Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman

22522808★★★★

I really enjoyed this book. Short stories are always a delight, and combined with Gaiman’s amazing prose and writing made the perfect read. This is a mish-mash of many genres, all of them are dark, twisted, or a little unnerving.

My favorite short featured here was probably The Case of Death and Honey, a reimagined Sherlock Holmes figuring out the cure for death. The atmosphere was saturnine and rich. A few other stories I liked were Orange, Click-Clack the Rattlebug, The Return of the Thin White Drake, and The Sleeper and the Spindle. There’s also a foray back into the world of American Gods starring Shadow in a small town in Europe that’s quite chilling.

This would be a great book to curl up besides during the cold months, or anytime a melancholy mood strikes.

The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab

6931344★★★★

What a gentle and haunting book. Even now, a while after I’ve finished it, I can still hear the wind whispering over the trees and grass singing its melody…

The town of Near is a small one, surrounded by the vast grasslands of the moor. Nothing is amiss, until one night, children short to disappear from their beds at night, and no one can figure out why. Lexi knows that her younger sister may be taken, so while the town is off chasing the wrong suspect, she takes it upon herself to find the missing children. But the answer is elusive and mysterious, and how do you get people to believe you if the culprit is no more than a fairy tale?Read More »

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Stories are wild creatures. When you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreak?

★★8621462★★
Wow. Wreak havoc indeed. What a tragic, yet hopeful, story. This is a tale of loss and hardship, strength and acceptance. I finished this book late at night, and it haunted my dreams.

Connor’s life isn’t going well. He’s ignored and bullied at school, and his father’s left for America to live with his new family. And that’s all okay, because he has his mother. But her illness is getting the better of her, and soon he may not have her anymore. Then, one night, the yew tree in the churchyard outside his window comes to life. A towering thing, with a solid trunk and gnarled knots for a face, the monster forces Connor to face what he truly fears: the truth. About his emotions, about his mother and his future. The monster guides Connor through his journey, weaving stories and tales of old as they reach the end of it all.Read More »