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    The Cousins

    McManus, Karen M.

    Reviewed: January 12, 2022

    The Cousins by Karen M.McManus is a book that contains a very interesting story about family secrets. The book revolves around three cousins who are suddenly invited to spend the summer working at their Grandmothers island resort. They had never known anything about their Grandmother as their parents had been disowned from their family at a very young age. They embark on this journey to try and get to know their Grandmother and reconnect with each other...only to be met with a dark and mysterious past that revolved around secrets, betrayals, vengeance, and even death. In the... Read Full Review

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    The 5th Wave

    Yancey, Richard

    Reviewed: January 5, 2022

    The 5th Wave appears to be your usual run-of-the-mill post-apocalyptic story, but the author creates a unique take on this scenario. The 5th Wave is a suspenseful Sci-Fi story with some elements of drama sprinkled throughout, written by Richard Yancey, known for his stories that revolve around suspense. The 5th Wave is the start of a trilogy that explores an alien threat to destroy human life on Earth. The novel is set in the modern world, spread across several months to highlight the aftermath of four out of the fives waves (of disasters) brought by an unknown... Read Full Review

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    Deep and Dark and Dangerous

    Hahn, Mary Downing

    Reviewed: December 23, 2021

    Deep and Dark and Dangerous is an interesting ghost story for children. It follows a young 13-year-old, Ali, who finds a strange picture of her mom and Aunt Dulcie with two other people, one who is ripped out of the image. After finding this in her attic, she is filled with so many unanswered questions that her mom brushes off. While on vacation with her Aunt Dulcie and her little sister Emma, the answers and clues start unraveling. Ali befriends an odd girl, Sissy, who's a troublemaker and is always mentioning the unusual drowning of a girl in the lake back when Ali’s mother and... Read Full Review

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    The Last Olympian

    Riordan, Rick

    Reviewed: December 16, 2021

    This is the most action-thrilling book of the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan so far. Percy Jackson is 16 in this novel, which is the fifth in the Percy Jackson series, and he finally discovers what the old prophecy surrounding him is about. According to the prophecy, Percy is responsible for the world's fate. Percy and his friends are once again tasked with stopping unknown evil...as usual… which, let's just be honest, we all enjoy! The Titans are trying to take over Mount Olympus! It's up to the demigods from Camp Half-Blood to save it but they are hopelessly outnumbered by... Read Full Review

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    Pride and Prejudice

    Austen, Jane

    Reviewed: December 8, 2021

    Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is a fictional romance novel that follows the intricate love story between Elizabeth Bennet, a countryman’s daughter, and Fitzwilliam Darcy, a rich aristocratic man. They are forced to overcome family and status difficulties in order to find what love is really about. Initially, Darcy and Elizabeth are both initially inclined to only see the bad in one another, complicating their story and blinding them from seeing how wonderful their love is. It follows each character's bias, prejudice, and pride in life and love. We view their story in a... Read Full Review

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    You Will be Mine

    Preston, Natasha

    Reviewed: December 2, 2021

    As it gets closer to Valentine’s Day, the anniversary of Lylah’s parents’ death begins to approach. She wants nothing more than to move on and forget about the last two years. Lylah lives in a house, near her college, with five of her roommates; Chase, Sonny, Charlotte, Sienna, and Isaac. They all end up developing really close bonds. Lylah is hoping for Chase, her love interest, to make a move on her by the big day. But that hope quickly changes when one by one, each one of her roommates, begins to receive individual, personalized notes. At first, they think it’s just a silly prank but,... Read Full Review

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    Six of Crows

    Bardugo, Leigh

    Reviewed: November 24, 2021

    Six of Crows is a fantasy novel about a thief and his crew who are attempting to pull off a heist. Kaz Brekker is the leader and his crew consists of a convict, a sharpshooter, a runaway, a spy, and a heart render. They come across many different obstacles as they try to perform this heist. This book was so interesting to read. It had just the right amount of action and you easily fall in love with the characters. The characters are all so different but you can feel for them. If you are a fan of fantasy or magical beings, I definitely recommend this book.

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    The California Drought

    Perdew, Laura

    Reviewed: November 17, 2021

    If you’re really into geography, this is the book for you. When reading this book you will not only learn about the troubles California has gone through due to the drought it has experienced, but you will also learn about different actions that people, communities, and the government can take to decrease the amount of drought we see in California. This book has many interactive visuals that will also help you understand different topics about the California drought. So if you’re a visual learner, this is a great book for you. The book covers all types of topics in regard to the last five... Read Full Review

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    The Song of Achilles

    Miller, Madeline

    Reviewed: November 10, 2021

    I could not get enough of this book, I had moments where I was stuck reading it for hours. It's about a boy, Patroclus, who is exiled from his home and sent to live with other exiles. There, the boy meets Achilles who's a little hesitant at first but slowly becomes his friend. After spending days together, the boys end up falling for each other but this leads to problems with Achilles' mother. The boys leave for training but are soon called back home to participate in a war against Troy, which Achilles will lead. I have to say this book kept me on my toes! It had a great love story, good... Read Full Review

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    Shadow and Bone

    Bardugo, Leigh

    Reviewed: November 3, 2021

    Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo is a magical book. One in a seven-book universe focuses on Alina Starkov, a seemingly ordinary orphan who works in the army, as a mapmaker, alongside her best friend Mal Oretsev. Then all of a sudden, she finds herself on a fateful trip into the Fold, a dangerous land-sea of shadows and monsters. Once she is inside the Fold, all-hell breaks loose. In the midst of the chaos, it is revealed to her, and all those around her, that she is Grisha, a person who can manipulate the elements to their benefit, and a powerful one at that. Suddenly, she is... Read Full Review

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    A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story

    Park, Linda Sue

    Reviewed: October 27, 2021

    This book is a dual perspective from Salva who is the main character and Nia. This is about life in the 1980s and south Sudan when the Civil War was going on. Salva was used to being part of a farming family, he would take care of the cattle and occasionally go hunting with his siblings. One day at school, they heard gunshots and the teacher told him to run into the bush because they didn’t want them to be recruited as child soldiers. It’s about Salva walking through the desert with others and eventually, he eventually meets up with his uncle by chance. His uncle is in a group of these... Read Full Review

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    The Secret Life of Bees

    Kidd, Sue Monk

    Reviewed: October 21, 2021

    The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd is an amazing coming-of-age fictional novel. It’s set in 1964 and follows the struggles of a 14-year-old girl named Lily Owens whose life has been built around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. She runs away from her abusive father with her nanny Rosaleen on her fourteenth birthday after personal and societal troubles consume her life. They go on a quest to Tiburon, South Carolina to discover what truly happened to Lily’s mother when Lily herself was only 4 years old. It focuses on the racism that occurred during... Read Full Review