Upgrade by Blake Crouch 🌟 ARC Review 🌟

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This book is a great example of a hypothetical question about our future and some ways it could play out. In this not so distant future that Crouch creates, there is an evolution in what some are able to do by changing our genes to create a sort-of superhuman with a high increase in intelligence. The even more interesting piece to this is seeing through the author’s eyes what a possible effect this would have on the main character.

This was a thrilling, fast-paced and brilliant read that I thoroughly enjoyed. I never could figure out the next twist in the book and it led me through a whirlwind of surprises. I highly recommend this!

Out July 12th!

What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher 🌟 Arc Review 🌟

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I don’t believe I’ve ever read The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe but there is a large possibility I did when I was growing up and just can’t remember. (I loved Poe and any scary stories when I was growing up). This retelling, however, is something I will never forget. It began with the mystery of the situation and evolved into being truly horrifying.

Easton is a soldier and is visiting an old friend and their sister, Madeline, after receiving a letter calling for help. Soon Easton learns of Madeline’s sickness in the ancient House of Usher. However, there is a strangeness to this sickness and an even stranger quality to the hares in the surrounding countryside and the near lake. Soon it becomes clear that nothing in and surrounding the House of Usher is as it seems.

This story gave me chills and is going down as a new favorite horror story for me! I highly recommend this!

Out July 12th!

One of the Girls by Lucy Clarke 🌟 ARC Review 🌟

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I’m just going to say it: This is a must-read for thriller lovers!!! It was more than just a thriller while keeping me on the edge of my seat and guessing at every new chapter.

Six friends go on a hen weekend to celebrate a bride to be in a beautiful villa on the gorgeous seaside cliffs of Greece. However, they have no idea what is in store for them. What each singular person brings as her past, her present, her future, that can bring about all kinds of drama when they learn of each other’s secrets.

I loved the emotion in this book. I was so suspicious of every character. Sometimes hating them but then there would be a twist and I could somehow relate. And, then, that ending!! It’s brilliant. And, I want to add that the last line in the book was the absolute perfect ending.

Highly recommend!

Out June 28th!

TW: Alcohol use, violence, grief

The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager 🌟 ARC Review 🌟

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Wow! Riley Sager is my favorite thriller author, so I always have high expectations when reading one of this author’s books. But this story went so above and beyond my expectations that I simply can’t believe it!

Casey is a star of the screen and stage, but unfortunately her career has taken a dive which is why she finds herself secluded in her family lake house on Lake Greene. While boozing away her time there, Casey has a curious encounter with a neighbor and this is when things start getting really interesting!

I thought to myself so many times that I knew how this would end but from major twist to major twist I realized I needed just to sit back and enjoy the ride. I highly recommend this!

Out June 21st!

The Self-Made Widow by Fabian Nicieza 🌟 ARC Review 🌟

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I didn’t realize this book was a sequel. However, as I read, the story contains plenty of information about the MC and her past plus what has led up to this book that I was able to fully understand pretty much everything. And, one thing is for sure, I loved this read!

This author has created some incredibly interesting characters in Andrea and in the person that helped in solving this mystery, Kenny. I never knew exactly what to expect from either of them. This story takes place in a suburban setting in New Jersey where Andrea lives. It seems she was just starting to fit in with the other suburbanites until one of their husband’s die and Andrea begins to suspect murder.

I loved how this had a balance between representing both healthy and unhealthy relationships in friendship and marriage. And, I also love how the author didn’t sugarcoat the ugly side of situations like this from any angle. Overall, I really liked this book and definitely recommend this as a thrilling, fast-paced murder/mystery!

Out June 21st!

The Final Strife by Saara El-Arifi 🌟 Arc Review 🌟

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This book is incredible and I can’t wait to read more in this trilogy!

This is epic fantasy at its best. A detailed world that bases a person’s worth on the color of their blood. Embers have red blood, Dusters blue and Ghostings translucent. This story is definitely dark but I liked that because it made everything so real for me while I was reading.

The main characters grow throughout the story and I loved the f/f enemies to lovers relationship, not to mention, opposites attract also. This book was thrilling and surged with life. I didn’t realize I would get so hooked but I am happy I did.

I cannot recommend this more!

Out June 21st!

TW for addiction, abuse and death.

The Holloway Girls by Susan Crispell!! 🌟 Arc Review 🌟

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Remy is a Holloway girl. And, this comes with a strange sort of responsibility for a girl at age 16. A Holloway girl’s kiss supposedly brings bad luck during her season. However, when it’s Remy’s turn, she discovers that even something as simple as a lucky kiss can turn bad. She kisses her crush and he falls under a spell of bad luck! But, is this really Remy’s fault?

I mostly enjoyed this story. My favorite piece to this tale is Tobin’s character and how Remy seems to grow stronger and more confident by the end of the book. The magic is really low-key and not discussed in great detail but that didn’t take away from this fun, fast-paced read.

Out June 7th!

Last Call at the Nightingale by Katharine Schellman!! 🌟 Arc Review 🌟

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I adored this read!! The roaring twenties in New York City! An underground club called The Nightingale that welcomes all patrons equally. Let the drinks flow and the jazz wash away your worries.

This was Vivian’s favorite spot and she would do anything to protect her little piece of heaven even if it meant getting involved in solving a murder that occurred. This murder/mystery is slow-paced but moves smoothly and enjoyably. Especially because it is such a character driven plot.

I really enjoyed this and recommend as a good read!

Out June 7th!!

Witch 13 by Patrick Delaney! 🌟 Arc Review 🌟

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Wow! This is pure horror with all the gore included! And, it has illustrations… which are seriously freaky! (I thank you for the nightmares but I need an eraser for my brain bc scary).

The plot really centers around a small town sheriff and her deputy on her last night on the job…. and, of course, the witch. There are several issues revolving around the sheriff and why she is leaving that make up part of the story. But, mainly, the focus goes to the witch and her tricks and treats on this Christmas-y night.

I did feel like the chapters jumped around a bit and that the ending was wanting but still a good horror read to check out.

Out June 7th

The Favor by Nora Murphy 🌟 ARC Review 🌟

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Wow! This was so intense! Exactly what I want out of a revenge-like thriller which is what this basically is.

Two women, absolutely controlled by their husband’s, are able to somewhat help each other in the most fierce way possible. Their husband’s look great to the outside world, like so many abusers do. And, when I speak of abusers, it’s with the knowledge that anybody, any gender, any person, can be an abuser. And, abuse can come in many forms. In this case, it is control. These women live such similar lives and really do not know each other. However, that does not stop them from seeing each other’s common reality and taking steps to stop it from happening.

I definitely recommend this one!

Out May 31st!

TW for abusive situations, death and alcohol abuse.