The Dark Beneath The Ice Review

I love horror.

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Today’s review was an enjoyable read that I couldn’t put down. Let’s take a look at The Dark Beneath the Ice.



  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire (August 7, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492657077


Something is wrong with Marianne.

It’s not just that her parents have split up, or that life hasn’t been the same since she quit dancing. Or even that her mother has checked herself into the hospital.

She’s losing time. Doing things she would never do. And objects around her seem to break whenever she comes close.

Something is after her. But a first attempt at an exorcism calls down the full force of the thing’s rage. It demands Marianne give back what she stole. And Marianne must uncover the truth that lies beneath it all before the nightmare can take what it think it’s owed, leaving Marianne trapped in the darkness of the other side.

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Tawney’s Review:

Sometimes a good horror book comes along that surprises you. The Dark Beneath the Ice was a great horror that was creeptastic.

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Marianne is haunted, that much is clear but it takes her a while to figure that out. She moves from home when her parents separate to live with her Aunt. This thing, entity wants to destroy everything in Marianne’s life.

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Marianne has anxiety, just like me, so it was nice to see her try to deal with that with therapy. But given that she is haunted her anxiety level goes to the extreme. I love that the book delves into that. I also love the supporting character Ron. She was exactly who Marianne needed in such a crisis.  Strong, faithful and caring. The connection between the two is on fire!

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The ghost story was unique and maybe that was why I liked it. I didn’t much care about Marianne’s parents drama but that was just more of a backstory to the haunting unfolding. And the haunting is scary with possession and moving objects. Things come together at the end where you are just as surpised to find actually why Marianne was haunted.

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Should you read it? Yes! A creeptastic horror book that had me turning every page and keeping the light on at night.

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Umbertouched Review

Today’s review is the sequel to Rosemarked.

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Let’s take a look at Umbertouched.


  • Age Range: 12 – 17 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Rosemarked
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (November 6, 2018)


The mission was a failure. Even though Zivah and Dineas discovered a secret that could bring down the empire, their information is useless without proof. Now, with their cover blown and their quest abandoned, their only remaining hope is to get home before Ampara brings the full might of its armies against their peoples.

As Shidadi and Dara alike prepare for war, Zivah and Dineas grapple with the toll of their time in the capital. After fighting alongside the Amparans against his own kin, can Dineas convince the Shidadi—and himself—where his loyalties lie? After betraying her healer’s vows in Sehmar City, can Zivah find a way to redeem herself—especially when the Dara ask her to do the unthinkable? And after reluctantly falling in love, what will the two do with their lingering feelings, now that the Dineas from Sehmar City is gone forever? Time is running out for all of them, but especially Zivah whose plague symptoms surface once again. Now, she must decide how she’ll define the life she has left.

Together, healer and warrior must find the courage to save their people, expose the truth, and face the devastating consequences headed their way.

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Tawney’s Review: It was good to return to Blackburne’s world with Zivah and Dineas. Rosemarked was a great fantasy book so I looked forward to the sequel Umbetouched.

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The book felt a bit rushed as it is a duology and nothing really seemed to wrap up nicely but I did enjoy going back into Blackburne’s world. Seeing the characters again and finding out their fates kept each page turning. Though Zivah and Dineas quest failed in the last book we get to see them try and prevent a war, which made for some anxiety! I liked how Blackburne showed the impact of such a war and the outcome to those affected by it. Whether they were enemies or friends.

(Spoiler) The end was so sad and wonderful at the same time. I’m glad Blackburne didn’t change Zivah’s path with her disease. You knew what was coming but it still was sorrowful.

Should you read it? Yes! A fun duology.

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Outrun The Wind Review

I love LOVE Greek Mythology!

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Let’s take a look at Outrun The Wind!



  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Flux (November 27, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1635830265


The Huntresses of Artemis must obey two rules: never disobey the goddess, and never fall in love. After being rescued from a harrowing life as an Oracle of Delphi, Kahina is glad to be a part of the Hunt; living among a group of female warriors gives her a chance to reclaim her strength, even while her prophetic powers linger. But when a routine mission goes awry, Kahina breaks the first rule in order to save the legendary huntress Atalanta.

To earn back Artemis’s favor, Kahina must complete a dangerous task in the kingdom of Arkadia— where the king’s daughter is revealed to be none other than Atalanta. Still reeling from her disastrous quest and her father’s insistence on marriage, Atalanta isn’t sure what to make of Kahina. As her connection to Atalanta deepens, Kahina finds herself in danger of breaking Artemis’ second rule.

She helps Atalanta devise a dangerous game to avoid marriage, and word spreads throughout Greece, attracting suitors willing to tempt fate to go up against Atalanta in a race for her hand. But when the men responsible for both the girls’ dark pasts arrive, the game turns deadly.

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Tawney’s Review

I love Greek mythology. I just finished The Song of Achilles and Circe by Madeline Miller and was just itching for more! Out Run the Wind came just at the right opportune time.

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Tammi did a wonderful job at bringing Artemis’s Huntresses to life with vivid description and characters you can connect with. Kahina kept to herself and seemed distant and cold until the day she saved Atalanta and opened up. She’s strong and brave and is willing to do anything not just for Artemis, but Atalanta. And those two’s relationship is epic! It was slow and wasn’t too heavily drawn on in the plot, which made it so cute. I loved the fact that the POV was both girls and we got to be in their heads on what they were thinking, especially about each other.

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The only problem I had with the book was that I wanted more Ancient Greece. More setting and description. Given that the reader knows its set at this time, I would have preferred to see more of the descriptions of the cities and surrounding areas on Kahina’s adventure. Of the culture and mythology.

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Should you read it? Over all it was a great read and if you love Madeline Miller’s book this book could be for you!

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I’ve received the arc from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Believe Me Review

Today’s review is a psychological thrill ride.

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Let’s take a look at Believe Me.


  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (July 24, 2018)
  • Publication Date: July 24, 2018
  • Sold by: Random House LLC

 A struggling actor, a Brit in America without a green card, Claire needs work and money to survive. Then she gets both. But nothing like she expected.

Claire agrees to become a decoy for a firm of divorce lawyers. Hired to entrap straying husbands, she must catch them on tape with their seductive propositions.

The rules? Never hit on the mark directly. Make it clear you’re available, but he has to proposition you, not the other way around. The firm is after evidence, not coercion. The innocent have nothing to hide.

Then the game changes.

When the wife of one of Claire’s targets is violently murdered, the cops are sure the husband is to blame. Desperate to catch him before he kills again, they enlist Claire to lure him into a confession.

Claire can do this. She’s brilliant at assuming a voice and an identity. For a woman who’s mastered the art of manipulation, how difficult could it be to tempt a killer into a trap?

But who is the decoy . . . and who is the prey?

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Tawney’s Review: I love thrillers and the twist and turns that come with it. Believe Me was no exception.

Claire’s voice connects with the reader through her grim reality of wanting to be an actress, but due to unfortunate past circumstances that dream is ripped away from her. She needs money so she uses her acting talents for desperate wives to catch their cheating husbands.

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When one of those wives is murdered it’s up to Claire to bring the killer out. I was quickly ensnared by Claire and her acting abilities. She has to lure the killer of one of her former clients out, but to do that she must dive into his reality and lie. And that was just it, who was acting and who was telling the truth in this book?

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This book was a different type of psychological thriller. Clever with a twisty plot. The dialogue read like a movie script and I really found that interesting and unique. As Claire is embroiled deeper in her undercover lie, you turn each page to find out what happens next. It was a real fun dark twisted ride.

Should you read it? Yes, a great thriller that reads like a movie, taking you on a wild ride with twist and turns on every page.

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Thank you Netgalley and Random House for this book in exchange for my honest review

The Deep Dark Blue: A Memoir of Survival Review

Today’s book review comes at a powerful time for women who are speaking up against their abusers.

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Let’s take a look at Deep Dark Blue: A Memoir of Survival.

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (May 1, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250128528

I want to be in the Air Force someday.

These are the words Polo Tate engraved on her junior dog tags at age eleven. It was an unpopular dream for most young girls, but her hard work paid off and at age eighteen, Polo started basic training at the United States Air Force Academy.

She does everything right, from academics to athletics. But no one prepared her for what came next: physical, sexual, and emotional abuse at the hands of her superiors. Harassment from peers who refused to believe her story.

Deep Dark Blue is more than a memoir about sexual assault. It’s about breaking boundaries but also setting them. It’s about learning to trust your instincts. It’s a story of survival, resilience, and finally, finding your joy.

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Tawney’s Review:   This book is the true definition of strength and courage. As Polo shares her memoir every depth of her emotions and vivid details of her experience throughout her time at the Academy is felt by the reader.

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You connect with Polo as she becomes vulnerable sharing her hopes, fears and the tragic bullying and assaults against her. It’s real and raw, drawing you page after page. It’s an eye opening book on a world not many people know about.

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The writing flows and the pace is swift. Polo’s description is vivid and rips at your heart. You feel for her and demand justice. Through it all Polo shows courage to heal. It’s a great book to have teens read and parents discuss sexual assault, because it can happen anywhere.

Should you read this book? Yes, a book that all ages should read about survival and the meaning of making a positive change.

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About the author:


Polo Tate is an actor and performer at places such as the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, Broadway Comedy Club, Reckless, and the PIT. Deep Dark Blue is her debut memoir. She lives in New York City.


The Falling Between Us Review

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel Books (March 13, 2018)
  • ISBN-10: 0399168486
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Just eight months ago, fifteen-year-old Roxanne Stewart was stuck in her tiny, middle-of-nowhere hometown with no prospects of leaving. But after her boyfriend, Joshua Blackbird, posts a performance of an original song on YouTube, he becomes an overnight sensation, catapulting to the dizzying heights of celebrity, and Rox joins him on the whirlwind ride of a massive national tour.

But it’s not long before the never-blinking eye of fame begins weighing them both down–the constant hunger of managers, diehard fans who call themselves “Birdies,” record execs, paparazzi, and even family, all leeching onto Joshua.

Then one day, Joshua Blackbird disappears. Was it a suicide? An accident? Rox will stop at nothing to find out the truth. The Falling Between Us is a haunting love story and a piercing look at the costs of fame.

 Tawney’s Review: This book was different. It’s a story about fame and finding yourself through love, loss and social media.

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Joshua is now a celebrity and his life has changed. Rox accompanies him and the drama starts. Being a celebrity isn’t all it’s cracked up to be with all the pressure it brings. But when Joshua disappears Rox will do anything to find him.

The book was good and interesting. It was a bit of a mystery and self discovery book. The characters were interesting enough but I think the main star was Joshua and his fame. The reader connected with him and all the glory and suffering being a celebrity brings. Life is no longer normal.

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I was memorized by the story and emotionally connected. The book takes a hard look on the descending mental illness of depression. Joshua was spiraling down a dark path of helplessness.

The story was told in a beautiful poetic way but the ending left me unfulfilled. It took a different turn I didn’t see coming and didn’t sit well with me. But overall it was a good reading .

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The Way You Make Me Feel Review

Today’s book was a light humorous book that I was grateful to read. I loved Maurene Goo’s book I Believe In A Thing Called Love, check out my review here, so I couldn’t wait to dive through the pages of The Way You Make Me Feel.

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Let’s take a look at The Way You Make Me Feel!

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (May 8, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374304084

From the author of I Believe in a Thing Called Love, a laugh-out-loud story of love, new friendships, and one unique food truck.

Clara Shin lives for pranks and disruption. When she takes one joke too far, her dad sentences her to a summer working on his food truck, the KoBra, alongside her uptight classmate Rose Carver. Not the carefree summer Clara had imagined. But maybe Rose isn’t so bad. Maybe the boy named Hamlet (yes, Hamlet) crushing on her is pretty cute. Maybe Clara actually feels invested in her dad’s business. What if taking this summer seriously means that Clara has to leave her old self behind? With Maurene Goo’s signature warmth and humor, The Way You Make Me Feel is a relatable story of falling in love and finding yourself in the places you’d never thought to look.

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Tawney’s Review: I loved Goo’s book I Believe In A Thing Called Love so I went into this new book knowing I liked Goo’s writing style and voice.

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I wasn’t disappointed! Clara was such a fun character to follow, especially when she’s pranking. But as some pranks can go too far Clara must deal with the consequences, such as a fire at school. Now Clara’s punishment is to work on her father’s KoBra food truck, a Korean/Brazilian fusion restaurant on wheels. But there’s a catch… Clara will be working KoBra with her arch nemesis Rose.

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Clara is quick to act and doesn’t think before doing it. She’s vivacious and strong and a fun character to follow. Rose is more down to earth and an over achiever who works to be the best. As time passes the girls become friends and it’s fun to watch them grow closer.

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Enter the romance of Hamlet Wong, love the name! Hamlet works at a coffee kiosk nearby. It is so obvious that Hamlet likes Clara but she denies it stating he’s not her type. It was also fun to watch Hamlet and Clara grow close together. You rooted for them to get together from the very beginning.

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Goo did a wonderful job at bringing her characters to life with their quirks and personalities. They were relatable and the reader can connect with each one. Goo’s pace flows and there is never a dull moment. Her description of California makes you feel right their with Clara and her friends and family. It was a light read I quickly read through and couldn’t put down.

Should you read this? Yes! A cute YA romance that’s a perfect summer read for those looking for humor and fluffy romance.

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About the author:

MAURENE GOO is the author of several books for young adults, including I Believe in a Thing Called Love, which received starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and cat, Maeby.