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The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson-Book Review and Favorite Quotes

Book Title: The Box in the Woods (Truly Devious #4)

Author: Maureen Johnson

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Release Date: June 15, 2021

Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Contemporary

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/52716736

Book Purchase link:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Box-Woods-Truly-Devious/dp/0063032600

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-box-in-the-woods-maureen-johnson/1136705456

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Indiebound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780063032606

Book Description: 

After solving the case of Truly Devious, Stevie Bell investigates her first mystery outside of Ellingham Academy in this spine-chilling and hilarious stand-alone mystery from New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson.

Amateur sleuth Stevie Bell needs a good murder. After catching a killer at her high school, she’s back at home for a normal (that means boring) summer.

But then she gets a message from the owner of Sunny Pines, formerly known as Camp Wonder Falls—the site of the notorious unsolved case, the Box in the Woods Murders. Back in 1978, four camp counselors were killed in the woods outside of the town of Barlow Corners, their bodies left in a gruesome display. The new owner offers Stevie an invitation: Come to the camp and help him work on a true crime podcast about the case.

Stevie agrees, as long as she can bring along her friends from Ellingham Academy. Nothing sounds better than a summer spent together, investigating old murders.

But something evil still lurks in Barlow Corners. When Stevie opens the lid on this long-dormant case, she gets much more than she bargained for. The Box in the Woods will make room for more victims. This time, Stevie may not make it out alive.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Book Review: I enjoyed this book so so so much. As someone who hasn’t read the original trilogy before this book, I loved it a lot. After finishing this book, I wanted to immediately read the trilogy to know more about how these characters started out and how their relationships grew. So…it’s a good thing that I have bought the trilogy to binge.

The first thing I want to mention is that I as it has been mentioned you can read this without having have read the trilogy. It doesn’t spoil the mystery that gets solved and only referencing it without spoilers. Though, you will be spoiled for relationships like how close of friends they become and love relationships. So you won’t get to see those things like start and then grow. More like continuing to grow.

So…the mystery was done really great. From reading the first page I was immediately hooked and through out the book was looking for clues to solve who had done it. It was interesting getting to see things get reveled and going back and forth of who the murderer was.

The characters were so amazing. Especially Nate. I loved a lot of his dialogue, as well as every other character. Stevie was a great heroine and detective. I got a good sense of her, her thoughts, and how she went by solving the mystery. She really came off the page, while also finding some things that I connected to her with. I did enjoy getting to see her relationship with her friends, as well as her boyfriend. Though there were sometimes that I did wonder why her boyfriend was in this book, but I could just be feeling that way from not having had read the original trilogy.

The writing is A+. This is my first Maureen Johnson book I have read and it was great, making me want to read more of her books. Especially this trilogy. She knows how to write a mystery, keeping me wanting to know more. As well as keeping me wondering who had done it. Her characters came off the page and her scenes were great at making me both laugh and be on edge.

Overall, I truly enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read the trilogy to see what happened, as well as seeing these characters grow into how they are in this book. If you enjoy a good mystery and interesting/fun characters, then this is the one for you.

Below I have a list of five of my favorite quotes for the books and at the very bottom is a giveaway you can enter to win a copy of the book.

Have fun reading!!!

Five Favorite Quotes:

1.) “And remember, if these coasters I’m looking at are telling the truth, it’s always wine o’clock somewhere.” (Page 21)

2.) “I call it the Bounce House because that’s where I host all kinds of creators and we bounce ideas around. We call them Think Jams.” (Page 55-56)

3.) “I think it’s going to be great,” he said. “Murder camp, living in a tree, not seeing anyone. This is my summer. This is when I shine.” (Page 62)

4.) “Take it down a notch, sign,” Nate said. “Why are you yelling about owls?” (Page 84)

5.) “I’m just telling you the tropes.” (Page 134)

Author Bio:

Maureen Johnson is the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of several YA novels, including 13 Little Blue Envelopes, Suite Scarlett, The Name of the Star, and Truly Devious. She has also done collaborative works, such as Let It Snow with John Green and Lauren Myracle (now on Netflix), and several works in the Shadowhunter universe with Cassandra Clare. Her work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Buzzfeed, and The Guardian, and she has also served as a scriptwriter for EA Games. She has an MFA in Writing from Columbia University and lives in New York City.

Author Links:

https://www.instagram.com/maureenjohnsonbooks/

https://www.facebook.com/maureenjohnsonbooks

GIVEAWAY:

Enter to win one (1) finished copy of The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson! Open USA only. There will be 1 winner.

Giveaway starts: Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Giveaway ends: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at 12:00 a.m. CST

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Book Review and Favorite Things of Empyrean Queen-Blog Tour and Bookstagram

Book Title: Empyrean Queen

Author: M.K. Hall

Publisher: Self-Published

Release Date: May 23, 2021

Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57038471-empyrean-queen

Book Purchase link:

Book Description: 

The year 2020 may be over, but that doesn’t mean things have gotten any easier. With mixed feelings about no longer carrying the secret title of being the Empyreans’ Chosen, Val returns to her realm and her people only to find more danger lurking in the deepest, darkest shadows and threatening to destroy the Empyreal world.

Everywhere she turns, betrayal isn’t far behind, and with an ever-growing list of bad guys, trust is a precious commodity. Yet allies from unlikely places come forth as more mysteries about her life are brought to light. Val will be tested and forced to confront the truth of her past and the unknown future, all while attempting to save the soul of the man she loves.

With demons of all kinds on the loose, the looming threat of war with Purgatory, and Gabe’s eternal damnation hanging in the balance, will Val ever learn who she really is and where she came from? Will she ever be crowned Empyrean Queen, or will deeply buried secrets be her undoing?

Empyrean Queen is the final book in the Origins duology.

*Please note that this duology does contain consensual sex on the page.

*A note from the author: Though this book does not seek to make light of COVID-19 or trigger anyone with a personal experience with the virus, one of the settings is America in the year 2020, so COVID-19 is mentioned and acknowledged throughout the story.

Book Review: This book review will focus more on the second book, but I will give my thoughts about the first book. This will be spoiler free as best I can without giving anything away.

I just want to start off by saying that I really enjoyed this book, as well as the first one. This book did a great job at keeping me reading and turning the next page to see what would happen.

I thought the world created was interesting and did a great job at doing something different for the fantasy genre. It was also interesting to read about on the page with how people live, that there is a human world that watch over, and things like that.

The characters were great. I loved reading about them and wanted to know what would happen to them in the end. Val was a great female character. She was another character that I found was a strong female who wasn’t afraid to feel how she did and would do what she believed to be right. I also enjoyed the romance in the book and thought it was done well.

I also want to mention that the writing is really good. I could not put this book down with one of the reasons being the writing. The author did a great job and they really made their story come to life on the page.

The ending wraps up everything nicely.

My rating for this book is a 5 out of 5 stars.

If you enjoy fantasy, want a short series, and a a quick read with great characters, then this book is perfect for you. There is also a giveaway going on below, so scroll down and enter.

Have fun reading!!!

Five Favorite Things about Empyrean Queen:

1.) The world because it feels so new and interesting compared to the other fantasy stories that are out within that genre.

2.) The writing. The author makes her characters and scenes really pop off the page, making it easy to imagine in my head as I read the book

3.) The dialogue. In this book, including the first one, the dialogue did a great job of showing me more of the characters and it was enjoyable to read to imagine what the characters’ voices would sound like.

4.) I liked that this book and the first one didn’t shy away from what had happened in 2020 and having it be that it carried a weight. I love when books aren’t afraid to say that “yes, this happened” or “yes, this year was a very tough one”.

5.) Magical beings/creatures. I enjoyed reading this different twist of this because it brought something new.

Author Bio:

MK is a fantasy/urban fantasy author who lives with her husband, kids, & furbabies in a small Midwestern town. She loves coffee and craft beer and has an unhealthy mug obsession. When she’s not writing, she loves going on camping adventures with her husband. Her favorite part is the journey and no trip is complete without visiting all of the micro breweries!

To find all of her social media hideouts, use the link below. Cheers!

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GIVEAWAY:

Enter to win one digital copy of Empyrean Queen by M.K. Hall! Open USA only. There will be 1 winner.

Giveaway starts: Monday, May 24, 2021

Giveaway ends: Monday, May 31, 2021 at 12:00 a.m. CST

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Book Review and Favorite Things of Ember of Night-Blog and Bookstagram Tour

Book Title: Ember of Night (Ember of Night #1)

Author: Molly E. Lee

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Release Date: May 4, 2021

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54860318-ember-of-night

Book Purchase link:

https://entangledpublishing.com/books/ember-of-night

Book Description: 

I’ve been told I was as useless as a weed most of my life. Mainly by my worthless father.

But I’d suffer anything to give my kid sister a better life—the minute I turn eighteen, I’m getting us the hell out of here. And some hot stranger telling me I am the key to stopping a war between Heaven and Hell isn’t going to change that.

Let the world crumble and burn, for all I care.

Draven is relentless, though. And very much a liar. Every time his sexy lips are moving, I can see it—in the dip of his head, the grit of his jaw—even if my heart begs me to ignore the signs.

So what does he want?

I need to figure it out fast, because now everyone is gunning for me. And damn if I don’t want to show them what happens when you let weeds thrive in the cracks of the pavement…

We can grow powerful enough to shatter the whole foundation.

Book Review: First, I want to say that this book is amazing. I knew instantly that I was going to like this book as there hasn’t been many YA Urban Fantasies coming out in awhile.

I really do think Molly E. Lee did a great job with her creating both her world and her characters. She really made it shine on the page. That’s what really drew me was the world being set in Chicago and getting see this new twists on demons, as well as other creatures and just hell itself. I think that’s one of the great things about this book is that it feels different compared to other books I have read within this genre.

The characters have been done really well. Harley is a great female character that was strong that I could relate to with having anxiety and dealing with almost the same things. Not only that, but she is the type of female character that I have been looking for. I have been looking for a female character that has flaws, but is also strong at the same time and continues to grow. Reading her story made me want to grow as a person. I will also mention that there wasn’t one side character that I felt like I wasn’t interested in. Also I enjoyed the romance in this book, as well as the love interest.

The writing in this book is fantastic. The author’s did a great job making scenes and characters come off the page. It really made the book even more enjoyable for me.

Now onto the dark themes because there are some. I still do think that this is a great book and if you are wanting a great YA Urban Fantasy book, then this would be a perfect book. Just know that there are some dark themes and that it might be triggering. Just keep this on your radar if you are still interested in reading the book.

The rating I would give this book is 4.5 out of 5 stars. This was a really great book with some really fast pacing, but at times it felt like things were a bit too fast at times and there wasn’t enough time to let things sink in.

If you are a fan of Cassandra Clare and are looking for a new YA Urban Fantasy, then this would be a perfect book for you.

Also, don’t forget to enter the giveaway all the way at the bottom, as well as information about the author.

Have fun reading!!!

Five Favorite Things From The Book:

1.) The in-depth characters that will hold a special place in my heart.

2.) I love how many references are put into this book because I loved every single one of them.

3.) That it is set in the city of Chicago which I know very well.

4.) The writing is amazing and made me enjoy the book even more

5.) It was Urban Fantasy, which is something I have been craving for a long time.

Molly E. Lee is an author best known for her romance novels, the Grad Night series and the Love on the Edge series. Molly writes Adult and Young Adult contemporary featuring strong female heroines who are unafraid to challenge their male counterparts, yet still vulnerable enough to have love sneak up on them. In addition to being a military spouse and mother of two + one stubborn English Bulldog, Molly loves watching storms from her back porch at her Midwest home, and digging for treasures in antique stores.

Author Links:

https://www.mollyelee.com/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14975678.Molly_E_Lee

https://www.instagram.com/mollyelizabethlee/

https://www.facebook.com/MollyElizabethLeeAuthor

Giveaway:

Enter to win one finished copy of Ember of Night by Molly E. Lee! Open USA only. There will be 1 winner.

Giveaway starts: Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Giveaway ends: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 12:00 a.m. CST

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Spotlight of Covet-Blog and Bookstagram Tour

Hello, everyone.

Today’s post is about the Blog and Bookstagram Tour going on for the third book in the series, Covet. I am doing a spotlight post about it. I have posted a picture of the the cover below and the covers for this series look gorgeous. I love Covets bright red cover and the image on it that makes me wonder what might happen in this next book. Another thing I can’t wait to see is the chapter titles, as that is one of things that keeps drawing me in to see what Tracy Wolff titles her chapters.

Below I have also put in information and the description of Covet, as well as the order the books should be read in if you are interested in reading them. Also info about Tracy Wolff, including her website and where you can follow her. There is a giveaway posted at the bottom too if you want to enter to win a copy of Covet.

Thank you for taking the time to scroll through my blog post. I hope you are enjoying Covet and it’s everything that you are hoping that it is.

Happy Reading!!!

Book Title: Covet

Author: Tracy Wolff

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Release Date: March2, 2021

Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Paranormal, Fantasy

Goodreads link:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53426743-covet

Book Purchase link:https://tracywolffauthor.com/books/covet/

BookDescription:I may have reached my breaking point. As if trying to graduate from a school for supernaturals isn’t stressful enough, my relationship status has gone from complicated to a straight-up dumpster fire.

Oh, and the Bloodletter has decided to drop a bomb of epic proportions on us all…

Then again, when has anything at Katmere Academy not been intense?

And the hits just keep coming. Jaxon’s turned colder than an Alaskan winter. The Circleis splintered over my upcoming coronation. As if things couldn’t get worse, now there’san arrest warrant for Hudson’s and my supposed crimes—which apparently means alifetime prison sentence with a deadly unbreakable curse.

Choices will have to be made…and I fear not everyone will survive.

The Crave series is best enjoyed in order.

Reading Order:

Book #1 Crave

Book #2 Crush

Book #3 Covet

Book #4 Court

Author Bio:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Tracy Wolff is a lover of vampires, dragons, and all things that go bump in the night. A onetime English professor, she now devotes all her time to writing dark and romantic stories with tortured heroes and kick-butt heroines. She has written all her sixty-plus novels from her home in Austin, Texas, which she shares with her family. tracywolffbooks.com.

Author Links:

https://tracywolffauthor.com

https://www.instagram.com/tracywolffbooks/

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https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2003596.Tracy_Wolff

Giveaway for Covet:

Enter to win one (1) finished copy of Covet by Tracy Wolff!

Open USA only. There willbe 1 winner.

Giveaway starts: Tuesday, March2, 2021

Giveaway ends: Monday, March 8, 2021 at 12:00 a.m.

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