Small Game-Blair Braverman

Mara decides to use her survival skills on the newest TV show to win $100,000 should she survive 6 weeks with four other contestants. But something unexpected happens that throws their survival up in the air. Mara is confident in her abilities but can she trust the people around her to have her back?

Small Game is 288 pages long and took me two days to read.

This book felt a little too real. I’m giving it a 3.5 out of 5 purely for the fact that it made me really sad and was hard for me to read emotionally. You become invested in the characters in a short amount of time and feel hurt when they hurt. It is well written and is probably a higher score but I was genuinely not in the right headspace to take this on when I read it.

Thank you so much, Ecco, for sending me this copy!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey

The Atlas Paradox-Olivie Blake

The second book in the Atlas Series, this book leaves off where the first ended. Libby is gone and it appears to Nico that he is the only one of the five other Alexander Society recruits that is interested in finding out what happened. While they are all feeling the loss of Libby, the other four are handling this hole in the group in their own way. As their final year approaches, they are trying to figure out their contribution to the society. Little do they know that Libby is very much alive. She just happens to have been dragged back to 1989 by her ex-boyfriend Ezra. Will she be able to find her way back to her time and if she can, what does that mean for the magical world at large?

The Atlas Paradox is 399 pages long and took me four days to read.

This series!!!!!!!!!! I need the next book asap because I need to know what happens! I’m giving this book a 3.5 out of 5 because it very much feels like the middle book. I certainly enjoyed it but it felt like it was connecting the first book which was so descriptive and heavy in the content to the third book. It’s a must read to stay in the loop of the series so don’t miss out!

Thank you, Tor, for sending me this book!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey

The Hollow Kind-Andy Davidson

After receiving her grandfather’s farm and land, Nellie takes her son to the live on the thousand acre estate where she spent one summer growing up. The ghosts of Nellie’s past are not the only thing haunting Nellie as she discovers there is something sinister amongst the trees. She’ll stop at nothing to protect her son and discovers the secrets her grandfather hid away trying to protect his descendants.

The Hollow Kind is 431 pages long and took me three days to read.

This book is sooooo good and spooky! I’m giving it a 4.5 out of 5! It will absolutely stay with me and I don’t know if I can look at nature the same.

Thank you, MCD/FSG, for sending me this copy!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey

Sinister Graves-Marcie Rendon

Cash Blackbear has a gift of what one can only describe as supernatural sight. As a single woman in the 1970s rural Minnesota, she uses her sight to help her adoptive father with his police work. When two bodies of native women appear, she knows in her bones that they are connected. As she herself fits the description of the victims, she takes it upon herself to go undercover and find out who took the lives of these women who were turning their lives around.

Sinister Graves is 225 pages long and took me two days to read.

This is the first Cash Blackbear book I’ve read and I enjoyed it so much! I’m giving it a 4 out of 5! It’s very compelling and although it’s a shorter book you get the feeling of this flawed but deep character.

Thank you, Soho Crime, for sending me this copy!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey

Always The First To Die- RJ Jacobs

Lexi had planned to never return to Pinecrest in the Florida Keys after her history with the Estate but she finds herself driving in the middle of a hurricane to rescue her daughter after she receives a frantic call. Upon arrival she relives all of the traumatic events that happened many years ago on the set of an infamous film at Pinecrest along with her husband missing from the estate a year ago. Lexi knows that seeing the place again is what is causing the PTSD-like reactions and that there isn’t anyone trying to hurt her again…. Right?

Always The First To Die is 280 pages long and took me three days to read.

I’m giving this book a 4 out of 5 for its great premise and atmospheric setting. I really enjoyed watching the story unfold and can’t wait to read more from RJ Jacobs!

Thank you, Sourcebooks Landmark, for sending me this copy!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey

Beyond the Wand-Tom Felton

Like every 12 year old in 2001, I immediately formed a crush on Tom Felton that would last many years. In his memoir “Beyond the Wand” he opens up about his strange but normal upbringing thanks to his incredible parents and brothers that kept his ego in check. The many thoughtful stories Tom shares about his time on the sets of the Harry Potter films not only filled my heart with a sense of nostalgia but also made me appreciate all of the work that went into capturing a huge part of my childhood. Tom is vulnerable and on the verge of poetic in his description of his co-stars and life. It was truly a pleasure to read.

“Beyond the Wand” is 304 pages and took me two days to read.

I’m giving this book 5 out of 5 stars! As a huge Harry Potter fan it just brought me so much happiness to hear behind the scenes anecdotes and I feel like it’s a must-read for those who still find themselves re-reading and re-watching these beloved stories.

Thank you so much, Grand Central Publishing, for sending me this copy! It is truly one of my favorite ARCs I’ve ever received and will forever be special to me!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey

Nettle & Bone- T. Kingfisher

Marra knows she’ll only have one shot to do what needs to be done… hating your brother in-law isn’t uncommon but when he’s a prince? Well killing a prince is a job for a princess.

Nettle & Bone is 240 pages long and took me two days to read.

I absolutely adore this book! I’m giving it a 4.5 out of 5! The cast of characters makes this book oddly heart warming and I enjoyed every minute of it! I highly recommend!

Thank you, Tor, for sending me this copy!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey

Pay Dirt Road-Samantha Jayne Allen

Victoria, a local waitress goes missing in a Texas town. Her coworker Annie knows she would never disappear when she has a daughter she dotes on so much. Annie asks her former police chief grandfather to help her track Victoria down. Tracing Victoria’s steps may be the only way to find out what happened to her but is Annie ok with ruffling feathers in the town she grew up in? Is she willing to put her own life at risk?

Pay Dirt Road is 296 pages long and took me two days to read.

I found myself surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. It felt like each character was a real person and I could picture the whole thing playing out in front of me. I’m giving this book a 4.5 out of 5! I’ll definitely be tracking Samantha Jayne Allen’s writing going forward!

Thank you, Minotaur Books, for sending me this copy!

Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel!

Lacey