A Second Book and a Sequel That Have Nothing in Common // Mini-Reviews

To Be Honest (Maggie Ann Martin) | Goodreads | 3.5 stars I think I rated this second book from Maggie Ann Martin the same as her debut, The Big F, but I think this one is my favorite from her so far. A combination of characters I liked better and storylines that interested me more all made that possible. … More A Second Book and a Sequel That Have Nothing in Common // Mini-Reviews

In Order to Root For a Final Girl, You Need to Actually Care About Her // Final Girls by Riley Sager

Title: Final Girls Position: Standalone Author: Riley Sager Genre: Mystery Pages: 342 Rating: 2/5 Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in … More In Order to Root For a Final Girl, You Need to Actually Care About Her // Final Girls by Riley Sager

Tudor-Era England is Going Strong in Modern-Day High School // The Dead Queens Club by Hannah Capin

Title: The Dead Queens Club Position: Standalone Author: Hannah Capin Genre: Contemporary/Mystery/Retelling Pages: 464 Rating: 4/5 Mean Girls meets The Tudors in Hannah Capin’s The Dead Queens Club, a clever contemporary YA retelling of Henry VIII and his wives (or, in this case, his high school girlfriends). Told from the perspective of Annie Marck (“Cleves”), a 17-year-old aspiring journalist from Cleveland who meets Henry at … More Tudor-Era England is Going Strong in Modern-Day High School // The Dead Queens Club by Hannah Capin

Families Can Be Just As Thrilling as Kidnapping Mysteries // The Second Life of Ava Rivers by Faith Gardner

Title: The Second Life of Ava Rivers Position: Standalone Author: Faith Gardner Genre: Contemporary/Mystery Pages: 364 Rating: 4.5/5 Ava’s disappearance was the crack in the Rivers family glacier. I wish I could explain to you how we were before, but I can’t, because the before is so filmy and shadowed with the after. The after is all Vera remembers. When her … More Families Can Be Just As Thrilling as Kidnapping Mysteries // The Second Life of Ava Rivers by Faith Gardner

Cheerleaders and Witches Have More in Common Than You Might Think // Mini-Reviews

The Cheerleaders (Kara Thomas) | Goodreads | 4 stars Kara Thomas is pretty darn good at writing dark mysteries, and I think this is no exception. Her protagonists are rarely likable – you might feel sorry for them or relate to them, but they’re never happy, super-nice girls. This is just another level of realism, … More Cheerleaders and Witches Have More in Common Than You Might Think // Mini-Reviews

Some Halloween Reads Just in Time // Mini-Reviews

#MurderTrending (Gretchen McNeil) | Goodreads | 4 stars I picked this book up mostly on a whim – it’s October, tis the season for scary and mysteries and such, and this book sounded fairly interesting. It was an enjoyable story to keep me entertained for a week or so, but then it fell prey to one of those annoying … More Some Halloween Reads Just in Time // Mini-Reviews

Trouble Goes to Theme Parks and Raises the Dead // Mini-Reviews

Trouble Never Sleeps (Stephanie Tromly) | Goodreads | 4.5 stars I’m sad to see this delightful series come to an end. It was just as much fun rereading the first two books before this finale, though, so hopefully I have plenty of great rereads ahead of me. If you’re coming into this book expecting answers, then you’ll get them, … More Trouble Goes to Theme Parks and Raises the Dead // Mini-Reviews

Perfect Faces Don’t Make for Perfect Stories // Bad Girls With Perfect Faces by Lynn Weingarten

Title: Bad Girls With Perfect Faces Position: Standalone Author: Lynn Weingarten Genre: Mystery Pages: 320 Rating: 2/5 When I looked up, his smile was wide and real. “Ready?” he said. I faked a smile back. I had gotten so good at faking things. I thought: You brought this on yourself, Sasha. You will have to pretend forever now. He squeezed my … More Perfect Faces Don’t Make for Perfect Stories // Bad Girls With Perfect Faces by Lynn Weingarten

Girls Can Do Anything, Including Kill and Be Competent Nannies // Mini-Reviews

Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud (Anne Helen Petersen) | Goodreads | 4.5 stars 2017 hasn’t been a great year, but it’s been a nice year for deep conversations about different topics such as gender and other things that intersect with gender, such as race and sexuality. Buzzfeed has actually been a nice source for … More Girls Can Do Anything, Including Kill and Be Competent Nannies // Mini-Reviews