Gothic

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Angelika Frankenstein Makes Her Match

This story is a historical gothic romance and Frankenstein fanfiction. It’s quirky, creative, original, bizarre, morbid, and unlike anything I've read before. The story begins in 1812 in a morgue where twenty four year old Angelika Frankenstein and her older brother Victor are choosing body par ...

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Angelika Frankenstein Makes Her Match

Will the Sally Thorne I loved so long ago please return to the five and dime? Of the three novels she’s released since The Hating Game took romancelandia by storm, I was partial to Second First Impressions but disliked 99 Percent Mine.  Angelika Frankenstein Makes Her Match falls right between th ...

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The Daughter of Doctor Moreau

Romance, mystery, and monsters combine to give us a compelling look at the human heart in The Daughter of Doctor Moreau. Those familiar with the classic H.G. Wells novel, The Island of Dr. Moreau, will find many of these characters familiar, although hearing the tale from Carlota’s viewpoint - alo ...

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A Stitch in Time

Kelley Armstrong is primarily known as a writer of thrillers and suspense novels, so a timeslip paranormal with a distinctly gothic-y feel about it is something of a departure for her.  A Stitch in Time set in and around an old manor house on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors, is an entertaining ma ...

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John Eyre

Here’s a six-word summary of this book: Gender swapped Jane Eyre with vampires. But before I begin my review of Mimi Matthews’ John Eyre, I have a confession to make. I never finished Jane Eyre, because Helen’s death was so sad I couldn’t read any more. So readers with more knowledge of t ...

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Her Dark Lies

There are many, many books and blogs dedicated to helping you create a “killer” wedding. For the bride and groom of Her Dark Lies that doesn’t just mean designing a dress to die for and booking a location you’d commit murder for - it means an actual body count. At the beginning of the tal ...

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Mexican Gothic

COVID-19 has made us more aware than ever of the importance of the spaces we call our own. That makes this the perfect moment to read the uncanny, absorbing Mexican Gothic, a tale about the kind of location in which you most definitely wouldn’t want to shelter in place. Wealthy socialite Noemí ...

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Beauty and the Clockwork Beast

I love when the different elements of a story combine to create something greater than its whole.  The strong hero and his brainy heroine. The setting you can jump right into. The storyline that is both familiar and yet strikingly new.  Beauty and the Clockwork Beast weaves all of these things int ...

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The Sun Down Motel

Completely addictive, riveting, and engaging, The Sun Down Motel is the latest supernatural thriller from Simone St. James. A dual timeline tale of two women thirty-five years apart looking for answers to a series of disappearances, it contains the eerie, haunted tone I expect from this author’s w ...

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A Convenient Fiction

A Convenient Fiction beautifully mixes Georgette.Heyer with Victoria Holt.  Part gothic romance, part family story with a tiny sprinkling of humor thrown in, it’s a lovely, spooky heartbreaker of a novel that sinks its claws right into you, then kisses the wound it leaves behind. Laura Hayes i ...