Book Reviews · Netgalley · New Releases

Book Review: I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick

I killed Zoe Spanos

Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing,Β  via Netgalley for an honest review.

Genre: YA/Contemporary/Mystery/Thriller

Plot: What happened to Zoe won’t stay buried…

When Anna Cicconi arrives to the small Hamptons village of Herron Mills for a summer nanny gig, she has high hopes for a fresh start. What she finds instead is a community on edge after the disappearance of Zoe Spanos, a local girl who has been missing since New Year’s Eve. Anna bears an eerie resemblance to Zoe, and her mere presence in town stirs up still-raw feelings about the unsolved case. As Anna delves deeper into the mystery, stepping further and further into Zoe’s life, she becomes increasingly convinced that she and Zoe are connected–and that she knows what happened to her.

Two months later, Zoe’s body is found in a nearby lake, and Anna is charged with manslaughter. But Anna’s confession is riddled with holes, and Martina Green, teen host of the Missing Zoe podcast, isn’t satisfied. Did Anna really kill Zoe? And if not, can Martina’s podcast uncover the truth?Β 

Opinion:

“𝑾𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝐝𝐨 π’šπ’π’– π’“π’†π’Žπ’†π’Žπ’ƒπ’†π’“, 𝑨𝒏𝒏𝒂?”

“𝑰 π’“π’†π’Žπ’†π’Žπ’ƒπ’†π’“ 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’˜π’‚π’•π’†π’“. 𝑰𝒕 π’˜π’‚π’” π’ˆπ’“π’‚π’š 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒅𝒖𝒍𝒍, π’π’Šπ’Œπ’† 𝒂𝒏 𝒐𝒍𝒅 𝒄𝒂𝒓 π’˜π’Šπ’•π’‰ π’‘π’‚π’Šπ’π’• π’˜π’π’“π’ 𝒐𝒇𝒇. 𝑰 π’“π’†π’Žπ’†π’Žπ’ƒπ’†π’“ π’Œπ’π’†π’†π’π’Šπ’π’ˆ 𝒐𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’ƒπ’‚π’π’Œ, π’”π’•π’‚π’“π’Šπ’π’ˆ 𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒂𝒄𝒓𝒐𝒔𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒖𝒓𝒇𝒂𝒄𝒆 𝒂𝒇𝒕𝒆𝒓 𝒔𝒉𝒆 π’˜π’‚π’” π’…π’π’˜π’ 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆. 𝑰 π’“π’†π’Žπ’†π’Žπ’ƒπ’†π’“ π’‰π’π’˜ 𝒄𝒐𝒍𝒅 π’Šπ’• π’˜π’‚π’” 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 π’π’Šπ’ˆπ’‰π’•, π’‰π’π’˜ 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’˜π’Šπ’π’… π’˜π’‚π’” 𝒔𝒉𝒂𝒓𝒑 𝒂𝒏𝒅 π’˜π’†π’• π’‚π’ˆπ’‚π’Šπ’π’”π’• π’Žπ’š π’„π’‰π’†π’†π’Œπ’”.

𝑴𝒐𝒔𝒕 𝒐𝒇 𝒂𝒍𝒍, 𝑰 π’“π’†π’Žπ’†π’Žπ’ƒπ’†π’“ 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’ˆπ’–π’Šπ’π’•, π’‰π’π’˜ π’Šπ’• 𝒄𝒓𝒖𝒔𝒉𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’‚π’Šπ’“ 𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒐𝒇 π’Žπ’š π’π’–π’π’ˆπ’”.”

Damn.

What a whirlwind of wild this little beauty turned out to be.

I Killed Zoe Spanos is told from two POVsAnna Cicconi, the main lead and prime suspect in the disappearance and murder of Zoe after a shocking confession, and Martina Green, a friend of Zoe’s younger sister with aspiring journalistic dreams and a promise to find out what really happened. The story flips between the present and two months prior, before Anna confesses to killing Zoe. It documents Anna’s time in the Hamptons working as a nanny for the summer for a prominent family, how she discovers and learns about the disappearance of Zoe Spanos, and how she eventually confesses to killing her.

Confused?

As you should be.

“π‘΄π’‚π’šπ’ƒπ’† 𝑰 π’•π’‰π’π’–π’ˆπ’‰π’• π’Šπ’•’𝒔 π’˜π’‰π’‚π’• 𝒔𝒉𝒆 π’˜π’π’–π’π’… 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 π’˜π’‚π’π’•π’†π’…. π‘΄π’‚π’šπ’ƒπ’† 𝑰 π’˜π’‚π’” π’•π’“π’šπ’Šπ’π’ˆ 𝒕𝒐 π’Žπ’‚π’Œπ’† π’•π’‰π’Šπ’π’ˆπ’” π’“π’Šπ’ˆπ’‰π’•.”

Anna is from Bay Ridge in Brooklyn where she has spent way too much time drinking heavily and taking party favors, in the hopes that her mother might pay attention to her. But Anna wants to change. She wants a break from the relentless fog and partying, so she takes a summer job in the Hamptons. But upon arriving to this new place, she learns of the odd disappearance of a girl named Zoe Spanos. On New Years Eve, Zoe vanished without a trace. With little clues as to what had happened to her, and even less motive for foul play.

But what Anna quickly learns upon arriving in the Hamptons, is that she bares a striking and eerie resemblance to Zoe. Some would say, an almost identical resemblance.

“π‘΄π’‚π’Œπ’† π’•π’‰π’Šπ’π’ˆπ’” π’“π’Šπ’ˆπ’‰π’•?” 𝑻𝒉𝒆 π’…π’†π’•π’†π’„π’•π’Šπ’—π’† 𝒓𝒆𝒑𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒔 𝑨𝒏𝒏𝒂’𝒔 π’˜π’π’“π’…π’” π’ƒπ’‚π’„π’Œ 𝒕𝒐 𝒉𝒆𝒓.

And as Anna begins to learn more about Zoe through locals who mistake her for the missing girl, friends and news articles, Anna begins to fall deeper and deeper into the intricacies and mysteries surrounding the case. And to a point where secrets, truth, lies and blurred lines begin to reveal themselves.

“𝑰𝒏 π’”π’π’Žπ’† π’”π’Žπ’‚π’π’ π’˜π’‚π’š. 𝑨𝒇𝒕𝒆𝒓 π’˜π’‰π’‚π’• 𝑰’𝒅 𝒅𝒐𝒏𝒆. 𝑰𝒕 π’˜π’‚π’” 𝒂𝒏 π’‚π’„π’„π’Šπ’…π’†π’π’•, 𝒃𝒖𝒕…

𝑰 π‘²π’Šπ’π’π’†π’… 𝒁𝒐𝒆 𝑺𝒑𝒂𝒏𝒐𝒔.”

This shit gets a liiiiiittle crazy.

From the beginning, Anna starts dropping little hints about her life back home. It consists of a lot of partying and activities that fuzzy up the mind, and gives the reader an overwhelming sense that she is running from something. Murder, you say?! Hmmm…maybe so. But what’s really interesting about Anna’s character is that you never really get a solid read on her. She’s a bit of an enigma shrouded in hazy darkness, and it seems as if only the top few layers of her are pulled away. She’s like an onion…you know the saying.

But what really started to intrigue me about Anna, besides her need to leave her past behaviors behind, was her constant forgetfulness.

Here is a girl who obviously isn’t a hardcore drug user, and sure…she seems to have a bit of a pull towards the bottles of alcohol that she notices, but nothing to suggest she has a serious problem with substances. Which is the only reason I was coming up with for why she would be forgetting things randomly, to the point where the little girl she was nannying was constantly reminding her of conversations and clearly exasperated for having to do so. Obviously there’s a rhyme and a reason for this odd behavior, but the way it is executed had me swooning.

Kit Frick was meant to write mystery thrillers. She knows how to create an eerie yet familiar personality in a character that feels authentic, but has ever so slightly had sprinkles of slight paranoia and hysteria woven in to make the reader question the sanity of the MC. And not only does she make the reader both trust and question Anna, but she adds in other multiple characters that feel innocent and guilty all at once.

“𝒀𝒐𝒖 𝒔𝒉𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒅 π’ˆπ’,” π‘ͺ𝒂𝒅𝒆𝒏 π’”π’‚π’šπ’” 𝒂𝒔 𝑰’π’Ž π’‚π’π’“π’†π’‚π’…π’š π’•π’–π’“π’π’Šπ’π’ˆ π’•π’π’˜π’‚π’“π’…π’” 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒅𝒐𝒐𝒓, π’“π’†π’‚π’…π’š 𝒕𝒐 𝒍𝒆𝒂𝒗𝒆 π‘Ύπ’Šπ’π’…π’†π’“π’Žπ’†π’“π’† 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒏𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒓𝒆𝒕𝒖𝒓𝒏. π‘΄π’‚π’šπ’ƒπ’† π‘·π’‚π’Šπ’”π’π’†π’š π’˜π’‚π’” π’“π’Šπ’ˆπ’‰π’•. π‘»π’‰π’Šπ’” 𝒑𝒍𝒂𝒄𝒆 𝐒𝐬 𝒉𝒂𝒖𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒅. 𝑡𝒐𝒕 π’ƒπ’š 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒅𝒆𝒂𝒅, 𝒃𝒖𝒕 π’ƒπ’š 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’‡π’π’Šπ’π’•π’š 𝒔𝒆𝒄𝒓𝒆𝒕𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’π’Šπ’—π’Šπ’π’ˆ.”

I’ll be honest, I had no idea who in the hell the murderer was until the murderer was actually revealed. And even then, I didn’t believe it. There are SO MANY characters who are perfect suspects and have clear motives. SO MANY characters who act strangely and suspiciously. Who seem to always be covering things up or sweeping clues into a rolled up rug and throwing it into the ocean.

Its all.

Very.

Suspish.

But isn’t that what we love? To be hit at the knees and have a bag pulled over our heads? And in true murder mystery form, we get to play detective alongside the characters. Throughout the story the POV switches over to Martina Green and her podcasts episode transcripts where she is trying to find out what happened to Zoe. She discusses police reports, insider information from the family, possible suspects, and even points the finger at the boyfriend.

Because it’s always the boyfriend.

“π‘»π’‰π’Šπ’” π’ƒπ’π’š π’Šπ’” 𝒂 π’”π’•π’“π’‚π’π’ˆπ’†π’“, 𝒃𝒖𝒕 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒂 π’”π’π’Šπ’‘π’‘π’†π’“π’š π’Žπ’π’Žπ’†π’π’• 𝑰 𝒄𝒂𝒏 𝒔𝒆𝒆 𝒐𝒖𝒓 π’π’Šπ’—π’†π’” π’Šπ’π’•π’†π’“π’•π’˜π’Šπ’π’Šπ’π’ˆ, 𝒐𝒖𝒓 π’…π’‚π’“π’Œπ’†π’”π’• 𝒔𝒆𝒄𝒓𝒆𝒕𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒅𝒆𝒆𝒑𝒆𝒔𝒕 𝒇𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒔 π’π’‚π’Šπ’… 𝒃𝒂𝒓𝒆 π’Šπ’ 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’”π’•π’Šπ’π’ π’π’Šπ’ˆπ’‰π’• π’‚π’Šπ’“.”

Though of course, nothing is ever as it seems, is it?

And without giving anything away, I just need to comment on the ending. Sure I was totally blindsided, but do I realllyyyyyy believe that ending?

Meh.

It’s questionable.

I felt like some conversations and relationships weren’t tied up. I wanted a convo between the murderer and…a prominent character to take place, but it didn’t. I wanted to see the TRUE feelings and thoughts of the murderer, but all I got was the confession and facts. But then again…that is the most authentic way to end a story like this, isn’t it? When do we ever really get the full details on murders and heinous crimes?

Maybe if it involves Ed Kemper, but he’s a unicorn.

Anyways.

This mystery kicked ass and finally got me out of my reading slump. It may be because there was murder in it, which seems to be my happy place lately (don’t you fucking judge me) and the only genre to keep me interested. But I will say, that little situation with Star and the conclusion of that was a bit…anti-climatic, no? Like realllyyy? That’s how that ties up? With a slapped on band-aid and a shrug?

Oh okay.

 

4 Stars

 

612b40e9c1cd2f68ad9b9a8097ced4ff

Binding of Bindings · Book Promo · Upcoming Releases

Binding of Bindings #47: My Top 10 Anticipated June 2020 Book Releases

 

It’s almost June.
Get those jeans high and tight ladies and gents, there are some EPIC upcoming releases.

 

~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

~* My Top 10 Anticipated June 2020 Book Releases *~

~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

 

 

1. Again Again by E. Lockhart
Release Date: June 2, 2020
Genre: YA/Contemporary/Romance

Again Again

Again Again has the most vague description, and the most guarded reviews ever, and all they do is make me want this even more.

From what I can gather, it’s the story of a girl being able to experience moments over and over, and trying things differently each time. Either changing her reactions, her decisions, or what she says and does.

Basically it’s this:

You know how you think back on all those situations wishing you said something wittier? Or stood up for yourself? Or were more compassionate?

Well that is what this story is about, and apparently, it’s powerful.

 

2. The House Guest by Mark Edwards
Release Date: June 3, 2020
Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Psychological

The Guest House

A psychowomanstalkerstranger?!

The House Guest is about a couple who begin house-sitting a home for the summer in New York. But when a woman named Eden shows up on their doorstep claiming to be a friend of the owners, the couple decides to trust her.

And with her charming personality and gorgeous looks, it’s hard not to!

But this wouldn’t be a good story if our girl wasn’t just a liiiiiitlllleee bit unhinged.

 

3. The Boundless (The Beholder, Book 2) by Anna Bright
Release Date: June 9, 2020
Genre: YA/Fantasy/Retelling

The Boundless

The Boundless is book 2 in The Beholder series…which…no…I haven’t read yet…

But I have it ready to read before the release date of The Boundless nears!

The Beholder is a tale with both Cinderella and The Odyssey elements that follows a princess as she sets off across the Atlantic to find a suitor, after being brutally rejected by a childhood friend. It’s a tale of adventure, romance and gallivanting across the sea and I am SO ready!

 

4. The Anti-Virginity Pact by Katie Wismer
Release Date: June 16, 2020
Genre: YA/Contemporary

The Anti-virginity Pact

The Anti-Virginity Pact.

If that title doesn’t make you want to read it, I don’t know what will.

A preacher’s daughter who is an atheist.

With a pact to lose her virginity by the end of her senior year.

Meredith has gone through her high school years silent and shy, but when she writes out a pact to herself that she MUST lose her virginity by the end of the year and a fellow student gets a hold of it, her is no longer invisible.

She begins being bullied in school and even when she meets a boy who doesn’t know of her goal, the pact threatens to bring in all crumbling down.

 

5. The Kinder Poison (Book 1) by Natalie Mae
Release Date: June 16, 2020
Genre: YA/Fantasy

The Kinder Poison

THIS is one I just stumbled across today and I am wondering why the hell I hadn’t seen it until now?!

It’s like The Hunger Games had a love child with every fantasy tale I’ve ever loved, and I just want to puke I’m so excited.

The Kinder Poison is set in a world where magical abilities seem to decide rank. As a Whisperer to animals, Orkena is forced to work in the royal stables until her magic dries out. But when a ruler invokes the Crossing in order to decide which one of his heirs will take the throne, everything changes.

It’s a death-defying race across the desert where an heir must kill someone as a sacrifice at the end, and unfortunately, Orkena is presented as tribute.

 

6. Seasons of the Storm (Book 1) by Elle Cosimano
Release Date: June 23, 2020
Genre: YA/Fantasy

Seasons of the Storm

I got THIS little hottie from Edelweiss+ and YES I did click on it for the cover, but I requested for the plootttttt.

Seasons. KILLING. Seasons!

Seasons of the Storm follows Jack Sommers, who was given the choice to live forever or die. He chose life, but he was then forced to become Winter and act as the physical embodiment of the season.

But the seasons aren’t a casual breeze or gentle snowfall, every year he must hunt down the season that went before him, and kill them.

Summer kills Spring.

Autumn kills Summer.

Winter kills Autumn.

Spring kills Winter.

Also…why did the author give him the last name of Sommers if he’s mister Winter…?

 

7. Sisters of Sword and Song by Rebecca Ross
Release Date: June 23, 2020
Genre: YA/Fantasy

Sisters of Sword and Song

If there’s a scorpion on the cover, your girl needs it.

Sisters of Sword and Song has another little Hunger Games vibe, but more in the sense of sisters volunteering for sisters.

It has been eight years since sisters Evadne and Halcyon (FFS, these names) have been together, as Halcyon has been away serving in the Queen’s army. But when she returns earlier than expected, her sister learns that she is on the run and being charged with murder.

As Halcyon’s punishment is brought down upon her, Eva volunteers as tribute…*cough*…wait…volunteers as tribute to take part of her sister’s sentence. But what the girls are sentenced to is apparently

 

8. I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick
Release Date: June 30, 2020
Genre: YA/Mystery/Thriller

I killed zoe spanos

SO excited for this murder/mystery thriller I got from Netgalley!

I Killed Zoe Spanos is about two teens who become linked after one confesses to murder, and the other fights to reveal the truth.

Anna Cicconi is in the Hamptons for a Summer nanny job, but when she arrives, she finds that the community is in uproar after the disappearance of a local girl named Zoe Spanos. And what is odd, is Anna has a striking resemblance to Zoe, so the residents are more than unhinged to see her walking around.

But two months later, Zoe’s body is found, and Anna is charged with manslaughter after confessing.

 

9. Blue Ticket by Sophie Mackintosh
Release Date: June 30, 2020
Genre: Science-Fiction/Dystopian

Blue Ticket

I know Dystopian novels have kind of gone by the waste-side in recent years as YA Fantasy took over, but for me, this type of eerie Uptopian/Dystopian book is ALL I EVER WANT!

Blue Ticket will be my first Sophie Mackintosh read (thanks Edelweiss+), but from the reviews I’m seeing, it won’t be my last.

It’s set in a world of a Lottery deciding the fate of a woman.

 

Upon a woman’s first bleeding, she has the chance of becoming a Blue Ticket woman or a White Ticket woman. The White Ticket grants you marriage and children, while the Blue Ticket grants career and freedom.

“You are relieved of the terrible burned of choice.”

When Calla, who has a Blue Ticket, begins to question her fate and her desires as she becomes pregnant, and wonders if the Lottery truly knows what is best for her.

 

10. Goddess in the Machine (Book 1) by Lora Beth Johnson
Release Date: June 30, 2020
Genre: YA/Science-Fiction

Goddess in the Machine

There is currently a giveaway for this on Goodreads, so go enter!!

Goddess in the Machine is all about cryonic slumber, waking up in the year 3102 and the descendants of a girl’s family and friends thinking she’s a deity.

Andra knows she is no deity, but goes along with the charade as she tries to figure out what has happened to the world in the thousand years that she was asleep. But for an exiled bastard prince named Zhade

all he wants is to get his hands on Andra in the hopes that she will be the key to giving him the throne he desires.

 

~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

Stay Witchy ❀

 

612b40e9c1cd2f68ad9b9a8097ced4ff

Binding of Bindings · Book Promo · Upcoming Releases

Binding of Bindings #42: Recent Book Purchases/Gifted ARCs

Here are a few books that I have received and purchased in the last few weeks.
Some are already released and some have upcoming publications.
Either way, they’re all going to be

 

~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

~* Gifted ARCs *~

~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

 

1. Surrender Your Sons by Adam Sass
Genre: YA/Contemporary/LGBT
Release Date: September 15, 2020
Available for Request on: Netgalley

Surrender Your Sons

This cover though, right?

Surrender Your Sons is about a young man who is thrown into a conversion therapy camp called Nightlight Ministries after coming out to his extremely religious mother. At the camp Connor learns quickly that there is more to the seemingly converted counselors and the odd camp director. He fights to find a way out and take his fellow campers with him, if only they can figure out how to take the camp down.Β 

I had read a book a few years ago called The Dead Inside which is a memoir by Cyndy Drew Etler and documents her time at one of the scared-straight camps that were run by Straight, Inc. and hugely popular in the 80s and 90s. They were “tough love” camps that were riddled with abusive and bizarre acts of therapy. I am expecting Surrender Your Sons to be similar to this or the 2008 film Boot Camp starring Mila Kunis.

 

2. The Memories We Bury by H.A. Leuschel
Genre: Fiction/Contemporary
Release Date: April 17, 2020
The Memories We Bury

H.A. Leuschel is an author I have read in the past, namely her collection of short stories called Manipulated Lives that I found to be incredibly raw. Helena has an uncanny ability to see the faults and darkness that is weaved into humanity, and she is able to portray them to the reader through a tale that feels realistic but also non-judgemental.

The Memories We Bury is her first novel and about a bond that forms between a new mother, her husband and her elderly neighbor. It highlights the motherly habits and traits that both Lizzie and her neighbor Morag have learned through personal experiences, and is a story of having to learn who to trust.

 

3. I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick
Genre: YA/Mystery/Thriller
Release Date: June 2, 2020
Available for Request on: Netgalley
I killed zoe spanos

I Killed Zoe Spanos is about a girl named Anna Cicconi who arrives in the Hamptons for a Summer job. Upon her arrival she learns of a girl that has been missing since New Years Eve – Zoe Spanos. As Anna learns more about Zoe, she is told by members of the community of her striking resemblance to Zoe, and she soon begins to wonder if they are linked in some way.

But then when Zoe’s body is finally found, Anna is charged with manslaughter with an alibi that doesn’t quite make sense.

The premise is giving me mad The Lies They Tell vibes, which I loved, so I am supper stoked to start this gem.

 

~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

~* Book Purchases *~

~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

 

1. Hidden Bodies (You, Book 2) by Caroline Kepnes
Genre: Fiction/Mystery/Thriller

Hidden Bodies

I have become horribly obsessed with Joe Goldberg.

He’s just a lover of words and YOU and only wants to get rid of the toxic shit from your life so you can excel and be happy, okay?

*sigh*…swoon.

Thankfully I had found not one, not two, but THREE other girls on Bookstagram who are equally infatuated and understanding of Joe’s murderous ways (@_Shelikestoread , @Heyyitsfahh , @book_and_jane). But only one of us has ever read the books, so we agreed to do a buddy read of You and Hidden Bodies in April, and I am beyond excited. Apparently Joe is MUCH more horrible in the books, but I am sure our love will remain strong.

For those of you who don’t know, You is about a book lover named Joe who works in a bookshop. He meets a woman named Beck who he falls for, slightly totally stalks until she falls for him, and basically he ends up…getting murdery

…I swear he’s totally dreamy.

*This is not an invitation to come stalk me.

 

2. Pet Sematary by Stephen King
Genre: Fiction/Horror/Thriller

Pet Sematary

I am not a Stephen King fan…mostly because I’ve never read any of his books.

Does that make me a bad bibliophile???

There has been a lot of recent buzz about this book again with the 2019 movie reboot and the various book merch that has been circulating through Bookstagram and Etsy. In one of my most recent rep packages from Twisted Wonderland Perfumery I received a beautiful Pet Sematary inspired enamel pin of Gage and Church.

Gage and Church

“Sometimes Dead is Better” Enamel Pin and Soaps – Use code TWJENACIDE to save 10%.

So naturally I found myself super curious about the book and looked it up. Pet Sematary is basically about a pet cemetery that has strange and eerie aspects. Louis Creed and his family move to Maine (where every fucked up King scenario takes place), and behind their house there is a path that leads to a Pet Sematary where children have buried their pets. Apparently the family’s cat dies and everything pops off from there.

 

3. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
Genre: Nonfiction/Autobiography/Death/Science

Smoke Gets in your Eyes

Now before you get all weird and start looking at me with eyebrows scrunched in concern and pursed lips of disapproval, let me explain.

I’ve always wanted to work in a morgue, and it’s mostly just because of how quiet it would be. I really love hushed voices.

Whispers.

Silence.

And so naturally my weird little gothy book obsessed self is going to scream of excitement when she sees a book like this!

Smoke gets in Your Eyes is the story of Caitlin Doughty’s first cremation job at WestWind Cremation and Burial in Oakland, CA at the age of 23. The book documents her time there and how she learned the ropes at this unconventional job. It is said to be funny, full of information, and gives the reader a new outlook on the dead in general. And obviously that book title is genius.

So I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’ve found my true genre of book. ❀

 

4. Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
Genre: YA/Contemporary/Romance

Words in Deep Blue

These last three books I also bought today, but via Ebay because DAMN were they a deal!

But since I have fallen into a deep, dark, sobbing, soul incinerating black hole of heartbreaking YA contemporary…I was starting to run out so I had to buy more.

I’m a masochist okay? I want alllllllll the painful feels!

Words in Deep Blue is said to be a love story. Aw.

It’s about best friends Henry and Rachel, an inseparable duo. Basically Rachel had feelings for Henry, but Henry was all googly-eyed for someone else. But as Rachel is planning to move away, she decides to confess her love for Henry in a letter that she hides in his favorite book in his family’s book store (MAJOR Aw’s, right?!). Some years go by without any contact, and then she comes back to town where Henry lives and…

…well I don’t know. I need to read it.

 

5. The Places I’ve Cried in Public by Holly Bourne
Genre: YA/Contemporary/Romance

The palces ive cried in public

Ugh. What a great title.

Can you guys even count all the places you’ve cried in public? I wouldn’t even know where to begin!

Anyways. The Places I’ve Cried in Public is about how Amelie and Reese’s relationship ended, and it sounds like it’s going to be a story of abuse and toxic relationships. These are always super dear to my heart so I am beyond ready to get wrecked over this.

 

6. It Only happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne
Genre: YA/Contemporary/Romance

It only happens in the movies

I am hoping this is going to be one of the most realistic portrayals of romance in YA Contemporary that I’ll be finding, due to the title and the premise.

It Only Happens in the Movies is about a girl named Audrey who begins working at her local cinema to escape her home life, and ends up meeting Harry – a wannabe filmmaker. A romance sparks and they fall fast, but their romance isn’t the fluffy spectacle that is portrayed in the movies. It’s real and difficult and everything nobody likes to talk about.

 

~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

Stay Witchy ❀

 

612B40E9C1CD2F68AD9B9A8097CED4FF