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Relics, by Tim Lebbon

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dark mysterious fast-paced

4.0

I was really surprised by this book, I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it so much. It’s been sitting on my shelf gathering dust for two years and my mind was hesitant to start it because of this. But it ended up being really great, I loved the whole forbidden artefacts storyline. It was incredibly interesting and I loved that there was so magical and supernatural vibes sprinkled in. My only issue was the characters, I wasn’t a huge fan of them and it didn’t affect my enjoyment a bit. Other than that I loved it! 
Motherthing, by Ainslie Hogarth

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dark slow-paced

1.0

It’s quite rare for me to give a book such a low rating, I think I can count my one star reviews in the last year on one hand. But this book sadly left me no choice. The gorgeous cover and great title drew me in but that’s about all the enjoyment I found in this book, the cover and the title. The rest I really, REALLY struggled with. I did manage to finish it so there is that but I really had to force myself to push through. The story sounded so great but the writing fell totally flat for me. This was definitely a huge disappointment for me and a case of a cover buy gone horribly wrong. 
Goblin: A Novel in Six Novellas, by Josh Malerman

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dark slow-paced

1.0

Ouch. It hurts me to give a Malerman book such a lie rating but I think the fact that it took me 14 days to read it says all I need to say about how I felt about this book. It just wasn’t a fun reading experience for me and I’m incredibly disappointed. 
The Dream Dictionary from A to Z Revised edition: The Ultimate A–Z to Interpret the Secrets of Your Dreams, by Theresa Cheung

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informative fast-paced

4.0

I’ve recently become very interested in sleep and what our dreams reveal to use while we sleep. This book had so much useful information on how to analyze your dream and the most common interpretation of the most frequent dreams and the definition of often seen objects and situations in dreams. I’m very much looking forward to diving more into this world and analyzing my own dreams and applying the analyses to my life, learning what my subconscious is telling me. 
The Complete Book of Dreams: A Guide to Unlocking the Meaning and Healing Power of Your Dreams, by Stephanie Gailing

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informative inspiring reflective fast-paced

5.0

I’ve recently become very interested in sleep and what our dreams reveal to use while we sleep. This book had so much useful information on how to improve your sleep to dream better, the different stages of sleep and how to begin to analyze your dreams. I’m very much looking forward to diving more into this world and analyzing my own dreams and applying the analyses to my life, learning what my subconscious is telling me. 
The Night Travelers, by Armando Lucas Correa

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slow-paced

1.0

After 9 days of struggling with this terribly boring book I finally decided to abandon my struggle and give up. Not every book is for everyone and this is okay! 
Bind, Torture, Kill: The Inside Story of BTK, the Serial Killer Next Door, by Hurst Laviana, Roy Wenzl, Tim Potter

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dark informative slow-paced

5.0

This is without a single doubt, the most disturbing and traumatizing true crime book I’ve read in a long time. Word of warning, this book is not for the faint of heart, it is brutal and graphic and there are A LOT of potential triggers throughout. It feels weird giving such a book 5 stars because I wouldn’t really say I enjoyed it in the typical sense you normally enjoy a book. My skin was crawling the whole way through and I often had to pause to collect myself while reading it because I was just so disturbed and horrified by what I was reading. The depravity that humans can inflict on each other is truly terrifying, to think that that can happen just chills me to the bone. This book managed to evoke more emotion than me than any book has in a long time and to actually make me feel physically ill, I have never been more horrified by anything I’ve read.
Lord of Chaos, by Robert Jordan

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adventurous challenging slow-paced

2.0

This book took me SO long to read and it put me into a near reading slump. I adore this series and I get that some books aren’t going to be great in such a long and involved tale but man did I ever struggle with this one. The ending was phenomenal but the 700+ pages leading up to it were just a long slog of necessary but very boring plot/world building. I just wish it had been a bit more captivating because if I wasn’t as stubborn as I am this book would nearly be enough to put me off of finishing the series and completely abandoning it. But I made it through and here’s to hoping that the next chunk of the story is more attention grabbing! 
Sign Here, by Claudia Lux

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dark emotional fast-paced

5.0

This. Was. SO. Good. It’s been over a week since I finished it and I still can’t stop thinking about. The concept is just so fresh and unique, really quite unlike anything I’ve ever read before and that’s saying a lot because I’ve read a shit ton of fucking books. When I cross something completely new like this I get extra excited and just want to shout it from the rooftops so that everyone can experience it. It’s dark and funny and deliciously morbid and if that doesn’t draw you in then I honestly don’t know what will. It’s hard to believe this is a debut novel because it’s just that damn bloody good! I’m almost frightened by how good whatever this author comes up with next will be if THIS was their debut. Just unreal. And that twist at the end was devilishly clever, it was the book form of a mic drop and had me screaming. I think I’m going to stop now because at this point I’m just gushing and it’s becoming a bit embarrassing.