Review: The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

For centuries, the three Swan sisters have haunted the town of Sparrow in feminist yet sadistic revenge for their unlawful drowning as allegedly seductive witches. Each year as summer washes in, the vengeful sisters return, possessing teenage girls’ bodies and luring boys out to sea—permanently. Partly viewed as a coincidental myth, Swan Season has malformed into a spectator sport for both locals and tourists alike. This summer is no different, and power and danger lie within humanity’s innate fear.   Every day is a modern witch-hunt and no one can be trusted, including our narrator and her group of friends. Add into the plot, Bo, a handsome and mysterious stranger arriving at the start of Swan season. Bo becomes captivated by Penny Talbot, a 17-year-old whose life has not been easy; her father has been missing and presumed dead for years and her brokenhearted mother steeps in depression just like the…

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Review: Every Shiny Thing by Cordelia Jensen and Laurie Morrison

Sierra’s mom is once again struggling with her addiction to drugs, alcohol, and poorly chosen men while her father is serving jail time for similar vices. Placed in the foster care system, Sierra moves in with a kind, mysteriously heartbroken interracial couple next door to Lauren, a tween fraught with compassion and her rapidly changing family dynamics. Lauren’s autistic brother has just moved to NC in hopes that a specialized school will better meet his needs. No longer a shadow or crutch, Lauren must determine who she is as well as how to function in an unfair world full of homelessness and privilege. As these two characters navigate their friendship through typical school drama, Lauren begins to lose control and fall into emotional instability, seeking solace in shoplifting and stealing her wealthier friends’ and families’ extravagances. Even with somewhat innately good intentions—hoping to sell these items to donate money for…

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Review: Turtles All The Way Down

Sixteen-year-old Aza has suffered the sudden loss of her father and is battling inner demons of mental illness—unkind thoughts and words that threaten to consume and possibly kill her. Trapped in the darkness of her own mind, Aza must navigate the unforgiving halls of high school with her fan fiction writing best friend, Daisy. When the town billionaire disappears days before being arrested for corruption, Aza and Daisy decide to investigate. The case is important to Aza as she has a crush on and connection with the fugitive’s son, Davis Pickett—a link of souls dating back from a summer camp fling. Gaining momentum on the details of Mr. Pickett’s disappearance, Aza begins to see fault lines within her mental health. Overly concerned with her micro-biome, even kissing becomes a death-defying hazard, causing Aza to dig her nail deeper into her never-ending fingerprint callous. From a car accident and a breakdown…

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