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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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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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Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen

Lost Lake

Sarah Addison Allen
St. Martin’s Press, January 21st 2014
Hardcover, 304 Pages

by Allie Burke

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I was really disappointed with this book. Not because it is bad or even that I didn’t like the characters; but it was so normal. Too normal. Lost Lake is a book that Kate Morton or Jane Green would write, which again, is not bad; I read Kate Morton or Jane Green. When I’m in the mood for Kate Morton or Jane Green. But I was in the mood for Sarah Addison Allen, and this was not a Sarah Addison Allen book.

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REVIEW: Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan (Audiobook Narrated by Lynn Chen)

With a title like Crazy Rich Asians, there was no way I could resist this book. I’ve used Audible before, but haven’t really stuck with it (I found the audiobooks I’ve purchased before to be boring and they had issues keeping my attention), but I gave it another shot, and I’m so glad I did. Now that I’ve listened to the whole book, I would highly recommend the audiobook over the print version (not that I’ve read it, but still). If you’re not a Chinese person who lives in Singapore (like me), I don’t think you will get the full effect of this great novel if you read it instead of listen to it. The accents are delightful and would have been lost on me if I hadn’t heard it myself. Lynn Chen, the narrator, is extremely talented and it is with her help that Kevin Kwan is able to develop these characters so stunningly well.

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