Monday, January 16, 2017

ARC Review: The Fifth Petal by Brunonia Barry

Release Date: January 24, 2017
Publisher: Crown Publishing
Format: Kindle
Pages: 448 pages
Genre: Thriller & Suspense
Buy:  Kindle | Hardcover


When a teenage boy dies suspiciously on Halloween night, Salem's chief of police, John Rafferty, now married to gifted lace reader Towner Whitney, wonders if there is a connection between his death and Salem’s most notorious cold case, a triple homicide dubbed "The Goddess Murders," in which three young women, all descended from accused Salem witches, were slashed on Halloween night in 1989. He finds unexpected help in Callie Cahill, the daughter of one of the victims newly returned to town. Neither believes that the main suspect, Rose Whelan, respected local historian, is guilty of murder or witchcraft.

But exonerating Rose might mean crossing paths with a dangerous force. Were the women victims of an all-too-human vengeance, or was the devil raised in Salem that night? And if they cannot discover what truly happened, will evil rise again?


Rose was once an acclaimed academic but after a fateful night and the murder of three women she has lost everything, even it seems her mind.  Callie was just a child when her mother was murdered and she thought Rose was dead until a news story brought everything back. Now she is on a mission to save Rose from being charged with murder again after the death of a young man.

This is a great atmospheric novel filled with folklore, Salem history and women who are much more than they seem. I loved this book, it grabs you from the beginning and takes you on a long ride.  As things twist and shift you can't quite get a grasp on who to trust and what exactly is happening to all these different people, is it witchcraft or something even more deadly? Is Rose the Banshee she claims or is someone else pulling the strings? Old money, new money and long held family feuds give this Salem mystery even more to sink your teeth into.

Apparently this is the second book in this series but it can totally stand alone. The characters are well developed and believable and the plot just gets deeper and deeper like the roots of a family tree.

Disclaimer: I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher through

Friday, January 13, 2017

ARC Review: The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovet by Chelsea Sedoti

Release Date: January 3, 2017
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Format: Kindle
Pages: 400 pages
Genre: YA Romance
Buy: Kindle | Hardcover


Hawthorn wasn't trying to insert herself into a missing person's investigation. Or maybe she was. But that's only because Lizzie Lovett's disappearance is the one fascinating mystery their sleepy town has ever had. Bad things don't happen to popular girls like Lizzie Lovett, and Hawthorn is convinced she'll turn up at any moment-which means the time for speculation is now.

So Hawthorn comes up with her own theory for Lizzie's disappearance.  A theory way too absurd to take first. The more Hawthorn talks, the more she believes. And what better way to collect evidence than to immerse herself in Lizzie's life? Like getting a job at the diner where Lizzie worked and hanging out with Lizzie's boyfriend. After all, it's not as if he killed her-or did he?

Told with a unique voice that is both hilarious and heart-wrenching, Hawthorn's quest for proof may uncover the greatest truth is within herself.


Everyone love Lizzie Lovett except Hawthorne.  Hawthorne feels like a square peg being forced into a round hole.  Her mother is a hippie who changed her name to Sparrow, her brother was a football player who once dated Lizzie.  When Lizzie goes missing Hawthorne becomes obsessed with Lizzies life.  She immerses herself in Lizzies life. In doing this she tries to find her place in the world.  This book is less about Lizzie than it is about a coming of age novel of Hawthorne and finding your way when you don't quite fit in.

When Sparrow's hippie friends come to town and camp in Hawthorne's back yard she finds that sometimes not fitting in can sometimes be freeing.  Between her investigation into Lizzies life and learning that she may not be as different as she thinks Hawthorne starts to find herself and her inner strength.

Very well done, quirky and filled with interesting characters. This book reminded me a bit of the Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky which I also really enjoyed.  The writing was excellent and the voices of the characters believable. Very well done.

Disclaimer: I received an advanced readers copy of this book through from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy 2017

I hope everyone had a wonderful relaxing holiday season and got a new stack of books to read.

Did you get a new book you love? Share it with me! Leave the title in the comments

Do you have a recommendation for 2017? Share it with me.

I'm staying away from the TV for the next 4 years to keep my sanity so I have lots of reading time.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

ARC Review: Two Days Gone by Randall Silvis

Release Date: January 10, 2017
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Format: Kindle
Pages: 400 pages
Genre: Mystery
Buy: Paperback | Kindle 


The perfect family. The perfect house. The perfect life. All gone now.

What could cause a man, when all the stars of fortune are shining upon him, to suddenly snap and destroy everything he has built? This is the question that haunts Sergeant Ryan DeMarco after the wife and children of beloved college professor and bestselling author Thomas Huston are found slaughtered in their home. Huston himself has disappeared and so is immediately cast as the prime suspect.

DeMarco knows-or thinks he knows-that Huston couldn't have been capable of murdering his family. But if Huston is innocent, why is he on the run? And does the half-finished manuscript he left behind contain clues to the mystery of his family's killer?


This is a book that keeps you guessing, just when you think you have it figured out you find out more information that leads you down a different path.  I can usually always figure out movies or books but this one had me guessing.  This is a dark book but the ending left me satisfied.

This book is told by Ryan DeMarco the cop trying to find his friend and discover if he was the one who killed his entire family and Thomas Huston the author and professor whose wonderful life has been destroyed in one night.  His wife and children brutally murdered.  Huston is missing, did he kill his family or is he searching for his familys killer? DeMarco can relate to Huston's sense of despair since he lost his young son in a car accident DeMarco's life has been put on hold.  He hasn't done anything to finish the projects he was working on, he is still tracking his grieving wife and is really stuck in place even years later.

Both of these broken men take us on a very dark and brilliantly written path toward answers, though the answers for each may be different they both find their own sense of peace in the end.

Wonderfully done, and apparently the beginning of a new series.

Disclaimer: I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher through in exchange for an honest review

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