The misses welcome you to 2019. So far it’s been a great start for us here at the Yellow Room and we hope the same for you! So today, on this universal day of love, the misses have decided to share
the books we loved most from 2018 and so far into 2019.
My Sister the Serial Killer by
How far does the love between sisters stretch? Can it span the length of several murders, a few hasty cover-ups, an unrequited love and a thousand little betrayals? For responsible, overburdened Korede, sisterhood is a unique challenge which requires alibis and a lot of bleach.
This could turn out to be a very generic sibling rivalry over the heart of a man, had these sisters not a terrifying secret. Ayoola is a serial killer. Braithwaite writes a satirical family drama unlike anything we’ve ever read. We related so strongly to Korede’s neverending need to be needed, in spite of the enduring pain her family causes. How can you escape your own family? And where would you escape to? This is a definite must-read for anyone who loves modern fiction, expert satire, engaging prose and ethical dilemmas. [Continue reading here]
Kill Creek by Scott Thomas
The Haunting of Hill House meets Amityville Horror…
For a first novel, Kill Creek really blows expectations out of the water. It is masterfully written and eerie from start to finish. It’s an instant classic in our book.
Kill Creek came to be in 2017 after Scott Thomas entered a manuscript competition from Inkshares and has since spread like wildfire through the book community. But isn’t that just what the house would want?
Now please beware that this gothic horror novel is not for the faint of heart. Winner of the American Library Association’s Horror Book of 2017 and shortlisted for the Bram Stoker Award as well as voted one of the best horror books of 2017 by Barnes & Noble among many other awards, Scott Thomas is solidifying his place in the horror novel community with this debut novel. Kill Creek is getting RAVE reviews left and right. Including one from the master of horror himself… Stephen King.
Scott Thomas’s Gothic horror novel was picked up by Showtime and is soon to be a TV series. [Continue reading here]
Bad Girls With Perfect Faces by Lynn Weingarten
Do you like characters doing bad things and getting away with it? Do you like morally ambiguous decision-making paired with the gut-wrenching agony of “things can never be the same”? Then read this book. I was drawn to the novel because of the natural way in which the characters interact with one another. There are no stereotypes here. These are real people I know, real friendships I’ve had—they feel aged, concrete, like firm handshakes. The book perfectly encapsulates the nihilist zeitgeist of the twenty-first century id-stomping horror-scape that is the becoming of adulthood, the essential “putting away of childish things.” [Continue reading here]
Upgrade Soul by Ezra Claytan Daniels
Hank and Molly are undergoing a very dangerous procedure to cleanse their cells. A scientific breakthrough makes it possible for their youth to be reintroduced, the longevity of their already long-lived lives to renew, with ever improving mental faculties and physical abilities.
This is without a doubt my new favorite graphic novel. It’s everything I want in a comic. It’s sharp, intelligent, horrifying and graphic. Upgrade Soul appeals to me in the same way that exceptional science fiction/horror movies appeal to me; fantasy lingers at the edge of possibility, begging the question, “We can, but should we?” [Continue reading here]
The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace
The Witch Doesn’t Burn In This One by Amanda Lovelace is the best book of feminist poetry ever. It’s cutthroat and true to the bone. The harsh realities we all face as women are put on full display here with no remorse or apologies.
With this book of poetry Amanda Lovelace hands females everywhere the gasoline they need to reignite the fire in their bellies. [Continue reading here]
Any Man by Amber Tamblyn
Tamblyn’s gritty, no holds barred debut novel knocked everyone, including the misses, off their feet. Tamblyn blends genres of poetry, prose, and elements of suspense to give shape to the shocking narratives of victims of sexual violence.
We chose the audio edition of this book because of its full cast narrative. This is the only way to go in our opinion, but honestly there’s no going wrong when deciding to pick up this book in the first place.
It’s beautiful, provocative, emotional, demanding, and heart wrenching every step of the way. The truth is, this book is ground breaking and historical. And those, ladies and gentlemen, are just the facts. [Continue reading here]