What Passes as Love by Trisha R. Thomas

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book was a beautiful work of historical fiction that I hope so many people pick up! The characters are well-developed and provide the reader with someone to connect with and root for! The historical timeframe was created with wonderful details that really brought me into the 1800s. I was absolutely captivated with this one, and I think so many other readers will be as well!

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Our Moon Festival by Yobe Qiu

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Our Moon Festival is a beautiful, bright, lovely children’s book that highlights the Moon Festival that is celebrated by many Japanese, Vietnamese, and Chinese communities. The illustrations are vivid, grabbing the reader’s attention at each page turn. The descriptions of the festival really create the atmosphere of the celebrations!

My children both enjoyed reading this book. They loved learning about a festival they didn’t know anything about. They both loved the illustrations, and wanted to absorb every inch of the page before I could move on!

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The Triumphant Tails of Rescue Dogs: Punk’s Plight by Hope A. Walter

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Well this was just an absolutely wonderful book! We get introduced to Punk, an adorable English Bulldog. He tells us his story, which is filled with heartwarming moments, some sad spots, an adorable pup, and caring people!

Punk starts life with a family that loves and cares for him, but something changes, and he’s soon forgotten. He is not treated well or cared for, and is rescued by someone. We follow Punk’s story as he is taken in by someone who cares for mistreated animals. Punk learns to trust again and is able to heal while in the care of these wonderful people.

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Reasons for Avoiding Friends by Megan Leavell

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Reasons for Avoiding Friends is about two women who have hit their middle-life. They used to be such good friends, they knew each other so well. And yet, they haven’t spoken in years. Then Iris shows up needing Gwen’s help, and guest room.

I enjoyed this story. I liked how Gwen and Iris kind of stumble around each other trying to find that rhythm they used to have. As they move through their story, we get to watch them realize that they don’t need to pretend, they can be who they truly are.

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Rebel Correspondent by Steve Procko

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Rebel Correspondent is the true story of a young man who joined the Confederate Army days after his eighteenth birthday and served bravely until the war ended. Wounded twice, he emerged a changed person. But he wasn’t just a returning veteran; he was also a writer.

At the beginning of the twentieth century, Arba F. Shaw was a fifty-seven-year-old farmer. On a chilly December day in 1901, he put pen to paper to write his memories of being a Rebel Private in the 4th Georgia Cavalry (Avery), C.S.A. He completed writing his account in February 1902. His local newspaper, the Walker County Messenger, in Lafayette, Georgia, published his account in more than fifty articles from 1901 to 1903. Then it was all but forgotten. Until Now. Rebel Correspondent presents Arba F. Shaw’s account word-for-word, as first published in the Walker County Messenger almost 120 years ago. Procko annotates Shaw’s account with in-depth research, verifying it and uncovering the back story of his life and the lives of his Rebel comrades. Procko’s research offers a historical perspective on the many places and events Shaw so richly described.

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A Second Chance by Walt Mussell

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I am a huge fan of time travel stories. I love seeing how someone in a recent time period handles and adjusts to a historical time frame. A Second Chance lived up to my expectations!

Kira ends up in 16th century Japan as a Samurai’s concubine with a young child. I loved reading about the time period, and I thought that the author did a wonderful job of bringing the location to life. The details added were great, creating a world that I could easily envision.

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Her Perfect Life by Hank Phillippi Ryan

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

In this psychological thriller, Lily, our MC, is a well-known TV reporter. While she seems so perfect to the outside world, she has a secret…and now someone else may know it.

I just love it when a book keeps me on my toes! This one grabs you from the beginning, and it doesn’t let you go until the final word. Lily’s story was captivating, and her personality was easily likable. I cared for her, and wanted to know how her story was going to end. The twists were fabulous, and kept me guessing. I couldn’t figure out where this one was going, so if you love to try to solve thrillers, I think you’ll enjoy this one!

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The Shade Under the Mango Tree by Evy Journey

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was an interesting, captivating story! With beautiful descriptions and emotional writing, The Shade Under the Mango Tree will pull you in, and you won’t want to leave!

Luna has grown up in Hawaii living with her grandmother. They pick vegetables, rest under the mango tree, and just enjoy life! At 13, Luna moves to California to live with her mother and siblings. She doesn’t feel quite a home, and continues to visit her grandmother often. Her grandmother gifts Luna a journal, which Luna uses often. Her journal becomes such a part of her, until she loses it. When Lucien finds Luna’s journal, he becomes invested in her stories in her journal and wants to return it to her.

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What’s Not True by Valerie Taylor

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This story was full of drama and exciting moments, and I really enjoyed it! A lot of the book is in Paris, and I absolutely loved the location! The city descriptions were beautiful and truly brought the story to life for me!

What’s Not True is the sequel to What’s Not Said, and while I do feel like the author did a great job at recapping a bit for the reader, I do think it would be best to grab What’s Not Said and read it first. I think that it will make the second book an even more enjoyable read for you!

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Trick or Treat, Crankenstein by Samantha Berger

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Do you ever feel cranky? Of course you do! We all have our cranky moments, sometimes we accidently put our cranky pants on, and we need someone or something to remind us that things are okay.

Our friend Crankenstein is really wanting to have a great Halloween. It is his favorite, and he has sure been looking forward to it. As he goes throughout his day, he finds all these things happening that make him enjoy the day less and less. At the end of the day though, some great friends come to help cheer him up.

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Premonition by Wendy Whitman

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This psychological thriller was filled with crazy heart racing moments and edge-of-your-seat suspense! When our main character, Cary, witnesses a car intentionally run over two deer, she grabs the attention of the man driving the car. He begins to stalk her, and when two young girls are killed, her instincts tell her she’s in some major danger.

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Why I Do VFX: The Untold Truths About Working in Visual Effects by Vicki Lau

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From the city of Singapore to working on over twenty Hollywood blockbuster films and TV series such as “The Walking Dead,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Aquaman,” and “War for the Planet of the Apes,” comes one of the first books of its kind in the visual effects (VFX) industry.

With a unique blend of self-help, career strategy, and memoir-like elements, Vicki Lau speaks to the core of what it is like to work behind-the-scenes on some of your favorite Hollywood titles, covering strategies employed in order to maneuver her way into the upper echelons of the industry.

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