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The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan

August 28
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The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan is the story of three sisters living in severe poverty in Paris in the late 1800′s. It is very artsy, spending a lot of time describing ballet, artwork and sculpture, overprinted by the personalities of the two older girls as they stumble to find their way.

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The Maze Runner by James Dashner

August 25
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The Maze Runner by James Dashner started out a little on the slow side. It did pick up though, and I rather enjoyed being dropped into a story where the main character had absolutely no idea where, or even who, he was.

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The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow by Rita Leganski

August 22
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The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow by Rita Leganski is quirky and different. Set in New Orleans in the 1950′s, it weaves a magical tale through voodoo, ghosts, secrets and superpowers. A lot of creativity and out-of-the-box thinking went into this book.

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If I Stay Book Signing with Gayle Forman and Jamie Blackley

August 18
Jamie Blackley and Gayle Forman

I had the pleasure of meeting Gayle Forman at an If I Stay book signing event, together with Jamie Blackley, who plays Adam in the film adaptation of the novel.

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The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

August 15
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The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey is about love and uniqueness and adventure. It melds fantasy with the raw Alaskan wilderness. I was enthralled by the magic and by what could not be explained. I could picture the landscape, the mountains, the farm, the river etc. from the vivid and descriptive writing.

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Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

August 11
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Although it’s been awhile since I read Delirium, it seems to me as though Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver had a lot more action and was thus far more interesting than its predecessor. Still, I was quickly reminded why I’m not a big fan of Oliver’s writing style.

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The Pearl That Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi

August 7
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You need to run out and get yourself a copy of The Pearl That Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi. I have been waiting for a book like this — one where I want to ignore everything else so that I can read night and day. The power that men have over women in Afghanistan is appalling. Reading this book was like being in a different world.

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Dollbaby by Laura Lane McNeal

August 5
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Dollbaby is a debut novel that is a coming-of-age story set in New Orleans during the turbulent times of the 1960s, and focuses on issues of race, mental health and identity. But is it a crackling good read? You bet.

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Where the Air is Sweet by Tasneem Jamal

July 31
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Reading Where the Air is Sweet by Tasneem Jamal makes me very thankful to live in Canada – a safe and stable country. The political upheaval and racism in Uganda in the 1970′s was both brutal and horrific.

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Reboot by Amy Tintera

July 28
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Reboot by Amy Tintera started out incredibly strong. Unfortunately, it just couldn’t maintain the momentum that it had going for it in the beginning.

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