Wednesday, November 25, 2015

On My Wish (Christmas) List!

Hello Bookish Friends! I've got another new feature for you. Many of my fellow book bloggers have wish lists that they post about from time to time, and I really like this idea. So, I am terribly sorry if I am stealing this idea from you, 
but you are brilliant. 
The first installment of On My Wish List will be about books that made my Christmas List this year (*hint hint* Mom!), and I will go from there. In this feature, you might find tidbits about books that caught my attention, authors I adore with new books out, or simply the next book in a series I've been reading. Please feel free to weigh in with your own additions and recommendations! 
I know y'all have excellent taste. 

Be looking for the first item On My Wish List next Thursday!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Let's Wine About Wednesday!

Hello Book-loving Friends! I've been wanting to start a new feature here at Mindful Musings, and now that my job has gone down to part time I actually have the time to do so! My new feature is called Wine About Wednesday (I know that this isn't original, but I like the alliteration and hope to take the name in a new direction). I've noticed that wine gets paired with all sorts of things these days: dinner... cheese... whining... etc. So why not pair it with books? I don't know about you, but one of my favorite ways to relax is a bubble bath, a good book, and a glass of wine. 
In this feature I will pair a wine (or other beverage that fits the story) with whatever book I am currently reading. I'll give some thoughts on the book while I am still reading it, hopefully some reason (however ridiculous) that the beverage I am drinking goes with the book, and pose a few questions to you or the author. I would love for this to be interactive and fun, so please leave your thoughts in the comment section about the book or the drink. Or let me know if you have a good pairing of your own! 

The only thing that I ask is that you don't ruin the ending of the book for me!! I will be talking about books that I haven't finished yet, and one of the greatest sins is ruining the ending of a good book. Don't be that guy. 

The first Wine About Wednesday post will be up next week. Get excited!!!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Review of The Lunar Chronicles, Book 2: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

AuthorMarissa Meyer
Pages: 452
Publication Date: February 5, 2013
Source: purchased myself

Quick Summary
Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison--even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

Opening Lines
"Scarlet was descending toward the alley behind the Rieux Tavern when her portscreen chimed from the passenger seat, followed by an automated voice: 'Comm received for Mademoiselle Scarlet Benoit from the Toulouse Law Enforcement Department of Missing Persons.'"

My Thoughts
As soon as I finished Cinder, I had to run out a get a copy of both Scarlet and Cress! Seriously, this series is fantastic! I bought, started, and finished Scarlet in a 24 hour time period. No joke. It's that good.

This book follows the larger story of Cinder but focuses in on a new character, Scarlet. This fractured fairytale is based on Little Red Riding Hood, but there are some definite Beauty and the Beast undertones. A beautiful girl with an eccentric relative, a hot bad boy that's hiding something and happens to be very protective... I mean, it's even set in France! How am I not supposed to see a Beauty and the Beast pattern here? Not to mention that Beauty and the Beast is literally my favorite fairytale of all time! Needless to say, I was enthralled with this book. It's sexy and action-packed and redemptive all at the same time. 

The chemistry between Wolf and Scarlet is palpable. I mean, let's be honest ladies, we've all had a bad boy crush at some point in our lives... We all know the heat that can exist there. Plan on seeing that bad boy hotness factor surface throughout this entire book! But if you think for a minute that Scarlet is helpless against the bad boy charm, just hang on a minute! Scarlet is a strong female character that can take care of herself and isn't afraid to make her opinions known. She's a fighter, strong enough to tame even the baddest of the big bad wolves. I pretty much just want to be her. 

We also learn more about the Lunar Queen and what she might be planning. 
There are glimpses of Lunar society and how deep the Lunar conspiracy actually goes. And for those of you who were worried about Cinder at the end of the first book, Marissa Meyer does take the time to cut to Cinder's story as well. 
And that's all I'm saying about that!

Overall, a very strong 5 out of 5 hearts!!!

About the Author
Marissa Meyer lives in Tacoma, Washington, with here fiancé and their two cats. In addition to her slight obsession with books and writing, she's big on road-tripping, wine-tasting, and hunting for antiques. She is represented by Jill Grinberg. Cinder, her debut novel, is a futuristic re-envisioning of Cinderella in which Cinder is a cyborg mechanic.

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Review of Temperance Brennan, Book 18: Speaking in Bones by Kathy Reichs

TitleSpeaking in Bones
AuthorKathy Reichs
Pages: 336
Publication Date: July 21, 2015
Source: Digital ARC copy from NetGalley

Quick Summary
For every case Temperance Brennance has solved, there remain innumerable unidentified bodies in her lab. Information on some of these is available online, where amateur sleuths sometimes take a stab at solving cases. One day, Tempe gets a call from Hazel “Lucky” Strike, a web sleuth who believes she’s successfully connected a body in Tempe’s lab to a missing persons report on an eighteen-year-old named Cora Teague. Since the bones in her lab do seem to match Cora’s medical records, Tempe looks into the case, returning to the spot where the bones were originally found. What seems at first to be an isolated tragedy takes on a more sinister cast as Tempe uncovers two more sets of bones nearby. When she then learns that the area is known as a viewing point for a famous unexplained light phenomenon with significance for a local cult, Tempe’s suspicious turn to murder by ritual sacrifice—a theory thrown into question when Hazel herself turns up dead. Still reeling from her mother’s diagnosis and the shock of Andrew Ryan’s potentially life-change proposal, Tempe races to solve the murders before the body count climbs further.
Opening Lines
"I'm unbound now. My wrists and ankles burn from the straps. My ribs are bruised and there's a lump behind my ear. I don't remember hitting my head."

My Thoughts
I have to start this review by admitting that I haven't read any of the other Temperance Brennan novels. I am a big fan of the author's other work... I've read the Virals series Reichs co-wrote with her son, I am a huge fan of the TV show Bones, and I even got to hear her speak at a book signing last year. But this is my first Temperance Brennan novel. That's probably an important disclaimer going into this review. 

When I heard Kathy Reichs speak last year, one of the things she mentioned was that Bones and the Temperance Brennan novels are very different. They have Temperance as the main character in common, but even she is a bit different in each rendition. Because I knew this going into the novel, I wasn't too disappointed that my Bones characters weren't all there. I basically read this book as a completely different story, and I loved it! For the record, this book can be read as a stand alone novel. I could tell there were a few themes that had been developing over the course of the 18 books that I was missing, but it was entertaining nonetheless! Who doesn't love a good mystery? And this is a good mystery!

I quite enjoyed the cast of characters from the quick-witted web sleuth, Hazel, to the secretive and creepy Teague family. The characters in this novel really shined and made the mystery so much more engaging. I had a hard time guessing the ending (the mark of a good mystery!) and couldn't put the book down! I enjoy stories that surprise me, and this one did. I don't want to say too much because I don't want to give it away, but definitely pick up a copy for yourself. 

And don't forget Agent Andrew Ryan. He is HOT! Be still my beating heart! I am almost certain that there are some scenes in previous books that I would really enjoy reading. His relationship with Tempe is a complicated one, and I definitely want to go back and read the rest of the series to watch it develop. From what I can tell, this is a solid mystery series, and I am excited to read more!

Overall, I give it 4 out of 5 hearts!

About the Author
Kathy Reichs is a forensic anthropologist for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, State of North Carolina, and for the Laboratoire des Sciences Judiciaires et de Médecine Légale for the province of Quebec. She is one of only fifty forensic anthropologists certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology and is on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. A professor of anthropology at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Dr. Reichs is a native of Chicago, where she received her Ph.D. at Northwestern. She now divides her time between Charlotte and Montreal and is a frequent expert witness in criminal trials.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Review of Cinder by Marissa Meyer

AuthorMarissa Meyer
Pages: 387
Publication Date: January 3, 2012
Source: given to me by Natalie (thanks, friend!)

Quick Summary
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.
Opening Lines
"The screw through Cinder's ankle had rusted, the engraved cross marks worn to a mangled circle."

My Thoughts
So I know that I'm a little late to the Cinder fandom, but COUNT ME IN! This novel (and series) was such a fantastic idea for a fractured fairytale! It combines all of my favorite genres: young adult fiction, sci-fi, and (of course) classic fairytales with a bit of a twist! I LOVED IT!

First, let's talk about the setting. This book takes place on a futuristic Earth and Moon (called Luna). This part of the larger series takes place in the royal kingdom of New Beijing. I mean, how else would we have a Prince Charming? And this kingdom is full of hovercraft for transportation, androids to take care of most of the work, and cyborgs to experiment on. Unfortunately, a plague is ravaging the kingdom and with cyborgs being only part-human, they are the natural test subjects for a vaccine. Having a fairytale set in the future is such a brilliant idea! Instead of the cheesy talking animals, we have robots. And instead of a horse-drawn carriage, we have hovercraft. Admittedly, the sic-fi futuristic twist totally brought out my nerdy side. I also love the use of a "non-white" cultural presence as well. A Chinese Cinderella and Prince Charming add some much needed ethnicity to this classic fairytale. 

One such cyborg is Cinder, the main character. She doesn't remember anything from before the accident that made her into a part-human/part-machine combo, but she knows that the way her family now treats her isn't fun. She is an incredible mechanic and provides for her stepmother and stepsisters with this talent. That is until her stepmother sends her off to be tested on for plague research, turning Cinder's world completely upside-down. Through all of this, Cinder is a strong character who is as caring and kind as we consider most classic renditions of a "Cinderella" character, but she has sass and sarcasm to back her up! She's totally BA, and I pretty much want to be her. I don't want to give too much of her story away, but she does meet the prince and she does go to a ball... just maybe not in the way you are anticipating! 

Iko is Cinder's sidekick, partner in crime, and best friend. She is also an android. Iko kind of makes up the "friendly and helpful mice and animal" characters that we see in the Disney version of Cinderella, and she has hints of the "fairy godmother" as well. Iko is a hilarious character that you can't help but love, and she is completely head over heels for the prince... there is some major 

fan-girling involved! I loved the use of an android as Cinder's confidante because who could better understand a cyborg than a robot, especially a robot that longs to be human? Aside from Cinder, Iko may be my favorite character in this book. 

The other really important character is Prince Kai. I bet you can't figure out what part he plays in this fractured fairytale! *wink wink* And let's be real, Iko totally has the right idea about Kai. I was even fan-girling a little bit myself. He is cute! And let's be honest, it's hard to pass up a hot, down to earth, prince of the land! Kai handles the pressures of office with grace and wisdom despite his young age and manages to be gorgeous while doing so. Fictional character crush? Oh yeah. *dramatic sigh* But it also gives us a good look into a character that we usually don't give a lot of thought. Prince Charming, in many renditions of Cinderella, is a very flat character. He's rich; he's handsome; and he gets the girl. The end. No depth. But Cinder gives us a good look into the Prince's psyche. We see his thought processes, and while we may not agree with all of his decisions, we understand why he made those decisions. A something tells me there is more to come from our young prince in future books...

I can't say too much more about the plot or side characters without giving things away, but I will tell you it is fantastic and managed to thoroughly surprise and delight me. I highly recommend this book and series, especially if you're a fractured fairytale fan like me! It's a refreshing new take on this classic tale. 

Warning: If you start this book and don't have Scarlet and Cress handy, you will regret it! I finished this book in one day and by the time I was done, the bookstore was closed and I had to wait until the morning to go buy the next two!! It was an agonizing few hours. If you get one, get them all. 

Overall, I give it a strong 5 out of 5 hearts!

About the Author

Marissa Meyer lives in Tacoma, Washington, with here fiancé and their two cats. In addition to her slight obsession with books and writing, she's big on road-tripping, wine-tasting, and hunting for antiques. She is represented by Jill Grinberg. Cinder, her debut novel, is a futuristic re-envisioning of Cinderella in which Cinder is a cyborg mechanic.

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Review of Grimspace by Ann Aguirre

Title: Grimspace
Authors: Ann Aguirre
Pages: 312
Publication Date: March 2008
Source: a wedding gift (Thanks Natalie!!)

Quick Summary
As the carrier of a rare gene, Sirantha Jax has the ability to jump ships through grimspace - a talent which makes her a highly prized navigator for the Corp. Then a crash landing kills everyone on board, leaving Jax in a jail cell with no memory of the crash. But her fun's not over. A group of rogue fighters frees her... for a price: her help in overthrowing the established order.
Opening Lines
"Are you afraid of falling, baby? No, I'm afraid of landing."

My Thoughts
So a little background, Natalie gave me this book as a wedding present. She was one of my bridesmaids and it was such a thoughtful idea to get me books, which I obviously love! I read this book back in December, while on a ski trip with my family, and am just now finding the time to put my thoughts together in a post. So, any references to skiing or winter are because I wrote my thoughts out awhile ago and am just now getting them out to you! Sorry for the delay. 

Wow. This book is stinkin' amazing!!!!! Seriously, one of the best wedding presents I received (thanks Natalie!). Ann Aguirre is a fantastic author with an amazing voice that kept me laughing and crying throughout the entire book. I was engaged from the moment I opened the cover and had a really hard time putting it down to go skiing with my family! That's the sign of a good book, right there. 

Sirantha Jax is such a compelling main character, full of wit, a hell of a survival instinct, and the rare ability to jump a spaceship through grimspace from one point in the galaxy to another. Aguirre writes Jax's pain and hurt and longing in such an accurate way, full of raw human emotion, that you almost get the sense that she herself has seen this kind of heartbreak. It breathtaking and beautiful. 

Then there's March. Phew! Can you say brooding, tortured, and hot?! Mmhmm... Expect a lot of angst and sexual tension in this department. It seemed to be just the right amount of romance and sex here. It didn't overwhelm the story, but added to the characters of March and Jax by filling out their backgrounds and history. It brings them deeper instead of simply adding sex in for sex's sake. 

I also loved the universe that this story takes place in. In sci-fi, there are so many aliens and worlds that are all humanoid or only have one climate for an entire planet. This universe has a bit more to it. Bug like aliens, shape-shifters, and invisible flying monsters keep the suspense up as the gang travels across the galaxy. The galactic politics are also a big part of the story-line and add some intrigue. I don't want to give too much away here, but check this book out! It's awesome! I find myself already checking Aguirre out on Goodreads to see what else she's written! 

My Rating
Overall, I give it 5 out of 5 hearts.

About the Author
Ann Aguirre is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. She likes all kinds of books, emo music, action movies, and Doctor Who. She writes all kind of fiction in multiple genres, both YA and for adults.

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Review of Tainted Energy by Lynn Vroman

Title: Tainted Energy
Authors: Lynn Vroman
Pages: 300
Publication Date: Oct. 21, 2014
Source: copy from the author

Quick Summary
For seventeen-year-old Lena, living in the trailer park with the rest of town’s throwaways isn’t exactly paradise. Dealing with a drunken father who can't keep his fists to himself doesn’t help matters either. The only good thing in her life, other than track, is the mysterious man who visits her dreams, promising to find her. When a chair burns her arms, Lena chalks it up to stress-induced crazy. Yet as bizarre incidents escalate, even being crazy can’t explain it all away… until one day dream guy does find her. Tarek lost Lena seventeen years ago after she was accused of treason and marked Tainted. He finally discovers her reborn on Earth into a life of suffering as punishment for her crime. However, someone else has already found her… and wants her dead. Willing to sacrifice everything, he fights to keep her safe so she can live the only life she’s ever known—even if that life doesn’t include him.

Opening Lines
"Nothing annoyed me more than crappy friends. The type who did stupid stuff, like grab my shoulder and scream right in my ear, 'Help me, Barbara!'"

My Thoughts
First, I need to make a quick apology to the author, Lynn Vroman, because it took me forever to get this post out! She gave me the book months ago, and I read it back in February, but then I got a full-time job and the blogging went on the back burner for awhile. So, I am very sorry that this review has been such a long time coming! 
Now, on to the review!

I think my favorite thing about this book was the sheer whimsy of it all. It was incredibly imaginative. Everything from lunch lady guardians to giant man-eating jellyfish that live in trees! It made the world (well, more like multiple worlds...) fun and unpredictable, which is always refreshing, especially in a young adult novel. Vroman weaves the concept of reincarnation - into new lives, new bodies, new worlds - into her book, and this is something I've never seen done in a YA novel. 
It's deep. It's thought provoking. And it's unexpected. 

I also thought the addition of an abusive father and a weak mother gave the main character, Lena, some depth. She wasn't just some teenage girl worried about boys and what everyone else thinks of her. She was fighting a battle at home, daily. It made her a much more believable character and gave me a good reason to sympathize with her. She is so strong for both herself and her mom. And she is determined to get out of that house and make something of herself. 

Tarek, I wasn't so sure about. I originally thought the idea of a literal "dream guy" was a little weird, but as the book goes on and the setting and idea of multiple worlds begins to take form, it makes more sense. That, and it's hard not to fall in love with Tarek. Tall, dark, strong... and has been searching the cosmos for Lena since he lost her. Yes, please! 

The last thing that I appreciated about this book is that no one is what they seem. Just as you've formed an opinion about a character, something happens and completely changes everything you were thinking about them! I couldn't guess what the villain's plan was ahead of time, and those of you that know me, know that I LOVE when books can surprise me like that! 

Unfortunately, this book wasn't perfect. Some of the writing, especially at the beginning of the novel, could have been better. It seemed quite discordant at first. It took awhile for some of the back and forth between characters and the setting to make sense. Once I began to understand the story and get some more information about how the world was set up, the book began to catch my interest. I guess what I am trying to say is that if you can get through the first part of the book, 
it gets quite good!

My Rating
Overall, I give it 3 out of 5 hearts.
About the Author
Born in Pennsylvania, Lynn spent most of her childhood, especially during math class, daydreaming. Today, she spends an obscene amount of time in her head, only now she writes down all the cool stuff. With a degree in English Literature, Lynn used college as an excuse to read for four years straight. She lives in the Pocono Mountains with her husband, raising the four most incredible human beings on the planet. She writes young adult novels, both fantasy and contemporary.

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Twitter: @lynn_vroman

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Named one of NewInBooks Contemporary Young Adult Bloggers to Follow!

We got some exciting news today! NewInBooks named our blog one of their Contemporary Young Adult Bloggers to Follow. This is a huge honor, and we greatly appreciate it. Of course, we wouldn't be here without all of you, our faithful readers, and the amazing authors and publishing companies that send us books for review. You all rock! If you'd like to see the article, I am posting the link below: 

Be looking for a new review tomorrow!

Monday, July 13, 2015


It's official! My favorite book series (including the book with the character who is my namesake!) is going to be made into a TV series!!!! If you have never read the Shannara series by Terry Brooks, read it now. Right now. It's absolutely fantastic! 

From what I can tell from the trailer, it looks like the TV series will be based mostly on Book 2: The Elfstones of Shannara. 
This is the book where my name comes from. This is a book I've read so many times I've lost count. This is my favorite author. If you haven't heard of him, he is a hidden gem and quite prolific. I LOVE Shannara, and even I haven't read all of the books yet! But this announcement has lit a fire in me and makes we want to reread them all again. I am so very excited! I hope you grow to be as excited as I am! Here is the trailer for the series: 

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Review of Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

This book was recommended to me by fellow blogger Goose and Bug. And let me tell you, it was a fabulous recommendation! So thanks, friend!

Title: Out of the Easy
AuthorRuta Sepetys
Pages: 346
Publication Date: Feb. 12, 2013

Quick Summary
This book is set in 1950 in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Josie Moraine, the daughter of a local prostitute, wants nothing more than to get out of The Big Easy and study at a nice college away from the secrets, hardship, and the judgment of the Quarter. But when a wealthy man dies under mysterious circumstances, Josie finds herself in the middle of a police investigation and a web of lies she struggles to keep. All the while, Josie tries to understand her unwanted connection to her mother, her yearning for a better life, and which of the young men in her life will win her heart. 

Opening Lines
"My mother is a prostitute. Not the filthy, streetwalking kind. She's actually quite pretty, fairly well spoken, and has lovely clothes. But she sleeps with men for money or gifts, and according to the dictionary, that makes her a prostitute."

My Thoughts
The first thing I have to say about this book is that it made me cry. Like full on sob. In fact, it's taken me awhile to complete this post because of the emotions linked to talking about it. While this book is set in the French Quarter and delves into the brothel life of the times, that isn't what the book is about. The book is about Josie, a girl who is smart and cunning and thick-skinned and determined to get in to college and make a better life for herself than that of her mother. But what made me cry was the deep connection that she formed with the father of the man that owned the bookshop where she lived and worked. This man had Alzheimer's, though of course at that time it didn't have a name yet. I read this book not long after my grandma passed away. She had Alzheimer's, and I took care of her for quite awhile before she died. This author must have had some kind of experience with the condition because her portrayal of it and the the people taking care of this character were dead on. It just brought back a lot of the emotions and memories of my grandma's final months and eventual passing. While I cried because it was a difficult thing to experience and I was still grieving, I also cried because it was a beautiful relationship and it was somewhat cleansing and healing to see that beauty amidst such a hard and close to home situation. It has now been over a year since my grandma went to be with the Lord, and while I still miss her, I am able to talk about it freely now.

Anyway... back to the book!
As with Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys has completely embraced the power of voice. Voice can take an author from good to great. It just adds so much depth and personality to the characters, enough that they feel like real people you are connecting with. Sepetys has an amazing grasp on this concept, and it shines in this book. There are so many characters with vibrant personalities and lives in this novel, but their voices bring them to life! In their voices, you hear the buried pain, the hidden love, and the longing for another life.

I also thought that Sepetys had a good choice of setting. Admittedly, the French Quarter in the 1950s isn't a place I had a ton of knowledge about. It's not frequently discussed in basic public school history classes these days, and I believe this is the first book I've read that was actually set there. Needless to say, I learned a lot! Sepetys weaves history and culture into her novels so well, that you don't even realize how much you've learned until you're done. Just another reason to recommend her books to be taught in history or literature classes. Though with some of the "sensitive" content, this one may need to be done in the right classrooms. There isn't any explicit content, but when you talk about prostitution in a classroom there is bound to be at least one kid that asks some awkward questions at home! With the right structure and lesson planning, I'm sure it would be possible.

I have to recommend this book and anything else by this author. She is phenomenal.

My Rating
Overall, I give this book a strong 5 out of 5 hearts.

About the Author
Ruta Sepetys was born and raised in Michigan in a family of artists, readers, and music lovers. Her award-winning debut novel, Between Shades of Gray was inspired by her family's history in Lithuania and is published in 45 countries. Her second novel, Out of the Easy is set in the French Quarter of New Orleans in 1950. A historical tale of secrets and lies, Out of the Easy is a haunting reminder that decisions can shape our destiny. 

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