The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

Tessa Lowell has spent the last ten years living with her grandmother in Florida. Ten years away from everything she knew – the shit hole town where she grew up, ten years away from her friends and family, ten years away from the Monster. And then she receives a phone call that changes everything.

Her dad is dying, and while she doesn’t care, not really, she gets on a plane anyway to see the man whose been locked up all this time, one last time. But he’s already dead when she gets there, and there’s a name on his visitors list that unravels everything.

Why did her best childhood friend stop talking to her? Where is mother? And why did her missing sister come back to visit their dying father, only to disappear again immediately? All these questions extend her trip to Fayette, the podunk town she lived in before moving to Florida after her mother gave her up. And then another victim of the Monster surfaces.

The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas is gripping from the very beginning, although not as attention keeping as the previous works I’ve reviewed. You can tell Thomas loves true crime in real life, and it shows in her writing. She knows how to tell a story and keep it moving, although The Darkest Corners doesn’t have as many mind boggling twists and turns as usual. Still, I really enjoyed this work and I’m happy to continue reading more as the author releases. I believe I only have one more published work to go currently.

Goodreads rating: 3 of 5 stars

Would I read it again? I’m not in any hurry, but I wouldn’t say never.

Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

Kara Thomas has a way of sucking you in from the first page of her writing. That’s what happened to me with Little Monsters this weekend. There’s no long and drawn out build up, it’s gripping and has momentum from the very beginning and doesn’t let you go until the very last page.

Kacey moved from New York to Wisconsin about a year ago to live with the dad she never knew and his family. She has an edge about her, her own scars and experiences that have shaped her, but she falls into family life more or less well enough. She makes friends with two girls at school almost immediately, and while not popular or cool, they’re their own little circle.

But things aren’t always what they seem, and sometimes being a teenage girl is hard. When Kacey is left out of one of the biggest parties of the year, she’s hurt but not dramatically so. Her friend Bailey was supposed to text her and never does, and then turns up missing the next day. And so unfolds one of the craziest stories I’ve read all year.

When I reviewed That Weekend over the summer, I knew I had found a new favorite author. And I was right, and it’s only the beginning as Kara Thomas is, while not a brand new author, one that has a couple more books I need to pick up. If you love YA thrillers that are fast paced, keep you on your toes, and have none of the drudgery that sometimes weighs books like these down, this one’s for you.

Goodreads rating: 5 of 5 stars

Would I read it again? Oh yes!

A Court of Mist and Fury Sarah J. Maas

Fayre is a survivor. From her childhood with family who didn’t understand her, her teenage years where she provided for that same useless family, to her time in Prythian and Under the Mountain. She survives. She’s basically a much more interesting Destiny’s Child.

Since the events of the first book, Fayre has become an immortal with a mortal heart. She’s never had to think about whether her actions are good or not, as they’ve always been inherently good. Now, she’s something the world hasn’t seen in a very long time, she’s Made, and the choices she’s made and the choices of those around her start to weigh down on her until she’s all but crumbling.

Cue the High Lord of the Night Court, sensing her unraveling through their bond, coming to reclaim the bargain made during the tasks in the first book. Rhysland is everything Tamlin is not, and when he steals Fayre away on her wedding day, she begins to realize he’s much more than what he’s let people see.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas is a monstrosity of a book, in pages, not plot, and I struggled getting through it and the Thanksgiving holiday in one week. And while I made an absolutely terrible pumpkin pie, I had a great time sinking my teeth into this story, where magic comes alive as you turn the pages. Character development, story building, adventures – a lot is packed into the binding. If you haven’t started this series yet, I highly recommend.

Goodreads rating: 4 of 5 starts

Would I read it again? Yes!

Payback’s a Witch (Blackwood Bay Witches #5) by Misty Bane

Dru’s got some interesting new neighbors in the fifth installment of Misty Bane’s Blackwood Bay Witches series. Joe & Laura Collins moved in with a bang, and go out with one too.

It all started when Dru got an invitation to Joe’s 60th birthday bash, by way of a swarmy con man turning up in her bookshop and staring at her chest. Despite her unease, she dicides to take her boyfriend, Harper, along to see their mansion, friends, and mega-Church/cult associates party it up, a mere handful of hours after someone set their lawn on fire.

Dru’s just nosy and she’s okay with it.

But the party quickly unravels into a three-way who done it mystery when Dru accidentally trips over Joe’s dead body at the party. It quickly escalates into all parties pointing fingers at each other, but Maui, her talking cat, is the real hero of the book.

There’s one more Blackwood Bay Witches mystery available from the set I purchased, but I think I’m going to save it for another time. While these are cute and cozy it’s definitely time to mix it up. I’m not sure what I’ll pick up next but I hope my readers will join me in my next adventure.

Goodreads rating: 3 of 5 stars

Would I read it again? I don’t think so.

Phantoms in High Fidelity (Blackwood Bay Witches #3) by Misty Bane

Ghosthunters has come to Blackwood Bay. Not really, but the fictional version of the reality show has taken up short term residence in the sleepy little coastal town, and it’s turning everything upside down.

Dru Rathmore just wants to watch the cleaning fairies zoom around her apartment and spend a little time with her hot Guardian, Harper. But with the cast of Supernatural Sleuths hanging around, chaos ensues. It starts with a missing person, who was only supposed to be “missing” in the figurative sense. Then Harper’s old girlfriend shows up, and while his original disdain for her is pretty intense, things go sideways and he’s practically vomit-inducing over her for the rest of the novel.

Dru, with the help of her spectral Granny, has more than one mystery to solve as a missing persons case turns into a homicide, more than one love story turns deranged, and the ghosts of Blackwood Bay get down tonight in one of the more lux hotels.

I actually really enjoyed Phantoms in High Fidelity by Misty Bane. This was a quick little mystery that kept you guessing, and I really enjoyed the mix of serial drama and and ghosts and humans co-existing in the lap of luxury. The author has taken to hinting at the plot of her next book in the series at the end of her current one, so I’ll be digging into that one as soon as I can.

Goodreads rating: 4 of 5 stars

Would I read it again? I think so!