I love debut fiction, because I really get the author’s passion for the story and the craft of writing while reading the book (most of the time, at least). Debut authors often have nothing to lose, and they have everything to gain, so they put everything into this book. And I definitely saw this passion in Margaret Bradham Thornton’s debut novel, Charleston.
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Summary from Amazon:
[Earth has been almost silent for forty years. The apocalypse left behind only fragments of civilisation, surrounded by a sea of barbarism.
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Book: More Than This
My rating: 4.5/5
Genre: Young Adult
Length: 480 pages
A boy drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments. He dies.
Then he wakes, naked and bruised and thirsty, but alive.
How can this be? And what is this strange deserted place?
As he struggles to understand what is happening, the boy dares to hope. Might this not be the end? Might there be more to this life, or perhaps this afterlife?
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Book: Partials by Dan WellsGenre: YA, Dystopian
Humanity is all but extinguished after a war with Partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the population.
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My grandmother and I both share similar tastes in reading–classics and biographies/autobiographies. This Christmas, she gave me a copy of Bear Gryll’s autobiography, Mud, Sweat, and Tears.
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As you may have noticed, I added two new book review categories:
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The Alchemist’s Daughter by Mary Lawrence
Bianca is a chemiste (NOT an Alchemist) and is fascinated by science and creating new medicines. When her best friend Jolyn dies right in front of her, Bianca is determined to figure out the cause. She wants justice for her friend, but Bianca also needs to clear her name since she has suddenly become suspect number one.
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In 1999, there is a girl in a small town near L.A. in a coma (technically she’s suffering from a condition called akinetic mutism). People flock to her house just for a few minutes by her bedside. They say she can perform miracles, that she listens to them, that her room is alive, and that she glows. They call her “The Miracle Girl.”
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For those who like history mixed in with tightly woven suspense and mystery, Clive Cussler’s The Chase fits the bill.
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