Weekly Reading List #277

Happy Sunday everyone! My goodness, it has been a crazy week for me! So first bit of news I just found out that I’m pregnant! Woo! My husband and I are super excited. Now, onto other business. Work is picking up. In case you guys don’t know, I am a full-time manager at a movie theater and business is picking up. This means my posting may become a little erratic. I want to make sure that the quality reviews does not decline. Just a heads up if you see posts not usually up.

On that note, check out my latest reading list, a sneak peek of reviews to come. Happy reading!

1. After the Fire

After The Fire

by Will Hill 

A gripping and unforgettable story of survival after life in a cult, inspired by the survivors of the Branch Davidian siege in Waco, Texas, 1993.

The things I’ve seen are burned into me, like scars that refuse to fade.

Before, she lived inside a fence with her family. After, she’s trapped, now in a federal facility.

Before, she was never allowed to leave the property, never allowed to talk to Outsiders, never allowed to speak her mind. After, there are too many people asking questions, wanting to know what happened to her, trying to find out who she really is.

Before, she thought she was being protected from something. After, people are telling her that now she’s finally safe.

She isn’t sure what’s better, before or after, all she knows is that there are questions she can’t answer, and if everything she’s been told is a lie, how can she know who’s telling the truth now?

2. The Wide Starlight

by Nicole Lesperance

The Hazel Wood meets The Astonishing Color of After in this dreamy, atmospheric novel that follows sixteen-year-old Eli as she tries to remember what truly happened the night her mother disappeared off a frozen fjord in Norway under the Northern Lights.

Never whistle at the Northern Lights, the legend goes, or they’ll sweep down from the sky and carry you away.

Sixteen-year-old Eline Davis knows it’s true. She was there ten years ago, on a frozen fjord in Svalbard, Norway, the night her mother whistled at the lights and then vanished.

Now, Eli lives an ordinary life with her dad on Cape Cod. But when the Northern Lights are visible over the Cape for just one night, she can’t resist the possibility of seeing her mother again. So she whistles–and it works. Her mother appears, with snowy hair, frosty fingertips and a hazy story of where she’s been all these years. And she doesn’t return alone.

Along with Eli’s mother’s reappearance come strange, impossible things. Narwhals swimming in Cape Cod Bay, meteorites landing in Eli’s yard, and three shadowy princesses with ominous messages. It’s all too much, too fast, and Eli pushes her mother away. She disappears again–but this time, she leaves behind a note that will send Eli on a journey across continents, to the northern tip of the world:

Find me where I left you.

3. Those Who Prey

those who prey

by Jennifer Moffett 

Sadie meets The Girls in this riveting debut psychological thriller about a lonely college freshman seduced into joining a cult–and her desperate attempt to escape before it’s too late.

College life isn’t what Emily expected.

She expected to spend freshman year strolling through the ivy-covered campus with new friends, finally feeling like she belonged. Instead, she walks the campus alone, still not having found her place or her people so far away from home.

But then the Kingdom finds her.

The Kingdom, an exclusive on-campus group, offers everything Emily expected out of college and more: acceptance, friends, a potential boyfriend, and a chance to spend the summer on a mission trip to Italy. But the trip is not what she thought it would be. Emily and the others are stripped of their passports and money. They’re cut off from their families back home. The Kingdom’s practices become increasingly manipulative and dangerous…

And someone ends up dead.

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