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Tori Bovalino

Author of The Devil Makes Three

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Works by Tori Bovalino

The Devil Makes Three (2021) 144 copies
The Gathering Dark: An Anthology of Folk Horror (2022) — Editor — 140 copies
Not Good for Maidens (2022) 115 copies
My Throat an Open Grave (2024) 6 copies

Associated Works

In These Hallowed Halls: A Dark Academia anthology (2023) — Contributor — 42 copies


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what about these stories constitutes this as “an anthology of folk horror”? i’m confused. not horrifying, didn’t like this book.
bookishreputation | 2 other reviews | Oct 23, 2023 |
Tess Matheson only wants three things: time to practice her cello, for her sister to be happy, and for everyone else to leave her alone.

Instead, Tess finds herself working all summer at her boarding school library, shelving books and dealing with the intolerable patrons. The worst of them is Eliot Birch: snide, privileged, and constantly requesting forbidden grimoires. After a bargain with Eliot leads to the discovery of an ancient book in the library's grimoire collection, the pair accidentally unleash a book-bound demon.

The demon will stop at nothing to stay free, manipulating ink to threaten those Tess loves and dismantling Eliot’s strange magic. Tess is plagued by terrible dreams of the devil and haunting memories of a boy who wears Eliot's face. All she knows is to stay free, the demon needs her... and he'll have her, dead or alive.
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rachelprice14 | 3 other reviews | Nov 29, 2022 |
These stories were not folk horror. It felt like a was reading short stories that were written with little thought and whipped out as quickly as possible. Couldn't finish it.
melaniehope | 2 other reviews | Oct 13, 2022 |
I expected a dark academia horror story set in an eerie library, but it didn’t have that atmosphere at all. If I had gone into this book expecting a paranormal romance set in a school I wouldn’t have been disappointed, but alas.
The few horror elements were great, but there were some cliches that made me roll my eyes.. Tess is not like other school girls. Eliot is not like other rich boys. She is poor in a rich people’s school and students and teachers are mean to her. He has a terrible father who doesn’t approve of him. They dislike each other. They are attracted to each other.
There is nothing wring with the writing, the concept or the setting, it was just not what I expected at all.
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MYvos | 3 other reviews | Oct 9, 2022 |



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