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Post by BassGuitarGirl on Tue Aug 13, 2013 11:42 am

13) "The Three" by Meghan O'Brien

This is a Post apocalypse story. It was an interesting look at the future after a world-wide sickness decimated most of the population. I'm not a fan of rape (who is?), and this book referenced it often. I assume this was designed to get the reader invested in the three main characters' struggles, but it kind of turned me off. I found myself flipping through the pages quickly waiting for something to happen. This is another book that had a lot of potential.
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Post by BassGuitarGirl on Tue Aug 13, 2013 1:04 pm

14) Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (Puffin Modern Classics) Taylor, Mildred D.

This classic won the Newbury Medal. It is set in the 1930's in the deep South (USA). The story gives an infuriating account of a black family trying to make it in a world where they are not even though of as human.

I highly recommend this one if you get a chance. (Oh, and it's NOT lesfic).
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Post by BassGuitarGirl on Tue Aug 13, 2013 1:06 pm

15) "Fast Pitch" by Graysen Morgen

I always like a book that uses softball as its vehicle. Love between a pitcher and a catcher. You can't beat it. I enjoyed this one, although I wish there had been a little more plot development. If you like softball and lesbians then you might like this one!
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Post by BassGuitarGirl on Tue Aug 13, 2013 1:17 pm

16) "Holding onto Faith" by Joy Argento.

Here is the Amazon.com blurb:
Faith Hughes grew up the daughter of a preacher in a small town in Upstate New York. She never imagined the turn her life would take when she took a job in a new town and met Sami Everett. Falling in love with another woman was never a part of her plans and went against everything she had been taught to believe. But true love is hard to fight and sometimes even harder to hang on to. Faith can't face what it means to love Sami and Sami can't let Faith go. What will Sami have to do to keep their love and hold on to Faith?
"You are a liar," Sami whipsered into Faith's ear. "You dance beautifully."
“You make it easy. I have never danced this well before. I really don’t have much practice.”
Eyes closed, bodies pressed tight, Sami lost herself in the music and Faith’s arms. Faith’s breath on her neck was warm but turned to heat as it spread through her body, settling in her center. Startled by the feeling, she pulled back, creating a gap between them. Faith moved forward filling in the space and Sami couldn’t help but relax into her.
A second slow song blended into the first and they continued swaying and moving as one. Sami nuzzled into Faith’s neck, her lips so close to Faith’s skin. She breathed in the scent, feeling drunk from sensations so foreign to her.
She pressed in further and placed a small kiss on Faith’s neck, followed by several more. Faith pulled back and searched Sami’s eyes before leaning in and joining their lips together in a searing kiss.

Please note that the editing errors mentioned in some of the reviews have been corrected.
The copy I had (Kindle) still had the typos and editing snafus, so that took away from the story. It was a decent story, though, and Argento's sense of humor is readily apparent through her characters' dialogue.


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Post by BassGuitarGirl on Tue Aug 13, 2013 1:20 pm

17) "Swans and Klons" by Nora Olsen
This was an EXCELLENT read. I will be keeping this one on my bookshelf (okay, on my Kindle) to read again.

Here is the Amazon.com blurb:
What does it take to survive in a world built on lies?

Sixteen-year-old Rubric loves her pampered life in the Academy dormitory. She’s dating Salmon Jo, a brilliant and unpredictable girl. In their all-female world, non-human slaves called Klons do all the work. But when Rubric and Salmon Jo break into the laboratory where human and Klon babies are grown in vats, they uncover a terrifying secret that tears their idyllic world apart.

Their friends won’t believe them, and their teachers won’t help them. The Doctors who rule Society want to silence Rubric and Salmon Jo. The two girls must flee for their lives. As they face the unthinkable, the only thing they have left to believe in is their love for each other.
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Post by BassGuitarGirl on Tue Aug 13, 2013 1:25 pm

18) "Flowers from Iraq" by Sunny Alexander

A nice read, although it did jump forward in time too quickly for my tastes. I got a good idea what war and PTSD are like by following this character's tale.

Here is the Amazon.com blurb:
Sometimes you need a fantasy to survive

Flowers from Iraq follows Kathleen Moore on her journey through childhood abuse, a lifetime of secrets and locked closet doors. Old comics found in a musty basement and a discarded copy of Alice in Wonderland, become her map to a world of fantasies. From foster child living in Boston, to closeted Army physician wounded while serving in Iraq to family doctor in the rural town of Canfield, whatever her role and wherever her journey takes her, she never travels alone.

Kathleen meets and falls in love with Claire Hollander, a free-spirited adventurer and storyteller who will challenge Kathleen to unlock the secret doors to her past.

A tale of opposites colliding and then reuniting, Flowers from Iraq balances humor and tragedy, the landscape of battle and the interior of the human mind. A drama that takes place during our own time of war, the story is a compelling reminder of the healing that comes through love and the human connection.
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Post by BassGuitarGirl on Tue Aug 13, 2013 1:28 pm

19) "After Mrs. Hamilton" by Clare Ashton

Good book. But.
For me, the plot seemed to go all over the place almost like it was written without an outline. The book tells several main characters' tales and there are some interesting plot twists. The words were put together well, and I did want to see what happened with all the characters, but the plot seemed choppy. Oh, and I think it won a Golden Crown Literary Society award.

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Clo is leading a loveless life as a high class escort for women. She's always had a dream of the ideal partner, but after a bad experience with love when she was young, figures she is better off on her own. Right now, she's supposed to be meeting her best friend. But tonight, Clo has to work.

It's early evening and Mrs. Hamilton waits for an escort on the balcony of her London hotel suite. It's cold, and she feels ice in her veins that has nothing to do with the chilly air. Too much pain, betrayal and lost desire. What is she thinking, that the touch of a stranger will heal her broken past? But her appointment is with Clo, and the touch of this beautiful young woman lights torches Mrs. Hamilton didn't know she carried. Clo doesn't even feel like a stranger. She feels dangerously like someone Mrs. Hamilton wants to know.

But love, passion, and desire never seem to know the right time, or place. Neither do secrets, especially when everyone's keeping them, as call girl Clo and her friends are about to find out. From London to Oxfordshire, the past collides with the present with repercussions no one could imagine or will ever forget.


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Post by BassGuitarGirl on Tue Aug 13, 2013 1:32 pm

20) "Untied: A Memoir of Family, Fame, and Floundering" by Meredith Baxter

This is the memoir from Meredith Baxter the actress. It takes you through her early life up through now and her struggle to find healthy relationships. I enjoyed it. An easy read and quite enlightening -- especially when it came to her marriage to the actor David Birney. Yeesh -- he was a piece of work.
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Post by Athena on Tue Aug 13, 2013 4:47 pm

Hey Barb, nice to see you again. Seems like you were busy reading. OK 
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Post by BassGuitarGirl on Tue Aug 13, 2013 9:53 pm

Hey Athena -- I use summer vacations (I'm a teacher) to kind of get caught up on my reading. Figured I'd list all the ones I read.
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Post by ElaineB on Wed Aug 14, 2013 9:11 am

An interesting lot. Thanks for the summer roundup!

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