Title: On a Cold Day in Hell
Author: Stephen Parkes
Genre: Non-fiction / Memoir / Legal Thriller
On a Cold Day in Hell opens with Parkes committing a crime for which he is arrested and sent to jail. The majority of this book takes place there with Parkes awaiting sentencing and the impending threat of his transfer to prison.
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Title: All the Bright Places
Author: Jennifer Niven
Publication Date: January 6, 2015
Tara’s rating: 5 out of 5 stars
My local bookstore has been promoting this book like CRAZY for weeks and weeks – so I finally bit the bullet and gave it a shot, only to be 100% captivated.
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The Palm Reader by Christopher Bowron
Jackson Walker once again faces his demons in this haunting sequel to Devil in the Grass. Now working as an investigative lawyer for Peter Robertson, Jack teams with Janie Callaghan to solve the disappearance of a sleazy client specializing in taboo pornography. Meanwhile the evil head of the Church of Satan weaves an intricate web to lure Walker as the sacrificial lamb in an Everglades Black Mass ritual.
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I’ve always believed that a book’s power lies in its ability to make it’s readers feel. As someone who’s been both an avid book reader and an extremely emotional person all my life, feeling for the stories I’ve read has never been a problem for me. Its probably why I spent my first 10 years as a reader reading romance novels because they always guaranteed a happy ending; they were probably so far off the mark as far as realism is concerned, but they were relatively painless and angst-free.
This book is not painless and angst-free.
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After the Fire by Will Hill
Usborne Publishing Ltd., 2017
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Fiction
“The things I’ve seen are burned into me, like scars that refuse to fade”.
I picked up After the Fire without reading the blurb or having prior knowledge of its subject. Coming to the book raw and without preconceptions I was quickly immersed in an intense atmosphere of fear, suspicion and confusion. The disjointed memories of survivor Moonbeam are filled with gunshots and burning fire. It is not clear how her family of Brothers and Sisters – the Lord’s Legion community – reached this devastating and tragic crisis.
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Title: American River: Tributaries
Author: Mallory M. O’Connor
Genre: Historical Fiction
American River: Tributaries follows the lives of three families of Irish, Mexican, and Japanese descent. Though their ancestors all settled on the American River in Northern California, the generations following spread out across the country, making the families’ interconnection all the more unlikely. But as the characters’ lives overlap and collide, they undergo tremendous growth and are opened to new levels of understanding of each other, of life, and of themselves.
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Author: MK Pachan
Genre: Fiction/Mystery & Detective/Police Procedural
Revoked focuses on a double-homicide of the worst imaginable. A mother and child are found dead in their home by Detectives Cam Clay and Mitch Raines. Detective Clay is hell-bent on solving these murders as the suspect list grows and the body count continues to rise around him and his team.
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Title: Atlanta Stories: Fables of the New South
Author: G. M. Lupo
Genre: Contemporary fiction / short stories
Atlanta Stories features seven short stories of people whose journeys take them to Atlanta. The characters are diverse–ranging from a young girl with echolalia to a woman who lost the use of her legs when a drunk driver hit her–and their stories are just as different and interesting. While the characters face their share of heartache, their stories are also tales of redemption, although not all that simple.
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Title: Uber Diva
Author: Charles St. Anthony
Part-memoir, part-guide, Uber Diva is an entertaining look at what it takes to be an Uber driver. Told from the perspective of the self-proclaimed Uber Diva, who is sidelined from the ridesharing business after a drunk driver totals her car and sends her to the hospital, it is helpful in weighing the risks and benefits of becoming a rideshare driver.
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Remember your first crush?
Remember walking down the corridors of your high school and blushing whenever you catch a glimpse of that one cute guy who seems to shine just a little bit brighter than everyone else?
Remember the late night conversations with your friends trying to decipher and construe every conversation and gesture, looking for any hidden meaning or indication that he feels the same way?
Remember your first heartbreak, like when you find out he likes someone else and you comfort yourself with a tub of rocky road ice cream and listen to emo music (Jann Arden in my case)?
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