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url 2018-09-14 12:50
2018 US National Books Award (non fiction)
One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy - Carol Anderson Ph.D.,Dick Durbin
The Indian World of George Washington: The First President, the First Americans, and the Birth of the Nation - Colin G. Calloway
Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan, 2001–2016 - Steve Coll
Brothers Of The Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War - Marwan Hisham,Molly Crabapple,Molly Crabapple
American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic - Victoria Johnson
The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life - David Quammen

Noticeable books. Added and edit this post later.


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review 2018-08-15 05:39
Damaged Saints
Bitter Angels - C.L. Anderson,Sarah Zettel

Bitter Angels opens when a woman suffering from severe PTSD after being tortured as a prisoner of war is called back to active service to investigate the death of her mentor by a sort of interplanetary secret service called the Guardians. The story is set in a future where medical science has achieved human immortality, but access to it is heavily restricted. It is also possible to have an AI chip implanted in your brain that provides you with lifelong companion that only you can see and hear. It is a future where colony world populations exist as indentured slaves working to pay off debts for water and air that can never be paid off.


The plot of Bitter Angels involves a series of extremely byzantine plots and the main characters' attempts to unravel them while be continuously manipulated by the powers trying to keep their secrets. I cannot attempt to describe the plot without spoiling it, but suffice to say it is genuinely interesting and kept me guessing right up to the last chapters.

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review 2018-07-28 13:36
The Academy - Quinn Anderson

Nick moves to a new town to attend college with a gull ride scholarship.  Sebastian hits on him right away.  The mutual attraction sets off sparks right away.


Sebastian is used to getting what he wants.  What he wants now is Nick.  Nick, however, is a serious student who wants to do well and not let anything get in his way.


This book was a serious slow burn, and was almost too slow.  I liked the characters interaction itself but wish the pace had been a little bit faster.  I loved the ending and was thrilled this author once again gave me an HEA.  I give this a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!



***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review only, by Netgalley and its publishers.

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text 2018-07-25 03:33
Sampled after seeing in bookstore today
Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All - Linda Sue Park,Lisa Ann Sandell,Stephanie Hemphill,Candace Fleming,Deborah Hopkinson,M.T. Anderson,Jennifer Donnelly

An anthology by YA authors (although much of the subject matter is adult or at best New Adult), each covering one wife.  Sounded a possibly interesting take.


I was curious so downloaded a sample and not sure I'll want to read.  I like novels about Tudor times and Henry VIII's wives.  The sample went into Katharine of Aragon and was rather bland if a pious character.  The other chapters by other authors could be better ...


But, with barely 50 pages devoted to each wife interspersed with Henry chapters, doubt I'll pursue this one.  I tend to prefer longer tales and something to like about main characters.  If becomes a free library borrow, maybe someday.

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review 2018-07-21 16:09
"No Return Address", by Gail Anderson-Dargatz
No Return Address - Gail Anderson-Dargatz

I received this Rapid Reads from Orca Book Publishers via the Early Reviewers Program for my thoughts.

Short and sweet, this large print paper book which also includes a preview of the author’s next book is just under 130 pages long. “”No Return Address” is a hearth warming story about how a family grows apart and what is necessary to bring them back together. 

Rhonda receives mysterious package in the mail from her mom who passed away the previous year. Curious she turns to people around her and along the way she makes new friends and reconnects with her brother.

I love those little books perfect to squeeze in when time is not on our side. Ms. Dargatz knows how in simple words make an impact that will make us think. Wouldn’t you also be curious? Although not very long the storyline is captivating and suspenseful and is said in a prose that is warm and down to heart. Well-done.

Rapprochement is a bigger gift that one can ever imagine….

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