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Cathyloves2read

Joined July 2019

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Beartown: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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Why did I wait so long to read this book? It was so so so good! There‘s a life lesson on just about every page. This is a book that I‘ll probably go back and read again. Many of the characters were so emotionally strong! I‘m going to try the mini series next. I hope it lives up to the book! This is the 2nd book I‘ve read by this author. I‘ve loved both! Great book, I highly recommend it!

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Mehso-so

I did the audio version of this book. I found it to be very sad. Basically, this book tells the true story of a woman who unexpectedly lost her husband. It outlines how she‘s dealt with that loss over the course of a year. Her daughter also spends most of the story in the hospital, very I‘ll. It wasn‘t a bad book, just very depressing.

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I absolutely love the character, Lillian Boxfish! What a perfectly quaint little old lady she is! For this reason, I also really liked this book. Lillian was so bold, energetic and unapologetic! She had a great philosophy on life that really got me thinking. I hope I age to be just like her in my golden years. I recommend this book.

CoffeeNBooks I loved this book! 2w
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X | Sue Grafton
Mehso-so

I read this book to fulfill the letter “X” in a book challenge. I probably wouldn‘t have kept reading if it hadn‘t been for that. It was not poorly written. I‘m sure this author is a master, she‘s been at it long enough. I just found it very, very boring. Not at all my kind of book. Too many names were thrown in along the way. I lost track at times.

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Astonish Me | Maggie Shipstead
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This book is about ballet, a topic that I‘m not very interested in. I don‘t remember why I decided to put this book on my TBR list. I think it‘s because somebody from my monthly book club Facebook account recommended it. At any rate, this story didn‘t bore me at all. It had everything. A bit of romance, a bit of scandal, a bit of suspense. I am glad that I took a chance on this book, it was pretty good.

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Mehso-so

Thank you, Goodreads, where I won a copy of this book. While the writing wasn‘t at all bad, this book just wasn‘t for me. I was a bit disappointed with the way one of the main characters turned out. I won‘t say any more on that topic, as I don‘t want to give it away. While the story was action packed, it seemed to be a very typical detective story. Again, not a bad read but just not for me.

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Cloud Cuckoo Land | Anthony Doerr
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This book has a lot going on. Maybe too much? The story really is a work of art that only an ingenious mind could have dreamed up. The story jumped around a lot, from time period to time period. This made it hard to follow at times, but the book really was imaginative and excellent. I didn‘t like this book as much as All The Light We Cannot See, but it is definitely a close second.

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This book was disturbing with a capital D! But it was so so good! I had to read it quickly to see what happened to the girl, Turtle. The things she went through were unthinkable. This young author has a way with words. Warning - if you do the audio version, this is not one you want to play out loud due to language and content. I recommend this book for those who think they can handle it. Huge trigger warning.

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Tampa | Alissa Nutting
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I‘m not sure how to rate this.What did I just read?I don‘t think I could honestly recommend this book to anyone who doesn‘t like to be shocked and disgusted.Yet,I read the whole thing.I had to know what happened to this freak of nature woman!If you‘ve already read it, you know what I mean.The authors writing style was amazing.I think I read this book because I read a review similar to the one I am writing.This book was definitely disturbing!

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Child Zero | Chris Holm
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Thank you, Goodreads, for this ARC. I found this book to be so-so. It was very technical, and heavily based on science. It lost me about 3/4 of the way through. The idea behind the book excited me, but I felt let down after reading it. The best part of the book was the authors note, where he made some very good points about the future of humanity.

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I read so many books set in the WW2 era that I loved. This wasn‘t one of them. Way too much of this book read as either a history or a science lesson. I noticed that the authors writing style incorporates a lot of lists. I can‘t help but wonder if that was done as a space filler. This was especially evident in the audio book version. Im disappointed, as I was so looking forward to reading this.

AmandaBlaze I enjoyed the movie of the same name. 1mo
Cathyloves2read I‘m going to give the movie a try. Thank you. 1mo
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I didn‘t know what to expect of this historical novel written by a very famous author, Sarah Ferguson. It is April‘s selection for a book club I belong to. It was actually very good, and kept me interested throughout. I grew to admire the main character, Margaret. She was the pillar of strength, and never gave in to others. The work she did for the orphan children was admirable. I am looking forward to this months discussion with the author.

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AI 2041: Ten Visions for Our Future | Kai-Fu Lee, Qiufan Chen
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The topic of artificial intelligence fascinates me. Some of the concepts brought forward in this book sound promising,& some are absolutely terrifying.I love that most of this book was written in a language that I can understand.There were parts that were over my head & hard to get through.I liked the way that the author alternated between stories of what the future may look like,followed by a narrative explaining why these things can happen.

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Night | Elie Wiesel
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This was a hard book to listen to (I did the audio)but the true story that it told was amazing.I‘ve read many books about WW2 and the holocaust, but this is the first non-fiction.It was written by a survivor who experienced the atrocities as a child.It hit home every time I realized that what he was describing really happened to him.I enjoyed the authors add on.I think he was a hero, and understand why this book won a Pulitzer Prize

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Black Cake | Charmaine Wilkerson
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I‘m on the edge with this book. Parts of it were very good, but other parts seemed to drag on. I expected more, having read the rave reviews. The author is definitely a good writer. I don‘t think it would have hurt the story if the book were a bit shorter. I did like reading about Jamaica, one of my favorite places.

TheBookHippie I thought it needed one more edit, I read the ARC, so you‘re not alone. 2mo
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The Push | Ashley Audrain
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This book started out good, and ended even better. I found it very suspenseful, and couldn‘t wait to see how it ended. I did the audio version, and absolutely love the narrator-Marin Ireland. I feel that the author intended for none of the characters to be very likable. The female characters were very intense. It seems that I‘m let down by so many books at the end. Not take one! This is one that I recommend.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I enjoyed this one too and the ending 😳 2mo
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Gilded Cage | Vic James
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I took a chance on this book, simply because I liked the cover. This book was the first in a series that really shouldn‘t be read as a stand alone. It just ended very suddenly. The plot was very strange. I didn‘t find this book interesting at all. I don‘t know what genre this was. Maybe dystopian fantasy? A lot of strange events took place. I wouldn‘t recommend this book.

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Libertie: A Novel | Kaitlyn Greenidge
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The beginning and the end of this book were very good. I struggled with the middle. The story seemed to go off on tangents. I loved reading about the traditions and superstitions of Haiti. This author certainly has a way with words. She did a great job on her debut novel.

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The Sandcastle Girls | Chris Bohjalian
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I was unaware of the atrocities that happened to the Armenians until I read this book. OMG! I knew nothing about the massacres and the death of over 1.5 million people that took place in 1915. While I loved this book, I am still reeling to hear of the events. I am so sorry that so many of us are unaware. To say this book was a real eye opener is an understatement.

Kristin_Reads Yes… this is an impactful book! The US only acknowledged the atrocities as genocide this year. 2mo
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Mehso-so

I did the audio version of this book.It kept me listening until the end,but it wasn‘t one of my favorites.The story line was different.Some very strange and disturbing things took place.There‘s a definite trigger warning for anyone who gets grossed out by exotic cuisine.Read it,&you‘ll know what I mean.I‘d have to say that in the end,this book was your typical psychological thriller.Its been made onto a series on HBO Max which I‘ll probably watch.

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Mehso-so

What I enjoyed most about this book was learning about the Frick Collection in NYC. I never knew it existed until now. I googled the art pieces described in the story, and learned quite a bit as I read. I wasn‘t crazy about the story line or the characters. To me, it seemed like a typical murder mystery “who done it”.

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Mehso-so

I did the audio version.I spent a lot of time asking myself “who the heck would fall for Anna‘s BS?”Maybe I‘m a little more tight with my money than most,but I‘d like to think I wouldn‘t have fallen for it.I listened right to the end,where the author explained that many treat Anna as a hero.That is so wrong.I found her purely evil.I‘m not sure I‘ll watch the Netflix series.The author didn‘t promote this series, as if it leans towards Anna‘s side

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Mehso-so

This book was definitely action packed. A LOT of gunfire. A lot of stake outs. It wasn‘t a bad book, but not my type. I found parts of this story boring. Too much action, in my opinion. If you like action packed, shoot ‘em up books, this one is for you. The writing was very good. This was one of the Book of the Month Clubs top picks.

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Ugh.I hate leaving a bad review.I really didnt enjoy this book After reading it,I ask myself “what was the point?”.I feel like I‘ve just read about a bunch of people living very ordinary, uneventful lives.I know I wouldnt have finished this book if I didnt own a hard copy.The chapters were extremely long, and there wasn‘t much dialogue,so it was long paragraph after long paragraph.Im not sure what genre this book is, but it‘s definitely not for me

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Gwendy's Button Box, Volume 1: A Novella | Stephen King, Richard Chizmar
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What a strange little story this was! It‘s a very quick read, since it‘s less tan 180 pages. I thoroughly enjoyed it, as I do most Stephen King books. The story was interesting and creepy. The idea of a button box is intriguing, but I never want one!! This book is part of a series. I‘ll most likely read the others.

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I don‘t read this genre very often. I‘m glad I read this book. I plan to watch the series on Amazon Prime next. Jack Reacher is a fascinating character, who it seems can‘t be stopped. I‘d like to continue on with this series to see where it takes him. It deems that his character is the only content that will go from book to book. If you liked fast paced and action packed, this book is for you.

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Raybearer | Jordan Ifueko
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Mehso-so

I really liked parts of this book. I was also very confused during other parts. So many strange names for locations, animals, etc. i realize that this is par for the course with the Fantasy genre, however; I‘ve read other fantasy books and didn‘t have this much of an issue. I did love the life lessons presented in this story, which included strength and dedication.

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This was a tough book to rate.It seemed to fall flat for me.It didn‘t seem to go anywhere. I felt a bit like I was reading about something I‘d already heard.I also had a hard time relating to any of the characters.The “girl group” definitely reminded me of the Spice Girls.They were definitely after my time, as I‘m a bit older.Maybe that‘s why I couldn‘t quite relate. I had trouble buying into the way that the controversial occurrences were handled

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Survivor's Guilt | Robyn Gigl
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A huge thank you to Goodreads for this ARC.If I hadn‘t won this book,I never wouldve read the first book in the series By Way of Sorrow.Both books were excellent!I love the character,Erin McCabe.I‘ve learned alot about reading this book,and all that it represents.It really opened up my heart, and made me better understand the transgender community. I highly recommend these books, and look forward to hearing more from this author, Robyn Gifl.

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I‘ve always liked the group,Nirvana.I‘ve always really liked the Foo Fighters. And I‘ve always liked David Grohl,but never as I much as I do now, after reading this book.I actually did the audio version,in which he was the narrator.What a well spoken,loving human being!He deserves all of the blessings that he has received in life so far, and many more in the future. This book leaves me longing for more. Maybe a Foo Fighter concert is in my future.

fredamans I just won tickets to see Studio 666 the movie and can't wait!! I've heard great things though if it's playing near you, check it out! 3mo
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Once There Were Wolves | Charlotte McConaghy
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I have much admiration for the woman in this book.I‘d love to be involved in an initiative to reestablish wolves into an environment they once inhabited.This wasn‘t an easy read for me.I‘m one of those people who loves animals more than most people,& am not embarrassed to admit it.I also found the secondary plot which involved domestic abuse and homicide interesting.This author did a great job describing Scotland, which is a beautiful country.

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The Henna Artist | Alka Joshi
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I really liked this story.I enjoyed learning about the Indian culture. It is so very different than the way I was brought up. The history of Henna Intrigued me.Reading about the caste system was also very interesting.Although I didn‘t agree with everything that the protagonist did, I grew to like her character. I found the glossary of terms at the end of the book to be very useful, and I referred to it a lot! All in all, this was a very good book.

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The Inheritance Games | Jennifer Lynn Barnes
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I‘m not 100% sure how I felt about this book.I read it because it was a pick for a book club.The best part was the description of the old mansion in the story, and the riddles.I‘ve always wanted to live in an old big house with hidden rooms and tunnels.There were times where it was hard to tell where the story was going.It finally did come together nicely at the end.It appears that this book is #1 of a series.I probably won‘t read the rest.

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Stay Close | Harlan Coben
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I read this book in anticipation of watching the Netflix series. It was a very good book, but I don‘t think Harlan Coben can do any wrong. I liked most of the characters. I took me until the very last part of the book to find out “who done it”. I was truly surprised. Now, off to Netflix I go. I hope they do this book justice.

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Real Easy: A Novel | Marie Rutkoski
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I‘d like to thank Goodreads for this ARC. I was so looking forward to reading it, as It recently appeared on many best selling lists. I was a bit disappointed. It wasn‘t a bad story, but it didn‘t interest me the way that I was hoping it would. The very end of the book confused me a bit. I don‘t want to include a spoiler, but am wondering if anyone else who read it feels the same. Over all, this is another book that I felt was “so-so”.

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I heard a lot about this book, and finally decided to try it as an audiobook. It did not disappoint. The story was based on a young shepherd boy going through life and learning many of life‘s secrets. He traveled the world in a quest for treasure. He met many unique characters and learned many valuable lessons along the way. I am glad that I took a chance on take book, as it also taught me a thing or two about what‘s most important in life.

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I loved this book!What a journey it took me on.There were so many stories within the big story.By the time I got to end, I felt that I personally knew the characters, especially Emmett and Billy.This author‘s ability to spin a tale is absolutely amazing. As long as this book was (576 pages), I didn‘t want it to end. That, in and of itself, tells you something!! Now I want to ride the Lincoln Highway, all the way from Times Square to San Francisco.

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This book was powerful.I read it as part of a bookclub I belong to.While several sections of it got to me,there‘s a specific one I‘ll never forget.I can‘t say this was a easy read, I felt so many emotions as the story went on.I‘m sure that this book tells only one of many stories of the times. Unfortunately,the majority of these stories aren‘t happy.I hope the people who actually lived through these events and times are someday able to find peace.

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Number the Stars | Lois Lowry
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I‘d consider this book to be a novella. It was a very quick read. I‘ve read a lot lately about the nazi reign during WW2. This story told it from a different angle. It was set in Copenhagen, Denmark and told from the perspective of a young girl who assisted the Jewish to escape to Sweden. It was a very good story. I‘m glad that someone in one of the book clubs that I belong to recommended it.

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I‘m not usually one for romance novels,but this story was so cute!It didn‘t 100% convert me,but it opens the door to the possibility that I may read more of this genre.It just seemed the perfect time of year, almost Valentine‘s Day and all. The main female character was so likable from the start, the male not so much. The story was predictable, but I guess that‘s to be expected with romance novels. This book has been made into a movie-interesting…

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Station Eleven: A novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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What an excellent, but scary, book this was. I literally read it from cover to cover in just over a day. It‘s been a while since I‘ve read a book that quickly. The subject matter of this book was spot on. Who would have thought that a large scale pandemic could hit back when the book was published in 2015? Thank goodness we‘re not as bad off as the characters in this story. Now I will start the series based on this book that is on HBO Max.

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By Way of Sorrow | Robyn Gigl
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The reason I selected this book is because I won the next book in the series as a Goodreads giveaway. I‘m glad I did! While reading, I learned a lot about what it means to be transgender. I‘ll admit that I didn‘t really don‘t understand the whole concept, but I know more now than I did before I picked this book up. I really got to like the main character, Erin. I look forward to hearing more about her and her partner, Swish, in the next book.

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We Are the Brennans | Tracey Lange
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This is a story about a tight knit Irish family.Knowing some Irish families myself,it seemed pretty spot on.3 brothers, one sister, and one close friend.I can visualize the scenes around the kitchen table, having seen this myself.This is the part of this story that I loved.I didn‘t necessarily find the plot to be all that interesting.There were a lot of hidden family secrets,but many families have these. On a plus side, the book cover is gorgeous.

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The Lost Daughter | Elena Ferrante
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As I read this book, I asked myself many times “what‘s the point?”. I‘m still it really sure what the point was, other than the fact that there is a movie on Netflix based on this book. After reading it, I‘m not sure that I‘ll watch the movie. The main character was a very self centered person who I didn‘t like at all. I gave this book a 3 out of the kindness of my heart.

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Last Seen Alive | Joanna Schaffhausen
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First, I‘d like to thank Goodreads for the ARC. I really enjoyed this book. It was such a page turner! It had just the right amount of gruesome, which I like because I‘m a horror buff. The authors writing was good enough that I felt symptoms of anxiety at times as I was reading. I would definitely recommend this book and this author.

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Super Sad True Love Story | Gary Shteyngart
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This book was different than any I ever read.I didn‘t like any of the characters at all.The male protagonist was a weak person, the female protagonist was a snotty young woman. Throw in deceit, bigotry and physical abuse-you get the idea. This book was set at some point in the future. If the world ends up anything like this book describes, we‘re all in trouble. Unfortunately, I think that this is the direction we are heading, especially in the US.

BarbaraBB Great review. 4mo
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This is the second book I read by this author. I‘ll admit, I liked the first book (Winterwood) better. While I did find parts of this book enjoyable, the story didn‘t always keep me interested. This surprised me, because this book has gotten rave reviews. I didn‘t feel a connection with any of the characters. Bottom line is that I only found this book to be “so-so”.

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Project Hail Mary | Andy Weir
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READ THIS BOOK!! Thats how good it is. I literally laughed out loud so many times. And I cried. I cried in the middle, and now at the end. I didn‘t want the story to end. Will I ever read another book that I like this much? This author is so talented! I absolutely loved the 2 main characters. They had such a special relationship. They need to make this into a movie. Again, do yourselves a favor and READ THIS BOOK!!

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Sons of Brutality | Daniel Jeudy
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Id like to thank Goodreads and author for this book. This book was good,but so so disturbing!That is not at all a negative in my opinion because I love this type of book. What scares me is that I‘ve no doubt that the atrocities that are described are happening even.People are sick!Demonology, human sacrifices, snuff clubs and more. I found it hard to put this book down. It appears this was book one of a series that I will be sure to read more of.

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Good Omens | Gaiman, Neal
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Lynn is doing a birthday giveaway