If you like a bit of blood in your sugar, these are a few book recommendations I have for the month of Valentine’s – a sweet but sinister mix of love and the macabre.
❤️ The Splintered Trilogy by A. G. Howard
One of my personal favourites, a creepy yet emotionally-infused retelling of Alice in Wonderland, crawling like the worms on a dead hare with surreal horror and beautiful writing. Also see my full reviews of Ensnared and Unhinged.
❤️ The Forbidden Game by L. J. Smith
Nightmare meets reality – by far one of the better YA paranormal books, though I feel the first entry is the best. An otherworldly dream-crafter grows an obsession with a human girl, trapping her in a bizarre world of his creation.
❤️ Merry Gentry Series by Laurell K. Hamilton
A sensual, decadent romance of Faerie. To me it seems much darker than your average eros, but for the better, if occasionally over-the-top.
❤️ Kwaidan by Jee-Yun
Kwaidan is an rather obscure graphic novel, despite being utterly beautiful. Fully printed in lavish ink and watercolour, reminiscent of traditional Japanese art. Star-crossed lovers reunite when they are reborn as a blind artist and a girl born without a face. An unusual mix of folktale and gruesome drama, with ill-fated love at its core.
❤️ Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
See my full review of this novel. Loosely inspired by the film Labyrinth, a surprisingly deep, eloquent and melancholy story about a romance encased in bitterness. It might as well be poetry.
❤️ Legend of Me by Rebekah Purdy
It’s not out until September, but I received an early copy for review and already recommend it. My full review will be up soon. Legend of Me is a young-adult novel with a definite Grimm flavour to it, just laced in lovely imagery and with solid characterization.