Book Tour: Harrow Lake by Kat Ellis

Hello dear readers, before I begin I want to just let you know that I received this book as part of a book tour with The Write Reads in exchange for an honest review.

Lola Nox is the daughter of a celebrated horror filmmaker – she thinks nothing can scare her. But when her father is brutally attacked in their New York apartment, she’s swiftly packed off to live with a grandmother she’s never met in Harrow Lake, the eerie town where her father’s most iconic horror movie was shot.

The locals are weirdly obsessed with the film that put their town on the map – and there are strange disappearances, which the police seem determined to explain away. 

And there’s someone – or something – stalking Lola’s every move.

The more she discovers about the town, the more terrifying it becomes. Because Lola’s got secrets of her own. And if she can’t find a way out of Harrow Lake, they might just be the death of her…

Title: Harrow Lake
Author: Kat Ellis
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

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The Horror Genre

So I am still new to the horror genre. It’s not a genre I have read a lot of books from, so maybe I have set the bar too high, I’m not really sure.

When I thought about horror books, I had assumed that I would be losing sleep, seeing things in the dark, and being generally scared by what I was reading.

When I was reading Harrow Lake, I never really had those moments. I never felt like this Mister Jitters was going to keep me up at night. I never felt the fear.

On the shorter side

I am still on the fence on how I feel about the length of Harrow Lake. Coming in at 368 pages, that is plenty of time to scare someone, but it’s not too long that the horror turned into annoyance.

Harrow Lake didn’t seem to find a good balance in my opinion. There were times where I was annoyed, but then moments later I felt like I had hope that there was going to be something scary just around the corner.


Felt empty

The overall story itself felt kind of empty and full of holes. The whole premise of the story makes no sense. I don’t think the protagonist would be sent off to her grandmother’s house when her father got hurt.

If he was going to get better in just a few days, she could have stayed at home and someone could have watched her.

Even if that was the case, and she was shipped off to her grandmother’s, there are too many moments in the story that happen just for the sake of happening. There isn’t much rhyme or reason to it all, and the most description we get is “this place turns people bad”.

Scares seemed vague

The most “scared” I ever got when reading Harrow Lake was one of the first scares. The evil monster was still new, and we didn’t understand it yet.

After that, the scares seemed excessive, like they could be avoided with a bit of reason from the protagonist.

When a “scary” moment did happen, it felt like the writing just wasn’t developed enough. Like we were only getting the very surface of what was going on, and that didn’t go deep enough for me.

I’m sorry to say that I didn’t like this book. I always feel bad when I get a book from an author and didn’t like it.

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NetGalley eArc Review: The Jealousy of Jalice

Dear readers, this was my first ever approval from NetGally. I received an eArc of this book in return for an honest review.

When I went on NetGalley, I will be honest this was the first book I saw. I got swept up in the excitement and got instant approval for this book and started reading it right away.

Title: The Jealousy of Jalice
Author: Jesse Nolan Bailey
Rating: ★★★☆☆

In this dark fantasy, two women enact a scheme to overthrow a tyrant chief by first kidnapping his wife. The land and its people are corrupted. The Sachem, chief of the Unified Tribes, is to blame. It is this conviction that drives Annilasia and Delilee to risk their lives. Afraid of the aether magic he wields, they enact a subtler scheme: kidnap his wife. In her place, Delilee will pretend to be the chieftess and spy on the Sachem. Unaware of this plot against her husband, Jalice is whisked away by Annilasia. Pleading with her captor proves futile, and she rejects Annilasia’s delusional accusations against the chief. After all, the Sachem has brought peace to the land. Yet a dangerous truth hides in Jalice’s past. As she and Annilasia flee through a forest of insidious threats, they must confront the evil plaguing the tribes and the events that unleashed it.

I only really read this book whenever I was on the elevator or waiting for it. Since I take the elevator a minimum of eight times a day, and am able to read a minimum of three or four pages were elevator ride, I got through this book surprisingly quickly.


I enjoyed the world that the book took place in. It seemed large and like I, as a reader, was only scratching the surface. There was so much more that we could discover if we just kept exploring.

I liked the idea of the story, but for some reason I don’t think it stuck with me very much. It’s not that the book itself was bad, but I never really found any moments that hooked me in.

There was nothing that turned me off of the book, it just sort of felt okay the whole time I was reading it.

I honestly don’t have much else to say, and it kind of upsets me because I spent a lot of time reading the book, but I don’t want to just tell you that everything was okay.

The characters were hit and miss. I wasn’t a fan of Jalice. Her writing seemed inconsistent to me, and she brought down some enjoyment for me. But other than that, most characters were okay.

To counteract the mediocre character development, I will admit that I liked the story’s premise; Jalice at first believing she has been kidnapped, then realizing the truth behind all the lies she has been told.

It was a different take on a fantasy story that I enjoyed, but there just wasn’t enough to save it for me.

I commend Jesse Nolan Bailey on writing this book. From what I’ve seen a lot of people enjoyed it, I just think it wasn’t the proper book for me, so in that sense I’d say my review is out of the norm.

What was your first eArc review? Did you enjoy it? Let’s talk about it in the comments.
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