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Book Review: Requiem - Lauren Oliver

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Requiem - Lauren Oliver They have tried to squeeze us out, to stamp us into the past.
But we are still here.
And there are more of us everyday.
Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has been transformed.  The nascent rebellion that was under way in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight.
After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds.  But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven --pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids.  Regulators now infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels, and as Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain, her best friend, Hana lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancee of the young mayor.
Maybe we are driven crazy by our feelings.
Maybe love is a disease, and we would be better off without it.
But we have chosen a different road.
And in the end, that is the p…

Book Review: The Memory Thief - Emily Colin

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The Memory Thief - Emily Colin When Madeleine Kimble's husband Aiden dies in a mountain climbing accident, Maddie can only think of his earnest promise to return to her and their young son.  Aiden's best friend J.C. feels great remorse over his inability to save him, but J.C.'s grief is also seasoned with the guilt of loving Maddie through the years.  Meanwhile, across the country another young man wakes up in a hospital and finds that his memories have been wiped clean, and replaced with haunting dreams of a beautiful woman and a five year old boy whom he feels driven to find.  What Nicholas Sullivan discovers upon his journey is utterly unexpected--and it will change all of their lives, especially Maddie's.
3/5 stars (really like it) This story is told from 3 points of views, Maddie's, Aiden's and Nicholas.  Through these views you learn about how Maddie and Aiden met, fell in love and got married.  Nicholas is a blank slate and relies on his friends and girlfr…

Book Review: Girl With a Pearl Earring - Tracy Chevalier

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Girl With a Pearl Earring - Tracy Chevalier In seventeenth-century Delft, there's a strict social order-rich and poor, Catholic and Protestant, master and servant-and all know their place.  When Griet becomes a maid in the household of the painter Johannes Vermeer, she thinks she  knows her role: housework, laundry, and the care of his six children.  She even feels able to handle his shrewd mother-in-law; his restless, sensual wife; and their jealous servant.  What no one expects is that Griet's quiet manner, quick perceptions, and fascination with her master's paintings will draw her inexorably into this world.  Their growing intimacy sparks whispers; and when Vermeer paints her wearing his wife's pearl earrings, the gossip escalates into a full-blown scandal that irrevocably changes Griet's life.
4/5 stars (really liked it) I really enjoyed this fictionalized story of the girl in the famous painting.  Although this book is fairly short I feel like I really got to k…

Book Club: These Granite Islands - Sarah Stonich

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These Granite Islands - Sarah Stonich From her hospital bed, 99-year-old Isobel Howard recalls her unexpected friendship with Cathryn, a childless, Chicago-born heiress who shunned her family, attended art school and married an Irishman with no pedigree.  During the summer of 1936, the women find themselves alone in Cypress, MN, a mining town on the edge of a glacier-fed lake.  Isobel is the wife of a tailor, mother of three young children and a milliner by training.  Her husband, Victor has taken their two boys away to an island he has purchased--an extravagance that has become a sore point in their marriage.  Left behind with her quiet daughter, Louisa, Isobel revives her interest in hat-making   During their shared days, Cathryn introduces Isobel to literature, art and more cosmopolitan view of life, ultimately making Isobel and accomplice to the affair she is having with a local forest ranger.  But there is a darker side to this idyll, and as the elderly Isobel reflects on the ens…

Book Review: Shades of Earth - Beth Revis

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Shades of Earth - Beth Revis Amy and Elder have finally left the oppressive walls of the spaceship Godspeed behind.  They're ready to start life afresh--to buidl a home--on Centauri-Earth, the planet that Amy has traveled 25 trillion miles across the universe to experience.
But this new Earth isn't the paradise Amy had been hoping for.  There are giant pterodactyl-like birds, purple flowers with mind-numbing toxins, and mysterious, unexplained ruins that hold more secrets than their stone walls first led on.  The biggest secret of all?  Godspeed's former passengers aren't alone on this planet.  And if they're going to stay, they'll have to fight.
Amy and Elder must race to discover who--or what--else is out there if they are to have any hope of saving their struggling colony and building a future together.  They will have to look inward to the very core of what makes them human on this, their most harrowing journey yet.  Because if the colony collapses?  Then e…