Wednesday, July 27, 2022

What We've Been Reading #134

Today our team members recommend Kosoko Jackson's newest release and two creepy novellas by writers Ali Seay and Wendy Dalrymple!

Survive the Dome by Kosoko Jackson

Jamal Lawson just wanted to be a part of something. As an aspiring journalist, he packs up his camera and heads to Baltimore to document a rally protesting police brutality after another Black man is murdered.

But before it even really begins, the city implements a new safety protocol...the Dome. The Dome surrounds the city, forcing those within to subscribe to a total militarized shutdown. No one can get in, and no one can get out.

Alone in a strange place, Jamal doesn't know where to turn...until he meets hacker Marco, who knows more than he lets on, and Catherine, an AWOL basic-training-graduate, whose parents helped build the initial plans for the Dome.

As unrest inside of Baltimore grows throughout the days-long lockdown, Marco, Catherine, and Jamal take the fight directly to the chief of police. But the city is corrupt from the inside out, and it's going to take everything they have to survive.

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Heather's Teaser Review

"This book is fast paced and I really suggest you pick it up if you want to raise your anxiety."

Read Heather's entire review at Goodreads.

To Offer Her Pleasure by Ali Seay

After the death of his father and his mother taking off, it becomes clear to Ben that the only thing he can count on, is no one to count on.

Until he finds the book. One that calls forth a shadowy horned figure.

She comes with unexpected gifts and the comfort of a dependable presence.

She asks for very little in return, really. The more Ben offers her, the easier it gets.

Sometimes, family requires more than a little sacrifice...

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Teresa's Teaser Review

"To Offer Her Pleasure is tense and brutal, a constant picking at an open wound, it packs a punch and keeps on punching for the entire novella."

Read Teresa's entire review at Goodreads.

Laurie's Teaser Review

"This was a dark delight. It is a painful coming of age story drenched in grief and anger."

Read Laurie's entire review at Goodreads.

White Ibis by Wendy Dalrymple

Obsession. Lies. Greed.

Chelsea is thirty-two, vain and self-absorbed, driven in life only by want and her obsession with being the best. However, despite wanting to portray an outwardly perfect image, things at home are crumbling between her and her boyfriend, Brendan. Together they harbor a secret that has been slowly chipping away at their relationship, and now, things have come to a breaking point.

One day at yoga class, Chelsea meets a woman named Damaris who is exactly like her; beautiful, confident, and reaching high to be her best self. Damaris and Chelsea become instant best friends and bond over healthy eating, fitness, and their love of luxury items. As Chelsea’s heart hardens toward her boyfriend, her obsession with the enigmatic Damaris only blossoms.

As one bad decision turns into another, Chelsea begins to think she is being followed by a white bird. Her new best friend Damaris suggests a girls' weekend in New Orleans to get away from it all and Chelsea readily agrees. Unfortunately for Chelsea, it soon becomes clear that she can’t run away from her problems and instead finds herself tumbling head-first into a downward spiral.

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Alex's Teaser Review

"WHITE IBIS by Wendy Dalrymple has a fun mix of psychological and body horror all wrapped up in a contemporary Southern Gothic flare."

Read Alex's entire review at Goodreads.

Laurie's Teaser Review

"This book went some places I wasn’t expecting and I was so happy about it! It features awful characters and cringeworthy body horror and was the perfect length. This is good stuff. Read it if you want a little evil in your life."

Read Laurie's entire review at Goodreads.

Thank you for joining us today! We hope you found something to add to your tbr list. Please share your recent reads with us in the comments below.

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