ARC Review: The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins

The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars Meet Jane. Newly arrived to Birmingham, Alabama, Jane is a broke dog-walker in Thornfield Estates––a gated community full of McMansions, shiny SUVs, and bored housewives. The kind of place where no one will notice if Jane lifts the discarded tchotchkes and jewelry off … Continue reading ARC Review: The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins

ARC Review: Bluebeard’s First Wife by Ha Seong-nan & (translated by) Janet Hong

Bluebeard's First Wife by Ha Seong-nan My rating: 3 of 5 stars Disasters, accidents, and deaths abound in Bluebeard’s First Wife. A woman spends a night with her fiancé and his friends, and overhears a terrible secret that has bound them together since high school. A man grows increasingly agitated by the apartment noise made … Continue reading ARC Review: Bluebeard’s First Wife by Ha Seong-nan & (translated by) Janet Hong

ARC Review: Not Your Idol, Vol. 1 by Aoi Makino

Not Your Idol, Vol. 1 by Aoi Makino My rating: 4 of 5 stars A psychological suspense series about a girl who has given up her life as an idol after being assaulted by a fan. After that day, she stopped being a girl. In the wake of an assault, Nina Kamiyama, a former idol … Continue reading ARC Review: Not Your Idol, Vol. 1 by Aoi Makino

ARC Review: Parham Itan: Tales from Beyond Volume 1 by Kaili Sorano

Parham Itan: Tales from Beyond Volume 1 by Kaili Sorano My rating: 4 of 5 stars Yamagishi and Sendo are schoolmates, but that's about as far as their similarities go: one is a short, no-nonsense boxer, while the other is a tall, bookish conspiracy nut. But when they find themselves embroiled in a paranormal phenomenon … Continue reading ARC Review: Parham Itan: Tales from Beyond Volume 1 by Kaili Sorano

Review: The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw My rating: 4 of 5 stars Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow… Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town. Now, for a brief time each summer, … Continue reading Review: The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

ARC Review: All Eyes on Us by Kit Frick

All Eyes on Us by Kit Frick My rating: 4 of 5 stars 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 … Continue reading ARC Review: All Eyes on Us by Kit Frick

ARC Review: Call Me Evie by J.P. Pomare

Call Me Evie by J.P. Pomare My rating: 4 of 5 stars Don't trust him. It wasn't me. It couldn't have been me. Meet Evie, a young woman who has fled with her uncle to the isolated New Zealand beach town of Maketu. Jim says he's hiding her to protect her, that she did something … Continue reading ARC Review: Call Me Evie by J.P. Pomare

ARC Review: This Lie Will Kill You by Chelsea Pitcher

This Lie Will Kill You by Chelsea Pitcher My rating: 3 of 5 stars Tell the truth. Or face the consequences. Clue meets Riverdale in this page-turning thriller that exposes the lies five teens tell about a deadly night one year ago. One year ago, there was a party. At the party, someone died. Five … Continue reading ARC Review: This Lie Will Kill You by Chelsea Pitcher

ARC Review: Deadfall by Stephen Wallenfels

Deadfall by Stephen Wallenfels My rating: 4 of 5 stars Twin brothers Ty and Cory Bic are on the run. When they encounter a dying deer in the middle of a remote mountain road with fresh tire tracks swerving down into a ravine, they know they have to help. But when they reach the wrecked … Continue reading ARC Review: Deadfall by Stephen Wallenfels

Top Ten Tuesday: Creepy Books I Loved

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl wherein each week bloggers list out their Top Ten. It's almost Halloween! So naturally, this week's prompt was a themed freebie, and I chose to do a top ten list of books that … Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday: Creepy Books I Loved

ARC Review: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars Release date: July 3, 2018 (US edition; UK edition is already out) The daughter of two astronauts, Romy Silvers is no stranger to life in space. But she never knew how isolating the universe could be until her parents’ tragic … Continue reading ARC Review: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

ARC Review: S.T.A.G.S. by M.A. Bennett

S.T.A.G.S. by M.A. Bennett My rating: 4 of 5 stars There's no point hunting if there's no kill. At St. Aidan the Great School, or S.T.A.G.S., new things--and new people--are to be avoided. Unfortunately, Greer MacDonald, token scholarship student, is very much a new person. She has just transferred to S.T.A.G.S., and finds herself ignored … Continue reading ARC Review: S.T.A.G.S. by M.A. Bennett

Review: The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

The Grownup by Gillian Flynn My rating: 3 of 5 stars A young woman is making a living, faking it as a cut-price psychic working at Spiritual Palms (with some illegal soft-core sex work on the side). She makes a decent wage - mostly by telling people what they want to hear. But then she … Continue reading Review: The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

ARC Review: This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis

This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis My rating: 4 of 5 stars Sasha Stone knows her place—first-chair clarinet, top of her class, and at the side of her oxford-wearing boyfriend. She’s worked her entire life to ensure that her path to Oberlin Conservatory as a star musician is perfectly paved. But suddenly there’s a fork … Continue reading ARC Review: This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis

ARC Review: Pretty Fierce

Pretty Fierce by Kieran Scott My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars Kaia has been on the run her whole life. The daughter of professional assassins, she knows danger—and she’ll do anything to survive. After her parents vanished during a job gone bad, Kaia’s spent the last year in hiding, trying to blend in as an … Continue reading ARC Review: Pretty Fierce