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Talking on Twitter leads to some of the most interesting discussions…and challenges. Dared to post one-sentence reviews on all of my outstanding reviews for 2015 or earlier books, I not only accepted the dare but had fun knocking out so many reviews in one go. Enjoy!


The Indifferent Stars Above by Daniel James Brown

It will cause you to rethink every romantic notion you may have ever held about the pioneers who migrated west.


On Immunity by Eula Bliss

Bliss had me at vaccination comparisons to vampires, but the arguments she puts forth in favor of innoculation are equally impressive, thoughtful, and well-worth reading.


The Captive Condition by Kevin P. Keating

Quite the freaky little book in which no one is quite sane or sober and all trapped within their own confines.


The Lake House by Kate Morton

While not one of her best, it is still a lovely novel and what fans have come to expect from Kate Morton.


Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell

Sarah Vowell’s unique take on history – eyes wide open, unashamed to point out the not-so-glorious past – is at its finest with this story of the Revolutionary War and one of the men who helped the colonists win their freedom.


These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly

Even though it is a tad predictable and a bit trite, Jennifer Donnelly’s novel about a girl struggling against the trappings of society’s mores is still a thrilling read and a great way to while away an afternoon or two.


The Witches by Stacy Schiff

Stacy Schiff puts her excellent research skills and even better writing skills to good use as she strives to unravel the odd mess that was the witch hysteria in Salem and surrounding towns.


Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young

Intense and downright scary at times, Suzanne Young knows how to write an emotion-filled novel with broad appeal in her latest novel about a rebellious teenage girl and a stopover in a hotel that is not what it seems.


Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick

A heart-pounding thrill ride while in the midst of reading it, Becca Fitzgerald’s story about a girl forced into the witness protection program suffers from a lack of memorability.

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