TITLE: A Heart So Fierce and Broken
AUTHOR: Brigid Kemmerer
PUBLICATION DATE: January 7th, 2020
GENRE: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Retelling
TRIGGER WARNINGS: graphic violence, torture, and murder
Find the heir, win the crown.
The curse is finally broken, but Prince Rhen of Emberfall faces darker troubles still. Rumors circulate that he is not the true heir and that forbidden magic has been unleashed in Emberfall. Although Rhen has Harper by his side, his guardsman Grey is missing, leaving more questions than answers.
Win the crown, save the kingdom.
Rumored to be the heir, Grey has been on the run since he destroyed Lilith. He has no desire to challenge Rhen–until Karis Luran once again threatens to take Emberfall by force. Her own daughter Lia Mara sees the flaws in her mother’s violent plan, but can she convince Grey to stand against Rhen, even for the good of Emberfall?
The heart-pounding, compulsively readable saga continues as loyalties are tested and new love blooms in a kingdom on the brink of war. Continue reading
TITLE: The Cousins
AUTHOR: Karen M. McManus
PUBLICATION DATE: December 1st, 2020
GENRE: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Contemporary
TRIGGER WARNINGS: Alcohol abuse/addiction, Alcohol use (including underage drinking), Arson, Cheating/adultery, Child abuse (emotional/psychological), Death of a loved one, Drugging, Emesis, Gambling addiction (mentioned), Incest (inferred), Miscarriage, Murder, Parental neglect, Pregnancy
Milly, Aubrey, and Jonah Story are cousins, but they barely know each another, and they’ve never even met their grandmother. Rich and reclusive, she disinherited their parents before they were born. So when they each receive a letter inviting them to work at her island resort for the summer, they’re surprised… and curious.
Their parents are all clear on one point—not going is not an option. This could be the opportunity to get back into Grandmother’s good graces. But when the cousins arrive on the island, it’s immediately clear that she has different plans for them. And the longer they stay, the more they realize how mysterious—and dark—their family’s past is.
The entire Story family has secrets. Whatever pulled them apart years ago isn’t over—and this summer, the cousins will learn everything. Continue reading
TITLE: Red, White, & Royal Blue
AUTHOR: Casey McQuiston
PUBLICATION DATE: May 14th, 2019
GENRE: New Adult, Romance, LGBTQ+, Contemporary
TRIGGER WARNINGS: homophobia, parental death, drug abuse mention, racism
First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations. The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince.
As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you? Continue reading
AUTHOR: Darcie Little Badger
PUBLICATION DATE: August 25th, 2020
GENRE: Young Adult, Mystery, Magic Realism, LGBTQ+
TRIGGER WARNINGS: death of a loved one, animal death, racism
Imagine an America very similar to our own. It’s got homework, best friends, and pistachio ice cream.
There are some differences. This America been shaped dramatically by the magic, monsters, knowledge, and legends of its peoples, those Indigenous and those not. Some of these forces are charmingly everyday, like the ability to make an orb of light appear or travel across the world through rings of fungi. But other forces are less charming and should never see the light of day.
Elatsoe lives in this slightly stranger America. She can raise the ghosts of dead animals, a skill passed down through generations of her Lipan Apache family. Her beloved cousin has just been murdered, in a town that wants no prying eyes. But she is going to do more than pry. The picture-perfect facade of Willowbee masks gruesome secrets, and she will rely on her wits, skills, and friends to tear off the mask and protect her family. Continue reading
TITLE: Amelia Unabridged
AUTHOR: Ashley Shumacher
PUBLICATION DATE: February 16th, 2021
GENRE: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
TRIGGER WARNING: Death, child death, parental neglect
Eighteen-year-old Amelia Griffin is obsessed with the famous Orman Chronicles, written by the young and reclusive prodigy N. E. Endsley. They’re the books that brought her and her best friend Jenna together after Amelia’s father left and her family imploded. So when Amelia and Jenna get the opportunity to attend a book festival with Endsley in attendance, Amelia is ecstatic. It’s the perfect way to start off their last summer before college.
In a heartbeat, everything goes horribly wrong. When Jenna gets a chance to meet the author and Amelia doesn’t, the two have a blowout fight like they’ve never experienced. And before Amelia has a chance to mend things, Jenna is killed in a freak car accident. Grief-stricken, and without her best friend to guide her, Amelia questions everything she had planned for the future.
When a mysterious, rare edition of the Orman Chronicles arrives, Amelia is convinced that it somehow came from Jenna. Tracking the book to an obscure but enchanting bookstore in Michigan, Amelia is shocked to find herself face-to-face with the enigmatic and handsome N. E. Endsley himself, the reason for Amelia’s and Jenna’s fight and perhaps the clue to what Jenna wanted to tell her all along. Continue reading
Top 5 Tuesday is a fun weekly tag created by Bionic Book Worm and now hosted by the lovely Meeghan Reads.
This week’s topic is your top 5 books from your childhood! This was super easy for me because I’ve been an avid reader since I was 5. The hardest part was narrowing down to only 5! I decided to only include books I loved from the ages of 5-10! At age 11, I pretty much went straight from chapter books to young adult books. Continue reading
Hey Everyone! Happy (late) New Year!! How has everyone been these last few months? I’ve been struggling with my health (physical and mental), so I had to take a little break from this blog. At the time, I really wasn’t sure I’d ever want to come back. But after a few months, I think I’m ready too. I’ve really missed this community. I’ve somewhat kept up on Twitter, but it’s not quite the same when you’re not participating. Continue reading
TITLE: Anyone But Her
AUTHOR: Erica Lee
PUBLICATION DATE: August 21st, 2019
GENRE: New Adult, Romance, LGBTQ+, Contemporary
Reagan Cooper has been an out and proud lesbian since high school, but can’t say no when her gay best friend, Jamie Miller, asks her to pretend to be his girlfriend for his family reunion. Jamie has been there for her through everything. Plus, she’s interested in learning more about the family he never speaks of.
Living in California for eight years, Charlie Miller has been able to live authentically, but being back in her small Maryland hometown with her conservative family means going back into the closet. What she didn’t expect was to be so attracted to her brother’s girlfriend.
A pandemic is hard on everyone. Able bodied or not. We are all worried about our loved ones and we each have had to rearrange our lives. But I think there has been even more added stress to those of us who are also chronically ill. Continue reading
TITLE: The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires
AUTHOR: Grady Hendrix
PUBLICATION DATE: April 7th, 2020
GENRE: Horror, Fiction, Adult, Supernatural, Thriller, Mystery
TRIGGER WARNINGS: See below
Patricia Campbell had always planned for a big life, but after giving up her career as a nurse to marry an ambitious doctor and become a mother, Patricia’s life has never felt smaller. The days are long, her kids are ungrateful, her husband is distant, and her to-do list is never really done. The one thing she has to look forward to is her book club, a group of Charleston mothers united only by their love for true-crime and suspenseful fiction. In these meetings, they’re more likely to discuss the FBI’s recent siege of Waco as much as the ups and downs of marriage and motherhood.
But when an artistic and sensitive stranger moves into the neighborhood, the book club’s meetings turn into speculation about the newcomer. Patricia is initially attracted to him, but when some local children go missing, she starts to suspect the newcomer is involved. She begins her own investigation, assuming that he’s a Jeffrey Dahmer or Ted Bundy. What she uncovers is far more terrifying, and soon she–and her book club–are the only people standing between the monster they’ve invited into their homes and their unsuspecting community. Continue reading