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Review, Young Adult / June 27, 2016
These Shallow Graves by Jennifer DonnellyThese Shallow Graves
Author: Jennifer Donnelly
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Date: 2015
496 pages
Source: Purchased
Genres: Crime, Historical Fiction, Mystery
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Jo Montfort is beautiful and rich, and soon—like all the girls in her class—she’ll graduate from finishing school and be married off to a wealthy bachelor. Which is the last thing she wants. Jo secretly dreams of becoming a writer—a newspaper reporter like the trailblazing Nellie Bly.

Wild aspirations aside, Jo’s life seems perfect until tragedy strikes: her father is found dead. Charles Montfort accidentally shot himself while cleaning his revolver. One of New York City’s wealthiest men, he owned a newspaper and was partner in a massive shipping firm, and Jo knows he was far too smart to clean a loaded gun.

The more Jo uncovers about her father’s death, the more her suspicions grow. There are too many secrets. And they all seem to be buried in plain sight. Then she meets Eddie—a young, brash, infuriatingly handsome reporter at her father’s newspaper—and it becomes all too clear how much she stands to lose if she keeps searching for the truth. Only now it might be too late to stop.

The past never stays buried forever. Life is dirtier than Jo Montfort could ever have imagined, and the truth is the dirtiest part of all.

I don’t read historical fiction very much, which may seem funny as I study history at University, but I tend to stick to fantasy and contemporary. I picked up These Shallow Graves after mulling it over for several weeks after spotting it in my local Waterstones. There was just something about the cover, synopsis and the fact that it was set in early 1900s New York that I could not shake. I ended up buying it finally and I do not regret it one bit. The book was written well, the plot was well thought out, the characters were very interesting to read about. read more

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By: Vicky
Review, Young Adult / March 14, 2014
We Were Liars by E. LockhartWe Were Liars
Author: E. Lockhart
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Date: May 2014
240 pages
Source: ARC from publisher
Genres: Contemporary
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We are the Liars.

We are beautiful, privileged and live a life of carefree luxury.

We are cracked and broken.

A story of love and romance.

A tale of tragedy.

Which are lies?

Which is truth?

The less you know about We Were Liars, the better. E. Lockhart’s latest novel offers only the vaguest of synopses. The only thing I knew for sure was that I HAD to read it, that there was an ENDING (yes, both those things in CAPSLOCK), and that I would immediately want to talk to someone about the book after I finished it. read more

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By: Daphne
Review, Teenage Musings, Young Adult / August 22, 2013

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Reviewed by: Jack

This is probably the most difficult review I’ve ever had to write. I don’t know why. All I know is that I loved Friday Brown so much, that I find it hard to explain my love for it in detail using words. Maybe one day I’ll find a way to get all my feeling across perfectly, but for now, here’s my long-awaited review of Friday Brown. read more

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By: Daphne
Review, Young Adult / August 1, 2013
Death & Co. by D.J. McCuneDeath & Co.
Author: D.J. McCune
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Date: May 2013
279 pages
Genres: Contemporary, Paranormal
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Adam is a Luman, and it runs in the family. Escorting the dead from life into light, Adam must act as guide to those taken before their time. As his older brothers fall into their fate however, Adam clings to his life as a normal kid - one who likes girls, hates the Head and has a pile of homework to get through by Monday morning. When Adam gets a terrible premonition he realises that he must make a devastating choice, risking his life, his family and his destiny.

I was pretty much sold when I heard about the book at the Hot Key Books event that I attended—a book about a family of grim reapers? Hell yes! Unfortunately, it just really didn’t meet my expectations. It’s such a huge shame that I wanted to love it, but so much of it didn’t work for me. read more

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By: Daphne