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Americanah Cover Image
$13.60
ISBN: 9780307455925
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Published: Anchor Books - March 4th, 2014

4****


I LIKED this book.... I didn't LOVE it, but I liked it and found it easy to like. I had never read anything by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie before, but found her writing style to be enjoyable and easy to follow. Having said that, there were times in this book where I found myself wondering what certain scenes had to do with the main plot of the story. But the overarching themes of the book were never compromised by useless rambling or unnecessary wording.
The story tells of young love, and culture in Nigeria, of loss and race, and of the lack of the realization of race, and takes the reader full circle through changes that happen in the lives of the main characters. It was awakening to me in certain ways, as the author showed how people of color are perceived or not perceived, and how far we still have to go in America to end racism. I also found it interesting to read about Nigeria, and to be made aware of some of the deep contrasts between the two countries.
I am happy I picked this book up, and will be looking for other titles by this author.

 


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Any Dream Will Do Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9780399181191
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Published: Ballantine Books - August 8th, 2017

4****

Can you ever go wrong with a Debbie Macomber book? I think not.
Any Dream Will Do is about siblings, Shay & Caden, who lost their mom early in life and were left with their abusive father. After their father passes away they are left on their own and start making poor choices. After hooking up with a gang member and being treated the same as when her father was alive Shay gets away from the gang and tried to get her life back together. However, Caden is continuing to make poor choices and wants his sister to bail him out.

This is just the beginning of the story. The characters are well thought out and the story line is great with a romance of course. You can always count on Debbie Macomber to give us a good old fashion love story.


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If There's No Tomorrow Cover Image
$16.14
ISBN: 9780373212224
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Published: Harlequin Teen - September 5th, 2017

5*****

Once again Jennifer L. Armentrout created a masterful tale.
If There's No Tomorrow is about high school kids who are getting ready to start their Senior year. The weekend before the first day of senior year a star football player throws a party and his parents feel if the kids are drinking at home it is better than having them drinking and driving elsewhere.
But the parents do not pay close enough attention to the kids and one thing leads to another and a series of events take place that rocks the entire community, the students, and especially nine of the students who are closest to each other.
This book had me smiling, giggling, crying and heartbroken all throughout the book. I couldn't put it down. Ms. Armentrout really knows how to make her readers connect with her characters.
5***** all the way!


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There's Someone Inside Your House Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9780525426011
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - September 26th, 2017

4****

There's Someone Inside Your House is a story you will not want to read when you are alone in your house.
The students at Osborne high school are being picked off one by one and the police have no idea who is doing it. At first it appears it is only the popular kids but then things change and now the town is completely confused as well as frightened. The murders are very gory and the entire town is in shock and wondering who will be next.
What a book! When it was revealed who was the murder I had had no idea!


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How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062470140
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - May 16th, 2017

5*****

My goodness what a life changing book. Sandra Uwiringiyimana shares her story about coming to America as a refugee. She states that she left one war in Africa, she was originally from Congo, and entered into another sort of war here in the United States. Her storytelling is both raw and loving which encouraged me as a reader to trust her, and want more. She opened my eyes to what life can be like and I thank her for doing so.


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Stranger Than Fanfiction Cover Image
$16.14
ISBN: 9780316383448
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - February 28th, 2017

4****

LOVED this book by Chris Colfer!  4 stars because rated teen is too young due to adult events that take place, should be considered young adult in my opinion. Other than that...this storyline was unique and fun. A real coming of age story about 4 teens on a road trip across the US before heading to college.  Each has a big secret they are hiding from their friends but one special guest has the ability to crack them all wide open.  Will definitely be reading more from this author.


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Jelly Bean Summer Cover Image
$14.44
ISBN: 9781492646723
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Published: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky - May 2nd, 2017

4****

  Loved this booked! Gave it 4 stars only because it got too descriptive which made me confused. Other than that it's a great read for older kids. There are real life events that take place in the book that some might find too mature for kids. I, however, feel it's beneficial for the readers to experience these mishaps right along with the main character, Joyce. Some families have gone through missing soldiers and the death of a pet, or moving because a parent passed away. Teaching empathy to kids through reading is excellent.


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ISBN: 9780996715942
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Published: Prodorutti Books - August 16th, 2016

5*****

Wow! This is the second book of Ms. Regan I have read and I was not disappointed with either book. Ms. Regan brings her characters to life like no other.
Finding Claire Fletcher is about a young girl who was abducted and held captive for 10 years. Claire is a strong character who you instantly feel connected to. Connor is a detective who looks into Clair's cold case after a chance encounter with her at a bar. A bit confused by Claire being held captive but yet going to a bar? Read this book and you will see there are twists and turns and even some shocking bombs dropped that will make you not want to put this
book down.


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$22.95
ISBN: 9781455572106
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - August 15th, 2017

4****

As always Sandra Brown knocks Seeing Red out of the park.
This book is about a Journalist who has a secret past and she goes back to the one person who shared it with her.
Upon meeting up with him she gets herself into a situation that she just can't let go of. She meets John "Trapper", the man's son and her life spins out of control.
There are a lot of twists and turns in this book and it is a bit shocking when you get to the end and find out "who done it".


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$22.09
ISBN: 9781250087645
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Published: Flatiron Books - September 5th, 2017

4****

  Good Me, Bad Me is a twisting thriller that will have you guessing until the end. I love thrillers, psychological thrillers even more and this one does not disappoint. The author is actually a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Nurse so she really gets how the adolescent mind works and does a great job in showing you how a young child can be affected by the goings on in the home.
Throughout the book there are hints as to who "Killed" but your thoughts will jump back and forth until the last page.


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$22.10
ISBN: 9780735221123
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Published: Pamela Dorman Books - August 15th, 2017

4****

Shari Lapena is another new favorite! A Stranger in the House is a crazy ride that will have you second guessing everything you are reading. You will love certain characters and dislike others and in the end you will be shocked and wishing there was more!  


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Commonwealth Cover Image
$14.44
ISBN: 9780062491831
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 2nd, 2017

4****

Commonwealth is a GREAT novel about family and relationships, and how those two things can sometimes create ripple effects that last generations. I was drawn into the story line immediately and my interest was held throughout the whole book.
Ann Patchett's style of writing is so descriptive and brings the reader along for the ride with the characters. She is quickly becoming one of my FAVORITE authors! She really has a way of making the reader CARE about the characters of a story, while keeping the plot so interesting(and at times, intense)that you don't want to put the book down. I am normally not a fan of books with long chapters, but that did not bother me at all while reading Commonwealth.
The only reason it is not a 5 star book for me, is that I found myself a bit confused towards the beginning trying to keep track of who all the characters were, and which family they belonged to.
This book is a DEFINITE recommend from me! Can't wait to read more from this author.

   


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$11.99
ISBN: 9781545481868
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - April 19th, 2017

4****

The Quiet Type is a story about a young girl who was verbally abused by her father for being overweight. After years of this verbal abuse, Susannah decides enough is enough and kills her father by poisoning him. Susannah was so enthralled by the dying process she decides to continue killing.
This book is a thriller like you have never read.
Author Chelsea Cain writes about a female serial killer and when I saw another author decided to write about the same I had to read it. Susannah is as twisted as they come and will have you cringing and wanting to cover your eyes to stop the images that will pop into your head.
The secondary characters are great and really help support the story line.
You may just start liking a character and Susannah may decide it's their time to die.
This is a must read!


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Until I Break Cover Image
$8.49
ISBN: 9780807574409
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Published: Albert Whitman & Company - November 2016

4****

Until I break is about two boys, Ace, who is the football star of the school and Sam, who's best at basketball and is also the brains of the school.
Sam and Ace live next door to each other and have had many "run ins" over the years.
They have a mutual female friend whom Sam has been in love with since grade school and finally in high school she starts showing interest. However, Ace will do everything he can to make sure to ruin Sam's chances.
This book is about bullying and the lengths some kids will go to make it stop.


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What You Left Behind Cover Image
$8.49
ISBN: 9781492608745
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Published: Sourcebooks Fire - August 4th, 2015

5*****

What you Left Behind is an amazing book of the struggles young teens go through when they have a baby.  The struggles are real and trying to balance parenthood, school and just everyday life is so much harder then most believe.  
Add to all that........ cancer, and then death and you have something you as a teen will most always struggle to understand.
This book tells the story of a 17 year old "couple". She has cancer and gets pregnant. He tries to get her to terminate the pregnancy so she can continue having her cancer treatments but she will not do it. She wants to have the baby and continue with her treatments after the baby is born.  Before she dies she leave a trail of journals for him to find that lead him on an emotional journey with feelings that will make you giggle, smile and flat out bawl your eyes out.