It's a delight to return to the world that Dhonielle Clayton initially created in THE BELLES. We rejoin Camille in her efforts to overthrow Sophia, and find her sisters who have been scattered around the land. We meet the delightful anarchic anti-beauty regiment women, The Iron Ladies, who join Camille in striving to reunite the Belles, and stop Sophia whatever the cost.
I'm thrilled by the proliferation of females in these novels, and their unification against all odds. There is a power to Camille that is exciting, and I felt that even more in this sequel. Clayton's lush language fills every corner of every page, and I could have easily read another 100 pages of her writing.
As with THE BELLES, I applaud Clayton taking on the issues of beauty, female competition, and the lengths women will go to in order to look "ideal." I think this should be required reading for teenagers and young women alike.
YES to this gothic modern mystery. Gothic is always a buzzword for me, and this novel did not disappoint. Set in the competitive world of academia, Clare's colleague is murdered, and the killer might be closer than she thinks. She resorts to confiding in her diary, but is that safe?
Strong incorporation of literary references, spooky atmosphere, and a page-turning whodunit makes this novel a worthy read. I appreciated Elly Griffiths' ability to draw in the reader with multiple POVs; I got a well-rounded experience of the happenings at the school, and police departments.
I got MAGPIE MURDER mixed with THE MOONSTONE vibes from this novel. A strong addition to the canon of gothic mysteries for a new age.
I finished this book a few days ago, and can't stop thinking about it. The mark of a successful read.
I received this book from OwlCrate, and if I hadn't I'm not sure that I would have picked it up. Very glad I did.
Astrid Scholte has crafted superbly realized women in this novel, both the various (soon to be dead) queens, and Keralie, our protagonist. Living life as a thief and grifter, Keralie suddenly finds herself with knowledge about the upcoming murders of the rulers of Quadara, and must save her land.
I was fully immersed in Scholte's writing, and couldn't stop reading to find out what was going to happen. There was indeed a twist that I did not see coming, and it ramped up the book in a really exciting way.
I highly recommend this YA novel for fans of mysteries, fantasy reads and strong heroines. Girl. Power.
I wish I could live within the pages of this book.
Being a New-Orleans-ophile (or whatever one obsessed with NOLA is called), I strive to read everything I can get my hands on about the Crescent City.
This novel is a beautiful mash-up of history, magic, human trials and tribulations, and murder. We follow Jude, a demi-god grifter, who has the gift of finding lost items. He uses it as a parlor trick on tourists, but soon finds himself over his head when he loses the highest staked game of poker that ever existed. He must save New Orleans and himself before time runs out.
I loved the sensory overload of this novel. I saw his illegal squat, the shimmering moonlight on the asphalt, and the post-Katrina weary vagrants in Jackson Square. Mixed in with Camp's multitudes of mythological characters, this book is a must-read. Can't wait for more in the series.
Having received a copy of this book from BookishFirst, I was excited to dive right in. The reviews I read were stellar, and I love nothing more than a twisty murder mystery.
All that said, I wanted to love the book more than I did. The second half of the book had a solid twist, but then I felt like Jewell was adding more turns just to up the ante. Some of them obscured the storytelling for me.
Jewell is a talented writer of suspense. I very much enjoyed the different POVs throughout, and her set-up of the murder was nothing short of fantastic.
I did keep jumping back in to find out what happened. So that must mean it's a decent read. But do I find myself raving about it? Not quite.
This book was nothing like I expected, but that didn't detract from it at all.
Maybe because of the cover I was expected a more Edwardian or Victorian mystery, but that was on me. Not at all what was actually happening.
This is a straight up dystopian mystery that speaks to the heart and soul of the reader. It is oh so possible, plausible and frighteningly real.
I enjoyed this book immensely, and recommend it highly to anyone living in our current political climate.
I received a digital copy of the book courtesy of NetGalley, and the publishers Atria Books, for an honest review.
I kept seeing and hearing about this book everywhere I went, so I decided that the universe was telling me to read it. Plus it's written by a woman of color. I'm beyond glad I picked it up. And it was at the very cute independent Pittsburgh bookstore, White Whale Bookstore!
Oyinkan Braithwaite has written a stellar debut novel that is irreverent, timely, smart and bold. I read this book in one sitting, ignoring a family dinner, because I needed to know what was going to happen. It's that good.
I can't recommend it highly enough.
Emotion is a hypocritical being; it seeks the truth but can’t listen. // Olivia Kiernan, TOO CLOSE TO BREATHE
I chose to buy a Kindle digital copy of Olivia Kiernan's novel TOO CLOSE TO BREATHE because it was highly touted by the Irish Times Book Review. Simply put, I was underwhelmed.
Kiernan's writing has been labeled akin to Tana French. While I didn't have the same visceral reaction to it as I often do to French's prose, I did enjoy reading it. She successfully ratcheted up suspense throughout, but I wasn't sold by the ending. I wanted to be able to puzzle together the culprit, but I felt like I wasn't given the adequate information to do it myself.
Frankie was a protagonist that grew on me as the book progressed, and I loved the setting. But those two things alone were not enough to sell me wholeheartedly on this detective novel.
I received this book from Amazon's First Reads program.
I very much loved this quirky new book by Meghan Scott Molin. I haven't been inclined to order any book for the past new First Reads, but this month THE FRAME-UP spoke to me. So glad it did.
In this modern detective novel, we follow MG, a writer for a comic book company, who inadvertently gets roped into solving a crime that seems cut out of the pages of her favorite comics. She teams up with the (cute) detective, and all of her geeky knowledge is put to the test in order to catch this devious culprit.
I found myself laughing out loud at some of Molin's references - from Doctor Who, Harry Potter, LOTR, and countless other fandoms, many of which went over my head. But those I caught, I delighted in. MG feels like a very real girl caught in a slightly unbelievable series of events. I recommend this book highly to those fans of detective stories, fandoms in general, or those who just want to lose themselves in some good ole fashioned fun.
Simone St. James has crafted a rich historical mystery (with ghostly elements) that also satisfies the suspense reader. THE BROKEN GIRLS tells two stories, one in 1950 and one in 2014 - both surrounding Idlewild Hall, a boarding school for troubled girls.
St. James has linked these two separate times beautifully; I was impressed by the through lines she was able to construct between the generations of women. AND I was blown away by the reveal after trying (and failing) to solve the mystery myself. The atmosphere of Idlewild Hall is not one that I will soon forget, nor will I forget the fortitude and strength of the young women St. James depicted.
I received this book via NetGalley - from Berkely Publishing Group - in exchange for an honest review.