Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Pérez

Until I read the premise of this book, I’m embarrassed to say that I didn’t know about the New London school explosion—the worst school disaster in American history. It’s absolutely devastating just thinking about all the little lives that were eviscerated in an instant when the all-white school was blasted into smithereens on that fateful …

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A Q&A with Ashley Hope Pérez, Author of ‘Out of Darkness’

This post originally appeared on my other book blog, ShelfLife@Texas. Go check it out if you’re in the mood for some brain food! In March 1937 a gas leak caused a massive explosion that killed almost 300 children and teachers at a school in New London, Texas. Amidst the backdrop of this catastrophic event, a …

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Books I’ve Read

  Books I’ve Read in 2021 October What Lives in the Woods by Lindsay Currie Scritch Scratch by Lindsay Currie Closed for the Season by Mary Downing Hahn The Haunting of Ashburn House by Darcy Coates Survive the Night by Riley SagerThe Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher  SeptemberThe Haunting by Lindsey Duga The Thirteenth Cat …

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Stephen King’s ‘Pet Sematary’ Reviewed by a Crazy Cat Lady

First off, Lil Bootz wants to note that ALL of this madness could’ve been avoided if these two bonehead pet owners fixed their tomcat ahead of time and didn’t let him roam free range!!! For Christ’s sake, they moved to a rural farmhouse that sits atop a major  thoroughfare for speeding truckers! How did this …

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The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Shirley Jackson, you crafty, crafty woman! Only one dark genius can create such an insidious haunted house story with scares that go far beyond the horror genre tropes. On the surface, this is a story about a paranormal research experiment gone awry in a legendary haunted house. I know you’re thinking, “I’ve read this same …

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Chick Lit Cafe’s Pick of the Month: Sister Dear

Since my big sissy’s turning the BIG FOUR-0 in just a few days, it’s only fitting for me to dedicate this one to her…not that she’s evil or nothing. Well…there was that time when I noshed on all the pizza at her slumber party and she tried to throw me out,  but that’s besides the …

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Texas Book Festival Reading Roundup!

When fall rolls around most people get excited about football, pumpkin-spice goodies and turkey feasts. For me, it’s all about books, books, books! Every October I get giddy just thinking about all author meet-and-greets, book tent shopping, live music and junk food galore at the annual Texas Book Festival. Normally I make a beeline for …

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The Crypt Thief: A Hugo Marston Novel by Mark Pryor

I knew I had to read this book when Scott Montgomery, the resident mystery maven at BookPeople, mentioned that it has the one of the creepiest opening chapters he’s ever read. This guy is a voracious reader of mysteries and horror, so that’s a pretty impressive feat for Mark Pryor. It’s been a while since …

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Beautiful Creatures: Movie & Book Review

When I found out Beautiful Creatures was going to hit the silver screen, I knew it would be a gargantuan disappointment. I mean, come on, how in the world can moviemakers crunch a 500+ word tome into a two-hour flick without garbling the plotline and obliterating important characters? As I expected the movie distorted the …

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Short & Sweet Sundays: The Unseen Volume 1: It Begins/Rest In Peace

In honor of Sunday – a day I reserve for reading and lollygagging – I bring you a short and sweet book review!  The Gist: (From the publisher) Out walking alone one rainy night, Lucy becomes convinced that someone – or something – is following her. Spooked, she ducks into a cemetery to try and lose …

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