Brotherhood

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by Anne Westrick

In one word – WOW!  Anyone who says historical fiction is boring has not read Brotherhood.  This is the story of two brothers in Richmond, VA after the Civil War and deep into Reconstruction.  Union soldiers have taken over the city and are viewed as Yankee thugs by the citizens.  Richmond is powder-keg waiting for a spark.  The KKK murder of an Irish Immigrant who has arrived to help open the first school for freed slaves is that spark and two brothers find themselves right in the middle, and on opposite sides.  How far will family and friendship ties stretch before they break?

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All the Truth That’s In Me

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by Julie Berry

Every once in while you come across those books that force you to stop reading.  A books so powerful, so moving that you know the next thing you read won’t measure up.  A book that stays with you for days after finishing it.  All the Truth That’s In Me is that book.  Powerful, emotional, and beautiful.

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Burn for Burn

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by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian

Burn for Burn was a surprise! Reading it was like peeling an onion – so many layers. I originally thought I was getting a simple chick-lit story, but what I ended up with was something more touching, something more moving. And yes, there will be a sequel!

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Bound South

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by Susan Rebecca White

A delicious story that makes the perfect summer read! You will follow the lives of three women: Louise, her daughter Caroline, and Missy as each learns what it means to be a happy, content woman. This is a perfectly balanced story – enough weight to keep you engaged but not depressing while light enough to entertain without being fluffy.

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The 5th Wave

The 5th Wave
by Rick Yancey

I DO NOT read sci-fi, alien invasion stories. I DO NOT, WILL NOT read sci-fi, alien invasion stories. When I realized that was what I was reading when I picked up 5th Wave, I wanted to stop reading and give it back. But the book wouldn’t let me. Instead I read this story in two days, only stopping to sleep and work. The 5th Wave is exciting thought-provoking and at times sweet, sad and touching. There was one thing I didn’t like about The 5th Wave and that was the ending. I want a sequel, NOW. And so will you after you read The 5th Wave. Will I continue to read sci-fi, alien invasion books? Only if they are written by Mr. Yancey.

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Far Far Away

Far Far Away
by Tom McNeal

Mix one part fantasy, one part mystery and one part history and you will have a story is as delicious as the Prinsesstarta cakes described within.  When I first picked up this book, I worried that the premise was too outlandish, that it wouldn’t make sense.  Was I wrong.  The characters jumped off the page and became as real to me as my family.  I laughed and cried along with them.  I had to force myself to read slowly, to savor this novel.  I knew that closing the book at the end would be like saying goodbye to some very dear friends.

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This is W.A.R.

This is W.A.R.
by Lisa Roecker and
Laura Roecker

No vampires, no witches, no werewolves, no paranormal romance.  This is just a good old-fashioned revenge story with a twist-turny mystery thrown in for good measure.  I love books that surprise you.  While reading This is W.A.R. I thought I knew how it would end.  But the story surprised me and gave me an ending that, while not what I expected, was believable.  This is the perfect summer read for teen girls who want darker, realistic stories.

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