ARC Review: The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

My rating:
 4 out of 5 stars
Genre: Adult Mystery
Pages: 384
Pacing: Normal
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published:  August 6th, 2019




When she stumbles across the ad, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss—a live-in nannying post, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten—by the luxurious “smart” home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family. What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare—one that will end with a child dead and herself in prison awaiting trial for murder.
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RANT REVIEW: The Cabin by Natasha Preston

My rating: 1 out of 5 stars
Genre: YA – Thriller/Suspense
Pages: 327
Pacing: Normal to Fast
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Published: September 6th 2016


TRIGGER WARNINGS: Slut Shaming (mostly unchallenged), Sexism (unchallenged), Sexual Assault (Not only unchallenged but is never called rape).


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ARC Review: The Raven’s Tale by Cat Winters

My Rating:
 4 out of 5 stars
Genre: Historical Fiction/Paranomal
Pages: 368
Pacing: Normal
Publisher: Amulet Books
Published: April 19th, 2019



Trigger Warnings: Parental abuse, alcohol abuse, depression, poverty.


Seventeen-year-old Edgar Poe counts down the days until he can escape his foster family—the wealthy Allans of Richmond, Virginia. He hungers for his upcoming life as a student at the prestigious new university, almost as much as he longs to marry his beloved Elmira Royster. However, on the brink of his departure, all his plans go awry when a macabre Muse named Lenore appears to him. Muses are frightful creatures that lead Artists down a path of ruin and disgrace, and no respectable person could possibly understand or accept them. But Lenore steps out of the shadows with one request: “Let them see me!” – Synopsis by Goodreads

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ARC Review: Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 400
Pacing: Normal to Fast Paced
Publisher:  Wednesday Books
Published: April 2nd, 2019


Trigger warnings: Self Harm (Blood mages must cut to draw their power), war themes, graphic violence and gore. 





A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself. A prince in danger must decide who to trust. A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.  Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy.. – Synopsis by Goodreads

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ARC Review: Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller


My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 336
Pacing: Faster Pacing
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Published: February 26th 2019

Trigger Warnings: Violence, Monster Gore, Abandonment, Parental Abuse/Neglect, Bullying



How do you kill a god? As her father’s chosen heir, eighteen-year-old Rasmira has trained her whole life to become a warrior and lead her village. But when her coming-of-age trial is sabotaged and she fails the test, her father banishes her to the monster-filled wilderness with an impossible quest: to win back her honour, she must kill the oppressive god who claims tribute from the villages each year or die trying.  – Synopsis by Goodreads.  


“Each scar marks me as a survivor.  A Warrior of the Wild.”

Tricia Levenseller knocks it out of the part for me again.  I just adore her writing and her strong, intelligent female characters.  She also has her banter game on-point.

It’s not secret that I’m a huge fan of Tricia’s debut duology Daughter of the Pirate King and when I heard she was writing a viking inspired story, I was pretty excited to say the least.  Did it live up to my expectations? Of course it did! Rasmira, our protagonist, is a very likeable character and it’s really easy to get on her side and root for her survival and success.  She has a lovely relationship with her sister, a complicated one with her father and a nightmare of one with her mother.  The story starts off with Rasmira practicing for the trials for joining the warrior ranks.  There are some bullies that seem to have it out for Rasmira because she is the daughter of their leader and feels she gets too much special treatment.  I won’t say much about that but my heart hurts even thinking of what they do to her.  The stakes are high right off the bat because we learn that anyone that doesn’t pass the trials will be banished from their village to go survive on their own in the wild.  The only way they can come back home is if they completely an impossible task (their matugr).  She, of course, fails her trial and is banished with the task to kill a God that has been terrorizing the villages forever.  Eek!

When she is banished to the wild, it doesn’t take that long before she meets a couple of other boys that have been outcasted from their villages, for the same reason, as well.  She meets Soren, who is a very sweet and loyal boy that purposely lost his trial so he could go help his friend Iric.  Then we have bratty but genius little Iric, who I completely adored.  His wit and sarcasm were top notch.  He is also gay and desperately missing his boyfriend that he had to leave at his village. He might have been my favorite honestly and I would love a companion novel that featured Iric, his partner and all his crazy inventions.  I felt like his character, along with Rasimra’s had the most growth.

While in the wild, there are lots of insane creatures which were really fun and very well-detailed.  It can get a little gory at times, but nothing that would bother most people I don’t think.  Just monster gore.  The three characters are trying to accomplish their impossible tasks together, so we get lots of action and cool scenes.  Rasmira also has to beat a God, which is a lot of fun.  I won’t say much about any of this though.

Probably my favorite thing about Tricia’s writing is that it gives enough character development and world building that you are satisfied but it’s also not at all complicated.  If you still want to stay in the fantasy realm but need a little palette cleanser  from high fantasy, this is perfect for it.

Overall, this was a fun ride and I enjoyed every minute of it.  This is a standalone fantasy, so it’s not a huge commitment and it reads very fast.  I think a lot of people will have a good time with this one.

Thank you to Feiwel & Friends for the physical arc in exchange for my honest review.



ARC Review: Spectacle by Jodie Lynn Zdrok



My rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Genre: YA Historical Fiction/ with some Paranormal aspects
Pages: 368
Pacing: Slow to Normal Pacing
Publisher: Tor Teen
Published: February 12th, 2019


Trigger Warnings: Violence against women, Graphic details about the violence/murders, and the public viewing dead bodies at a sort of side show exhibit.


A YA murder mystery in which a young reporter must use her supernatural visions to help track down a killer targeting the young women of Paris. Paris, 1887.  Sixteen-year-old Nathalie Baudin writes the daily morgue column for Le Petit Journal. Her job is to summarize each day’s new arrivals, a task she finds both fascinating and routine. That is, until the day she has a vision of the newest body, a young woman, being murdered–from the perspective of the murderer himself. Continue reading “ARC Review: Spectacle by Jodie Lynn Zdrok”