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Bakingbookworm

Bakingbookworm

Joined April 2016

A 🇨🇦 blogger's quest to tackle a world of books. I'm a Library Assistant in SW Ontario & the blogger behind www.thebakingbookworm.blogspot.ca
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4 ⭐️- e-audiobook review — Kate Reading narrates this second book in the amazing Into the Wilderness series. Using her wonderful accents she gives the characters distinct voices making this wonderful saga from one of my all-time fav series even better.

My review: http://bit.ly/2wQMBB9

Source: Audible.ca

ladym30 Love this series!❤️ 2d
Bakingbookworm Isn‘t it awesome? When I read the final book I was so sad to see it end. I wish they‘d make it into a tv series. Could you imagine??? 2d
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My Lovely Wife | Samantha Downing
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I read 1/3 of this book and just couldn‘t get into it. For a book that‘s in the suspense genre I did it find it had a lot of tension and I couldn‘t connect with the two main characters at all. I heard good things about it but I just don‘t see it. DNF

britt_brooke I bailed, too, and I rarely bail. 4d
Bakingbookworm I don‘t like bailing either. I didn‘t find the characters interesting. Odd and psychotic but I didn‘t connect with them. Maybe that‘s a good thing? 😉 4d
Cathythoughts I really liked it ! I think her new one is out today ... I‘m getting it. It would be no fun if we all liked the same books 👍🏻😁 4d
Bakingbookworm @Cathythoughts Exactly!! I hope you enjoy her new book! 😊 4d
Cathythoughts Thanks! I just found out it comes out in 2020 🙄😁 4d
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The Last Resort | Marissa Stapley
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4 ⭐️- Set in the beautiful Mayan riviera, the book focuses on a group of couples who attend a marriage boot camp retreat who get more than they bargained for. Well-paced, creepy bad guy and loaded with deceit and secrets, this is a great summer pick. .

My review: http://bit.ly/2XEgmRr

Thanks to Graydon House Books for my advanced copy.

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The Bride Test | Helen Hoang
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3.5 ⭐️ - The Bride Test is the second book in The Kiss Quotient series and also features an artistic main character. 💕

While this book has less sass than the first book (and can be read as a stand-alone), it is still a sweet romance - perfect for reading poolside this summer.

My full review: http://bit.ly/31cMMF6

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Mrs. Everything | Jennifer Weiner
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4.5 ⭐️- I believe every woman will find a bit of herself in this powerful story about two sisters who struggle to find out who they are within their families and society. Weiner weaves important topics that women have faced & continue to face today.

Thought-provoking, timely and important, Mrs. Everything is everything you‘d want and expect from the talented writing of Jennifer Weiner.

Review: http://bit.ly/317wKME

Hazel0303 I just got to the half way mark! You‘re so right about there being something in here that we can all relate to! 2w
Bakingbookworm I give her big kudos for fitting in so many relevant topics for women into a good story. I‘m thinking I may reread some of her earlier books. It‘s been awhile since I‘ve read her. Enjoy the book! 2w
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The Night Olivia Fell | Christina McDonald
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2.5 ⭐️ - This suspense thriller (as touted by the publisher) was anything but. Much more of a melodramatic Hallmark movie feel which left me feeling rather miffed that it didn‘t live up to its blurb.

My review: http://bit.ly/2Z3k2MZ

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May was a great month for reading! I read 12 books and listened to 1 e-audiobook. My favourite book was Where the Crawdads Sing.

What was your fav May read?

echalpan Love love loved Where the Crawdads Sing! 2w
Bakingbookworm @echalpan It was one of those books that totally surprised me. I love it when a popular book more than meets its hype. 2w
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3.5 STARS - Today on my blog I‘m reviewing and giving away a copy of The Woman in the White Kimono.

This is an emotional story based on true events that follows the life of a young Japanese women who feels torn between love and her traditional Japanese culture.

Thanks to Park Row books and TLC Book Tours for my advanced copy and my giveaway copy! (Canadian and US only).

My review & Giveaway : http://bit.ly/2HMaZKB

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Sweety | Andrea Zuill
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5 ⭐️ - I adore a naked mole rat. Those are words I never thought I‘d utter but there you have it. I ❤️Sweety.

This is a heartwarming picture book for the oddball in all of us. Sweety isn‘t like her peers. She has coke bottle glasses, a headgear and likes to identify fungi for fun. But she‘s brave and unapologetic about who she is and she‘s very aptly named. You‘re gonna love this naked mole rat too.

My review: http://bit.ly/2Qu9gfC

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3.5 STARS - This debut Historical Fiction novel is set in 1929‘s South Carolina and follows 3 women who, despite different backgrounds, find strength, loyalty & a degree of friendship as they struggle during a turbulent time.

My full review: http://bit.ly/2HXwsiH

Look for it June 11th from Park Row books.

whatshesreadingnow Great review, Laurie! I love historical southern charmers like this, added :) 3w
Bakingbookworm @whatshesreadingnow Thabks, Tammy! I thought it was an interesting era. A little slow in the middle but impressive for a debut. 3w
whatshesreadingnow @Bakingbookworm My library doesn‘t have it yet but will keep checking. I see it‘s to be released on June 11 so that may be why. Hopefully I won‘t have to buy it. 😉 3w
Bakingbookworm @whatshesreadingnow You can request that your library purchase it. It‘s not guaranteed but at the library where I work our collections manager is great about purchase selections from customers. Worth a shot and you‘ll be first in line for it when it does pub! 👍🏻📖 3w
whatshesreadingnow That‘s wonderful that she does that for your patrons. I‘ll run by there tomorrow and see what they say. Thanks! 💕 3w
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The Favorite Daughter | Kaira Rouda
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3.5 ⭐️- A psychological thriller.

A family dealing with grief and loss.

A memorable main character.

Let me introduce you to The Favorite Daughter by Kaira Rouda. A good suspense read with a true baddie at the helm.

My full review: http://bit.ly/2Ev1hue

Much thanks to Harper Collins Canada for my advanced copy.

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Run Away | Harlan Coben
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3.5 ⭐️- Harlan Coven and I go waaay back. I‘ve read 7 of his books so far making us practically bookish besties. 😉 .

In his latest standalone thriller, Coben focuses on a family with a missing daughter. There are lots of minor subplots and characters (which get a bit muddled in the middle) but if readers are patient, things come together for an exciting finish.

Full review: http://bit.ly/2EEeQaP

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Song for a Whale | Lynne Kelly
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4 ⭐️ - As a former ASL/English interpreter, I enjoy reading books that shine a light on issues that affect Deaf individuals & help hearing people better understand Deaf culture and ASL.

With Song For A Whale, Lynne Kelly has written an engaging & informative Middle School book that has adventure, an endearing & spunky main character in Iris and a touching story about the importance of inclusion and understanding.

My review: http://bit.ly/2Qds7vs

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Keep You Close | Karen Cleveland
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3 STARS - Great premise but the execution and character development were weaker than expected. An okay read, just not as great as her previous book Need To Know.

Full review: http://bit.ly/2JCTGNs

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5 STARS - I have no idea why I hadn‘t read this book already. My only question is ‘What the heck was I waiting for‘?

This is one of those books that lives up to its hype and then some. Oh m‘gravy this was a good read - one that I inhaled in two days.

My review: http://thebakingbookworm.blogspot.com/2019/05/where-crawdads-sing.html?m=1

Thanks to my local public library for providing me with this copy to read.

Mdargusch I‘m at the halfway mark and I will be sad when this one ends. I hope the author writes another novel soon! 1mo
Bakingbookworm Me too! I‘m always happy to find a debut novelist who writes so well. This one took me by surprise. 1mo
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How We Disappeared | Jing-Jing Lee
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3 STARS - A stunning cover and compelling premise but ultimately I didn‘t connect with the main characters. I appreciated the author showing readers what Singapore was like during WWII but this was just an okay read for me.

Jee_HookedOnBookz I thought the same too! 2w
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Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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4 STARS - With a great balance of candor and sensitivity, Keane explores two families and how one tragic event reverberates through them for decades. The topics addressed make for a great book club pick.

My review: http://bit.ly/2Jp2Htk

Look for this book May 28th! Thanks to Scribner Books for my advanced copy.

Hazel0303 Loved this too! 1mo
Bakingbookworm @Hazel0303 It took me by surprise. I liked the depth of the issues. 1mo
Hazel0303 @Bakingbookworm Completely agree! 1mo
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3 STARS - This reboot of Riley‘s 2000 book The Love Letter has a good premise but was too long-winded for me. Overall, this was just okay but I expected more after loving The Midnight Rose.

My review: http://bit.ly/2IStZc3

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4.5 STARS - Readers of my blog know that Robert Dugoni is on my ‘hafta hafta read ASAP list‘ of authors. The man could write a pizza menu and I‘d be all over it.

This is a non-stop, roller coaster of a suspense read as a retired CIA operative is pulled back into one last mission. Normally I‘m not a fan of spy/espionage kind of thrillers but I 😍 this book.

Review & Giveaway (🇨🇦 & 🇺🇸 only): http://bit.ly/2Pvd7bQ

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4 STARS - With a blend of insight, vulnerability & strength, Elliott weaves her personal experiences as a Haudenosaunee woman with social critique regarding the effects of colonialism on Indigenous Canadians with social critique.

Before reconciliation there must be understanding. This book will help This book will help non-Indigenous Canadians understand our history of oppression they continues today.

My review: http://bit.ly/2UDDA83

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Huntress | Kate Quinn
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3 STARS - This one had a great premise but didn‘t live up to its hype. Well researched but It got bogged down in historical info dumps and lacked the tension I was expecting. I wasn‘t happy that the action doesn‘t happen until the very end. This was just okay for me.

My review: http://bit.ly/2uUTqAF

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4 STARS - This 1st book in Giles Blunt's Cardinal series is a gritty police procedural with a great, flawed main character & perfect for readers who like a grislier read.

I soon realized I have a connection to the 'fictional' location of this book. It's nice to recognize locales, especially on the shores of beautiful Lake Nippissing where I have many fond memories. #canadian

My review: http://bit.ly/2vaIq2l

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Wunderland: A Novel | Jennifer Cody Epstein
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4.5 STARS - A revealing & poignant Historical Fiction read about a complicated friendship during the harsh realities of WWII. Lots of good topics for book clubs.

Full review: http://bit.ly/2PkkiUm

Look for it April 23. Thanks to @Crownpublishing for my advanced copy.

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4 STARS - I love finding new-to-me author and Minka Kent is now one of them. This suspenseful domestic thriller took me by surprise. It‘s about 2 teens found abandoned deep in the woods and the mystery surrounding them. Good twists with an ending that is convenient but satisfying.

My full review: http://bit.ly/2v2ciho (no spoilers because that‘s not cool)

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4 STARS - This is a sweet read that handles some bigger topics and gives readers a main character they can root for. I got more out of this story than I was expecting and found it to be an enjoyable read ... even though I‘m not a cat lover. Look for it April 26th. Thanks to @Bookouture for my advanced copy.

Full review: http://bit.ly/2UZoYny

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When We Left Cuba | Chanel Cleeton
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3 STARS - an interesting look at how Cuban families were influenced by the politics and volatile issues of the 1960‘s but this book fell a little flat for me with its main character. Still a good read for people who want to learn more about the history & politics of the time.

My full review & giveaway: http://bit.ly/2v1eGF7

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3 STARS - The following book review will be shelved under: Books Everyone Else Loved But I Thought Were Just Okay”.

The Huntress is THE book to read this Spring for Historical Fiction lovers so why did I think this 560 page behemoth was just okay? Well, I have a few reasons that I detail in my new blog post - http://bit.ly/2uUTqAF

Am I the only one who liked but didn‘t love this highly sought after book?

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3 STARS - good topics but I wanted more depth to the story and characters. I found it frustrating that the main character was hard to like, came off as too whiney and hard to please. A good read, just not as great as I was expecting.

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The Mother-in-Law | Sally Hepworth
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4 STARS - A good character-driven, thought-provoking read (with a mystery t‘boot!) that will give book clubs lots of great fodder - especially if they include different generations! Thanks to @StMartinsPress for my advanced copy.

My review: http://bit.ly/2K2XQjh

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4 STARS - Attention home cooks and foodies!! Jeanine Donofrio‘s second cookbook comes out April 2!! Love & Lemons Every Day will inspire those of us who want to eat less meat (or no meat) with wonderfully home cook-friendly dishes that are healthy, fresh and delicious that the whole family will love.

Thanks @PenguinRandomCa for my advanced copy!

My review: http://bit.ly/2FMxoXl

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I‘ve read 1/3 of this book and still can‘t get into it. Going to bail.

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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4 STARS - This book has received a lot of hype but it is well deserved. With an interesting format & a diverse bunch of characters, TJR gives readers a roadies eye view into the lives, loves & struggles of a 70‘s rock band on its rise to fame and beyond.

My full review: http://bit.ly/2UaTU3Z

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4.5 STARS - An engaging, well-researched and unflinching look at the lives of the five female victims of the infamous murderer. I found this to be quite eye-opening and (it feels odd to day) enjoyable read that opened my eyes to daily life for women in the 19th century. Look for it April 9/19.
My review: http://bit.ly/2UOMvEs

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Between the Lies | Michelle Adams
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4 STARS - This dark & twisty psychological thriller had some good twists that even surprised this seasoned suspense reader.

My review: http://bit.ly/2CsCs0K

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3 STARS - This slow burn domestic thriller has a good premise and twists but readers will have to be patient for things to unfold.

I have a giveaway for one copy of this title (US residents only, sorry).

Here‘s a link to my review and the giveaway - http://bit.ly/2Ht6ntV

SilversReviews Totally agree about your comments. Good, but very slow. My review is tomorrow. 3mo
Bakingbookworm @SilversReviews I think the author has talent. I‘m eager to see what she writes next. 3mo
SilversReviews @Bakingbookworm Oh yes...definitely talented. 3mo
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All the Wrong Places | Joy Fielding
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3 STARS - More Women‘s Fiction than Suspense, this was an okay read for me. Could have used more depth in plot and characters. Unfortunately, the blurb touts it more as a Suspense read which I felt was misleading.

My full review: http://bit.ly/2HqNLde

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5 STARS - I simply loved this beautiful cookbook from Canadian food writer, Jan Scott. Beautiful colour pictures of easy to follow and inspiring recipes for the home cook. I made 4 recipes this past week and have so many more I want to try. Thanks to @PenguinRandomCa for my copy.

My review: http://bit.ly/2UsXeV7

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4 STARS - this cute story, with its beautiful illustrations, is all about family and acceptance. I especially loved its diverse cast.

My review: http://bit.ly/2TlrGnv

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4 STARS - You guuysss! Tomorrow Lisa See‘s new book comes out! *happy dance!* .

The Island of Sea Women is an eye-opening and detailed account of Korea‘s history that focuses on a friendship and the unique matriarchal Haenyeo culture. While a little heavy on the history, See doesn‘t hold back on the atrocities faced by Koreans and their fight for autonomy.

Thanks to Scribner Books and NetGalley for my advanced copy

ErinSueGreads This is going to be the April book club book for barnes and noble! 3mo
Bakingbookworm @ErinSueG It‘s a good pick! Lots to discuss. 3mo
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And Then You Were Gone | R. J. Jacobs
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2.5 STARS - a decent premise but too much focus is on the MC‘s mental illness making it a very choppy read since we only get her POV. More focus was needed on a tighter plot and more twists.

My review: http://bit.ly/2IQZqnX

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Her One Mistake | Heidi Perks
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4 STARS - a good domestic thriller with lots of lies, a twist I didn‘t see coming and complicated relationships. I was impressed with this book - except maybe for the ending which was a little weaker than expected.

My review: http://bit.ly/2UaHvtA

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3 STARS - This Historical Fiction story is set in two different times - it follows teenage Alina in Poland during WWII and Alice in modern day as she tries to give her grandmother her dying wish.

A good premise but the story dragged too much and one POV overshadowed the other with Alice beinf frustratingly entitled.

Much thanks to @Graydon House for my advanced copy. Look for this book March 19th!

My full review: http://bit.ly/2Vrpp6S

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Chicken Girl | Heather Smith
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3.5 STARS - Full of humour, heart and heartache, this 250 page book packs a big punch with relevant and important Teen topics. Fans of Smith‘s previous book, The Agony of Bun O‘Keefe (which was fabulous!) should enjoy this book.

Look for it March 5/19. Thanks to @PenguinRandomCa for my advanced copy.

My review: http://bit.ly/2SrAW41

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Courting Darkness | Robin LaFevers
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3.5 STARS - First up - Courting Darkness by R LaFevers features Sybella, my fav of Death‘s Handmaidens from the popular His Fair Assassins trilogy! Political intrigue in the French court w/ strong women at the forefront! I wish Sybella and Beast had more page time and that the plot had more focus. A great addition to the series - just make sure you read the original trilogy first.

My review: bit.ly/2NqSAUU

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Until the Day I Die | Emily Carpenter
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2.5 STARS - This was just an okay read for me. I loved her previous book Weight of Lies but this one was quite slow and oddly disjointed with some superfluous characters.
Full review: http://bit.ly/2GDUf99

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Here are a few of the books I have on my soon-to-be-read pile. I love a good mix of genres!

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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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4.5 STARS - You know when an author‘s debut blows you away and you‘re excited & nervous about their follow-up book? That was me bc I ❤️ her debut The Hate U Give but was frettin‘ about the dreaded sophomoric blues but my fears were totally unfounded.

This is a fantastic coming-of-age story of Bri, a teen girl who has goals to be a hip hop rapper but struggles to find her own voice, her own path and power.

My review: http://bit.ly/2EoqAys

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The Dysasters | P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast
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2 STARS - The authors of The House of Night series are back with the first book in a new YA series featuring genetically-modified teens who can control the elements. Kinda X-men-ish, amIright? Great diverse cast but overall all very disjointed feel with dialogue that wasn‘t on point & dreaded Insta-Love. Argh! Pub date: Feb 26/19

My full review: http://bit.ly/2DK71Pn

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Forget You Know Me | Jessica Strawser
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3 STARS - While it sounds like FORGET YOU KNOW ME is a suspenseful read, it was more of a Contemporary Fiction story that introduces some issues that impact marriages and friendships. There‘s a touch of thriller in it but its focus is on the messier parts of relationships. Thanks to @StMartinsPress for my copy.

This review (and its stunning cover 😍) is now up on my blog - http://bit.ly/2BEAyK5

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Beantown Girls | Jane Healey
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3.5 STARS - The Beantown Girls by Jane Healey follows the lives of four women who are part of the Red Cross‘ Clubmobile Girls. These educated women were sent to bring a bit of home to the men on the front but through friendship, sacrifice and bravery did a whole lot more.

This book gives a different perspective on how women helped the war effort.

My full review: http://bit.ly/2BuJm5d

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