ARC Review: The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

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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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Review: Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

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My rating:
 5 out of 5 stars
Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 456
Pacing: Normal
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Published: June 4th, 2019

Trigger Warnings: Loss of a loved one, PTSD nightmares, violence, anxiety and threats of being institutionalized.

 

 

All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

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SUMMER BOOK HAUL!!

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This haul is long overdue, but I’m finally starting to get my shit together and post all the hauls I’ve had over the last couple months – so look out for more! In June, I got it in my head that this year I’m going to start reading some romantic contemporary.  I know – I swear I am not a pod person! I actually don’t have a ton of experience with light contemporary because I’ve never taken much of an interest in it till recently.  In June, I went to my local bookstore – Indigo/Chapters and they had a good sale going – buy three books and get one free, so obviously I had to go nuts and spend a couple hundred dollars I didn’t have because I have zero self-control.

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Don’t Say a Word by Amber Lynn Natusch Blog Tour SIGN UPS!

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Hey Blogger Friends! TBR and Beyond is so excited to announce that we are hosting our very first blog tour for the upcoming YA release Don’t Say a Word, which releases on September 17th, 2019.  I have personally read this book and it was such a fun ride! This is the sequel to Dare You to Lie. Continue reading “Don’t Say a Word by Amber Lynn Natusch Blog Tour SIGN UPS!”

Arc Review: Swipe Right For Murder by Derek Milman

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My rating:
 5 out of 5 stars
Genre: YA Thriller
Pages: 336
Pacing: Fast
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
Published:  August 6th, 2019

 

Trigger Warnings: homophobia (challenged), terrorism, mass murder, talk of suicide, cutting, cheating, grief.

 

Still time to pre-order Swipe Right for Murder now!
Amazon/ Barnes and Noble/ Indigo / Book Depository

For more details on pre-order offer go HERE.  US only – ends August 5th, 2019.  Great pack, get yours now!

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On the run from the FBI.
Targeted by a murderous cult.
Labeled a cyber-terrorist by the media.
Irritated texts from his best friend.
Eye contact with a nice-looking guy on the train.
Aidan has a lot to deal with, and he’s not quite sure which takes top priority.

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Review: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

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My rating:
5 out of 5 stars
Genre: Adult Sci-fi
Pages: 342
Pacing: Normal
Publisher: Crown
Published: July 26th, 2016

Jason Dessen is walking home through the chilly Chicago streets one night, looking forward to a quiet evening in front of the fireplace with his wife, Daniela, and their son, Charlie—when his reality shatters.
It starts with a man in a mask kidnapping him at gunpoint, for reasons Jason can’t begin to fathom—what would anyone want with an ordinary physics professor?—and grows even more terrifying from there, as Jason’s abductor injects him with some unknown drug and watches while he loses consciousness.
When Jason awakes, he’s in a lab, strapped to a gurney—and a man he’s never seen before is cheerily telling him “welcome back!”
Jason soon learns that in this world he’s woken up to, his house is not his house. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born.
And someone is hunting him. – synopsis from Goodreads

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“If there are infinite worlds, how do I find the one that is uniquely, specifically mine?” 

Wow! This book blew my mind. Crazy stuff.

I’m not even going to attempt to explain this novel, I think you should go in knowing very little and enjoy the ride. I’m not even sure if I could properly explain it. I love the cover of this book! Am I right? So cool looking!

Dark Matter is very fast-paced. I would’ve read it in one sitting with no problem if I hadn’t been dealing with migraines during that week. This is just one of those books you devour. I actually had no clue what this book was about when I picked it up. I had seen a lot of hype surrounding it but somehow thought it was a psychological thriller or horror. Though it definitely was a thriller, it was very much in the sci-fi genre. I should say that I do not have much experience with sci-fi, I’ve only recently become more interested in reading more since I read Illuminae. I don’t know what is typical and I don’t know all the regular tropes to the genre, so it’s really hard for me to compare on that level.

The novel did really impress me though. It was a complete mindf*ck without being confusing, they actually explained things in human terms so I wasn’t left looking up what everything meant every ten seconds. I appreciated that greatly and it made it much for accessible for a sci-fi novice like myself. I enjoyed all the characters, the main protagonist was believable. He wasn’t one-dimensional and I felt he was very developed throughout the story and at the right pacing.

Now that I’ve read a couple of amazing science fiction novels I think I will be exploring the genre further because books like this one have really got me excited for it. I would highly recommend this one, especially for people who don’t normally read the genre or who feel a little intimidated by it. This is a great place to start.

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ARC Review: The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu

 

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Genre: YA contemporary/Mystery
Pages: 352
Pacing: Normal
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Published: July 2nd, 2019

Trigger Warnings: Parental Fighting, Physical Abuse, Bullying, Toxic Friendship, Violence, Murder, Gaslighting

 

She was happy once. Remy had her boyfriend Jack, and Elise, her best friend—her soulmate—who understood her better than anyone else in the world.

But now Jack is dead, shot through the chest—

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