The House of Velvet and Glass, Katherine Howe-- This one was a Valentine's Day bathtub read, and that's about what it's perfect for. The plot and characters aren't particularly spectacular, but it was lush with turn of the century details of taffeta ballgowns, gourmet delicacies, romantic waltzes, sinful opium dens. A nice light fluff of a historical romance.
The Fisherman, John Langan-- One of my new favorite authors, I think. This had an unusual format where most of the novel took place in a different time and with a different narrator than expected, and that took some getting used to. But god, the language was so gorgeous and the story was so terrifying and elegant and sad. I would give my left arm to write horror half this well.
Ichor Falls: A Visitor's Guide, Kris Straub-- This had a lot of the stories collected in Candle Cove, but presented in a way better form with a central theme. Still pretty hit and miss for stories, but I liked it better.
Broken Monsters, Lauren Beukes-- I wasn't sure when i picked this up if it was a mystery novel or a horror novel, and the answer turned out to be a little bit of both. Very creepy visuals, I liked the monster bits a lot. Disappointed in how she wrote about Detroit, but I was expecting that from a white author not from Michigan.
Salt to the Sea, Ruta Sepetys-- A quick, prose-y YA read about the sinking of the MV Wilhelm Gustloff, which I learned a lot about. Sad but satisfying.
Cuckoo Song, Frances Hardinge-- I liked this one a lot. A fantasy-horror blend about changelings, with a lot of creepy surreal imagery and fairy tale elements. The character development had some unexpected twists as well.
The Bees, Laline Paull-- A new favorite for sure. Everything I loved about Watership Down brought to the story of a single honeybee trying to fit in in her colony. Beautiful, vivid descriptions, wonderful characters, a super solid backdrop of scientific research.
Wreaking, James Scudamore-- I listened to this on audiobook and really liked it. The jacket makes it seem like a mystery, but it's really more of a slow-burn character study, peeling back everyone's motives from one single tragic night. Some really corny metaphors, but mostly great.
The Golem and the Jinni, Helene Wecker-- I adored this book. Fairy tale meets historical fiction, with rich detail spanning turn of the century New York, eastern Europe, and the ancient middle east. Lush and beautiful and easy to sink into.
NOS4A2, Joe Hill - Made a nice holiday read, but I'm still torn between Joe Hill's imagination and his writing style/his treatment of women.
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