Weekly Mash-Up #140

Hard to believe, but this week marks the third year of All Dragons Read!!

I’ve been having a lot of fun sharing my bookish thoughts and hope you’ve been enjoying them as well!  Here’s to another year in the Book Dragon Lair!

The Week in Books

The Hidden by Melanie Golding — 4 out of 5 stars

A young girl is found wandering alone in a small seaside town.  A woman claims to be her mother and the pair disappears.  A man is found badly beaten and left for dead. Detective Joanna Harper is trying to figure out how her estranged daughter, Ruby, is involved.  Sound straight-forward?  Believe me, it’s not!  A tightly woven mystery/thriller with a hefty dose of magical realism mixed in, this page-turner kept me guessing until the very end.  A solid four-star book that I highly recommend.

Rust Belt Femme by Raechel Anne Jolie — 4 out of 5 stars

Be sure to check out  my full review here and at MrPinkInk the weekend of November 26-28!

In the Land of Dead Horses by Bruce McCandless III — 4 out of 5 stars

Set in Texas in 1908, this mix of western and supernatural horror tells the story of hard-drinking ranger Jewel Lightfoot who is hired to track down the killers of a local farming family.  What he and his companions, Ernesto and Antonio, don’t realize is that they are about to come face to face with evil itself.        This was one of those fast-paced, engaging reads that I found difficult to put down!  The characters are well developed, and I found myself saying “oh ****” more than once when a favorite character was heading towards a bad situation.  Horror westerns are here to stay, and I highly recommend adding this one to your reading list.

Novellas, Short Stories, and Anthologies

Mestiza Blood by V. Castro — 3.5/4 out of 5 stars

3.5 stars, rounding up for Goodreads and NetGalley.    V. Castro is quickly becoming a favorite author of mine, and this collection of short stories showcase the broad range of her writing talent.  Focusing on the Chicana experience, these stories are blends of fantasy, horror, sex, and urban legend/local folklore.  As with any collection, I thought some were more successful than others.  There is a common theme of the inner strength and powers of women, and all are truly unique.  If you haven’t had a chance to read any of Castro’s works, I recommend this as a great place to start.

Stay safe and Happy Reading!

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