As we enter this last full week of September and the first week of Fall (yay!) we start to get some spooky vibe books coming our way. It won’t be the Halloween onslaught we’ll be getting in a couple weeks but it’s a good start to the season, but maybe not my ever growing TBR pile. It’s so large it actually fell last night and I thought someone was trying to break into my room. Now that’s scary stuff.
The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones – TBR
Seventeen-year-old Aderyn (“Ryn”) only cares about two things: her family, and her family’s graveyard. And right now, both are in dire straits. Since the death of their parents, Ryn and her siblings have been scraping together a meager existence as gravediggers in the remote village of Colbren, which sits at the foot of a harsh and deadly mountain range that was once home to the fae. The problem with being a gravedigger in Colbren, though, is that the dead don’t always stay dead.
The risen corpses are known as “bone houses,” and legend says that they’re the result of a decades-old curse. When Ellis, an apprentice mapmaker with a mysterious past, arrives in town, the bone houses attack with new ferocity. What is it that draws them near? And more importantly, how can they be stopped for good?
Together, Ellis and Ryn embark on a journey that will take them deep into the heart of the mountains, where they will have to face both the curse and the long-hidden truths about themselves.
Kids that have to make a living as gravediggers for corpses that don’t always stay dead. This is the kind of spooky I need to kick off the end of September and launch me into October. It’s nice to get some zombie like action without it being tied up with the apocalypse. I’ve also read that it includes a loveable goat companion and oh my god I need it now. The Bone Houses was also featured in a prominent book box this month and that edition of it is stunning. So I’ll either be trying to pick up that copy of the book or I’ll just order it off Amazon.
The Tenth Girl by Sarah Faring – Possible TBR
At the very southern tip of South America looms an isolated finishing school. Legend has it that the land will curse those who settle there. But for Mavi—a bold Buenos Aires native fleeing the military regime that took her mother—it offers an escape to a new life as a young teacher to Argentina’s elite girls.
Mavi tries to embrace the strangeness of the imposing house—despite warnings not to roam at night, threats from an enigmatic young man, and rumors of mysterious Others. But one of Mavi’s ten students is missing, and when students and teachers alike begin to behave as if possessed, the forces haunting this unholy cliff will no longer be ignored.
One of these spirits holds a secret that could unravel Mavi’s existence. In order to survive she must solve a cosmic mystery—and then fight for her life.
I was very much adding this to my TBR pile until I went to grab the synopsis from Goodreads this morning. Then it became a possible TBR. The reviews have not been kind unfortunately. While most say the author shows promise in her debut, they all admit the book and main plot is messy. The atmosphere of the book sounds chilling though and it’d be the perfect book to not read alone (read and chill?). That being said though I might take the reviews into consideration and pass on this one. Until then thought it’ll sit on my possible TBR list. Have opinions on this book? Please leave them below because I desperately want some good reviews on it!