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Secret Santa by Andrew Shaffer

Summary:
The Office meets Stephen King, dressed up in holiday tinsel, in this fun, festive, and frightening horror-comedy set during the horror publishing boom of the ’80s, by New York Times best-selling satirist Andrew Shaffer.
Out of work for months, Lussi Meyer is desperate to work anywhere in publishing. Prestigious Blackwood-Patterson isn’t the perfect fit, but a bizarre set of circumstances leads to her hire and a firm mandate: Lussi must find the next horror superstar to compete with Stephen King, Anne Rice, and Peter Straub. It’s the ’80s, after all, and horror is the hottest genre.
But as soon as she arrives, Lussi finds herself the target of her co-workers’ mean-spirited pranks. The hazing reaches its peak during the company’s annual Secret Santa gift exchange, when Lussi receives a demonic-looking object that she recognizes but doesn’t understand. Suddenly, her coworkers begin falling victim to a series of horrific accidents akin to a George Romero movie, and Lussi suspects that her gift is involved. With the help of her former author, the flamboyant Fabien Nightingale, Lussi must track down her anonymous Secret Santa and figure out the true meaning of the cursed object in her possession before it destroys the company—and her soul.

My Review:

What happens you get a cursed secret Santa gift?

Lussi is out of work and looking for the perfect job. She went for an interview to be new horror genre assistant, but things don’t go as plan. When she don’t get hire, the boss suddenly drops dead. Lucky the son of the boss see something in her and hires her on the spot. Now she is a part of an office hazing and got an strange gift from a secret Santa. All of a sudden co-workers start mysterious dying and weird accidents happening around Lussi. Can she solve this mystery before it’s to late?

Secret Santa was the most cheesiest 80s horror movie ever. Which I did enjoy every minute of it. It was the prefect Christmas story I could read all year long. Also I love the creepy cover to it. This book is prefect for any horror fans out there.

The main character, Lussi you kinda feel bad for her. She tries hard getting a new job and trying to get more people reading more horror stuff. Then there some weird hazing happens and secret meetings without her. Kinda like high school in an office settings.

It has creepy basements, a weird protection doll with horns, and very suspicious co-workers. Has all the makings for a killer book.

Happy Reading!!

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To Whatever End by Linsey Frydman

Summary:
What if with every person you met, after just one touch, you have a vision of the last time you’ll see each other? Ever. Normally, these visions are innocent—two friends just drifting apart, a random stranger that brushed past you then never crossed your path again.
But not today.
When I accidentally touch him, within only moments of our first meeting, I’m bombarded by visions of his death.
And from what I can see, I’m the reason he dies.
Now I just need to figure out why, and how to stop this from happening. Because not only am I to blame, but his very last words to me are…I love you

My Review:

What if you have a curse to see someone furture by touching them for the first time?

To Whatever End is not your typical love story. The main character, Quinn has a gift to see how her furture will be with a boy after one touch. Every vision she had so far, shows her ending up getting hurt. So Quinn keeps to her self and her photographs. Then one day she accidentally brush up against a boy, and has a new vision of his death.

Will Quin be able to use her curse for good and change a boy’s fate before it’s to late?

This book was a very enjoyable read and tense at times. I love the connection between both characters. It was a neat twist on a love story when someone is curse. I really love every minute of it. To whenever ends has some humor and heart to it. It was such a fast pace read. Yea it was a short read to begin with fill with some nice twists along the way and having to root for the main characters in the very end.

To Whatever Ends is out now, so check it out.

Happy Reading!!!!

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{Cover Reveal} Ember of The Night by Molly E. Lee

Perfect for fans of HUSH, HUSH, this epic angels-and-demons YA series combines all the best tropes of the genre: pulse-pounding romance, epic worldbuilding, and plenty of twists and turns.Attached is the high-res cover of Ember of Night and the blurb is below.
Ember of Night Blurb:

I am a weed.

Unloved by my abusive, alcoholic dad. Unwanted by my classmates. Unnoticed by everyone else.

But I’d suffer anything to give my kid sister a better life—the minute I turn eighteen, I’m getting us the hell out of here. And some hot stranger telling me I am the key to stopping a war between Heaven and Hell isn’t going to change that.

Let the world crumble and burn, for all I care.

Draven is relentless, though. And very much a liar. Every time his sexy lips are moving, I can see it—in the dip of his head, the grit of his jaw—even if my heart begs me to ignore the signs.

So what does he want?

I need to figure it out fast, because now everyone is gunning for me. And damn if I don’t want to show them what happens when you let weeds thrive in the cracks of the pavement…

We can grow powerful enough to shatter the whole foundation.

About the author:Molly E. Lee is an author best known for her romance novels, Ask Me Anything, the Grad Night series, and the Love on the Edge series. She is a 1001 Dark Nights Discovery Author for 2017. Molly writes Adult and Young Adult contemporary featuring strong female heroines who are unafraid to challenge their male counterparts, yet still vulnerable enough to have love sneak up on them. In addition to being a military spouse and mother of two + one stubborn English Bulldog, Molly loves exploring the outdoors around her mountain home, and digging for treasures in antique stores.

Molly’s website and social links are below.Website: https://www.mollyelee.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MollyELee
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MollyElizabethLeeAuthor
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mollyelizabethlee/

The book releases on May 4, 2021.
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{Nerd Blast} Wild Open Faces by Jennifer G. Edelson

Publisher : Bad Apple Books (December 17, 2020)
Language: : English
Paperback : 351 pages
ISBN-10 : 1733514015
ISBN-13 : 978-1733514019

Praise for WILD OPEN FACES

“A powerful book which both stands nicely alone and compliments Between Wild and Ruin . . . absolutely enthralling reading.” Midwest Book Review

Praise for BETWEEN WILD & RUIN

“What could be a corny premise turns into an exhilarating, fun ride in Edelson’s adept hands. Her characters are smartly drawn, and readers will easily identify with Ruby, a strong yet insecure young artist on the verge of adulthood, who is still recovering from her tragic past . . . Fans of Twilight and modern fairy tales will fall in love with Ruby and root for her eventual romance.” —Blue Ink Review (Starred Review)
“Between Wild and Ruin is a stunning story of legends, romance, and destiny with themes of starting over, small towns, beauty, and community . . . Edelson perfectly breathes new life in mythology by honoring the oral tradition of a small community and the ruins that bring to life Ruby’s destiny.” —Manhattan Book Review
“Highly recommended to mature teens through new adult and adult audiences, this is a story that lingers in the mind long after its final revelation.” —Midwest Book Review
“A great addition to young adult urban fantasy.” —Seattle Book Review
“Descriptions of the New Mexico landscape are rich and atmospheric, arousing the senses with references to the scent of smoke and juniper, the predatory roar of mountain lions, and the brilliant dazzle of stars in the desert sky . . . The writing conveys a sense of timelessness, making it easy to believe Ruby’s sense that the land is spirit-haunted and that Leo, the handsome young man she encounters near the ruins, is somehow connected to it all.” —Clarion Forward
“An intriguing historical tale and an over-the-top love-quadrangle romance.” —Kirkus Reviews
“The paranormal aspects of the tale are credible and richly steeped in traditional lore, and the plot is finely crafted . . . Between Wild and Ruin is most highly recommended.” —Reader’s Favorite (5-Star Review)

** First Place Winner — Young Adult Fiction: 2020 Arizona/New Mexico Book Awards
** First Place Winner – Young Adult Fiction: 2020 National Federation Press Women
** Gold Medal Winner (First Place) – Young Adult Mythology/Folklore; 2020 Reader’s Choice International
** First Place Winner – Young Adult Fiction: 2020 New Mexico Women’s Press

Surfaces are deceiving . . .

After falling for Ezra and discovering a gateway to the Otherworld, it’s a truism Ruby knows to take to heart. But La Luna finally feels like home, and with graduation just weeks away and a cushy internship on a nearby archeological dig in her pocket, it’s easy to downplay the strange new events taking place in the Glorieta Pass. Even when Angel’s deadbeat father reappears after twenty years, stirring up questions about Angel, the ruin, and Ruby’s mother.

Uncertainty is bad enough, but when Ruby starts having inexplicable visions, and the archeological dig unearths mysterious artifacts connected to both a fabled Aztec city and the Pecos Pueblo, Ruby faces more than an uncertain future — she’s forced to accept the role of True of Heart. Will Ezra and her friends stand by her as she confronts the Otherworld? Love is enigmatic, especially in the heart of New Mexico, but the Otherworld may be the biggest mystery of them all.

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Photo Credit: Shoshanna Bettencourt

Jennifer G. Edelson is a writer, artist, former attorney, pizza lover, and hard-core Bollywood fan. She has a BFA in Sculpture and a J.D. in law and has taught both creative writing and legal research and writing at several fine institutions, including the University of Minnesota. Originally a California native, she currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her husband, kids, and dog, Hubble after surviving twenty-plus years in the Minnesota tundra (but still considers Los Angeles, the Twin Cities, and Santa Fe all home).

*JBN is not responsible for Lost or Damaged Books in your Nerdy Mail Box*

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What I’m Reading Monday

Summary:

Gelya is a Vessel, a girl who channels the word of the One True God through song. Cloistered with the other Vessels of her faith, she believes—as all Ovinists do—that a saint imprisoned Elath the Great Demon centuries ago, saving humanity from earthly temptation.

When Gelya stumbles into a deadly cover-up by the Ovinists’ military, she reluctantly teams up with Tavik, an enemy soldier, to survive. Tavik believes that Elath is actually a mother goddess who must be set free, but while he succeeds in opening Her prison, he inadvertently turns Gelya into Elath’s unwilling human vessel.

Now the church that raised Gelya considers her a threat. In a race against the clock, she and Tavik must find a way to exorcise Elath’s presence from her body. But will this release stop the countdown to the end of the world, or will it be the cause of the earth’s destruction? And as Tavik and Gelya grow closer, another question lingers between them: What will become of Gelya?

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Happy New Year

Wishing all my readers a Happy New Year. I know last year was tough on a lot of us and hope this year will be better.

Here is my top nine pictures of last on Instagram and you can follow me at jenneh_penneh.

Also despite being in an reading slump most of last I manage to read nearly over 100 books. My advice just keep reading.

Also starting this rainy day new year with some new books and new doctor who special.

Bella my co-coblogger taking an little break to recover from surgery of having a lump remove. Here is an old picture while to recovers.

Hope everyone has a New Year and enjoy some awesome new books!!

Happy Reading!!!

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WWW Wednesday

Thanks to my editor Stay Fetters at Acourtofcoffeeandbooks for this new banner.

The three Ws:

What I’m currently reading?

What I finish reading?

What I plan to read next?

Finish Reading:

This book was a very emotional read. It was very well written and detailed.

Currently Reading:

This book sounds pretty interesting. A girl has a gift to see her future with dating, but when she has a vision of someone dying things get complicated. This book come out very soon.

Reading Soon:

I never know what I want to read next.

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The Puppetmaster’s Apprentice by Lisa DeSelm

Summary:
Pinocchio meets Frankenstein in this dark fairy tale retelling where a young girl is commissioned to build an assassin for a dark-hearted tyrant.
Impressed by the work of the puppetmaster and his apprentice, Tavia’s ruler, The Margrave, has ordered dozens of life-size marionette soldiers to be sent to Wolfspire Hall. When the orders for more soldiers come in with increasingly urgent deadlines, the puppetmaster’s health suffers and Pirouette, his daughter and protégé, is left to build in his stead. But there is something far more twisted brewing at Wolfspire—the Margrave’s son wants Pirouette to create an assassin. And he wants her to give it life.
With Tavia teetering on the brink of war and her father dying in the dungeons, Pirouette has no choice but to accept. Racing against the rise of the next blue moon—the magic that will bring her creations to life—she can’t help but wonder, is she making a masterpiece…or a monster?

My Review:

There was once a lonely puppet master. He stole some fairy magic and made himself a daughter he always wanted….

Pirouette is a talented apprentice just like her father. Everyone in town loves the puppet master work and his talent. Then one the king force him to make huge orders of soldiers and a assassin. Slowly the work is to much and it’s up to Pirouette to save her father without risking her secrets being discovered. What’s the king plan for his new puppets?

This book was such a prefect retelling of Pinocchio. So much darker and more action packed then the disney story. Also I really love the cover to the book. The main character is so brave and lonely at times. She tries to keep herself hidden so she won’t expose her secert. You feel so bad for her in the book. She puts to much pressure on herself and protecting her father. Hardly never let anyone in.

The Puppetmaster’s Apprentice is a delightful read of fantasy and adventure. It fill with so much twists and turns until the very end. I love this better than the disney verison of Pinocchio.

Happy Reading!!!