This week I received two ARCs! One is a Historical Fiction, and the other is a Romantic Suspense novel. I would also like to add that these two are my first physical ARCs! I’m so excited!
We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry From the author of the widely acclaimed She Weeps Each Time You’re Born, a comic tour de female force about a 1980s field hockey team.
In the coastal town of Danvers, MA, home of the original 1692 witch trials, the 1989 Danvers Falcons will do anything to make it to the state finals — even if it means tapping into some devilishly dark powers. In chapters dense with ’80s iconography–from Heathers to “big hair”–Quan Barry expertly weaves together the individual and collective journeys of this enchanted team as they storm their way to the championship. Helmed by good-girl captain Abby Putnam (a descendant of the infamous Salem accuser Ann Putnam) and her co-captain Jen Fiorenza, whose bleached blond “Claw” sees and knows all, the DHS Falcons prove to be wily, original, and bold, flaunting society’s stale notions of femininity in order to find their glorious true selves through the crucible of team sport and, more importantly, friendship.
I received this ARC from Penguin Random House and Pantheon Books (thank you for the copy!). The moment I first came across We Ride Upon Sticks, I knew that I wanted to learn more. A novel covering a female sports team trying to become successful in the 80s sounds very riveting to me. The face that it also involves supernatural powers is a definite plus! We Ride Upon Sticks is scheduled to come out during March 2020.
Deadly Deceit (Harbored Secrets #2) by Natalie Waters When journalist Vivian DeMarco’s boss dies under suspicious circumstances, her only hope for finding the truth is Deputy Ryan Frost. The deeper they dig, the more twisted the truth becomes, and someone called The Watcher forces Vivian to decide what she’s willing to lose for the sake of a headline.
I received a copy of Deadly Deceit from Revell Books, as part of a blogger tour stop coming soon (thank you for the complimentary copy!). Although I haven’t read Book 1, I’m hopeful that I won’t need it to get into this story! Deadly Deceit comes out on November 5th.
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This month I finished reading four books: two YA Fantasies, one Contemporary Romance, and one Historical Fiction novel. While I wish I got the chance to read more, I’m happy about the ones I completed!
I rated this story 4/5 Stars. I thoroughly enjoyed reading A Dream So Dark! It was a great sequel to A Blade So Black, as it follows Alice’s adventures through Wonderland’s nightmarish world. It left me wondering what will be covered next! You can catch my review of A Dream So Dark HERE!
I gave Jerusalem Maiden 4/5 Stars. This was a very powerful read, as it follows Esther Kaminsky’s religious journey throughout her life. She struggles with getting in touch with her passions while honoring God and the commandments. You can view my review for Jerusalem Maiden HERE.
I reviewed Keeping Her Close for Prism Book Tours, in which I received a complimentary copy from the author. I found this story to be quite a warm, feel-good story centered around trust. If you would like to check out my review, you can find it HERE.
Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself. A prince in danger must decide who to trust. A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings. Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.
I gave Wicked Saints 4/5 Stars. I found this to be quite an interesting read that involved lots of esoteric discussion between two of the central characters. There was also an entertaining romance! My full review can be found HERE!
And that’s it! I began reading two other stories this month, which I will talk about more tomorrow.
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I would say that my favorite book read this month was A Dream So Dark by L.L. McKinney. It’s the follow up tale to A Blade So Black. I love fairy tale re-tellings, but Alice in Wonderland stories are my favorite! You can check out my review for the story HERE!
What was your favorite book read this month? Let me know in the comments!
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In Central NJ, there is a building named The Union Hotel. Located in downtown Flemington, NJ, The Union Hotel was constructed in 1878 and was a town centerpiece as a stagecoach stop. It became a national destination during the 1934 trial of the Lindbergh Baby death. Journalists and jurors stayed at the Union Hotel as Bruno Hauptmann was tried for his heinous crime at the county courthouse directly across the street.
The Union Hotel stopped taking guests around the 1950s, but it continued operating as a bar restaurant. During this run, there were many reports from workers and patrons of hearing unearthly voices and humming out of nowhere. One person reported seeing a disembodied pair of a child’s patent leather shoes walking up the steps. The restaurant manager reported sensing a presence while being alone in his office.
There were many attempts to revive the Union Hotel, but talks always fell in circles, and the building fell into disrepair. The Union Hotel closed for good on 2007.
Since that time, the town committee goes back and forth discussing the fate of the Union Hotel. Two years ago, there were plans to tear down the building and create a shopping center, parking deck, and a college building. On 2017, A decision was made to preserve the hotel structure, and the back and forth proceedings as to how to revive the downtown area of Flemington resumed.
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I’m happy to be reviewing ‘Keeping Her Close’ for Prism Book Tours! Many thanks to Carol Ross for sending me a complimentary copy!
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
The job sounds simple: teach a businessman’s daughter how to stay safe. But former navy SEAL turned bodyguard Kyle Frasier has a personal motive, too. Harper Jansen is his late best friend’s fiancée. Loyalty demands he protect her, not that Harper looks in need of rescuing. In fact, it’s Kyle who needs help—balancing duty with his desire to build a life with the one woman he shouldn’t want…
Keeping Her Close tells the story of Kyle Frasier, a former Navy SEAL hired by a wealthy environmentalist to guard his daughter Harper Jansen after an attempted attack on his life. Kyle and Harper’s first encounters were uneasy, but they soon form a deep connection that grew intimate as time went on, much to Kyle’s discomfort. To make matters even more complicated, Kyle is also tasked to uncover the mystery of his friend Owen’s death, who happened to be Harper’s ex-fiancee.
One thing that I enjoyed about this novel is the healthy tension between Kyle and Harper. Their decent into coupledom wasn’t immediate, which I appreciated! They both endured some experiences that caused them to learn more about each other.
We also learn that Kyle is a complicated figure, one who’s in a constant state of insecurity. He feels like he’s never living up to his family’s expectations, which flows into his circumstances with Harper as the story progresses. Kyle’s family serves as a welcoming respite among the tension brought from Kyle and Harper dealing with the ‘less-than-ideal’ situation of being supervised every minute of the day. The Frasier family radiates a loving dynamic, something that both Kyle and Harper were without for a long time. For Harper, a large family introduced an only child to a sense of community. For Kyle, it reinforces the fact that a strong family unit is always present, ready to accept and overcome any obstacle. The notion of inclusion and forgiveness is a recurrent theme throughout the book: Love and family will always prevail despite struggle.
If you love a romantic story with trust, community, and family as a focal point, then this is the book for you!
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During the week, my days begin very early (6am), for me to prepare for work. I’m currently subbing at a school in Central NJ, but I begin a permanent job next week (yay!).
I go to work, and my phone goes off until 3:30pm!
I get home around 4, then I check email and do some bookish things (read a couple chapters from a current book, book blogging, writing poetry)
During October I’ve been venturing to New York City once a week. One of the good things about subbing is that you can make your own schedule, so I make sure I take one day a week to spend time with books, and explore. The photos above were from a recent trip to Poets House! Of course my schedule will shift next week, but I’ll make sure that I still make time to venture into New York on a regular basis!