book reviews by rose
I came into this series at Book 10 and loved it. What a skill to write a book that's part of a series but one that can also stand alone. ALMOST MIDNIGHT by Paul Doiron has two distinct storylines: one with a semi-innocent man behind bars and the other revolving around finding out who shot a wolf. Doiron weaves these together beautifully and this was a mystery novel that I adored. Now, when will I have the time to read the first nine?
AN ANONYMOUS GIRL
Greer Hendricks + Sarah Pekkanen
This was a slow burn book for me but SO WORTH IT. This story is weaved together so beautifully and kept me itching to turn the page. This is a must read!
I love when I find new FAV authors! I bought this book just based on the blurb - I didn't even read the first chapter before I bought it. And I have no regrets. This book has adventure, supernatural scares, horror and it's, of course, got some romance in it! Five stars from me! ⠀
This surprised me and that doesn't usually happen anymore! The author is a genius. I don't want to give too much away but I would recommend this book to those who love a great read with a killer ending!
BEFORE THE BROKEN STAR
by Emily R King
It's here!! I was lucky + got this book through Amazon First Reads 📖 This book is amazing and you're going to not be able to put it down. King is a goddess of words and I will read anything she writes! HURRY, RUN... GO BUY IT NOW.
To Catch A Killer
This series is everything I wanted to read when I was a teenager. It’s part science, part Veronica Mars and part teenage love. Sheryl has crafted characters that I never want to stop reading and following around. AND I love when I’ve learned something from a story, which I definitely did from the science in this book. You will love it!
death in a desert land
Are you looking for your next great read? Well, I’m excited to tell you that I’ve found it. Andrew Wilson’s latest book is another Agatha Christie gemstone. It is the perfect mixture of historical greatness and a mystery that you won’t be able to wrap your head around. I devoured this book in a day and am still thinking about how all the pieces fit together. Wilson weaves together these mysteries in such an amazing way. You do not want to miss this book.
If you love a good romance and a great crime - this book is for you! I loved this book and loved the perfect combination of new love and gruesome killings!
Raise your hand if you love the supernatural? I love it and am terrified of it so this book was right up my alley. It's been sitting in my #tbr pile for a while and I had the perfect break in my review schedule to start it. 👻 Pyper does an amazing job of pulling you into this story and weaving the perfect mixture of creepy, horror and a father's love together. If you love dark stories, demons and piecing things together - this book is for you!
DARE YOU TO LIE
Amber Lynn Natusch
gets high praise from this reviewer! I loved the Veronica Mars vibes that Ky puts off. I devoured this book in a day because it had everything I love. An innocent man in jail, a strong-willed teenager dead set on figuring out what's going on in the shadows of her hometown and some good old-fashioned love. Ky is a narrator that I can fully get behind and want to read about for multiple books. Don't miss out - get it now!
The door to January
I read this book while my kids played at the park and it had me hooked from the very beginning. It is the perfect blend of spooky, supernatural and teenage angst. French takes you through two worlds so effortlessly and weaves storylines together in a way that makes me jealous. This is one of those books that is going to stick with you and keep the gears turning in your mind long after you've finished it.
So what I'm saying is that you need to read it. Like right now!
the east end
This novel has lots of my favorite things: mystery, tormented characters, multiple POV’s and a surprising ending!
This book pulls you in from the very first line and doesn’t let you go.
THE ECHO ROOM
This was a great read! Rett keeps waking up in the same place and the way time resets itself - he has to die. I know, right? The author doesn't give anything away. You are left in the dark with the characters and that makes the ending all the more surprising. Check it out!
Have you read The Initiation? If you know what's good for you, you have. NOW, you're ready to read the second book in the series. Chris Babu is the mastermind behind these amazing books and the dystopian world within them. They are filled with teenagers who have to take control of their futures, trials that I don't think I could figure out and characters you won't want to leave. Do yourself a favor and get yourself caught up!
HAVE YOU GUYS ADDED FURYBORN TO YOUR TO READ LIST? If you haven’t, you better put down whatever you’re doing and go do it. This book is amazing and is led by two kick ass ladies. I need more Rielle ASAP!
THE GHOST HUNTER’S DAUGHTER
BY CAROLINE FLARITY
This book is basically Supernatural but if Sam and Dean were teenagers and we're sidekicks to a girl! This book is filled with the perfect amount of mysterious objects, ghosts, and people who are up to no good! If you love the paranormal - you need to read it!
the girl who lived
This is my kind of book. It's about a final girl and you all know I love me a final girl. I could say so many things in praise of this book but I don't want to give anything away! This gets 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 from me.
I love stories where you can’t totally rely on the narrator. It’s a story of people who wake up in a locked room and aren’t really sure why they are there. It’s tense, creepy and keeps you hooked until the end.
When I started reading GL, I had little to no clue what it was about. I just knew that I loved the author and the cover. BUT BOY OH BOY! This book had me hooked in the first paragraph. It has the perfect mix of magic, mystery and the most intriguing characters.
the guilty friend
The story at the center of this book will shock you and pull you in, This book is crime fiction but so much more. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants a good mystery along the lines of Mary Kubica or Liane Moriarty. I don't want to say too much but this book is worth your time!
the girl before you
This book wowed me! I loved the dual timeline, knowing what happened at the start of the book and then seeing things unfold. This book keeps you on your toes until the very end, constantly changing what you think happened. It's out now! Go buy it now!
The Gilded Wolves
I saw this book all over Instagram so thank you to all the bookstagrammers who helped get this on my #TBR. TGW is everything you want in a YA Fantasy book. The world has been weaved together expertly and the rag-tag grouping of characters is perfectly balanced. I loved every page and n e e d m o r e.
The Girl The Sea Gave Back
Getting this beauty in the mail was one of the best days ever. I stared in awe at that foil and my husband got sick of me telling him how beautiful it was. But it's not just the outside that I love, its the story and the amazing world that Young built. Do not miss this one!
the grace year
What a book. It is the kind of book that hooks you in from page one and doesn’t let you go. I had the hardest time putting it down to do normal human being things. It made me cry, scream and stuck with me long after I finished it.
The Guilty Mother
This is a book that will have you thinking. I liked seeing the investigation unfold from two POVs: the accused and the reporter that is assigned to the story. This is the kind of story that is going to make you doubt what you read and who is sharing the information. Jeffrey weaves together these storylines beautifully and you don't want to miss this one!
THE GIRL IN THE STORM
Cerise's A. Lowe
This is the second book in an awesome dystopian series. Dystopian has been done A LOT and that means that we see a lot of the same in books like this. But these books are different and in the best way possible. Add these to your TBR now!
This book is a definite favorite of 2019. It was not what I expected it to be and in the best way. Aguirre writes characters you can't help but root for and you fall into the creepy little town where everything happens so easily. If you love mysteries that will blow your mind, forbidden love and teenagers who take charge - this book is for you.
into the hourglass
Emily R. King
There isn’t a book by ERK that I won’t read. She is one of my favorite authors and Into The Hourglass is the second book in the Evermore Chronicles. It did not disappoint, which didn’t surprise me. If you want to read well crafted worlds, and characters you would die for - pick this one up!
into the drowning deep
I'm posting about this book before I've even finished it because it's that good! Do you love the ocean? Do you love science fiction? Do you love a good thriller and lots of intriguing characters? GRANT is a wizard with words and you NEED fo read this book.
just one bite
Oh man. This book had me hook, line and a little grossed out. But in a really good way, if that’s possible. Timothy Blake, the main character, has an interesting habit but regardless, you root for him. That is when an author knows what they're doing - when a character can do deplorable things but still be the hero in the story. Read the first in the series HANGMAN and make sure you don't miss this one!
keep this to yourself
This book sucks you in from the first page and the mystery at the center of it keeps you spinning in circles. Do you love YA, murder, small towns, and teenagers who take investigations into their own hands? I DO!
lock every door
If you've listened to #therosequinnpodcast from the start, you'd know that one of my all-time favorite books is FINAL GIRLS by Riley Sager. It is the perfect combination of mystery, murder, and twisty endings. LOCK EVERY DOOR by Riley holds up to the high standard I have for his works of art. Read the blurb below and try to tell me you don't want to call in sick to work and read it in one sitting. 5 stars from this reviewer!
little girl missing
You wake up and your child is gone. That's exactly what happens in this book and it's every parent's nightmare. The mystery at the center of this book pulls you in and the fractured relationships surrounding it cast suspicion on everyone. You don't want to miss this one!
Wow. This book hits you in all the hard places. It will pull you back to high school and the cliques, the bullying and the doubts that come with being a teenager. I think this book is for everyone and a good reminder of the power of words and social media. Petrou does a great job writing about a hard topic and bringing real-life issues to light.
like never and always
Teenage shenanigans + Best Friends + Body Swapping = A book you won't be able to put down. Read the blurb and take my word that LIKE NEVER AND ALWAYS by Ann Aguirre will blow you away.
THE LAST THING SHE REMEMBERS BY J.S. MONROE
blew me away! Talk about misdirection and just incredible writing. I'm choosing my words carefully as to not spoil anything but this book is out in the world today and YOU NEED to add it to your #tbr list.
The Missing Season
I waited for what felt like forever for this book + it DID NOT disappoint. TMS is basically the book of my dreams. It has a small town with creepy lore, teenage love and angst and missing kids. I was lucky enough to connect with Gillian and interview her for my podcast so check out that episode.
MY SISTER IS MISSING
BY JULIA BARRETT
This is one to put on your #tbr list! Barrett uses both 1st and 3rd person point-of-view so well and keeps you guessing the entire time. You care about each character even though some of them are doing stuff that's not so great. The ending will hit you in the face and make you wonder how you missed it! Definitely one to read!
Not Even Bones
Should you read NOT EVEN BONES? Do you like reading good books? Do you like supernatural stuff? A little blood and a little gore? Then the answer is YES. ⠀
one of us is lying
This book is described as Pretty Little Liars meets The Breakfast Club so you KNOW I had to read it. & it did not disappoint.
It is the perfect YA murder mystery and will leave you with your jaw on the floor! Don't miss this one!
Imagine living with the guilt of shooting and killing your brother -- accidentally? I'm a sucker for multiple POV's and small-town settings. Jackson does a great job at making each character very real and believable meanwhile all of them are suspects. PARANOID takes some serious twists and turns and you will love them all. ALSO, it's set in Oregon which is my favorite place in the world. Instant win for me!
THE ROYAL SECRET
BY LUCINDA RILEY
was everything I was hoping it would be. This book is amazing and was published originally in the UK almost 20 years ago but was considered a little too scandalous and damning that a lot of booksellers chose not to sell it. WHAT? How lucky are we that it's now been republished? THIS BOOK IS A GEMSTONE and the perfect thriller with a dash of royalty, big helpings of romance and so much mystery. You do not want to miss it!
BY Nadine Brandes
Anastasia was one of my favorite movies as a kid! I watched it over and over – always wondering what it would be like to be one of the long lost Romanov's. SO when this book came out – I jumped at the chance to read it and it DID NOT disappoint. It is action packed and the relationship between the Romanov family pulls you in close. You will not want to put this book down!
something in the water
This book surprised me in the best way! I love knowing what’s going to happen and having to piece things together as the story backtracks. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Put this NYT Bestseller by on your #tbr list! Did I mention that is was also a Reeses’ Book Club Pick?
If you know me, you know I love Buffy so of course I had to read this. I enjoyed the story for exactly what it was but I was left wanting more. There is a sequel coming out so hopefully that’s the missing piece!
The Smiling Man
I love creepy things and so this book was right up my alley. I loved the layered mystery and that the MC was oh-so-flawed. But the best part -- I was surprised at the ending. This is one to add to your #tbr list!
sometimes I lie
I am a sucker for an unreliable narrator and SIL gives you that. This book will keep you on your toes and you won’t be able to put it down!
I'm always honored to be gifted ARC's and love being able to give feedback on them. As a writer myself, I understand and appreciate the time, tears and pieces of the writer that exist inside a book. This book grabbed me initially with it's premise but it ended up being a did-not-finish for me. The writing is well done and the characters are well rounded but I got 60% of the way through and just lost interest. I'm hoping I can pick it back up and finish it!
the 7 1/2 deaths of Evelyn hardcastle
WOAH! This is one of those books that I wished I had written. The characters and all of the hosts are so beautiful written and intertwined. It was a book that makes you think and really pay attention. It's not a quick read in the sense that it keeps you guessing and you are very invested in the mystery of what's going on. I have such high praise for this book and will definitely be telling everyone I know that they need to read it.
Gretchen stole my heart when I read #murdertrending and I knew I needed to read her other books too. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Ten seemed like just my kind of book. Kids isolated on a island with a killer on the loose? Sign. Me. Up. I read this book in a couple of days and it made my horror-loving heart so happy.
There’s Someone Inside Your House
GIVE ME ALL THE HORROR. It's a slasher book and I loved every gory minute of it. Now, don't fret, there is some sweet romance in there to give you a break from the vicious killings. If you love horror, make sure you read this! ⠀
by Steve Cavanagh
I've been waiting for this book to come out for what feels like forever. Talk about everything I love and need in a novel.
This Lie Will Kill You
I love me a locked room mystery Chelsea Pitcher delivered!! It is full of teenage drama, angst, first love and of course - lots of creepiness and murder. It was described as Clue meets Riverdale and I think you will love it.
the vanishing season
A couple of years ago, I read THE BUTTERFLY GARDEN by Hutchinson and loved the creepy, vivid and downright intense mystery. How did I miss the fact that there were three more books? It wasn't until I got an ARC of THE VANISHING SEASON by Dot Hutchinson published by an imprint of @amazonpublishing that I realized what I'd been missing. Hutchinson is a genius with mystery and bringing relatability to events a lot of us have (thankfully) never had to endure. The last installment in The Collector Series is hands down, one of my favorite books this year.
watch the girls
I read a lot of books about murder. Should I be concerned? But when a book is this good, it's worth it. This book breaks the mold of crime fiction in my opinion. I love the creepy unsolved disappearances that freaked me out! But it's more than just a washed-up TV star trying to figure it out, it's a mystery in her past that has led her to where she is now. You will love this book and be a little creeped out.
WHILE YOU SLEEP
This book was not what I thought it would be. It was equal parts - woman trying to find herself - paranormal creepiness - downright terrifying and an ending I wasn't expecting.
when the lights go out
This is a book you don't want to miss. Kubica is hands down one of my favorite authors. She is a master of misdirection and I love her for it. This book is a 5 star read!
When Life Gives You Demons
YA Horror is my latest obsession. Give me anything that feels a little Supernatural with a splash of Buffy and huge dash of Scream. This book did all of that and more. You will love it. 💀🦴🙌
Waiting at Hayden’s
Where are my romance lovers? Where are my Nicholas Sparks fans? Where are my PNWesters? This is a story of love, timing and following your heart. You will fall in love with these characters, their clothes and Costello's writing.
Basically, read it now. And if you want to buy the clothes that are in the book, Riley has made that possible! It's a ShopFiction book!
We Came Here To Forget
Andrea was one of my very first guests on #therosequinnpodcast and I was in awe of her. I still am, if I'm being honest! I've been so excited for WCHTF to come out. She is a true gemstone and everyone needs to read her latest book now!