Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Books too Good to Review

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Books Too Good to Review Properly (I have no words!) (Submitted by Dedra @ A Book Wanderer). I hardly ever do book reviews anymore so I’ll list books that I don’t think I could articulately describe my love for.

Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Starsight by Brandon Sanderson

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

Night of the Dragon by Julie Kagawa

A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor by Hank Green

Seven Devils by Laura Lam and Elizabeth May

What books do you love too much to describe?

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Books too Good to Review

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is ten books that were too good to review. I make a point to review as many books as I can, so this list will be more of a list of book reviews that I don’t think did the book justice.

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas (review)

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout (review)

Girl Serpent Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust (review)

Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley (review)

The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman (review)

Rules for Being a Girl by Katie Cootugno & Candace Bushnell (review)

Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin (review)

The Scapegracers by Hannah Abigail Clarke (review)

Mirage by Somaiya Daud (review)

For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig (review)

These are all books I loved so much, but I don’t feel like I properly explained why in my reviews. What books made your list this week?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Love Freebie

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Love Freebie (come up with your own topic having to do with love). This week I’m going to choose my favorite bookish couples that I’ve read about most recently.

Marco and Brian from The Becoming by Nora Roberts

Bitterblue and Giddon from Winterkeep by Kristin Cashore

Adrian and Raylan from Legacy by Nora Roberts

Jesper and Wylan from Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Nina and Matthias from Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Nesta and Cassian from A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas

Clo and Rhea from Seven Devils by Laura Lam and Elizabeth May

Amora and Bastian from All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace

Cara and Dell from The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson

Yumeko and Tatsumi from Night of the Dragon by Julie Kagawa

Who are your favorite bookish couples?

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Love Freebie

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is a love freebie, so I thought it would be fun to share some romance novels I’m looking forward to reading in the near future.

Weather Girl by Rachel Lynn Solomon

It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey

The War of Two Queens by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Fool Me Once by Ashley Winstead

Savvy Sheldon Feels Good as Hell by Taj McCoy

To Marry and To Meddle by Martha Waters

Book Lovers by Emily Henry

Delilah Green Doesn’t Care by Ashley Herring Blake

It Had to be You by Georgia Clarke

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

What did you choose for this week’s freebie?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Character Names in the Title

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Books with Character Names In the Titles (Submitted by BookLoversBlog and Lucy @ Bookworm Blogger).

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

Love, Jacaranda by Alex Flinn

The Other Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Mattimeo by Brian Jacques

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Fire by Kristin Cashore

What book titles with character names can you think of?

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Character Names in Book Titles

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is ten books that have character names in their titles.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

Pahua and the Soul Stealer by Lori Lee

Paola Santiago and the River of Tears by Tehlor Kay Mejia

The Death of Jane Lawrence by Caitlin Starling

What titles did you pick this week?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – New To Me Authors

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is ten new to me authors I read in 2021. We did a post for this topic for Blogmas which you can find here, so I’m going to share 10 new to me authors I read in 2021 that I won’t be reading again.

A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine
I just didn’t love this. I don’t plan to continue the series.

Axiom’s End by Lindsey Ellis
This had the potential to be right up my alley. But the second book was worse than the first and I don’t see myself reading more of Ellis’ books in the future.

The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
I didn’t love how the story played out. This was a book club pick, so I have other mystery/thriller authors that I’ll continue to seek out instead in the future.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
I genuinely didn’t like this book.

The Graces by Laure Eve
I couldn’t put this series down, but in a ‘staring at a car accident’ as you pass by kind of way.

Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson
Another book club pick that I didn’t love. The parents were all horrible.

Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah
One last book club choice that I didn’t care for. I wanted this to actually be about aliens, but it wasn’t.

So, I’ll never say never, but these are the authors I read for the first time in 2021 that I don’t forsee myself seeking out again in the future. What authors did you have on your list this week?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s December 2021 Book Haul

Hello, lovelies! I have one final haul from 2021 that I wanted to share. It’s a big of a huge one and I’m a little mad at myself for going as overboard as I did. But, in my defense, some of these books were gifted to me and some were bought with gift cards that were sent to me. Regardless, I bought too much, and now I’m not allowed to buy any more books (aside from some preorders which I plan to do a post about in February) until after I move (later in 2022).

New to my TBR

The Girl and the Goddess: Stories and Poems of Divine Wisdom by Nikita Gil
The Name of all Things by Jenn Lyons
The Memory of Souls by Jenn Lyons
The House of Always by Jenn Lyons
Ariadne by Jennifer Saint
The Sisters Grimm by Menna van Praag
The Messengers by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore
The Stars are Legion by Kameron Hurley
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
Crownchasers by Rebecca Coffindaffer
The Future of Another Timeline by Annalee Newitz
Goddess in the Machine by Lora Beth Johnson
The Helm of Midnight by Marina Lostetter
Firebreak by Nicole Kornher-Stace
The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward
As Good As Dead by Holly Jackson
The Book of Koli by M.R. Carey
Call Us What We Carry by Amanda Gorman

Read

In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire
A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers
This is How You Lose the Time War by Max Gladstone & Amal El-Mohtar (Illumicrate Special Edition)
Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Among the Imposters by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Among the Brave by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Among the Enemy by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Among the Free by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout
The Bone Shard Emperor by Andrea Stewart
The Last Fallen Star by Graci Kim
The Accidental Apprentice by Amanda Foody
Fresh by Margot Wood
Dustborn by Erin Bowman
A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Mayhem by Manda Collins
The Cursed Carnival and Other Calamities by Rick Riordan & others

What does your December 2021 book haul look like? Did you get any books as gifts or shop any of the sales?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

The Becoming by Nora Roberts

Summary:
The world of magick and the world of man have long been estranged from one another. But some can walk between the two–including Breen Siobhan Kelly. She has just returned to Talamh, with her friend, Marco, who’s dazzled and disoriented by this realm–a place filled with dragons and faeries and mermaids (but no WiFi, to his chagrin). In Talamh, Breen is not the ordinary young schoolteacher he knew her as. Here she is learning to embrace the powers of her true identity. Marco is welcomed kindly by her people–and by Keegan, leader of the Fey. Keegan has trained Breen as a warrior, and his yearning for her has grown along with his admiration of her strength and skills.
But one member of Breen’s bloodline is not there to embrace her. Her grandfather, the outcast god Odran, plots to destroy Talamh–and now all must unite to defeat his dark forces. There will be losses and sorrows, betrayal and bloodshed. But through it, Breen Siobhan Kelly will take the next step on the journey to becoming all that she was born to be.

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Review:
Roberts will always be one of my favorite authors. I think her books are amazing and The Becoming is no different. This is the second book in the series, so I’ll keep my summary a bit vague. In this sequel, we follow the same character, but there are some new players. The story played out in much the same way that the first book did. Breen is still training with Keegan every day to work on fighting. She’s also still training with her Nan to work on her magical abilities. That’s honestly what most of this book was about. It’s a really character-focused story but the world is interesting and the characters are so easy to love.
I think if you’re going into this story expecting something brand new and totally different from Roberts, you’ll be disappointed. This book has the same feel as her previous romance trilogies. But this is mostly set in a fantastical world. That’s the biggest difference. But it still has the same feel as her older series. I don’t think that there’s anything wrong with that, at all. I really enjoyed that even though it was a story I was reading for the first time, it still felt familiar. I think the world-building is well done. The world is detailed and complex, but not ever confusing or unclear. I like that there’s a huge variety of different magical species and the small bits we learn about the other worlds are incredibly interesting. We get a bigger view into the politics of this world for this book.
The biggest draw for me was the characters. Marco, Breen’s childhood best friend, played a much bigger role in this story and I’m incredibly happy about that. Marco is black and gay. I was really worried he was going to be used as a “token diverse character” but I absolutely don’t think that was the case. Marco was way more of an active member of this story and I loved it. He gets his own romance and he just brings so much joy to the story. I also really loved seeing his friendship with Breen. The love they have for one another is so clear and they’re some of my favorite friends. Breen is really growing into herself in this book. She’s shed her past of being out down and made out as less than and is doing everything in her power to train and learn. But she also still makes time for writing and family. I loved the balance of “I need to save the world” with her other passions.
Overall, I can’t wait for the conclusion to this series. I love these characters and I love the world they’re fighting to protect. I absolutely have some theories about things that will happen in the future, but I guess we’ll find out later this year when the third book is published.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – 2021 Releases I Didn’t Read

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is ten 2021 book releases that I didn’t manage to get to. We actually did this list for Blogmas, so you can find that here. I managed to buy quite a few new 2021 releases since we wrote that post. So, you’ll see some new additions since our Blogmas post.

It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey
The Unbroken by C.L. Clark
It Had to be You by Georgia Clark
The Messengers by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Sistersong by Lucy Holland
As Good As Dead by Holly Jackson
Tarnished Empire by Danielle L. Jensen
The World Gives Way by Marissa Levien
The Helm of Midnight by Marina J. Lostetter
The House of Always by Jenn Lyons
The Serpent’s Curse by Lisa Maxwell
The Body Scout by Lincoln Michel
Son of the Storm by Suyi Davies Okungbowa
Wildwood Whispers by Willa Reece
Ariadne by Jennifer Saint
The Mask Falling by Samantha Shannon
The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward

These are all the 2021 releases that I own and haven’t read yet. They’re all pretty high on my TBR list to read in 2022. What books are on your list this week?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Most Recent Books in my Collection

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is ten of the most recent additions to my book collection.

It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey

Dustborn by Erin Bowman

As Good As Dead by Holly Jackson

The Book of Koli by M.R. Carey

Firebreak by Nicole Kornher-Stace

The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward

Fresh by Margot Wood

The Bone Shard Emperor by Andrea Stewart

The Accidental Apprentice by Amanda Foody

The Last Fallen Star by Graci Kim

I bought all but one of these at the Barnes and Noble 50% off hardcovers sale because I absolutely have no self-control. What are the newest books in your collection?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blog Tour: Love at First Spite by Anna E. Collins

Summary:
Falling in love is the ultimate payback in this delightful romcom about an interior designer who teams up with an enigmatic architect at her firm to get revenge on her ex the only way she knows how: by building a spite house next door
They say living well is the best revenge. But sometimes, spreading the misery seems a whole lot more satisfying. That’s interior designer Dani Porter’s justification for buying the vacant lot next to her ex-fiancé’s house…the house they were supposed to live in together, before he cheated on her with their Realtor. Dani plans to build a vacation rental that will a) mess with his view and his peace of mind and b) prove that Dani is not someone to be stepped on. Welcome to project Spite House.
That plan quickly becomes complicated when Dani is forced to team up with Wyatt Montego, the handsome, haughty architect at her firm, and the only person available to draw up blueprints. Wyatt is terse and stern, the kind of man who eats his sandwich with a knife and fork. But as they spend time together on- and off-site, Dani glimpses something deeper beneath that hard veneer, something surprising, vulnerable, and real. And the closer she gets to her goal, the more she wonders if winning revenge could mean losing something infinitely sweeter…

Love at First Spite by Anna E. Collins

Review:
Thank you to NetGalley for this eARC in exchange for an honest review. Thank you also to HarperCollins for inviting me to be on this blog tour.
Love at First Spite follows Dani, who has just been cheated on by her fiancé. The story opens with her destroying her wedding gown in the absolute best way. Dani is an interior designer for a big company, so we get a lot of the details of her work life. But we also get to know her friends. Mia is Dani’s cousin and also her best friend. And there’s Iris who becomes Dani’s landlady/roommate. But most importantly, there’s Wyatt. He’s our love interest. He works with Dani at the same company, but he’s an architect. So, when Dani, Mia, and Iris buy the property right next door to Dani’s ex-fiancé to build a spite house, Wyatt ends up being the architect that helps design said spite house.
I really liked Dani as the main character. I loved her friendship with Iris and Mia. These three women were hilarious. Mia doesn’t hesitate to call Dani on her shit when she needs it. And Iris is delightfully vague and unhelpful when Dani goes to her for advice. The three together were absolutely one of the highlights of this story. Most of all, I enjoyed Dani’s growth and development. She’s learning that she shouldn’t compare things to her past relationships and that maybe building a spite house isn’t the healthiest way to move on from her ex.
The romance was one I was easily engaged in. The chemistry between Dani and Wyatt was obvious right from the start, despite Dani actively disliking Wyatt when the story started. I loved Wyatt more and more as we got to know him better through Dani. The two of them together were a couple that I became invested in right away. I also really liked the way that the third act break up was handled.
Overall, this absolutely was a fun story to read. All of the antics that Iris, Mia, and Dani got up to while planning and building the spite house made me smile and laugh. The romance was enjoyable and easy to root for. I will definitely be recommending this book in the future.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – 2022 Anticipated Releases

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is ten of my most anticipated 2022 book releases for the first half of the year.

January
Where the Drowned Girls Go by Seanan McGuire
The Kindred by Alechia Dow

February
The Weeping Tide by Amanda Foody
The Iron Sword by Julie Kagawa

March
Youngbloods by Scott Westerfeld
15 The Last Laugh by Mindy McGinnis

April
19 The Genesis Wars by Akemi Dawn Bowman
19 Fevered Star by Rebecca Roanhorse

May
Seasonal Fears by Seanan McGuire
24 The Inadequate Heir by Danielle L. Jensen

June
The Last Fallen Moon by Graci Kim
For the Throne by Hannah F. Whitten

What are your most anticipated releases for the first half of 2022?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogmas Book Review: Jade War by Fonda Lee

Summary:
In Jade War, the sequel to the Nebula, Locus, and World Fantasy Award-nominated Jade City, the Kaul siblings battle rival clans for honor and control over an Asia-inspired fantasy metropolis.
On the island of Kekon, the Kaul family is locked in a violent feud for control of the capital city and the supply of magical jade that endows trained Green Bone warriors with supernatural powers they alone have possessed for hundreds of years.
Beyond Kekon’s borders, war is brewing. Powerful foreign governments and mercenary criminal kingpins alike turn their eyes on the island nation. Jade, Kekon’s most prized resource, could make them rich – or give them the edge they’d need to topple their rivals.
Faced with threats on all sides, the Kaul family is forced to form new and dangerous alliances, confront enemies in the darkest streets and the tallest office towers, and put honor aside in order to do whatever it takes to ensure their own survival – and that of all the Green Bones of Kekon.
Jade War is the second book of the Green Bone Saga, an epic trilogy about family, honor, and those who live and die by the ancient laws of blood and jade.

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Review:
Jade War is the second book in the Green Bone Saga. The story picks up a few months after the end of Jade City. So much happens that I don’t think I could do any sort of summary any justice. Basically, the goal for the characters is still a vague sort of “take down the Mountain clan.” Except there’s more to it than that since we’re following all the smaller things that are done to work toward that goal.
The world is expanding a bit because Anden is living in Espania going to school. I thought his part of the story was really interesting. He deals with finding his first love, but also with being separated from his family and feeling like he’s disappointed them. I really enjoyed the part of the story when he has visitors. I thought the conflict and goings-on in his small neighborhood were just as interesting as the much bigger conflicts going on in Kekon. We follow a lot of what Shae does as well in her position as the Weather Man. She’s trying to make No Peak more profitable but it’s coming at the expense of her personal life and her reputation. Hilo spends most of the book showing how he’s grown. He’s a family man now and he’s really settled into the position of the pillar. I liked his character growth the most. Especially getting to seeing him become a father. But I did enjoy that we still got to see the Hilo we first met come out now and then.
My biggest issue with this book was the pacing. This whole book spawned something like three years? I would start a new chapter and somehow it would be nine months after the previous chapter ended. Hilo’s wife birthed two children in this book and most of the second was skipped over. We’re told that Wen has the baby and then suddenly, a few pages later, said baby is six months old. It happened over and over for the whole book and I really didn’t care for that. I think it really threw off the pacing of the story. It could have been a shorter time period and it just would have felt like a fast paced and action-packed book. But instead, it felt like it was trying to be that, but it wasn’t because of all the random and out of nowhere jumps forward in time.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Once I started, I couldn’t put it down. I loved these characters and oh man did Lee really put them through the wringer in this book. I still don’t feel like I have a firm grasp on the plot, but I’m interested to see how things are tied together for the third and final book.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogtober Day Twenty-One: Underrated October Recommendations

Hey, lovelies! I’ve done a few ‘underrated recommendations’ posts and I always love to share books that don’t get the hype that others do. My definition of an ‘underrated’ book is one that has less than 5 thousand ratings on GoodReads. While I definitely thing that GoodReads is an imperfect reader resource, many people still use it for recommendations and other things. I usually keep these kinds of lists strictly backlist books, but some of these are new releases that I haven’t really seen anyone talking about.

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The Fell of the Dark by Caleb Roehrig
“The only thing August Pfeiffer hates more than algebra is living in a vampire town. Located at a nexus of mystical energy fields, Fulton Heights is practically an electromagnet for supernatural drama. And when a mysterious (and annoyingly hot) vampire boy arrives with a cryptic warning, Auggie suddenly finds himself at the center of it. An ancient and terrible power is returning to the earthly realm, and somehow Auggie seems to be the only one who can stop it.”

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Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle
“One stormy summer night, Olive and her best friend, Rose, begin to lose things. It starts with simple items like hair clips and jewellery, but soon it’s clear that Rose has lost something bigger; something she won’t talk about. Then Olive meets three wild, mysterious strangers: Ivy, Hazel and Rowan. Like Rose, they’re mourning losses – and holding tight to secrets. When they discover the ancient spellbook, full of hand-inked charms to conjure back lost things, they realise it might be their chance to set everything right. Unless it’s leading them towards secrets that were never meant to be found…”

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The Girl and the Ghost by Hanna Alkaf
I am a dark spirit, the ghost announced grandly. I am your inheritance, your grandmother’s legacy. I am yours to command.
Suraya is delighted when her witch grandmother gifts her a pelesit. She names her ghostly companion Pink, and the two quickly become inseparable. But Suraya doesn’t know that pelesits have a dark side—and when Pink’s shadows threaten to consume them both, they must find enough light to survive . . . before they are both lost to the darkness.”

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The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe
“Nora O’Malley’s been a lot of girls. As the daughter of a con-artist who targets criminal men, she grew up as her mother’s protégé. But when mom fell for the mark instead of conning him, Nora pulled the ultimate con: escape. For five years Nora’s been playing at normal. But she needs to dust off the skills she ditched because she has three problems:
#1: Her ex walked in on her with her girlfriend. Even though they’re all friends, Wes didn’t know about her and Iris.
#2: The morning after Wes finds them kissing, they all have to meet to deposit the fundraiser money they raised at the bank. It’s a nightmare that goes from awkward to deadly, because:
#3: Right after they enter bank, two guys start robbing it.
The bank robbers may be trouble, but Nora’s something else entirely. They have no idea who they’re really holding hostage…”

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The Valley and the Flood by Rebecca Mahoney
“Rose Colter is almost home, but she can’t go back there yet. When her car breaks down in the Nevada desert, the silence of the night is broken by a radio broadcast of a voicemail message from her best friend, Gaby. A message Rose has listened to countless times over the past year. The last one Gaby left before she died. So Rose follows the lights from the closest radio tower to Lotus Valley, a small town where prophets are a dime a dozen, secrets lurk in every shadow, and the diner pie is legendary. And according to Cassie Cyrene, the town’s third most accurate prophet, they’ve been waiting for her. Because Rose’s arrival is part of a looming prophecy, one that says a flood will destroy Lotus Valley in just three days’ time. Rose believes if the prophecy comes true then it will confirm her worst fear–the PTSD she was diagnosed with after Gaby’s death has changed her in ways she can’t face. So with help from new friends, Rose sets out to stop the flood, but her connection to it, and to this strange little town, runs deeper than she could’ve imagined.”

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The Initial Insult by Mindy McGinnis
Welcome to Amontillado, Ohio, where your last name is worth more than money, and secrets can be kept… for a price.
Tress Montor knows that her family used to mean something—until she didn’t have a family anymore. When her parents disappeared seven years ago while driving her best friend home, Tress lost everything. She might still be a Montor, but the entire town shuns her now that she lives with her drunken, one-eyed grandfather at what locals refer to as the “White Trash Zoo,” – a wild animal attraction featuring a zebra, a chimpanzee, and a panther, among other things. Felicity Turnado has it all – looks, money, and a secret that she’s kept hidden. She knows that one misstep could send her tumbling from the top of the social ladder, and she’s worked hard to make everyone forget that she was with the Montors the night they disappeared. Felicity has buried what she knows so deeply that she can’t even remember what it is… only that she can’t look at Tress without having a panic attack. But she’ll have to. Tress has a plan. A Halloween costume party at an abandoned house provides the ideal situation for Tress to pry the truth from Felicity – brick by brick – as she slowly seals her former best friend into a coal chute. With a drunken party above them, and a loose panther on the prowl, Tress will have her answers – or settle for revenge.”

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What Big Teeth by Rose Szabo
“Eleanor Zarrin has been estranged from her wild family for years. When she flees boarding school after a horrifying incident, she goes to the only place she thinks is safe: the home she left behind. But when she gets there, she struggles to fit in with her monstrous relatives, who prowl the woods around the family estate and read fortunes in the guts of birds. Eleanor finds herself desperately trying to hold the family together — in order to save them all, Eleanor must learn to embrace her family of monsters and tame the darkness inside her. Exquisitely terrifying, beautiful, and strange, this fierce gothic fantasy will sink its teeth into you and never let go.”

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The Lovely and the Lost by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
“Kira Bennett’s earliest memories are of living alone and wild in the woods. She has no idea how long she was on her own or what she had to do to survive, but she remembers the moment that Cady Bennett and one of her search-and-rescue dogs found her perfectly. Adopted into the Bennett family, Kira still struggles with human interaction years later, but she excels at the family business: search-and-rescue. Along with Cady’s son, Jude, and their neighbor, Free, Kira works alongside Cady to train the world’s most elite search-and-rescue dogs. Someday, all three teenagers hope to put their skills to use, finding the lost and bringing them home. But when Cady’s estranged father, the enigmatic Bales Bennett, tracks his daughter down and asks for her help in locating a missing child—one of several visitors who has disappeared in the Sierra Glades National Park in the past twelve months—the teens find themselves on the frontlines sooner than they could have ever expected. As the search through 750,000 acres of unbridled wilderness intensifies, Kira becomes obsessed with finding the missing child. She knows all too well what it’s like to be lost in the wilderness, fighting for survival, alone. But this case isn’t simple. There is more afoot than a single, missing girl, and Kira’s memories threaten to overwhelm her at every turn. As the danger mounts and long-held family secrets come to light, Kira is forced to question everything she thought she knew about her adopted family, her true nature, and her past.”

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They’ll Never Catch Us by Jessica Goodman
“Stella and Ellie Steckler are only a year apart, but their different personalities make their relationship complicated. Stella is single-minded, driven, and keeps to herself. Cross-country running is her life, and she won’t let anything get in the way of being the best. Her sister Ellie is a talented runner too, but she also lets herself have fun. She has friends. She goes to parties. She has a life off the course. The sisters do have one thing in common, though: the new girl, Mila Keene. Both Stecklers’ lives are upended when Mila comes to town. Mila was the top runner on her team back home and at first, Ellie and Stella view her as a threat. But soon Ellie can’t help but be drawn to her warm, charming personality. After her best friend moved away and her first boyfriend betrayed her, Ellie’s been looking for a friend. In a moment of weakness, she even shares her darkest secret with Mila. For her part, Stella finds herself noticing the ways she and Mila are similar. Mila is smart and strong–she’s someone Stella can finally connect with. As the two get closer, Stella becomes something she vowed she’d never be: distracted. With regionals approaching and college scouts taking notice, the pressure is on. Each girl has their future on the line and they won’t let friendships get in their way. But then, suddenly, Mila goes out on a training run and never returns. No one knows what happened, but all eyes are on the Steckler sisters.”

There you have it, nine underrated books that I would recommend you read during the spooky season. What books do you think are missing from this list?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.