Monday (Mini Book Review) Madness

This week I read:

This book kept me guessing! I liked the podcast aspect, and the crime – a girl who supposedly killed her best friend while they were celebrating a witchcraft ritual in the woods – was certainly compelling. Dark and chilling, this story had me hooked!
The title says it all! Written in the 50s, this book might be a bit out of date and a little hokey at times, but that didn’t keep be from loving it! Creepy and atmospheric, this one is a study in how you do it right! There’s no doubt that Jackson has the supreme talent to make us care about her characters – and then to torture them! (I haven’t checked out the series, but I like the movie.)

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Monday (Mini Book Review) Madness

This week I read:

If you’re looking for a nice slice of Gothic horror, this book’s for you. Creepy and atmospheric, this eerie little masterpiece is sure to give you the chills (or at least the heebie jeebies). Unlike some books published decades ago, this one stands the test of time. (Interesting side note: this author co-wrote the Beetlejuice screenplay!)

This one had good atmosphere and a sinister plot, characters you could sympathize with and a creepy setting, but it wasn’t quite as spooky as I was hoping for. Still, a solid read and I’d definitely be open to checking out more by this author.

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Monday (Mini Book Review) Madness

This week I read:

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This is a novella to accompany Leaving Time which I read several years ago and absolutely loved! While good, it lacked most of what I enjoyed about the novel. There was nothing uplifting, no message of hope, it was informative and well written but ultimately a downer.

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A girl who escapes her real life by becoming lost within the pages of books. Read my ARC review here.                          To be released August 25, 2020

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Monday (Mini Book Review) Madness

This week I read:

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I think this is Miranda’s best book to date! The writing was good, the plot well thought, and even though the setup was a little far fetched, I could believe it – because the author had me wanting to! Rife with tension and suspense and things that make your heart go thump in the night, I couldn’t put it down! Fast-paced and sly, this crafty thriller will keep you guessing because everyone’s a suspect!

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To be released: September 15, 2020    Read my ARC review here.

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Monday (Mini Book Review) Madness

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This one held my attention, but to be honest, I liked the idea of the plot better than Swanson’s execution of it. The story was fast-paced and enthralling, but parts fell a little flat for me. I didn’t care for any of the characters and was looking for a twist that would knock my socks off, which didn’t happen, and I found the ending underwhelming. Still, I would recommend it, but with the warning that there are spoilers for more books than just those with the 8 ‘perfect murders’.

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       Expected release: August 4, 2020         To read my ARC review, click here.

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ARC Review: The Scam List by Kurt Dinan

53431362From Goodreads: Meet the best teen con artist team around.

Boone McReedy: high school conman, smooth-talking charmer, and the idiot who just got scammed out of $15,000 of his mom’s money.

Darby West: ass-kicker, straight-shooter, and Boone’s ex-girlfriend.

Now, they must team up to save their parents’ business, one con at a time.

That is if they don’t kill each other first.

Of course, they’re only going to scam people who deserve it.

That’s a promise.

Would they lie to you?

As he did in his award-winning debut, DON’T GET CAUGHT, Kurt Dinan brings laughs, twists, and heart to THE SCAM LISTS’ funny world of teen con artists, exes, and outrageous five-dollar bets.

Review: What a fun book! Sometimes you just need to read something lighthearted and enjoyable for sheer amusement, and this story is it! I read Don’t Get Caught by this author last year and thought it was a blast, so I was thrilled to get my hands on this one – and it didn’t disappoint! Engaging characters, an entertaining plot, and an easy read – this one is sure to appeal to even the most YA reluctant readers!

The subject matter might seem a bit risque to some – there is underaged drinking and, of course, scams, but there is a moral to the story and it’s all in good fun. Also, it’s written by an experienced high school teacher – when you consider what many teenage students are exposed to (remembering back to my own HS years) – this pales in comparison. However, if you are a parent with concerns I suggest you read it first.

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Scam List is slated for release August 3, 2020!

Monday (Mini Book Review) Madness

This week I read:

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This was a page turner – plenty of suspects, lots of suspense, and danger round every corner. That said, I wasn’t feeling any of the characters, which kept me from being as vested in the outcome as I would have liked, but still a stellar read. Recommended for readers who want to be kept on their toes. Not recommended for those who want to scoop the mystery.

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I’ve had a hard time with non-fiction lately, but I enjoyed reading about the naturalist aspects of this book – the plants, animals and science. It took a while for the author to approach the purpose of the book – the story of how his son went missing while hiking in Costa Rica, and what he had to do to find him. Recommended for those who like a slow burning true mystery. Not recommended for those looking for light entertainment.

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Monday (Mini Book Review) Madness

This week I read:

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I did not care for this book – not the writing or the characters or the plot. I almost put it down a dozen times, but one of the blurbs on the cover is by an author who I enjoy, and I trusted his opinion and figured there’d be a payoff at the end. There was a twist, and some people might enjoy this one, but for me it was a disappointment. 

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This book had an interesting premise, and the author certainly upped the ante with some of the storylines within the book. There was plenty of tension and suspense and some good twists woven into the plot. My only complaint for this one is that there were quite a few main characters, and it took a while for me to keep them straight, but otherwise this was a fun and engaging thriller.

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Monday (Book Review) Madness

This week I read:

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I have mixed emotionas about this one. Several pages in, I knew it wasn’t what I was looking for. The writing, pacing, characters – all fine, just not what I wanted. I considered DNFing, but I rarely ever do that, and the plot was interesting enough that I felt I’d be haunted by wondering what happened if I didn’t stick with it, so I did. It’s not fair to say this is a ‘meh’ book, but that’s how I felt about it. Recommended for people who want a bit of therapy and a side of deep thoughts with their thrillers. Not recommended for those looking who just want to be entertained.

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This book was lovely and charming and all good things. From the characters to the dialogue, I found the entire thing delightful. Recommended for fans of YA who enjoy wit and happiness. Not recommended if you’re looking for sci-fi or something completely unpredictable. 

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Monday #Book Madness

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I’ve read a book by this author before, so I started this one expecting some campy fun and eerie horror – which is exactly what I got! It’s hard to go wrong with a quick, easy read that holds your attention without requiring too much concentration. I’d suggest this for fans of #YA creeps and chills. Not recommended if you’re looking for literature.

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I wasn’t sure about this one at first – sometimes the first few pages don’t feel right, especially if the writing is a different style than the book I’ve just finished, but I found myself pleasantly surprised. This author did a great job of misdirection and peppering red herrings throughout the pages, making for some nice twists. I’d suggest this for fans of mysteries. Not recommended for readers who get hung up on imperfect reading – this one could had a few typos and could use a final edit.

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