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Along the Saltwise Sea by A. Deborah Baker
The Biograph Girl by William J. Mann Break the Chains by Megan E. O'Keefe
Cheddar Off Dead by Korina Moss and Erin Moon (Narrator)
The Children on the Hill by Jennifer McMahon
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Curtain Call by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm (Illustrator)
Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney and Stephanie Racine (Narrator)
Due or Die by Jenn McKinlay and Allyson Ryan (Narrator) Empty Smiles by Katherine Arden
Guidebook to Murder by Lynn Cahoon and Susan Boyce (Narrator)
The House with a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs
A Killing in Costumes by Zac Bissonnette and Melanie Carey and Paul Bellatoni (Narrators)
The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin
Leviathan by Jason Shiga
The Liminal Zone by Junji Ito
Love (and Other Uses for Duct Tape) by Carrie Jones
Manor of Dying by Kathleen Bridge and Vanessa Daniels (Narrator)
Murder by the Book by Lauren Elliott and Karen White (Narrator)
The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie and Hugh Fraser (Narrator)
On This Airplane by Lourdes Heuer and Sara Palacios (Illustrations)
The Orphan and the Mouse by Martha Freeman and David McPhail (Illustrations)
Primordial by Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino (Artist) and Dave Stewart (Artist)
Smile Beach Murder by Alicia Bessette and Karissa Vacker
Sophie Go's Lonely Hearts Club by Roselle Lim and Annie Q (Narrator)
The Templeton Twins Have an Idea by Ellis Weiner and Jeremy Holmes (Illustrator)
Tumble by Celia C. Pérez
Unseen Magic by Emily Lloyd-Jones
What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher

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Break the Chains: 12/24/22

Break the Chains

Break the Chains by Megan E. O'Keefe (2016) is the second book in the Scorched Continent trilogy. A year has passed since the close of Steal the Sky. The characters who came together for reasons have gone their separate ways. But now circumstances are such that they need to get back together — if they can break one of them out of prison.

There are multiple points of view and lots of different schemes to keep track of. There's also a complex world with equally complex political situations. While I'm all for letting characters live their lives rather than have a bunch of exposition, this is a series where I really could use some hand holding from a narrator. Barring that, a single point of view.

I suppose the difference scenes are taking place relatively simultaneously. I think the novel is trying for a cinematic, action packed experience. I have to admit, I struggle with this type of story telling in print (and always have). This volume started out fun. I do love the world and what can be done by certain people. But as the book progressed, it became work to read, and not fun work.

The final book is Inherit the Flame (2017).

Two stars

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