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Review: The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor

I have noticed based on Goodreads reviews that The Chalk Man seems to be a fairly divisive story. This, combined with the fact that I never could get my hands on a Book of the Month copy before it sold out, let me to putting this chalky gentleman on the back burner. However, I saw a copy at my local 2nd & Charles and remembered that booksandlala liked it – I trust her thriller reviews with my life, so I picked…

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Review: The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey

I am not a fan of young adult romance novels, full-stop. Nine times out of ten if I get a request to review a YA romance, I politely decline. But when I was got the offer to read The Library of Lost Things from the Fantastic Flying Book Club, it pulled on my heart strings, told me it was more than just a YA romance, and to give it a chance. So I said, “OK, do your worst,” received my review…

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Review: Vox by Christina Dalcher

Vox seems to be a very divisive book. I am a sucker for an anti-woman dystopia where women systematically dismantle that patriarchy brick by brick, so you bet your ass I was going to read this one eventually! But I noticed based on GoodReads reviews that Vox was deeply polarizing – it seems that readers either fell in love with this not-so-distant future, or they hated every minute of it. Luckily I quite enjoyed my time in this universe, but I also can…

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Review: The Lucky Ones by Liz Lawson

If you read my blog a bunch, you probably know by now that I am really anti-gun. I read a lot (a lot) of books about school shootings, because they are topical and important – sadly becoming even more important as time goes on. So when my sweet blogging BFF Katie over at Pages and Pugs said she was sending around her ARC copy of Liz Lawson’s The Lucky Ones as an impromptu “early review train,” I was like “hell yeah, lay…

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Blog Tour: The Babysitters Coven by Kate Williams

Today I am excited to post a blog tour stop for The Babysitters Coven by Kate Williams! About The Author I’m a YA write or die, originally from Kansas but now living in California. I’ve written for Cosmopolitan, NYLON and Seventeen, amongst other magazines, and worked with brands including Urban Outfitters, Vans and Calvin Klein. The Babysitters Coven is my first novel, but fingers crossed it won’t be my last. Kate’s website | Kate’s Goodreads | Kate’s Instagram Book Excerpt Check…

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Review: House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

When I was very young, my mother bought me a giant compendium of fairy tales. It was lushly illustrated, the pages were gold-edged and the cover was bright blue and a little poofy, you could mash on it a bit. It had lots of great stories, ranging from the classics to some of the ones less well-known, like The Steadfast Tin Soldier. But my most favorite, my beloved, was The Twelve Dancing Princesses. Twelve beautiful princesses sneaking out of the castle, going…

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Review: The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

I had a love-hate relationship with Ruth Ware’s The Death of Mrs. Westaway. It took over 75% of the book to really get good, but once it got there it really got there. I had a good feeling about The Turn of the Key, though, so I gave it a shot as my August Book of the Month book because I have a weakness for creepy kids in literature, and I am super glad I did. Rating: How I’d Describe This Book to…

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Review: The Whisper Man by Alex North

Alex North is a pseudonym for an already-established crime author whose identity I very much wish I knew, because I have desperately got to get my hands on everything they’ve written. When Book of the Month included more than one thriller on August’s list, I picked The Turn of the Key but quickly regretted not nabbing The Whisper Man as an add-on, because I had heard nothing but amazing things. However I was able to snag a copy off someone on Facebook for…

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Review: The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

If you follow me on social media, or at least run in the same circles as me, then you’ll know there was a point on Friday of this last week when I had made it about 100 pages into this book and plaintively asked on several Facebook groups, “does this shit ever pick up the pace?” – I said it more sweetly and very demure, of course. I’m a delicate, feminine flower. About half the people told me it would…

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Review: The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger

I expected to like The Gifted School just ‘okay,’ to be totally candid. It came to me as a Book of the Month offering, and I shrugged and selected it. Mostly because I had already received a copy of Lock Every Door, which was my #1 choice, from a wonderful blog tour group. So truth be told, if it hadn’t shown up on BotM, I probably would have never looked twice at The Gifted School. But let me just say right now: I…

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