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Sombra

by Stephen Hardman

The modern drug war is often traced back to 1971 and US President Richard Nixon’s declaration to wage a “new all-out offensive” aimed at defeating America’s “public enemy number one” – drug abuse. Initially the policies focused on funding treatment programs aimed at tackling the demand for drugs. Nixon stated that efforts of interdiction and eradication would be destined to fail. Two years later he forgot his own words when the US launched a massive interdiction effort in Mexico, creating the DEA in the process. Since then the US has been fighting a war which many people believe cannot be won, at least not in a traditional sense.

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Prisoned by Marni Mann

by Allie Burke

Its been at least twelve hours since I read the last page of this book, and I’m still reeling. This novel is like when you lose your grasp on reality for just a moment and you have to ask yourself what the fuck just happened. It’s a mindfuck for sure. I still haven’t figured out the ending – I heard from other readers the ending was like WTF – but I wasn’t expecting that. You’re so focused on the big reveal during the whole thing that Mann pulls a fast one on you with what seems like no effort at all; it is so seamless. I still don’t quite understand what happened. I considered asking the author myself since she is a personal friend of mine, but truth be told I’m kind of embarrassed that I don’t have it figured out yet. I’ll get it I’m sure, even if I have to read it again.

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Thoughts About Maggie Stiefvater and Her Contribution to Storytelling

by Allie Burke

I haven’t much thought about Maggie Stiefvater being my favorite author as much as I have considered her to be my favorite person. When I’m asked for my favorites, I tend to gravitate to the works of John Green and Sarah Addison Allen because it was their words that got me to write. But if you ask me what my favorite first line of a book is (I’m a nerd for stuff that gets people to keep reading), I will always quote The Scorpio Races:

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Katie and Siciley V3: No Greater Love

by Angela Santistevan

She couldn’t stop grinning. Unaware of the fact that she was, Katie also couldn’t stop singing. It was one of the songs the Sheriff liked so much, “Everyday it’s getting closer, mmm hmm, it’s getting closer, going faster than a roller coaster…” She couldn’t help herself, Katie was over the top on this one, she was practically bursting with anticipation. “What a day!” Katie had to get on her tiptoes to sit on her bike, after that it was cake, just balancing and pedaling. She didn’t concern herself at all about stopping and how that would all work out.

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The Untouchables (Ruthless People, #2) by J.J. McAvoy

by Allie Burke

I published a review of this book when I was only 71 pages in, DNFing it at 16%. I was annoyed at the plot-driven anti-developer of a book. But, I got back to it yesterday because I just so badly want to like this series, and it was surprisingly, unputdownable from that point. I finished the rest of it in two days. It had its flaws – endless typos, bad, banal writing like “I let out the breath I didn’t know I was holding”, and the whole annoying thing where Liam calls Melody “Wife” (it’s all very insincere, this thing they do) – but this time, very much unlike the first book, I fell hard for the Callahans. I even had feels in some parts, which had been an nonexistent phenomenon with this series up until this point.

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