Deadly Little Scandals  by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Published by  Freeform November 5, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, mystery, thriller

Pages: 352

Format: arc

Source: publisher

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

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.

Dead Voices (Non-Spoiler Review)

Dead Voices  by Katherine Arden

Published by  G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers on August 27, 2019

Genres: middle grade , adventure

Pages: 256

Format: audiobook

Source: Library

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Having survived sinister scarecrows and the malevolent smiling man in Small Spaces, newly minted best friends Ollie, Coco, and Brian are ready to spend a relaxing winter break skiing together with their parents at Mount Hemlock Resort. But when a snowstorm sets in, causing the power to flicker out and the cold to creep closer and closer, the three are forced to settle for hot chocolate and board games by the fire.

Ollie, Coco, and Brian are determined to make the best of being snowed in, but odd things keep happening. Coco is convinced she has seen a ghost, and Ollie is having nightmares about frostbitten girls pleading for help. Then Mr. Voland, a mysterious ghost hunter, arrives in the midst of the storm to investigate the hauntings at Hemlock Lodge. Ollie, Coco, and Brian want to trust him, but Ollie’s watch, which once saved them from the smiling man, has a new cautionary message: BEWARE.

With Mr. Voland’s help, Ollie, Coco, and Brian reach out to the dead voices at Mount Hemlock. Maybe the ghosts need their help–or maybe not all ghosts can or should be trusted.

Dead Voices is a terrifying follow-up to Small Spaces with thrills and chills galore and the captive foreboding of a classic ghost story.

My Thoughts:

I really did wind up enjoying this book. I wound up listening to the audiobook and found it to be super fast pace read. I really did love the setting in the book and also the winter setting in this book. I felt that because this a second book in the series, I felt much more connected to the characters and the plot in this read. I really enjoyed how the parents had much more active role in this book and this book had some really creepy and eerie elements, I would rec this as a fall read for sure. This book def was more my style over book one and I really enjoyed the winter themed setting and will be really exited to dive into the other books in this series as well.

Roomies (Non-Spoiler Review)

Roomies  by Christina Lauren

Published by  Gallery Books on December 5, 2017

Genres: Adult, contemporary

Pages: 336

Format: Arc

Source: Publisher

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

Marriages of convenience are so…inconvenient. 

For months Holland Bakker has invented excuses to descend into the subway station near her apartment, drawn to the captivating music performed by her street musician crush. Lacking the nerve to actually talk to the gorgeous stranger, fate steps in one night in the form of a drunken attacker. Calvin Mcloughlin rescues her, but quickly disappears when the police start asking questions.

Using the only resource she has to pay the brilliant musician back, Holland gets Calvin an audition with her uncle, Broadway’s hottest musical director. When the tryout goes better than even Holland could have imagined, Calvin is set for a great entry into Broadway—until his reason for disappearing earlier becomes clear: he’s in the country illegally, his student visa having expired years ago.

Seeing that her uncle needs Calvin as much as Calvin needs him, a wild idea takes hold of her. Impulsively, she marries the Irishman, her infatuation a secret only to him. As their relationship evolves and Calvin becomes the darling of Broadway—in the middle of the theatrics and the acting-not-acting—will Holland and Calvin to realize that they both stopped pretending a long time ago?

My Thoughts:

This was the second book that I read by this author duo. I really was found of the NYC broadway setting and as theater teacher many of the elements just felt so real to me about what would happen behind the scenes as a new broadway show. I did not feel as connected to these characters and part of the reason is because I did not feel as connected due to it not being duel POV. I was less impressed with the relationship especially with the “drama” that developed towards the end of the book. I also thought the end of the book was tad rushed. Overall the highlights of this book was the broadway setting and the middle part of the book. The low-lights was the structure of the book and also feeling connected to the characters! 

Pumpkin Heads (Arc Review)

Pumpkin Heads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks

Published by  First Second on August 27, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary, Graphic Novel

Pages: 244

Formate: Arc

Source: Publisher

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends.

Every autumn, all through high school, they’ve worked together at the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world. (Not many people know that the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world is in Omaha, Nebraska, but it definitely is.) They say good-bye every Halloween, and they’re reunited every September 1.

But this Halloween is different―Josiah and Deja are finally seniors, and this is their last season at the pumpkin patch. Their last shift together. Their last good-bye.

Josiah’s ready to spend the whole night feeling melancholy about it. Deja isn’t ready to let him. She’s got a plan: What if―instead of moping and the usual slinging lima beans down at the Succotash Hut―they went out with a bang? They could see all the sights! Taste all the snacks! And Josiah could finally talk to that cute girl he’s been mooning over for three years . . .

What if their last shift was an adventure?

My Thoughts:

I really thought this book was the prefect fall read. I thought this book wad so fun. I wish the ‘adventuring” and traveling thought the pumpkin patch on their mission was extended a tad. But I really loved the focus on friendship and had elements of romance that I enjoyed. This novel graphic novel style was prefect. If you are fans of stories like the prince and dressmaker, this should be a read that you check out!

The Beautiful (Non-Spoiler Review) (Arc Review)

The Beautiful  by Renee Ahdieh

Published by  G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers on October 8, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, fantsay, Historical Fiction

Pages: 448

Format: ARC

Source: Publisher

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans is a safe haven after she’s forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent in the middle of the carnival season, Celine is quickly enraptured by the vibrant city, from its music to its fancy soirées and even its danger. She becomes embroiled in the city’s glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group’s enigmatic leader, Sébastien Saint Germain.

When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in Sébastien’s own lair–the second dead girl to turn up in recent weeks–Celine battles her attraction to Sébastien and suspicions about his guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.

After a third murder, New Orleans becomes gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose–one who has now set Celine in his sights. As the murderer stalks her, Celine finally takes matters into her own hands, only to find herself caught in the midst of an age-old feud between the darkest creatures of the night, where the price of forbidden love is her life.

At once a sultry romance and a decadent, thrilling mystery, master storyteller Renée Ahdieh embarks on her most potent fantasy series yet.

My Thoughts:

I was immediately captured by this world form page one. I really loved the setting and found the characters to be super compelling. I also liked how this world was build and the mystery was super engaging. I wish this book had a bit more action throughout the novel. I think this def a slow burn novel and really did like the development of the characters. I think this was a great starter novel and I am super excited to see where book 2 goes.

The Starless Sea (Arc Review)

The Starless Sea  by Erin Morgenstern

Published by  Doubleday on November 5, 2019

Genres: Adult, fantasy

Pages: 512

Format: arc

Source: BEA

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Night Circus, a timeless love story set in a secret underground world–a place of pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon a starless sea.

Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues–a bee, a key, and a sword–that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to an ancient library hidden far below the surface of the earth. What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians–it is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also of those who are intent on its destruction. Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the place, and Dorian, a handsome, barefoot man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms, and sweetly soaked shores of this magical world, discovering his purpose–in both the mysterious book and in his own life.

My Thoughts:

This book is by far the most unique book I read this year by far. This is also a book about about book lovers and I really adored it. I really feel in love with the the lead character and found this type of world building to be super intreating and compelling. I also really liked the various stories that we explored in this book. It really loved how the major two storylines that were in this novel. It was such a fast pace novel and the world building is def this stand out in this read. I thought the interactions were super well done. The ending was also super compelling. I am really excited to dive into this author first book soon!

Ninth House (ARC Review)

Ninth House  by Leigh Bardugo

Published by  Flatiron Books on October 8, 2019

Genres: Adult, Thriller, Fantasy

Pages: 480

Format: ARC

Source: BEA

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

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. In fact, by age twenty, 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 prestigious universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her? Still searching for answers, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. Their eight windowless “tombs” are the well-known haunts of the rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street’s biggest players. But their occult activities are more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive. They tamper with forbidden magic. They raise the dead. And, sometimes, they prey on the living.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. This book was super complicated read and it really demanded me focus. This book also has massive trigger warnings for drug abuse, abuse and harmful relationships. I enjoyed the world build a lot and feel like in future books this world building will be understand a tad better because it took the whole book to set the world. I also sometimes struggled to connect/ like Alex character but she did grow on me. I really was invested in the mystery and found it super hard to predict. I really am curious to see if we get a second book, because the ending is almost demanding one!

10 blind dates (Arc Review)

10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston

Published by  Disney Hyperion on October 1, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary, Holiday Read

Pages: 336

Format: Arc

Source: BEA

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Sophie wants one thing for Christmas—a little freedom from her overprotective parents. So when they decide to spend Christmas in South Louisiana with her very pregnant older sister, Sophie is looking forward to some much needed private (read: make-out) time with her long-term boyfriend, Griffin. Except it turns out that Griffin wants a little freedom from their relationship. Cue devastation. Heartbroken, Sophie flees to her grandparents’ house, where the rest of her boisterous extended family is gathered for the holiday. That’s when her nonna devises a (not so) brilliant plan: Over the next ten days, Sophie will be set up on ten different blind dates by different family members. Like her sweet cousin Sara, who sets her up with a hot guy at an exclusive underground party. Or her crazy aunt Patrice, who signs Sophie up for a lead role in a living nativity. With a boy who barely reaches her shoulder. And a screaming baby. When Griffin turns up unexpectedly and begs for a second chance, Sophie feels more confused than ever. Because maybe, just maybe, she’s started to have feelings for someone else . . . Someone who is definitely not available. This is going to be the worst Christmas break ever . . . or is it?

My Thoughts:

I can’t say enough good things about this novel. This book is the prefect holiday themed contemporary read. I really thought this book was so well crafted and loved not only the structure of the book but also he time line of this book. I really grew so invested not only in the main character but also all the various members of the main character family. This family size reminded so much of my own life and it just put a smile on my face. I really also loved the various dates that occurred in this novel and just the romance gave me so many feels. I really loved this book and think you will find it to the prefect holiday themed read!

Geeks and the Holy grail (arc review)!!

The Camlot Code: Geeks and the Holy Grail by 

Published by   Disney-Hyperion on October 1, 2019

Genres: Middle Grade , Adventure

Pages: 368

Format: ARC

Source: Publisher

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Time travel, dragons, and saving the world? Sophie and Stu’s spring break just got epic! 
Sophie is now a Camelot Companion, tasked with protecting the spirit of King Arthur throughout the ages, so it’s no surprise when she and Stu get sucked in to another Arthurian adventure. This time, the two best friends must get the Holy Grail into King Arthur’s hands so he can drink from it and recover from a deadly illness. Simple, right?
Not so much. Because Merlin’s apprentice, Emrys, has accidentally turned the Grail into a gassy, fire-breathing baby dragon. And Merlin is the only one who can change it back. But Merlin’s on spring break in modern-day Las Vegas (at the Excalibur, of course). And Sophie’s super-popular (not to mention super-annoying) future stepsister, Ashley, has invited herself along for the ride. From sneaking a baby dragon through airport security to the ultimate showdown with the sorceress Morgana, deep in the land of Faerie, this new Camelot Code adventure will test not only the two geeks’ courage, but also their very friendship. 
Don’t miss a single moment of the action in this exciting sequel to The Camelot Code #1:The Once and Future Geek!

My Thoughts:

I thought this was an enjoyable second book in this series. I really did enjoy the new storyline and the plot of this book was super engaging. I also liked the new characters that we met and the new dragon that was the focus of this novel. I really did enjoy the focus on the new characters that we met in this novel. I did miss the characters that were the focus in book one, but the book was still enjoyable. I really did like how this book went to new “world” and i also did like the relationship dynamics between sophie and Stu! I am hoping we get another adventure in this world soon!

Race To The Sun (Arc Review) (Non-Spoiler Review)

Race to the Sun by Rebecca RoanHorse

Published by  Disney Hyperion on October 2, 2019  

Genres: Middle Grade, Mythology

Pages: 416

Format: Arc

Source: BEA

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Lately, seventh grader Nizhoni Begay has been able to detect monsters, like that man in the fancy suit who was in the bleachers at her basketball game. Turns out he’s Mr. Charles, her dad’s new boss at the oil and gas company, and he’s alarmingly interested in Nizhoni and her brother, Mac, their Navajo heritage, and the legend of the Hero Twins. Nizhoni knows he’s a threat, but her father won’t believe her. When Dad disappears the next day, leaving behind a message that says “Run!”, the siblings and Nizhoni’s best friend, Davery, are thrust into a rescue mission that can only be accomplished with the help of Diné Holy People, all disguised as quirky characters. Their aid will come at a price: the kids must pass a series of trials in which it seems like nature itself is out to kill them. If Nizhoni, Mac, and Davery can reach the House of the Sun, they will be outfitted with what they need to defeat the ancient monsters Mr. Charles has unleashed. But it will take more than weapons for Nizhoni to become the hero she was destined to be . . . Timeless themes such as the importance of family and respect for the land resonate in this funny, fast-paced, and exciting quest adventure set in the American Southwest.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this read. I think this book did a prefect job of exploring a new myth system but still used the tired and true riordan format that works so well. I loved the fact that the lead character in this story was female and really loved her point of view. I thought the myths we were exposed to was super compelling and I really loved learning about them. I also loved how this story also developed a trio of characters that I loved learning about. I really loved the family dymancis in this story and really flew through this book. I will def check out a sequel as well. I really enjoyed this read and loved the quest elements in this book. It made me keep reading. I hope to see these characters again in the sequel! I thought the pacing in the start was was a bit clunky but overall i enjoyed the pacing of the novel.