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Mississippi River Blues: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Tony Abbott

In Mississippi River Blues, Frankie and Devin find themselves in yet another book, this time The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. They read their way through it, participating in all of Tom’s adventures and learn enough to ace their tests back in Mr. Wexler’s English class. The Cracked Classics books are super fun and excite kids to read the “real” version. I very highly recommend this book and the whole series (no need to read them in order) to people of all ages. They make excellent family read alouds.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 57
Pages Read in 2019: 15,262
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Good Night by LRW Lee

After escaping from The Ninety-Eight, Ali and Kovis must find a way to return to Dream in an attempt to stop her father. And that is where Good Night picks up. This book is fantastic. Most of the time it is from Ali’s point of view, but occasionally switches to another (Ambien, Kovis, Kennan). The writing is super engaging. I had trouble putting it down sometimes, usually due to concern for the very well-developed characters and wondering what the author would do to them next. The Dream/Wake world is so imaginative. Every once in a while the way things are phrased gave me a smile or even a chuckle. The end was such a satisfying wrap-up (with one huge surprise I wasn’t expecting, but was so happy with) while still setting up the next book in the series. I very highly recommend this book (and the rest in the series) to late teens and up who enjoy fantasy with a lot of romance thrown in.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 5
Pages Read in 2019: 1067
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Demon of Darkness by Andrea Pearson

The final book in the Koven Chronicles, Demon of Darkness is absolutely fabulous. It’s creative and wraps things up very nicely. Even though I’ve known for a long time she’d have to wipe the memories of Omar and Alexander, those scenes brought tears to my eyes. The author really hit it out of the park with this book. I highly recommend reading it to anyone who likes fantasy (but read the rest of the series first for sure)!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 3
Pages Read in 2019: 400
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Warden’s Folly by Tony James Slater

The second book in the Ancient Guardians series, Warden’s Folly picks up right where the first book left off. It’s full of action and has a few twists thrown in that I wasn’t expecting, one of which was huge and quite a shock (I literally gasped when I read it). Sci-fi is not really my genre, but I totally enjoyed this one. The narrative is excellent and the way some things are phrased made me laugh out loud. I highly recommend this book to people who enjoy sci-fi and even those like me who usually don’t.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 142
Pages Read in 2018: 36,957
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Battle for the Land’s Soul by LRW Lee

The final book in the Andy Smithson series, Battle for the Land’s Soul, ends pretty much as expected, but waits until the last couple chapters to finally answer some questions (particularly: Is Razen a good guy or not?). The end is on a hopeful note even while honoring all the many characters who died along the way. My 10- and 12-year-old boys and I all enjoyed this book, and the whole series, very much. The editing is excellent and there is just the right amount of action and adventure. I highly recommend it to people of all ages. It makes a great family read-aloud!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 139
Pages Read in 2018: 36,055
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Verse by Verse: The Book of Mormon, Vol. 2

Covering Alma 30 through the end of the Book of Mormon, Verse by Verse: The Book of Mormon, Vol. Two is an excellent addition to scripture study time. While it doesn’t actually cover every verse, it does cover most and includes lots of insights, background information, and references to aid in understanding the reading. I highly recommend it!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 133
Pages Read in 2018: 34,849
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Wisdom of the Centaurs’ Reason by LRW Lee

The sixth Andy Smithson book, Wisdom of the Centaurs’ Reason, is very emotional and sometimes difficult to get through. Yara has died and Andy is trying to deal with his emotions regarding his lost love and at the same time he is dealing with Mom and Father’s (and Mermin’s) rapidly approaching deaths. Andy’s character develops even more throughout this book. There were a couple twists that I definitely didn’t see coming. I highly recommend Wisdom of the Centaurs’ Reason to people of all ages (but read the first five books first).

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 131
Pages Read in 2018: 33,831
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