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One True Mate 3 by Lisa Ladew 3 stars paranormal (PNL)

Shifter, Swipe Left for Love, Nash by Adriana Hawkes 4 stars (PNL)

Once Bitten by Kalayna Price 3.5 stars (PNL)

Demise of a Devious Neighbor by Elaine Orr 4 Stars (cozy mystery)

Deputy Bear (Bear Patrol) by Scarlett Grove 4 stars (PNL)

Echoes In Death by J D Robb 6 stars (# 44 in the series of futuristic homocide cops)

2 by Amelia Jade in her Green Bearets series (PNL)
Jarvis 3 stars
Garrin 4 Stars

The Purr-fect Soldier by Vivienne Savage 4 stars (PNL)

Cowboy Bear Blues by Harmony Raines 3 stars (PNL)

You're the One That I Want by Becca Boyd 4.5 stars (romance)



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2/28/17 5:08 P

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Long After MIdnight by Iris Johansen ***

I finished reading this one a couple of weeks ago and some of the details escape me now, but, basically the story is about a young woman who does medical research. As the story begins, you find out there is something iffy in her past involving her father. Then, in short order, her ex-husband and father to her young son is killed when his car explodes. As this is going on, the owner of another medical research company is relentlessly trying to hire her despite her turning down his offers one after another. As the story moves on she is drawn into the world of politics and big pharma while running from a ruthless killer and a race against time. The story moved along quickly and it was an easy read. The average rating on Goodreads was 4+ stars, but I wouldn't put it on my shelf of "keepers".


"Bloodstream" by Tess Gerritsen **

This book is another medical thriller, I usually like Tess Gerritsen's books but I didn't find this one up to her usual quality. It is about a small town doctor (another single woman with a young son) who ran away from problems in her previous home and is trying to build her practice despite getting less than a warm welcome from the other townspeople. The books begins with an account of horrendous violence that happened in the 1940's that is less than complete, but hooks you into the story. As the story goes on, the town is beset by mysterious, violent behavior by the towns teens that continues to escalate and include murder. What the towns people don't talk about or want anyone to know, is that this violent behavior has happened before and seems to be cyclical in the town's history. The doctor is convinced there has to be something in the environment causing this violent behavior and sets out to discover what it is. Can she succeed before her own young son is destroyed and will it destroy her budding love interest with a member of the town's law enforcement, who is a sympathetic and tragic character in his own right?



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2/28/17 1:01 A

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Servant of the Crown by Denise Domning 4* Engaging first book in a mystery series set in 12th Century England. Recently returned from the Crusades, Sir Faucon , second son of a minor noble, has been appointed to the recently created position of Coronarious, or Keeper of Pleas, removing it from the domain of the Shire Sheriffs who had used it to enrich their own treasuries instead of the revenues going to the Crown. With the aid of a lay brother skilled in the use of herbs, Faucon puzzles through one death per book seeking to thwart the Sheriff and discover the true culprit.

A Family Affair by Mary Campisi 4* Breaking from the distant past and heading into the distant future, this fast-paced sci-fi follows the female captain of a small freighter and her motley crew of aliens as they battle pirates, strive to maintain their independence, and deal with simplistic misconceptions and prejudices while aiding a crumbling galactic alliance.

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2/25/17 2:23 P

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Finished "The Perfect Pass" by S.C. Gwynne about the development of passing offense in football. Think Moneyball and Michael Lewis. Excellent little geeky read about football and the development of the "Air Raid" offense. 4 stars

I am currently reading "Turn Right at Machu Picchu" by Mark Adams. Part travel book, part history of the Incas, part history of the discovery. Told in a humorous style with a touch of Bill Bryson.

Still working on the audio book of "H is for Hawk".

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2/25/17 8:34 A

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The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka - 3 stars. This was a quick read and it is about a group of Japanese women who come to the US as brides slightly before WWII and what happens to them. It is written in third person as a group with strange short sentences. I thought it was very well researched and the sentences did add to kind of the mystery of this time in history. Interesting book. I had read her other book, When the Emperor Was Divine, which is a fictional story about a Japanese family that goes to an internment camp during WWII.

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2/24/17 10:03 A

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Our Little Secrets by Merry Farmer **** This book reminds me of the romance novels I read in the early 70's. some twists and turns


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2/22/17 9:08 A

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Memoirs of A Geisha by Arthur Golden *****

This is the story of the geisha, Sayuri. How she became a geisha and the life she led while waiting for her true love. Very good book! It matched up well to the movie and both are beautifully done.

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2/20/17 2:19 P

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I just finished Stephen King's "It" ... "It" is very well written. The story is pretty complex and multi layered. On a basic level "It" is about good vs evil and the essence of childhood. "It" is very long so be prepared (a good warm up for "Infinite Jest"). 5 stars

I need a fast read now so I'm tackling "The Perfect Pass" by S.C. Gwynne about the development of passing offense in football. Think Moneyball and Michael Lewis.

Halfway through the audiobook "H is for Hawk" by Helen Macdonald

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2/20/17 2:05 P

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I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella ***
It's about a woman who finds a phone that belongs to some guy and they interrupt each others lives. It wasn't bad but it wasn't great either. I find that Sophie Kinsella likes to leave people hanging. This is the second book I have read by her and each one made me angry in the same way. If you are going to take the time and write a book about characters you want us to fall in love with, please give us the common courtesy to see it through. She throws the characters together at the end and I guess lets us assume that things work out??? Crazy!

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2/18/17 9:14 A

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I am reading two right now:
1. The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout for a book club
2. The Whistler by John Grisham

Not far enough into Burgess Boys to comment but would welcome thoughts. The Whistler is going to be really good. Comments on this book?

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2/16/17 5:20 P

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Evicted by Matthew Desmond. It is a non fiction work about poverty and housing for the poor areas in Milwaukee, but could be any city. The book follows a number of individuals struggling to afford rents, and unable to live on their meager income. The book is well written, carefully researched, raises provocative concerns. I was disappointed with the last chapter that became preachy and the rest of the book had made many of these points more poinently. **** because all but the last chapter was beautifully written and delivered an important message.

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2/16/17 4:47 P

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In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen 4* Well crafted detective/historical fiction set in England during the early days of WWII. Before the US entered the war, there was considerable sentiment in both England and America to avoid further fighting and accept the 'inevitable' triumph of Hitler. Working undercover to preserve national monuments and treasures, people actually felt they were acting patriotically in working for the victory of the Third Reich.

Omega Exile by Stephen Arseneault 4* Enjoyable sci-fi touching on power and control, interspecies mistrust, and 'poor little rich girl' trying to make it on her own.



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2/15/17 6:31 A

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The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante. The second in a series set in Italy.

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2/14/17 10:28 P

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Fahrenheit 451- I wasn't a fan of it but I know it's a famous one.

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2/14/17 8:08 A

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W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton **** I love the characters in this series.


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2/14/17 5:29 A

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2 books by Lisa Lad in her One True Mates series (working on the 3D now) Various Shiften (shifters) must find their true mates before an evil demon destroys the world.
One True Mate 1 4 stars
One True Mate 2 4 stars

The Wilde Crew: Ashton by Kim Fox 4 stars Another member of the shifter crew finds a Mate

Billionaire Dragon's Bride by Anya Nowlan 3 stars

Shiftr: Swipe Left for Love (Ryzard) by Ariana Hawkes 3 stars

Walker Texas Wife: The First Book Cellar Mystery by Melissa Storm 4 stars (non-shifters!) no one is what they seem in Herald Springs, TX



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2/11/17 8:12 A

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The Dry, by Jane Harper. A crime story set in Australia. An easy read and a good one. Kept me guessing until the end. Won an award in Australia.

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Currently rereading Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I read it in high school and thought reading about a totalitarian country was timely. (Stated on the jacket)

The 6th Man by David Baldacci. I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads. It is part of a long series based on King and Maxwell, 2 investigators who have a past history of being in the Secret Service. I've read this series completely out of order which is OK.

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Aunt Dimity Takes a Holiday by Nancy Atherton 3.5*

Part of a series about amateur detective Lori Shepherd who has help solving mysteries from the ghostly Aunt Dimity who communicates through written pages in an old journal. Light and amusing bit of whimsy.

Enchanted Islands by Allison Amend 4.5*

Based on the mid-20th century memoirs of Frances Conway, this is the story of a Minnesota girl born to immigrant parents in the 1980's who is secretly jealous of the comfortable life of her best friend Rosalie. Only when she gets a little older does the dirty little secret behind Rosalie's supposedly affluent lifestyle become evident. Frances and Rosalie run away from home at 15, but become separated a year later. Decades later they meet again in San Francisco where Rosalie is a housewife and mother and Frances is a secretary for the Office of Naval Intelligence and is about to embark on a mission with intelligence operator Ainslie Conway and spend the next several years stationed on the Galapagos Islands. World War II breaks out and Frances and Ainslie deal with German operatives also stationed under cover on the islands. Exploring the ideas of friendship, sexual and religious identity, and what is necessary to create a place we call home. - interesting and well written.

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2/8/17 10:11 A

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Emma by Jane Austen *****
It is about a young lady who thinks herself to be a match maker which gets her into some pretty hilarious situations. The writing style is so beautiful I can hardly believe it took me to the ripe old age of 29 before I read my first Austen. Loved every minute.

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The Modern Fae's Guide to Surviving Humanity by Joshua Palmatier ****

A collection of short stories about the Fae adjusting, or not, to the modern world. These are not Disney fairies but Celtic fairies. The stories were by different authors but were consistently well told.

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The Clothes They Stood Up In by Alan Bennett 3 Stars. It was a short story that was pretty cute and was not what I expected.


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W.E.B DuBois - American Prophet - Edward J Blum ****


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The Scent of Holiness by Constantina Palmer ****** Ms. Paler offers a first hand account of her contact with nuns in a Greek Orthodox monastery. I read this for my book club. I absolutely loved it. I would recommend this for anyone wanting to know more about the lives of monastics. The foreword was written by Abbess Gabriella of the Holy Dormition Monastery in Rives Junction, Michigan. I have visited this monastery and have enjoyed meeting Abbess Gabriella and the other nuns at the Holy Dormition Monastery.


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Night Sins - Tami Hoag ***
This is a mystery set in current times in a small town in the mid-west. It was recommended by a friend and I feel that it would probably be a 4 star for someone who likes this type of gritty police work mystery. The writing was excellent and I read it in two days because I had to find out how it ended. The mystery involved child kidnapping which isn't something I like to read about.

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Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance *****
This is a nonfiction book. It is about growing up in Appalachia, breaking out, and the strengths and fears the experience left with him throughout his life. It is very well written.

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Here we are! This is where you can list the books that you finished in February

All posts need book title, author, and stars; 0 being the worst and 6 being very special.

I want to thank our Librarian for this month, To Be Announced .

I would encourage you to comment on books that others have read by sending them a Sparkmail. This topic is just to list books read and finished in February 2017 for the team.

This is a thread where we list all the books that we read during the month of February and rate them by the system listed below. Please note that you need to list title, author, and your rating for it to be counted. Also, please give a description of the book and how it appealed to you. This is a great way to find new books and authors that you might be interested in. Everyone is welcome to join.

If you started a book in January (or any prior month), but finish in February, it counts for February.

DO NOT list books STARTED; only books FINISHED. Include title, author and rating.

Rereads count, audios count, electronics count. Our minimum word count is 25,000.

Book Ratings:

0 stars - Fit for only lining birdcages.
1 star - Agent was better salesman than author was writer.
2 stars - Some parts had promise.
3 stars - Solid read in its genre. Take it on plane.
4 stars - Better than average. Don't lose it on the plane.
5 stars - Recommended. One of the top 10% of books in its genre.
6 stars - Strongly recommended. Beg, Borrow, Buy, or Steal It.

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