ARC Reviews, Graphic, YA Fiction

Primer by Jennifer Muro and Thomas Krajewski

Grades 9 – 12

PrimerTeen artist Ashley Rayburn has a troubled past, with her father in prison and stints in multiple foster homes. Things start to brighten for her when she meets loving parents and a new best friend, not to mention a suitcase full of superhero body paints that she uses to her advantage. Everything is going well until the government contacts her and lets her know they want the paints back. She is forced to make a tough decision and protect her family – or not.

Thanks to SLJ for a review copy of this book.

Adult Fiction, ARC Reviews, Horror/Thriller

The Safe Place by Anna Downes

Ages 18+

The Safe Place

Emily has just lost her job and her talent agent, and she’s at a loss of what to do next. Then her former boss, Scott Denny, tells her she was fired in error, but that he has a better position for her in mind: to be his personal assistant/nanny/housekeeper on his estate in France, where he lives with his wife and young daughter. Emily is hesitant at first but figures, what choice does she have? She goes for it. She soon realizes that she should have listened to her gut: the Dennys are hiding something, and it’s big. Plus, she hasn’t been able to leave in weeks and is beginning to feel trapped there. Will she ever escape?

Thanks to the author for a review copy of this book. It is out July 14th, 2020!

ARC Reviews, Horror/Thriller

A Good Marriage by Kimberly McCreight

Ages 18+

A Good Marriage

Attorney Lizzie Kitzakis is working late when she gets a call from her old friend Zack Grayson. He begs her to be his attorney and tells her that he’s been arraigned for elbowing a police officer in the face, albeit accidentally. What’s more, his wife is dead and he’s the prime suspect. This thriller has all the twists and turns you’d expect and many you don’t.

Adult Fiction, ARC Reviews

Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner

Ages 18+

Big Summer

An excellent book about body positivity filled with twists and turns! Daphne has been big for her whole life, and whether it was kids in school or her own grandmother, she was teased and made to feel bad about herself because of her weight. Now as an adult, she is an influencer on Instagram and has just landed a new job in the fashion world, tasked with taking photos and promoting the clothes. In addition, Drue Cavanaugh, her frenemy from her school days is getting married and asks Daphne to be her maid of honor after a less than stellar apology for how she treated her back in the day. Will Daphne forgive her and be able to move on?

Thanks to Netgalley for a review copy of this book.

 

Adult Fiction, ARC Reviews, Romance

The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez

Ages 18+

The Happy Ever After Playlist

Sloan Monroe finds a lost puppy named Tucker and is having trouble tracking down his owner. When she finally does weeks later, she finds out that he and his band are on tour in Australia. Jason wants Tucker back, but after all this time caring for him, Sloan isn’t going to give him back without a fight. 

Thanks to Netgalley for a review copy of this book.

 

Adult Fiction, Romance

Virgin River by Robyn Carr

Ages 18+

Virgin River (Virgin River, #1)

Now a Netflix original series, Virgin River is in the vein of Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove. Mel Monroe is a big-time nurse practitioner from L.A. who is looking to escape her harried past. She finds herself in small-town Virgin River working with the town doctor who is nearing retirement. She realizes her mistake in moving early on, and would have left long ago if it weren’t for an abandoned newborn on the front steps of the clinic, and friendly face Jack Sheridan who is proving a valuable friend – and maybe more – to Mel.  

ARC Reviews, YA Fiction

Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From by Jennifer De Leon

Grades 9 – 12

Don't Ask Me Where I'm From

When Liliana Cruz is accepted into METCO, a new school that has a desegregation program, she faces new challenges of going from the majority to the minority, as a Latinx at a predominately white school. She has to lighten up if she wants to fit in at her new school. Not only that, but she has to deal with the reality that her father isn’t just on a work trip, but has been deported back to Guatemala. With things seemingly falling apart in every aspect of her life, is Liliana strong enough to overcome?

Thanks to SLJ for a review copy of this book.

Adult Fiction, Romance

If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane

Ages 18+

If I Never Met You

Laurie is devastated when her boyfriend of 18 years ends things. She feels utterly lost when she finds out he got another girl pregnant and is staying with her. When Laurie and her colleague Jamie Carter become stuck in an elevator together for hours, the two cook up a story to pretend to date – she is looking to start a rumor with a new man on the horizon and he needs a girlfriend to impress his bosses. It’s the perfect scenario and they turn to social media to make their story believable.

Adult Fiction, ARC Reviews

Girls of Summer by Nancy Thayer

Ages 18+

Girls of Summer

Lisa Hudson is a divorcee with two adult children of her own named Juliet and Theo. The three of them all get love stories and romance ensues on Nantucket. Lisa is taken with her carpenter, Mack Whitney, despite the fact that she is ten years older than he. Juliet meets newcomer Ryder Hastings who is looking for a new adventure, and Theo falls for Mack’s daughter Beth, but will it work out for everyone involved?

Thanks to Netgalley for a review copy of this book.

 

ARC Reviews, Children

My Video Game Ate My Homework by Dustin Hansen

My Video Game Ate My HomeworkGrades 3 – 6

Dewey Jenkins is determined to get an A+ on his volcano science project so that he doesn’t have to go to summer school. In addition, he has a chance to win a virtual reality video game console. Everything is just fine until Dewey’s best friend Ferg gets a hold of the console and breaks it. Ferg asks Dewey to help him fix it, and suddenly the two friends find themselves inside of a video game with Dewey’s sister Beatrice and her friend Kat. Worst of all, Dewey’s science project is along for the ride. Can he and his friends rescue and volcano and get back before the science fair?

Thanks to SLJ for a review copy of this book.