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The Guests by Margot Hunt

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dark emotional mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

This was a fun fast paced thriller by Margot Hunt that is a new to me author. There were a few twists I didn’t see coming. Audio book narrated by Amy McFadden, Sarah Naughton, Michael Crouch, Soneela,  and A.J. Beckles. 

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The Wren in the Holly Library by K.A. Linde

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adventurous dark emotional mysterious sad tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75

The Wren In The Holly Library is an urban fantasy set in an alternate New York City. It’s filled with vampires, witches, werewolves, mer-folk, and other fairytale creatures. This was a perfectly average read. I thought the beginning of the book was very strong and thought it was going to end up being a solid 4 star read. That ended up not being the case. The middle of the book sort of lagged, and we get introduced to a lot of characters in a short amount of time. There are certainly aspects that I really liked such as the library and the found family trope. But they came together in a pretty average way. The urban fantasy angle to the story reminded me of the Shadowhunter Chronicles series, or An Unkindness of Magicians, both of which are favorites of mine: but this book is not nearly as strong as those books. Also the folklore angle of the fae reminded me of Holly Black’s style of fae, although again, not nearly as good as that author’s works.

The romance is not very strong here either between Kierse and Graves, instead being mainly physical with moments scattered here and there of emotional vulnerability. I think the problem is that they don’t spend enough time together so the declaration of affection towards the end of the book feels unearned.

So in the end, unfortunately, I have to give this book a 3 star rating.  I won’t be continuing the Oak & Holly Cycle series.

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Heavenbreaker by Sara Wolf

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Did not finish book. Stopped at 48%.
This was one of my most anticipated books of the year, but was disappointing ultimately. There were definitely beautiful moments but I found myself overall bored. I found myself not engaged in the action like I normally would be in a high octane book like this. Even the love interest for Synali that we meet early on is a bit blah. Even though the chapters are short it reads super slow. There’s something about this book that’s not clicking for me sadly, which made me come to the conclusion that this book is not for me. Also this is much more a sci-fi leaning book than a sci-fi romantasy. 



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Dragonfruit by Makiia Lucier

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  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes

4.25

Dragonfruit is a Pacific Islander YA fantasy adventure that is positively magical! Definitely reminds me of the adventure stories I read as a teen. 

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Five Broken Blades by Mai Corland

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  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.75

Five Broken Blades is the first book in the Broken Blades trilogy by Mai Corland. This book was so much fun and quite an intense read (check trigger warnings). It’s a fast paced book full of morally grey deadly liars, hilarious banter, action, and plenty of plot twists. I truly came to care about each of the POV’s in this book and can’t wait for the sequel called Four Ruined Realms! 

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Funny Story by Emily Henry

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emotional funny hopeful lighthearted reflective sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

Funny Story is the newest book by Emily Henry. It’s equal parts laugh out loud funny and heartbreaking. I absolutely loved it, and it’s another five star read from an auto buy author!

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The Familiar by Leigh Bardugo

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  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

The Familiar is a beautifully told dark historical fantasy set in the Spanish Golden Age. Leigh Bardugo is a remarkable storyteller who proves with every release why she’s not only one of my favorite authors, but an auto-buy author as well!

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Magnolia Parks: Into the Dark by Jessa Hastings

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  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

Magnolia Parks: Into the Dark is the emotional conclusion to B.J. and Magnolia’s story. I loved this book, but with that being said, this wasn’t a five star read like the other books in the series for me. I felt like the other books in this series flowed much better due, in part, that they weren’t as long as this book is. It’s tricky when your contemporary is over 500 pages to keep the flow of the book snappy and dynamic. I love long epic fantasy novels, but with contemporaries I tend to prefer trimly edited books.

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No Exit by Taylor Adams

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dark emotional mysterious sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

A solid thriller that I’m not surprised at being very popular. I found this one more compelling than his latest release, The Last Word.

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Unmissing by Minka Kent

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dark mysterious sad tense fast-paced
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

Another wild thriller ride from Minka Kent! Narrated by Carly Robins and Jane Oppenheimer.

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