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The Fault in our Stars by John Green

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Author: John Green
Publisher: Dutton Books
Source: Bought
Publication Date: 2014
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Genre: Fiction; Young Adult Contemporary
Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5

Review: It’s tough to read uber-popular novels as the girl who isn’t easily bothered if she doesn’t read the New York Times bestsellers – if they are books that don’t interest me, that is. To this day there are series that sold millions and are continuing to enjoy social media campaigns that I will never read – and yes, I know we aren’t supposed to say “never,” but I’m boldly going for it. Still, when I saw the trailer for this movie, I happened to develop a curiosity for it, imagine my surprise when I discovered it was a book. After some debate (the most important of which was an Instagram post), I took the bait and bought a copy. The story (as everyone knows) follows the exploits of Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Watters, two teens who have both lived with cancer. Only difference in their situations is Hazel is terminal and always has been – her experimental treatment is just to prolong her life, whereas Augustus lost his leg to the disease but not his zest for life and the fortunate circumstance to be in remission. This is their story. Continue reading “The Fault in our Stars by John Green”

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Thunder by Bonnie Calhoun

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Author: Bonnie S. Calhoun
Publisher: Revell
Source: Publisher Provided
Publication Date: 2014
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Series: Stone Braide Chronicles
Genre: Fiction; Young Adult Dystopian
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Review: In the whisper of a prequel, Tremors this world of heroine Selah Chavez was set up in a dystopian world. One in which Seleh’s 18th Birth Remembrance changes her life forever. On the eve of her 18th year, Selah captures a Lander – the forbidden race that her kind are not to associate with, only to have her catch claimed by her brothers and take the stranger – Bohdi, away from her so they can impress their father. Determined to prove her worth as a viable member of her family business, Selah puzzles over the importance of her arranged marriage to a boy she doesn’t know, but on her birthday, she awakes to find the mark of a Lander on her collarbone. Her mother, with hurried instructions and explanations, sends Selah on her way, afraid of what Selah’s father will do when he finds out his daughter is now one of the hunted. This puts Selah on a crash course that leaves her fighting for her survival – and those who haven’t been able to stand up for themselves in a very long time. Continue reading “Thunder by Bonnie Calhoun”

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Deceived by Irene Hannon

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Author: Irene Hannon
Publisher: Revell
Source: Publisher
Publication Date: 2014
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Series: Private Justice, book 3
Genre: Fiction; Suspense
Rating: 5 out of 5

Review: Typical to what we’ve come to expect from the talents of Irene Hannon, her final novel in her latest (aka my favorite!) series is no let down. Yet, somehow it’s creatively new and different. It tells the story of grieving mother, Kate Marshal whose husband died three years ago and though she is operating under the assumption her four-year-old son died in the same boating accident as her husband, Keith’s body was never found. When a chance encounter in a busy shopping mall leads her to believe that her son is still alive, Kate employs the help of Phoenix, INC. detective Connor Sullivan in the hopes that she will finally have the answers that have plagued her for years. What neither one of them expected was the web of secrets they’d uncover. Continue reading “Deceived by Irene Hannon”

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Lizzy & Jane by Katherine Reay

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Author: Katherine Reay
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Source: NetGally and author provided ARC
Publication Date: 2014
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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary, Inspirational Rating: 5 out of 5

Review: Among the inspirational, Christian fiction crowd, I’m not sure there were many books more anticipated than the follow up to 2013’s debut author Katherine Reay’s lovely epistolary novel, Dear Mr. Knightley. While the two share no connection story wise besides being seeped in Austen-esque loveliness, readers couldn’t wait to see what Reay had next for us. Myself included. Lizzy & Jane tells the story of the titular sisters who are at odds with one another ever since their mother died years earlier from cancer – Lizzy was there for her mother. Jane was not. Now, both girls are grown up, living their own lives and Lizzy’s nearly ten years elder sister, Jane is going through the terror of cancer. Burned out from her work as a chef at the elite, New York restaurant – Feast, Lizzy agrees to take a trip west to visit her father… and Jane. Afraid for her own future, tired of fighting with Jane and still healing from a past and loss she never mourned, Lizzy is about to rediscover her passions… and all that really matters. Continue reading “Lizzy & Jane by Katherine Reay”