Review: Arena (Arena #1), by Pavan Lewis

Arena by Pavan Lewis

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Recommended: Yes, with restrictions

Genres: Horror, Dystopia, Young Adult, LGBTQ+

Add it to your TBR: Amazon

I have received a free copy of Arena from the author of this book. This in no way affects the opinions reflected on this review.


Amazon Synopsis: 

When seventeen-year-old Tasa Strong is ‘taken’ by the dreaded Iron Cart, she finds herself in a vast arena filled with wild animals and grotesque killers. In order to survive, and save her beloved friend Valeria, Tasa must work with eleven other children to find a way forward – even as she comes to understand that many of them cannot be trusted, and may also be a danger to her life. As they struggle to survive, and compete, they are forced to make horrifying life and death decisions; voting on which in their company should be killed. This act threatens to tear any potential alliances apart; and factions form within their group. Yet still Tasa must struggle forward, led by a boy who seems to want to save her and her friend: yet also clearly has his own secret reasons and brutal abilities – until at last she faces a final and terrifying round of dangers that will reveal the most unexpected and shocking betrayal, and potential reward… Continue reading

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Review: The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison (The Collector #1)

The Butterfly Garden

Rating: ★★★★★

Recommend: Yes, with restrictions

Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Horror

Add it to your TBR: Goodreads, Skoob

This book is such a gem! I don’t read a lot of horror, although this one is probably closer to a mystery thriller in my opinion, and I had not heard about it at all, until I saw it on Amazon Unlimited. The story sounded interesting and it was among their most popular and best-rated books in the Unlimited list, so I thought – well, why not?

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