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Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus
Two Can Keep a Secret
by Karen M. McManus (Goodreads Author)
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Actual rating: 3.75 stars

Even though I didn't find this as fun and exciting as "One of Us is Lying", it was still a good mystery novel that kept me at the edge of my seat! I did manage to guess the killer, but I didn't see the other plot twists comin
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Brief Cases by Jim Butcher
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Actual rating: 3.75 stars

I loved seeing Harry and the gang again! I've missed them and I really, really, REALLY hope that "Peace Talks" would finally be released in 2019!

My favorite short stories in this anthology are "Zoo Day", "Day One", "B is for
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Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
Ruin and Rising (Grisha Verse, #3)
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Yep, my memory served me well. This was waaaaaaaayyyy better than "Siege and Storm".

In retrospect, I think that Alina and Mal's character development were even more impressive to me because they were so annoyin
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“Suffering is cheap as clay and twice as common. What matters is what each man makes of it.”
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Na razrusha'ya. I am not ruined. E'ya razrushost. I am ruination.”
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Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Siege and Storm (Grisha Verse, #2)
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First of all, here's a big thank you for my darling soul sister Uma for walking this dark path - filled with murderous urges against Mal, Alina, and Vasily - with me. I swear, those three made this book so painf
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Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
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Actual rating: 4.5 stars

No contest. This awesome memoir by Trevor Noah was my best read for the month of April and will probably be one of my best 2018 reads.

I’ve always been a fan of Trevor Noah’s sense of humor and his snarky and intelligent politi
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Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
Spinning Silver
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Confession: I hesitated to add "Spinning Silver" to my TBR because even though I liked "Uprooted", I found it forgettable and overhyped.

Thank goodness one of my favorite bookstabuddies, Di, convinced me to give this book a chance! I did enjoy it so
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Wildcard by Marie Lu
Wildcard (Warcross, #2)
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Surprisingly, contrary to popular opinion (among my booklover circle of friends), I enjoyed "Wildcard" more than "Warcross". I'm glad I read this because despite its flaws, it's a pretty good ending for this duology.

As alway
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Immortal Fire by Annette Marie
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I really love it when I see the obvious improvement from the first book and the last book of a series. The Red Winter Trilogy is a great example. Even though I had a few issues with the first book, I ended this series feeling
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Tahereh Mafi
“I spent my life folded between the pages of books.
In the absence of human relationships I formed bonds with paper characters. I lived love and loss through stories threaded in history; I experienced adolescence by association. My world is one interwoven web of words, stringing limb to limb, bone to sinew, thoughts and images all together. I am a being comprised of letters, a character created by sentences, a figment of imagination formed through fiction.”
Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me

Richelle Mead
“I used to think you were weak and just didn't fight back ... but now, honestly, I think you're actually pretty tough. It takes a hell of a lot of strength to not complain and lash out.”
Richelle Mead, Bloodlines

Michelle Obama
“Do not bring people in your life who weigh you down. And trust your instincts ... good relationships feel good. They feel right. They don't hurt. They're not painful. That's not just with somebody you want to marry, but it's with the friends that you choose. It's with the people you surround yourselves with.”
Michelle Obama

Erin Morgenstern
“Someone needs to tell those tales. When the battles are fought and won and lost, when the pirates find their treasures and the dragons eat their foes for breakfast with a nice cup of Lapsang souchong, someone needs to tell their bits of overlapping narrative. There's magic in that. It's in the listener, and for each and every ear it will be different, and it will affect them in ways they can never predict. From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone's soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift. Your sister may be able to see the future, but you yourself can shape it, boy. Do not forget that... there are many kinds of magic, after all.”
Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

Marissa Meyer
“I'm sure I'll feel much more grateful when I find a guy who thinks complex wiring in a girl is a turn-on.”
Marissa Meyer, Cinder

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