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It’s the Great Catch-up Round-up of June/July 2017, Charlie Brown!

So you may have noticed that I’ve been a bit AWOL lately, and that’s because I just haven’t been in the right head space for a few weeks.  But now I’m back in action, okay?  Am I forgiven?

Because of this, I’m really behind on reviews.  What I’ve decided to do is combine all of my remaining June and July reviews into this one post.  It shouldn’t be toooo long because I’m going to make the reviews short, but we’ll see.  (Spoiler: It’s kinda long.) Continue reading “It’s the Great Catch-up Round-up of June/July 2017, Charlie Brown!”

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Book Review: Jackaby by William Ritter

14Title: Jackaby
Author: William Ritter
Series: Jackaby #1
Released: September 16, 2014
Genres: F, HF, M, YA
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 299
Dates Read: April 19 – June 18, 2017
Grade: B
Synopsis: Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary–including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain it’s a nonhuman creature, whose existence the police–with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane–deny. (Goodreads) Continue reading “Book Review: Jackaby by William Ritter”

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Book Review: Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt

Title: Wicked Intentions (Maiden Lane #1)
Author: Elizabeth Hoyt
Year: 2010
Pages: 383
Dates Read: May 27-28, 2017
Format: Kindle
Genres: HR, M
Rating: ★★★★
Summary: Infamous for his wild, sensual needs, Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire, is searching for a savage killer in St. Giles, London’s most notorious slum. Widowed Temperance Dews knows St. Giles like the back of her hand-she’s spent a lifetime caring for its inhabitants at the foundling home her family established. Now that home is at risk…Caire makes a simple offer-in return for Temperance’s help navigating the perilous alleys of St. Giles, he will introduce her to London’s high society so that she can find a benefactor for the home. But Temperance may not be the innocent she seems, and what begins as cold calculation soon falls prey to a passion that neither can control-one that may well destroy them both. (Barnes & Noble) Continue reading “Book Review: Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt”

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Book Review: How to Be a Bawse by Lilly Singh

Title: How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life
Author: Lilly Singh
Year: 2017
Pages: 272
Dates Read: May 18-23, 2017
Format: Kindle
Genres: NF
Rating: ★★★
Summary: On the surface, lots of quick, helpful advice for taking charge of your life, in both your professional and personal lives.

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Book Review: The Turncoat by Donna Thorland

Title: The Turncoat
Author: Donna Thorland
Year: 2013
Pages: 394
Dates Read: March 27 – April 1, 2017
Format: Kindle
Genres: HF, R, W
Rating: ★★★★
Summary: A young Quaker woman, Kate Grey, becomes unexpectedly entangled with the espionage of the American War for Independence and, to her even greater surprise, the enemy.

Favorite Quotes:

“Nothing was beyond the grasp of an intelligent woman.”

“They formed an intimate still life, her ornaments lying beside his regalia.”

“It was not important to her, where she had come from.  Only what she had become.”

Note: Being the little Hamilton fangirl that I am, I couldn’t help but squeal in delight when I read this line: “Beside him [General Washington], a slender, fair-haired youth sat copying orders.”  That’s our good old bastard, orphan, and son of a whore.

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Book Review: Little Anodynes by Jon Pineda

Title: Little Anodynes: Poems
Author: Jon Pineda
Year: 2015
Pages: 72
Date Read: March 25, 2017
Format: Paperback
Genre: P
Rating: ★★★★

Summary: A collection of poems covering biracial identity, loss, and fatherhood.

Favorite Poems: “Umpteenth,” “Kundiman,” “Ellipses,” and “Little Anodynes”

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