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The Twisted Ones
The Twisted Ones | T. Kingfisher
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vivastory
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Melissa AKA Mouse, along with her beloved dog Bongo, returns to her thoroughly unpleasant grandmother's house after her passing to clean it out for sale. Her grandmother spent the last few years of her life in a nursing home & Mouse is warned by her own elderly father that the house might be a bit overwhelming. She finds that her grandmother was secretly hoarding & as she is cleaning she discovers a strange manuscript kept by her husband. The👇

vivastory excerpts of the manuscript is the one element of the book that didn't work well for me. The narrative flow between the different voices felt a bit off during the section that Mouse is reading the manuscript. However, Mouse is a funny & sarcastic character & the book itself has a few chilling moments. It is also a bit hard to classify. I'd call it folkloric horror, but it contains a few dark fantasy elements. This is my first Kingfisher, which I 4d
vivastory which I was gifted by my cousin a few years ago. I noticed that due to her recent book she is having a bit of a moment & I will def be reading more.
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kspenmoll I love your teview 3d
vivastory @kspenmoll Thank you! 3d
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Lizpixie
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Completely forgot I haven‘t finished this! My #10thBookOf2021 for #October was this twisted horror perfect for the Halloween season. Set in America‘s south, it‘s a atmospheric thriller about being alone in a hoarders house under siege by something not human. Mouse promised her Dad she‘d clear her mean deceased gran‘s house, no one told her it was full of creepy junk & not to go into the woods alone. Made me check the windows😱 #12BooksOf2021

Andrew65 🤣🤣🤣 sounds good horror. 5mo
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NicoleCeBallos
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Mouse is cleaning out her grandma's house (with her dog) and every night there is a tap, tap, tap on the windows. She stumbles upon her step grandpa's journal and must decide if it's just the writings of an old man who is losing his mind or something more sinister. It's definitely the second one.

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Nessavamusic
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#Two4Tuesday
1. Thrillers & Horror are my favorites of the listed.
2. Tagged was my most recent spooky read, it was fun and unique.

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 💙📘 6mo
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Nessavamusic
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Just finished this strangely funny, scary fae horror story. It was very entertaining and a quick read. There is also a very good dog - see comments for mild spoiler there. 4⭐️ This will give me another #bookspinbingo ! +15 + 1 for #teamhendrix
#Scarathlon2021 #Halloweenreadathon

Nessavamusic The dog does NOT die 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 7mo
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Nessavamusic
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“I am going to start at the beginning, even though I know you won‘t believe me.”

#FirstLineFridays

ShyBookOwl Great book! 7mo
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Lizpixie
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Bk37 of #LittensDressedInBlood & Bk18 of #Scarathlon2021 #Screamathon #Wickedathon #SpookoweenReadathon #Necronomathon #HalloweenReadathon #ItsBritneyBingoWitch #BookishBingo #FreeYourShelfathon #BooksAndTeaChallenge #ChapterBreakBingo #Pageathon #PennyPerPage #BookspinBingo is done. Read as an ebook on Scribd, it‘s not a book to read at night. Especially when the wind makes branches go tap tap on the glass😳1,296pts #TeamSlaughter

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 7mo
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jenniferw88
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ImperfectCJ
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Mehso-so

This one's a little too bizarre to be scary to me, and the ending isn't to my liking (too frenetic combined with too much explanation). Also, the North Carolina setting doesn't feel much like North Carolina to me, which I find disappointing. (It doesn't NOT feel like NC, it just doesn't feel like much of anywhere.) I quite enjoyed about the first 2/3, though, so there's that.

ImperfectCJ Question: A barista in the book gives the MC a "warm-up" for her latte as she leaves the cafe. I've never heard of a warm-up for an espresso drink, but I'm no expert on coffee bars. How would this work? Would the barista just add some hot drip coffee or some steamed milk, or would she have to make another espresso to add to the latte? 7mo
ImperfectCJ Not a theme read (at least not for my team), but 6 hours for three readathons = 185 for #TeamSlaughter #scarathlon #screamathon #littenlisten #bookspinbingo 7mo
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ImperfectCJ
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Audiolifting. Creepy audiolifting.

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Lauranahe
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Interesting book. I enjoyed the “things in the woods” trope, and I love dogs. Always appreciate a dog. And the inclusion of the diary from The White People by Arthur Machen was fun, though…kind of weird. The story didn‘t take me where I thought it would go, but I liked the humor throughout and the few parts that were actually spooky.

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Nessavamusic
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Today‘s #LittensDressedinBlood prompt:
Super Freak

This one is part of my October TBR and I think fits this prompt.

MidnightBookGirl The cover definitely indicates that you are right! 8mo
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Matilda
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Horror is read in the pool when you‘re a 🐥💩

Reynosa8701 Lol 8mo
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kathytrithardt
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This week's #WednesdayTradition features The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher and iced coffee because the protagonist has reheated hers a bunch of times when really iced is the way to go).⁣

#BookBathAndBeverage #WomenInHorror #IcedCoffee

[ID: hard cover book and clear glass.of iced coffee on dark wood board over a tub filling with bubbles and water.]

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CindyMyLifeIsLit
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I loved this!! It‘s told in first person, and the voice is so authentic and engaging. The humor is natural and easy—I even laughed out loud a few times! I thought the pacing was great, and the monsters were creepy as hell! Anyway, I loved the feeling of being in this adventure with people I really liked—I felt really invested. If you‘re looking for a creepy story with extremely likable characters and the best coonhound EVER, look no further! 😁

FelinesAndFelonies I liked this one but I loved The Hollow Places. I would really recommend reading it if you haven't. 10mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit @FelinesAndFelonies I didn‘t know about The Hollow Places—adding it! Thanks!! 10mo
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SkeletonKey
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Morning reading. My feelings exactly, Mr. Spooky Mug.

5feet.of.fury 👻 such a cute mug! 11mo
SkeletonKey @5feet.of.fury - It‘s a favorite! 11mo
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FelinesAndFelonies
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Mehso-so

I read The Hollow Places prior to reading the tagged book and I loved it. I expected this book to be similar to that. It is not. While I wouldn't say I'm disappointed, I'm definitely underwhelmed. I expected something atmospherically creepy, instead I got something less. The story is okay the MC Mouse is weird. Bongo and Foxy were the most enjoyable characters. The storyline is slow. I didn't not like it; I think my expectations were too high.

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FelinesAndFelonies
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This book is taking me significantly longer to read than The Hollow Places did. I'm not sure what it is about this one that isn't keeping my attention.

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FelinesAndFelonies
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"I made faces like the faces on the rocks, and I twisted myself about like the twisted ones, and I lay down flat on the ground like the dead ones."

Woah. ?

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ShyBookOwl
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Reading in the car while my husband does some errands. This is what passes as an outing these days 😅

Tonton Feel that! 1y
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ShyBookOwl
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I am going to try to start at the beginning, even though I know you won't believe me.
#firstlinefridays

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Jgotham
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This book started out well. It was spooky and I was thinking it was a good ghost story or haunted house but by the middle it lost steam. It was me reading about a woman who was reading a very long manuscript 🤦🏾‍♀️. It went along at a snails pace and I ended up skipping most of the middle. A sneaky tactic pulled me back in and..now it turned into a Lovecraftian story?This book was all over the place and not scary-more of a fantasy than horror.

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GidgetsTreasures75
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12-15-20: My 107th finished book of 2020! This one was very weird. Mouse and her dog, Bongo, travel to North Carolina, to empty out her deceased grandmother‘s home. Not only are they met with a hoarding situation, there is something going on in the woods...It‘s horror but the narrator is funny which saved this one for me. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #thetwistedones #tkingfisher 👍🏼📖#️⃣1️⃣0️⃣7️⃣

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stretchkev
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Mehso-so

What a different take on horror. I liked the more self aware and sarcastic protagonist. But this one failed on the creepiness and atmospheric level.

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Anna from Gustine
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This folk horror novel unnerved me to the point where I lay awake at night, unable to get some of the visuals out of my mind. This book's effect on me is remarkable because it is almost gore-less. The fear for me lay in the palatable sense of impending threat, the mystery, and the atmosphere. I also cared deeply about the characters. Tough, smart women who take care of themselves and a dog whom we know from the beginning makes it out alive!! YAY!

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Johanna414
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This was just soooo deliciously creepy! Thank you for picking it out for me @xxjenadanxx - I loved it!
(I think I would have read it in a single sitting, but I could only read it during daylight hours or I got too creeped out 🤣🤣)

@TheAromaofBooks this is my November #bookspin title

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
xxjenadanxx Yay, I'm glad that you enjoyed it! It's definitely creepy! 2y
Johanna414 @xxjenadanxx I passed it along to my mom who is starting it tonight, and then a friend wants to borrow it. It‘s getting a lot of love 😜 2y
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xxjenadanxx Yay! That makes me so so happy! I am constantly recommending it to people but don't know anyone who has read it. It's so underhyped! 2y
Johanna414 @xxjenadanxx yes! I just put in an inter-library loan request for another one of her books! 2y
xxjenadanxx @Johanna414 Is it The Hollow Places? I really want to read that one! 2y
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Johanna414
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Ready enjoying this spooky read from @xxjenadanxx tonight! It's not too scary with these brave protectors... 😻 #catsoflitsy

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Johanna414
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@xxjenadanxx Thank you so, so much! I have actually never heard of this book, but it sounds fantastic and I can't wait to read it! And I'm not sure how you knew that The Shining was my all-time favorite scary movie, but this bookmark is perfect! Now excuse me while I start my book and devour all my treats before the tiny humans can see them 😊
#allhallowsreadswap @MaleficentBookDragon

xxjenadanxx Yay! You're so welcome! I am a really good stalker, that's how I knew lol. Also this book genuinely gave me chills, so I knew exactly what to buy when we signed up. I hope you enjoy it! 2y
Cathythoughts Reeses 👯yum 2y
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erank58
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Another impressive #scarathalon read! For my tastes, this was the perfect horror book up until the last 100 pages--folky and atmospheric with slow, gradual reveals that keep things mysterious until necessary. I wasn't a fan of the conclusion, but still worthy of a strong pick since I'm so picky with this genre! #thrilloween #gothtober @Clwojick

Clwojick Such a creepy cover! 😍 2y
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AUDIOBOOKINGWITHLEAH
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Between a PICK and a SO-SO. All I can say is it's definitely on the freaky side. Seriously...deer effigies, creepy dolls, and disappearing hills are just a few of the elements you'll find within this story...if you're a fan of the weird and unexplained this might be perfect for you.
See my review here: https://audiobookingwithleah.blogspot.com/2020/09/audiobook-review-twisted-ones....

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Gizmo86
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I stopped reading this last night, I don't stop reading a novel lightly. This just wasn't for me. The characters were poorly developed and the lead character Mouse was unrelatable and unlikeable. The overall writing was poor as well and it just didn't flow properly. Didn't find it overly creepy either, it was more strange than scary

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Gizmo86
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Friday Night, new book with a glass of wine and Gilmore Girls 🍷📚

AmyK1 Gilmore Girls ❤️❤️ 2y
SamanthaMarie Sounds so perfect!!! 2y
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EllyBellyFerRelly
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I never understood people who lob toasters at their boyfriends. Why would you waste a perfectly good toaster?

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TheLibrarian
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I was really looking forward to this book but I didn‘t find it creepy or scary at all. The main character bothered me and I found myself bored. Thank goodness it was a quick and easy read.

xxjenadanxx This is the only book that has ever given me the creeps!! It's funny how differing opinions can be! 2y
TheLibrarian @xxjenadanxx I‘m glad you found it creepy since that‘s what the author was intending! Most books aren‘t really creepy to me though which could be from my obsession over horror movies. 2y
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IReadThereforeIBlog
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This standalone horror novel from T Kingfisher (aka Ursula Vernon) is a slow burn that steadily racks up tension and mystery over what is out in the woods. Mouse‘s great conversational narration, which editorialises what‘s happening and her attempts to rationalise it, enhances the creepiness but the final quarter is quite rushed and anti-climactical and I wanted more Foxy who is a great sidekick with a smart mouth and a pragmatic attitude.

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Melismatic
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Blasted thru the back half while working from home this week. Unfortunately, not much to write home about. The setup and tone was really exciting but the buildup was very anticlimactic. As a lover of thriller & horror stories, this just wasn‘t it for me. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 🦴🍜🗿

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Melismatic
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Tea will have to replace coffee for the time being bc I don‘t have a coffee maker. 😭 Currently on my bed, audiobooking.

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Melismatic
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So I officially started this one today. One chapter in and I‘m already sucked in.

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Legendofcool
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Newest listen

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Caitriona
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Mehso-so

I started this yesterday, finished it about five minutes ago. I‘d‘ve finished sooner but didn‘t want to have this slinking round my mind as I was trying to go to sleep.

I‘m not much of a horror buff, but I definitely found this to be creepy and I have a feeling that bits of it are going to resurface for quite some time.

I need to go read some fluff...
4/5

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Nebklvr
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Mehso-so

This wasn‘t scary. It had no “atmosphere” at all. Caustic humor? Yes. It was entertaining in an amusing way but this has been marketed as horror. The biggest reaction I had was “huh. The creepy things are back”.

TheLibrarian Agree! I‘ve been kinda shocked to see people call it scary and atmospheric. 2y
Jemgirl2014 Yeah! Not scary at all. Pretty hilarious though. 2y
Nebklvr @Jemgirl2014 I wonder if it would have been better marketed as some kind of spoof 2y
Nebklvr @TheLibrarian Agreed. The Historian or Simone St James aren‘t pushed as horror really but are intensely atmospheric. I guess that is what I was expecting. 2y
Jemgirl2014 @Nebklvr I really think so lol 2y
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AJackets
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Finally decided what book to start reading. Landed on this one. I know nothing of this author or what to expect but seems short enough!

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Lisas.Library
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Mehso-so

3.5
I struggled just a little with this one. It didn‘t really feel like a horror story. It was a bit creepy at times but nothing like I was expecting.
I liked the characters. Foxy is so funny and easily my favorite. Mouse and Bongo are a very close second.
Overall, not my favorite but I‘m definitely glad I read it.

TheLibrarian I felt the same way. 2y
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Monica5
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I finally received the four books I won from a contest in November 🙌

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BekahB
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Just finished my first book of 2020! This was a great audiobook - listening to it actually helped me stay with the story. There‘s a lot of intentional repetition that I think would have frustrated me without listening to the narrator‘s change in inflection. I loved the characters (❤️ Bongo) and while this didn‘t scare me, there were enough creepy parts that made my horror-loving heart thump a bit faster.

Great addition to folkloric horror!

vivastory I received this for Xmas. Looking forward to reading it! 2y
BekahB @vivastory I love the characters in this book! 😀 2y
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Victoriahoperose
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This book was pretty scary. I stayed up late into the early hours of the morning reading and didn‘t want to put it down. The story about monsters in the woods really fueled my nightmares and made it impossible to stop reading. The narrator was so real and frank and I really liked her and the way this was written. I did feel like it was a bit long, but overall, I really enjoyed this one!

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Jemgirl2014
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Mehso-so

This book did not creep me out. I was too busy laughing to be creeped out. Mouse and Foxy are hilarious together and that detracts from the sinister setting that the author is trying to achieve. Deer monster effigies? It's just so preposterous that that all I could do was shake my head and snort with laughter. If Kingfisher ever gave up horror for romantic comedy, I'd read it. There is nothing wrong with her humor; I'd give her that. 🙃