Genre: mystery

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Nov 17
{Review} My Junior Year of Loathing by Jennifer DiGiovanni @jendwrites @SwoonRomance

{Review} My Junior Year of Loathing by Jennifer DiGiovanni @jendwrites @SwoonRomance

My Junior Year of Loathing is the second book in the young adult School Dayz series by Jennifer DiGiovanni. Each of the books can be read as standalones. They each focus on a different couple, and as you can tell from the titles, this book focuses on a younger couple than the one in My Senior Year of Awesome. I feel confident that you can pick up this book and not be missing anything if you had not yet read the first book. However; the first book in the series was pretty cute, so I would still recommend you check that one out as well. I really liked both the couple and the concept of My Junior Year of Loathing. Melinda and Conner are a n interesting couple. Melinda is your typical straight laced type A personality student. She needs her resume to be s padded as possible and all of the stress of school makes her a bit tightly wound. Conner couldn’t be more different, but not in the… Read more »

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Nov 07
{Review+Giveaway} Breaking Cage by AJ Pryor @ajpryor1

{Review+Giveaway} Breaking Cage by AJ Pryor @ajpryor1

Breaking Cage is a lot of things rolled into one book. First and foremost it is a standalone contemporary sports romance by author A.J. Pryor. But it is also a mystery and suspense story. I think this will have crossover appeal to lots of people. I think both fans of new adult as well as adult romances will enjoy Breaking Cage. I also think that fans of both mysteries and sports romances will enjoy this story, even if you only consider yourself a fan of one or the other. This is my first book by A.J. Pryor and I think she does an excellent job blending the genres together to make a really great story. Breaking Cage is Hannah and Derek’s story. I have really been into reporter stories this year. I think this is a new thing in 2016 because I have been reading tons of new adult newbie reporter stories, where hte main character is trying to land a job or trying to get their first big break… Read more »

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Oct 11
{ARC Review+Giveaway} The Daemoniac by Kat Ross @katrossauthor

{ARC Review+Giveaway} The Daemoniac by Kat Ross @katrossauthor

The Daemoniac is the first book in the Dominion Mystery series by Kat Ross. Earlier this year I read The Midnight Sea by Kat and I really enjoyed it. It was more of a high fantasy action adventure. This book felt completely different and I really liked this one too. Kat Ross is a very talented author. I am very happy that both of the books I have read by her have been so diverse and so excellent in their own regard. The Daemoniac is a young adult detective mystery story with a flair of the paranormal. It felt like the anime Ghost Hunt (which I am super upset is no longer on Netflix! Why does Netflix keep taking all the good shows off? But I digress, that is a rant for another day.) mixed with the Jackaby series by William Ritter, and a touch of Penny Dreadful. I loved the atmospheric setting paired with all of the paranormal elements. I can’t wait to read more in the Dominion Mystery series…. Read more »

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Oct 06
{Review+Giveaway} #ChasingTruth by Julie Cross @juliecross1980 @EntangledTeen

{Review+Giveaway} #ChasingTruth by Julie Cross @juliecross1980 @EntangledTeen

Chasing Truth is the first book in the young adult mystery suspense series, called Eleanor Ames by Julie Cross. I have read 3 or 4 books by Julie now, and I have to say, not a single one of them was the same. She is a very diverse author. I love that she has no problem changing genres and writing such unique and different books. Chasing Truth is a book that will have you engrossed and wondering what is going to happen next until the very last page. I think this book is perfect for fall and the month of October. This is the time of year that I like to transition into some suspense and horror books. And you all know that I love a prep/boarding school setting. For some reason, I think it lends itself really well to mysterious atmosphere rife with secrets. What could be better than that? Chasing Truth a book better left for you to discover on your own. I am not going to spoil… Read more »

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Aug 06
{Review+Giveaway} Sigil in Shadow by Constance Roberts @CBRstory33 @CedarFortBooks

{Review+Giveaway} Sigil in Shadow by Constance Roberts @CBRstory33 @CedarFortBooks

Sigil in Shadow by Constance Roberts is a historical mystery in a royal court setting. Not a historical in the sense that it is modeled after events in history, but the book takes place in the past. I love a good royal court setting in a book, especially a book that has a mystery element to it because I feel like politics and high society and people trying to climb the court ranks all lend themselves really well to deception, betrayal and mind games galore. I adored Sigil in Shadow. I think this is a book that deserves to be put out in the spotlight of the young adult world. I have not heard too much hype surrounding this book, and I am shocked! This is a book worth reading, and then some. Sigil in Shadow follows Ellary, a young girl with an aptitude for healing. Ellary’s talent with healing and making potions for healing reminded me of the Maria V. Snyder’s Healer series. I think this book would be… Read more »

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Jul 03
{Guest Post+Giveaway} Valley of the Moon by Bronwyn Archer @BronArchBooks

{Guest Post+Giveaway} Valley of the Moon by Bronwyn Archer @BronArchBooks

Today I am very excited to have Bronwyn Archer, the author of Valley of the Moon here to share with us her inspiration for the story! Welcome Bronwyn! 🙂 Where Did You Get That Idea? The Inspiration for Valley of the Moon By: Bronwyn Archer  Where does a story come from? Stephen King knows all about finding stories. He compared it to discovering a fully formed fossil buried in the dirt. All you have to do is locate the bones, dig them up, and assemble them into something that looks like a T-Rex—or a novel, to extend his metaphor. And that’s exactly what happened to me to and how I came to write my young-adult novel, Valley of the Moon. In the spring of 2011, I happened to read the New York Times obituary for someone named Huguette Clark. This very rich, strange old lady had died at the age of 104 as the last of the Gilded Age heiresses. Her gruff older father was a self-made gajillionaire, a turn-of-the-century… Read more »

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Jun 27
{Interview+Giveaway} The Woman in the Photo by @AuthorMaryHogan

{Interview+Giveaway} The Woman in the Photo by @AuthorMaryHogan

What’s the story behind THE WOMAN IN THE PHOTO?  How did the book come to be? I first had the idea for this book 24 years ago! I’m not kidding. In 1992, my husband, actor Robert Hogan, was in an off-Broadway play called On the Bum, also starring Cynthia Nixon and Campbell Scott. The play was set in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, several years after the epic flood. The characters talked about a “lake in the sky” which piqued my curiosity. A few days later, I went to the library to read about such strange geography. That’s when I read the real story of the Johnstown disaster. Wow. I was blown away. What a great story! I held my breath for 24 years worrying that someone would write my book before I got a chance to. There are other books out there about the flood, but nothing like mine.  How did you conduct your research for the book?  Are any of the characters in the book inspired by real-life people? While on… Read more »

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Jun 14
{Release Day Review+Giveaway} How to Disappear by @AnnStampler @simonteen

{Release Day Review+Giveaway} How to Disappear by @AnnStampler @simonteen

How to Disappear is a fast paced, murder mystery novel long chase that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. I loved this young adult book by Ann Redisch Stampler. It was really a riveting read, and please know that I don’t say that lightly. Normally I am much more critical on my mystery and suspense books, especially in the young adult age group. They are not a sub genre that I read very often, but How to Disappear is a really great mystery, suspense and even romance. I loved that How to Disappear is told in dual narrative from two teens on the run. One reluctantly chasing and one very earnestly running. I loved that neither one of the characters was completely black or completely white. Both of them were firmly in the shades of grey camp, which made watching their stories unfold and more twists and turns popping up, all the more interesting. I genuinely had no idea which way this was going to… Read more »

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Apr 06
{Review+Giveaway} The Requiem Red by Brynn Chapman @rrsmythe @Month9Books

{Review+Giveaway} The Requiem Red by Brynn Chapman @rrsmythe @Month9Books

The Requiem Red is the first in a new, young adult series by Brynn Chapman. The Requiem Red is a fantasy/horror/suspense/historical story, and that is a mix of genres that really works well for me. I enjoyed this story a lot, and it left me pretty desperately wanting the next book. Brynn Chapman clearly excels in books with a flair towards the historical. She can paint a time period picture unlike most authors. She has a gift in that regard. I loved the mystery and suspenseful atmosphere Brynn created in The Requiem Red. The asylum setting is the perfect place for the creepies to set in. Throw a mystery into the mix and sprinkle in some fantasy elements, and you have a book that I was dying to read. Strangely enough, the thing that I normally crave and gravitate towards the most, the romance, was the thing that did the least for me in this instance. But even more strange, was the fact that it didn’t bug me nearly as… Read more »

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Mar 09
{Review+Giveaway} Holding Court by @KCHeld @EntangledTeen

{Review+Giveaway} Holding Court by @KCHeld @EntangledTeen

Holding Court is a young adult mystery romance by K.C. Held. How could I not read Holding Court? I mean, come on, there are castles, history, oh and “Psychic Tourette’s Syndrome”. Described as “spontaneous and uncontrollable outbursts of seemingly absurd prophecies.” That just screams good time to me. And I was so right. Holding Court was such a fun read. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. In fact, it is one of the best books I have read in the past few months. I believe that Holding Court is a standalone, but I am really hoping. No scratch that, I am begging K.C. Held to write another book with Jules and Grayson. Jules and her “Psychic Tourette’s Syndrome” are my favorite. I just loved her. I want to be best friends with this girl. Plus, her and Grayson had full conversations quoting The Princess Bride. How can you not love them?? Holding Court is unlike anything I have read in a while. Jules takes a summer job at a… Read more »

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