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Book Review: Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Book Review: Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Title: Tess of the D’Urbervilles Author: Thomas Hardy Publisher: Penguin Paperback: 392 pages Source: Own Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Tess Durbeyfield knows what it is to work hard and expect little. But her life is about to veer from the path trod by her mother and grandmother. When her ne’er-do-well father learns that his family is the last of a long noble line, the d’Urbervilles, he sends Tess on a journey to meet her supposed kin- a journey that will see her victimized by lust, poverty,…

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Book Review: Platinum by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Book Review: Platinum by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Title: Platinum Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers Series: Golden, Book 2 Paperback: 224 pages Source: Own Summary: (taken from Goodreads) LILAH KNOWS THE rules better than anyone, but between her newfound visions, an absolutely fatal attraction to a boy who isn’t real, and the threat of a supernatural enemy with a sting deadlier than any Queen Bee, it’s going to take everything she has to stay on top at Emory. And to prove once and for all that – highlights…

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Book Review: Superior Saturday by Garth Nix

Book Review: Superior Saturday by Garth Nix

Title: Superior Saturday Author: Garth Nix Series: Keys to the Kingdom, Book 6 Publisher: Scholastic Hardcover: 336 pages Source: Chicago OverDrive Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Buy from The Book Depository On the sixth day, there was sorcery. Arthur Penhaligan has wrested five of the Keys from their immortal guardians, the Trustees of the Will. But gaining the Sixth Key poses a greater challenge than any he has faced before. Superior Saturday is not just one of the Trustees – she is also the oldest Denizen and the…

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Book Review: Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton

Book Review: Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton

Title: Guilty Pleasures Author: Laurell K. Hamilton Publisher: Jove Series: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter; Book 1 Paperback: 266 pages Source: Goodreads Giveaway Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Ever since the Supreme Court granted the undead equal rights, most people think vampires are just ordinary folks with fangs. I know better. I’ve seen their victims. I carry the scars… But now a serial killer is murdering vampires—and the most powerful bloodsucker in town wants me to find the killer… *I received a free copy of this book from…

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Book Review: The Hideout by Egon Hostovsky

Book Review: The Hideout by Egon Hostovsky

Title: The Hideout Author: Egon Hostovsky Translator: Fern Long Publisher: Pushkin Press Hardcover: 128 pages Source: NetGalley Summary: (taken from Goodreads) A kind, blundering Czech engineer is pressured by the Nazi government to hand over his invention, which could be key to their military operations. He flees to Paris, hoping to sell his invention to the French government instead; yet when the Germans invade France, he is forced into hiding, and spends months in a dark, damp cellar. Alone, he dwells on his memories –…

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Book Review: Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Book Review: Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Title: Oliver Twist Author: Charles Dickens Publisher: Penguin Classics Paperback: 608 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) The story of the orphan Oliver, who runs away from the workhouse only to be taken in by a den of thieves, shocked readers when it was first published. Dickens’s tale of childhood innocence beset by evil depicts the dark criminal underworld of a London peopled by vivid and memorable characters — the arch-villain Fagin, the artful Dodger, the menacing Bill Sikes and the prostitute…

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Book Review: Motherhood, Martyrdom, and Costco Runs by Whitney Dineen

Book Review: Motherhood, Martyrdom, and Costco Runs by Whitney Dineen

Title: Motherhood, Martyrdom, and Costco Runs Author: Whitney Dineen Publisher: 33 Partners Publishing Paperback: 188 pages Source: NetGalley Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Join bestselling romantic comedy author, Whitney Dineen, as she discovers the three Es of parenting: • Exhilarating—when you first discover you’re pregnant. • Exhausting—when you realize you’ll most likely never sleep again–like EVER. • Explosive—OMG these kids spew from both ends! And that’s just the beginning. Whitney shares the ridiculous highs and excruciating lows of her catapult into motherhood. Enjoy the ride…

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Book Review: Manderley Forever by Tatiana de Rosnay

Book Review: Manderley Forever by Tatiana de Rosnay

Title: Manderley Forever Author: Tatiana de Rosnay Translator: Sam Taylor Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Hardcover: 448 pages Source: Goodreads FirstReads Summary: (taken from Goodreads) As a bilingual bestselling novelist with a mixed Franco-British bloodline and a host of eminent forebears, Tatiana de Rosnay is the perfect candidate to write a biography of Daphne du Maurier. As an eleven-year-old de Rosnay read and reread Rebecca, becoming a lifelong devotee of Du Maurier’s fiction. Now de Rosnay pays homage to the writer who influenced her so deeply,…

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Book Review: Invincible Summer by Alice Adams

Book Review: Invincible Summer by Alice Adams

Title: Invincible Summer Author: Alice Adams Publisher: Little, Brown Hardcover: 308 pages Source: BEA 2016 Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Buy from The Book Depository Four friends. Twenty years. One unexpected journey. Inseparable throughout college, Eva, Benedict, Sylvie, and Lucien graduate in 1997, into an exhilarating world on the brink of a new millennium. Hopelessly in love with playboy Lucien and eager to shrug off the socialist politics of her upbringing, Eva breaks away to work for a big bank. Benedict, a budding scientist who’s…

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Book Review: Meantime by Katharine Noel

Book Review: Meantime by Katharine Noel

Title: Meantime Author: Katharine Noel Publisher: Grove Press, Black Cat Paperback: 288 pages Source: BEA 2016 Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Buy from The Book Depository Claire has never had a typical family. When she was nine, her father fell in love with a married woman, and the two households agreed to live under one roof. Nicknamed “the Naked Family,” they were infamous in the community for their eccentric, free-spirited lifestyle. Now, her stepsister Nicole has set her mind to having a baby on her…

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