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Every Falling Star: A Review

Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North KoreaHe was just like every other little boy in Pyongyang, taking taekwondo lessons and dreaming of becoming a general in Kim Il-sung’s army. In Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea, DPRK-escapee Sungju Lee tells of his family’s fall from grace, his life as an orphan on the streets, and his eventual path to freedom. Although aimed at a young adult audience, Lee’s memoir provides an unflinching look at what happens to Pyongyang families who displease the Leader. Continue reading

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The Graces: A Review

The Graces (The Graces, #1)When a teen moves with her mother to a new town, she finds herself in thrall to the Grace siblings: twins Thalia and Fenrin, and younger sister Summer. By the time Laure Eve‘s aptly titled The Graces opens, the narrator — who has renamed herself River — is bound and determined to breach the popular and mysterious siblings’ inner circle and become one of them. Unfortunately, the novel fails to be as compelling or secretive as its eponymous family. Continue reading