Review: The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

Sep 5, 2019

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware


Published by Simon & Schuster on August 6th, 2019
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Pages: 384
Format: Audiobook & Hardback
Source: Overdrive via Brooklyn Public Library
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My rating: 5 of 5 stars


GOOREADS SYNOPSIS: When she stumbles across the ad, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss—a live-in nannying post, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten—by the luxurious “smart” home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family.

What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare—one that will end with a child dead and herself in prison awaiting trial for murder.

Writing to her lawyer from prison, she struggles to explain the unravelling events that led to her incarceration. It wasn’t just the constant surveillance from the cameras installed around the house, or the malfunctioning technology that woke the household with booming music, or turned the lights off at the worst possible time. It wasn’t just the girls, who turned out to be a far cry from the immaculately behaved model children she met at her interview. It wasn’t even the way she was left alone for weeks at a time, with no adults around apart from the enigmatic handyman, Jack Grant.

It was everything.

She knows she’s made mistakes. She admits that she lied to obtain the post, and that her behavior toward the children wasn’t always ideal. She’s not innocent, by any means. But, she maintains, she’s not guilty—at least not of murder. Which means someone else is.

     

This book was so engrossing! This was my first Ruth Ware book that I am aware of and I could not have started with a better book. I just knew from the moment when I seen this cover, I would love this book. I am hooked on any book or movie that surrounds itself with locked rooms and keys. AMAZING!

This book had all the scary and creepy vibes you wanted. CREAK...CREAK...CREAK

We start the book with Rowan writing to Mr. Wexham about the death of a child and she is trying to plead her case. The cops won't listen. No one will listen. She needs someone to hear her story. The entire book is her writing Mr. Wexham about the story that took place at the Heatherbrae House. It was a very unique format and it worked so very well for this book. I loved it.

"Dear Mr. Wrexham,
You have no idea how many times I have started this letter and screwed up the resulting mess, but I've realized there is no magic formula here. There is no way I can make you listen to my case. So I'm just going to have to do my best to set things out. However long it takes, however much I mess this up, I'm just going to keep going and tell the truth."


Rowan starts her story by telling the attorney she is searching the internet one day and comes across and ad for a live-in nanny. She jumps at the chance to take this job. Hoping with everything in her that she gets this job, she takes off to the interview and dresses to impress. "The Perfect Nanny" When leaving the interview she gets a huge hug from an 8 year old, Maddie, that tells her to stay away and that the Ghost would no like it. Rowan is not sure what to think of that. "GHOST" she thought to her self but after getting the call that she got the job, She is advised by Sandra, the owner, that the other nanny's all left because they thought the house was "Haunted"

After getting the job and moving into the "smart" home that is powered by complete smart technology on the wall. There are not even key holes in the doors. All except the wash room and a locked door in her bedroom which is locked at all times and appears to have no key. But everything else is controlled by the smart home system that is controlled by the smart screens on the walls and the Happy App.

After her first night there Rowan soon begins to notice this house is not what it seems. She is woken up in the middle of the night with walking above her, or she thinks walking, but to her there is no attic above her and she is on the top floor. All she hears is the small creak...creak...creak... of someone or what sounds like some pacing above her. BUT how??

During the day she finds that there are some stories about the grounds that could be quite scary. When she takes the girls out for a walk and they take her to the locked garden - Soon Rowan finds out it was not just a garden but it was poisonous plants that were planted there by the previous owner. But the story has it that the owner killed his young daughter buy feeding her the plants. Not sure what to think - Rowan begins her own journey to find out what could have happened.

The next night she is woken by the music blaring over the intercom and the kids are wide a wake scared and crying not sure what to do. She soon finds out that she is locked out of the Happy App. Thanks to the rescue of Jack Grant which is the grounds keeper that lives on the grounds, he rushes over and helps save the day by rebooting the system.

Jack seems very trust worthy but then things begin to happen and soon Rowan finds her self wondering if she can trust him because he does have the same last name as the previous owner "Grant" but not sure who else to trust, she gives her to feelings.

After her 3rd night in the room and still hearing sounds above her she has made up her mind she will not sleep the rest of the night. After confiding in Jack - she sets out to see if he has the keys to the locked door in her room.

This story at this point was moving fast and my heart was racing with it. The plot twist that were happening, I never saw coming. The things that were revealed were shocking and left me at one moment with my hand over my mouth while it was open. My note to you DO NOT READ THE LAST LETTER BEFORE READING THIS BOOK! You will ruin the entire book for yourself.

I highly recommend this book and this will not be my last Ruth Ware book! Now I want them all!!! See you in the next book!
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Review: Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

Sep 3, 2019

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins


Published by Harper Teen on May 1st, 2012
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Pages: 447
Format: Audiobook
Source: Overdrive via Brooklyn Public Library
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My rating: 3 of 5 stars


GOODREADS BLURB:


Embrace the Forbidden

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?

This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.
Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She's aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn't until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He's the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?
 
     

I really don't have a lot to say about this book. It was good but not great. I think I had read this in my high school years, I would have loved it. I honestly don't even know if I remember everything about it so give a few months I may not remember anything. I am not saying it was bad but not for me. I wanted to give this series a try since I am meeting the author in Sept. for a book signing so I am unsure if I will continue reading this series since it was just a 3 star for me.

We follow Anna on her discovery of who she really is and the love story was just okay. If you love fallen angel and you may like this. I love stories of fallen angels but I just didn't connect to the characters.

If you think I should continue on with this series, please let me know if it gets better. It had its moments but it was just very young.
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Review: Teeth in the Mist by Dawn Kurtagich

Teeth in the Mist by Dawn Kurtagich


Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on June 11th, 2019
Genre: Horror, Parnormal
Pages: 447
Format: Audiobook & Hardback
Source: Audible.com
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Before the birth of time, a monk uncovers the Devil's Tongue and dares to speak it. The repercussions will be felt for generations...

Sixteen-year-old photography enthusiast Zoey has been fascinated by the haunted, burnt-out ruins of Medwyn Mill House for as long as she can remember--so she and her best friend, Poulton, run away from home to explore them. But are they really alone in the house? And who will know if something goes wrong?

In 1851, seventeen-year-old Roan arrives at the Mill House as a ward--one of three, all with something to hide from their new guardian. When Roan learns that she is connected to an ancient secret, she must escape the house before she is trapped forever.

1583. Hermione, a new young bride, accompanies her husband to the wilds of North Wales where he plans to build the largest water mill and mansion in the area. But rumors of unholy rituals lead to a tragic occurrence and she will need all her strength to defeat it.

Three women, centuries apart, drawn together by one Unholy Pact. A pact made by a man who, more than a thousand years later, may still be watching...

Trigger Warning: Demonic sounds in the audiobook, Death, Gore, Creepy factors, Cutting, self-harm.

I took a few days to dwell on this one! I really enjoyed the book but I had to take a moment and wrap my head around the timelines and how they all came together. I am going with a 4.5 star on this. I think the timelines throw me off some and then the ending is a bit confusing so that is why the book is not a full 5 stars.

I did listen to this on audiobook and the audiobook along deserves 5 Stars. So I am giving the book a 4 and the audiobook a 5 so leaving my rating a 4.5. I did read and follow along with the audiobook in the hardback book just so I could see the pictures and format that was set up in the book. They were both done very well as far as formatting.

We follow several POV's in the book which each had their own timeline. This audiobook had amazing sound effects. The voices were outstanding. It made the book so creepy just hearing the sounds and the voices instead of just reading it.

Zoey (NOW)
Roan (1851)
Hermione (1583)

You also have several others in the time that Roan was in when she arrived at Mill House that arrived with her. She tells her story as she seen it there, with their stories as well. They are all connected to one thing, Mill House.

Roan arrives at Mill house as a ward of the state. She arrives and finds that the house feels uneasy. Things are not what they appear here. Sounds and the darkness surround her everywhere.

Zoey is in the now and has always been fascinated with Mill house so she and her best friend, Pole, set off to explore Mill Hose and to find out why it drove her dad mad.

Hermione lived in 1853 and you get her dairy entries as she telling her story. You hear the match strick and light the candle as she writes and then she tells her story. She and her husband are expecting a child and have just acquired Mill House but soon she notices things are not right. You follow her journey in the darkness of Mill House.

There are 3 things that Mill House has in every timeline and POV - it is dark, creepy, and has many deaths. The mountain scenes were done in great detail. The darkness seeped through the pages.

You also soon realize that they were not just randomly chosen for Mill House. They were all brought there for a reason. BUT WHY?



SPOILERS GOING FOWARD BASED ON ME HAVING QUESTIONS THAT NEED TO BE ANSWERED"



I don't normally add spoilers but I may need help on this one. So, in the beginning we have a death certification for Roan for 1852. In 1851 she had a baby was a given since she slept with Rapley. But then the last bit of the book turned confusing. We are met with Zoey (IN THE NOW) all the way through the book, but in the end she meets Len, which is random and came out of nowhere but then she states she has been at the house for 5 year ( I think that is what she said) but then things go down and the very last line of the book states she is taking Zoey home to see her mom, Roan, which was supposed to have died in 1852. So if she died in 1852 - per the death certification - how is she alive later for Len to take Zoey to see her? Can someone explain if I missed something here??


Then Hermione calls Roan her daughter later in the book when she appears but how can it be her daughter if Hermione had the child in 1583 and it is now 1851? This throws me off also. I might need to do a research or reread on this because I truly enjoyed and want to know how the timelines meet up. Can someone help me out with the timelines?
   
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Dragans & Tea Book Club - Diviners Readalong - Lair of Dreams (The Diviners #2)

Aug 30, 2019

Lair of Dreams, The Diviner #2
The longing of dreams draws the dead, and this city holds many dreams.

After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O’Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. With her uncanny ability to read people’s secrets, she’s become a media darling, earning the title “America’s Sweetheart Seer.” Everyone’s in love with the city’s newest It Girl…everyone except the other Diviners.

Piano-playing Henry DuBois and Chinatown resident Ling Chan are two Diviners struggling to keep their powers a secret—for they can walk in dreams. And while Evie is living the high life, victims of a mysterious sleeping sickness are turning up across New York City.

As Henry searches for a lost love and Ling strives to succeed in a world that shuns her, a malevolent force infects their dreams. And at the edges of it all lurks a man in a stovepipe hat who has plans that extend farther than anyone can guess…As the sickness spreads, can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld to save the city?

In this heart-stopping sequel to The Diviners, Printz Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Libba Bray takes readers deeper into the mystical underbelly of New York City.  





#DivinersReadalong:Sep 1st: 1 – 76 The Devil’s Business
Sep 2nd: 77 – 144 Keeping Out the Dead
Sep 3rd: 145 – 225 Dreams Can’t Get You
Sep 4th: 226 – 312 Part Two
Sep 5th: 313 – 409 And Do They Dream?
Sep 6th: 410 – 515 Ace of Spades
Sep 7th: 516 – End!

#DivinersReadalong Liveshow:
Sep 13th: 9PM EST / 6PM PST
@Madalyn's channel

➽ Trigger warnings: death, death of a loved one, racism, homophobia.


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Book Signing EVENT: Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo



Published by Flatiron Books on Oct. 8th, 2019
Genre: Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 480
Format: Hardback
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I am DEAD!! I just bought my ticket for the signing of "Ninth House" in St. Louis, Mo. I never thought she would be this close to me!!!!!!!!!
The mesmerizing adult debut from #1 New York Times bestselling author Leigh Bardugo

Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?

Still searching for answers to this herself, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. These eight windowless “tombs” are well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street and Hollywood’s biggest players. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive.

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All dates subject to change. Please check back for updates.


Leigh Bardugo is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse. With over three million copies sold worldwide, her Grishaverse spans the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, The Language of Thorns, and King of Scars—with more to come. Her short stories can be found in multiple anthologies, including The Best of Tor.com and the Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy. Her other works include Wonder Woman: Warbringer and the forthcoming Ninth House.
Leigh was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Southern California, and graduated from Yale University. These days she lives and writes in Los Angeles. For information on new releases and appearances, sign up for Leigh’s newsletter.

https://www.leighbardugo.com/about/



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COVER REVEAL: Keystone by Katie Delahanty


Keystone by Katie Delahanty


COVER REVEAL!!!



Published by: Entangled Teen on January 7, 2020
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 400
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KEYSTONE OFFICIAL BLURB: 




When Ella Karman debuts on the Social Stock Exchange, she finds out life as a high-profile “Influencer” isn’t what she expected. Everyone around her is consumed by their rankings, in creating the smoke and mirrors that make them the envy of the world.


But then Ella’s best friend betrays her, her rankings tank, and she loses—everything.Leaving her old life behind, she joins Keystone, a secret school for thieves, where students are being trained to steal everything analog and original because something—or someone—is changing history to suit their needs.Partnered with the annoyingly hot—and utterly impossible—Garrett Alexander, who has plenty of his own secrets, Ella is forced to return to the Influencer world, while unraveling a conspiracy that began decades ago.One wrong move and she could lose everything—again.  
(https://entangledpublishing.com/keystone.html)



Meet the Author

Katie is a fashion designer turned novelist. She graduated with a BA in Communication Studies from UCLA and a Professional Designation in Fashion Design from FIDM. It never occurred to her that she was a writer until an economic crisis induced career shift from lingerie designer to ecommerce webmistress led her to start the company blog. Not being an expert in lingerie, she decided to write the blog as a fictional serial starring a girl named Olivia Bloom who worked for the lingerie line. And that’s when Katie fell in love with storytelling. She hasn’t looked back since. Katie lives in Los Angeles with her husband.







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BOOK DROP 2020: KINGDOM OF THE WICKED by Kerri Maniscalco

Aug 28, 2019

KINGDOM OF THE WICKED by Kerri Maniscalco




Published by Jimmy Patterson 2020
Genre: Fantasy
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WAIT!! WHAT!!!!???!!! This was dropped today! AND WHAT A SURPRISE!!! I love Kerri's work. Her Stalking Jack the Ripper series is amazing!! BUT WHY!! A year!!!!!!!! My heart just broke a little.

This book is a must read because she is one of my top 5 favorite authors! Can not wait for this cover reveal!

Oh shame on Kerri for keeping secrets from us this year!!!! and it is not only one book but a series!! YEEESSSS!!!!

MY EYES are WIDE open!!!
BUT Wait that is not all!! LoOk what I also on goodreads - Book TWO showing to published in 2021. So much to look forward too but SO FAR OFF!!  I need this now!!! Please supply me an ARC - ARC heavens!!!!


Meet the Author
I'm mostly on instagram and twitter--where I'm always ready to talk fictional crushes and nerd out over books. (Okay, okay. And I've also been known to share snippets and teasers from my upcoming novels, if you're into that sort of thing...) Please feel free to chat with me there @KerriManiscalco. I love talking with fellow readers!


Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats.

She is the #1 NYT and USA Today bestselling author of the STALKING JACK THE RIPPER quartet. The final installment, CAPTURING THE DEVIL, will be released on 9/10/19. KINGDOM OF THE WICKED, the first in a new YA fantasy series, is slated for fall 2020.

For more information, visit Kerri online:
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Stalking Jack the Ripper Series


Stalking Jack the Ripper


Presented by James Patterson's new children's imprint, this deliciously creepy horror novel has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion...

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord's daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father's wishes and society's expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle's laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

The story's shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this dazzling, #1 New York Times bestselling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.
  


Hunting Prince Dracula


In this New York Times bestselling sequel to Kerri Maniscalco's haunting #1 debut Stalking Jack the Ripper, bizarre murders are discovered in the castle of Prince Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula. Could it be a copycat killer...or has the depraved prince been brought back to life?

Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper's true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe's best schools of forensic medicine...and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.

But her life's dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school's forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.



Escaping From Houdini


Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her partner-in-crime-investigation, Thomas Cresswell, are en route to New York to help solve another blood-soaked mystery. Embarking on a week-long voyage across the Atlantic on the opulent RMS Etruria, they’re delighted to discover a traveling troupe of circus performers, fortune tellers, and a certain charismatic young escape artist entertaining the first-class passengers nightly.

But then, privileged young women begin to go missing without explanation, and a series of brutal slayings shocks the entire ship. The disturbing influence of the Moonlight Carnival pervades the decks as the murders grow ever more freakish, with nowhere to escape except the unforgiving sea.

It's up to Audrey Rose and Thomas to piece together the gruesome investigation as even more passengers die before reaching their destination. But with clues to the next victim pointing to someone she loves, can Audrey Rose unravel the mystery before the killer's horrifying finale?
  

Becoming the Dark Prince


In this irresistibly-priced short story, catch a glimpse of the inner struggles and triumphs that drive Stalking Jack the Ripper's endearing but troubled hero.

Enigmatic, brooding, and darkly handsome, Thomas Cresswell has always been the one mystery Audrey Rose has never been able to fully solve. As brilliant partners in crime investigation, they understand each other perfectly...but as young lovers, their passionate natures have led to both euphoria and heartbreak throughout the Stalking Jack the Ripper series.

This novella features a collection of scenes that takes place during and after the pair's horrifying Atlantic voyage in Escaping From Houdini. Experience new and familiar scenes from Thomas's unique point of view, including an intensely personal look into his plea for Audrey Rose's hand in marriage.

With a romance for the ages, Audrey Rose and Thomas reach the conclusion to their epic, irresistible partnership in their final adventure, Capturing the Devil.




Capturing the Devil In the shocking finale to the bestselling series that began with Stalking Jack the Ripper, Audrey Rose and Thomas are on the hunt for the depraved, elusive killer known as the White City Devil. A deadly game of cat-and-mouse has them fighting to stay one step ahead of the brilliant serial killer---or see their fateful romance cut short by unspeakable tragedy.

Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell have landed in America, a bold, brash land unlike the genteel streets of London they knew. But like London, the city of Chicago hides its dark secrets well. When the two attend the spectacular World's Fair, they find the once-in-a-lifetime event tainted with reports of missing people and unsolved murders.

Determined to help, Audrey Rose and Thomas begin their investigations, only to find themselves facing a serial killer unlike any they've heard of before. Identifying him is one thing, but capturing him---and getting dangerously lost in the infamous Murder Hotel he constructed as a terrifying torture device---is another.

Will Audrey Rose and Thomas see their last mystery to the end---together and in love---or will their fortunes finally run out when their most depraved adversary makes one final, devastating kill?

   

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