Review: The Ghost Line by Andrew Neil Gray and J.S. Herbison

I received this book for free via Netgalley. This did not affect my opinion or the content of this review.

The Ghost Line

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The luxury cruise ship the Martian Queen was decommissioned years ago, set to drift back and forth between Earth and Mars on the off-chance that reclaiming it ever became profitable for the owners. For Saga and her husband Michel the cruise ship represents a massive payday. Hacking and stealing the ship could earn them enough to settle down, have children, and pay for the treatments to save Saga’s mother’s life.

But the Martian Queen is much more than their employer has told them. In the twenty years since it was abandoned, something strange and dangerous has come to reside in the decadent vessel. Saga feels herself being drawn into a spider’s web, and must navigate the traps and lures of an awakening intelligence if she wants to go home again.

My thoughts

When I started reading The Ghost Line, it had been a while since I last read its summary and I didn’t remember a lot beside this being about a ghost ship. And going in pretty much blind, not knowing what these scavengers are going to expect and have to deal with, made this an excellent read. I was glued to the pages and read the whole thing in one sitting, not wanting to stop until I found out what was going on on this ship.

With Ghost Ship being on of my favorite horror movies, I couldn’t have been more excited about a story of the same idea, but set in space, and was all too happy to find out that The Ghost Line came close to my favorite movie, being less bloody but more weird and definitely on the same level of eerie.

This being a novella, I was impressed by how the authors were able to not only create a great atmosphere with the perfect amount of weird but also made room to get to know the characters with enough background story to get invested in their story and delivered more than just a horror story but also a story about love and sacrifices.

Having a character who knows a lot more about a situation than the POV character, one who is keeping secrets from them, isn’t usually my favorite way to be kept in suspense but in The Ghost Line it worked out for me. With the right amount of clues and the palpable tension, the authors did a great job on keeping me at the edge of my seat.

Last but not least, The Ghost Line totally got me with its ending. Besides finding out what exactly is happening on this ship, an idea that I was fascinated by and almost wished to explore more, I also didn’t expect it to end the way it did.

Andrew Neil Gray and J.S. Herbison wrote an atmospheric novella reminiscent of one of my favorite horror movies, Ghost Ship. The Ghost Line is a lot more than just a horror story though. It’s also a story about love and loss, perfectly integrated in this ominous adventure.

Review: Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire


Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children
No Solicitations
No Visitors
No Quests

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.

But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.

No matter the cost.

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Review: Behind the Mask – A Superhero Anthology


Behind the Mask is an exciting collection of short stories about the everyday lives of superheroes. Ranging from laugh-out-loud funny to deliciously dark, these stories are about the ordinary day-to-day challenges facing these extraordinary individuals growing up, growing old, relationships, parenting, coping with that age-old desire to fit in when, let’s face it, they don’t.

My thoughts

This anthology is an extremely mixed bunch of stories. I never expect to love all stories in a collection but this one featured some crazy highs and lows for me. When I started reading the first few stories, I was sure this was going to be an anthology I would praise without end and recommend to everyone but after finishing it, I’m not so sure anymore. Some of the stories were absolutely AMAZING, but they made me expect too much of the ones that came after and the anthology lost a little of its original appeal for me, going from diverse and unique to “just” interesting.

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Ten Space Adventures Recently Added To My TBR

Top Ten Tuesday

(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)

I’ve been on a huge scifi binge lately (even more than usually), so it isn’t a surprise that I’ve mostly added books set in space to my TBR recently. Most of them still without covers because they won’t be out for some time, but I’m already crazy excited about all of these.

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Review: Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel

I received this book for free via Netgalley. This did not affect my opinion or the content of this review.
Cover of Waking Gods

Waking Gods





As a child, Rose Franklin made an astonishing discovery: a giant metallic hand, buried deep within the earth. As an adult, she’s dedicated her brilliant scientific career to solving the mystery that began that fateful day: Why was a titanic robot of unknown origin buried in pieces around the world? Years of investigation have produced intriguing answers—and even more perplexing questions. But the truth is closer than ever before when a second robot, more massive than the first, materializes and lashes out with deadly force.

Now humankind faces a nightmare invasion scenario made real, as more colossal machines touch down across the globe. But Rose and her team at the Earth Defense Corps refuse to surrender. They can turn the tide if they can unlock the last secrets of an advanced alien technology. The greatest weapon humanity wields is knowledge in a do-or-die battle to inherit the Earth . . . and maybe even the stars.

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