It was close, but I actually reached my goal for the month, even sneaking in a LOHF novella, which I should do more often.
Regarding reviews: I’ve stopped taking requests for the rest of the year. My backlog is quite considerable (not as long as a lot of other reviewers, but for me), and I want to get through it without adding on more and more books. I’ve a lot of titles still waiting to be read that I purchased myself, and you know how it goes. Requests tend to take priority and it can get exhausting.
The Resurrectionists by Michael Patrick Hicks – I’m so thrilled that The Resurrectionists is the beginning of a series, as I got the distinct impression Salem’s journey was far from over. This novella captivated me from the get-go, introducing me to an array of characters that were fascinating in their own right. The last chapters held a special kind of mayhem, and I was in my element throughout. Read my full review here.
Savage Species by Jonathan Janz – There were elements I both liked and disliked in Savage Species, making it the definition of a mixed bag. The monsters and their brutality thrilled me, yet at times I was brought out of the immersion to confront some unrealistic angles. Janz is however a prominent figure on my ‘to-read’ list, with several titles I’ve still yet to consume. Read my full review here.
Camp Arcanum by Josef Matulich – It didn’t work for me. Camp Arcanum consisted of lighthearted banter and romance, which just wasn’t enough to appeal to my current reading tastes. I also didn’t like the characters. It’s a shame, as I love the idea of a town heavily involved in the occult, but I feel this didn’t deliver. Read my full review here.
Children of No One by Nicole Cushing – I didn’t expect Children of No One to be so thought-provoking, but it was by a sizeable degree. It integrated the mind of a sadist with the dark schemes of a nihilist, and whilst Cushing put many things into the pot, the resulting concoction was addictive. Recommended to those that value distinct works where the horror is more complex than blood and guts. Read my full review here.
The Nightmare Girl by Jonathan Janz – The Nightmare Girl was a thrilling experience, and pulled upon the heartstrings. The characters were as genuine as real flesh and blood, and I quickly became heavily invested in their lives. Janz’s usual monsters were absent, instead appointing that title to the cult members and their wicked beliefs. My favourite Janz so far, and I still have many more of his to get through. Read my full review here.