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Masks Anthology Announcement!

I’m going to be a part of this amazing anthology with other amazing authors! The theme is Mardi Gras and trust me, you’re going to want to add this one to your TBR!

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For some, Mardi Gras is a celebration. For others, it’s a dangerous game.

Masks is a collection of 11 short stories by authors from various writing backgrounds. Each story takes a unique look at the celebration of Mardi Gras, from the bright and beautiful party culture to the dark and dangerous mysteries behind the fun. The collection includes stories in the historical fiction, romance, supernatural, and horror genres, all focused on the celebration of life, death, and all that happens in between.

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Review: Songs From the Deep

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A girl searches for a killer on an island where deadly sirens lurk just beneath the waves in this gripping, atmospheric debut novel.

The sea holds many secrets.

Moira Alexander has always been fascinated by the deadly sirens who lurk along the shores of her island town. Even though their haunting songs can lure anyone to a swift and watery grave, she gets as close to them as she can, playing her violin on the edge of the enchanted sea. When a young boy is found dead on the beach, the islanders assume that he’s one of the sirens’ victims. Moira isn’t so sure.

Certain that someone has framed the boy’s death as a siren attack, Moira convinces her childhood friend, the lighthouse keeper Jude Osric, to help her find the real killer, rekindling their friendship in the process. With townspeople itching to hunt the sirens down, and their own secrets threatening to unravel their fragile new alliance, Moira and Jude must race against time to stop the killer before it’s too late—for humans and sirens alike.

My Review:

This was such a well written story with a unique concept! The idea of having a murder mystery centered around sirens in the background was super neat!

Along the way, we follow Maura and uncover twists and secrets. I thought there were some very cute moments between Jude and Maura.

The world building was also very cool, and I loved the whole island concept and all the descriptions!

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Author Bio:

Kelly Powell has a bachelor’s degree in history and book and media studies from the University of Toronto. She currently lives in Ontario. Songs from the Deep is her debut novel.

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Do you have a favorite mystery?

Review: The Unfortunates

Title: The Unfortunates

Author: Kim Liggett

Publication Date: July 10th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

When seventeen-year-old senator’s son Grant Tavish is involved in a fatal accident, all he wants to do is face the consequences of what he’s done, but the consequences never come, even if headlines of “affluenza” do. The truth soon becomes clear: Due to his father’s connections, not only will Grant not be held accountable for his actions, he’s going to get away with murder.

When a long Tavish tradition approaches, a cave excursion on the Appalachian trail, Grant seizes the opportunity to take justice into his own hands by staging an accident and never coming back. But before he has a chance to enact his plans, the cave system collapses, trapping him miles beneath the surface with four other teens from much less fortunate circumstances. As they struggle to survive, they share their innermost secrets and fears, and just when it seems they might be on track to finding a way out, they realize there’s something else down there.

And it’s hunting them.

My review:

This is the second book I’ve read by Liggett and I absolutely loved it!

Grant is in a crappy position because of choices that were made even though the outcome was accidental. It’s tough to decide how a person should feel about situations like these. From a mother of the victims, I’d be livid. From an outside POV, I feel bad for both parties. But I did seriously feel sorry for Grant and I really liked him.

Now let’s get to the cave parts. Holy claustrophobia! Please remind me to never ever go to a cave without a guide! The world building and the horror stuff was awesome!

The writing and dialogue were great and I’ll read anything from this woman! My only issue was the cover was sort of an odd choice. I think maybe something with a cave would have worked better.

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What would you do if you were trapped in a cave?

Review: The Call of Death

Title: The Call of Death

Author: R.J. Garcia

Date of Publication: November 5th, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

Fourteen-year-old Hannah Priestly crashes into a terrifying future. She wakes up in her dorm room now knowing the name of an infamous serial killer, Norman Biggs. He will attack her in the future unless she and her three male friends can change fate.

Hannah is a suntanned, obsessive-compulsive California girl dropped off at an English boarding school by her celebrity mother. Hannah has difficulty understanding algebra, let alone her increasingly dark visions. Rory Veer is Hannah’s smart, easy-going and romantically challenged friend and school crush. When Norman Biggs unexpectedly appears in Rory’s reality, terror is set in motion. It is Rory who must acknowledge a past he has denied if the mystery is to be unraveled.

My Review:

This is the second book I’ve read by Garcia, and I knew it was going to be good because there was going to be that fun mystery aspect again that I love so much! And I’m always glad when I’m proven to be right!

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What I liked about the characters was that Hannah and Rory both felt real! The book is character driven and you want to know more about them, more about what is going to happen with their lives, and more about where the story is headed! I fell in love with the characters, and especially the romance!

After I finished, I kept thinking about the story! Loved the dialogue, the writing, the mystery with Norman, and I can’t wait to read more by this author!

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What is your favorite mystery?

Review: Capturing the Devil

Title: Capturing the Devil

Author: Kerri Maniscalco

Date of Publication: September 10th, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell have landed in America, a bold, brash land unlike the genteel streets of London they knew. But like London, the city of Chicago hides its dark secrets well. When the two attend the spectacular World’s Fair, they find the once-in-a-lifetime event tainted with reports of missing people and unsolved murders.

Determined to help, Audrey Rose and Thomas begin their investigations, only to find themselves facing a serial killer unlike any they’ve heard of before. Identifying him is one thing, but capturing him—and getting dangerously lost in the infamous Murder Hotel he constructed as a terrifying torture device—is another.

Will Audrey Rose and Thomas see their last mystery to the end—together and in love—or will their fortunes finally run out when their most depraved adversary makes one final, devastating kill?

My Review:

This is the fourth and last installment in the Jack the Ripper series and I did a buddy read with the awesome Shannon @ Reads & Reels!

The last book had me slightly on edge in certain parts due to the sort of love triangle thing going on, so I was hoping this one would be smooth sailing with my favorite duo, Thomas and Audrey!

Thomas is probably one of my favorite male book characters ever, and he was his normal witty and awesome self here! I loved the banter between him and Audrey! At times, I did get frustrated with Audrey but it’s been like that this whole series, but I really do like her!

There was some great mystery here and some neat reveals! My favorite part was the swoon, though! Oh, and there was some serious swoon! I also hated Thomas’s father, and hate is probably a nice word about that gent!

Kerri just has such wonderful writing and description that keep me captivated page by bloody page! And yes, there was plenty mention of blood! Overall, I adored this one so much and can’t wait to read more books from Maniscalco!

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Have you started this series yet?

Review: All Your Twisted Secrets

Title: All Your Twisted Secrets

Author: Diana Urban

Date of Publication: March 17th, 2020

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Goodreads Summary:

“Welcome to dinner, and again, congratulations on being selected. Now you must do the selecting.”

What do the queen bee, star athlete, valedictorian, stoner, loner, and music geek all have in common? They were all invited to a scholarship dinner, only to discover it’s a trap. Someone has locked them into a room with a bomb, a syringe filled with poison, and a note saying they have an hour to pick someone to kill … or else everyone dies.

Amber Prescott is determined to get her classmates and herself out of the room alive, but that might be easier said than done. No one knows how they’re all connected or who would want them dead. As they retrace the events over the past year that might have triggered their captor’s ultimatum, it becomes clear that everyone is hiding something. And with the clock ticking down, confusion turns into fear, and fear morphs into panic as they race to answer the biggest question: Who will they choose to die?

My Review:

First, I’m big into thriller, mystery, and horror movies, but it’s very hard for me to connect to those types of books. I’m glad I found one that broke through that barrier! What I really liked about this one was that it was like the Breakfast Club meets Saw but not bloody or with crazy contraptions!

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Even though the story is told from Amber’s perspective, I felt that each character was well developed. I felt bad for some, wanted to slap some, and wanted to hug some of them. I don’t always read books fast, but I flew through this one!

I especially loved the timeline of the story going back and forth between past and present to get the full story. I can’t say too much because I don’t want to give the story away, but I will say it was fun yet also with life lessons that make you think about things, especially bullying and mental health. Loved it!

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What is your favorite thriller?

Review: Clique Bait

Title: Clique Bait

Author: Ann Valett

Date of Publication: April 28th, 2020

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Goodreads Summary:

Chloe Whittaker is out for revenge. Last year her best friend Monica’s life was unceremoniously ruined by the most popular students at their high school, so this year Chloe plans to take each and every one of them down. She traded her jeans and T-shirts for the latest designer clothes, deleted everything on social media that would tie her to Monica (and blow her cover), and carefully devised a way to befriend the members of the popular clique. Now all that’s left to do is uncover their deepest, darkest secrets and reveal them to the world.

Chloe has the perfect plan…that is, until she begins to fall for one of the people she’s determined to destroy.

My Review:

So this one was a lot of fun! It had sort of a Gossip Girl type vibe mixed with some other things!

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I really thought Chloe was an awesome character, and I could see why she would want to get revenge. But sometimes things may not always be what they seem. She blackmails this dude, Will, into helping her join the Level One crowd, and oh boy, I seriously liked him. He wasn’t perfect but he was pretty dang close!

There are twists and turns and interesting reveals! The writing and dialogue were A+. Now the only thing I didn’t get was why Chloe was doing all this for Monica because from the get go, I felt Monica was a real bitch. I know she might have been nice in her past, but you can’t look at the past, you have to see how they are in their final moments. Besides that, I thoroughly enjoyed this read!

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What’s your favorite mystery?