Book Genre: Fiction

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John (John Anthony) Flanagan
CarolE
3

For an adventure series, these books by John Flanagan are highly recommended. The characters and settings mimic a kind of Robin Hood medieval time and land, although everything here is in an imaginary land. However, the adventures are not supposed to be magical or fantastical but really possible...

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Veronica Roth
Mary P
4

This last installment of the Divergent series was unrelenting.  Roth paints a beautiful and visceral world with only her words, and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the story.  Roth has done an incredible job of creating characters with whom we can relate and fall in love--and...

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Patricia Highsmith
Charles
3

Ripley Under Ground is the second book in a five part series written by Patricia Highsmith.  That being said, it is not a requirement to have read the first one as the author quickly recaps the important events.  The main character, Thomas Ripley, is a dark, maniacal man who gets...

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Brent Weeks
Ken
4

I liked the world building for this book. The magic was a little different for a fantasy novel which was good. The characters are interesting and seem fleshed out, and fit well within the world. The story itself starts off dark which might be a little difficult to get past, but then it gets...

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Katherine Applegate
Josh
5

   Winner of the Newbery medal (for distinguished contribution to American literature for children) this book started off slowly but once it got rolling it was impossible to put down.  The events in this book are told from the perspective of Ivan, a gorilla whose domain (cage) is...

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Stephen King
Charlissa
4

Full Dark, No Stars is collection of four novellas: "1922," "Big Driver," "Fair Extension," and "A Good Marriage." The afterward begins, “The stories in this book are harsh. You may have found them hard to read in places.” Yup.

"1922" is a story about a man who kills his wife in...

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Paul Yoon
Becker
4

Don't mistake this short book for a quick read--the language is spare and poetic, meant to be savored. Yohan was a POW during the Korean war, and has moved to Brazil to be a Japanese tailor's apprentice rather than returning to his home town. Here, he learns to mend clothes, but he also slowly...

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Marisha Pessl
Michelle
4

Not classified as a horror book, but this totally unnerved me. It's an intelligent, freaky, modern story.

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Ellen Hopkins
mmcgowan
3

Identical was about a set of identical twins (Kaeleigh and Raeanne) and their deep dark secrets.  Each sister had "issues" of their own but their "secrets" are not meant to be kept-from each other or anyone else.. This book deals with drug usage, alcohol usage, cutting, molestation from a...

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Doug Dorst
Rebecca
5

THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD.

I'm actually only halfway through. So I don't have much to tell you. And it's one of those books where you don't want to give anything away. But I'm more absorbed in this book than in any book I've read for a long time. SO GOOD.

 

***FIVE DAYS...

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Charles Burns
Michael
4

Black Hole, by Charles Burns, is a comic book series release between 1995 and 2005. It was bound and released as a graphic novel in 2005. After it was published, Burns won the Harvey Award for Best Graphic Album of Previously Published Work in 2006 for Black Hole...

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Muriel Barbery
Hope H
4

The hedgehog is "covered in quills, a real fortress...a deceptively indolent little creature, fiercely solitary - and terribly elegant." So says the precocious twelve year old Paloma Josse in reference to her building's concierge, a middle-aged nobody named Renee Michel, though the sentiment...

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Dave Eggers
Becker
3

This is one of the scariest visions of a near-future world I've read in a while. Mae Holland has just landed a coveted job at The Circle (think a global-reaching combination of Facebook, Twitter, Google, and all e-Commerce and you're partway there). She starts out in "customer experience"...

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Jess Walter
Charles
3

Beautiful Ruins is a book with a plot not drastically different from many romance books and movies.  A man falls in love and at some point realizes the feelings are not mutual; the woman is in love with another man.  The book begins in Italy in 1962 and chronicles relationships that...

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Peter Stenson
Charles
3

Fiend, by Peter Stenson, does not differ much from any other apocalyptic, zombie themed book.  There is the typical shocking revelation that the people outside are not normal and want to eat you, the characters realize that everyone but themselves have become zombies, and the rest of the...

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Kristin Clark
Becker
4

This novel in verse explores gender identity through the eyes of various folks on all parts of the spectrum. Brendan never felt like a super masculine guy, but he hasn't always wanted to be a girl, either. Angel, who Brendan meets at a center for GLBT teens, befriends Brendan and introduces him...

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John Green
Lauren
3

John Green is the toast of the YA literary scene. His tragic tale, The Fault in Our Stars, is the story of two teens (Hazel and Augustus) who fall in love after meeting in a support group for kids with cancer. Green gives an unflinching and often humorous look at these two characters,...

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Amy Tan
L.F.
3

The mother-daughter theme of Amy Tan’s new novel, The Valley of Amazement, will be a familiar one for fans of her previous works.  Tan delves into the complex relationships and nuanced interactions of several generations of strong female characters.  The author reveals her...

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Michael Ennis
ShellyB
4

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!!  Centered around the infamous Borgias of the Italian Renaissance, Pope Alexander VI (Rodrigo Borgia) and his two illegitimate sons Juan and Cesare, this tale is told by two narrators, Niccolo Machiavelli and a courtesan (the mother of Juan's son).  She...

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Sarah Cross
Janet Q
3

Kill Me Softly was voted #9 on the Teen Top Ten List of favorite books for the year. Though somewhat melodramatic and overloaded with YA book cliches, the premise is interesting. It uses the modern day tale of 16 year old Mira and her rather unusual friends to examine the...

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Tarquin Hall
Josh
4

I came across this book quite by accident but was glad that I gave it a chance. I am sometimes wary of reading books written by expatriates but Tarquin Hall has a good grasp of the intricacies of Indian society and adequately conveys the various class distinctions as well as  the...

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Graeme C Simsion
KristinR
4

The Rosie Project is one of the most talked about books of the year, and for good reason! Laugh-out-loud funny in many places, this uplifting romantic comedy is a novel that will not soon be forgotten. Even I, I must admit, ended up with a literary crush on Don Tillman--a professor with...

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Susan Nussbaum
Hope
5

This book was incredible. Taking the voices of several teenagers living in a juvenile nursing home and the stories of a few assistants working at the facility, Nussbaum weaves together a narrative that reads much like a documentary film. Each character tells their story in such an authentic...

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Louis Begley
Michelle
3

This sounded better than it was unless you are really into the lives of the rich and famous, east coast old money famous. It is well written, though.

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Tim Seeley
Laurie.
4

Cooper, one of the young characters sums up volume 2 best: "Life isn't a video game. Sometimes people have to die." And they do. I am squeamish and while I made lots of faces and uttered some words out loud, the art and storyline kept me turning the pages. Each new chapter is kicked off with a...