Hiatus

Hi friends!

I just wanted to make a quick post to say that I will be taking a break from this blog. I am not completely sure when or if I will come back.

This may not come as a shock to you though. You might have noticed that I have been pretty absent for the last few months. I’ve been sharing a few reviews here and there, but that’s pretty much it. In all honesty, 2020 really messed with my motivation & creativity when it came to making content for this blog. As much as I wanted to create, it just wasn’t happening. So in September, I decided to take a huge step back, hoping that it would help and I’d get back to posting soon. That didn’t happen though. In fact, it actually had the opposite effect on me. In the last six months I have realized that my heart just isn’t into blogging at this point. So it is time to go on a hiatus.

My time here has been nothing but wonderful. I have made friends and I have found some awesome books because of you all. Thank you for letting me be apart of the book blogging community!

Let’s stay in touch! You can find me over on Instagram at thelibrarylane.

Happy reading,
Sadie 💕

Mini ARC Review | Phoenix Flame

Title: Phoenix Flame (Havenfall #2)

Author: Sara Holland

Publisher: Bloomsbury YA

Release Date: March 2, 2021

My Rating: ★★★

❗️❗️BEFORE YOU CONTINUE READING, BE AWARE THAT THIS IS A SEQUEL! YOU CAN READ MY REVIEW OF HAVENFALL HERE!❗️❗️

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Maddie thought her problems were over. She saved the Inn at Havenfall—a sanctuary between magical worlds—from the evil Silver Prince. Her uncle the Innkeeper is recovering from a mysterious spell that left him not quite human. And there are still a few weeks of summer left to spend with her more-than-friend Brekken.
But there’s more work to be done to protect the Inn—Maddie must put an end to the black-market trading of magical objects and open the Inn’s doors to the once feared land of shapeshifters.

As she tries to accomplish both seemingly impossible tasks, Maddie uncovers secrets that could change everything. What if saving everyone means destroying the only home she’s known?

Review:

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review!

Let me first start by saying that I loved Havenfall! The idea of a neutral meeting place for different realms was so intriguing to me and I had an absolute blast reading about it in book one. When Havenfall ended, I was left wanting more! I couldn’t wait for the sequel.

Fast forward to finishing Phoenix Flame and I am a bit underwhelmed. I didn’t connect with this book as much as I did with the first one. I felt like everything was rushed so it was hard for me to really get into the story. In all honesty, I think Havenfall should have just been a long standalone.

While I didn’t love this book, there were still parts that I enjoyed. I’m happy that we were able to see a glimpse of another realm. That was one thing I had hoped Sara Holland would add to the sequel so I was excited when it happened. I also really enjoyed the ending. For the most part everything was wrapped up and my questions were answered. There’s one thing that was left open which I’m kind of curious about. I don’t know if that was done just for interpretation or if the author plans to explore the character’s story more. I would definitely be interested in more books set in this world.

★★★

ARC Review | The Initial Insult

Title: The Initial Insult

Author: Mindy McGinnis

Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books

Release date: February 23, 2021

My rating: ★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

Tress Montor knows that her family used to mean something—until she didn’t have a family anymore. When her parents disappeared seven years ago while driving her best friend home, Tress lost everything. She might still be a Montor, but the entire town shuns her now that she lives with her drunken, one-eyed grandfather at what locals refer to as the “White Trash Zoo,” – a wild animal attraction featuring a zebra, a chimpanzee, and a panther, among other things. 

Felicity Turnado has it all – looks, money, and a secret that she’s kept hidden. She knows that one misstep could send her tumbling from the top of the social ladder, and she’s worked hard to make everyone forget that she was with the Montors the night they disappeared. Felicity has buried what she knows so deeply that she can’t even remember what it is… only that she can’t look at Tress without having a panic attack.

But she’ll have to.

Tress has a plan. A Halloween costume party at an abandoned house provides the ideal situation for Tress to pry the truth from Felicity – brick by brick – as she slowly seals her former best friend into a coal chute. With a drunken party above them, and a loose panther on the prowl, Tress will have her answers – or settle for revenge.

Review: 

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an audiobook ARC in exchange for an honest review!

I have always heard really good things about this author’s writing so of course I was very excited to pick up their newest title. The synopsis sounded pretty dark & thrilling which is something that I usually enjoy. Unfortunately though, this book just wasn’t the right one for me. I didn’t connect with it like I thought I would. In fact, I actually had a hard time sticking with the story. It lost my attention quite a bit.

I wasn’t a huge fan of the characters. Both were unlikeable, which was meant to happen, but I had more issues with Tress than I did with Felicity. Tress has gone through a lot in her life. Her parents disappeared and she was sent to live with her neglectful grandfather. Yes, her life has been rough, but that doesn’t excuse her actions. She is violent and petty. Most of her chapters were spent blaming Felicity for everything that has gone wrong in her life. It was too much. Felicity hasn’t had it easy either. With frequent seizures that she keeps a secret & parents who care more about popularity, Felicity’s life isn’t perfect. She wants to move on from everything that happened with Tress’s parents, but Tress isn’t about to let that happen.

I wasn’t a fan of how the topic of seizures was handled. As far as the representation, that I cannot comment on. I do not have any knowledge or experience there. What I didn’t like was the fact that Felicity’s parents were very insistent on keeping the seizures a secret. Their reasoning behind this was if people knew then no one would want to marry Felicity. I feel like that is the wrong message to send, especially when there wasn’t anyone challenging their mindset. Am I reading into this too much? Probably. But as someone with a disability, It angers me when someone says that type of thing.

The past & present timelines were hard for me to follow. Throughout the story we get throwbacks to Tress & Felicity during the school years. I would get confused on where exactly we were at certain points. Since I did listen to the audio, I do think that had I physically read this book, that wouldn’t have been an issue.

I feel like there were lots of random elements of the story. The roaming panther and the mysterious flu just seemed out of place. I’m sure they connect to the story somehow, but I’m not sure. 

I really enjoyed the mystery aspect! I was super intrigued and wanted to know what exactly happened to Tress’s parents. The author did a good job keeping me guessing! 

The ending was satisfying. We didn’t get all the answers, but I think I got enough to have closure. This is the first book in a duology, but as of right now, I have no plans to read the second book. 

Overall, I do think that other readers will enjoy this book. It wasn’t bad by any means. It just wasn’t the right fit for me!

★★★

ARC Review | Amelia Unabridged

Title: Amelia Unabridged

Author: Ashley Schumacher

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Release Date: February 16, 2021

My Rating: ★★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

Eighteen-year-old Amelia Griffin is obsessed with the famous Orman Chronicles, written by the young and reclusive prodigy N. E. Endsley. They’re the books that brought her and her best friend Jenna together after Amelia’s father left and her family imploded. So when Amelia and Jenna get the opportunity to attend a book festival with Endsley in attendance, Amelia is ecstatic. It’s the perfect way to start off their last summer before college.

In a heartbeat, everything goes horribly wrong. When Jenna gets a chance to meet the author and Amelia doesn’t, the two have a blowout fight like they’ve never experienced. And before Amelia has a chance to mend things, Jenna is killed in a freak car accident. Grief-stricken, and without her best friend to guide her, Amelia questions everything she had planned for the future.

When a mysterious, rare edition of the Orman Chronicles arrives, Amelia is convinced that it somehow came from Jenna. Tracking the book to an obscure but enchanting bookstore in Michigan, Amelia is shocked to find herself face-to-face with the enigmatic and handsome N. E. Endsley himself, the reason for Amelia’s and Jenna’s fight and perhaps the clue to what Jenna wanted to tell her all along.

Review:

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review!

This was my last read of 2020 and I couldn’t have ended the year on a better note. I absolutely loved this book. It was so beautifully written and I am honestly blown away by it! This story was sad but also full of hope. Amelia Unabridged is about friendship, grief, love and the power of stories. 

The author does a flawless job discussing grief and how it is different for everyone. Amelia & Nolan’s stories are tragic. I definitely got teary eyed while reading. The heartbreak that both characters have is unimaginable, but together they learn that healing is possible. 

The romance was oh so sweet. I was rooting for the couple the entire time. There was something about them that just worked. They were truly meant for each other…call it fate!

I adore that this book was all about books. The bookstore setting was dreamy. Like I honestly need a Val’s bookstore in my life. Amelia’s favorite book series is the Orman Chronicles and it sounds magical. The author put excerpts from the fictional books within this story and I found that so fun! I would 100% read the Orman books if they were real. My favorite part about Amelia Unabridged was that it shows just how important stories & books can be for someone. Not only can they be an escape, but they can also make people feel alive. 

The friendships were incredible. Though we didn’t get to see Jenna for very long, her presence was felt throughout the entire book. I loved the parallels between Amelia & Jenna’s friendship and Alex & Nolan’s. 

This book was everything I could have wanted, plus more! I cannot wait to get my hands on a finished copy. I need to have this on my bookshelf as soon as possible!

★★★★★

Mini ARC Review | Much Ado About You

Title: Much Ado About You

Author: Samantha Young

Publisher: Berkley

Release Date: February 2, 2021

My Rating: ★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

At thirty-three-years old Evangeline Starling’s life in Chicago is missing that special something. And when she’s passed over for promotion at work, Evie realizes she needs to make a change. Some time away to regain perspective might be just the thing. In a burst of impulsivity, she plans a holiday in a quaint English village. The holiday package comes with a temporary position at Much Ado About Books, the bookstore located beneath her rental apartment. There’s no better dream vacation for the bookish Evie, a life-long Shakespeare lover.

Not only is Evie swept up in running the delightful store as soon as she arrives, she’s drawn into the lives, loves and drama of the friendly villagers. Including Roane Robson, the charismatic and sexy farmer who tempts Evie every day with his friendly flirtations. Evie is determined to keep him at bay because a holiday romance can only end in heartbreak, right? But Evie can’t deny their connection and longs to trust in her handsome farmer that their whirlwind romance could turn in to the forever kind of love.

Review:

Much Ado About You was such a sweet and enjoyable read. This was my first time reading anything by Samantha Young and I have to say, I was blown away by her writing. I had an absolute blast getting lost in this story. It really makes me want to open a bookstore in England.

This book has such wonderful main characters. I related to Evie so much! This book is all about her finding herself & her happiness. Roane was so charming and a bit mysterious. He loves his village, friends and family to pieces and he would do anything to protect them. The side characters were great as well. I loved that each of them kind of got their own story. I would honestly give anything for a book all about Caro!

The romance was oh so sweet. I’m a sucker for a friends to lovers story and this one was particularly special. The chemistry between the two was there from the very beginning. I was rooting for them the entire time!

Overall, this book was a delight to read. If you are looking for a swoon worthy romance, look no further!

★★★★

Review: The Merriest Magnolia

Title: The Merriest Magnolia (Magnolia Sisters #2)

Author: Michelle Major

Publisher: HQN Books

My rating: ★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

Carrie Reed has always been known as her hometown Good Girl, yet she still loves Magnolia, North Carolina—after all, this is where her newly discovered sisters, Avery and Meredith, live. But Christmas is on its way and with it, her first love. Dylan Scott is back in town and planning on changing everything she’s ever loved about Magnolia with his real estate development project…but not without a fight.

Returning to Magnolia was never in Dylan’s plans—it holds too many reminders that he would never be good enough, and memories of the girl he left behind. But when a tragedy leaves him guardian of a grieving teenager, Dylan returns, ready to remake the town into something only money can buy, small-town traditions be damned. But with Carrie determined to stop him, he finds himself wondering if redeeming his teenage reputation is worth losing out on his second chance at love.

Review:

Thank you so much to the publisher for sending me a finished copy!

The Merriest Magnolia is the second book in the Magnolia Sisters companion series! This book follows a different set of characters, but ones who did appear in the first book. I definitely recommend reading The Magnolia Sisters before jumping into this story!

I absolutely loved The Magnolia Sisters! It was a fun & sweet romance story. One that I didn’t want to put down. So obviously I was very excited to pick up the next book. When I started The Merriest Magnolia I was immediately drawn in. I was really loving it at first. Unfortunately, as time went on, my interest started to fade. This book didn’t quite meet my expectations and I’m so bummed. It is not a bad book by any means. I did enjoy parts of it. Overall though, it just wasn’t what I was hoping for.

I really love Carrie. I honestly think it is because I see a lot of myself in her character. She is kind, loving and always willing to help. She puts other’s needs before her own, which definitely interferes with her life dreams. She is a talented artist but with her past she doesn’t practice her skills much anymore…well that is until Dylan comes along. Carrie’s growth throughout the story was perfect!  Now Dylan on the other hand, I wasn’t a huge fan of. He definitely had his cute moments but overall, I thought he was too much of a Grinch! Dylan is a moody & impatient businessman who doesn’t like the holidays. I feel like he walks around with a chip on his shoulder and it annoyed me. He is the guardian of Sam, a teenager who lost his parents in a accident. Dylan may be a jerk but he is a great father figure. He loves Sam and wants to do whatever will make him happy. 

The romance was a mix between enemies to lovers & second chance. Carrie and Dylan were each other’s first love, but when Dylan unexpectedly left town, Carrie was heartbroken and confused. Several years later, that hurt is still very real and the couple have to work through their issues if they want to be together. I definitely didn’t hate their relationship, but I didn’t love it either. The chemistry between the two was a bit off a times so I was never fully invested. 

I’m so happy that we got to see characters from the first book! It was nice to know how everyone is doing. Carrie, Avery and Meredith’s sisterhood is even stronger in this book and I was here for it. I love stories with sibling relationships and this one is the best.

While the ending was sweet, I do think it was way too abrupt. I almost feel like I missed a huge chunk of the story because things wrapped up so quick. It was kind of bizarre to me. Now. I’m not completely sure if there will be a third book in this series, but I’m crossing my fingers that there will be. I desperately want to learn more about the third sister, Meredith!  

★★★

Review: The Magnolia Sisters

Title: The Magnolia Sisters (Magnolia #1)

Author: Michelle Major

Publisher: HQN

My rating: ★★★★

Synopsis via Goodreads:

An inheritance brought her to Magnolia, but love just might keep her there…

Avery Keller arrives in Magnolia, North Carolina, with one aim: collect her inheritance and quickly put the quirky town in her rearview mirror. But the father who didn’t acknowledge her when he was alive has left Avery a mess to sort through—along with two half sisters she’s never met and a gorgeous single dad living next door. Soon her plan to keep this colorful, close-knit community at a distance gets complicated….

Grayson Atwell has rescued plenty of people in his firefighting career. His work and his little girl, Violet, are his entire world and there’s no time for anything—or anyone—else. But the vulnerability beneath Avery’s prickly facade brings out a fiercely protective side of him. Despite her protests, Gray can see that Avery’s falling under Magnolia’s spell—just like he’s falling for her. Now the only question is: How can he convince her to give them both a chance at forever?

Review:

Thank you to the publisher for sending me a finished copy in exchange for an honest review!

This was one of those books that you don’t want to put down because you are just having too much fun reading it. I was hooked from page one. The writing, characters and relationships kept my attention until the very end!

I absolutely loved all of the characters in this book! My favorites were obviously Avery & Gray. Avery is a headstrong, no nonsense type of person. I’ll admit, it was super hard for me to like her in the beginning. She kind of had a chip on her shoulder (with good reason), but once I got to know her character, she was awesome! As much as Avery doesn’t want to, she has a huge heart. She may not want anyone to know that she cares, but it totally shows. Now Gray is a absolute sweetheart. He has an actual heart of gold. He is a firefighter and an amazing dad. He loves his daughter more than anything in the world. He will go to the ends of the earth to protect her. Both Avery & Gray were so much fun to read about.

I’m a sucker for a book with sibling relationships. This one was different from others I have read though. Avery had no idea that she had siblings. I can’t imagine going my whole life being an only child to then having not one, but two sisters. It was definitely an adjustment for all three women and they handled it so well. I loved getting to see Avery, Carrie and Meredith navigate their new relationship all while dealing with the mess that their father left behind. I’m excited to see the sisterhood grow even more in the next book. 

The romance was oh so cute! You could totally tell that Avery & Gray had chemistry from the second (definitely not the first 😂) time they meet. Their relationship had it’s ups & downs for sure, but I was rooting for them so much. Both had a past that affected their approach to love. It was interesting to see how they dealt with their inner struggles to find their way to each other. I do want to mention that the romance is definitely Indra love. I promise you, it is at it’s best though. If that trope isn’t something you like, just know that before you start reading.

I absolutely loved the ending! I was not expecting it at all. I should have picked up the clues from earlier in the story, but well, I didn’t! The little bit of a cliffhanger has me super excited to pick up Carrie’s book. 

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed The Magnolia Sisters. It was a total delight read. If you are looking for a  quick & fun story that has wonderful sibling relationships & a sweet romance, I highly recommend looking into this book!

ARC Review | Admission

Title: Admission

Author: Julie Buxbaum

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Release date: December 1, 2020

My rating: ★★★.5

Synopsis via Goodreads:

From the New York Times bestselling author of Tell Me Three Things comes an of-the-moment novel that peeks inside the private lives of the hypercompetitive and the hyperprivileged and takes on the college admissions bribery scandal that rocked the country.

It’s good to be Chloe Wynn Berringer. She’s headed off to the college of her dreams. She’s going to prom with the boy she’s had a crush on since middle school. Her best friend always has her back, and her mom, a B-list Hollywood celebrity, may finally be on her way to the B+ list. It’s good to be Chloe Wynn Berringer–at least, it was, until the FBI came knocking on her front door, guns at the ready, and her future went up in smoke. Now her mother is under arrest in a massive college admissions bribery scandal. Chloe, too, might be facing charges, and even time behind bars. The public is furious, the press is rabid, and the US attorney is out for blood.

As she loses everything she’s long taken for granted, Chloe must reckon not only with the truth of what happened, but also with the examination of her own guilt. Why did her parents think the only way for her to succeed was to cheat for her? What did she know, and when did she know it? And perhaps most importantly, what does it mean to be complicit?

Review:

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a finished copy in exchange for an honest review.

Admission tells the story of high school senior Chloe. It’s the time of the year when she has to buckle down and start thinking about college. After multiple SAT tests with scores that aren’t as good as she hoped for, Chloe is told that her dream schools aren’t achievable. Her celebrity mother decides to hire an admissions conceder to help make the process easier. When Chloe is accepted to her first choice school, she can’t believe it. Fast forward to when her mother is arrested for bribing her daughter’s way into college. How exactly did this happen? And how much did Chloe actually know??

I have gone back-and-forth with my feelings on this book. For the most part it was an enjoyable read but I never felt like I was fully invested in the story. Admission is told through dual timelines… before the arrest and everything after. I found myself way more interested in the aftermath. Those chapters I couldn’t stop reading. I was so eager to know how things were going to end up for the family.

Admission really explores privilege in all of its forms. Chloe’s family is very well off. With her mom being an actor and her dad working in finance, they have everything they need plus way more. Throughout the story Chloe is put in eye opening situations that make her realize she is very lucky to be where she is. Her character growth, while it takes time, is exactly what I was hoping to read. Taking responsibility is another major part of the story. Chloe’s mom learns the hard way that you have to own up to your mistakes. Even if the consequences are scary, you still have to do the right thing.

I absolutely loved Chloe’s sister Isla. She is such a fierce person. Unlike Chloe, she takes the time to educate herself about the case against her mom. She basically has to tell Chloe what to do in order to protect herself from facing charges. Honestly, Chloe would not make it through this book if it wasn’t for Isla. I also liked Chloe’s best friend Shola. While their friendship is super awkward, I loved that she put Chloe in her place at times. When Chloe would say or do things that were not acceptable, Shola would make sure Chloe checked her privilege and understood what she did was wrong. Isla and Shola played a huge role in Chloe’s growth.

Overall, this story is thought provoking and so timely. I applaud the author for taking on such an infuriating topic. Admission will definitely make you look at the Lori Loughlin & Felicity Huffman cases with a whole different perspective. 

Halloweentown Book Tag

🎃👻 HAPPY HALLOWEEN 👻🎃

I hope you all find a safe way to celebrate the spooky day! I will be watching the Halloween episodes of The Office all while wearing my Dwight Schrute pumpkin head sweatshirt! Got to find joy in the little things these days!

This may just be the best book tag ever created! Halloweentown is one of my all time favorite movies. I have seen it more times than I can count and I can probably quote it word for word! Super excited to answer these questions!

The this tag was created by Peyton Reads and Brittany & Books

Halloweentown: Name a fictional place you wish were real
Obviously I’m going to have to go with Halloweentown! Who wouldn’t want it to be real?!

Marnie: Name a book about witches
This one was kind of hard, but I’m going with Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw. The main character comes from a long line of witches.

Sophie: Name your favorite middle grade book
Hands down Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend! This book (and series) is fun and magical. I’ve read it twice this year and I’m already looking forward to reading it again.

Dylan: Name a book with a magical school
I seriously cannot think of one. Oops!

Grandma Aggie: Name a book that helps you escape into a brand new world
All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace. The world that the author created was stunning and dangerous!

Kalabar: Name your favorite villain 
AIDAN from The Illuminae Files. Although, are they actually a villain??

Benny: Name a book that is always there to get you out of a hard time
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo 🖤

Luke: Name a character with a hard exterior but is actually soft inside
Declan from Letters to the Lost. He comes off as angry & mean, but he actually has a huge heart.

Kal: Name your favorite guilty pleasure book
The Selection by Kiera Cass. It’s a fun & mindless read.

Gort: Name a book you love that you forget to talk about
Havenfall by Sara Holland. I’m sad that I forget to talk about this book. It’s so good and I wish more people would read it!

Ethan: Name a character you’d love to go on a romantic broom ride with
Grey from the Cursebreskers series! 💚

Natalie: Name a character who is proud of who they are
Definitely Evelyn Hugo. She is unapologetically herself!

Are you going to dress up this year?? Even though you really can’t go anywhere.

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NetGalley Reads #4

This series is where I share some of the eARCs I have lined up for the next few months! I am incredibly grateful to NetGalley & the publishers for providing me with these books!

Much Ado About You by Samantha Young

Release Date: February 3, 2021

Publisher: Berkley

Synopsis:

The cozy comforts of an English village bookstore open up a world of new possibilities for Evie Starling in this charming new romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author Samantha Young.

At thirty-three-years old Evangeline Starling’s life in Chicago is missing that special something. And when she’s passed over for promotion at work, Evie realizes she needs to make a change. Some time away to regain perspective might be just the thing. In a burst of impulsivity, she plans a holiday in a quaint English village. The holiday package comes with a temporary position at Much Ado About Books, the bookstore located beneath her rental apartment. There’s no better dream vacation for the bookish Evie, a life-long Shakespeare lover.

Not only is Evie swept up in running the delightful store as soon as she arrives, she’s drawn into the lives, loves and drama of the friendly villagers. Including Roane Robson, the charismatic and sexy farmer who tempts Evie every day with his friendly flirtations. Evie is determined to keep him at bay because a holiday romance can only end in heartbreak, right? But Evie can’t deny their connection and longs to trust in her handsome farmer that their whirlwind romance could turn in to the forever kind of love.

Amelia Unabridged by Ashley Schumacher

Release Date: February 16, 2021

Publisher:Wednesday Books

Synopsis:

Sparks fly between two teens as they grapple with grief, love, and the future in this unforgettable debut novel sure to entice fans of Jandy Nelson and Jennifer E. Smith

Eighteen-year-old Amelia Griffin is obsessed with the famous Orman Chronicles, written by the young and reclusive prodigy N. E. Endsley. They’re the books that brought her and her best friend Jenna together after Amelia’s father left and her family imploded. So when Amelia and Jenna get the opportunity to attend a book festival with Endsley in attendance, Amelia is ecstatic. It’s the perfect way to start off their last summer before college.

In a heartbeat, everything goes horribly wrong. When Jenna gets a chance to meet the author and Amelia doesn’t, the two have a blowout fight like they’ve never experienced. And before Amelia has a chance to mend things, Jenna is killed in a freak car accident. Grief-stricken, and without her best friend to guide her, Amelia questions everything she had planned for the future.

When a mysterious, rare edition of the Orman Chronicles arrives, Amelia is convinced that it somehow came from Jenna. Tracking the book to an obscure but enchanting bookstore in Michigan, Amelia is shocked to find herself face-to-face with the enigmatic and handsome N. E. Endsley himself, the reason for Amelia’s and Jenna’s fight and perhaps the clue to what Jenna wanted to tell her all along.

The Initial Insult by Mindy McGinnis

Release Date: February 23, 2021

Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books

Synopsis:

Welcome to Amontillado, Ohio, where your last name is worth more than money, and secrets can be kept… for a price.

Tress Montor knows that her family used to mean something—until she didn’t have a family anymore. When her parents disappeared seven years ago while driving her best friend home, Tress lost everything. She might still be a Montor, but the entire town shuns her now that she lives with her drunken, one-eyed grandfather at what locals refer to as the “White Trash Zoo,” – a wild animal attraction featuring a zebra, a chimpanzee, and a panther, among other things. 

Felicity Turnado has it all – looks, money, and a secret that she’s kept hidden. She knows that one misstep could send her tumbling from the top of the social ladder, and she’s worked hard to make everyone forget that she was with the Montors the night they disappeared. Felicity has buried what she knows so deeply that she can’t even remember what it is… only that she can’t look at Tress without having a panic attack.

But she’ll have to.

Tress has a plan. A Halloween costume party at an abandoned house provides the ideal situation for Tress to pry the truth from Felicity – brick by brick – as she slowly seals her former best friend into a coal chute. With a drunken party above them, and a loose panther on the prowl, Tress will have her answers – or settle for revenge.

Phoenix Flame (Havenfall #2) by Sara Holland

ReleaseDate: March 11, 2021

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books

Synopsis:

❗️THIS IS A SEQUEL!! READ SYNOPSIS AT YOUR OWN RISK!❗️

After saving the inn at Havenfall from the wicked Silver Prince, Maddie thought all her problems were over. The Silver Prince has been banished, her uncle the beloved Innkeeper is slowly recovering from a mysterious coma, and there are still a few weeks of summer left to spend with her handsome more-than-just-a-friend Brekken.

But danger still looms and Maddie soon realises there’s more work to be done to protect Havenfall, the safe haven between worlds that her family has run for centuries. Maddie must embark on a dangerous mission: to venture into the icy Realm of Fiordenkill and put an end to the black market trading of souls that threatens the balance of the Realms.

As Maddie tries to accomplish these seemingly impossible tasks, she stumbles upon family secrets that could change everything. What if saving everyone means destroying the only home she’s ever known?

Do you have any NetGalley ARCs that you need to read??

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