Review: The Devil You Know by Trish Doller

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: The Devil You Know by Trish Doller

The Devil You Know by Trish Doller
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on June 2, 2015
Pages: 256
Genres: Contemporary, Thriller
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
five-stars

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Eighteen-year-old Arcadia wants adventure. Living in a tiny Florida town with her dad and four-year-old brother, Cadie spends most of her time working, going to school, and taking care of her family. So when she meets two handsome cousins at a campfire party, she finally has a chance for fun. They invite her and friend to join them on a road trip, and it's just the risk she's been craving-the opportunity to escape. But what starts out as a fun, sexy journey quickly becomes dangerous when she discovers that one of them is not at all who he claims to be. One of them has deadly intentions. 

A road trip fling turns terrifying in this contemporary story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

Let’s start with the standard disclosure: I’m friends with Trish Doller. I was actually talking to her while I read The Devil You Know, which was an interesting exercise, but thankfully not an awkward one because I love this book. Basically, if you don’t trust my opinion because of that, fair enough. For those of you who still trust me, let me just say that this book is completely predictable, in that Trish Doller continues to write incredibly amazing books and I really don’t know how she does that.

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Cover Snark (147): Welcome to Snarkville High

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Welcome to Cover Snark, where the people are snarky and the covers quiver in fear. Since I don’t write many snarky book reviews here on A Reader of Fictions, Cover Snark is my outlet. If you click on the title of the book, where possible, I’ve linked to Goodreads. Clicking on the cover itself will show you the cover in a larger size, in most cases. Feel free to love covers I hate and vice versa. Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Shiny and New:

1. Every Heart a Doorway – Seanan McGuire
Every Heart a Doorway - Seanan McGuire
Thoughts: This is sort of how I pictured the heart in Magonia, only it had a bird in there not a forest. Either one’s kinda weird.

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Review: Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano

I received this book for free from Gifted in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano

Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano
Series: Nearly Gone #1
Published by Kathy Dawson on March 25, 2015
Pages: 388
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal, Romance, Thriller
Format: ARC
Source: Gifted
three-half-stars

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Bones meets Fringe in a big, dark, scary, brilliantly-plotted urban thriller that will leave you guessing until the very end.

Nearly Boswell knows how to keep secrets. Living in a DC trailer park, she knows better than to share anything that would make her a target with her classmates. Like her mother's job as an exotic dancer, her obsession with the personal ads, and especially the emotions she can taste when she brushes against someone's skin. But when a serial killer goes on a killing spree and starts attacking students, leaving cryptic ads in the newspaper that only Nearly can decipher, she confides in the one person she shouldn't trust: the new guy at school—a reformed bad boy working undercover for the police, doing surveillance. . . on her.

Nearly might be the one person who can put all the clues together, and if she doesn't figure it all out soon—she'll be next.

This week has been different from the norm in that I’ve been really enjoying mysteries. I wasn’t sure about Nearly Gone, because the reviews of it varied so drastically among reviewers I trust. Most were sort of meh about it, but a couple loved it. When the sequel arrived, I knew the time had come to try the ARC of Nearly Gone that Shae (Shae Has Left the Room) sent me after she adored the mystery. To my surprise, Nearly’s voice captured me immediately, and I devoured this thriller.

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Review: Devoted by Jennifer Mathieu

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Review: Devoted by Jennifer Mathieu

Devoted by Jennifer Mathieu
Published by Roaring Brook Press on June 2, 2015
Pages: 336
Genres: Contemporary
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
four-stars

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Rachel Walker is devoted to God. She prays every day, attends Calvary Christian Church with her family, helps care for her five younger siblings, dresses modestly, and prepares herself to be a wife and mother who serves the Lord with joy. But Rachel is curious about the world her family has turned away from, and increasingly finds that neither the church nor her homeschool education has the answers she craves. Rachel has always found solace in her beliefs, but now she can’t shake the feeling that her devotion might destroy her soul.

Devoted found its way onto my wishlist solely because I really enjoyed Mathieu’s debut novel, The Truth About Alice. As it was moving up my tbr pile, though, I was nervous, because I was really scared that the plot would not be my thing. Religion in books rarely works for me, because I’ve never been a religious person; it so often comes across as preachy, and I can’t handle that. I’m thankful that I gave Devoted a fair chance, because, from the very start, I was impressed with the voice and power of Mathieu’s sophomore novel.

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Cover Snark (146): The City of Heavenly Snark

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Welcome to Cover Snark, where the people are snarky and the covers quiver in fear. Since I don’t write many snarky book reviews here on A Reader of Fictions, Cover Snark is my outlet. If you click on the title of the book, where possible, I’ve linked to Goodreads. Clicking on the cover itself will show you the cover in a larger size, in most cases. Feel free to love covers I hate and vice versa. Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Sorry for the belated Cover Snark. The covers are a bit mixed up. Some are in this post, and some will be in Thursday’s. *shrugs* Catching up is hard, yo.

Shiny and New:

1. The Fix – Natasha Sinel
The Fix - Natasha Sinel
Thoughts: Love her dress, and also that she seems to be wearing a hairtie on her wrist, which was my classic style for a lot of years.

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