Tag: mystery

Sadie by Courtney Summers | ARC Review

Posted August 20, 2018 in Books, Reviews / 8 Comments
Sadie by Courtney Summers | ARC Review

I literally just finished Sadie about ten minutes before writing this review, and all I can say is…damn. What did I just read? My mind is reeling from the ending and the unsettling nature of the story and the desperation that pervaded the lives of all of the characters…It’s hard to find a book that not only offers something new in terms of plot but also in terms of format, and Sadie does both. Unafraid to tackle terrible, disturbing circumstances, the narrative is brought to life not only by chapters in Sadie’s point of view, but by a mixed media […]


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 […]


Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Arementrout | Review

Posted October 29, 2014 in Books, Five Star Reads, Reviews / 8 Comments
Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Arementrout | Review

I could do nothing else while I read this book. I carried it with me in the car, to meals, to the gym, read it while waiting at the DMV, neglected getting enough sleep to continue it, and finally finished it less than 24 hours later. It was the epitome of a can’t-put-down-until-you-know-the-ending (semi) psychological thriller. I’ll be honest- this was the first novel I’ve read by Arementrout that wasn’t part of her Lux series, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. It was a completely different type of YA novel, a stand alone, and a different publisher (her Lux […]


The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett- Review

Posted October 15, 2014 in Books, Reviews / 8 Comments
The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett- Review

The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett My rating: 3/5 Stars Publisher: Tor Teen (March 2013) Length: 367 pgs Series: The Arkwell Academy (#1) Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal Fiction Format: Hardcover, checked out from my local library Goodreads Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare.Literally. Being the only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for magickind, and living in the shadow of her mother’s infamy, is hard enough. But when Dusty sneaks into Eli Booker’s house, things get a whole lot more complicated. He’s hot, which means sitting […]


Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn Review- The Book That I Was Not Expecting

Posted September 30, 2014 in Books, Reviews / 7 Comments
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn Review- The Book That I Was Not Expecting

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn My rating: 3.5/5 Stars Publisher: Crown (2012) Length: 419 pgs Genre: Adult Fiction/Mystery/Thriller Format: Hardcover, checked out from my local library Goodreads Synopsis: On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have […]


Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff- Review

Posted August 18, 2014 in Books, Reviews / 6 Comments
Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff- Review

Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff My rating: 3/5 Stars Publisher: Razorbill (January 2014) Length: 304 pgs Genre: YA Paranormal/Mystery Fiction Format: Hardcover, checked out from my local library Goodreads Synopsis: The city of Ludlow is gripped by the hottest July on record. The asphalt is melting, the birds are dying, petty crime is on the rise, and someone in Hannah Wagnor’s peaceful suburban community is killing girls. For Hannah, the summer is a complicated one. Her best friend Lillian died six months ago, and Hannah just wants her life to go back to normal. But how can things be normal […]


Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas- Review

Posted July 22, 2014 in Books, Five Star Reads, Reviews / 11 Comments
Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas- Review

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas My rating: 5/5 Stars! Publisher: Simon Pulse (2013) Length: 400 pgs Format: Paperback, purchased from Amazon Goodreads Synopsis: It’s Spring Break of senior year. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and a few other close friends are off to a debaucherous trip to Aruba that promises to be the time of their lives. But when Elise is found brutally murdered, Anna finds herself trapped in a country not her own, fighting against vile and contemptuous accusations. As Anna sets out to find her friend’s killer; she discovers hard truths about her friendships, the […]


Nancy Drew: The Sassy Sleuth is Still Relevant Today

Posted July 16, 2014 in Book Research/History, Books / 12 Comments
Nancy Drew: The Sassy Sleuth is Still Relevant Today

My Journey as a Reader with Nancy Drew  Growing up, I was always a voracious reader. Yet there was a pivotal moment in my reading journey that I clearly remember in elementary school. My mom cam home from work one day and gave me my first Nancy Drew book ever, The Mystery of the Moss-Covered Mansion. That moment fostered a long love for Nancy Drew mysteries that I still have to this day. After that fateful day, I would pester my parents every few weeks, begging them to take me to Costco, where the book section sold the original Nancy […]