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Thursday 23 March 2017

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Secret lives, hidden powers, and beautiful strangers all descend on Clary without warning the day before her mother disappears.

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Wednesday 15 March 2017

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling

How much does the existence of one person alter the course of the world?

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Tuesday 7 March 2017

Alias Vols 1 through 4

She used to be a superhero.

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Friday 3 March 2017

1984 by George Orwell

There will be no distinction between beauty and ugliness. There will be no curiosity, no employment of the process of life.

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Monday 20 February 2017

All The Feels by Danika Stone

Every now and then, a story speaks to you. It doesn't simply make you think. It isn't simply enjoyable. It worms it's way into your very soul and makes a home there, one that you visit over and over again. It becomes a touchstone.

This story? It's for anyone who's ever experienced that.

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Wednesday 15 February 2017

Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee

Sitting down to start writing thoughts about the books I read during the fall of 2016, I feel like there's a loose theme that I can't quite describe. Governments failing, people opting out of official channels, realizations that perhaps those in power do not have our best interests at heart. It's not universal, but it's common enough that it sticks out among the half dozen stories I'll be reviewing in the next month or two.

Not Your Sidekick is one of them.

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Wednesday 8 February 2017

The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb

Family. Loyalty. Dedication. Self-determination. How do these fall out when you find yourself the unwanted child of the kingdom's most powerful family?

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Tuesday 31 January 2017

Nothing Sacred by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough

Downed on her first flight over the Himalayas, Viveka Vanachek finds herself imprisoned in a secret and remote camp with only a few prisoners and even fewer guards. Days turn into months, and then into uncounted years. Slowly, the prisoners find themselves making their own lives and beginning to care for their guards. And then the world ends.

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Wednesday 18 January 2017

The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman

Love, posits Chapman, has at least two stages. The first, we all know about. It's the kind of love we read about and see portrayed on screens every day. The meeting, the falling, the longing. We spend enormous amounts of time and energy looking for The One. Until one day we meet someone who catches our interest for long enough that we decide to throw our hats in together.

Then what?

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Tuesday 3 January 2017

Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury

Somehow, I missed this book in both high school and college. It just didn't make it into the reading lists that passed through my hands. But a copy landed in my to-read pile this winter (put there by me - apparently picked up from the local Goodwill by my partner), so I jumped on the opportunity.

Today, it feels timely.

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