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When Death Draws Near

When Death Draws Near

On 10/20 Fiction Aficionado wrote: I'm really enjoying this series. I’ve always been a fan of detective fiction, and although Gwen Macey isn’t technically a detective, she uses her skills in forensic art (drawing and analysing facial features) and statement analysis to help investigate the cases she’s called into. Author Carrie ... Intriguing - if you don't mind a lot of snakes!

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5 Stars

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The Things We Knew

The Things We Knew

On 7/29 Fiction Aficionado wrote: This was such a satisfying read! If you love a good family drama without the soap opera froth, then I suggest you get yourself a copy of this book. Not only were there many layers to the plot, but there were so many different relationship dynamics – both familial and romantic; creating friction, ... A very satisfying family drama

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5 Stars

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Sister Dear

Sister Dear

On 6/28 Fiction Aficionado wrote: I’m not sure whether perhaps my expectations were set too high for this story, or maybe just misdirected, but what I thought would be an intriguing ‘who-dunnit?’ thriller actually ended up being more of a ‘why-and-how’d-it-happen?’ gradual reveal. Don't get me wrong; it was an intriguing ... A little transparent, but intriguing nonetheless

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4 Stars

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The Goodbye Bride

The Goodbye Bride

On 5/7 Fiction Aficionado wrote: Can you imagine how bewildering it would be to find yourself lying on the floor of a public restroom, in a wedding dress, with no recollection of how you got there? And then imagine that you contact your groom – who must be frantic, right? – only to have him tell you that you left him seven months ... Intriguing idea, not quite as compelling as I hoped

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3 Stars

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The Hearts We Mend

The Hearts We Mend

On 4/10 Fiction Aficionado wrote: Both novels in this series are stories about what happens when life gets messy; in particular, how the decisions made by others can affect our own lives, and how we choose to react to that. In Evie’s case, her son Cody is about to become a father and a husband at the ripe old age of 18 (the story ... Full of hope, warmth, and genuine love for others

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5 Stars

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If I Run

If I Run

On 3/28 Fiction Aficionado wrote: In some ways, this book was the opposite of what I would normally look for in a book. I like lots of dialogue and character interaction, but the protagonists in this book barely even meet each other (although they obviously do interact with other characters). There is no romance (although I suspect ... Couldn't put it down!

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5 Stars

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Keeper of the Stars

Keeper of the Stars

On 3/22 Fiction Aficionado wrote: I found this novel to be a little on the slow side; particularly in terms of the romance, which didn’t really take off until the second half of the novel. I liked the basic plot, but without any secondary plots woven into the story it felt thin, and I wondered whether it wouldn’t have been better ... A little on the slow side

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3 Stars

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Behold the Man

Behold the Man

On 3/13 Fiction Aficionado wrote: I feel like I have been waiting for this novel for years. Ever since I began reading The AD Chronicles with First Light back in 2003 or 2004 I sensed (and hoped) that this was where the Thoenes would eventually take us. Both The AD Chronicles and The Jerusalem Chronicles bring the Gospels to life in ... A little different than I expected, but a worthwhile read.

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4 Stars

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Siren's Song

Siren's Song

On 3/1 Fiction Aficionado wrote: Okay, just give me a minute here to catch my breath. Because that was intense. And that cheeky Kel, getting the last word! Although, I have to say it was the perfect diffuser for all that adrenaline that had built up. The previous novel closes with Draewulf escaping with Princess Rasha as his hostage. ... Had me hook, line, and sinker!

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5 Stars

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The Confessions of X

The Confessions of X

On 2/25 Fiction Aficionado wrote: This is one of the most stunningly beautiful novels I have ever had the privilege to read, and yet I also found it one of the most tragic. I read Augustine’s Confessions a few years ago so I was aware that he had a ‘mistress’, as she was referred to in my translation, however beyond that I knew ... Achingly Beautiful

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Mermaid Moon

Mermaid Moon

On 2/17 Fiction Aficionado wrote: Straight up, I need to confess I haven’t read a lot of Colleen Coble’s books. I tend to find her romances a bit cheesy (too many clichéd romance adjectives/moments) and I prefer a writing style that isn’t always explaining the characters’ decisions and motives, or why they react/feel the way ... Disappointing

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3 Stars

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The Feathered Bone

The Feathered Bone

On 2/10 Fiction Aficionado wrote: Very rarely do I come across a book that brands my soul as deeply as this one did. The Feathered Bone explores themes like light and darkness, freedom and captivity through the story of Sarah, a twelve year old girl who disappears while on a school excursion, and Amanda, the mother of Sarah’s best ... Not a light read, but richly rewarding nonetheless.

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5 Stars

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The Newsmakers

The Newsmakers

On 2/2 Fiction Aficionado wrote: I'll admit it. Present tense irks me. Even more so when it's in the third person. But at the same time, this was a compelling read, and I have to confess, I think the third person present tense contributed to that. It seemed to give it an extra sense of urgency and forward momentum. There was this ... Fast-paced and strangely compelling

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4 Stars

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Curio

Curio

On 1/21 Fiction Aficionado wrote: Wow! Where do I start? What a read! Defenders, Chemists, porcies, tocks; Evangeline Denmark has created a fascinating world – no, two fascinating worlds – in Curio. They were so well thought-out and creative that the author had even considered how the porcies would applaud! (By rubbing their palms ... What a world!

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5 Stars

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