REVIEW : DAISY JONES & THE SIX

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TITLE: Daisy Jones & The Six
AUTHOR: Taylor Jenkins Reid
GENRES: Historical Fiction, Contemporary
FORMAT: Audiobook
LENGTH: 9hrs 4mins
PUBLISHED: March 5th 2019
PUBLISHER: Random House Audio

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Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now.

Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.

Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.

Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.

The making of that legend is chronicled in this riveting and unforgettable novel, written as an oral history of one of the biggest bands of the seventies. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a talented writer who takes her work to a new level with Daisy Jones & The Six, brilliantly capturing a place and time in an utterly distinctive voice.

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BLOGMAS 2019 : REVIEW / EMPIRE OF STORMS

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TITLE: Empire of Storms
AUTHOR: Sarah J. Maas
SERIES: Throne of Glass #5
GENRES: Fantasy, Young Adult
FORMAT: Paperback
PAGES: 689
PUBLISHED: September 6th 2016
PUBLISHER: Bloomsbury YA

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The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

In this breathtaking fifth installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, Aelin will have to choose what—and who—to sacrifice if she’s to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart.

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ARC REVIEW : MICHIGAN VS. THE BOYS

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TITLE: Michigan vs. The Boys
AUTHOR: Carrie S. Allen
GENRES: Contemporary, Young Adult
FORMAT: Earc
PAGES: 308
PUBLISHED: October 1st 2019
PUBLISHER: KCP Loft

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Hockey meets the #MeToo movement in this powerful debut novel.

Michigan Manning lives for hockey, and this is her year to shine. That is, until she gets some crushing news: budget cuts will keep the girls’ hockey team off the ice this year.

If she wants colleges to notice her, Michigan has to find a way to play. Luckily, there’s still one team left in town …

The boys’ team isn’t exactly welcoming, but Michigan’s prepared to prove herself. She plays some of the best hockey of her life, in fact, all while putting up with changing in the broom closet, constant trash talk and “harmless” pranks that always seem to target her.

But once hazing crosses the line into assault, Michigan must weigh the consequences of speaking up — even if it means putting her future on the line.

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REVIEW : THE NIGHTMARE

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TITLE: The Nightmare
AUTHOR: Lars Kepler
SERIES: Joona Linna
GENRES: Mystery, Thriller
FORMAT: Finnish Hardcover
PAGES: 622
PUBLISHED: March 2011
PUBLISHER: Tammi

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“Kepler provides a master class in noir.”—The Boston Globe

A drowned young woman is discovered on an abandoned pleasure boat drifting by the Stockholm archipelago—strangely, her clothes are dry. The next day in Stockholm, a man turns up dead, hanging from a lamp hook inside his completely bare apartment—but how could he have hung himself with no furniture to climb upon? As Detective Inspector Joona Linna begins to piece together the two mysteries, he discovers that they are a mere prelude to a dizzying and dangerous course of events. From the internationally bestselling author of The Hypnotist comes The Nightmare, another spellbinding tale of Nordic crime.

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REVIEW : I WAS ANASTASIA

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TITLE: I Was Anastasia
AUTHOR: Ariel Lawhon
GENRES: Historical Fiction
FORMAT: Audiobook
LENGTH: 13 hours
PUBLISHED: March 27th 2018
PUBLISHER: Random House Audio

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Countless others have rendered their verdict. Now it is your turn.

Russia, July 17, 1918 Under direct orders from Vladimir Lenin, Bolshevik secret police force Anastasia Romanov, along with the entire imperial family, into a damp basement in Siberia where they face a merciless firing squad. None survive. At least that is what the executioners have always claimed.

Germany, February 17, 1920 A young woman bearing an uncanny resemblance to Anastasia Romanov is pulled shivering and senseless from a canal in Berlin. Refusing to explain her presence in the freezing water, she is taken to the hospital where an examination reveals that her body is riddled with countless, horrific scars. When she finally does speak, this frightened, mysterious woman claims to be the Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia.

Her detractors, convinced that the young woman is only after the immense Romanov fortune, insist on calling her by a different name: Anna Anderson.

As rumors begin to circulate through European society that the youngest Romanov daughter has survived the massacre, old enemies and new threats are awakened.

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REVIEW : THE WICKED KING

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TITLE: The Wicked King
AUTHOR: Holly Black
SERIES: The Folk of the Air
GENRES: Fantasy, Young Adult
FORMAT: Hardcover
PAGES: 322
PUBLISHED: January 8th 2019
PUBLISHER: Hot Key Books

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You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself that strong.

Jude has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were biddable. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her, even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a faerie world.

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REVIEW : THE GHOST OF CROW CAVERN

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TITLE: The Ghost of Crow Cavern
AUTHOR: John Wedlake and Norman Mounter
GENRE: Fantasy
FORMAT: Ebook
PAGES: 98
PUBLISHED: March 30th 2018
PUBLISHER: Austin Macauley Publishers Ltd

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A wave of delight and anticipation sweeps through a small community of red squirrels as they behold a vast fleet of boats carrying their distant cousins towards them. They will no doubt bring incredible wealth, wisdom and joy to the humble squirrels of Nutshaven.

However, the dream soon becomes a nightmare. Their distant cousins soon turn out to be enormous and brutish bullies of an ever-expanding Grey Empire. Shadowtail – the brilliant but intensely evil Grey leader – announces that their lives are about to radically change:

“Your colony is now ours, and we shall endeavour to use you and your resources to enrichen the imperial spoils of conquest and world domination.”

With their entire way of life now under threat, will the wisdom of old Normsk, the wits of young Cheswick and the might of Brutenuts the Brave be enough to counter such a dark and dominant force?

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