White Smoke

White Smoke

Tiffany Jackson

Tiffany D. Jackson knows how to write truly creepy books! WHITE SMOKE is about a teenager named Marigold. Her mom has accepted a job that comes with a new house they get to live in for free. If the family stays for one or two years (?) they get to keep the house. But soon after moving in, creepy things start to happen that convince Marigold the house is haunted.

Also an exploration of gentrification, and mass incarceration, this novel was truly one I did not want to read at night. I liked it well enough, but did feel it was a tad too long. I was also kind of uncomfortable with how the conversation around weed was handled. As someone that regularly uses weed to help deal with my anxiety and to help me sleep, some parts of this made me cringe. That being said I can empathize with why the choice was made and try to reserve judgment. If you’re in the mood for a haunted house story this will definitely fulfill that desire.

I want to read other Jackson novels (ALLEGEDLY & GROWN being the top two I would like to get to), having only read MONDAYS NOT COMING. MONDAYS NOT COMING is the stronger novel, in my opinion. I thought it was tighter, and Jackson did a much better job carrying the suspense throughout the whole novel. I felt WHITE SMOKE was also trying to send out too many messages at once, but MONDAYS NOT COMING felt more focused. That ending still haunts my nightmares and it still holds a place in my heart for being one of the best YA I have ever read.

[ID: WHITE SMOKE by Tiffany D. Jackson rests on purple flowers outside. It is sunny.]

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amari and the night brothers by b.b. alston

Mexican Gothic

Mexican Gothic

Silvia Moreno – Garcia

Mexican Gothic was a perfectly good book that I read in October. It was exactly what I was in the mood for. Some horror, mixed with a creepy house? Sold. Badass female lead? Yes, please. I am a fan of Silvia Moreno-Garcia, having read Gods of Jade and Shadow. I enjoy her writing style and the heroines she creates. (Slight spoiler ahead) I do feel like I could’ve done without the love story, it didn’t bother me so much that I disliked the book, although it did feel kind of thrown in. I really do wish sometimes stories just ended with no romance. I can think of a few movies, tv shows, and books where I wish the heroine just ended up by themselves at the end of the story. But I say this as a married person, so who am I to judge?

I will say mushrooms were a bit hard to look at the same way after reading this. Hehe, IYKYK.

[ID: The book Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia resting on a brown table.]

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amari and the night brothers by b.b. alston

Gideon The Ninth

Gideon The Ninth

How we doing bookstagram? I’ve been around but having a hard time posting. Work has been relentless and with the election looming it’s hard to say anything here that feels right. And on that note, this book has seriously been giving me life. I mean lesbian, necromancers in space? Consider me sold. On top of that this book has such a great mix of mystery, horror, sci-fi and most importantly humor. I find myself laughing out loud at Gideon’s biting wit. I’m obsessed. What about you? What are you reading to help you through the day?

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gideon the ninth front cover

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