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This one was a great addition to the Lt. Eve Dallas series.  In this novel, Eve is being portrayed by a movie star in an upcoming film about one of her big cases.  Of course, there are other actors all portraying the important people in her life from Roarke to Peabody, Dr. Mira, and others.  While she isn’t thrilled (surprise, surprise) about having to schmooze with the actors, she understands it is unavoidable.  However, the end of an evening party results in the death of the actress who was playing Peabody, Eve’s partner.  Eve is on the case, but it is much harder when she is somewhat involved in the murder and was even at the scene when it occurred.  But Eve is nothing if not tenacious and so she keeps putting the pieces together until she has her murdered.  A well done tale and no blood, guts, shooting, or really any graphic violence.  Not that I am opposed to that, but this was a nice departure.

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Very clever YA book.  London cannot remember her past, only her future.  Because of memory impairment, she sees glimpses of the future, but cannot remember what happens the previous day.  She leaves herself little notes and reminders to help her get her through her day, but it is still hard.  Enter Luke, a handsome boy that captivated London.  But she doesn’t seem him in her futures.  Why?  And what secrets does London have in her past that Luke will help reveal?  Utterly captivating, very clever YA book.

 

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In a post apocalyptic world, parents are forced to give up their children so that they can be raised within a walled city.  However, not all parents are happy about this.  Midwives are forced to bring the first three babies every month to the guards at the wall to be taken and raised by strangers.  However, one midwife, a young woman, decides that this is not fair.  After her parents are taken in for questioning, she will brave the wall to find out the truth and free her parents.  An intriguing book.  While I was not 100% enamored, it was an interesting read.

 

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In a world where a deadly virus renders most over the age of 18 infertile, it is considered a matter of national pride to have as many babies as possible before you turn 18.  Melody has scored a sweet contract to provide a baby for a couple.  But, her twin sister Harmony, who she only met a few weeks ago, is very religious and is trying to convince her that it is a sin.  In this dystopic YA novel, we see the world turned on its head as two teen girls must determine what type of future they want.  This is the first in a series.

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Thanks to Dana for recommending this awesome post-apocalyptic ya book to me.  It is not released until October, but it is bound to be incredibly successful.  Alex is a sullen teenager who is staying home alone for the weekend while his parents and sister go to visit his uncle’s house in Illinois.  But the day after they leave, disaster strikes.  A supervolcano in Yellowstone goes off and plunges the country into chaos.  At first, Alex stays with his neighbors after a part of volcanic rock destroys his house, but soon he makes up his mind to travel to Illinois to reach his family.  Along the way he meets people who help him and people who try to hurt him.  He ends up staying for a time at a farm where he meets Darla.  After a horrible accident, he and Darla take to the road together.  There are many challenges along the way, but you really see Alex grow as a person.  This is the first in a new series that is just as riveting as Pfeffer’s Life As We Knew It.  A must read for fans of post-apocalyptic fiction!

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I really appreciate that Eve Dallas is getting some, if not easier, at least less sleep deprived cases.  Dallas’s partner, Peabody, stumbles upon some corrupt cops.  Using their amazing talents and cool futuristic technologies, they put together a case to bring down the dirty cop and her subordinates.  There wasn’t as much of a Roarke and Dallas storyline, but he was there helping as always.  This was an intriguing mystery and I truly enjoyed it.  Dallas is getting used to the bureaucracy and I wouldn’t be surprised if she made captain in the next book based on some of the conversations she has with Commander Whitney in this one.  Another successful tale for Roberts.

 

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I had to read this book when I saw the cover.  It is very striking.  It reminds me of Wicked, but it is not at all like that.  Cassia lives in a world where everything is determined for you.  We first meet her on the night she is going to find out who her Match is.  Everyone is given a match to ensure optimum progeny and that is who they marry.  Cassia is amazed that her match is her best friend.  That almost never happens.  But when she goes home and looks at the chip with his info, it is another’s face who looks back at her, the face of Ky, a boy in her town.  She is confused, but the government assures her it is just a little mistake and she should forget about it.  But Cassia cannot and starts to spend time with Ky to see if maybe there was something to the whole matching mistake.  Soon, we find out that the government isn’t as great as it turns out to be and while there is no rebellion in this book, you can definitely feel it coming in the next.  This book is not unlike The Uglies Series by Westerfeld or the Giver my Lowry.  Sci-fi at its finest.

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