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    ARCS,  BOOK REVIEWS,  FICTION,  HISTORICAL FICTION,  NETGALLEY,  YA

    BONES OF A SAINT BY GRANT FARLEY | BOOK REVIEW

    Bones Of A Saint by Grant Farley is a young adult historical fiction. The book tells us the is a coming-of-age story of the 15-year-old RJ Armante set against the backdrop of late 70's Northern California. RJ has lived his whole life in the hometown of Arcangel. The Blackjacks have ruled the town for years and force younger kids to do petty offenses for the gang. RJ lives with his mother, many siblings, and his differently-abled brother in a trailer park. The young boy has always been in troubling situations and finds himself at the center of a dangerous situation that forces him to work for the Blackjacks. He is…

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    BLOG,  BOOK TAG

    20 QUESTIONS BOOK TAG!

    I have never done this book tag before and I thought this would be a cool idea to do to do now. I am 2+ years into my blogging journey and today is my 1st year anniversary on Wordpress. Now is a good time as any to answer these questions by myself as I wasn't tagged by anyone. 😉 So let's get started!!

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    FEBRUARY,  WRAP-UP

    FEBRUARY WRAP-UP

    Hello, fellow bookworms! How are you all doing? I don't know what's wrong with me, but I have been in a weird kind of reading slump that I don't even know how to get out of. Add to that a busy schedule of home-chores, kids, their schools, and exams, I am mentally drained by the end of the day. I have been so busy that I don't even know what to say. This month I planned to read 10 books. I know, I am late...Very late with this post... I apologize for my tardiness.. I am blaming my funk on this one...

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    ARCS,  BOOK REVIEWS,  FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS,  NETGALLEY,  NON-FICTION,  SELF-HELP

    WHY COUPLES FIGHT? BY MIRA KIRSHENBAUM | BOOK REVIEW

    Why Couples Fight? by Mira Kirshenbaum is a fantastic book for anyone who is looking for a relationship or someone already in a relationship. The author is a relationship expert and she gives us the reasons why couples fight and how to resolve conflicts among couples. If you are looking to add tools to your life kit toolbox, this book will help you do that efficiently. It is accessible and easy to read with practical examples to help us understand the underlying issues that most couples face. I believe the book has accomplished what it had set out to do. Overall, this is a book everyone should read and apply…

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    ADULT,  ARCS,  BOOK REVIEWS,  CULTURAL,  FICTION,  HISTORICAL FICTION,  LITERARY FICTION,  NETGALLEY,  WEST AFRICAN

    KOLOLO HILL BY NEEMA SHAH | BOOK REVIEW

    Kololo Hill by Neema Shah is the debut Asian Ugandan literature set in 1970's Uganda that will captivate you with its human story of love, loss, and desperation of families who were thrown out of their homes and country. This was such a familiar story, yet so different and important to be read in these times of division, hatred, and otherisms. It is very relevant to the times we live as conversations of race, inequality, oppression, power, and devastation are at the forefront of our lives. Overall, this is a story that sheds light on the expulsion of Asian Ugandans during Idi Amin's oppressive regime. This is a lesser-known history…

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    ARCS,  BOOK REVIEWS,  CULTURAL,  EUROPEAN,  FICTION,  MYSTERY,  NETGALLEY,  THRILLER

    DAUGHTERS OF NIGHT BY LAURA SHEPHERD-ROBINSON | BOOK REVIEW

    Daughters Of Night by Laura Shepherd-Robinson is a dark historical murder/mystery/thriller set in 1780's England. I recently found out after reading the book, that this actually has characters from her previous book Blood & Sugar. We are following Caroline Corsham, a wealthy woman who is determined to find the identity of the murderer of Lady Lucy Loveless. Initially, upon discovering the brutally attacked woman, Caro realizes the Lady's attack was planned, and before she could get answers, Lucy dies in Caro's arms. The investigation gets picked up by Bow Street Runners and they stop s it when they realize the real identity of the woman who was murdered. The mystery…

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    ARCS,  BOOK REVIEWS,  FICTION,  HORROR,  NETGALLEY,  SUSPENSE,  THRILLER

    HYDE BY CRAIG RUSSELL | BOOK REVIEW

    Hyde by Craig Russel is a police procedural style story that follows Captain Hyde who is investigating an unusual murder that resembles the three-fold death from the Celtic tales. The story is an intriguing take on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and talks about the duality of the nature of man, the good and the evil, and with RL Stevenson appearing in both the prologue and epilogue was quite interesting to read. Hyde is a gothic horror story that is steeped in Celtic folklore and tales that creates a haunting atmospheric setting and is quite fascinating.

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    ADULT,  ARCS,  BOOK REVIEWS,  FICTION,  HISTORICAL FICTION,  NETGALLEY

    A BEAUTIFUL SPY BY RACHEL HORE | BOOK REVIEW

    Rachel Hore's A Beautiful Spy tells us the story of an ordinary young woman from Edgbaston, who changes her destiny by working as a spy for the British Government. Young Minnie is expected to get married, start a family, and live happily in the role of a house-wife. But she has other plans. She doesn't want to live an ordinary life, with no excitement. So when a friend offers the chance to be something more and work for a cause, she jumps at the opportunity. Minnie is recruited by MI5 as a spy to monitor the activities of the communists in London. She works with all of her heart and…

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    ADULT,  BOOK BLITZ,  BOOK PROMOTIONS,  BOOK TOUR,  CONTEMPORARY,  FICTION,  WOMEN'S FICTION

    SYLVIE DENIED BY DEBORAH CLARK VANCE | RABT BOOK BLITZ

    Deborah Clark Vance's first novel, Sylvie Denied, offers an intimate portrait of a woman who refuses to be silenced. As she enters adulthood in the turbulent 1970s, Sylvie thinks the way to change a violent world is to become a peaceful person. Yet she slowly sees how a childhood trauma thwarts her peaceful intentions and leads her to men with a dark side – including Enzo, the man she marries. Even as his behavior becomes increasingly volatile, she believes she can make things better with love and understanding. But finally, living in terror, Sylvie must find a way to escape with her daughter and claim her place in the world.

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    BOOK BLITZ,  BOOK PROMOTIONS,  BOOK TOUR,  FANTASY,  FICTION,  YA

    SIGHT OF MORROW GONE BY LAUREN C SERGEANT | RABT BOOK BLITZ

    Arriving at the capital as captives, Ihva and Jasper find themselves divided once more. Things have changed in Agda, though, and the situation reveals itself to be darker and more dire than either of them imagined. A fateful decision leaves them on the run, pursuing the salvation of Gant to protect its people from the new nemesis. As events unfold, Ihva and Jasper must each make choices concerning their love, their loyalty, and their lives, forcing them to face their fears and each other. Will they maintain the courage to fight the war against the deepening Shadow, and more pressingly, can they find a way to fight it together?