Maddy is a social worker with a borderline abusive husband named Ben. He assaults her verbally, throws heirlooms at walls, and, at the very least, is a total asshole. He suffers from road rage and while driving recklessly he gets into a near-deadly accident in which he endures a few scrapes and Maddy sustains potentially…

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It is impossible to forget the title of this book, as the narrator repeats it at least twenty-seven times throughout Whistling Past the Graveyard. The phrase refers to the act of distracting yourself from uncomfortable circumstances by doing something pleasant, or fixating on sunnier pastures. If asked to use the phrase in a sentence, I would…

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Look at the cover of this book. It looks like an Oprah Book Club Book – my least favorite type of book. Some fancy elegant pillows, precariously stacked at a jaunty angle. I had no clue what this book would be about, but the title led me to believe that it was maybe a knit…

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I’m a bit concerned that the only books that I seem to even vaguely enjoy anymore tend to be Young Adult. I use “enjoy” loosely, because I certainly didn’t love My Heart and Other Black Holes, but I did like it, which I’ll take at this point. Jasmine Warga’s stab at the emo-rific world of teenage…

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The Mourning Hours is the story of a wrongly accused boy. Everyone turns their back on him, his life is ruined, and the truth only comes out when he is well into middle age. Then, everyone apologetically claims that they believed in him all along. The behavior of the community and those close to him…

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I came across Nathan Balingrud’s North American Lake Monsters on a Bookriot list titled “5 Books That Are Legit Nightmare Fuel,” by Rachel Weber. Conveniently, I had been in desperate need of some “nightmare fuel,” so to Amazon I went. I don’t know that I would label these stories as scary in a traditional sense, but they…

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The entire time I was reading The Bullet, I kept thinking, “This is just too good to be true.” It almost was, but the last fifty pages or so proved my original sentiment to be correct. The concluding chapters were just not what I had expected, and not in a good way. Something about the twisty…

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  Title: Kushiel’s Dart Author: Jacqueline Carey Published: September 5th 2003 by Tor Fantasy Pages: 1015 Genre:Fantasy/ Young Adult / High Fantasy/ Adult/ Fiction/ Romance Series: Kushiel’s Universe #1 Kid Friendly Rating: 18+ Not for children Synopsis: The land of Terre d’Ange is a place of unsurpassing beauty and grace. It is said that angels…

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Title: Moon Called Author: Patricia Briggs Published: January 31st 2006 Pages: 288 Genre:Fantasy/ Young Adult / High Fantasy/ Adult/ Fiction/ Romance/ Paranormal Series: Mercy Thompson series #1 Kid Friendly Rating: PG 13 Synopsis: Mercedes “Mercy” Thompson is a talented Volkswagen mechanic living in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. She also happens to be a walker,…

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Jackie and her veterinarian wife, Paula, move to a new town with their slew of foster kids. Ok, so there’s only three foster kids, but any more than one is definitely a slew to me. They have a cranky neighbor lady with a horse, and a foster daughter that habitually sneaks out to bond with…

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