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BOOK REVIEW: The Code for Love and Heartbreak by Jillian Cantor

Title: The Code for Love and HeartbreakAuthor: Jillian CantorPublication: October 6, 2020Publisher: Inkyard PressGenre: Teen & YA Fiction, RomancePages: 304 SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads) Emma Woodhouse is a genius at math, but clueless about people. After all, people are unreliable. They let you down—just like Emma’s sister, Izzy, did this year, …

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BOOK REVIEW: Five Total Strangers by Natalie D. Richards

Title: Five Total StrangersAuthor: Natalie D. RichardsPublication: October 6, 2020Publisher: Sourcebooks FireGenre: Teen & YA Fiction, SuspensePages: 320 SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads) When Mira flies home to spend Christmas with her mother in Pittsburgh, a record-breaking blizzard results in a cancelled layover. Desperate to get to her grief-ridden mother in the …

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BOOK REVIEW: K-pop Confidential by Stephan Lee

Title: K-pop ConfidentialAuthor: Stephan LeePublication: September 15, 2020Publisher: PointGenre: Teen & YA FictionPages: 217 SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads) Candace Park knows a lot about playing a role. For most of her life, she’s been playing the role of the quiet Korean girl who takes all AP classes and plays a classical …

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BOOK REVIEW: The Star in the Sycamore: Discovering Nature’s Hidden Virtues in the Wild Nearby by Tom Springer

Title: The Star in the Sycamore: Discovering Nature’s Hidden Virtues in the Wild NearbyAuthor: Tom SpringerPublication: June 11, 2020Publisher: Mission Point PressGenre: Non-Fiction, NaturePages: 318 SYNOPSIS: (From Amazon) For Tom Springer, the usual four seasons can’t begin to describe the mini-solstices of a Midwestern year: “Does summer really begin on …

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BOOK REVIEW: The Orphan of Cemetery Hill by Hester Fox

Title: The Orphan of Cemetery HillAuthor: Hester FoxPublication: September 15, 2020Publisher: Graydon HouseGenre: Fantasy, Ghost FictionPages: 253 SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads) The dead won’t bother you if you don’t give them permission.Boston, 1844.Tabby has a peculiar gift: she can communicate with the recently departed. It makes her special, but it also …

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BOOK REVIEW: The Rural Diaries by Hilarie Burton Morgan

Title: The Rural Diaries: Love, Livestock, and Big Life Lessons Down on Mischief FarmAuthor: Hilarie Burton MorganPublication: May 5, 2020Publisher: HarperOneGenre: Non-FictionPages: 257 SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads) While Hilarie Burton Morgan’s hectic lifestyle as an actress in New York and Los Angeles gave her a comfortable life, it did not fulfill …

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BOOK REVIEW: Even If We Break by by Marieke Nijkamp

Title: Even If We BreakAuthor: Marieke NijkampPublication: September 15, 2020Publisher: Sourcebooks FireGenre: YA Fiction, LGBTQ FictionPages: 320 SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads) FIVE friends go to a cabin.FOUR of them are hiding secrets.THREE years of history bind them.TWO are doomed from the start.ONE person wants to end this.NO ONE IS SAFE. Are …

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BOOK REVIEW: These Vengeful Hearts by Katherine Laurin

Title: These Vengeful HeartsAuthor: Katherine LaurinPublication: September 8, 2020Publisher: Inkyard PressGenre: YA FictionPages: 368 SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads) Anyone can ask the Red Court for a favor…but every request comes at a cost. And once the deed is done, you’re forever in their debt. Whenever something scandalous happens at Heller High, …

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BOOK REVIEW: When I Was You by Amber Garza

Title: When I Was YouAuthor: Amber GarzaPublication: August 25, 2020Publisher: MIRAGenre: Domestic ThrillersPages: 368 SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads) You meets Fatal Attraction in this up-all-night psychological thriller about a lonely empty-nester’s growing obsession with a young mother who shares her name. It all begins on an ordinary fall morning, when Kelly …

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BOOK REVIEW: Little Disasters by Sarah Vaughan

Title: Little DisastersAuthor: Sarah VaughanPublication: August 18, 2020Publisher: Atria BooksGenre: Domestic ThrillersPages: 448 SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads) A new thought-provoking novel exploring the complexity of motherhood and all that connects and disconnects us. You think you know her…but look a little closer. She is a stay-at-home mother-of-three with boundless reserves of …

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BOOK REVIEW: Idiot by Laura Clery

Title: IdiotAuthor: Laura CleryPublication: September 24, 2019Publisher: Simon & SchusterGenre: BiographyPages: 196 SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads) Laura Clery makes a living by sharing inappropriate comedy sketches with millions of strangers on the Internet. She writes songs about her anatomy, talks trash about her one-eyed rescue pug, and sexually harasses her husband, …

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BOOK REVIEW: The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

Title: The Girl in the TowerAuthor: Katherine ArdenPublication: December 5 2017Publisher: Random HouseGenre: FantasyPages: 383 SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads) Orphaned and cast out as a witch by her village, Vasya’s options are few: resign herself to life in a convent, or allow her older sister to make her a match with …

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BOOK REVIEW: Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

Title: Garden SpellsAuthor: Sarah Addison AllenPublication: August 28, 2007Publisher: Random HouseGenre: FantasyPages: 321 SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads) The women of the Waverley family — whether they like it or not — are heirs to an unusual legacy, one that grows in a fenced plot behind their Queen Anne home on Pendland …

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BOOK REVIEW: Secret Crush Seduction by Jaycie Lee

Title: Secret Crush SeductionAuthor: Jaycie LeePublication: September 1, 2020Publisher: HarlequinGenre: Asian American LiteraturePages: 183 SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads) She’s done waiting for what she really wants…“If I don’t have you after that kiss,I’ll burn to dust from the inside out…”Aspiring fashion designer Adelaide Song wants to prove she’s more than just a pampered …

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