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Artemis by Andy Weir

Artemis is a city on the moon. Jazz has lived there since she was little. As an adult, she works in the not so legal realm which of course leads to extra trouble. The story is enjoyable and, really, I felt like it ended a little bit too soon. I love how the author slips in science and it just makes sense. I recommend reading this book to anyone who enjoyed The Martian.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 56
Pages Read in 2019: 15,135
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Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

With his trademark humor, Trevor Noah talks about race and growing up in South Africa and having his very birth being literally a crime under apartheid. Born a Crime is a quick, easy, and fun read with lots of things thrown in that really make you think. I highly recommend it to all Trevor Noah fans.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 27
Pages Read in 2019: 7680
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Earth Warden by Tony James Slater

Earth Warden is Tony James Slater’s first fiction book. He usually writes travelogues about his crazy experiences. I’ve read and enjoyed all of those, but I wasn’t sure if I’d like this book since I am not a huge fan of sci-fi. So, it was with some trepidation that I began reading Earth Warden. Well, all I can say is Tony really is an excellent storyteller. I was sucked right in. This book is a nice blend of character and world development and action and adventure. Several twists were thrown in there that I didn’t see coming. The end is satisfying enough, but definitely sets up book two in the series. There are a few typos and missing words here and there, but that was really the only negative about it. I was pleasantly surprised by how into the book I got. I highly recommend it to people who love sci-fi and maybe even people like me who often don’t!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 123
Pages Read in 2018: 32,157
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Rock-A-Bye Baby by LRW Lee

Every night the sandmen and maidens weave dreams for their dream charges in Wake. When a sandmaiden falls in love with her dream charge, her father is furious, threatening her safety in Dream.

I really enjoyed Rock-A-Bye Baby. I figured ahead of time at what point in the story the book would end based on how many pages were left (it was a very satisfying end point and made perfect sense). I will definitely be continuing on with the series. The facts of the fantasy world are laid out through flashbacks which are very effective at showing what brought us to the point where the story begins. The author is very adept at using words and descriptions that are quite clever. For example, the sandmen and maidens are a sort of birdlike creature and when they greet each other they give a peck on the cheek. I occasionally found myself just sitting and savoring the excellent way something was phrased before going on with my reading. I highly recommend this book to late teens/early twenties and on up!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 114
Pages Read in 2018: 29,295
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Shirley by Andrea Pearson

Shirley has been crushing on Jacob for almost a decade. She sets out to tell him how she feels but has car trouble on the way. Walking to find help, she meets Travis, who may just be able to help Shirley forget all about Jacob.

Shirley appears as a side character in some of the Kilenya Chronicles books. She’s kind of annoying. Jacob is polite to her, but has no interest in returning her affections. She is not nearly so annoying in this short romance, and you find out things about her and her life that help you understand her a bit better. I really enjoyed the story. (Note: Shirley is currently only available in a special box set and not as a standalone book.)

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 110
Pages Read in 2018: 28,530
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A Thief Revealed by Heather Sunseri

Lola’s a thief trying to pay off an old debt. Dimitri operates on the fringes of legal. When a burglary gone wrong throws them together, Dimitri finds himself irresistibly drawn to Lola.

A Thief Revealed is non-stop action right from the start. I really didn’t see who was responsible coming at all. That was quite the plot twist. Having read the author’s In Darkness series, it was fun to get to explore the character of Dimitri Tobias a bit more. Lola is a very likable character who you just can’t help rooting for. The end is satisfying, but sets up the next book in the series (which I promptly pre-ordered). I highly recommend reading this book to anyone who enjoys romantic thrillers!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 101
Pages Read in 2018: 23,625
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The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling

When Pagford Councilman Barry Fairbrother dies suddenly, the town is left dealing with the shock and the open Council seat. There are many secrets and old wounds in Pagford and some are about to get blown wide open.

There are a whole lot of characters in The Casual Vacancy and it was hard to keep them straight for the first third or so of the book. Some of them I cared about more than others so the writing style of focusing on one set of characters at a time for a short section of the chapter before moving on to another set was good. If it was a storyline I didn’t enjoy as much, I knew it would switch to another shortly. The character development is amazing. Nearly everyone was fleshed out completely. They pretty much all, however, had serious issues and the whole thing was just rather depressing. The end was extremely depressing (though with a couple sweet, hopeful notes) and, when I finished the book, I was left feeling kind of down. The language was also pretty bad (many, many uses of the f-word and s-word). I don’t regret reading it, but it’s not a book I’d go out of my way to read.

3 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 100
Pages Read in 2018: 23,393
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