Sunday, March 7, 2021

February Reading Wrap Up


February was a pretty good reading month!

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh


This was a re-read. I love this graphic novel!

What Big Teeth by Rose Szabo 


This was a strange one! Review coming soon.

Rogue Planet by Cullen Bunn


I wasn’t a fan of this sci-fi/horror graphic novel.

Check out my review here

Secrets of Camp Whatever by Chris Grine


This was a cute and fun graphic novel.

Check out my review here

Martian Ghost Centaur by Mat Heagerty 


This was another cute graphic novel!

Check out my review here

The Ghost in Apartment 2R by Denis Markell


I love creepy middle grade books and this was a fun one!

The Burning Girls by C.J. Tudor 


This was one of my favorite reads of the month!

Check out my review here

The New Girl (Fear Street #1) by R.L. Stine 


Ahh..I love these 90’s horror/mystery books! I started collecting the original Fear Street series and I’m planning to read one every month. This makes me nostalgic.

These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling


I really enjoyed this witchy YA read. I’m actually reading books I own! What?!?! I plan on reading the 2nd book in the series this month.

Elvira Mistress of the Dark Volume 1 by David Avallone


Elvira leaping through time. This was a funny and enjoyable graphic novel.

Welcome to Dead House (Goosebumps #1) by R.L. Stine


I also plan to read a Goosebumps book every month. I liked this first book in the series!

Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay 


This was such a great mystery/thriller!! Review coming soon.

Chain Letter by Christopher Pike


I used to read Pike’s books when I was young and I plan on reading one of his books every month. 

Magic and Other Misdemeanors (The Sisters Grimm #5) by Michael Buckley 


I really love this fantasy middle grade series! I can’t wait to read the 6th book this month.

The Hatmakers by Tamzin Merchant 


This was a cute middle grade fantasy that I really enjoyed! Review coming soon.

Elvira Mistress of the Dark Volume 2 by David Avallone


My final read for the month of February was the 2nd Elvira graphic novel. This one was not as good as the first but it was still enjoyable.

Those are all the books I read in February. Have you read any of these books or do you plan on reading any? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for Reading!

My Thoughts on: Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay


Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay

Publication Date: March 2, 2021 by Minotaur Books

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Source: eARC from the publisher via NetGalley for review

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨

After a late night of partying, NYU student Matt Pine returns to his dorm room to devastating news: nearly his entire family—his mom, his dad, his little brother and sister—have been found dead from an apparent gas leak while vacationing in Mexico. The local police claim it was an accident, but the FBI and State Department seem far less certain—and they won’t tell Matt why. 

The tragedy makes headlines everywhere because this isn’t the first time the Pine family has been thrust into the media spotlight. Matt’s older brother, Danny—currently serving a life sentence for the murder of his teenage girlfriend Charlotte—was the subject of a viral true crime documentary suggesting that Danny was wrongfully convicted. Though the country has rallied behind Danny, Matt holds a secret about his brother that he’s never told anyone: the night Charlotte was killed Matt saw something that makes him believe his brother is guilty of the crime. 

When Matt returns to his small hometown to bury his parents and siblings, he’s faced with a hostile community that was villainized by the documentary, a frenzied media, and memories he’d hoped to leave behind forever. Now, as the deaths in Mexico appear increasingly suspicious and connected to Danny’s case, Matt must unearth the truth behind the crime that sent his brother to prison—putting his own life in peril—and forcing him to confront his every last fear. 

Told through multiple points-of-view and alternating between past and present, Alex Finlay’s Every Last Fear is not only a page-turning thriller, it’s also a poignant story about a family managing heartbreak and tragedy, and living through a fame they never wanted.

Finlay’s debut, Every Last Fear, was an intriguing and pulse-pounding mystery/thriller. I really enjoyed this book! I never know how I’m going to get along with a thriller, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this one. This story kept me guessing and I loved every minute of reading it.

🩸Multiple POVs and Alternating Timelines

Every Last Fear is told in the past and present timelines and there are multiple characters’ point of views. Certain chapters are from Matt’s father’s, mother’s, and sister’s perspectives in the past, and other chapters are from Matt’s perspective in the present. Readers also get the perspective of the FBI agent assigned to the case, Sarah Keller. There is also some documentary footage interspersed throughout the book. I really love when books feature documentary footage or podcasts. I also really loved the use of past and present timelines and the multiple POVs, although it was a little difficult to follow in the beginning. 

🩸Many Questions

I had many questions while reading this book. What really happened to this family? Why would someone want to kill them? Did Matt’s older brother Danny really kill his girlfriend? Is someone after Matt? What secrets are these characters hiding? 

🩸Interesting Characters 

I thought all the characters were very interesting and well-written. Matt has to deal with the loss of his father, mother, sister, and brother, while trying to find out what happened to them. Matt’s older brother Danny is in prison for the murder of his girlfriend, but did he really kill her or was he framed? In the past, Matt’s father, Evan, desperately tries to find evidence to get Danny freed from prison; and Matt’s mother, Liv, and sister, Maggie, both have secrets that are eating away at them.

🩸Thrilling Read

Overall, Every Last Fear, is a thrilling mystery that I highly recommend. This was a gripping page-turner and I had so much fun reading it. I will definitely be reading Finlay’s future books. Mystery/thriller lovers should absolutely pick this one up!

Thanks for Reading!

My Thoughts on: The Castle School (for Troubled Girls) by Alyssa Sheinmel


The Castle School (for Troubled Girls) by Alyssa Sheinmel

Publication Date: March 2, 2021 by Sourcebooks Fire

Genre: YA Contemporary 

Source: eARC from publisher via NetGalley for review.

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

When Moira Dreyfuss’s parents announce that they’re sending her to an all-girls boarding school deep in the Maine woods, Moira isn’t fooled. She knows her parents are punishing her; she’s been too much trouble since her best friend, Nathan, died―and for a while before that. At the Castle School, isolated from the rest of the world, Moira will be expected to pour her heart out to the odd headmaster, Dr. Prince. But she isn’t interested in getting over Nathan’s death or befriending her fellow students.

On her first night there, Moira hears distant music. On her second, she discovers the lock on her window is broken. On her third, she and her roommate venture outside…and learn that they’re not so isolated after all. There’s another, very different, Castle School nearby―this one filled with boys whose parents sent them away, too.

Moira is convinced that the Castle Schools and the doctors who run them are hiding something. But exploring the schools will force Moira to confront her overwhelming grief―and the real reasons her parents sent her away.

I really was excited to read this story because it sounded interesting, but this book was nothing like I thought it would be. The synopsis made this sound like a mystery/thriller and it was nothing like that. There’s a small mystery, but this is mainly a contemporary about dealing with grief and learning to accept loss in your life. I really liked the author’s writing, but I probably wouldn’t have read this if I had known it was a contemporary. I don’t read that many contemporaries, especially ones that depict mental illness, because they hit too close to home. If you’re expecting a mystery/thriller based off of the synopsis and the book’s cover, that is not what you’re going to get.

This story is told mainly from Moira’s point of view, but every couple of chapters focuses on each of Moira’s fellow classmates and what brought them to the school. I liked getting a little peek into each of the girls’ lives and finding out what led them to the castle school. I definitely liked the beginning of the story because the school seemed mysterious and I thought there was going to be this big mystery and maybe murder. However, I was disappointed when I got to about halfway in and realized that nothing exciting was happening and that this was not going to be the mystery/thriller that I was hoping for. 

Overall, I was disappointed because the story was not what I was expecting. I will definitely check out other books from the author since I really did enjoy the writing. If you are looking for a contemporary that deals with serious topics, then you should definitely read this one, but I wouldn’t recommend this book if you’re looking for a mystery/thriller.

Thanks for reading!

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