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Bonnie

Lover of tea. Crazed Bibliophile. Daydreamer.
I have a ridiculous love for the written word. I read anything and everything: Adult fiction, YA, Middle Grade, even the occasional Non-Fiction.

When I'm not reading I'm caring for my step-children, drinking obscene amounts of tea and contemplating what life will be like in the impending apocalypse.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Only Because of Homeland

April 7, 2020 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 8 Comments

I’m obsessed with Homeland. I’m usually always late to the party when it comes to shows, but I’ve watched Homeland since it first aired back in 2011 and I’m so very sad to be in the middle of the last season.

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Because of how much I love the politics, the characters, and the dynamics, I’ve had a massive influx of TBR additions (and a couple of shows too) that can hopefully satisfy the void I’m fully anticipating.

Fiction
The Terminal List (James Reece #1) by Jack Carr
At Risk (Liz Carlyle #1) by Stella Rimington
American Tabloid (Underworld USA #1) by James Ellroy
Gorky Park (Arkady Renko #1) by Martin Cruz Smith
The Miernik Dossier (Paul Christopher #1) by Charles McCarty

Non-Fiction
The Unexpected Spy: From the CIA to the FBI, My Secret Life Taking Down Some of the World’s Most Notorious Terrorists by Tracy Walder & Jessica Anya Blau
The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War by Ben Macintyre
Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan & Bin Laden from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 by Steve Coll

TV Shows
Prisoners of War (Hulu)
False Flag (Hulu)

I’m happily accepting any additional recommendations as well. 😀

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of April 6th, 2020

April 6, 2020 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 2 Comments

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Week of April 6th, 2020

The Ancestor by Danielle Trussoni
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by William Morrow

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Quirk Books

Chosen Ones (The Chosen Ones #1) by Veronica Roth
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by John Joseph Adams/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Eden by Tim Lebbon
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Titan Books

Titan’s Day (The Carter Archives #2) by Dan Stout
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Daw Books

The Age of Witches by Louisa Morgan
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Redhook

The Glass Magician by Caroline Stevermer
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Tor Books

A Bad Day for Sunshine (Sunshine Vicram #1) by Darynda Jones
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by St. Martin’s Press

Broken by Don Winslow
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by William Morrow

The Law of Lines: A Novel by Hye-Young Pyun
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Arcade

The Benefit of Hindsight (Simon Serrailler #10) by Susan Hill
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by The Overlook Press

The Secrets They Left Behind by Lissa Marie Redmond
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Crooked Lane Books

Strike Me Down by Mindy Mejia
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books

The Beauty of Your Face: A Novel by Sahar Mustafah
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by W. W. Norton Company

A Tender Thing by Emily Neuberger
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

The Lost Orphan by Stacey Halls
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Mira Books

A Stroke of Malice (Lady Darby Mystery #8) by Anna Lee Huber
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Berkley

Sin Eater by Megan Campisi
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Atria Books

The Astonishing Life of August March by Aaron Jackson
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Harper

The German Heiress by Anika Scott
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by William Morrow Paperbacks

One Fatal Flaw (Daniel Pitt #3) by Anne Perry
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Ballantine Books

The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Ballantine Books

Miss Austen by Gill Hornby
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Flatiron Books

I Don’t Want to Die Poor: Essays by Michael Arceneaux
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Atria Books

Godshot by Chelsea Bieker
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Catapult

Barker House by David Moloney
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Bloomsbury Publishing

The Last Summer of Ada Bloom by Martine Murray
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Tin House Books

Conjure Women by Afia Atakora
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Random House

The Silent Treatment by Abbie Greaves
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by William Morrow

You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

You and Me and Us by Alison Hammer
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by William Morrow Paperbacks

The Roxy Letters: A Novel by Mary Pauline Lowry
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Simon Schuster

Something She’s Not Telling Us by Darcey Bell
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Harper Paperbacks

One Perfect Summer by Brenda Novak
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by MIRA

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of March 30th, 2020

March 30, 2020 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 0 Comments

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Week of March 30th, 2020

The Sisters Grimm by Menna van Praag
Expected publication: March 31st 2020 by Harper Voyager

Anthropocene Rag by Alex Irvine
Expected publication: March 31st 2020 by Tor.com

The Familiar Dark by Amy Engel
Expected publication: March 31st 2020 by Dutton Books

Hour of the Assassin by Matthew Quirk
Expected publication: March 31st 2020 by William Morrow

Cut and Run (Lucy Kincaid #16) by Allison Brennan
Expected publication: March 31st 2020 by Minotaur Books

The Final Deception (New York Confidential #5) by Heather Graham
Expected publication: March 31st 2020 by MIRA

The Darkness We Hide (The Undertaker’s Daughter #3) by Debra Webb
Expected publication: March 31st 2020 by MIRA

The Woman of a Thousand Names by Alexandra Lapierre
Expected publication: March 31st 2020 by Atria Books

Code Name Hélène by Ariel Lawhon
Expected publication: March 31st 2020 by Doubleday Books

Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore
Expected publication: March 31st 2020 by Harper

The Earl Takes a Fancy (Sins for All Seasons #5) by Lorraine Heath
Expected publication: March 31st 2020 by Avon

The Magnolia Sisters by Michelle Major
Expected publication: March 31st 2020 by HQN

It’s Not All Downhill from Here by Terry McMillan
Expected publication: March 31st 2020 by Ballantine Books

Wow, No Thank You. by Samantha Irby
Expected publication: March 31st 2020 by Vintage

Hex: A Novel by Rebecca Dinerstein Knight
Expected publication: March 31st 2020 by Viking

August by Callan Wink
Expected publication: March 31st 2020 by Random House

Days of Distraction by Alexandra Chang
Expected publication: March 31st 2020 by HarperCollins

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Waiting on Wednesday – Malorie (Bird Box #2) by Josh Malerman

March 25, 2020 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 3 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – Malorie (Bird Box #2) by Josh MalermanMalorie by Josh Malerman
Published by Del Rey Books on July 21, 2020
Pages: 304
Genres: Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic, Horror
Format: Hardcover
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Also by this author: Bird Box, Black Mad Wheel, Unbury Carol

In the thrilling sequel to Bird Box, the inspiration for the record-breaking Netflix film that starred Sandra Bullock and “absolutely riveted” Stephen King, New York Times bestselling author Josh Malerman brings unseen horrors to life.

The film adaptation of Malerman’s first novel, Bird Box, was watched by over forty-five million Netflix accounts in the first week, the best first seven days ever for a film on the platform. Countless more came to know the story through social media. The image of Sandra Bullock’s character, Malorie, blindfolded—as she’s led through a terrifying near-future apocalypse by the trained ears of her children—has become synonymous with a new generation of horror.

Now from the mind of a true master of suspense comes the next chapter in the riveting tale. This time, Malorie is front and center, and she will confront the dangers of her world head-on.

About Josh Malerman

FUN FACTS ABOUT JOSH

1. Shares a birthday with Amelia Earhart
Is the middle child
2. At 12, got stung on the face by a jellyfish after father convinced him the ocean was safe
3. The Twilight Zone: The Movie was the first horror film he saw
4. Almost always writes as horror movie soundtracks play on the record player (The Howling, Poltergeist, and Zombi 2 are great, but Creepshow is best)
5. Sings for the rock n’ roll band The High Strung
6. Wrote/performs the theme song for Showtime’s Shameless (starring William H. Macy)
7. Has only read two books twice: William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom! and Stephen King’s The Shining
8. Is a member of the Detroit Zoo
9. Lives with his fianceé (whose head he recently shaved) in Royal Oak, Michigan

I think this calls for a re-read…

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of March 23rd, 2020

March 23, 2020 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 1 Comment

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Week of March 23rd, 2020

The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives In Your Home (Welcome to Night Vale #3) by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor
Expected publication: March 24th 2020 by Harper Perennial

The Poet King (The Harp and Ring Sequence #3) by Ilana C. Myer
Expected publication: March 24th 2020 by Tor Books

The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo
Expected publication: March 24th 2020 by Tor.com

The City We Became (The City #1) by N.K. Jemisin
Expected publication: March 24th 2020 by Orbit

The Last Human by Zack Jordan
Expected publication: March 24th 2020 by Del Rey Books

A Broken Queen (The Nine Realms #3) by Sarah Kozloff
Expected publication: March 24th 2020 by Tor Books

A Bond Undone: The Definitive Edition (Legends of the Condor Heroes #2) by Jin Yong
Expected publication: March 24th 2020 by St. Martin’s Griffin

The Return by Rachel Harrison
Expected publication: March 24th 2020 by Berkley

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
Expected publication: March 24th 2020 by Knopf Publishing Group

Problem Child (Jane Doe #2) by Victoria Helen Stone
Expected publication: March 24th 2020 by Lake Union Publishing

The Last Odyssey (Sigma Force #15) by James Rollins
Expected publication: March 24th 2020 by William Morrow

The Last Tourist (Milo Weaver #4) by Olen Steinhauer
Expected publication: March 24th 2020 by Minotaur Books

Kilo: Inside the Deadliest Cocaine Cartels—from the Jungles to the Streets by Toby Muse
Expected publication: March 24th 2020 by William Morrow

The Herd by Andrea Bartz
Expected publication: March 24th 2020 by Ballantine Books

The Everlasting by Katy Simpson Smith
Expected publication: March 24th 2020 by Harper

Lakewood: A Novel by Megan Giddings
Expected publication: March 24th 2020 by Amistad

If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane
Expected publication: March 24th 2020 by William Morrow Paperbacks

The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren
Expected publication: March 24th 2020 by Gallery Books

Grown-Up Pose by Sonya Lalli
Expected publication: March 24th 2020 by Berkley

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Waiting on Wednesday – The Hollow Ones by Guillermo del Toro & Chuck Hogan

March 11, 2020 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 3 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – The Hollow Ones by Guillermo del Toro & Chuck HoganThe Hollow Ones by Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan
Published by Grand Central Publishing on June 23, 2020
Pages: 336
Genres: Horror, Supernatural
Format: Hardcover
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Also by this author: The Strain, The Night Eternal, Trollhunters

A horrific crime that defies ordinary explanation.
A rookie FBI agent in dangerous, uncharted territory.
An extraordinary hero for the ages.

Odessa Hardwicke's life is derailed when she's forced to turn her gun on her partner, Walt Leppo, a decorated FBI agent who turns suddenly, inexplicably violent while apprehending a rampaging murderer. The shooting, justified by self-defense, shakes the young FBI agent to her core. Devastated, Odessa is placed on desk leave pending a full investigation. But what most troubles Odessa isn't the tragedy itself-it's the shadowy presence she thought she saw fleeing the deceased agent's body after his death.

Questioning her future with the FBI and her sanity, Hardwicke accepts a low-level assignment to clear out the belongings of a retired agent in the New York office. What she finds there will put her on the trail of a mysterious figure named John Blackwood, a man of enormous means who claims to have been alive for centuries, and who is either an unhinged lunatic, or humanity's best and only defense against unspeakable evil.

From the authors who brought you The Strain Trilogy comes a strange, terrifying, and darkly wondrous world of suspense, mystery, and literary horror. THE HOLLOW ONES is a chilling, spell-binding tale, a hauntingly original new fable from Academy Award-winning director Guillermo del Toro and bestselling author Chuck Hogan featuring their most fascinating character yet.

About Chuck Hogan

Chuck Hogan is an American author. His story "Two Thousand Volts" appeared in The Best American Mystery Stories 2009. He is the co-author of The Strain Trilogy with Guillermo del Toro. His 2004 novel Prince of Thieves was adapted to film as the Ben Affleck directed The Town in 2010.

About Guillermo del Toro

Guillermo del Toro is a Mexican director mostly known for his acclaimed films Pan's LabyrinthThe Devils BackboneCrimson Peak and the Hellboy film franchise. His films draw heavily on sources as diverse as weird fiction, fantasy, horror, and war. In 2009, Del Toro released his debut novel, The Strain, co-authored with Chuck Hogan, as the first part of The Strain Trilogy, an apocalyptic horror series featuring vampires. The series continued with The Fall in 2010 and concluded with The Night Eternal in 2011.

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of March 9th, 2020

March 9, 2020 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 1 Comment

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Week of March 9th, 2020

The Queen’s Bargain (The Black Jewels #10) by Anne Bishop
Expected publication: March 10th 2020 by Ace

Smoke Bitten (Mercy Thompson #12) by Patricia Briggs
Expected publication: March 10th 2020 by Ace

Cries from the Lost Island by Kathleen O’Neal Gear
Expected publication: March 10th 2020 by Daw Books

The Deep by Alma Katsu
Expected publication: March 10th 2020 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Sixteenth Watch by Myke Cole
Expected publication: March 10th 2020 by Angry Robot

Servant of the Crown (Dragonslayer #3) by Duncan M. Hamilton
Expected publication: March 10th 2020 by Tor Books

Waste Tide by Chen Qiufan
Expected publication: March 10th 2020 by Tor Books

The Immortal Conquistador (Kitty Norville #15) by Carrie Vaughn
Expected publication: March 13th 2020 by Tachyon Publications

A Murderous Relation (Veronica Speedwell #5) by Deanna Raybourn
Expected publication: March 10th 2020 by Berkley Books

Gone by Midnight (Crimson Lake #3) by Candice Fox
Expected publication: March 10th 2020 by Forge Books

A Reasonable Doubt (Robin Lockwood #3) by Phillip Margolin
Expected publication: March 10th 2020 by Minotaur Books

The Keeper by Jessica Moor
Expected publication: March 10th 2020 by Penguin Books

Before Familiar Woods by Ian Pisarcik
Expected publication: March 10th 2020 by Crooked Lane Books

Precious You by Helen Monks Takhar
Expected publication: March 10th 2020 by Ballantine

The Operator: A Novel by Gretchen Berg
Expected publication: March 10th 2020 by William Morrow

The Animals at Lockwood Manor by Jane Healey
Expected publication: March 10th 2020 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

And They Called It Camelot: A Novel of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis by Stephanie Marie Thornton
Expected publication: March 10th 2020 by Berkley

The Mirror & the Light (Thomas Cromwell Trilogy #3) by Hilary Mantel
Expected publication: March 10th 2020 by Henry Holt and Co.

So We Can Glow: Stories by Leesa Cross-Smith
Expected publication: March 10th 2020 by Grand Central Publishing

Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend: A Novel by Jenny Colgan
Expected publication: March 10th 2020 by William Morrow Paperbacks

In Five Years: A Novel by Rebecca Serle
Expected publication: March 10th 2020 by Atria Books

Don’t You Know I Love You by Laura Bogart
Expected publication: March 10th 2020 by Dzanc Books

New Waves by Kevin Nguyen
Expected publication: March 10th 2020 by One World

Good Citizens Need Not Fear: Stories by Maria Reva
Expected publication: March 10th 2020 by Doubleday Books

Privilege by Mary Adkins
Expected publication: March 10th 2020 by Harper

Read Me, Los Angeles: Exploring L.A.’s Book Culture by Katie Orphan
Expected publication: March 10th 2020 by Prospect Park Books

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Five Thrilling Dual-Timeline Mysteries by Female Authors

March 5, 2020 Bonnie Book Lists 3 Comments

A story with a dual timeline is something I’d consider an immediate book hook for me. Finding some relic that links to some mysterious story from the past? Discovering some family mystery from decades ago that suddenly becomes relevant in present-day? Uncovering a mystery from long ago that was buried for a very good reason? Oh my gosh, yes. And extra points if it has some creepy, gothic vibe.

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Here are five that I’d highly recommend:

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

Upstate New York, 1982. Viv Delaney wants to move to New York City, and to help pay for it she takes a job as the night clerk at the Sun Down Motel in Fell, New York. But something isnʼt right at the motel, something haunting and scary.

Upstate New York, 2017. Carly Kirk has never been able to let go of the story of her aunt Viv, who mysteriously disappeared from the Sun Down before she was born. She decides to move to Fell and visit the motel, where she quickly learns that nothing has changed since 1982. And she soon finds herself ensnared in the same mysteries that claimed her aunt.

The Sun Down Motel was an eerie and thoroughly engrossing read. It’s a thrilling mystery with enough paranormal facets to please horror fans and enough cold crime investigation to interest true crime fans. This story has something for everyone.

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

During a summer party at the family farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson has escaped to her childhood tree house and is happily dreaming of the future. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and watches as her mother speaks to him. Before the afternoon is over, Laurel will witness a shocking crime. A crime that challenges everything she knows about her family and especially her mother, Dorothy—her vivacious, loving, nearly perfect mother.

Now, fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress living in London. The family is gathering at Greenacres farm for Dorothy’s ninetieth birthday. Realizing that this may be her last chance, Laurel searches for answers to the questions that still haunt her from that long-ago day, answers that can only be found in Dorothy’s past.

The Secret Keeper was my first Kate Morton and it was a real gem. This story has such intricate detailing, intersecting storylines that blended beautifully, and a mystery that kept me guessing till the very end.

Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio

Seattle, 1933. Single mother Vera Ray kisses her three-year-old son, Daniel, goodnight and departs to work the night-shift at a local hotel. She emerges to discover that a May-Day snow has blanketed the city, and that her son has vanished. Outside, she finds his beloved teddy bear lying face-down on an icy street, the snow covering up any trace of his tracks, or the perpetrator’s.

Seattle, 2010. Seattle Herald reporter Claire Aldridge, assigned to cover the May 1 “blackberry winter” storm and its twin, learns of the unsolved abduction and vows to unearth the truth. In the process, she finds that she and Vera may be linked in unexpected ways…

A definite page-turner and one that I enjoyed immensely. Blackberry Winter is a heartwarming story that at first glance appears to be hidden under a mountain of sadness with no hope in sight. As the story continues, the two stories slowly start coming together, questions become answered, and realization dawns at the immensity of what occurred so many years ago.

The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley

Archaeologist Verity Grey has been drawn to the dark legends of the Scottish Borderlands in search of the truth buried in a rocky field by the sea.

Her eccentric boss has spent his whole life searching for the resting place of the lost Ninth Roman Legion and is convinced he’s finally found it―not because of any scientific evidence, but because a local boy has “seen” a Roman soldier walking in the fields, a ghostly sentinel who guards the bodies of his long-dead comrades.

Here on the windswept shores, Verity may find the answer to one of the great unsolved mysteries of our time. Or she may uncover secrets someone buried for a reason.

This gothic tale felt more subdued than I had anticipated based on the enticing summary but still ended up being wonderfully intriguing and I absolutely loved the ghostly details.

Fiercombe Manor by Kate Riordan

In 1933, naive twenty-two-year-old Alice—pregnant and unmarried—is in disgrace. Her mother banishes her from London to secluded Fiercombe Manor in rural Gloucestershire, where she can hide under the watchful eye of her mother’s old friend, the housekeeper Mrs. Jelphs. But as Alice endures the long, hot summer at Fiercombe awaiting the baby’s birth, she senses that something is amiss with the house and its absentee owners.

Thirty years earlier, pregnant Lady Elizabeth Stanton desperately hopes for the heir her husband desires. Tormented by the memory of what happened after the birth of her first child, a daughter, she grows increasingly terrified that history will repeat itself, with devastating consequences.

Fiercombe Manor kept me fully invested to the very end with atmospheric writing and a haunting past revealed piece by piece.

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of March 2nd, 2020

March 2, 2020 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 2 Comments

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Week of March 2nd, 2020

A Pale Light in the Black: A Neog Novel (NEO-G #1) by K.B. Wagers
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Harper Voyager

House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J. Maas
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Bloomsbury Publishing

The Companions by Katie M. Flynn
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Gallery/Scout Press

Docile by K.M. Szpara
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Tor.com

Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by MCD

Among Others by Jo Walton
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Tor Books

Cyber Shogun Revolution by Peter Tieryas
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Ace Books

Re-Coil by J.T. Nicholas
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Titan Books

Forced Perspectives (Vickery and Castine #2) by Tim Powers
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Baen

City of Margins: A Novel by William Boyle
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Pegasus Books

The Sea of Lost Girls by Carol Goodman
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by William Morrow Paperbacks

That Left Turn at Albuquerque by Scott Philips
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Soho Crime

Please See Us by Caitlin Mullen
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Gallery Books

You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by St. Martin’s Press

Blackwood by Michael Farris Smith
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Little, Brown and Company

Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by William Morrow

Victim 2117 (Department Q #8) by Jussi Adler-Olsen
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Dutton Books

Without Sanction (A Matt Drake Thriller #1) by Don Bentley
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Berkley

Long Range (Joe Pickett #20) by C.J. Box
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Stop at Nothing by Michael Ledwidge
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Hanover Square Press

The Body Double by Emily Beyda
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Doubleday Books

The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Harper

Hannah’s War by Jan Eliasberg
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Back Bay Books

Deacon King Kong by James McBride
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Riverhead Books

Last Impressions by Joseph Kertes
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Viking

The Land Beyond the Sea by Sharon Kay Penman
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

The Henna Artist: A Novel by Alka Joshi
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by MIRA

The Forgotten Letters of Esther Durrant by Kayte Nunn
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by William Morrow Paperbacks

The Grace Kelly Dress: A Novel by Brenda Janowitz
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Graydon House

The Yellow Bird Sings by Jennifer Rosner
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Flatiron Books

These Ghosts Are Family: A Novel by Maisy Card
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Simon Schuster

Actress by Anne Enright
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by W. W. Norton Company

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Ballantine Books

Separation Anxiety by Laura Zigman
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Ecco

Daisy Cooper’s Rules for Living by Tamsin Keily
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Park Row

Once Upon a Sunset by Tif Marcelo
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Gallery Books

The Jetsetters by Amanda Eyre Ward
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Ballantine Books

Writers & Lovers by Lily King
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Grove Press

Under the Rainbow by Celia Laskey
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Riverhead Books

The Last Taxi Driver by Lee Durkee
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Tin House Books

Barn 8: A Novel by Deb Olin Unferth
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Graywolf Press

The Exhibition of Persephone Q by Jessi Jezewska Stevens
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The Body Politic by Brian Platzer
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Atria Books

This Town Sleeps by Dennis E. Staples
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Counterpoint

We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Pantheon Books

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Book Review | Betwixt (Betwixt & Between #1) by Darynda Jones

February 28, 2020 Bonnie 2020, Adult, Book Reviews 1 Comment

Book Review | Betwixt (Betwixt & Between #1) by Darynda JonesBetwixt by Darynda Jones
Series: Betwixt & Between #1
Published by Feather & Leaf LLC on February 18, 2020
Pages: 233
Genres: Funny-ha-ha, Paranormal, Witches
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited
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Also by this author: First Grave on the Right, For I Have Sinned, Second Grave on the Left

three-stars

A Paranormal Women's Fiction with a bit of class, and a lot of sass, for anyone who feels like age is just a number

Divorced, desperate, and destitute, former restaurateur Defiance Dayne finds out she has been bequeathed a house by a complete stranger. She is surprised, to say the least, and her curiosity gets the better of her. She leaves her beloved Phoenix and heads to one of the most infamous towns in America: Salem, Massachusetts.

She’s only there to find out why a woman she’s never met would leave her a house. A veritable castle that has seen better days. She couldn’t possibly accept it, but the lawyer assigned to the case practically begs her to take it off her hands, mostly because she’s scared of it. The house. The inanimate structure that, as far as Dephne can tell, has never hurt a fly.

Though it does come with some baggage. A pesky neighbor who wants her gone. A scruffy cat who’s a bit of a jerk. And a handyman bathed in ink who could moonlight as a supermodel for GQ.

She decides to give it three days, and not because of the model. She feels at home in Salem. Safe. But even that comes to a screeching halt when people begin knocking on her door day and night, begging for her help to locate their lost objects.

Come to find out, they think she’s a witch. And after a few mysterious mishaps, Dephne is beginning to wonder if they’re right.

I’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of A Bad Day for Sunshine (Darynda’s upcoming release following the end of her Charley Davidson series) so color me surprised when Amazon informs me that Darynda has another new book and it’s available now. And even though I make it a hobby to sign up for Kindle Unlimited and then promptly never use it, I downloaded Betwixt and started it. Same day.

Betwixt introduces us to forty-four-year-old Defiance Dayne who is still reeling from the recent brutal divorce that left her destitute. Drowning in uncertainty about her bleak future, she’s shocked to discover she’s been bestowed an old house in Salem, Massachusetts from an elderly lady she never met named Ruthie Goode. Deciding to take a chance and see this house for herself, she hops in her vintage mint green Volkswagen Beetle and leaves Arizona behind. She arrives to find not only has she been left a house that is named Percival but that the town seems to know more about Defiance than even she does, including the fact that she might just be magical.

You ever finish a story with a smile on your face, thinking about how great it was, how fun it was, when suddenly the critiques start invading your mind and you start realizing all the things that just didn’t work? I’ve often wondered if becoming a book reviewer lessens your enjoyment of a novel because of your natural inclination to analyze the details, sometimes overly so. But I feel that while overanalyzing can uncover the bad it can also help to highlight the good and this book did have both in almost equal measure.

What this book got right… It’s a charming and whimsical type of paranormal mystery with just a hint of a potentially steamy romance. Darynda’s writing style retains its standard ease making this entertaining story one you’ll fly through. It also happens to be overflowing with snark.

“This house is gorgeous, Nette. It’s ancient and dank and dusty, yet it has so much potential?”
“Like your vagina?”
“What’s strange is that, even though Mrs. Goode only passed away three days ago, it’s like no one has entered it in years.”
“Oh, then it’s exactly like your vagina.”

What this book didn’t get right… While I love her Charley Davidson series, the overabundance of parallels between that series and Betwixt cannot be ignored. The snarky meme type chapter headers could be dismissed as a style choice by the author but the characters are literally carbon copies of one another. There’s the super special snowflake lead character, her equally funny side-kick best friend, and the overly protective alpha male love interest who she has a connection to from when they were younger and she saved him as a child. There’s also the fact that the forty-four-year-old sounds nothing like any forty-four-year-old I know, but maybe I’m not hanging with the right crowd. Would these critiques have been such an issue if I hadn’t read Charley Davidson? Maybe not. But if I had read Betwixt first and then picked up her Charley Davidson series then I still would’ve been disappointed by the similarities. While those similarities were quite distracting at times, the witchy plot was enough to retain my interest and I’m still intrigued by the possibilities for where the story could go, I just wish I could view Defiance Dayne as her own character rather than Charley 2.0.

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