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Wri•ter \ˈrī-tər\: Neurotic librarian, lives in dream world, mutters to self, addicted to caffeine, edits compulsively, kills people for entertainment.

Rage by Cora Carmack

Rage (Stormheart, #2)Rage by Cora Carmack
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I still really love this series, the world, and the characters, but this story didn’t flow quite as well as book one did. It was just a little bit more all over the place. I still enjoyed it all, but because the pacing and flow seemed off, I don’t love it as much as I loved book one. However, I am ready to get my hands on book 3 to see how this all works out.

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Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown

Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden FruitGeorgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I confess that, at first, I was not sure if I was going to like anyone in this story, as circumstances are rather rough at the beginning. However, I quickly came around on almost everyone, and I really enjoyed this one. There’s a lot of change and growth, which all feels very realistic and honest. The romance elements are so sweet and hopeful.

The writing and storytelling are both fantastic, and the pacing seems to be spot on. Overall, this is a really solid YA Contemporary romance with a good amount of diversity that doesn’t come only from the LGBT characters.

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Dark Eden Series

Dark Eden (Dark Eden, #1)Dark Eden by Chris Beckett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a great premise! This is such an interesting and other-worldly sci-fi novel, with a strong dystopian feel about it. This story just sucked me right in, but I won’t try to explain the plot, as to avoid spoilers. I think this is one of those books that reads best when you go in knowing almost nothing and just get to be surprised as the story evolves.

I’m so happy that it was suggested in an Audicted podcast, which is why I picked it up in the first place. The audiobook is fantastic, with 8 different narrators, representing different POVs, though a majority of the narration is handled by two main POVs, and the others just make occasional appearances.

I am definitely moving on to book 2.


Mother of Eden (Dark Eden, #2)Mother of Eden by Chris Beckett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Such a fascinating world, with so much to say about humanity, society, power, politics, etc. But it never says anything in an in-your-face sort of way. It just presents the world and people and lets you draw your own, educated conclusions, based on how things occur.

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Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman

Orange Is the New BlackOrange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoy the show, so I figured it was finally time to read the book and see how the two compare. I thought it was interesting and well-written, and the book actually made prison seem less scary than I expected.

It was interesting comparing this to the show, which obviously moves in a different direction and carries on for far longer. It also gave me a lot to think about, in terms of how ineffective the penal system can be.

Overall, and I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but I actually prefer the show over the book. Yes. Blashphemy. I did just speak words that almost no librarian will ever utter, but it’s true. The show shares information from a lot of different perspectives, which just gives it more depth and grit than you get from only Piper’s POV.

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Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley StartupBad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This whole situation is just so absolutely ridiculous and insane, which made for an interesting read. I can’t even believe how long they got away with fraud and intimidation. This scam literally went on for years, and people supported this project despite a continual lack of real data and evidence to back anything up.

This is a good reminder that some people out there value making money above all else, and they will pretty much screw over anyone to get it. What a sorry state of affairs, but it’s definitely a thrilling read.

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