REVIEW: Arsenic and Adobo

“Even now, the thought of staying here forever felt like a hand squeezing me tighter and tighter – this phantom hand molding me into the shape everyone else wanted me to be.” ————————————- Ok, so this was my first cozy mystery… the genre never appealed to me because I generally prefer a grittier story. IContinue reading “REVIEW: Arsenic and Adobo”

Pub Day REVIEW: Mirrorland

“Because stealing someone else’s air is how you breathe.” ————————- Mirrorland is a psychological thriller that I imagine won’t be for everyone but boy did I enjoy it! The story follows Cat who travels home to Scotland after her twin sister, El, goes missing. Cat and her sister haven’t spoken in years but were veryContinue reading “Pub Day REVIEW: Mirrorland”

REVIEW: A Dance with Donegal

I’m very torn about how to rate this one, I really enjoyed the story but had a few issues with the structure of the story that kept this from being a perfect story for me. I tore through it because I love stories of Ireland and I found Moira to be so endearing and IContinue reading “REVIEW: A Dance with Donegal”

Review: The Prison Healer

“Their story didn’t end as it should have. But I know for a fact that they’d live it all over again, even the ending, as long as they could keep their beginning.” ———————— The Prison Healer is well in contention for my favorite read of the year so far. In the harsh environment of theContinue reading “Review: The Prison Healer”

REVIEW: The Shadow in the Glass

“She would drown herself in words, sink into the vanilla-smell of the binding, replace her blood with ink. She’d feast on the worlds and make herself anew.” ——————————— The Shadow in the Glass bills itself as a re-telling of the classic Cinderella fairy tale but it’s so much more than that. It’s dark and twistedContinue reading “REVIEW: The Shadow in the Glass”

REVIEW: Libertie

“-we must work hard and be good even in freedom. That’s what you telling me. With rules like that, don’t it make you wonder what freedom’s for?” ———————— Wow, what a heavy story about freedom, identity and the weight of love. Libertie made me so frustrated at every turn. And so did her mother. AndContinue reading “REVIEW: Libertie”

Pub Day Review: The Lost Village

Are you looking for a creepy slow burn mystery that will raise the hair on the back of your neck? Then The Lost Village is for you. It follows a small group of Scandinavian filmmakers who are investigating the mystery of an old mining town that was found deserted in the late 50’s. The group isContinue reading “Pub Day Review: The Lost Village”

REVIEW: Fire Keeper’s Daughter

“It’s your identity, but it gets defined or controlled by other people.” ———————————- “The stilettos aren’t fme shoes. They are fyou shoes.” ———————————- What can I say about Fire Keeper’s Daughter?! I loved it! It’s Sadie meets Winter Counts and is full of gorgeous tribal stories and traditions weaved into a modern teen’s world. DaunisContinue reading “REVIEW: Fire Keeper’s Daughter”

REVIEW: Phoenix Flame

Havenfall was a 5 star read for me, I really loved the balance of the contemporary real world and fantasy realms that intersect in an unusual way with a select few folks guarding the doors. Maddie is a plucky, opinionated, passionate teen at the center of it all. She copes with balancing the world onContinue reading “REVIEW: Phoenix Flame”

REVIEW: All the Murmuring Bones

“If I know anything for certain it’s that neither love nor hate is ever simple.” ——————————————– All the Murmuring Bones is a haunting family story set in a world of vengeful magical creatures. Miren is born into a family steeped in history and tradition but their wealth has faded and her grandmother is ruthless inContinue reading “REVIEW: All the Murmuring Bones”