The Crane Husband by Kelly Barnhill 🌟 Arc Review 🌟

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I’m not crying! My eyes are just watering….

I knew what I was getting into with this novella because I’ve read different variations of the folktale The Crane Wife, and it always leaves me devastated.

This, though? This, in particular, really got inside and had my heart beating for this family. A 15 year old girl is narrating in first person through this story. I think the author’s choice to leave this character so open to interpretation made her more relatable, not just to me, but I imagine, to many other readers as well. This is a hard-hitting quick read.

This 15 year old girl lives on a farm with her younger brother and artist mother. Her mother is quite flighty and has different men over for sleep-overs frequently. But, when the Crane man comes, everything gets bad fast.

The narrator takes care of the household and her little brother, even her mom’s finances and artwork sales. When this giant Crane appears, her mother is infatuated with him, although he leaves her bruised and bloody. This story is about domestic violence and child negligence, and I’ll admit, it’s difficult to read at parts, but this story ends with a powerful message and strength.

I loved this so much and highly recommend it. There are content warnings for physical abuse and child negligence.

Out February 28, 2023!

Sister, Maiden, Monster by Lucy A. Snyder 🌟 Arc Review 🌟

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This is a sweet, gruesome, disgusting, caring, horrific and brilliant book! And, that’s as much as a warning as a recommendation. This book may make your bile rise, but it will also become a welcomed obsession when your flying on the wings of a reader high! (Don’t ask, idk)

The characters in each section are all somehow connected which was a satisfying plus. This takes place years after covid with the beginning of a new pandemic. However, some lucky patients seem to turn into Vampire and zombie-esque types of new people, maybe even a new species.

This story and the author’s powerful, no spare on the gore style had me from the beginning to the end. It’s not a long book and it’s a very quick read.

Out February 21, 2023!

Where Darkness Blooms by Andrea Hannah 🌟 Arc Review 🌟

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This book is very strange, dark, and mysterious. Luckily, that is my favorite kind of book!

Bishop is a really small town that feels even smaller and narrow minded the more I learned about it. The prologue begins with a short preview of what is behind the darkness of this town. Specifically it needs blood, and as it so happens, the sacrifices are always women.

There are four main characters and four pov which is a bit daunting for a standalone. They live together, two twin sisters and two other girls, in the house they lived in with their mothers before their mysterious disappearance. This story is about fighting for the truth, their rights, particularly as women in a town ruled by men who seem to take as much as the blood hungry soil.

I thought this was an interesting read and I really enjoyed it. However, I have a few thoughts about the ending but I don’t want to include spoilers.

Content warning for sexual assault and violence.

Out February 21, 2023!

Such Pretty Flowers by K.L. Cerra 🌟 Arc Review 🌟

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This was one of those weird, creepy thrillers, and I loved every second! Give me the weird and strange with a Savannah setting and goth goth gothic style, and I am happy!!

Holly recently lost her brother to suicide and she has been picking apart the possibilities, the reasons why, nonstop. When she begins thinking of Dane’s girlfriend that he moved in with right before the tragedy, she feels not only suspicion but an attachment to this girl, Maura.

Holly soon finds herself interacting with Maura, trying to parcel together clues for her brothers sudden decline. However, when she decides to move in with her to further along her chances of figuring this out, everything seems to start slipping sideways. Maura seems to all at once to be in and out of control while Holly realizes she has stumbled into something beyond her understanding. Something so strange and unthinkable that she may follow the same path as her brother.

This was so fun! The author didn’t hide that Maura was a suspect, so I really felt like I was being led into the finale very purposefully. But, the finale itself!!! I am so glad I got to dip into this author’s creative and creepy mind! And, I’m looking forward to their next book!

Wildblood by Lauren Blackwood 🌟Arc Review 🌟

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This was a beautiful adventure into a mystifying jungle in Jamaica.

This story takes place around the mid 1800’s just to give you an idea of the time period. The tour group that Victoria and the other wildbloods “worked” for (more like slavery with a very small payment to specifically make it not slavery) had a British overlord that was quite cruel and abusive.

Victoria joins her archrival’s side to lead the next tour into the jungle. The main concept that I really observed while reading, and what I really appreciated, was Victoria’s relationship to this wild jungle as being one of comfort while her relationship with other humans and her job (basically her abusers) was where the real harm came from in this story. The jungle, while having so many dangerous and unknown factors, was more of a safe place for her, especially considering her origin.

There were some things I thought were too simple. Like a specific love interest for Victoria in the story. Just seemed a little too candy sweet for me to believe it to be genuine. But otherwise, I thought this was a magnificent story about understanding a victim’s of abuse relationship to her abuser(s).

Out February 7, 2023!

Spice Road by Maiya Ibrahim 🌟 Arc Review 🌟

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Magic tea, a magic city and a book written so beautifully, it’s, guess what? MAGIC!!Β‘!

Imira is a soldier, a Shield, in her kingdom of Sahir. Her brother has been presumed dead after having gone missing for a year. However, when Imira and her little sister chase their brothers’ horse to a cave one day, they find information and a Djinni that can lead them to their brother across the sands. This would be perfect, but when Imani brings this news and information to the council, she is paired with her arch-rival Taha and his fellow scouts.

I loved the author’s writing style, completely drawing me in and holding my interest from beginning to end. The magic system complimented the story and characters perfectly and seemed flawless. I am so excited that there will be a sequel!

Out January 24, 2023!

The Drift by C.J. Tudor 🌟 Arc Review 🌟

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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.

Out January 31, 2023!

The Terraformers by Annalee Newitz 🌟 Arc Review 🌟

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This is an incredibly beautiful story of finding peace in the very far away future.

This story has three parts, all of which take place several hundred years from each other on a planet named Sask-E. It took me through one of the beginning stages for this world, and throughout the book, I could see the changes happening over a long period of time.

Terraformers is about just that, terraforming. This showed detailed processes to an incredibly eco-friendly world. It also showed the politics that take place surrounding the company owning this world, and then, creation of government for these people.

I thought this book was incredibly interesting and insightful about our world today and many of our challenges. However, it was a bit slow going for me. But, the whole picture this author presents is daring and beautiful, which left me feeling fulfilled as a reader.

Out January 31, 2023!

The House in the Pines by Ana Reyes 🌟 Arc Review 🌟

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This is a really mind twisting and fairly disturbing thriller about how an imaginative and open mind can be manipulated by the wrong person to cause harm.

This was a really intriguing read.  I saw in the acknowledgements that this author was inspired to write this from their thesis for their MFA.   I absolutely love that little piece of information because it adds a bit of background to where this story came from within the author.

The main character,  Maya, is going through so much right now.  Klonopin withdrawal mixed with some irresponsible drinking.   She sees a video online of a woman dying seemingly from nothing except the fact that this woman was with a man that was familiar to Maya and a history she’s been trying to forget.

Out January 3, 2023!

Never Ever Getting Back Together by Sophie Gonzales 🌟 Arc Review🌟

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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.

Out November 29, 2022!