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HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250780935
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Published: Tor Nightfire - September 21st, 2021

Everyone has that one neighbor that no one likes. In the town of Black Spring that person is Katherine—a 300 year old witch who refuses to leave town. Despite being bound with chains and having her eyes and mouth sewn shut, Katherine meanders through the town and into homes under the protection of HEX, a task force set out to keep her unknown to the outside world. Those who are born or move to Black Spring are cursed to spend the rest of their lives there or else succumb to terrible depression and eventual suicide. After decades of general harmony with the Black Rock Witch, recent confrontations have caused terrors to begin anew. Self-preservation and neo-puritanical ideals of the townsfolk bring back the witch-hunting ethics of the original Dutch colony that tried and killed Katherine. This was an incredible read—Olde Heuvelt did an amazing job bringing this story to the Hudson Valley from the Dutch original. I was hooked by this unique and modern horror story that hit every mark for me. Highest Recommendation! ~ Reviewed by Connor Johnston


The Manningtree Witches by A. K. Blakemore - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781646220649
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Published: Catapult - August 10th, 2021

Follow Rebecca West as puritan Matthew Hopkins moves to Manningtree and begins to root out the heresy and maleficium that “runs rampant” throughout the village. Based on historical events and people, the victims—and perpetrators—of the 1640’s English witch trials are brought to life as puritan fears and a civil war have taken hold of the country. Blakemore’s expressive prose and use of period vernacular transports you into every scene as if you’re there. Despite being historical fiction it can read as a modern story with it’s themes of misogyny and wealth inequality that are familiar issues of today. Highly recommend! ~ Reviewed by Connor Johnston


Bath Haus: A Thriller by P. J. Vernon - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780385546737
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Published: Doubleday - June 15th, 2021

I could not put this book down! A captivating thriller of compounding lies after Oliver visits Haus - a DC bathhouse - while his partner Nathan is away. You’ll be on the edge of your seat as you are taken through unexpected twists and turns as Oliver tries to hide what really happened that night. Sometimes the truth doesn’t set you free - lies do. ~ Reviewed by Connor Johnston


Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures by Merlin Sheldrake - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525510321
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - April 13th, 2021

Sheldrake’s personal research and exposition of others in the mycelial field will forever change the way you think about the ecosystems of the world. The story of fungi evolves throughout the book as you learn more about its eon-spanning history as well as its future consuming out post-consumer waste. The answer to all of life's questions seem to be found in fungi - the largest kingdom of living organisms. Entangled Life will open your eyes to the stunning complexity of our world and make you question many preconceived notions of your place on Earth. ~ Reviewed by Connor Johnston


The Reading List: A Novel by Sara Nisha Adams - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780063025288
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Published: William Morrow - August 3rd, 2021

This novel took me on an emotional rollercoaster in the best way possible. Sara Nisha Adams brings to life Aleisha - a summer job librarian - and Mukesh - a recent widower - who find themselves connected via a mysterious reading list that has made its way through their West London suburb of Wembley. You will follow these non-readers' lives as they discover the worlds hidden away in the pages of these classic novels. In turn, as the reader, you feel the same excitement for them as you become engrossed in their own lives and familial issues. The Reading List will leave you crying the happiest tears as Adams displays the power of community and asking for help. A wonderfully written story. ~ Reviewed by Connor Johnston


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