Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall

RFV.jpgRules for Vanishing was a thrilling ride. I love documentary-styled novels, similar to Sleeping Giants, because it really makes the entire book come to life in a different way than just getting lost in a really good, traditional novel.

This book reminded me both of The Blair Witch Project and Broken Girls (young girl goes missing: girls, foul play, and ghosts are suspect), both in the way they tell their stories and the sinister feelings it has lying underneath.

This book brings me back to my adolescent age, where everything was an adventure, even the spooky things. As an adult who still loves reading semi-young adult novels and stories, this one read well enough for it to be smack dab in between adult and ya. Don’t pass this one up. It’s great for a read anytime, but if you’re feeling particularly spooky, read this when you’re all alone for a good weekend.


Wilder Girls by Rory Power

image_processing20190502-37-151ux6q.jpgThis book is not for the faint of heart and certainly a book that everyone needs to read. Even though this is a YA novel, young adults and adults alike need to read this. This post-apocalyptic novel is not one to shy away from and shows how far our fighting spirits go, especially the fighting spirits in young women. The writing, paired with the contents of the story, was woven beautifully to convey a harrowing tale that sadly doesn’t seem all that fiction if it were to happen in another fifty to a hundred years from now.

This novel is fast-paced and will grab you from the start. Its grip is unrelenting and it will have its hooks in you until the very last page. Don’t sleep on this book, and add it to your TBR ASAP.

*Release Date: July 9th, 2019*

Haunted by Danielle Vega

image_processing20181121-24-e14apjI’ll admit, this had me hooked from the first page. When someone tells you that Danielle Vega is the young adult genre’s answer to Stephen King, you have to wonder, because that is a high threshold. However, I hate that I doubted it because Vega’s writing and style certainly blew me away with her debut Haunted.

This is a book to read in the daylight or a one to read to scare you just enough that you’ll sleep with an extra light on and your bedroom door closed. Don’t be alarmed, this has just enough spooky-ness to it that it will get your nerves going and make you wonder about the noises in the dark at night, but it is a thrilling tale through and through. This is definitely for fans of Stephen King and Grady Hendrix, even if you don’t regularly read YA.


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In at the Deep End by Kate Davies

image_processing20190424-41-1c8osetThis is one of those seemingly heartfelt stories that girls of their youth (in high school, graduating high school, or beginning their adult journey) need to read at some point. This book has a resonating factor that allows for its readers to connect to the story and know they’re not alone. Trust me, adulting is not all it’s cracked up to be. Discovering yourself in your early twenties is the most stressful time, but still the most enjoyable, so there’s no need to stress unnecessarily.

Whether or not you read YA regularly, if you like Bridget Jones-like stories, this one is for you and all the others out there.


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Little Darlings by Melanie Golding

image_processing20181221-24-2p84gwThis was a miraculous debut novel and I was blown away when I learned that this was Golding’s first novel. This is one of those books that has you second-guessing yourself (and Lauren) until the very end. As a mother, nothing is more frightening than losing your child(ren). But to have them replaced by monsters that only you can see? That’s enough to drive someone mad. I really felt for Lauren, relating to her in a way I didn’t quite expect. Sometimes we need a little bit of darkness in the stories that we read, to capture us and bring out our fears, and this certainly does both.

This book is for fans of fairy tales and those that are not afraid to dive into the dark side. The writing was absolutely superb and Golding is promising for anything she may write in the future.

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The Gillespie County Fair by Marc Hess

image_processing20190131-10-1a77mw3While this doesn’t necessarily have a focus on or contain a magical element, it greatly reminds me of the Night Circus. Two families are joined together, giving Texas w headstrong young girl. This also brings together a demise of one part of the story and the blossom of another part of the story. A family is torn and distraught with the town glows brightly with promise, intrigue, and happiness. This is one of those books for those that like seeing a grand end come from nothing, while also capturing the attention of those, like myself, who enjoy turmoil (sorry characters of all the books I read, I can’t help it!).

The writing in this book weaves a tale intricately, enough to keep you going until the last page, sighing when you close the cover because the story’s over.

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Mother Knows Best by Kira Peikoff

image_processing20190520-38-7oldahI’m always going to jump the gun when it comes to reading psychological thrillers. Rarely am I disappointed because it’s just such a great genre. And that’s what I did for this book. I jumped the gun at the first sentence, “Claire’s dreams became a nightmare when she passed on a genetic mutation that killed her little boy.” If that doesn’t suck you in as a fan of psychological thrillers, or one jumping into the genre, I don’t know what will.

The trio of Claire, her husband, and their doctor set out to create an illegal experiment meaning to eliminate inherited diseases. After the doctor is left to serve a prison sentence and Claire (pregnant) and her husband escape by the skin of their teeth, there’s a time jump. After 10 years, Jillian finally gets out and she wants revenge and what’s “rightfully” hers. Read it, devour it, savor it.

*Release Date: September 10th, 2019*