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Book Review: Heiresses

ThaGenre: Nonfiction - HistoryStar Rating: 4 out of 5 starsPlot Summary From Goodreads: Heiresses: surely they are among the luckiest women on earth. Are they not to be envied, with their private jets and Chanel wardrobes and endless funds? Yet all too often those gilded lives have been beset with trauma and despair. Before the… Continue reading Book Review: Heiresses

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Book Review: Underland

Genre: NonfictionStars: 5/5 starsSynopsis from Goodreads: In Underland, Robert Macfarlane delivers an epic exploration of the Earth’s underworlds as they exist in myth, literature, memory, and the land itself. Traveling through the dizzying expanse of geologic time—from prehistoric art in Norwegian sea caves, to the blue depths of the Greenland ice cap, to a deep-sunk "hiding… Continue reading Book Review: Underland

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Book Review: The Girl with the Whispering Shadow

Genre: Middle-grade fiction/fantasyStars: 3-1/2 out of 5 starsSynopsis from Goodreads: Even a secret town cannot protect Ivy from a mysterious darkness...Only hours after Ivy Lovely discovers that she is the fulfillment of the Moonsday promise, she is whisked away from her beloved school to Belzebuthe, a secret town for only those with magical blood. Ivy… Continue reading Book Review: The Girl with the Whispering Shadow

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Book Review: The Library of the Unwritten

Genre: Fiction / FantasyStar Rating: 3 out of 5 starsSynopsis: Many years ago, Claire was named Head Librarian of the Unwritten Wing—a neutral space in Hell where all the stories unfinished by their authors reside. Her job consists mainly of repairing and organizing books, but also of keeping an eye on restless stories that risk… Continue reading Book Review: The Library of the Unwritten

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Book Review: The Night Circus

Genre: Fiction/FantasyStars: 5 out of 5Synopsis: The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des R ves, and it is only open at night.But behind the… Continue reading Book Review: The Night Circus

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Book Review: The Origin of Wizards, Witches and Fairies

Synopsis from Goodreads: This book tells the fascinating story of the origin of our ideas about wizards, witches and fairies. We all have a clear mental image of the pointed hats worn by such individuals, which are based upon actual headgear dating back 3,000 years to the Bronze Age. Carefully sifting through old legends, archaeological… Continue reading Book Review: The Origin of Wizards, Witches and Fairies

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Book Review: Spilt Milk

Genre: Contemporary FictionStar Rating: 2 out of 5Synopsis from Goodreads: Centenarian Eulalio Assumpcao has reached the end of his long life. From his modest bed in a Rio public hospital, as his mind falters, he grandly recounts his past to passing nurses, his visiting daughter and the whitewashed ceiling. His eccentric stories are seemingly nothing… Continue reading Book Review: Spilt Milk

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Book Review: The Last Mona Lisa

Genre: Fiction, historical fiction, art-history thriller.Star Rating: 4-1/4 out of 5Plot Summary from Goodreads: August, 1911: The Mona Lisa is stolen by Vincent Peruggia. Exactly what happens in the two years before its recovery is a mystery. Many replicas of the Mona Lisa exist, and more than one historian has wondered if the painting now… Continue reading Book Review: The Last Mona Lisa

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Book Review: All of Us Villians

Genre: YA/FantasyStar Rating: 4 out of 5Plot Summary from Goodreads: The Blood Moon rises. The Blood Veil falls. The Tournament begins. Every generation, at the coming of the Blood Moon, seven families in the remote city of Ilvernath each name a champion to compete in a tournament to the death. The prize? Exclusive control over… Continue reading Book Review: All of Us Villians