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The Cow Said Neigh! Picture Book

The Cow Said Neigh! Picture Book

On 11/9 Kellie Riojas wrote: From New York Times bestseller Rory Feek, one half of the singing duo Joey+Rory, comes The Cow Said Neigh!, a fun and humorous tale of farm animals who wish they were like the other animals . . . which leads to a farm-full of confusion! This delightful book will be a family favorite for years to come.The ... The Cow Said Neigh!: A Review

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5 Stars

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Murder at the Flamingo

Murder at the Flamingo

On 9/6 Kellie Riojas wrote: “Maybe it was time to land straight in the middle of the adventure…”Hamish DeLuca has spent most of his life trying to hide the anxiety that appears at the most inopportune times -- including during his first real court case as a new lawyer. Determined to rise above his father’s expectations, ... Murder At The Flamingo: A Review

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3 Stars

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Create!

Create!

On 6/16 Kellie Riojas wrote: Ready, set, create! Whether you’re an aspiring artist or a just-starting-out doodler, Create! A Girl’s Guide to DIY, Doodles, and Design is the perfect book to inspire your creative side. From coloring pages to quick-and-easy crafts—like photo frames and duct-tape bags—and everything in between, ... Create!: A Review

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3 Stars

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Ten Little Night Stars

Ten Little Night Stars

On 4/8 Kellie Riojas wrote: Ten Little Night Stars is a sweet bedtime counting book perfect for the youngest readers. One by one the stars come out in the night sky as cute and cuddly animals go through their bedtime routines. This board book will encourage children to turn the page with interactive and engaging rhyme, and will ... Ten Little Night Stars: A Review

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5 Stars

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Perennials

Perennials

On 2/16 Kellie Riojas wrote: When two estranged sisters reunite for their parents’ 50th anniversary, a family tragedy brings unexpected lessons of hope and healing amid the flowers of their mother’s perennial garden.Eva—known to all as Lovey—grew up in Oxford, MS, surrounded by literary history and her mother's stunning ... Perennials: A Review

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4 Stars

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A Time to Stand

A Time to Stand

On 10/15 Kellie Riojas wrote: In a small Georgia town where racial tensions run high and lives are at stake, can one lawyer stand up for justice against the tide of prejudice on every side?Adisa Johnson, a young African-American attorney, is living her dream of practicing law with a prestigious firm in downtown Atlanta. Then a split-second ... A Time To Stand: A Review

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3 Stars

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The Noble Servant

The Noble Servant

On 6/15 Kellie Riojas wrote: She lost everything to the scheme of an evil servant.But she might just gain what she’s always wanted . . .if she makes it in time.The impossible was happening. She, Magdalen of Mallin, was to marry the Duke of Wolfberg. Magdalen had dreamed about receiving a proposal ever since she met the duke two ... The Noble Servant: A Review

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3 Stars

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Unfolding

Unfolding

On 2/21 Kellie Riojas wrote: Jonah wishes he could get the girl, but he’s an outcast and she’s the most perfect girl he knows. And their futures seemed destined to fork apart: Jonah’s physical condition is debilitating, and epileptic seizures fill his life with frustration. Whereas Stormi is seemingly carefree, and navigates ... Unfolding: A Review

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2 Stars

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Gilt Hollow

Gilt Hollow

On 11/17 Kellie Riojas wrote: Willow Lamott’s best friend is a convicted killer, and no one in the small town of Gilt Hollow will let her forget it. Over four long years, she’s tried to fade into the background—but none of that matters when Ashton Keller comes striding into school, fresh out of juvie and fueled by revenge. ... Gilt Hollow: A Review

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3 Stars

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The Loyal Heart

The Loyal Heart

On 8/15 Kellie Riojas wrote: Robert came to Galveston to fulfill his promise to a dying man and look after his widow. He didn’t expect to find love in the unlikeliest of places.Robert Truax, former Second Lieutenant and Confederate officer in the Civil War, made a promise to his comrade Phillip Markham. If anything happened to ... The Loyal Heart: A Review

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2 Stars

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The Beautiful Pretender

The Beautiful Pretender

On 5/26 Kellie Riojas wrote: After inheriting his title from his brother, the margrave has two weeks to find a noble bride. What will happen when he learns he has fallen for a lovely servant girl in disguise?The Margrave of Thornbeck has to find a bride, fast. He invites ten noble born ladies who meet the king’s approval to be ... The Beautiful Pretender: A Review

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3 Stars

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Sister Dear

Sister Dear

On 5/9 Kellie Riojas wrote: All Allie Marshall wants is a fresh start. But when dark secrets refuse to stay buried, will her chance at a new life be shattered forever? Convicted of a crime she didn’t commit, Allie watched a decade of her life vanish – time that can never be recovered. Now, out on parole, Allie is determined ... Sister Dear: A Review

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3 Stars

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Curio

Curio

On 2/1 Kellie Riojas wrote: Grey Haward has always detested the Chemists, the magicians-come-scientists who rule her small western town. But she has always followed the rules, taking the potion the Chemists ration out that helps the town’s people survive. A potion that Grey suspects she—like her grandfather and father—may ... Curio: A Review

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4 Stars

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The Golden Braid

The Golden Braid

On 11/12 Kellie Riojas wrote: Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man. She paints beautiful flowering vines on the walls of her plaster houses. She sings so sweetly she can coax even a beast to sleep. But there are two things she is afraid her mother might never allow her to do: learn to read and marry.Fiercely devoted to ... The Golden Braid: A Review

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3 Stars

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Never Said

Never Said

On 9/3 Kellie Riojas wrote: In this contemporary YA novel by bestselling author Carol Lynch Williams (The Chosen One), fifteen-year-old fraternal twins Annie and Sarah are sisters, but that is where their interaction ends. Then Annie begins to withdraw from the family, forcing Sarah to investigate why-and the secret she uncovers ... Never Said: A Review

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3 Stars

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Center of Gravity

Center of Gravity

On 7/10 Kellie Riojas wrote: What if everything you think is true and real about your life is a lie?Ava's life in the coastal South appears nearly perfect after her recent marriage to the powerful and handsome Mitchell Carson. She loves her husband and the family they have created. Even Mitchell's young son from a previous marriage, ... Center Of Gravity: A Review

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4 Stars

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The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest

The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest

On 5/13 Kellie Riojas wrote: Swan Lake meets Robin Hood when the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant by day becomes the region's most notorious poacher by night, and falls in love with the gamekeeper.The margrave owns the finest hunting grounds for miles around—and Odette Menkels spends her nights poaching his deer to feed ... The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest: A Review

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3 Stars

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Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe

Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe

On 4/3 Kellie Riojas wrote: Chelsea Chambers is on her own. After a public split from her NFL superstar husband, Chelsea takes a bold step out of the limelight and behind the counter of the Higher Grounds Café, an old-fashioned coffee shop in dire need of reinvention. But when her courage, expert planning, and out-of-this-world ... Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe: A Review

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3 Stars

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Both of Me

Both of Me

On 1/11 Kellie Riojas wrote: It was supposed to be just another flight, another escape into a foreign place where she could forget her past, forget her attachments. Until Clara found herself seated next to an alluring boy named Elias Phinn—a boy who seems to know secrets she has barely been able to admit to herself for years.When ... Both Of Me: A Review

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3 Stars

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The Princess Spy

The Princess Spy

On 12/2 Kellie Riojas wrote: Margaretha has always been a romantic, and she hopes her newest suitor, Lord Claybrook, is destined to be her one true love. But then an injured man is brought to Hagenheim Castle, claiming to be an English lord who was attacked by Claybrook and left for dead. And only Margaretha—one of the few who ... The Princess Spy: A Review

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3 Stars

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Hit

Hit

On 10/9 Kellie Riojas wrote: After receiving a full-ride scholarship to Mills College for Girls, it appears Sarah's future is all laid out before her … that is until she walks into a poetry class led by Mr. Haddings, a student teacher from the nearby University of Washington. Suddenly, life on the UW campus seems very appealing, ... Hit: A Review

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3 Stars

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The Queen's Handmaid

The Queen's Handmaid

On 3/31 Kellie Riojas wrote: The Queen’s Handmaid by Tracy L. HigleyFrom the servant halls of Cleopatra's Egyptian palace to the courts of Herod the Great, Lydia will serve two queens to see prophecy fulfilled.Alexandria, Egypt 39 BCOrphaned at birth, Lydia was raised as a servant in Cleopatra's palace, working hard to please ... The Queen's Handmaid: A Review

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5 Stars

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Merlin's Blade

Merlin's Blade

On 2/15 Kellie Riojas wrote: Merlin’s Blade by Robert TreskillardWhen a meteorite crashes near a small village in fifth-century Britain, it brings with it a mysterious black stone that bewitches anyone who comes in contact with its glow---a power the druids hope to use to destroy King Uthur’s kingdom, as well as the new Christian ... Merlin's Blade: A Review

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3 Stars

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Luminary

Luminary

On 1/12 Kellie Riojas wrote:  Luminary by Krista McGee (Book #2 in Anomaly Series)Warning may have spoilers.Thalli thought escaping to the surface would mean freedom. But is she any less of an anomaly aboveground?After escaping an underground annihilation chamber, Thalli, Berk, Rhen, and John find themselves fleeing across ... Luminary: A Review

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4 Stars

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Aquifer

Aquifer

On 12/8 Kellie Riojas wrote: Aquifer By Jonathan FriesenIn the year 2250, water is scarce, and those who control it control everything. Sixteen-year-old Luca has struggled with this truth, and what it means, his entire life. As the son of the Deliverer, he will one day have to descend to the underground Aquifer each year and negotiate ... Aquifer: A Review

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3 Stars

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Dear Mr. Knightley

Dear Mr. Knightley

On 11/8 Kellie Riojas wrote: Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine ReaySamantha Moore has always hidden behind the words of others—namely, her favorite characters in literature. Now, she will learn to write her own story—by giving that story to a complete stranger.Sam is, to say the least, bookish. An English major of the highest ... Dear Mr. Knightley: A Review

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4 Stars

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The Church Builder

The Church Builder

On 10/14 Kellie Riojas wrote: The Church Builder by A. L. ShieldsBethany Barclay is running for her life. She’s a struggling attorney who’s been framed for the murder of a client. To clear her name, she must follow the trail left by her friend Annabelle to find out who killed her and why. Meanwhile, members of a centuries-old ... The Church Builder: A Review

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3 Stars

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Anomaly

Anomaly

On 7/25 Kellie Riojas wrote: Anomaly by Krista McGeeNumber 1# in the Anomaly series. Thalli has fifteen minutes and twenty-three seconds left to live. The toxic gas that will complete her annihilation is invading her bloodstream. But she is not afraid.Decades before Thalli’s birth, the world ended in a nuclear war. But life went ... Anomaly: A Review

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3 Stars

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Once Upon a Prince

Once Upon a Prince

On 6/3 Kellie Riojas wrote: Once Upon A Prince By Rachel HauckOnce Upon a Prince, the first novel in the Royal Wedding series by bestselling author Rachel Hauck, treats you to a modern-day fairy tale.Susanna Truitt never dreamed of a great romance or being treated like a princess---just to marry the man she has loved for twelve ... Once Upon A Prince: A Review

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3 Stars

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Domination

Domination

On 4/15 Kellie Riojas wrote: Domination by Jon S. LewisDomination is book #3 in the C.H.A.O.S trilogy. Please note that certain plot points and characters might be a continuation from the prior books in the series.Their goal is simple: total domination.With six arms and jaws that can snap a man in two, the warmongering race of aliens ... Domination: A Review

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3 Stars

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Secretly Smitten

Secretly Smitten

On 1/19 Kellie Riojas wrote: Secretly Smitten By Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Denise Hunter, and Diann Hunt Summer, fall, winter, spring—Smitten, Vermont, is the place for love . . . and mystery!There’s a secret in Grandma Rose’s attic—a forgotten set of dog tags belonging to her first love. But David Hutchins ... Secretly Smitten: A Review

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5 Stars

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52 Little Lessons from It's a Wonderful Life

52 Little Lessons from It's a Wonderful Life

On 8/28 Kellie Riojas wrote: Do you pay a visit to Bedford Falls every Christmas? Does December feel incomplete without a reminder that “no man is a failure who has friends”? If George and Mary Bailey are annual guests at your home during the holidays, you already know that It’s A Wonderful Life is far more than just a festive ... 52 Little Lessons from It's A Wonderful Life: A Review

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4 Stars

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Running for My Life

Running for My Life

On 7/4 Kellie Riojas wrote: thousands more. Lopez Lomong chronicles his inspiring ascent from a barefoot lost boy of the Sudanese Civil War to a Nike sponsored athlete on the US Olympic Team. Though most of us fall somewhere between the catastrophic lows and dizzying highs of Lomong's incredible life, every reader will find in ... Running For My Life: A Review

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4 Stars

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Garden of Madness

Garden of Madness

On 4/11 Kellie Riojas wrote: The Untold Story of King Nebuchadnezzar’s Daughter. For seven years the Babylonian princess Tiamat has waited for the mad king Nebuchadnezzar to return to his family and to his kingdom. Driven from his throne to live as a beast, he prowls his luxurious Hanging Gardens, secreted away from the world. Since ... Garden Of Madness: A Review

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5 Stars

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Alienation

Alienation

On 1/25 Kellie Riojas wrote: The invasion was only the beginning . . . “After his parents were killed in a car accident, Colt McAllister was drawn into a world he thought only existed in comic books—one where mind control, jet packs, and flying motorcycles don't even scratch the surface. Along with his best friends Oz and Danielle, ... Alienation: A Review

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4 Stars

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Smitten

Smitten

On 12/6 Kellie Riojas wrote: Smitten By Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Denise Hunter, & Diann Hunt Four friends devise a plan to turn Smitten, Vermont, into the country's premier romantic getaway-and each finds her own true love along the way. With Smitten Lumber closing, residents wonder if their town can stay afloat. Then ... Smitten: A Review

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4 Stars

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Where Has Oprah Taken Us?

Where Has Oprah Taken Us?

On 10/4 Kellie Riojas wrote: Where do I start with this book? It begins with Oprahs birth, then following through her childhood, to her teens and adulthood. This book I thought was definitely hard to swallow for me, and some parts in this were super raw, and I was soft of uncomfortable in parts. The book talks of sex, sex, sex, ... Where Has Oprah Taken Us?: A Review.

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3 Stars

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Waking Hours

Waking Hours

On 10/4 Kellie Riojas wrote: Waking Hours by Lis Wiehl with Pete Nelson. Starting off I was super excited for this book, I’ve heard so many great things about Lis Wiehl. This book sounded amazing and scary. How wrong I was, this book just didn’t turn out the way I’d hoped. The beginning was just a drag. The main characters ... Waking Hours: A Review

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3 Stars

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J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien

On 7/26 Kellie Riojas wrote: I’ve always wanted to know how J.R.R. Tolkien work was started, and created. I must admit this book was a little dry in some parts. This book starts when Tolkien is just a little child up until his death. This book was shoved full with facts of where he went to school, his home like and his ideas for ... J.R.R. Tolkien: A review

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4 Stars

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A Reluctant Queen

A Reluctant Queen

On 6/30 Kellie Riojas wrote: A Reluctant Queen: The Love Story Of Esther by Joan Wolf The biblical story of Esther shines in a new light as "A Reluctant" Queen." This story begins with Esther sharing the background of her upbringing as a young female Jew, who has lost both her parents and being raised by her uncle, Mordecai. She ... A Reluctant Queen: A review

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3 Stars

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Nick of Time

Nick of Time

On 5/10 Kellie Riojas wrote: Tying the knot may be the toughest thing Nick Polchak has ever tried to do. Nick Polchak is comfortable with bugs. Their world is orderly. He knows where he stands and exactly how to interpret the signs they give him. But a fiancée and an upcoming wedding? Not so much. That's why—a mere four days ... Nick of Time

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5 Stars

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The Lightkeeper's Ball

The Lightkeeper's Ball

On 4/11 Kellie Riojas wrote: In 1910, New York socialite Olivia Stewart resists an arranged, socially advantageous marriage, and the mysterious death of her sister Eleanor in Northern California is an unhappy but convenient excuse to go West to investigate. On the way, she is thrown off a Bay area ship and nearly drowned, so she ... The Lightkeeper's Ball: A Review

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5 Stars

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Curiosities of the Civil War

Curiosities of the Civil War

On 2/26 Kellie Riojas wrote: Webb Garrison’s “Curiosities of the Civil War” is a compendium of unusual facts and events and important figures during the Civil War. Most are obscure and likely not to be found in a typical history textbook. One would find the stories of the ever so tall President Lincoln questing to find other ... Curiosities of the Civil War

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4 Stars

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The Promises She Keeps

The Promises She Keeps

On 1/26 Kellie Riojas wrote: Promise, a talented young singer with terminal illness, is counting of fame to keep her memory alive after she dies. Porta is an aging sorceress and art collector in search of immortality. When Promise inexplicably survives a series of freak accidents, Porta believes that she may hold the key for eternal ... A Review: Promise She Keeps By Erin Healy

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4 Stars

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Invasion

Invasion

On 1/4 Kellie Riojas wrote: Invasion by Jon. Lewis is about a boy named Colt who looses his parents and he has to move in with his grandfather. And the world is filled with the things that go bump in the night. And there is a special force called CHOAS who fight off those creatures. And so Colt gets sucked in to find out his whole ... CHAOS with a lot of aliens

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5 Stars

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The Truth of the Matter

The Truth of the Matter

On 12/3 Kellie Riojas wrote: The truth of the matter is about a man named Charlie West how has been running. Running away from all sorts of things that wish to harm him. People are chasing him to find out about his past. A past he can’t remember. So in this book Charlie sets out to find a man, he doesn’t know if the man is on ... Whoa action

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4 Stars

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A Suitor for Jenny

A Suitor for Jenny

On 11/15 Kellie Riojas wrote: A suitor for Jenny is about Jenny trying to find her two sister’s husbands. They move to a tiny town in Texas that the news paper claims to have to most eligible bachelors. Jenny a very tough busy woman teaches her sisters how to be real ladies. And she isn’t looking for love or a husband. But nothing ... Awesome book

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5 Stars

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The Falling Away

The Falling Away

On 9/14 Kellie Riojas wrote: This book was kind of the like a love hate relationship. I liked some parts, and then it went down hill. Not very much happens in this book. The descriptions for everything went a little too long. I did enjoy the characters. Quinn and Dylan were the very strong characters in the novel. But to say I was ... Love Hate

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3 Stars

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