Book Review: Love and First Sight, Josh Sundquist (2017)

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Book Review: My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, Fredrik Backman (2015)

Friday, June 26th, 2015

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five out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free electronic ARC for review on NetGalley vorlagen geburtstagseinladungen kostenlos downloaden. Trigger warning for violence, including domestic violence and war.)

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Book Review: The Walls Around Us, Nova Ren Suma (2015)

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Dark, Haunting, Beautiful – One of My Favorites of 2015

five out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received an ARC for review from book blogger Miss Print herunterladen. Also, trigger warning for sexual harassment and allusions to rape.)

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