Olive and her three best friends have always done everything together. So, in her thirties, when all her friends are married with children (or at least trying for them), Olive can’t help feel like she’s being left behind. While her friends are preoccupied with managing their households, scheduling playdates, and the daunting process of IVF, Olive feels as though she lacks those maternal urges all her friends have.
After breaking up with her boyfriend of many years for that exact reason, Olive feels even more adrift than ever. And each other’s judgment over their different life choices has caused a rift between her once inseparable group of friends. So, when Olive is tasked with looking into the reasons why some young women choose to be child-free for an article at work, she can’t help but see herself in them, and is forced to reconcile the different path her life has taken compared to her friends’.
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I got a ton of “Buffy” vibes while reading the premise of this novel, and that immediately piqued my interest. I was also super excited about the idea of an urban fantasy that included non-Western myths and legends, and very intrigued by the concept of a depressed, asexual siren.
Catch Lili Too is a paranormal thriller, and tells the story of Lili, an immortal siren, who gets roped into trying to catch a serial killer terrorizing Gamin, the town she’s passing through. Along the way she manages to find herself a group of comrades, including ghosts, necromancers, vampires and more.
The representation in this book is really great, with many LGBTQ+ characters and even a couple queer romances. I also really enjoyed the diversity of paranormal creatures that made an appearance in this novel. Some were based on myths and legends I had never even heard of before, which was cool to learn about while reading!
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I binge-read this book so fast! It was addictively dark, and so twisted!
The Girls Are All So Nice Here tells the story of Ambrosia Wellington, alternating between timelines of “then” – her first semester away at college, leading up to the deep dark secret that’s been haunting her ever since – and “now” as she is forced to face the people who were there for the first time after years of trying to bury everything that had to do with that fateful night and everything that came after.
This book is a psychological thriller with dark academia vibes and classic “mean girls” – where the main character herself is one of the worst ones. Then, after meeting and hitting it off with the enigmatic and enticing Sloane “Sully” Sullivan, Amb finds herself is Sully’s web of cruel intentions, where her most devious desires have the space to bloom. Now, after trying to ignore her past behaviour for the better part of a decade, Amb is forced to once more come face to face with Sully – and everything they did together.
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As a fan of mystery and horror, I was so excited to pick up Mirrorland. And between the gothic vibes, the unexpected twists, and the dark themes, I think any horror fan would be impressed with this novel!
I’m the type of person who, when reading a mystery/thriller, has to figure out the end before I get there. And usually I’m pretty good at it! But Mirrorland really threw me for a loop. My jaw dropped at the first big reveal, and I thought that had to be it, but I was so, so wrong. This book has so many twists – every one more unexpected than the last – there’s absolutely no way to predict what’s going to happen next!
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Honey Girl tells the story of Grace Porter, recent PhD graduate, as she tries to navigate the world post-college. A hard-working, type A personality, Grace has always done what’s needed to stick to her plan – the one her father came up with. But she deviates from it one night while in Vegas, when she gets drunkenly married to a girl Grace doesn’t even know the name of.
Returning back to her life in Portland, Grace is faced with the overwhelming uncertainty of being out of school with no clue, and no prospects, for where to go from there. Burnt out, and struggling to find her place, Grace reaches out to the girl she can barely remember, but who has already changed everything.
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