[Book Review] The Dark Dark: Stories by Samantha Hunt

51mqci7w7hl-_sx331_bo1204203200_Title: The Dark Dark: Stories
Author: Samantha Hunt
Genre: Fiction, short stories, literary fiction, magical realism, surrealism, horror

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★★★★

Summary: A woman may or may not be turning into a deer at night. An FBI agent develops a humanoid robot for a suicide mission and falls in love with it. Two strangers become intimate and suddenly find themselves responsible for the resurrection of a dog. This collection of ten dark, captivating, and mind-bending short stories blends the literary and the surreal.

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[Book Review] Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood

7675953Title: Cat’s Eye
Author: Margaret Atwood
Genre: Fiction, literary fiction, contemporary

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★★★★

Summary: Elaine Risley, a middle-aged controversial painter, returns to Toronto for the opening of a retrospective of her art. Her return triggers vivid memories of her childhood and adolescence, and she reminisces about the girls who introduced her to the complex world of friendship, longing, and betrayal. Elaine must come to terms with her own identity as a woman, and also seek release from the memories that haunt her.

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[Book Review] The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

41rhassajnlTitle: The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas
Genre: Fiction, contemporary, YA

Where I got the book: I purchased this book at Platekompaniet.

My rating: ★★★★★

Summary: 16-year-old Starr tries to balance her life between two worlds: the poor neighborhood she lives in and the suburban prep school she attends. This balance is shattered when she witnesses her best friend Khalil being shot and killed by a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon, his death becomes a national headline, protesters take to the street, and both the police and the local drug lord tries to intimidate Starr and her family. Starr is the only one who can tell the world what really happened the night Khalil was shot, but speaking up comes with a price.

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[Book Review] Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

51votx1unxl-_sx316_bo1204203200_Title: Never Let Me Go
Author: Kazuo Ishiguro
Genre: Fiction, science fiction, dystopian

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★★★★

Summary: As children, Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, a secluded and sheltered private school in the English countryside, where they were brought up always reminded of how special they were. Years later, Ruth and Tommy reenters Kathy’s life. For the first time, Kathy recalls their shared time at Hailsham, something that forces them to face the truth about their childhood and to understand exactly what it is that makes them so special.

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[TBR] Plan to read in October 2017

Yay, it’s October! Alternatively – how is it already October? You know, the moment Halloween has passed it’ll basically be Christmas, guys. Anyway – monthly TBR! I honestly have made no effort in putting together a particularly spooky and/or Halloween-y TBR for this month like I’ve seen many others do, mainly because I don’t really care all that much about Halloween. Looking at some of these titles though, I think and hope they’ll still turn out to be atmospheric reads suitable for October and autumn in general!

My October TBR:

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[Wrap-Up] Books read in September 2017

September was a month that just came and went. Wait – that’s been the case for all of the previous months as well… Anyway, time to wrap my reads up! All of the books I read in September were novels except one short story collection, and just like last month I only managed five books. It’s not a lot but my TBR included many highly anticipated books and wow, I ended up with so many great and different reading experiences! My reviews are linked in this post, as usual!

My September reads:

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[Book Review] The Summer that Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel

30558877Title: The Summer that Melted Everything
Author: Tiffany McDaniel
Genre: Fiction, literary fiction, magical realism, contemporary

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★★★★

Summary: During the summer of 1984, when a scorching heatwave invades Breathed, Ohio, Fielding Bliss befriends the devil. The devil calls himself Sal, is a bruised and skinny 13-year-old boy, and has come to answer an invitation from Autopsy Bliss, Fielding’s father. The Bliss family takes him in, assuming he’s just a runaway boy, but after a series of strange accidents, the townspeople start to believe that Sal really is the devil. While the Bliss family faces their own personal demons, the tensions in Breathed rise along with the feverish heat.

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