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Date Published: March 2018
Publisher: Black Opal Books

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Aldo is a mystery/thriller/love story in which a brilliant and dangerous ideologue attempts to eliminate a university’s genetics institute by holding the university’s president hostage.

On the same day that Isabel Canto, associate director of Pembrook Atlantic University's Institute for Genome Modification, discovers she is pregnant with IGM post-doc Frank Marks's baby, Pembrook's president Mary Ellen Mackin receives a letter from "Aldo" threatening harm if she does not dissolve the institute and fire its director. Aldo claims to represent "ethical people across the world concerned with the detrimental consequences of germline genetic modification in humans" who fear not only "designer babies" but also the unintended consequences of changing human DNA for future generations.

The institute's director, Linus Winter, conducts research into germline gene modification, which is the controversial modification of a gene in reproductive cells to affect descendants. Linus hopes to use genetic therapy to eliminate Huntington's Disease, for which he has tested positive, and other horrific hereditary disorders.

Isabel suspects that Frank, who has disclosed his opposition to germline genetic therapy, is willing to sabotage Linus's project. She finds her loyalties divided between Frank and Linus.

President Mackin refuses to dissolve IGM. The next evening Aldo kidnaps her.

This story is embedded in a letter Isabel writes to her son Lino on his sixteenth birthday.


Destination: Space

TITLE: Destination: Space Living on OtherPlanets (Dr. Dave Astronaut Series #4)

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AUTHOR: Dr. Dave Williams
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PUBLISHER: Annick Press

DATE PUBLISHED: October 9, 2018


GENRES: Children's, Non Fiction, Science



Will humans ever be able to live on other planets? Former NASA astronaut Dr. Dave Williams is the person to ask.

It turns out that Earth is a pretty good place to live. Finding other habitable environments in space is no easy task: temperatures on Mercury are ten times hotter than on Earth; winter on Neptune lasts about forty years, and Uranus is ten billion miles (sixteen billion kilometers) away.

But there is one planet that looks promising: Mars. Even though it takes six months to get there, Mars most closely resembles Earth. So what would it take to make it habitable—and what would life look like there?

As in the other three titles in the Dr. Dave: Astronaut series, this book demystifies space travel. The science is explained in simple terms while the sense of adventure is ever-present. This book belongs in the hands of every child interested in space, and in every classroom where STEM is taught.


The Merciless (The Merciless, #1)

TITLE: The Merciless (The Merciless #1)

AUTHOR: Danielle Vega

PUBLISHER: Razorbill

DATE PUBLISHED: June 12, 2014

PAGES: 279

GENRES: Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Paranormal, Young Adult

OBTAINED: Purchased

FORMAT: Hardcover

Forgive us, Father, for we have sinned

Brooklyn Stevens sits in a pool of her own blood, tied up and gagged. No one outside of these dank basement walls knows she’s here. No one can hear her scream.

Sofia Flores knows she shouldn’t have gotten involved. When she befriended Riley, Grace, and Alexis on her first day at school, she admired them, with their perfect hair and their good-girl ways. They said they wanted to save Brooklyn. They wanted to help her. Sofia didn’t realize they believed Brooklyn was possessed.

Now, Riley and the girls are performing an exorcism on Brooklyn—but their idea of an exorcism is closer to torture than salvation. All Sofia wants is to get out of this house. But there is no way out. Sofia can’t go against the other girls . . . unless she wants to be next. . . .

In this chilling debut, Danielle Vega delivers blood-curdling suspense and terror on every page. By the shockingly twisted end, readers will be faced with the most haunting question of all: Is there evil in all of us? 


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two (Harry Potter, #8)

TITLE: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child  #8

John Tiffany
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DATE PUBLISHED: July 31, 2016 

PAGES: 343

GENRES: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult

OBTAINED: Purchased

FORMAT: Hardcover
Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places. 


Sorry for going MIA these past few months! I've been dealing with a lot of stress, and a bunch of personal and professional issues. Both good and bad. It left me wondering if I should and could continue on with CTBG.

If any of you have ran a book blog (or any blog for that matter!) you know how much time goes into reading, reviewing, setting up, and publishing these posts. What little free time I had, was being sucked by this blog.

But in the end, I decided to keep it running. I obviously enjoy reading, and these opinions that swirl around in my head during and after reading needs to be expressed. I've become much more aware of how to juggle everything that needs my attention personally and professionally and fit in blogging along side it.

I won't be reading as many (10-15) books for the blog all at once like I have been. Instead, I'm just going to read a handful at a time (2-4), this clears me up to have more time to read books for pleasure. Also, instead of reading each book as they come in, I will be picking my reads based on if I'm feeling them, or if a particular one calls my name more than others. The exception being if there is an agreed upon date by myself and the author/publisher.

As you can see, I've pretty well revamped the blog. I feel like the layout and everything else was hectic, just as everything seemed to be for me at the time. So... I'm glad to be back. Please feel free to have a look around my newly designed site, and stay tuned for some pretty kick-ass content.

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The Selection (The Selection, #1)

TITLE: The Selection #1
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AUTHOR: Kiera Cass
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DATE PUBLISHED: April 24, 2012

PAGES: 336

GENRES: Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult

OBTAINED: Purchased

FORMAT: Paperback

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself—and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

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