Interview with Marian Womack, debut author of The Golden Key

Welcome friends to my post on Titan Books’ blog tour for Marian Womack’s The Golden Key, which is out now!

Part supernatural, part detective story with Gothic vibes? Yes please. This book screams my aesthetic, so I was really excited when Titan offered me a copy of this beautiful book for review. I won’t have the time to read it until at least April thanks to ARC Mountain, but I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to interview Marian about this book!

[caption id="attachment_8557" align="aligncenter" width="500"]The Golden Key gifted copy and enamel pin The cover is so pretty in person – it has gold foiling! And Titan also sent me a lovely enamel pin that gives me art deco vibes for some reason.[/caption]

Read on to learn how Brexit helped to shape this story, an Ode to Gothic fiction, the importance of independent presses for marginalized voices, and much more!

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Review: The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas

This contemporary mystery didn’t disappoint – I was left guessing until the very end!

⚠️ This is a heavy book that deals with some difficult topics, so please be sure to read my content warnings at the end of my review and make sure you are in the right place before picking this one up.

I went into The Cheerleaders with no expectations and let me tell you, I was in for a wild ride! I devoured this book in less than 24 hours over the course of two sittings *shakes fist at needing sleep* and my mind ceased to function when I finished it.

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ARC Review: A Castle in the Clouds by Kerstin Gier

A Castle in the Clouds was an impulse download on Edelweiss because I’d been experiencing SFF burnout, and I am so glad that I picked this book up. It’s funny and smart with a dash of cute, and I adored my time reading it!

“Legend had it that the hotel was haunted, and I could well believe it.”

Originally released in German back in 2017, this US edition was translated by Romy Fursland and is a fast-paced and engaging read. Told in Sophie’s perspective, we follow her life as a new intern at a secluded old hotel in the Swiss mountains. She’s quit school and is embarking on her own, trying to find her path and hoping that this year-long post will provide some of that clarity.

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Review: If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

Expectation is the root of all heartache – William Shakespeare

Whoever recommended this book to me… I just want to talk.

As a former Thespian and lifelong lover of Shakespeare, If We Were Villains is a book I should have loved. So many friends spoke so highly of it that I went in with tough-to-meet expectations, and unfortunately, they were not met. I think this is a book people will either love or hate; I should have DNF’d it early on to save myself the frustration but I was curious about the mystery (but on that front was left largely wanting.)

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Capturing the Devil (Stalking Jack the Ripper #4) by Kerri Maniscalco

Sigh. Despite my deep dislike for Escaping from Houdini, which seems to grow stronger each day, I was really hopeful and excited to see how this series would end. While I am not as disappointed in Capturing the Devil as I expected to be (I think lowering my expectations may have saved me here), I am left feeling rather conflicted about my thoughts overall. There are things I loved about this book, but also things I didn’t.

The Good

Sir Isaac Mewton. Need I say more?

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