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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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What I Finish Reading:

This book was such a good thriller with crazy twists. I recently did review this.

What I’m Currently Reading:

I’m enjoying the story to this read. It taking me a while to reading it. So much world building.

What I’m Reading Next:

So books to chose from after my current. Not sure what I be in mood form

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{Arc Review} Salt and Sugar by Rebecca Carvalho

Summary:

The grandchildren of two rival Brazilian bakeries fall in love despite their families’ feud in this delicious debut rom-com perfect for fans of Nicola Yoon and Gloria Chao.

Trust neither thin-bottomed frying pans nor Molinas.

Lari Ramires has always known this to be true. In Olinda, Brazil, her family’s bakery, Salt, has been at war with the Molinas’ bakery across the street, Sugar, for generations. But Lari’s world turns upside down when her beloved grandmother passes away. On top of that, a big supermarket chain has moved to town, forcing many of the small businesses to close.

Determined to protect her home, Lari does the unthinkable—she works together with Pedro Molina to save both of their bakeries. Lari realizes she might not know Pedro as well as she thought—and she maybe even likes what she learns—but the question remains: Can a Ramires and a Molina truly trust one another?

My Review:

This is my mini review of Salt and Sugar arc. I gonna say this book was very sweet and yummy. So love food reads and enemies to loves books. This one comes out November 1st of this year. So add it to your tbr. Will do a better review closer to release date.

This books is prefect enemies to lovers reads, plus lots of yummy food talk. The cover is so cute of the main characters. I’m surprised how much I love this book and could not put down. I’m excited when it releases in the fall for more readers to enjoy. In the meantime go add to your goodreads.

Will need some sweets while reading this book.

Your start cooking up an huge appetite when finish reading.

Happy Reading!!!!

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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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Those Who Prey by Jennifer Moffett

Summary:
College life isn’t what Emily expected.
She expected to spend freshman year strolling through the ivy-covered campus with new friends, finally feeling like she belonged. Instead, she walks the campus alone, still not having found her place or her people so far away from home.
But then the Kingdom finds her.
The Kingdom, an exclusive on-campus group, offers everything Emily expected of college and more: acceptance, friends, a potential boyfriend, and a chance to spend the summer in Italy on a mission trip. But the trip is not what she thought it would be. Emily and the others are stripped of their passports and money. They’re cut off from their families back home. The Kingdom’s practices become increasingly manipulative and dangerous.
And someone ends up dead.

My Review:

What happens when you unknowingly join a cult?

Those who Prey was such an eye opening read. It shows you not to trust people you just met. Also that anyone can prey on people who are lonely. The storyline was so good and very tense. The characters you will like as well. The first couple pages draws you in good and you can’t seem to put this book down.

I did like Emily in the book. It’s her first time leaving home and doing college life. She tries to do the right thing with her roommate and it backfires. Emily becomes and outcast at school. Then a chance encounter with Josh change things.

She has a new friends to hang with, a new boy crush and get to go away to Italy for a bit. It all seems like a big dream come true, but once she enters Itlay things take a turn for the worse. Will Emily be able to escape the Kingdom?

This book was very suspenseful in the beginning to the end. So I read it in one sitting. Also look how pretty this cover to book. You can see how lonely Emily looks on it and I like the color pink. This book was something new to me. I never read anything about cults before, but this book blew my mind. It very eye opening as I said before. Just be cautious on new people you meet.

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Spontaneous by Aaron Starmer

Summary:
A darkly funny and spectacularly original exploration of friendship, goodbyes—and spontaneous combustion.
Mara Carlyle’s senior year is going as normally as could be expected, until—wa-bam!—fellow senior Katelyn Ogden explodes during third period pre-calc.
Katelyn is the first, but she won’t be the last teenager to blow up without warning or explanation. As the seniors continue to pop like balloons and the national eye turns to Mara’s suburban New Jersey hometown, the FBI rolls in and the search for a reason is on.
Whip-smart and blunt, Mara narrates the end of their world as she knows it while trying to make it to graduation in one piece. It’s an explosive year punctuated by romance, quarantine, lifelong friendship, hallucinogenic mushrooms, bloggers, ice cream trucks, “Snooze Button™,” Bon Jovi, and the filthiest language you’ve ever heard from the President of the United States.

My Review:

It hard enough dealing with the stress of high school. Now you must deal with the stress of blowing up.

The main character, Katelyn is looking forward to her last year of school. Going to prom with the boy she loves. Having fun with her best friends. The only thing that stopping her having fun, when her classmates start blowing. Katelyn tries to hard to enjoy her last year or it may be her last..

Spontaneous was such a good book. Mostly gets you into the Halloween mood. Despite some kids blowing up and people afraid of the senior class, Katelyn makes the best of whatever time she has left with her boyfriend and best friend. Might have some trigger warning when kids start blowing up. No one in town can make sense of it. This book is all about having fun because it may be your last day on earth. I did like the cover to this read, it kinda cute and fun looking.

When I first heard about this book, I saw the movie trailer. It looks like a lot of fun the movie and it on demand for those who want to watch it.

https://youtu.be/0dt523AHZWY

Happy Reading!!!

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The Safe Place by Anna Downes

Summary:
Emily is a mess.
Emily Proudman just lost her acting agent, her job, and her apartment in one miserable day.
Emily is desperate.
Scott Denny, a successful and charismatic CEO, has a problem that neither his business acumen nor vast wealth can fix. Until he meets Emily.
Emily is perfect.
Scott offers Emily a summer job as a housekeeper on his remote, beautiful French estate. Enchanted by his lovely wife Nina, and his eccentric young daughter, Aurelia, Emily falls headlong into this oasis of wine-soaked days by the pool. But soon Emily realizes that Scott and Nina are hiding dangerous secrets, and if she doesn’t play along, the consequences could be deadly.
Superbly tense and oozing with atmosphere, Anna Downs’s debut is the perfect summer suspense, with the modern gothic feel of Ruth Ware and the morally complex family dynamics of Lisa Jewell.
Welcome to paradise…will you ever be able to leave?

My Review:

Welcome to The Safe Place, a place where you can kick off your shoes and relax by the pool.

For Emily that what she desperately needs am escape from her crappy life. One day everything starts to mysteriously go down hill. Her ceo boss takes an special interest her case and hires her as in live in housekeeper. Everything seems way to prefect the job and the family she working for. Ignoring her intuition that something is amist in this perfect home, she enjoy her time by the pool and caring for their daughter. Something that perfect, could be hiding some dark secrets.

The Safe Place was a nice adult mystery read that I liked. To me the storyline got a bit predictable. It was a little tense toward the end of the book. Don’t blame the main character ignoring the signs something is wrong. Emily just enjoying her time buying things and relax at the pool to question much. If I live in a huge mansion like that I would be enjoying the pool everyday, just forget the crazy stuff happening.

Enjoy your stay at The Safe Place, just beware you may not be able to call for help.

Happy Reading!!!

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Crush by Tracy Wolff

Summary:
Everything feels off—especially me. I’ve returned to Katmere Academy, but I’m haunted by fragments of days I have no recollection of living and struggling to understand who, or what, I really am.
Just when I start to feel safe again, Hudson is back with a vengeance. He insists there are secrets I don’t know about, threatening to drive a wedge between Jaxon and me forever. But far worse enemies are at our doorstep.
The Circle is caught in a power play and the Vampire Court is trying to drag me out of my world and into theirs. The only thing Hudson and Jaxon agree on is that leaving Katmere would mean my certain death.
And not only am I fighting for my life, but now everyone else’s is at stake—unless we can defeat an unspeakable evil. All I know is that saving the people I love is going to require sacrifice.

My Review:

This is book two of Crave if you have yet read book one, then you can disregard this review.

Crush pick up where we left off in the first book. Grace walking around the campus with no memory of what happen to her in the pass months. Each day Grace starts loosing track of the time and more memories. While everyone wonders what happens to Hudson, they find out he could be very close.

This book was such a fast pace read. I really love how much each have the characters have grown since the last book. There so many fun new characters you might love and enjoy. It still full of some fun twists and turns until the very end.

This time Grace is not a useless human, she finds out she a badass gargoyle. As we all have find out at the end of Crave. This time you will see her train and access her abilities and prove that she does belongs. Also while dealing, with two hot vampire brothers pinning for her attention.

So enjoy the fun in Crush.

Happy Reading!!!

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{Arc Review} Accidentally by Alex Richards

Book Summary:
This timely, emotionally-resonant story about a teen girl dealing with the aftermath of a tragic shooting is a must-read from an exciting new YA talent.
Johanna has had more than enough trauma in her life. She lost her mom in a car accident, and her father went AWOL when Johanna was just a baby. At sixteen, life is steady, boring . . . maybe even stifling, since she’s being raised by her grandparents who never talk about their daughter, her mother Mandy.
Then he comes back: Robert Newsome, Johanna’s father, bringing memories and pictures of Mandy. But that’s not all he shares. A tragic car accident didn’t kill Mandy–it was Johanna, who at two years old, accidentally shot her own mother with an unsecured gun.
Now Johanna has to sort through it all–the return of her absentee father, her grandparents’ lies, her part in her mother’s death. But no one, neither her loyal best friends nor her sweet new boyfriend, can help her forgive them. Most of all, can she ever find a way to forgive herself?
In a searing, ultimately uplifting story, debut author Alex Richards tackles a different side of the important issue that has galvanized teens across our country.

My Review:

What happens that your life seems perfect, but someone from the past takes it away?

Johanna seems to a have a nice life with her grandparents after her mother death. She has awesome friends and slowly develops a crush on the new kid in school. Then her life takes a different direction when she finds a letter from her missing father. Once she tries to make amends with him, her life gets turn upside and family secrets get revealed.

Accidentally book is one of those emotional reads. The storyline is very heart breaking and well written. I felt so bad for the main character and what she going through in the book. This book may be sensitive to some readers. I really enjoyed everything about this read and the emotions this book brings to readers.

This review is a little short, sorry. A lot of Summary sums a lot on what’s happening. The main character Johanna has such awesome support from her friends and the new guy. It hard watching her push people away while she deals with everything alone. Hopefully Johanna find some peace in the end.

Book comes out July 7th, 2020.

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{Arc Review} House of Dragons by Jessica Cluess

Summary:
Five royal houses will hear the call to compete in the Trial for the dragon throne. A liar, a soldier, a servant, a thief, and a murderer will answer it. Who will win?
When the Emperor dies, the five royal houses of Etrusia attend the Call, where one of their own will be selected to compete for the throne. It is always the oldest child, the one who has been preparing for years to compete in the Trial. But this year is different. This year, these five outcasts will answer the call….
THE LIAR: Emilia must hide her dark magic or be put to death.
THE SOLDIER: Lucian is a warrior who has sworn to never lift a sword again.
THE SERVANT: Vespir is a dragon trainer whose skills alone will keep her in the game.
THE THIEF: Ajax knows that nothing is free–he must take what he wants.
THE MURDERER: Hyperia was born to rule and will stop at nothing to take her throne.

My Review:

House of Dragons was action packed and full of fun. Well there may be some blood shed also. I was excited to get my hand on the arc at ala this year. Will end up buying it when I can. The world building is not as glamorous as you think it is. It’s full of bad people and killers. Of course they have dragons to make them more deadly. The main characters are ruthless and selfish at times but I did full in love with their dragons.

Emilia is the brains of the group. She knows everything between politics and the dragon trials. Her sister was supposed to go this year but she end up being picked. Now she must fight for her life or have her secery exposed.

Lucian is a big fighter and killer at the start of the book. He wants nothing to do with the dragon trials, but then he gets the call. He notice something different at first at the trials when he see Emilia his old best friend there. Lucian may seem uncaring, but I think Emilia brings out the best in him at times.

Vespir loves to train dragons and has a forbidden love with someone. Never she thought she would get call. She is no royal or even has a house name. Vespir knows nothing much of the ins and out being a royal, so why was she picked to rule?

Ajax is like the comedian in the group. He hardly takes anything series. Ajax is just thief and only cares about himself and his dragon, Dog. He feels sorry for Vespir because he knows they both are the weaknesses leak in the trials.

Hyperia is ruthless and would do anything to lead the kingdom, even kill her own sister to complete. She seems to have a soft side a little bit around Ajak, but I would not trust her. Only ruling the kingdom matters to her, even if she might have to kill again.

There so characters you either love or hate them in the end. The world building and everything was fantastic. Have not yet fallen in love with a character in the book yet.

Mostly I was falling in love with a dragon name, Dog. He has such a cute personality in the book. Dog acts like a dog at times. He is rut of the litter and just want to have fun and be love. While the other dragons are so series about their job. That enough on dragon the dog. I could go on forever.

This review is very long sorry. Lots of story and tons of characters to sort through. So many also twists and turns. Who will win in the end? I’m so looking forward for book two to come out.

Happy Reading!!!