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Mini ARC Reviews - Mexican Gothic & The Empire of Gold

Happy Thursday everyone!  Today I'm sharing two mini reviews with you: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia and The Empire of Gold (The Daevabad Trilogy #3) by S. A. Chakraborty, both of which will be released on June 30th, 2020. I received both of these ARCs from NetGalley in exchange for honest reviews.  Read on to see my thoughts on them:


Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia is a fantastically eerie and suspenseful gothic horror. I'm so lucky to have been approved for this new standalone novel from this incredibly talented author. She's quickly becoming a favorite of mine and this might be her best yet. Gothic horror is one of my favorite genres, so I always jump at the chance to pick one up and this novel does it so well. I particularly enjoyed just how old-school it feels. The story is positively dripping with atmosphere and the characters feel all too real. Plus, it's legitimately terrifying and also a bit of a tearjerker. In short, it's kind of a roller coaster in the best way. The only thing that kept me from giving this a full five stars is that it's very slow to get started, but looking back the slow-burn of the building sense of unease and dread works very well for it in the long run. Overall, I highly recommend this if you enjoyed Rebecca, Jane Eyre, The Yellow Wall-Paper, and The Haunting of Hill House.

My review is also on Goodreads.

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The Empire of Gold, the final installment of the Daevabad Trilogy, by S.A. Chakraborty was one of my most highly anticipated releases of the year and my expectations, obviously, were sky high. Luckily for me, this nearly eight hundred page novel was absolutely perfect and lived up to all of my expectations. Honestly, the whole trilogy has been perfect. It's exactly the kind of historical fantasy that I love with lushly detailed world-building and characters that could walk right off of the page. And, yes, Dara is still my favorite of the main cast. This is easily one of the best books of 2020 and it's a brilliant series finale. I still can't believe that I was approved for this ARC, so thanks again to NetGalley for this opportunity. I can't wait to read whatever the author decides to write in the future and I can't wait to see the upcoming Netflix adaptation of this trilogy. It's going to be marvelous, I can see it now!

My review is also on Goodreads.

Have you read either of these books or do you plan to in the future?  What are you reading?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!


  1. Mexican Gothic was so atmospheric! And I agree, it does take some time to get going, but once it does, wow😁

  2. wow...great covers and your reviews make me think this would be a good fit for me too. i have taken numerous trips to mexico, so any book taking place there peaks my interest
    sherry @ fundinmental

  3. I'm just starting to see reviews coming in for Mexican Gothic, and it seems like everyone's loving it! Glad to see you are, too. I've just added it to my TBR list, because yes, this definitely sounds like something I need to read.

    Whoa, wait, Netflix is doing an adaptation of the series?! YES! I didn't realize that. Definitely gonna have to get those read soon.

    1. I bet you will enjoy it, Sammie!

      Yep! Edgar Wright, Nira Park, Joe Cornish, and Rachael Prior's new production company is adapting this series, Lockwood & Co, and The Murders of Molly Southbourne for Netflix and I'm so excited. I'm going to have to do some catching up on these other series! :)


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