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text 2018-09-26 06:36
STATE OF SORROW (SORROW #1) by Melinda Salisbury
State of Sorrow (Sorrow, #1) - Melinda Salisbury
Melinda Salisbury
Hardcover, Fairyloot Exclusive Edition, 452 pages
Published March 1st 2018 by Scholastic Children's Books
also in paperback and Kindle
I received this book from a "book club" a friend of mine started on FB. Kind of like a chain letter, but not "scam". It was kind of simple; you post about sharing your favorite book with those interested. The rules are whoever responds, gets 2 addresses. The first one is the person before you and your address. The responders send their favorite book to the first address, then who ever responds and reposts sends to your address then adds their name as the 2nd address. (i hope this makes sense). The idea is the more people who respond, the more books are sent.
State of Sorrow is the book I recieved. This has been a book that I was interested in but I've had so many on my TBR pile, I held back on this one. Once received, though, I found i really liked it. I'm not big on dystopia, but there are a few I've read and enjoyed.
 State of Sorrow one of those that I am enjoying.
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review 2018-07-29 01:39
Beyond Lilla - Tracy Fontaine



Paperback, 324 pages
Published July 22nd 2013 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN:  1491073381 (ISBN13: 9781491073384)


  I really enjoyed this book. Tracy Fontaine is a local author for me. And the setting she uses is real and in my hometown.
What happens after we die? Well, Lila finds out and meets a lot of people along the way.
This YA book is Tracy Fontaine's debut novel and was published through Createaspace. there are a few typos where a word was in sentence twice, but only 2 times. Noticeable but not annoying in my opinion. I found the book fun, and loved the characters throughout the book.


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review 2018-07-19 06:21
The Slave Players - Megan Allen


Megan Allen

Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 1st 2017 by Burn House Publishing
9780999054 (ISBN13: 9780999054819)


What would happen if roles were reversed for white Americans and black Americans in history? Megan Allen takes on this thought and places it in modern day Alabama. While the town's sheriff tries to cover up what really happens to 12 black girls on a bus trip to a camp, the medical examiner sees something different. He and his daughter take it all the way up to the governor, then the President. And chaos starts when the truth comes out in the press. The daughter of the medical examiner I didn't like. She was well written, like all the main characters. I felt she came off as a little bratty. Allen's writing moved along quickly, holding my attention, and making me think. This may be a book that some will either like it or hate it. Will what happened in the book become a reality at some point? I don't know. But the writing does bring out questions, some reality in how the different cultures think (both good and bad), and is very thought provoking.

***I won this paperback copy through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for a fair review.***

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review 2018-04-28 23:03
The House on Foster Hill - Jaime Jo Wright


Jaime Jo Wright

Paperback, 364 pages
Published November 21st 2017 by Bethany House Publishers
076423028X (ISBN13: 9780764230288



A parallel story following Ivy in 1905 and Kaine now. Ivy, the great great grandmother of Kaine, is a strong woman who makes it through some tragedy. Kaine has her own tragedies, and starts looking to find her own strength to move on. Wright tells the story in alternating chapters. Her main characters are well writing. The Kaine story is a little more predictable but overall, I enjoyed the book. Wright kept the plot moving along well. The small town setting, the house, and those that become fast friends with Kaine give the story some personality.

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review 2018-04-28 22:59
CITY OF HOPE BY Kate Kerrigan
City of Hope - Kate Kerrigan


Kate Kerrigan

Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 25th 2013 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published November 1st 2011)
ISBN:  0062237284 (ISBN13: 9780062237286)


An Irish immigrant, Ellie, returns to New York city after her husband dies. Kerrigan gives Ellie some depth with Ellie's strength, independence, and entrepreneurship in the 1930s. I did find some parts slow moving but overall, the story is good. Following Ellie through her trials and tribulations was enough to keep my interest. Kerrigan does describe small town Ireland and depression era New York City well.

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