Deadly Little Scandals  by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Published by  Freeform November 5, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, mystery, thriller

Pages: 352

Format: arc

Source: publisher

2019 challenge:

Buy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 5 for a review.


Reluctant debutante Sawyer Taft joined Southern high society for one reason and one reason alone: to identify and locate her biological father. But the answers Sawyer found during her debutante year only left her with more questions and one potentially life-ruining secret. When her cousin Lily ropes her into pledging a mysterious, elite, and all-female secret society called the White Gloves, Sawyer soon discovers that someone in the group’s ranks may have the answers she’s looking for. Things are looking up… until Sawyer and the White Gloves make a disturbing discover near the family’s summer home–and uncover a twisted secret, decades in the making.

My Thoughts:

This book was so awesome. I def enjoyed the second book in this series more then book one. I thought the female friendships and dynamics were more engaging them book 1 and the mystery easily captured my attention and shocked me. I normally can predict books easily but this book really surprised me and I am now dying to re-read this series to pick up on the plot. I really did like the characters paths through this book. The mystery and how it was crafted was a series highlight and I loved the ending of this book and would def read more by this author in this future and hope for more books set in this world.

We hunt the flame (non-spolier review)

We Hunt the Flame  by Hafsah Faizal

Published by  Farrar, Straus and Giroux on May 14, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, fantsay

Pages: 480

Format: Hardback

Source: Owl Crate

2019 challenge: Buy on AmazonBarnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 3 for a review.


People lived because she killed. People died because he lived.

Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the sultan. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways. Both Zafira and Nasir are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya―but neither wants to be.
War is brewing, and the Arz sweeps closer with each passing day, engulfing the land in shadow. When Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that can restore magic to her suffering world and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the sultan on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact and kill the Hunter. But an ancient evil stirs as their journey unfolds―and the prize they seek may pose a threat greater than either can imagine.

My Thoughts:

I really wanted to adore this book. I overall was interested in the characters and the world building. But I just did not feel super connected to the characters. The plot was super lush but at moments it became hard to follow. I really did like the pacing in the chapters but thought the pace of the book overall was not as strong as I wanted. I really was excited about the world building and love the author take not he world but the book did not wow me. I will still check out book 2, and prob re-read the book at some point.