Title: The Mary Shelley Club Author: Goldy Moldavsky Genre: Thriller, Young Adult My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Fear tests. They can be born from movies, but the Mary Shelley Club brings them to life.
Rachel Chavez is recovering from a home invasion and neglecting her PTSD. Her mother has transferred them both from their former world in the burbs to a new one in NYC (which I’m unsure how she affords on a teacher’s salary). This life is a delicate new existence where Rachel tries to gently poke at her past when she’s comfortable doing so and avoid doing so whenever it’s possible. Until she sees something unusual happen at a party.
It’s weird because the cosmos always hand me books one after another or one close to another with a similar problem amongst the characters or same name, something in common. I mention it because the dynamic which produces the Blackout Trio is one that I had just read about in another book of another genre–I can’t tell you as it spoils both books, but the universe is weird. That’s all I can say.
When you are as jaded and bored as Jameson Filano, you need a little something to light up your life; oddly enough, for her, it’s a party where the lights go out. Of course, it’s not just power failure but also the three powerhouse personalities in the room that fascinate her until her kidnapping and subsequent trip to the beach, which ends in more inquisitiveness. But life goes on in her world, and no one even notices the time that she’s gone. Her world tilted a little, and no one else saw. C’est la vie.
This book had a terribly slow start, and so many times, I want to throw it down and quit. But I’m glad I didn’t because right around the time someone ahem passes out at the funeral, it all picks up.
Pippa Grant has a style that is simply all hers wonderful and blessed chaos. In typical Pippa fashion, her heroine, Muffy Periwinkle, is a hot mess. It’s not just that she is a med school drop-out or runs a flagging matchmaking business. You can’t point at her figure or her insecurities and say that those are what has her at wit’s end. It’s not that she has a death-seeking feline; it’s all of it together. She needs some tender loving care.
There is so much here to unpack. L.A. Cotton has covered some important topics in this book.
Jason Ford’s nightmare has come true. Lewis Thatcher’s spawn has come to Rixon High, and he wants to be Jase’s next QB1. Can Coach Ford get his head straight to let Kaiden have a chance, or will bad blood spoil Kaiden’s only opportunity to get out of Rixon?
But the dynamic between Jason and Kaiden isn’t the only thing going on here. L.A. Cotton also introduces a complicated heroine in Lily Ford. A delicate and traumatized girl on the edge of womanhood or a nervous breakdown–whichever comes first. Lily has friends and family to support her, but she is wounded and healing but not thriving, and more importantly, not living until Kaiden Thatcher sets her aflame.
What a jerk! I mean that. I don’t know if I mean Kane Legend or Scarlett Hunter, though. Both are kinda jerky. Jerkish? Jerksome. I don’t know what the term is. They are both jackholes, if you ask me. I like Letty a little more than Kane, but not by a whole lot. I think you are supposed to feel an abundance of sympathy for her, and I do. BUT she’s a McJerkyjerk.
So if you read the prequel, you know what happened the night eighteen months ago, and if you don’t, they refer to a sweaty something-something in a dirty puddle often enough to get the idea. Kane and Letty hate-effed the heckfire out of each other, and nothing good came of it.
Eighteen months later, the devil is back, and Letty has seen her nightmare come to life, in that Kane is the embodiment of some heartache unknown to us readers. Cliffhanger level stuff here.
I’m a hard sell on this series. I’ve given a few of the books a try, and I’m not really blown away. I’d say, if anything, I’m okay with these stories. But nothing more than just okay with them–which is sad because I love shifter books. They are my kryptonite.
As the last full-blooded unmated Royal shifter female, Faith Storm has been sheltered all her life. Her protector, Micah, kept her safe from threats, but that means his life has been on hold while she’s waited for her mate.
When a threat shows in the form of Killian Vilkas, Faith is chased from her home, separated from her sense of comfort. All she has known is gone. Suddenly Faith is out amongst the packs, and the Royal Arctic Wolf finally has the chance to find her mate. But she falls in love with an Alpha before she recognizes who her mate is.
Dare Frost is just the sort of book boyfriend I needed this week.
When Viola Kent says she likes being under the radar, she means it. She doesn’t want to be part of the crowd, and in the spotlight, she means it. And when she says she doesn’t need any more friends, she means it. So color her furious when she finds her father is trying to manipulate the school playboy and sports star to be her new best friend. Just because her dad is his coach doesn’t mean that Dare owes him the favor of feeling bad for Viola with him.
Fear Viola once she discovers her dad’s duplicity. Because now the manipulated becomes the manipulator, and her ideas include using Dare to show her dad his idea was terrible, by pretending Dare is her new boyfriend.
Oh, but Dare is an incredible boyfriend, and Viola is so lucky. She just hit the lottery. He is one in a million. I personally would trade all the other men I read about this week for Dare in a second and he was one of seven. #LetsKeepDare
Julien Granier is a connoisseur of fine art. Art speaks to him. Now he unimaginably begins to live it. At night at the Musée d’Orsay it comes to life to breathe, entertain and interact with him. A beautiful experience only he sees.
“Museums are like churches for art. Sacred spaces or holy ground or something.”
When a new Renoir is scheduled to show, Julien immediately feels connected to the woman in the painting. He can’t wait until she comes to him and can interact with him. When she finally comes to life, he is sunk in love with Clio, a woman unlike any he’s met or imagined.
“Yes, that’s it. We come like pilgrims to an abbey to see them.”
I thought I was digging Hendrix, and I do, but I’m crushing hard on Mr. Monroe. Easton, dude, do you have to be so hot and smexy?
Harlow Mead is a hot mess. She’s the anti-Donna. Not put together. Not doing well at school. Not type-A personality. Most likely to be stoned and playing video games. Most likely to be hacking into the school’s main-frame for the giggles. She’s eighteen, and in her mind, she’s going nowhere fast.
“Teenagers are all dumb, depraved, and disappointing.” – Easton Monroe, teacher extraordinaire.
I have a new book boyfriend, and my goodness, you will understand why when you read Make You Beg, Shantel Tessier’s newest book.
Henley Greene saw her friend do something terrible, and she went to the cops about it and had him arrested. This book starts during the trial, and we find out immediately why she’s estranged from her former besties. It’s hard to have a relationship with people when you accuse them of things that get them a visit from the cops.
The Grim Reapers are the kings of the campus and all football players for the Westbrook Warriors. They are also heirs to the Founders with the family names of Scout, Law, Rellik, and Monroe. You want to care most about Dax Monroe — he had Henley first, Ryan Scout — he had Henley last, and Grayson Law — he always coveted Henley. Van Rellik is okay with her, but he has no interest in her beyond that. He is, however, the most loyal of all the characters. Rellik believes that Henley saw something that night, but not necessarily what she thinks she saw. And he stands by the guys even when they are dastardly because he’s a musketeer, and they are all one for all, and all for one.
Dastardly is precisely what I consider the payback plan for Henley is. Make You Beg is vicious, and the brutal penance that she must pay is not for the fair-hearted. This is a bully book, and Shantel Tessier isn’t playing with her readers; she’s giving it to them raw.