Genre: Mystery

A Psalm for Lost Girls by Katie Bayerl | Review

Posted February 18, 2019 in Books, Reviews / 3 Comments
A Psalm for Lost Girls by Katie Bayerl | Review

If you follow my reviews at all, you know I’m fascinated by YA books that incorporate the theme of religion into them. As a Religious Studies major in college (think of it as “comparative world religion” rather than theology) I was fascinated by studying different customs, rituals, rites of passage, etc. So when I read the synopsis for A Psalm for Lost Girls I was hooked. Focusing on the events AFTER the death of the protagonists sister (Tess) who was thought to be a miracle worker, it follows a town’s trek to have the sister canonized as a Catholic saint […]


The Au Pair by Emma Rous | ARC Review

Posted January 21, 2019 in Books, Reviews / 3 Comments
The Au Pair by Emma Rous | ARC Review

*Many thanks to Berkely and NetGalley for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review!* In today’s over saturated world of mediocre thrillers, it can be hard to find one that simultaneously manages to surprise me and that’s well written. So many thriller novels I actually find work better for me in a movie format, so I’m always on a hunt for a solidly written mystery/thriller that manages to create an unsettling, atmospheric world on the page. That’s exactly what I experienced with The Au Pair to my delight, and found myself completely immersed in a mystery that not […]


The Death of Mrs. Westaway | Review

Posted November 19, 2018 in Books, Boyfriend Book Reviews, Reviews / 2 Comments
The Death of Mrs. Westaway | Review

“Après moi, le déluge.” -Attributed to Louis XV, later quoted by Mrs. Westaway. Well alright alright alright. This was a fun one, rabid readers. As a big fan of Agatha Christie, my eyebrows pricked up when in the preview blurb for this book Ruth Ware was honored as “The Agatha Christie of our time.” ‘Oh yeah? … We shall see…’ I thought, and downloaded one of her other books, The Woman in Cabin 10. I thought that one was great… ‘till the very end where there was a pretty substantial shark jump. But hey not even Agatha Christie churned out […]


The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas | Review

Posted October 8, 2018 in Books, Reviews / 12 Comments
The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas | Review

I’m always proclaiming my love of thrillers, yet it feels so rarely do I find YA thrillers that don’t leave me feeling disappointed. They’re often predictable, unbelievable, or over dramatic and lack the ominous feeling that I crave when diving into a thriller. When I heard about The Cheerleaders, I was immediately struck by how simple (and unsettling) the cover was, so I decided to add it to my TBR, hoping it might stand out. I’m happy to report that it did indeed stand out and proved to be an unsettling and surprising story that left my thriller craving self […]


Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson | Review

Posted April 9, 2018 in Books, Reviews / 10 Comments
Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson | Review

You know when you are so certain you are going to love a book that you break all book buying bans to pre-order it and already have a place of honor waiting for it on your shelves? That’s how I was about Truly Devious- I loved the Shades of London series by Johnson that I binged last fall and I was super excited for a novel that included mystery + boarding school so I was expecting it to be a 4-5 star read, easily. So you can imagine my disappointment when I was finding myself bored with the novel I […]


Dangerous Boys Aren’t Nearly As Dangerous As Girls

Posted August 21, 2017 in Reviews / 10 Comments
Dangerous Boys Aren’t Nearly As Dangerous As Girls

I have to admit, I bought Dangerous Boys several years ago and had been waiting to read it for a time when I really wanted a treat, as I loved Dangerous Girls so much that I thought another thriller by the author would DEFINITELY deliver. And while Dangerous Girls will still hold a place in my heart as one of the greatest YA thrillers of all time, I was just so disappointed by Dangerous Boys. Perhaps it was the lack of the courtroom drama/unsolved crime element to the book, or perhaps I was comparing it too much to the author’s […]


City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson | Mini Review

Posted April 24, 2017 in Reviews / 6 Comments
City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson | Mini Review

2017 seems to be a year rife with diverse titles, and one of my reading challenge goals has been to read more widely and diversely this year. City of Saints and Thieves seemed like a great way to expand my reading horizons as it’s a book featuring diverse characters, set outside of the United States (in Kenya) and deals with many political and humanitarian rights issues. What I also didn’t glean until I started the book and paid attention to the synopsis more closely is that it’s a thriller, with the protagonist on the hunt for revenge for her mother’s […]


The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins | Mini Review

Posted December 5, 2016 in Reviews / 5 Comments
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins | Mini Review

The thing about thrillers is that it’s usually best to write a review right after finishing it, because all of the twists, turns, and plot reveals and emotions they evoked as so fresh in your mind. However, with The Girl on the Train, I was so tired of it by the time I finally finished that I wasn’t motivated to jot down my thoughts. My expectations were let down and I had no desire to relive the experience anytime soon. So now, a little over a month later, I’m catching up on reviews and struggling to remember the emotions that […]


Book Buddies Review: Daughter of Deep Silence

Posted October 19, 2016 in Book Buddies Reviews, Reviews / 2 Comments
Book Buddies Review: Daughter of Deep Silence

Cristina & Lauren Read: Book Buddies is a fun, collaborative review feature that I participate in once a season with my friend Lauren who runs the blog Bookmarklit. We choose a themed book for the season, read it, and then answer fun questions that pertain to the book’s themes and each feature the book in our own way! Check out the second part of our feature on Lauren’s blog! Cover Contest! A new trend in YA book recently seems to be the changing of a book’s cover when it is released in paperback. While this has been something that’s happened […]


You Won’t Catch Me Extending My Stay Anytime Soon

Posted November 16, 2015 in Reviews / 4 Comments
You Won’t Catch Me Extending My Stay Anytime Soon

Hotel Ruby was another coveted addition to my collection thanks to ALA this summer in San Francisco. I had heard some buzz about the book prior to the event, and the cover was absolutely stunning. When I found out that Suzanne Young was going to be signing ARCs of either Hotel Ruby or her “The Program” books, I knew I wanted to opt for Hotel Ruby because it has a total Tower of Terror Vibe to it from the synopsis (I am a huge fan of the Tower of Terror ride at the Disney resorts, and I love the haunting […]