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Hold Back the Tide by Melinda Salisbury - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781338681307
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Published: Scholastic Press - January 5th, 2021

In a small town in the Scottish Highlands, Alva is convinced she lives with a murderer - her father. But this story isn’t about what he did to her mother. It’s about redemption, truth, first love (and last), and the terrifying secrets that live in the dark tunnels under the mountain by the loch that Alva and her father take care of.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣
This novel is an edge-of-the-seat dark fantasy horror that quickly spirals out of control, with an ending so bittersweet, I cried.⁣⁣⁣ ~ Reviewed by Angela Turon

Bitterblue (Graceling Realm) by Kristin Cashore - Book Review

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By Kristin Cashore, Ian Schoenherr (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780142426012
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Published: Penguin Books - September 17th, 2013

Queen Bitterblue must heal a broken kingdom still suffering from the cruel, twisted reign of her late father, King Leck. Flanked by seemingly untrustworthy advisers and a messy Queen Guard, Bitterblue soon finds out that some people will kill to hide the truth of Leck’s rule, and that alliances are sometimes formed in the most unlikely of places.
Meticulously detailed and overwhelmingly brimming with characters, subplots, and betrayals, Bitterblue is intensely disturbing in some areas, heartwarming in others; overall, it’s an emotionally loaded novel that may be too weighty for some to power through to the end, especially when it comes to the translated ciphers. ~ Reviewed by Angela Turon

The Lost Village: A Novel by Camilla Sten - Book Review

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By Camilla Sten, Alexandra Fleming (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781250249258
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Published: Minotaur Books - March 23rd, 2021

Alice is an aspiring documentary filmmaker who takes a small team to the abandoned town of Silvertjärn to uncover its secrets of how an entire village disappeared without a trace. Soon though, things start to go wrong, and as her team begins disappearing one by one, she realizes the town isn’t as abandoned as she originally thought.
Intense and exceptionally creepy, Sten does a wonderful job combining fear and curiosity into a page-turning descent into madness. This has some serious Blair Witch Project and the Lost Colony of Roanoke vibes. A must read! ~ Reviewed by Angela Turon

Hatch (The Overthrow #2) by Kenneth Oppel - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781984894762
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - December 1st, 2020

In this next thrilling installment of The Overthrow series by Kenneth Oppel, Seth, Anaya and Petra - our beloved heroes from the first book - develop new abilities and appearances while struggling to sharpen the blurred lines between the “good” guys and the “bad.” Fast paced and emotional, this book solidly brings everything to a head, leading readers into what will most definitely be an epic final showdown between humans, Cryptogens, and the ravaging alien species that is destroying Earth. ~ Reviewed by Angela Turon

The Ash House by Angharad Walker - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781338636314
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Published: Chicken House - February 2nd, 2021

A boy arrives at the mysterious Ash House to receive healing for his complex pain syndrome. Run by an absent Headmaster, he befriends the strange children who live there and slowly uncovers all of Ash House’s dark secrets... Haunting and gripping, this unsettling read weaves our childhood friendships, fears, and desires of belonging into an unforgettable story of two worlds and the courage it sometimes takes to stand up to authority. This is one of those books that will stay with you long after you put it down. A must read! ⁣⁣ ~ Reviewed by Angela Turon

Whispering Pines by Heidi Lang - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781534460478
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - September 1st, 2020

Strange disappearances? Supernatural phantoms stalking the shadows? A serial eye snatcher on the loose? Nothing is as it seems in Whispering Pines... Deliciously creepy and downright terrifying, this page turning read is perfect for those who love scary stories about ghosts, aliens, monsters, and more! ~ Reviewed by Angela Turon


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