Within These Wicked Walls

Synopsis

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Andromeda is a debtera—an exorcist hired to cleanse households of the Evil Eye. She would be hired, that is, if her mentor hadn’t thrown her out before she could earn her license. Now her only hope of steady work is to find a Patron—a rich, well-connected individual who will vouch for her abilities.

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Review: White Smoke by Tiffany D Jackson

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It’s good to know others enjoyed as much as I did.

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Title: White Smoke
Author: Tiffany D Jackson
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (HarperCollins)
Release Date: September 14th, 2021
Page Length: 384
Genre: Horror | Thriller
Age Range: Young Adult
Rep: Black (OwnVoices), anxiety, delusional parasitosis, lesbian side character
Rating: 5⭐

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The Haunting of Hill HousemeetsGet Outin this chilling YA psychological thriller and modern take on the classic haunted house story fromNew York Timesbestselling author Tiffany D. Jackson!

Marigold is running from ghosts. The phantoms of her old life keep haunting her, but a move with her newly blended family from their small California beach town to the embattled Midwestern city of Cedarville might be the fresh start she needs. Her mom has accepted a new job with the Sterling Foundation that comes with a free house, one that Mari now has to share with…

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White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson

Overview

Marigold is running from ghosts. The phantoms of her old life keep haunting her, but a move with her newly blended family from their small California beach town to the embattled Midwestern city of Cedarville might be the fresh start she needs. Her mom has accepted a new job with the Sterling Foundation that comes with a free house, one that Mari now has to share with her bratty ten-year-old stepsister, Piper.

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What’s Tani Reading – October

I finally got the chance to take a trip to the bookstore and restock for the month. I’ve had these on my TBR list and have been waiting for the release so I’m really excited about checking these out. Reviews coming soon!

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A Flicker in the Dark Book Review

Summary

Chloe Davis is the daughter of a serial killer. When she was a teenager, several girls started to go missing, which put her small town of Breaux Bridge in an uproar. Imagine her shock when she discovers that her father is responsible for these deaths. After his conviction, her family life sort of falls apart. Her mother checks out on the family leaving Chloe and her brother alone to fend for themselves.

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Corinth 2642 AD

In the year 2642, race is no longer an issue. Everyone has mixed and is multiracial. But a hidden colony of white people is determined to stay pure and become the majority again.

Jimmy Matoo is a private investigator in San Francisco. He is approached by a colony leader, Bull, to help find his missing granddaughter Cara. The entire interaction with Bull is difficult for Jimmy due to how judgemental and racist Bull is towards people of color. He is preparing not to take the job until Bull states that Jimmy’s younger brother was killed outside the colony. This comes as news from Jimmy. He’s still processing his brother’s death, but the information he’s getting from Bull about the death of his brother is different from what he and his parents were told. He agrees to help find Cara in exchange for getting more information on what happened to his brother.

Jimmy heads for Corinth, Oregan with Bull to begin his investigation but had no clue what he was getting himself into. The hate he receives there is amazing. Most people in the colony have not even seen someone of color before. They hold primitive beliefs and have not problem expressing their disdain for him. Along with that, Jimmy is shocked by how much pressure the colony puts on girls to reproduce. Teenagers are given prenatal vitamins and have monthly checkups to check fertility rates. The women can’t even exercise for fear that it will have adverse effects on their ability to reproduce. No wonder Cara decided to run away. The question Jimmy has is if she was able to escape or was she killed?

Along with the stress of dealing with Bull and his family, there are far worst dangers ahead for Jimmy that no one bothered to mention to him. His life is actually in trouble for being a person of color in the colony. Some people want to overthrow Bull as colony leader, and bringing Jimmy inside the colony may be the final nail in the coffin. Where does this leave Jimmy, though? If something happens to Bull, how will he escape? Who can he go to for help?

My Review

This book was awesome. The plot was so different from anything else I’ve read this year. I loved the concept of One World and how everyone is much more accepting of racial differences. There was such a progression in the way people view societal differences….until we get to the colonies. The colony members held on to their beliefs so tightly and wouldn’t even consider the possibility that what they believed was foolish. Jimmy is a strong person because I would have left the colony after 10 minutes of being there!

One of the reasons I enjoyed this book so much is due to my reactions while reading it. How engaged I was and how much I rooted for some of the characters. I do feel the ending was a little too open for my liking, lol. I won’t give it away, but I’m wondering if there will be a part two or if the characters will pop up in other works by this author. Even though I would have preferred more closure, I was satisfied with the ending. I give it 4.5 stars.

Behold What is Coming: Redemptor Review

Summary

Picking up where Raybearer left off, Tarisai is the first-ever Raybearer to go into the Underworld. She strikes a deal with the spirits of the deal world, stating that she will go in if they agree to end the Redemptor treaty. This will keep the children from being sacrificed in the name of peace. She must elect her council of leaders before she can begin her journey. The problem is, to join the council, you have to love the Raybearer. Sounds easy, right? Not while being the first female Raybearer with assassination attempts on your life and undead spirits popping up at every turn. Will Tarisai save the empire, or is this too much for a young girl to bear?

FYI: This novel is a continuation of Raybearer by Jordan Ifeuko. You may not want to read this review if you plan on reading Raybearer, as it may give away some details of that book.

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Don’t Stare Too Long: The Witching Tree

Summary

Burning Lakes is a small town famous after three witches were tried and killed in the 1700s. The Witching Tree serves as a reminder of what happened. People believe that if you carve your desires in the Witching Tree, over time they’ll disappear and only witches can read them.

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