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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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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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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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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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Review: Four Dead Queens

Title: Four Dead Queens

Author: Astrid Scholte

Date of Publication: February 26th, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

Seventeen-year-old Keralie Corrington may seem harmless, but in fact, she’s one of Quadara’s most skilled thieves and a liar. Varin, on the other hand, is an honest, upstanding citizen of Quadara’s most enlightened region, Eonia. Varin runs afoul of Keralie when she steals a package from him, putting his life in danger. When Varin attempts to retrieve the package, he and Keralie find themselves entangled in a conspiracy that leaves all four of Quadara’s queens dead.

With no other choices and on the run from Keralie’s former employer, the two decide to join forces, endeavoring to discover who has killed the queens and save their own lives in the process. When their reluctant partnership blooms into a tenuous romance, they must overcome their own dark secrets in hopes of a future together that seemed impossible just days before. But first they have to stay alive and untangle the secrets behind the nation’s four dead queens.

My Review:

Well, this was all kinds of soap opera fantasy fun! I’ll start out by saying lots of twists and turns. Sometimes, I was lost. Sometimes, I was like, what’s going on here? And sometimes, I was very thrilled where the book was heading!

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Of course the title is what automatically drew me in because, come on, not one, but four, dead queens! I really liked the main character, Keralie. She could be ruthless, selfish, but also have a heart, and she had great character growth. Varin was my own pocketful of sunshine! Loved the dialogue between Keralie and Varin!

What you also get in this book is a whole lot of point of views. At times, I’ll admit, I just wanted Keralie’s, but they were all necessary and connected the bigger picture of the plot. And wow, what a unique world with four very interesting quadrants! Overall a good read and I can’t wait to read more by the author!

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Add Lyrics & Curses to Goodreads!

Hey guys! I’ve got some fun news! I have a new book coming out November of 2020 with Filles Vertes Publishing! Lyrics & Curses is a YA Paranormal Romance set in 1985! It can be compared to Stranger Things meets Pretty in Pink!

You can add it to your TBR on Goodreads here! https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/47956891-lyrics-curses?ac=1&from_search=true

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Review: Always and Forever, Lara Jean

Title: Always and Forever, Lara Jean

Author: Jenny Han

Date of Publication:

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Goodreads Summary:

Lara Jean is having the best senior year.

And there’s still so much to look forward to: a class trip to New York City, prom with her boyfriend Peter, Beach Week after graduation, and her dad’s wedding to Ms. Rothschild. Then she’ll be off to college with Peter, at a school close enough for her to come home and bake chocolate chip cookies on the weekends.

Life couldn’t be more perfect!

At least, that’s what Lara Jean thinks . . . until she gets some unexpected news.

Now the girl who dreads change must rethink all her plans—but when your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

My Review:

This was is a series where the first book could have been a stand alone yet it was nice to see more into Lara Jean with these last two books. Peter is officially back in my good graces, and I heart him.

Lara Jean did frustrate me at times in this one, but she also made choices that made sense for her, for Peter, for the future. I was glad to see my boy John back for a nice cameo, and all the side characters were great. What this book does awesomely is show great family dynamic and character growth!

I was panicked for some of the story, not sure how it was going to end, but it wrapped up nicely, only I wanted an epilogue! Please, Jenny Han, write a nice novella epilogue!

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