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Sometimes there's a town called Indianola. And sometimes there isn't. Summer, 1993. Claire has been dumped in rural Indianola, Texas, to spend her whole vacation taking care of mean, sickly Grammy. There's nothing too remarkable about Indianola: it's run-down, shabby, and stifling hot, a pin-dot on the Gulf Coast. Well, there is one remarkable thing, she discovers. Something Sometimes there's a town called Indianola. And sometimes there isn't. Summer, 1993. Claire has been dumped in rural Indianola, Texas, to spend her whole vacation taking care of mean, sickly Grammy. There's nothing too remarkable about Indianola: it's run-down, shabby, and stifling hot, a pin-dot on the Gulf Coast. Well, there is one remarkable thing, she discovers. Something otherworldly. But if you leave Indianola, you forget about it... and if you stay, you have to live with it every day. Because there's a confluence of energies at Indianola, a fissure in time and space, a gap in reality. Nothing is as it seems. And unless Claire can figure out this town--the talkative lizards under the pecan trees; the honey-sweet but terrifying girl next door; the cute daughter of a powerful family, who would answer Claire's questions if she had any answers; the pervasive sense of history coming unspooled, like a video tape--she might never leave. Featuring a mindbending plot, heartfelt queer romance, brilliant writing, and intricate worldbuilding, Forget This Ever Happened is a lush and thrilling genre-bender perfect for the Black Mirror generation.


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Sometimes there's a town called Indianola. And sometimes there isn't. Summer, 1993. Claire has been dumped in rural Indianola, Texas, to spend her whole vacation taking care of mean, sickly Grammy. There's nothing too remarkable about Indianola: it's run-down, shabby, and stifling hot, a pin-dot on the Gulf Coast. Well, there is one remarkable thing, she discovers. Something Sometimes there's a town called Indianola. And sometimes there isn't. Summer, 1993. Claire has been dumped in rural Indianola, Texas, to spend her whole vacation taking care of mean, sickly Grammy. There's nothing too remarkable about Indianola: it's run-down, shabby, and stifling hot, a pin-dot on the Gulf Coast. Well, there is one remarkable thing, she discovers. Something otherworldly. But if you leave Indianola, you forget about it... and if you stay, you have to live with it every day. Because there's a confluence of energies at Indianola, a fissure in time and space, a gap in reality. Nothing is as it seems. And unless Claire can figure out this town--the talkative lizards under the pecan trees; the honey-sweet but terrifying girl next door; the cute daughter of a powerful family, who would answer Claire's questions if she had any answers; the pervasive sense of history coming unspooled, like a video tape--she might never leave. Featuring a mindbending plot, heartfelt queer romance, brilliant writing, and intricate worldbuilding, Forget This Ever Happened is a lush and thrilling genre-bender perfect for the Black Mirror generation.

30 review for Forget This Ever Happened

  1. 5 out of 5

    daph pink 君は

    DNF- page 120 Well guys , we are back at it again ! "This month is the month when I will try not to DNF more than 1/2 books ” Maybe that doesn’t seem like such a bold claim, but you probably aren’t taking into account that I have already DNF 2 books so it will be my third , I know it hurts my feelings too so I came up with some really strong reasons! ✏ There are some all bland characters here , especially both the MC they don't have life or something. ✏ The story is one the weirdest , dumbest shit DNF- page 120 Well guys , we are back at it again ! "This month is the month when I will try not to DNF more than 1/2 books ” Maybe that doesn’t seem like such a bold claim, but you probably aren’t taking into account that I have already DNF 2 books so it will be my third , I know it hurts my feelings too so I came up with some really strong reasons! ✏ There are some all bland characters here , especially both the MC they don't have life or something. ✏ The story is one the weirdest , dumbest shit I have ever encountered , especially when they mentioned a "talking alligator" who says "yo girl" I can't help but laugh but also I closed the book and thought for ten minutes straight , should I complete this book and the answer came "NO". ✏ The writing is repetitive and boring , feels like at a point the writer literally ran out of ideas to put in MC's heads . ✏ And omg the most boring Sapphic love story of the century , wth was that , honesty they could have gone without making both the MC's fall in love! I couldn't continue reading it and I have to start reading the synopsis before picking up the books but what to do if the synopsis or covers are misleading? Bookworm struggle!!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Darce

    ARC copy provided in exchange for an honest review. This in no way changes my rating or review. 4 fascinating stars! Cassandra Rose Clarke has been one of my favourite authors ever since writing The Assassin's Curse back in 2012, and she did not disappoint here. Forget This Ever Happened was intriguing, mysterious, confusing and really sweet, and I enjoyed every second of my read. Forget This Ever Happened begins with one of our MC's, Claire, travelling to her grandma's house in Indianola, Texas ARC copy provided in exchange for an honest review. This in no way changes my rating or review. 4 fascinating stars! Cassandra Rose Clarke has been one of my favourite authors ever since writing The Assassin's Curse back in 2012, and she did not disappoint here. Forget This Ever Happened was intriguing, mysterious, confusing and really sweet, and I enjoyed every second of my read. Forget This Ever Happened begins with one of our MC's, Claire, travelling to her grandma's house in Indianola, Texas. She's supposed to look after her sick grandmother all summer - and in America summer holidays goes for like 3 months - and suffice to say, she's dreading it. Her grandmother is prickly, fussy and refuses to have AC in her house, which isn't exactly ideal in a Texas summer. However, things start to look up when Claire meets Julie, a quirky (and I say that without sarcasm), funny and sweet girl who's Claire's age. However, her first time meeting Julie is a bit stranger than a regular meet cute.... ""The farther you go from town, the more you forget." "Forget?" Claire stares at her. "The monsters, yeah."" (This quote may not be in the published version of this novel, it was copied from the advanced reader's copy.) Yeah, so there are monsters in Indianola. Monsters that mess with people's minds and their memories, monsters that can speak and look like anything from a furry alligator to an almost human-like figure. And that's just the start of weirdness in this town. From a disturbingly perfect family down the road to a mysterious past between Julie and Claire's ancestors, this story entwined many unique factors to create a fascinating and intriguing novel that I couldn't put down. The characters in Forget This Ever Happened are well described and relatable, and I really felt like Clarke captured the emotions of a teenager perfectly, right down to the stupid decisions that teenagers make and the struggles of trying to work out your sexuality. The characters may have been slightly dumb at times, but what teenager isn't? I also LOVED the 1990's setting. Mentions of the hottest movies of those times (and debatably, still one of the hottest films today) such as Aliens, and the casual way that Clarke slipped Walkmans and cassette tapes into this novel really worked in it's favour, as it made the story all the more interesting and entertaining. Mix in the sweet romance between Claire and Julie, the interesting fantasy elements and the slight horror/suspense factors (this is as close as I get to reading horror), and this was a really captivating and unique standalone story, with Cassandra Rose Clarke's usual brilliant writing style (and in the present tense too - a struggle for the best of us!). "She used to want to kiss Josh, now she wants to kiss Julie. She can like both." (This quote may not be in the published version of this novel, it was copied from the advanced reader's copy.) All up, heaps of fun (in a suspensful and interesting way)! Thank you so much to the author and publisher for the ARC copy, and to YA Bound Book Tours for organising the tour :)).

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina

    All the things in the world create music, and as we move through the universe, that music runs into other music and overlaps. Everyone in the town overlaps with everyone else, and together they create the music of Indianola. 4.5 stars This was way creepier than I'd expected! In a good way, of course - I was anticipating a sort of mystery-paranormal-urban-fantasy, and this felt like a seamless, atmospheric blend of sci-fi-thriller-horror with a shimmering thread of a super soft sapphic love All the things in the world create music, and as we move through the universe, that music runs into other music and overlaps. Everyone in the town overlaps with everyone else, and together they create the music of Indianola. 4.5 stars This was way creepier than I'd expected! In a good way, of course - I was anticipating a sort of mystery-paranormal-urban-fantasy, and this felt like a seamless, atmospheric blend of sci-fi-thriller-horror with a shimmering thread of a super soft sapphic love story. They were adorable and I thought the extra significance (no spoilers!) to their meeting and mutual attraction was nicely done.I loved reading both POVs and the differences between their personalities and history. They're both at different points of the 'queer journey' - Claire just figuring out that that she can like a girl too, and Julie falling (again) for who she thinks is a straight girl. The close family bond between Julie and her older cousin Lawrence was nice to see too. There are few supporting characters but the ones we do meet (just Lawrence, really) are nice and I cared about them, if not as much as the two leads.The 'forgetting' and memory warping was a great premise - so creepy. The antagonist was so nauseatingly off, wrong and weird and I got big Other-Mother ('Coraline' by Neil Gaiman) vibes. God. So creepy. Don't think I'm ever watching that movie again. The antagonist's motives were believable and I definitely shared Claire's reaction to them!There is a lot of the 'adults being useless' trope here, which isn't my favourite. However, I wonder if it's to do with the magic vs adulthood concept (like in 'The Polar Express'), more than being a YA genre convention? [Julie] thinks about all the adults who have dismissed her concerns. Maybe accepting the monsters is a part of growing up. She's not sure what that means about growing up, though. Recommended for 'Riverdale' and Teen Wolf' fans - while I did give up on 'Riverdale' a few seasons in, I still really enjoyed this! Thank you to TBR and Beyond Tours and Edelweiss for the eARC for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Andy

    Thank you to TBR & Beyond Tours, the author and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. It's summer of 1993 and Claire is ready to spend her time relaxing by the pool and with her new crush, Josh. But when her Grammy needs in person help in the rural town of Indianola, Claire's mother packs her up for the summer. There's not a lot that's remarkable about Indianola, but there are several very strange things happening around town, especially the lizard li Thank you to TBR & Beyond Tours, the author and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. It's summer of 1993 and Claire is ready to spend her time relaxing by the pool and with her new crush, Josh. But when her Grammy needs in person help in the rural town of Indianola, Claire's mother packs her up for the summer. There's not a lot that's remarkable about Indianola, but there are several very strange things happening around town, especially the lizard like monsters that appear. "All the things in the world create music, and as we move through the universe, that music runs into other music and overlaps.... The music it creates is music she has always known, and it shudders deep down inside of her like an echo." Claire's Grammy is constantly pushing her to befriend Audrey, the perky but terrifying cheerleader. Claire would much rather hang out with Julie Alvarez, daughter of a powerful family in town and long time rival to Grammy's family. Julie and Claire begin investigating the town's history and stumble upon a secret between Abigail Sudek and Javier Alvarez that would've been the talk of town had it gotten out. "Marriage is an act of aggression. It's war for a more civilized time. The atmosphere of this story was so well crafted. I got the nostalgia from the 90s, the eerie and creepy vibes from the thriller/mystery of Indianola and a bit of sci-fi with the monsters thrown in. Each of these pieces grabbed my attention and would not let go. I would plan to read bits everyday and end up reading much more than I thought. My curiosity was part of the reason and the other reason was the characters. "Claire feels like she's watching some sort of mating ritual that she doesn't understand." This above quote is literally me to straight romance now lmaoooo. Sorry I had to. Julie and Claire had such an awesome friendship. As they bond more, feelings begin to develop on both sides and it was just so cute. Julie is Latina and a lesbian, but Claire has only ever thought she was straight. Granted none of these words are used in the text, but we see Claire question her sexuality and feelings for Josh and now Julie. It was really well done and while Claire does suffer from some internalized homophobia, she manages to overcome this. Overall, this was such a strange story but I absolutely loved it and wholeheartedly recommend it!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Vee_Bookish // YA Book Blogger

    Wordpress Blog | Twitter | Pinterest 📗 I loved Cassandra's previous book, The Assassin's Curse, so when this was released it was very high on my wishlist! Set in 1993, I think this book could have been absolutely terrible and I still would have loved it, because Claire and Julie were such an incredible couple that I rooted for the whole way through. 📕 There's a lot going on in this book. A girl travelling to a small town for the summer, set in 1993, a sapphic romance, mysterious monsters that you Wordpress Blog | Twitter | Pinterest 📗 I loved Cassandra's previous book, The Assassin's Curse, so when this was released it was very high on my wishlist! Set in 1993, I think this book could have been absolutely terrible and I still would have loved it, because Claire and Julie were such an incredible couple that I rooted for the whole way through. 📕 There's a lot going on in this book. A girl travelling to a small town for the summer, set in 1993, a sapphic romance, mysterious monsters that you forget when you leave town, an astronaut, and a 100 years old family mystery. 📘 While I loved the story overall, and I can't deny the idea of the monsters and the forgetfulness is interesting, I couldn't help but feel that this story may have been better as a sapphic summer romance set in 1993, as all the elements together was perhaps a little too many. 📙 At the end there was enough of a glimpse to know that my characters were going to be okay, which made me happy to close the final pages. I do wish we could have had a bit more, looking back, as there were a few threads that weren't tied up, like Claire's potential previous boyfriend.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Landice (Manic Femme Reviews)

    This book started out a little slow but morphed into an absolutely wild ride! Loved the absolute nostalgia, and I enjoyed escaping 2020 by way of the 90s for awhile. Only downside was that the book eventually ended, and I had to come back to the present. Also featured a sweet sapphic friends to lovers slow burn romance. Will add more to this review later, when I recover from the mindfuckery and can better collect my thoughts! **ARC Note:** Thank you to Holiday House and TBR and Beyond Tours for t This book started out a little slow but morphed into an absolutely wild ride! Loved the absolute nostalgia, and I enjoyed escaping 2020 by way of the 90s for awhile. Only downside was that the book eventually ended, and I had to come back to the present. Also featured a sweet sapphic friends to lovers slow burn romance. Will add more to this review later, when I recover from the mindfuckery and can better collect my thoughts! **ARC Note:** Thank you to Holiday House and TBR and Beyond Tours for the ARC. All opinions my own. Love sapphic books, too? Let's be friends! Bookstagram | Booktube | Book Blog | Twitter

  7. 5 out of 5

    El

    Also posted on my blog! Rep: bi mc, latina lesbian mc CW: homophobia, internalised homophobia, natural disasters, memory manipulation/gaslighting, gun usage, cops shown sympathetically It’s 1993, and Claire has been sent to the Texan coastal town of Indianola to look after her ailing grandmother, who doesn’t like her very much, for the summer. She quickly discovers that ‘monsters’ showing up is a regular occurrence for the people living there, but nobody ever remembers that the monsters exist onc Also posted on my blog! Rep: bi mc, latina lesbian mc CW: homophobia, internalised homophobia, natural disasters, memory manipulation/gaslighting, gun usage, cops shown sympathetically It’s 1993, and Claire has been sent to the Texan coastal town of Indianola to look after her ailing grandmother, who doesn’t like her very much, for the summer. She quickly discovers that ‘monsters’ showing up is a regular occurrence for the people living there, but nobody ever remembers that the monsters exist once they leave the town. She strikes up a friendship with Julie, whose family runs most of the businesses in the town, and they do their best to make the best of a strange situation. She also meets Audrey, a picture-perfect overly friendly cheerleader who Claire’s grandmother is intent on her becoming friends with, who gives Claire a bad feeling. The relationship between Julie and Claire was really sweet! There were plenty of scenes throughout the book where they got to just spend time with each other and hang out, and I could believe their growing friendship and romantic feelings were genuine. Sometimes they were geeking out about movies and niche anime, and sometimes they were investigating the love lives of their ancestors, but no matter what they were doing it was very obvious that they made a good team and a good couple. I especially liked Julie, and found her POV chapters to be slightly more engaging for me than Claire’s. When we meet Julie, she’s secure in her sexuality, which means that the process of her falling for Claire wasn’t full of her questioning what she was feeling, which I appreciated. She’s also brave, strong willed, and getting more and more fed up each day with the adults in her life’s refusal to act when things start to go wrong. In her very first chapter she goes to yell at the leader of the ‘monsters’, which I would never have been brave enough to do if I were in her position. Something that I enjoyed was how the extraordinary - the presence of the ‘monsters’ and the effect they have on everyone’s memory - was treated as being mundane by the majority of the cast. Obviously, Claire was unused to it, but Julie viewed being made to work in the exterminators office, and so occasionally having to herd the ‘monsters’ back where they were supposed to be, was treated as if it were a boring chore. She’d much rather work in the video store! The contrast between her and Claire’s attitude was interesting, and I’m always a sucker for things that are out of the ordinary being seen as completely ordinary. There’s a lot of dramatic irony in this book. Certain things that happened were forgotten by the character in question almost immediately after they happened. This was done intentionally, so it’s not a calling card of bad writing like it can sometimes be, but it does mean that the reader ends up knowing more about what’s actually happening than either of the two narrators do until the end. Personally, this got a little grating after a while. When a story employs dramatic irony, I prefer it to be either for a very short amount of time (like in Sorcery of Thorns) or very clear to the reader about the reality of the situation (like in Death Note). The dramatic irony here lasted for nearly the whole book, and wasn’t as clear as it could’ve been, and this hindered my enjoyment somewhat. When I finished the book, certain aspects of the situation were still unclear to me. How everything works and why the villain’s plan stood a chance at succeeding wasn’t very well explained. I usually like stories that involve timelines or time travel, but my standards are high. Unfortunately, I don’t think that that aspect of this book met those standards. It’s not the worst I’ve seen by a long way, but it was just pretty solidly ‘eh’. The words ‘gay’, ‘lesbian’, and ‘bisexual’, are not used in the text. I’m sure I’m not alone in preferring the words to be used in the text. Out of curiosity, this morning I checked to see if Indianola, Texas, was a real place, and I found out that it used to be! The town was ultimately abandoned in 1886 after its second hurricane in a decade. As of this writing, this second hurricane was the sixth strongest known to have hit the United States in the country’s history. I found this pretty interesting, and I think that maybe the published version of this book could benefit from including a note about it. Ultimately, this was an enjoyable read! It’s not a new favourite, but I’d encourage anyone who’s curious about it to check it out. I received an e-arc through Edelweiss in return for an honest review

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sakina Carter

    I liked the book, however, I think it could have been better if it focused a little more on the monsters instead of the almost day to day life of Claire and Julie. I was expecting something more with the monsters, I was actually hoping Claire and Julie would team up with one of them and embark on a great adventure. Also, it probably would have been more believable if they were younger, I couldn't imagine at 17 years old hanging out with someone because my grandmother told me to, I have a teenage I liked the book, however, I think it could have been better if it focused a little more on the monsters instead of the almost day to day life of Claire and Julie. I was expecting something more with the monsters, I was actually hoping Claire and Julie would team up with one of them and embark on a great adventure. Also, it probably would have been more believable if they were younger, I couldn't imagine at 17 years old hanging out with someone because my grandmother told me to, I have a teenage daughter and one of the first things that I teach her is to follow her instincts and if she gets a creepy feeling about someone to stay away from them. It would have been more believable if they were around 13 or 14, but Claire had a creepy feeling about Audrey from the beginning and still hung out with her because her grandmother told her too, it seemed a little far-fetched. The monster aspect was really good and it would have been great if they took a more active part in the book. All in all, a cute story.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Izzie

    Thank you to Holiday House for sending me this ARC in exchange for an honest review. This book follows 2 main characters, Julie who lives in Indianola, and Claire who is visiting for the summer to care for her Grandma. Claire soon finds out the town's secret: monsters live in Indianola, but as soon as you leave the town you forget this secret. Julie and Claire team up to investigate the town's history and potentially save it. What I Didn't Like: Plot. The plot was both ridiculous and boring. Clair Thank you to Holiday House for sending me this ARC in exchange for an honest review. This book follows 2 main characters, Julie who lives in Indianola, and Claire who is visiting for the summer to care for her Grandma. Claire soon finds out the town's secret: monsters live in Indianola, but as soon as you leave the town you forget this secret. Julie and Claire team up to investigate the town's history and potentially save it. What I Didn't Like: Plot. The plot was both ridiculous and boring. Claire is suspicious of everything from the start, despite there being no clear reason for this. The plot is jumbled and chapters seem to jump from subject to subject with no cohesion. I did not find the the mystery elements intriguing at all and the reveals were simply dull. Characters. Julie and Claire were 2 of the blandest characters I have ever read about. Both of their inner monologues were repetitive and uninteresting. Claire is simultaneously suspicious of everything but completely unaware of obvious shady goings on. Julie literally has the same 3 thoughts for the entire book which are repeated over and over. I didn't' care for their romance at all, which is rare for me, because they were both such annoying characters and there was no chemistry. Writing. No characters were given any traits and were one dimensional. The story line was all over the place and boring and repetitive. The writing created no kind of atmosphere and the language used was simplistic and not at all engaging. Overall, this was a book with an interesting premise, but was executed poorly. There was no element that I enjoyed and I couldn't wait to finish it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Alexx

    This was so good! So atmospheric and so gay! 😂 Loved the plot and the writing style, although the pacing could be better. There were some science fiction elements into it that kind of reminds me of Stranger Things, too. Overall, a great read! Find me elsewhere: Instagram | Twitter | Blog This was so good! So atmospheric and so gay! 😂 Loved the plot and the writing style, although the pacing could be better. There were some science fiction elements into it that kind of reminds me of Stranger Things, too. Overall, a great read! Find me elsewhere: Instagram | Twitter | Blog

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jodie "Bookish" Cook

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Book Review Title: Forget This Ever Happened Author: Cassandra Rose Clarke Genre: Sci-Fi/Paranormal/LGBTQ+/Romance Rating: **** Review: Honestly, I didn’t know what to tag this book as because the synopsis sounded so strange to me at first. We are introduced to our protagonist, Claire as she is moving to Indianola to spend the summer with her grandmother. Claire isn’t happy about staying with her ailing grandmother and we feel her frustration as if it were our own, but things quickly become interest Book Review Title: Forget This Ever Happened Author: Cassandra Rose Clarke Genre: Sci-Fi/Paranormal/LGBTQ+/Romance Rating: **** Review: Honestly, I didn’t know what to tag this book as because the synopsis sounded so strange to me at first. We are introduced to our protagonist, Claire as she is moving to Indianola to spend the summer with her grandmother. Claire isn’t happy about staying with her ailing grandmother and we feel her frustration as if it were our own, but things quickly become interesting as Claire discovers that monsters show up in the town and this is a normal and regular occurrence for the residents. However, there is a catch as they lose their memories of these months once they leave the town, which really peaked my interest as this screamed more aliens than it did monsters so I wanted to know more about these creatures and how they influenced the residents of the town. Claire ends up quickly becoming friends with Julie, who family runs a lot of the businesses in Indianola and together they decide to investigate the strange things going on in their town. We are also introduced to Audrey; your typical cheerleader and Claire’s grandmother is set on them becoming friends, but Audrey gives off some seriously strange vibes that Claire wants nothing to do with. Quickly Julie and Claire’s friendship becomes a relationship and normally things happening this quickly would put me off but Claire and Julie’s romance seemed completely genuine and there are plenty of scene scattered throughout the novel that just show them hanging out and just being together which made their progression, although quick, seem completely believable within the context of the novel. I have to say I loved the anime references in this novel and the fangirl moments that Julie and Claire share since I had those exact moments as well when I was first getting into anime and still do today. I have to say that Julie and Claire complimented each other really well and they made not only a great couple but a great investigating duo as well. I will say that I enjoyed Julie’s perspective far more than Claire’s purely because Julie seemed so much more confident, not just in herself but in her sexuality as well which meant there was no questioning issues when she found herself falling in love with Claire which was a breath of fresh air for me, personally, and you don’t see it that often in sapphic romance stories. Julie also seems to have a strength that Claire doesn’t as she is strong-willed, determined and fed up with the adults in the town refusing to do anything about the monsters residing there which made her a truly engaging character to follow throughout the novel. The way the monsters are viewed in this novel was also extremely interesting as there are seen as a completely mundane occurrence and their presence and the effects, they have on the residents are largely ignored. Even Julie who is used to them sees them as something completely normal, if strange which is contrasted by Claire who isn’t used to them and therefore finds them exact parts frightening and fascinating. Despite all the things I loved about Forget This Ever Happened, there were a couple of aspects of the novel I wasn’t completely on board with. The first was the sheer level of dramatic irony, yes in some novels a small amount of irony is amusing and in satire novel then it is there because it is meant to be there but the amount of irony in this novel was often jarring at times, like it didn’t really need to be there. There were also a lot of unanswered questions by the time the novel concludes and unless there is a sequel to come, I will continue scratching my head about certain things for the foreseeable future. The final thing I wasn’t keen on was the mix of genres, I know some novel have a lot of crossover with other genres but they also seem to have at least 1 dominant genre that they belong to, this book didn’t. It was YA, sci-fi, fantasy, speculative fiction, just a bit of everything really and I think I would have been able to give this book 5 stars if it had one dominant genre that was explored a little more, for example, the sci-fi elements of this novel were great and it would have been amazing if there were more of them. Overall, Forget This Ever Happened was a solid, good book, it wasn’t the best book I’ve read this year but it implants itself solidly in the good-great category.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Julie Anna

    ⭐⭐⭐.5 Thank you to Holiday House and TBR and Beyond Tours for an ARC. All opinions are my own. Forget This Ever Happened has such an interesting an unique premise for those who enjoy YA mysteries with a bit of a sci-fi twist. We start off in a small Texas town in 1993, and for starters, I loved experiencing a YA book in a different era. With the exception of historical YA fiction, I feel like it’s rare to see YA books in decades other than the present. This added several details and interesting el ⭐⭐⭐.5 Thank you to Holiday House and TBR and Beyond Tours for an ARC. All opinions are my own. Forget This Ever Happened has such an interesting an unique premise for those who enjoy YA mysteries with a bit of a sci-fi twist. We start off in a small Texas town in 1993, and for starters, I loved experiencing a YA book in a different era. With the exception of historical YA fiction, I feel like it’s rare to see YA books in decades other than the present. This added several details and interesting elements to this book to make it more fun. It doesn’t take long before this book begins to enter the mysteries behind the town. And not only do you have the core mystery of what’s happening in Indianola, but you also have the exploration of the families within town and what their histories really are. For this reason, it was hard for me to put the book down – I only really did so when I was too tired to keep reading! This is the kind of book where you get more questions with every answer, and with the supernatural twist you can only keep reading because you don’t know what to expect next. I also really liked the relationship and the exploration of identity in this book. While this book is overall a light read and doesn’t go too deep into this part of the story, I liked the way the characters began to think about themselves and each other differently over the course of the summer. I do wish that we got to learn a little more about the monsters though! I loved the oddities surrounding them and I was hoping to learn a little more of their history. I definitely enjoyed the scenes with them as they provided such an eerie vibe to this whole book and would have loved to get a little more time with them or have them be more developed in general – whether that was more dialogue with them or something like Claire and Julie searching previous records at the station. Overall, Forget This Ever Happened was a pretty unique read! It’s delightfully weird and eerie and works well for YA readers that are looking for a light mystery with some spooky elements. You can find more of my reviews here: www.julieannasbooks.com 🖤

  13. 5 out of 5

    Paige Green

    Disclaimer: I received this arc and e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Book: Forget This Ever Happened Author: Cassandra Rose Clarke Book Series: Standalone Rating: 4/5 Diversity: Bisexual main character, latina lesbian main character Recommended For...: thrillers, romance, sci-fi Publication Date: October 6, 2020 Genre: YA Thriller Recommended Age: 16+ (homophobia, gaslighting, guns, violence, cops shown sympathetically) Publisher: Holiday House Pages: 336 Synopsis: Sometimes there' Disclaimer: I received this arc and e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Book: Forget This Ever Happened Author: Cassandra Rose Clarke Book Series: Standalone Rating: 4/5 Diversity: Bisexual main character, latina lesbian main character Recommended For...: thrillers, romance, sci-fi Publication Date: October 6, 2020 Genre: YA Thriller Recommended Age: 16+ (homophobia, gaslighting, guns, violence, cops shown sympathetically) Publisher: Holiday House Pages: 336 Synopsis: Sometimes there's a town called Indianola. And sometimes there isn't. Summer, 1993. Claire has been dumped in rural Indianola, Texas, to spend her whole vacation taking care of mean, sickly Grammy. There's nothing too remarkable about Indianola: it's run-down, shabby, and stifling hot, a pin-dot on the Gulf Coast. Well, there is one remarkable thing, she discovers. Something otherworldly. But if you leave Indianola, you forget about it... and if you stay, you have to live with it every day. Because there's a confluence of energies at Indianola, a fissure in time and space, a gap in reality. Nothing is as it seems. And unless Claire can figure out this town--the talkative lizards under the pecan trees; the honey-sweet but terrifying girl next door; the cute daughter of a powerful family, who would answer Claire's questions if she had any answers; the pervasive sense of history coming unspooled, like a video tape--she might never leave. Featuring a mindbending plot, heartfelt queer romance, brilliant writing, and intricate worldbuilding, Forget This Ever Happened is a lush and thrilling genre-bender perfect for the Black Mirror generation. Review: Overall this was a good book. I like books that can mess with me a little psychologically and this one did a good job of that. The book did well to develop the characters and the plot. However, I did have issues that some of the preferred terms (gay, lesbian, bisexual, etc) weren't used in the book and I thought that the book didn't do well the action scenes. It was all kinda muddy for me in a lot of the portions were most of the action occurs. Verdict: It was pretty spooky!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Danny Santana

    The story takes place in 1990 and Claire goes to a small town to take care of her grandmother and out of nowhere strange monsters appear trying to talk to her. Apparently these monsters are common in the city and they are harmless, and then Julie appears to do pest control to take care of the monsters and the two start a friendship. And they begin to discover that their ancestors have a common past, that they are connected to monsters and that the city's existence is in danger due to acracks in The story takes place in 1990 and Claire goes to a small town to take care of her grandmother and out of nowhere strange monsters appear trying to talk to her. Apparently these monsters are common in the city and they are harmless, and then Julie appears to do pest control to take care of the monsters and the two start a friendship. And they begin to discover that their ancestors have a common past, that they are connected to monsters and that the city's existence is in danger due to acracks in the timeline. For me, these stories of monsters and cracks in the timeline made no sense to me. They didn't convince me. The best part of the book was the lgbt ya romance between Claire and Julie, I believe that several people can feel represented. Julie is a young woman who knows she likes girls and lives in a small town and it is difficult to date and be accepted. Claire is a girl who likes boys and finds herself liking her friend and wants to be more like a friend and is in conflict with herself and what she is feeling. I only recommend this book if you want to read an LGBT novel, because fantasy / sci-fi is poorly worked and too bad.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Justice For Readers

    Thank you very much to TBR and Beyond Tours and Holiday House for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I do not normally read science fiction or mystery books. It’s not that I don’t like them, it’s just that I am always drawn to another book in the fantasy genre and then I sometimes low-key forget there are other genres out there (I need to do better haha). But, boy was this a great re-introduction to the science fiction genre for me! This story was so rich and really Thank you very much to TBR and Beyond Tours and Holiday House for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I do not normally read science fiction or mystery books. It’s not that I don’t like them, it’s just that I am always drawn to another book in the fantasy genre and then I sometimes low-key forget there are other genres out there (I need to do better haha). But, boy was this a great re-introduction to the science fiction genre for me! This story was so rich and really unlike anything I had ever read before. I enjoyed Claire and Julie’s romp through the town in order to uncover the mysteries about the monsters that co-exist with them. I was having fun myself trying to figure things out before the plot revealed them. The friendship and romance between the two girls was also very sweet and refreshing. It was effortless to picture the two girls together having fun, sharing secrets, and dealing with their feelings for one another. The monsters in this book were also very original. The author does a wonderful job of describing her monsters and how different they are too humans, it was eerie in a good way. The way that the world and events were described also helped with the pacing of the book. There was not a dull moment for me while I was reading. Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to friends who want to get into the science fiction with this wonderful story full of friendship, mystery, and first loves.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Louisa

    Great book, really enjoyed the setting, the plot with the town, and the romance! Really great read!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Shan( Shans_Shelves) 💜

    This was a very strange little book but also really entertaining. The romance was a little rushed but still super cute. I also loved the Villain in the end and premise was so unique. My full review will be live on my Instagram tomorrow as it’s my stop on the blog tour. Thank you again to Pride book tours and the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kathreadya

    I wanted to read this book based on the queer romance, which was amazing, but I was surprised how much I enjoyed the horror aspects too! I'm not a big fan of horror, but this book wasn't jump-scares and torture scenes, but a creepy and unsettling darkness. Which is the type of horror I like! It reminded me of the Welcome to Nightvale podcast or the Pan's Labyrinth movie. You are introduced to a small town that you've likely driven through before, familiar in a way that pulls you in. But something I wanted to read this book based on the queer romance, which was amazing, but I was surprised how much I enjoyed the horror aspects too! I'm not a big fan of horror, but this book wasn't jump-scares and torture scenes, but a creepy and unsettling darkness. Which is the type of horror I like! It reminded me of the Welcome to Nightvale podcast or the Pan's Labyrinth movie. You are introduced to a small town that you've likely driven through before, familiar in a way that pulls you in. But something isn't right.... I was thoroughly freaked out, as the stakes and the wrongness slowly amped up, until a grand finale that was well worth the journey. All of this was nicely grounded by a beautiful queer romance, Claire and Julie coming together in a slow and realistic manner. Their romance was handled well, and I the chapters from their alternating viewpoints let us see into both their heads while still flowing well. So I was surprisingly taken with this story! If you like creepy stories with mysteries, memory loss, mind control, and cute girls falling in love, this is the book for you! Thank you TBRTours and Holiday House for this arc in exchange for an honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    Thanks to Holiday House Publishing for providing a digital ARC of Forget This Ever Happened in exchange for an honest review. Forget This Ever Happened has interesting, unique characters and a fresh plot, but its ultimately hindered by Clarke's attempt to set the building blocks for her plot twists. This book features the whole "good character is secretly bad" think but the problem is, Clarke doesn't allow her characters to fall for the good bit even before anything is amiss so we're left with wa Thanks to Holiday House Publishing for providing a digital ARC of Forget This Ever Happened in exchange for an honest review. Forget This Ever Happened has interesting, unique characters and a fresh plot, but its ultimately hindered by Clarke's attempt to set the building blocks for her plot twists. This book features the whole "good character is secretly bad" think but the problem is, Clarke doesn't allow her characters to fall for the good bit even before anything is amiss so we're left with watching one of our protagonists be awful to the first new character she's introduced to for no apparent reason. It not only makes the twist too obvious way ahead of time (because why would you make your characters be this awful to an actual good guy?) but it makes the characters more unlikable than they could have been.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lizzy.Writes

    I would rate this book 3.75/5 stars. Claire and Julie were adorable, hot sapphic messes that I couldn't help relate to (their ANGST... unparalleled). However, it wasn't until about 2/3 of the way through this book that i really got truly invested. The book dragged for me a bit, but I think if you are a usual spec fic fan, you might enjoy it better (I rarely read spec fic, but I HAD to bc sapphics in Texas in the 90s?? Amazing). I will say, while there's no homophobia on the page, there is a bit th I would rate this book 3.75/5 stars. Claire and Julie were adorable, hot sapphic messes that I couldn't help relate to (their ANGST... unparalleled). However, it wasn't until about 2/3 of the way through this book that i really got truly invested. The book dragged for me a bit, but I think if you are a usual spec fic fan, you might enjoy it better (I rarely read spec fic, but I HAD to bc sapphics in Texas in the 90s?? Amazing). I will say, while there's no homophobia on the page, there is a bit that is mentioned in passing, if that is triggering for you. Overall, i think the author does a great job of toeing the line of providing a story where girls can be gay and that's it, while also addressing that the 90s in the south weren't exactly welcoming to queer people. On that note: at first, I was a bit confused why this story was set in the 90's; I felt that such a story could've existed in any timeline (heh... iykyk). But then, the more I thought about, the more I LOVED the author made this choice. LGBT+ people have existed all throughout history, and I think young queer girls who pick up this book will love to see that represented. Queerness didn't just spring up randomly; we've always been here. (slight spoiler:) Also, because again, I'm not a spec fic fan usually, I loved that the author/characters spelled out exactly why things had happened towards the end, if you hadn't caught on by then. She could've easily left us guessing, but that would've driven me bat-sh*t bonkers, so bless this author. (end of slight spoiler). But one thing that did... well, it didn't *annoy* me per se, but somehting I was confused about was (spoiler alert): at the very end about the tid bit about them making a movie together. Julie, it was obvious, wanted to go into film. But I felt that was thrown in randomly and there had been zero build up for Claire to make one with her. This is probably so not a big deal, but it took me out of the story for a bit, I was that confused (and considering the whole book was a confusion fest, that was saying something lol). (end of spoilers). All in all, I recommend this book to anyone who wants to escape to a pre-covid world, where two queer girls team up to figure out what is happening in their small town. Read this book if you want... -twisty, turny, confusion of the best kind -bisexual main character and lesbian main character -sapphic love story -90's nostalgia -small-town vibes -things that go bump in the night -a story where zero gays get buried *thank you to the publisher and TBR and Beyond Tours for my arc. This did not impact my review.*

  21. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    Thank you to Pride Book Tours and the publisher for an ARC of this book! It's 1993, and Claire is sent to stay with her Grammy in the small town of Indianola, Texas for the summer. Claire thinks it will be a boring summer of chores, taking care of Grammy, and missing the boy she has a crush on, but she quickly realizes there is more to Indianola than meets the eye. Before the book is over, Claire and her new friend Julie will have to face monsters, aliens, storms, and their own family histories. T Thank you to Pride Book Tours and the publisher for an ARC of this book! It's 1993, and Claire is sent to stay with her Grammy in the small town of Indianola, Texas for the summer. Claire thinks it will be a boring summer of chores, taking care of Grammy, and missing the boy she has a crush on, but she quickly realizes there is more to Indianola than meets the eye. Before the book is over, Claire and her new friend Julie will have to face monsters, aliens, storms, and their own family histories. They will have to discover who they can trust and who is manipulating them before it's too late and Indianola is lost forever. This book was a wild thriller from start to finish! It is so atmospheric and disorienting (in a good way). You never know who to trust apart from the main characters and at any moment you could find out someone's memory had been tampered with, making this a real page turner. Claire and Julie have such a sweet and slow-burning relationship that I love. I really enjoyed Claire's journey of self discovery and finding out that she cared for Julie as more than a friend, and my heart broke for Julie every time she felt like she had to hide who she truly was. There were some parts of this book where I felt too much was happening and it might have been more enjoyable to pair down the plot points so things were slightly less confusing, but that is just my personal opinion and others might not feel that way. If you loved Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power, The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi, or Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreni-Garcia, you will flip for this book! CW: homophobia, manipulation, gaslighting, death, guns, sickness

  22. 5 out of 5

    Berry

    3.5 Stars FORGET THIS EVER HAPPENED is this quiet, bizarre, mind-bending semi thriller, sapphic little sci-fi gem that caught me by surprise. I don’t usually read books that are described with the words “horror”, “aliens” or “monsters”, but I’m a sucker for anything ’90s, which is when this story takes place, so I just had to try. So imagine my surprise when I found myself up at 3 am, head pounding, flipping age after page. I’m no good with summarising books, so let me just tell you what you can fi 3.5 Stars FORGET THIS EVER HAPPENED is this quiet, bizarre, mind-bending semi thriller, sapphic little sci-fi gem that caught me by surprise. I don’t usually read books that are described with the words “horror”, “aliens” or “monsters”, but I’m a sucker for anything ’90s, which is when this story takes place, so I just had to try. So imagine my surprise when I found myself up at 3 am, head pounding, flipping age after page. I’m no good with summarising books, so let me just tell you what you can find in this one: It has a lot of bicycle riding, bad mixtapes, badass girls who haunt monsters, monsters, sick grandmothers that makes you wanna lock them in the attic, the girl next door that you wish that would stay next door, ancient family drama, tons of you shouting at characters that don’t know what’s good for them, a girl who knows her way around the movies, a sweet sapphic romance, and a lot of things that you mysteriously forget as soon as they happen. Thank’s Pride Book Tours for my copy of this creepy little delight, in exchange for an honest review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Annika

    Is it magical realism? Science-Fiction? Fantasy? A horror story? Ultimately Forget This Ever Happened doesn't really know what it's trying to be. While filled with two likable main characters and a sweet queer romance that wasn't enough to sustain the flimsy plot. In Forget This Ever Happened Claire has to spend her summer helping out her sick grumpy grandmother in Indianola. She misses Josh, the boy she has started falling for and isn't happy to get dragged away from. Claire sees her whole summ Is it magical realism? Science-Fiction? Fantasy? A horror story? Ultimately Forget This Ever Happened doesn't really know what it's trying to be. While filled with two likable main characters and a sweet queer romance that wasn't enough to sustain the flimsy plot. In Forget This Ever Happened Claire has to spend her summer helping out her sick grumpy grandmother in Indianola. She misses Josh, the boy she has started falling for and isn't happy to get dragged away from. Claire sees her whole summer draining away, helping her grammy clean the house and cooking for her. But then she meets Audrey and Julie and strange things start happening around her that she can't explain... While Clarke's prose is easy to breeze through, it occasionally was a bit awkward (parts of it could be due to the ARC nature of the copy I read). She does a good job at creating a creepy atmosphere while romantic situations fall kind of flat. Clarke has created two likable characters in Claire and Julie but I would have liked them to be a bit more headstrong (view spoiler)[which sadly isn't really possible with the nature and details of the story (hide spoiler)] . While I found the mysterious element of the book interesting, it simply lacked depth for me. I wanted more information about the science (fantasy?) system at work here but sadly Clarke took the easy way out and didn't deliver any details or background on it. And I didn't enjoy being kept in the dark and feeling as fuzzy as Claire did throughout the book. If you like being kept in the dark almost the whole way through, enjoy creepy YA stories and/or queer romances Forget This Ever Happened might be for you. Disclaimer: An advanced review copy was provided by the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rajiv

    [Blog]::[Youtube]::[Twitter]::[Instagram]::[Pinterest]::[Bloglovin] This is probably one of the more bizarre, beautiful, and bewildering books I have read this year. It is simply amazing! Immediately upon starting the story, I fell in love with the strange “Twin Peaks” like vibe it offered. Yes, I said Twin Peaks and not Stranger Things, because after all, the story IS set in the 90s! Weird monsters living in power plants and people losing their memories as they leave town? Take about creative [Blog]::[Youtube]::[Twitter]::[Instagram]::[Pinterest]::[Bloglovin] This is probably one of the more bizarre, beautiful, and bewildering books I have read this year. It is simply amazing! Immediately upon starting the story, I fell in love with the strange “Twin Peaks” like vibe it offered. Yes, I said Twin Peaks and not Stranger Things, because after all, the story IS set in the 90s! Weird monsters living in power plants and people losing their memories as they leave town? Take about creative! Moreover, the author paces the story in a mesmerizing manner that makes you fall in love with the setting and characters. Claire, Julie, Grammy and Audrey are dynamic as the key players and I wanted to know more about them. Moreover the author alternates the story between Claire and Julie’s perspective, so it was interesting seeing the plot from a native vs. a ‘tourist’ perspective. On a side note, I felt like I was back in my childhood days in the 90s of VCRs, and Video Games. The references to movies, music, everything was just perfect! One of my favorite scenes in the story is when Claire goes to see Audrey, and Audrey makes her play this strange maze game that makes her hypnotic and lost track of time. The scene is creepy and eerie and one of those scenes I won’t forget. Similarly, there is also the mystery element of who the monsters are, and what connection they have to the plot. Hence, as the story progresses, you slowly start to see how everything is connected. Oh, and let’s not forget the sweet friendship/romance between Claire and Julie. Both of them are just adorable and I could not get enough of them. Overall, I loved this story a lot and I did not want it to end.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Crowinator

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  26. 4 out of 5

    Paige (pagebypaigebooks)

    I have to say that this book blew me away with how much I enjoyed it! There was never a dull moment in the plot, keeping you on your toes the entire time. Once I thought I knew what was going to happen, it changed again leaving me surprised and intrigued. At many points I had to force myself to put it down because I work to do, but I just had to know what would happen! I really appreciated the writing style, which I think contributed to the binge quality of this book, We follow both Claire and J I have to say that this book blew me away with how much I enjoyed it! There was never a dull moment in the plot, keeping you on your toes the entire time. Once I thought I knew what was going to happen, it changed again leaving me surprised and intrigued. At many points I had to force myself to put it down because I work to do, but I just had to know what would happen! I really appreciated the writing style, which I think contributed to the binge quality of this book, We follow both Claire and Julie's perspective which I thought added more depth to the story. The overall vibe of this book is so chilling and creepy right from the first chapter. But what I also liked was that we could go from a very creepy scene, into a heartwarming one full of cute romance! If I had to pick, Julie was probably my favourite main character in this novel. Something about her personality just clicked with me and I found her to be really loveable. While going through the crazy events in this book, she still kept a clever head, even when she was crushing hard on Claire. Speaking of, I really loved the romance in this book. The main characters were both very cute and I spent a lot of the book just wishing for them to be together. Some moments felt a little bit rushed and I would have liked for the book to be a bit longer so that we could enjoy and get to know the characters more. One thing that I think was one of the biggest reasons why I enjoyed the book was the creative and unique aspect of the story. I cannot think of another book I could compare this to and I find that amazing! It bends so many genres and reaches so many topics that it feels to be in a category of its own. I recommend this book to anyone looking for an incredibly unique book with lots of plot twists, along with a cute romance!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Andhisnosestuckinabook

    https://youtu.be/HqGp-480QSY (Link To My Spoiler Free Review) https://youtu.be/HqGp-480QSY (Link To My Spoiler Free Review)

  28. 4 out of 5

    Laura (crofteereader)

    Teenage girls confronting their romantic feelings for each other, their nerdy interests, and trying to do it all in a monster-infested town where you can't trust your own memories? Oh and it takes place in the 90s? Count me in. I loved that this wasn't a "coming out" story. The attraction between Claire and Julie was natural and fit with the plot. I also love that this was, essentially, unlike any other book I've read. We had bits of classic Gothic (ie only our MC is remotely concerned by the wei Teenage girls confronting their romantic feelings for each other, their nerdy interests, and trying to do it all in a monster-infested town where you can't trust your own memories? Oh and it takes place in the 90s? Count me in. I loved that this wasn't a "coming out" story. The attraction between Claire and Julie was natural and fit with the plot. I also love that this was, essentially, unlike any other book I've read. We had bits of classic Gothic (ie only our MC is remotely concerned by the weird things happening), a little bit of scifi (monsters? Space-time? Aliens?), a little bit of historical fiction (the love story of their ancestors and the start of tension between their families - now on Microfilm!), a little bit of YA contemporary (would-be girlfriends watching monster movies!) But I think we got the paranoia too early. We meet our first monster super early in the story and it's all build-up from there. Shady characters are shady right from the beginning (even though we're supposed to kind of go along with it for a while?), and there was a lot of vagueness about what the driving force of the plot is (saving someone from an astronaut? Finding out what happened to the ancestors? Accepting their feelings for each other?) All of this left the plot feeling kind of tangled for a while, especially as you, the reader, know more things than each character because of the nature of memories in Indianola (ie they keep forgetting things) But I do love that we don't have to see either of our main girls suffer because of their sexuality. Really they just suffer from the fact that cell phones weren't invented yet. Oh, and monsters. {Thank you Pride Book Tours and Holiday House for the advanced copy; all thoughts are my own}

  29. 5 out of 5

    Karen ( callmekaare )

    Reading along you can really see where the comparison to Black Mirror comes in, storyline and setting wise. I enjoyed it being set in the 1990’s. It’s another fun element to the story that has some references to the era thrown in. This is my second book in a row with monsters being the main theme but the two books could NOT be more different! This was a fast paced YA read that is highly immersive with a slightly quirky kind of storyline that was different and new to my eyes. I throughly enjoyed i Reading along you can really see where the comparison to Black Mirror comes in, storyline and setting wise. I enjoyed it being set in the 1990’s. It’s another fun element to the story that has some references to the era thrown in. This is my second book in a row with monsters being the main theme but the two books could NOT be more different! This was a fast paced YA read that is highly immersive with a slightly quirky kind of storyline that was different and new to my eyes. I throughly enjoyed it and recommend it to everyone!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    Thank you to TBR and Beyond Tours and Holiday House for the ARC of this book in exchange for my review. This book was an absolute unexpected gem. This book started out as the story of a teenage girl who is forced to stay with her grandmother over the summer to help her out because she's sick, and quickly turned into a twisting and turning sci-fi story that I couldn't put down. The 90's nostalgia was on point with all the things from VHS tapes to Walkmans. Along with the confusing feelings that C Thank you to TBR and Beyond Tours and Holiday House for the ARC of this book in exchange for my review. This book was an absolute unexpected gem. This book started out as the story of a teenage girl who is forced to stay with her grandmother over the summer to help her out because she's sick, and quickly turned into a twisting and turning sci-fi story that I couldn't put down. The 90's nostalgia was on point with all the things from VHS tapes to Walkmans. Along with the confusing feelings that Claire discovers she has this book was a major win. There is incredible history that unravels during this book that rivals an old school Nancy Drew mystery. We get to hear this book from two different narrators that couldn't be more different. There's Julie, the small town exterminator in Indianola, TX who knows all about the town and it's history....sort of. Then there's Claire, who is the out of towner who is dropped into a crazy situation that she soon figured out piece by piece. This book was full of fun, adventure, science fiction madness, and a little romance on the side. It's unlike anything else I've ever read. This book was a solid 5 star read due to the fact that I did not want to put it down.

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