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Book Review: Luna (New Moon #1) by Ian McDonald

New Moon (Luna #1)New Moon by Ian McDonald
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publisher:  Tor Books

Summary:   The Moon wants to kill you. 

Maybe it will kill you when the per diem for your allotted food, water, and air runs out, just before you hit paydirt. Maybe it will kill you when you are trapped between the reigning corporations-the Five Dragons-in a foolish gamble against a futuristic feudal society. On the Moon, you must fight for every inch you want to gain. And that is just what Adriana Corta did.

Book Review: The Confessions of Young Nero by Margaret George

The Confessions of Young Nero (Nero #1)The Confessions of Young Nero by Margaret George
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publisher: Berkley Books

Summary:   Built on the backs of those who fell before it, Julius Caesar's imperial dynasty is only as strong as the next person who seeks to control it. In the Roman Empire no one is safe from the sting of betrayal: man, woman or child.

Book Review: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's TaleThe Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publisher: Anchor Books

Summary:   Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now...

Book Review: China Rich Girlfriend (Crazy Rich Asians #2) by Kevin Kwan

China Rich Girlfriend (Crazy Rich Asians #2)China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday

Summary:   Kevin Kwan, bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians, is back with a wickedly funny new novel of social climbing, secret e-mails, art-world scandal, lovesick billionaires, and the outrageous story of what happens when Rachel Chu, engaged to marry Asia’s most eligible bachelor, discovers her birthfather.

Book Review: Fundraising the Dead (Museum #1) & Dead Letters (Museum #2.5)

Fundraising the Dead (Museum, #1)Fundraising the Dead by Sheila Connolly
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Summay:  At The Society for the Preservation of Pennsylvania Antiques, fundraiser Eleanor "Nell" Pratt solicits donations-and sometimes solves crimes. When a collection of George Washington's letters is lost on the same day that an archivist is found dead, it seems strange that the Society president isn't pushing for an investigation. Nell goes digging herself, and soon uncovers a long, rich history of crime.

Book Review: The Space Between the Stars by Anne Corlett

The Space Between the StarsThe Space Between the Stars by Anne Corlett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Publisher: Penguin Random House

Summary:  All Jamie Allenby ever wanted was space. Even though she wasn’t forced to emigrate from Earth, she willingly left the overpopulated, claustrophobic planet. And when a long relationship devolved into silence and suffocating sadness, she found work on a frontier world on the edges of civilization. Then the virus hit...

Now Jamie finds herself dreadfully alone, with all that’s left of the dead. Until a garbled message from Earth gives her hope that someone from her past might still be alive.

Book Review: Buried Deep (Retrieval Artist #4) by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Buried Deep (Retrieval Artist, #4)Buried Deep by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publisher: Roc

Summary:  Forensic anthropologist Aisha Costard has been summoned to Mars to examine skeletal remains recently discovered beneath a building erected by the Disty aliens. The bones belong to a human who vanished thirty years ago with her children. She is believed to have been one of the Disappeared, outlaws wanted for crimes against alien civilizations.

To investigate the mystery of the skeleton, Aisha turns to Retrieval Artist Miles Flint. Following the trail back three decades and seeking the whereabouts of the victim’s missing children, Miles discovers a deadly secret that could threaten the stability of the entire solar system…  

Book Review: Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach

Dead LettersDead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Publisher:  Random House
Summary:   Ava Antipova has her reasons for running away: a failing family vineyard, a romantic betrayal, a mercurial sister, an absent father, a mother slipping into dementia. In Paris, Ava acquires a French boyfriend and a taste for much better wine, and erases her past. But two years later, she must return to upstate New York. Her twin sister, Zelda, is dead.

Book Review: Love is the Drug by Alaya Dawn Johnson

Love Is the DrugLove Is the Drug by Alaya Dawn Johnson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publisher:   Arthur A. Levine Books
Summary:   Emily Bird was raised not to ask questions. She has perfect hair, the perfect boyfriend, and a perfect Ivy-League future. But a chance meeting with Roosevelt David, a homeland security agent, at a party for Washington DC's elite leads to Bird waking up in a hospital, days later, with no memory of the end of the night.

Meanwhile, the world has fallen apart: A deadly flu virus is sweeping the nation, forcing quarantines, curfews, even martial law. And Roosevelt is certain that Bird knows something. Something about the virus--something about her parents' top secret scientific work--something she shouldn't know.

Book Review: Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians #1) by Kevin Kwan

Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians #1)Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publisher: Doubleday
Summary:   Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season.