DEATH BELOW THE STAIRS by Jennifer Ashley 
A Below Stairs Mystery (Book 1)
 
Berkley (January 2, 2018) 
4 star cup My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A quick-witted and character rich story that seamlessly combines the elements of a cozy mystery with historical fiction. 

DEATH BELOW THE STAIRS is the first in a series that I hope will have many more to come. Being a fan of both cozy mysteries and historical fiction, this book checked off all the boxes for a perfect read for me. From page one, I was instantly draw into Kat’s world and all the pomp and circumstance of Victorian England. There is something so great about an author who can take a historic setting and through a well crafted story, make it seem modern and fresh.

I am so excited to participate in Berkley Bookmas! Today, I will be hosting and we’re hosting Jayne Ann Krentz's The New Lady Sleuths of Historical Mystery! She has some amazing selections and I have only read half of them. You know what that means...one-clicking time. 

GARDEN OF LAMENTATIONS by Deborah Crombie
Series: Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James Novels (Book 17) 
 William Morrow Paperbacks 
3 half star cup My Highly Caffeinated Thought: An in-depth mystery with complicated webs of lies, secrets, and murder. 

GARDEN OF LAMENTATIONS is the 17th book in the Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James series. Though this book is the first I have ever read by the author, I have heard good things about the previous novels. I will be honest with you all, there is a lot going on in this story. Sometimes things got a bit confusing and I had to go back and read a passage or two in order to regain the plot.

 A Song for Snow (Hoot and Peep) by Lita Judge (Author, Illustrator) 
Dial Books (November 14, 2017) 
5 star cup

In the second book in the Hoot and Peep series, author and illustrator Lita Judge beautifully creates a world that is not only endearing, but also has a hint of whimsy to it. Through lush illustrations filled with all the colors of winter, the story comes alive. These two characters are truly wonderful.

HANNA WHO FELL FROM THE SKY by Christopher Meades 
Park Row 
4 star review  My Highly Caffeinated Thought: An emotionally charged look at faith and discovering your own truths in a coming of age tale. 

HANNA WHO FELL FROM THE SKY is in its simplest form a coming of age story. It follows Hanna on her journey to figuring out a path into a new phase in her life as well as realizing just how different she is from all the others in community of Clearhaven.

THE AUSTEN ESCAPE by Katherine Reay 
Thomas Nelson (November 7, 2017) 
4 star cup My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A delightful and witty read that takes its inspiration from Austen’s storytelling, but makes it modern and fresh. 

THE AUSTEN ESCAPE is just that. It is an escape for readers to enter Mary’s world for just a little bit of time. The book is a purely enjoyable read filled with wit, sincerity, and a hint of romance.

ODD CHILD OUT by Gilly Macmillan 
William Morrow Paperbacks 
4 star review My Highly Caffeinated Thought: An emotional tale of secrets, lies, and social issues. 

Here is the thing. ODD CHILD OUT was not the book that I thought it was. Soon after reading the first couple of chapters, I realized that this book was going to be something so much more. If you are looking for a high-octane thriller, this is not the book for you. However, if you are open to a book that tackles social and family issues wrapped up in the mystery of what happened to two boys one foggy night, then this one should be added to your to read pile.

I SEE YOU by Clare Mackintosh
Berkley
5 star review  My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A a suspenseful, thrilling, and completely absorbing read.

I SEE YOU is one of those books that grabs you from page one and doesn’t let go until long after you have finished. I am still freaking out about this book. The way in which the author has written this story will give you chills as you discover each twist and turn within the plot.

WITHOUT MERIT by Colleen Hoover
Atria Books
4 star reviewMy Highly Caffeinated Thought: An honest and witty look into growing up in a dysfunctional family.

WITHOUT MERIT is a quirky and candid look at a family through the eyes of a teenage self-imposed outsider, Merit. There is a blunt honesty that is woven throughout this book which instantly pulled me in. I will not reveal too much of the story, but the evolution of Merit and her family combined with the pure quirkiness of the story is what made me keep reading.

 

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