Review: In My Dreams I Hold A Knife by Ashely Winstead
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by Krystin.
2w ago
“It turns out the real you is a quilt, made up of the light and the dark. The life you’ve lived in sunshine and your shadow life, stretching underneath the surface of your mind like a deep underwater world, exerting invisible power. You are a living, breathing story made up of the moments in time you cherish, all strung together, and those you hide. The moments that seem lost. Until the day they’re not.” ★★★★★ Sourcebooks Landmark | 2021 Filed Under: What fucking knife?! Were you kind of a loser in school who now sometimes daydreams about going to a class reunion and showing all your stupid ..read more
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Review: The Violence by Delilah S. Dawson
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by Krystin.
1M ago
“It was all sandcastles built on the shoreline by someone who’d forgotten that sand was just another kind of dirt.” ★★★★½ Del Rey Books | 2022 Filed Under: Good for her. Well, this novel is a weird little gem. I don’t know what I was expecting from a plot centring around a new virus – five years after covid – that turns people into mindless, murderous violent monsters and a mother who joins a new wrestling… group? Organization? Federation? What is the correct term for a wrestling thing? Whatever, the point is this is oddball, heartfelt and violent in equal measure and I totally dug it. Chel ..read more
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Review: Under Pressure (Lucas Page, #2) by Robert Pobi
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by Krystin.
1M ago
“…social media was responsible in that it was continually etching lines of demarcation between every discernible demographic, cutting the social fabric into smaller and smaller swatches. And things were getting worse as people started seeing the world in terms of us versus them.” ★★★★★ Minotaur Books | 2020 Filed Under: That industrial system getting folks uppity again The first book in the Lucas Page series by Robert Pobi, City of Windows, was one of my top reads of 2019. And, as you know, I’m fucking picky. So, was it a fluke? Beginner’s luck? Fucking magic? And could Robert Pobi pull it ..read more
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Review: Razorblade Tears by S.A. Crosby
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by Krystin.
1M ago
“But if all of this has taught me one thing, it’s that it ain’t about me and what I get. It’s about letting people be who they are. And being who you are shouldn’t be a goddamn death sentence.” ★★★★★ Flatiron Books | 2021 Filed Under: Life is short, don’t be a fucking asshole. Well, this ruined me emotionally, thanks so much. Two gay men – an interracial married couple with a young daughter – are murdered in what appears to be a hate crime. Their fathers – Ike and Buddy Lee, boomers with nothing in common but anger and bigotry – seek out their sons’ killers under the influence of a maddenin ..read more
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Review: Such A Pretty Smile by Kristi DeMeester
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by Krystin.
1M ago
★★★½ St. Martin’s Press | 2022 Filed Under: Men as demon dogs I don’t think this necessarily accomplished what it was trying to accomplish, but as a feminist witch, I appreciate the effort. It just needed more cowbell. …or maybe less cowbell. It needed more cowbell and less cowbell, simultaneously. For one, the horror in this was way too understated, and at times, put on the back burner. And the soapbox aspects read like the author wanted to beat me over the head with how shit men can be. And like, I totally get it and I agree. But the themes of women being judged, belittled, condescended to ..read more
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Review: Yes, Daddy by Jonathan Parks-Ramage
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by Krystin.
1M ago
★★★★ Mariner Books | 2021 Filed Under: Break glass in case of an emergency that requires gothic pulpy graphic writing I said I wanted more gay thrillers and my book friends said fucking read Yes, Daddy, you bitch and now here we are. So, I’ll say it to you too – read this book, you bitch. It’s fucked up in the most perfect and twisted ways, to the point that it’s very powerful not just wild. I promise you will not be able to put it down and you’ll be all like, “wtf is happening I’m so uncomfortable but I love it.” This was like a gay Jeffrey Epstein meets Harvey Weinstein meets #MeToo meets t ..read more
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?Blog Update – The End of True Crime Tuesday
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by Krystin.
1M ago
Hey to all my Goblins and Ghouls! I love you all and I want to be honest always. So here’s the thing… I’ve been thinking, pondering, wondering and wavering about this little blog here. I started it because I love to read and I love to write about what I read, but at some point over the last few years, this has all started to feel more like work and less like the fun hobby that inspired me to start Here’s The Fucking Twist back in 2018. I’m behind in reviews and also feeling the pressure to keep reading, reading, reading so I don’t fall behind in that too. Moreover, I’m burnt out from my real-l ..read more
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Mini-Review Dump?: The End of Men, Horror Hotel, Devil House & The Trauma Cleaner
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by Krystin.
1M ago
Reviews in this post: The End of Men by Christina Sweeney-Baird Horror Hotel by Victoria Fulton & Faith McClaren Devil House by John Darnielle The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman’s Extraordinary Life in the Business of Death, Decay and Disaster by Sarah Krasnostein The End of Men CHRISTINA SWEENEY-BAIRD ★★ Doubleday Canada | 2021 Filed Under: I cannot handle this right now Listen, I’ll be completely honest with you – I requested this off of NetGalley purely because of the title. I didn’t even care what it was about just as long as the title held up. And it did. But damn, this was boring as h ..read more
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Review: Red X by David Demchuk (?️‍?)
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by Krystin.
1M ago
★★★½ Strange Light | 2021 Filed Under: Desperately trying to put that fourth wall back together I really and truly wanted to love this as much as everyone else, but as should come as a surprise to literally no one, I did not. I liked it enough, but a few things were throwing me off – it reads like two different books, the pacing is all over the place and the anthology-style chapters became repetitive because there really didn’t seem to be a point. I mean, I guess the point could be that bad things happen to the LGTBQ+ community and there really never is a “good” reason; it’s predictable and c ..read more
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Review: Kill Creek by Scott Thomas
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by Krystin.
1M ago
★★★ Inkshares | 2017 Filed Under: Seriously, he’s scared of spiders. Okay, first of all, let’s be real – this is not totally a haunted house story because most of the plot doesn’t actually take place in the house that is haunted. I feel like describing this as a haunted house story is selling it short because it’s so much more involved than that. Maybe too involved? Because damn can this read slow. The first half of the novel is like an episode of The History of Horror, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing because I genuinely love learning about the genre. Side note: If you are a horror fan an ..read more
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