Review: Blood Will Out (Jo Treggiari)

Publication date: June 2018
Amazon price: 
$10.99 USD (Kindle)

Rating: 3.5/5 stars – rounded up because it deserves better than the 2.7 it currently has on Goodreads.
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Synopsis (from Goodreads):  Ari Sullivan is alive—for now.

She wakes at the bottom of a cistern, confused, injured and alone, with only the shadowy recollection of a low-pitched voice and a gloved hand. No one can hear her screams. And the person who put her there is coming back. The killer is planning a gruesome masterpiece, a fairytale tableau of innocence and blood, meticulously designed.

Until now, Ari was happy to spend her days pining for handsome, recent-arrival Stroud Bellows, fantasizing about their two-point-four-kids-future together. Safe in her small hometown of Dempsey Hollow. But now her community has turned very dangerous—and Ari may not be the only intended victim.

Trigger warnings for graphic descriptions of violence against animals and humans; homophobia

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Review: The Mars Room (Rachel Kushner)

Publication date: May 2018
Amazon price: 
$12.99 USD (Kindle)

Rating: 4/5 stars
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Synopsis (from Goodreads): It’s 2003 and Romy Hall is at the start of two consecutive life sentences at Stanville Women’s Correctional Facility, deep in California’s Central Valley. Outside is the world from which she has been severed: the San Francisco of her youth and her young son, Jackson. Inside is a new reality: thousands of women hustling for the bare essentials needed to survive; the bluffing and pageantry and casual acts of violence by guards and prisoners alike; and the deadpan absurdities of institutional living, which Kushner evokes with great humor and precision.

Trigger warnings for pretty much everything you can think of, including sexual assault of children.

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Top 5 books I LOVED that others DIDN’T

Is there a worse feeling in the world than telling your friends about the most AMAZING book you just finished and hearing them reply that they hated it? Probably, but not one I can think of right now. This week’s Top 5 Tuesday is dedicated to those books. The Picture of Dorian Gray. I was LOVING this book and texted our book club leader to … Continue reading Top 5 books I LOVED that others DIDN’T

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

It’s April, in Indiana, and there’s snow outside. I’m unamused. The worst part is, this isn’t even WEIRD for Indiana. It’s supposed to get up to 70 later this week but then it’ll probably drop again at least one more time before we finally get that spring weather and I can plant the bulbs I bought a month ago. Also I guess I’m just gonna … Continue reading It’s Monday! What are you reading?

Mystery & Thriller Week Reads: My Favorites

It’s been a great week revisiting thrillers I’ve read before as well as looking into new ones. Here are a few of my all-time favorite mysteries and thrillers, in case your TBR shelf is looking a bit bare (yeah right).   The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, by Agatha Christie. This was my first Christie and my first Poirot, and it did not disappoint. I never saw the … Continue reading Mystery & Thriller Week Reads: My Favorites

Mystery & Thriller Week Reads: New Releases I’ll Be Reading This Year

Every year brings hundreds of new books to the market, and a large number of them are thillers. It’s good news for people like me who are always looking to read the next big thing, but bad for my TBR list on Goodreads (and my wallet). Here are a few thrillers released recently or being released in 2018 that I’m looking forward to reading! Mine, by … Continue reading Mystery & Thriller Week Reads: New Releases I’ll Be Reading This Year

Mystery & Thriller Week Reads: YA Thrillers

Let’s be honest, everyone loves a good YA book now and again. Don’t tell me you don’t; I won’t believe you.

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YA literature is so special because it so often finds a way to touch on important topics like racism, bullying, eating disorders, oppression, and mental health in a way that is accessible to teens AND adults. And sometimes, they’re just fun books to read. Here are a few YA thrillers for you to check out this week!

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Mystery & Thriller Week Reads: Domestic Thrillers

You would think based on the books that I read that I’m happily single, based on how awful men are in books. No, I’m happily in love despite my husband’s constant attempts to release our cats into the wild. But yeah, I do read a lot of books with just horrible, horrible husbands. So, like, don’t judge me for liking YA, or romances that specify … Continue reading Mystery & Thriller Week Reads: Domestic Thrillers

Mystery & Thriller Week Reads: The Wayward Pines Trilogy

Goodreads informs me that it’s Mystery and Thriller week. Huzzah! I love a good mystery to stump my brain and a thriller to make me afraid to turn out the lights. This week I’ll share a few of my favorite reads in this genre for you to pick up.   First, I’m going with the Wayward Pines trilogy. As I’m sitting here typing this, I’m realizing … Continue reading Mystery & Thriller Week Reads: The Wayward Pines Trilogy