July 2024

“Twisters”: Exciting and Emotional

In a summer full of action movies, I wondered if “Twisters” would have what it took to stand out. A sequel to the 1996 Twister, I also was curious how it compared with the original film. But I was pleasantly surprised with a film that is exciting and emotional, with a cast of colorful characters, […]

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The Lost Story by Meg Shaffer: Unique Fairytale

As boys, best friends Jeremy Cox and Rafe Howell went missing in a vast West Virginia state forest, only to mysteriously reappear six months later with no explanation for where they’d gone or how they’d survived. Fifteen years after their miraculous homecoming, Rafe is a reclusive artist who still bears scars inside and out but

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“Cursed Boys and Broken Hearts” by Adam Sass: Authentic Romance

Grant Rossi is never getting a happily-ever-after. Ever since he was a kid and made a wish on his family’s iconic Wishing Rose, his romantic relationships have been cursed to end. Following his most recent (and extremely public) dumping, Grant is languishing in a hot Chicago summer, abandoning his beloved design projects to sink back

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“Blood Jade” (Phoenix Horde Book 2) by Julia Vee & Ken Bebelle: Exhilarating Ride

Emiko Soong, newly minted Sentinel of San Francisco, just can’t catch a break. Just after she becomes the guardian for a sentient city, a murder strikes close to home. Called by the city and one of the most powerful clans to investigate, she traces the killer whose scent signature bears a haunting similarity to her

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Despicable Me 4: Hilarious Family Fun

I have loved the Despicable Me films from the very beginning. I love animation and comedy; with Steve Carrell voicing Gru, they’ve been wonderful fun, so I was excited that we were getting a new film after seven years. Despicable Me 4 is hilarious family fun with a cast of crazy characters that will keep

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The Night Ends with Fire by K.X. Song: Emotional and Stirring

The Three Kingdoms are at war, but Meilin’s father refuses to answer the imperial draft. Trapped by his opium addiction, he plans to sell Meilin for her dowry. But when Meilin discovers her husband-to-be is another violent, ill-tempered man, she realizes that nothing will change for her unless she takes matters into her own hands.

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Foul Days by Genoveva Dimova: Detailed and Complex

As a witch in the walled city of Chernograd, Kosara has plenty of practice treating lycanthrope bites, bargaining with kikimoras, and slaying bloodsucking upirs. There’s only one monster she can’t defeat: her ex, the Zmey, known as the Tsar of Monsters. She’s defied him one too many times and now he’s hunting her. Betrayed by

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