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Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, by April Genevieve Tucholke

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, by April Genevieve Tucholke 

I could go on for hours about Between the Devil: its rich atmospheric language, its seductive yet infuriating characters, its complicated romances…I LOVE IT. The novel follows Violet White’s life in a crumbling estate as eerie and grim things start to happen. Could they be tied to the mysterious new tenant that has taken residence in her guesthouse? Does it matter when that tenant is a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who’s crooked grin makes you want to kiss him? (The answer is maybe, guys, maybe) Tucholke’s debut novel is addicting and seductive and I highly recommend it.


Paper Valentine, by Brenna Yovanoff

Paper Valentine, by Brenna Yovanoff 

The city of Ludlow is gripped by the hottest July on record.  The asphalt is melting, the birds are dying, and someone in Hannah Wagnor’s peaceful community is killing girls. Oh and did I mention that her best friend Lillian died six months ago, and has been haunting Hannah’s life ever since, pushing her to investigate the string of murders? There’s also the must-stop-thinking-about-him delinquent Finny Boone who keeps popping up into her life. The combination of a slow-burning mystery and blossoming romance make Paper Valentine a complex tale of love and death and is one of my favorites from Yovanoff yet!



Sweep- Book of Shadows, The Coven, and Blood Witch Volume 1, by Cate Tiernan

Sweep series, by Cate Tiernan 

I love the SWEEP series so much I keep a set in my office just to give away to people whenever they are looking for a quick, addicting read. Morgan Rowlands never thought she was anything other than a typical 16-year-old girl until a romance with a guy named Cal reveals that she is a witch – a very, very powerful witch, which of course means secrets, trouble and talk of soul mates. It’s impossible to explain how addicting this series is, once you start you’ll devour book after book.




Vampire Academy Box Set 1-6, by Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy Series, by Richelle Mead 

Richelle Mead knows how to spin an addicting series. SHE KNOWS. From the Vampire Academy series to the current Bloodlines series, her books are fast paced and hard to put down. Though I love both series, I want to recommend the series that started it all: Vampire Academy. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. I know, I know, vampires are so 90s, 00s, etc WHO CARES THIS SERIES IS AWESOME. And Rose is kick-butt and makes mistakes and often punches people in the face before having a conversation. The series is well written, filled with action, strong female friendships, romance and mystery.  What more do you want?

Dark Currents - Agent of Hel, by Jacqueline Carey

Dark Currents, by Jacqueline Carey

Dark Currents was such a fun romp! I read the first two books in less than a week and can’t wait for the third in the series. It follows the day-to-day life of one Daisy Johanssen, hellspawn and local enforcer to the ancient deity living underneath her town, as she struggles to keep the human and the…not so human from destroying each other and the town. Dark Currents reminded me a lot of the earlier Sookie Stackhouse books with its humor and quick pacing. It’s an excellent start to what will surely be a treat of a series.




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  1. Posted July 23, 2014 at 6:37 am | Permalink

    I wanted to read the synopsis of the Sweep Series by Cate Tiernan and the site wouldn’t let me. From what your reviewer said, It made me want to read more about and buy the whole series. :(

    • Penguin
      Posted July 23, 2014 at 11:17 am | Permalink

      Hi Karen, thank you for pointing this out! The links have been corrected and updated – hope you enjoy the Sweep Series!

  2. Posted July 23, 2014 at 6:39 am | Permalink

    P.S. I am a Supervisor at Barnes and Noble and I love to read so much that I wish that I could go to work and read, review and recommend on the job!

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