January 19, 2018

Apart in the Dark Novellas By: Ania Ahlborn ARC Review

Thank you to Gallery Books for providing a free copy of Apart in the Dark Novellas By: Ania Ahlborn in exchange for an honest review. 

I rated Apart in the Dark 4 stars, but really I'd like to give it 4.5 stars. Apart in the Dark is comprised of two novellas. The Pretty Ones and I Call Upon Thee. Here are my individual reviews for both stories! 

The Pretty Ones-

I enjoyed The Pretty Ones for the most part. I have only one TINY thing that I didn't care for in this one. I thought the very beginning of the novella was hard to get into. I like novellas to grip me from the first sentence since they're so short. That being said, it didn't take overly long to get started so I'm not even sure we can really call this a complaint. :P I will say that for such a short story Nell's character is written surprisingly well. As I am writing this I'm starting to wonder if that's why the beginning was a tad slow. To allow for getting to know the character really well? I digress, but that is something for me to think on and maybe I'll bump the rating up later. I did guess the ending of The Pretty Ones a bit early on, but for me this is a rare case where that doesn't matter! In my opinion this story is all about enjoying the ride of suspense and anticipating Nell's reaction when she learns the truth...

I Call Upon Thee-

I absolutely love this novella!! I Call Upon Thee is so atmospheric all throughout the story and it has fantastic tension! I spent the whole time reading it half dreading and half anticipating what would happen. That's how I like my spooky stories to be. I really appreciate how I Call Upon Thee has a classic scary story vibe, but it's still different. The blend of classic themes and uniqueness always makes me happy. This novella is a HUGE win for me!

As a whole Apart in the Dark is well written and exactly what I've been in the mood for. I loved The Devil Crept In by Ania Ahlborn also when I read it last year, so I definitely recommend that one too. I own Brother by her as well and I'm hoping to get to that one within the next month or two. She is quickly becoming a new favorite author for me and I can't wait to read more by her!

5 Reasons To Read Hunting Prince Dracula By: Kerri Maniscalco

I absolutely loved Hunting Prince Dracula! I gave the first book in the series, Stalking Jack the Ripper, 5 stars as well. Somehow I enjoyed this book even more though! Instead of an actual review for this one I wanted to make another list! So here are...

5 Reasons To Read Hunting Prince Dracula: 

1. The writing in Hunting Prince Dracula is very well done. I just love Kerri Maniscalco's writing style and I think it's even better in this one. I also enjoy the detective aspect and mystery of this book series. If you enjoyed these things in Stalking Jack the Ripper, you'll love them even more in this one!

2. Audrey Rose is still a badass female character. 

3. Audrey Rose and Thomas's witty banter and slow burn romance is even better in Hunting Prince Dracula. I just love how these two characters interact with each other. The connection between them is smart, witty, and HOT!

4. This one has a school setting and more of a gothic atmosphere!! 

5. DRACULA/Vlad the Impaler stuff! Need I say more? 

If you haven't read Hunting Prince Dracula or Stalking Jack the Ripper yet, what are you waiting for?!?! I adore this series and I can't wait for the next book. 

January 17, 2018

Can't-Wait Wednesday-Cross Her Heart

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly feature/meme hosted here at Wishful Endings. The idea behind it is to share upcoming releases that we can't wait to get our hands on. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday that was hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

My pick for this week is Cross Her Heart By: Sarah Pinborough. I read Behind Her Eyes and 13 Minutes by her last year and I loved both. Especially Behind Her Eyes. That was my favorite read of 2017! So I'm VERY excited and highly anticipating this new thriller by Sarah Pinborough. 

Expected Publication Date: May 17, 2018 

Okay, so I don't think the summary really gives us that much information. I don't care though! I loved Behind Her Eyes so much I'd give any thriller by her a try! Are you looking forward to this one as well?  

What upcoming book(s) are you anxiously waiting for? 

January 16, 2018

Book Haul & Updated TBR List!

Book haul time! I received some books for Christmas and I've gotten a few others after. I wanted to share the new ones and update my TBR list. My TBR has gotten wickedly out of control so I really need a full list anyway to keep up with all of the ones I really want to try and read by April! Here's my updated TBR list and I've marked the ones for my book haul as new. 

*Click on the title to view on Goodreads!!*

1. Apart in the Dark: Novellas - (New) Thank you to Gallery Books for this one! 

12. The Hanging Girl - (New)

13. Gwendy's Button Box - (New)

14. Stillhouse Lake - (New)

15. Brother - (New)

16. I'll Meet You There - (New)

18. Fireblood - (New)

19. The Hate U Give - (New)

20. The Dry - (New)

21. Strange Weather - (New)

22. The Chosen - (New)

23. In Her Skin - (New) Thank you to Farrar, Straus, and Giroux for this one!

I also recently recently received When We Collided, a new copy of Jane Eyre, and a new copy of The Picture of Dorian Gray. I'm hoping to re-read all of those and re-read The Bell Jar at some point this year, but they aren't on my immediate TBR.


I also got these babies when I traded in some books at Half Price books. I need to read all of them eventually as well. 

Well as you can see my TBR is already overwhelming and I'm pretty sure there is no way I'll get all of these read by April. I'm going to try though! 

What books are on your TBR? Is your TBR out of control like mine? 

If you've read any of these books, what did you think of them?