Posts Categorized: Gothic

Beware the Wild: Review

Beware the Wild: Review

    Well, this book was one deliciously creepy treat. It’s the sort of book that wholly transports from the first pages and ensnares the reader into its darkly magical web. At its best, the  gothic aspects of this story reminded me of Strange Sweet Song and its dark fairy tale feel brought to mind Cuckoo Song. Those are two of my favorite books of 2014 and I do not make the comparison lightly! Sterling Saucier (what a tremendous name, btw) is dealing with loss on several fronts. Immediately, her brother has disappeared into the town’s mystical swamp. Years earlier her alcoholic and abusive father left their family. Of course, his departure was not without significant scarring itself for both Sterling and Phineas. And the repercussions of that departure echo throughout the story. I was quite struck, actually, by how this was both a paranormal novel and a contemporary “issue”… Read more »

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Strange Sweet Song: Review

Strange Sweet Song: Review

A wish granting feral space cat. This book has one. I kind of just want to leave that there and walk away. Seriously, do you need to know more?! Okay, okay fine. Were you like me? Did you take one look at the synopsis, see that the main character’s name is Sing, and that she…sings? Did you think this book must therefore be senselessly silly? If you were like me I have good news for you: you tragically underestimated Strange Sweet Song. Yes, Sing is a very silly name and especially for a singer. This is true. It should console you to know that Sing herself hates it as well. Her parents were celebrities in the classical music world. Think of it as an unfortunate celebrity baby name. It is a part of her prison. A command, and a  constant reminder of the shadow of her famous parents from under… Read more »

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mini reviews: Halloween Edition

mini reviews: Halloween Edition

Today’s mini reviews are for some recently released books that would make great Halloween reads. I am always on the lookout for really good horror YA no matter what time of year it is, but these are especially fun for October! Title: The Waking Dark  Author: Robin Wasserman Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Release Date: September 10th, 2013 Publisher: Knopf BFYR Age Group: YA Source: finished copy provided by the publisher Why did five seemingly normal people kill their friends and neighbors? This intense, riveting novel captivated me from the very first chapter, when the murders begin almost immediately. The rest of the book unravels the mystery of why these ordinary citizens turned, and the story is bloody, violent, and suspenseful–but there’s an added complexity with moments of genuine sadness. With no more than a handful of succinct sentences, the author is able to make you feel connected in… Read more »

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Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: Tour Stop

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: Tour Stop

If the idea of Tennessee Williams writing a supernatural gothic novel intrigues you, you will not want to miss the gorgeous, wretched beauty of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke. Who is the mysterious stranger who’s renting the guest house behind Violet White’s manor? River has the sly  charm of a  fox, but he also has secrets he’s not telling–ones that could be Violet’s undoing. The story is strange and wild and romantic and crazy all at once, and the simmering tension beneath the languor of hot summer nights grows and grows until it becomes shrieking, wild-eyed, descent-into-madness horror. I LOVED IT. I hope you will, too.We’re very pleased to welcome the author to The Midnight Garden today as part of the official Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea blog tour. What better way to ring in the end of summer than this truly… Read more »

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Jane Nickerson on Writing the Macabre + giveaway

Jane Nickerson on Writing the Macabre + giveaway

Today we’re pleased to welcome Jane Nickerson to the blog, author of the YA Bluebeard retelling Strands of Bronze and Gold!    This story begins as a fairy tale: 17-year-old Sophia Petherem is taken under the wing of the mysterious Monsieur Bernard de Cressac, and begins a new life with her guardian at Wyndriven Abbey. However, she gradually begins to realize that things are not quite as idyllic as they seem, and finds herself drawn into a sinister mystery and forbidden romance. Set in 19th century Mississippi, this book has a very southern gothic feel to it, and the ending chapters are quite dark.  As part of the official blog tour, Jane is here to talk about the macabre–and why a nice lady like her likes to read and write about such dastardly things.  ~ Wendy —————————————————- Jane Nickerson Guest Post How can such a nice person… A few years ago,… Read more »

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Amber House: review

Amber House: review

Amber Houseby Kelly Moore, Tucker Reed, Larkin Reed I love a good Gothic novel, so I could not have been more eager to finally be able to sit and crack open this story. Amber House delivers a gothic/horror/scary tale in all its intrinsic glory. It involves a young girl, called Sarah, who returns with her family to the old family estate, Amber House, to bury the matriarch of this strange, strange dynasty. They decide to stay for a couple of weeks and very soon Sarah discovers shadows, echoes, and mysteries in every corner of this ancient place. Mysteries of her ancestry, of the past lives that walked among the halls and rooms she now occupied; disturbing revelations about her cold, abrupt mother, ones that threaten to loosen the already delicate ties holding the two of them together; and frightening enigmas about the house itself, a house that seems to have… Read more »

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