ARC Review – ‘The Dark Beneath the Ice’ by Amelinda Bérubé

Title: The Dark Beneath the Ice
Author: Amelinda Bérubé
Genre: YA Horror/Fantasy
Expected Date of Publication: 7th August, 2018
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)


Something is wrong with Marianne.

It’s not just that her parents have split up, or that life hasn’t been the same since she quit dancing. Or even that her mother has checked herself into the hospital.

She’s losing time. Doing things she would never do. And objects around her seem to break whenever she comes close.

Something is after her. But a first attempt at an exorcism calls down the full force of the thing’s rage. It demands Marianne give back what she stole. And Marianne must uncover the truth that lies beneath it all before the nightmare can take what it think it’s owed, leaving Marianne trapped in the darkness of the other side.

I really enjoyed this one! I’m much on a YA horror kick and this satisfied that craving quite well with a relatable lead in harrowing circumstances, interesting family dynamics and a cute f/f ship!

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Owlcrate: June 2018 – ‘Summer Lovin’’

OwlCrate is a monthly book subscription service that provides you with a newly released Young Adult novel plus other bookish extras, such as jewelry & accessories, bookmarks, stickers & prints, toys, etc.


Cost: $29.99 USD monthly, $86.98 for 3 months or $167.94 for 6 months.
Shipping Costs: $6.99 to US, $10.59 to Canada and $19.99 internationally.
Payment Method: Debit and Credit Cards.
Mailed Out: around the 20th of each month.

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ARC Review – ‘Jinxed’ by Amy McCulloch

Title: Jinxed
Author: Amy McCulloch
Genre: YA Sci-fi/Fantasy
Expected Date of Publication: 9th August, 2018
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)


Lacey Chu has big dreams of becoming a companioneer for MONCHA, the largest tech firm in North America and the company behind the  “baku” – a customisable smart pet that functions as a phone but makes the perfect companion too. When Lacey finds out she hasn’t been accepted into Profectus – the elite academy for cutting edge tech – it seems her dreams are over. Worst of all, rather than getting to choose one of the advanced bakus, she’s stuck with a rubbish insect one.

Then, one night, Lacey comes across the remains of an advanced baku. Once it might’ve been in the shape of a cat but it’s now mangled and broken, no sign of electronic life behind its eyes. Days of work later and the baku opens its eyes. Lacey calls him Jinx – and Jinx opens up a world for her that she never even knew existed, including entry to the hallowed halls of Profecus. Slowly but surely, Jinx becomes more than just a baku to Lacey – he becomes her perfect companion. But what is Jinx, really? His abilities far surpass anything written into his code or built into his motherboard. He seems to be more than just a robotic pet. He seems … real.

This is the very first book I’ve been unable to choose between 3 or 4 stars and HAD to go with a half-rating to split the difference!

I want to give it 4 stars because ‘Jinxed’ is the definition of ADDICTIVE. I stayed up past midnight finishing this in one hit because I was hooked on the story and couldn’t put it down. I knew I’d regret it in the morning when I had to get up for work, but still I continued to the very last page!


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