover Artist: Kelly Martin

 

Book Description:

Spirit possession is easy to remedy. Possession of the heart is another matter.

After vicar’s widow and natural medium Barbara Darke loses her respectable teaching position, she reluctantly agrees to become companion to her former pupil Emily, now the bride of young Sir Arthur Haggard.

Once settled at Haggard Hall, Barbara finds her friend is beset by ghostly voices and unexplained deaths. In a maelstrom of dark spirits and wicked emotions, Barbara battles to lay Emily’s ghosts to rest—both hampered and helped by Arthur’s skeptical cousin Patrick, who provokes and attracts her in equal measure.

It would be a mistake to trust a secretive, guilt-ridden man suspected of driving his wife to suicide, if not outright murdering her. And it could well be lethal to give in to her own desires, confused as they often are with the lusts of the dead.

But Arthur and Emily are in genuine physical danger, and suspicion is falling closer and closer to Patrick—the man who haunts Barbara’s sensual dreams. The man who stands to inherit Haggard Hall.

Warning: Contains a medium whose body is open season for spirit possession, and a scandal-ridden journalist who only believes what he can see—and touch.

 

Author Interview:

  • Give us the history of you. (family life, where you’re from, etc.)

I’m Marie Treanor. I live on the east coast of Scotland with my husband of twenty-five years, and my three kids, two of whom are grown-up but not yet fled the nest. We have a small, lively dog who keeps us all on our toes, or at least on the end of his lead!

I write paranormal romance, mostly on the steamy side and have more than 40 books so far, New York, small press, and self-published

  • Tell us about your new book in 10 words or less.

Victorian hot Gothic romance. Medium fights evil spirits & sensual temptation. (I’m counting the “&” as a symbol, not a word J )

 

  • Walk me through the process that you went through to write your new book.

Once I had the characters straight in my head, and the beginning of the story, I sat down and wrote it. Being a bit of a pantster, I had to change bits as I went along, but mostly it flowed pretty well! I did a bit of a final self-edit and sent it to my editor who, fortunately, loved it!

 

  • How did you come up with your book’s name?

From the name of my hero and his family’s house. Haggard came to me as a great name for a Gothic hero, so I had his family live in an isolated old Gothic mansion called Haggard Hall. And since it’s full of ghosts, and my heroine is a medium, it quickly became The Dead of Haggard Hall

 

  • What made you decide to write this book?

I’ve always loved the Gothic genre in both books and films. But although this has come through in the Gothic elements of many of my books, I’d never actually set out to write a Gothic romance as such. I itched to write a modern Gothic novel which could fully exploit all the subtle sexual tension of the older books. But when the character of Barbara Darke began to grow in my mind, she was a Victorian, not modern at all! However, I think she’s relateable to modern readers: she accepts her temptations and desires as part of who she is. She is a sensual person and she tells a sensual story J

 

  • How many characters are based on people you actually know? Do those people know they were the basis for your characters?

No, if I use people I know in this way, they’re generally only part of a character. My characters are usually complicated composites of different people, real and imagined. And no, I doubt they’d ever know. I certainly wouldn’t tell them! Except my husband – he knows there are bits of him in several of my heroes

  • How many publishers did you send your book to before it was picked up?

Just Samhain. But I’ve been with them a long time, and my editor knows my work.

 

  • What book did you read most recently that you loved, and would recommend to everyone?

I’ve been reading Ashley Gardner’s “Captain Lacey” historical mystery series. The hero is a retired army officer in Regency England, who takes to solving crimes. It’s not really romance – although there is rather charming romance in it – but I love the whole series for the complicated characters and how their story constantly moves on.

 

  • Any tips for new writers?

Just keep writing! And reading, and learning – I don’t think that part of it is ever over!

 

  • Have you ever liked the movie more than the book? Be honest (and tell us which one!!)

I don’t think I have! Probably because I usually read the book first.

  • Are there any popular books you know you would never read? (tell us which ones!)

Probably George RR Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire books – just because I’m addicted to the tv series and I know it strays.

  • What are you working on now?

I’m planning a novella set in the Darke of Night world, to be released later in the year.

  • Anything else you would like to add?

Just that I hope you like reading The Dead of Haggard Hall as much as I enjoyed writing it! And that it’s first sequel, The Prisoner of Silverwood Castle, comes out in August!

And to say thank you so much for interviewing me – it’s been a pleasure!

 

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About the Author:

 

Marie Treanor lives in Scotland, in a chaotic house by the sea, together with her eccentric husband, three much too smart children and a small dog who rules them all. Most days, she avoids both housekeeping and evil day jobs by writing stories of paranormal romance and fantasy.

 

Marie is the award winning author of over forty sexy paranormal romances – Indie, New York and E-published.

 

Website: http://www.MarieTreanor.com

 

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Top Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim

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The lovelies over at the Broke and the Bookish host a weekly meme called Top Ten Tuesdays! Here is this weeks topic:  Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim (however you decide to interpret that (bought or read or something else) — I know most people read based on recommendation but we want to know those books you picked up without really hearing about or knowing much about!)

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