Uncharted by Erin Cashman| ARC Review


Genre: YA, Mystery, Paranormal

Publication Date: September 4 2018

Source: Page Street Publishing in return for an honest review

Seventeen-year-old Annabeth prefers the fantasy of her books and paintings to reality—because in reality, her mom is dead, and it was all her fault. When she accompanies her father to the funeral of some family friends who drowned, she’s surprised to find her grief reflected in the face of Griffin Bradford, the son of the couple who died. Griffin is nothing like the carefree boy she once knew. Now he’s irritable, removed, and he’s under police investigation for his parents’ deaths.

One night following the memorial service, Annabeth’s dad goes missing in the woods, and she suspects Griffin knows more about the disappearance than he’s letting on. He refuses to answer her questions, particularly those related to the mysterious “expedition” his parents took to Ireland, where they went missing for seven months.

Annabeth fears her father isn’t lost, but rather a victim of something sinister. She launches her own investigation, tracing clues that whisper of myth and legend and death, until she stumbles upon a secret. One that some would die to protect, others would kill to expose—and which twists Annabeth’s fantasy and reality together in deadly new ways.

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 *I would like to thank Page Street for the chance to read and review this book in return for my honest opinion!*

This story was a unique blend of Irish myth, mystery and family/friendships. It came as a complete surprise to me as I had not heard much about it before I was sent the ARC. I was drawn in from the very beginning with the mystery that was set into motion and has you guessing the entire story of what is actually happening. I thought I had it figured out multiple times, but was shocked with the twists and turns. There is such a dreamy element to this story and it is enhanced by the layer of Irish myth that is woven throughout the story. I thought Cashman did a fantastic job with the development of the myth and loved the fantastical elements that were dreamed up to build this story.

Other than the mythology and fantastical elements that helped to drive forward the story and the mystery, there was secret societies, family, friendship, and romance. I loved that Cashman was able to incorporate so many different elements into the book and I thought it made for such a unique and rich novel! Annabeth and Griffin were such interesting characters. The family ties and the characters background together were really intriguing and were played out so well. It was those ties that were important to the storyline and were an aspect so well crafted by Cashman. Although I did enjoy the characters and their development through the story my favorite part was the background story.

Overall Uncharted had captivated me from the very beginning and did not let me go until the very end. The mystery and secrets pull you into the story of Annabeth, Griffin and their families and it is the ongoing mystery of solving the issues that arise and the fantastical elements that provide a dream like vision that have you transported into the story. I highly recommend this book and think it is a must read of 2018!



Never Apart by Romily Bernard | Book Review


Genre: Young Adult, Mystery/Thriller

“Sometimes people come into your life and change everything. You become someone you would never have been without them. They crack you open, split you apart, let light into places that have only seen darkness, but it always comes with a price: you cannot go back to who you were before.”
― Romily Bernard, Never Apart

Publication Date : October 3rd 2017

How many times would you die for love?

What if you had to relive the same five days over and over?

And what if at the end of it, your boyfriend is killed…

And you have to watch. Every time.

You don’t know why you’re stuck in this nightmare.

But you do know that these are the rules you now live by:

Wake Up.




Now, the only way to escape this loop is to attempt something crazy. Something dangerous. Something completely unexpected. This time…you’re not going to run.

Combining heart-pounding romance and a thrilling mystery Never Apart is a stunning story you won’t soon forget.

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*I would like to thank Entangled Teen and Romily Bernard for the copy of this book in return for an honest review*

When I read the last page in the book I closed it and sat there bewildered with how I felt. This book caught me by surprise. It was much different than I thought it would be and the ending completely caught me off guard. It is labeled from what I have seen as a Mystery/Thriller, but I think it also falls into another category as well. Even as I write this review I am going back and forth with how I feel about this book.

I was completely gripped from the beginning of the book. It started off pretty vague and it worked because you needed to know more. I wanted to know what the heck was going on and where the story would go. It definitely had a mysterious vibe and left you questioning. The story was well paced and went back and forth between the present and the past. I was not completely sure how I felt about the back and forth, but it gave the story a slow reveal and increased the mystery and kept a fast pace to the read. There were aspects to the story that I felt went too fast or not into enough details. Trying to think back on the story about the characters its hard to remember the entirety of the characters.I thought there was some lacking in the characterization. There was definitely character development with the main character, Grace, but it fell short for the others. There is a love triangley vibe to the story. But thankfully it was not full on in your face. I liked that you learn about the characters through Grace and how they play a role in her life and finding herself.

Overall I thought this was an enjoyable read. I would say go into it without really reading the synopsis or focusing on what it is about. It surprised me and went a totally different way than I was expecting. It was a gripping mystery that at the end tied up all the loose ends, which is very important in my opinion. It was also quite nice that at the end there was some bonus material of a few chapters written from the other characters perspective, it added a little something to those characters. This book is raw, intense and very true to what happens in ones life without trying to sugar coat the events that shape us.

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins | Book Review


Genre: Adult Mystery

“Hollowness: that I understand. I’m starting to believe that there isn’t anything you can do to fix it. That’s what I’ve taken from the therapy sessions: the holes in your life are permanent. You have to grow around them, like tree roots around concrete; you mold yourself through the gaps”
― Paula Hawkins, The Girl on the Train

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Goodreads | Amazon


I am going to start with this first… I thought Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn was better. I have heard a lot that this is a book you either love or you hate. I felt meh about it. I sometimes have a hard time reading mystery novels because the part that I love is the end. At the end of mysteries is when all the crazy gets figured out and there is always some sort of big twist and unexpected ending.

I read this book kind of fast, but I think it was due to the fact that I had a lot of free time and the nature of how short the sections were. The narrative jumps between mainly two different characters and adds a third about halfway through. In my opinion that was the best part because you get a different perspective from each character that is so bias and a bit unreliable. Besides this fact the story kind of dragged for me and I had a tough time getting through the dry monotonous that was the beginning of the book. I was driven by the motivation to figure out what had happened.

As with most mystery novels I was trying the whole time to figure out who had done it and what had happened. I have to say this book stumped me. I thought I had everything figured out but was completely wrong. I really enjoyed the ending. It was suspenseful and had me on the edge of my seat. 

Overall I thought the book was okay. The ending of the book saved it for me. I did enjoy the characters, it is great to read imperfect characters that are dealing with inner conflict and real struggles. I thought the nature of the characters being unreliable really added to the overall mystery feel of the story. If you enjoy mystery novels or even Gillian Flynn’s writing I think you should give this a try. I am also excited that this just came out as a movie and I cant wait to watch it and see what they did with it.


The Grownup by Gillian Flynn | Short Story Review


Genre: Short Story, Mystery, Thriller

Source: Blogging For Book (In return for honest review)

“People are dumb. I’ll never get over how dumb people are.”
― Gillian Flynn, The Grownup


A canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud. On a rainy April morning, she is reading auras at Spiritual Palms when Susan Burke walks in. A keen observer of human behavior, our unnamed narrator immediately diagnoses beautiful, rich Susan as an unhappy woman eager to give her lovely life a drama injection. However, when the “psychic” visits the eerie Victorian home that has been the source of Susan’s terror and grief, she realizes she may not have to pretend to believe in ghosts anymore. Miles, Susan’s teenage stepson, doesn’t help matters with his disturbing manner and grisly imagination. The three are soon locked in a chilling battle to discover where the evil truly lurks and what, if anything, can be done to escape it.



*I would like to thank Broadway Books and Blogging For Books for the copy of this book in return for an honest review*
This review won’t be very long or go into much depth due to the fact that this is a short story and I do not want to spoil anything. Flynn had wrote this for George R. R. Martin’s Rogues anthology.

In this short story Flynn proves that she is a mastermind and has a way of crafting this phenomenal, complex and disturbing characters. Whenever I read something by Flynn I am always caught off guard and shocked because she manages to make you believe one thing and then throws in a bunch of twists and turns. She is the ultimate plot twist creator. I felt like the story was the perfect length and at the end I did not feel like I needed more, it ended at a good point. I am always hesitant with short stories because I feel like I am never given enough, but that was not the case for The Grownup. The characters really make Flynn’s stories and these ones did not let down her reputation. They were disturbing and layered with issues.

Overall all I can really say is that Gillian Flynn continues to shock and amaze me. This story was absolutely fantastic and I recommend it to everyone who enjoys the rest of Flynn’s work or is on the edge of picking up something by Flynn!



The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma | ARC Review


Genre: YA, Paranormal, Mystery

Source: ARC from Algonquin Young Readers

Release Date: March 24, 2015 

” We were, all of us, the exact opposite of special. We were bad. Broken. It was up to the state to rehabilitate us into something worthy, if it even could. Maybe, long ago, we used to be good. Maybe all little girls are good in the beginning.”
– Nova Ren Suma, The Walls Around Us

The Walls Around Us is a ghostly story of suspense told in two voices—one still living and one long dead. On the outside, there’s Violet, an eighteen-year-old dancer days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement. On the inside, within the walls of a girls’ juvenile detention center, there’s Amber, locked up for so long she can’t imagine freedom. Tying these two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls’ darkest mysteries.

We hear Amber’s story and Violet’s, and through them Orianna’s, first from one angle, then from another, until gradually we begin to get the whole picture—which is not necessarily the one that either Amber or Violet wants us to see.

Nova Ren Suma tells a supernatural tale of guilt and innocence, and what happens when one is mistaken for the other.



*I would like to thank Algonquin Young Readers for a copy of the book in return for an honest review*

I am still not exactly what it is I want to say about this book. I have such mixed feelings about it and can’t seem to put all my thoughts together to give an informative review, so bare with me. While sitting here trying to write this review I am looking back at the book and I feel like I missed something or that the book was missing something, but can’t figure out what it is.

This book is written from the perspective of two different characters (Amber and Violet). While you learn about both of the girls and their live you also are learning about their involvement, interactions and impact on their lives of another girl (Ori). For me it seemed like the story was suppose to be about telling Ori’s story and what really happened. At times there was just a lot going on and took awhile to put things together. (I mean it is a mystery so I guess in a way it was suppose to be that way)

I did prefer one of the narratives more than the other (Amber). At times Suma’s writing was so lyrical and poetic. She created a great dark atmosphere with a setting that was developed through great imagery and became so vivid. The book definitely plays with your mind a little and has a darker tone. The ending was for sure dark and twisty. I also found that I liked the way the two story lines intertwined. I found the characters to be quite intriguing. The two main characters Amber and Violet both had secrets and were very different from each other. It was interesting to learn about all the girls in the jail and what earned each of them a spot there as well as their issues while there. This was for sure one of those not everything/everyone is as it/they seem.

Overall this was a unique story that is on the darker side and was an intriguing read as my first from Nova Ren Suma. It was different than I expected, but I still enjoyed it and the dark and twisty, mess with my mind feel it portrayed. Although I do not complete agree with them selling it as Orange is the New Black meets Black Swan it does have some components and feel that those two give off. If you are a fan of mysteries that have twists, confusion, jail, ballet you should check this book out.  

(Sorry if this is a confusing and unhelpful review. I really had a hard time writing this. I feel like I would have to reread the book. There were parts I really enjoyed and others that confused me.)


Kindle E-Book Tour | Mystery/Thriller & Misc.


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Invierea by Bruce T. Jones

Vigilante by Claude Bouchard

Rushed by Brian Harmon

Inferno by Dan Brown

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Plague Zone by David Wellington

The Lion, the Lamb, the Hunted by Andrew Kaufman

Mind Games by Claude Bouchard

Domain of the Dead by Iain McKinnon

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The Consultant by Claude Bouchard

Children of the Labyrinth by Anna Hays

The After by Briane Pagel

Make sure to check out the other categories of my Kindle Book Tour.

Blur by Steven James | Book Review


Genre: YA, Mystery, Supernatural

Format: Audiobook

“Even if you know you’re sleeping, you’re still at the mercy of your dreams. People who are asleep can’t simply decide to wake up. Nightmares don’t let you off that easily. They hold you in their clutches until they decided, in their own good time, to let you go.”
― Steven James, Blur

Series: Blur Trilogy

The isolated town of Beldon, Wisconsin, is shocked when a high school freshman’s body is found in Lake Algonquin. Just like everyone in the community, sixteen-year-old Daniel Byers believes that Emily Jackson’s death was accidental. But at her funeral, when he has a terrifying vision of her, his world begins to rip apart at the seams.

Convinced that Emily’s appearance was more than just a mere hallucination, Daniel begins to look carefully into her death, even as he increasingly loses the ability to distinguish fantasy from reality.

What’s real? What’s not? Where does reality end and madness begin?

As Daniel struggles to find the truth, his world begins to crumble around him as he slips further and further into his own private blurred reality.

Full of mind-bending twists and turns, Blur launches a new trilogy of young adult thrillers from Steven James, a master of suspense.



This is a YA Mystery novel that before picking it up on a whim, I had heard nothing about it and had no idea what it was about. I have to say I was quite surprised. Although it was not the best book I have ever read (listened to), it was an interesting twist to a normal whodunnit, was fast paced and a gripping read.

Being the first time reading anything by Steven James, I have to say I found his writing to be easy to get into and thought he did suspense/mystery well! The story unravels slowly enough that you are never given too much information and left wondering what is happening and trying to piece together the mystery of what happened to Emily Jackson alongside Daniel. I will admit that James held out well on the clues and I wasn’t even close to figuring out what happened or who was involved. I also found the supernatural elements to be quite intriguing and really added to the mystery and even messed with your mind a little while trying to figure out the case of whodunnit. I loved the poetry and writing that Daniel did throughout the story. It was very deep and really worked well with the story and what was going on with Daniel.

I found the characters to be very likable and a refreshing twist on a main character. It was interesting that the popular, star athlete was the one who got involved with solving the incident of a ignored freshman girl and the fact that he was also having some schizo tendencies was a twist on the stereotypical character type. While struggling internal with the veil of reality, Daniel still worried about others and was a strong character. The secondary characters were also interesting and there was a moment that I really fell in love with Mia and thought she proved to be a badass even though she is a very secondary character not mentioned much.  Other than that there is not much character develop on any of the characters besides Daniel and I wasn’t happy with the ending for the fact that you aren’t really told why it was being done.

Overall I thought this was an intriguing, fast paced suspense whodunnit with supernatural elements. James’s writing really pulls you in and he has a way with words and descriptions that added to the overall feel of the story. It did drag at times and just didn’t complete knock me off my feet, but if you like an easy to read edge of your seat novel this is a good choice for you.


City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett| Book Review


Genre: Adult, High Fantasy, Mystery

Source: Blogging For Book (In return for honest review)

“Forgetting… is a beautiful thing. When you forget, you remake yourself… For a caterpillar to become a butterfly, it must forget it was a caterpillar at all. Then it will be as if the caterpillar never was & there was only ever a butterfly.”
― Robert Jackson Bennett, City of Stairs

Years ago, the city of Bulikov wielded the powers of the Gods to conquer the world. But after its divine protectors were mysteriously killed, the conqueror has become the conquered; the city’s proud history has been erased and censored, progress has left it behind, and it is just another colonial outpost of the world’s new geopolitical power. Into this musty, backward city steps Shara Divani. Officially, the quiet mousy woman is just another lowly diplomat sent by Bulikov’s oppressors. Unofficially, Shara is one of her country’s most accomplished spymasters-dispatched to investigate the brutal murder of a seemingly harmless historian. As Shara pursues the mystery through the ever-shifting physical and political geography of the city, she begins to suspect that the beings who once protected Bulikov may not be as dead as they seem-and that her own abilities might be touched by the divine as well.

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 review*I would like to thank Broadway Books and Blogging For Books for the copy of this book in return for an honest review*

An Intriguing and Original High Fantasy Novel With Insane World Building

Thinking back to when I started this book it is crazy how much fantastic world building and storytelling took place, there is so much packed into this stand alone high fantasy novel that I do not even know how it all happened. It was like watching a movie, I could see everything so vividly. It did take me about 20 or so pages to get into the writing and the story, but it only kept getting better. This was such an intriguing and original book. I was so fully immersed into the story, wrapped up in the culture, religion and political intrigue that was woven through a high fantasy murder mystery. I never knew where the story was going to go and the world building was so flawless that by the end of the book it is amazing how much of the world and culture you know about. The pages are packed with images and mystery, but it did not feel like info dumping. The story and world unfolded in front of me and kept me so captivated that I just cant believe Bennett was able to cover so much and developed such cultures, histories and a world that all happened in under 500 pages. 

Although the names are difficult for me to pronounce, they add to the cultural elements that are involved in this book. Bennett gives such great details and descriptions to the world and the divide between the two nations. I thought the characters were fantastic and so well developed. Not only is the main protagonist strong and determined and an overall remarkable character, but the secondary characters were on point for me. Sigrud is one badass character. You subtly learn about the characters and their backgrounds and I definitely was drawn to Sigrud. The other main secondary character Mulaghesh was also a kickass and sassy person who make me laugh quite a few times! Other than those characters I really enjoyed the “miraculous” beings and felt like they were unique and creative. I never knew what to expect and it was so refreshing.

Overall the book was action packed with witty prose and such an intense and immersive world that is so insanely developed. It was such a unique fantasy read that wove mystery into the plot and was layered with political intrigue and interesting cultures and histories with hints of magic and religion aspects. Of course it was loaded with shocks and twist, many that were so completely unexpected. By the end of the book I just wanted more. I became so attached to the characters that I just need to know what happened to them and how things ended up. This book has earned a spot as one of my favorites! I was happily surprised with this find and highly recommend this book, its a must read for those in love with fantasy, mystery or even religious and political aspects!


Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn | Book Review


Genre: Adult, Mystery, Thriller

“Sometimes if you let people do things to you, you’re really doing it to them.”
-Gillian Flynn, Sharp Objects

WICKED above her hipbone, GIRL across her heart
Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker’s troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, Camille’s first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

NASTY on her kneecap, BABYDOLL on her leg
Since she left town eight years ago, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed again in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille is haunted by the childhood tragedy she has spent her whole life trying to cut from her memory.

HARMFUL on her wrist, WHORE on her ankle
As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the story. Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming.

With its taut, crafted writing, Sharp Objects is addictive, haunting, and unforgettable.[Goodreads]


Gillian Flynn does it again. She made me completely question the sanity of her characters and her as a person. I did not think such a thing would be possible more than once. My review is going to be on the short side because not only is this a shorter book but because it is a thriller you want to go in not aware of pretty much anything.

Flynn crafted a story with intense characters that each have problems of their own. When Camille is sent back to her hometown after years to report on a possible rising serial killer, she is faced with family issues as well as the need to lapse back into her old habits. The way that Flynn creates and weaves together her stories leaves me completely shocked and slightly disturbed and Sharp Objects was no exception. You are left wondering who to believe and what is really happening in this small town, which seems to be hiding something. Not only is Camille trying to solve the questions of who murder these two young girls, but things from her past come back to haunt her and she must figure out the connection. Camille was an interesting character and had an intriguing issue. The suspense kept me on the edge of my seat and although at times I felt that story lulled, I needed to know what was happening.

If you have read any of Gillian Flynn’s other work Sharp Objects will not disappoint. Her writing style is fantastic and gives you just enough to keep you wanting more. I have to say that I slightly solved this one to a point although the end caught me off guard, I did not see the end coming. That being said I still enjoyed Gone Girl more even though this was not a bad book at all . It was fantastic and I think that if you have never read any of Gillian Flynn’s work before you should definitely pick up any of her books. She has a way with psychotic, manipulative, and outright insane characters that are sure to leave you questioning everything and everyone.

Sanctum by Madeleine Roux | Book Review


Genre: YA, Horror, Mystery/Thriller

Series: Asylum Duology
Asylum (#1 in Asylum Duology)
The Scarlets (#1.5 in Asylum Duology)

In this haunting, fast-paced sequel to the New York Times bestselling photo-illustrated novel Asylum, three teens must unlock some long-buried secrets from the past before the past comes back to get them first. Featuring found photographs, many from real vintage carnivals, Sanctum is a mind-bending reading experience that blurs the lines between past and present, genius and insanity, perfect for fans of the smash hit Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

Dan, Abby, and Jordan remain traumatized by the summer they shared in the Brookline asylum. Much as they’d love to move on, someone is determined to keep the terror alive, sending the teens photos of an old-timey carnival, with no note and no name. Forsaking their plan never to go back, the teens return to New Hampshire College under the guise of a weekend for prospective students, and there they realize that the carnival from the photos is not only real, it’s here on campus, apparently for the first time in many years.

Sneaking away from sample classes and college parties, Dan and his friends lead a tour of their own—one through the abandoned houses and hidden places of the surrounding town. Camford is hiding a terrible past, and the influence of the asylum runs deeper than Dan ever imagined.[Goodreads]

*Warning this is a sequel and might contain spoilers for the first book*

In the aftermath of the events that took place in Brookline, the old asylum located on New Hampshire College campus, Dan and his friends Abby and Jordan are still dealing with the nightmares and memories of what took place. With some mysterious information that is sent to them and presents itself to Dan, the trio must make the trip back to NHC and try to solve the secrets in order to be able to try and move on from what happened.

This sequel is fast paced, filled with suspense and reads much more like a horror movie than the first book, Asylum. It has the same creepy and eerie feeling that is found in the first book, but has  a feeling of being in the realm of possibility. Whereas Asylum was more about the overactive imagination and unreliability of the mind, in Sanctum there is a more immanent threat that is developed. For me that poses a greater threat and more fear because instead of just thinking something is happening or going on you know it is happening. There are actual people stalking the three and when you put that with the eeriness of the setting and the added element of a creepy carnival there is a trifecta of terror. The dark and ominous elements added with the well thought out story layered with secrets and hints of insanity, perfectly combined to make a suspenseful story that reminded me of horror films and even of the T.V. show American Horror Story.

I was happy to see that there were a lot of questions answered in this book that I felt were unresolved in Asylum. I did still think that there were some questions not completely answered and just insinuated that I wish were actually answered. I know others have said they felt this was too rushed and at time I understand why they say that, but I felt like it worked because it was a horror novel and that adds to the suspense. The other problem I had with the first book was the characters and I thin Roux did a much better job in this book with the characters in my opinion. The relationships and friendships actually felt real and not like it was trying to hard. The addition of the new characters Micah, Lara and Cal really helped to add to the story and overall plot. Roux does a fantastic job creating characters that are questioning their sanity and even the ones that are close to insanity. The carnival really allowed for there to be some creepy characters mentioned that gave me chills.

Overall this was a fantastic follow up and conclusion that was filled with suspense and the creepy possibility of becoming reality. It contained elements that made the book creepy and left me wanting to keep the lights on. It had secrets, secret societies, ghosts, haunted/creepy houses and a carnival. It sets the scene perfectly to drive your imagination crazy and send chills down your spine.