A perfect sequel! I love historical fiction/fantasy, and this was a great addition to the genre. A little slow at parts, but the writing had such a great flow that it was a pleasure to read from front to back.
Hazel is going through it! After the ending of book one, this sequel begins with hazel getting into a really tough spot. However, she finds herself rescued and set to serve as a physician for Princess Charlotte. Many things happen at Pall Mall, but of utmost importance is (finally) Jack’s return.
This was a great read, and I loved how nicely the strings were tied up at the end, leaving me feeling very fulfilled.
I am really conflicted over this book and I just don’t know how to feel!
I love it as a retelling of Antigone, especially the ending. I thought Roth made Antigone’s character even stronger than in the original by sophocles. Antigone is originally a play by Sophocles. It’s short but with a lot of depth to quickly delve into during any lit. class.
There were some huge changes and this is where I have some unanswered questions. They are living in a world that is dying from radiation, but they are in a safe, protected spot and are focusing on continuing our species. But, this all gets strange to me. How are they safe from the radiation? I loved the important details of what women had to do to keep up this world and how it relates to today and what women are facing, but I don’t understand the whole extractor and build a baby thing. I like it. I just needed explanations. Just some background. I feel like I started blind and I ended with just enough light in the distance to truthfully admit that I do see something. These are great, brilliant ideas. But, if it was expanded upon, then this book would have been a showstopper instead of just passable.
These are all my own opinions and I urge all fellow readers to read and find out for yourself. Also, definitely take a minute to read a summary of Antigone prior to picking this up.
This ominous thriller definitely gave me some horror vibes along the way. Needless to say, I was not disappointed!
This is a terrifying story of the absolute worst-case scenario for our world dealing with a dangerous virus. This has the gore, the twists and turns, and a surprising ending that kept me on the edge of my seat!
There are three storylines in this book. All of which are equally interesting. Hannah finds herself waking on a coach that has crashed. Luckily, her knowledge as a medical student keeps her and the other survivors mostly alive. Meg wakes in a groggy state on a cable car with five others on their way to be test subjects. Carter is at The Retreat, or what is left of it, and is living with some strange roommates who all seem to have secrets.
Definitely a riveting thriller that I could not put down! Content Warnings for gore, death and murder.
This book is a blast! I had so much fun reading this!! The whole time I was reading this I constantly was questioning everything and everyone and every action anyone took. This book kept me on my toes till the last page and I love that so much! It’s exactly what I’m looking for in a ya thriller.
This has romance, dark academia vibes with the boarding school and the secret society. The life or death vibe while crawling through tunnels and catacombs kept the tone of the book very dark and creepy. Definitely recommend!
I am freaking out! This was incredible!!!! If you haven’t read a Rachel Hawkins book yet then this is the one! This is the one to read because it absolutely hooked me and had me on edge from start to finish. Not only that but the story itself was so creative and unique, just mind blown 🤯 Soooo good!
There is Emily, the main character. Author of a series of cozy mysteries but going through a harrowing divorce (her ex-husband is horrible). She goes to Italy and Villa Aestas to spend the summer there with her best friend, Chess. But is Chess really a friend?
And, the mystery of this Villa is intense. Emily starts digging up all these secrets about a real tragedy that happened in the 70’s. I got to see another story unfold and how it affects Emily and Chess.
But what is the real ending? There is so much manipulation and greed from all the characters, past and present, that the true outcome becomes fuzzy.
This is the best thriller I’ve read in a long time and I highly recommend it!
Yes! Revenge against a cheating ex? Reality TV show? Sapphic romance? Yes, Please and Thank You.
This is such a fun read. It really had everything and more for a romance. This was completely unexpected and absolutely perfect.
Maya gets a phone call that at first seems like a practical joke. Go on a reality TV show to re-date her ex among other girls so the ex can choose the right girl for him? An ex that cheated on her and that she hates? And the girl he cheated on her with is going to be there too? Yes…. She grudgingly accepts not knowing the drama and surprises that await her.
This book is about revenge on that one person that holds a special place as the worst human ever. And, trust me, I have a few to choose from that I would love to serve up some revenge too! This is a girl power, friendships beat all, and whirlwind Sapphic romance that had me laughing and swooning.
This book gave me a very specific feeling and, as a reader, you may know exactly what I’m talking about. There are some books I’ve read in my life that immediately have this feeling of a safe place or being comforting. The kind of books that are great for rereads because they give me a sense of peaceful familiarity. This is how I felt reading this book and it’s one of the major reasons I love it so much.
Viv is a great comfort character. She never gets overly riled and seems to always keep her head in most all situations. The people that come to surround her as she creates this new life are just as soothing. I feel like this book, so much like coffee and a pastry, is a balm to the soul.
It’s a love story to coffee and the eclectic gathering at coffee shops just as much as it is to friendship. (And, also, amazing cats!)
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.
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!
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.
I really enjoyed this read and for reasons more than just the horror aspect. Laurel is living and working on her family’s tobacco farm in Kentucky. She has a unique hobby of working with bones and an ability to read them in the sense that she can see the death of the owners of these bones. However, one day her bones walk away and she begins to understand the evil at work on her land.
While being a creepy read, especially the ending, I found the author’s look into grief and hopelessness really intriguing. Kilcoyne told this story with a bone jarring passion that cannot be ignored. I was lost in the author’s winding storytelling style and it felt amazing to be so wrapped up in a book that is so honest about how many new adult’s deal with change and decision making during difficult times. I definitely would say this is worth a read!
The author has a link on their book review on Goodreads for all the trigger warnings. There is abuse, violence and disturbing imagery in this, but check the link if you can because it’s more detailed. Also this list is available in the book.