Andi escaped the corporate world and found her dream job of managing an indie bookstore in 2018. She's born and raised in RVA and reads just about anything, with particular favorites being Twisteries, YA, horror, and most any contemporary fiction. When she's not reading she can be found playing pinball and relaxing with her husband, her cats, and a nice cold local beer in her speakeasy home.
Heartsick grabs you by the throat immediately and doesn't let go. I was captivated by the stories of Claire, Ana, and Patrick and I fell in love and had my heart broken right along with them. Stephens does an amazing job of sharing the feelings of the initial joy, the panic of impending loss, and the desperation when it's all over. I do not have words for how much this book touched me. Everyone will see themselves in some, if not all, of these people.
What a fun, weird, hilarious book! I saw "lesbian sasquatch" and knew I had to have it - it didn't disappoint! Allen brings humor and horror together in this one-of-a-kind story about a little island that's almost been forgotten by the world until a dating show arrives to film their final four. I read this in one sitting and even though it's hard to classify, I will be telling everyone about it. For fans of Grady Hendrix, you won't want to miss this great time.
I have been utterly charmed by Adler's latest! Inspired by a photo she saw online, this tells the classic story of a cheerleader falling for the quarterback of the football team - with a twist! Jack is new to school and can't tell people she was recruited to the team to replace the beloved Robbie, who was killed in a car accident. Trying to deal with filling the shoes of the prior QB proves a challenge for Jack and the added complication of Amber isn't helping. Amber wants to be head cheerleader and will do anything to get it - even if that means denying her feelings for Jack.
As a pinball nerd myself, I was really eager to get my hands not his one. It's just as good as I'd hoped! Jon has made a well-written, well-illustrated history of pinball that is great for pros and beginners alike. There are fascinating facts and tips to improve your shots and they are all packaged in a bright, fun graphic novel. I can't wait to get this into my local pinball collective and women's league!
I am a longtime fan of a bar haiku, having written a books' worth of them in my 20s. This book outdoes anything I have ever attempted, with its clever haiku by some of comedy's biggest and brightest. It's a fun spot of laughter and humor in the craziness of the world today and I am here for it.
I am very much on the fence about covid-time books but this adorable multi-view romance totally enchanted me. It's the story of an apartment building that discovers a case of the virus in their midst and goes into lockdown immediately - no one goes in or out, no exceptions. Among those quarantined are a couple that just had a one night stand, a group of bridesmaids with varying degrees of tolerance for one another, half of a codependent couple, and several more. I loved each story, and the way they're all interwoven was perfection. I also really love that this begins on a Sunday morning, a time of weekend that typically feels like the end of things. In this case, it's just the start and you won't want to miss a day!
DeMeester spins a twisty dark tale so well! This is the story of Caroline and her daughter Lila, told in dual timelines and voices. The Cur, a ravenous and cruel serial killer has stalked their town for decades, leaving no clues in their wake. Only the mutilated bodies of the young girls left behind can tell the police anything and the entire town is afraid to let their children out at night. Going between current day Atlanta and 2004-era New Orleans, this book has it all - family, revenge, an abandoned and surely haunted amusement park. I loved it!
I have been dying for this book since I first heard it was going to exist and I was not even a little disappointed. I loved Maren's first book, Sugar Run and her equally genre-defying follow up is even more beautiful and heartrending. We know something is not quite right with Elena and Alex's marriage early on, and as the chapters unfold we learn that he is in love with a Lucha libre wrestler. When Alex and his lover disappear, Elena tries to track them down despite the lack of evidence left behind. Crossing the Texas/Mexico border and touching on disordered eating, the opioid epidemic, and parenting, this gorgeous book will make you take your time reading it to really soak in the prose.
Smith has done it again in this cute YA romance with a heavy dose of gaming! I am a huge pinball nerd myself, so this already appealed to me and the story of Adam and Whitney was so endearing! Adam is trying desperately to save the family arcade from Whitney's developer father. It's the last thing Adam has left of his late father, and he can't let it go. A snowstorm traps the two inside the arcade and they can't help but hash out all that's gone wrong over the past few years. What will happen to Whitney and Adam once the roads clear - and what will happen to the arcade?
This novella doesn't need to be long to pack in chills and horror. Khaw crafts a terrifying setting as she tells the tale of five longtime friends who have gathered to witness the wedding of two group members. As the night unfolds in an abandoned Heian-era mansion, long held grudges and secrets come to light and the reader wonders why these people are even friends. The terrifying climax is grisly, dark, and beyond what you would imagine as the friends fight to save one another and themselves. A PERFECT Halloween read.
Baer's follow up to the wildly successful What Kind of Woman is even better than the first collection! She has taken comments, emails, feedback, and texts from various spoken interviews and testimonies and turned them inspiring blackout poetry that turns the initial correspondence on its head. This new volume speaks to current events, moms, women, and anyone who is just tired of all the negativity in the world. It's cathartic and inspirational and beautiful.
I have come across some truly great Wattpad books this year but this one might be my new favorite. It touches on body positivity, neurodivergence, and the strong love between family. Artist Lori is not thrilled to be a new student at image-conscious Bay Water High. She struggles with her mom's constant diet/makeover obsessions and misses being appreciated for art and not appearance. She's also under the stress of being the main caregiver to her younger brother, who has autism and attends a special school nearby. Her rage reaches a breaking point, and she finds a new, secret way of expressing herself that ends up being even more controversial than being overweight at a school full of pretty people. I felt so many feelings for this book and Lori's journey and I want anyone who feels overlooked to read it and know they are beautiful - inside and out.
Teenage misfit Jade is obsessed with horror movies - and she plans to use her encyclopedic knowledge to ensure her survival as her quiet town of Proofrock is terrorized by something unseen. This follow up to The Only Good Indians blew me away - I am a sucker for a classic horror series and Jones did an amazing job ratcheting up the tension until the grisly climax. This is a must read for fans of Stephen King or Grady Hendrix.
I love every word that Hendrix puts on a page and this might be my new favorite. It's a love letter to the slasher movie genre that exploded in the 80s-90s and while it doesn't call out any specific franchise by name, you know what inspired him. Lynette is a member of a top-secret support group that is full of Final Girls - the few women that survived brutal killers that spawned still-active horror movie franchises. No one understands how hard it is to be the ones left behind and when group members start dying off, it becomes clear that someone has found them out. This kept me turning the pages madly until the resolution and the reader can visualize how it might play out on screen. I will be putting this in the hand of every horror fan I see.
I have been dying to get my hands on this book since I first heard it announced. I was not disappointed! Six superstar YA writers team up for six tales of romance during a blackout in NYC. Nic Stone's story provides a center that the others authors complete and each tale overlaps just enough with the others that you will want to end up at the blackout party they're all working to get to. This book covers several diverse couples finding and losing love during the hottest day in the city and these stories put you right there with them all. I loved every single story!
As much as I loved Blacktop Wasteland, I think I like this new book even more - Cosby just keeps getting better! This is the story of two fathers who have nothing in common - except the murder of their estranged sons. Neither father had ever really gotten used to the couple's gay interracial relationship and now that the young men have been brutally killed, they are dealing with regrets and feelings unspoken. The police are doing nothing to catch the murderers, so Ike and Buddy Lee take matters into their own hands. I forced myself to read this really slowly because I knew I’d be so sad when it was over. This is a strong contender for my book of the year.
I was first drawn to this by the beautiful cover (even on an advanced copy) and then I was enchanted by West's writing immediately. Revival Season tells the story of 15 year old Miriam, the child of an evangelical healer. After witnessing a shocking confrontation after a healing session during their annual summer revival tour, Miriam begins to doubt not only her father but her God. While she's struggling with her faith, she discovers that perhaps she might be able to heal as well. That is unheard of for a young girl and she's desperate to keep her father from finding out. Will Miriam be forced to choose between helping others and staying in her father's good graces? Does she even want to be in his good graces? This gorgeous book brings up questions of faith, family, and self and I can't get enough of it.
Tucker spins a beautiful tale of addiction, love, friendship, and survival in this stunning debut set in rural North Carolina. Irene spends her days slinging drinks at the local watering hole. There, she befriends magnetic Luce and the two start down a dark path of drugs and crime, all the while wishing for escape. Things change when Luce meets a young soldier who wants to help her get clean. Irene is torn between the need to keep her friend close and the desire for Luce to have the best life possible. it's a story of doing what you think is best and living with the consequences. This book broke my heart in the most beautiful way.
I saw that this was described as a cross between Blair Witch and Midsommar and could not grab it fast enough. This chilling novel is set in a remote village in Sweden and tells the story of a scrappy documentary film crew trying to find out why the entire town disappeared many years ago. The camp they set up in the town square is immediately beset with mysterious happenings that become less and less harmless. Tension mounts as they explore the mystery of where the residents of Silvertjarn went, and wonder if they will meet the same fate.
It's going to be hard to describe this book without swearing - it's that good! Sydney is back in her Brooklyn neighborhood to take care of her ailing mother and regroup after a nasty breakup. She comes home to a block that's changing - not for the better. The longtime Black homeowners are being pushed out by well-to-do white people. Circumstances of her friends' moves seem more and more shady to Sydney. With the help of new neighbor Theo, she starts to look into the history of the area and nefarious secrets start to come to light. I won't go any further because I don't want to spoil anything. READ THIS BOOK.