Review: A Season To Lie

Book Title: A Season To Lie
Author: Emily Littlejohn
REVIEWED BY: CHELSEA
Series: Gemma Monroe #2
Genres: Mystery, Crime Fiction, Police Procedural
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Pub Date: 11/14/17
3 STARS

In Emily Littlejohn’s follow-up to her acclaimed debut, Inherit the Bones, police officer Gemma Monroe has just returned to work from maternity leave. And what a first day back: a blizzard is blowing into her idyllic Colorado ski town, and while Gemma hopes for a quiet, warm evening in, she knows it will mean plenty of calls out for snow-related accidents. But when an anonymous caller reports seeing a lurker at the local high school, Gemma gets far more than she bargained for. Behind the school building, half covered in a drift of snow, lies the gruesomely murdered body of a world-famous author—whose presence in town was meant to be a secret.

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As a cop, I tell myself that I am the hunter and death is my prey. But I’m starting to think that’s a lie. The truth is, it’s death that’s following me. It has followed me all my life.

As this is a sequel to Inherit the Bones, I’ll keep it short and to the point. I don’t like to rehash the basics in every book of a series, but I felt this one had many strengths, yet also a few weaknesses. I found myself torn throughout the entire read; while I was thoroughly invested in the personal goings on of the reoccurring characters, I found myself struggling a bit to make it through the case pertaining to this book. If I had to choose, I would much rather struggle with the bit that will only involve this book in lieu of the ongoing story, which is why I gave this an “I enjoyed this with slight hesitations” 3 stars.

“You love it,” Finn said. “Admit it. Not the fact that someone’s dead, of course, but you love being back in the game. I saw you, watching him, watching the woods. Watching is in your blood, Gemma. It’s all you know.”

There was some serious growth in Gemma and our other main characters in this book; I loved this! In the debut to the series I felt Littlejohn created a cast I immediately connected with; that bond only deepened during A Season to Lie as we follow Gemma along her new journey into motherhood. I found myself itching to read this book from the moment I laid down the last one because I just wanted to see how my crew was doing. I may be in the minority, but it felt like the case took a major backseat to the personal stuff, which was fine if there had been more of the personal stuff. The mystery into the murder(s) wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t anything groundbreaking. I figured out who the murderer was early on, which wasn’t a deal breaker for me, but the entire book felt repetitive. Each chapter contained a lengthy scene where Gemma was rehashing the clues they had put together thus far, either in her head or with someone else. I do understand the importance of keeping your audience abreast of what’s going on, but I found myself skipping entire chunks and not missing a thing due to this nature. Other than that, this was a solid crime novel with excellent characters and a creepy undertone that held my attention. Even though I wasn’t blown away by this installment I will most definitely be reading the next book as the characters really are top notch.

Many thanks to the publisher for providing my copy via NetGalley.

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Review: Macbeth

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Book Title: Macbeth
Author:
Jo Nesbo
REVIEWED BY: DENNIS
Series: Hogarth Shakespeare
Genres: Crime Fiction, Classics, Retelling
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Pub Date: 04/05/18
3 STARS

Set in a dark, rainy northern town, Nesbo’s Macbeth pits the ambitions of a corrupt policeman against loyal colleagues, a drug-depraved underworld and the pull of childhood friendships.

Get ready to helter-skelter through the darkest tunnels of human experience.

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Joe Nesbø’s Macbeth is a standalone retelling of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth with a modern day, Joe Nesbø crime fiction spin that we all love and respect from the Stephen King of police drama novels. The novel starts sets the stage in the 1970s, in a destitute, crime and drug ridden town in rural Norway, where the townsfolk are ruled by addiction. Both drug ring leaders, Sweno and Hecate, are the supreme leaders of the organized crime and drug power in the town. Another ruler of the town is Lady, who owns and operates the town’s casino, Inverness. After a successful crime bust, Macbeth is promoted to the Head of the Organized Crime Unit. Through manipulation and the thirst for power, the shift of balance in the crime force is completely descended. If you are a lover of William Shakespeare or the New York production of Sleep No More, I encourage you to check this story out.

My rating
I am giving this story right down the middle 3 stars out of 5 and I’ll tell you why. Although I’m not the biggest Shakespeare fan, I do enjoy Macbeth and was excited to pick up this retelling. I have broken down reasons why Joe Nesbø’s upcoming book gets a right down the middle review for me.

1. The characters in this story are very similar to Shakespeare’s story. Mainly, most of the characters are named exactly as their original counterparts, which at first was interesting, but then sort of bored me. I’ve read other retellings where the cast of character slightly deviate from the characterization in their original work and it has worked astoundingly for me. It allows the reader to not guess the next steps of each character and also not be bored by a story that they’ve read or heard already. It keeps the reader engaged, focused, and confused (but in a good way!). This was my main concern about this story and I felt the need to get that out there first before getting into the good stuff.

2. In contrast to the character originality, the story presented to us is uniquely defined and was masterfully done. Rather than the story be about royals and servants, this retelling involves crime units and drug lords–still interconnecting the main themes that you come to expect with this story: manipulation, power, greed. These centralized themes are portrayed perfectly from the moment you crack open the book, until the final chapter. Human behavior can be it’s own worst enemy.

3. This was my first read by Jo Nesbø, but everyone I know has been raving about him for a long time so I figured, let me start off with a standalone and see what I thought. Jo Nesbø is truly an artist when it comes to creating the picturewith words. I could picture exactly what Nesbø was describing and it was incredibly captivating for me. He can uniquely describe a setting better than most authors I’ve come across lately, and that is a skill that can’t be taught

My final thoughts: If you’ve never read Macbeth or absolutely loved it, pick up this book! If you’re hesitant because you know what happens already, or want something a little more original–maybe sit this one out. Retellings can be difficult to review, because everyone has a different emotional attachment to the story being reenacted and I truly believe that this story will also be polarizing.

* I was provided an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.

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Review: Warcross

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Book Title: Warcross
Author: Marie Lu
REVIEWED BY: CHELSEA
Series: Warcross #1
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian
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Pub Date: 09/12/17
5 STARS

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

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Think. You can solve this. This will not be your life. You are not destined to stay here forever. You are not your father.

This is easily the most brilliant, exciting, and action packed novel I’ve read in 2017. If I wasn’t a responsible adult, I would have blown through this in a single sitting. I’ll admit, I had seen talk of Warcross filling my feed here for well over six months prior to it’s release date, but was a bit skeptical. Reading the blurb gave me a feeling of “been there, done that more times than I can count”, but I was so intrigued by the consistently high ratings that my curiosity stayed piqued. After attending the Goodreads Summit in October and several friends gushing over it being their favorite book of the year, I knew it was time to pick it up and see what all the fuss is about. I am so delighted that I listened to the experts, because this was truly a favorite read of mine for many reasons.

Warcross was pretty simple: two teams battled each other, one trying to take the other team’s Artifact (a shiny gem) without losing their own. What made it spectacular were the virtual worlds the battles were set in, each one so realistic that putting on your glasses was like dropping you right into that place. 

What can I say that hasn’t already been said? I feel like once you know the basic gist of the story you’ve got what you need going into it. I actually picked this up without reading the summary again (the last time I did was probably 3 months ago) and I love the open perspective it gave me. I had no preconceived notions, no expectations or spoiler-filled thoughts; I simply dove in and hung on for the ride. And what a ride it was! The descriptions, atmosphere, and setting in this book were so intricate in details that I felt as though I were watching a movie in my head rather than reading words on a page. The colors, artistic backgrounds, and global experiences were truly that; experiences. I found my breath catching multiple times, and most were not during the high octane action scenes. I could truly picture this book being turned into a hollywood blockbuster film; my only concern is that we do not have the technology yet to do the story the justice it so richly deserves.

If I could solve these problems, then I could control something. And if I could control something, I could forgive myself for the one problem that I could never have solved, the one person I could never have saved. Everyone has a different way of escaping the dark stillness of their mind. This, I learned, was mine. 

Marie Lu is at the top of her game here; she knows how to write characters who are divinely flawed, ones that stir a sense of camaraderie, hope, and consistency, and then manages to break your heart and piece it back together by the end of the book. The subtle, yet natural inclusion of diversity here is stellar; the characters are completely different but the realistic sense reminded me of how Leigh Bardugo created her gang of lovable nuggets in Six of Crows(Squad Goals). We have representation of multiple races, LGBT, and disabilities that make for a well crafted group whom rely on each other for different strengths and weaknesses. I can’t express how much this touched my heart, as I feel like it is STILL so difficult to find this type of essential diverseness in current fiction.

There’s not much else to add, although I had a few jaw-dropping moments near the end. There are a few big twists, one of which I suspected and one that completely blew my mind, but the story in it’s entirety is worthy of all five stars regardless of your deduction skills. This is the type of thrilling science fiction/dystopian that is effortlessly enjoyed by all, regardless of age, race, gender, etc. This is a fantastic entry to a new world that I look forward to visiting again; the ending was left beautifully ready for the sequel and I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed that it lives up to the hype. And that it has a more appealing cover.

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Dennis Reviews: Ready Player One

Book Title: Ready Player One
Author: Ernest Cline
REVIEWED BY: DENNIS
Series: None
Genres: Science Fiction, Dystopia, Fantasy
Pub Date: 08/16/11
5 STARS

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

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Ready Player One was the ride of a lifetime! Ernest Cline’s soon-to-be-released-as-a-movie dystopian futuristic novel is immersive like no other book that I’ve ever picked up. It pulls you into a totally new (but very realistic and sadly possible) future world where we meet teenager Wade Watts, a poverty-stricken kid who lives with his aunt in the “stacks” – trailer homes built on top of each other like towers. Wade informs us immediately that it is 2044 and the world has basically gone massively downhill over time. First the Great Recession of 2008 had never ended, then the energy crisis/shortage causes mass hysteria, wars between countries have erupted all over the world (we get hints that the War in Afghanistan is still ongoing) and lastly disruptive climate change has destroyed the natural habitat of the world. Many people are destitute, living in hotel rooms (if they’re lucky), while many are homeless and need help from government subsidies. Wade also introduces us to OASIS – Ontologically Anthropocentric Sensory Immersive Simulation, which is an interactive world that people can dive into with their avatars. Think the matrix, but wayyyyyyyyyy cooler. Wade spends most of his time in OASIS; school, avoiding his drug addicted abusive aunt, and trying to find the creater of OASIS, James Halliday’s fortune. Mr. Halliday has passed away, leaving his fortune hidden in the game, letting one lucky winner have the possibility of becoming a multi-billionaire! Problem is, corporate conglomerate IOI – Innovative Online Industries is after the fortune too, and they’re at a complete advantage because they have the money, power, and influence over modern-day society. In 2044, little hope is promised, but Wade is up for the challenge.

I’ve been sitting on Ready Player One now for months and kept making excuses on why I should hold off on reading this. I saw a commercial for the movie on a YouTube ad and figured, ugh why not pick it up now so I can complain about how poorly the movie was made, right?! Well, I am so glad I did because I was completely hooked into the story and it kept me on the edge of my seat. I just needed to figure out what was going to happen, who was going to win, and if Wade was going to get the girl! Ready Player One invites you to an ingeniously creative world that is also magnificently written. I was legitimately like a kid in a candy store while reading this book. USA Today calls this“Enchanting…Willy Wonka meets the Matrix.” and they hit the nail on the head with this one. I urge you all, please pick this one up before the movie comes out!

 

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Review: Fragments Of The Lost

Book Title: Fragments Of The Lost
Author: Megan Miranda
REVIEWED BY: CHELSEA
Series: None
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Suspense, Contemporary
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Pub Date: 11/14/17
4.5 STARS

Jessa Whitworth knew she didn’t belong in her ex-boyfriend Caleb’s room. But she couldn’t deny that she was everywhere–in his photos, his neatly folded T-shirts, even the butterfly necklace in his jeans pocket . . . the one she gave him for safe keeping on that day.

His mother asked her to pack up his things–even though she blames Jessa for his accident. How could she say no? And maybe, just maybe, it will help her work through the guilt she feels about their final moments together.

But as Jessa begins to box up the pieces of Caleb’s life, they trigger memories that make Jessa realize their past relationship may not be exactly as she remembered. And she starts to question whether she really knew Caleb at all. 

Each fragment of his life reveals a new clue that propels Jessa to search for the truth about Caleb’s accident. What really happened on the storm-swept bridge?

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“The room is full of you, Jessa,”she explained, by which she means the pictures… I can’t even look directly at the photos, but his mother is right. I’m everywhere. 

Megan Miranda is one of those super talented authors who can manipulate words to do her bidding, whether that is as part of an adult thriller or a YA mystery. I’m always blown away by her ability to draw me in and blow my mind, but she’s really outdone herself this time. While the story isn’t told in reverse chronological order as was done in All the Missing Girls, this one had the same taste as it’s adult fiction predecessor. Maybe it was the compulsive, addicting nature of the plot, or possibly it was the damaged characters who’s flaws are revealed slowly over time, but either way I couldn’t get enough of this story.

Now I want to ask him “What did you know, Caleb?” That a year later, you’d be gone and I’d be peeling all evidence of you and me off the wall? That your mother would hate me, and Max wouldn’t look me in the eye, and your baby sister wouldn’t say a word to me, no matter how many times I said hello?

I’ll admit, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first began reading this one. I thought to myself Is this supposed to be a YA contemporary? The first 40 pages are a slow, heavy narrative of Jessa working through her grief, and I began to worry that the entire book was going to be us walking alongside every random memory this girl had of her ex-boyfriend in the most depressing possible way, but I should have known better. Once the stage is set and we have everything in place, the book took off at breakneck speed and I read the entire 329 pages that were left in one sitting. We begin to find pieces of Caleb in each memory, which spurs on our protagonist in working with a friend to find clues in an attempt to figure out just what really happened to Caleb on the afternoon he was caught in the flood.

You have to be willing to be wrong,… to be the one out on the limb, who falls, who makes a scene. To lean forward and let someone else decide whether to drop you or not. To jump when you can’t see under the surface, when you don’t know what might be hidden underneath.

The true beauty of this story is that it isn’t completely wrapped up in what happened to Caleb. Yes, it’s the central plot focus and yes, we do receive full closure on all events, but the journey along the way with our other characters is just as fulfilling as solving the mystery. I truly loved how, while this clearly is YA fiction, Fragments of the Lost defied age barriers in being appealing to all walks of life. There’s no cheesy banter here, no author attempting to insert “cool, hip lingo” that is cringeworthy for teens to read; this is simply a story featuring young adults written in excellent form. Fragments of the Lost is the type of story that upon finishing I immediately wanted to chat about it with a friend; some of the twists really blew my mind and I felt the intricate, connecting details were very well done. Highly recommended to mystery lovers of all ages; if you enjoy a “whodunnit” of sorts you’ll really have a ball donning your detective cap for this caper.

*I received a review copy from the publisher. Many thanks Random House Children’s Dept!

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Dennis Reviews: 11/13/17

Book Title: House Of Spines
Author: Michael J. Malone
REVIEWED BY: DENNIS
Series: None
Genres: Mystery, Suspense, Gothic Thriller
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Pub Date: 08/16/17
4 STARS

 

Ran McGhie’s world has been turned upside down. A young, lonely, and frustrated writer, and suffering from mental-health problems, he discovers that his long-dead mother was related to one of Glasgow’s oldest merchant families. Not only that, but Ran has inherited Newton Hall, a vast mansion that belonged to his great-uncle, who it seems has been watching from afar as his estranged great-nephew has grown up. Entering his new-found home, it seems Great-Uncle Fitzpatrick has turned it into a temple to the written word—the perfect place for poet Ran. But everything is not as it seems. As he explores the Hall’s endless corridors, Ran’s grasp on reality appears to be loosening. And then he comes across an ancient lift; and in that lift a mirror. And in the mirror . . . the reflection of a woman.

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Michael J. Malone’s House of Spines is a poetically written gothic ghost story, weaving in family dynamics, tragedy, and some romance in between. The story starts off with 20-something year old Ranald McGhie meeting with his family attorney after his Great-Uncle, Alexander Fitzpatrick passes away and leaves his beautiful Victorian mansion to him, with the condition that the library stay in tact and the housekeeper and her husband maintain their own cottage on the property. Ranald is skeptical because his relationship with his Great-Uncle is non-existent, but little does he know, his uncle has been watching him from afar, proudly ready to hand the keys of the kingdom to Ran. Ran learns the hard way how family dynamics could get the worst of you when it comes to life and death. People can be brutal when it comes to money and inheritance, leaving the forces of human nature to take their victims unwillingly.

House of Spines was a very different read for me because it was a gothic-yet not scary, ghost story intertwined with real life issues that could affect anyone at any given moment. We all could either have experienced or know someone who has experienced family death, mental illness, sexual promiscuity, divorce, financial instability, and betrayal. Michael Malone beautifully blends these themes throughout the story without going overboard; allowing human nature to provide the outcomes to this conflicts. The writing style at some points tended to lull me or lose my focus, but the story really kept me focus on what was going to happen. It could be a bit of a slow-burn in terms of action, but I wouldn’t necessarily categorize this book as a slow burn because there was enough of the story to go around. With a unique story and very satisfying ending, I was very pleased to finish this novel and look forward to reading more from Mr. Malone.

 

Book Title: There’s Someone Inside Your House
Author: Stephanie Perkins
REVIEWED BY: DENNIS
Series: None
Genres: Slasher Thriller, Mystery, Suspense, Young Adult
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Pub Date: 09/26/17
2 STARS

Love hurts…

Makani Young thought she’d left her dark past behind her in Hawaii, settling in with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska. She’s found new friends and has even started to fall for mysterious outsider Ollie Larsson. But her past isn’t far behind.

Then, one by one, the students of Osborne Hugh begin to die in a series f gruesome murders, each with increasingly grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and her feelings for Ollie intensify, Makani is forced to confront her own dark secrets.

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There’s Someone Inside Your House by YA romance author Stephanie Perkins is a debut thriller that initially gives off Scream vibes from the initial synopsis. Makani Young is a student at Osbourne High School in rural Kansas, moving from Hawaii to live with her maternal grandmother as a vitriolic divorce battles between her parents rages on. The story starts off with the murder of one of Osbourne High School’s prized students, Haley Whitehall—crippling the town’s status quo and jumpstarting a new era of turmoil for this small town. One by one, Osbourne’s student body is slowly coming to the demise by a sadistic, yet savvy killer. Who’s the killer? Why is this person attacking “innocent” (wink wink) people, and how can it be stopped?

*breathes deeply* Welp. Alright guys and gals, this was bad. I guess this is what happens when you have an author switch genres from young adult romance to thriller slasher horror. It just doesn’t work for me and I’ll tell you why.

The Characters
The character development is lacking so hard in this book. We are introduced to Makani, her love interest Ollie, her grandmother, and her friends Darby and Alex. We are also introduced to a plethora of secondary characters who end up taking a more prominent role than a majority of the main deck of characters that Ms. Perkins provides for us. This tactic just doesn’t work for me because I really don’t care what a character we meet on one page does to affect the story. Why not divulge more into that/those character/s so I’m fully vested? It just doesn’t make sense that poorly discussed characters have too much power in this plot.

When we do learn more about the main characters, there really aren’t any personality traits or prominent portrayals about them either. You could literally take the person’s name and almost interchangeably use someone else and the story could go on.

The Story
I picked this book up expecting it to be nostalgic of 90s slasher films like Scream or I Know What You Did Last Summer (I was praying to my gay training guide that there’d be a Ryan Phillippe -esque character here but alas that was also not given to me with this story), but what I got was more Nickelodeon’s Degrassi. I feel like I was hoodwinked by the synopsis and the initial discussion about the book. This book is a romance novel with a minor slasher/whodunnit theme and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

What also lacked was minor secondary and tertiary plot developments in this book that really didn’t amount to anything of significance. We touch on Makani’s life before moving to Osbourne—yawn. We touch on Ollie’s relationship with his brother and family farm—ok, I guess. Why not further develop these sub-plots and loop them into the story?

What I did enjoy
The one and maybe only thing I really enjoyed about There’s Someone Inside Your House was that the characters were very diverse. This isn’t your #whitepeopleproblems story where everyone is blonde, blue-eyed, straight, white people drinking pumpkin spiced-lattes and listening to Taylor Swift. We see racially diverse people, lgbtq characters, and also hear the perspectives of those who are bullied, rather than the cheerleading squad or football quarterbacks complaining that they “can’t even”.

Final Thoughts
So now that I’ve complained and moaned with this review, I do believe that people who enjoy romance novels and young adult novels shouldn’t be deterred by this review. In fact, I encourage you to pick this one up if those genres interest you because There’s Someone Inside Your House is a spot-on choice for those seeking teen romance reads with something a little more complicated.

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Review: Into The Drowning Deep

Book Title: Into The Drowning Deep
Author: Mira Grant (Pseudonym)
REVIEWED BY: CHELSEA
Series: Rolling In The Deep #1
Genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror
Goodreads
Pub Date: 11/14/17
5 STARS

Seven years ago, the Atargatis set off on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a “mockumentary” bringing to life ancient sea creatures of legend. It was lost at sea with all hands. Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a maritime tragedy.

Now, a new crew has been assembled. But this time they’re not out to entertain. Some seek to validate their life’s work. Some seek the greatest hunt of all. Some seek the truth. But for the ambitious young scientist Victoria Stewart this is a voyage to uncover the fate of the sister she lost.

Whatever the truth may be, it will only be found below the waves.

But the secrets of the deep come with a price.

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“Did you really think we were the apex predators of the world?”
-Dr. Jillian Toth

AAHHH! How can I write a review to do this book justice? I don’t think I can convey just how glorious of a storyteller Mira Grant (AKA Seanan McGuire) is. The way I feel about her writing is similar to how diehard Stephen King fans feel about his work; she could publish her grocery list and I would pay top dollar for it. Grant/McGuire is by far one of the most underrated authors of our time and I want to shout from the rooftops just how amazing she is.

If you haven’t read the prequel novella Rolling in the Deep yet, no worries. It’s 100% not imperative that you do so before reading this one, as there is ample back story and filling in on what happened to the Atargatis prior to the events of this novel. Personally, I enjoyed reading the prequel first, as I wanted to experience the events as they happened instead of it being relayed to me “second-hand” if that makes sense. Whatever way you choose, you will not be lost, left behind, or confused if you decide to jump in right here. The story is still excellent and will hopefully blow you away as it did me when I devoured it.

Around the boat, the sea is getting lighter, like the sun is rising from below. The camera continues to roll. The cameraman continues to run.

A thin-fingered hand slaps across the lens, and the video stops. The screaming takes longer to end, but in time, it does.

Everything ends.

Obviously we know going in that this book is about another group of scientists and specialists heading on an expedition to prove/disprove the theory of mermaids being the real deal. Unfortunately (again), these folks are taken by surprise by the monsters that they find. I don’t want to give anything away, but here we have the same intricate details from Grant. Her writing is the very definition of “science fiction”, as her fiction has so many scientific “facts” to enhance the credibility of the story I almost forget this is fiction and not a documentary on the Discovery Channel. There were a few really nice twists and turns that caught me off guard, and one major turning point of the story blew my mind so wonderfully that I’m still thinking about it as I type this. While we receive enough closure in the end, I felt the finale was left open enough for another entry if she so chooses to write it, which pleases me greatly. Muahahaha Highly recommended for fans of fantasy, science fiction, and just plain weird and dark takes on classic stories.

*I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Book #2 in my Nebulous November reading challenge.

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