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tl;dr everything,everything you’ve met your match

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The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
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Oh my goodness. This story was so heartwarming and sweet, I could barely keep iImage resultt together. Mallory and Rider grew up in an awful foster care situation, and were separated on tragic night. They were together for 10 years, where Rider took most of the beatings so Mallory wouldn’t have to, and fell completely in love the way young kids do.

Mallory has been adopted and living with an incredible family for the last four years. As she prepares for college, she decides to try high school since she has been home schooled the last three years. In foster care she was taught to be as quiet as a mouse to avoid the violence, so this would be quite a new challenge for her.

On the first day of school she recognizes him immediately, and Rider remembers her just as well. What follows is an incredibly adorable story of their reconnection as they are surrounded by new lives, people, and challenges of growing up in a city. You really have to read this to fall in love with their story and understand the pure and sweet love between Mallory and Rider.

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tl;dr pretty short;did read

Spill Zone by Scott Westerfield
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When the spill happened, people turned into meatbags floating in space, objects started floating on their own, and everyone else was evacuated. On a quest to photograph the new dimension, and provide for her little sister, Addison risks her life to put the zone behind her.

I love Scott Westerfield, but I wasn’t prepared for this to be a graphic novel. It is definitely part one, and I am really excited for the next parts!

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tl;dr Windfall (n): a piece of unexpected good fortune, typically involves a lot of money

Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith
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I guess this will be a quick take, as I sit here kind of drawing a blank on what to say….Windfall

Everyone likes to imagine what we would do if we won the lottery. Well Teddy, thanks to a birthday present from Alice, no longer has to imagine, as he’s just won $56 million (lump sum). He spends it in about the way you would expect an 18 year old to spend it. While Teddy struggles to remain/find himself in all this money, Alice can’t help but worry that her best friend, that she has been secretly in love with for 9 years, is going to disappear for good.

They are about to head to college and must decide where to go, or if they should even go at all. Teddy’s dad comes back trying to convince Teddy his bad habits are gone and he is here to stay, without needing to borrow any money. Alice misses her parents, and refuses to take any of the winning money as to keep her world from flipping on itself again.

It’s definitely a nice read that will leave you with your own daydreams of a windfall!

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tl;dr don’t miss it, feel better

Almost Missed You by Jessica Strawser
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Almost Missed You

I wouldn’t say there was anything particularly dramatic or too mysterious about this story (not like my usual picks); finishing this story left me with a very warm feeling.

I think we have all been there at one point or another; being stuck in a relationship and not knowing how to get out. Not really knowing what the right thing is, let alone wanting to do it. So one day Finn just takes his son and leaves his wife in the middle of a vacation. Until this point, their life has been a fairy tale, and has quickly turned into Violet’s worst nightmare. Unfortunately, Finn didn’t really plan this out, and winds up running to his best friend Caitlin, who is hiding her own secret that Finn threatens to expose. Continue reading

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tl;dr next time i’ll take the train

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
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Into the WaterLet’s start with the fact that I may have over-hyped myself for this book after realizing it was the author of Girl on the Train. It didn’t necessarily let me know, but it definitely was not as good as I was hoping it would be. The story is about Nel, who kills herself jumping off a cliff where many women have been drowned. Her sister is forced to come out to take care of Nel’s teenage daughter while the local police attempt to solve the mystery of her death, or if there even is one, while other stories unravel.

The story is narrated by approximately 10 characters, which took me about 150 pages to get settled into and follow who is who and why. After that point, I think the story becomes easier to follow. Overall, I think this was a good read until the very last sentence – literally.

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[Quick Take] tl;dr well suited for a Halloween read

Echoes in Death by J.D. Robb
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As you already know, these are my favorite pallet cleansers. I love the premise of the series and even when the books are 600 pages, they are still a very quick read.

This one focuses on a killer that likes to dress up in full costumes and make up as he stalked New York’s elite couples and does unspeakable things to them on the set he creates in their bedroom.

Another well solved case by Eve!

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tl;dr I liked your life too

I Liked My Life by Abby Fabiaschi
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This was such a lovely story. Madeline is thought to have been so unhappy with her life

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that she threw herself off the roof of a library, and left behind her teenage daughter, Eve, and her husband, Brady, to grieve and piece together what they had missed in her life that lead to such a tragic action.

In her grief, Eve realizes how much she took her mother for granted, and how much she never saw her as a person. Brady, on the other hand, blames himself for not being there enough, and not knowing what caused his wife such unhappiness.

Through the novel Madeline is caught in purgatory, able to silently communicate with Eve and Brady. Her goal before she finally ascends, which she does little by little, is to find someone to replace her to keep her family together. She also works on Eve and Brady’s relationship, realizing that without her they’re too lost to find even each other.

Overall, this was a well told story of grief, forgiveness, loss, and love. Madeline’s concern for her family is touching. Watching Eve and Brady cope and move on is so nice. I have never lost anyone that close to me, but I imagine this to be an accurate take on the process.

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