We have three recent reads to share with you today! We hope you find your new favorite book and don’t forget to click either tag above to find more recommendations that you need in your collection.
Stone and Steel by Eboni Dunbar
In Stone and Steel, when General Aaliyah returns triumphant to the city of Titus, she expects to find the people prospering under the rule of her Queen, the stone mage Odessa. Instead, she finds a troubling imbalance in both the citizens’ well-being and Odessa’s rule. Aaliyah must rely on all of her allies, old and new, to do right by the city that made her.
Audra’s Teaser Review
Dunbar captures a classic fantasy feel with a kingdom where people have elemental powers but makes it totally her own with a very modern style. What I loved most about this story were the messy relationships and flawed characters.
Read Audra’s entire review at Goodreads.
Strange Tales by Liz Strange
Sometimes the past has a way of stealing your future…. After the vicious attack by the Desmarais, Rachel is forced to start over without her beloved Giovanni. She relocates to San Francisco with vampires Eli and Charles for a second chance at life. To avenge Giovanni’s death Rachel, Eli and Charles pull together an alliance of immortals, and plan to take down the Desmarais once and for all. But after making the most unexpected discovery, Rachel knows lines have been crossed and things may never be that same for any of them.
Alex’s Teaser Review
Liz Strange has compiled a fun collection of spooky and psychological horror with STRANGE TALES. The stories are fairly short but pack quite the punch and are extremely well written.
Read Alex’s entire review at Goodreads.
Good Neighbors by Sarah Langan
Celeste Ng’s enthralling dissection of suburbia meets Shirley Jackson’s creeping dread in this propulsive literary noir, when a sudden tragedy exposes the depths of deception and damage in a Long Island suburb—pitting neighbor against neighbor and putting one family in terrible danger.
Welcome to Maple Street, a picture-perfect slice of suburban Long Island, its residents bound by their children, their work, and their illusion of safety in a rapidly changing world.
Arlo Wilde, a gruff has-been rock star who’s got nothing to show for his fame but track marks, is always two steps behind the other dads. His wife, beautiful ex-pageant queen Gertie, feels socially ostracized and adrift. Spunky preteen Julie curses like a sailor and her kid brother Larry is called “Robot Boy” by the kids on the block.
Their next-door neighbor and Maple Street’s Queen Bee, Rhea Schroeder—a lonely community college professor repressing her own dark past—welcomes Gertie and family into the fold. Then, during one spritzer-fueled summer evening, the new best friends share too much, too soon.
As tensions mount, a sinkhole opens in a nearby park, and Rhea’s daughter Shelly falls inside. The search for Shelly brings a shocking accusation against the Wildes that spins out of control. Suddenly, it is one mom’s word against the other’s in a court of public opinion that can end only in blood.
A riveting and ruthless portrayal of American suburbia, Good Neighbors excavates the perils and betrayals of motherhood and friendships and the dangerous clash between social hierarchy, childhood trauma, and fear.
Jen’s Teaser Review
This book is bizarre in a Bentley Little sort of way. The town, the landscape, the people. Something is not right on Maple Street.
Read Jen’s entire review at Book Den.
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