*ARC Review* In the Hall with the Knife by Diana Peterfreund

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Title: In the Hall with the Knife

Author: Diana Peterfreund

Publisher: Amulet Books

Release Date: October 8, 2019

Page Count: 304 pages

Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller

Summary:

A murderer could be around every corner in this thrilling YA trilogy based on the board game CLUE! 

When a storm strikes at Blackbrook Academy, an elite prep school nestled in the woods of Maine, a motley crew of students—including Beth “Peacock” Picach, Orchid McKee, Vaughn Green, Sam “Mustard” Maestor, Finn Plum, and Scarlet Mistry—are left stranded on campus with their headmaster. Hours later, his body is found in the conservatory and it’s very clear his death was no accident. With this group of students who are all hiding something, nothing is as it seems, and everyone has a motive for murder. Fans of the CLUE board game and cult classic film will delight in Diana Peterfreund’s modern reimagining of the brand, its characters, and the dark, magnificent old mansion with secrets hidden within its walls.

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My Review

In the Hall with the Knife is a Clue mystery fans will love filled with thrilling dialogue and intrigue. This first book is loaded with Easter eggs from the original movie and game and multiple mysteries outside of a murder. This book is not just about solving a murder: it’s also about determining who everyone can trust when everyone has something to hide.

I thought Peterfreund did a great job staying true to the movie and boardgame while also adding her own personal twists to the story. You get the original characters but here’s a twist: they’re teenagers at an elite boarding school who have to solve a murder with no real murder solving skills. But that easily proves difficult when all of them start to suspect one another. Orchid has a potentially deadly past she’s trying to keep buried. Peacock has a secret that could ruin her life and career. Vaughn is living a double life – and no one suspects that he is. Mustard just transferred to this boarding school with a reason he’s not quite ready to reveal. Plum is the golden boy, but being the golden boy comes at a cost. And Scarlet will do anything to succeed at this school – even go to drastic means to come out on top. And then someone turns up dead – someone that each of them has a motive for murdering. But the question is – who really murdered someone?

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One of my favorite aspects about this book is how Peterfreund revealed something about each character in each of their chapters. Each chapter is a different perspective, and every time something is revealed about that specific character. Some of the secrets I guessed but some I did not see coming. But I thought it was brilliant to reveal a secret in each chapter (and not all of them were outright revealed, some you had to read between the lines or put two and two together). It’s like tiny puzzle pieces fitting together over the length of this novel to create an almost complete puzzle. And with how the story ends, I’m suspecting even more character secrets will be revealed in the next book.

There are multiple point of views, as each of the main Clue characters has a voice, but I thought the chapters and voices really flowed well together. Though there isn’t quite a ton of romance, this first book sets the stage for potential romances between some characters in the next two books (and I’m rooting for two in particular!). It was great to see the characters start to rely on one another and trust their instincts and also develop some key life skills that they wouldn’t be able to learn in a classroom.

Overall, I thought this was a great book perfect for mystery genre fans and teens that are looking for a way to experience a classic board game in a new way. The killer was slightly easy to guess, but I still thought this was a fun and thrilling mystery read and I cannot wait to read the sequel. In the Hall with the Knife comes out next Tuesday, but you can preorder this fun book now!

My rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars

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*Blog Tour + Giveaway* The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring

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Title: The Tenth Girl

Author: Sara Faring

Publisher: Imprint

Release Date: September 24th 2019

Genre: Young Adult, Thriller, Horror, Mystery, Historical Fiction

Synopsis:

Simmering in Patagonian myth, The Tenth Girl is a gothic psychological thriller with a haunting twist.

At the very southern tip of South America looms an isolated finishing school. Legend has it that the land will curse those who settle there. But for Mavi—a bold Buenos Aires native fleeing the military regime that took her mother—it offers an escape to a new life as a young teacher to Argentina’s elite girls.

Mavi tries to embrace the strangeness of the imposing house—despite warnings not to roam at night, threats from an enigmatic young man, and rumors of mysterious Others. But one of Mavi’s ten students is missing, and when students and teachers alike begin to behave as if possessed, the forces haunting this unholy cliff will no longer be ignored.

One of these spirits holds a secret that could unravel Mavi’s existence. In order to survive she must solve a cosmic mystery—and then fight for her life.

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Author Information

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Born in Los Angeles, Sara Faring is a multi-lingual Argentine-American fascinated by literary puzzles. After working in investment banking at J.P. Morgan, she worked at Penguin Random House. She holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in International Studies and from the Wharton School in Business. She currently resides in New York City.

Her first novel, The Tenth Girl, will be released by Macmillan/Imprint on September 24, 2019. Sara is represented by Sarah Bedingfield at Levine Greenberg Rostan Agency.

Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Instagram 

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Tour Schedule

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My Review

“Something in the atmosphere is wrong here, a something I can’t articulate— I only feel a discomfort in the hollow of my chest, the same one that tells you you are not alone when you want to be, or that you are entirely alone when you shouldn’t be.”

It’s that time of year where the leaves begin to change and Halloween is right around the corner. And it’s also the perfect time to read those dark and creepy thrilling reads. The Tenth Girl is definitely one of those books that qualifies as a perfect October read, and a book you don’t want to read in the dark, or probably alone.

I’ll be honest, this book is not for everyone. There’s gore and disturbing (yet oddly enthralling) scenes that are not for the faint of heart. But it’s such an atmospheric and sometimes terrifying read that it’s bound to give you goosebumps, and it’s going to be a book I will recommend to all of my horror-loving genre friends.

Faring does a fantastic job with character development and only releasing pieces of the plot little by little. I enjoyed the two point of views and how descriptive the scenes were. The descriptions gave me this constant eerie feeling, as if something wasn’t right. Which, of course, it wasn’t, especially for the main character. But my overall favorite thing about this book (besides that gorgeous cover and the little snippets of plot reveals on the cover) is by far the twist I never saw coming.

“Those I know who hide their fear best do so because they’re trying to hide it from themselves, knowing it could corrupt some piece of them if acknowledged.”

That ending, though. And that twist. All I can say is WOW. I usually see twists coming but this twist caught me so off guard that I was left open-mouthed and in shock. That twist was absolutely amazing and wonderfully brilliant; even if you don’t like reading horrors, I highly recommend reading this book just for the twist.

The eerie atmosphere and Gothic setting in this story is also what really made this book enjoyable for me. Faring describes this book beautifully and her writing is captivating, yet has this unnatural feeling to it, like as if giving the reader a fair warning that something bad is about to happen. Which, I gotta say, I really enjoyed. This is, overall, a perfect book for horror genre fans.

The Tenth Girl is dark and gritty and full of thrilling (yet spin-chilling) scenes and unique characters. If you love books with ghosts, a killer mystery, and a twist you won’t see coming, then I highly recommend reading The Tenth Girl. Your Gothic soul will thank you.

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Giveaway

Prize: Win a copy of THE TENTH GIRL by Sara Faring (US Only)

Starts: 18th September 2019

Ends: 2nd October 2019

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Thank you, Fantastic Flying Book Club, for having us on this wonderful blog tour!

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*Saturday Spotlight* The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring

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Title: The Tenth Girl

Author: Sara Faring

Publisher: Imprint

Release Date: September 24, 2019

Page Count: 464 pages

Genres: Young Adult, Horror, Mystery, Thriller, Historical

Summary:

Simmering in Patagonian myth, The Tenth Girl is a gothic psychological thriller with a haunting twist.

At the very southern tip of South America looms an isolated finishing school. Legend has it that the land will curse those who settle there. But for Mavi—a bold Buenos Aires native fleeing the military regime that took her mother—it offers an escape to a new life as a young teacher to Argentina’s elite girls.

Mavi tries to embrace the strangeness of the imposing house—despite warnings not to roam at night, threats from an enigmatic young man, and rumors of mysterious Others. But one of Mavi’s ten students is missing, and when students and teachers alike begin to behave as if possessed, the forces haunting this unholy cliff will no longer be ignored.

One of these spirits holds a secret that could unravel Mavi’s existence. In order to survive she must solve a cosmic mystery—and then fight for her life.

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 About the Author

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Born in Los Angeles, Sara Faring is a multi-lingual Argentine-American fascinated by literary puzzles.

After working in investment banking at J.P. Morgan, she worked at Penguin Random House. She holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in International Studies and from the Wharton School in Business.

She currently resides in New York City. (Bio and photo provided from Goodreads)

*Review* The Chain- Adrian McKinty

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You just dropped off your child at the bus stop. A panicked stranger calls your phone. Your child has been kidnapped, and the stranger explains that their child has also been kidnapped, by a completely different stranger. The only way to get your child back is to kidnap another child within 24 hours. Your child will be released only when the next victim’s parents kidnap yet another child, and most importantly, the stranger explains, if you don’t kidnap a child, or if the next parents don’t kidnap a child, your child will be murdered. You are now part of The Chain.

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“The Egyptians lived in a god-and-demon-infested world. There are demons here too, but they are human beings.”

This is every parent’s worst nightmare. You think your child is safe and then you get that dreaded call that your child has been kidnapped. That made this book intense, terrifying, and I just couldn’t stop reading it. It was really addicting even though it was seriously f***ed up.

You think your life is going good. You have a daughter you love unconditionally, you’ve had some great news about your health, and you just got a job that will change your life. And then you get a call that makes your life crash to the ground. Your daughter has been kidnapped and if you don’t follow every direction perfectly, you’ll break the chain and your daughter will die.

The panicked stranger tells you the rules. You have a short period of time to transfer a lot of money in bitcoins to an account on the dark web and then you have to complete the horrifying second part. You must kidnap another kid and relay those same terms to them. You have to pick someone that won’t go to the cops and break that chain. Any little slip will cause a chain reaction in children being murdered.

Now you must become a part of the chain to get your family back. Would you be strong enough to keep the chain intact? Or will you break that chain and cause chaos to your family and lots of others?

This book was completely insane. I didn’t know much about it until a friend mentioned it to me and I was instantly sold. It was morbid and made your skin crawl but there was something about it that I became obsessed with. The mystery was strong and it takes a bit to figure it out but once you do it is shocking.

The Chain is not for the faint of heart. This will be that book that haunts your dreams and makes you hug your children a little closer. It was unique and you won’t be able to put it down. It’s definitely an amazing read in dark sort of way but a must-read.

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*Book Birthday Review* Lock Every Door- Riley Sager

41837243. sy475 No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents, all of whom are rich or famous or both. These are the only rules for Jules Larsen’s new job as an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan’s most high-profile and mysterious buildings. Recently heartbroken and just plain broke, Jules is taken in by the splendor of her surroundings and accepts the terms, ready to leave her past life behind.

As she gets to know the residents and staff of the Bartholomew, Jules finds herself drawn to fellow apartment sitter Ingrid, who comfortingly, disturbingly reminds her of the sister she lost eight years ago. When Ingrid confides that the Bartholomew is not what it seems and the dark history hidden beneath its gleaming facade is starting to frighten her, Jules brushes it off as a harmless ghost story . . . until the next day, when Ingrid disappears.

Searching for the truth about Ingrid’s disappearance, Jules digs deeper into the Bartholomew’s dark past and into the secrets kept within its walls. Her discovery that Ingrid is not the first apartment sitter to go missing at the Bartholomew pits Jules against the clock as she races to unmask a killer, expose the building’s hidden past, and escape the Bartholomew before her temporary status becomes permanent.

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My Review:

“One look at what Ingrid wrote sends me plummeting in a deep well of worry. I read it again, staring at the two words Ingrid had scrawled in a shaky hand….. Be careful.”

Riley Sager’s books are always mysterious and spooky. They leave you feeling uneasy and terrified to be alone. This one is definitely no different but you will have severe trust issues. Just keep telling yourself that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Jules’ life has been going through a rough patch. She recently lost her job, found out that her boyfriend has been cheating on her, and has been living on her best friends sofa. Until she sees the ad of a lifetime.

The Bartholomew is one of the most prestigious buildings in New York and has quite the reputation. Rumors swirl around that place. Some good but most of it is terrifying. They are searching for an apartment sitter for three months and at the end of each week, you’ll receive one thousand dollars. This would get her off of her friend’s sofa and give her the life of luxury for a few months. She jumps at the chance but her friend has concerns.

Looking past those concerns, she applies and automatically gets the job following the interrogation from Ms. Evelyn. While living at the Bartholomew, she has to abide by three major rules: No visitors, You can’t spend the night away from the apartment, and you’re not allowed to bother any of the residents. If any of these rules are broken, you’re out.

She accepts the terms and moves in. Everyone keeps to themselves except the other apartment sitters. She becomes close to Ingrid, who lives underneath her and then Ingrid suddenly vanishes. After expressing her unease about the apartment, she fades into the night and Jules feels suspicious about how Ingrid left. Now she’s on the hunt for clues of the disappearance of Ingrid. There is just something about Ingrid that makes her think of her missing sister.

As Jules digs deeper into the history of The Bartholomew and its residents, she uncovers something she never thought could be possible. Now it’s a race against the clock to find Ingrid and save herself at the same time.

Riley Sager has done it again, he has delivered another horrifying masterpiece. This reminded me of Rosemary’s Baby, and The Shining but all while putting his unique twist on everything. With the way his books are going, he is bound to be one of the biggest mystery/horror writers of our time.

Lock Every Door will scare you and make you think twice before you accept any offer. This book will make you look under the bed and inside the closet before you go to bed but it was an amazing read. Riley never disappoints and I suggest this to everyone who loves a great mystery and horror novel.

Word of advice: If you ever see a dumbwaiter just leave it alone. Nothing good ever comes from them. They are spooky and will haunt you. Just, no.

 

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Young Adult Book Debuts of July 2019

Every bookworm knows that every month is filled with some amazing book releases (sometimes so many that it’s hard to keep count!). And every month consists of at least one debut book/author. July is no different. Check out the young adult debut books coming out this month below!

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SandDancerTitle: Sand Dancer

Author: Trudie Skies

Publisher: Uproar Books

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Summary: 

Only monsters summon fire by magic. It’s a sin against the sun god and a crime against the king. The punishment is death.

But when sixteen-year-old Mina discovers fire magic runs in her family’s blood, it’s just the beginning of the secrets her father has been keeping from her. When her father is murdered, this half-starved peasant girl finds herself on the run—pursued across the desert by the soldiers and guards of the noble Houses. To survive, she knows she’ll have to abandon her past and learn the way of the sword. But only boys are allowed to carry a blade. There’s only one solution…

Disguised as a young nobleman, Mina must make a new life for herself in the heart of her enemies. But she knows she can’t keep up the masquerade forever. With time running out, which will she choose to find—the truth or revenge?

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BeckoningShadowTitle: The Beckoning Shadow

Author: Katharyn Blair

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Summary:

Vesper Montgomery can summon your worst fear and turn it into a reality—but she’s learned the hard way that it’s an addicting and dangerous power. One wrong move and you could hurt someone you love.

But when she earns a spot in the Tournament of the Unraveling, where competitors battle it out for a chance to rewrite the past, Vesper finally has a shot to reverse the mistakes that have changed her forever. She turns to Sam Hardy, a former MMA fighter who’s also carrying a tragedy he desperately wants to undo. However, helping heal Sam’s heart will mean breaking her own, and the competition forces her to master her powers—powers she has been terrified of since they destroyed her life.

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Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble 

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SpintheDawnTitle: Spin the Dawn

Author: Elizabeth Lim

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Summary:

Project Runway meets Mulan in this sweeping YA fantasy about a young girl who poses as a boy to compete for the role of imperial tailor and embarks on an impossible journey to sew three magic dresses, from the sun, the moon, and the stars.

Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she’ll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There’s just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job.

Backstabbing and lies run rampant as the tailors compete in challenges to prove their artistry and skill. Maia’s task is further complicated when she draws the attention of the court magician, Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguise.

And nothing could have prepared her for the final challenge: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor’s reluctant bride-to-be, from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. With this impossible task before her, she embarks on a journey to the far reaches of the kingdom, seeking the sun, the moon, and the stars, and finding more than she ever could have imagined.

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Purchase Links

Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble

Book Depository  |  Indie Bound

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StormTitle: The Storm Crow

Author: Kalyn Josephson

Publisher: SourcebooksFire

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Summary:

In the tropical kingdom of Rhodaire, magical, elemental Crows are part of every aspect of life…until the Illucian empire invades, destroying everything.

That terrible night has thrown Princess Anthia into a deep depression. Her sister Caliza is busy running the kingdom after their mother’s death, but all Thia can do is think of all she has lost.

But when Caliza is forced to agree to a marriage between Thia and the crown prince of Illucia, Thia is finally spurred into action. And after stumbling upon a hidden Crow egg in the rubble of a rookery, she and her sister devise a dangerous plan to hatch the egg in secret and get back what was taken from them.

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Purchase Links

Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble

Book Depository  |  Indie Bound

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WilderTitle: Wilder Girls

Author: Rory Power

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Genres: Young Adult, Horror, Mystery, LGBT

Summary: 

It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty’s life out from under her.

It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.

But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there’s more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.

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Please see author’s website for trigger and content warnings.

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Purchase Links

Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble

Book Depository  |  Indie Bound

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BeforeIDisappearTitle: Before I Disappear

Author: Danielle Stinson

Publisher: Feiwel Friends

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Summary:

Rose Montgomery parks her family’s trailer in Fort Glory, Oregon with one goal: to carve out a new life for herself and her little brother, Charlie. They need a fresh start for their family, and she thinks she’s finally found it in a town where nobody knows them.

But Rose’s plans come crashing down when, in an instant, Fort Glory disappears and every person in town vanishes into thin air—including Charlie.

Rose and four other teens become trapped in the Fold, a patch of woods caught halfway between the real world and the lost town. In the Fold, a mysterious force suspends the laws of physics, and everyone’s inner darkness has the power to kill.

To survive the Fold, Rose must unravel the clues Charlie sends her from the missing town. And Rose has to find Charlie soon—or he’ll be gone forever.

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Purchase Links

Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble

Book Depository  |  Indie Bound

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ShattertheSkyTitle: Shatter the Sky

Author: Rebecca Kim Wells

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, LGBT

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Raised among the ruins of a conquered mountain nation, Maren dreams only of sharing a quiet life with her girlfriend Kaia—until the day Kaia is abducted by the Aurati, prophetic agents of the emperor, and forced to join their ranks. Desperate to save her, Maren hatches a plan to steal one of the emperor’s coveted dragons and storm the Aurati stronghold.

If Maren is to have any hope of succeeding, she must become an apprentice to the Aromatory—the emperor’s mysterious dragon trainer. But Maren is unprepared for the dangerous secrets she uncovers: rumors of a lost prince, a brewing rebellion, and a prophecy that threatens to shatter the empire itself. Not to mention the strange dreams she’s been having about a beast deep underground…

With time running out, can Maren survive long enough to rescue Kaia from impending death? Or could it be that Maren is destined for something greater than she could have ever imagined?

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Purchase Links

Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble

Book Depository  |  Indie Bound

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MercifulCrowTitle: The Merciful Crow

Author: Margaret Owen

Publisher: Henry Holt

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Summary: 

A future chieftain

Fie abides by one rule: look after your own. Her Crow caste of undertakers and mercy-killers takes more abuse than coin, but when they’re called to collect royal dead, she’s hoping they’ll find the payout of a lifetime.

A fugitive prince

When Crown Prince Jasimir turns out to have faked his death, Fie’s ready to cut her losses—and perhaps his throat. But he offers a wager that she can’t refuse: protect him from a ruthless queen, and he’ll protect the Crows when he reigns.

A too-cunning bodyguard

Hawk warrior Tavin has always put Jas’s life before his, magically assuming the prince’s appearance and shadowing his every step. But what happens when Tavin begins to want something to call his own?

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Purchase Links

Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble

Book Depository  |  Indie Bound

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See a July YA debut book missing? Let us know in the comments and we will add it to our list! 🙂

*Saturday Spotlight* Wilder Girls by Rory Power

Wilder.jpgTitle: Wilder Girls

Author: Rory Power

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Release Date: July 9, 2019

Page Count: 368 pages

Genres: Young Adult, Horror, Mystery, LGBT

Summary:

It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty’s life out from under her.

It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.

But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there’s more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.

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Please see author’s website for trigger and content warnings.

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Preorder Links

Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble  |  Book Depository  |  Indie Bound

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 About the Author

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Rory Power grew up in New England, where she lives and works as a crime fiction editor and story consultant for TV adaptation. She received a Masters in Prose Fiction from the University of East Anglia, and thinks fondly of her time there, partially because she learned a lot but mostly because there were a ton of bunnies on campus.

She is represented by Daisy Parente at Lutyens & Rubinstein and Kim Witherspoon at InkWell Management. (Bio and photo provided from Goodreads)