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Deacon King Kong by James McBride

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was the book for our January book club meeting. I hadn’t heard of the book until it was chosen, and then it seemed like I saw it everywhere. The book is a well-written peek into the life of residents in a section of a housing project in south Brooklyn. The story starts with an alcoholic, cranky elderly church deacon named Sportcoat shooting the local drug dealer in front of everyone in the middle of the project’s courtyard. From there, the book weaves the stories of the various residents from the Five Ends Baptist Church that witnessed the shooting and are affected by it, as well as the police officer assigned to investigate the shooting and a local Italian mobster.

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Court of Swans (The Dericott Tales #1) by Melanie Dickerson

Rating: 2 out of 5.

I could not get into this YA Historical Fiction. I didn’t like the writing style. It was too basic and didn’t flow well. I was disappointed because the description of the book really interested me. This is just my opinion, however, and others may enjoy the book.

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A Time for Swords by Matthew Harffy

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a rousing historical fiction set in northern England in AD793. On June 8, AD793 Vikings pillage the monastery on Lindisfarne, and the Viking Age has begun. While Vikings kill and rape monks and villagers as they try to run from danger, a young monk named Hunlaf runs toward danger. Despite never swinging a sword before, he takes up a weapon and kills his first man. And so begins Hunlaf’s journey from monk to warrior, and his quest for vengeance.

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The Camelot Betrayal (Camelot Rising #2) by Kiersten White

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is the second book in the exciting YA Fantasy series and it does not disappoint. The book delves deeper into Guinevere’s role in Camelot. To complicate matters, the real Guinevere’s younger sister shows up in Camelot and refuses to leave.

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The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop (Whistle Stop, AL #2) by Fannie Flagg

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a wonderful, warm book revisiting beloved characters from Whistle Stop, Alabama. The book skips back and forth between time periods and characters, telling some of the side stories in between the lines of Fried Green Tomatoes.

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Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Huh. I’m not quite sure what I just read. It was a mash-up of several genres, including gothic, horror, mystery, LGBTQ romance and historical fiction. This is a unique book that won’t be for everyone.

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The Midnight Bargain by C.L. Polk

Rating: 4 out of 5.

3.5 stars

This is another good fantasy novel from the author. The great thing is that this is a stand alone, which is rare to find in fantasy books.

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Her Last Flight by Beatriz Williams

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This was our September book club choice. This is a slow, quiet story about a young woman’s search to write the biography of forgotten aviation pioneer Sam Mallory, who joined the loyalist forces in the Spanish Civil War and never returned.

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The Silvered Serpents (The Gilded Wolves #2) by Roshani Chokshi

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was a fantastic second book in this YAFantasy series. This book definitely does not suffer from the notorious “second book slump” and there is little to no “filler” that is typically stuffed into second books.

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