ARC Reviews, Romance, YA Fiction

Breathless by Jennifer Niven

Grades 9 – 12

Breathless

Claudine Henry’s life is uprooted when her parents get divorced and her mother whisks her away to an island off the coast of Georgia for the summer right after her high school graduation. She is separated from her best friend and all that feels comfortable and familiar. This is a beautiful coming of age story about friends and first love.

Thanks to Netgalley for a review copy of this book.

ARC Reviews, Graphic, LGBTQ+, Romance, YA Fiction

You Brought Me the Ocean by Alex Sanchez

Grades 9 – 12

You Brought Me the Ocean

Jake Hyde’s father died by drowning, so he doesn’t swim. At all. In fact, he lives in a dessert and is forced by his mother to stay away from water at all costs. He wants to go to college on the coast however, and work with the ocean for a living. That is a secret he’s keeping from his mother. His other big secret? He doesn’t tell his best friend Maria that he doesn’t return her feelings; in fact, he is attracted to Kenny, a boy in his class who has shown interest in him. Can he come clean and be his true self?
Thanks to SLJ for a review copy of this book.
Horror/Thriller

Sister Dear by Hannah Mary McKinnon

Ages 18+

Sister Dear

Eleanor is devastated when her father loses his battle with cancer, but is equally fired up and ready to act on the final piece of information she finds out before his death: he isn’t her biological father. She is determined to look up the name she was given on her father’s deathbed and have a relationship with the father she never knew she had. Gripping and thrilling, this book kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time.

Adult Fiction, ARC Reviews, Horror/Thriller

The End of Her by Shari LaPena

Ages 18+

The End of Her by Shari Lapena: 9781984880512 | PenguinRandomHouse ...

This book is filled with twists and turns I didn’t see coming and I couldn’t put this one down! Patrick is happily married to Stephanie, who has just had newborn twin girls. Neither of them can get a wink of sleep, but no matter, because they are happier than ever. Then Erica Voss comes into their lives and everything changes. She is Patrick’s ex-lover who he was sleeping with during the marriage to his late ex-wife Lindsay. Erica is determined to make Patrick’s life hell, and will stop at nothing to do it.

Thanks to Netgalley for a review copy of this book.

ARC Reviews, Graphic, YA Fiction

Gotham High by Melissa de la Cruz

Grades 9 – 12Gotham High

Jack, Selina and Bruce are high schoolers at Gotham High – before they became superheroes – and will do whatever it takes, even destroying their own families, to get what they want. Bruce has been kicked out of his boarding school and returns to Gotham, only to find nothing has changed. Selina and Jack are the epic duo who rule their school. Then someone is kidnapped, they must figure out who dun it before they are accused themselves.
Thanks to SLJ for a review copy of this book.
Adult Fiction, ARC Reviews

The Wedding Dress by Danielle Steel

Ages 18+

The Wedding Dress: A Novel

Danielle Steel’s novel spans from 1928 to the 1960s, following a family for generations. Starting with Eleanor’s coming out ball, this is her marriage story and the story of her children and her children’s children. I was engrossed in it from beginning to end. This was a lovely book that all generations will enjoy!

Thanks to Netgalley for a review copy of this book.

 

Adult Fiction, ARC Reviews, Horror/Thriller, Mystery

Home Before Dark by Riley Sager

Ages 18+

Home Before Dark

Maggie Holt’s father wrote a horror memoir and she is trying to figure out if what he wrote is really true or not. He is gone now, and all she has is the book to go on. Readers of Sager’s new thriller will read Maggie’s point of view as well as chapters of her father’s book for a delicious ghost story that won’t be soon forgotten.

Thanks to Netgalley for a review copy of this book.

 

ARC Reviews, Graphic, Middle Grade Fiction

American As Paneer Pie by Supriya Kelkar

Grades 4 – 6

American as Paneer PieLekha Divekar is the only Indian American in her town and feels like there are two of her: The Lekha who can be herself at home, and the one at school who has to deal with classmates who bully her for being who she is. Then she meets Avantika, an Indian girl her age who moves across the street. The two become fast friends and Lekha learns a lot from Avantika, who stands up for herself against the bullies.

Thanks to SLJ for a review copy of this book.

Adult Fiction, ARC Reviews, Romance

A Walk Along the Beach by Debbie Macomber

Ages 18+

A Walk Along the Beach: A Novel by [Debbie Macomber]

This is a sweet story about two sisters, Harper and Willa, who own a coffee shop together. The two sisters have been through a lot: they lost their mother at a young age, awordnd their father is overcome with grief, and Harper is in remission from cancer. Then Sean O’Malley walks into their shop, and their lives. Harper insists that Willa give Sean a chance, and they begin a relationship. Readers will be enchanted by Macomber’s story of family and love.

Thanks to Netgalley for a review copy of this book. 

ARC Reviews, Children, Fantasy, Middle Grade Fiction

The Elephant’s Girl by Celesta Rimington

Grades 3 – 5 

The Elephant's Girl

Lexington Willow can’t remember her past. She has a made up name, a made up birthday, and as far as she’s concerned, a made up life. She has no family except Roger, her foster father, who found her, and the animals at the zoo, especially the elephants. She is twelve years old and finally old enough to help with the elephants. She soon receives a telepathic message from one of the elephants, and embarks on an adventure full of ghosts, lost treasure and maybe even the key to finally finding her family.

Thanks to Netgalley for a review copy of this book.