NEVERNIGHT and GODSGRAVE by Jay Kristoff
The Nevernight Chronicles, Book 1 and Book 2
Thomas Dunne Books
5 star cup
My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A dark and gritty tale filled with assassins, magic, and the the thirst for revenge.

After hearing about this series from a number of people and several of the bloggers/Instagrammers that I follow, I decided to read NEVERNIGHT and GODSGRAVE back-to-back. And…wait for it…WOW! Now that a few days have past since I have finished the second book in series, I believe that I have processed everything so that I can talk about these books.

WONDER WOMAN: WARBRINGER by Leigh Bardugo
DC Icons Series (Book 1)
Random House Books for Young Readers
4 star cup
My Highly Caffeinated Thought: An action packed story steeped in mythology that has strong female characters kicking butt and taking names.

WONDER WOMAN: WARBRINGER is more than just a tale of superhero saving the day. By weaving together the action and adventure with the mythology and real-life issues so seamlessly, the author opens the book up to a much wider audience.

LIE TO ME by J.T. Ellison 
MIRA 
5 star cupMy Highly Caffeinated Thought: A page turning thriller with psychological twists, action, and intricately developed characters.

I have read a few books by J.T. Ellison, but none of them pulled me in, threw me up against the wall, and spit me out like LIE TO ME. This book is beyond anything that I expected from the author.

THE LYING GAME by Ruth Ware
Gallery/Scout Press
5 star rating My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A tense and suspenseful read filled with lies, fear, and consequences.

THE LYING GAME is centered around four high school friends, Isa, Kate, Fatima, and Thea. Even though it has been years since they attended boarding school together and they each have their own lives, when one calls, they all come. The reason? These four women share a history. More importantly, they share a lie.

EMMA IN THE NIGHT by Wendy Walker
St. Martin's Press
4 star cupMy Highly Caffeinated Thought: A dark psychological thriller that pushes the boundaries of what we want to be true and what actually is.

EMMA IN THE NIGHT is a story of two missing girls and what happens when one returns in search of the other. The twists and turns, the lies and manipulations of the truth, and being able to seeing the psychological damage that one person can do to all those around them are all the reasons why I loved this book.

 HOW TO FIND LOVE IN A BOOKSHOP by Veronica Henry
Pamela Dorman Books
5 star cupMy Highly Caffeinated Thought: A positively charming story packed with fabulously quirky characters, witty quips, and a love of books.

HOW TO FIND LOVE IN A BOOKSHOP is a touching story of love, loss, and discovery all centered around a quaint bookshop in a small village. Filled with wonderfully imperfect characters, a whole lot of heart, and a bit of humor, I dare you not to become enchanted with everyone you meet.

THE DOLL FUNERAL by Kate Hamer
Melville House
4 star cupMy Highly Caffeinated Thought: A darkly atmospheric novel about the bonds of family all the while pushing past the boundaries of what happens after death.

Truth time. THE DOLL FUNERAL is one of those books that you will either like, not finish, or dislike. I have heard a lot of mixed reactions to the book from other readers, but personally, I am glad that I finished it. I will not lie though. In the beginning, I was a bit confused and almost put the book down. However, I hate to quit on an author that I have liked in the past, so I plugged through and the ending was my reward. 

THE WILDLING SISTERS by Eve Chase
G.P. Putnam's Sons
5 star rating My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A perfect gothic novel with family drama, secrets, and the coming of age of young women almost fifty years apart.

I was so excited when I heard that Eve Chase was coming out with her newest book this summer. I loved…and I mean loved BLACK RABBIT HALL with its completely fresh voice and atmospheric tone. And now, with THE WILDLING SISTERS, she has done it again. This book is a dark and rich tale of heartbreak, loss, drama, love, and family. The author has the ability to weave together a story that is both haunting and heartfelt.

THE QUIET CHILDT by John Burley
William Morrow Paperbacks
4 star cupMy Highly Caffeinated Thought: A tense and dark story of what really happened to two missing brothers.

THE QUIET CHILD took me by surprise. I don’t exactly know what I was expecting when I started to read the book, but what I got was something completely different. This book has psychological suspense, some very dark twists, and a bit of the supernatural. However, where this book really shined for me is with the characters and their complexity.

 

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