The Wild By Owen Laukkanen

The Wild by Owen Laukkanen

The Wild is a story about a seventeen year old named Dawn whose life is spinning out of control. Her father died, her mother remarried, she is emotionally upset, does drugs, and moves in with a drug dealer who is much older than her. Her parents stage an intervention by signing her up for a

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The Fourth Wing By Rebecca Yarros

The Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros

The Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros is a great fantasy and the series, of which this is the first book, is also exceptional. Skip the review and go read it. The story is about Violet Sorrengail, the 20 year old daughter of General Sorrengail, her mother. Violet had been planning to enter the Scribe Quadrant

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The Party House By Lin Anderson

The Party House by Lin Anderson

Joanne Addington, a writer and blogger, meets Greg Taylor at a conference in London which is being held to promote the Scottish highland estate where Greg works as a gamekeeper. They have a fling and Greg invites Joanne to visit him at Beanach, a small village. The invitation was meant to be one of those

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The Scarecrow By Michael Connelly

The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly

Jack McEvoy is a veteran reporter at the LA Times working the cop beat. It is not a good time for the traditional newspaper business and Jack is given his two weeks notice. Just one problem, he thinks he may have stumbled on a serial killer. Jack decides to get his final screw you in

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circe by madeline miller

Circe by Madeline Miller

This is the story of Circe, a minor Greek goddess, who was the daughter of Helios who was god of the sun, and Oceanus goddess of fresh water, both of whom were titans. Circe is a nymph. Oddly Circe wasn’t born with any special powers and she grew up in her father’s palace. Most were

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tiny pretty things

Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra

Tiny Pretty Things is a story that centers around three young ballet dancers who attend the elite American Ballet Conservatory (ABC) in New York City. Gigi, June and Bette are all vying for the lead roles in the school productions. Getting the lead roles is a big deal because those dancers are sometimes picked to

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storm watch by c.j. box

Storm Watch by C.J. Box

Storm Watch by C. J. Box is the 23rd Joe Pickett book in the series. It is early Spring, but there is still time for some end of season storms. Joe is on the trail of a wounded elk. He is up in the mountains and there is a doozy of storm brewing. Wouldn’t it

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What Happened To The Bennets

What Happened to the Bennets by Lisa Scottoline

Lisa Scottoline’s What Happened to the Bennets is a story about the Bennett family that goes into the witness protection program. The family is travelling home from their daughter’s school sports game when they witness a horrible crime. Witness protection is usually for criminals who are testifying against other criminals, but the Bennetts are just

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Book of Night by Holly Black

Book of Night by Holly Black

The Book of Night by Holly Black takes place in our world, but it is known that there are some people who have extra abilities. The system of magic in the story revolves around “gloamists” who can manipulate their shadows to do tasks for them. Of course the gloamists are after as much power as

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dirt creek by Hayley Scrivenor

Dirt Creek by Hayley Scrivenor

Dirt Creek is a mystery by Hayley Scrivenor about the disappearance of 12 year old Ester. Shortly after she goes missing Detective Sergeant Sarah Michaels and her partner are sent to Durton, nick-named by the locals as Dirt Town. The police are focusing on pretty much all of the men in the town and it

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the perfect family

The Perfect Family by Robyn Harding

The Perfect Family by Robyn Harding is a story about the Adler family: husband Thomas, wife Vivian, teenage son Eli and teenage daughter Tarryn. On the surface they appear to be the ideal family. Thomas is a successful relator, Viv is doing interior design, Eli is off to college as a sports star, and Tarryn

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a psalm for the wild-built

A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers

This story takes place in Panga, where robots achieved sentience, but instead of a Matrix-type world, they just withdrew to live among themselves. The people live in a post-factory age, now low tech where people are taught to respect the environment. The main character is Dex, is a non-binary “tea monk.” As a monk, their

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