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  • As Good As Dead - Holly Jackson (BLOG TOUR)

    ** I received an e-Arc of "As Good As Dead" by Holly Jackson from the publisher for the book tour conducted by TBR and Beyond tours. All reviews are my own and unbiased.** Trigger Warnings: Stalking, PTSD, Murder, Drug abuse, Abduction About the book: The highly anticipated, edge-of-your-seat conclusion to the addictive "A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder" series that reads like your favorite true-crime podcast or show. By the end, you’ll never think the same of good girls again. Pip’s good girl days are long behind her. After solving two murder cases and garnering internet fame from her crime podcast, she’s seen a lot. But she’s still blindsided when it starts to feel like someone is watching her. It’s small things at first. A USB stick with footage recording her and the same anonymous source always asking her: who will look for you when you’re the one who disappears? It could be a harmless fan, but her gut is telling her danger is lurking. When Pip starts to find connections between her possible stalker and a local serial killer, Pip knows that there is only one choice: find the person threatening her town including herself–or be as good as dead. Because maybe someone has been watching her all along… Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Book Depository | Indigo | IndieBound Review: I've continuously raved about A Good Girl's Guide to Murder, and how awesome it is, and this is no surprise that I loved the whole trilogy with my whole heart. It started out like a light young adult mystery and proceeded to be much darker with each book in the series. The easy-going Pip went through so much and has seen so much that she has grown into the best morally grey character I could think of, and her transformation had me heartbroken, awestruck, and so many more feelings that I couldn't even describe! The book pacing was really fast, and I finished the whole book in a single sitting. The format of the writing remains the same from the first two books, and it makes me feel like I'm discovering all the facts and clues and truth alongside Pip, which kept me on the edge of my seat. Also, the character development was just awesome. It was like a deep dive into the different personality wrappers around Pip, discovering each one individually at levels I didn't know was possible through a book. She really felt like she was a real friend I have, and I was watching and feeling those things with her in my heart...and that was surreal. Ever since I read the first book, some things felt missing. It felt like we were discovering certain clues to forget about it the next instant, there were some gaps. Well, it turns out, it all came together in the end. It all felt cohesive and seamlessly tied the books together, giving a much-needed and well-rounded closure. Although this was a thriller, I just couldn't stop awning over Pip and Ravi. You really need to read the books to experience this beautiful bond that truly has seen it all. Overall, I'll forever be raving about it because it's just awesome. I'm sad this was the last book, cause I would love to see more of Pip and how she grows and matures. Favorite Quotes: I would include the whole book if I could, trust me. It's so difficult to choose one or two or a couple out of the whole book. Her judgement day would come, but for now, Pip walked and she promised. That's all. One foot in front of the other, even if she had to drag them, even when the hole in her heart felt too big to keep standing. She walked and she promised and he was with her, Ravi's fingers slotting in between hers in the way they used to fit, fingertips in the dips of her knuckles. Rating: 5 / 5 Recommendation Level: Full Moon About the author: Holly Jackson started writing stories at a young age, completing her first (poor) attempt at a novel when she was fifteen. She graduated from the University of Nottingham, where she studied literary linguistics and creative writing, with a master’s degree in English. She enjoys playing video games and watching true-crime documentaries so she can pretend to be a detective. She lives in London. A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is her debut novel. Twitter: https://twitter.com/hojay92 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hojay92/?hl=en Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18229614.Holly_Jackson That's all for today, besties! Don't forget to show some love to the awesome bloggers and bookstagrammers on the tour. XOXO, Abby

  • Mark of the Wicked - Georgia Bowers (BLOG TOUR)

    ** I received an e-Arc of "Mark of the Wicked" by Georgia Bowers from the publisher for the book tour conducted by TBR and Beyond tours. All reviews are my own and unbiased.** Trigger Warnings: Minor body horror, animal death, harm to animals, bullying. About the book: A young witch tries to unravel the mystery of who is framing her for dark magic in Georgia Bowers’ creepy YA debut fantasy, Mark of the Wicked. Magic always leaves its mark. All her life, Matilda has been told one thing about her magic: You use only when necessary. But Matilda isn’t interested in being a good witch. She wants revenge and popularity, and to live her life free of consequences, free of the scars that dark magic leaves on her face as a reminder of her misdeeds. When a spell goes awry and the new boy at school catches her in the act, Matilda thinks her secret might be out. But far from being afraid, Oliver already knows about her magic – and he wants to learn more. As Oliver and Matilda grow closer, bizarre things begin to happen: Animals show up with their throats slashed and odd markings carved into their bodies, a young girl dies mysteriously, and everyone blames Matilda. But she isn’t responsible — at least, not that she can remember. As her magic begins to spin out of control, Matilda must decide for herself what makes a good witch, and discover the truth…before anyone else turns up dead. Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Book Depository | Indigo | IndieBound Review: I found the whole concept of the book quite unique and intriguing from the beginning. The way Matilda was portrayed did render her unlikable, but her character evolved throughout the book and I think that was beautifully done. I was particularly a fan of Matilda and Oliver's connection, and one such moment in the book just left me spellbound. The whole book is filled with wild twists and turns and it is a ride! From the moment Matilda finds out about the incidents, the incredible journey begins which takes us through a ton of emotions, twists, and just keeps us guessing and on the edge. Although I would say that it was really difficult for me at times to deal with all the animal deaths. All the characters were really well done, and each had their part in the story. Erin was a breath of fresh air, and I really liked her character along with Matilda's lead. Also, how perfect is it that the climax of the story happened on Halloween? I mean...that's just the perfect ending! Overall, I really liked the book. Although it's August, this book has got me started for an early Halloween. Moodboard: Rating: 4 / 5 Recommendation Level: Waning Gibbous About Author: Georgia Bowers lives in Bedford, a small market town in England. When it was time to decide what to do with her life, she was obsessed with two things: books and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It seemed sensible to follow in the brogued footsteps of Rupert Giles, so she became a librarian, though sadly not the demon-fighting kind. But there’s still time. Ever since her mum told her that witches used to meet in the woods near their village, she’s been obsessed with witchcraft and the paranormal. When she was a teenager, a weekly habit of Point Horrors satisfied her thirst for chilling tales before she moved on to reading Stephen King. These days she likes to give her nerves a break every now and then with a good YA romance. After completing a course in writing YA fiction she was a winner in the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Undiscovered Voices. Since then she has dabbled with stories of chosen ones and ghostly best friends until she conjured up the magical ingredients for her debut novel, Mark Of The Wicked. Website: https://www.georgia-bowers.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/georgia_bowers?lang=en Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/georgiabowersya/ Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19990357.Georgia_Bowers Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/georgiabowersauthor W That's all for today, besties. Don't forget to show some love to all the other wonderful bloggers and bookstagrammers on the tour. XOXO, Abby

  • Misfits In Love - S. K. Ali (BLOG TOUR)

    ** I received an e-Arc of "Misfits In Love" by S. K. Ali from the publisher for the book tour conducted by Hear Our Own Voices. All reviews are my own and unbiased.** Trigger Warnings: Sexual assault, Islamaphobia, Micro-aggressions, Posting pictures of MC without hijab without consent. About the book: In this fun and fresh sequel to Saints and Misfits, Janna hopes her brother’s wedding will be the perfect start to her own summer of love, but attractive new arrivals have her more confused than ever. Janna Yusuf is so excited for the weekend: her brother Muhammad’s getting married, and she’s reuniting with her mom, whom she’s missed the whole summer. And Nuah’s arriving for the weekend too. Sweet, constant Nuah. The last time she saw him, Janna wasn’t ready to reciprocate his feelings for her. But things are different now. She’s finished high school, ready for college…and ready for Nuah. It’s time for Janna’s (carefully planned) summer of love to begin—starting right at the wedding. But it wouldn’t be a wedding if everything went according to plan. Muhammad’s party choices aren’t in line with his fiancée’s taste at all, Janna’s dad is acting strange, and her mom is spending more time with an old friend (and maybe love interest?) than Janna. And Nuah’s treating her differently. Just when things couldn’t get more complicated, two newcomers—the dreamy Haytham and brooding Layth—have Janna more confused than ever about what her misfit heart really wants. Janna’s summer of love is turning out to be super crowded and painfully unpredictable. Review: Let me preface the review by saying that you *need* to read the first book (Saints and Misfits) to better understand what's happening and what's going on with the characters, and to connect more with them throughout. This book took me through a roller coaster of emotions, all in the span of a week. Pretty fast-paced, though realistic, as if happening in our real world. The epitome of the ride being: Muhammad's and Janna's relation and their banter, and their love. That was truly to die for. Also, *A BIG FAT MUSLIM WEDDING*! How awesome is that?! The environment setup was done wonderfully, and I must say it was pretty accurately described. I may not be Muslim myself, but I know many wonderful people who are (my BFF being one of them. Hi Sofia!), and I can say that Janna's inner dialogues and struggles were relatable and real. Them being described so effortlessly, yet being given so much importance, I was truly in awe of the writing style. I was afraid it might lead to a big love triangle, but thankfully, it turned out to be much more than that - much deeper, and heartfelt issues were dealt with. It deals with a lot of heavy and important issues as well, one of them being discrimination within the community, which was again dealt with heavily in the first book as well. I love how the struggle between Sarah and Muhammed was portrayed (and I must tell you, that struggle is real!) and how it began and where it led, I found it to be a satisfactory arc. This was an important discussion as well, I think equally as important as all the other topics dealt with throughout the book. Favorite Quotes: Which means there are rules - but the rules will still lead us to being together. Come on! If you don't think this is utterly romantic, I don't even know what to say! It's racism - actually it's anti-blackness, since all the other cultures seem okay to you. True Janna, so true! I flip back around quietly and close my eyes and close myself so I don't think about what it feels like to cry so much so quietly. This just broke my heart. Wear a pretty dress, wear a glazed gaze, lock up my heart, and get this wedding done. Yass, queen! Let there be all kinds of love. And taking first steps. And changing my world. Yes, my love, YES! Rating: 3.5 / 5 Recommendation Level: Waning Gibbous That's all for today, besties. Don't forget to show some love to all the other wonderful bloggers and bookstagrammers on the tour. XOXO, Abby

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