Fantasy and Horror Recs from Savvy Social Member Alison

Bookstr Social Team member Alison Mah is here to give us some fantasy and horror recs! Let’s take a look at who she is and why she chose these five novels!

Fantasy Horror Recommendations
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This week’s Bookstr Team Tuesday highlights our Social Team member, Alison Mah! Alison works on Bookstr’s Facebook and X accounts, posting our editorial and graphic team’s creations and engaging with our audience.

When she isn’t working on Bookstr’s social platforms, Alison can be found reading, sewing, and playing games. Don’t try to out-factorid her on fashion history though, she’ll surely outwit you as she stands on her soapbox to talk about the lack of pockets in women’s clothing. (I’m with you girl!) All while coolly sipping from her beloved cup of coffee!

Let’s take a look at what fantastical and maybe chilling book recs Alison has in store for us.

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

It’s so fascinating and kinda chaotic. I highly recommend it if you want a mystery to chew on.

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
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“Passion has little to do with euphoria and everything to do with patience. It is not about feeling good. It is about endurance. Like patience, passion comes from the same Latin root: pati. It does not mean to flow with exuberance. It means to suffer.”

Heartless by Marissa Meyers

Heartless has a couple with amazing chemistry and an ending that made me cry.

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“This was why she enjoyed baking. A good dessert could make her feel like she’d created joy at the tips of her fingers. Suddenly, the people around the table were no longer strangers. They were friends and confidantes, and she was sharing with them her magic.”

Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao

I fell in love with the plot and the characters as a whole. The plot grabs onto you and doesn’t let go.

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“I’ve been told endless lies since I was born. That I was not kind enough, considerate enough, humble enough, honorable enough, pretty enough, pleasing enough. And if I failed to meet the needs of those around me, I did not deserve to live.
Propaganda. All of it. Propaganda to keep me chasing after the approval of others on my bound and broken feet, as if being a good servant is the only thing I should be proud of.”

The Alienist by Caleb Carr

The mystery is fascinating and just really engaging. Though I will admit, some scenes, I had a hard time reading because it got kinda graphic.

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“It is never easier to understand the mind of a bomb-wielding anarchist than when standing amid a crush of those ladies and gentlemen who have the money and temerity to style themselves ‘New York Society.'”

Jackaby by William Ritter

I love the main character’s relationship with each other and the supernatural elements that blend in with the historical fiction.

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“Monsters are easy, Miss Rook. They’re monsters. But a monster in a suit? That’s basically just a wicked man, and a wicked man is a more dangerous thing by far.”

With a recommendation list like that, I think Alison has quite the eye for great literature! Be sure to check back in next week when we feature Alexandra Mellott!


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