• Cover Reveal: KILLER POTENTIAL

    Happy Wednesday, everyone! Today’s post is going to be a little different. Today, I have the pleasure of revealing the cover for BookFish Books’ July 19 release, Killer Potential! I’m so excited to read this book, and I love the cover, too!
    Keep scrolling to see it.

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    Title: Killer Potential

    Author: After Brook Szymanski

    Publisher: BookFish Books

    Genre: YA Psychological Thriller

    Release Date: July 17, 2016

    About Killer Potential

    Seventeen-year-old Yvette Gibbs was just admitted to the hospital psych unit in handcuffs as the main suspect in a murder case, which she refuses to talk about.

    Drugs and depression claim her family—leaving Yvette to fight her own demons alone. Adopting the skill of master of passive-aggressive vengeance lands Yvette in the psych unit with no family support, unless she cooperates with her therapist to clear her name, also a convicted murderer.

    Yvette wants revenge on the world that taught her to be afraid, claimed her mother to depression, hid her father in a fog of job hopping, turned her brother to dealing drugs, and swallowed her sister whole, but to achieve this she must lie, manipulate, and most of all survive. Pitting her dead sister’s shady friend whom she fears against the man who reminded her she’s not immune to victimization, is her perfect solution to all life’s hassles, even if that means she ends up with blood on her hands. Until everything backfires.


    About Aften Brook Szymanski

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    Aften Brook Szymanski, at the age of five, once fell on her bum looking out a large picture window while eating a pickle and people laughed. She thought she was funny, life has never been the same. She’s obsessed with LEGOs, cozy reading nooks, and over-the-knee socks. A graduate of the College of Southern Idaho with an Associate of Arts degree, Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science degree, and the University of Utah with a Master of Education degree. Learning is more fun than testing, sometimes we have to endure both.

    She lives in a very cold Wyoming valley with her husband, three kids, and one unhappy cat, where they are being cryogenically preserved for all time—thanks to how cold it is.

    Find Aften Online

    Blog: http://aftenbrookszymanski.blogspot.com/

    Tumblr: http://aftenbrook.tumblr.com/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/aftenbrook

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aftenbrookszymanski/


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    There you have it, folks! It’s no secret that I love thrillers, and this is one I can’t wait to get my hands on. Keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming review of it! Congratulations, Aften, and good luck with your release!

    What do you think about this cover? Are you excited to read the book?

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  • 5 Spooky Books on My TBR List

    A long time ago, I wrote three Halloween-themed posts: one about spooky books, one about literary costumes, and another about scary villains. Oddly enough, those are the only posts I’ve written related to Halloween. I don’t know why. Halloween is far and away my favorite holiday. With that in mind, I decided it might be time to draft another post in the spirit of the season.
    5 Spooky Books on My TBR List

    This year, one of my goals has been to make more time for reading. My TBR list on Goodreads is staggering, and I want to make some serious headway on it.

    In recent years, I’ve become more interested in thrillers and suspenseful reads. Luckily, there have been plenty of new releases in that vein. With that in mind, here are five spooky books currently on my TBR list. If you’re looking for a scare as Halloween approaches, go ahead and give them a read!

    Survive the Night by Danielle Vega

    We’re all gonna die down here. . . .

    Julie lies dead and disemboweled in a dank, black subway tunnel, red-eyed rats nibbling at her fingers. Her friends think she’s just off with some guy—no one could hear her getting torn apart over the sound of pulsing music.

    In a tunnel nearby, Casey regrets coming to Survive the Night, the all-night underground rave in the New York City subway. Her best friend Shana talked her into it, even though Casey just got out of rehab. Alone and lost in the dark, creepy tunnels, Casey doesn’t think Survive the Night could get any worse . . .

    . . . until she comes across Julie’s body, and the party turns deadly.

    Desperate for help, Casey and her friends find themselves running through the putrid subway system, searching for a way out. But every manhole is sealed shut, and every noise echoes eerily in the dark, reminding them they’re not alone.

    They’re being hunted.

    Trapped underground with someone—or something—out to get them, Casey can’t help but listen to her friend’s terrified refrain: “We’re all gonna die down here. . . .” in this bone-chilling sophomore novel by the acclaimed author of The Merciless. (Goodreads)

    MARY: The Summoning by Hillary Monahan

    There is a right way and a wrong way to summon her.

    Jess had done the research. Success requires precision: a dark room, a mirror, a candle, salt, and four teenage girls. Each of them–Jess, Shauna, Kitty, and Anna–must link hands, follow the rules . . . and never let go.

    A thrilling fear spins around the room the first time Jess calls her name: “Bloody Mary. Bloody Mary. BLOODY MARY.” A ripple of terror follows when a shadowy silhouette emerges through the fog, a specter trapped behind the mirror.

    Once is not enough, though–at least not for Jess. Mary is called again. And again. But when their summoning circle is broken, Bloody Mary slips through the glass with a taste for revenge on her lips. As the girls struggle to escape Mary’s wrath, loyalties are questioned, friendships are torn apart, and lives are forever altered.

    A haunting trail of clues leads Shauna on a desperate search to uncover the legacy of Mary Worth. What she finds will change everything, but will it be enough to stop Mary–and Jess–before it’s too late? (Goodreads)

    Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

    Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was the surprise best seller of 2011—an unprecedented mix of YA fantasy and vintage photography that enthralled readers and critics alike. Publishers Weekly called it “an enjoyable, eccentric read, distinguished by well-developed characters, a believable Welsh setting, and some very creepy monsters.”

    This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.

    Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly mesmerizing) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight readers of all ages. (Goodreads)

    Diary of a Haunting by M. Verano

    When Paige moves from LA to Idaho with her mom and little brother after her parents’ high-profile divorce, she expects to completely hate her new life, and the small town doesn’t disappoint. Worse yet, the drafty old mansion they’ve rented is infested with flies, spiders, and other pests Paige doesn’t want to think about.

    She chalks it up to her rural surroundings, but it’s harder to ignore the strange things happening around the house, from one can of ravioli becoming a dozen, to unreadable words appearing in the walls. Soon Paige’s little brother begins roaming the house at all hours of the night, and there’s something not right about the downstairs neighbor, who knows a lot more than he’s letting on.

    Things only get creepier when she learns about the sinister cult that conducted experimental rituals in the house almost a hundred years earlier.
    The more Paige investigates, and the deeper she digs, the clearer it all becomes: whatever is in the house, whatever is causing all the strange occurrences, has no intention of backing down without a fight.

    Found in the aftermath, Diary of a Haunting collects the journal entries, letters, and photographs Paige left behind. (Goodreads)

    Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

    Aging, self-absorbed rock star Judas Coyne has a thing for the macabre — his collection includes sketches from infamous serial killer John Wayne Gacy, a trepanned skull from the 16th century, a used hangman’s noose, Aleister Crowley’s childhood chessboard, etc. — so when his assistant tells him about a ghost for sale on an online auction site, he immediately puts in a bid and purchases it.

    The black, heart-shaped box that Coyne receives in the mail not only contains the suit of a dead man but also his vengeance-obsessed spirit. The ghost, it turns out, is the stepfather of a young groupie who committed suicide after the 54-year-old Coyne callously used her up and threw her away. Now, determined to kill Coyne and anyone who aids him, the merciless ghost of Craddock McDermott begins his assault on the rocker’s sanity. (Goodreads)

    I am dying to get these books as soon as I make some money! Now that I’m working at Barnes & Noble part-time, I suspect I’ll be adding hundreds of other great books to that list. Although a lot of these novels are part of a series and I tend to stay away from series, I’m willing to give them a try. What do you think?

    What are some spooky books on your TBR list?

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