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The Big L Hotel by Sjoerd Kuyper

TJ Burns — June 21, 2017 Fantastic! Creative! Refreshingly original! Surprises at every turn (and there were a lot of turns)! Kos is a sympathetic, interesting, and entertaining character — I loved following his thoughts and being privy to his … Continue reading

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Bug Girl (Bug Girl, #1) by Benjamin Harper & Sarah Hines Stephens, Anoosha Syed (Illustrations)

TJ Burns — June 15, 2017 A girl who loves bugs? That was enough to captivate me. Amanda is a likable character, who despite being mobbed and bullied because of her tastes and interests is still able to rise above … Continue reading

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Sunbaked by Junie Coffey

TJ Burns — May 25, 2017 Sunbaked was a fun read! It was a lot more than I bargained for (in a good way)! The mystery was easy to guess and not a big shocker, but that wasn’t the point. … Continue reading

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The Best Kind of Magic (Windy City Magic #1) by Crystal Cestari

TJ Burns — May 1, 2017 I liked the voice. Amber’s matter-of-fact, sarcastic, joke-dropping, sassy, and a little self-depreciating style resonated with me, as did the setting — my parents are from Chicago. I thoroughly enjoyed Amber’s snide remarks and … Continue reading

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Tricked (Fairy Tale Reform School #3) by Jen Calonita

TJ Burns — April 23, 2017 Another exciting adventure to Gilly and friends! This time they go on a quest, during the course of which they all stretch their preconceived notions of what they (and their friends) are capable of … Continue reading

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Prisoner of Ice and Snow by Ruth Lauren

TJ Burns — April 4, 2017 I loved this book right from the start — the quick foreshadowing of the events to come pulled me right in and didn’t let me go, as questions upon questions accumulated, straight through until … Continue reading

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Charmed (Fairy Tale Reform School, #2) by Jen Calonita

TJ Burns — March 30, 2017 Yet another exciting adventure for Gillian Cobbler and her fairy tale friends! Gilly finds that living up to a hero’s reputation is not as easy as it might seem. She has trouble balancing fame … Continue reading

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Perfect (Flawed #2) by Cecelia Ahern

TJ Burns — March 2017 Perfect was a fantastic read! Everything I hope for in a book and more! Suspense, mystery, unexpected twists and turns, thought-provoking content, intelligent (and at time witty) dialogue, interesting/intriguing characters who experience character growth, and … Continue reading

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The Pearl Thief (Code Name Verity 0) by Elizabeth Wein

TJ Burns — March 11th, 2017 The characters in The Pearl Thief are so vivid and each is unique! I really feel that I know them. The writing is amazing! …and the mystery! I couldn’t stop reading. Julie is a … Continue reading

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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

TJ Burns — February 27, 2017 I love well-written dystopian novels and I love solving mysteries, so Station Eleven is right down my ally. The biggest mystery throughout was figuring out how all the players fit together. One-third through, I … Continue reading

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