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I’m back today with a new book review and the upcoming books on my TBR list.

Thanks to Net Galley for providing my NEXT READ

July Review, Current Reading, and Upcoming Good Reads

Gods of Jade and Shadow (REVIEWING)
The Select: A Novel (NEXT READ)
Mexican Gothic (UPCOMING READ)

Finished Reading

Gods of Jade and Shadow, A Novel

Gods of Jade and Shadow

Author| Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Pages| 384

Genre| Fantasy

GR Rating | 3.9

Purchase | Amazon

Synopsis | The Jazz Age is in full swing, but Casiopea Tun is too busy cleaning the floors of her wealthy grandfather’s house to listen to any fast tunes. Nevertheless, she dreams of a life far from her dusty small town in southern Mexico. A life she can call her own.

Yet this new life seems as distant as the stars, until the day she finds a curious wooden box in her grandfather’s room. She opens it—and accidentally frees the spirit of the Mayan god of death, who requests her help in recovering his throne from his treacherous brother. Failure will mean Casiopea’s demise, but success could make her dreams come true.

The Review

Gods of Jade and Shadow spun an intriguing story of a girl with a modest upbringing, made to live with her grandfather after her father dies. Set in the ’20s in a small southern town in Mexico Casiopea falls into a life of a housekeeper, running errands, washing, and scrubbing floors while caring for her grandfather. She has dreams of leaving the small town for a better life.

Her life changes when she accidentally knocks over a small wooden box and frees a Mayan God of Death. This God needs her help in recovering his throne from his evil brother. In this strange company, the two set off on a journey that will change Casiopea’s life forever.

I’ve haven’t seen such determination in a character in a long time, only 14 … sharp, and smart but with all the nativities of a teenager. This character shows you what you can do you when you make a promise and never give up. Her determination would earn her the respect of the gods. Being influenced by family Casiopea must learn about, love, life, and making the ultimate sacrifice.

This book was a great read even for an old head like me. I get to escape into different lands and historical fiction, about cities, the style of the times, and different cultures

Currently Reading

Night Film [progress 40% done] 

Night Film a Novel

Author| Marisha Pessl

Pages| 640

Genre| Thriller, Suspense

GR Rating | 3.78

Purchase | Amazon

Synopsis | On a damp October night, 24-year-old Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise.

Driven by revenge, curiosity, and a need for the truth, McGrath, with the aid of two strangers, is drawn deeper and deeper into Cordova’s eerie, hypnotic world.

Next Read

The Select: A Novel 

The Select: A Novel

Author| F. Paul Wilson

Pages| 441

Genre| Thriller, Horror

GR Rating | 3.91

Purchase | Amazon

Synopsis | Any student should consider themselves lucky to receive an invitation to apply to the Ingraham College of Medicine. About an hour outside of Washington, DC, it’s one of the most respected and prestigious institutions of its kind in the United States. With the school completely subsidized by the Kleederman Foundation, students receive a full-ride scholarship for all four years, including room and board. That’s a hard deal for Quinn Cleary to pass up.

But after she and her new friend, Tim Brown, gain entrance into this dream school, everything soon becomes a waking nightmare as a student after the student begins behaving as if they were brainwashed. Now Quinn and Tim must hurry to uncover the dark truth before it’s too late

Upcoming Read

The Lending Library

Mexican Gothic

Author| Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Pages| 320

Genre| YA, Fantasy

GR Rating | 4.15

Purchase | Amazon

Synopsis | From the author of Gods of Jade and Shadow comes “a terrifying twist on classic gothic horror” set in glamorous 1950s Mexico—“fans of classic novels like Jane Eyre and Rebecca are in for a suspenseful treat” (PopSugar).

After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find—her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region.

Free Resources for Books

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With that, I’ll end today.  Check out Audiobooks and get your first month free with 2 book credits  Above all, I hope I’ve given you some great resources for your Summer reading list.  Don’t forget to like this post and comment below on what your reading.  — Peace —

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