It's Wednesday bookworms! And today I'm reviewing Dark and Shallow Lies by Ginny Myers Sain! Thank you to Penguin Teen Canada for sending me an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review! Click the button below to see content warnings for the book. Be sure to pick this book up once it comes out September 7th! Now let's dive in!
Murder, death, drowning of children, mentioned physical and emotional abuse, arson, death by fire, mention of suicide, mention of self-harm, strangulation, grief
After her best friend Elora disappears from their small town in the bayou, Grey returns home searching for answers. She can't believe that Elora could vanish into thin air, especially in a town full of psychics. But she soon learns that everyone is hiding something. As she digs deeper, her childhood town seems more and more sinister and she'll have to find out who she can trust before it's too late.
I loved reading this book! I was swept up into this spooky small town mystery vibe that fit the story so well! The atmosphere of Dark and Shallow Lies set the scene for a murder mystery full of twists and psychic magic. The writing was very descriptive and expressive and I felt like I was beside Grey the entire time. This definitely added to the addictive quality of the book. I also really enjoyed learning about all the different types of psychic abilities the people of the town had. All of their powers were just as unique as their personalities. Speaking of the characters, they were complex and very interesting to learn about. I felt as though they could have been real people living in a real town. The romance was very cute and didn't take over the whole story. I liked that it was a side accompaniment to the overall mystery plot, and it added more complexity to the characters.
Grey was also a great main character. She was real, she made mistakes, she struggled and she worked through it. It was an exciting experience working through this mystery with her. I have to say I was suspicious of almost everyone at one point 😂. But I never saw the ending coming! While we were focused on the main mystery of Elora's disappearance, we also were piecing together the town's past. This element really moved the story along and was something that gave the book a lot of dimension.
This will definitely be a new favourite mystery that I'll be recommending for a long time to come. I recommend it for all readers looking for a small town mystery with a mystic twist. I gave this book 4.5/5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨.
That's all for my review of Dark and Shallow Lies by Ginny Myers Sain! I hope you enjoyed it! If you pick up this book and love it as much as I do, let's chat about it! What type of psychic ability would you like to have? Communicating with the dead, reading tarot cards, astral projecting, or seeing visions? Let me know in the comments below!
Happy Wednesday bookworms! Today I'm reviewing Daughter of Sparta by Claire M. Andrews! I'm super excited to talk to you all about this book! Let's dive in!
Violence, death of a parent, misogyny
Daphne has spent her life training to be a warrior and wishing to be accepted by her fellow Spartans. However her plans are upended when the goddess Artemis forces her to go on a quest in order to save her brother's life. Now she must find the nine mysterious items stolen from Mount Olympus. Without them the gods' powers fill fade away and the world will go into chaos. Guided by the god Apollo, Daphne faces Sphinxes, the Minotaur and more while meeting mythical legends like Theseus and Hippolyta.
I had so much fun reading this book! I was stuck between wanting to know what was happening and never wanting it to end. I really enjoyed all of the characters, especially Daphne! She was perfect for this empowering and feminist take on mythology. The writing style made for a fast paced and entertaining read. I especially liked the descriptions of the action scenes because they were very detailed and I could picture exactly what was happening. Since I absolutely love Greek mythology, I was very excited to see how many different myths were incorporated into the story. The romance was also very cute and worked very well with the plot. My only critique is that I wish we got to know some of the side characters a little better so that I could connect with them more. Another thing I enjoyed was the humour! I loved having a tense scene but also being able to laugh at the characters and their sarcasm. Overall I had a fantastic time reading this book and will be recommending it to everyone! I can't wait for the next book Blood of Troy to come out next year!
This book is perfect for all lovers of Greek mythology! I gave this book 4.5/5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨.
That's a wrap on my review of Daughter of Sparta by Claire M. Andrews! I hope you enjoyed it! Recommend a book you really enjoyed in the comments below!
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