The Fox's Tower and Other Tales Ha Lee, Yoon

Thank you Edelweiss and the publisher for providing this book for me to read.

I enjoyed this book immensely and enjoyed finding stories that were modern fairytales.

I was going to write a list of my favorite stories that I read, but then realized that I had liked them all.

A Lullaby for Witches by Hester Fox

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing this e-arc. All opinions are my own.

When I first saw this title I was pretty excited to request it. I had enjoyed "The Pale Orphan of Cemetery Hill". Matter of fact it had broken me from a reading slump. So when I was approved for this one, I made it the next book on my tbr.

I didn't like it.

I couldn't care less for the characters. This story is told in two separate timeliness 1880's and present day. Margaret lives in the 1880's and is the wild child of a prosperous New England family. She is also a witch who falls in love and becomes pregnant. I couldn't stand her character and found her to be an annoying know it all.

Then there's Augusta. A flat boring character that was written as we should pity her but I found her insufferable. She goes on for chapters about how she is just staying with her boyfriend cause it was convenient, but after she finally decides to go tells the new crush how much of a manipulator he was. It was all talk and no show for her character.

There was nothing spooky about this book.

Under the Whispering Door by T.J. Klune

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing this e-arc in exchange for an honest review. This is such a lovely heart warming story and paired with "Altruism" by Matthieu Ricard made me question a lot of how I act towards others. I loved Hugo, Mei and especially Granddad and Apollo. Honestly I don't think I've read such a bittersweet story. Days later I've come back to add that I still think about the ending, the epilogue.









Spoiler if you don't want to keep reading about the ending - - - - - - If I had my way I wouldn't have had granddad and Apollo move on. It felt emptier in their household in the end without them and my vision of that world felt sadder without their presence.

Weep, Woman, Weep by Maria DeBlassie

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing this e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed this story very much. I don't know if it's because I was also reading "The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep" at the same time, but I at moments felt a really deep connection with Mercy and could visualize Mercy's Farm and the feeling of joining her on her couch to read.

Anyways, it's a good tale of overcoming loss and finding what it is to learn to love oneself and allowing others into your life.

Not so much horror though.... I would have loved it if La Llorona were a little more present in the story.

How To Get Advanced Reader Copies Of Books

https://www.netgalley.com/ - This one is my favorite and have used the longest. This site is easy to use and has the same books offered as Edelweiss. You will have to read some of the lesser known authors to build your rapport, but once you get going you will find publishers will add you for auto approval. Just don't make the same mistake as me and request more books than you can possibly read in a month. My current TBR on there is twenty three books! Twenty three! Netgalley will send you an email when you've been approved for a book, along with weekly updates and reminders.

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https://booksirens.com - Fairly new to the scene it's easy to use like Netgalley. What I loved about this site though is they have stats. You feed your Goodreads profile in there and you get neat stats like this.

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https://www.bookishfirst.com/ - I don't know if it's luck or maybe the site isn't popular, but I won the very first book I asked for. The nice thing about this site is if you review books that you've read you gain points towards redeeming books that you want.

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https://www.edelweiss.plus/ - I don't use this site, even after I got over how horrendous the user layout is, it's like a crap shoot of actually getting books approved.

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