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The Help – Book Review

 

Title: The Help

Author:   Kathryn Stockett    

Publisher:  Penguin Books

Set in the 60’s when civil unrest was at its height, Martin Luther King was making his famous speech, and black Americans began to make a stand, even at great personal risk. Jackson, Mississippi is a seat of KKK power, and working coloured people feared for their lives.

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Gone Without a Trace – Book Review

 

Gone Without a Trace by Mary Torjussen

In GONE WITHOUT A TRACE, young professional Hannah returns from work to find her live-in boyfriend, Matt, is gone. His belongings have disappeared from their house. Every call she ever made, every text she ever sent, every photo of him and any sign of him on social media have vanished. It’s as though their last four years together never happened. As she struggles to get through the next few days, with humiliation and recriminations whirring through her head, she knows she’ll do anything to get answers. Where has he gone? Why has he left?

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Hushed – Book Review

 

Brought into the world by: Joanne Macgregor
on March 26th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 339
Format: Kindle
Source: Amazon UK

Star rating: Three and a Half Stars
Heat rating: Two out of Five Flames

* Hushed – a modern romance inspired by the classic tale of The Little Mermaid *

Would you sacrifice your voice for love?

18-year-old Romy Morgan desperately longs to escape the boring future her parents have planned for her, and explore the world.

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Bargain Book of the Week – An End of Honour



 

This series highlights inexpensive, free, or discounted books to give you, dear reader, the most options on what to read.

$0.99

“Women and land are the downfall of men”

The short, bloody and desperate clash that was ‘Titokowaru’s War’ in the Taranaki of 1868-69, backgrounds a story of two men more alike than their allegiances might suggest.

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Toward A Secret Sky – Book Review

 

Toward A Secret Sky by Heather Maclean

Published April 4th 2017

368 Pages

Goodreads Summary: Shortly after 17-year-old Maren Hamilton is orphaned and sent to live with grandparents she’s never met in Scotland, she receives an encrypted journal from her dead mother that makes her and everyone around her a target. It confirms that her parents were employed by a secret, international organization that’s now intent on recruiting her. As Maren works to unravel the clues left behind by her mother, a murderous madness sweeps through the local population, terrorizing her small town. Maren must decide if she’ll continue her parents’ fight or stay behind to save her friends.

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Thirteen Reasons Why – Book Review

 

Title: Thirteen Reasons Why

Author: Jay Asher

My rating: 4/5

Synopsis:

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.

Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.

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Something Strange and Deadly – Book Review

 

Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
Series: Something Strange and Deadly #1
Rating: 4 stars

Published: July 24th 2012
Goodreads Synopsis:

There’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia. . . .
Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about.

Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper:
The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.

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Badass in My Bed – Book Review

 

Badass in My Bed by Rae Lynn Blaise

This is the first book in the Badass In My Bed series.

A guy sitting at a faraway booth by himself catches my eye. His head hangs low so all I see is shaggy dark hair and a tight t-shirt showing off the tattoos all over his massive biceps.

Dylan is the muscular and tattooed stranger across the bar. His presence is noticed by everyone, men and women. He is strong and sexy and definitely not the type of man a good girl should be lusting after.

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Throwback Thursday: Martians Abroad

 

Throwback Thursday is a series where we take a look back at some of BRD’s most popular posts. Enjoy!

eARC, 288 pg.
Tor Books, 2017

Read: January 11 – 12, 2016

There are so many things that I want to say about this book, I don’t know if I’ll be able to get to them all — seriously, I have a checklist that’s daunting — but let’s give it a shot.

I remember while growing up back in the 20th century that SF was fun. Maybe fun isn’t the right word, but stick with me — sure, the stories were serious, there were real stakes (usually), not every ending was happy, and so on — but there was an overall sense that the future would be okay, that space travel and aliens (at least the ones not trying to kill us/take over the world) were positives, and that there as something in humanity that made it all worthwhile.

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