ROLLING IN THE DEEP BY MIRA GRANT

“Humanity destroys the things it loves. Something mysterious and unique enough to be the source of mermaid legends? We’re going to be all over destroying that.”

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Title:
 Rolling in the Deep
Author: Mira Grant
Series or Standalone: Rolling in the Deep, #0.5
Genre: Nautical Horror, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Mermaids & Short Stories
Publication Date: April 6th 2015
Publisher: Subterranean Press
Format: Kindle
Source: Online
Star Rating: ★★★★☆
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Rolling in the Deep is the story of the Atargatis – a cruise ship commissioned by Imagine Network to assist in filming a documentary on mermaids. Imagine expected what they had always received before: an assortment of eyewitness reports that proved nothing, some footage that proved even less, and the kind of ratings that only came from peddling imaginary creatures to the masses.

They didn’t expect actual mermaids. They certainly didn’t expect those mermaids to have teeth.

Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a maritime tragedy. Whatever the truth may be, it will only be found below the bathypelagic zone in the Mariana Trench…and the depths are very good at keeping secrets.

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SAVING EVEREST BY SKY CHASE

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Title: Saving Everest
Author: Sky Chase
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance
Publication Date: October 22nd 2019
Publisher: Wattpad Books
Format: eArc
Source: Netgalley
Star Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
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Everest is the most popular boy in school. He’s handsome, wealthy, and captain of the football team—he has the world at his fingertips, but he’s desperately unhappy. And when those feelings become too much to bear, he tries to take his own life.

On the surface, Beverly’s different from Everest in every possible way. She’s quiet, shy, hard working, and keeps to herself on campus, focusing on her schoolwork and her part-time job, distracting herself from her less-than-perfect upbringing.

When Everest returns to school after his attempt, he’s in more pain than ever. Discarded by his friends, he draws little empathy and too much attention from those who surround him. But when Beverly and Everest meet unexpectedly in a dusty corner of the old library, they discover together just how rich life can be when given the freedom to just be yourself.

Content Warnings in this review: mention of suicide

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FALSE HEARTS BY LAURA LAM

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Title: False Hearts
Author: Laura Lam
Series or Standalone: Pacifica, #1/Can be read as a Standalone
Genre: Adult, Science Fiction, Mystery
Publication Date: June 16th 2016
Publisher: Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
Star Rating: ★★★★☆
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False Hearts has been on my TBR for years. I even attempted to pick it up a few years ago. I decided I’d keep it on my TBR for the right time. There was always something about this book that intrigued me. Perhaps it was the Orphan Black comparisons, one twin disguising themselves as another to go undercover and infiltrate the biggest crime syndicate in San Francisco. As you can tell from my rating, I really enjoyed this book and happy it stayed on my radar for year before it was finally the right time to read it!

False Hearts follows formerly conjoined sisters Tila and Taema, part Samoan and bisexual sisters, who become entwined in a murderous plot in the underbelly of a futuristic San Francisco. Raised in the closed cult of Mana’s Hearth and denied access to modern technology, the sisters escape to San Francisco when the heart they share begins to fail. At 16, they are surgically separated and given new artificial hearts, and begin to pursue their new lives in San Francisco.

Ten years later, Tila returns one night to the twins home in the city, terrified and covered in blood. When she is indicted for murder, the first homicide by a civilian in decades and possible involvement in a powerful crime syndicate that deals in the flow of Zeal – a drug that allows violent minds to enact their darkest desires in a terrifying dreamscape – Taema is given a proposition: go undercover as her sister and perhaps save her twin’s life. But during her investigation Taema discovers disturbing links between the twins’ past and their present. Once unable to keep anything from each other, the sisters now discover the true cost of secrets.

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OUT ON GOOD BEHAVIOR BY DAHLIA ADLER

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Title: Out on Good Behavior
Author: Dahlia Adler
Series or Standalone: Radleigh University, #3/Companion Standalone
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, LGBT
Publication Date: June 14th 2016
Publisher: Amazon
Format: eBook
Source: Library
Star Rating: ★★★☆☆
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Frankie knows she can get anyone she sets her sights on, but just because she can doesn’t mean she should—not when the person she’s eyeing is Samara, the daughter of a southern Republican politician. No matter how badly Frankie wants to test her powers of persuasion, even she recognizes some lines aren’t meant to be crossed. But when Frankie learns she’s been on Samara’s mind too, the idea of hooking up with her grows too strong to resist. Only Sam’s not looking for a hookup; she wants—needs—the real thing, and she’s afraid she’ll never find it as long as Frankie’s in her head.

Forced to choose between her first relationship and losing the girl who’s been clawing her way under her skin, Frankie opts to try monogamy…under her own condition: 30 days of keeping things on the down low and remaining abstinent. If she fails as hard at girlfriending as she’s afraid she might, she doesn’t want to throw Samara’s life into upheaval for nothing. But when neither the month nor Frankie’s heart go according to plan, she may be the one stuck fighting for the happily ever after she never knew she wanted.

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DANCE OF THIEVES BY MARY E. PEARSON

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Title: Dance of Thieves
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Series or Standalone: Dance of Thieves, #1
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy
Publication Date: August 7th 2018
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Format: eBook
Source: Library
Star Rating: ★★★★☆
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Dance of Thieves is an entertaining new fantasy romance novel, in which a reformed thief and the young leader of an outlaw dynasty lock wits in a battle that may cost them their lives. Set in the same world as the Remnant Chronicles series, Dance of Thieves is the first book in Mary E. Pearson’s spin-off duology that takes place eight years after the end of the Remnant Chronicles trilogy.

When the patriarch of the Ballenger empire dies, his son, Jase, becomes its new leader. Even nearby kingdoms bow to the strength of this outlaw family, who have always governed by their own rules. But a new era looms on the horizon, set in motion by a young queen, which makes her the target of the dynasty’s resentment and anger.

At the same time, Kazi, a legendary former street thief, is sent by the queen to investigate transgressions against the new settlements. When Kazi arrives in the forbidding land of the Ballengers, she learns that there is more to Jase than she thought. As unexpected events spiral out of their control, bringing them intimately together, they continue to play a cat and mouse game of false moves and motives in order to fulfill their own secret missions. 

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