The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

What a chilling and enthralling dystopian future Margaret Atwood has imagined in this novel! The main character, Offred is a “handmaid”, a woman who has been forced to serve in the household of a high ranking infertile couple as a surrogate. She remembers a “time before”, when she was married with a child. In the time before, women were allowed to have jobs, bank accounts and the ability to read. But, a strange dictatorship has taken over the United States,…

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Be Careful What You Wish For (Jeffrey Archer)

Be Careful What You Wish For (Jeffrey Archer)

Book 4 of the Clifton Chronicles picks up right where book 3 left off … sadly I read book 3 in 2016. Why did I not continue with the series then, I don’t know, and I wish I had as, although the characters are all familiar to me, I can’t really remember their stories and entirely how we got to where we are now. This series follows the Barrington/Clifton families.  Emma {Barrington} Clifton is the head of her family’s large…

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Mary Poppins – P.L. Travers

Mary Poppins – P.L. Travers

It was quite enjoyable to revisit the Mary Poppins of my youth anew through the P.L. Travers novel, which I never read as a child. I found many of the same lovable characters and stories I remembered form the Disney movie, as well as even more wonderfully funny, ironic and whimsical adventures. I did find that the Mary Poppins of the books is much more stuffy, selfish and rude than her Julie Andrews counterpart. This was a bit odd, but…

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Flight – Sherman Alexie

Flight – Sherman Alexie

Flight is a story about a half native american foster kid, who has named himself after his face ache. “Zits” has struggled through the foster system since he was eight years old. He feels angry, betrayed and alone. Now Zits is fifteen, and his pattern of crime and misbehavior is about to escalate. Just as Zits attempts to rob a bank, he is transported back in time. Zits journeys thought several historical events involving Native Americans. He experiences human tragedy…

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All the Stars and Teeth (All the Stars and Teeth #1) – Adalyn Grace

All the Stars and Teeth (All the Stars and Teeth #1) – Adalyn Grace

“The world doesn’t work with only your eyes, Princess. There’s truth in more than what you can see.” This was an impressive first book by this author and a start to what I think is a duology. Her writing was captivating, the magic system seemed a lot different than the typical run-of-the-mill stuff in YA, and the world building was phenomenal and I want more, more, more. In the blurb on Goodreads it mentions how this would be for fans…

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A Heart So Fierce and Broken (Cursebreakers #2) – Brigid Kemmerer

A Heart So Fierce and Broken (Cursebreakers #2) – Brigid Kemmerer

4.5 “Must you men make everything about violence?” I say. “Not every problem can be solved by the edge of a sword.” This was SO good. Even after reading my review from A Curse So Dark and Lonely, I can’t say that I remember a whole lot about the first book in this series. I remember liking it but not being completely in love. I also remember wanting to focus more on Rhen since he was the actual love interest/ part of the…

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A Curse So Dark and Lonely (Cursebreakers #1) – Brigid Kemmerer

A Curse So Dark and Lonely (Cursebreakers #1) – Brigid Kemmerer

“I am always surprised to discover that when the world seems darkest, there exists the greatest opportunity for light.” Okayyyyy, folks. I’m sitting here trying to figure out how exactly I should approach this review. On one hand, as you can see, I gave it four stars. Obviously that means that I really enjoyed this book. I loved the characters, it was SUCH a great new take on a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and the writing sucked me…

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Meet Me on Love Lane (Hopeless Romantics #2) – Nina Bocci

Meet Me on Love Lane (Hopeless Romantics #2) – Nina Bocci

I was crying happy tears as I finished this. What a perfect example of a childhood friends-to-lovers/ kinda second chance romance. Hands down, my heart hasn’t felt this full and melted in a while. — While I truly did enjoy the first book in this series, On the Corner of Love and Hate, that pales in comparison to this.  I was initially a tiny bit leery about the possibility of a love triangle and of the possibility that the person that I…

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Starsight (Skyward#2) – Brandon Sanderson

Starsight (Skyward#2) – Brandon Sanderson

“You know the worst part about being in charge, Spin?” “No, sir.” “Perspective. When you’re young, you can assume that everyone older than you has life figured out. Once you get command yourself, you realize we’re all just the same kids wearing older bodies.” I’m currently sitting here, drinking my coffee, trying to decide how I want this review to start. Even though this was a perfect second novel in a series to me, I just didn’t fall as hard…

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2019 Christy Awards Announced

2019 Christy Awards Announced

The Christy Awards are given each year to Christian fiction novels to honor “novels of excellence, imagination, and creativity.”  The award has been given since 1999, and is named for Catherine Marshall’s novel, Christy.  This year’s finalists were announced on November 6, and they are: Book of the Year Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan Available at CRDL in print and eBook     Contemporary Romance Falling for You by Becky Wade Available at CRDL in print and eBook.  …

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