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Book Review: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Under the Never Sky is the first in a trilogy. Check out the second, Through the Ever Night.

Under_the_Never_SkySince she’d been on the outside, she’d survived an Aether storm, she’d had a knife held to her throat, and she’d seen men murdered. This was worse.

Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland—known as The Death Shop—are slim. If the cannibals don’t get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She’s been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He’s wild—a savage—and her only hope of staying alive.

A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile—everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria’s help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must accept each other to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.

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Book Review: Requiem by @Oliverbooks

Requiem is the third in a trilogy. Check out my review of the first, Delirium, and the second, Pandemonium.

RequiemNow an active member of the resistance, Lena has been transformed. The nascent rebellion that was under way in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight.

After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven—pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators now infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels, and as Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancée of the young mayor.

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Cleaning Dead Hydrangeas #fiction #shortstory

Cleaning Dead Hydrangeas
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I don’t like crud under my nails. Or the crud she tracks in but never bothers sweeping. Or the filth she eats, and the plates she never seems to have time to wash, but seems to have plenty of time to let migrate into other rooms of the house. Or the layers of oh-my-god-what-is-that caked on the bottom shelf of the fridge.

Living in such conditions is inhumane. Only a matter of time before I slip some Clorox into her tea, hoping she’ll take the hint. I mean, the whole point of having windows is to actually see the outside not the streaks of bird dung. Three more months of living in this crap-happy place and I’ll go senile before her.

I think it’s why I love the medical field, helping people through an ordered environment. A clean environment.

When Grandpa was still alive five years ago they spent hours gardening together. Mrs. Howard Daapt, she insists on being called now, introduced me to gardening when I moved in for a medical internship three months ago. She showed me the dried hydrangea bush he cut flowers from to decorate the kitchen table. The seeds were an anniversary gift, ordered with money long slaved over.

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Book Review: Across the Universe by @BethRevis

Across the Universe is the first in a trilogy. Check out the second, A Million Suns.

Across the UniverseAmy received the offer of a lifetime, several lifetimes, actually. To join her parents as frozen cargo aboard the spaceship Godspeed in its 300-year journey to Centuari-Earth, the only other life-supporting planet found. But Amy is woken up from her slumber 50 years before the ship is supposed to land into a murder mystery. Somebody is trying to kill the frozens. She meets Elder, the ship’s next leader, and together they must stop the murders. But not before they stumble onto the ship’s terrible secrets.

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