A lot of review sites out there are in general, lacking a niche. They’ll cover any book the reader can get their paws on. While this has its own benefits, it makes it really hard to find specific books. These sites tend to focus on more popular books, which almost defeats the purpose of a review website. Sometimes you have to crawl through gutters to find the true gems in the literary world.
The Ghastly Grimoire does just that, and it’s even more appropriate considering its niche. Gothics, horror, dark fantasy, and more are covered by this site, as long as the content is dark in nature. The website mostly reviews books, but movies, TV shows, and podcasts are included too. The creator, E.M. Jenkinson, creates posts with a startling frequency, covering bestsellers to recently released self-published novels. There’s a wide range to be found here, and you’re bound to find a new book to read browsing the reviews.
The most important thing to note about The Ghastly Grimoire and E.M. Jenkinson is that she is ruthless in her reviews, in the best possible way. Unbiased reviews are her pride and joy, and so are helping authors and readers alike. She will note every flaw, from weaker characters to confusing flow. This helps so much in knowing what to buy and what not to buy, and perhaps more importantly, the reader knows that the five star books are top notch. I’ve read two books that E.M. Jenkinson considered to be five stars, (The Radium Girls and Everything You Want Me To Be) and both books have shook me up, made me emotional, and had so much nuance and tone that I’ll remember them forever.
As a bonus, the website is also gorgeous. I mean, come on.
If you love Gothic leaning books, consider The Ghastly Grimoire your pit stop. Despite being a young website with room to grow, The Ghastly Grimoire has already been nominated for Arkansas Times Best of the Best blogs.
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