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Dork Diaries 3
by Rachel Renée Russell

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I loved the book. It was so amazing and I can't wait to read another Dork Diaries book. Rachel Renee Russell did really really really great writing this! The Dork Diaries series is so fun to read and is very funny. I can't wait to see what Nikki does next!

Think Twice
by Harlen Coben

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I love Coben's books - it is hard to put the book down once you start reading it. This has surprises till the very end.

Warriors #6: The Darkest Hour
by Erin Hunter

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The book The Darkest Hour by Erin Hunter is very intriguing and appealing to the reader. The book is the last in the original series of The Warriors books and before the series The New Prophecies. This book states how Fireheart the main character has to undergo a new type of job by being the leader of Thunderclan after the previous leader Bluestar dies. He has to fight against Scourge the leader of Bloodclan and emerges successful.

Long Way Down
by Jason Reynolds

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A powerful, gut-punching novel in verse that tackles gun violence and the cycle of revenge. Reynolds' raw, poetic storytelling and the book's unique elevator-ride structure make for an intense, thought-provoking read .

A Sister's Promise
by James Caine

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I received a copy for free and I am leaving this review voluntarily. A Sister's Promise by James Caine is a story about a woman who won't take "no" for an answer when it comes finding the perpetrator to a tragedy within her family. Sarah follows each clue and jumps to several conclusions in the process while a little voice comments on her pursuits. I did guess the ending even with all the character feints within the plot and honestly, I'm not surprised at who the culprit was. Even with the over use of the term "thin smile", this story was a breezy little whodunit that will keep you guessing until the end.

The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo
by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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It was a sad, interesting, and multifaceted story about Evelyn and the choices she made. I wished there was more about Monique, but I appreciate how their lives intertwined. Not a perfect ending, but I felt satisfied

Beloved
by Toni Morrison

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5 stars “And no one, nobody on this earth, would list her daughter’s characteristics on the animal side of the paper…She felt she had to convince, that what she had done was right because it came from true love.” pg. 296 Though in the beginning might seem to be a slower read, once you really get into the book, you’ll find collective trauma and love of each and every character. Trauma creates fear, which in turn creates love. The trauma of slavery: being seen as an animal and the set monitary value placed on not only yourself, but other Black people; the fear of slave hunters and klan members coming after you to lynch, burn or kill in other horrific ways; And if not to kill—to dirty your soul and mind. The fear of: Being haunted by the ghosts (both living and dead) from your past; The child that roams the halls in rage of death, but the love of: doing anything for your children, even if it means taking matters into your own hands; slowly opening the tin box that conceals your heart; finally stepping off those porch steps to ask for help, to feel the embrace of another being. For my second Toni Morrison book, this was a great read. I agree wholeheartedly with the statement that Morrison’s books are all about love, especially for Black people and our community.

A Good Yarn
by Debbie Macomber

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A story about friendships, fitting in and making friends, like, it's problems and solutions. Lydia owns a yarn shop which she opens after her bouts with cancer. She has groups come in to learn to knit and in the process they form lasting friendships and support for each other as they navigate life.

My Name Is Long As A River
by Suma Subramaniam

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It's a great book! I recommend it to kids who want to learn more about other cultures or their own! :D.

Dr. Texas
by Debbie Macomber

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This is the story of a small Texas town, Promise, the people who live there and a doctor from LA, Jane Dickenson. Jane comes to Promise to be their doctor for three years, to pay off her school loans. To make friends and fit into the community, she needs to learn how to be a Texan - how to dress, eat, ride, talk, and more. In the process, she falls for the town, its people and the love of her life. An easy summer read.