Review: The Beauty of Bucharest, A Clean Up Crew Thriller, Book 1

By S. J. Varengo

Available on: Amazon.

Read as part of the Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge

Overview:

Blurb: Dan Porter knows his wife Nicole is the love of his life. He knows that as sure as he knows that he has no idea who the dead body in the trunk of his car is, or how he got there. Now, Dan gets to learn all about the business side of his beloved wife and put some stamps in his passport while he does so!

Trigger Warnings:

Blood, Bullying, Child Abuse, Child Prostitution, Death, Drug Use (Illicit), Drug Use (Non-Consensual), Drug Use (Prescription), Emotional Abuse, Food, Gore, Gun Violence, Mental Abuse, Mental Illness, Murder, Non-Consensual Sex, Non-Consensual Touching, Off Screen Sex, Physical Abuse,Sexual Abuse, Sexual Assault (mentioned), Slavery, Unsafe Lifestyle, Unsafe Sex, Violence, Violent Imagery,

Body Count: SO MANY

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Review: Bad Karma, The Criminally Insane Series Book 1

By Douglas Clegg

Available on: Amazon, Audible, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo.

Read as part of the Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge.

Overview:

Blurb: On vacation with his family, Trey Campbell has to deal with trouble from his work at Darden State Hospital for Criminal Justice that follows him not only home but on vacation with more than slightly bloody results.

Trigger Warnings:

Ableism, Blood, Death, Drug Use (Illicit), Drug Use (Non-Consensual), Drug Use (Prescription), Food, Gore, Gun Violence, Mental Illness, Murder, Poor Coping Mechanisms, Sexual Abuse, Suicidal Thoughts, Suicide, Unsafe Lifestyle, Unsafe Sex, Violence, Violent Imagery, Vore

Body Count:

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Review: Assassin’s Gift Book 1

Ian C.P. Irvine

Available on: Amazon

Read as part of the Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge

Overview:

Blurb: There’s an assassin named Salvador that is one of the top killers for hire in the world. After seeding what they think might have been the Loch Ness Monster, Salvador finds out that there are stranger things out there than Nessie and, after meeting a monk with an odd ability, not all gifts can be given back.

Trigger Warnings:

Alcohol, Blood, Food, Gore, Gun Violence, Poor Coping Mechanisms, Unsafe Lifestyle, Violence, Violent Imagery

Body Count: High

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Review: The Atlantis Gene, A Thriller

By A.G. Riddle

Available on: Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Read as part of the Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge.

Overview:

Blurb: I literally can’t sum up this bananas book without using the phrase “bizarrely entertaining” and “action packed but mildly confusing”. I think it was about a doctor lady and her new secret agent dude friend trying to rescue some kidnapped literally autistic human test subject kids from a global terrorist organization made of Atlantis-descended people and their followers. And there are Nazi, but like, actual World War II Nazis; not the modern day neo-Nazi assholes. Just somewhat regular, trapped in a time dilation field and/or stasis pod Nazis.

Trigger Warnings:

Ableism, Anti Semitism, Badly Written Women, Bastardization of Culture, Bastardization of Mythology, Blood, Bullying, Child Abuse, Child Abandonment, Death, Drug Use (Illicit), Drug Use (Non-Consensual), Drug Use (Prescription), Food, Gore, Gun Violence, Mental Abuse, Mental Illness, Miscarriage, Murder, Off Screen Sex, Physical Abuse, Plot Holes the Size of a Canadian Province, Poor Coping Mechanisms, Racism, Sexism, Toxic Masculinity, Violence, Violent Imagery, War

Body Count: Oodles. Literally a lot.

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Review: Matchmaking For Beginners

By Maddie Dawson

Available on: Amazon, Audible, and Barnes and Noble.


Read as part of the Golden Trio Reading Challenge, “Hogwarts Library”.

Overview:

Blurb: Blix knows she is ill, knows she is dying. She also knows that her great-nephew’s fiance Marnie is the one to fill her shoes while she goes on to the next adventure. Because it’s not just anyone who can see when people are a perfect match for one another. Marnie is special. She just doesn’t know special she is until she meets Blix.

Trigger Warnings:

Ableism, Bullying, Death, Emotional Abuse, Food, Infidelity, Introversion (Severe), Magic, Poor Coping Mechanisms, Toxic Masculinity

Body Count: 2

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Review: Bound, The Witches of Doyle Book 1

By: Kirsten Weiss

Available on: Amazon, Audible, and Barnes and Noble.

Overview:

Blurb: Karin, Jayce, and Lenore are dealing with a lot right now. Jayce has a corpse in her coffee shop. Karin has the hots for a total stranger. And Lenore sees death on the wind. There’s a lot going on that is happening unseen, and magic is thick in the air for this starter to the Witches of Doyle series.

Trigger Warnings:

Animal Death, Blood, Death, Drug Use (Non-Consensual), Drug Use (Prescription), Food, Gun Violence, Murder, Violence, Violent Imagery, Witchcraft

Body Count: 3

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Review: The Haunting of Hill House

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By Shirley Jackson

Available on: Amazon, Audible, Barnes and Noble.View all my reviews on Goodreads as they are available.

Trigger Warnings:

Bullying (Mentioned), Death, Drinking (Alcohol), Emotional Abuse, Mental Abuse, Mental Illness, Murder, Poor Coping Mechanisms, Self-Injury, Suicidal Thoughts, Suicide

Body Count: Technically only one during the story itself. But the house has devoured more lives than that.

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Review: Ararat: A Novel

Ararat: A Novel

Christopher Golden 

Find it here on Amazon

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Overview:

Blurb:

An avalanche uncovers what may be Noah’s Ark atop Mount Ararat and it would absolutely be the story of a lifetime-if it’s true. A score of people are sent up the Mount for answers, but they end up being more a collection of potential casualties than a pack of stalwart explorers. The avalanche revealed far more than the millennia-old timbers they were expecting.

Trigger Warnings:

Suicide, Drug Use (Prescription), Violence, Murder, Bastardization of Mythology, Off Screen Sex, Infidelity

Body Count:

17+, unclear exactly how many characters died

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Review: Edge of Shadows

Edge of Shadows

By: Cege Smith 

Find it here on Amazon.

Blurb:

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This story could be summed up, without spoilers, as “Ellie has the strangest, most stressful week ever. It literally changes her life and that’s before she finds out about her ex-husband’s newest omission of truth.”

Trigger Warnings:

Domestic Violence, Alcoholism, Poor Coping Mechanisms, Violence, Murder, Child Murder, Depression/Dissociation

Body Count:

Eleven!

Note: the dog lives.

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