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Review: The Vanishing Staircase by Maureen Johnson

Genre: YA, Mystery, Thriller Summary: The Truly Devious case—an unsolved kidnapping and triple murder that rocked Ellingham Academy in 1936—has consumed Stevie for years. It’s the very reason she came to the academy. But then her classmate was murdered, and her parents quickly pull her out of school. For her safety, they say. She must move past…

Review: Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West

Title: Listen to Your Heart Author: Kasie West Summary:  Talking to other people isn’t Kate Bailey’s favorite activity. She’d much rather be out on the lake, soaking up the solitude and sunshine. So when her best friend, Alana, convinces Kate to join their high school’s podcast, Kate is not expecting to be chosen as the host. Now…

Re-Read Review: Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs

Title: Bone Crossed Author: Patricia Briggs Series: Mercy Thompson/Mercyverse Genre: Urban Fantasy Summary:  By day, Mercy is a car mechanic in the sprawling Tri-Cities of Eastern Washington. By night, she explores her preternatural side. As a shapeshifter with some unique talents, Mercy has often found herself having to maintain a tenuous harmony between the human…

Review: “Rituals” by Kelley Armstrong

Title: Rituals Author: Kelley Armstrong Genre: Defying genres and taking names. Summary: Olivia Jones must make a choice. Caught between two rival supernatural forces, Liv was granted a brief period in which to make her decision. Now that time has run out. Whichever side she chooses, someone she loves will pay. Her lover, Ricky. Gabriel Walsh, the man…

Review: “Lost Souls” by Kelley Armstrong

Title: Lost Souls Author: Kelley Armstrong Genre: Ghost story Summary:  The disappearing hitchhiker is one of the hoariest urban legends, and no one knows that better than Gabriel Walsh, a lawyer who grew up on folklore and myth. When author of books on the supernatural Patrick brings Gabriel a case of a hitchhiking woman in white who vanished…

Review: “Betrayals” by Kelley Armstrong

Title: Betrayals Author: Kelley Armstrong Genre: Magic, Mystery, Fantasy and defying genres Summary: When Olivia’s life exploded–after she found out she was not the adopted child of a privileged Chicago family but of a notorious pair of convicted serial killers–she found a refuge in the secluded but oddly welcoming town of Cainsville, Illinois. Working with Gabriel Walsh, a…