What Lies in the Woods by Kate Alice Marshall

★★★★☆ When she was eleven, Naomi Shaw survived a brutal murder attempt that occurred one summer night when she and her childhood best friends, Olivia and Cassidy, were playing a made-up game in the woods. The trio banded together and, with Naomi’s brave eyewitness testimony, they helped bring a serial killer to justice for stabbing her seventeen times that night.

Emma’s Fury by Linda Rainier

★★★☆☆ Based on ancient Greek mythology, this book centers on Emma, who is reincarnated as a Fury after her savage death. Protected by a Gyges, a Fury exists to serve justice and preserve harmony between humans and the supernatural world. Through a story revolving around mythological beings that shouldn’t experience human feelings, Emma’s Fury presents an interesting perspective on ethics, human nature, and the impact an individual’s actions have on others.

Embryo Zero by Trevor Wynyard

★★★★☆ The second book in the dystopian fiction Streetlighters Trilogy, Embryo Zero again features brothers Matthew and Kevin Turner, along with a few new characters and familiar faces from the first book. The brothers are estranged as Matt takes Kevin’s place at university, and finds himself propelled into national hero status. Meanwhile, his younger brother makes a risky move in an attempt to have a different future for himself and his family.

Upgrade by Blake Crouch

★★★★☆ Since I reading and loving Dark Matter, I have been a Blake Crouch fan. I love how his sci-fi stories stretch my mind with their scientific theories while pulling on my emotions with an enduring love story.  Upgrade has elements of this winning formula, which is present in both Dark Matter and Recursion. However, Upgrade is much more technical, especially at the beginning than I remember either of his two previous hits being.

Blood Sugar by Sascha Rothchild

★★★★☆ Ruby Simon is a Yale-educated, happily married psychotherapist living in her hip hometown of Miami with her diabetic husband Jason and their two pets. One day she suddenly finds herself in an interrogation room accused of murdering Jason. Opening with a scene from when she was five, the book reveals Ruby’s murderous history through … Continue reading Blood Sugar by Sascha Rothchild

Midnight Tales by Raven Kamali

★★★★★ A wonderful, eclectic collection of ten compelling short works, Midnight Tales contains a mix of genres, including mythology, horror, and even a fairytale. Midnight Tales by Raven Kamali The collection can easily be read one or two at a time or consumed all at once.  Like with any collection, there were some stories I … Continue reading Midnight Tales by Raven Kamali

The Dark Cygnet Files

★★★★☆
The fourth installment in the Nemo & Company series, this book delves into The Cleaner’s family history. I liked that we learn more about The Cleaner and other characters in the series. In this book, we get some answers. Or, at least we think we do, as I’m never quite sure with this series what’s reality or what I’ll discover later was only a mirage.