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What I’m Reading Now: Gone Girl by Flynn

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On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

What I’m Reading Now: Mr. Darcy’s Decision

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In Pride & Prejudice, Jane Austen captured hearts with the passion-filled romance of Elizabeth Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy. Now, Mr. Darcy’s Decision finds the newlyweds in their tumultuous first year of married life at Pemberley, entrenched in the frivolous social pressures of their prying friends and family.

While the sharp-tongued duo of Lady Catherine de Bourgh and Caroline Bingley criticizes Elizabeth, the new Mrs. Darcy has a happier matter on her mind—the fact that she is carrying the next Darcy heir. But when the sudden and unexpected return of Elizabeth’s sister Lydia brings alarming reports of seduction and blackmail that threaten the newlyweds’ life together, Mr. Darcy is forced to make the most difficult decision of his lifetime.

Written in a style that stays true to the author’s sardonic wit, Mr. Darcy’s Decision paints a vivid portrait of Regency society—full of romance, tragedy, humor, and intrigue.

My Thoughts on The Maze Runner by James Dashner

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Sometimes I have the opportunity to review books that have not been released yet. I am then asked to provide my comments to the publisher. I learned early on that if I said something fabulous and a little out there, my comments would make the cover and the Amazon page as the “Editorial Reviewer”.

So it’s with that background that I say that I HATE IT when people say that a book “is the next. . .” I get why they do it. I’ve done it. But I think it’s a curse. I am sorry, The Maze Runner is not the “next” Hunger Games. It took me two years to get through this book.

I will say that I like this book for boys. They have so few intelligent options to choose from — I am glad this series is out. But I probably will not read The Scorch Trials, though I desperately want to know what happened to Teresa. I will go see the movie, though. This book belongs on the big screen. I cannot wait to see the maze or how they constructed The Grievers.

My Thoughts On “The Shadow Throne” by Jennifer Nielsen

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I started this trilogy a few years ago with my book club. Each book is a very fun read that can be enjoyed by adults and teens alike. I especially recommend this book to parents with teenage boys. It is so hard to find intelligent books for boys to read!

Trilogies seem to be the fashion of late, and I have been burned before. Divergent series — did not go anywhere near that final book when I heard what Roth had done. Matched series — alright, I admit, I was cheering for Xander, so I really did not like the final installment. Everneath? Ahem. Apparently I always choose the wrong hero to cheer on because I was a fan of Cole and the final installment left me sad. Okay, I admit it, borderline devastated. Hunger Games. Did anyone like the final installment? No? I’ll tell you why. Because Peeta is the soul of the Hunger Games, and without him, it all falls short. Take that, crazy Gale fans.

With such an experience, can you imagine my doubts going into The Shadow Throne? But I am happy to share that Nielsen does not disappoint. I had my concerns. I reached Page 71 and sent Nielsen a nasty note via Twitter. But she encouraged me to read on, and I am glad that I did. The book was engaging, entertaining and intelligent. Happy reading!

What I’m Reading Now: The Shadow Throne

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Jennifer A. Nielsen takes readers on an extraordinary journey in this final installment of the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling Ascendance Trilogy.

War is coming. . . . Join Jaron as he embarks on his final adventure!

What I’m Reading Now: The Maze Runner

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If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.

Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Everything is going to change.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

Remember. Survive. Run.

My Thoughts on The Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones

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There was a lot of magic in this book, and the idea was fabulous. A secluded estate. A stormy night. Visitors sent into the house following a horrible accident. A dinner party that has a guest straight from hell itself. The idea was really great!

But then it went horribly wrong. It went from magical to just weird. I thought about not finishing it, it was slow in many sections, but I am glad that I held on because the ending had some of the better, magical scenes.

It was the 200 pages before that that I did not like as much.

What I’m Reading Now: The Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones

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A grand old manor house deep in the English countryside will open its doors to reveal the story of an unexpectedly dramatic day in the life of one eccentric, rather dysfunctional, and entirely unforgettable family.

Set in the early years of the twentieth century, award-winning author Sadie Jones’s The Uninvited Guests is, in the words of Jacqueline Winspear, the New York Times bestselling author of the Maisie Dobbs mysteries A Lesson in Secrets and Elegy for Eddie, “a sinister tragi-comedy of errors, in which the dark underbelly of human nature is revealed in true Shakespearean fashion.”

My Thoughts On “The Fault In Our Stars” by John Green

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I am always a little weary when starting a book that is the focus of so much hype. What if I do not like it? What if I am disappointed? Or worse, bored? What if I don’t get it? Will my best friends who swear by this book defriend me from Facebook? Will I be “that book reviewer” who did not like the most likeable book ever?

Thankfully, The Fault In Our Stars lived up to every bit of hype. I laughed. I cried. And then I sobbed. It was a brilliant story told brilliantly.

As a Mom, I loved Hazel for wanting so desperately to save her parents from further pain. I loved that she went all the way to Amsterdam in order to find out the ending for the mother of her favorite book. Is she okay? Clearly Hazel needed to know that her Mom was going to be okay when she was ‘no longer a Mother’, and I loved that about her.

I am excited for the movie to be released on June 6th. But can I confess something? I do not think that the actor who plays Augustus is very cute, and that is a big deal. Hazel mentions on nearly every other page how attractive Augustus is, and looking at the movie clips, I am not convinced. Is this another Peeta disappointment?