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Just Tell Her Already!

Let's Call it A Doomsday

Let’s Call it A Doomsday

By: Katie Henry

For a good half of this book it employs what may be one of my top three most frustrating tropes. Not telling a main character information that they need for no good reason whatsoever.

I’d call it the Admiral Holdo trope but there’s not even a plot reason she shouldn’t know the information!

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Older, Aching & Not Ready for Battle: Kings of the Wyld

Kings of the Wyld

Kings of the Wyld

By: Nicholas Eames

A group of middle-aged slightly gone to pot former mercenaries get the band back together to go and rescue one’s daughter in a wild adventure through deadly woods and tangle with all sorts of monsters. Not the least of which is that life didn’t turn out as expected and they’re all falling apart in one way or another.

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Addiction, Marriage & Falling Apart

Adele

Adèle

By: Leila Slimani

Grade: C+

Okay, I admit the only other book or film I’ve watched about a character with sex education was Shame and while I thought it was really good I didn’t exactly watch that for learning purposes, you know? So I can’t speak to how this book deals with sex addiction per say but I think anyone whose dealt with any kind of addiction will recognize a lot in here.

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Can a Person be Replaced?

foe

Foe

By: Iain Reid

Grade: A

So I had been interested in Iain Reid’s last book- I’m Thinking of Ending It- and I still am but this one teased aliens, or at least space weirdness of a sort so I was like yes, I am so in!

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Ravenous Youth & a Universal Character

twenty fragments of a ravenous youth

Twenty Fragments of a Ravenous Youth

By: Xiaolu Guo

Grade: A

Xiaolu Guo was on my My Author Goals List this year list and I’m so glad I picked this book up. Though it’s a bit of a strange one perhaps. Fenfang has left her small village to make her way in Beijing and we see, well, 20 fragments of that life.

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The Silence of the Girls No More

The Silence of the Girls

The Silence of the Girls

By: Pat Barker

Grade: A

“None of that gives him the right to take another man’s prize of honor. It doesn’t belong to him; he hasn’t earned it.”

There was a lot more, but I’d stopped listening. Honor, courage, loyalty, reputation- all those big words being bandied about- but for me there was only one word, one very small word: it. It doesn’t belong to him, he hasn’t earned it.”

It is our narrator Briseis. Actual person. Not it.

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What Happened to the Cheerleaders?

the cheerleaders

the cheerleaders

by: Kara Thomas

Grade: A

5 years ago a series of back-to-back tragedies involving the deaths of 5 cheerleaders shocked a town shocked a small town. Now Monica Rayburn- the younger sister of the last cheerleader to die that year discovers a series of strange warnings and finds her sisters old phone all of which makes her start to question what actually happened.

Who really killed the cheerleaders?

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Lose the Outlaw

Unbury Carol

Unbury Carol

By: Josh Malerman

Grade: C+/B-

What if you were about to be buried alive and had no way to save yourself? It’s kind of my worst nightmare and surely a lot of other people’s. Which is one of the reasons I really wanted to read this book. Carol’s best hope is her one-time love an outlaw who left her years ago and one of the two people in the world who know about her condition.

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