Adult Fiction, ARC Reviews, Romance

The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren

Ages 18+

The Soulmate Equation

Jess Davis is a single mom and a statistician whose parents aren’t in her life, but that’s okay because her grandparents help her raise her 7-year-old daughter Juno. She is convinced she doesn’t have time to date – until she hears about the GeneticAlly, a DNA-based dating company – and is intrigued. However, she is a 98% match with the company’s founder, and can’t quite wrap her head around it. Is it be too good to be true? Christina Lauren does it again – I was sucked in from beginning to end.

Thanks to Netgalley for a review copy of this book.

ARC Reviews, Children, Middle Grade Fiction

The Best Worst Summer by Elizabeth Eulberg

Grades 4 – 6

The Best Worst Summer

Told in alternating timelines in 1989 and 2021, this adorable book about two sets of best friends hit the mark for me. It is the best summer for Jessica and Melissa who are BFFs in 1989, and the worst summer for Peyton, who has just moved four hours away (which might as well be 100 hours away) from her own best friend. She is very bummed out until she finds a time capsule that Melissa and Jessica buried when they were kids in the 80s, and explores it, and history, with her new friend Lucas. Eulberg takes readers on an adventure they won’t soon forget.

Thanks to Netgalley for a review copy of this book.

Adult Fiction, ARC Reviews, Romance

Cheat Day by Liv Stratman

Ages 18+

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Kit and David are college sweethearts who have been married for twelve years. David has a successful career and travels a lot, leaving Kit home in a rut. She sometimes works at her sister’s bakery, but often quits and then goes back again, while looking for a more ambitious job in the interim. Kit soon starts to fall for Matt, a carpenter who has been installing new shelves in the bakery. She starts to cheat on her diet and her husband. Filled with secrets and lies, Cheat Day is a fun debut.

Adult Fiction, ARC Reviews, Horror/Thriller

The Maidens by Alex Michaelides

Ages 18+

The Maidens

From the very beginning, we know that Edward Fosca is a murderer. Of this the main character, Mariana, is certain. Fosca is a Greek tragedy professor at the Cambridge University and is loved by both his colleagues and students, especially the group of women known as The Maidens. Mariana is a group therapist who becomes obsessed with Fosca when one of the Maidens is found murdered. This thriller is twisty and a great sophomore novel to follow up The Silent Patient.

Thanks to Netgalley for a review copy of this book.

Adult Fiction, ARC Reviews, Horror/Thriller, Series

Win by Harlan Coben

Ages 18+

Win (Windsor Horne Lockwood III, #1)

Readers will recognize Win from Harlan Coben’s Myron Bolitar series, but will be pleased that there is a new series devoted to Win. A robbery was committed at Patricia Lockwood’s family estate, and she was abducted on top of it. She escaped, but so did her captors. Now, over twenty years later, Win is on the hunt to find them and bring them to justice. This thriller is not to be missed!

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

ARC Reviews, Nonfiction

Remember by Lisa Genova

Ages 18+

Remember: The Science of Memory and the Art of Forgetting

Remember is a nonfiction book by neuroscientist and author Lisa Genova about memories and the brain. She discusses how the brains of people with Alzheimer’s work as well as why we remember traumatic experiences, like exactly where we were when 9/11 happened, but not what we ate for dinner last Wednesday. This is because the routine things in our lives are just that – routine, nothing special, and when something out of the ordinary happens, we are most likely to remember it. An in depth look at the brain and our memories, this book definitely piqued my interest and made me want to learn more.     

Thanks to Netgalley for a review copy of this book.

ARC Reviews, YA Fiction

Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean

Grades 9 – 12

Tokyo Ever After

Izumi (sometimes known to her family and friends as Izzy or Zoom Zoom) just found out she’s a princess. Her father, who her mother never talks about, is a prince living in Japan. She is instantly sure she has to go visit him and find out more about who she is. She travels to Japan, not quite sure what to expect – although she’s hoping it’s fancy dresses and tiaras – but is surprised when she finds out it’s not all glitz and glam. Stuck between two worlds, will Izumi ever find her true self?

Thanks to the publisher for a review copy of this book.

Adult Fiction, Horror/Thriller

The Last Thing She Remembers by J.S. Monroe

Ages 18+

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The main character doesn’t remember who she is, let alone her first name. She arrives at the train station and realizes her bag has been stolen – so she doesn’t have I.D. to help her. She does remember where she lives, however. She goes to her home, only to find a couple living there who say that it’s their home, and don’t recognize her either. Will she ever figure out who she is? This thriller gripped me from the first page to the last. 

ARC Reviews, YA Fiction

Once Upon A Quinceanera by Monica Gomez-Hira

Grades 9 – 12

Once Upon a Quinceañera

Carmen Aguilar is upset because she has to spend her summer doing an unpaid internship where she has to get all dressed up in the Miami heat and perform for her cousin’s quinceanera. What’s more, her dance partner is her ex, someone who she never wanted to have to see or interact with again after their breakup. In order to find her “happily ever after,” she has to learn to leave the past in the past.

Thanks to Netgalley for a review copy of this book.