YA crime fiction can be so energetic and intense
and that’s why this one sounds so enticing
to me. Great review, Patty!

Pirate Patty Reviews

Where the Truth Lies

Teenagers, isolated small town, and lots of dirty little secrets make for a dynamite combination in this suspense novel.

The town of Whistling Ridge is off. There is just something not right about the people who live there. They have a lot of secrets to keep and they are about to blow up in a big way for some folks.

Emma and her bestie, Abigail are seventeen and think they know everything about each other. Emma is about to find out just how little she knows. At a party Abigail tells Emma to go home alone as she is meeting someone in the woods. Emma doesn’t know who and Abigail won’t say. All Emma sees is a guy in shadows.

So when Abi doesn’t make it home, Emma won’t let it go. The police think she ran away and with her family who would blame her? But Emma doesn’t believe…

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For Whom the Book Tolls by Laura Gail Black

Completely fresh…now this is a cozy I have to read, I think 😄

Plucked Stacks

With as many cozy mysteries as I’ve read, I sometimes feel that there are no more surprises. Poison in the tea? Read it. A man murdering his brother over a dirty land deal? Read it. The main character foolishly cornering the villain in an isolated place during the penultimate chapter? Yeah, definitely read it.

So when an author offers up something unique within the first chapter? I know I’m settling in for a special book.

Laura Gail Black surprised me. A lot.

While For Whom the Book Tolls has all the hallmarks of a traditional cozy, it feels completely fresh. Jenna Quinn, leaving behind some pretty serious problems, arrives in Hokes Folly, North Carolina with the intention of staying with her uncle while she sorts out her life. Black expertly lays the ground for Jenna’s personal problems, and they feel real. She’s obviously experienced some trauma—even before a murder occurs—and…

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A Scottish Summer Celebration.

I’ve always liked family saga stories and Davida’s
review takes me right back to my one and only
visit to Scotland so many years ago. I want to
go back and I want to read this book!

The Chocolate Lady's Book Review Blog

Book Review for “Apricot Sky” by Ruby Ferguson.

Summary: “It’s 1948 in the Scottish Highlands, with postwar austerity and rationing in full effect, but Mr and Mrs MacAlvey and their family and friends are too irrepressibly cheerful to let it get them down. There’s Raine, newly engaged to the brother of a local farmer, and Cleo, just back from three years in the States, along with their brother James, married to neurotic Trina, who smothers their two oversheltered children. There are also three MacAlvey grandchildren, orphaned in the war, whose hilarious mishaps keep everyone on their toes. There are wedding preparations, visits from friends, an adventurous hike, and frustrated romance. But really the plot of the novel is, simply, life, as lived by irresistible characters with humour, optimism, and affection.”

Age: Adult; Genres: Literary, Women, Fiction; Settings: Contemporary, UK: Scotland; Other Categories: Novel, Vintage, Romance…

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Review of Ember of Night by Molly E. Lee (physical arc)

I love this review—tells me just enough so I have
some idea of what’s going on but leaves me
wanting…no, needing…to know more 😄. Good job!

Confessions of a YA Reader



Ember of Night by Molly E. Lee

I am a weed.

Unloved by my abusive, alcoholic dad. Unwanted by my classmates. Unnoticed by everyone else.

But I’d suffer anything to give my kid sister a better life—the minute I turn eighteen, I’m getting us the hell out of here. And some hot stranger telling me I am the key to stopping a war between Heaven and Hell isn’t going to change that.

Let the world crumble and burn, for all I care.

Draven is relentless, though. And very much a liar. Every time his sexy lips are moving, I can see it—in the dip of his head, the grit of his jaw—even if my heart begs me to ignore the signs.

So what does he want?

I need to figure it out fast, because now everyone is gunning for me. And damn if I don’t want to show them…

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Review of Dead, White and Blue @readeandwrite

Amy Reade is one of those authors who offers several
series to choose from and, IMO, every book I’ve tried has
been a winner. Somehow, I’ve overlooked this series—now
up to five volumes—but, thanks to this review from Mary,
I’m going to fix this omission as soon as I can 😄


Dead, White and Blue

Juniper Junction Holiday, Book #2

Amy M Reade

5 Stars


Summer is getting hotter in Juniper Junction, Colorado.

There’s a firebug on the loose, the townspeople are nervous, and Lilly Carlsen, single mom to two teenagers, has even more to worry about. She’s in charge of the Independence Day celebration, her mother’s mental health is declining, and her son is getting ready to leave for college.

But things are about to get even hotter: when a bistro owner dies at the celebration and Lilly’s best friend is charged with murder, events start hitting close to home. It’s up to Lilly to help clear her friend’s name while at the same time dealing her mom’s worsening forgetfulness as well as a coming-of-age issue under her own roof. (Goodreads)


Lilly still has some problems in her life: the kids are getting older and they do not…

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Book Review – When The Stars Go Dark by Paula McClain #BookReview #BookBlogger #suspense

This book has been on my wishlist for quite a while
and now I want it even more thanks to Shalini’s review!

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Missing child arc is one of my favorite. This had the children at the core along with on-a-break Detective Anna Hart offering her instincts to help find Cameron, a lost teen.

My first book by author Paula McClain, I was so pulled by the cover. It was as if the words in it were calling out my name. Then came the story and plot arc. A damaged cop was done many times in practically most police procedural, but here Anna had a rawness in her. Her pain held my heart a hostage.

The story was all about careful joining the lines between clues. Anna’s way of getting to the root of the statements from various people…

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Review: Earthworm Gods by Brian Keene

When our bookstore was open, Brian Keene was
a top favorite visiting author and I came to think
of him as a book friend. I’ve had only limited contact
with him in recent years but I still think nobody does
creepy better than Brian. I loved Conqueror Worms
but never got around to reading Earthworm Gods
—thanks for the reminder, Ami 😉

Creature From The Book Lagoon

One day, it starts raining-and never stops. Global super-storms decimate the planet, eradicating most of mankind. Pockets of survivors gather on mountaintops, watching as the waters climb higher and higher. But as the tides rise, something else is rising, too.

Now, in the midst of an ecological nightmare, the remnants of humanity face a new menace, in a battle that stretches from the rooftops of submerged cities to the mountaintop islands jutting from the sea. What hope does an already-devastated mankind have against this new supernatural adversary.

The old gods are dead. Now is the time of the Earthworm Gods…

Deadite Press is proud to present this Author’s Preferred Edition of Earthworm Gods, including an all-new, lengthy afterword by the author recounting the novel’s inspiration, creation, and history.

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