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Old 08-19-2013, 09:42 AM   #2131
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43/50: The Program by Suzanne Young

In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program.
Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.

Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them.


I liked this book a lot, but I almost wish it wasn't going the series route. I felt like it could have ended after Book 1 and I would have been satisfied!
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Old 08-19-2013, 10:34 AM   #2132
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I've read a LOT of free Kindle books over the past several weeks. Many of them have a lot of racy parts, so you should probably read some reviews before taking on some of these:

92/150 - Danger in the Shadows by Dee Henderson

93/150 - Fallen Seal Legacy by Sharon Hamilton

94/150 - Off Course by Sawyer Bennett

95/150 - Beginnings and Ends by Suzanne Brockmann - this is a novella, and was wonderful, if you are familiar with Ms. Brockmann's FBI suspense series

96/150 - Countdown (Eve Duncan) by Iris Johansen - I really liked the Eve Duncan series at the beginning and middle. I felt like I muddled my way through this out of loyalty to the series.

97/150 - Backspin (Myron Bolitar) by Harlan Coben

98/150 - Death Echo (St. Kilda) by Elizabeth Lowell

99/150 - Worth the Effort by Mara Jacobs - This is the 4th book in the "Worth" series and it was just as good as the first 3. Interesting information about SAD (Seasonal Adjustment Disorder).

100/150 - Resisting the Bad Boy by Violet Duke

101/150 - Attracted to Fire by DiAnn Mills

102/150 - The Lies That Save Us by JL Redington. The writing style on this was so awkward. I found that I was skimming it, to get to the conclusion, but didn't really enjoy it.
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Old 08-19-2013, 03:17 PM   #2133
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Finished #35 out of 50

The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan

Bleh. Story about 39 people that were fortunate enough to make it into a lifeboat after their luxury liner sank. The book starts out with the main character, a 22 year old girl named Grace, standing trial for murder. Story then travels back in time as she recounts the days spent on the lifeboat and the ensuing power struggles amongst her companions and what ultimately led up to her being on trial after being rescued.

It was enjoyable while reading, but only because I kept waiting for the storyline to take a twist, for Grace to be someone other than how she was portrayed, for... SOMETHING to happen that was unexpected! But that "something" just never came about, and I was disappointed in the book when finished.

I rated the book 2 stars out of 5 on Goodreads.

Next up: Don't Stop the Carnival by Herman Wouk
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Old 08-19-2013, 06:46 PM   #2134
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Book #19 The Shack by Wm. Paul Young - This is not a bad book. I found the set up to the tragic event in the first few chapters to be the most interesting part. From there, God intervenes to set the main character's life right. It would be nice if God worked that way, if He would take us away to a cabin in a Thomas Kinkade painting and explain all the great mysteries of life to us over the course of a weekend. The remaining chapters take us through short sermons where the author gives us the benefit of his observations on God but he puts them in God's own mouth. Personally, I think he took this a little far. For the most part, you would be a better person if you tried to apply these lessons. Take it as a work of fiction and not as a prophetic Word from God and you may glean something encouraging but it's not the life changing revelation that the book's marketing promises.

Next up - Women by Charles Bukowski - I know, I know! I'm inviting literary whiplash with this transition.

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Old 08-20-2013, 03:14 PM   #2135
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#58 Joyland by Stephen King

Was just ok. Good story but nothing like I expect from Mr. King, lol.
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Old 08-20-2013, 03:16 PM   #2136
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#58 Joyland by Stephen King

Was just ok. Good story but nothing like I expect from Mr. King, lol.
Sure wasn't but it was part of his "crime" genre.
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Old 08-21-2013, 08:08 AM   #2137
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Book #52 - "Shakespeare: The World as Stage" by Bill Bryson

I enjoyed this book. There was not much new information about the Bard, but it was presented very well, and in a very conversational manner! I teach Shakespeare to actors, and a lot of this information was very interesting to me.

Next up: "Prairie Tale" by Melissa Gilbert. I'm excited about this, as I am an avid Little House on the Prairie fan!
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Old 08-21-2013, 05:28 PM   #2138
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Book 30 of 45

Out of Darkness(Book 1 of Starborn Saga)

Death doesn't wait for our approval. Death takes us when it is ready. Nineteen-year-old Mora knows this all too well, living in a world where the dead have walked the Earth for the past 60 years.

Mora is on a mission to save her village from the relentless greyskins, and there is only one man that can help her: Jeremiah of Screven. As she travels the wastelands, she discovers a power within herself, a power she believes no other human possesses. That is, until she meets others like her – the ones who call themselves the Starborn.

These super-humans are on a mission also: to destroy the undead greyskins, and take down the greedy Jeremiah. Mora must now choose between the one who can keep her family safe, and those that can show her who she truly is.
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Old 08-21-2013, 07:38 PM   #2139
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103/150 - The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. I really enjoyed this book. It was so original and beautifully written. My heart was breaking for the main character through many parts of it. Wonderful!
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Old 08-22-2013, 01:21 PM   #2140
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Finished book #58: Beautiful Creatures by Margaret Stohl

I enjoyed this book (4/5 stars) about Casters (witches) going light or dark. I did like reading through this main character, who is male (Ethan), more than Bella from Twilight. I couldn't stand reading Bella's thoughts & wasn't a fan of the twilight books. This author did a better job keeping Ethan from not being annoying & still got the high school thing across.


Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.
Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.
In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.


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Old 08-22-2013, 01:32 PM   #2141
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Loved this one too!
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Old 08-22-2013, 01:35 PM   #2142
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Book #66 B****es of Brooklyn by Rosemary Harris

Review: Not going to lie I bought it because of the title. The book itself is tedious and the author keeps bringing up the food the women eat like she's George RR Martin. Anyways, four friends discover a note a fifth friend sent them stating she has run away with one of their men. Of course this drives the women crazy and leads them to figure out which man in their life has left with her.

The author found her inspiration from A Letter to Three Wives, a classic movie that I totally suggest but beyond that there is little redeeming in the book. Too many details and anecdotes that make little sense to the story. The story actually seems to wander off without little explanation and later the book becomes a mystery in the disappearance of their friend. In the end, everything is wrapped up like a neat package but at that point, I stopped caring. The ties to the friends' men (three are married and one is dating) and Abby (the friend who ran off the with the guy) aren't even there! The women just see it in their mind but don't try to think rationally. It was an ok book but I feel like I wasted my time.
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Old 08-22-2013, 03:37 PM   #2143
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103/150 - The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. I really enjoyed this book. It was so original and beautifully written. My heart was breaking for the main character through many parts of it. Wonderful!
Took a look at this one on Goodreads and added it to my list - thanks for the review!
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Old 08-22-2013, 04:29 PM   #2144
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Took a look at this one on Goodreads and added it to my list - thanks for the review!
I think you'll really like it. Can't wait to hear!
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Old Goal - 24 books
I've got 4 months left to read 4 more books. Let's reset that to two books every month for the remainder of the year. New goal 28 books.

Book #20 - Women by Charles Bukowski - Henry Chinaski is completely disconnected from emotion and surrounded by a cast of characters all of whom are varying degrees of crazy. It was a like watching a reality television show that was frequently interrupted by short bursts of graphic but apathetic sex. I kept waiting for the vulgarity to coalesce into something meaningful. It did get more human in the closing chapters of the book. However, it didn't redeem itself enough that I would consider recommending it to anyone. That said, it did have its introspective moments and I would read another book by Bukowski. I do like his sparse writing style. He says a lot without wasting words.

Next up - Alice in Zombieland by Nickolas Cook, Lewis Carroll - This was a Nook freebie a while back. The Goodreads reviews are lukewarm. As much as I like a good zombie story, I'm not expecting much from this one. I'm giving it a shot just to move an older title off my to-read list.
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