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Happy October, my friends!! It is time for another Book of the Month Unboxing! The choices this month were *chefs kiss*…so naturally…I overdid and ordered 4. Ain’t no shame in my hoarding game…OK, maybe a little shame…but I had free book credits…so…it’s Ok, right?? Anyway…the choices were amazing and I can’t wait to share what I chose! Did you choose any of the same books this month? Let’s chat!
When I’m Dead by Hannah Morrissey
We are going to start with the super dark and murdery books I chose this month. The first of those is When I’m Dead by Hannah Morrissey. I know absolutely zero about this book. I read the synopsis on Book of the Month’s website and it sounded deliciously creepy and perfect for a fall read so I decided to go for it! The inside cover says, “One girl murdered. Another one missing. And a medical examiner desperately searching for the truth in the latest Black Harbor mystery by acclaimed author Hannah Morrissey.” Sounds fabulous doesn’t it? I haven’t read any of the other Black Harbor mystery books but hopefully I wont need them to understand this one. Here is a little info from Goodreads…
On a bone-chilling October night, Medical Examiner Rowan Winthorp investigates the death of her daughter’s best friend. Hours later, the tragedy hits even closer to home when she makes a devastating discovery—her daughter, Chloe, is gone. But, not without a trace.
A morbid mosaic of clues forces Rowan and her husband to question how deeply they really knew their daughter. As they work closely to peel back the layers of this case, they begin to unearth disturbing details about Chloe and her secret transgressions…details that threaten to tear them apart.
Amidst the noise of navigating her newfound grief and reconciling the sins of her past, an undeniable fact rings true for Rowan: karma has finally come to collect.
Starling House by Alix E. Harrow
Next up we have Starling House by Alix E. Farrow. This is the second of the creepy and dark books I mentioned. This book completely sold me just based on the cover. It is stunning. There is something about a dark and atmospheric read that is just begging to be read during the fall. The inside cover of this one says, “Welcome to Starling House: enter, if you dare.” Oh…I dare. I am so ready to dive into this one. You had me at creepy house. If you use the words “haunted”, “gothic”, or “grim” when describing a book I am ALL IN. This one has received rave reviews across goodreads and “the Gram” so I am excited to get started! Here is a little more info…
Eden, Kentucky, is just another dying, bad-luck town, known only for the legend of E. Starling, the reclusive nineteenth-century author and illustrator who wrote The Underland–and disappeared. Before she vanished, Starling House appeared. But everyone agrees that it’s best to let the uncanny house―and its last lonely heir, Arthur Starling―go to rot.
Opal knows better than to mess with haunted houses or brooding men, but an unexpected job offer might be a chance to get her brother out of Eden. Too quickly, though, Starling House starts to feel dangerously like something she’s never had: a home.
As sinister forces converge on Starling House, Opal and Arthur are going to have to make a dire choice to dig up the buried secrets of the past and confront their own fears, or let Eden be taken over by literal nightmares.
The Unfortunate Side Effects of Heartbreak and Magic by Breanne Randall
Time to switch gears a bit for our next read. If you know my tastes in books, you know I bounce from creepy thrillers straight into Magical Realism. Those are my two fave genres and they couldn’t be more different from eachother. This next read is definitely more Magical Realism. The Unfortunate Side Effects of Heartbreak and Magic by Breanne Randall has been described as “Practical Magic meets Gilmore Girls”…I know, right…sign me up. I have seen this book ALL over Instagram and I was about ready to pre-order it on Amazon when the author shared that the book had been chosen as an ad-on for Book of the Month. Immediate add. Can’t wait to dive in. Here is some info…
Sadie Revelare has always believed that the curse of four heartbreaks that accompanies her magic would be worth the price. But when her grandmother is diagnosed with cancer with only weeks to live, and her first heartbreak, Jake McNealy, returns to town after a decade, her carefully structured life begins to unravel.
With the news of their grandmother’s impending death, Sadie’s estranged twin brother Seth returns to town, bringing with him deeply buried family secrets that threaten to tear Sadie’s world apart. Their grandmother has been the backbone of the family for generations, and with her death, Sadie isn’t sure she’ll have the strength to keep the family, and her magic, together.
As feelings for Jake begin to rekindle, and her grandmother growing sicker by the day, Sadie faces the last of her heartbreaks, and she has to decide: is love more important than magic?
The Unmaking of June Farrow by Adrienne Young
Last…but certainly not least…The Unmaking of June Farrow by Adrienne Young. This book, you guys. I have already started and I am already in love. Adrienne Young is an auto-buy author for me. I adore her books. She is such a gifted storyteller and her writing is always phenomenal. I am almost halfway through and it is just perfection. I read Spells for Forgetting Last year and fell in love with that book and this is giving me all the same feelings. Stay tuned for a review because I am certain this will be a 4 or 5 star read! Here is a little Goodreads info…
A woman risks everything to end her family’s centuries-old curse, solve her mother’s disappearance, and find love in this mesmerizing novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Spells for Forgetting.
In the small mountain town of Jasper, North Carolina, June Farrow is waiting for fate to find her. The Farrow women are known for their thriving flower farm—and the mysterious curse that has plagued their family line. The whole town remembers the madness that led to Susanna Farrow’s disappearance, leaving June to be raised by her grandmother and haunted by rumors.
It’s been a year since June started seeing and hearing things that weren’t there. Faint wind chimes, a voice calling her name, and a mysterious door appearing out of nowhere—the signs of what June always knew was coming. But June is determined to end the curse once and for all, even if she must sacrifice finding love and having a family of her own.
After her grandmother’s death, June discovers a series of cryptic clues regarding her mother’sdecades-old disappearance, except they only lead to more questions. But could the door she once assumed was a hallucination be the answer she’s been searching for? The next time it appears, June realizes she can touch it and walk past the threshold. And when she does, she embarks on a journey that will not only change both the past and the future, but also uncover the lingering mysteries of her small town and entangle her heart in an epic star-crossed love.
With The Unmaking of June Farrow, Adrienne Young delivers a brilliant novel of romance, mystery, and a touch of the impossible—a story you will never forget.
Just wanted to wish you all the best October! I hope you have lots of great books lined up to read. Do you have any you are looking forward to?
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