Review- Clock Dance by Anne Tyler

Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life: when she was eleven and her mother disappeared, being proposed to at twenty-one, the accident that would make her a widow at forty-one. At each of these moments, Willa ended up on a path laid out for her by others. So when …

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YA Mini Reviews- Love, Life, and the List, Six of Crows, & One

Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West Seventeen-year-old Abby Turner’s summer isn’t going the way she’d planned. She has a not-so-secret but definitely unrequited crush on her best friend, Cooper. She hasn’t been able to manage her mother’s growing issues with anxiety. And now she’s been rejected from an art show because her work …

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Reviews- The Ensemble, Chasing the Wind, & Every Note Played

The Ensemble by Aja Gabel The addictive debut novel about four young friends navigating the cutthroat world of music and their complex relationships with each other, as ambition, passion, and love intertwine over the course of their lives. Brit is the second violinist, a beautiful and quiet orphan; the viola is Henry, a prodigy who’s …

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Reviews- Other People’s Houses and Tin Man

Other People's Houses by Abbi Waxman Goodreads Summary- At any given moment in other people's houses, you can find...repressed hopes and dreams...moments of unexpected joy...someone making love on the floor to a man who is most definitely not her husband... *record scratch* As the longtime local carpool mom, Frances Bloom is sometimes an unwilling witness …

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Mini Reviews- Circe & The Song of Achilles

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller Goodreads Summary- Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. By all rights their paths should never cross, but Achilles takes the shamed prince as his friend, and as they grow …

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Mini Reviews: The Belles, The Giver, & Long Way Down

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton Goodreads Summary- Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her …

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SciFi Reviews- Only Human (Themis Files #3) & Dark Matter

Only Human (Themis Files #3) by Sylvain Neuvel In her childhood, Rose Franklin accidentally discovered a giant metal hand buried beneath the ground outside Deadwood, South Dakota. As an adult, Dr. Rose Franklin led the team that uncovered the rest of the body parts which together form Themis: a powerful robot of mysterious alien origin. …

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