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The Outsiders

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I read this book in high school which was a long time ago. I picked up this book again after straightening it during shelving. Man, does this story hold up. It is still as fresh, interesting, and touching as ever.
Lone Star Legend

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I give this book a solid 3.5 stars. It's not the tip-top best book ever but I enjoyed it a lot. I've been following the author's blog for several years so I wanted to like her book. Thankfully I did. There were times when the main character, Sandy, was a bit unlikeable but I had to remind myself how young she is and that this is a story about her lessons in life, specifically learning how to be the person she wants to be. Sandy is Dominga Saavedra, a recent journalism graduate from the University of Texas. She's working as an online reporter for a latino blog which gets bought out by a large media company and turned into a snarky pseudo-news and entertainment site. Sandy sticks around and begins to thrive, not without some real bumps along the road. Her boyfriend is a pompous douche so he gets jettisoned early on, to return later in an unexpected and embarrassing way. She meets Tio Jaime, her great-aunt Linda's long-time partner. Tio Jaime helps her jump-start her career by offering sage advice that becomes a regular feature on the blog. His failure to sign a release form cause some problems but that gets worked out quickly. The whole story takes place over less than a year; Sandy grows up a lot in that year. On the whole it's an entertaining and fast read.
Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me?

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I liked the entire series; the first few are laugh-out-loud funny. This book is more of the same, still funny but starting to be same old. I didn't give this series wrap up five stars because I thought the ending was abrupt.
Why Mermaids Sing: A Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery

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I really love this series of books. It's set in early 19th century London. There are shades of Sherlock Holmes in St. Cyr but he's not annoyingly omniscient or condesending, two reasons I can never make it all the way through a Connan Doyle book. In this book, the pace is perfect; it's fast without being unrealistic given the setting. In this book, St. Cyr solves a mystery and finds out something shocking about Kat Boleyn (great name, by the way), the woman he loves and plans to marry despite the consequences. He also tangles with his arch enemy, Lord Jarvis, who has a close personal connection with the crimes St. Cyr is investigating.
Where Serpents Sleep: A Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery

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This series keeps getting better. I had to wait a long time to get my hands on the book. My library allows only 3 holds which I always manage to fill. I had to wait until it was on the shelf. It was like a Christmas treat when I found it shelved and waiting for me.In this book, St. Cyr is reeling after learning the love of his life, the woman he planned to defy convention to marry, is actually his sister. He's well into many months of drinking and trying not to feel when he is drawn into a new investigation by Hero Jarvis, the daughter of his archenemy. They both begin to investigate independently, simulataneously sharing information and keeping bits to themselves until they must ultimately investigate together or be killed. Now, I know. Without reading it, the whole setup sound incredibly lame, like the author couldn't think of anything better than the long-lost-sibling angle. Or the daugter-of-my-enemy-is-my-friend. I'm the first to put a book down forever for such offenses. But the whole thing (series and latest installment) is good, start to finish. I am looking forward to the next in the series, simply because of a little twist in the end.
Lover Mine: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood

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I really liked this book because I was looking forward to the story of John Matthew. This book was a perfect blend romance, fight scenes, drama. Sometimes her books tip too much toward one or the other and I get annoyed. But not this one. The only thing that left me wanting was, I wanted some resolution to the Blay-Qhuinn gay romance. In fact, if this wasn't straight fiction, I'd expect them to get their own book. I hope to get more of them in the next book.
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