Book Review: A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

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AUTHOR: Mindy McGinnis

PUBLICATION DATE: October 6th, 2015

GENRE: Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Mystery, Mental Health

TRIGGER WARNINGS: Sexual Abuse, Child Sexual Abuse, Pedophilia, Forced Miscarriage, Suicide

 

Grace Mae knows madness.

She keeps it locked away, along with her voice, trapped deep inside a brilliant mind that cannot forget horrific family secrets. Those secrets, along with the bulge in her belly, land her in a Boston insane asylum.

When her voice returns in a burst of violence, Grace is banished to the dark cellars, where her mind is discovered by a visiting doctor who dabbles in the new study of criminal psychology. With her keen eyes and sharp memory, Grace will make the perfect assistant at crime scenes. Escaping from Boston to the safety of an ethical Ohio asylum, Grace finds friendship and hope, hints of a life she should have had. But gruesome nights bring Grace and the doctor into the circle of a killer who stalks young women. Grace, continuing to operate under the cloak of madness, must hunt a murderer while she confronts the demons in her own past. Continue reading

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Book Review: Breaking the Silence by Diane Chamberlain

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AUTHOR: Diane Chamberlain

PUBLICATION DATE: August 15th, 2012

GENRE: Adult Fiction, Romance, Mystery

Laura Brandon’s promise to her dying father was simple: to visit an elderly woman she’d never heard of before. A woman who remembers nothing–except the distant past. Visiting Sarah Tolley seemed a small enough sacrifice to make.

But Laura’s promise results in another death. Her husband’s. And after their five-year-old daughter, Emma, witnesses her father’s suicide, Emma refuses to talk about it–to talk at all.

Frantic and guilt ridden, Laura contacts the only person who may be able to help. A man she’s met only once–six years before. A man who doesn’t know he’s Emma’s real father.

Guided only by a child’s silence and an old woman’s fading memories, the two unravel a tale of love and despair, of bravery and unspeakable evil. A tale that’s shrouded in silence…and that unbelievably links them all. Continue reading

Book Review: Daisy Jones and The​ Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid 

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TITLE: Daisy Jones & The Six

AUTHOR: Taylor Jenkins Reid

PUBLICATION DATE: March 5th, 2019

GENRE: Adult, Historical Fiction, Fiction

 

Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now.

Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.

Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.

Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend. Continue reading

ARC Review: Wilder Girls by Rory Power

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TITLE: Wilder Girls

AUTHOR: Rory Power

PUBLICATION DATE: July 9th, 2019

GENRE: YA, LGBT, Horror, Fiction

 

It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty’s life out from under her.

It started slow. First, the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.

But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there’s more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true. Continue reading

Book Review: Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi

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AUTHOR: Tahereh Mafi

PUBLICATION DATE: February 4th, 2014

GENRE: Dystopian, Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy

My reviews for Shatter Me and Unravel Me

With Omega Point destroyed, Juliette doesn’t know if the rebels, her friends, or even Adam are alive. But that won’t keep her from trying to take down The Reestablishment once and for all. Now she must rely on Warner, the handsome commander of Sector 45. The one person she never thought she could trust. The same person who saved her life. He promises to help Juliette master her powers and save their dying world . . . but that’s not all he wants with her. Continue reading

Book Review: The Book of the Unnamed Midwife (The Road to Nowhere #1) by Meg Elison

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AUTHOR: Meg Elison

PUBLICATION DATE: October 11th, 2016

GENRE: Adult, Dystopian, Post Apocalyptic

TRIGGER WARNINGS: Rape, Sexual Abuse, Pedophilia, Child Marriage, Female Mutilation, Sexual Slavery, Child Molestation 

When she fell asleep, the world was doomed. When she awoke, it was dead.

In the wake of a fever that decimated the earth’s population—killing women and children and making childbirth deadly for the mother and infant—the midwife must pick her way through the bones of the world she once knew to find her place in this dangerous new one. Gone are the pillars of civilization. All that remains is power—and the strong who possess it.

A few women like her survived, though they are scarce. Even fewer are safe from the clans of men, who, driven by fear, seek to control those remaining. To preserve her freedom, she dons men’s clothing, goes by false names, and avoids as many people as possible. But as the world continues to grapple with its terrible circumstances, she’ll discover a role greater than chasing a pale imitation of independence.

After all, if humanity is to be reborn, someone must be its guide. Continue reading

Mini ARC Review: All Eyes on Us by Kit Frick

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AUTHOR: Kit Frick

PUBLICATION DATE: June 4th, 2019

GENRE: Contemporary, Thriller, Mystery, Young Adult, LGBTQ+

PRIVATE NUMBER: Wouldn’t you look better without a cheater on your arm?
AMANDA: Who is this?

The daughter of small town social climbers, Amanda Kelly is deeply invested in her boyfriend, real estate heir Carter Shaw. He’s kind, ambitious, the town golden boy—but he’s far from perfect. Because behind Amanda’s back, Carter is also dating Rosalie.

PRIVATE NUMBER: I’m watching you, Sweetheart.
ROSALIE: Who IS this?

Rosalie Bell is fighting to remain true to herself and her girlfriend—while concealing her identity from her Christian fundamentalist parents. After years spent in and out of conversion “therapy,” her own safety is her top priority. But maintaining a fake, straight relationship is killing her from the inside.

When an anonymous texter ropes Amanda and Rosalie into a bid to take Carter down, the girls become collateral damage—and unlikely allies in a fight to unmask their stalker before Private uproots their lives.

PRIVATE NUMBER: You shouldn’t have ignored me. Now look what you made me do… Continue reading