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.

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.

Thanks to Netgalleyfor a review copy of this book.

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.

 

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.