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--Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs (6*)
The third part of the Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children Trilogy is now complete. Jacob Portman and the remnant of peculiar children follow the evil wights and hollowgasts into Devil's Acre, the darkest paranormal slum of Victorian England, to rescue their ymbrynes and friends, and the task turns out to be bigger and more dangerous than they ever imagined, with both unexpected help and unexpected betrayal. As good as the first two books. If you Loved Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children, as did I, you will love this finale as well.

--After You by Jojo Moyes (2*)
A sequel to the excellent Me Before You. If you loved that book, please skip this one. They say even the most ordinary person has at least one good book inside them. This novel was proof that even a great writer like Moyes had at least one really lousy book inside her. Gosh, this book was so unbloodybelievably AWFUL that it was torture to force myself to finish; that I feel guilty taking it back to the library in case some other unfortunate soul might check it out.

--The Quiet Game by Greg Iles (6*)
The first of the Penn Cage series, in which attorney and novelist Penn Cage moves back to Natchez for the love and support of his parents because his little girl cannot adjust to her mother's cancer death. He discovers his father is being blackmailed by a dirty ex-cop/mob enforcer and then discovers the blackmailer, in league with rich, powerful, and connected citizens, dirty cops, and the FBI was also involved in the cover-up of the1964 car-bomb murder of a well-respected Black veteran/factory worker. He is warned to let it go because everyone who knows anything is playing "The Quiet Game" and he should, too, for the safety of his family. He cannot get the need for justice for the surviving mother and widow out of his craw, and with the help of a disturbed alcoholic Black Deputy Sheriff, an ex-FBI agent, and the beautiful new publisher of the newspaper goes where anyone sane fears to tread. One of the best, if not the best, gripping suspense thrillers that I ever read. I was not surprised to see how many other reviewers consider this Greg Iles's best Novel.

--Natchez Burning by Greg Iles (6*)
Attorney/Novelist/Natchez Mayor Penn Cage's physician father has barely survived a severe heart attack when he is accused of killing his former Black nurse, Viola Turner. In trying to find evidence to clear his father Cage keeps rolling down a dangerous slope into unsolved torture murders of Mississippi and Louisiana Black residents by the Double Eagles, a KKK offshoot, who also did enforcer work for Carlos Marcello, the powerful New Orleans mob boss suspected of being involved with the murder of JFK. In spite of the danger, Cage cannot leave any stone unturned when his bailed-out father goes on the lam and every step takes him into deeper and darker danger.

--The Bone Tree by Greg Iles (6*)
When I started Natchez Burning I did not realize that it was the first third of a trilogy so I immediately went to Book 2. One part of the web of evil has been eliminated but that only makes the remaining parts more desperate and deadly. The action centers around a possibly mythical tree in a dense cypress swamp near a powerful enemy's hunting resort, the bone tree, where Double Eagle killings reportedly took place and the remains disposed. More of the mysteries are solved and more dangerous sociopaths eliminated, but, be warned, these are not stand alone books and the conclusion will not be published until April 2017. Wished I'd have known that before I started.

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"If you trust in yourself and believe in your dreams and follow your star...you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy." Terry Pratchett


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Last two for February

One Night, Two Consequences – Joss Woods - 3.5*
The Russian Acquisition – Dani Collins - 3.5*


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A Distant Maic by Mary Jo Putney 4*
Discovery of an Eagle by Grace Matiolo 3*
Children to a Degree by Herst Christian 3.5*
Mark Twain: Man in White by Michael Sheldon 4*

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The Harlot's Tale by Sam Thomas

Concern yourself more with accepting responsibility than with assigning blame. Let the possibilities inspire you more than the obstacles discourage you.
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2 final ones, by J. D. Robb in her "in death" series:

Devoted in Death 5 stars

Brotherhood in Death 5 stars

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Nora Roberts Land – Ava Miles – Audio - 4*
Castelli’s Virgin Widow – Catlin Crews - 3.5*
French Roast – Ava Miles – Audio - 4*
The Grand Opening – Ava Miles – Audio - 4*
The Holiday Serenade – Ava Miles – Audio - 4*
A Night of Living Dangerously – Jennie Lucas - 4*
Daring Brides – Ava Miles - 4*
Illicit Night with a Greek – Susanna Carr - 3.5*
The Ultimate Seduction – Dani Collins - 4*
The Ultimate Playboy – Maya Banka - 4*
The Ultimate Revenge – Victoria Parker - 4*


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Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World by Richard Rhodes 2 stars

The title grabbed me. The description pulled me in further. By the end of the introduction, I was sold! I was already thinking about who I would recommend this to.

And then the book started. Lots of background that I didn't think added to the real story which seemed to start around chapter 8. Given this book was 10 chapters, that's not good. The worst thing to me was the fact that the last three chapters felt somewhat repetitive, but also rushed.

There has to be a better book about such an interesting person.

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The history of us by Leah Stewart 2.5 stars

I received this book through a Goodreads Giveaway. When I first got it I immediately started reading it. The opening was great. However, I quickly lost interest. This is the story of a woman who had to take care of her 2 nieces and nephew when their parents died. She moved from Boston to Cincinnati to care for them in her childhood home. Whose home it would be in the future was central to the book. That is not enough to carry the book. Nor was the personalities of the main characters. The pace of the book was very slow. 3/4 of the way through held my interest for a point but the conclusion was lacking. I had great hopes for the book but this is not one I can recommend.

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Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline 3 stars

This was a book club read and not one I would have picked on my own. It's a bit of a sentimental sort of book and that isn't really my thing. That said, it was a good story and a quick read.

With things like this, I tend to prefer non-fiction. The orphans trains weren't really on my radar though. I knew they existed, but I just hadn't really thought about the way they were implemented or what the kids potentially went through when they were placed.

This book gave two stories of children and how a system failed them but also how it saved them to some extent. I care less about the bridge between the old woman and the teenager than I probably should. That is the feel good stuff I usually skip, but in this case it was done well enough that I didn't mind. I didn't roll my eyes even once.

I think at some point, I would like to read more non-fiction accounts of the riders on the orphan trains. It sounds like there is plenty of material out there.


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February: Calendar Girl Book 2 by Audrey Carlan - 3 stars

A muse. Me. The motorcycle riding, ass-kicking, concert t-shirt wearing chick from Las Vegas, is a world-renowned French artist’s muse. For a month.

I had no idea when I took the escort job with Exquisite Escorts I would be standing naked in front of a blank canvas in a Seattle warehouse.

“Love on Canvas” he calls his exhibit, a combination of photographic stills and paint entwined to create the most awe-inspiring pieces the world will ever see. Except every last one of them features me and a moment in time where I was vulnerable.

Alec Dubois played on those vulnerabilities, teaching me lessons about love and life that would stay with me through the rest of my days.

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Mia Saunders continues her mission to bail out her comatose father whose life is on the line to a dangerous loan-shark who happens to be Mia’s ex-boyfriend. For this journey, she serves as a high-priced escort to French artist named Alec Dubois in Seattle, Washington.

Each installment in the Calendar Girl Serial will release every month throughout 2015. The stories will feature Mia, told from her perspective as she continues her journey as an escort to twelve clients in twelve different locations.

Warning: This book is designed for audiences 18+ due to language and graphic sexual content.

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Half way through Rising Strong by Brene Brown. I'm loving it!

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"Friendship with oneself is all-important, because without it one can not be friends with anyone else in the world."
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The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins 6*s

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Just started, My Name is Lucy Barton, by Elizabeth Stout

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Shadows of night by Deborah Harkness 3.5 stars
Prentice Alvin by orson Scott card 5
Red Prophet by orson Scott card 4
Library of lost souls Ransom Riggs 5+ infinity stars. What an ending to a trilogy. I like endings that make sense
The last Olympian- rick Riordan- 4 stars. This book is so action and adventure. Now the genres I prefer are confused. But action and adventure in my experience always have a little bit of funny which I appreciate

5 books : -( in March I will read 8


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The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield - 6 stars

Biographer Margaret Lea returns one night to her apartment above her father's antiquarian bookshop. On her steps she finds a letter. It is a hand-written request from one of Britain’s most prolific and well-loved novelists. Vida Winter, gravely ill, wants to recount her life story before it is too late, and she wants Margaret to be the one to capture her history. The request takes Margaret by surprise–she doesn’t know the author, nor has she read any of Miss Winter’s dozens of novels.
Late one night, while pondering whether to accept the task of recording Miss Winter’s personal story, Margaret begins to read her father’s rare copy of Miss Winter’s Thirteen Tales of Change and Desperation. She is spellbound by the stories and confused when she realizes the book only contains twelve stories. Where is the thirteenth tale? Intrigued, Margaret agrees to meet Miss Winter and act as her biographer.

As Vida Winter unfolds her story, she shares with Margaret the dark family secrets that she has long kept hidden as she remembers her days at Angelfield, the now burnt-out estate that was her childhood home. Margaret carefully records Miss Winter’s account and finds herself more and more deeply immersed in the strange and troubling story. In the end, both women have to confront their pasts and the weight of family secrets. As well as the ghosts that haunt them still.

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Sourdough Wars by Julie Smith 4 stars self-described Jewish Feminist lawyer in Califonia

3 by Lily Cahill (who is actually a group of 5 "Shameless, Nameless Women) in their Independence Falls series: A mysterious fog sickened many young adults at a gathering - some developed powers afterward. Set in the 60's. You also get bonus short stories from their website after the books.
Exposed 3 stars
Ignited 3 stars
Shifted 3 stars
And the first book in their Alpha Bear Princes series : Prince Hudson 3 stars


Chasing Sam by Krystal Shannon 3 stars. Wolf shifters

The Lion and the Unicorn by Dara Fraser 3 stars A lion and unicorn shifter are fated mates

The Cowbear's Secret Christmas Baby by Liv Brywood 3 stars He never knew he had a son, and wouldn't now, if Rachel wasn't desperate to save her sick son. Bear shifters

The Cage King (Entwined Realms Book 3) by Danielle Monsch 3 stars


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Legend of the Dead by Micah S. Hackler 3*

Mystery set in previously undiscovered Anasazi ruins in northern New Mexico. Greedy relic hunters, the power-and-money-hungry rancher, out of touch politician, the idealistic local sheriff, and the poor little rich girl who wants justice - all the standard characters in a fast-paced if far-fetched story.

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Between Sunday's by Karen Kingsbury- 5 stars

Aaron Hill has it all---athletic good looks and the many privileges of a star quarterback. His Sundays are spent playing NFL football in front of a televised audience of millions. But Aaron's about to receive an unexpected handoff, one that will give him a whole new view of his self-centered life.Derrick Anderson is a family man who volunteers his time with foster kids while sustaining a long career as a pro football player. But now he's looking for a miracle. He must act as team mentor while still striving for the one thing that matters most this season---keeping a promise he made years ago.Megan Gunn works two jobs and spends her spare time helping at the youth center. Much of what she does, she does for the one boy for whom she is everything---a foster child whose dying mother left him in Megan's care. Now she wants to adopt him, but one obstacle stands in the way. Her foster son, Cory, is convinced that 49ers quarterback Aaron Hill is his father.Two men and the game they love. A woman with a heart for the lonely and lost, and a boy who believes the impossible. Thrown together in a season of self-discovery, they're about to learn lessons in character and grace, love and sacrifice.Because in the end life isn't defined by what takes place on the first day of the week, but how we live it between Sundays.

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The Moonglow Cafe by Deborah Garner 3*

New York newspaper reporter heads to the small town of Timberton, Montana officially to research and write about the local Yogo sapphires, but also to reconnect with local rancher she had met previously. The discovery of an old diary, a cast of odd-but-endearing local characters, and the emergence of a plot to steal sapphires keep our heroine busy but just doesn't ring true.

Redemption Song by Derick Parsons 4*

Engaging mystery/thriller featuring Dublin Inspector Jack O'Neil, once a respected homicide detective, but since the deaths of his wife and daughter, now living one whiskey to the next. Saddled with a new young partner (political appointee), he's charged with solving a murder that may be a last chance to salvage his career - if he can drag himself out of the bottle. Well written characters, wry sense of humor, and understanding of the human dilemma.

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X - Sue Grafton - 4* 0 another in her alphabet series. Really enjoyed reading. A few times I though Kinsey did not behave the way I thought her character would and there were a couple of inconsistencies but overall lots of twists. I'll be sad when the series is complete.

The Boston Girl - 5* - Story of grandmother sharing her life story with grandmother. Enjoyed reading especially as it was set in Boston where I live. However it was not the most exciting read. Very even keel and a bit predicable.



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A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay 4 stars

I didn't love everything about this book. The "blog" part of it, I understand why it was there, but it didn't work as well for me. The rest of the book, the whole story all together, was creepy. It would make for a good, creepy movie.

This wasn't the kind of story that is horrifying in slasher movie way. It's more subtle. You've got the story coming out in pieces from a participant who isn't likely reliable, but you listen (or read in this case). Tough deciding where the evil coming from the most.

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The Wishing Season (chapel springs 3) by Denise Hunter- 5 stars

Spirited PJ McKinley has the touch when it comes to food. Her dream of opening her own restaurant is just one building short of reality. So when a Chapel Springs resident offers her beloved ancestral home to the applicant with the best plan for the house, PJ believes it’s a contest she was meant to win.

Contractor Cole Evans is confident, professional, and swoon-worthy—but this former foster kid knows his life could have turned out very differently. When Cole discovers the contest, he believes his home for foster kids in transition has found its saving grace. All he has to do is convince the owner that an out-of-towner with a not-for-profit enterprise is good for the community.

But when the eccentric philanthropist sees PJ and Cole’s proposals, she makes an unexpected decision: the pair will share the house for a year to show what their ideas are made of. Now, with Cole and the foster kids upstairs and PJ and the restaurant below, day-to-day life has turned into out-and-out competition—with some seriously flirtatious hallway encounters on the side. Turns out in this competition, it’s not just the house on the line, it’s their hearts.

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Show and Tell (The September Day Series Book 3) by Amy Shojai - 5 stars

The 3rd installment of Shojai's dark, female-driven domestic thriller series featuring pet-centric plots:

An animal behaviorist and her service dog race a deadly storm to expose a treacherous secret others will kill to protect.

A BLACKMAILER returns to sell a deadly cure.
A MOTHER'S DENIAL dooms millions of children.
AND A DOG shows true loyalty...when he runs away.

With her stalker finally caught, animal behaviorist September Day's PTSD has abated and she's begun to trust again. She dares to hope Detective Jeff Combs might become more than a friend, until his investigation into a dogfighting ring leaves her reeling.

Shadow wrestles his own demons. A German Shepherd autism service dog before losing his-boy to a health crises, Shadow found love and his true purpose working with September. Now his-boy is back--but changed--and Shadow fears he'll be forced to choose.

When a desperate mom demands help, and Combs's son disappears with his dog, September and Shadow must find the children before a devastating storm hits. But the children have a secret plan of their own. Only when September shows true courage, and a good-dog tells the truth, can they find their way home again.

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Muzzled: A Kate Turner, DVM Mystery by Eileen Brady - 3 stars

On a house call one wet spring morning, veterinarian Dr. Kate Turner rescues a family’s hamster from a vacuum cleaner, then visits an estate whose owners breed champion Cavalier King Charles spaniels. Instead of sharing traditional tea with the couple, she confronts a bloody scene of bodies and twenty-seven blue-ribbon dogs running wild.
Police initially suspect a murder-suicide, but when Dr. Kate proves the famous best-in-show champion is missing, a darker reality intrudes. She remembers her grandfather saying that there are two motives for murder—love and money. While treating local pets, Dr. Kate discovers suspects and motives everywhere in this charming town filled with people who wanted the couple dead.
Was the couple murdered for money their champion could bring to another breeder? How is their daughter, anxious to rid herself of the pampered dogs, handling the wealth she inherits? Would the celebrity filmmaker living nearby kill to end a multi-million dollar lawsuit? Did long-buried personal secrets cause the deaths? And what’s going on at the office behind her back? Is Dr. Kate now in danger?

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The Fixer Upper - Mary Kay Andrews 3*s

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Catching up

Romancing the Running Back – Jeannette Murray - 4.5* - Continuing the saga of the Santa Fe Bobcats Football team

Falling for Rachel – Nora Roberts – Audio - 4*
Convincing Alex – Nora Roberts – Audio - 4*
Waiting for Nick – Nora Roberts – Audio - 4*
Considering Kate – Nora Roberts – Audio - 4*

The Consequences He Must Claim – Dani Collins - 4*

The Bone Labyrinth – James Rollins – Audio - 4.5* - the next in the Sigma Force series

Never Seduce a Scot – Maya Banks – Audio - 4*
Highlander Most Wanted – Maya Banks – Audio - 4*

Tribute – Nora Roberts – Audio - 4.5*
Black Hills – Nora Roberts – Audio - 4* - the biggest problem I had with this story was that I grew up in the Black Hills and I could not place where this was happening. The geogrophy did not line up for me.

The Surprise De Angelis Baby – Cathy Williams - 3.5*

Privilege – Sandra Marton - 4*
Passion – Sandra Marton - 4*
Power – Sandra Marton - 4*

Helios Crowns His Mistress – Michelle Smart - 4* - last of a three part series about three brothers

Leonetti’s Housekeeper Bride – Lynne Graham - 4*

High Noon – Nora Roberts – Audio - 4*


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In the Unlikely Event by Judy Bllume 4*

The iconic YA author here blends fiction and historical fact in relating the 60 day period in 1951-52 where 3 airplanes dropped out of the sky on Elizabeth, NJ as the backdrop. Commercial air travel was in its infancy and there was no clear cause. The terrified community tried to find a reason for the horror - Martian, Communists, sabotage? Telling the story of 3 generations of multiple families. Blume helps them (and us) comprehend the incomprehensible - the moral being we can't be afraid to take chances and don't let fear limit your possibilities. She spot on captures the tone of the times.

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Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (4*)
A story about two misfit adolescents, a nerdy boy boy from a loving family that doesn't understand him and an awkward poor girl from a neglectful, abusive family just trying to survive her drunken stepfather, who bond over music and comics and fall deeply in love. I found the quality of writing to be rather uneven but most of the book was excellent. I loved that the author left the book with such a brilliant ending that leaves its teenage fans discussing and arguing and absolutely sure they have the only possible right answer.

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The Rowan Tree by Robert W Fuller 3.5*

Covering six decades and dealing with social change, global politics, racism, sexism,nuclear disarmament, world government, ballet and basketball - very ambitious story of a young man's search for meaning and purpose in a world of slogans and irony. I wanted to like it, but it was difficult.

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--Zorro by Isabel Allende (3*)
The author creates the background story of Don Diego de la Vega--his parents' romance, his childhood, his adolescence, and his education among the Indians and in Spain--before the events in the old Mark of Zorro book and the old Disney TV program take place. I found this book to be overall an entertaining adventure tale but with little other value. The story was not up to Allende's usual standards, and I thought that if the entire awkwardly thrown-in sidetrip story about Jean Lafitte were tossed in the trash we would have had a leaner, better book.

--The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (3*)
The author's life story from 1979 until her emigration to France in 1988 is told in two graphic novels. I should have reviewed the two separately because the first was a six star masterpiece. The second I found to be way less interesting and maybe worth two stars. The author's cartoon drawings illustrating the story are amazing in both books and deliver significant emotional impact to the narrative. The first story, told as a child, has more humanity; in the second that humanity is lost. After she does something so hideous, and keeps laughing about it, I could feel no sympathy for her or what happens to her for the rest of the book, which made the rest of the book just a boring drag to get through. I find it amazing that the cruel self-absorbed sociopathic monster whom the author became as an adult would be capable of writing memories of being a sensitive caring child.

--The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman (6*)
This is a collection of two graphic novels that contain a story with in a story--the author from 1979-1982 trying to cope with his sick, elderly father's unapologetic and selfish behavior toward others, especially his second wife, while interviewing him about his wartime experiences that he is hoping to turn into these graphic novels, and the stories themselves from 1939-1945 so reproduced. The art work, the depth the humanity of these books, the emotional wallop are so amazing and unparalleled that they made me want to go back to my reviews of Persepolis and give Persepolis a zero!

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All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness:
--A Discovery of Witches (2*)
Witch falls in love with vampire and they try to solve mystery of old manuscript, that all kind of powerful paranormals want to obtain but because of her special combination of powers and a spell placed on it by her late father while time traveling, it will only open its secrets to her. Are you getting the impression that this book is just a bunch of garbage thrown together in the cauldron and stirred, 'cuz that about nails it! I really didn't enjoy this book at all. It was like Harry Potter crossed with Twilight and went in search of the Davinci Code, and it was long and often very dry, boring, and dragged out. It did have some original material, and the author obviously did her research to avoid anachronism and historical error, so thus my extra star. I didn't find the characters were well-developed, sympathetic, or had any romantic chemistry, unless you happen to be a necrophiliac because the vampire's coldness and rarity or heartbeats and breaths were supposed to be erotic turn-ons, that frankly did nothing for me.

--Shadow of Night (2*) The dry as dust characters kill two birds by time traveling to 1590 England/France/Bohemia to find the Book before three pages were removed and also to give their powerful enemies the slip. I find the characters even less interesting in the second volume even though the author stirs a handful of Outlander into the Harry Potter, Twilight, and Davinci Code stew. Still long, dragged out, and dry, even worse than the first, but I gave it the extra star for the author's historical research.

--The Book of Life (2*)
The wooden uninteresting characters and their necrophiliac sex return to the present and again confront their many enemies, armed with better knowledge, self-understanding, and ability. This was probably the worst of the three books. On the positive side, it had more original story in it, but on the negative side it got really strange and ended with a lot of holes. If you are expecting answers as to who wrote the Book and why it was made up of dead body parts, don't hold your breath because the author leaves a lot about the mysteries of the Book unexplained.

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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand 4 stars

I can't say I enjoyed this book, but it was well told and gave me a bit of education. My grandfather was about the most peaceful, least racist person I have ever known, except when it came to the Japanese. He didn't talk about his time served in the South Pacific. What we did find out, was through his military paperwork after he died in 2000. I have a better understanding of his attitude now.

I'm not religious, so I could have done without that, but it is his story, not the history of WWII in Japan. I didn't really like him to be honest. He didn't seem like an especially good person growing up. He seemed rather self-serving and a bit of a jerk. Still, I was moved by his story.

I've avoided reading too much about the war on that front because of my grandfather, but I connected better with the statistics and cold facts more than the story itself. The story still moved me to stinging eyes.

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Summer Sisters - Judy Blume 3.5stars. Having read her books as a kid had to read this one. Enjoyable read but at times left me wanting more. Predictable ending.

Inside the O'Briends - Lisa Genova - 6 stars. Loved this book. Could not put it down. It made me cry, it made me think. I was so sad to have it end.

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Station Eleven - 5 stars
What I thought was going to be a disaster novel -in reality was an emotional journey through loss, acceptance, and new life. It took me over 150 pages to be somewhat interested - There is a disaster - a flu wipes out civilization - or most of it - but as time wore on I realized the real message - a book about celebrating a world that no longer exists - now is the future's "back in the day" - and we live in the midst of so many miracles.

There is a shuffling back and forth between times and events - I did not like it UNTIL - all the pieces started falling together - I never expected one very important connection -

I am in awe that after the world "ends" that Shakespeare is still preformed by a traveling road show -that there are quotes from Star Trek - that people set up a type of town in an airport and some lived on the planes - And - it is no surprise that there is a "Prophet" who was no such thing as he duped followers with a message that was a cross between the book of Revelation and a comic book -

I did not think the end was the end as I turned the page to look for more - I think it was then that I realized more of the theme - life is fleeting - what we do affects outcomes and the future - and that creativity is so very important to the world.


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Two from Danielle Monsch's Entwined Realms series - there were 2 worlds - the purely human one without magic, and the one with some humans but lots of magical creatures (shifters, vamps, witches, gargoyles, etc). Something made a rift, and now the worlds are entwined.
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Blood in Her Veins by Faith Hunter 5 stars - a collection of short stories and novellas in her Jane Yellowrock series.

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The Last True Cowboy by Kathleen Eagle 3.5*

Pleasantly surprised/impressed with this story of old time Wyoming rancher Sally Weslin and her two granddaughters trying to keep their historic but fading property as a going concern and the quiet horse trainer who helps them.

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Innocence by Dean Koontz 4.5 Stars

I really liked this book. The protagonist is a good-hearted person who instills hatred when gazed upon -- so he lives life below ground only coming up when the city sleeps.

I'm not great at reviewing and don't want to give too much away so....I'll leave it at that. :)

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Reading 3 books right now and listening to an audiobook. If I could only figure out how to read in my sleep!

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Brotherhood in Death by J. D. Robb 3/6
I loved the parts with Mr. Mira. Just loved them. I might also have given another star if I hadn't relatively recently read all the in Dead books and not been a little tired of them.

Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews 3/6
I finished it in just a few hours. Yeah, it's not rocket science, a tad formulaic, and not Andrews' best work. But I enjoyed it. I liked the characters, even though they weren't the nicest people. The plot had holes and was confusing at times. But the world was interesting and the secondary characters added flavor.



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Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death - MC Beaton 3*s

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Silent Counsel by Kan Isaacson 3.5*

Entire story built around varying interpretations of lawyer/client privilege - businessman trying out 0 - 60 in his new BMW Z4 hits and kills a 6-year old boy who runs into the street out of nowhere. He panics, leaves the scene, then is consumed by pangs of conscience and tries to arrange a plea deal while still remaining anonymous to police/courts. The ensuing complications when the dead boy's mother becomes frustrated by official inaction leads to more entanglements - interesting if just a bit far fetched.

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January: Calendar Girl Book 1 by Audrey Carlan - 4 stars

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Mia Saunders just barely escaped a paltry life back home in Las Vegas until she gets the call that her Father has been beaten to within an inch of his life for not paying his gambling debt. Problem is, the lone shark is her lousy, ruthless ex-boyfriend. Another guy in a long line of men she’d fallen head over heels for. Not anymore. Mia’s mission is simple. Serve as a high-priced escort for her Aunt’s company and pay monthly against her Father’s bad debt. A month with a rich man who she doesn’t have to sleep with if she doesn’t want to? Easy money. At least that’s the way it was supposed to go.

Each installment in the Calendar Girl Serial will release every month throughout 2015. The stories will feature Mia, told from her perspective as she continues her journey as an escort to twelve clients in twelve different locations.

Warning: This book is designed for audiences 18+ due to language and graphic sexual content.

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It Was Me All Along, by Andie Mitchell This is a memoir about a young woman who went from morbidly obese to healthy. But it is a story of growing up and figuring out how to live. Not a "diet" book, but a story that will be familiar to most of us who have struggled with taking and keeping weight off. I found myself cheering this woman on and cheering myself on in the process. Four stars.

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Diminished by Death by Jonathan Ross 4*

My introduction to British Detective Superintendent George Rogers, a by-the-book investigator with a knack for putting it all together. It was written in the late '60s but I just came across it this week. Think I'll investigate further.

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The Story of Ove by Fredrik Backman. Reading this simply and well written book a couple of chapters a day. I sort of like it and a whole group of my friends thought it was great. It won't go into my great category as I feel like it's a bit of an effort to turn pages. Sometimes it's good for me to read something like this to get clearer on when I am really loving a book!

Ove is about a very "linear thinking" man who marries a lovely woman and is happy for a time. There is a lot of goodness in him, but lots of grumpiness and irritability. Some lovely characters surround him.

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Other Kingdoms by Richard Matheson 2 stars

Laborious. That is what this book became. This is horrifying. I'm a huge fan of Matheson. I have loved everything else I've read. This, however, took effort.

Some people have been bothered with all the asides. I didn't really have a problem with that. This story could have been so much more than it was. The information about his home life was good ground work. The trench scenes were really good. Horrifying, used properly now, at it's brutality and gore, but still endearing for the friendship formed.

The aftermath, the recovery of war, all seemed normal. But then something weird happened and I don't know, I don't think I'm a prude, so it's not so much that as it just felt gratuitous. I get that she (going to leave out whom I'm speaking of) was evil and this was a way of demonstrating it. There is just something about it that didn't sit right. Maybe if I'd ever been an 18 year old male it would make more sense? Anyway...

Then we know who is bad and who is good and there are battles and a fire and they live happily ever after to some extent. Yes, that is how it felt. Build up of story and then sort of quickly strung together.

If this had been my first Matheson book, it would take a fair amount of convincing to read another. Very glad I didn't start here.

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Beowulf by Unknown (Original Source), Seamus Heaney (Translator) 4 stars

Before I actually picked this up to read, I thought it was one of those killer long epic stories. I confess I avoided it for that reason. It made it to my reading challenge though, so it was time. And I was a little embarrassed to see how short it was.

Can this be called a nice little story? Yes, I think it can. The battles were intense. It was gruesome at times. It was good. It was a fairytale story with an edge. Not bad given the thing was written in what? The 900's? I was impressed and I'm sorry to the unknown author for taking so long to actually read this.

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Accountable to None by Ashley Fontainne 3*

Law firm where women are routinely harassed/assaulted/raped by senior partners and one victim who systematically plans revenge. A little too stereotypical and over the top.

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Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier 3 stars

I liked this book better than I thought I would. I expected more of a gothic mystery. I found most everyone annoying in one way or another (except Frank). It engaged me in spite of not liking anyone. If they ever actually talked to each other, maybe there wouldn't have been so much misunderstanding.

By about 2/3 into the book, I was intrigued. That Rebecca. Well, wasn't she a special sort of lady?

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Here we are! This is where you can list the books that you finished in February

All posts need book title, author, and stars; 0 being the worst and 6 being very special.

I want to thank our Librarian for this month, To Be Announced .

I would encourage you to comment on books that others have read by sending them a Sparkmail. This topic is just to list books read and finished in February 2016 for the team.

This is a thread where we list all the books that we read during the month of February and rate them by the system listed below. Please note that you need to list title, author, and your rating for it to be counted. Also, please give a description of the book and how it appealed to you. This is a great way to find new books and authors that you might be interested in. Everyone is welcome to join.

If you started a book in January (or any prior month), but finish in February, it counts for February.

DO NOT list books STARTED; only books FINISHED. Include title, author and rating.

Rereads count, audios count, electronics count. Our minimum word count is 25,000.

Book Ratings:

0 stars - Fit for only lining birdcages.
1 star - Agent was better salesman than author was writer.
2 stars - Some parts had promise.
3 stars - Solid read in its genre. Take it on plane.
4 stars - Better than average. Don't lose it on the plane.
5 stars - Recommended. One of the top 10% of books in its genre.
6 stars - Strongly recommended. Beg, Borrow, Buy, or Steal It.


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