Thursday, August 18, 2022

Garlic and the Vampire


Author: Bree Paulsen
Genre: Middle Grade / Graphic Novel
Format: Hardback
Pages: 160

This is the second graphic novel I've picked up my Bree Paulson, the first being Patrik the Vampire. Though it wasn't until I picked this up from the library that I made the connection. I couldn't even tell you how I made the connection. But, it made me even more excited to read it because I absolutely adored the Patrick the Vampire series.

Just as I thought this was absolutely adorable, both the story and the artwork. I love the idea of a Witch Agnes created these creatures to help tend her garden, but they somehow managed to take on a life of her own. But instead of freaking out, she just let them be and create this absolutely adorable little community. And in that community is the most adorable little Garlic just filled with anxiety.

I don't think I've related to vegetables more.

Paulsen's artwork is great and I love the color palette she uses for this book. It's fall colors, but nothing too dark. Very outdoorsy. Each panel is full of detail and a great addition to the story.

A story I think is great. This is definitely geared toward younger readers. The story is all about how you can't judge a book by its cover and finding bravery in yourself. Garlic is a great main character who starts out so unsure of herself, but thanks to Celery is forced to find a way to brave by facing the vampire that moved into the castle not far from Witch Anges' farm.

I think it's great for young readers with a great resolution to the story, but it's also a fun read for older readers. Garlic is an adorable main character and Paulsen has created an adorable world to put her in. I also really love Paulsen pulled some old vampire lore as well, like the counting of the rice. It's something I haven't seen a lot in recent vampire books. So that was fun.

Definitely a fun read, and a reminder that I adore Paulsen's stories, and I'm excited there is going to be another book in the Garlic Series!


Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Waiting on Wednesday

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally, they are books that have yet to be released but don't have to be. It is based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous at Breaking the Spine.


In an isolated chateau, as far north as north goes, the baron’s doctor has died. The doctor’s replacement has a mystery to solve: discovering how the Institute lost track of one of its many bodies.

For hundreds of years, the Interprovincial Medical Institute has grown by taking root in young minds and shaping them into doctors, replacing every human practitioner of medicine. The Institute is here to help humanity, to cure and to cut, to cradle and protect the species from the apocalyptic horrors their ancestors unleashed.

In the frozen north, the Institute's body will discover a competitor for its rung at the top of the evolutionary ladder. A parasite is spreading through the baron's castle, already a dark pit of secrets, lies, violence, and fear. The two will make war on the battlefield of the body. Whichever wins, humanity will lose again.

Why I'm Waiting: This book sounds like it's going to be a roller coaster ride!


Tuesday, August 16, 2022

New Release Tuesday

Everyone from Wakarusa, Indiana, remembers the case of January Jacobs, who was found dead in a ditch hours after her family awoke to find her gone. Margot Davies was six at the time, the same age as January—and they were next-door neighbors. In the twenty years since, Margot has grown up, moved away, and become a big-city journalist, but she’s always been haunted by the fear that it could’ve been her. And the worst part is, January’s killer has never been brought to justice.

When Margot returns home to help care for her sick uncle, it feels like walking into a time capsule. Wakarusa is exactly how she remembered: genial, stifled, secretive. Then news breaks about five-year-old Natalie Clark from the next town over, who’s gone missing under eerily similar circumstances. With all the old feelings rushing back, Margot vows to find Natalie and solve January’s murder once and for all.

But the police, the family, the townspeople—they all seem to be hiding something. And the deeper Margot digs into Natalie’s disappearance, the more resistance she encounters, and the colder January’s case feels. Could the killer still be out there? Could it be the same person who kidnapped Natalie? And what will it cost to finally discover what truly happened that night?


Monday, August 15, 2022

Bout of Books 35

Okay, so I got up this morning and decided that I was going to jump into Bout of Books 35. I've missed the last three because I wasn't in a space to add something else to my plate, but things have changed in my personal life. So it felt like a great time to jump back into Bout of Books. Like always I'm going to use it to lower the amount of screen time I've been wracking up. I've turned the usage timers on the apps I use the most, and I'm only going to allow myself to watch one show this week. The last thing is a way to not binge the entire Sandman Tv Show in one day. Because I'll do that.

As for my TBR, it's a lot of novellas and one ebook graphic novel I snagged thanks to Netgalley. I made it big on purpose so I don't feel trapped into a set of just these three to four books. Also, novellas feel less daunting to me because I am a slower reader, and I like feeling like I accomplished something during Bout. Even if it's only one or two books. I also really wanted to finish the book I started on vacation! It's really good, but I transferred into a new position at work all my energy over the last two weeks has gone into that and settling back into being home after a week of being away.

So yeah, you can click here to see how each day has gone, or jump onto my Twitter (@BookishShh)! I'll be doing a few of the Instagram challenges, so you can find me there at (@bookish_whispers)! If your joining up let me know in the comments what you're currently reading, and if you're not, still drop a comment on what I should read next!


Sunday, August 14, 2022

Cover Runway Sundays


They say don't judge a book by its cover, but we all know we do it. Sometimes it's the cover that originally catches our eye, drawing us to give a book a closer look. It's the first thing we see, our first impression. Every Sunday I'm going to post some of my favorite covers of books coming soon!

Two sisters pick up a ghostly hitchhiker heading home from college, and horror follows.


Friday, August 12, 2022

The Dollhouse Family - Review


Author: MR Carey
Genre: Horror / Graphic Novel 
Format: Paperback
Pages: 144

I have to say as a whole I'm really enjoying the Hill House Comics series. Like all anthologies, and this is kind of what this ongoing series is, there have been some I liked more than others. But, all have introduced me to authors I'd love to read again. So that's always a win. The Dollhouse Family continues that trend.

As the owner of a creepy doll, I think they are cursed objects, more so when they came with a complete house. So I didn't even think twice about picking this one up. It had all the elements of a story I knew already creeped me right out. And, this definitely delivered on the creep. I wouldn't say that this book ever scared me, but it makes me shiver in a couple of places.

Cause it's super gross.

I really liked the story itself for The Dollhouse Family. It's a classic ancient battle with slumbering evils that Carey did a great job delivering. I liked how the story all connected together where it looks like it's all at random until near the end when you see how all the pieces fit together. I thought all of that was solid, and I loved how our 'good' guy managed to sneak out from its own entrapment. I was wondering about the creature, it kept popping up even in the flashbacks.

The art is great as well. I love that more muted tones were used during the flashbacks, almost like a sepia so you realize you're not in the present anymore. But, not just sepia just older looking. That helped when the timeline jumped. Because toward the end timeline was bouncing back and forth between panels. So the visual really helped keep in point with who and when everyone belonged in.

Personally, I thought the creepest, and kind coolest part, of the art, were the photos using the dolls that separated the chapters/issues. It's used also for the volume cover. Those were cool and super creepy foreshadowing.

I liked the character growth in this for our main character. Everything she's been through could have turned her bitter, instead, she was a great single mom doing her best. And, I was here for that. I also really liked that she really got to be the hero of this story and really didn't have to sacrifice all that much. This was a happy-ish ending.

Which I liked. Because is a little open-ended to what comes next, but allowed the main story to be tied up and finished.

I think my only issue with is at places the book felt a little rushed and the plot just barreled on, or something was faded to black and then quickly explained later. So I would have loved maybe a second volume or a couple more issues. But, that's just a personal thing because I enjoyed this and can't wait to pass it on to a friend of mine!


Thursday, August 11, 2022

Book Haul

You know you have good friends when they are out thrift shopping, and come back with things for you! All of them have been well loved, but the damage isn't too bad. They will definitely make great books for the mantle above my fireplace. I love that they thought of me when they saw these, and even though I've definitely started running out of space again, I can't wait to find a way to show them off.

The Gingerbread Man book is a little, a lot, creepy, but I love it. This so-called Mafia cookbook is probably my favorite. I've only made it through the introduction pages, but this book is going to be a trip. I just can't get over absolutely terrifying the Gingerbread Man book is. It will have to make a Spooky Season appearance on the mantle!

Does anybody else scour the thrift store shelves for books?


Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Waiting on Wednesday

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally, they are books that have yet to be released but don't have to be. It is based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous at Breaking the Spine.

Ever since their on-again, off-again college romance, Erin hasn’t been able to set a single boundary with charismatic but reckless Silas, who’s been chasing the next big high since graduation. When he texts her to spring him out of rehab, she knows enough is enough. She’s ready to start a career, make new friends, and meet a great guy—even if that means cutting Silas off. But when Silas turns up dead from an overdose, Erin’s world falls apart.

When Erin learns that Silas discovered a drug that allowed him to see the dead, she doesn’t believe it’s real but agrees to a pill-popping “séance” to ease her guilt and pain. When she steps back into the real world, she starts to see ghosts from her Southern hometown’s bloody and brutal past everywhere. Are the effects pharmacological or something more sinister? And will Erin be able to shut the Pandora’s box of horrors she’s opened?

With propulsive momentum, bone-chilling scares, and dark meditations on the weight of history, this Southern horror will make you think twice about opening doors to the unknown.

Why I'm Waiting: Because I loved Whisper Down the Lane, and this sounds amazing! 


Tuesday, August 9, 2022

New Release Tuesday

The Haunting of Hill House meets Knives Out in a bid for an inheritance that will leave Helen Vaughan either rich...or dead.

Helen Vaughan doesn't know why she and her mother left their ancestral home at Harrowstone Hall, called Harrow, or why they haven't spoken to their extended family since. So when her grandfather dies, she's shocked to learn that he has left everything—the house, the grounds, and the money—to her. The inheritance comes with one condition: she must stay on the grounds of Harrow for one full year, or she'll be left with nothing.

There is more at stake than money. For as long as she can remember, Harrow has haunted Helen's dreams—and now those dreams have become a waking nightmare. Helen knows that if she is going to survive the year, she needs to uncover the secrets of Harrow. Why is the house built like a labyrinth? What is digging the holes that appear in the woods each night? And why does the house itself seem to be making her sick?

With each twisted revelation, Helen questions what she knows about Harrow, her family, and even herself. She no longer wonders if she wants to leave…but if she can.


Monday, August 8, 2022

Book Mail

Okay, yes I did just go on vacation and come back with several new books. That is not the point. What is the point is I was out getting stuff for the battle jacket I'm going to make for a concert at the end of the month. In the process of get the jacket part, I found a little gem.

I mostly bought this because the cover is cool and I love cryptids. So from the outside this looks like a win.

I'm really hoping this book will just be ridiculous in the best way. There are plans to read this pool side, or beach side, as I soak up the last of the summer the PNW has to offer!


Sunday, August 7, 2022

Cover Runway Sunday


They say don't judge a book by its cover, but we all know we do it. Sometimes it's the cover that originally catches our eye, drawing us to give a book a closer look. It's the first thing we see, our first impression. Every Sunday I'm going to post some of my favorite covers of books coming soon!

Fairy tales have been spun for thousands of years and remain among our most treasured stories. Weaving fresh tales with unexpected reimaginings, At Midnight brings together a diverse group of acclaimed YA writers to breathe new life into a storied tradition.

Fifteen celebrated authors reclaim classic fairy tales for a new generation:

Dahlia Adler, “Rumplestiltskin”
Tracy Deonn, “The Nightingale”
H.E. Edgmon, “Snow White”
Hafsah Faizal, “Little Red Riding Hood”
Stacey Lee, “The Little Matchstick Girl”
Roselle Lim, “Hansel and Gretel”
Darcie Little Badger, “Puss in Boots”
Malinda Lo, “Frau Trude”
Alex London, “Cinderella”
Anna-Marie McLemore, “The Nutcracker”
Rebecca Podos, “The Robber Bridegroom”
Rory Power, “Sleeping Beauty”
Meredith Russo, “The Little Mermaid”
Gita Trelease, “Fitcher’s Bird”
and an all-new fairy tale by Melissa Albert

Once upon a time . . .