Two more books for you this week and both ones that, while I don’t really feel a desire to read them, maybe some of you will?

the stars now unclaimedI don’t know why, but for some reason The Stars Now Unclaimed by Drew Williams doesn’t seem like the first book in the series, and yet it is. Ultimately, I think that there might have been a time when I would have jumped at reading this book. Now, though, nothing about it really jumped out at me. And granted, I’d be willing to give it a shot if I didn’t have so many other books to read. So, I dunno. I just feel meh about it and I think the only thing that might change my mind would be if a bunch of people told me I should read it. So, there you go.

Jane Kamali is an agent for the Justified. Her mission: to recruit children with miraculous gifts in the hope that they might prevent the Pulse from once again sending countless worlds back to the dark ages.

Hot on her trail is the Pax–a collection of fascist zealots who believe they are the rightful rulers of the galaxy and who remain untouched by the Pulse.

Now Jane, a handful of comrades from her past, and a telekinetic girl called Esa must fight their way through a galaxy full of dangerous conflicts, remnants of ancient technology, and other hidden dangers.

And that’s just the beginning . . .

hidden piecesTo put this as plainly and as simply as possible, Hidden Pieces by Paula Stokes simply is not my kind of book. And I think anyone who’s been with me for a while would be able to see that almost immediately. I don’t like thrillers, never really have, and so it’s probably best that I leave this book to the people who do enjoy those kinds of stories.

Embry Woods has secrets. Small ones about her past. Bigger ones about her relationship with town hero Luke and her feelings for someone new. But the biggest secret she carries with her is about what happened that night at the Sea Cliff Inn. The fire. The homeless guy. Everyone thinks Embry is a hero, too, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Embry thinks she’ll have to take the secret to her grave, until she receives an anonymous note—someone else knows the truth. Next comes a series of threatening messages, asking Embry to make impossible choices, forcing her to put her loved ones at risk. Someone is playing a high stakes game where no one in Embry’s life is safe. And their last move…is murder.

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