Goodreads Monday: My Flawless Life by Yvonne Woon | 11-7-22

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Title: My Flawless Life
Author: Yvonne Woon
Genre: YA Mystery / Contemporary
Publication Date: February 14th, 2023
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

“At the most elite private school in Washington, DC., whenever anyone has a problem that they need to go away, they hire Hana Yang Lerner.
Hana is a fixer. She knows who to call, what to say, and how to make sure secrets stay where they belong–buried. She can fix anything. Except her own life, which was destroyed when her father, senator Skip Lerner, was arrested for an accident that left one woman nearly dead.
Now Hana’s reputation is ruined and her friends are gone. So when she gets a job from an anonymous client called “Three” to follow her former best friend, Luce Herrera, Hana realizes this might be her way of getting back her old life.
But the dangerous thing about digging is that you never know what you’ll unearth. As Hana uncovers a dark truth about her supposedly flawless classmates, she’s forced to face a secret of her own.” (Goodreads)

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Goodreads Monday: Death Checked Out by Leah Dobrinska | 10-24-22

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Title: Death Checked Out
Author: Leah Dobrinska
Genre: Adult Cozy Mystery / Contemporary
Publication Date: December 6th, 2022
Publisher: Level Best Books

“When in doubt, go to the library…and solve the murder mystery!

Greta Plank, library director in the small, lakeside town of Larkspur, Wisconsin, prefers her rose-tinted glasses extra rosy, thank you very much. It’s how she copes with the hard stuff in life…like her sister’s death and her ex-boyfriend’s deception. But Greta’s cheery resolve takes a hit when she stumbles upon a dead body on her way home from work. What she assumes is a terrible accident Greta soon learns is something more sinister, and to make matters worse, a new-to-town detective cites her as not only his primary source for the case, but his top suspect.

To clear her name and save her reputation, Greta decides to do some off-the-books clue cataloging of her own. After all, asking questions is what she does best. With the help of her fellow librarians and her lawyer mom, Greta flips through the pages of the murder, uncovering details about Larkspur’s real estate market and the deceased’s rare book collection as she tries to understand why anyone would have authored his death.

With friends and neighbors stacking up as both victims and suspects, Greta must cross reference the facts and put a hold on her idyllic worldview if she wants to get the full story without paying the fine of her life.” (Goodreads)

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Goodreads Monday: Song of Silver, Flame Like Night by Amélie Wen Zhao | 10-10-22

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Title: Song of Silver, Flame Like Night
Author: Amélie Wen Zhao
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: January 17th, 2023
Publisher: Delacorte Press

“The first of a YA xiānxiá series following a song girl in a conquered land whose last remnant of her mother—and the fallen Hin dynasty of her ancestors—is the symbol seared onto her hand, which, if the mysterious boy she encounters is to be trusted, may be the key to freeing her people by unlocking and mastering the ancient, forgotten magic of practitioning.” (Goodreads)

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Goodreads Monday: The Sweetest Betrayal (The Kinder Poison #3) by Natalie Mae | 9-26-22

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Title: The Sweetest Betrayal (The Kinder Poison #3)
Author: Natalie Mae
Genre: YA Fantasy / Romance
Publication Date: February 14th, 2023
Publisher: Indie

In this heart-pounding conclusion to The Kinder Poison trilogy—which People magazine proclaimed a “delicious high-stakes adventure”—war looms over Orkena, but can Zahru save her people without losing herself?

War has come to Orkena.
Zahru has risen as Mestrah, and she is determined to peacefully end the escalating tensions with Wyrim, her country’s long-time enemy. Yet diplomacy proves to be futile, and when Zahru turns to Orkena’s allies for help, she finds that none are willing to come to her aid—not without Kasta ruling at her side.
As Wyrim advances on the capital, Zahru is desperate to protect her people, even if that means accepting Kasta’s help. But her enemy is merciless. And as ambushes and betrayals push Zahru to increasingly dark tactics, she wonders if perhaps Kasta had it right all along: maybe peace was never an option … and maybe she was never meant to do this alone.
Can Zahru spare her enemy without sacrificing her kingdom? Or will Orkena’s salvation only come if Zahru becomes the monster her people need?” (Goodreads)

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Goodreads Monday: The Girl in White by Lindsay Currie | 8-29-22

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Title: The Girl in White
Author: Lindsay Currie
Genre: Middle Grade / Paranormal
Publication Date: September 6th, 2022
Publisher: Sourcebooks Young Readers

“Sweet Molly once lived in Eastport
Sweet Molly once loved the sea
Sweet Molly lost Liam to the shadows
Now Sweet Molly is coming for ye …

Mallory hasn’t quite adapted to life in her new town of Eastport yet. Maybe it’s because everyone is obsessed with keeping the town’s reputation as one of the most haunted places to visit.

And thanks to the nightmares she’s had since arriving, Mallory is having a hard time sleeping. Combined with the unsettling sensation of being watched and losing chunks of time, she’s worried that maybe the ghost stories she’s been quick to dismiss might actually be real.

When Mallory has a terrifying encounter with the same old woman from her dreams, she’s not sure what to do. With Eastport gearing up to celebrate the anniversary of their first recorded legend Mallory is forced to investigate the one legend she’s always secretly been afraid of . . . Sweet Molly.” (Goodreads)

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Goodreads Monday: The Jack of All Trades by M.A. Nichols | 8-15-22

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Title: The Jack of All Trades
Author: M.A. Nichols
Genre: Adult Historical Fiction / Romance
Publication Date: April 13th, 2021
Publisher: Indie Published

An heiress looking to escape. A gentleman searching for purpose. Together they may just find love.

Felicity Barrows is no fool, though the fortune hunters pestering her must believe differently. What other reason could they have for hounding her every step, showering her with honeyed words and false compliments, expecting her to fall straight into their calculating arms? Better to remain a spinster than marry unhappily—if she could only get some peace from their incessant overtures.

Some time away in the country is just what she needs to clear her head. But when her respite is interrupted by a troublesome bachelor, Felicity has no choice but to hide who she is. It’s only a little white lie, after all.

Lewis Finch’s life is set. Unable to distinguish himself in the gentlemanly profession his father chose for him, Finch scrapes by on the charity of his family and friends. Without an income, he cannot marry, a fact he’s come to accept. Yet when an infuriatingly cheerful lady literally stumbles into his path, Finch finds himself longing for that which he cannot have.

But the beguiling lady’s companion may be more than she seems…

Though part of the Regency Love series, each book is a standalone sweet historical romance and can be read in any order.(Goodreads)

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Goodreads Monday: After Dark with Roxie Clark by Brooke Lauren Davis | 8-8-22

Title: After Dark with Roxie Clark
Author: Brooke Lauren Davis
Genre: YA Mystery / Thriller
Publication Date: October 4th, 2022
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA

From the author of The Hollow Inside comes a twisty, thought-provoking YA thriller about grief, family, and what happens when true crime hits a little too close to home.

Roxie Clark has seen more dead bodies than your average seventeen-year-old. As a member of the supposedly-cursed Clark family, most of her ancestors have met tragic ends, including her own mother. Instead of fearing the curse, however, Roxie has combined her flair for performance and her gruesome family history into a successful ghost tour. But her tour never covers the most recent body she’s seen-her sister Skylar’s boyfriend, Colin Riley, found murdered in a cornfield.

A year after the murder, Roxie’s desperate to help Skylar find closure and start to heal. Instead, Skylar becomes fixated on finding the killer. As the sisters dig into what really happened, they discover that more than one person has been lying about that night. And the closer they get to the truth, the more Roxie starts to wonder if some scary stories might be better left untold. Brooke Lauren Davis offers another thought-provoking and eerily satisfying tale, perfect for fans of Kara Thomas and Cruel Summer.” (Goodreads)

DOES THIS ONE SOUND LIKE SOMETHING YOU WOULD READ?

I read her first book, The Hollow Inside, and gave it 4 stars so I definitely have high hopes for this one! I absolutely love the read and black cover.

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Goodreads Monday: This Is Not a Personal Statement by Tracy Badua | 7-18-22

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Title: This Is Not a Personal Statement
Author: Tracy Badua
Genre: YA / NA Contemporary
Publication Date: January 17th, 2023
Publisher: Quill Tree Books

“From rising star Tracy Badua comes a poignant, propulsive standalone YA novel about a teen who, after getting rejected from her dream college, forges her own acceptance and commits to living a lie—perfect for fans of Mary H.K. Choi and Gloria Chao.

An incisive, relatable tale of acceptance, self-discovery, and the infinite possibilities that await when we embrace our imperfections.

As the youngest graduating senior at her hypercompetitive high school, Perla Perez is certain all the late nights, social isolation, and crushing stress will be worth it when she gets into the college of her (and her parents’) dreams: Delmont University.

Then Perla doesn’t get in, and her meticulously planned future shatters. In a panic, she forges her own acceptance letter, and next thing she knows, she’s heading to Delmont for real, acceptance or not. Perla’s plan? Gather on-the-ground intel to beef up her application and reapply spring semester before she’s caught.

But as her guilty conscience grows and campus security looms large, Perla starts to wonder if her plan will really succeed, and if this dream she’s worked for her entire life is something she even wants.” (Goodreads)

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I got an email for this one over the weekend and I am excited to read another series by her!

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Goodreads Monday: We Made It All Up by Margot Harrison | 7-4-22

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Title: We Made It All Up
Author: Margot Harrison
Genre: YA Mystery / Thriller
Publication Date: July 12th, 2022
Publisher: Little, Brown

“Celeste is the talk of the town when she moves to Montana from Montreal, but the only friend she makes is Vivvy, the heir to the town’s name and a social pariah. Inspired by a passion-fueled school incident, they begin writing a love-story fan fic between the popular guy and the school stoner, one that gradually reveals Celeste’s past. While their bond makes Celeste feel safe and alive again, Vivvy keeps prodding Celeste to turn fantasy into reality. When they finally try, one drunken night on a dark mountainside, Celeste is the one who ends up kissing golden boy Joss. And Joss ends up dead.

Celeste doesn’t remember the end of that night and can’t be sure she didn’t deliver the killing blow. Could she still be that scared of getting close to a boy? Secrets are hard to keep in a small town, and even Vivvy seems to suspect her. Exploring the winding passages of the cave where Joss died, Celeste learns he had his own dark secrets, as does Vivvy. The town isn’t as innocent as it appears.” (Goodreads)

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I got an email for this one over the weekend and I am excited to read another series by her!

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Goodreads Monday: Dream to Me by Megan Paasch | 6-20-22

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Title: Dream to Me
Author: Megan Paasch
Genre: YA Contemporary / Fantasy
Publication Date: January 31st, 2023
Publisher: Feiwel Friends

From debut author Megan Paasch comes Dream to Me, a YA contemporary fantasy about generational magic, grief, and what it takes to forgive ourselves.

Eva Sylvan didn’t ask for any of this. Not the cross-country move with her sister to a town in the middle of nowhere, not the family estate, inherited from a late great-aunt, that’s falling apart at the hinges, and definitely not the sudden death of her beloved father. So when the locals react with hostility to the very mention of her last name, Eva’s pretty sure things can’t get any worse.

Until she has a dream about a gas station employee and the next day, he’s in a coma.

Until it happens again.

Something sinister is lurking in the corners of Eva’s dreams, something that’s having devastating effects on the waking world. People are dropping left and right, and Eva finds herself squarely in the town’s crosshairs. In order to defeat the shadows of her unconscious, Eva must not only unearth the magic tied to her family history, but she must confront the guilt that has been haunting her since her father’s death. Only she can save the town from the dark power in her dreams – if the threat is truly even her dreams at all.” (Goodreads)

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I got an email for this one over the weekend and I am excited to read another series by her!

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