Cracked up to be

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Book title: Cracked up to be

Author: Courtney Summers

Pub Date: Feb 04, 2020

Genre: YA

*YAY- this is a re-issue of Cracked Up to be, with an added forward from the author**

Parker Fadley is a high school senior dealing with some pretty heavy stuff! Parker’s story starts at her boyfriends party, a night she will never forget, and never forgive herself for.

Parker was the captain of the cheerleading squad, the most popular girl in school, and a better than straight-A student before that night. The flashbacks she has weave into the storyline so effortlessly, and they continue building until the very end.

Parker is not a very likable protagonist, she is an asshole full of teenage angst….but I found myself heartbroken over and over agin while reading her story, and I completely fell in love with her.

The new forward from the author is beautiful and poignant; it is so raw, and fits this story so perfectly that I thought about it a lot during the course of the book. While this is a YA novel, it deals with heavy subject matter- rape, suicide, sex, and drug & alcohol abuse.

While the book builds and builds up to the climax, it came so suddenly, and poof it was over. I would have liked to have seen the story play out more in the end. I felt like the story was a long fuse building to this very short, abrupt end.

*I originally gave this book 4 stars, but after some thought I am giving it a solid 5 stars. I gave it 4 stars because of the abrupt end, but I keep thinking about this book, and how I’m only sad about the ending because I wanted more!*

This book is a fantastic read, I enjoyed it so much that I devoured it in two sittings, and I’m already looking forward to reading the authors other books as this was my first!

I hope you all love Parker Fadley as much as I did! Happy reading, friends!

*Many thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for my advanced copy of this book!

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3168175903

Ninth House

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Book title: Ninth House

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Pub date: Oct 8, 2019

Genre: Adult fantasy

CONGRATULATIONS to the Goodreads 2019 readers choice- adult fantasy winner!

“This is why he had done it, not because of guilt or pride but because this was the moment he’d been waiting for: the chance to show someone else wonder, to watch them realize that they had not been lied to, that the world they’d been promised as children was not something that had to be abandoned, that there really was something lurking in the wood, beneath the stairs, between the stars, that everything was full of mystery.”

I could not put this book down. Shower? food? sleep? who needs those silly things! Not me, not while reading this book! To be fair, this book will not be for everyone, there are a fair amount of trigger warnings in this book. Rape, drug use/overdose, possession, sexual assault of a minor. HOWEVER, if you like extremely dark, gory fantasy novels with a dash of occult magic here, and a dusting of murder and conspiracy….you have found your book.

The thing that I loved about this book is that Alex Stern’s world is no different than our own, until she discovers Yale’s secret societies, and their hidden worlds of magic and intrigue. All of the societies in the book are based on real secret societies at Yale, which I found to be not only super awesome, but incredibly interesting. The spin Bardugo puts on these societies is FANTASTIC, and on a basic level, what I have honestly always thought happens in any secret club. MAGIC!!!!

While this book will not be everyone’s cup of tea, I think for Bardugo’s first adult fantasy novel, she smashed it! I loved every twist, and believe me, they keep coming until the very last sentence. If you want a dark, atmospheric, magical fantasy with a strong heroine….TADA, this is it!

I am ready for the sequel, the movie, the hype. I’m ready for it all. Let’s talk about this book!

Buy This Book!

Amazon- https://www.amazon.com/Ninth-House-Leigh-Bardugo-ebook/dp/B07LF64DZ2/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=ninth+house&qid=1580681006&sr=8-1

Barnes & Noble-https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ninth-house-leigh-bardugo/1130016082?ean=9781250266453#/

Hold Your Breath

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Book title: Hold Your Breath

Author: B P Walter

Pub date: April 2, 2020

Genres: mystery, fiction

goodreads 5 stars

She holds my gaze for a couple of seconds, then presses on. ‘What you say in this interview will be recorded. We will take into account what you tell us today when we decide whether to pursue formal arrest and any potential criminal charges. You have not brought any legal representation with you, and I believe you declined the offer of a solicitor to be appointed for you?”

I nod again. “yes.”

She produces a folder from her bag under the desk. ‘I trust you have an idea as to why you’re here?’ It’s said like a question, and she raises her eyebrows at me.

‘I do. i’m here because…’ I take a deep breath, trying to stop my speech becoming shaky, ‘because of what happened in the woods, All those years ago.”

“Hold Your Breath” by BP Walter was my first 5 star book of 2020! I devoured every twisted, scary, heartbreaking morsel of this book in two days!

I absolutely loved this book for so many reasons. This book is written from the perspective of a 10 year old girl, named Kitty. The story starts with a string of emails to now grown Kitty from detectives investigating a horrible accident that happened many years ago when her father took her and her mother to a ‘rustic’ cabin in the woods for a short holiday. I was immersed in Kitty’s world. It was herd to read such a deeply heartbreaking story from the perspective of such a young girl, but I was hooked on the first chapter.’

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and just when I thought everything had fallen into place, there was a another little twist. It was fantastic!

If you love twisty mystery thrillers, you will love this book!

About the author:

B P Walter was born and raised in Essex, England. After spending his childhood and teenage years reading compulsively, he worked in bookshops then went to the University of Southampton to study Film and English followed by an MA in Film & Cultural Management. He is an alumni of the Faber Academy and currently works in social media coordination for the book retailer Waterstones in London.

Amazon link-https://www.amazon.com/B-P-Walter/e/B07GNFLBMD%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share

Goodreads link- https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18366746.B_P_Walter?from_search=true