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Friday, Feb 21, 2020

The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires begins with a normal description of the affluent life of a bored southern housewife. Just before you think it is another dysfunctional family story, Patricia Campbell, one of our five book club members and main character, is attacked by an elderly neighbor while putting out the garbage at night. The elderly neighbor is put in the hospital, as is Patricia. Then a handsome relative of the neighbor comes to stay at the house and help out.

Book cover of Persons Unknown

Persons Unknown

Steiner, Susie
5
Rated by
Kari E.
Friday, Feb 21, 2020

Persons Unknown is the second police procedural following Detective Sergeant Manon Bradshaw, following up Missing, Presumed. Manon's character is growing and changing throughout. She is five months pregnant at the start. And she has adopted Fly Dent, a quiet teenager whose family died in the previous book. Looking for a change of pace in their hectic life and a better quality of friends for Fly, they move from London to Cambridgeshire with Manon's sister, Ellie, and her toddler son, Solly.

Elantris

Elantris

Brandon Sanderson
4
Rated by
Anne G
Friday, Feb 21, 2020

I was a little worried when I started this fantasy fiction that I would not like it. I did have a hard time getting into this, especially when it came to the bad religion. Elantris has several reviews out there that say it is Sanderson's worst work or that it is slow and rough and less polished than his other books, but I did not find that to be the case at all with this dramatic tone. It is very slow and the main character is more of a politician than I am usually used to, although when court intrigue is so imp

The Gravity of Us cover

The Gravity of Us

Phil Stamper
5
Tuesday, Feb 4, 2020

If you like romance, space, and getting back at greedy T.V. companies while saving NASA- this story is for you. The protagonist is witty, sarcastic, and likable, the side characters complex, and the plot is compelling. What more could you want? Stamper creates a story that revolves around very human experiences: the compulsion to fix what you love (even if it’s not your job), the rush of young love, sticking up for yourself and others in the face of opposition, and a love of space travel. Hard to imagine a better book.

Red White and Royal Blue book cover featuring a pink color scheme

Red, White & Royal Blue

Casey McQuiston
5
Rated by
Stefanie E.
Friday, Feb 21, 2020

In the acknowledgements at the end of her book, Red, White & Royal Blue, Casey McQuiston writes, "What I hope to do, and what I hope I have done with this book by the time you've finished it, my dear reader, is to be a spark of joy and hope you needed." This is indeed exactly what reading this book did for me.

White cover with eight blue doves, with title in black, block letters

American Dirt

Cummins, Jeanine
5
Rated by
Lisa H
Thursday, Jan 23, 2020

Listed as one of the top 10 most anticipated books of 2020 by Goodreads members, American Dirt, by Jeanine Cummins tells the fictional story of Lydia and Luca, a mother and her young son, as they flee from Acapulco Mexico and attempt to cross the US border.

Crown of Coral and Pearl cover

Crown of Coral and Pearl

Mara Rutherford
4
Monday, Jan 13, 2020

Once a generation in the aquatic village of Varenia, when the prince of Ilara-a nearby kindgom-comes of age, the most beautiful girl of age is chosen to marry the prince. Nor and Zadie, two twins, and the most beautiful girls in Varenia, have been hounded by their mother for their entire lives to maintain their beauty, as she does not want to pass up the chance to have a princess as a daughter. Due to an accident years prior to this "choosing," Nor saves Zadie's life in an accident and receives a small scar, and her hopes of setting foot on land are destroyed... Until Zadie is injured,...

Girls Like Us Cover

Girls Like Us

Randi Pink
4
Thursday, Jan 9, 2020

As a teen invested in equal rights, I really enjoyed this book. I didn't know much history about this topic and because of that the most compelling aspect of the book is how it provided a new perspective. Lots of other teens like me will find this book informative and inspiring, and that is what makes it awesome. I also love books that have multiple POVs and make each person’s story come together in the end, and this book did a really good job with that. I think publishing novels like this one is really important to the current generation. We need books like this to empower us to do better...

Cover of the book entitled The Wives

The Wives

Tarryn Fisher
4
Rated by
Meghan F
Monday, Jan 6, 2020

The Wives should come with a warning. Settle in, silence your phone, and have some snacks handy. Because once you get into this story, you won't want to stop reading.

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My Dark Vanessa

Kate Elizabeth Russell
4
Rated by
Heather C
Thursday, Jan 2, 2020

Warning: This book will make you remember things not forgotten.

As a woman and in the wake of the #MeToo movement it was really hard to read My Dark Vanessa. It is very well written and oftentimes, too well written. It was haunting in its realness. Real predators exist. Real victims don't come forward. Real justice oftentimes isn't served.

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