Genre: mystery

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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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Mar 09
{Review+Survivial Guide+Giveaway} The Riddle of Prague by @LauraDeBruce

{Review+Survivial Guide+Giveaway} The Riddle of Prague by @LauraDeBruce

The Riddle of Prague is on sale for $0.99! The Riddle of Prague is the first book in the young adult  series called, The QuickSilver Legacy, by Laura DeBruce. The Riddle of Prague is a fast paced adventure story that will leave you bitten with the travel bug. At least, I know that’s what it did for me. I immediately want to jump on a plane and go to Prague. However, I am unsure if I would have quite as magical a time as Hana, but it would be pretty amazing none the less. Hana travels to Prague to gather some family items, and what she finds is a mystery way bigger than anything she could have imagined. I loved trying to puzzle together the pieces and clues that Lara DeBruce was dropping. It was all very well done. I don’t want to spoil anything, but if you would like to know a little more about the story you can check out the survival guide to immortality that Laura DeBruce… Read more »

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Jan 25
{Review} The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall @PenguinTeen @MaggieEHall

{Review} The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall @PenguinTeen @MaggieEHall

Have you ever picked up a book and by the time you were finished, you were convinced that the author crafted the book just for you? That was what happened to be with The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall. It was like the author poked around in my head, and pulled out a bunch of winning elements for me, mashed them all together and popped out a story that was sure to make me fall in love with it. Everyone is comparing The Conspiracy of Us to The DaVinci Code, and I get that comparison, but I feel like it was even more than that. It felt like The DaVinci Code mixed with Tomb Raider mixed with the biggest international secret society of all. Plus the focus was on Alexander the Great, who I think is a fascinating historical figure. (and yes, I do know that a ton of “facts” surrounding Alexander have been fictionalized and sensationalized throughout history, but that just makes him all the more interesting in… Read more »

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Jan 19
{ARC Review+Guest Post+Giveaway} Sanctuary Bay by Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz @TwoHeadedWriter

{ARC Review+Guest Post+Giveaway} Sanctuary Bay by Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz @TwoHeadedWriter

Today I have authors Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz here to talk about some of some of the perks and drawbacks/challenges of co-authoring a novel We’ll start with the perks, because there are a lot more of them. It’s fun! Our “writing process” involves a lot of procrastination, which involves lots of talking about movies, TV, junk food, dogs, and whatnot. It’s not as entertaining to talk to yourself. When one of us gets stuck we can just put “You write this part” in the manuscript. That could also be a drawback—depends on who wrote the note and who has to respond. Laura usually throws any sexy stuff to Melinda, but Melinda actually likes to write it, so there you go. We each have someone to complain to about how hard writing is. Two heads make plotting easier. WAY easier. We are almost always in agreement about what we want to do with the book we’re writing. We’re both former editors, so we can edit each other—and neither of… Read more »

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Jan 13
{ARC Review+Giveaway} #ShadeMe by Jennifer Brown @JenBrownBooks @EpicReads

{ARC Review+Giveaway} #ShadeMe by Jennifer Brown @JenBrownBooks @EpicReads

Shade Me is the first book in the young adult mystery and suspense thriller, Nikki Kill series. Nikki sees emotions as different colors. It is a phenomenon known as synesthesia, and I find it completely fascinating. I have read a few magical books where witches or the like have an ability that is similar to synesthesia, but it was really very interesting to see Nikki in a more contemporary/mystery suspense setting with this ability. I found Shade Me to be a really fun ride of a read. The mystery was kept me interested and engaged until the very end. I didn’t always love the characters, but I did like them, and with as action packed of a plot, liking them was more than enough for me. Nikki is the main character, and I can see where she would feel completely overwhelmed by her synesthesia. That has to be like sensory overload. Which could account for why I sometimes found Nikki to be a bit too brash. Even so, I was… Read more »

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Nov 24
{ARC Review+Giveaway} FORBIDDEN By Eve Bunting

{ARC Review+Giveaway} FORBIDDEN By Eve Bunting

Forbidden is a young adult mystery by Eve Bunting. It is a dark and mysterious, quick read that I thoroughly enjoyed. I loved the dreary, almost foggy atmosphere of the little Scottish fishing village, and I really liked how easily digestible the book was. It took me just under 2 hours to read Forbidden, and I walked away feeling like it was a complete story, not a novella. The romance in Forbidden is a nice aside but it is by no means the focal point of the story. After Josie’s parents both pass away from influenza, she is sent to live with her estranged aunt and uncle. When she gets to the town, everything seems a little strange. Just a tad off, including her Aunt and Uncle. It was hard not to get wrapped up in the creepy little town that Eve Bunting created in Forbidden. I could never pin down exactly what was going on. Eve did an excellent job of maintaining a mysterious air about her writing up… Read more »

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Jul 08
{Review} Tangled Webs by @Lee_Bross @HyperionTeens @DisneyHyperion

{Review} Tangled Webs by @Lee_Bross @HyperionTeens @DisneyHyperion

Tangled Webs is one of those books where it was love at first glance. As soon as I saw the cover I fell in love. (side note: this is a beautifully designed book. Each of the chapters even has black and white lace designs on the pages. A wonderfully intricate touch, I thought.) I knew I wanted to read it. And then as soon as I saw the summary, and found out that Tangled Webs was about a blackmailer in historical London, called Lady A who collected secrets, I was even more excited! How amazingly cool does that sound? And then the plot thickens. When I finished Tangled Webs, I liked it and I thought it ended in a good place for a standalone. But then I went on goodreads and saw that it is the first in the Tangled Webs series. Whaaa? Now I am very intrigued to see where Lee Bross is going to take the next installment. I honestly thought it was wrapped up as a standalone,… Read more »

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May 04
{Review+Giveaway} Finding Paris by @JoyPreble @BalzerandBray

{Review+Giveaway} Finding Paris by @JoyPreble @BalzerandBray

Finding Paris is a young adult contemporary/mystery. The set up is instantly intriguing. It is a story about two sisters in Las Vegas. Paris, the older sister demands a post break-up pie trip in the middle of the night and ends of disappearing in the middle of it. She leaves her sister a clue and tells her to come find her and that she needs help. What starts out as a kind of unconventional scavenger hunt, becomes more and more mysterious as the book progresses. I really liked Finding Paris. It is part scavenger hunt, part mystery, part romance, and more secrets than you can count. Hold on to your seat and get ready to go on a twisty, turn-y adventure with this one. I don’t know whether to be impressed with Paris or disturbed. Maybe a little bit of both, but I will say one thing for her. No matter what it seems like at any given time, she really loves her sister Leo. And the sibling relationship aspect… Read more »

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Jul 08
{Review} The Sound by @SarahAlderson @simonschuster

{Review} The Sound by @SarahAlderson @simonschuster

The Sound blew me away. It is such a beautiful book. It deals with a serial killer (in part), so I know that may sound strange, but it is. Sarah Alderson did a fantastic job telling the story of The Sound. I loved it so much. This book just kept growing and evolving into more and more. It exceeded all of my expectations. Ren gets way more than she bargained for when she arrived in Nantucket to nanny for the summer. She was looking to get away from a bad breakup, just have some time to relax and to work on her music blog. I loved Ren. She is like a breath of fresh air. She is interesting and real. She hates labeling people and she has no problem befriending both the rich kids and the townies. I enjoyed how she was her own person. The Sound is both a really sweet romance, as well as so much more than that. There are multiple side plots that all worked together… Read more »

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Jul 03
{Review+Giveaway} The Line That Binds by J.M. Miller

{Review+Giveaway} The Line That Binds by J.M. Miller

The Line That Binds is an interesting start to what looks to be a creepy and super cool paranormal curse series. The story starts off in the past tense where we meet a man and a jilted woman, who casts a curse on the family and descendants of the man who wronged her. Then, we flash forward to the present where the current owner and family member of the house is losing her mind/memories and dying, supposedly from the curse. She gives the main house and most of the land to some of her estranged relatives. And she gives the other part of the land to the son of her longtime grounds keepers. Her niece, nephew and their father moved in and the story really begins. The book is told in alternating point of view between the grandson of the grounds keeper- Ben and Aunt Genies Niece LJ. Ben’s grandfather is really worried that LJ will be affected by the curse just like her aunt and he wants Ben to… Read more »

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