Review: “Broken Things” by Lauren Oliver

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Title: Broken Things
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: October 2, 2018
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
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Three friends – one dead, the other two suspected of the murder. Lauren Oliver’s newest YA mystery delves into friendship, fandom and small town prejudice.

It’s been five years since Summer Marks was brutally murdered in the woods.

Everyone thinks Mia and Brynn killed their best friend. That driven by their obsession with a novel called The Way into Lovelorn the three girls had imagined themselves into the magical world where their fantasies became twisted, even deadly.

The only thing is: they didn’t do it.

On the anniversary of Summer’s death, a seemingly insignificant discovery resurrects the mystery and pulls Mia and Brynn back together once again. But as the lines begin to blur between past and present and fiction and reality, the girls must confront what really happened in the woods all those years ago—no matter how monstrous.

TW: Descriptions of violence, animal killing, pedophilia, bullying, homophobia, toxic friendship

I’ve read the Delirium trilogy, liked it; I have read Vanishing Girls and loved it, but it’s been a couple of years since the last time I’ve read a Lauren Oliver book, so I was pretty excited when I got approved for this new book of hers. I was absolutely ready to love it.

But, maybe, I expected much more than it could give me.

Broken Things was a satisfying, though unsurprising, read. Told in Brynn and Mia’s alternating perspectives, Oliver does a good job handling her characters and their relationship with one another. Summer, though is only seen through the eyes of her friends, still remained a crucial part of the story. These three best friends’ turbulent, bordering on obsession, dynamics carry most of the story’s weight, and their half I enjoyed reading about.

The mystery part though, the part that I actually signed up for, traveled through a downward path. It started out great with that intriguing prologue, but once it hit the middle, the story just started to feel a bit contrived – bloated, even – and the pace at which the story was told totally didn’t help it. The slow pace added to the  predictable plot just didn’t do much for me.

My plot-related quibble aside, the rest of this novel is actually good. Each character were distinctly defined – meek Mia, brash Brynn and vibrant Summer – and that made them seem more alive for me. Mia, though, is my favorite character. Personally, I think she made the biggest leap in terms of character development. She transformed into an assertive, self-assured young woman by the end of the book, a far cry from the meek and quiet girl described in the beginning.

Overall, Broken Things was a good book, some readers may even love it. It just wasn’t what I was looking for, though I enjoyed most of it. Still, give it a shot especially if you’re into YA mysteries.

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About the Author:

lauren oliverLAUREN OLIVER is the co-founder of media and content development company Glasstown Entertainment, where she serves as the president of production. She is also the New York Times bestselling author of the YA novels Replica, Vanishing Girls, Panic, and the Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem, which have been translated into more than thirty languages. The film rights to both Replica and Lauren’s bestselling first novel, Before I Fall, were acquired by AwesomenessTV; Before I Fall is now a major motion picture and opened in theaters March of 2017.

Her novels for middle grade readers include The Spindlers, Liesl & Po, and the Curiosity House series, co-written with H.C. Chester. She has written one novel for adults, Rooms.

A graduate of the University of Chicago and NYU’s MFA program, Lauren Oliver divides her time between New York, Connecticut, and a variety of airport lounges.

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Review: “Give the Dark My Love” by Beth Revis

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Title: Give the Dark My Love
Series: Give the Dark My Love #1
Author: Beth Revis
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: September 25, 2018
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
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How far would you go to save the ones you love? Beth Revis’s newest dark fantasy asks that question as one country girl looks for a cure to a mysterious disease that’s fast taking over her people and her home island.

When seventeen-year-old Nedra Brysstain leaves her home in the rural, northern territories of Lunar Island to attend the prestigious Yugen Academy, she has only one goal in mind: learn the trade of medicinal alchemy. A scholarship student matriculating with the children of Lunar Island’s wealthiest and most powerful families, Nedra doesn’t quite fit in with the other kids at Yugen, who all look down on her.

All, except for Greggori “Grey” Astor. Grey is immediately taken by the brilliant and stubborn Nedra, who he notices is especially invested in her studies. And that’s for a good reason: a deadly plague has been sweeping through the North, and it’s making its way toward the cities. With her family’s life–and the lives of all of Lunar Island’s citizens–on the line, Nedra is determined to find a cure for the plague.

Grey and Nedra continue to grow closer, but as the sickness spreads and the body count rises, Nedra becomes desperate to find a cure. Soon, she finds herself diving into alchemy’s most dangerous corners–and when she turns to the most forbidden practice of all, necromancy, even Grey might not be able to pull her from the darkness.

I know I’ve said it a hundred times over, but I’d say it again. I love antiheroes and, most especially, antiheroines. You know, those characters who are in the grey, neither good or bad or, and this most likely, part good and part bad. I just think they are closer to people in real life, complicated and simple at the same time. And this, the promise of another antiheroine for me to love and root for was what drove me to request for an advance copy of Give the Dark My Love.

And, oh boy, did it deliver!

Give the Dark My Love is a compelling and intriguing opener to a brand new series that will surely draw readers in. Beth Revis is back at what she does best, writing atmospheric fantasies. The prologue perfectly sets readers up for the forthcoming horrors this book has in store. Things build up from there, escalating and only getting darker as the story progresses.

Now, let’s go to the bit I loved the most in this book – the main character.

Nedra, oh my baby Nedra, I just wanted to hug her when I finished reading, but I have a feeling she won’t let me. She is an interesting character, morally grey and complicated. Her transformation was certainly the best part of this story. She starts out empathetic – a poor girl from a rural town who wants to find a cure for this mysterious disease that’s plaguing and killing her people – but, betrayed and used, she emerges as this fierce commander of an army of her own making. I’m certainly excited to read more of her in the next installments.

There are still a couple of things that could be improved in the next books. Pacing for one. There were points in the novel where I just can’t help but turn the pages one after the other, the pacing just flowing so well; then there are also points where things just seemed to crawl, Revis dwelling on certain scenes too much than she needs to.

Another thing that comes to mind is Grey’s perspective. While the story is mostly told from Nedra’s point-of-view, there are a handful of chapters written through Grey’s eyes. These parts are supposed to provide readers insight on the politics of Lunar Island, which is fine and dandy if only the information he provided was utilized.

There is certainly some chemistry between Nedra and Grey, but I’m only partway sold. I thought things progressed fast, mostly on Grey’s part. I’m willing to let it slide though, and wait and see how things go for these two in the next books because they have potential. I love that Grey, though he doesn’t agree with Nedra, is willing to hear her out and understands where she’s coming from. He can help Nedra pull herself out of the darkness she plunged herself into.

Overall, Give the Dark My Love is an exceptional dark fantasy. Readers will find themselves rooting and empathizing with Nedra even as she acts on desperation and goes dark in the end of this installment. I really enjoyed this one and will certainly be waiting (impatiently!) for the next book to come out.

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About the Author:

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BETH REVIS is a New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, and IndieBound bestselling author of novels and short stories for teens. Her works have been translated into more than twenty languages.

Beth worked as a high school teacher prior to becoming a full time author, and she till keeps in touch with many of her former students (who often begged to be killed off in her next novel). She currently resides in rural North Carolina with her boys: two massive dogs, one small son, and one average-sized husband.

Beth splits her time between writing, reading, and traveling.

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First Line Fridays: “A Well-Behaved Woman: A Novel of the Vanderbilts” by Therese Anne Fowler

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First Line Fridays is a weekly feature hosted by Hording Books.


Hello there! Happy Friday!

I’m running behind my October TBR, having only read one book out of the five I have set myself to read. It’s not yet quite a slump, and I have promised myself that I won’t be too hard on myself if I don’t get to fulfill by TBR, so I’m trying my hardest not to stress it out.

Anyway, I will be sharing the first few lines of my current read. It’s sort of like a fictional biography of sorts and I’m into deep with it right now.

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WHEN THEY ASKED her about the Vanderbilts and Belmonts, about their celebrations and depredations, the mansions and balls, the lawsuits, the betrayals, the rifts – when they asked why she did the extreme things she’d done, Alva said it all began quite simply: Once there was a desperate young woman whose mother was dead and whose father was dying almost as quickly as his money was running out. It was 1874. Summertime. She was twenty-one years old, ripened unpicked fruit rotting on the branch.

 

 

I’m roughly at 41% into this book, I’m not exactly sure what page that would be equivalent to. It’s interesting – all the high society intrigued and all during the Gilded Age, kind of like the Great Gatsby.

A Well-Behaved Woman: A Novel of the Vanderbilts is releasing on October 16.

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Blogger Recognition Award

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I was nominated by the wonderful Mandy at Devouring Books. I’ve been back blogging for half a year now, but I still get flustered and flattered every time I get recognized by fellow bloggers. The book blogging community is just so lovely, full of amazing, supportive people. So, Mandy, thank you for this!

RULES:

  • Thank the blogger that nominated you
  • Write a post to show your award
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started
  • Give two piece of advice to new bloggers
  • Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them and provide the link to the post you’ve created

HOW I STARTED BLOGGING

I started In Between Book Pages in 2013. At the time, I was already writing for The Magic Room Project (now defunct,) a music blog I shared with two other friends. Balancing work with writing for two blogs and working on other personal projects went well for a time, but eventually I fizzled out. It ate up all my free time What used to be a fun thing turned stressful. That, plus other personal stuff I won’t mention anymore…well, I slipped off the wagon. I stopped blogging, stopped reading all together.

But I got my reading mojo back, bit by bit, until this April when I felt comfortable and confident enough to go back to blogging. I’m basically back to square one, starting with reviews and adding content as I go, so you could say that my blog is still under (constant) development, a work in progress. Honestly, it’s fun!

ADVICE FOR NEW BLOGGERS

These are two of the most important things I’ve learned/re-learned in the past couple of months.

  1. Engage – I cannot state how important this is, and not only because of the stats. The book blogging community is a cool, supportive one. Everyone is just so friendly and they’ll accept you into the fold. I’ve gained new friends from blogging, and they all make what I do easier especially during moments when time is tight and I’m stressing out about getting that new post up.

Reading, liking and commenting on other bloggers’s posts is a great way to start. Twitter and Instagram as well. I used to just hit the ‘like‘ button on posts and not comment. I’m an introvert and I’m awkward talking to new people, but I eventually got the nerve to strike a conversation. Trust me, you won’t be ignored – the book blogging community is just that wonderful.

2. Take breaks if you need them – This doesn’t only apply to blogging, but also to reading and whatever else you do. Remember why you’re doing this, why you started blogging. Mainly for me it’s because I love reading and talking about books, sharing them to the world. It’s fun and I enjoy it. It could be demanding at times, but I’m ready for that. We all have our limits, though and it’s understandable if you take a break for yourself. It was something I learned the hard way, signing up for too much all at once.

Now I’m at the point in my life where I know my limits, know how to take care of myself. Taking a break doesn’t mean you’re a failure. You’re well-being – physical, emotional, mental and social – is of utmost importance. You can go back any time you feel ready again. So if things start to feel like too much, stop, breathe, rest, take your time then come back. You’ll thank yourself for it.

I NOMINATE:

Marie @ Kookbookery 🍂 Jennifer @ Tar Heel Reader 🍂 Noura @ The Perks of Being Noura 🍂 Jess & Teagan @ Fiction No Chaser 🍂 Kathy @ Pages Below the Vaulted Sky 🍂 Jonetta @ Blue Mood Cafe

 

Can’t-Wait Wednesday: “The Gilded Wolves” Roshani Chokshi

Can't Wait WednesdayCan’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted Tressa at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted Jill at Breaking the Spine.


There are a ton a books coming out in the last 2 1/2 months left in this year, but today my pick will be from the forthcoming 2019 releases. This one is one of my most anticipated books next year.

39863498Title: The Gilded Wolves
Series: The Gilded Wolves #1
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Release Date: January 15, 2019
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Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can’t yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much.

Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive.

I haven’t read much of Roshani Chokhi’s work, though I have a copy of Star-Touched Queen all but waiting for me to crack it open. But I loved her short story Forbidden Fruit, a story about Maria Makiling, from the A Thousand Beginnings and Endings anthology, and this book’s premise just sounds so ultra delicious that I pre-ordered it already (my bank account screaming “NO” the whole time, but what bookworm listens to it.)

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Music Mondays: “All This Time” by Tiffany

 

Music MondaysMusic Mondays is a book meme where you share a song you really like. It is hosted by The Tattoed Book Geek.


Hey look who’s back in the city!

Me!

I had a blast this weekend celebrating a friend’s birthday in the beach. It’s so much easier to find things to laugh about when you have your friends around you. Even the smallest of things (like keeping a tally of all the exit and entry points we missed 😅) could be funny, and it left me energized, ready to face another week of work.

In today’s MM, I will be sharing one of the songs from our roadtrip playlist. Me and my friends were all born in the late 80’s and we grew up listening to 90s and early 2000s music, so understandably, our playlist is made up largely of songs from those two decades. But this one, though it was released in 1988, we just couldn’t keep ourselves from singing along (there’s a video of it but I don’t want to share it. LOL 😂🤣😂). Here’s Tiffany for you with All This Time.

I hope you’re all having a great Monday so far. Be kind to the people around you, but don’t forget to also be kind to yourself.

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First Line Fridays: “Broken Things” by Lauren Oliver

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First Line Fridays is a weekly feature hosted by Hording Books.


Oh, hey, look it’s Friday!

You don’t know how happy I am to say that. This week wasn’t at all busy, but I was sick for half of it, sick and still going to work, and it was just so tiring. I put in for a couple of days off work even though I’m already on the mend. I’m actually going on a trip (just a weekender) with a couple of my friends, and I still need to pack, so this FLF will be a quick one.

This week I’ll be featuring a couple of lines from a book I just finished today. I definitely have things to say about this one (though if you follow or if we’re friend on Goodreads, you have an idea how I feel about this one) but writing the review would have to wait ’til I get back home this Sunday evening.

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Before we were the Monsters of Brickhouse Lane – before everyone from Connecticut to California knew us by that tagline, and blogs ran pictures of our faces, and searching out names led to sites that crashed from all the traffic – we were just girls, and there were only two of us.

 

I finished reading this one earlier today and I’m still gathering my thoughts about it, but I sure as hell have opinions about this one. I have Tana French’s The Witch Elm to read next. I’ll be bringing my Kindle to the beach though, so I’m not sure how much reading I could do there.

Anyway, that’s it for me today. Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

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Rachel

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September (AKA The Month of 5-star Reads Streak) Monthly Wrap-up

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I don’t know about you, but September just blurred by for me, its days bleeding together in a confused haze. It’s been a busy month for me, probably busier than July though I didn’t much feel it because by now I’ve adjusted to the grind of home, work, patients, reports then home again. Wash, repeat the cycle.

A number of good things happened last month. I was sent by our company to a week-long post-graduate course, and now I have a new certificate under my belt. I soon have to renew my BLS & ACLS certification though it’s not due ’til the end of the year. I’m thinking of maybe reserving my slot in a class some time this month or the next.

I also joined my first blog tour (3 actually!) and had my first giveaway. I had the chance to chat with my winner, Michelle, a couple of days ago and she told me she already received her prize – a hardcover of Sarah Bird’s Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen – courtesy of the good people at St. Martin’s Press.

And here’s another thing I’m really happy about.

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When I stopped blogging in 2015, I was stuck in a rut, not just reading-wise but also personal. I just stopped reading all together, but I came back to it, bit by bit. I initially set a goal of 20 books in 2016, completed that, then added 10 more books to make 30 in 2017, surpassed that by 50+ books, so I added 10 more books to my goal for this year, and, well, hit that earlier than expected. This is something I’m really happy about, not just because I’ve managed to complete my reading challenge for the third year in a row, but because it means so much to me to be back doing the things I love – reading and writing – after not having even the energy and the will to even pick up a book three years ago. I’ve come a long way.

All right, well, enough of that. Here’s a little snapshot of my September in books.

Books I’ve finished:

I’ve had a great month reading really good books. I actually think this is the most 5-star ratings I’ve given, not to mention my 4-star ratings.

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Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen by Sarah Bird (Historical Fiction – Post American Civil War)
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ // 
Review: “Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen” by Sarah Bird

Also check out my quick Q&A with Sarah Bird here.

 

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I Do Not Trust You by Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2 // Review + Author Q&A: “I Do Not Trust You” by Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz

 

 

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White as Silence, Red as Song by Alessandro D’Avenia
My rating: ⭐⭐ // Review: “White as Silence, Red as Song” by Alessandro D’Avenia

 

 

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Strange Grace by Tessa Graton
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ // Review: “Strange Grace” by Tessa Graton

 

 

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The Deepest Roots by Miranda Asebedo
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ // Review: “The Deepest Roots” by Miranda Asebedo

 

 

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Give the Dark My Love by Beth Revis
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ // Review: “Give the Dark My Love” by Beth Revis

 

 

Books I’ve started:

🍂 Leverage in Death by J.D. Robb

🍂 Broken Things by Lauren Oliver

My TBR for October (aka The “Are you seriously going to be able to finish all these books” Pile):

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Release dates:

October 2

Broken Things – Lauren Oliver

Shadow of the Fox – Julie Kagawa

When We Caught Fire – Anna Godbersen

October 9

The Witch Elm – Tana French

October 16

A Well-behaved Woman – Therese Anne Fowler

A new discovery:

If you want to know more about your reading habits – your most read genres, etc. – try Book SirensI signed up and it was so easy. I just linked it with my Goodreads profile, then they do the rest. Apparently, I’m a strict reviewer (what?!?) but that I can definitely be impressed. Anyway, I recommend that you at least give it a try. I was pretty surprised by the info it gleaned from my Goodreads profile.

P.S. There’s also a widget for the profile they make for you. I already have mine up on my sidebar. It’s pretty cool.

 

 

Music Mondays: “Hunger Strike” by Temple of the Dog

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Music Mondays is a book meme where you share a song you really like. It is hosted by The Tattoed Book Geek.


Hey, there Monday, and hello October!

I came off from night shift, and as is, I’m only running on a few hours of sleep (two hours to be exact), and it’s this sleep deprived state that’s bringing you my Music Mondays pick. I know 90% of the time all I’m talking about is reading and books or thinking about reading and books. I try not to tweet much about politics, both local and international, but there’s just so much a person can take, and all the stuff I’m reading on Twitter, local and international news channels are just making me angry. And so, this…

I love this song from Temple of the Dog. I think it just fits the mood and situation we all are in right now. It’s hard not to be angry these days when the people at the top, the same ones elected to protect and uphold your rights seem not to care.

Anywho, cut me this. I’ll be back to talking about bookish stuff soon. I’m actually writing my wrap-up post for September. Hopefully, I get to post it today, or some time early this week. I also have a review scheduled to post tomorrow, so that’s something I’m looking forward to because I loved that book (the one I reviewed, I mean).

Alright, that’s it for me for now. Be kind to one another.

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Review: “The Deepest Roots” by Miranda Asebedo

37677999Title: The Deepest Roots
Author: Miranda Asebedo
Publisher: HarperTeen/HarperCollins
Publication Date: September 18, 2018
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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Contemporary with a sprinkling of magic, debut author Miranda Asebedo show just how powerful friendship can be in her heartwarming first novel The Deepest Roots.

Cottonwood Hollow, Kansas, is a strange place. For the past century, every girl has been born with a special talent, like the ability to Fix any object, Heal any wound, or Find what is missing.

Best friends Rome, Lux, and Mercy all have similar talents, but to them, their abilities often feel like a curse. Rome may be able to Fix anything she touches, but that won’t help her mom pay rent or make it any easier to confide in Lux and Mercy about what’s going on at home. And Rome isn’t the only one. Lux has been hiding bigger, more dangerous secrets.

As Rome struggles to keep her friendships close, she discovers the truth about life in Cottonwood Hollow—that friends are stronger than curses, that trust is worth the risk, and sometimes, what you’ve been looking for has been under your feet the whole time.

TW: Domestic abuse, sexual assault, and disgusting, abusive language from grown men made to young girls and women alike

Sometimes a book just makes you realize just how good you got it.

The Deepest Roots is one of those rare stories.

The story follow best friends Rome, Lux and Mercy. The three have been friends since their early years. They are blood sisters bound together by their strange talents and their love for one another. They have made a pact to not keep anything from each other, but that promise is broken as the girls keep their struggles to themselves – out of pride for Rome who doesn’t want her friends to pity her as she faces a possible eviction from the small trailer she shares with her single mother; out of shame and fear for Lux who endures living with her abusive stepfather. When a mysterious diary which leads to an equally mysterious treasure land in the girls hands, Rome and Lux see an opportunity to shake off and solve their problems. Little do they know that the true treasure already lie in their feet, waiting for them to take a closer look.

I picked this book up wanting – craving – a story that features strong female friendships, and The Deepest Roots more than measured up to my expectations. This story tugged at my heartstrings, even the ones I’ve thought have long gone numb and made me spill a few tears.

From page one up to that touching end, this novel remained loyal to its focus – the power of friendship. Rome, Lux and Mercy are all fiercely loyal and protective of one another. The strength and depth of their friendship is shown all throughout the story, and I just can’t help but think about my own best friend while I read this book. The three girls would do anything for one another – Mercy using her talent of being an Enough to extend Rome and her mom’s food supply; Lux still lending Rome her make-up bag and fancy top even though the two of them had a fight; Rome putting bleach in Lux’s stepfather’s gas tank when she found out that the creep hits her friend. The friendship the three girls share is simply the best part of this story.

The plot was simple but easy to follow and enjoyable. The writing and pace flowed well. Those elements of the book are great and all, but where Miranda Asebedo really excelled at (and the reason why I gave this novel a whopping five stars) was in creating her characters. She brought to life this cast of characters who stand out, who felt real to me. Rome, Lux and Mercy were relatable in their struggles and how they try to lift themselves out of their current situations. Even the secondary characters like Rome’s mom, Red and Jett will leave an impression to readers.

There is a feminist message woven through this story that I hope will open up discussions. It’s a sweet bonus to an already great book.

I’ve always thought that there’s a lack of books with strong, healthy female friendship. The Deepest Roots fills in a bit of the void, and for that alone I will be recommending this to anyone who’ll care to listen.

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About the Author:

Miranda AsebedoMIRANDA ASEBEDO was born and raised in rural Kansas with a love of fast cars, open skies, and books. She carried that love of books to college, where she got her B.A. and M.A. in English, with an emphasis in Creative Writing and Literature. A Seaton Fellowship recipient, her short fiction has appeared in Kansas Voices, Touchstone, and Midway Journal.

Miranda still lives on the prairie today with her husband, two kids, and two majestic bulldogs named Princess Jellybean and Captain Jack Wobbles. If Miranda’s not writing or reading, she’s most likely convinced everyone to load up in the family muscle car and hit the road.

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