Book Reviews by Rose

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Dive Smack By Demetra Brodsky

I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this book from the author. The mystery at the beginning of the book unfolds into something I never expected. I love the way Brodsky twists together the humorous and dark moments of life. She is a genius and this book is gold.


#murdertrending by Gretchen McNeil

This book drew me in from the very first chapter and hooked me. It might have been the way Dee seemed like such a bad ass from her first encounter in Alcatraz 2.0. It could be the fact that Alcatraz 2.0 is something that doesn't seem that far out of reach for our current world. It was definitely the author's skill at creating a character you wanted to rally behind immediately. This book was incredible and I had the hardest time putting it down so I could sleep. Can I get some more of this world please?!


Legendary by Stephanie Garber

Do yourself a favor and read this. The world of Caraval is intriguing and sucks you in from the very first chapter. You are rooting for Donatella the entire way through and trying to figure out the mystery. The author does a great job of keeping you on your toes and has built a world that I would love to spend some time in.


Blood Will Out by Jo Treggiari

I'm not always a fan of reading from the killer's perspective but I think that Treggiari did this well. The author did a good job of letting you question what was going on and who was responsible. I loved that this was a YA book. I wish there was more YA crime books when I was younger. Definitely a good one!

The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton

I was really intrigued by the premise of this book and loved the world that the author created. There were a few two many points-of-view for me to really get hooked into the characters. There's a little inkling of a love triangle, which I wanted more of but reading six different POV's didn't allow for much character development. This book felt like the first half of a story and not an entire standalone novel. (Not sure if a sequel is in the works or not.) I wasn't sure what the stakes of the story were and was looking for a climax but there wasn't one. I'm interested to see where the story continues.

Half Moon Bay by Alice LaPlante

Coming out: July 10, 2018 -- The beginning of this book was hard for me to push through. The way it's written is different, which isn't bad, but it made for tedious reading. I just wasn't expecting the choppy narrative between Jane's memories and Jane's present. Jane is a flawed character and she was frustrating at times, but I'd be flawed too if my daughter died. Admittedly, I wasn't that interested in her story until about 70% of the way through. The ending, while satisfying, was very abrupt. I wish there had been just a few more pages to wrap things up.


The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

Riley Sager is an absolute genius and if you haven’t read his debut novel Final Girls yet, then stop reading this right now. I will never keep myself from reading anything that Sager has written. He does such an amazing job of twisting mysteries together and making you care about characters who are real and imperfect. I couldn’t stop talking about the ending to this book and cannot wait for his next novel.

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Tufton

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. Do yourself a favor and put this on your TBR list.


I Do Not Trust You by Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz

This book was AMAZING. Give me a teenage archaeologist trying to stop an ancient Egyptian god from rising any day! The characters in this book are well fleshed out and wonderfully matched. This book has everything going for it and everyone needs to make sure they add it to their TBR list.


Only The Dead Know by C.J. Dunford

I am always a fan of a good mystery and CJ Dunford does it so well in this book. I love that our main character is a little bit unreliable. He is struggling with PTSD which made me question what he was seeing and feeling. The one thing that I needed to see more of was development between Daniel and his love interest. It seemed like a lot of their relationship was built before the novel started and so it made their relationship seem abrupt to me. That being said - I thoroughly enjoyed this book all the way through and I can't wait to learn more about Daniel and his story. 


The Initiation by Chris Babu

This book is part HUNGER GAMES with a dash of MAZE RUNNER and some sprinkles of a very terrible dystopian future. I enjoyed this book from the very beginning even though it starts with quite a kicker. The world that Chris Babu built pulled me in probably because it freaking terrified me. It's something that I could actually see happening to our world. The main character, Drayden, is an intelligent and somewhat nerdy kid who enters a test that could (and tries to) kill him in order to better his family. Honorable, right? It's easy to cheer him on throughout the crazy trials that he has to go through because his motives are pure. It helps that he's super freaking smart. I promise, you won't be able to put this book down!


The Baetylus Stone by Michael Lee Morrison

Do you love Indiana Jones? If you've answered YES, you will love this book. Morrison has brought to life a lovable bad-ass of a character whom you'll want to join on his adventure. This book takes place during the Cold War and we meet Cason Lang as he's about to discover a long hidden treasure when he's chosen to be a part of The Huntsmen. They are an elite group whose purpose is to uncover the great mysteries of the world. (Side note: Where can I fill out an application?) Add in a mole as they set off on their first mission and a problematic relationship with Lang's Dad and you'll have a hard time putting this book down.  This adventure is believable, exciting and keeps you guessing at every step. 


Ten by Gretchen McNeil

Gretchen McNeil 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.


Furyborn By Claire LeGrand

You guys, what can I say about Furyborn? It might be dangerous to get me writing about this book because it was amazing. I was SO intrigued by the premise and after figuring out who was who - I was hooked. Rielle is everything. She is SO real and doesn't make excuses for her power or her feelings. She's strong, but she also has some powerful emotions that make her different from the typical YA heroine. Rielle has darkness in her life, and inside her which I felt like makes her so relatable. People aren't perfect. People have anger inside of them, and sometimes it just feels good to feel angry. Rielle is beautiful. This story is amazing, and I'm straight up obsessed. Can the next book come out already?


I Do Not Trust You by Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz

This book was AMAZING. Give me a teenage archaeologist trying to stop an ancient Egyptian god from rising any day! The characters in this book are well fleshed out and wonderfully matched. This book has everything going for it and everyone needs to make sure they add it to their TBR list.


Ghost Virus by Graham Masterton

This book has one of those first sentences that reels you in. You have to keep reading to find out why someone would want to burn their face off. I will say, as a warning, that this book is not for those faint of heart. The description of the deaths are brutal. I definitely mean that in a great way because the writing is incredible. It puts you right there, front and center while all the gore happens. The balance between the POV's could have been more focused on our detectives for me but I understand why it's important to see the different affected people. I thought the build up in this novel was fantastic and it kept me reading the whole time, even if I was breathing really heavily during some of the more gruesome parts! 


#Prettyboy Must Die by Kimberley Reid

I picked up this book because it has everything I love: spies, exclusive high schools and a pretty boy! The first chapter was a little hard for me to get through but once I did - I couldn't put this book down. The idea of teenagers working for the CIA is so fantastical but amazing. I mean, that would have been like my dream as a teenager. Peter's voice throughout the book is great and the action is perfectly paced. My only question is: when does the next book come out? I need more Peter Smith!


Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

I was REALLY excited about this book when I found it at Powell's. A Jane Eyre like character who is a serial killer? COUNT ME IN. This book is well written and very true to the time and style of writing BUT I just didn't connect with Jane. And it's not because she kills people, because I am an avid murderino. Jane killed when she had to but it really just seemed like she killed in order to avoid dealing with problems. The reasons that she murdered weren't reasons I could get behind which didn't really redeem her killings. Let's compare her to another fictional serial killer - Dexter. He killed people and was a little messed up in the head but the writer made him likeable. We cared about him and understood why he was murdering people. That was missing from Jane Steele's story. I wanted to like her, but I just didn't.