The Luminaries by Susan Dennard šŸŒŸ Arc Review šŸŒŸ

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This is my new favorite book and I’m so excited because it’s a series!!! The writing, Winnie’s character and the amazing depictions of monsters (Nightmares) left me wanting more. As soon as possible, please!!!

Winnie Wednesday is a Luminary. She is part of a large group that keeps the rest of the world safe from Nightmares. However, Winnie and her family are outcasts because her father was caught as a witch (a Diana). So, Winnie feels like she has one shot to get her and her family welcomed back to the Luminary’sā€¦ and, that is to attempt the Hunter trials when she turns 16.

I loved everything about this book. Winnie is a great character to follow and there is no lack of imagination and excitement throughout this whole story. I cannot wait for book 2 because the ending left me with some major theories!

Highly recommend!

Out November 1, 2022!

Built to Last by Erin Hahn šŸŒŸ Arc Review šŸŒŸ

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I love friends to lovers, a one bed only trope and throw in a reality TV home remodeling show??? YES!!!

This was a hit for me. Shelby and Cam started something at age 17 when their tv/sitcom coming of age show went off the air 10 years ago and now, they are working together again!

This has a great build up to steamy romance and a lot of sweet nothings that left me sighing. What I especially loved was the attention to details about them as a couple but first and foremost as individuals.

Cam really had to make peace with his family, especially his father. He was also struggling with the idea of setting down roots somewhere more permanently than he has been. Shelby has spent the last 5 years sober and focusing on herself. My personal favorite thing about this book is that Shelby is a skilled woodworker and works with her dad on renovations.

If your a fan of romcoms then I definitely recommend this!

Out October 18, 2022!

The Family Game by Catherine Steadman šŸŒŸ Arc Review šŸŒŸ

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This thriller had everything I wanted; family secrets, a dangerous game and major twists!

Harry, or Harriet, has moved to NYC from London with her boyfriend. The holidays are just starting, and he proposes in the middle of the skating rink at Rockefeller Center. Harry thinks she’s in for a wild ride already this holiday season with the prospect of meeting the Holbeck family, but she has no idea.

When Harry meets the whole family at Thanksgiving she learns that she will have to prove herself if she wants to keep her secrets. And, this “old money” family’s idea of that comes in the way of games that some may say are a bit cruel.

This thriller had me the whole way through and I definitely recommend it! Also, it’s a great holiday thriller!

Out October 18, 2022!

Fetish by Anonymous šŸŒŸ Arc Review šŸŒŸ

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Fetish is a collection of Victorian romance stories. 10 stories, each with their own fetish. And, trust me, these are fetish’s that I, at least, have never imagined!

I definitely found out my comfort level with some of these, lmao. It’s seriously a very wild ride and if you are prepared or not, I can guarantee you will probably be stunned at least once!

Out October 25, 2022!

The River Of Silver by S. A. Chakraborty šŸŒŸ Arc Review šŸŒŸ

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I was so excited to receive this copy of stories from the world of my favorite trilogy, The Daevabad series. This begins with stories several years before the first book and ends with an alternate epilogue and a last story a year after the last book. Some do not contain spoilers but most do so I would definitely recommend reading the series first if you haven’t already, but, of course, that’s just my opinion so please do as you wish my friends.

This was utterly delightful and emotional and just everything. I feel like so many questions were answered for me that I didn’t even realize I needed to know. I cannot recommend this enough and I also cannot recommend the whole series enough either!

Out October 11, 2022!

Little Eve by Catriona Ward šŸŒŸ Arc Review šŸŒŸ

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This is so much more than what I was expecting even though my expectations were pretty high because I loved The Last House on Needless Street by this author.

After reading the author’s note at the beginning and upon finishing this unsettling gothic horror, I feel like this is somewhat the author’s horror love letter to Scotland… if there can be such a thing. I say that because I felt like much of this story represented different aspects to Scottish folklore so I have a hard time imagining this taking place anywhere else and having the same effect.

The story begins with a local butcher finding the “family” at Altnaharra dead except for one survivor. The story is continued in segments between Eve and Dinah leading up to that day. The father figure, “uncle”, kept the children and young women in thrall with this very chilling religion that also included the Adder, a role the “uncle” would take on. Through starvation and mind games he had control until the spell was broken.

This is so twisted, super dark and absolutely chilling. Not to mention that I simply could not stop reading!

Out October 11, 2022!

Content Warnings for Sexual assault, abuse, fanaticism, gore, violence, suicide

The Witch Hunt by Sasha Peyton Smith šŸŒŸ Arc Review šŸŒŸ

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What a wild ride! If you loved the first book, the Witch Haven, then this is simply a must read. And, at such a perfect time of year!!!

I loved where the story picked up with Frances after that wild ending of the first book. She is struggling with her powers but also, after everything she’s been through, she is kind of struggling with figuring out exactly who she is because of that. I loved that mixture of trying to find the key to fixing magic while also seeing her deep introspection.

This book has everything. Not to mention, it takes place in Paris! The charming, delightful and partying 1920’s in Paris adds the perfect touch to the atmosphere kicking this story up into high gear.

Definitely recommend this sequel!

Out October 11, 2022!

The Witch in the Well by Camilla Bruce šŸŒŸ Arc Review šŸŒŸ

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This was an intense and mind-spinning read. I loved how the whole book is from journal entries and documents. Also, the opposition between the two main characters was brilliant and created an even more disturbing atmosphere.

Elena returns to a town only known as F- in this book. She spent summers as a child playing at her uncle’s estate known as the castle and is now back to prepare it to be sold. However, Elena does not expect to be so swept up in the lore surrounding the well at this property and absolutely doesn’t realize that her new fascination will create a major rivalry between her and her childhood friend, Cathy.

This book starts off with drama and does not stop. The obsession of these characters with the witch at the well is what I found most disturbing. The way it seemed to infiltrate their lives resulting in actions and thoughts that seemed absolutely mad. I definitely recommend this as a perfect witchy read.

Out October 4, 2022!

Content Warnings for suicide, mental health, violence and death.

Pretty Dead Queens by Alexa Donne šŸŒŸ Arc Review šŸŒŸ

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This was a really fun ya murder mystery that is perfect for some Fall reading.

Cecelia has to move in with her grandmother in a small seaside town after her mother dies. She barely starts school before it’s homecoming and finds one of the girls running for homecoming queen dead in the school pool. This rockets Cecelia forward into an obsession with finding the murderer. Among lots of twists and turns and a little romance, this story pulled me along quickly and kept me entertained.

Definitely recommend to fans of ya murder mystery looking for a fun read!

Out October 4, 2022!

Content warning for murder, grief, violence.

Jackal by Erin E. Adams šŸŒŸ Arc Review šŸŒŸ

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I had a feeling that this would be incredible and it was even better than I expected! This book brings direct attention to racism, class differences and hatred, and takes place in the author’s hometown but it’s the story that connects all these characters that makes this book so thrilling.

Liz grew up in Johnstown, Pennsylvania and has returned for her best friend’s, Mel’s, wedding. When Mel’s daughter goes missing, Liz is determined to find her. However, she doesn’t expect what she will come to learn of this town and it’s history of missing girl’s.

I really enjoyed this horror. It has a very dark storyline and is a fast-paced read. I also feel like this tale is important.

Out October 4, 2022!

Content warnings for violence, gore, animal violence, death, racism.