Review: A Murderous Relations (Veronica Speedwell #5) by Deanna Raybourn

Title: A Murderous Relations
Series: Veronica Speedwell #5
Author: Deanna Raybourn
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: March 10th, 2020
Page Length: 320
Genre: Historical | Mystery | Romance
Age Range: Adult
Rating: 4.5⭐

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Veronica Speedwell and her natural historian colleague Stoker are asked by Lady Wellingtonia Beauclerk to help with a potential scandal so explosive it threatens to rock the monarchy. Prince Albert Victor is a regular visitor to the most exclusive private club in London, known as the Club de l’Etoile, and the proprietess, Madame Aurore, has received an expensive gift that can be traced back to the prince. Lady Wellie would like Veronica and Stoker to retrieve the jewel from the club before scandal can break.

Worse yet, London is gripped by hysteria in the autumn of 1888, terrorized by what would become the most notorious and elusive serial killer in history, Jack the Ripper–and Lady Wellie suspects the prince may be responsible.

Veronica and Stoker reluctantly agree to go undercover at Madame Aurore’s high class brothel, where another body soon turns up. Many secrets are swirling around Veronica and the royal family–and it’s up to Veronica and Stoker to find the truth, before it’s too late for all of them.

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Review: It Will End Like This by Kyra Leigh

Title: It Will End Like This
Author: Kyra Leigh
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: January 4th, 2022
Page Length: 352
Genre: Horror | Thriller
Age Range: YA
Rating: 4⭐

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For fans of The Cheerleaders and Sadie comes a psychological thriller that reminds us that in real life, endings are rarely as neat as happily ever after. A contemporay take on the Lizzie Borden story that explores how grief can cut deep.

Charlotte lost her mother six months ago, and still no one will tell her exactly what happened the day she mysteriously died. They say her heart stopped, but Charlotte knows deep down that there’s more to the story.

The only person who gets it is Charlotte’s sister, Maddi. Maddi agrees—people’s hearts don’t just stop. There are too many questions left unanswered for the girls to move on.

But their father is moving on. With their mother’s personal assistant. And both girls are sure that she’s determined to take everything that’s theirs away for herself.

Now the only way to get their lives back is for Charlotte and Maddi to decide how this story ends, themselves.

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Review: The Collective by Alison Gaylin

Title: The Collective
Author: Alison Gaylin
Publisher: William Morrow
Release Date: November 2nd, 2021
Page Length: 338
Genre: Thriller
Age Range: Adult
Rating: 4⭐

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The USA Today bestselling and Edgar Award–winning author of Never Look Back and If I Die Tonight plumbs the dark side of justice and the depths of diabolical revenge in this propulsive novel of psychological suspense that melds the driving narrative of Then She Was Gone with the breathtaking twists of The Chain and the violent fury of Kill Bill.

Just how far will a grieving mother go to right a tragic wrong?

Camille Gardner is a grieving—and angry—mother who, five years after her daughter’s death, is still obsessed with the privileged young man she believes to be responsible.

When her rash actions attract the attention of a secret group of women—the collective—Camille is drawn into a dark web where these mothers share their wildly different stories of loss as well as their desire for justice in a world where privilege denies accountability and perpetrators emerge unscathed. Fueled by mutual rage, these women orchestrate their own brand of justice through precise, anonymous, complexly plotted and perfectly executed revenge killings, with individual members completing a specific and integral task in each plan.

As Camille struggles to comprehend whether this is a role-playing exercise or terrifying reality, she must decide if these women are truly avenging angels or monsters. Becoming more deeply enmeshed in the group, Camille learns truths about the collective—and about herself—that she may not be able to survive.

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Book Tour: Pink, Blue and You!: Questions for Kids about Gender Stereotypes by Elise Gravel [Picture Book] | Review

Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for Pink, Blue and You!: Questions for Kids about Gender Stereotypes by Elise Gravel. When I first found out about this book, I knew it was one I would want to read. And don’t get me started on how much I love that cover! Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see the tour schedule for other content creators.

Thank you to Elise Gravel and Anne Schwartz Books/Penguin Random House for providing me with an ARC for this review.

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Book Tour: A Night to Die For by Lisa Schroeder | Spotlight

Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for A Night to Die For by Lisa Schroeder. I didn’t get far into the synopsis of this book before I knew it was one I’d have to read next time I’m up for a horror!

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Book Tour: Anne of West Philly: A Modern Graphic Retelling of Anne of Green Gables by Ivy Noelle Weir| Review

Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for Anne of West Philly: A Modern Graphic Retelling of Anne of Green Gables by Ivy Noelle Weir, illustrated by Myisha Haynes. After reading Ivy’s retelling of The Secret Garden, The Secret Garden on 81st Street, I wanted to see see what I would think of a classic retelling that I’m less familiar with. Thank you to Ivy Noelle Weir and Little Brown For Young Readers for providing me with an ARC for this review.

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ARC Review: What Kind of Girl by Alyssa B Sheinmel

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Title: What Kind of Girl
Author: Alyssa B Sheinmel
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: February 4th, 2020
Page Length: 384
Genre: Contemporary
Age Range: Young Adult
Rating: 3.5⭐

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“Both timely and timeless, a powerful exploration of abuse in its many forms, as well as the strength it takes to rise up and speak your truth.”—AMBER SMITH, New York Times bestselling author of The Way I Used to Be

From New York Times bestselling author Alyssa Sheinmel comes an unflinching exploration of the labels society puts on girls and women—and the strength it takes to rise above it all to claim your worth and declare your truth.

The girls at North Bay Academy are taking sides.

It all started when Mike Parker’s girlfriend showed up with a bruise on her face. Or, more specifically, when she walked into the principal’s office and said Mike hit her. But her classmates have questions. Why did she go to the principal and not the police? Why did she stay with Mike if he was hurting her? Obviously, if it’s true, Mike should face the consequences. But is it true?

Some girls want to rally for Mike’s expulsion—and some want to rally around Mike. As rumors about what really happened spread, the students at North Bay Academy will question what it means to be guilty or innocent, right or wrong.

Praise for What Kind of Girl:

“A poignant, thought-provoking novel that will resonate deeply.”—Kirkus

“A rallying cry.”—Booklist

“I immediately saw myself in this book, which so thoroughly explains the thought process when coming to terms with victimhood and survivorship. I felt understood.”—Chessy Prout, author of I Have the Right To

“Important, raw, timely, and ultimately hopeful…demands readers discuss the trauma of teen dating violence and how girls are so often taught—even expected—to internalize their victimization.”—Shannon M. Parker, author of The Girl Who Fell and The Rattled Bones

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Review: Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter

Title: Not if I Save You First
Author: Ally Carter
Publisher: Scholastic
Release Date: March 27th, 2018
Page Length: 304
Genre: Suspense | Thriller
Age Range: YA
Rating: 3.5⭐

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Bestselling author Ally Carter returns with an exciting stand-alone novel, about a girl stranded in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness with the boy who wronged her . . . as an assassin moves in.

Maddie and Logan were torn apart by a kidnapping attempt when they were young. They were only kids — Logan’s dad was POTUS and Maddie’s father was the Secret Service agent meant to guard him. The kidnappers were stopped — but Maddie was whisked off to Alaska with her father, for satety. Maddie and Logan had been inseparable . . . but then she never heard from him again.

Now it’s a few years later. Maggie’s a teenager, used to living a solitary life with her father. It’s quiet — until Logan is sent to join them. After all this time without word, Maddie has nothing to say to him — until their outpost is attacked, and Logan is taken. They won’t be out of the woods until they’re . . . out of the woods, and Maddie’s managed to thwart the foes and reconcile with Logan.

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Book Tour: Across a Field of Starlight by Blue Delliquanti | Review

Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for Across a Field of Starlight by Blue Delliquanti. The second this tour was announced, I knew I had to read it! Queer SciFi – hell yeah! Plus reading a bit of O Human had my hopes high for this graphic novel. So what did I think?

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Book Tour: Horror Hotel by Victoria Fulton & Faith McClaren | Review

Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for Horror Hotel by Victoria Fulton & Faith McClaren. I’ve been in the mood for Horrors lately and I haven’t had much experience with YA ones, so this was a perfect one to add to my TBR! Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see the tour schedule for other content creators.

Thank you to Victoria Fulton, Faith McClaren and Underlined for providing me with an ARC for this review.

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