ARC Reviews, Horror/Thriller, Mystery

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

Ages 18+

Lock Every Door

Jules can’t believe her good luck when she finds a job “apartment sitting” at the Bartholomew and will get paid $4,000 a month for 3 months to do it. She is down on her luck and between jobs, so she jumps at the chance to interview for the position. She is so excited that she ignores big red flags that her best friend Chloe keeps warning her about, like the fact that she can’t leave the apartment at night, and she isn’t allowed any visitors. Then Jules meets Ingrid, a neighbor she becomes friendly with, who tells her the dark history of the Bartholomew. At first she tells herself she didn’t believe in ghost stories, but when Ingrid goes missing the next night, Jules is determined to find out what happened to Ingrid and rescue her.  Lock Every Door is a page turner you’re not going to want to put down until the last page.

Thanks to Netgalley.com for  a review copy of this book.

ARC Reviews, Children, Middle Grade Fiction

Pie in the Sky by Remy Lai

Grades 3 – 6

Pie in the Sky is the name of the bakery Jingwen’s father had planned to open back home before he unexpectedly passed away. Forced to move to Australia with his mom and annoying little brother Yanghao, Jingwen feels lost and alone, because he can’t speak English very well and he has major culture shock. He tries to cheer himself up by imagining all the fancy cakes his father would have baked. His mother forbids Jingwen or his brother from using the oven without supervision, so when they bake cakes when she’s not home, they make up intricate stories to hide it from her. Fans of Timmy Failure and the Middle School series will love this book, whose format is part prose and part graphic format.  

Thanks to School Library Journal for a review copy of this book.

Adult Fiction, ARC Reviews, Romance

Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren

Ages 18+

Twice in a Blue Moon

When Tate was a teenager, she took a trip to London with her grandmother. There, she met a boy her age named Sam, and his farmer grandfather. Tate and Sam fall hard and fast for each other, making the most of their short time together. Sam tells Tate he thinks his grandfather is dying but hasn’t told him, and Tate admits she’s the daughter of a famous film star living under wraps. She is sure she can trust Sam with her secret, until he reveals her story to the press. Heartbroken and betrayed, Tate swears she is done with Sam forever. That is, until he appears in her life more than a decade later and she has to decide whether to give him another chance.

Thanks to Netgalley for a review copy of this book.

Adult Fiction, ARC Reviews, Horror/Thriller

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

Ages 18+

The Turn of the Key

Rowan Caine comes upon an ad for a live-in nanny with a salary almost too good to be true. She takes the position and is thrilled, but she is faced with something she never fathomed. Her time at Heatherbrae House is told through letters Rowan writes from her prison cell to an attorney she wants to hire, trying to convince him that she’s innocent and has nothing to do with the murder of the child she once took care of. Ruth Ware delivers another thriller with twists and turns no one will see coming.

Thanks to Netgalley.com for a review copy of this book.

ARC Reviews, Tear Jerkers, YA Fiction

Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer

Grades 9 – 12

Call It What You Want

Rob and Meagan both have secrets. Rob’s dad is caught money laundering and decides that suicide is the answer. He tries, and fails, to  kill himself, leaving Rob and his mother to care for him for the rest of his life. Meagan’s sister Samantha comes home from her freshman year at college pregnant. Not only that, but Sam begs Meagan to keep the pregnancy a secret from their parents. When Rob and Meagan are paired together for a project, they become close, but they feel that their secrets are too much for their new friendship to handle. Kemmerer fans will love this heartfelt novel.

Thanks to Netgalley.com for a review copy of this book.

ARC Reviews, Middle Grade Fiction

More to the Story by Hena Khan

Grades 4 – 7

More to the Story

A modern retelling of Little Women, More to the Story follows Jameela Mirza and her three sisters, Muslim American girls living in Georgia. Jam has just been picked as feature editor for the school paper at her middle school. She is very excited to start her assignment, but the editor keeps shooting down her story ideas. When Jam’s father is sent overseas for work for 6 months, she becomes more determined to write the best article possible and make him proud.

Thanks to School Library Journal for a review copy of this book.

ARC Reviews, Children, Graphic

Superman of Smallville by Art Baltazar

Grades 3 – 6 

Superman’s alter ego, Clark Kent is thirteen years old and hiding the fact that he is Superman from his parents. He can rescue people from fires and runaway tractors. Then objects in Smallville begin to disappear, and Clark’s parents think he’s to blame. He insists he isn’t though, and is determined to find out who is!

Thanks to School Library Journal for a review copy of this book.