Book Reviews · Suspense/Thriller/Crime · YA

ARC Review: The Girl I Used to Be by April Henry

When Olivia’s mother was killed, everyone suspected her father of murder. But his whereabouts remained a mystery. Fast forward fourteen years. New evidence now proves Olivia’s father was actually murdered on the same fateful day her mother died. That means there’s a killer still at large. It’s up to Olivia to uncover who that may be. But can she do that before the killer tracks her down first?

Book Reviews · Science Fiction/Fantasy · YA

ARC Review: Civil Blood by Mark Gelineau & Joe King

One city. Two worlds.

The King of Aedaron reigns in splendor, while far below, in the streets and alleys of the underworld, a different kind of king emerges.

Alys and Dax have always been caught in the middle. Once they fought for love, and their worlds tore them apart. But now as they are forced back together, they must choose whether to fight once again.

But for what? And against whom?

In the world of Lowside, nothing is as it seems.

Even each other.

Book Reviews · Science Fiction/Fantasy · YA

ARC Review: Faith and Moonlight by Mark Gelineau & Joe King

After a fire destroys their old life, orphans Roan and Kay have one chance to enter the School of Faith. They are given one month to pass the entry trials, but as Roan excels and Kay fails, their devotion to each other is put to the test. They swore they would face everything together, but when the stakes are losing the life they’ve always dreamed of, what will they do to stay together?

What won’t they do?

Book Reviews · Debut Author · Mystery · New Release · Suspense/Thriller/Crime · Urban Fantasy · YA

ARC Review: The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky

MANHATTAN HAS MANY SECRETS. SOME ARE OLDER THAN THE CITY ITSELF.
Manhattan.
The city sleeps. Selene DiSilva walks her dog along the banks of the Hudson. She is alone-just the way she likes it. She doesn’t believe in friends, and she doesn’t speak to her family. Most of them are simply too dangerous.

Murders.
In the predawn calm, Selene finds the body of a young woman washed ashore, gruesomely mutilated and wreathed in laurel. Her ancient rage returns. And so does the memory of a promise she made long ago. To protect the innocent-and to punish those who stand in her way.

Gods.
With the NYPD out of its depth, Selene vows to hunt the killer on her own. But when classics professor Theo Schultz decodes the ancient myth behind the crime, the solitary Huntress finds herself working with a man who’s her opposite in every way. Together, they face a long-forgotten cult that lies behind a string of murders, and they’ll need help from the one source Selene distrusts most of all: the city’s other Immortals.

Book Reviews · Historical Fiction · New Release · Paranormal · Suspense/Thriller/Crime · YA

ARC Review: The Reaper of Zons by Catherine Shepherd

Year 1495: In the medieval city of Zons, head of the City Guard, Bastian Mühlenberg, wonders how a place so idyllic could produce yet another vicious serial killer. From the shocking state of each new victim’s body, Mühlenberg determines the latest madman’s weapon of choice is a golden sickle. The hunt for the killer leads him into an underground maze in search of a treasure chest that his old friend Father Johannes guards the keys to. Can Mühlenberg beat the next swing of the sickle?

Present day: The last time he worked a serial killer case, Zons detective Oliver Bergmann found assistance—and love—in the form of journalist Emily Richter. Together they had solved a fatal puzzle by scouring Bastian Mühlenberg’s centuries-old notes, but apparently there’s more than one murderous history buff in Zons. When Emily’s best friend becomes a target, they must find what escaped their careful eyes in the last investigation—before the current killer fulfills his ghastly plan.

Book Reviews · Science Fiction/Fantasy · YA

ARC Review: Broken Banners by Mark Gelineau & Joe King

Slaughtered and left for crows, soldiers of the King’s Army lay dead in a field. A grim reminder: the king’s law ends at the gates of the capital.

Elinor fought for what she believed and now she is an outcast. No soldier will follow her. No officer will stand with her. Yet when she finds her brothers and sisters slaughtered, she cannot turn her back on them.

Long ago, they swore an oath. Not to the king, but to each other.

And woe to those who break that bond.

Book Reviews · Science Fiction/Fantasy · YA

ARC Review: A Reaper of Stone by Mark Gelineau & Joe King

A Lady is dead. Her noble line ended. And the King’s Reaper has come to reclaim her land and her home. In the marches of Aedaron, only one thing is for certain. All keeps of the old world must fall.

Elinor struggles to find her place in the new world. She once dreamed of great things. Of becoming a hero in the ways of the old world. But now she is a Reaper. And her duty is clear. Destroy the old. Herald the new.