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The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey ★★★★☆ I was pleasantly surprised with this book. The writing is very eloquent. It has a quiet strength to it that the reader may not realize until after reading Ms. Bailey’s story. The main character (the author), who is gravely ill, finds her own […]

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Beastkeeper

Beastkeeper by Cat Hellisen ★★★★☆ I LOVED the writing style that carried me through this quaint story. The plot was not earth shattering so my rating of a four instead of five stars. I still really enjoyed reading this and recommend it to adults as well as young adults. From Goodreads: Sarah has always been […]

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Fourth Son

Fourth Son by Monica Poole ★★★★☆ Fourth Son is a bitter tale of a young man, Jahnes Tehrel, who faces saving his family from slavery after his father dies in a mining accident. His decision changes his life and those he loves the most. This book is an excellent examination of a society built on […]

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The Hundred-Year House

The Hundred-Year House by Rebecca Makkai ★★★★☆ The Hundred-Year House takes a look at a family’s estate from the recent past (Y2K era) back to the 1900’s through the quirky characters that occupy it. This is a treasure hunt disguised as a book. Rebecca Makkai pulls the reader back through a century of people who […]

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Thea’s Tale

Thea’s Tale by Lisa Manifold ★★★★☆ This is a story of love, curses, and royalty. A fairy tale for everyone! Ms. Manifold weaves a new twist into the old German tale of twelve sisters who are cursed to dance every night until their shoes are torn and tattered. The original story is short(about 5 pages)whereas […]

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The Paper Magician

The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg ★★★★★ Ceony Twill dreams of being a smelter magician, yet her desires are thwarted by her assignment to the eccentric Paper Magician Emery Thanes. Her apprenticeship to a paper magician initially seems like an insult to her. After all, she was the top student in her graduating class […]

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Fairest: A Good Read

Fairest: Levana’s Story by Marissa Meyer My rating: 4 of 5 stars Fairest, the next installment in The Lunar Chronicals delves deep into the backstory of Levana and the royal family of Luna. Meyer develops Levana’s tragic life in such a way that I was sympathetic to her plight. Her evil rule is well established […]

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A Beautiful Story

The Shell Collector by Hugh Howey My rating: 5 of 5 stars Hugh Howey has out done himself in this beautifully written book that explores the depth of love and passion to save a world that has lost so much. The Shell Collector is an exploration of great loss that leads to redemption. Howey takes […]

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Written in My Own Heart’s Blood

Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon My rating: 4 of 5 stars Diana Gabaldon has once again not disappointed me. “My Own Heart’s Blood” is a fantastic telling of love and life during the Revolutionary War. Passions of life and death are as thick as the air over the battle fields. What […]

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Heralds of the Crown: Poison

Heralds of the Crown: Poison by Ashley Hodges Bazer My rating: 5 of 5 stars Heralds of the Crown grabs you from the first chapter and keeps you reading until the last page where you say, “When can I get the next book?” Ashley Hodges Bazer has written a fabulous story of a woman, Marcella, […]

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