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Author Courtney Summers
Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water. But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.
When West McCray―a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America―overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late. (from Goodreads)
This was a VERY hyped up book but I was a little let down by it. I wish I had listened to it on audiobook because I think the formatting is perfect for it. I was very invested by the end of this book though. I know by saying that it’s open-ended is me being in denial, but even with the open-endedness or what is (probably) the real truth, the final pages left me sad.
Every Heart A Doorway
Author Seanan McGuire
Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else. But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.
Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.
But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter. No matter the cost. (from Goodreads)
I was in a major audiobook funk when I finally got this one and was able to get through it. I was a bit let down by the end though since I have seen so many 5-star reviews for this. I guessed the ending, but I did like the Hades and Persephone vibes in this. I had the other two books in this series on my tbr, but I don’t think I’ll be picking those up, at least not any time soon.
City of Ghosts
Author Victoria Schwab
Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspecters, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.
When The Inspecters head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn’t sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn’t belong in her world. Cassidy’s powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself. (from Goodreads)
I will read anything and everything Victoria writes. She’s my favorite author for a reason, and this book was good, but not my favorite of hers. The storyline and characters were cute and it’s a very quick middle-grade read, so I enjoyed that. The plot is a little slow towards the beginning and then takes off very quickly, but it was still a fun book and I will be picking up the sequel when that comes out!
Have you read any of these books? I’d love to hear your thoughts 🙂