Review: The Galaxy Pirates – Hunt for the Pyxis

18661021 (1)The Galaxy Pirates by Zoe Ferraris
Genre: Fantasy/Children’s
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Date: August 4, 2015

Emma Garton has a pretty normal life. Her dad travels for business. Her mom is a typical homemaker. No big deal. But her BFF, Herbie, is convinced that something hinky is up with her parents. Namely, her father. He keep trying to tell Emma that her dad is a spy or a secret agent or something. Every time he tells her that, she laughs. That’s until the night that people break into her home, she gets shoved into a secret hidden place in her dad’s study and her parents are kidnapped. Then she grudgingly has to admit that Herbie might just be right.

A lot of curiosity, some exploring, and a few brave decisions later and Emma discovers that her parents are not only different. They are the farthest thing from normal that you could imagine! In fact, they’re from space. Different planets! And her mom is a pirate! No, really.

Emma and Herbie embark on an adventure that runs across dimensions of space far beyond anything that she could have ever imagined. New planets. New stars. New species…it’s all different and it’s all terrifyingly adventurous.

I loved this book. In fact, I passed it right off to my 11 year old son the second I was done with it and I rarely, if ever, do that. It can sometimes be difficult to find books that both kids and their parents like. This one hit the ball out of the park for both.  Ferraris has created a fun new land that’s both frightening and imaginative. Her descriptions made it easy to picture the exotic locations and the new creatures and technology were fantastic!

The plot moved along at a brisk pace, never giving me a chance to get lost in heavy complexities or bored with long passages begging for excitement. Each new twist and turn was cloaked in just enough mystery to keep me curious and wanting more.

The characters were fun and dynamic. There were no standard caricatures here. Many of the aspects of the story revolved around the interesting relationships that were developing as the plot moved forward. This helped keep the reading fresh and exciting.

This was easily one of the best books for tweens I’ve read in even the past few years. High marks from me on The Galaxy Pirates. Both kids and adults can enjoy this adventure.

Review copy provided by the publisher. THANK YOU!

Review: Through Waters Deep by Sarah Sundin

download (1)Through Waters Deep by Sarah Sundin
Reviewed by Lori Twichell
Genre : Historical
Publisher: Revell
Date: August 4, 2015

Mary Stirling is beautiful, smart, and captivating. She also avoids the spotlight any chance she can get/ Her work at the Boston Naval yards just as the U.S. is gearing up to head into WWII keeps her busy. So when handsome Naval officer Jim Avery shows up, Mary is content to show the most popular boy from her high school class around, but she’s certainly not interested in anything more. And that’s okay because Jim, following in his family’s footsteps to join the military, isn’t interested in a girlfriend or anything of a romantic nature. He’s always been interested in vivacious, energetic and outgoing girls and that certainly doesn’t describe Mary Stirling!

When odd things start happening around the shipyard, and then again later on board Avery’s ship, their situations take a very different turn. Soon, Mary is in the middle of what could be a life threatening investigation of treason and sabotage. When Jim’s ship ends up being a target of the sabotage, he joins Mary in her investigation and as they uncover what could be a terrible plot against the U.S., both of them begin to uncover feelings they’d never imagined.

Sarah Sundin is a favorite author. Her World War II era novels are always a delight to read and this was no different. Though you can see some of the things from the very beginning of the book (who will end up with who) that doesn’t stop the enjoyment of watching it all unfold. This one, peppered with mystery, intrigue, and history, is far more than just a typical romance. The plot moves along quickly and you can learn more about the general tone and attitude of America at the time. I consider myself a history buff (I minored in it in college) and hadn’t heard of some of the things I read about in Through Waters Deep. It really helped me enjoy the story even further.

This was definitely a good one. For those interested in historical romance or the WW II era, you’ll want to add it to your reading list today!

Slow Cooker Freezer Meals Part One

So in the past few years, I’ve developed a very co-dependent relationship on my slow cooker.  I’ve come to love and adore it and I have no idea what I would do without it. A few years ago, Organized SAHM held an online cooking day where people prepped meals and froze them. I did almost a month’s worth of meals in about 10 hours. It was glorious. Those meals, because many of them had leftovers, worked for nearly eight weeks. I was completely in love with freezing and prepping meals!

Now honestly, working for so long on the meals (that long long day I mentioned above) is really hard for me. I don’t often have the time to set aside for it and I just work much better when I can do a couple at a time. So I developed a system (and called it Home Economics class) where my kids and I spend an hour or two (tops! No more than that!) putting together meals that will usually last us at least two weeks.

This afternoon, for example, in about 30 minutes, we prepped three meals and have them in the freezer. I thought, since I’m often asked about it, that I might share a couple of my recipes here. :)

Before we get into the recipes though (I know! I know!) there are a few things I’ve learned over the years about prepping meals ahead and freezing. The first time I did this, I made a neat little stack of meals like this one:

(Picture from Southern Living. I'm not nearly this organized!)

(Picture from Southern Living. I’m not nearly this organized!)

It was fantastic – I loved that I could just go and grab one easily. But then I realized something. I couldn’t put the frozen meal in my slow cooker. It stood up straight out of the pot and as it melted, chaos was created. I tend to avoid chaos at all costs, so I had to improvise for future freezer meals. You have two options here. You can freeze it in more of a cylinder shape – set the bag on it’s bottom and squeeze out the extra air at the top if you like. OR you can take the food from the freezer the day before and let it sit in the fridge overnight before you want to put it in the slow cooker.  Some people have had problems with their slow cooker insert shattering because of the frozen food on the inside and the heat on the outside, so thawing it first would remove that possibility. I’ve never had one shatter, but better safe than sorry. The USDA also recommends NOT putting frozen meat into a slow cooker because the temps don’t let it thaw quickly enough to stop the growth of bacteria. Again, I’ve never experienced a problem with this, but it is something you might want to keep in mind if you’re setting up for a freeze/prep session.

Also, another hint that I employed – Double bagging. I tend to be a little OCD about the possibility of needing to clean out my entire freezer, so I double freezer bag everything. And my own system is to put the food in one bag and then put the next bag OVER the opening of the first bag. So I seal the first bag, but if the seal should pop for some reason, it would open into the bottom of the outside bag.  The picture is a bit blurry, but here’s the general idea:

It’s a little fuzzy (sorry!) but you can see here that the internal bag is zipper DOWN in the outer bag. This will prevent a mess if the seal on the inside bag should open up or leak.

When you’re prepping these ahead, there isn’t a lot of extra that’s needed. I dump all the ingredients into the bags and then mark the date and what it is on the bag. There’s nothing extra that you need to do for them. So these are easy little preps that take just a few minutes before you freeze them.

Okay – so that’s my couple of tips for prepping ahead of time and freezing.  Now we get to the fun part – some recipes right? Of course these can be prepped ahead and frozen or you can put them right in the slow cooker fresh – either way works!

Salsa Verde Pork (this could also be made with chicken)
1 4-6 pound pork roast
1-2 jars salsa verde.

That’s IT! How easy is that? Seriously? I cut up the roast into large chunks to get it to fit into a bag easier. And usually it takes two bags to do this size roast. So you can either split the salsa verde between the two bags or you can use one jar per each bag. Either works. Dump those two ingredients into the slow cooker and set it on low for 12-14 hours or high for 6-8 hours. You could go overnight on this one if you wanted – we’ve done it up to 24 hours because pork usually takes a long time to get tender. Now we usually shred the meat and let it sit for another 30-60 minutes in the juices. This helps make the seasoning a little stronger on the meat, but you don’t need to do that if you don’t want to. When you’re ready to serve, just shred the pork and you’re good to go.

We eat this one as the meat for pork tacos, but it is also great served over rice or as a great addition to a green salad in summertime.

French Dip Sandwiches
3-4 pound chuck roast
1 dry au jus gravy packet
1 dry onion soup mix
1 cup water

Later: Hoagie rolls and mozzarella
Mix up the water and the packets and pour it over the roast. Then cook it for 4-6 hours on high or low for 8-10 hours. Then shred the meat and serve it on the rolls with a little shredded mozzarella on it and use the juices on the side as a dip for the sandwich. It’s wonderful!

Those are just two of my favorite freeze/prep meals, but if you guys like these and would like some more, let me know and I’m happy to share more!

Review: Devoted in Death by J.D. Robb

51vTlRt6oSL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Devoted in Death by J.D. Robb
Genre: Mystery/Sci Fi
Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons
Date: September 15th, 2015

Eve Dallas had a great vacation. Who wouldn’t when you get to spend it on a private island with your incredibly hot husband? But it doesn’t take long for her to get back into the swing of things when a dead body crops up on her watch. And this time it’s an accomplished and well loved musician who had nothing in his life that should bring him to such a gruesome and nasty death. This was a wrong place at the wrong time sort of murder. And for Eve Dallas, when it happens on her watch in her city? It’s very personal.

Soon, a little digging uncovers the realization that it’s not a single person and this isn’t their only murder. Bodies begin to crop up across the country and soon Dallas is well outside her comfort zone when the case becomes not only inter-state, but southern redneck as well.

Each Robb book promises a murder or a crime that’s guaranteed to cause outrage in the reader. At the same time, knowing that Dallas, Roarke, and Peabody are on the case gives it a level of comfort. We know that these characters aren’t going to stop until justice is served. This time is no different.

What is different this time around is the setting. Though Dallas is based out of New York, this crime spans several states including Oklahoma, Texas, and Arkansas. If you’ve ever read any of Robb’s previous In Death books (there are 40 of them!) you will be able to see how this creates an interesting new dynamic for Dallas. Also, there’s a new character – a small town law enforcement officer that just knows something about the cases in his lap isn’t right and he’s determined to see it through. I loved Banner and the addition of him to the team. In fact, it would be easy to see him in his own spinoff series. I think I’d enjoy that. A lot. He was easy to like and he fit in well with our team.

It’s hard to come up with new ways to describe these books. Each one remains strong and the mystery solid. Dallas isn’t out of step and it doesn’t feel like these cases ever really have to end. You know what you’re getting in Robb’s adventures and this one surely delivers. Excitement. Energy. Crime. Twists. Mix them all up with a dash of humor and this time around, southern charm, and you’ll see why you need to pick up this book today. Robb does not disappoint and I, for one, am always delighted when I see an In Death book come in the mail. Once again, I can’t wait for the next adventure!

Review copy provided by the publisher.

Review: All The Difference by Leah Ferguson

413VP+6211LWill she or won’t she? Every time someone proposes, you can practically hear the tension in the air wondering if this is going to be the moment that makes or breaks his (or her) life. The bigger question to me is what would happen either way. If she says yes, will her life turn out perfect? Or if she says no – is she better off?

These are the questions that are examined in All the Difference by Leah Ferguson. Molly knows that she has some major decisions in front of her. The little pink line on the pregnancy test has proven to her that a lot of her future is out of her control. She knows she’s going to keep the baby, but that’s all she knows. And when her boyfriend, who is completely unaware of the pregnancy, proposes to her, it gives her a very clear crossroads. Now which direction is she going to choose?

Instead of just talking around the possibilities, Ferguson shows us clearly what would happen if she said yes and then, in every other chapter, what would happen if she said yes. So as the reader, you get to watch each aspect of the story unfold. Together. You don’t just read one side, finish it, and then go back to see what the other is like. The chapters are set up so that at the end of each one, it bounces back to the opposite side and you’d get to see where the story goes from there. In other words, you follow both storylines together.

As a completely character driven story, I’ll admit that there were moments I wasn’t a fan of Molly. That sort of makes it tough on the plot and the storyline, but it wasn’t enough to make me stop reading. I love questions, answers, and possibilities. That’s one of the reasons I requested this book when the offer came across my desk. Sliding Doors? That’s a favorite movie. Doctor Who? All about bending time and seeing possibilities. It’s too good. This book did something different with that though. It didn’t end up being flamboyantly crazy. (Like step on a butterfly – destroy the world.) It simply showed how one decision can take you along different paths. And even though some decisions might result in big changes, there are others that don’t have any effect on the things around you.

A lot of things struck me about this book. It is easily relatable and not hard to find yourself in Molly’s place. Her job, her family, her friends – they’re all things we can understand so this allows us, for a little while, to think about what different things might happen in our lives if we’d chosen something else. It was a fun read with an interesting premise. It’s definitely a book that makes you stop and think about all of those things around you! If you’re into alternate realities or just wondering what might have been, this book should definitely be on your to be read (TBR) list.

Review copy provided by the publisher.

Review: Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl

51jdJA3em1L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl
Genre: YA
Publisher: Marvel Press
Date: Will release October 13, 2015

Natasha Romanoff is the living, breathing definition of lethal. Raised in a program designed to turn children into weapons, she has never known family or understood a normal child’s life. Ivan made her that way. Years later, as an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., she uses her exceptional skills to make the world a better, safer place. Removing Ivan from the equation is a mission she has no intention of failing.  What she didn’t expect, was to find another young red-headed girl being trained by Ivan.  From that moment on, nothing goes the way Natasha had imagined.

For Ava, life since her rescue has made little sense. Living with S.H.I.E.L.D. for a while and then escaping to live on the street, she is mainly focused on one thing; survival. But she’s plagued by dreams and they feel more like memories than fantasy. Every dream is filled with the same boy. Alex or Alexei as Ava likes to think of him, is about her age and she’s grown up with these dreams of him. She’s seen him walking his dog or playing with his friends. The dreams seem to be more than just random happenstance. And then everything in Ava’s oddly shaped world shifts when, at a fencing event for high school students, she sees Alex. In real life. And she knows deep in her gut that something is off about the whole situation. Enter the famed Black Widow.

Packed with so much adventure, you can’t help holding your breath while you read, Margaret Stohl’s journey into the Marvel universe is spot on perfect. With this book, Stohl manages to capture the inner workings of Natasha Romanoff’s mind and bring a new level of backstory to this mysterious character. This addition to the canon of Natasha’s story seamlessly slides into place like a puzzle piece we didn’t even know was missing.

This is far more than just Natasha Romanoff’s backstory though. We have the introduction of two new characters, Alex and Ava. With these young people, the story becomes much bigger and, in my opinion, much, much better. We get to experience some of the best parts of the Marvel Cinematic Universe from a different perspective. What are the Avengers like when they aren’t saving the world? Is Phil Coulson really that guy everyone loves? Or loves to hate? What’s he like in person? With the introduction of Alex and Ava, we get a fun, interesting perspective that brings a new level of engagement to the story.

From beginning to end, the plot moved quickly and played out like a movie. The storyline was deep enough to keep me engaged but simple enough to easily follow along. The characters were on point and it was easy to imagine that we had pulled back the curtain and seen a new part of the story.

By the time it was over, I was wondering if we might not see some of the new characters make an appearance somewhere on film. It would be easy to have a quick cameo on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and it certainly wouldn’t be out of place. It’s difficult to introduce new characters into a well-established universe, but Stohl managed to make it happen with a deft hand and a brilliantly creative touch. Much like the television series Agent Carter, this felt like a part of the story that had actually happened and we were just getting a small glimpse behind the curtain. It’s easy to see how it adds to Natasha’s character and it’s not difficult to imagine these characters in the universe.

I was worried before I read the book that it might be overly violent or too adult for my teenage daughters. I have a 16 year old and a 13 year old, both of whom are big Black Widow fans. Black Widow’s story is anything but clean or easy to share and the thought of putting that into print for a young adult audience had me worried. I was happy to discover that Stohl handled the difficult aspects without an abundance of over the top violence or description. She alludes to more adult aspects of the story without dwelling on them and thankfully, creates an adventure that doesn’t stray far from the feel of the Avengers movies. This was a well done adaptation for the young adult audience.

The only thing that had me puzzled as I read was where this fit in the timeline. There were enough hints dropped to know that we weren’t nearly as far as Avengers: Age of Ultron or even Captain America: Winter Soldier. But was it before the first film? Somewhere in the middle? I would have liked to know more specifically where these incidents fell in the timeline. However, I can see a benefit to not nailing that down as well. It gives more room to play a little in the future.

And speaking of the future, I hope that we see more of these sorts of books. Black Widow: Forever Red was so well done that it made both of my teenage daughters and myself eager to continue the story. As for me, when I finished, I was looking for some indication about whether we’d see more from Stohl in this universe. I truly hope so. This book was fun, interesting, and hopefully, it was the start of something bigger.

For fans of the Avengers, the Marvel comics, or even television’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Stohl’s book is definitely a must read.

Review copy provided by the publisher.

Review: The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher

The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher51vX+ks53sL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_
Genre: Sci Fi
Publisher: Roc
Date: September 29, 2015

Captain Grimm is well known throughout the Spires. He’s a man whose name speaks for itself. Unfortunately, it doesn’t speak the truth. A battle seasoned veteran, Grimm is a man who nearly always does what is right, but an unfortunate turn of events in the past has tarnished his reputation nearly beyond repair. When his airship, Predator, comes under fire and becomes nearly irreparably damaged, he’s not sure what he’s going to do. But then an offer from the Spirearch of Albion allows him the opportunity to join a small, handpicked team of agents that are on a mission that could mean the future of the Spires.  It’s an offer that will give his ship the latest and greatest technology and it’s one that he simply cannot refuse.

I have a confession to make. As a confessed science fiction fan, I’ve got to admit that this is the first Butcher novel I’ve ever read. I know! I know! I can practically hear the groans and the loss of confidence in my reviews. All I can say is that I’m sorry. And I understand now what that means. I can only hope to regain some of that cred by explaining how very much I loved this story. And trust me, I did.

Filled from first page to last with steampunk adventures, pirates, warriors, and a hint of romance, this book answers any and all need a reader might have for fun, battle or fantasy. It fits the bill for all of them and does it with such a deft spirit, that it doesn’t feel overly packed or shoe-horned in. This book overflowed with so much….everything…that it was hard to imagine it was only the beginning. And yet it was. With precision steps and exquisite detail, Butcher has crafted a universe that begs to be explored. The promise of future adventures lingers at the end of this book like a ray of sunshine. I cannot wait to see what Butcher has up his sleeve for these wonderful characters in the future.

Count me firmly, unashamedly a Butcher fan from this point forward.

Review copy provided by the publisher via Netgalley.


Review: The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach by Pam Jenoff

51PbVa9DxuL._SX325_BO1,204,203,200_Last Summer at Chelsea Beach by Pam Jenoff
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Mira
Date: July 28, 2015

Adelia Montforte didn’t want to leave Italy, but with war breaking out and the Jewish people growing ever more afraid for their lives, her parents forced her onto a boat with no luggage, no money, and little hope of ever seeing them again. For anyone this would be terrifying but for a teenager struggling to figure out who she is, it was devastating.

In America, her life is anything but settled. She barely knows the relatives she’s living with and she understands that taking her in wasn’t something they were necessarily happy about doing. But when they go to the shore for the summer, she’s certain her life is going to be absolutely miserable. And then she meets the Connally family and everything shifts. They shouldn’t get along; a Catholic family full of boys and this Jewish girl from another country. But they do. And it fills a hole in Addie’s heart. But war is looming on the horizon and all is not idyllic or peaceful. Addie learns that tragedy can come no matter where you live.

This book embraced me. Yes, I know how that sounds, but that’s the best way to describe it. I didn’t just get pulled into the story. I was surrounded by every part of it and I didn’t want to come up for air.

Overflowing with beautiful scenery and vivid descriptions, Jenoff’s characters brought history into bright, living, focus.  Sometimes the historical aspect can bog down a book and you end up feeling like you’re lost in a textbook of facts and figures. Like real life, The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach keeps the people center stage. Jenoff deftly pulls history into the story only long enough for us to anchor where and when it is in time, but then she allows the lives of her characters to take center stage. This made the story richer and fuller while making you feel that these characters must really exist. While reading, I found myself wishing I could know the Connallys and be a part of their family. The Jersey Shore came to life with sounds and smells that you can normally only get from being there.

Pam Jenoff has crafted a story that does far more than just allow you to escape into fiction for a while. It will touch your heart and leave you wanting more.  This book is a summer read that belongs in every beach bag at the shore. Don’t miss it!


Review copy provided by the publisher.

Review: A Curious Beginning by Deanna Rayborn

51rq+TsYHFL._SX320_BO1,204,203,200_A Curious Beginning by Deanna Rayborn
Genre: Historical
Publisher: NAL
Publish Date: Sep 1, 2015

Veronica Speedwell is an anomaly.  Raised at a time when women are revered for their beauty and not supposed to have exceeding intellect, she continually breaks the mold.  A professional lepidopterist, she’s traveled the world with two spinster ladies and those travels have taught her much.  So when she’s left on her own by her final ‘aunt’s’ passing, she’s not frightened or worried.  Everyone expects that she’ll find a husband and settle down.  But adventure is in her blood.  She has every intention of enjoying her single life.

But then circumstances get a little strange and Veronica finds herself in the company of a distinguished Baron who insists that she’s in danger. An encounter with a burglar at the home she shared with her aunt doesn’t exactly lead her to believe the Baron is right, but it does make her think that going with him is a reasonable option.  And thus begins the biggest adventure Veronica has ever had.  Soon murder, kidnapping and violence become a regular part of her life. The mystery that unfolds before her is one that she cannot ignore.

And thus begins the first of a new series of books from Deanna Rayborn. Packed with everything from light hearted banter to life threatening action, this new heroine is interesting, adventurous and definitely fun to follow. Though there were moments that I felt the author was pushing the current standards of female behavior a little too heavily for it to feel completely comfortable, I was still able to enjoy the way the story unfolded and the growth of Veronica, the main character. In fact, unlike many current novels, by the end you could see a definite development and growth in the main character that was shaped by the circumstances of the story. This was, indeed, fun to experience as we got further and further into things.

The plot was fast paced with twists and turns that were surprising and engaging. At one point, I guessed at what the major reveal of the story was going to be, but it was still done with such flair and sleight of hand by the author that it was entirely entertaining.

All in all, I think Veronica Speedwell could be a fun character to follow through her adventures. As a fan of L.A. Meyers Jacky Faber series, I could almost imagine that Veronica was Jacky all grown up. And that definitely endeared me to the story. In fact, a few times, I felt like Veronica Speedwell was actually Veronica Mars (yes, I loved that show) dropped back in time into a Louisa May Alcott novel.

Twisty historical fun with a well layered mystery, A Curious Beginning was definitely a great start for a new series and I am excited to see what happens in the next adventure.

Review copy provided by the publisher.

Radiant Blog Tours: Justified by Varina Denman

23168525Justified by Varina Denman
Radiant Lit Blog Tours
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Publisher: David C. Cook
Release Date: June 1, 2015

In a small Texas town ruled by gossip, Fawn Blaylock believes others are justified in condemning her untimely pregnancy. Stifled by guilt, she yearns for grace while the local football coach treats her with gentle respect.

Fawn has a problem. She has many problems actually, not the least of which is her outside of marriage pregnancy in a small town where everyone knows far more than just your name. The father of the baby is generally considered Mr. Popular around town and it’s just assumed that Fawn’s going to marry him. But she knows that isn’t going to happen. And she’s not getting rid of the baby. Her parents have ousted her from home and now she’s scrounging in a house that’s just this side of being condemned on an income that’s barely enough to get groceries. So what could happen next?

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book. Honestly, if it weren’t for Radiant Blog Tours, I doubt I would have even picked it up because it just doesn’t seem my speed. But once I started reading, I really enjoyed it. The small town atmosphere is captured pretty perfectly and Denman does a good job at highlighting each personal struggle along the way. Life in a small town isn’t easy and when there are expectations of your behavior and you miss those expectations, that can be far more than just difficult. It can seem like everything’s ruined. Denman captures the essence of a small town and highlights the quirks in the best way.

The main character is obviously not perfect, but neither are those around her and it helps keeps things fresh.  With some of the storyline, you can see it coming a mile away, but that doesn’t diminish the enjoyment of reading. And with some others, the twists are completely unexpected.

All in all, I’m glad I picked up the book and read it. It was enjoyable enough that I passed it along to my 16 year old daughter and she liked it as well.  This one’s a solid read with good values and enough entertainment factor to keep it interesting.

Varina Denman is a native Texan who spent her high school years in a small Texas town. Now she lives near Fort Worth with her husband and her five mostly-grown children.

 Justified is available for purchase here from

 Note: I received this book as part of the Justified  blog tour from Radiant Lit.  I received no compensation for this review and only received a copy of the book for review purposes.

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