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Brutally honest book reviews

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

September 15
Mr. Mercedes Book Cover

Mr. Mercedes is Stephen King’s foray into writing a thriller, and though it doesn’t quite rank with his best work, it’s still an engrossing thrill ride. Once you get past the first half of the book, that is.

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Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

September 11
Boy, Snow, Bird Book Cover

Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi is about a girl named Boy, her sweet and beautiful stepdaughter Snow, whom she can’t stand to be around, and her daughter Bird who is African-American, yet neither her mother nor father are, exactly. And that is about as sane as anything gets with this book.

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In the Stillness by Andrea Randall

September 8
In the Stillness Book Cover

In the Stillness is more of a long, slow burn than an edge of your seat page-turner. It’s a story about so many things and yet, at its core, I think it’s mostly about learning to forgive yourself so that you can begin to heal and work toward carving out a happier place for yourself in this world.

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The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan

August 28
The Painted Girls Book Cover

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
The Maze Runner Book Cover

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
The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow Book Cover

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
The Snow Child Book Cover

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
Pandemonium Book Cover

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
The Pearl That Broke Its Shell Book Cover

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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