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[Short Reviews] 2017 Fall Favorites

Tomorrow I’ll post my Winter TBR, but first I need to share my fall favorites! I can’t believe fall has already come and gone! It’s been a busy couple of months, but thanks to an endless supply of reading, I’ve been happily distracted. 🙂

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The Girl in the Tower (The Bear and the Nightingale #2) by Katherine Arden: A mixture of Russian folklore and history, it’s no surprise that The Bear and the Nightingale is my new favorite series. Cast out by her village as a witch, Vasya decides to turn lemons into lemonade as she explores the world beyond, battling savage bandits and guarding innocent children… all while keeping her gender secret. A force to be reckoned with, Vasya proves female characters are far deeper than their romantic dreams. (5 Stars)

We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter: Following a Polish family separated by war, We Were the Lucky Ones is a heartbreaking tale of love and sacrifice.  A perfect read for any World War II reader. (4 Stars)

Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper #2) by Kerri Maniscalco: Attending one of the most astute schools of forensic medicine, Audrey struggles to prove herself equal in a male-dominated classroom while a copy-cat murder brings ancient lore to life. Sadly, after an endless game of cat and mouse, the hype won out on this one, but it’s always a pleasure visiting the charming Mr. Cresswell. (3 Stars)

Ancient Brews: Rediscovered and Re-Created by Patrick E. McGovern: Combining the worlds of history and beer, Ancient Brews proves dreams really do come true.  (4 Stars)

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The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter: Another wild ride from the queen of thrillers! Be sure to check out the prequel Last Breath too. (4 Stars)

The Changeling by Victor LaValle: A modern day fairy tale set in the wilds of New York City, The Changeling is entirely out of the norm, mixing parental anxieties with the haunting secrets we keep from those we love best. (5 Stars)

 

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman: The Aunts are no doubt the secret stars of Practical Magic, full of wisdom and mischief, who could deny their charm? I’m so glad Hoffman finally decided to share more of their story! (5 Stars)

Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout: This is a book for anyone and everyone. Full of hope and second chances, you’ll find a very different novel than its predecessor, My Name is Lucy Barton. (4 Stars)

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Vengeance Road & Retribution Rails by Erin Bowman: A mysterious gunslinger, hidden gold, and cowboys galore – Vengeance Road is a hidden gem! I can’t believe I waited so long to read it! (5 Stars)

The Empress (The Diabolic #2) by S. J. Kincaid: For anyone in ACOTAR withdrawal, I might have found your next series… if you’re not reading it already. (4 Stars)

Ringer (Replica #2) by Lauren Oliver: Picking up where Replica left us, Gemma’s finding it impossible to go back to normal life – and how could she, with everything she knows now!? With a new cast of characters and darker secrets, it’s going to be another long wait for the next one! (4 Stars)

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell: It’s been ten years since Ellie disappeared, but her mother Laurel has never given up hope. A parent’s worst nightmare come to life, Then She Was Gone will leave you in suspense as the mystery falls closer and closer to home. (4 Stars)

What did you read this fall?

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