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The Invited – a book review in 200 words

The Invited

by

Jennifer McMahon

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Jennifer McMahon has done it again. Every single time, she delivers a completely new experience and a fantastically creepy story line. The Invited, her newest, is no exception.

Helen and Nate decide to escape the city, but they cannot find a house that meets all their requirements. That all changes when they spot a huge piece of rural, Vermont property that is, of course, suspiciously cheap.

And it includes swamp land.

And it once belonged to Hattie, who was hanged as a witch… in the 1920s. (If I’m remembering correctly. In any case, it was definitely a very late date for a witch hanging).

And they decide to build a house to suit.

And the happy couple find themselves building a house made for a haunting.

There is also a girl mourning the loss of her mother who left rather abruptly, a treasure hunt, some suspicious spiritualists, an albino deer hunt, more than one ghostly figure and a whole lot of heart.

If you have not read McMahon before, you really should. This is my fourth or fifth, and not one has disappointed. I’m so glad that my anticipation surrounding this book was duly rewarded. What a GREAT scary story!

What’s your favorite McMahon book? Let me know in the comments so we can discuss!

(A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.)

Review: 90/100

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Five Unicorn Flush – a book review in 200 words

Five Unicorn Flush

(The Reason [or Space Unicorn], #2)

by

T. J. Berry

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First, if you have not read Space Unicorn Blues by T. J. Berry, go do that now. Like, right now.

Done? Good. Wasn’t it fantastic?!

Now for the review of the second in the series:

In Five Unicorn Flush, the full cast is back, including Captain Jenny, Cowboy Jim, Bao Zhi and Gary, along with elves, fairies, sentient spaceships and all manner of mythical creatures.

Gary, the half-unicorn and prince, is struggling to keep the rest of the Bala happy on the new world to which they have been sent to keep them safe from humans. But on their new world, there are no modern conveniences, they are starving, and bone-strippingly acidic water and drag-you-into-the-woods shadow creatures are trying to kill them.

In the meantime, the Reason is in search of the place the Bala have been sent. How are they to function in any capacity without their servants (slaves) and without Bala magic? There is a contingent of humans on the way to the new Bala world, but the journey is fraught with danger, including cannibals, pirates and spies. It’s crazy…and also makes complete sense.

Berry’s voice is clever, funny and unique. I’ve never read books quite like these and I am so glad that this is a series! Go read her so she keeps writing this series, please and thank you!

Rating: 97/100

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