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Five Star Arc Review: Out of Salem by Hal Schrieve

Non-binary (transsexual is the term utilized in the book due to being set in the 1990s) zombies, lesbian witches, lesbian Turkish-American witches and a Jewish African-American teacher make Out of Salem, the debut novel by Non-binary author Hal Schrieve, is not only intersectional in its representation but completely unique in the genre he chose to …

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Four Star ARC Review of Killing November by Adriana Mather- Out 3/26

Killing November by Adriana Mather is like Deadly Class if the main character was a part of one of the main families and just didn’t know. The setting is a boarding school unknown to the world that trains children of highly influential political families dating back a millennium. Being a descendent of these elite families …

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4.5 Star ARC Review: To Best the Boys By Mary Weber

Maybe it was just me, but I went To Best the Boys by Mary Weber expecting one thing and getting something completely different. So much in fact that I found myself rewriting this review multiple times (hence it being a day late). I believe it might also be my longest review to date! From the …

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2.5 Stars: What You Hide

What You Hide is a great concept that misses the mark. I applaud Natalie D. Richards for bringing subjects such as adoption, addiction, family violence and homelessness into the plot. Thank you NetGalley and Sourcebooks  for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. However, unnecessary tropes like the romantic relationship between main characters Mallory …

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Arc Review of the most important book being released this year: Heroine by Mindy McGinnis

Please note that that their are upfront trigger warnings for those suffering or recovering from addiction or maybe triggered by reading graphic description of addiction. Heed these words. If you think I have spoiled the ending of Heroine by Mindy McGinnis with the following quote, I have not. This is how the book begins. My …

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4.5 Star Review: After the Fire by Will Hill

After the Fire by Will Hill tells the story of “Moonbeam (appointed, not actual name),” a seventeen-year-old survivor of the Lord Legion cult, which is inspired David Koresh, the Branch Davidian Compound and Waco siege in 1993. Moonbeam is a child promised to the Lord Legion leader, Father John after her father’s death and mother’s …

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2.5 Star ARC Review: Angel Thieves by Kathi Appelt Published March 12th

Angel Thieves is Kathi Appelt's first foray into young adult novels. It encompasses three interwoven stories told non-chronologically, a bayou that holds more secrets than a confessional, "Angel Hunters," and the plight of ocelots being poached for their skins in Texas. Appelt wraps it all up in stylistic prose that reads like a great storyteller …

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3.5 Star ARC Review: Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton Published 3/5/2019

After The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton came out, I was thrilled that I was granted an ARC of Everlasting Rose which is published on March 5th. While there were parts I thoroughly enjoyed, there were more that fell flat. First, I really thought Camille's story arc was amazing. She was no longer the bitter moping …

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Three Star Arc Review: The Last 8 by Laura Pohl Published 3/5/2019

Trigger Warning: Suicide/ Suicidal Thoughts/ Self-Harm/ Depression The Last 8 by Laura Pohl is a science-fiction dystopian story set after an alien invasion. Told from the main character’s point of view, it sets a high-bar for dealing with heady issues straight-on. Without pulling any punches, we watch as Clover works through her Post Traumatic Stress …

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4.5 Star ARC Review: We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia

We Set the Dark on Fire is the debut novel and first in a duology by Tehlor Kay Mejia. An island's tradition is rooted in a long ago mythology where a sun and god king settled their differences by deciding one man should have two wives; a Primera and a Segunda. The Primera is the …

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