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What I’m Reading Monday

Summary:

Death was everywhere. They all stared at me, bumping into one another and slowly coming forward.

Sixteen-year-old Zharie Young is absolutely certain her mother morphed into a zombie before her untimely death, but she can’t seem to figure out why. Why her mother died, why her aunt doesn’t want her around, why all her dreams seem suddenly, hopelessly out of reach. And why, ever since that day, she’s been seeing zombies everywhere.

Then Bo moves into her apartment building―tall, skateboard in hand, freckles like stars, and an undeniable charm. Z wants nothing to do with him, but when he transforms into a half zombie right before her eyes, something feels different. He contradicts everything she thought she knew about monsters, and she can’t help but wonder if getting to know him might unlock the answers to her mother’s death.

As Zharie sifts through what’s real and what’s magic, she discovers a new truth about the world: Love can literally change you―for good or for dead.

Summary:


Fresh out of rehab, Mallory Quinn takes a job in the affluent suburb of Spring Brook, New Jersey as a babysitter for Ted and Caroline Maxwell. She is to look after their five-year-old son, Teddy.

Mallory immediately loves this new job. She lives in the Maxwell’s pool house, goes out for nightly runs, and has the stability she craves. And she sincerely bonds with Teddy, a sweet, shy boy who is never without his sketchbook and pencil. His drawings are the usual fare: trees, rabbits, balloons. But one day, he draws something different: a man in a forest, dragging a woman’s lifeless body.

As the days pass, Teddy’s artwork becomes more and more sinister, and his stick figures steadily evolve into more detailed, complex, and lifelike sketches well beyond the ability of any five-year-old. Mallory begins to suspect these are glimpses of an unsolved murder from long ago, perhaps relayed by a supernatural force lingering in the forest behind the Maxwell’s house.

With help from a handsome landscaper and an eccentric neighbor, Mallory sets out to decipher the images and save Teddy—while coming to terms with a tragedy in her own past—before it’s too late.

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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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{Blog Tour & Giveaway} Sisters of the Moon by Alexandra Weis

Paperback: 250 pages

ISBN-10: 1645480550
ISBN-13: 978-1645480556
Publisher: Vesuvian Books (September 22, 2020)
Language: English

Praise for SISTERS OF THE MOON
“Alexandrea Weis does an outstanding job of painting succinct, hard-hitting scenes that carry Durra from a new role in a convent to a more active position confronting supernatural forces and long-hidden truths that could change not just her life, but the world. Sisters of the Moon represents a fine example of the use of the novella form at its best. It creates a superior blend of action, mystery, and evolving protagonist dilemmas and growth that will keep readers on their toes and involved up to the story’s epilogue of unexpected lessons in survival and achievement. Highly recommended for those who like their supernatural mystery stories to embrace a sense of character growth where the fine line between good and evil proves more mercurial than most.” —D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
“While a horror story on the surface, Sisters of the Moon is more than a simple tale of three young women sold to satisfy the debts of others who uncover a dark secret. It’s more than just a fresh take on the werewolf mythos or another banal story about the age-old battle between good and evil. Stunning in its imagery and richly detailed, Weis’s Sisters of the Moon blends history and religion into a tale of sisterhood and empowerment as delightfully slow-burning as it is sinister, smart, and not at all shy about probing the status quo of the treatment of women who challenge patriarchal systems–and who fight to defend what is right. Sisters of the Moon is the kind of supernatural gothic horror women readers in the genre have been waiting for.” —Seven Jane, The Nerd Daily

A monstrous fate will turn a girl into a legend.

On an island in Lake Obersee, where The Sisters of St. Gertrude abide, a destitute Moor named Durra arrives. Sold for taxes, she and her two companions tend to the nuns and their collection of cats. At night, she combs the library for details on the order, the remote island, and the beasts howling outside her window.

But when a prank reveals the sisters’ gruesome secret, Durra is forced to accept a new fate. Bestowed an unearthly power, she must choose between life as a nun or living among the monsters beyond the convent walls.

Her path is about to change the tide in the ultimate war. The war between good and evil.

My Review:

Sisters of the moon was such a nice read. I enjoy the quick storyline of a mystery convent in the middle of the woods. Also get to meet and like some of the characters in the book. I thought the cover was very pretty looking and fits with the book theme. It was a very short fantasy read and hope maybe there be more books down the road.

I did liked Durra in the book. When you first met her she is a slave along with two other girls. Then they are safe in a very mysterious convent in the middle of no where. Durra comes out as the leader in the group. Also she is a rule follower and try to keep both girls in line. She is longing to belong and feels safe with the nuns. Durra very curious person and loves to read. Will she be the one to unlock the secrets inside the convent walls?

This fast pace read have you on the edge of your seat until the very end. It a nice start to a new fantasy series if there is more to the story. It was a very detailed world building in such a small book. This book is good for any fantasy readers out there.

Happy Reading!!!!!

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Photo Content from Alexandrea Weis

Alexandrea Weis, RN-CS, PhD, is a multi-award-winning author of over twenty-seven novels, a screenwriter, ICU Nurse, and historian who was born and raised in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Having grown up in the motion picture industry as the daughter of a director, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story moving and memorable. A member of the Horror Writers Association and International Thriller Writers Association, Weis writes mystery, suspense, thrillers, horror, crime fiction, and romance. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans where she is a permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries and rescues orphaned and injured animals.





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{Arc Review} The New Husband by D.J Palmer

Book Summary:
Just because you love someone doesn’t mean you know them.
Nina Garrity learned that the hard way after discovering that her missing husband, Glen, had been leading a double life with another woman. But Glen’s gone–presumably drowned while fishing on his boat–so she can’t confront him about the affair or any of his other misdeeds. A year and a half after the accident, Nina considers herself a widow, even though the police never found a body. Following a chance encounter with Simon Fitch, a teacher from her daughter Maggie’s middle school, Nina finds love again and has hopes of putting her shattered life back together.
Simon, a widower still grieving the suicide of his first wife, has found his dream girl in Nina. His charm and affections help break through to a heart hardened by betrayal. Nina’s teenage son, Connor, embraces Simon as the father he wishes his dad could have been, but Maggie sees a far darker side to this new man in their lives. Even Nina’s good friends wonder if Simon is supremely devoted–or dangerously possessive.
But Nina is committed, not only to her soon-to-be new husband but also to resuming her former career as a social worker. Before she can move forward, however, Nina must first clear her conscience that she’s not making another terrible choice in a man. In doing so, she will uncover the shocking truth: the greatest danger to her, and her children, are the lies people tell themselves.

My Review:

Love is blind.

Nina life turn upside when her husband went missing at sea. Now she has Simon who came in and saved the day. He charming, cares for the family and support them.

Connor likes Simon as a father figure after his dad goes missing. He thinks his father is dead and has move. Connor supports the big move and his mom choice to be with Simon, think his sister can be a little more open with Simon and be there for him and his mom.

Maggie always butting heads with Simon. They never seem to get along. She also believes her father is alive and holding out hope. She don’t care what misdeeds her dad has done. Maggie just want him back in her life again. She is the first one to notice something off with Simon.

This book was like watching a crazy lifetime movie on tv. Which I do watch a lot of lifetime movies. I did liked the book. It had some nice twists in it. Yes it deals with sensitive topic of emotional abuse. It’s an adult thriller so anything can happen.

I really like Maggie in the book. She tries hard warning her mom about Simon, but her mom and Connor don’t want to hear it. Nina and Connor think Maggie being over dramatic with Simon. Hopefully Maggie can convince her family about Simon before it’s to late.

I understand with Nina she wants to find love again and trust men. After her husband went missing, she find out he cheated on her and lost his job. After being hurts by him, she is so eager to please Simon. She gets afraid Simon leaving her like her husband did so she does everything he says, even if she blind on how much Maggie is hurting.

This book recently came out this week. Looking a new adult mystery/thriller then you might like The New Husband.

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{Arc Review} All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban

Book Summary:
Welcome to dinner, and again, congratulations on being selected. Now you must do the selecting.
What do the queen bee, star athlete, valedictorian, stoner, loner, and music geek all have in common? They were all invited to a scholarship dinner, only to discover it’s a trap. Someone has locked them into a room with a bomb, a syringe filled with poison, and a note saying they have an hour to pick someone to kill … or else everyone dies.
Amber Prescott is determined to get her classmates and herself out of the room alive, but that might be easier said than done. No one knows how they’re all connected or who would want them dead. As they retrace the events over the past year that might have triggered their captor’s ultimatum, it becomes clear that everyone is hiding something. And with the clock ticking down, confusion turns into fear, and fear morphs into panic as they race to answer the biggest question: Who will they choose to die?

My Review:

What happens when 6 teens trapped in a room with a bomb and have to chose one to kill?

Amber love playing music but things change after her sister death. She withdrew a bit from her friends. When a chance to produce a play with original music, she become friend with the popular girl. Amber so desperate to have the play be preform, she changes a bit. Also blind how much abuse her best friend is having.

When thing blows over with the popular group, a chance for a scholarship opens up. Forcing Amber and some unlikely people fighting for their lives. Who will survive in the end?

This book was pretty much fun. Kinda like mean girls, plus a twisted take on The Breakfast Club. Each character is either you love them or hate them. I enjoy the back story and the secrets spill with them. It nice how each character is all connected with each other. This twist of it was very good and shocking. I had trouble putting this read down and it was a thrill ride.

If your in the mood for a new mystery, then read All Your Twisted Secrets. Recently it came out this week.

Happy Reading!

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WWW Wednesday

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The three Ws:

What I’m currently reading?

What I finish reading?

What I plan to read next?

Finish Reading:

All Your Twisted Secrets was such a thrill ride. It was like the twisted version of The breakfast club. This mystery book will leave you on the edge of your seat. My review for will be posted closer to release date.

Currently Reading:

I am really liking The Vanishing Deep so far. Hope to be finish by the end of the week.

Reading Next:

Maybe start one of my new reads next or dive another arc reading. I’m such a mood reader.

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Jane Anonymous by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Book Summary:
Then, “Jane” was just your typical 17-year-old in a typical New England suburb getting ready to start her senior year. She had a part-time job she enjoyed, an awesome best friend, overbearing but loving parents, and a crush on a boy who was taking her to see her favorite band. She never would’ve imagined that in her town where nothing ever happens, a series of small coincidences would lead to a devastating turn of events that would forever change her life.
Now, it’s been three months since “Jane” escaped captivity and returned home. Three months of being that girl who was kidnapped, the girl who was held by a “monster.” Three months of writing down everything she remembered from those seven months locked up in that stark white room. But, what if everything you thought you knew―everything you thought you experienced―turned out to be a lie?

My Review:

Things can change after 3 months being kidnapped.

On mintue Jane was at the store getting her a friend a gift, and the next someone grabs her. She is lock in a room with clothes that fit her and her favorite foods. Hearing screams of another person that was kidnap also. Only comfort she has was a boy in the vents. After she escape, her only concern was saving the other people that where there.

Once she back where she was kidnap, everything changes and nothing is as it seems.

This book was an emotional read dealing with heavy subject on a kidnap victim. Jane been through a lot, she could have been drugged and held without food. Her world change a lot after three months. Not knowing what was real or fake until she was release. Also having hard time accepting on the truth.

In the end the book leaves you with some unanswered questions and feeling lost and confused like the main character. Overall it was a good read for me. This is a heavy read and might be sensitive to some readers.

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Lie to Me by Kaitlin Ward

Book Summary:
Ever since Amelia woke up in the hospital, recovering from a near-death fall she has no memory of, she’s been suspicious. Her friends, family, and doctors insist it was an accident, but Amelia is sure she remembers being pushed. Then another girl is found nearby — one who fell, but didn’t survive. Amelia’s fears suddenly feel very real, and with the help of her new boyfriend, Liam, she tries to investigate her own horrific ordeal. But what is she looking for, exactly? And how can she tell who’s trustworthy, and who might be — must be — lying to her?
The closer Amelia gets to the truth, the more terrifying her once orderly, safe world becomes. She’s determined to know what happened, but if she doesn’t act fast, her next accident might be her last.

My Review:

A girl who was found unconscious by the river bank. She is lucky to just be alive as reports of another girl found dead almost the same spot.

Amelia is recovering the best as she can. She can’t seem to remember what happen that day. Her best friend was the one that found her. Everyone thinks she might have try to kill herself, but she has a nagging feeling that something more sinister going on.

Her hest friend acting weird, then the guy who hates her brother take a notice in her. Amelia getting strange messages to leave it be. Who can she really trust, when the people close to her seem to be lying to her.

This book was pretty good. The cover I do like a lot, so breathtaking and pretty. Amelia was lucky a tree stop her fall and from going in that water to drown. The book may be a little predictable at times for some readers. It kept me entertained until the very end. This book is very short read.

If your in mood for a good mystery, then check out Lie to Me.

Happy Reading!!!!

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The Hive by Barry Lyga and Morgan Baden

Book Summary:
Cassie McKinney has always believed in the Hive.
Social media used to be out of control, after all. People were torn apart by trolls and doxxers. Even hackers – like Cassie’s dad – were powerless against it.
But then the Hive came. A better way to sanction people for what they do online. Cause trouble, get too many “condemns,” and a crowd can come after you, teach you a lesson in real life. It’s safer, fairer and perfectly legal.
Entering her senior year of high school, filled with grief over an unexpected loss, Cassie is primed to lash out. Egged on by new friends, she makes an edgy joke online. Cassie doubts anyone will notice.
But the Hive notices everything. And as her viral comment whips an entire country into a frenzy, the Hive demands retribution.
One moment Cassie is anonymous; the next, she’s infamous. And running for her life.
With nowhere to turn, she must learn to rely on herself – and a group of Hive outcasts who may not be reliable – as she slowly uncovers the truth about the machine behind the Hive.

My Review:

The Hive was a interesting read. The storyline was somewhat different than I use to read. I liked some of the characters in the book and connected well with them.

Cassie always on her phone, checking social media. She believes in the hive system and the justice it serves on the people. After he father passed away she is angry and hurt. She kinda of a loner at the start of school. Later on she becomes friends with the mean girls at school. One harmless prank with them, leads Cassie on the run from the hive. While on the run she has no one to trust.

The book starts out pretty good. I did like the idea of it. Somehow in the middle the book is start dragging out for me. Cassie in the book at first seems a bit mean girl herself, but slowly grows on you. She dealing with a lot like the hive chasing her and some shocking father secrets she discovers along the way. Her mother is very supportive person and will do anything to help her daughter out. I like the bond between Cassie and her mom in the book. I’m still looking forward to reading a book two if there is one. The ending make me want to read more. If your in the mood to discover something new and different, then check out the hive yourself.

Happy Reading!!!!!

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The Chain by Adrian Mckinty

Book Summary:
You just dropped off your child at the bus stop. A panicked stranger calls your phone. Your child has been kidnapped, and the stranger explains that their child has also been kidnapped, by a completely different stranger. The only way to get your child back is to kidnap another child within 24 hours. Your child will be released only when the next victim’s parents kidnap yet another child, and most importantly, the stranger explains, if you don’t kidnap a child, or if the next parents don’t kidnap a child, your child will be murdered. You are now part of The Chain.

My Review:

The Chain was such a good thriller/mystery read for adults. The storyline was so interesting and very original. I liked the characters within the book also.

Rachel is a survivor in the book. She beaten cancer and is next on the chain. When she head to her doctor appointment, the unthinkable happen. Her daughter is kidnap, she must pay ransom and kidnap another kid to continue the chain. Rachel teams up with Pete and they quickly work together to get Kylie home.

Kylie in the book is very clever girl. She tries hard coming up with way to escape. I like how we see Kylie point of view when she gets kidnap. We get a glimpse on how the little girl hanging in there. Will Kylie be able to make home alive?

This book is full of crazy twists and turns you don’t see coming. The chain is watching your every move, one bad mistake can cost your life. I got so engrossed in the book and it’s a quick read. If your in a mood for a thriller/mystery read then you should try The Chain.

Happy Reading!!!