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I read Necessary Lies earlier this year, and it’s one of my few five-star books in recent memory.

It is 1960 in North Carolina and the lives of Ivy Hart and Jane Forrester couldn’t be more different. Fifteen-year-old Ivy lives with her family as tenants on a small tobacco farm, but when her parents die, Ivy is left to care for her grandmother, older sister, and nephew. As she struggles with her grandmother’s aging, her sister’s mental illness, and her own epilepsy, she realizes they might need more than she can give.

When Jane Forrester takes a position as Grace County’s newest social worker, she is given the task of recommending which of her clients should be sterilized without their knowledge or consent. The state’s rationalization is that if her clients are poor, or ill, or deemed in some way “unfit” they should not be allowed to have children. But soon Jane becomes emotionally invested in her clients’ lives, causing tension with her new husband and her supervisors. No one understands why Jane would want to become a caseworker for the Department of Public Health when she could be a housewife and Junior League member. As Jane is drawn in by the Hart women, she begins to discover the secrets of the small farm—secrets much darker than she would have guessed. Soon, she must decide whether to take drastic action to help them, or risk losing a life-changing battle.

Necessary Lies is the story of these two young women, seemingly worlds apart, but both haunted by tragedy. Jane and Ivy are thrown together and must ask themselves: How can you know what you believe is right, when everyone is telling you it’s wrong?

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This book is so, so different from what I normally read that I’m not even sure where to start. I know that Peter F. Hamilton is one of my boyfriend’s favorite authors, and he’s been suggesting to me for years that I try out some of his favorite epic fantasy novels. So I guess it’s just a coincidence that when I got really frustrated with young adult/new adult as a whole, I saw Hamilton’s new novel, The Abyss Beyond Dreams, pop up on Netgalley. I never thought I would be approved – most of my Netgalley approvals are embarrassing romance novels – but for some reason, Del Rey decided to take a chance on me and approve the request. I had a little moment of panic when I received that approval email, because, after all, now I needed to read almost 2000 pages of the Void trilogy to really understand what’s going on. What if I didn’t like it? What had I gotten myself into?

I didn’t need to worry. It was a little bit of a change, going from reading fluffy romances to the intricate world that Hamilton has built in his Void series. Instead of following one character, you’re following a good dozen or so, but it’s easy enough to adjust.

I’m actually surprised at how much I liked The Dreaming Void.

Suffice it to say that there’s a lot going on in The Dreaming Void. While there are a handful of stories carefully woven together, it’s split into two main sections taking place in two different worlds. I will admit that at the beginning of the novel, I was so overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information that I was getting that I didn’t quite know what to do with myself. It took me almost a week to read the first 200 pages, and then another week to finish the remaining 400+. The story starts off a little slow, but then really picks up steam as Edeard’s story unfolds and it becomes apparent why a religion began as a result of his actions.

I wish that I’d actually started with the Commonwealth series to have a bit more background on this universe, but then I’d be even further from completing The Abyss Beyond Dreams prior to its release date. (I suppose I can always go back and read it once I’ve finished the next three books.)

I’m already fairly deep into The Temporal Void, and I’m looking forward to finding out what comes next for these characters that I’ve grown to love.

Final rating: 

Are you there, God? It’s me, Layla. I know I just jerked off some guy who is not even my boyfriend in the bathroom of this crappy, brown house. But if you could find a way to kill me quickly and painlessly within the next ten seconds, I promise to never touch another penis again. Well, I’ll be dead, so, I guess I promise not to whore it up in heaven. Which, of course is where you’ll be sending me, right? I mean I’d hate to think you’d deny me an eternity behind your pearly gates just because of one impetuous handjob. Thank you. Sincerely, Layla Warren. Amen.

Remember When | T. Torrest

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Okay so I just caught the look you shot me over your shoulder and you need to know that I can’t even breathe right now. 

This book. I laughed. I cried. It took me right back to high school in all the best ways. I can’t wait to read the next two books!

Layla is a senior at a small New Jersey high school. Everybody knows everything about everybody else until Terrance C. Wilmington III, better known as Trip, is introduced as the new guy. Layla and Trip click immediately, but while Layla quickly develops a crush on Trip, it seems that Trip’s feelings are purely platonic. As Layla and Trip begin spending more and more time together, Trip drops hints that he might be interested in something more than friendship – but misunderstandings keep them apart.

But, if you can believe it, there is actually a plot outside of the relationship between Trip and Layla. They have distinct personalities. They have friends. They worry about what they’re doing after high school. They have parents who worry about them. They even have hobbies! This is so rare in a New Adult novel that I just want to find Torrest and give her a huge hug. THANK YOU FOR WRITING A REALISTIC BOOK!

I can’t wait to get books two and three and devour them over a weekend. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the free copy.

Final rating: 

I always liked to read…I consumed books. Two or three entire novels over a weekend. Bleary eyed and exhausted, bypassing sleep in order to just finish one more chapter, and then break down and read just one more after that.

Remember When| T. Torrest