Sisterhood of the Traveling ARC: THE WOMEN IN THE WALLS by Amy Lukavics

Sisterhood of the Traveling ARC is a feature created by three best friends – Nicole of Nicole’s Novel Reads, Marci of The Plot Bunny, and myself – where we each take turns and read ONE ARC and produce THREE REVIEWS. Those reviews are posted to each respective blog on the same day, a month before the books release date. After reading this review, make sure to read Marci’s and Nicole’s, too! Today we’re all reviewing THE WOMEN IN THE WALLS by Amy Lukavics! Enjoy!


THE WOMEN IN THE WALLS by Amy Lukavics
Expected to Publish: September 27 2016 from Harlequin Teen
Pages: 304
Goodreads Synopsis: Lucy Acosta’s mother died when she was three. Growing up in a Victorian mansion in the middle of the woods with her cold, distant father, she explored the dark hallways of the estate with her cousin, Margaret. They’re inseparable—a family.

When her aunt Penelope, the only mother she’s ever known, tragically disappears while walking in the woods surrounding their estate, Lucy finds herself devastated and alone. Margaret has been spending a lot of time in the attic. She claims she can hear her dead mother’s voice whispering from the walls. Emotionally shut out by her father, Lucy watches helplessly as her cousin’s sanity slowly unravels. But when she begins hearing voices herself, Lucy finds herself confronting an ancient and deadly legacy that has marked the women in her family for generations.

THE WOMEN IN THE WALLS is the second book from author, Amy Lukavics. It is a deeply disturbing and exhilarating thrill ride. My heart was racing, my hair stood on end, and my fingers were flipping pages. I was entirely engrossed and had immense difficulty putting this book down.

I’ve now read both of Amy’s novels, her first, DAUGHTERS UNTO DEVILS, and now THE WOMEN IN THE WALLS. I liked this one a little more than DAUGHTERS. My problem with DAUGHTERS was the dialogue did not match up with the period setting. It was too “right now” and the setting was before electricity and running water. I don’t have any problems with WOMEN IN THE WALLS.

One of the many things I love about Amy’s books is the strong family units she develops. DAUGHTERS had a pair of close-knit sisters and WOMEN has a pair of close-knit, inseparable cousins. I love the sense of closeness and platonic rapport that Amy brings to family.

THE WOMEN IN THE WALLS was a creepy story and a great mystery. I don’t think it’s one that can be solved by the reader, I think you just have to strap in and enjoy the ride of reveals. The “hook” was very strong and had me interested from the very first page. From Aunt Penelope’s disappearance, I wanted so badly to know what was going on. Especially since the mystery delve so much deeper with plenty of creepy twists. There were some places where Amy took me by complete surprise and I audibly gasped. The ending was absolutely brilliant! My mind was blown!

I deeply loved THE WOMEN IN THE WALLS. I don’t easily give out five star ratings, so when you see a five-star from me, you know it’s something special. I highly suggest this read to all horror-enthusiasts! If you scare easy or have a trigger warning of self-abuse, I would skip this title. There are intense scenes of terror, a considerable amount of graphic gore, and some self-harming scenes.




Ever since she was little, Amy was especially intrigued by horror books and movies. Raised in a small mountain town in Arizona, she sustained herself on a steady diet of Goosebumps, Fear Street, and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books before discovering Stephen King in her mother’s bookshelf.

Amy lives with her husband, their two precious squidlings, and an old gentleman cat by the name of Frodo. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys cooking, crafting, and playing games across many platforms.

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Thanks so much for reading! I hope you’ll pick up Women in the Walls this Halloween!

Horror: An Appreciation Post for the Underappreciated Genre.

A favorite genre within YA literature is without a doubt Fantasy right now. They’re everywhere, which makes sense – supply and demand, right? But what if you’re like me and don’t care for fantasy? What if your favorite genre is horribly underappreciated?

There’s a local book festival near me that takes place in September. Today I saw a tweet from them saying they had to replace one of the attending authors. The author who couldn’t make it was a fantasy author. The author replacement? Also a fantasy author. Sure, makes sense. Would you like to know how many fantasy authors are planning to attend? 16. 16 out of 34. Very nearly HALF! Here’s how the rest add up – 14 Contemporary. 3 Thriller. 1 Science Fiction. That scale seems very unbalanced to me.

That being said, I have NOTHING against said event. I appreciate all the planning and hard work that went into it. OK, so what am I really trying to say then? Where the heck are the horror lovers?? Hi, my name is Elizabeth, Horror Enthusiast, Table for ONE! What’s up with that?

I guess I just want to bring awareness to the very underappreciated genre that is horror. Horror can be enjoyed all year long – not just around Halloween. I love horror because I love the way being scared feels. The tremor in your chest that is your beating, writhing heart. Hairs prickle as they stand on end. Ever since I was a kid, I always had a different view on life. It was dark and it was morbid. I would see grass and wonder if there were bodies buried below. I’d walk into a house and wonder if someone had died here. I’d see a stone and see a skull. I’m drawn to the unexplainable, the weird, the morbid aspects of life – even still to this day. I grew up sneak-reading Stephen King under my bed sheets. Horror is a part of me and I’d love to see more people love it, too.

I’m going to share some of my favorite YA Horror authors with you and hopefully you’ll be enticed to pick up some of the books I’m about to mention. For right now, I’m merely focusing on Young Adult literature. If you want some adult or middle grade recommendations, I can definitely help you with that – just leave a comment or shoot me an email. (elizabeth@bookyabber.com)

Amy Lukavics

Amy released DAUGHTERS UNTO DEVILS in September of 2015 and I was an immediate fan. She made me fear any and all sounds heard at night. Click the cover to read my full review. THE WOMEN IN THE WALLS is to be released September 2016. I have had the immense pleasure of reading an advance copy of this and I can tell you it’s absolutely amazing. Check back next Thursday (8/18) for my review. Amy has become one of my favorite authors and a huge inspiration to me as a writer. Her plots are complex and deliciously dark. I cannot wait to see what she does next!


Kim Liggett

BLOOD AND SALT was released in September 2015 and it completely rocked my world. This is one you’ll want to read before you take a fall trip to a corn field maze – click the cover for my full review. It is one of two book series – BLOOD AND SALT 2 is expected in 2017. THE LAST HARVEST is to be released in January of 2017. I have not had the chance to read this yet, but I’m hoping that I will be graced with advance reading. I am highly anticipating its’ release.


Dawn Kurtagich

Dawn is the author of THE DEAD HOUSE, which released in September of 2015 and the upcoming AND THE TREES CREPT IN coming September 2016. I’ve read AND THE TREES CREPT IN (click cover for full review) and I have to say that it was amazing. The horror aspect of it was right on throughout the whole book, but upon completion, this book becomes so much more. I highly suggest you read it next month!


Katie Alender

Katie Alender is the author to many books. For the purpose of this post, I decided to feature three of them – BAD GIRLS DON’T DIE (Book One of Three), THE DEAD GIRLS OF HYSTERIA HALL (Click cover to read my full review), and MARIE ANTIONETTE, SERIAL KILLER. I have a love hate relationship with Katie Alender. I’ve read all but one of her books, and that one book is on the agenda before the end of the year. She writes horror, but sometimes I find the story line to be lame. I think I’m so hard on her because I know that she has written amazingly creepy storylines. For instance, I LOVED BAD GIRLS DON’T DIE. The second book in that series – FROM BAD TO CURSED – didn’t love. I thought it had taken a lame twist. That being said, she still caught me off guard and managed to freak me out a bit. My all-time favorite from her has to be MARIE ANTIONETTE, SERIAL KILLER. I love Marie Antionette and it was so fun to see her re-imagined in a horror story.


Those were just a few names and books I wanted to throw out there. Do you like horror? Have you ever read it? I urge you to give it a chance. It’ll make you feel alive.

I really want to hear from you! Who are your favorite YA Horror authors? Have you read a great YA Horror book that you want to recommend? Are you hesitate to read horror? Let’s chat about it down in the comments! There is more to YA than Fantasy and I hope that I have brought some awareness to an underappreciated yet deserving genre.

Thank you for reading!

TheMarauders

The Marauders #5 – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Midnight Release Party!

I solemnly swear I am up to no good. *Tap*

Welcome to a brand new feature!! The Marauders is a feature where three book blogger friends share their many exciting adventures! Whether it be sailing the Charles River, ritualistic sacrifices in Salem, scaling the face of the Old Man of the Mountain in New Hampshire, or simply visiting a local independent bookstore, it’s bound to be a blast! Our grand adventures take place along the six states that encompass the vast and wonderful New England. Join me, Marci of The Plot Bunny, and Nicole of Nicole’s Novel Reads as we bring you along on our adventures, but keep track of us, for sometimes we shed our human forms and revert to our animagus forms! (Don’t worry, we’re registered!)

July 31st was the magical day where the eighth Harry Potter book was released. Many bookstores were hosting midnight release parties for the most anticipated arrival. Marci, Nicole, and I chose to attend the midnight release party at Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Did you attend a party? Where did you go?

Harvard Square was transformed into Hogwarts Square for the night. I’m not sure if the muggles noticed – they don’t notice anything, do they? I met up with Nicole and we started walking to our dinner location, which was John Harvards. We were early for our reservation, after only a five minute wait, we were seated. We were meeting up with some friends for dinner – Rachel (who has appeared previously on this feature) and Anna. They arrived shortly after we were seated. Marci hit a few delays but was in our company before too long. Dinner was delicious and filling. Company was the better than I could have asked for.

After dinner, we decided to walk by the bookstore to see what the line was like. We stood in front of the store, forming a plan, when a line started forming in back of us. We were the front of the line and decided to just stay where we were. Check in was at 10PM and we had started the line around 8PM. We made friendly with the people in back of us. Agreed upon an unspoken agreement in which if anyone from either party had to leave for any reason, the place would be kept. It was a great arrangement seeing as Nicole and I were planning to walk down to Starbucks and grab some Butterbeer frappuccino’s.

Starbucks in Hogwarts Square was offering Butterbeer frappuccino’s for the night. Nicole and I ordered three for the three of us to enjoy while waiting in line until ten PM.

The line in Starbucks was ridiculously long. It was practically out the door. No problem though, we knew the whole night was going to be focused around waiting.

I ordered mine first. I gave them my real name and immediately regretted not giving them a Harry Potter themed name. I mentioned to Nicole who was about to order for herself and Marci that she should use Harry Potter names. She did and it was awesome! For herself, she got LUNA and for Marci she got BELLATRIX. I wish I had thought enough to get mine as SNAPE. Alas.

We got back and Marci thought we had gotten lost or something because of how long it took us. Starbucks line was seriously no joke! At this point we only had about an hours wait. We spent the time talking, laughing, plotting, and sipping our delicious butterbeers.

I was sad to realize I didn’t have one single Harry Potter t-shirt! So I went to the release in my Slytherin scarf that I knit myself, I had a Slytherin bow in my hair, and I had my Dark Mark visible. Marci had a Slytherin t-shirt and wore a Time Turner. Nicole had on a Mischief Managed t-shirt – blue for Ravenclaw!

It's not a party unless someone summons the Dark Lord. #HPatHBS #SlytherinPride

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After checking in – we were numbers 3-5 – we went back to Starbucks to use the restroom and to chill for a half hour. 11:30 is when they were to line us up. We’re the front of the line, so we had to be there, right!

Turns out that Harvard Book Store was running fifteen minutes behind schedule. When we got there the act that was scheduled for 11:15 was taking the stage. I wish we had stayed at Starbucks for longer. The room was incredibly packed. We were all being shoved. Some people totally disregarded the amount of people and were sitting, indian style, on the floor reading. The theater group was trying to summarize each Harry Potter book in a time allotted. It was horrible. They described Goblet of Fire as The Hunger Games with dragons. Not even close. I was wondering if he had read either book. I was trying to determine if the level of obnoxiousness was an act or genuine. It went on too long and it was much too hot in there.

They wrapped up at 11:45 and Harvard Book Store staff told everyone with numbers 51 + to make their way to their waiting space outside the store. 1- 50 were to wait for their books inside. The lucky number one spot was chosen randomly among the people who had already signed in. It was a family of four. The kids looked thrilled!

At 11:59, we started counting down to the moment we have all waited for for so long. The release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. At midnight, cheers burst from everyone in the room. The employees dug into the boxes with box cutters. The books were revealed! The handing out process started very quickly and they seemed to be very efficient. I was third to get my book, Marci fourth, and Nicole fifth.

It was such a great night and I’m so glad to have spent it with Nicole and Marci. Did you attend a midnight release party? Where did you go? How was it? Let me know in the comments below! We’ll see you next time for another edition of The Marauders!

*Tap* Mischief Managed.

Sisterhood of the Traveling ARC: STALKING JACK THE RIPPER by Kerri Maniscalco

Sisterhood of the Traveling ARC is a feature created by three best friends – Nicole of Nicole’s Novel Reads, Marci of The Plot Bunny, and myself – where we each take turns and read ONE ARC and produce THREE REVIEWS. Those reviews are posted to each respective blog on the same day, a month before the books release date. After reading this review, make sure to read Marci’s and Nicole’s, too! Today we’re all reviewing STALKING JACK THE RIPPER by Kerri Maniscalco! Enjoy!


STALKING JACK THE RIPPER by Kerri Maniscalco
Expected to Publish: September 20 2016 by Jimmy Patterson
Pages: 336
Goodreads Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

STALKING JACK THE RIPPER completely blew my mind! The opening scene of this book caused me to fall head-over-heels in love. The book opens during an incredibly gory and graphic evisceration procedure. I immediately fell in love with the lack of restraint and open goriness and the accuracy of the procedure! You may not know this about me, but I read non-fiction. What kind of non-fiction books? Thanatology – the study of death and associated practices. I was very impressed!

I had such a hard time believing this was debut novel from Kerri Maniscalco because the writing was so beautiful. It was one of those times where I nearly sobbed because of my own writing envy. With grace and fluidity, Kerri’s writing depicts stunningly vivid imagery. I’d like to share with you one of my favorite quotes from this book:

“I nodded vigorously. “I promise. “I’ll be as silent as the dead.”
“Ah”, Uncle said, putting a hat on and tugging it low, “the dead speak to those who listen. Be quieter than even them.”

I want to touch on the sheer perfection that is Audrey Rose Wadsworth. A young woman living in 1888, remarkably intelligent and gifted in the throes of forensic science. She is dedicated, brave, and fierce! I adore her snark when putting men in their places for thinking such dainty and belittling thoughts of women. Not only was she stalking a crazed murderer, she was also representing the underappreciated strength of an entire gender. Audrey Rose and I would be the best for friends. Such a strong and inspirational character. Here are some more of my favorite feministic quotes:

“I had no idea my innards were composed of cotton and kittens, while yours were filled with steel and steam-driven parts.”

(There’s more gold to that quote, but I don’t want to give too much away 😉 You’ll have to read and experience it for yourself!)

“Mother used to say, “Roses have both pedals and thorns, my dark flower. You needn’t believe something weak because it appears delicate. Show the world your bravery.”

(😍😍😍)

I also adored Thomas! Thomas and Audrey Rose worked quite well together. They had both qualities and tenancies of the infamous dynamic duo, Sherlock Holmes and John Watson.

The mystery unraveled perfectly. I had my suspicion early on and Kerri fooled me! I was taken by complete surprise and it’s the best surprise! The clues were all there and all questions were answered. I think mystery lovers will really enjoy this one!

I deeply adored STALKING JACK THE RIPPER. Never have I read a YA novel where the author was openly frivolous to writing a profusely sanguinary tale and now I crave MORE! I gave STALKING JACK THE RIPPER five/five STARS! (Had I had more, I would have awarded more.) I highly recommend this novel to my fellow morbid beings, anyone who loves strong, inspiring female leads, and thriller lovers. Be warned, though, there are graphic scenes of gore, excessive blood, violence, and a brief mention of cannibalism.



Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats. Stalking Jack the Ripper is her debut novel. It incorporates her love of forensic science and unsolved history, and is the first in a new series of gothic thrillers.

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Horror Review: PARTY GAMES by R.L.Stine



PARTY GAMES (FEAR STREET RELAUNCH #1) by R.L.Stine
Published: September 30 2014 by St.Martins Griffin
Rating:  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – It was GREAT!
Goodreads Synopsis: Her friends warn her not to go to Brendan Fear’s birthday party at his family’s estate on mysterious Fear Island. But Rachel Martin has a crush on Brendan and is excited to be invited. Brendan has a lot of party games planned. But one game no one planned intrudes on his party—the game of murder. As the guests start dying one by one, Rachel realizes to her horror that she and the other teenagers are trapped on the tiny island with someone who may want to kill them all. How to escape this deadly game? Rachel doesn’t know whom she can trust. She should have realized that nothing is as it seems… on Fear Island.

R.L.Stine was SUCH a huge part of my childhood. (In fact, I’m confident saying R.L.Stine was my childhood) I read Goosebumps book like it was candy. One after another after another. I loved them! As a kid, I also read Fear Street novels. So when I heard that Stine was relaunching Fear Street, I had to jump on it!

The first book of the relaunch is PARTY GAMES. Rachel attends Brendan Fear’s birthday party, because he’s a nerdy cute guy from school, who she just happens to be crushing on. Brendan has some party games planned. The games take a turn and people start dying!

Prior to this book, I had been in sort of a slump. Couldn’t stick with anything for more than 50 pages. This book helped me because once I started PARTY GAMES, I had such a hard time putting it down. (I was reading it on the public transit bus and nearly missed my stop) The plot was interesting and mysterious and it grabbed me!

The book became terrifying – naturally, it’s R.L.Stine!! There was a night where I had to force myself to put the book down or else I would just not sleep! It’s a terrifying situation – you’re stuck on Fear Island, people are dying, and you have no escape! I had chills all over my body!

So you get that I loved it, right? Now comes time for the first reveal. I was not impressed by the first reveal, in fact it was kind of lame. So this was the pivotal point where this book went from LOVE to like.

Immediately after that lame reveal, the story ramps up again. I’m enjoying it more, I’m holding my breath in anticipation, my heart is beating out of my chest, ETC!!! The second and end reveal was good. Better than the former, but nothing too spectacular. I felt let down by the reveals in the book, but the terrifying and intense scenes of horror ultimately won me over.

It was a quick read, coming in at 277 pages. I loved being back inside the worlds that R.L.Stine created and I loved reading his writing again. It felt like I was home once again. The reveals were not the enjoyable parts for me. I was not wowed. That being said, I did immensely enjoy the scenes of horror and my heartbeat was elevated reading most of the book. R.L.Stine still has it and I’m excited to read the next in the relaunch series.



R. L. Stine began his writing career when he was nine years old, and today he has achieved the position of the bestselling children’s author in history. In the early 1990s, Stine was catapulted to fame when he wrote the unprecedented, bestselling Goosebumps® series, which sold more than 250 million copies and became a worldwide multimedia phenomenon. His other major series, Fear Street, has over 80 million copies sold.

Stine has received numerous awards of recognition, including several Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards and Disney Adventures Kids’ Choice Awards, and he has been selected by kids as one of their favorite authors in the NEA’s Read Across America program. He lives in New York, NY.

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Middle Grade Dual Review: PLANET OF THE LAWN GNOMES (GOOSEBUMPS MOST WANTED #1) & SON OF SLAPPY (GOOSEBUMPS MOST WANTED #2) by R.L.Stine



PLANET OF THE LAWN GNOMES (GOOSEBUMPS: MOST WANTED #1) by R.L.Stine
Published: October 1 2012
Pages: 154
Goodreads Synopsis: Jay Gardner is a mischievous kid who can’t stay out of trouble. Unfortunately, Jay gets in so much trouble, his family is forced to move. The new neighborhood offers Jay a chance at a fresh start. But there’s something odd about Jay’s new town. Why does everyone have lawn gnomes in front of their homes? And why is everyone afraid to go outside at night? The lawn gnomes don’t come to life at night-do they? Jay is about to learn that mischief can quickly turn to horror.

In the beginning of the story, Jay’s life seems to resemble that of Alexanders from ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY by Judith Viorst and Ray Cruz. Accidental occurrences keep piling up for Jay.

The story takes a turn for terrifying when the lawn gnomes from surrounding neighborhood lawns seem more than just their exterior plaster and paint. Intense and thrilling scenes of fear ensue!

I personally love lawn gnomes, so I loved the premise of this story. I can’t say the idea hasn’t ever crossed my mind and I’m so glad that R.L.Stine gifted animation to those little statues so I could realistically experience the havoc evoked.

This was such a fun read for me. I loved so much being back in the world of Goosebumps and couldn’t put this book down. It was a quick read.

The ending turned weird. I’m wondering if I should have gone back and reread REVENGE OF THE LAWN GNOMES before picking up GOOSEBUMPS MOST WANTED. I don’t exactly remember what happens and I’m wondering if it’s been explained in the earlier book because the ending really threw me. I will have to further investigate this.


I liked it!



SON OF SLAPPY (GOOSEBUMPS: MOST WANTED #2) by R.L.Stine
Published: January 1 2013
Pages: 134
Goodreads Synopsis: Jackson Stander is every parent’s dream. He doesn’t get into trouble, he always does his homework, and he never, ever lies. His teachers all trust him completely. He even volunteers at the local Youth Center. But that was all before Jackson came across an evil ventriloquist dummy. Now he must deal with Slappy and the son of Slappy as they wreak havoc on his family and friends. Jackson will soon see that two Slappy’s are not better than one!

I was very hesitant to read SON OF SLAPPY. Thoughts of ‘just skip two and move onto three’ filled my head. This is because as a kid, Slappy scared the living heck out of me. I think I can attribute my fear of dolls to him. (Fun fact: my mother had a secret collection of porcelain dolls for me. She gifted them to me years later and I almost fainted. LOL.)

Jackson is a very well-behaved child. His sister Rachel is a different story. Jackson and Rachel spend a week with their grandfather at his house of weird and odd collections. Jackson meets an evil ventriloquist dummy and must deal with the cataclysmic wrath that follows.

Slappy and Son of Slappy are back and just as wicked as ever. I was right to be weary, I was freaked out. Now, after the fact, it’s kind of thrilling and exciting. R.L.Stine did a great job of crafting a character that scared young me and stuck around to scare adult me.

The twist of this story was great!! I don’t know that I saw it coming, but I probably should have seen it coming. It gave me chills!

The ending was even better. I was completely taken by surprise. It was a very open ended conclusion. Also, I’m noticing that the endings to these books are leaving me with an unsettled feeling. . .I love it!

It’s a quick read but I highly recommend this series. I’m really enjoying it thus far. I almost think he created it for the readers that grew up with these original monsters. Now he’s haunting us again. I enjoyed this book a little more than the first, but not a full star worth.


I liked it!



R. L. Stine began his writing career when he was nine years old, and today he has achieved the position of the bestselling children’s author in history. In the early 1990s, Stine was catapulted to fame when he wrote the unprecedented, bestselling Goosebumps® series, which sold more than 250 million copies and became a worldwide multimedia phenomenon. His other major series, Fear Street, has over 80 million copies sold.

Stine has received numerous awards of recognition, including several Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards and Disney Adventures Kids’ Choice Awards, and he has been selected by kids as one of their favorite authors in the NEA’s Read Across America program. He lives in New York, NY.

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Young Adult Review: AND THE TREES CREPT IN by Dawn Kurtagich



AND THE TREES CREPT IN by Dawn Kurtagich
Expected Publish Date: September 6 2016 from Little, Brown Books
Pages: 352
Goodreads Synopsis: When Silla and Nori arrive at their aunt’s home, it’s immediately clear that the “blood manor” is cursed. The creaking of the house and the stillness of the woods surrounding them would be enough of a sign, but there are secrets too–the questions that Silla can’t ignore: Who is the beautiful boy that’s appeared from the woods? Who is the man that her little sister sees, but no one else? And why does it seem that, ever since they arrived, the trees have been creeping closer?

And The Trees Crept In is a terrifying and utterly addicting tale about personal demons and how they can consume you. Its’ twisted plot and intense scenes of raw and heart pumping suspense will have you eyeing the trees around your house. . .just to make sure they are where they’re meant to be.

I’ve never seen a descent into madness this fantastically executed since THE BELL JAR by Sylvia Plath. Reading through, as the emotion and frantic thoughts burst from the page into reality and implanted into my mind. I felt like I was mad, too! I was expecting the trees to move or to have tea with a mad hatter! Dawn so perfectly captures surroundings and emotions that you will feel that you have fallen into the book yourself.

The characters were so well rounded and I clicked with them immediately. It was kind of hard not to, as I explained earlier, this book just draws you inside and these characters are your only company. I completely shut myself off from the world; I was completely and entirely engrossed! I especially loved the relationship between the sisters – Silla and Nori. There is a love interest and I “shipped” it so hard – Swoon worthy and so, so sweet!

If you’re going into this expecting a scary story, you’re in the right place, but you’ll leave with so much more. This book sent me through an array of feelings. My hair stood up on end during the intense suspenseful scenes, I felt alert and definitely aware of the trees in front of my house, sadness, and yea. . .I’ll admit that this book made me cry. They call Dawn the “Master of horror” but she’s also master of suspense and emotion.

The plot of And The Trees Crept In was full of twists and turns! I read a lot of horror and I didn’t see where this was going. The plot is original, which is always a plus in the young adult genre these days, and you leave the book with a great message. More advice than a message, really. This book lifted me up and I’m not sure if that’s because of where I am in my life right now or if that will be the general consensus, but it was just what I needed, personally.

If you like great characters, horror, twisty plots, and/or psychological thrillers, I highly suggest picking up AND THE TREES CREPT IN in September 2016!




Dawn Kurtagich

By the time she was eighteen, she had been to fifteen schools across two continents. The daughter of a British globe-trotter and single mother, she grew up all over the place, but her formative years were spent in Africa—on a mission, in the bush, in the city and in the desert.

She has been lucky enough to see an elephant stampede at close range, a giraffe tongue at very close range, and she once witnessed the stealing of her (and her friends’) underwear by very large, angry baboons. (This will most definitely end up in a book . . . ) While she has quite a few tales to tell about the jumping African baboon spider, she tends to save these for Halloween!

When she was sixteen, she thought she’d be an astronomer and writer at the same time, and did a month-long internship at Cambridge’s prestigious Cavendish Laboratories.

She writes over at the YA Scream Queens, a young adult blog for all things horror and thriller, and she is a member of the YA League.

Her life reads like a YA novel.

Also by Dawn: THE DEAD HOUSE

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Let’s Celebrate VENTURESS by Betsy Cornwell!

Today is the day where the cover for VENTURESS is REVEALED! Hypable will unveil the cover today, so make sure to head over there and see that, also consider following me on Twitter, as I’ll be retweeting it!

On Wednesday, we were given this sneak peek at the cover:


Here’s the synopsis that was provided by Hypable.com:

Young inventor Nicolette Lampton is living her own fairy tale happy ending. She’s free of her horrible step-family, running a successful business, and is uninterested in marrying the handsome prince, Fin. Instead, she, Fin, and their friend Caro venture to the lush land of Faerie, where they seek to put an end to the bloody war their kingdom is waging. Mechanical armies and dark magic await them as they uncover devastating secrets about the past and fight for a real, lasting happily-ever-after for two troubled countries—and for themselves.

I am so excited because I really enjoy MECHANICA! You can read my full review, here.

It’s HERE!!!!!!!!!!!


And the beautiful cover looks like. . . . . . . . .

Make sure to visit Hypable to enter the giveaway!!


About Betsy Cornwell


I wrote my first novel, TIDES, as a student at Smith College. After graduating from Smith and getting an MFA from Notre Dame, I moved to Ireland to live with the fairies.

TIDES was published by Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2013 and received a starred review from Publishers Weekly as well as a place on the Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year list and a Bisexual Book Awards nomination.

My second novel, MECHANICA, is a steampunk Cinderella retelling that came out with the same press in 2015. MECHANICA received a Kirkus star and was featured on best of the year lists at USA Today, Amazon.com, the Bank Street Center for Children’s LIterature, and ALA’s Amelia Bloomer Project (feminist literature for young readers)

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Contemporary Review: MY HAPPY LIFE by Rose Lagercrantz



MY HAPPY LIFE by Rose Lagercrantz. Illustrated by Eva Eriksson
Published: August 1 2012
Pages: 136
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ – I liked it
Goodreads Synopsis: Dani is probably the happiest person she knows. She’s happy because she’s she’s going to start school. Dani has been waiting to go to school her whole life. Then things get even better – she meets Ella by the swings. After that, Dani and Ella do everything together. But then somethings happens that Dani isn’t prepared for.

My Happy Life is a story about Dani having trouble falling asleep so she decides to reflect on her mostly happy life. Through reminiscing, we’re introduced to Ella and their sweet immediate friendship. Some unexpected news seems to shatter Dani’s happiness until we come full circle and discover just why it is that Dani is having trouble sleeping.

A cute story about friendship, loss, and finding the good in things. I commend the author for portraying such real and somber themes while overall maintaining an upbeat and happy tone. The message of finding the good in everything is a lesson that I think people of all ages can appreciate. Whether you’re learning it for the first time, or you need the friendly reminder, it’s a great lesson to shine through.

I enjoyed reading Dani’s story, though at times I found it meandering, I still recommend reading it as the overall message is not one to soon be forgotten. The heavy themes are handled with grace and buoyancy.


Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my review! Have a great day!

Discussion Post: Why I Review

If you visit book blogs, book reviews are one of the posts you’ll you’ll most likely come across. Book reviews are gold. They’re helpful for everyone and today I’m going to tell you why I write them.

For You

I write book reviews for you. If you are interested in a book, feel free to come to Book Yabber and search the search box to see if I’ve reviewed it. My reviews are always spoiler-free and 100% honest. I review to help you find books that you will enjoy. Maybe you’ve heard of the book and were on the fence about reading it, I review for you. Maybe you want to start reading within a new-to-you genre, I review for you. Maybe you read a review and discover a book you hadn’t known about, I review for you.

This is the reason I started this blog. I read books – great and not-so-great – and wanted to share them with all the readers! To my surprise, I did! I have readers who come to the blog and read my reviews. When they/you comment that my review led you to pick up that book, it makes my day. I’ve been blogging for almost four years and it still makes my day, every time.

For Authors

When I write a review, I publish on bookyabber.com, goodreads.com, amazon.com, and barnesandnoble.com. Regardless whether it’s a positive or a negative review, I always cross-post. For most websites like Barnes and Noble and Amazon, it’s not the overall outlook of the review, it’s the sheer numbers of how many. If a book gets X amount of reviews on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, the book is lifted higher on lists and receive more views, ultimately generating more revenue and attention. Authors pour so much of their heart and soul into their books, the least I could do is help repay them for their hard work. (By “repay”, I’m not talking monetary value, I’m talking effort.)

This is also why I request ARCs – I want to help promote the upcoming book. Sometimes I’m interested in the book and want to promote, sometimes I’ll request and read early because I want to support the individual author. I review and cross-post for authors.

For Myself

My memory is not the best. I always remember whether I have or haven’t read a certain book, but I cannot always remember specific content or my detailed thoughts about books. In this case, I’ll go back and read my own review. Try to get back into that mindset. See what I liked and what I didn’t like. I find it very useful to jog the memory.

Also, I’m a writer. I love to write. When I finish a book, I can’t wait to sit down and start pounding out my various thoughts. It’s a fun activity and as you can see from above, many people often benefit from it.


The floor is yours – why do you review? Let me know down in the comments. I’m excited to hear your side of it. Perhaps you don’t review, could you tell me why? Let’s Chat!!

Thanks for stopping by and reading my thoughts. I do hope you’ll share yours below! See you next time!