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Book Review: The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff

The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff cover(Happy Halloween! This book will be available in just a couple of weeks and I HIGHLY recommend it!)

The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff
Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: November 15th 2011 by Razorbill

5/5 stars – loved it!

Sometimes a book is written so enchantingly that it draws you in and fully immerses you in the story from the very first page. The act of reading a book like this becomes an experience in itself. I feel this way about Chris WoodingJeff VanderMeer, and Francesca Lia Block. There’s some kind of magical quality to the prose, and it doesn’t matter if what’s going on makes perfect sense, or is explained in perfect details. The details that exist paint a perfect enough picture. It’s enough to believe in the magic of the story, of the world being set up, and like a fairy tale, you just go with it and let it sweep you away.

Reading The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff was like that. The description is lovely and visual, evoking imagery that is by turns bright and dark, sharp and dull, creepy and beautiful. The novel is mostly told through the eyes of Daphne, the half-demon and half-fallen angel daughter of Lilith and Lucifer. She lives in Pandemonium, a city in Hell marked by metal, heat and permanence. Daphne is bored, lonely, and, most of all, terrified that she will turn out like her succubus sisters who prey on the lost young men of Earth. Sitting in her apartment, she watches old movies and surrounds herself with colorful artifacts leftover from others’ past lives, wishing for something more.

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Book Review: The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

The Forest of Hands and Teeth cover(Halloween is coming up, so I’ll be posting reviews of some good spooky reads I recommend. Enjoy!)

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published March 10th 2009 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

5/5 stars – loved it!

Mary lives in a village surrounded by the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Within the village, the Sisterhood takes care of everything and the Guardians maintain the fence that encloses them. No one has ever been outside the village because the forest is full of the Unconsecrated, and the Unconsecrated are always hungry for living human flesh.

Raised on fairy tales of the outside world, Mary has a hard time keeping the faith the Sisterhood preaches. She knows there is something beyond the forest, that there is the ocean. After all, she’s seen a photograph of her many times great-grandmother on the beach, before the Return. Before the Unconsecrated rose.

When tragedy strikes her family, Mary’s life undergoes many changes. It tears her up inside, living a life that was given to her, not the one she has chosen. She begins to learn that the Sisterhood is keeping secrets, and curiosity consumes her, even though it might also destroy her. She is also consumed with desire for the one guy who is completely off-limits to her.

And then the fence is breached. And Mary, who has struggled with her beliefs, must allow her faith to lead her along the only path left.

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Book Review: The Haunting Of Alaizabel Cray by Chris Wooding

The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray cover(Halloween is coming up, so I’ll be posting reviews of some good spooky reads I recommend. Enjoy!)

The Haunting Of Alaizabel Cray by Chris Wooding
Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by Point (first published June 15th 2001)

4/5 stars

I really enjoy reading Chris Wooding’s novels. (I also recommend Poison.) There’s something very dark and weird to the worlds he creates, and it makes the stories edgy and exciting. The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray is no exception.

Set in an alternate universe of Victorian London, there are more than just famous serial killers (in this case, it’s Stitch-face) to worry about. Ever since the city was bombed, wych-kin have been appearing in the Old Quarter. They kill, possess, steal babies, and just generally do bad stuff. They’re the things of nightmares, of fairy tales, the things that go bump in the night. And they just keep coming.

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