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I am God | Giacomo Sartori
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I heard about this in last week NYT book review, and I had to have it. It's fantastic. What happens when God falls in love? And to an atheistic scientist at that? How will he take to this very human emotion? With dry, subversive wit our narrator takes on the wild ride which is God's first (and hopefully last) crush. My only words of caution is that it is Frank in sexuality and the narrator's opinions... oh, and you might want a dictionary.

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No Escape Claws | Sofie Ryan
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The books in this series are basically insta-buys for me (her magical cats series as well, now that I'm thinking on it). Sarah is a fantastic, funny character that adores her group of geriatric lunatics...er.. sleuths. With her cat Elvis, she tries to keep the gang out of trouble. When they take on a case to prove a father's innocence, she might find herself on the side of the Angels on this one. Full review on www.garabrandtreviews.wordpress

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The Binding | Bridget Collins

I want this book SO bad but it doesn't come out in USA until April. Is anyone in the UK reading this? How is it?

Cinfhen Go to @WilliamMorrowBooks they have a giveaway going on right now for this book!!! 12mo
WilliamMorrowBooks If you use Goodreads add it to your shelf - we are running giveaways all winter. 12mo
Garabrandtreviews @WiiliamMorrowBooks I did, thank you! 12mo
Cinfhen My pleasure @WilliamMorrowBooks you guys are awesome 👏🏻 👏🏻 👏🏻 Thank you for sharing books with readers!!!! 12mo
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I kind of love that the author took two such well known figures, with such a well memed relationship and made them his own. We start out with a slightly salty Biden missing his BFF. Then he gets pulled into the mysterious death of a train conductor he knew well. When no one else seems to be looking for answers what's a guy to do? Grab his bud and start searching! A touch old time noir, this is just a fabulously fun read. ☆☆☆☆☆

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Harbor Me | Jacqueline Woodson
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Six kids go to a room on fridays to talk. Once they learn this is a safe place, it becomes their spot to talk about anything bothering them. Loss of loved ones, bullying, racial profiling and change in circumstances. Told with depth and honesty, this is a really important book. ☆☆☆☆☆

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Sold on a Monday: A Novel | Kristina Mcmorris
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"It all started with a picture"..Ellis is on his way to cover another society gig when he stops and sees a sign. 2 children for sale. The boys, brothers are sitting side by side. The image grips him and he snaps a photo. When the boss gets the pic he's offered the chance to write- real stories.... but at what cost?
Loved this!☆☆☆☆☆. Full review. Pics and quotes on garabrandtreviews.wordpress.com

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Go get this! It is so gorgeous! I love the story, the adventure and preteen snark- it's all here with beautifully rendered art to give the story that added oomph.

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I chose the kindle edition, not having much room for books in house. I always loved this series, though, and knew the art work would be.... well... magical. There's a lot of beauty here, and some of the pictures move.

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Darkest Legacy | Alexandra Bracken
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Oh my god, I loved this book! I have it in eBook, but couldn't resist the signed hardback novel at walmart (bless them for catering to broke bibliophiles).
I loved Zu and Chubs in the other books, so having so much time with them, learning what they were doing now, was an amazing treat. The new characters and their story add a lot to the DM universe! 5 ☆'s!!!!

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The Lightning Thief | Rick Riordan
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I am so freaking excited! Illustrated books for Percy Jackson! Heaven knows the ones for HP are glorious.... I just want to hold this.

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Darkest Legacy | Alexandra Bracken

I am really digging this one! Pretty early on, but I can tell I am gonna love Roman and Priya. There's bound to be some major fan love for Roman!

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The Darkest Minds | Alexandra Bracken

I just saw the movie and loved it! I am also reading The Darkest Legacy now (book 4). Loving it, but what I really want to do is read them all over again.

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Heretics Anonymous | Katie Henry

Has anyone heard anything about this one? Just saw a blurb on Facebook, but on the fence as far as buying.

CouronneDhiver No, but maybe check the library first? Usually better to borrow if you aren‘t sure about purchasing (edited) 1y
Dhfinitely I listened to the audiobook on Scribd and absolutely love it. So I looked it up on Litsy to see if others were raving as well & saw your post. After listening to the audiobook I went straight to amazon and ordered the print copy so I can reread. There were only 7 left in stock so I think word has been spreading on this one. Highly recommend as a survivor of 12 years of private Christian schooling I can definitely say this book rings true! 1y
Garabrandtreviews Thanks hon! I'm going to get it. 1y
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Darkest Legacy | Alexandra Bracken
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The very definition of a BFF. I always like a bud that doesn't try to kill me.

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Our House | Louise Candlish
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I got an ARC of this one, and while it had minor issues it was really good. I loved the characters and the premise was really unique. ☆☆☆

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The Secrets Between Us | Laura Madeleine
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I adored this book. Annie is given the green light to search for her estranged grandmother and rushed to Paris with only a government file and 20 year old address.
Celeste was a young woman in Saint-Antione during the war. The summer the refugees came changed everything. A summer of pain, trust, loyalty, love and secrets. Now, fifty years later, it's time to confront her old life.

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It's out!!!! I have been waiting for this collection because I think it will be glorious! Started my eBook this morning.

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" I confess to making decisions that have complicated my life and compromised my principals," the man said "but I've never taken my coffee any way but black."
* Personally I drown it in cream and sugar. More importantly, I think I am going to adore this book!

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17th Suspect | James Patterson
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Lindsay is pulled into a group of homicides outside her jurisdiction when an informant seeks her out. Someone has been murdering the homeless and no one seems to care. While getting backlash for venturing into another's jurisdiction, she also has health issues that are starting to worry her.
Meanwhile Yuki has a huge case. A man is crying rape, and she's defending him in court. Both sides are believable. Who is telling the truth? 4☆

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I kind of loved this book. While Rick Riordan is one of my insta-buy authors this is by far my least favorite series. I like Meg, and I love revisiting my favorite demi-gods.... I could not like Apollo/ Lester. He had no talents and complained a lot. I mean a lot. It was tiresome having everyone save his butt and he didn't seem to get it at all. In the second book he began to show personal growth, respect. Here it's even better. 4 ☆

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I was just flipping through this at the library but the beginning really caught me. I am now in line for the ebook (will take like a month) or is this one I will want to buy? Has anyone read it? I currently have 4 ARC's due next month so I am booked for now (pun intended). I just wanted to know what everyone thought.

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Told in two narratives. Bill is young and trying desperately to make it as a solicitor. He finally gets offered his first client. His boss wants him to find proof that a woman gone missing 50 years is dead, or have her confirmed as mad/ incompetent. Nothing is ever that simple though.
Emeline has lost most of her family and her home is at risk. One instant's decision will change her life, and maybe save her.

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Down and Across | Arvin Ahmadi
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Coming out tuesday! A young man's race against the clock to find his passion, his grit. A madcap adventurr!👍👍

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This Is How It Always Is | Laurie Frankel
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I finally read this book- It's been on my list for months! I loved it. This is about a family coming to terms with a transgender child- what it means to the child, parents and siblings. While this is fiction, I feel like it rings very true because of the author's own experience as a mother of a transgender child. The emotions, fears, and joys were all there. Highly recommended!

Coco I think everyone can gain something special from this book ❤️❤️ one of my favorites read this year! Glad u enjoyed it too! 2y
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Got an eARC from Netgalley. Loved this book. An old widow spends his lunch at his wife's grave everyday and comes across a teen that goes to the cemetery to escape school where she doesn't fit in. Together with Arthur's neighbor Lucille they make an interesting family unit. The book to me is about acceptance, togetherness and the chance to start over.

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I loved this book, but it was difficult to get through. Our author goes to Denver Colorado to sit in on an ELA class for teen refugees. Here she learns the stories of different families from different countries whose kids come to class to learn English. I enjoyed seeing the kids come together, but to imagine what they went through and the hate m any still see.... it hurts. I think it's a necessary read in our current political climate

ShariEstaLeando It‘s the life of every immigrant, and every ESL teacher. This is what we do. This is how it goes down. 2y
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A fugitive billionaire with a reward offered for his whereabouts. A young woman with debilitating anxiety and a bff that was too brave and forward for their own good. A young man, trying to take care of his brother in the wake of his father's disappearance. Put it together.... magic.

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Great opening!

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Happy New release day!!!! Who's excited? Me!!!!!

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A monk with a missing island comes to Emmerson Knight for help. Riley, his unfortunate right hand gal, is thrown once again into another crazy mystery.
We have a monk, a millionaire genius, a perverted conspiracy theorist and the mother of all cover-ups. As Emmerson says, the game is afoot.
I was unsure about this series. I enjoyed book one, but didn't know if I would continue. Glad I did!

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Saw this at a mom and pop book shop on my suncation. (Eclipse trip). Don't know how I feel. Visually stunning, I like to think they gave ruined books new life.

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Happy New Release Day! I just finished an ARC of this one and fell madly in love.
Em8lia Nightingale comes home to take over her father's much loved (though not solvent) bookshop. While we follow her here we meet all the townspeople that her father and the shop touched. It was beautifully crafted and charming. Heartbreaking at times, it still left me feeling hopeful and uplifted. 5 ☆'s!

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Reincarnation Blues | Michael Poore
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X-Men: Blue | Marvel Comics
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Well... this ought to be good😁

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I wanted to love the book.... the premise seemed so good. It was just so.... boring. The characters were all rather drab, and the narrator would just go on and and on. There were parts that were interesting, but it just could not save it.

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I should be reading my other book right now, but I can't put this down. The vivid descriptions, multifaceted characters and gorgeous wordplay pull me in. 1/2 done.

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Murder Games | James Patterson
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The Library of Fates | Aditi Khorana
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Each person's life is written in a book and stored in the library of all things. If you get there and ask the guardian, you can go in and change your fate.
Amrita has lost everything seemingly over night. Her father, country, and the boy she loves. How far will she go in order to right a terrible wrong?
Comes out tuesday! I give it 5 ☆'s

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Two very different women react to their new world. Cassie is a good army wife, follows the rules and tries to make as few waves as possible. When Margaret and her family move in to Jordan, she tries to help the young mother acclimate. Margaret, though, isn't interested in the rules. When one well meaning action turns their world upside down, how will they recover?

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I loved this book! Here, British comedian Eddie Izzard hides nothing as he discusses the early loss of his mother, boarding school, being trans, puberty, and his career. Sometimes sad, often over the top, honest and funny, this is a five star book for me.

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The Party | Robyn Harding
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I got an E-ARC from Netgalley and was late in reading.
Hannah is turning 16! Kim and Jeff Sanders decide to let her invite four girls over for a sleep-over. The rules are laid out- no boys, drugs, drinking or porn. Some broken rules and bad decisions cause a life altering event. The Sanders watch their lives unravel in the aftermath.
I loved and hated this book. Great as an adult, but I would be uncomfortable letting my niece read.

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Apollo has commandeered the help of Leo, Calypso, and Festus not only to help him get the Oracles going, but to find Meg. They find allies at the waystation, and a foe calling himself New Hercules. Coming to terms with mistakes in his past that are haunting him now, Apollo will need every ally just to survive.
Personally I liked the pacing and character development here better than in book 1.

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Happy New release day! Apparently I was so excited about this book I requested arcs from both netgalley and FTR.
Marion is at a crossroads. She knows she doesn't want to continue as she has, but is death really the only answer? A painted tile gives her a reason to move- she needs to see this place! The little town and bistro at the end of her journey helps her see something good in herself, make friends and find love. Can she keep it?

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16th Seduction | James Patterson
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Lindsey and Joe are having dinner, talking.... maybe reconciling. There's good food, wine, and a gorgeous view of.... a huge explosion. Rushing over to the museum that is now in ruins, Lindsey talks to a strange man that confesses, giddily, to having done this. As Joe goes into the rubble to help, a second blast hits him. Lindsey has her culpret... but the next morning he recants everything and when this goes to trial.... there will be drama.

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Found this at target for grads. That's great!

Garabrandtreviews I bought this. It's adorable! Think of the motivational posters (i.e. "hang in there cat") with a cartoon monkey 3y
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Detective Cross | James Patterson
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While suspended from the force Alex reopens his psychology practice and is trying to help a young vet find her feet again. Meanwhile his wife Bree is working on the case of her life. Bombs are being left in various places to "wake people up" and the bomber is calling her directly to warn her before each one.
I loved this one. It was an interesting premise and the characters were amazing. Is it wrong to love the villian? 5☆'s!

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I am on the fence here. I had never heard of Samantha Irby, but the premise sounded good and the cover really caught my eye. I did enjoy quite a few of these entries- mostly her hate/hate relationship with her cat Helen Keller and coming across a confederate war reinactment. Irby is sometimes hilarious and always brutally honest- often overly so. I found her crude a lot of the time, and the cursing got old. Maybe I am just old? Barely 3☆'s

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Using Myplate | Rebecca Rissman
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Darn it! My app to help my diet LIES. If reading burned calories I wouldn't be fat!!!!