Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

23264671Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff (Nevernight Chronicles #2)

Expected Publication: September 5, 2017 by Thomas Dunne Books

448 Pages

Goodreads Summary: A ruthless young assassin continues her journey for revenge in this new epic fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Jay Kristoff.

Assassin Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church ministry think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending Consul Scaeva and Cardinal Duomo, or avenging her familia. And after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia begins to suspect the motives of the Red Church itself.

When it’s announced that Scaeva and Duomo will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end them. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold within the collegium walls, and the body count rises, Mia will be forced to choose between loyalty and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.

Set in the world of Nevernight, which Publishers Weekly called “absorbing in its complexity and bold in its bloodiness,” Godsgrave will continue to thrill and satisfy fantasy fans everywhere.

Review: I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  

For those who have not yet read Nevernight, my review for this sequel is simply…. This book was absolutely incredible and completely blew Nevernight out of the water!  You need to pick up Nevernight and start this epic journey now to prepare yourself for the release of this kickass sequel due in September.

For those who have read Nevernight, proceed to my full review below.

Without a doubt, this book was my #1 most anticipated read of 2017 and it did not disappoint at all!  This book took the epicness of Nevernight and multiplied it by a thousand.  There were so many intense moments to the point where I was almost constantly sitting on the literal edge of my chair tapping my feet in nervousness.  The book starts out going back and forth between Mia’s present day and the past few months after saving the Red Church from total destruction.  As a history major, I continue to enjoy the footnotes with little tidbits of background information on certain people, places, or historical events.  The past few months sees Mia continuing her role as a blade for the Red Church and on one of her missions, she runs into a couple old friends.  In the present, Mia is once again working on her quest to avenger her familia by murdering Consul Julius Scaeva and Cardinal Duomo.  All along the way, Mia begins to learn things that will alter her course.  There were so many twists and turns!  A few of them literally had my mouth gaping open because WHOA, MIND BLOWN!  Some new characters were introduced and it didn’t take long for me to feel attached to them.  Kristoff broke my heart a few times and I am still reeling.  Omg and the cliffhanger ending!!! WHAT!  I’m going to need the next book ASAP!  There was laughter, anger, sadness, swoons, etc…. full spectrum of emotions while reading this book.  I haven’t been in the mood to read anything else after finishing Godsgrave because it was so intense and just grabbed me by the feels!

5 Bloody Stars

All US preorders come signed no matter where you buy it from.  Barnes & Noble does have an exclusive edition that includes full color endpapers and an exclusive chapter.  Read more about that edition in Jay Kristoff’s blog post here.

Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition  |  Amazon

Also… let’s drool together over the UK cover.  (Click on the image below to purchase the UK edition from Book Depository.)32055872

 

 

Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert

25062038Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert

Expected publication: August 8th 2017 by Little, Brown

336 Pages

Goodreads Summary: When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she isn’t sure if she’ll ever want to go back. L.A. is where her friends and family are (along with her crush, Emil). And her stepbrother, Lionel, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, needs her emotional support.

But as she settles into her old life, Suzette finds herself falling for someone new…the same girl her brother is in love with. When Lionel’s disorder spirals out of control, Suzette is forced to confront her past mistakes and find a way to help her brother before he hurts himself–or worse.

Review: In a time when diversity is at the forefront of everyone’s mind, Little & Lion brings you a community of characters bursting with diversity in many forms – LGBTQ, religion, POC, and mental illness.  The main character, Suzette aka Little, has just returned home for the summer from boarding school unsure if she wants to return in the fall.  There is an incident involving her roommate Iris that is mentioned quite a bit in the beginning but isn’t really explained until later on in the book. As Suzette tries to settle back into her home, there are some flashbacks to show how her family unit came to be and how strong her relationship was with her stepbrother Lionel aka Lion.  In the present, it is clear that something has affected their relationship so they’re not as close as they used to be even though Suzette desperately wants their relationship back to where it was.  Something caused a strain and as the story continues, and some pretty big events transpire, you find out what that was.

Overall I enjoyed reading this book even though I didn’t quite fully connect with the characters.  I loved Suzette and Lionel’s family!  They seem to have such a cool dynamic.  With the exception of Emil, I didn’t really care for too many of the secondary characters.  A few of the scenarios felt a little exaggerated but they didn’t really have a negative affect on my overall opinion of the book.  One of the main things I was disappointed in was the ending.  It felt rushed and was not satisfying for me.  I would’ve really liked to see the ending expanded to go more into detail about what happens with the decisions that Suzette decided to make regarding school.  I don’t want to say too much more so I don’t spoil anything.  I’ve been torn on where to rate this one and have decided that while I liked the book I don’t think I will ever read it again so I’ve set it at a 3.  It’s definitely worth a read, especially if you are looking for some great diversity.  There is some sexual content so be aware of that if you are looking at this book for a younger YA reader.

3 Stars

I received a copy of this book from The Novl in exchange for an honest review.

The Other Girl by Erica Spindler

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Expected publication: August 22nd 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

352 Pages

Goodreads Summary: From the NYT bestselling author comes a chilling new thriller about a ritualistic murder of a college professor that sends a small town cop back into the trauma she thought she’d put behind her.

Officer Miranda Rader of the Hammond PD in Louisiana is known for her honesty, integrity, and steady hand in a crisis—but that wasn’t always so. Miranda comes from Jasper, just south of Hammond, a place about the size of a good spit on a hot day, and her side of the tracks was the wrong one. She’s worked hard to leave the girl she used to be behind and earn respect in her position as an officer.

However, when Miranda and her partner are called to investigate the murder of one of the town’s most beloved college professors, they’re unprepared for the gruesomeness of the scene. This murder is unlike any they’ve ever investigated, and just when Miranda thinks she’s seen the worst of it, she finds a piece of evidence that chills her to the core: a faded newspaper clipping about a terrible night from her long-buried past. Then another man turns up dead, this one a retired cop, and not just any cop—Clint Wheeler, the cop who took her statement that night. Two murders, two very different men, two killings that on the surface had nothing in common—except Miranda. 15 years ago.

And when her fingerprints turn up at the scene of the first murder, Miranda once again finds herself under the microscope, her honesty and integrity doubted, her motivations questioned. Alone again, the trust of her colleagues shattered, Miranda must try to trust the instincts she’s pushed down for so long, and decide what’s right—before it’s too late.

Review: I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I love a good thriller so I was excited to get a chance to read and review this one. Right off the bat, I was hooked. Randi seemed like a girl who was mad at life and wanted any escape from it by way of drinking and drugs. But at only 15 years old, her life quickly went south when something absolutely horrible happened to her and yet nobody believed her because of her past issues. The story goes back and forth between the present where Randi has grown up to be Miranda, a detective on the local police force, and that night where everything went wrong. In the present she is called to the scene of a murder where one small thing alerts her to that night long ago. I was so enthralled by the story that I read the entire book in one sitting. The only issue I had was that I came up with a prediction pretty early on in the book and I turned out to be right. However, a twist showed that there were other factors involved that I had no idea so when those were revealed I was both shocked and appalled which I believe is the mark of a good thriller. After reading and enjoying this book I will definitely be checking out the author’s other books.

4 Stars

The Whole Way Home by Sarah Creech

27213207The Whole Way Home by Sarah Creech

Published June 6th 2017 by William Morrow

368 Pages

Goodreads Summary: A ferocious talent on the brink of making it big in Nashville must confront her small town past and an old love she’s never forgotten in this engaging novel—a soulful ballad filled with romance, heartbreak, secrets, and scandal from the author of Season of the Dragonflies.

Playing to packed houses while her hit song rushes up the charts, country singer and fiddler Jo Lover is poised to become a big Nashville star like her idols, Loretta, Reba, and Sheryl. To ensure her success, Jo has carefully crafted her image: a pretty, sassy, down-to-earth girl from small-town Virginia who pours her heart into her songs.

But the stage persona she’s built is threatened when her independent label merges with big-time Capitol Records, bringing Nashville heartthrob JD McCoy—her first love—back into her life. Long ago Jo played with JD’s band. Then something went wrong, they parted ways and took their own crooked roads to stardom. Now, Jo’s excited—and terrified—to see him again.

When the label reunites them for a show, the old sparks fly, the duet they sing goes viral, and fans begin clamoring for more—igniting the media’s interest in the compelling singer. Why is a small-town girl like Jo so quiet about her past? When did she and JD first meet? What split them apart? All too soon, the painful secret she’s been hiding is uncovered; a shocking revelation that threatens to destroy her reputation and her dreams. To salvage her life and her career, Jo must finally face the past—and her feelings for JD—to become the true Nashville diva she was meant to be.

Review: Overall I really enjoyed this book about two fictional famous country artists. I really felt for Jo and JD and was definitely hooked on their sort of estranged relationship. There were a few times I almost cried because of something that was revealed about Jo’s past. I really loved the chemistry between the two of them. Her engagement to Nick just felt bland and boring. The one thing I wasn’t completely sold on with this book was the side story of Denver and Alan. I liked them but didn’t really think their part of the story added anything to the main character’s storyline.  Upon further reflection of their story though, I believe that it was in the book to add to the message that country music, and the music industry in general, isn’t very inclusive, doesn’t allow for a lot of creativity beyond trucks, drinking, and girls in bikinis.  Denver and Alan are a two man band called the Flyby Boys with Alan as the lead singer and guitarist and Denver on the drums.  They play in a club every night, hoping to get noticed by a record label.  I don’t want to say anymore about it because it kind of gives it away.  It felt a little bit like a Nicholas Sparks books mixed with the movie Country Strong.  I’m a fan of some country artists, including some of the classics like Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash so it was fun seeing them mentioned throughout the course of the book.  Even if you’re not a fan of country music I think you will enjoy this book if you’re looking for a good romance with a splash of scandal.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher through LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review.

4 stars

Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

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Expected publication: July 25th 2017 by Delacorte Press

336 Pages

Goodreads Summary: For fans of Pretty Little LiarsLittle Monsters is a new psychological thriller, from the author of The Darkest Corners, about appearances versus reality and the power of manipulation amongst teenage girls.

Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life. A life with a stepbrother, a stepmother, and strangest of all, an adoring younger half sister.

Kacey’s new life is eerily charming compared with the wild highs and lows of the old one she lived with her volatile mother. And everyone is so nice in Broken Falls—she’s even been welcomed into a tight new circle of friends. Bailey and Jade invite her to do everything with them.

Which is why it’s so odd when they start acting distant. And when they don’t invite her to the biggest party of the year, it doesn’t exactly feel like an accident.

But Kacey will never be able to ask, because Bailey never makes it home from that party. Suddenly, Broken Falls doesn’t seem so welcoming after all—especially once everyone starts looking to the new girl for answers.

Kacey is about to learn some very important lessons: Sometimes appearances can be deceiving. Sometimes when you’re the new girl, you shouldn’t trust anyone.

Review: I read and thoroughly enjoyed The Darkest Corners last year so I knew I wanted to read this one no matter what.  And wow!  I was completely blown away by this one!    Little Monsters completely hooked me right from the start.  I did not want to put this book down at all so I read it over the course of two days.  The first chapter reminded me a little bit of my group of friends in high school. There is an abandoned farm outside of our small town that we liked to go drive by and dare people to walk up to at night.  One night we did this, things definitely did not go well and we never went back again.  And the book takes place in Wisconsin, my neighboring state, so it was very easy to connect with the midwestern vibes.  So needless to say I connected with Kacey almost instantly.  I totally felt for her having such a rough background before she moved in with the father she never knew and his family.  Her new family dynamic and new friends made it look as though things were looking up for her.  I loved her relationship with her siblings (both step and half) and even with her step-mom.  But when things with her best friends start to go a little iffy, things go south quickly.  There were so many incredible twists and turns to this story and I did not see any of them coming.  Just when I thought I had things figured out… BOOM! That is my absolute favorite part about mysteries and thrillers!  I have to say that this is one of the best thrillers I have ever read! Even before finishing eARC copy, I preordered the book because I just have to be able to read this one again with a finished copy.  So if you’re looking for a fantastic psychological thriller to give you all the thrills and chills, I highly recommend you check out Little Monsters!  You will not be disappointed.

I received an eARC from the author and publisher in exchange for an honest review.

5 Stars

**While you wait for the publication date check out this unpublished short story that takes place before the events in Little Monsters!  Sure to give you chills!**