Book Review: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

Title: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder
Author: Holly Jackson
Released: February 04, 2020 (Hardcover)
Series: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder
Trigger Warnings: Animal death (dog), bullying, cheating (implied), death of a parent (mentioned), death threats, disordered eating (mentioned), drug abuse, drugging, drug use, injury, kidnapping, murder, profanity, psychological abuse (parental), racism, rape (mentioned), self-harm (mentioned), suicide (mentioned), sexual assault (mentioned), statutory rape (mentioned), verbal abuse, underage drinking
Rating: ★★★★★

Description: Everyone in Fairview knows the story.

Pretty and popular high school senior Andie Bell was murdered by her boyfriend, Sal Singh, who then killed himself. It was all anyone could talk about. And five years later, Pip sees how the tragedy still haunts her town.

But she can’t shake the feeling that there was more to what happened that day. She knew Sal when she was a child, and he was always so kind to her. How could he possibly have been a killer?

Now a senior herself, Pip decides to reexamine the closed case for her final project, at first just to cast doubt on the original investigation. But soon she discovers a trail of dark secrets that might actually prove Sal innocent… and the line between past and present begins to blur. Someone in Fairview doesn’t want Pip digging around for answers, and now her own life might be in danger.

This is a story of an investigation turned obsession, full of twists and turns and with an ending you’ll never expect.

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Book Review: They Never Learn by Layne Fargo

Title: They Never Learn
Author: Layne Fargo
Released: October 13, 2020 (Hardcover)
Series: N/A
Trigger Warnings: Misogyny, victim-blaming, rape, nonconsensual voyeurism (mentioned), cheating, domestic abuse (mentioned), anxiety, suicide (mentioned), alcohol consumption, blood depiction, emesis, murder
Rating: ★★★★★

Description: Scarlett Clark is an exceptional English professor. But she’s even better at getting away with murder.

Every year, she searches for the worst man at Gorman University and plots his well-deserved demise. Thanks to her meticulous planning, she’s avoided drawing attention to herself – but as she’s preparing for her biggest kill yet, the school starts probing into the growing body count on campus.

Determined to keep her enemies close, Scarlett insinuates herself into the investigation and charms the woman in charge, Dr. Mina Pierce. Everything’s going according to her master plan… until she loses control with her latest victim, putting her secret life at risk of exposure.

Meanwhile, Gorman student Carly Schiller is just trying to survive her freshman year. Finally free of her emotionally abusive father, all Carly wants is to focus on her studies and fade into the background. Her new roommate has other ideas. Allison Hadley is cool and confident – everything Carly wishes she could be – and the two girls quickly form an intense friendship. So when Allison is sexually assaulted at a party, Carly becomes obsessed with making the attacker pay… and turning her fantasies about revenge into a reality.

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Book Review: The Lost Girls by Sonia Hartl

Title: The Lost Girls
Author: Sonia Hartl
Released: September 14, 2021 (Hardcover)
Series: N/A
Trigger Warnings: Blood, body horror, coercion (described), gaslighting, attempted sexual assault, physical assault, parental neglect (on-page and through flashbacks)
Rating: ★★★★☆

Description: Sonia Hartl’s The Lost Girls is laced with dark humor and queer love; it’s John Tucker Must Die with a feminist girl gang of vampires.

When Elton Irving turned Holly Liddell into a vampire in 1987, he promised her eternal love. But thirty-four years later, Elton has left her, her hair will be crimped for the rest of immortality, and the only job she can get as a forever sixteen-year-old is the midnight shift at Taco Bell.

Holly’s afterlife takes an interesting turn when she meets Rose McKay and Ida Ripley. Having also been turned and discarded by Elton – Rose in 1954, and Ida, his ex-fiancée, in 1921 – they want to help her and ask for her help in return.

Rosa and Ida are going to kill Elton before he turns another girl. Though Holly is hurt and angry with Elton for tossing her aside, she’s reluctant to kill her ex, until Holly meets Parker Kerr – the new girl Elton has set his sights on – and feels a quick, and nerve-wracking attraction to her.

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Book Review: The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling

Title: The Ex Hex
Author: Erin Sterling
Released: September 28, 2021 (Paperback)
Series: The Ex Hex
Trigger Warnings: Alcohol use, child neglect, profanity, sexually explicit scenes
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Description: Nine years ago, Vivienne Jones nursed her broken heart like any young witch would: vodka, weepy music, bubble baths… and a curse on the horrible boyfriend. Sure, Vivi knows she shouldn’t use her magic this way, but with only an “orchard hayride” scented candle on hand, she isn’t worried it will cause him anything more than a bad hair day or two.

That is until Rhys Penhallow, descendent of the town’s ancestors, breaker of hearts, and annoyingly just as gorgeous as he always was, returns to Graves Glen, Georgia. What should be a quick trip to recharge the town’s ley lines and make an appearance at the annual fall festival turns disastrously wrong. With one calamity after another striking Rhys, Vivi realizes her silly little Ex Hex may not have been so harmless after all.

Suddenly, Graves Glen is under attack from murderous wind-up toys, a pissed-off ghost, and a talking cat with some interesting things to say. Vivi and Rhys have to ignore their off-the-charts chemistry to work together to save the town and find a way to break the break-up curse before it’s too late.

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