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Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

Knight of Light (The Watchers #1) by Deirdra Eden

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1) by Laini Taylor

Assassin’s Fate (Fitz and the Fool #3) by Robin Hobb

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Assassin’s Fate (The Fitz and the Fool #3) by Robin Hobb

Assassin's Fate

4.5 stars

A very fitting ending to a great series of books. I have loved these characters and books for years. It was very bittersweet to say goodbye to some of the characters in the book, but at least the author gave them a worthy finale. Continue reading “Assassin’s Fate (The Fitz and the Fool #3) by Robin Hobb”

Knight of Light (The Watchers #1) by Dierdra Eden

Knight of Light

3.5 stars

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was a fun, fluffy, quick read. It’s definitely written for a younger audience. It’s not a long book, has short chapters and the writing is fairly simply. That’s not to say that the subject matter and story falls short. Quite the contrary. Continue reading “Knight of Light (The Watchers #1) by Dierdra Eden”

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

Hillbilly Elegy

3.5 stars

This was our July book club book. The author grew up in a poor family from Kentucky and through hard work and a fierce grandmother was able to earn his way into Yale law school and change the course of life for his immediate family. The book tells the story of his life and family and is interspersed with facts and statistics about rural Americans and low income families living in the Rust Belt.

Take it to the Grave Part 1 of 6 by Zoe Carter

Take it to the grave

3.5 Stars

I received a free copy of this story on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book is being released in 6 parts. This is part 1 of the installment. The story introduces us to Sarah. She is a young mother of 4 month old Elliot. She is married to Warwick, who comes from “old” money. Warwick is a classical handsome man that Sarah feels lucky to be with, but Warwick isn’t quite as All-American as he seems. Continue reading “Take it to the Grave Part 1 of 6 by Zoe Carter”

Carve the Mark (Carve the Mark #1) by Veronica Roth

Carve the mark

2.5 stars

So I must have been living under a rock the last few months because I had no idea this book was so controversial. I’m glad that I didn’t know about all of it so I could read it without any preconceptions. That said, it’s an ok book. Not great, and not horrible. Continue reading “Carve the Mark (Carve the Mark #1) by Veronica Roth”

The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan

Chilbury Ladies Choir

4 stars

This was a very sweet book that I enjoyed reading. The story centers on a small town, Chilbury, near the coast of England in the early part of WWII. Most of the men are gone to fight the war, leaving no men for the church choir. When the vicar announces that the choir will be shut down due to a lack of male voices, a new resident convinces the vicar to let her lead the choir. At first skeptical, the ladies eventually embrace the new choir director, whose wisdom helps each woman find strength within themselves they didn’t know they had. Each lady faces her own obstacles and struggles, and the story unfolds through a series of letters, diary entries and personal journals. Continue reading “The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan”

Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2) by Aime Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Gemina

4.5

This is the second book in the series and it is just as unique and good as the first book. The story is also told in a series of diary entries, emails, instant messages, surveillance footage summaries, and amazing illustrations. This book is just as large as the first book, but it’s a very quick, engrossing read. Continue reading “Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2) by Aime Kaufman and Jay Kristoff”

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Illuminae

4.5

Wow. This book is very unique and so, so good. The story is told in a series of diary entries, emails, instant messages, surveillance footage summaries, medical reports, interviews and amazing illustrations. This clever method sucks the reader into the story, making it hard to put down. Despite the book clocking in at 599 pages, it’s a very quick, engrossing read. Continue reading “Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff”

Hunting Hour (Timber Creek K-9 Mystery, #3) by Margaret Mizushima

Hunting Hour

3.5 Stars (will be released 8/8/17)

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed this book. It was a quick, fun read that kept my attention. When I got the book I didn’t know that this was book 3 in a series. While there are a few references to previous storylines, I didn’t feel that I was missing anything or lost in this story by not having read the previous two books. Continue reading “Hunting Hour (Timber Creek K-9 Mystery, #3) by Margaret Mizushima”

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