MUSE OF NIGHTMARES BY LAINI TAYLOR

38525180Title: Muse of Nightmares
Author: Laini Taylor
Series or Standalone: Series (Book #2)
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Publication Date: October 2nd 2018
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Format: eArc
Source: Netgalley
Star Rating: ★★★★★
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“This is Weep. You can’t expect things to make sense here.”

If I had to describe Muse of Nightmares in two words it would be brilliant… yet brutal.

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FILTHY GODS BY R. SCARLET | Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Filthy Gods
Author: R. Scarlet
Series or Standalone: Series
Genre: Adult Romance, New Adult, Contemporary
Publication Date: May 6th 2018
Publisher: Unsure, Maybe Self Published
Format: Kindle
Source: Online
Star Rating: ★★★☆☆

 

Filthy Gods is the novella prequel to R. Scarlet’s new American God series – a new adult series following Yale’s most attractive, wealthy and elite gentlemen. We follow Juliette Monroe, raised in the foster care system and on scholarship at Yale, she is not like her wealthy classmates. Yet, whilst working her ass off to afford living, she’s top of her pre-law classes.

Although she is constantly grappling for this title with her dangerously handsome rival Nathaniel Radcliffe, one of Yale’s elite. Between summers, Juliette finds herself working at the Hawthorn Country Club, a prestigious club that Nathaniel’s mother owns. It’s here that Nathaniel and Juliette face their rivalry – and their true desires for one another.

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THE KISS QUOTIENT BY HELEN HOANG | Spoiler Free Review

36199084Title: The Kiss Quotient
Author: Helen Hoang
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Genre: Adult Romance, Contemporary & Chick Lit
Publication Date: June 15th 2018
Publisher: Berkley
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
Star Rating: ★★★★☆

The Kiss Quotient follows Stella Lane, an accomplished econometrician that’s given her much more money than she knows what to do with and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old. It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice–with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan–from foreplay to more-than-missionary position.

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PEOPLE LIKE US BY DANA MELE | Spoiler Free Review

35356380Title: People Like us
Author: Dana Mele
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller and LGBT
Publication Date: February 27th, 2018
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers (Penguin Imprint)
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
Star Rating: ★★★☆☆

 

Upon beginning People Like Us, I would’ve described it as combination of Gossip Girl meets Netflix’s Thirteen Reasons Why. All the while, still remaining unique in it’s own way. However, the latter half of this book took a sluggish turn that severely hampered my enjoyment of this novel.

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JURASSIC PARK BY MICHAEL CRICHTON | Spoiler Free Review

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Author: Michael Crichton
Series or Standalone: Jurassic Park #1
Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller and Adventure
Publication Date: November 20th, 1990
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
Star Rating: ★★★★☆
After a series of strange animal attacks on the (fictional) island of Isla Nublar, paleontologist Alan Grant and his paleobotanist graduate student, Ellie Sattler, are contracted to confirm the identification of the species. But before they can, they are whisked away by billionaire John Hammond for a weekend visit to a “biological preserve” he has established on Isla Nublar, which is revealed to be Jurassic Park on arrival – a theme park showcasing cloned dinosaurs.

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SALT TO THE SEA BY RUTA SEPETYS | Spoiler Free Review

25614492Title: Salt to the Sea
Author: Ruta Sepetys
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, War
Publication Date: February 2nd 2016
Publisher: Philomel Books
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
Star Rating: ★★★★☆

“What had human beings become? Did war make us evil or just activate an evil already lurking within us?”

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STALKING JACK THE RIPPER BY KERRI MANISCALCO | Spoiler Free Review

28962906Title: Stalking Jack the Ripper
Author: Kerri Mansicalco
Series or Standalone: Stalking Jack the Ripper #1
Genre: Young Adult Mystery and Historical Fiction
Publication Date: 20th of Septemner 2016
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson Books
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
Star Rating: ★★★☆☆

Stalking Jack the Ripper follows Audrey Rose Wadsworth, a young teenager in the 1880s leading a double life practicing forensic medicine in her Uncle’s laboratory. All the while, shunning the life of social teas and dress fittings that befits her as a lord’s daughter in high society. Opting for the gruesome life, her work takes an unexpected when she is thrusted into an investigation following a series of murders by none other than the leather apron – aka Jack the Ripper.

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THE BEAUTY OF DARKNESS BY MARY E. PEARSON | Spoiler Free Review

25944798Title: The Beauty of Darkness
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Series or Standalone: The Remnant Chronicles #3
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publication Date: August 2nd 2016
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Format: Hardcover
Source: Personal Shelves
Star Rating: ★★★☆☆
When the Beauty of Darkness arrived on my doorstep, I – like a lot of other fans of the series – was a little shocked at the sheer size of it. It was a kind of happy surprise, because after reading Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare, I’ve been less intimidated by YA Fantasy books over 500+ pages. More over, The Kiss of Deception and The Heart of Betrayal were both roughly five star reads for me.
Consequently, I was confident Pearson would deliver an amazingly epic finale that was on par with her previous work. Instead, The Beauty of Darkness felt extremely longwinded, and quite frankly left me feeling (surprisingly) a little disappointed. (But hey, you can’t please everyone!)

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SCARLET BY A.C. GAUGHEN | Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Scarlet
Author: A.C. Gaughen
Series or Standalone: Scarlet #1
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Retelling, Historical and Romance
Publication Date: February 2012
Publisher: Walker Children’s
Format: eBook
Source: Library
Star Rating: ★★☆☆☆

 

To be honest, I think two stars is generous for Scarlet, because I honestly could’ve died of boredom reading it.

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DOWN AMONG THE STICKS AND BONES BY SEANAN McGUIRE | Spoiler Free Review

31450908Title: Down Among the Sticks and Bones
Author: Seanan McGuire
Series or Standalone: Wayward Children #2
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Horror, LGBT
Publication Date: June 13th 2017
Publisher: Tor
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
Star Rating: ★★★★☆

Down Among the Sticks and Bones is the untold story of twins Jack and Jill, who readers were introduced to in Every Heart a Doorway. It’s a short, yet intricate exploration of the twins lives in the Moors, their horror-full magical land, accompanied by wonderful feminist undertones. Continue reading “DOWN AMONG THE STICKS AND BONES BY SEANAN McGUIRE | Spoiler Free Review”