Book Genre: Fiction

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Sharyn McCrumb
lisab
4

It seems like at some point all fiction authors write a holiday themed novella. This one is by Sharyn McCrumb who is known for her Ballad mysteries which are based in Appalachia.  This tale has two stories running concurrently– one about Nora Bonesteel who has the “Sight” and her neighbors...

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Chloe Aridjis
lisab
4

Marie is a security guard at the National Gallery in London. She has been in this post for 9 years, the same post that her great grandfather also held during the time of the Suffragettes.  This is a calm story; you are observing Marie observing life, the people who visit the museum, or her...

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M. L Stedman
Shanna
5

On a rocky island off the coast of Australia, a lone lighthouse stands between the ships and certain destruction in the difficult waters.  Tom retreats to the solitude there, after his service in the war.  Indeed, there is an abundance of solitude on Janus Rock-even the supply boat...

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Coe Booth
Josh
4

  I rarely see juvenile fiction booths with young African-American males on the cover so needless to say I was intrigued by this title. The main character Jarrett is a rising seventh grader from Newark, New Jersey who lives with his mom, a Guyanese immigrant who works with social services...

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Katy Towell
Hope H
3

For twelve days straight in the twelfth month of the year 1912, the small town of Widowsbury was ravaged by a storm which brought with it all manner of paranormal threats. Now, twelve years later, everyone in the town operates under the rule that, "Known is good! New is bad!" Unfortunately...

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Chelsea Cain
Becker
4

I knew that Chelsea Cain was a popular thriller author, but I didn't pick up one of her books until after I saw her being interviewed for an NPR show. I liked the way she talked about One Kick, the opener to a new series for her, and the way she talked about her characters. One Kick begins the...

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Michelle Knudsen
lisab
1

Aaagh – I tried so hard to get into this book and I just can’t. This is a story of two friends, Cynthia and Annie.  Annie develops a wild crush on the librarian, who turns out to be something other than gorgeous.  The voices seem so unreal to me and the whole finale is so Beetlejuice....

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Shane Kuhn
ShellyB
4

This book is a violent, action-packed thriller with assassins, intrigue, and plenty of twists and turns!  The Intern’s Handbook starts out as a sort of guide for new assassins, written by an assassin about to retire (age out) of a company that sends its employees to businesses disguised as...

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Brian Falkner
Josh
3

   Maddy West has an incredible gift-she can speak any language in the world after hearing someone speak it. This makes her a valuable friend to Kazuki her Japanese pal and also makes her sought after by evil forces. Falkner does take some plot liberties here and there  and as a...

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Douglas J Preston
lisab
3

Gideon Crew, a former thief with a PhD and living on borrowed time has been hired by a secret organization for various dangerous missions.  The latest mission is stealing a page from the Book of Kells which turns out to be a special treasure map.   This title is the 3rd in the...

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James Tynion
Becker
3

A typical high school, including all students and faculty, is mysteriously transported to what looks to be an alien planet. Things are about to get very dangerous, and not only due to the strange beasts that are lurking about. Some teachers want more control of the situation, and will do...

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Amber Lough
Hope H
3

The war between jinn and humans has been raging for fifteen years, with no signs of stopping. Jinni Najwa has trained all her life as a spy, and discovers that she is the only one among her people who can enter the heavily warded palace of the Caliph. Meanwhile, the human, Zayele, is chosen as...

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Jennifer Clement
Angelita
3

I definitely love the premise of the book, but I didn't enjoy the pace. I had a hard time getting into the story, even though it could be a great story. Ladydi lives in a small mountain town in Mexico. This town is full of forgotten women, the men have left to the city or the United States....

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Elizabeth Canning Blackwell
Allie
4

This is a read for any of those who like their fairytales reimagined, updated, and filled out. In an interesting twist, this story focuses very little on the figure that is Sleeping Beauty. Instead, Blackwell brings an unknown and seemingly insignificant character to the forefront--the...

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Barry Lyga
CoCo Supreme23
4

I have read many Young Adult novels however; I have not read any in the thriller/horror genre.  Recently, I  read, I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga. Jasper “Jazz” Dent is the son of the Lobo’s Nod most notorious serial killer; Jazz has witnessed horrific crime scenes – from a criminal...

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Menna Van Praag
Sarah Anne
3

This story has a tidy arc, and some lovely qualities, and the many comparisons to Addison Allen are spot on. I can't say I loved it, but I can think of some readers who will find this a perfect new read.

The story of loss, longing and distraction is somehow not too intense, and is...

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Sonya Cobb
Janet Q
3

This book gets off to a bit of a slow start, but soon gains momentum when young mom Sophie, in an attempt to remedy the variable rate mortgage fiasco she unwittingly ends up in, starts lifting valuable artworks from the small museum her husband works at. Author Sonya Cobb does an excellent job...

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Franck Thilliez
Becker
3

The first of Thilliez's novels to be translated into English, this mystery encompasses neuroscience, 2 loner detectives, and horrifying incidents all over the world. An unsettling film and several murders set detective Lucie Henebelle and Inspector Franck Sharko to investigating a series of...

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P. L. (Pamela Lyndon) Travers
mbrandstetter
5

I recently downloaded Mary Poppins Boxed Set audio book. I had forgotten how much I thoroughly enjoyed the original stories by P.L. Travers. Without an outright admission of magic doing, the implied is all you need to stir up the imagination. I had forgotten how much these stories bring to...

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John Scalzi
Becker
4

A science fiction novel for mystery fans? A mystery novel for science fiction fans? How about just a great read with interesting characters, detailed and thoughtful world-buidling, and plenty of twists and turns? Millions of people have been affected by "lock in," the third stage of Haden's...

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Sherman Alexie
Allie
4

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is an impressive read; it has humor, illustrations, witty dialogue, friendship, tragedy, social commentary, and a protagonist, Junior, that you can't help but find endearing. Junior is a high-schooler who has lived on a reservation ("the...

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Emmi Itäranta
Becker
4

A book for fans of dystopias that are thoughtful and measured vs. action packed. Climate change has changed the world, and the Scandinavian Union is experiencing a water shortage and great restrictions from the ruling government of New Qian. We don't learn much about what's happening in the...

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Joe Hill
Becker
3

Did you like NOS4A2? Like horror comics? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, give Wraith a shot. Joe Hill moves between the worlds of traditional books and graphic novels quite a lot, and here he connects them. Wraith tells the story of Charlie Manx, the ominous presence in NOS4A2...

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Smith (Joshua Smith) Henderson
KristinR
5

This was really something.  I am having a difficult time deciding where I want to start talking about it.  I hope it becomes one of those epic American fictions that my son finds on his high school required reading list.

Pete Snow is truly flawed, evidenced more by his estranged...

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Merrie Haskell
Hope H
4

The adults in Sand's life have always told him to ignore the broken castle he could see in the distance, but when he awakens inside the castle one morning with no explanation, there's no more ignoring it. Everything in the castle has been broken in two, from the dried but strangely still edible...