Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Homicide in Hardcover by Kate Carlisle

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Released: January 2009

Homicide in Hardcover is the first novel in the "Bibliophile" cozy mystery series by Kate Carlisle. At the time of this writing, there are 14 books in the series (15 if you count the novella released between books #4 and #5), which is exciting news for people like me who are just now discovering this series! I've had Homicide in Hardcover sitting on my bookshelf since its release and now I'm kicking myself for not having started it sooner because I loved it! On the plus side, now I can binge-read the entire series.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Swerve by Vicki Pettersson


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Released: July 2015

Swerve is a thriller and standalone novel by Vicki Pettersson — author of the popular "Sign of the Zodiac" urban fantasy series. Like the urban fantasy series, Swerve takes place in Las Vegas, too (as well as in Primm and on the I-15), so if you live in Vegas or have spent time there, you'll most likely really enjoy this novel.

Swerve is a quick read and everything a thriller should be — it's extremely suspenseful and fast-paced, and well written to keep you interested to the last page. It's bloody, gory, and scary, and could easily be adapted for the big screen. In fact, Pettersson's writing in Swerve is so vivid and colorful that I could see the story unfolding in my head as if it were an actual movie.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Providence by Caroline Kepnes

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Released: June 2018

I was so thrilled to find Providence after reading You a few years ago. I loved You so much that I kept my copy and was stoked when they made it into a Netflix television series. Providence is the third novel by Caroline Kepnes.

Dreamworld's Synopsis


Thirteen-year-olds Jon and Chloe are close friends and share a special bond despite the fact Chloe is more popular at school and has lots of friends. Jon is relatively small for his age and gets bullied and picked on regularly by his peers at school. On most afternoons, Jon and Chloe escape to a secret shed in the forest near their homes to hang out and spend time with one another. Jon is completely in love with Chloe, though Chloe is somewhat oblivious.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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Released: June 2011

This #1 New York Times Bestseller by Ransom Riggs is absolutely enchanting. The back-cover synopsis didn't prepare me for the lovely story that unfolds during the first half of this novel. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is the first installment of what is currently a 5-book series, with the fifth book due to release soon in January 2020.

Dreamworld's Synopsis

Teenager Jacob Portman has grown up listening to his paternal grandfather tell stories about monsters and the "peculiar" children with special powers with whom he was raised after escaping Poland during WWII. Jacob never took these stories seriously, thinking his grandfather was making them up for entertainment reasons, and maybe because he was also suffering dementia.