Book Review: These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly

30267904TITLE: These Shallow Graves

AUTHOR: Jennifer Donnelly

PUBLICATION DATE: October 25th, 2016

GENRE: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Young Adult, Romance

Jo Montfort is beautiful and rich, and soon–like all the girls in her class–she’ll graduate from finishing school and be married off to a wealthy bachelor. Which is the last thing she wants. Jo dreams of becoming a writer–a newspaper reporter.

Wild aspirations aside, Jo’s life seems perfect until tragedy strikes: her father is found dead. The story is that Charles Montfort shot himself while cleaning his revolver, but the more Jo hears about her father’s death, the more something feels wrong. And then she meets Eddie–a young, smart, infuriatingly handsome reporter at her father’s newspaper–and it becomes all too clear how much she stands to lose if she keeps searching for the truth. But now it might be too late to stop.

The past never stays buried forever. Life is dirtier than Jo Montfort could ever have imagined, and this time the truth is the dirtiest part of all. Continue reading

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Top 5 Tuesday // Fictional Friendships

Top 5 Tuesday

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly tag hosted by Bionic Book Worm! Please head over and check out her blog!

I have been so overwhelmed with school that I haven’t posted a top 5 Tuesday in several weeks. I’m sorry about that!! I’m going to try my best to be better about posting them!

This week’s topic is top 5 fictional friendships! There’s so many great friendships in fiction, so this is gonna be fun!! Continue reading

ARC Review: In Another Life by C.C. Hunter

39863434TITLE: In Another Life

AUTHOR: C.C. Hunter

PUBLICATION DATE: March 26th, 2019

GENRE: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Mystery

TRIGGER WARNINGS: Suicide mention, Drug Abuse, Child Abuse

Chloe was three years old when she became Chloe Holden, but her adoption didn’t scar her, and she’s had a great life. Now, fourteen years later, her loving parents’ marriage has fallen apart and her mom has moved them to Joyful, Texas. Starting twelfth grade as the new kid at school, everything Chloe loved about her life is gone. And feelings of déjà vu from her early childhood start haunting her.

When Chloe meets Cash Colton she feels drawn to him, as though they’re kindred spirits. Until Cash tells her the real reason he sought her out: Chloe looks exactly like the daughter his foster parents lost years ago, and he’s determined to figure out the truth.

As Chloe and Cash delve deeper into her adoption, the more things don’t add up, and the more strange things start happening. Why is Chloe’s adoption a secret that people would kill for? Continue reading

ARC Review: My Daughter’s Secret by Nicole Trope

43315486TITLE: My Daughter’s Secret
AUTHOR: Nicole Trope
PUBLICATION DATE: March 19th 2019
GENRE: Thriller, Psychological
TRIGGER WARNINGS: Domestic Abuse, Marital Affair, Pedophilia (???)

In the middle of the night, Claire wakes up to discover that her beloved daughter, Julia, is dead – and life, as she knows it, is over.

Searching for answers, Claire stumbles upon a pile of letters, hidden under Julia’s bed in an old, battered shoebox, and feels closer to her daughter than ever before. They tell her that Julia was happy, that she was thriving at university, that she was in love.

But as the letters go on, Claire starts to feel uneasy at something hidden between the lines. Even as she grieves, she must prepare to face a shocking discovery. Because Julia was hiding a terrible secret – and when it’s uncovered, it will devastate a family already torn apart by tragedy. Continue reading

Book Review: King of Scars (Nikolai Duology #1) by Leigh Bardugo

36307634 TITLE: King of Scars

AUTHOR: Leigh Bardugo

PUBLICATION DATE: January 29th, 2019

GENRE: Young Adult, Fantasy

Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.

Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal. Continue reading

ARC Review: What Happens When by Samantha Boyette

44002958TITLE: What Happens When
AUTHOR: Samantha Boyette
PUBLICATION DATE: March 12th, 2019
GENRE: Contemporary, LGBTQ+, Romance, Young Adult
TRIGGER WARNINGS: Hate crimes against queer people, Cheating

For Molly Kennan, senior year is already an epic disaster. It feels like the whole school knows she made out with Lily at that party, and now she’s accidentally outed herself as a lesbian. Her ex-best friend is trying to ruin her life, and school generally sucks. All she wants is to drown her sorrows in sweet potato fries, but she finds herself tongue-tied by the diner’s new waitress, Zia. Zia is way out of Molly’s league. Older, beautiful, and definitely way more sophisticated. It’s probably just wishful thinking, but Molly can’t help wondering if maybe Zia is flirting with her. Despite Zia’s always-there boyfriend, Molly falls hard for her, and Zia says she feels the same way. So then why doesn’t Zia break up with her boyfriend, and why does she keep so many secrets? Then there’s Lily, who she can’t seem to stop accidentally kissing. When your head and your heart are saying two different things, which one should you listen to? Continue reading