Highfire-Eoin Colfer

Is it too early in the year to proclaim this as one of my favorites of 2020?

Vern is not your ordinary dragon. Living in a Louisana bayou, watching TV and lounging in his favorite t-shirt adorned with the movie ”Flashdance” displayed proudly on his chest, Vern is happy being alone. But living his life of luxury makes it difficult to stay under the radar. When his handy supernatural BFF has to leave for several months Vern must rely on a human boy named Squib from town. The unlikely duo get mixed up in some serious shenanigans when an unwanted visitor discovers that the infamous island monster is real.

Highfire is 373 pages long and took me 6 days to read.

I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH! I’m giving it a 4.5 out of 5! Something about this friendship between Vern and Squib is so endearing plus it is packed with adventure! It is not a kids book due to some pretty gory stuff and not exactly kid-friendly language. Even if you’re not usually into dragon stuff, you should give this book a try!

Thank you, Harper Perennial, for this copy!

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

Lacey

Grace Is Gone-Emily Elgar

When a small-town mother in a famous mother-daughter-duo is found murdered and her very ill daughter is missing, a reporter that had previously lost his credibility reporting on their family becomes obsessed with the case. Jon knows he already lost so much by reporting a different side of the the duo but now he is second-guessing his reporting. He wants to be the one to find the daughter and will risk his life by doing so in hopes he can repair his reputation.

Grace is Gone is 316 pages long and took me six days to read.

I enjoyed this and am giving it a 3 out of 5! If you’re a mystery fan then you will likely enjoy this story! The characters are complex and are worth getting to know!

SPOILER: This is based off of a true crime event so if you’re familiar then it’s pretty easy to guess the ending.

Thank you, Harper, for sending me this copy!

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

Lacey

Unspeakable Things- Jess Lourey

Small town life in Minnesota during the 80s was a turning event for most parents. When word gets around that young boys are being sexually assaulted, they aren’t quite believed. Especially because they’re from the wrong side of the tracks. But Cassie, a nice middle school-aged farm girl notices a change in the boys. She has problems of her own and feels as though she can recognize that they have become broken. When her crush goes missing she feels like she needs to solve the case and save the boy she likes.

Unspeakable Things is 283 pages long and took me 3 days to read.

This book gave me nightmares! I’m giving it a 3 out of 5! I didn’t know if I would be able to finish it because it creeped me out so bad. I did enjoy Cassie as a character and was rooting for her throughout the book. Be wary of this book if you have a difficult time reading about child abuse!

Thank you, Thomas & Mercer, for sending me this copy!

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

Lacey

The Network-L.C. Shaw

When journalist Jack Logan is contacted by his ex-girlfriend’s current husband (a U.S. Senator) about protecting his wife all costs, Jack is a little thrown. He hasn’t spoken to Taylor in years and he knows she wouldn’t be thrilled to hear from him. But when the things the Senator had predicted, including his own mysterious death, Jack realizes something very serious and life-threatening is going on. Jack knows Taylor is truly in danger and starts to uncover the secret world the Senator unknowingly introduced her to.

The Network is 384 pages long and took me one day to read.

I really enjoyed this book and the longer it has sat with me the more I liked it. I’m giving it a 4 out of 5! This thriller keeps you guessing every step of the way. You truly never know who you can trust!

Thank you, Harper, for sending me this copy!

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

Lacey

Nine Elms-Robert Bryndza

Kate Marshall, the former police detective who caught the infamous Nine Elms serial killer, is stunned by the similarities of a recent murder and the case that shot her into the spotlight and out of the police force. She knows the recent murders weren’t committed by the same killer because he is currently in a psych hospital with no future of getting out. What does make her weary is the incredible detail this copy cat has gone to pay homage to his predecessor. Although she is no longer on the police force, Kate has to solve this case; not just for her peace of mind but for the safety of her family and friends.

Nine Elms is 426 pages long and took me 6 days to read.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am giving it a 4 out of 5! Although there are some pretty gruesome details it all plays into the troubling atmosphere of this book. I highly recommend to my friends that enjoy thrillers!

Thank you, Thomas & Mercer, for sending me this copy!

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

Lacey

Elevator Pitch-Linwood Barclay

New York City is a skyline full of beautiful buildings and thousands of elevators. When tragic accidents involving elevators start to occur where people are killed within days of each other, the NYPD starts to suspect that this is more than an accident. No one is safe and everyone has the risk of being seriously harmed or killed in the famous vertical city.

Elevator Pitch is 453 pages and took me five days to read.

This book creeped me out so much! I’m giving it a 4 out of 5! I ride an elevator every day multiple times a day and reading this book didn’t give me any peace of mind! If you’re looking for a book that will give you the creeps, you should grab ”Elevator Pitch”!

Thank you, William Morrow, for sending me this copy!

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

Lacey

29 Seconds-T.M. Logan

Having a job in academia is difficult enough without having a boss that is wildly inappropriate, threatens and sexually harasses the women below him. Sarah is unfortunate to have a boss like this. But one day she does a good deed and unknowingly puts herself in a position she’s never been in before. Give a name and that person will disappear.

29 Seconds is 357 pages long and took me two days to read.

I really enjoyed this book and am giving it a 4 out of 5! It’s a timely revenge story with twists that’ll hit you out of nowhere! Highly recommend this book!

Thank you, St. Martin’s Press, for sending me this copy!

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

Lacey