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This book is killer

In his latest release, “California’s Deadliest Women,” author David Kulczyk presents a collection of 28 strange and shocking murder cases in California. From well-known murder cases that even I had heard of, to more obscure ones that I couldn’t believe ...

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My Christmas Playlist

Every year for the past seven years or so, I have created a Christmas playlist because for me, one of the better parts about the season is the music. This year my playlist is all over the place in terms ...

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‘Valley Fever’ is not that hot

I had high hopes for Katherine Taylor’s “Valley Fever.” I really did. While there were moments I was completely engrossed in what I was reading, a lot of the time everything ended up falling flat. Ingrid Palamede is our narrator, ...

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Music Monday: Ryan Beatty

At just 21 years old, Los Angeles-based pop artist Ryan Beatty continues to showcase his growth as an individual and a musician with every step he takes in his career. Hailing from Clovis, Beatty started his career in 2009 when ...

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Music Monday: The Summer Set is still going strong

The Summer Set, a pop-rock band from Phoenix, Az., has been recording for almost a decade and with every release continues to prove why it has lasted so long. Formed in 2007, The Summer Set is made up of singer ...

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‘Furthermore’ is a captivating adventure

“Furthermore,” by New York Times best-selling author Tahereh Mafi, is a fairy-tale-like story that captures the reader from start to finish. Alice Alexis Queensmeadow was born without pigmentation—her skin is white, her hair is white, her eyes are a barely-there ...

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Music Monday: Hippo Campus locks into memories

Indie rock band Hippo Campus is one of music’s best-kept secrets, and it’s time to finally share that secret with the world. Hippo Campus formed in 2013 and consists of guitarist and vocalist Jake Luppen, guitarist Nathan Stocker, bassist Zach ...

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‘Carry On’ is original, relatable, magical

“Carry On” by New York Times bestselling author Rainbow Rowell is a coming-of-age tale at its core that explores the topics you’d find most confusing as a teenager: school, love, loss, destiny and, of course, magic. Simon Snow, also known ...

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Music Monday: Beach Weather

Alternative-pop band Beach Weather came onto the music scene late last year with its debut EP, “What A Drag” and has been making waves ever since. EP stands for extended play, which is a sample of music that features a ...

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“The Graces” : An all too familiar story

With an exciting synopsis that seemed to promise magic and a mysterious and powerful family of witches, “The Graces” by Laure Eve ultimately fails in its attempts to capture and engage the reader, but succeeds in irritating the reader with ...

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Tales of the whimsical, the empowering, ‘the Peculiar’

Ransom Riggs, author of the New York Times best-selling “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” trilogy, gives us an inside look into peculiar history in “Tales of the Peculiar,” a collection of short stories gathered and annotated by peculiar scholar ...

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Book review: ‘The Long Shadow of Small Ghosts: Murder and Memory in an American City’

In “The Long Shadow of Small Ghosts: Murder and Memory in an American City,” Laura Tillman perfectly conveys the dedication, the challenges, the emotional toll and the value that comes with being a journalist. During the early hours of March ...

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Five Books for the Young Adult Fiction Fan

Young adult fiction, or YA, is a genre that has gotten very popular over the past couple of years, one of the biggest reason being Hollywood’s involvement. Unfortunately, with Hollywood’s TV and big-screen adaptations of YA literature comes a sudden ...

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‘The Roommate Book’: I now pronounce you roommates

For many, college can be full of firsts: your first job, your first serious relationship, your first emotional breakdown in a parking lot because you can’t find parking And, of course, your first roommate— Adventures in roommating can sound fun ...

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