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Book_yogi

Book_yogi

Joined June 2017

I just a weightlifter who teaches yoga and is crazy about books.
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Our Dark Duet by V. E. Schwab
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Last Things | Jacqueline West
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How did I not hear about this book until now? It is Twilight Zone meets Stranger Things. Creepy characters abound and strange things are happening to Anders Thorson, the unusually gifted guitar player of the band Last Things. It dives in and isn‘t afraid to get weird, with plot twists and a satisfying conclusion. Seriously, how did I not hear about this freaky book until now?

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Black Wings Beating | Alex London
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I just finished this forgettable fantasy. I am surprised I didn‘t enjoy it at all since it was on a recommended list by Adam Silvera and I see there are others that loved it. Does that ever happen to you?

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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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This week‘s Epic Reads Challenge was to read a book recommended by a favorite author. Sooo I asked Brigid Kemmerer, her books are ❤️❤️ and she hit it out of the park!

I have just two things to say. 1. This book makes my heart happy. 2. I wish this was, “based on a true story.”

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Where She Went | Gayle Forman
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Oh, my heart my heart my heart. I love this book. Here‘s how much – I started by reading it, then I started listening to it because the narrator‘s voice was perfect, but I also loved slowly reading of it, then I stayed up late reading more, then I went back to where I left off from the reading and listened to what I had read, basically reading it twice at the same time. Now I have a massive book hangover.

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If I Stay | Gayle Forman
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If she stays, she is an orphan; if she goes she leaves Adam. Heartaching accurately describes this book and the choice Mia must make after a catastrophic car accident kills her family leaving her in and in between states to decide whether she will live or die.

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Lock Every Door is my first BOTM purchase, a thriller with so many twists and turns. It starts in the middle and then takes us back to the beginning, with more and more plot twists with each chapter. At one point I was a little disappointed in what I thought was the answer, to then be victim of yet another, so much more interesting plot twist, with many great aha moments. If you think it is a typical mystery, don‘t, may be surprised.

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Soul of Stars | Ashley Poston
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I loved this book…and the first! Can that be my whole review? I loved Heart of Iron and Soul of Stars is just as good. Jax and Robb and Ana and Di and and and, so many cinnamon roles and such a great story. Please say there could be a book 3.

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Vow of Thieves | Mary E. Pearson
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I love this series and while Vow of Thieves is a duology, there is a trilogy before which is just as good. The story is visceral and emotional and filled with adventure. I am captured from the beginning and the action never stops down to the satisfying last page. We can only hope there is another spin off!

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Sea Witch Rising | Sarah Henning
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The first book, Sea Witch is a creative retelling of Little Mermaid from Ursula‘s (named Evie here) POV. Book 2 is told in alternating perspectives from Evie and Rena‘s POV. Runa bargains with Evie, trying to save her twin sister Alia, another mermaid who again fell in love with a prince. Book 2 didn‘t hold my interest as well as book 1. In the end, I did enjoy the story, I just expect a bit more than delivered.

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Princess of Thorns | Stacey Jay
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This book was a part of a postal book club and I don‘t think I would have heard of it otherwise. Even though I found it somewhat predictable, I enjoyed it anyway. Nicklaas is adorable and the story was fun. I had some structural problems with the plot and worldbuilding, but not enough to really mind.

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Spin the Dawn | Elizabeth Lim
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Thank you Owlcrate for including this imaginative story in your July box. I don‘t know if I would have read it so quickly otherwise. The world building is exceptional making it easy to imagine each scene. Maia is a strong and interesting character and Edan and new character to love. The folklore is seamlessly woven into the story giving it even further depth. I anxiously await book two.

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The Bane Chronicles | Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson
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A whole book of stories dedicated to my favorite warlock with stories including one of my favorite magical couples. I am glad I didn‘t read this until all the stories were rolled into one book. It is a fun read and solidifies Magnus as one of the best characters of the Shadowhunter series.

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Untitled | Unknown
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Coke, preferably in a bottle
Cheerios
Bar
Lemonade
Wavy Lays
Lucky Charms
Waffle Fries

😁

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Lord of Shadows | Cassandra Clare
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I have read The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices and must say The Dark Artifices is my favorite of the Shadowhunter series. Everyone seems to show up in the story at one point or another and the characters are more endearing, equally sassy, funny and interesting. Even her new characters are more three dimensional.

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Tell Me How You Really Feel | Aminah Mae Safi
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This is a hate to love story based on a misunderstanding where, in their freshman year, Rachel thinks Sana asked her out as a prank. Unfortunately, the characters are two dimensional with a storyline written so I don‘t care about them. Yes the cover is lovely and provides a great picture of Rachel and Sana, but a cover can‘t carry the entirety of a book. In the end, we as readers are left disappointed, with a forgettable story.

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The Beckoning Shadow | Katharyn Blair
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While this book doesn‘t bring anything completely new to the table, I liked it all the same. It was a little slow to start in getting interesting but by the time Vesper comes across the Tournament of the Unraveling things kick up a notch. The book turns to the tournament and the Oddities (those with powers) and an underlying second story takes form. Clever friendships are begrudgingly created, romance grows and I forward to book 2.

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More Than We Can Tell | Brigid Kemmerer
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Thank you Brigid Kemmerer for writing characters I always seem to fall in love with. Thank you for writing adults who are trustworthy and loving, remaining steadfast through the most difficult situations. And thank you for bringing back Rev from Letters to the Lost to tell his own story and reminding us that you can emerge caring and loving even though you have endured the most horrific childhood.

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Letters to the Lost | Brigid Kemmerer
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Yet another reminder why Brigid Kemmerer is an autoread author for me. Her characters are three dimensional, endearing, and thought provoking. Declan Murphy, who on the surface appears combative and angry, really just wants to, needs to be seen. Her adult characters are a wake up call to adults. While there are bad adults, there are also adults we can look up to and be proud.

BooknerdsLife I love the tagged book! 💙 1mo
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Immunity | Erin Bowman
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Book 2 of Contagion leaves off where Contagion ended with Nova, Coen, and Thea imprisoned on a ship that they thought was there to save them. Instead they are experimented, tortured and back to fighting for their lives. Both are fast paced, action packed books that are pretty easy to digest.

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In Other Lands | Sarah Rees Brennan
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As I was reading this book, I was thinking 3 stars in my head. But then when I was about 80% in, it moved up to 3.5 stars. I liked this book; while it was slow for me at points, it was also fun, creative and full of humor. Serene, Elliot and Luke are an interesting trio, all sorts of love triangles and they make great team. It ended as I suspected which was gratifying and ultimately rounded this book up to 4 stars.

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Storm | Brigid Kemmerer
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I liked the premise of the story with 4 brothers, Elementals and their ability to control different elements and Guides who unilaterally enforce their own form of law with life and death decisions. Becca is an interesting character and I enjoyed the story. I am not sure I will read more books in this series, but will continue to check out other books by this author.

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3 1/2 stars. This is a fun spin on King Arthur and his court, where King Arthur has reincarnated 42 times and this time is a woman named Ari and Merlin has aged backward to a teenage boy. All the other original characters from King Arthurs court are here, gender fluid and their roles discovered as the story progresses. It is a creative, light and fast paced read that you don‘t have to think too hard to enjoy.

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Call it what You Want | Brigid Kemmerer
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I will have to add Brigid Kemmerer as one of my autoread authors. I have now read this and A Curse So Dark and Lovely and really like them both. She is able to write in different genres and in each, especially her male characters, are so 3 dimensional, you can‘t help but feel like you know them. This book is heartbreaking and yet so hopeful. It‘s a good one.

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Destroy All Monsters | Sam J. Miller
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Look my camera matches the cover. 😀📷😀

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Destroy All Monsters | Sam J. Miller
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This is my first Sam Miller book. He is quite different with his spin on warped reality, mental health, trauma, friendship and healing...Ash and Solomon bring it all.

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A Curse So Dark and Lonely | Brigid Kemmerer
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Happy 4th of July everyone!

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We started a Little Free Library a couple of weeks again and I get to fill it with all my favorites!

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Heroine | Mindy McGinnis
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This book was heavy and hard to read. I think one of the reasons I finished it in two days is because I wanted to stop feeling so sad for where the story was going. The first line of the books tells the reader how bad things are going to get. “When I wake up, all my friends are dead.” In a time when opiates seems to be commonplace, it is important to understand how the addiction can not only ruin your life, but kill as well, and kill fast.

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Stepsister | Jennifer Donnelly
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This is a story of what happens after the fairytale, in this case, the two ugly stepsisters and their mother. For the most part I liked it, and it is a creative idea with some interesting plot developments.There are points where it feels like Cinderella‘s (Ella) character is rewritten a bit and where Isabelle (ugly stepsister) is made to be different than I think probable, but, it is a fairytale and that‘s what fairlytales are made of.

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We Were Liars | E Lockhart
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I started with thinking I wasn‘t going to like this book too much, to liking it the more it escalated to its inevitable end. You know from the start that something really bizarre went down, that you can spend the entire book figuring it out and if you, you will arrive at a big, “WHAT” at some point. So, in the end, what I will remember is that I liked this book and was a victim to THAT moment.

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If I Was Your Girl | Meredith Russo
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This is one of those books that is good to read, and yet, hard to read. It is one of those books that I am just waiting for the other shoe to drop and so scared for her that things will get worse…and they do, and I find my heart breaking for Amanda a little more each page I read. I agree with a comment her father makes toward the end of the book in which he says she is the strongest person he ever met, she is, and Amanda, you are loved.

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DEV1AT3 (Deviate) | Jay Kristoff
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Mr. Kristoff why do you do this? 😩😩😩 Is no one safe from your sinister plots? Are we all subject to jumping at the slightest misstep and guard against becoming too close to your characters? Lemon Fresh, you are a wonder, amazing and scrappy and fierce. Cricket, you are a 71 ton cinnamon roll. Ezekiel, your loyalty is admirable. Grimm, you are a love. Diesel, you are a fine addition to this motley crew. Eve, I am not talking to you.

BooknerdsLife OOMG!!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your review so much!!!! 😂😂😭 Oh Eve!! 😡 1mo
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The Inexplicable Logic of My Life | Benjamin Alire Saenz
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Saenz writes quiet and beautiful stories. It‘s funny to say, “quiet,” because there are so many, violent, life changing moments, but that is how his writing feels. He always has at least one parent relationship that is the gold standard, which is also funny because it is often amidst such horrible adult role models. I didn‘t attach to this book quite as much as Aristotle, but appreciate the beauty in his writing non the less.

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This was an anticipated read.I love Yukemono‘s group-funny, loyal & fiercely interesting.In book 1 I came to love the relationship between Tatsuni and Yumeko; the earned trust made the story. With Tatsuni possessed by Hakaimono, I missed that storyline in book 2, but that loss was tempered by Hakaimono‘s interesting, violent, evil but in a non emotional sort of way, character. I just wish they weren‘t one person so I could enjoy them both.

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There is a lot going on here in this book and all seem to play a part in what the author is trying to convey in this book. Love and loss and violence and pain and acceptance and hurt and death and mourning and separation and more love and so much more. Chris, a transgender, is such an endearing character, and Maia came into his life at the right time, but they just had to go through what they did to get to where they need to be.

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Sorcery of Thorns | Margaret Rogerson
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This is the second book for Margaret Rogerson I have loved.Her characters are always whimsical, fun and quirky.I find myself falling in love with even and especially the most morally grey characters, who never pull off being too bad because they are so good. Between the fierce Elisabeth and the grimoires and the wickedly funny sorcerer, Nathaniel Thorne, oh the quiet, gentlemanly and evil Silas, there is no point I do not feel utterly entertained.

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The Beholder | Anna Bright
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I really liked this book! It pulled me in from the start with Selah being sent to sea on The Beholder to find a suitable match.The story focuses on the first two stops and Selah‘s wish to gain a fiancé from one in order to come back quickly to her ailing father. I was surprised to fall for both; they were endearing and full of their own plot twists – well done! The book ends placing the story in an entirely different direction. Bring on book 2!

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The meeting and courtship of Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler. Alexander, we all know and Eliza a staunch supporter of those enlisted in the war. Unfortunately, it was as boring as it sounds.With that said, if you are a lover of historical fiction and light romance, this may be just the book for you; it fits the bill for both.I find I need a little more action, tension and sass so it might not be the book‘s fault, but it just was not for me.

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Rosemarked | Livia Blackburne
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Zivan, a healer that can‘t be healed teams up with Dineas, a warrior made into double agent, in which, due to Zivan‘s potions temporarily erasing his memories. I liked this book, though I found it to be slow at many points and hard at times to hold interest.

Jeralyn I completely agree with you, I just read this book like a week ago and had the same thoughts 2mo
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Storm and Fury | Jennifer L. Armentrout
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After reading the Lux series, The Darkest Star and now Storm & Fury, Jennifer Armentrout has become an autobuy author for me. She has just the right blend of sassy, endearing, cinnamon role and plot twists; this book is no different…and now I am stuck waiting for book two of this series AND The Darkest Star. Well done Ms. Armentrout, well done.

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The Orphan Queen | Jodi Meadows
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This book is a fun fantasy read, filled with magic, wraiths, royalty and romance. Wilhelmina has a secret, creative form of magic and The Black Knife is mysterious; the two make for a good slow burn romance. For readers who enjoyed trilogies like Storm Siren and Ruined this will fit the bill.

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Secondborn | Amy A Bartol
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I kept seeing this book on my Instagram so decided to give it a try. The idea of Firstborn, Secondborn and Thirdborn seemed like an intriguing idea. While it did have some interesting ideas, it just really didn‘t come together for me like I would have hoped and fell a little flat. I am going to shelve the rest of this trilogy for now and perhaps come back to it at a later date.

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The Falconer | Elizabeth May
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The Falconer is on my list of underrated reads. If you want a solid fantasy with a sassy pixie named Derrick, try this one. It is good!

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I have been immersed in this genre lately and enjoying all its nuances. 3.5 stars. The book has a lot of area of mild cheating which for me, lessens the book a bit. Every major and secondary character cheats in some way, which is ok, but it did lower the impact of the story for me. I really liked Oliver James and adding his being deaf only added to the fullness of his character.

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Give the Dark My Love feels like two different books. Well over the first half is filled with exposition and reads a bit like historical fiction and moves a bit slow. Then at the point necromancy escalates it becomes full of revenants and reads more like a zombie thriller. I enjoyed the book more at this point, but the switch feels so abrupt that the change is a bit too discordant to work properly.

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We Contain Multitudes | Sarah Henstra
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The entire book is read as letters which start as a class assignment between Adam Kurlansky (Kurt) and Jonathon Hopkirk (Jo) but turns into so so much more. At first, it seemed strange to write about parts where they were actually together, but that became inconsequential to the telling of the story, which is bold and uncomfortable and beautiful. The originality of its format only lends to the quality of the book. I am so glad I found this book.

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Shadow & Flame | Mindee Arnett
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This cover ❤️❤️🖤🖤 and the book was good too. I recommend both Onyx & Ivory and Shadow & Flame to read.

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Girl Made of Stars | Ashley Herring Blake
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4.5 stars
I knew nothing about the author going in to this book yet I know she understands and must have lived through much of what is contained in this book. At times it was hard to read because I just wanted justice for Hannah and Mara and all those who have been violated. But the author keeps it real and doesn‘t shy away from the hard questions or the consequences of actions which, in this case, are life changing.

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I Wish You All the Best is an ambitious and personal exploration into a person dealing with many important issues, including gender identity, anxiety, depression, coming out, and nonbinary definition. It‘s a lot to take on in one book and while at times I felt the narrative was stilted, I respect and appreciate the ambition of such an undertaking.

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The Music of What Happens | Bill Konigsberg
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I love authors who explore difficult issues, accepting and acknowledging everyone is different and that is to be celebrated, bringing current issues to light. The author succeeds in this as well as how messed up adults can be in what not to do. While I didn‘t find this book to be at the same caliber as the books like Autoboyography, I did like the author‘s effort in exploring the tough issues and bringing some unique issues to light