Book Review: Strange The Dreamer – Laini Taylor *****

Book Review: Strange The Dreamer – Laini Taylor *****

“I turned my nightmares into fireflies and caught them in a jar.” The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of…

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Book Review: Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders *****

Book Review: Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders *****

February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln’s beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. “My poor boy, he was too good for this earth,” the president…

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Book Review: The Hurricane Party – Klas Östergren ****

Book Review: The Hurricane Party – Klas Östergren ****

Hanck Orn’s son is dead. When they come to the door they tell him it was a heart attack, he knows they are lying. So he travels to the archipelago at the outermost reaches of the land to find out what really happened. He lands on an island and is met by a young woman, hair streaked with blood, raving like a lunatic. She is one of the sisters, who tell him the story of how his son died in the…

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Book Review: The Lonely Hearts Hotel – Heather O’Neill ***

Book Review: The Lonely Hearts Hotel – Heather O’Neill ***

Two babies are abandoned in a Montreal orphanage in the winter of 1910. Before long, their talents emerge: Pierrot is a piano prodigy; Rose lights up even the dreariest room with her dancing and comedy. As they travel around the city performing clown routines, the children fall in love with each other and dream up a plan for the most extraordinary and seductive circus show the world has ever seen. Separated as teenagers, sent off to work as servants during…

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Book review: I am, I am, I am – Maggie O’Farrell *****

Book review: I am, I am, I am – Maggie O’Farrell *****

A childhood illness she was not expected to survive. A teenage yearning to escape that nearly ended in disaster. A terrifying encounter on a remote path. A mismanaged labour in an understaffed hospital. Shocking, electric, unforgettable, this is the extraordinary memoir from Costa Novel-Award winner and Sunday Times bestselling author Maggie O’Farrell. In this book, Maggie O’Farrell tells you about her life in seventeen chapters, seventeen times she almost died, could have died, almost lost a loved one… “seventeen brushes with death”…

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Book Review: Artemis – Andy Weir ****

Book Review: Artemis – Andy Weir ****

Like most people, I was completely blown away by The Martian.It was funny, full of sarcasm and very, very clever. It made me feel smart while reading it. As if I know anything about growing potatoes on Mars. (Well, now I do.. at least a little..) When I heard about Andy Weir’s new book “Artemis”, I could only hope it would live up to my expectations. It did. You see, it had all the elements I liked in The Martian:…

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Book Review: The Princess Saves Herself In This One – Amanda Lovelace ****

Book Review: The Princess Saves Herself In This One – Amanda Lovelace ****

“aworldwhere all human beingsare taken care of shouldn’t be called a “revolutionary”way of life & yetit is. –burn” “Ah, life- the thing that happens to us while we’re off somewhere else blowing on dandelions & wishing ourselves into the pages of our favorite fairy tales.” A poetry collection divided into four different parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, & you. The princess, the damsel, & the queen piece together the life of the author in three stages, while ‘you’…

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Book Review: Gemina – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff ****

Book Review: Gemina – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff ****

“Now, children, watch closely.Hold your breath. Listen.And I will show you the components of calamity.” Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed. The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminaecontinues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault. Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik…

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Book Review: Illuminae – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff *****

Book Review: Illuminae – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff *****

-Am I nOt meRciFul?- This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded. The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each…

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