Podcast

Episode 73 Interview with YA Thriller Author Michael DeCamp

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Welcome to A Reader’s Book Corner!

In today’s episode I had the pleasure of speaking with YA Thriller Author Michael DeCamp. Michael is a Hoosier native from Muncie, Indiana, his career in industrial sales has allowed him to travel extensively through the rolling hills of southwestern Indiana, providing insight as he builds the weird and often dangerous world of Cutters Notch. He enjoys cycling, Mexican food, and pushing the boundaries of everyday thought.

We discuss what draws him to thrillers, his Cutter Notch series and non-fiction title, his podcasts, upcoming projects and more.

Visit his website and learn more at https://www.authormichaeldecamp.com/

Connect with him on IG @mdecamp1985

If you would like to suggest an indie book or author feel free to contact me at tabeasley@arbookcorner.com

Until next time,

Happy Reading!

Podcast

Episode 48 They All Had A Reason by Michele Leathers

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Welcome to A Reader’s Book Corner!

In today’s episode we discuss the young adult thriller, They All Had A Reason by Michele Leathers. This a YA thriller is about a teenager searching for the truth to clear her name even though it puts her in danger.

Highlights

*Investigating the bully

*Friends are not what they seem

*Possible set up of the main character

*author bio

Learn more about Michele Leathers books at www.micheleleathers.com

Purchase They All Had A Reason on Amazon.

If you would like to suggest an indie book to be featured email me at tabeasley@arbookcorner.com

Until next time,

Happy Reading!

Book Features, Giveaways

Book Spotlight: That Night by Donna M. Zadunajsky

That Night

by Donna M. Zadunajsky

Genre: YA Thriller, Suspense

Senior Kat Palmer observes several of her classmates acting suspiciously on the first day back to school. Her boyfriend was one of them.

One night, she follows him out to Lemmon’s Park.

A fight breaks out and she hears a terrifying scream.

Four of the five classmates flee the area.

Kat goes looking for the fifth. All she finds is a shoe, an abandoned car, and a cell phone. What happened to the classmate who owned these things?

As Kat continues to search the woods, she is knocked unconscious. She wakes up in the hospital with no recollection of what had happened. As the days go by, she starts to remember bits and pieces of that night. She can’t rest until she knows what really happened to the missing classmate.

Kat drives back out to Lemmon’s Park, hoping to recall more of that night. But this time she finds a broken watch with an engraving on the back. How did her father’s watch end up at the scene? He’d told her that the watch had been stolen when someone broke into their home last week. Had he been there that night?

The more Kat investigates, the more secrets she uncovers. She finds out that even the ones closest to her aren’t who they pretend to be.

Goodreads * Amazon

Donna M. Zadunajsky started out writing children’s books before she accomplished and published her first novel, Broken Promises, in June 2012. She since has written several more novels and her first novella, HELP ME! Book 1 in the series, which is about teen suicide and bullying.

HELP ME!, won Awards in:
The Great Northwest Book Festival-Winner
Global EBook Awards- Gold Medal Winner
The Great Southeast Book Festival-Winner
IPA Award- Winner in Grief Category
Reader Views Awards- In 3 different categories:
*Children-Teen 12-16 year olds
*Children-Young Adult 16-18 years old
*Best Teen/YA Book of the Year
eLit Awards- Silver Winner

Talk To Me, Book 2 was a Finalist in the Author U unpublished contest, 2016.
IPA Award- Winner in Death and Dying

The author is available for speaking on the matters of teen suicide, bullying and for author events.

Author Links

Website * Facebook * Twitter * Instagram * Bookbub * Amazon * Goodreads

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Book Reviews

Book Review: The Ivies by Alexa Donne

Title: The Ivies

Author: Alexa Donne

Genre: Young Adult Thriller

Publication Date: May 25, 2021

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About The Book

Everyone knows the Ivies: the most coveted universities in the United States. Far more important are the Ivies. The Ivies at Claflin Academy, that is. Five girls with the same mission: to get into the Ivy League by any means necessary. I would know. I’m one of them. We disrupt class ranks, club leaderships, and academic competitions…among other things. We improve our own odds by decreasing the fortunes of others. Because hyper-elite competitive college admissions is serious business. And in some cases, it’s deadly.

Alexa Donne delivers a nail-biting and timely thriller about teens who will stop at nothing to get into the college of their dreams. Too bad no one told them murder isn’t an extracurricular.

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My Thoughts

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The Ivies is a young adult thriller that reminds me of Nancy Drew with a Karen McManus’s One of Us is Lying ending but better.

Alexa Donne does a wonderful job connecting you to her characters whether you love or hate them. The Ivies are a clique of girls who are hellbent on getting what they want by any means necessary. There is always one in the group that does not belong because their conscience makes them rethink what they are doing. In the Ivies this happens to be Olivia.

The story is in Olivia’s point of view, which I liked. It was worth reading everything unravel through her. These girls had secrets from each other, but also did some horrible things to others to get into colleges that was overwhelming, but not over the top.

Alex was the leader whose personality was harsh, bullish and she was the main one who did not like not getting her way. Emma was the Ivy with the most secrets that causes issues for her. Sierra is the Ivy with hacking skills, which were useful. I know this is petty, but once again this is a book that highlights a black person in a bad light or having a criminal skill. Margot is the Ivy who plays it safe and is addicted to Starbucks. She likes to block things out and is loyal to a point. Olivia on the other hand, is the Ivy who reads between the lines. She is also kept in the dark on a lot of things. I enjoyed her investigative skills and wanting to uncover the truth.

The academy they attend is an on-campus school that has a college feel to it. I did wonder why the students had a run of the school and hardly any adult supervision. I only remember one teacher mentioned and not in a good way. I will say this story had a couple of mysteries going on and just when I thought I had it figured out a twist happened, which I loved.

If you like Karen McManus and Holly Jackson’s books than you will want to read the Ivies.