#HouseOfSaltAndSorrow by #ErinCraig

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#HouseOfSaltAndSorrows by #ErinCraig
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This book is an absolutely magnificent retelling of the 12 dancing princesses fairy tale, set in a brooding landscape that rivals #WutheringHeights.
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Annaleigh is one of 12 sisters living in a kingdom by, of, and on the sea. Her very name conjures Poe’s haunting poem “Annabel Leigh.”
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Several of the sisters have died under increasingly suspicious circumstances, and Annaleigh must figure the mystery out before there are more victims.
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You can almost feel the spray of the sea, smell the scent of seaweed, hear the crashing waves. I adored this book. I received an ARC in return for an honest review.
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#TheDarkDescentofElizabethFrankenstein by #KierstenWhite

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#TheDarkDescentofElizabethFrankenstein by #KierstenWhite
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This book is absolutely perfect. I hope and pray that they make a movie of it someday.
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Elizabeth Lavenza is an orphaned girl in the mid-19th century, cared for by a caretaker who abused her and finally sells her to a woman, Madame Frankenstein, who wants a companion for her son Victor.
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As the years pass, Elizabeth carefully cultivates a deep friendship with Victor that she hopes will lead to her own permanent safety as his wife. In an age where women could not assure their own futures, it was necessary for girls and women to gain that security through, at times, calculating means.
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As this is a retelling of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, the basic plot is faithful to the original. Dripping with rich descriptions and lush atmosphere, this book deserves to be read by a fireplace with a storm raging outside. Loved it.
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#TheCurrent by #TimJohnston

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#TheCurrent by #TimJohnston
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This book. Just. This book. Go buy it, get it from your library, anything, just read it.
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Audrey Sutter is on her way home from college to visit her dying father, and catches a ride from her best friend Caroline. When they’re an hour from their destination, their world is turned upside down when they crash into an icy river.
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The twists and turns come breathtakingly fast, and I guarantee you won’t be able to unravel the precise and perfect plotting.
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#TheDry by #JaneHarper

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#TheDry by #JaneHarper
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This book is an absolute stunner of a mystery novel. A genuinely propulsive read, from first page to last. I picked it up because @christinaanstead recommended it on her feed, and I was certainly not disappointed.
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Aaron Falk, an Australian Federal Agent, returns to his childhood hometown for the funeral of his old best friend Luke. Luke, it turns out, has seemingly murdered his wife and son, leaving his infant daughter alive, before taking his own life.
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Aaron gets caught up in the possibility that Luke didn’t, in fact, commit the heinous crimes. As a result, town and family secrets sprout from the very ground, and increasingly tangled loyalties and motivations start popping up.
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I can’t wait to read the author’s other works.
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#BuryMeDeep by #MeganAbbott

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#BuryMeDeep by #MeganAbbott
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This incredible novel is a fictionalized account of the “Trunk Murderess” Winnie Ruth Judd, who was accused of murdering two female friends in Phoenix AZ in 1931. Winnie is worth looking up if you’ve not heard of her.
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In the novel, Winnie is Marion Seeley, a young woman caught up in the underworld dealings of two women who befriend her, Louise and Ginny, both loosely based on Winnie’s actual friends.
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Marion is alone in a strange town as her much-older husband, a drug-addicted former doctor, has gone to work in Mexico where his lack of license doesn’t much matter. While he’s away, Marion begins a descent into the dark world of Depression-era prostitution and drugs, her life spiraling down until she is faced with impossible horrors.
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The book weaves its spell from the first page and doesn’t let go. Brilliantly written and impossible to put down once you’ve started.
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#TheyAllFallDown by #TammyCohen

🌸🌸🌸 out of 5 🌸s for #TheyAllFallDown by #TammyCohen
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I wanted so badly to love this book. It’s brilliantly plotted and written, and it deals with the subject of mental illness very well, I thought.
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That said, I’d figured out the end game about halfway through, which is a disappointment, especially when reading an otherwise gripping domestic thriller.
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Our protagonist is Hannah, who is committed to a facility in London. The POV switches between Hannah and her mother Corinne, as both women struggle to come to terms with what happened to put Hannah where she is.
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I do recommend the book, and I absolutely am going to read more by this author. As I said, I was simply disappointed that I figured out the clues so quickly.
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#BadBlood by #DemetriaLunetta

🌸🌸🌸🌸 out of 5 🌸s for #BadBlood by #DemetriaLunetta
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This novel about witchcraft in Scotland is a practiced mix of history and fantasy. It tells the tale of a family whose female descendants are both blessed and cursed by an ancient witchcraft that is itself a blend of healing and much darker magic.
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I was left in tears by the very bittersweet ending. An excellent read.
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