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Review: The Canary Club by Sherry D. Ficklin (Spoiler Free)

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Title: The Canary Club

Author: Sherry D. Ficklin

Genre: YA Historical Romance

Publication Date: October 16, 2017

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.

“Bad Luck” Benny is a fella from the wrong side of the tracks. Recently released from jail, he has vowed to keep his head down and stay out of trouble. But he also needs to care for his ailing sister and the rest of his struggling family, and he’ll do anything to make that happen—even if it means taking a position with a notorious crime boss. He soon finds himself in over his head—and worse still—falling for the one dame on earth he should be staying away from.

Masie is the daughter of a wealthy gangster with the voice of an angel and gun smoke in her veins. Strong-willed but trapped in a life she never wanted, she dreams of flying free from the politics and manipulation of her father. A pawn in her family’s fight for control of the city, and with a killer hot on her heels, she turns to the one person who just might be able to spring her from her gilded cage. But Masie is no angel, and her own dark secrets may come back to burn them both.

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Series (So Far) Review: The Unbelievables by KC Tansley

Today I’ve got a bit of a double feature for you all. The second book in K.C. Tansley’s The Unbelievables series just came out, and I wanted to give it some love, while at the same time spreading the love to the first book in the series. I did something similar a few posts back, so it’s nothing too crazy. I’ll review the first book first, and then follow up immediately with a review for the second. Spoiler alert: they’re amazing, and I loved them both.

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Review: Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix (Spoiler Free)

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Title: Horrorstör

Author: Grady Hendrix

Genre: Horror

Publication Date: September 23, 2014

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland, Ohio. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjerring bookshelves, shattered Glans water goblets, and smashed Liripip wardrobes. Sales are down, security cameras reveal nothing, and store managers are panicking.


To unravel the mystery, three employees volunteer to work a nine-hour dusk-till-dawn shift. In the dead of the night, they’ll patrol the empty showroom floor, investigate strange sights and sounds, and encounter horrors that defy the imagination.

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Review: There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins (Spoiler Free)

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Title: There’s Someone Inside Your House

Author: Stephanie Perkins

Genre: YA Horror/Thriller

Publication Date: September 26, 2017

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

One-by-one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted.

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Review: Dream Eater by K. Bird Lincoln (Spoiler Free)

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Title: Dream Eater

Author: K. Bird Lincoln

Genre: NA Urban Fantasy

Publication Date: April 4, 2017

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Koi Pierce dreams other peoples’ dreams.

Her whole life she’s avoided other people. Any skin-to-skin contact–a hug from her sister, the hand of a barista at Stumptown coffee–transfers flashes of that person’s most intense dreams. It’s enough to make anyone a hermit.

But Koi’s getting her act together. No matter what, this time she’s going to finish her degree at Portland Community College and get a real life. Of course it’s not going to be that easy. Her father, increasingly disturbed from Altzheimer’s disease, a dream fragment of a dead girl from the casual brush of a creepy PCC professor’s hand, and a mysterious stranger who speaks the same rare Northern Japanese dialect as Koi’s father will force Koi to learn to trust in the help of others, as well as face the truth about herself.

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Review: Never Apart by Romily Bernard (Spoiler Free)

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Title: Never Apart

Author: Romily Bernard

Genre: YA Mystery

Publication Date: October 3, 2017

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book through the publisher and NetGalley.

How many times would you die for love?

What if you had to relive the same five days over and over?

And what if at the end of it, your boyfriend is killed…

And you have to watch. Every time.

You don’t know why you’re stuck in this nightmare.

But you do know that these are the rules you now live by:

Wake Up.

Run.

Die.

Repeat.

Now, the only way to escape this loop is to attempt something crazy. Something dangerous. Something completely unexpected. This time…you’re not going to run.

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Review: Bell of Eternity by Martina Boone (Spoiler Free)

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Title: Bell of Eternity (Celtic Legends #2)

Author: Martina Boone

Genre: Adult Romance

Publication Date: August 29, 2017

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Emma Larsen’s mother may have been a best-selling romance novelist, but her own track record with relationships was a darker story. Emma has never believed in happily-ever-afters. But when her best-friend Treave proposes suddenly after her mother’s funeral, she agrees to accompany him to a wedding at his family’s island castle in Cornwall to try to see him as more than just a friend.

She falls in love with the wild, granite Cornish coast, a world rich with history, hauntings, and ancient superstitions. The failed romance of Tristan and Isolde hangs over the island and the lost abbey bell is said to ring when wishes will come true. As tragedy rocks the small community, though, it is family and courage that keep everyone together, and a handsome Scottish chef with a turbulent past and secrets he holds close is increasingly the one to whom Emma is drawn as danger swirls around them.

Caught between the two men and her own conscience, Emma begins to discover that the roots of childhood fears run deep. And sometimes, the people we think we know the best are the ones we can’t see for who they are.

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Wolves and Roses Promo Tour – Get Fun Swag!

Hey everyone! I’ve teamed up with Monster House Books and Christina Bauer to help spread the word about the book tour for Christina’s upcoming book WOLVES AND ROSES! I’ll be sharing my review on this awesome new title later this month, but for now keep reading and find out what you can do to get your hands on some sweet swag!

WOLVES AND ROSES is the new young adult shifter fairy tale by best-selling author Christina Bauer which “blends magical fantasy, swooning romance, and a bucketful of teenage sass” (Booklist) and is “a fun romp for Twilight fans” (School Library Journal).

And now they’re having a bookstore tour where you can get your copy of WOLVES AND ROSES signed, meet characters from the novel, and even take home a swag bag full of goodies… including a themed t-shirt! Bottom line? You don’t want to miss the WOLVES AND ROSES book launch tour.

Be sure to RSVP today and arrive early to the event (links down below) — there’s only a limited amount of swag bags given out on a first-come, first served basis to folks who purchase a new copy of WOLVES AND ROSES.

Tour Dates

BOSTON, MA AREA

Barnes & Noble, Prudential Center, Boston MA
Wednesday, November 1st, 5:00 PM EST
REGISTER NOW

Barnes & Noble, Framingham, MA
Thursday, November 2nd, 7:00 PM EST
REGISTER NOW

NEW YORK CITY, NY

Bluestockings, Manhattan
Friday, November 3rd, 7:00 PM EST
REGISTER NOW

SAN FRANCISCO, CA AREA

Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera, CA
Saturday, November 4th, 12:00 NOON PST
REGISTER NOW

COMING SOON: San Jose, CA

CHICAGO, IL AREA

Barnes & Noble, Oakbrook IL
Wednesday, November 7th, 7:00 PM
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The Book Cellar, Chicago, IL
Wednesday, November 8th, 7:00 PM CST
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Review: Invictus by Ryan Graudin (Spoiler Free)

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Title: Invictus

Author: Ryan Graudin

Genre: YA Time Travel/Sci Fi

Publication Date: September 26, 2017

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.

Time flies when you’re plundering history.

Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far’s birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he’s ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past.

But during a heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Armed with knowledge that will bring Far’s very existence into question, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to discover a frightening truth: History is not as steady as it seems.

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Review: Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller (Spoiler Free)

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Title: Mask of Shadows

Author: Linsey Miller

Genre: YA Fantasy

Publication Date: August 29, 2017

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I Needed to Win.
They Needed to Die.

Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class—and the nobles who destroyed their home.

When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand—the Queen’s personal assassins, named after the rings she wears—Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge.

But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive.

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