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Joined May 2016

www.randombookmuses.com The five bloggers - Calliope, Melpomene, Pegasus, Thalia, & Urania attacking the never-ending TBR pile book by book...
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Big Little Lies | Liane Moriarty
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"I‘m going to hold my hands up shamefully admit that I‘d held off from reading anything by the super popular author Liane Moriarty, simply because her fiction was so often labeled as chic lit. I conjured up aspersions of a bodice ripper type novel, empty angst or some other unfair generalization. Well, if this novel is classed as chic lit, then sign me the hell up!" Reviewed by Pegasus http://bit.ly/2dLCseC

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"Greenwood has done an amazing job of simply telling a story. She doesn‘t try to make the reader take a moral high road. Nor does she warn us to stay off a path of despair. Instead, the reader is left to find their own way and to struggle with the road signs that we can easily read, but which are so difficult to understand." Reviewed by Urania http://bit.ly/2dTfRjl

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The Memory of Things | Gae Polisner
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"For people over a certain age, it‘s hard to remember a time when September 11 wasn‘t part of our shared history. We‘ll never forget where we were that fateful Tuesday morning fifteen years ago. But for younger people, it‘s been relegated to an event found in history books. That‘s why books like this one are so important." Reviewed by Thalia http://bit.ly/2dxwMHw

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Just Friends | Monica Murphy
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"Have you ever read a book so crazy insane with angst that you wanna set it down and walk away, but you JUST CAN‘T DO IT? Well, that is how I felt read Just Friends. My word… Teenage drama to the nth degree. Seriously." Reviewed by Melpomene http://bit.ly/2dLAriQ

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"Cutie pie Pru learns to be very independent when her parents die in a car accident. She single handedly makes reparations to all those affected in the accident… and then she realizes she‘s crushing on one – namely, Finn." Reviewed by Calliope http://bit.ly/2cLNvaC

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Detached | Christina Kilbourne
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"There‘s a game my fellow Muses & I like to play from time to time. We call it “Guess the Muse” and it involves guessing which one of our brilliant reviewers has written a certain review. Yes, we are that predictable at times. I‘ve been known to gravitate towards books involving young people facing issues of all kinds. for this review, I‘m staying true to form." Reviewed by Thalia http://bit.ly/2dkg94j

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Sunset in Central Park | Sarah Morgan
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"I just love the boy chases girl, boy gets girl storyline. Sarah Morgan surpasses expectations of a predictable romance by developing Frankie‘s friendships and family ties, as well as having her come to terms with her past." Reviewed by Calliope http://bit.ly/2dlQndd

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"I can‘t even remember how I came across this book, but right from the start, the title, and cover art, really pulled me in." Reviewed by Pegasus http://bit.ly/2dDb1b4

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"This is a storyline and a cast of characters I truly look forward to getting to know. Parker is very complex. Connolly might be writing detective novels, but don‘t let it fool you….he really has a way with words…" Reviewed by Urania http://bit.ly/2dxtxjz

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My Fair Princess | Vanessa Kelly
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"What a fun story! I‘ve been a historical romance kick lately. When I saw the title of this I knew it was going to be cute. I was so right." Reviewed by Melpomene http://bit.ly/2cLJxyE

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The Truth About Alice | Jennifer Mathieu
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"This debut novel from Jennifer Mathieu is completely mind-blowing. It‘s a relentless but honest look into small town and particularly high school dynamics." Reviewed by Thalia http://bit.ly/2bj7IlP

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Devil's Game | Joanna Wylde
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"Talk about Chemistry. Wowzers. Hot, hot, hot, with a splash of dirty. Just the way like our bad boys. A few scenes in here had me blushing!! It was a very saucy book." Reviewed by Melpomene http://bit.ly/2bqSjie

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Fire Rising: | Donna Grant
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"This is the second in the Dark Kings series. I am super thrilled to read each of these. I love reading about Fae and dragons and even warriors." Reviewed by Melpomene http://bit.ly/2bj74oe

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All Fall Down: A Novel | Jennifer Weiner
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"How close to slipping over the edge is the average wife and mother? Everything looks nice and pretty on the outside, but can we truly ever know what‘s going on in someone‘s head?" Reviewed by Thalia http://bit.ly/2bj6ebg

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"highly recommend this little extra chapter, after you‘ve read Wonder. If you are dealing with bullying, this may give you a bit of insight as to why kids do the things they do. We may not agree with them, but we will have a better understanding of them." Reviewed by Melpomene http://bit.ly/2bYRks9

lynneamch Absolutely agree! I wondered how the author could ever manage to make Julian a sympathetic character, but she does. Hopefully, we learn something about preventing bullying, when we better understand the bully. 3y
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Huckleberry Summer | Jennifer Beckstrand
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"Aahhh, young love! The tension, the fun, the sighing when you re-live a good date, the well-intentioned interference of the matchmaking grandparents…. Yeah." Reviewed by Calliope http://bit.ly/2blsr5j

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The Last Kingdom | Bernard Cornwell
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"That‘s what this book was to me…true magic….I am ready to continue on with book 2…let‘s be honest…I can‘t stop thinking about book 1, even though it‘s been near two months…" reviewed by Urania http://bit.ly/2bfC0Cw

Texreader I agree. This is a great series. 3y
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The End of the Affair | Graham Greene
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"You know, there‘s nothing like going back to an old favorite! Make your favourite drink, prepare some favorite snacks, change into your comfortable clothes and sit back and relax into blissful familiarity." Reviewed by Pegasus http://bit.ly/2bDDKK9

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Reaper's Fire | Joanna Wylde
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"My feelings are bit all over the place for this book. I‘m not sure what to think here. I was expecting one story and I got another." Reviewed by Melpomene http://bit.ly/2bSN7pP

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"Though it‘s the last in the Rose Harbor series, Sweet Tomorrows read as beautifully as a standalone novel to me." Reviewed by Calliope http://bit.ly/2bSLvfF

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Piece of Mind: A Novel | Michelle Adelman
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"This could easily be called a coming of age story even though Lucy is older than your typical young person who tries to find herself. But there are real problems for Lucy as she faces the prospect of being on her own, finding romance, taking on a job. The story feels authentic from beginning to end and encompasses all you would imagine such a person going through. Very enjoyable!" Reviewed by Thalia http://bit.ly/2c3GaDE

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"Whilst I really enjoyed this book, I still have to wonder what all the hype is about." Reviewed by by Urania http://bit.ly/2beJd6i

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Midnight Soul | Kristen Ashley
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"Magical, romantic, beautiful and sweet. This series is all these things and more." Reviewed by Melpomene http://bit.ly/2beidXn

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"I imagine many of you have read this book by now. But if, like me, you‘re a bit of a book procrastinator, there‘s no time like the present to jump on the bandwagon!" Reviewed by Thalia http://bit.ly/2bBReF9

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"These are the men that are fighting….not some politician behind a desk…or a faceless entity. These men are brothers, sons, husbands, fathers and friends. They are not just numbers at the bottom of a count sheet…no matter how much the public and the politicians try to make it so…" Reviewed by Urania https://goo.gl/vquWKF

MrBook Nice! (I absolutely *love* your Muses concept by the way. I see you going places with this! 😎👍🏻🙌🏻👌🏻) 3y
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"I seem to have a thing for stories about families so dysfunctional that it‘s criminal. Evil parents, deranged siblings, you name it and I‘m drawn to it like a moth to a flame. So of course I couldn‘t pass up a book with a title so intriguing as this one…" Reviewed by Thalia https://goo.gl/QYeQ1W

JoeStalksBeck Almost bought this last night. Thanks for the review! 3y
Grimscythe Putting it on my list! 3y
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You and Me, Always | Jill Mansell
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"I enjoyed every character in this book, even the one villain – maybe because he wasn‘t given too much space on the page." Reviewed by Calliope https://goo.gl/rTdxct

MrBook Lol, nice review. Love this cover! 3y
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"House Revenge takes the reader through Boston politics, from commercial land development to dirty congressmen to cops on the take to connections with Mexican drug cartels" reviewed by Calliope https://goo.gl/ic2nmf

MrBook Intriguing. If you like Boston thrillers, I recommend Joseph Finder. Most of his books are set there. And they're a lot fun too. 😊 3y
RandomBookMuses Hiya, @MrBook I LOVE Joseph Finder! Haven't read him in years though...I wasn't the muse that reviewed this one, but it really does look great! 3y
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"Schwalbe and his mother had a very special bond." Reviewed by Urania https://goo.gl/Qovy0i

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The Remaining | D.J. Molles
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"Do you want a zombie book that is a bit different? Well here it is! I was a bit surprised just how much I enjoyed reading this one." Reviewed by Urania https://goo.gl/uF2YNx

CleverGirl A whole series! Oh well, if I must... 4y
MrBook You've talked me into it 😎👍🏻... 3y
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Just One Thing | Holly Jacobs
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"I read for fun, you know, so I appreciated the wit, the poignancy, and the romance in Just One Thing. The story was about lifting up, healing, overcoming." Reviewed by Calliope https://goo.gl/uRz31Q

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That Night | Chevy Stevens
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"Let me begin by saying that all passionate readers have that select group of favorite authors whose newest release is an eagerly anticipated, must-read. Chevy Stevens is one of those authors for me." Reviewed by Thalia https://goo.gl/fVDgBs

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Same But Different | Serena Clarke
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"The beautiful thing about book titles is that they seem to mean one thing at first, and then you finish the book and realize they could mean a whole bunch of other things." Reviewed by Calliope https://goo.gl/lYNaLJ

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"Their banter was so fun to watch. You could see the sparks flying from off the pages." Reviewed by Melpomene https://goo.gl/4PZmzO

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Complicit | Stephanie Kuehn
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"This second novel by Stephanie Kuehn had me flipping pages, or in my case pushing page turn buttons, faster than you can imagine. It‘s an intense, on-the-edge of your seat novel that I finished in one day." Reviewed by Thalia https://goo.gl/U9tfAA

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All the Missing Girls | Megan Miranda
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"What can I say about this latest novel from Megan Miranda other than it‘s pure gold? Truly, it‘s along the lines of “Run and grab this one as fast as you can and be prepared to stay up way past your bedtime to finish it.”" Reviewed by Thalia https://goo.gl/cjKNPV

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The Pursuit: A Fox and O'Hare Novel | Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
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"Part comedy, part MacGyver, and part Ocean‘s Eleven, The Pursuit is the perfect light read to get me laughing and holding tight to the edge of my seat in the same chapter. I‘ll read them as fast as Goldberg and Evanovich can write them." Reviewed by Calliope https://goo.gl/r9YT6y

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Before I Wake | C.L. Taylor
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"Was Charlotte‘s accident an act of malice, or a tragic case of not having the will to live? This is an interesting read. It presents dual narratives and the characters are given a good amount of room to breathe and develop." Reviewed by Pegasus. https://goo.gl/6unHX4

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"I found the epilogue at the end the most interesting of all. That‘s where all the real ethical questions come into play. If you read this book and decide it‘s not for you part way though, well, I encourage you to just skip to that part and read it." Reviewed by Urania https://goo.gl/ezw5sw

britt_brooke I read this recently. Very interesting! 4y
Gezemice This is my favorite read this year. 4y
SaraFair I sat through most of this book with my mouth open. So many stories together. Cause and effect. Should be taught in school in history and biology. 4y
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"This debut novel is a thriller in the truest sense. It plays tricks with your mind and leaves you guessing all the way while at the same time making it seem as if you‘ve figured it out. And of course there‘s a fantastic twist that you‘ll never see coming!" Reviewed by Thalia https://goo.gl/av1UQd

Alfoster Yes, loved this one! Stayed home all day to read it! 3y
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Until We Touch | Susan Mallery
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"I read Until We Touch on the beach. My daughter looked at me from the edge of the ocean, rolled her eyes, and said, 'There‘s mom, crying again over a book.'" Reviewed by Calliope https://goo.gl/GYuqQo

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"This book can be read and a standalone, but I highly recommend you start from the beginning. You can see the entire dynamics of all the characters as they intertwine throughout the books." Reviewed by Melpomene https://goo.gl/0GIwqT

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Changing Forever | Lisa De Jong
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"A plot twist that gutted me. And of course, the groveling wasn‘t nearly enough, in my eyes. But I just had to hold on and hope these two get it straightened out." Reviewed by Melpomene https://goo.gl/i0l7CL

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The Promise | Robyn Carr
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"The Promise really has it all: food, family, fun, love … oh! and two new babies. Irresistible" Reviewed by Calliope https://goo.gl/jqqiwR

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Night | Elie Wiesel
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"This is an enjoyable read, but to be fair, it won‘t be one I give another thought to now that I have finished the last page, ask me in two weeks what the finer points are and I won‘t be able to say." Reviewed by Urania https://goo.gl/MDGoKp

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Wrath and the Dawn | Rene Ahdieh
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"This is one of the most epic and beautiful stories I have ever read. The backdrop was so rich in details I felt like I was there." Reviewed by Melpomene https://goo.gl/Xk99mL

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Girl Missing | Tess Gerritsen
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"Tess Gerritsen doesn‘t write a bad story. From her Rizzoli & Isles series to her countless stand alones, she‘s a master at her craft. This older thriller is no exception." Reviewed by Thalia https://goo.gl/WnfdVV

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Love, Lies and Spies | Cindy Anstey
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"A sweet romance filled with intrigue and early 19th century charm." Reviewed by Melpomene https://goo.gl/gNV8ub

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Nobody But You | Jill Shalvis
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"I never thought I‘d love a Jill Shalvis series other than my First Jill Shalvis Series, Lucky Harbor. But I am falling in love all over again." Reviewed by Calliope https://goo.gl/gwUzAx

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