Alias Emma by Ava Glass 🌟 ARC Review 🌟

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I don’t think I’ve really read any other books in the spy/espionage genre so this was really exciting! I loved the background the author supplied about the MC throughout this story. Because of that, this was more than just simply fast-paced and thrilling, it also created a real connection that went deeper.

Emma Makepeace is a young spy and this mission is something that will really prove (or not) that she is worth her salt in the world of espionage. She has to convince a stubborn doctor who is in immediate danger to trust her and allow her to lead him to safety. This begins a chase thru the streets of London with Emma and Michael trying to dodge the GRU nonstop. And, from beginning to end, this book is exhilarating!

I definitely recommend this as a quick and absolutely fun read!

Out August 2, 2022!

The King Will Kill You by Sarah Henning 🌟 ARC Review 🌟

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This is such an exciting series full of every variation of drama and I am so pleased with this last book!

This is a great series to get into, particularly if your a big fan of detailed world building along with intense political maneuvering and schemes. This last book was a brilliant ending that I feel did not leave loose ends. Not only that, but I felt like I had the answers to any lingering questions from the first two books.

It’s hard to really write a full review for the last book in a trilogy, or even a sequel for that matter. I never want to give away Spoilers. However, I feel good saying that if you like wthis style of book then I can definitely recommend this series!

Out August 2, 2022!

Accomplished by Amanda Quain 🌟 Arc Review 🌟

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This book was everything I wanted! I laughed and cried, I was frustrated and angry, while feeling tons of warm fuzzies while my heart was happy.

This is a modern day Pride and Prejudice but for Georgiana Darcy, Fitz Darcy’s little sister. And if that’s not enough then: Prep school kids and all that drama, Georgiana’s attempt to a fresh start at this school, fanfic, and… BAND!!

Georgiana was frustrating at first to read about bc she came across the wrong away, a little too used to her privilege. But the more I got to know her and see her story fold out, the more I fell in love with her character and this book. I think this is going to be one of my favorites this year!

I definitely recommend this! A really great read.

Out July 26, 2022!

Violet Made of Thorns by Gina Chen 🌟 Arc Review 🌟

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This was a whole new style of Fairytale and I loved it!

I have to say that at first I was conflicted. The author writes a note in the beginning describing the reasons for the main character’s traits.. How Violet was written to be a realist. An in-between of good and bad. Not really fitting into a box. So at first, I found it hard to like her character. But after continuing to read, I wound up really appreciating her.

Violet is a Seer for a king, and really the whole kingdom. She saved the Prince’s life at age 7 and now they have a shaky relationship usually based on insults. However, the land is changing and Violet is seeing scary visions of what is to come; Monsters, blood and roses.

Enemies to lovers! An ending that I never could have seen coming! And, fairytale! What more does a reader need?

Out July 26, 2022!

The New Neighbor by Karen Cleveland 🌟 Arc Review 🌟

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I read this so fast. Once I started and got into the story I just couldn’t put it down!

Beth and her husband take their youngest child to move in to his college dorm room. It’s an exciting day and a sad one for Beth. Beth’s perfect home, where her and her husband raised their three children, is about to be sold. However, there are a few other things that Beth soon learns. Her husband is ready to leave her and her career at the CIA is over. Well, not exactly over, but she has been demoted and taken off the case she has been working on for years.

However, Beth is an unstoppable force in this book. I couldn’t help but question everything and everyone in this story. It is so suspenseful and I never could have guessed at the ending. I could totally see a sequel to this and I’d be first in line! Just saying!!

I highly recommend this to thriller fans or anyone looking for a suspenseful, fast-paced read!

Out July 26, 2022!

The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia 🌟 ARC Review 🌟

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This is another remarkable read by Silvia Moreno-Garcia! If the authors name doesn’t catch your attention then maybe the title will; The Daughter of Dr. Moreau. How does this not leap out and beg to be read and enjoyed? As soon as I saw this book, especially with such a beautiful cover, I was on it… And it did not disappoint!

Carlota is the only child of Dr. Moreau and leads a simple but elegant life on their property of Yuxaktan. Among the hybrids and beautiful plant life lies secrets that even she cannot guess at. When a rich and powerful young man comes seeking her attention this acts as a catalyst for life changing events.

I highly recommend this as a gorgeous and beautifully told story that I was lucky enough to luxuriate in

TW: Violence

Out July 19, 2022!

Just Like Home by Sarah Gailey 🌟 ARC Review 🌟

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This book was so good, the ending so so good, I wanted to just scream. Unfortunately, I can’t because I share this space with other people who would be very angry if I screamed over a book… instead of, you know, actually being in danger. Whatever. But, this book. This is an incredible new look on horror.

Vera was called home by her mother. A home she hasn’t been to in years because she was not welcome there. But, as her mother dies inside that house, Vera at last approaches her home and her past. Horror has often included grisly deaths, monsters under the bed and haunted houses, but never like this. If you are a fan of horror then I cannot recommend this enough.

TW: violence, gore, unsettling imagery

Out July 19, 2022

Things We Do in the Dark by Jennifer Hillier. 🌟 Arc Review 🌟

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Wow! Right from the start I was hooked. It started with a shock and the twists just kept coming. I can honestly say that I did not know the reality of everything until the very end. And, I couldn’t even have guessed right if I tried.

Paris is a yoga instructor married to an older, rich and famous man. But when she comes home early from a conference, she finds him dead. And, of course, she is suspect number one. Nothing is exactly as it seems and I was shocked by the ending.

Definitely recommend this for an intense thriller!

TW: child abuse including sexual assault. Suicide.

Out July 19, 2022!

Bookish thoughts…

Pictured is the book Kaikeyi by Vaisnavi Patel. I loved this story. Gorgeous retelling and what really caught my attention was not only the look at the gods and goddesses but many mythical stories about them.

So, I joined BOTM in March because I felt like it was a really inexpensive and easy way to get books. However, the prices have risen in this short amount of time! It’s not that big of a deal but it’s getting closer to what I would pay for a nice new copy at the bookstore. And, while it’s great to buy new releases, I personally feel like I would rather spend the money on just the new releases that I’ve been looking forward to. Which, are not usually in BOTM. So, I canceled. And, that is my story of the short period I was a member.

Current Reads

These are my current reads. People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry, The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix and A Shadow In the Glass by Jia Harwood. I’m loving these and can’t wait to tell you more!

We Made It All Up by Margot Harrison 🌟 Arc Review 🌟

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I really loved this story. Told in a “then” and “now” storyline it created a unique way to pull everything together at the end while being incredibly mysterious throughout its entirety.

Celeste moved from Montreal to a small town in Montana. She comes with a loaded past and finds herself in a new friendship with the quirky Vivvy. They begin creating fanfic about a couple of boys at their school and somehow the lines blur between fiction and reality. When one of the boys is found dead, fingers start to point, rumors are made, and everyone is looking at Celeste… the new girl.

I really loved this read and recommend it as a dark thriller.

TW: violence, alcohol use, sexual abuse, stalking.

Out July 12, 2022!