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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: 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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Double Review: Emerge & Submerge by Tobie Easton

Today, I’m going to do things a bit differently. Instead of two separate reviews, I’m going to do two mini reviews for two books in a series. The review for the first book will have no spoilers, and the review for the second book will contain mild thematic spoilers from the first book (not much more than what the synopsis reveals). Keep reading for mini reviews on the Mer Chronicles by Tobie Easton, which includes Emerge and the recently released Submerge.

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Review: The Lying Game by Ruth Ware (Spoiler Free)

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Title: The Lying Game

Author: Ruth Ware

Genre: Adult Mystery/Thriller

Publication Date: July 25, 2017

My Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.

On a cool June morning, a woman is walking her dog in the idyllic coastal village of Salten along a tidal estuary known as the Reach. Before she can stop him, the dog charges into the water to retrieve what first appears to be a wayward stick, but to her horror, turns out to be something much more sinister…

The next morning, three women in and around London—Fatima, Thea, and Isabel—receive the text they had always hoped would NEVER come, from the fourth in their formerly inseparable clique, Kate, that says only, “I need you.”

The four girls were best friends at Salten, a second rate boarding school set near the cliffs of the English Channel. Each different in their own way, the four became inseparable and were notorious for playing the Lying Game, telling lies at every turn to both fellow boarders and faculty, with varying states of serious and flippant nature that were disturbing enough to ensure that everyone steered clear of them. The myriad and complicated rules of the game are strict: no lying to each other—ever. Bail on the lie when it becomes clear it is about to be found out. But their little game had consequences, and the girls were all expelled in their final year of school under mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of the school’s eccentric art teacher, Ambrose (who also happens to be Kate’s father).

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Review: The Castaways by Jessika Fleck (Spoiler Free)

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Title: The Castaways

Author: Jessika Fleck

Publication Date: April 3, 2017

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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

The Castaway Carnival: fun, mysterious, dangerous.

Renowned for its infamous corn maze… and the kids who go missing in it.

When Olive runs into the maze, she wakes up on an isolated and undetectable island where a decades-long war between two factions of rival teens is in full swing.

Trapped, Olive must slowly attempt to win each of her new comrades’ hearts as Will—their mysterious, stoically quiet, and handsome leader—steals hers.

Olive is only sure about one thing: her troop consists of the good guys, and she’ll do whatever it takes to help them win the war and get back home.

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