*First Line Friday 5/15/20* White Rabbit- Caleb Roehrig

34499210Rufus Holt is having the worst night of his life. It begins with the reappearance of his ex-boyfriend, Sebastian—the guy who stomped his heart out like a spent cigarette. Just as Rufus is getting ready to move on, Sebastian turns up out of the blue, saying they need to “talk.” Things couldn’t get much worse, right?

But then Rufus gets a call from his sister April, begging for help. And then he and Sebastian find her, drenched in blood and holding a knife, beside the dead body of her boyfriend, Fox Whitney.

April swears she didn’t kill Fox—but Rufus knows her too well to believe she’s telling him the whole truth. April has something he needs, though, and her price is his help. Now, with no one to trust but the boy he wants to hate yet can’t stop loving, Rufus has one night to prove his sister’s innocence…or die trying.

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“The phone goes dead in my ear. The sudden silence on the line is so total, so ominous, that a cold surge of adrenaline brings goose bumps to my flesh in spite of the thick and sticky heat that lingers in the night air.”

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*Book Review* Solstice- Lorence Alison

44211405. sy475 A music fest goes wrong in this comic YA thriller as selfie-mad concert-goers wake up to realize their tropical island fantasy is a deadly nightmare.

When Adri is offered an all-expenses-paid trip to the exclusive Solstice Festival, she throws caution, her prestigious summer internship, and her parents goodwill to the wind. She just wants to live a little before the first day of the rest of her life, planned and scheduled in accordance to her parents’ law school dreams.

But when she and a horde of affluent, entitled teen partiers arrive at the island paradise, it looks nothing like the luxury vacation they were promised. There’s barely any food, nowhere to stay, and not nearly enough porta-potties. Pretty soon, the festival’s trending on social media for all the wrong reasons, and the music acts are cancelling left and right.

And then the first dead body washes up on the beach.

Adri has a front-row seat as everything devolves into chaos—and she’s in a prime position to put together the clues to who—or what—is killing off the helpless attendees. But even if she finds the killer, how can she hope to stop them?

Check your privilege at the door—before it gets you killed. This is one vacation you can’t escape.

An Imprint Book

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My Review:

“My heart lurching in my chest…. Something lay next to him. Something big. Something limp. Something I was used to by now, considering I’d seen it two other times already today. A body.”

Well, jinkies! Grab your glow sticks and some acid because you’re about to travel through a scooby-doo/ Lovecraft mystery time warp. And it’ll definitely be a bumpy ride.

The Solstice Festival held on Myla Island was supposed to be the music festival of all festivals. This is one that people are dying to go to. Costing thousands of dollars; people were promised gourmet food, five-star hotel accommodations, fun in the sun, and the best musical acts in the world all in one place.

Adri gets the offer of a lifetime when her best friend, Elana gives her a ticket to attend the three-day concert with her. Breaking all the rules, Adri agrees and they set off to the tropical island with the highest hopes in mind.

But things go from bad to worse as day one progresses into the nightmare of their lives. They have zero cell reception, limited food, and water, nowhere to sleep except the wet soggy ground, and all the bands are dropping out at the last minute.

And then the unthinkable happens. A body shows up on the beach and it’s not a happy one. A dead body of one of the concertgoers turns up and rumors start spreading like fire.

Will things get better for these hungry concertgoers? Or will this nightmare take everyone down?

How can a book with a dope-ass cover and an even more beautiful spine underneath the jacket be so bland? I wasn’t shocked or surprised but it was okay. This is something that I’m glad that I tried and would read more by this author. I believe better things are going to come from her. I’m overjoyed that the hero of the book was a diverse female character!!

Solstice was an okay read with a very predictable outcome. Think a small tropical scooby-doo gang with a mix of Lovecraft for a non-terrifying journey of the unthinkable. It was fast-paced and easy to follow. You’ll even love the strong-willed hero.

“Life’s a beach- And then you die!”

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*Book Review* A Werewolf in Riverdale (Archie Horror #1)- Caleb Roehrig

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Based on the original Archie Comics characters!
Everyone knows the characters from Riverdale: popular Archie Andrews, girl-next-door Betty Cooper, angsty Jughead Jones, and the sophisticated Veronica Lodge. But this is not the Riverdale you know and love. Something twisted has awoken in the town with pep. Inspired by the iconic Archie Horror comics, this reimagined universe takes the grittiness of the TV show and adds a paranormal twist.

Someone is killing the citizens of Riverdale. And after a bloody full moon, Jughead realizes he is the killer! Jughead is a werewolf. Can he keep this secret from his friends — including werewolf-hunting Betty Cooper? Jughead has to get his dark side under control — before it is controlling him.

The Archie Horror series contains all-new, original stories that fans of horror AND fans of Riverdale will eat up!

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My Review

“When he finally lunged, his teeth sank deep into helpless flesh, and blood-spattered the rollicking jukebox. Jughead always enjoyed eating at the Chock’Lit Shoppe.”

It’s really no secret that I’m a whore for Riverdale/Archie Comics, especially if it’s horror based. I’ve binged the entire series and I was hooked. A few months back, I checked out some of the horror-based graphic novels and was ecstatic.

I’ve read a graphic novel called Jughead the Hunger and I loved it. So when I heard it was being turned into a full-fledged novel, I jumped right in and I wasn’t disappointed.

Gory deaths are flowing through the little town of Riverdale. Nothing ever happens in this quiet little town. Well, that is until mutilated bodies start showing up during full moon phases. When the full moon rises in the sky, the Riverdale Ripper comes out to play.

Jughead wakes up in a panic because he’s covered in blood. As the day begins, he learns an ugly truth. One of his classmates was brutally mauled last night. As pieces start to come together and he starts having visions of a brutal and bloody scene, he realizes that maybe he’s the notorious Riverdale Ripper.

The buzz going around is that it’s animal attacks but Betty and Archie know the truth…. werewolves. They both train with Bettys Aunt to learn how to fight and kill those wild beasts but could they kill a werewolf if it was one of their closest friends?

A Werewolf in Riverdale is a unique take on a graphic novel that I loved. Caleb does this novel justice and I was left needing more of this story. Even though I’ve read the book this was based on, I was glued to the pages and looking forward to reading what was going to happen next. It was magnificent.

I can’t wait to see Caleb take on more Riverdale tales!!

*First Line Friday 4/17/20* Girls Save the World in This One- Ash Parsons

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June’s whole life has been leading up to this: ZombieCon, the fan convention celebrating all things zombies. She and her two best friends plan on hitting all the panels, photo ops, and meeting the heartthrob lead of their favorite zombie apocalypse show Human Wasteland.

And when they arrive everything seems perfect, though June has to shrug off some weirdness from other fans—people shambling a little too much, and someone actually biting a cast member. Then all hell breaks loose and June and her friends discover the truth: real zombies are taking over the con. Now June must do whatever it takes to survive a horde of actual brain-eating zombies—and save the world.

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“We’re never going to make it. This is it. My life is over. In the days and months that follow this tragedy, when they speak my name, they’ll say in hushed tones, she lived as she died: full of complaint and bile, mere inches from her goal.”

 

*Review* Cold as Marble (Weeping Willow High #2) Zoe Aarsen

43822646Look out for the original series—starring Peyton List, Brent Rivera, Liana Liberato, Ajiona Alexus, and Dylan Sprayberry—now streaming on Hulu!

McKenna’s mission to save her friends from their predicted deaths continues in the second installment in the Light as a Feather series that’s perfect for fans of Pretty Little Liars and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina!

The deadly game continues…

Olivia and Candace are dead, both casualties of Violet’s deadly game of Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board. McKenna and Mischa are the only ones left, and having failed to locate and destroy the source of Violet’s power, her curse still abounds, eager to claim more lives.

What does Violet want? And how can she be stopped? Armed with a mysterious package containing clues, as well as a little help from the beyond, McKenna hopes to end this once and for all…before it’s too late.

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My Review

“The girl’s bare feet weren’t leaving footprints in the snow that had collected on the asphalt….
My blood ran ice cold. I was certain, more certain than I’d ever been about anything, that we were looking at a ghost.”

After finishing Light as a Feather, I knew that I immediately needed to read Cold as Marble. But now I’m wishing for September to arrive quicker because I need to know how this dark and twisted tale will end.

This picks up right after the first book. We see how everyone’s life turned out after the explosive ending to Light as a Feather. It’s definitely an interesting look and we finally get some answers to our burning questions.

Cold as Marble was good and had its eerie moments but it just wasn’t as good as the first one. That doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy this one because I did. It just wasn’t as intense or as unsettling as the first book. I was very invested in the story and where it was going. I’ve no idea where the next book will take us but I’m deathly excited to find out.

I’m just going to sit here, pout, and keep marking days off the calendar until the release of Silent as the Grave…

Who’s ready to play Light as a Feather with me?
*evil grin*

*Review* Light as a Feather (Weeping Willow High #1)- Zoe Aarsen

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Junior year is shaping up to be the best of McKenna Brady’s life. After a transformative summer, McKenna is welcomed into the elite group of popular girls at Weeping Willow High, led by the gorgeous Olivia Richmond. For the first time in a long time, things are looking up.

But everything changes the night of Olivia’s Sweet Sixteen sleepover. Violet, the mysterious new girl in town, suggests the girls play a game during which Violet makes up elaborate, creepily specific stories about the violent ways the friends will die. Though it unsettles McKenna, it all seems harmless at the time.

Until a week later, when Olivia dies…exactly as Violet predicted.

As Violet rises to popularity and steps into the life Olivia left unfinished, McKenna becomes convinced Olivia’s death wasn’t just a coincidence, especially when a ghost haunting her bedroom keeps leaving clues that point to Violet. With the help of her cute neighbor, Trey, McKenna pledges to get to the bottom of Violet’s secrets and true intentions before it’s too late. Because it’s only a matter of time before more lives are lost.

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My Review

“Violet had suggested that we play a game….

She hadn’t mentioned that in her game, she was always the winner. Or that playing could cost you your life.”

Heathers meets The Craft in this twisted story that takes place around a middle school horror game. Or for the younger generation, Riverdale meets The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

Light as a feather, stiff as a board is a game most kids played at slumber parties. Where we tried to outdo our friends with the most terrifying tales of death and hauntings. It never seemed to work but what happens when it does?

McKenna is now part of the popular clique and was invited to attend the birthday slumber party of the most popular girl at school. After discussing plans for the upcoming dance and guys in horror movies, things go from exciting to drab quickly. That is until the new shy girl at school mentions a scary game that she played with old friends.

One girl lays flat on her back, the other girls place their fingers beneath her and chant light as a feather, stiff as a board. After a while, the person on the floor starts to levitate with the power of concentration from the others. Before this happens, the head girl goes into gory details about how that person will die. Most of the girls go through it that night except McKenna.

After the party, things start to line up in a really disturbing way. One of the girls die and it happens exactly the way it was described at the slumber party. Now every girl who was there is on high alert and the clock is ticking for them to stop this force from ending their lives.

This book was seriously dark and creepy. The way the hypothetical deaths were described was really gory. Now I’m excited to actually see the show and read the other books in this series.

Light as a Feather was a fantastic read. YA horror is something that is looked past but we need more of this in our lives. There was something about this book that made me uneasy in my own house and I loved it.

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? 4/13/20

Happy Monday!

I hope everyone is safe and healthy.

This week I’m going to read two arcs that I’ve received from the publisher and a new release.

What are you reading?

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Shakespeare for Squirrels- Christopher Moore

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Set adrift by his pirate crew, Pocket of Dog Snogging—last seen in The Serpent of Venice—washes up on the sun-bleached shores of Greece, where he hopes to dazzle the Duke with his comedic brilliance and become his trusted fool.

But the island is in turmoil. Egeus, the Duke’s minister, is furious that his daughter Hermia is determined to marry Demetrius, instead of Lysander, the man he has chosen for her. The Duke decrees that if, by the time of the wedding, Hermia still refuses to marry Lysander, she shall be executed . . . or consigned to a nunnery. Pocket, being Pocket, cannot help but point out that this decree is complete bollocks, and that the Duke is an egregious weasel for having even suggested it. Irritated by the fool’s impudence, the Duke orders his death. With the Duke’s guards in pursuit, Pocket makes a daring escape.

He soon stumbles into the wooded realm of the fairy king Oberon, who, as luck would have it, IS short a fool. His jester Robin Goodfellow—the mischievous sprite better known as Puck—was found dead. Murdered. Oberon makes Pocket an offer he can’t refuse: he will make Pocket his fool and have his death sentence lifted if Pocket finds out who killed Robin Goodfellow. But as anyone who is even vaguely aware of the Bard’s most performed play ever will know, nearly every character has a motive for wanting the mischievous sprite dead.

With too many suspects and too little time, Pocket must work his own kind of magic to find the truth, save his neck, and ensure that all ends well.

A rollicking tale of love, magic, madness, and murder, Shakespeare for Squirrels is a Midsummer Night’s noir—a wicked and brilliantly funny good time conjured by the singular imagination of Christopher Moore.

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Last Girls- Demetra Brodsky

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No one knows how the world will end.

On a secret compound in the Washington wilderness, Honey Juniper and her sisters are training to hunt, homestead, and protect their own.

Prepare for every situation.

But when danger strikes from within, putting her sisters at risk, training becomes real life, and only one thing is certain:

Nowhere is safe.

 

 

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A Werewolf in Riverdale- Caleb Roehrig

44575180. sy475 Who is the Riverdale Ripper? And why is Jughead waking up covered in blood?

Based on the original Archie Comics characters!
Everyone knows the characters from Riverdale: popular Archie Andrews, girl-next-door Betty Cooper, angsty Jughead Jones, and the sophisticated Veronica Lodge. But this is not the Riverdale you know and love. Something twisted has awoken in the town with pep. Inspired by the iconic Archie Horror comics, this reimagined universe takes the grittiness of the TV show and adds a paranormal twist.

Someone is killing the citizens of Riverdale. And after a bloody full moon, Jughead realizes he is the killer! Jughead is a werewolf. Can he keep this secret from his friends — including werewolf-hunting Betty Cooper? Jughead has to get his dark side under control — before it is controlling him.

The Archie Horror series contains all-new, original stories that fans of horror AND fans of Riverdale will eat up!

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