The Temple House Vanishing by Rachel Donohue

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Temple House Vanishing is a spooky thriller with a great setting that really brings an atmospheric feel to the story. Told through alternating POVs, we get to see into two different perspectives, both at the time of the mystery, and in the current time. I really liked that the views alternated, it was great insight into the story during both portions.

This book starts off with a bang, you are immediately gripped by the story. If you like a fast, quick-paced mystery, this is a good one for you! The plot was good, and while I was able to guess what was happening, I still enjoyed the ride as the story progressed!

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Chasing Failure by Ryan Leak

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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The subtitle of this book is “How Falling Short Sets You Up for Success”. I got excited to read this because I like to be a glass half full type of person, and I really thought that this title sounded like it was thinking the same way I was, and I sure was right!

Chasing Failure is a self-help book written by Ryan Leak that blends personal experience with suggestions, advice, and ideas to help you find ways to be successful, even in the face of failure.

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The Stranger in the Mirror by Liv Constantine

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

I’m going to go ahead and give this book a 5 star review. Holy moly this book was filled with twists and turns I just didn’t see coming! So, strap yourself in for a crazy ride with this book!

You know how there are those moments in a book where everything comes to a screeching halt, your jaw drops, and you’re just like WTF? The moment in this book when that happened. I felt like I just threw my hands up and said, well, I’m not doing anything else today. I need to know what happens now! I LOVE when a book does that!

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Grace in Hollywood by Kari Bovee

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Kari Bovee is such a great storyteller! She drops the reader into a story and they don’t want to get out until the end! It’s such a wonderful reading journey!

In Grace in Hollywood, we get to settle into a 1920s setting for a Hollywood murder-mystery! I loved the time period and all the world-building Bovee did to really make me feel like it was the 20s. I loved the references and descriptions.

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Far Gone by Danielle Girard

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

This was such an exciting, heart-racing thriller! Far Gone is the second book in the series Badlands Thriller, but I think this can be read as a stand-alone.

14-year-old Hannah witnesses the murder of the couple she is babysitting for. Detective Kylie is assigned the case, and she finds a connection to an old case. We alternate between three storylines, Detective Kylie’s investigation, Hannah’s experiences, and the old case that the new one is connected to.

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The North Face of the Heart by Dolores Redondo

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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This was a thrilling story that takes the reader to New Orleans in the midst of a hurricane. I thought the author did a wonderful job of bringing the rage of the storm into the atmosphere of this story. It felt heavy and full of suspense, and I really enjoyed it!

Amaia is a detective from Spain, traveling to New Orleans to partner with the FBI to find a serial killer. I liked the mix between Amaia’s Spanish background and the American setting. I thought it was an interesting culture mix!

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How Lucky by Will Leitch

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

First of all, this book was AMAZING! Just absolutely wonderful. Leitch’s writing makes this story such a joy!

Second of all, don’t go into this thinking it’s a thriller. That will be really disappointing for you. This is a story about life and finding joy and experiences even when you have incredibility tough circumstances. There is a mystery and there are some action scenes, but I really wouldn’t put this in the thriller category.

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The Away by Cassandra DeJesus

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Sonia Peterson can’t help but be excited for the bright future ahead as she nears the end of her last year of high school. But she quickly discovers that things are not what they seem in the quiet community of Glendale. After her neighbor’s suicide and a slew of disappearances, Sonia’s friend Devon divulges one of the town’s best-kept secrets: at eighteen, residents are required to receive a serum that takes away their immoral impulses and imperfections, or they are exiled to a place called the Away. At first, Sonia can’t believe what she’s heard, but when her turn for the appointment comes, all of her worst fears are confirmed. Now, she must decide who she can trust and discover who is really at the core of the plot to rob Glendale’s residents of their elemental human nature. Her journey takes her deep into the heart of the Away in pursuit of freedom for herself, her friends, and her community. Can she unravel the conspiracy before it’s too late?

Just the Facts:

The Away by Cassandra DeJesus
Genre: Young Adult
Page Count: 224 pages
Publisher: Mascot
Pub Date: April 2021

Where to Find This Book:

Amazon ~ B&N ~ Mascot ~ Goodreads

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What You Never Knew by Jessica Hamilton

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book was awesome! As a debut author, I am so excited to see what Hamilton will come up with next!

With a spooky, atmospheric vibe, from start to finish, this one had me completely entranced! The story is told through the alternating POVs of two sisters…one alive and one dead. WHAT?? I know right. It’s so good!

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Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Holy moly! This debut novel by Alex Finlay is a psychological thriller you don’t want to miss! It’s perfect for readers that enjoy lots of surprises in their thrillers!

The story is told through alternating timelines and multiple POVs. It was a great way to tell the story and really allowed the reader to understand what was happening in the investigation and in the lives of the family before the murders. It was a lot of characters, and I was a bit worried as they started to be introduced that I would end up lost, but Finlay writes in a way that keeps everything organized and easy to follow!

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Before She Disappeared by Lisa Gardner

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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I thought this was a really interesting, engaging mystery! It had an exciting, explosive start, and surprises throughout the story that took me on quite a journey!

I really enjoyed that the MC, Frankie, was not a trained investigator or police officer. She was just a woman trying to atone for sins through the painful search for missing children. She’s an interesting character with her own demons that provide personality, and an attitude that helps her fit into any situation.

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What Big Teeth by Rose Szabo

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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I could not ignore this book’s cover! I love how wonderfully it fits the story, I look at it now, after reading, and I just think it was matched so well.

This was a creepy, dark, atmospheric read, and it was so different than what I was expecting! The magical elements were darker and more sinister making this a great gothic story. I loved the characters and their backstories. As the plot wove its way through the pages, I was blown away by what was really going on. It was surprising, and something that I absolutely enjoyed!

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