Book Review: S.T.A.G.S. by M. A. Bennett

Book Review: S.T.A.G.S. by M. A. BennettTitle: S.T.A.G.S (S.T.A.G.S. #1)
Series: S.T.A.G.S. #1
Author: M.A. Bennett
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Publication Date: January 30, 2018
Rating: three-stars
Series Rating: three-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Nine students. Three bloodsports. One deadly weekend.

It is the autumn term and Greer MacDonald is struggling to settle into the sixth form at the exclusive St. Aidan the Great boarding school, known to its privileged pupils as S.T.A.G.S. Just when she despairs of making friends Greer receives a mysterious invitation with three words embossed upon on it: huntin' shootin' fishin'. When Greer learns that the invitation is to spend the half term weekend at the country manor of Henry de Warlencourt, the most popular and wealthy boy at S.T.A.G.S., she is as surprised as she is flattered.

But when Greer joins the other chosen few at the ancient and sprawling Longcross Hall, she realises that Henry's parents are not at home; the only adults present are a cohort of eerily compliant servants. The students are at the mercy of their capricious host, and, over the next three days, as the three bloodsports - hunting, shooting and fishing - become increasingly dark and twisted, Greer comes to the horrifying realisation that those being hunted are not wild game, but the very misfits Henry has brought with him from school...

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Book Review: S.T.A.G.S. by M.A. Bennett

S.T.A.G.S. by M.A. Bennett is a book that honestly surprised me. It is a very eerie story with a twisty plot and an intelligent main character. The story definitely strays from the classic private school book I was expecting. Although this book is a thriller, I feel like there isn’t enough action, and I would have enjoyed more suspense. Continue reading

WoW: Fresh Ink by Lamar Giles (Editor)

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by  Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about and have yet to read.

This week’s book: Fresh Ink by Lamar Giles

Fresh Ink Lamar GilesTitle: Fresh Ink
Author: Lamar Giles
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: August 14, 2018

Summary (from Goodreads):

In partnership with We Need Diverse Books, thirteen of the most recognizable, diverse authors come together in this remarkable YA anthology featuring ten short stories, a graphic short story, and a one-act play from Walter Dean Myers never before in-print.

Careful--you are holding fresh ink. And not hot-off-the-press, still-drying-in-your-hands ink. Instead, you are holding twelve stories with endings that are still being written--whose next chapters are up to you.

Because these stories are meant to be read. And shared.

Thirteen of the most accomplished YA authors deliver a label-defying anthology that includes ten short stories, a graphic novel, and a one-act play. This collection will inspire you to break conventions, bend the rules, and color outside the lines. All you need is fresh ink.

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Review: You Won’t Know I’m Gone by Kristen Orlando

Review: You Won't Know I'm Gone by Kristen Orlando

Review: You Won’t Know I’m Gone by Kristen OrlandoTitle: You Won't Know I'm Gone (The Black Angel Chronicles #2)
Series: The Black Angel Chronicles #2
Author: Kristen Orlando
Also by this author: You Don't Know My Name (The Black Angel Chronicles #1)
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Genres: Thriller
Publication Date: January 16th 2018
Rating: four-half-stars
Series Rating: five-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Going rogue in an effort to rescue her kidnapped parents has cost Reagan Hillis her automatic ticket to the Training Academy. But becoming a Black Angel is the only way Reagan will be able to exact revenge on her mother’s merciless killer, Santino Torres.

When Reagan is given a chance to prove that she’s worthy of training to be a Black Angel, she also gets the first chance she’s ever had to be her true self. No aliases. No disguises.

But when her friend Luke joins her at the Black Angels training compound, Reagan finds herself once again torn between the person she was and the person she wants to be. Reagan has to prove that she's as good as her parents trained her to be, because she’ll never find Torres without the Black Angels’ help.

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REVIEW: You Won’t Know I’m Gone by Kristen Orlando

I have been dying for You Won’t Know I’m Gone by Kristen Orlando since the massive cliffhanger at the end of You Don’t Know My Name. Since I am a sucker for anything spies/secret agents related, I adore this series. This book is action-packed, and the main character is so courageous. I can safely say that this sequel measures up to the first book, which is a pretty rare occurrence. Continue reading

Review: The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor

Review: The Chalk Man by C.J. TudorTitle: The Chalk Man
Author: C.J. Tudor
Publisher: Crown Publishing
Genres: Thriller
Publication Date: January 9, 2018
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

In 1986, Eddie and his friends are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy English village and looking for any taste of excitement they can get. The chalk men are their secret code: little chalk stick figures they leave for one another as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing is ever the same.

In 2016, Eddie is fully grown, and thinks he's put his past behind him. But then he gets a letter in the mail, containing a single chalk stick figure. When it turns out that his friends got the same message, they think it could be a prank . . . until one of them turns up dead.

That's when Eddie realizes that saving himself means finally figuring out what really happened all those years ago.

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Review: The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor

The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor is a dark thriller that has quite a few intriguing characters that the reader will instantly relate to. When a book stays with you long after you have read it, you know it is one that has merit. Told through a dual timeline, the story is one that will keep you guessing right to the end. Continue reading

Review: Flower Moon by Gina Linko

Review: Flower Moon by Gina LinkoTitle: Flower Moon
Author: Gina Linko
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Genres: Fantasy
Publication Date: January 2, 2018
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Tempest and Tally Jo Trimble are mirror twins—so alike they were almost born the same person—and they've been inseparable since birth. But it's the summer they turn thirteen, and it seems like everyone can tell something is changing between them.

Pa Charlie, whose traveling carnival is the best part of every summer, is watching them closer than ever. Digger, who sneaks poor kids onto the carnival rides for free and smiles faster than anyone, seems to be fixing for a fight. Even Mama is acting different, refusing to travel with the carnival this year even though her own twin, who she hasn't seen since childhood, will be there.

And Tally and Tempest are the most different of all. There's a strangeness between them, a thickness to the air, an unseen push and pull, and it's getting stronger. It starts as a feeling, but soon it's sputtering and sparking, hurling them backwards, threatening to explode.

When Tally learns that she and Tempest may not be the first twins in their family to be separated by whatever this force is, she realizes she'll have to find a way to stop it—or she might lose not only her sister, but everyone she loves.

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Review: Flower Moon by Gina Linko

Flower Moon by Gina Linko is one of those books that once you start reading, it is hard to set down. Fans of magical realism will really enjoy this story that combines elements of magic and coming of age. The carnival setting gives the narrative a perfect backdrop, and the science that is used to describe the strangeness happening between the sisters is one that contains wonderful jumping off points for the classroom. Continue reading