Book Review: Truly Devious

Book Review: Truly Devious

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
Series: Truly Devious #1
Release Date: May 14, 2019
Genres: YA contemporary, mystery
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. It was founded by Albert Ellingham, an early twentieth century tycoon, who wanted to make a wonderful place full of riddles, twisting pathways, and gardens. “A place,” he said, “where learning is a game.”

Shortly after the school opened, his wife and daughter were kidnapped. The only real clue was a mocking riddle listing methods of murder, signed with the frightening pseudonym “Truly, Devious.” It became one of the great unsolved crimes of American history.

True-crime aficionado Stevie Bell is set to begin her first year at Ellingham Academy, and she has an ambitious plan: She will solve this cold case. That is, she will solve the case when she gets a grip on her demanding new school life and her housemates: the inventor, the novelist, the actor, the artist, and the jokester. But something strange is happening. Truly Devious makes a surprise return, and death revisits Ellingham Academy. The past has crawled out of its grave. Someone has gotten away with murder.

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ARC Review: Brothersong

ARC Review: Brothersong

Brothersong by TJ Klune
Series: Green Creek #4
Release Date: October 13, 2020
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟

In the ruins of Caswell, Maine, Carter Bennett learned the truth of what had been right in front of him the entire time. And then it—he—was gone.

Desperate for answers, Carter takes to the road, leaving family and the safety of his pack behind, all in the name of a man he only knows as a feral wolf. But therein lies the danger: wolves are pack animals, and the longer Carter is on his own, the more his mind slips toward the endless void of Omega insanity.

But he pushes on, following the trail left by Gavin.

Gavin, the son of Robert Livingstone. The half-brother of Gordo Livingstone.

What Carter finds will change the course of the wolves forever. Because Gavin’s history with the Bennett pack goes back further than anyone knows, a secret kept hidden by Carter’s father, Thomas Bennett.

And with this knowledge comes a price: the sins of the fathers now rest upon the shoulders of their sons.

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Review: Heartsong

Review: Heartsong

Heartsong by TJ Klune
Series: Green Creek #3
Release Date: October 22, 2019
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

All Robbie Fontaine ever wanted was a place to belong. After the death of his mother, he bounces around from pack to pack, forming temporary bonds to keep from turning feral. It’s enough—until he receives a summons from the wolf stronghold in Caswell, Maine.

Life as the trusted second to Michelle Hughes—the Alpha of all—and the cherished friend of a gentle old witch teaches Robbie what it means to be pack, to have a home.

But when a mission from Michelle sends Robbie into the field, he finds himself questioning where he belongs and everything he’s been told. Whispers of traitorous wolves and wild magic abound—but who are the traitors and who the betrayed?

More than anything, Robbie hungers for answers, because one of those alleged traitors is Kelly Bennett—the wolf who may be his mate.

The truth has a way of coming out. And when it does, everything will shatter.

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Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag 2020

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag 2020

I can’t believe we’re already half-way through 2020. I could have sworn we were almost at 2021. I hope everyone is staying safe! Anyway, here are some books that have stood out to me this year. 🙂

1 – Best Books You’ve Read So Far

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Charming Like Us (Like Us #7) by Krista Ritchie, Becca Ritchie

2 – Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far
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Wicked Bite (Night Rebel #2) by Jeaniene Frost

3 – New Releases You Haven’t Read But Want To

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The Hunter (Boston Belles #1)by L.J. Shen
My Calamity Jane (The Lady Janies #3) by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

4 – Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of the Year

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The Extraordinaries (The Extraordinaries #1) by T.J. Klune
Midnight Sun (The Twilight Saga #5) by Stephenie Meyer

5 – Biggest Disappointment
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A Heart So Fierce and Broken (Cursebreakers #2) by Brigid Kemmerer

6 – Biggest Surprise
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Her Name in the Sky by Kelly Quindlen

7 – Favorite New-to-You Author
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Katie May

8 – Newest Fictional Crush
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Theta Knight (and honestly everyone in this series)

9 – Newest Favorite Character
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Stella Lane

10 – Book That Made You Cry

I can’t think of any right now 😂

11 – Book That Made You Happy
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Wherever You Are (Bad Reputation Duet #2) by Krista Ritchie, Becca Ritchie

12 – Most Beautiful Books You’ve Bought This Year (Coverly Love) 
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The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

13 – Books You HAVE to Read By the End of the Year

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You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

Review: Charming Like Us

Review: Charming Like Us

Charming Like Us by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie
Series: Like Us #7
Release Date: June 23, 2020
Genres: M/M romance
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

As the hottest bodyguard on Security Force Omega, Oscar Oliveira has no trouble finding a warm body at any odd hour. But he’s ready for more.

And for the first time in this ex-pro boxer’s life, he just got rejected. For a kiss.

Oscar’s friends warned him not to fall for the straight guy, but flirty, sexy-as-hell Jack Highland made that difficult. Now Jack has Oscar’s sweater. His belt. His bandana. And Oscar seriously wants them back.

As for Jack – well, Jack wants a lot of things.

But for the first time in this confident filmmaker’s life, he’s absolutely 100%… confused. Add another ultra-complication in a sea of complicated: Enter Charlie Cobalt.

The enigmatic famous one that Oscar is sworn to protect wants his own show, and he’s asked Jack to film it. A Charlie-centric docuseries will force Oscar & Jack to share the same air again.

Option 1: Ignore each other.
Option 2: Flirt, aw yeah. And act like the rejection never happened.
Option 3: Confront each other about the rejected kiss.

With options on the table and their romantic lives unsettled, both Jack & Oscar are concerned about why Charlie wants his own show. And the longer filming lasts, the more tumultuous their personal & professional worlds become.

Chaos reigns when you’re around the Cobalts, and Jack & Oscar are swept up among the most destructive one.

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