[Book Review] Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski

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Author: Matt Wesolowski
Genre: Fiction, mystery, crime

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: Scarclaw Fell, 1997. The body of teenager Tom Jeffries is found at an Outward Bound center, but the discovery is eventually written off as misadventure. Twenty years later, the elusive investigate journalist Scott King conducts a series of interviews for his podcast Serial, in which he digs deeper into what happened on Scarclaw Fell back then, as well as the sinister legends surrounding the place. With each new interview he unveils a new revelation about how Tom Jeffries really died.

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[Book Review] The Explosion Chronicles by Yan Lianke

51emj1pgool-_sx323_bo1204203200_Title: The Explosion Chronicles
Author: Yan Lianke
Genre: Fiction, literary fiction, historical fiction, magical realism, mythorealism

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★☆☆☆

Summary: The village of Explosion was first founded by refugees fleeing a seismic volcanic eruption, hence the name “Explosion”. In the post-Mao era, it rapidly grows from a small rural community to a massive metropolis. Three of Explosion’s major families are behind this successful growth: the four Kong brothers, the daughter of the former village chief, and Cheng Quing, a former secretary turned politician and businesswoman. Through ambition, desire, and betrayal, these families transform their hometown into an urban superpower.

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[Book Review] 20 by Vatsal Surti

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Author: Vatsal Surti
Genre: Fiction, contemporary, romance

Where I got the book: I received a free e-copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

My rating: ★★☆☆☆

Summary: She is an aspiring model, he is a troubled writer. For their first encounter, she almost runs him over with her car. For their second encounter, they happen to meet again at a restaurant the following night and this time they make contact. Eventually a relationship develops and together they struggle to tackle loneliness, love, hopes, and dreams.

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[Book Review] Swallowing Mercury by Wioletta Greg

51oe4docmol-_sx317_bo1204203200_Title: Swallowing Mercury
Author: Wioletta Greg
Genre: Fiction, literary fiction, historical fiction

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: Wiola lives in a close-knit agricultural community in Poland. She is a good Catholic girl who collects matchbox labels and has been brought up on fables and superstition. We follow her through ordinary days filled with extraordinary impressions, from childhood to adolescence.

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[Book Review] Areh by Jeffrey Kinsey

41wc1sa8kolTitle: Areh
Author: Jeffrey Kinsey
Illustrators: Amelia Dregiewicz, Mia Bergeron
Genre: Fiction, fantasy, science fiction, metaphysical

Where I got the book: I received a free e-copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

My rating: ★★★☆☆

Summary: The Purpose, an ancient but cruel religion, consider children with deformities to be reborn Gods and Goddesses. They are worshipped during ceremonies but in their normal day-to-day lives the children are ridiculed, often by the same people who bow before them. The lines between gods and freaks are blurred as we follow six friends in search of their own identity.

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[Wrap-Up] Books read in April 2017

It’s the end of another month and time for yet another wrap-up! I read a total of ten books in April, of which one was a short story collection and three were e-books. As always, the reviews of my April reads are all linked below!

My April reads:

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