The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould

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The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould

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The Dark has been waiting for far too long, and it won’t stay hidden any longer.

Something is wrong in Snakebite, Oregon. Teenagers are disappearing, some turning up dead, the weather isn’t normal, and all fingers seem to point to TV’s most popular ghost hunters who have just returned to town. Logan Ortiz-Woodley, daughter of TV’s ParaSpectors, has never been to Snakebite before, but the moment she and her dads arrive, she starts to get the feeling that there’s more secrets buried here than they originally let on.

Ashley Barton’s boyfriend was the first teen to go missing, and she’s felt his presence ever since. But now that the Ortiz-Woodleys are in town, his ghost is following her and the only person Ashley can trust is the mysterious Logan. When Ashley and Logan team up to figure out who—or what—is haunting Snakebite, their investigation reveals truths about the town, their families, and themselves that neither of them are ready for. As the danger intensifies, they realize that their growing feelings for each other could be a light in the darkness.

DISCLAIMER: I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

EXPECTED AUGUST 3RD, 2021

4.5 STARS

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Top 5 Tuesday || Hyped Books I Didn’t Like

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Oh, to like every book I’ve ever read!

If only, right? It would be just so nice not to dislike things. But today, thanks to Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads popping this can of worms wiiiiide open, we’re going over some of the big hyped books I didn’t like. Do I dare say, even hated?

Admittedly, a large part of this post comes with a generous heap of salt on top. Do with that information what you will, my friends. And hopefully, maybe we even agree… 👀

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Top 5 Tuesday || Hyped Books I’m Not Interested In

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I refuse to accept criticism at this time.

Okay, just kidding. Criticism can be a lovely thing, especially from trusted sources. But today’s post is one I still stand firmly by. Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads chose “hyped books I’m not interested in” as a T5T topic, and by golly, am I going to tell you all exactly how I feel. I’m one part salt today, one part knowing my bookish tastes well, and one part feeling the need to stir the pot just a tiny bit.

Sometimes you just have to let it out, right? Tell the world how you really feel? And for these books, I’m feeling very not interested.

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Top 5 Tuesday || Hyped Books (Still) on my TBR

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My greatest talent is procrastinating.

That’s why today is a Top 5 Tuesday Triple, beginning with Hyped Books (Still) on my TBR! Thanks to Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads suggesting it for a topic earlier this month, and to my own ability to delay things, I’m using today to post about how far behind I am, and to catch up.

Yep, instead of reading all these books on my TBR, I’m just doing three weeks’ worth of T5T posts instead! My priorities are obviously rock solid. Right?

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Small Favors by Erin A. Craig

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Small Favors by Erin A. Craig

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Ellerie Downing lives in the quiet town of Amity Falls in the Blackspire Mountain range–five narrow peaks stretching into the sky like a grasping hand, bordered by a nearly impenetrable forest from which the early townsfolk fought off the devils in the woods. To this day, visitors are few and rare. But when a supply party goes missing, some worry that the monsters that once stalked the region have returned.

As fall turns to winter, more strange activities plague the town. They point to a tribe of devilish and mystical creatures who promise to fulfill the residents’ deepest desires, however grand and impossible, for just a small favor. But their true intentions are much more sinister, and Ellerie finds herself in a race against time before all of Amity Falls, her family, and the boy she loves go up in flames.

DISCLAIMER: I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

EXPECTED JULY 27TH, 2021

4 STARS

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Top 5 Tuesday || Hyped Books I Loved

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Sometimes, things that are hyped are good.

I’m a bit of a contrarian, so that’s not always true for me. But in these five cases, the books were well worth the hype, and I’m still thinking about them. Thanks to Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads making hyped books I loved the star of today’s Top 5 Tuesday, you too join me in being completely head over heels!

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What We Devour by Linsey Miller

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What We Devour by Linsey Miller

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In a world of devastating power and a bloodthirsty monarch, it’s time for the wealthy to be devoured.

Lorena Adler has a secret—she holds the power of the banished gods, the Noble and the Vile, inside her. But she has spent her entire life hiding from the world and her past. Lorena’s content to spend her days as an undertaker in a small town, marry her best friend, Julian, and live an unfulfilling life so long as no one uncovers her true nature.

But when the notoriously bloodthirsty and equally Vile crown prince comes to arrest Julian’s father, he immediately recognizes Lorena for what she is. So, she makes a deal—a fair trial for her betrothed’s father in exchange for her service to the crown.

The prince is desperate for her help. He’s spent years trying to repair the weakening Door that holds back the Vile…and he’s losing the battle. As Lorena learns more about the Door and the horrifying price it takes to keep it closed, she’ll have to embrace both parts of herself to survive.

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4 STARS

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The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

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The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

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Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues—a bee, a key, and a sword—that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to an ancient library hidden far below the surface of the earth. What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians—it is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also of those who are intent on its destruction. Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the place, and Dorian, a handsome, barefoot man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms, and sweetly soaked shores of this magical world, discovering his purpose—in both the mysterious book and in his own life.

4 STARS

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Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

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Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

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Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can’t get rid of him.

When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.

However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school’s resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He’s determined to find out what happened and tie up some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave.

5 STARS

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