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Paper & Blood (Ink & Sigil #2) by Kevin Hearne

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Another great book in Hearne’s new spinoff of the Iron Druid Chronicles series. This book has Al, Buck, Nadia, an Australian apprentice sigil agent and the Iron Druid tracking down the apprentice’s missing mentor and another sigil agent in the Australian Outback. Once they track the general location where the sigil agents went missing, they quickly run into some very strange monsters that are determined to eat and kill their way through everyone they face.

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The Funny Thing About Norman Forman by Julietta Henderson

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Twelve year old Norman and his best friend Jax are a comedy duo whose 5 year plan is to debut their act at the Edinburgh Fringe comedy festival. Then Jax dies. To overcome his grief and honor Jax, Norman decides he has to perform at the festival himself. The problem is that Jax was the funny one, not Norman. Norman also decides it’s time to meet his father and convinces his mother Sadie to embark on a journey to find his dad and perform at the festival. They are aided by Sadie’s co-worker and they all learn a lot about themselves, and each other, along the way.

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Up a Tree by Richard M. Brock

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I was interested in this book because it was described as Mark Twain-like and I really like his style of writing. While I could see what the author was attempting to do with this book, it fell short for me.

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Finlay Donovan is Killing It by Elle Cosimano

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a fun, entertaining mystery/romance that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Finlay is a young mother of two getting divorced from her cheating husband. She’s a struggling mystery/romance author who has writer’s block and is in danger of having to return her meager book advance. She’s in debt up to her eyeballs, her husband is fighting her for custody and she can’t catch a break. A last minute change of plans has her meeting her book agent in a Panera restaurant sitting amongst a lunchtime throng. As she discusses the latest plot of her murder mystery, she senses the woman at the table next to her listening in and eyeing her.

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Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I love this book. It starts off slowly, setting the scene and giving the reader a glimpse into Darren’s safe, predictable life working as a shift manager at Starbucks and spending time with his mother and girlfriend. One day he gets recruited to be a salesperson in an elite, cut-throat start-up company, and that’s when the pace of the book takes off and doesn’t slow down until the end. Darren is the only African American person in the company, and his supervisor nicknames him “Buck”. The running “joke” throughout the book is that various colleagues tell him he looks like one or another African American actor. Buck is taken under the wing of the company CEO and once he begins work, the two become close.

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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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Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is an entertaining, funny romp through the apocalypse with S.T., a fowl-mouthed crow, and his owner’s trusty dim-witted dog, Dennis.

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