In The House In The Dark of The Woods || Utterly Spooky


Title: In The House In The Dark Of The Woods
Author: Laird Hunt
Page Count: 224 pages
Genre: Horror
Rating: ★  ★  ★  ★   
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Release Date: October 16, 2018
Buy It: Chapters Indigo







In this horror story set in colonial New England, a law-abiding Puritan woman goes missing. Or perhaps she has fled or abandoned her family. Or perhaps she’s been kidnapped, and set loose to wander in the dense woods of the north. Alone and possibly lost, she meets another woman in the forest. Then everything changes.

On a journey that will take her through dark woods full of almost-human wolves, through a deep well wet with the screams of men, and on a living ship made of human bones, our heroine may find that the evil she flees has been inside her all along. The eerie, disturbing story of one of our perennial fascinations–witchcraft in colonial America–In the House in the Dark of the Woods is a novel of psychological horror and suspense told in Laird Hunt’s characteristically lyrical prose style. It is the story of a bewitching, a betrayal, a master huntress and her quarry. It is a story of anger, of evil, of hatred and of redemption. It is the story of a haunting, a story that makes up the bedrock of American mythology, but told in a vivid way you will never forget.


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The House With Chicken Legs || Baba Yaga Reimagined

Title: The House With Chicken Legs
Author: Sophie Anderson
Page Count: 272 pages
Genre: Middle Grade
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Scholastic Canada
Release Date: September 25, 2018
Buy It: Chapters Indigo


All 12-year-old Marinka wants is a friend. A real friend. Not like her house with chicken legs. Sure, the house can play games like tag and hide-and-seek, but Marinka longs for a human companion. Someone she can talk to and share secrets with.

But that’s tough when your grandmother is a Yaga, a guardian who guides the dead into the afterlife. It’s even harder when you live in a house that wanders all over the world . . . carrying you with it. Even worse, Marinka is being trained to be a Yaga. That means no school, no parties–and no playmates that stick around for more than a day.

So when Marinka stumbles across the chance to make a real friend, she breaks all the rules . . . with devastating consequences. Her beloved grandmother mysteriously disappears, and it’s up to Marinka to find her–even if it means making a dangerous journey to the afterlife.
With a mix of whimsy, humor, and adventure, this debut novel will wrap itself around your heart and never let go.

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30 Before 30 || The Haunting of Hill House

Welcome to the 30 Books Before 30 Challenge! I have concucted a list of 30 books to read before I turn 30 in my last year of my 20s. There’s some classics, some fiction literature, some fantasy titles I must read and more. It’ll be a fun time and I’m curious to see how I like each title. I’ll be posting my reviews for all of them under the 30 Before 30 page so you can follow along. If you’ve read any of them I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments 🙂

Our third read is The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson! Molly from MollysBookNook will be joining me in this challenge and budding reading them all with me. So we decided to do something fun! We will each ask each other some Q&A. You can see each others answers on each others posts.


Title: The Haunting of Hill House
Author: Shirley Jackson
Page Count: 208 pages
Genre: Horror
Rating: ★  ★  ★   
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Release Date: 1959
Buy It: Chapters Indigo







First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a “haunting”; Theodora, the lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.


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Blog Tour || Ninth House

Mors irrumat omnia. Death fucks us all.


Title: Ninth House
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Page Count: 480 pages
Genre: Fantasy // Fiction
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★.5
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Release Date: October 9, 2019
Buy It: Chapters Indigo





Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?

Still searching for answers to this herself, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. These eight windowless “tombs” are well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street and Hollywood’s biggest players. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive.

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The Tallest Tree House || Cute Read with Great Lessons



Title: The Tallest Tree House
Author: Elly MacKay
Page Count: 32 pages
Genre: Children’s
Rating: ★  ★  ★  ★ 
Publisher: Running Press Kids
Release Date: April 23, 2019
Buy It:  Chapters Indigo







Mip and Pip are two fairies who live in a beautiful forest near a waterfall. One day, Mip has a brilliant idea to build a tree house and decides to make it into a contest: whoever can build the tallest tree house the fastest wins! Pip, who is much more thoughtful and a planner, reads about architecture and sketches out blueprints while Mip, the speedster, is already halfway done constructing her house. But when a powerful gust of wind threatens Mip’s tree house and Pip’s safety, the two friends must learn to appreciate each other’s talents to save the day-and to build the tallest tree house in the forest.

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Unbury Carol || A Western Horror


Title: Unbury Carol
Author: Josh Malerman
Page Count: 367 pages
Genre: Fiction
Rating: ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Release Date: April 10, 2018
Buy It: Chapters Indigo







Carol Evers is a woman with a dark secret. She has died many times . . . but her many deaths are not final: They are comas, a waking slumber indistinguishable from death, each lasting days.

Only two people know of Carol’s eerie condition. One is her husband, Dwight, who married Carol for her fortune, and—when she lapses into another coma—plots to seize it by proclaiming her dead and quickly burying her . . . alive. The other is her lost love, the infamous outlaw James Moxie. When word of Carol’s dreadful fate reaches him, Moxie rides the Trail again to save his beloved from an early, unnatural grave.

And all the while, awake and aware, Carol fights to free herself from the crippling darkness that binds her—summoning her own fierce will to survive. As the players in this drama of life and death fight to decide her fate, Carol must in the end battle to save herself.

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Monthly Wrap-Up || September 2018

I blinked and suddenly September was over! It was such a good reading month I really enjoyed so many of them. I read a total 11 books, 3,120 pages and the average rating was 4.1 stars. Which is pretty solid! Click on the covers to read my reviews!

 My top top mentions have to be…
Sawkill Girls || a story about witchy girls and monsters
All Systems Red || emotionally packed robot, what an oxymoron
Boneless Mercies || viking-esque females slaying all in their path
In The House In The Dark Of The Woods || never have I read such an unsettling read
Sadie || a mystery and a thriller with a great ending
We Are Okay || unbelievably touching


Sawkill Girls by Claire LeGrand || 5 stars



All Systems Red by Martha Wells || 5 stars



The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke || 4.5 stars



In The House In The Dark Of The Woods by Laird Hunt || 4 stars











The Victorian & The Romantic by Nell Stevens || 3 stars



Fierce Fairytales by Nikita Gill || 4 stars



Sadie by Courtney Summers || 5 stars



Rule by Ellen Goodlett || 3 stars



These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch || 3 stars



Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini || 4 stars



We Are Not Okay by Nina Labour || 5 stars



Bloom by Elsa Schiaparelli || Children’s Book Review

Darius The Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram || Indigo Teen Staff Pick September 2018

Open Mic Night At Westminster Cemetery by Mary Amato || Blog Tour

The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke || Blog Tour



I’m so happy to introduce a new filter, a new background, some new props! All the new things for ACOUPLEREADS on Instagram!







How was your month? Did you enjoy your reads? Can’t wait for October’s wrap-up, it’s going to be a moody one!

Circe || Madeline Miller Weaves Another Beautiful Story

You cannot know how frightened gods are of pain. There is nothing more foreign to them, and so nothing they ache more deeply to see.


Title: Circe
Author: Madeline Miller
Page Count: 352 pages
Genre: Fiction // Mythology
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Lee Boudreaux Books, an imprint of Little Brown
Release Date: April 10, 2018
Buy It: Chapters Indigo







In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child–not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power–the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.

But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

With unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language and page-turning suspense, Circe is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man’s world.

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