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Five Sisters by Stephanie Campisi & Mădălina Andronic (illustrator)

★★★★★ The woods had grown up around them thoughtful and wise, but the family they desperately wanted had not. A husband and wife couple spent their entire lives caring for their forest. They desperately wished for a child but nothing they did make a difference. One night, the husband - desperate - made a plea to the forest.… Continue reading Five Sisters by Stephanie Campisi & Mădălina Andronic (illustrator)

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The After House – Michael Phillip Cash

★★★★ ½ It was late, the sun just about to dip into the horizon, but this was too great a prize to ignore. Decades ago, a brave whaler met a mysterious end and ever since Eli has "lived" in an old cottage by the sea. The previous tenant was a painter, depicting thrilling stories and scenes from… Continue reading The After House – Michael Phillip Cash

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The Hanging Tree – Michael Phillip Cash

★★★★ ½ "They say the tree is haunted." "I'm not afraid of ghosts." At the base of an old tree sits Arielle and...Chad (much to her parent's dismay). (She's convinced her parents are wrong, the rest of the jury is out). Unbeknownst to the possible-lovers, the old tree is actually...the hanging tree. The very same from decades… Continue reading The Hanging Tree – Michael Phillip Cash

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Brood X – Michael Phillip Cash

★★★★ ½ Satellite stopped hours ago...It's Armageddon. All summer long, everyone talks about the swarm, aka Broad Ten, aka cicadas - lots of them. All set to hatch and eat everything in their path. In the midst of the theorizing and stockpiling, Seth and Lara are starting a family. He loses his job but picks up a camera,… Continue reading Brood X – Michael Phillip Cash

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You Can Only Yell at Me for One Thing at a Time: Rules for Couples – Patricia Marx, Roz Chast (Illustrations)

★★★★★ Falling in love is easy. Agreeing how to load the dishwasher is hard. Patricia Marx and Roz Chast are at it again with a laugh-out-loud illustrated handbook to one of life's greatest challenges - marriage. In this adorably illustrated book, Marx and Chast deliver their signature sassy advice in style. This round, they focus on helping couples who… Continue reading You Can Only Yell at Me for One Thing at a Time: Rules for Couples – Patricia Marx, Roz Chast (Illustrations)

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The Darkest Kiss – Gena Showalter

★ But Miranda...it's been forever since you read this book. Where's the review?? Sometimes, you need a moment to compose yourself after reading a truly awful book. It's been nearly four months. *ominous silence* Welcome one, welcome all to yet another Gena-themed rant. Now, this book wasn't all bad but that's not to say that there aren't… Continue reading The Darkest Kiss – Gena Showalter

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Innocent – Anna Widzisz

★★★ ½ There was a girl sitting alone, her legs hugged to her chest. Lynette Selvaggio is just your average everyday girl...oh except for she's a mafia princess. The problem with those rumors was that they were one hundred percent, absolutely true. But with that position comes many, many restrictions. Her father demands complete and utter obedience -… Continue reading Innocent – Anna Widzisz

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Death in the Family – Tessa Wegert

★★★★ That muscle again. It slid beneath the surface of his skin like an eel in shallow water. Former NYPD detective Shana Merchant took her position at Thousand Islands to escape the haunting events from thirteen months ago - where she was knocked down to a shell of her former self. This sleepy little town was supposed… Continue reading Death in the Family – Tessa Wegert

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The Humiliations of Pipi McGee – Beth Vrabel

★★★ ½ "What could go wrong?" "Don't you say that. Don't you ever say that to me." Pipi McGee has had a rather...miserable...time of elementary and middle school so far. Every year, you start off like an innocent little lamb thinking this time, everything's going to be so new and grand. Every year, I've got… Continue reading The Humiliations of Pipi McGee – Beth Vrabel

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Moonstruck – Heather Young-Nichols , read by Amanda Abeillan

★★ The world spun around me. Elizabeth Davis, only daughter of Henry Davis, spent her entire life under his thumb. And she played her part well - yes sir, no sir, whatever you'd like sir. It was enough to keep her head down and her wits about her - she just had to survive.. Though much… Continue reading Moonstruck – Heather Young-Nichols , read by Amanda Abeillan