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How to Lead a Life of Crime

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While I was caught up in the survival and revenge aspects of the story as well as the very relevant and current social crimes brought out in this book, there were a few plausibility issues that I had to ignore. It is set in a boarding school in New York City, whose mission is to produce brilliantly polished sociopathic criminals that will become politicians, bankers, lawyers, CEOs, and assasins. I think that the genre it most resembles is a science fiction/horror mix. I debated between 3 and a half stars and 4, but in the end I had to give 4 just because this suspenseful survival story is so compelling.
Pegasus

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A sword wielding, good at math princess, caught between duty and her love for the pegasus bound to her. Will she be a champion for the pegasi or will she bow to tradition and remain mute? It is a bit frustrating to read and the ending does not satisfy the long build-up. According to author's website there will be a sequel.
The Things a Brother Knows

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Rarely do I give a book more than 4 stars, but this one deserves 5. Excellent portrayal of friendship, the love between brothers, and the struggle of a soldier to return to "normal" life after a tour of war duty. Also, it's a great walking road trip story. This one is going to win awards.
Days of Blood & Starlight

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An urban fantasy set in Prague harbors a talented art student who is the foster daughter and handmaid of a creature named Brimstone. Enter warrior angels, zombie-like chimera; a parallel universe at war; star-crossed love, heartbreak and betrayal, and the story glides you across a dancing turquoise sea of the unexpected. You will not want it to end, and will be thrilled to know that it is the first of a planned trilogy.
The Runaway King

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The first book in this series was a much better story than this one. I could suspend belief that a young boy could defeat the big bad sociopathic Pirate King, but the other blood thirsty big bad pirates just cheerily went along with this romp? I don't think so. Also, he climbs up a cliff with a broken leg, then engages in a sword fight???
Across the Universe

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A horrifying, fascinating science fiction space tale of travel, time, and population control.
The Doomsday Box: A Shadow Project Adventure

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This is the second book in the The Shadow Project science fiction adventure series. The Doomsday Box has a slow, bumpy start that probably would have been better if I had read the first book. Fuschia, Opal, Danny, and Michael are four teens with astral projection psychic abilities. They have been recruited into the Shadow Project, a secret British intelligence operation. Their mission in this book is to assist the CIA in discovering why a space-time rift chamber that was sealed in concrete and abandoned by the Americans in the 1960s, has now set off an alarm. If one can get past the girls names which are like a flashlight in the eyes each time you read one, the story moves along at a fast pace. I did start to feel like it was a game of rock, paper, scissors, as each character's psychic ability came to the fore. However, it is a quick, fun read especially if time travel questions, psychic ability, and espionage are your cup of tea.
Scarlet

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Science Fiction àla spaceships, genetic engineering, cyborgs and androids, meets Little Red Riding Hood, the Big Bad Wolf, Cinderella, and the Wicked Queen. The spaceship is called Rampion so I kept expecting Rupunzel to show up, but then the spaceship does save the day by letting down its ramp and knocking over the bad guys. This 2nd book in the series was just as good as the first. It was a fun adventure tale that included near escapes in a spaceship, jumping off and on a moving train, and fights with genetically engineered people/wolves.
She Said/She Saw

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She Said / She Saw is a realistic murder mystery told from the viewpoint of two teenage sisters, ten months apart in age. One sister, Tegan witnesses the murder of two high school friends. Kelly, her sister, observes the aftermath, and plays a syncopated driving counterpoint to the turmoil that unfolds. No one believes Tegan when she insists that she did not see the shooter. The untangling of this very modern whodunit, involves a love triangle, and a couple of red herrings. This is a compelling mystery that both teens and adults will want to read. It kept me wondering, guessing, and wanting to know more until all the threads of the story came together in the surprising conclusion.
The Edge of Nowhere

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Whidbey Island, telelpathy, mystery, and suspense.It all works, and it all kind of doesn't. The characters could have benefited from a little less "hey I'm an adolescent" fuzzy thinking and a little more edge. Enjoyed it mainly because I lived on Whidbey Island for 3 years.
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