Review #148 // The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Evelyn grew up in the Devil’s Kitchen, but only wanted to fulfill her mother’s dream of being a world renown actress. After running away from her abusive father, she does just that. Monique is a journalist for Vivant, chosen specifically, for some unknown reason, by famous actress Evelyn Hugo to tell her story.

Why this book?: My friend Amelie loves this book with a passion that is almost concerning.

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Review #140 // Ripped Pages – M. Hollis

Ripped Pages

Princess Valentina, after her mother’s death, is locked in a tower by her father, destined to stay there until she comes of age to be married off. On a chance, Valentina decides to trust a stranger rather than stay any longer in the tower, and makes her escape.

Why this book?: Sapphicathon! I was a last minute participant, and this is one of my first reads of the marathon. Plus, I love M. Hollis’s Lilliac Town series.

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Review #134 // Into the Drowning Deep (Rolling in the Deep #1) – Mira Grant

Into the Drowning Deep (Rolling in the Deep, #1)When the Atargatis and all hands on deck went missing while in search of mermaids, everyone thought it was an elaborate hoax–except Tory. Tory knew that the mermaids had killed her sister, and she would do anything to get revenge, even if it took her all the way to the bottom of Challenger’s Deep.

Why this book?: I requested it on a whim on NetGalley, not realizing it had man eating mermaids, and lots of diversity.

I would like to thank the people at Orbit Books for allowing me to have a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Review #131 // Ronit and Jamil – Pamela L. Laskin

Ronit & Jamil

Ronit, who is an Isreali girl, falls in love with a Palestinian boy. Their warring nations keep them from being together, as well as their families, but that doesn’t stop them from wanting to be together.

Why this book?: I’d heard about it before, I guess. I saw it in my library, and it was short, diverse, and seemed interesting. It’s also a Romeo and Juliet retelling!

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Review #125 // A Lesson Before Dying – Ernest J. Gaines

A Lesson Before Dying

Jefferson is accused of a crime he didn’t commit and is sentenced to death. In his defense, his attorney calls him a hog, claiming that something that isn’t human doesn’t deserve to be treated as one. Jefferson’s godmother, incensed by this, employ’s Professor Grant Wiggins, to make a man of Jefferson before his final days.

Why this book?: It’s my first required read for my AP Lit class. I’d also heard interesting things about it before having to pick it up for class.

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