Book Review: The Lost Causes by Jessica Etting

Book Review: The Lost Causes by Jessica EttingTitle: The Lost Causes
Author: Jessica Koosed Etting, Alyssa Embree Schwartz
Publisher: KCP Loft
Genres: Mystery
Publication Date: September 5, 2017

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Misfits. Outcasts. And the only ones who can find a killer.

They’re the last people you’d ask to help with anything, much less a murder investigation. The rich girl, the obsessive, the hypochondriac, the addict and the hot-tempered athlete—people think they’re beyond help. Lost causes. But where the world sees losers, the FBI sees its only hope.

With the help of a dangerous serum, the FBI erases the teens’ past problems and unlocks a psychic ability within each of them. In return, all they have to do is help find the killer who’s turned their small town upside down.

But as they close in on a suspect, they expose a conspiracy that puts them directly in harm’s way and makes them wonder who—if anyone—they can really trust.

If anything happens to them, will anyone even care?

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Book Review: The Lost Causes by Jessica Etting

The Lost Causes by Jessica Etting is such a unique book! It tells the story of a group of outcasts who gain psychic powers to try and solve a mystery. The characters are all so developed, and watching them become friends is heartwarming. I found the book to be a bit unbelievable at times, but it is still a great thriller. Continue reading

Review: Beware That Girl by Teresa Toten

Review: Beware That Girl by Teresa TotenTitle: Beware That Girl
Author: Teresa Toten
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Publication Date: May 31, 2016

three-half-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

This powerful psychological thriller with multiple mysteries is set against the backdrop of the mega-wealthy elite of New York City. Toten delves into the mesmerizing yet dysfunctional world of those who manipulate but seem ever so charming. With its gripping pace and Hitchcockian twists, Beware That Girl will keep readers guessing until the very last line.

The Haves. The Have-Nots. Kate O’Brian appears to be a Have-Not. Her whole life has been a series of setbacks she’s had to snake her way out of—some more sinister than others. But she’s determined to change that. She’s book smart. She’s street-smart. Oh, and she’s also a masterful liar.

As the scholarship student at the Waverly School in NYC, Kate has her work cut out for her: her plan is to climb the social ladder and land a spot at Yale. She’s already found her “people” among the senior class “it” girls—specifically in the cosseted, mega-wealthy yet deeply damaged Olivia Sumner. As for Olivia, she considers Kate the best friend she’s always needed, the sister she never had.

When the handsome and whip-smart Mark Redkin joins the Waverly administration, he immediately charms his way into the faculty’s and students’ lives—becoming especially close to Olivia, a fact she’s intent on keeping to herself. It becomes increasingly obvious that Redkin poses a threat to Kate, too, in a way she can’t reveal—and can’t afford to ignore. How close can Kate and Olivia get to Mark without having to share their dark pasts?

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Review: Beware that Girl by Teresa Toten

 Beware That Girl by Teresa Toten is an interesting read for fans of the psychological thriller genre. I started this book with really high hopes, which is probably why I ended up a little disappointed. This book is told in alternating perspectives and contains a super smart main character, which is enjoyable. The plot, however, is uneventful in certain parts and is quite boring. Continue reading

Book Review: See How They Run by Ally Carter

Book Review: See How They Run by Ally CarterTitle: See How They Run (Embassy Row #2)
Series: Embassy Row #2
Author: Ally Carter
Publisher: Scholastic
Genres: Mystery
Publication Date: December 22, 2015

four-half-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Inside every secret, there's a world of trouble. Get ready for the second book in this new series of global proportions--from master of intrigue, New York Times bestselling author Ally Carter.

Grace's past has come back to hunt her . . . and if she doesn't stop it, Grace isn't the only one who will get hurt. Because on Embassy Row, the countries of the world stand like dominoes, and one wrong move can make them all fall down.

The twists get twistier and the turns get even more shocking in the second thrilling installment of Embassy Row.

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Book Review: See How They RUn by Ally Carter

See How They Run by Ally Carter is the perfect sequel to All Fall Down! It is very fast-paced and suspenseful, even more so than the first book, and combines mystery with politics. A strong and likeable main character makes this book even more enjoyable. I really recommend this series to everyone! Continue reading

Review: The Rosemary Spell by Virginia Zimmerman

Review: The Rosemary Spell by Virginia ZimmermanTitle: The Rosemary Spell
Author: Virginia Zimmerman
Publisher: Clarion
Genres: Mystery
Publication Date: December 1, 2015

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Best friends Rosie and Adam find an old book with blank pages that fill with handwriting before their eyes. Something about this magical book has the power to make people vanish, even from memory. The power lies in a poem—a spell. When Adam's older sister, Shelby, disappears, they struggle to retain their memories of her as they race against time to bring her back from the void, risking their own lives in the process.

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Review: The Rosemary Spell

The Rosemary Spell by Virginia Zimmerman really drew me in and refused to let go. This book has such an amazing and creative concept, and a mystery all rolled into one. Mystery is a genre that I have been loving recently and this book did not disappoint. Geared for a middle grade audience, The Rosemary Spell is quite enjoyable and makes for a quick read. Continue reading