Dystopia (YA) | Fantasy (YA) | Science fiction (YA) | Young Adult fiction

Review: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken (#1 The Darkest Minds)

GENRE & SYNOPSIS Young Adult/Science Fiction/Dystopia/Fantasy When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that […]

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Adult Fiction | Feminism (adult) | Non Fiction (adult)

Review: We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

GENRE & SYNOPSIS Non Fiction/Feminism What does “feminism” mean today? That is the question at the heart of We Should All Be Feminists, a personal, eloquently-argued essay. With humor and levity, here Adichie offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century—one rooted in inclusion and awareness. She shines a light not only on […]

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Contemporary (YA) | Realistic Fiction (YA) | Young Adult fiction

Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

GENRE & SYNOPSIS Young Adult/Contemporary/Realistic Fiction Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil […]

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Adult Fiction | Horror (adult) | Mystery (adult) | Suspense (adult) | Thriller (adult)

Review: The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay

GENRE & SYNOPSIS Horror/Thriller/Mystery/Suspense Seven-year-old Wen and her parents, Eric and Andrew, are vacationing at a remote cabin on a quiet New Hampshire lake. Their closest neighbors are more than two miles in either direction along a rutted dirt road. One afternoon, as Wen catches grasshoppers in the front yard, a stranger unexpectedly appears in […]

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Adult Fiction | Horror (adult) | Mystery (adult) | Thriller (adult)

Review: Hannibal by Thomas Harris (#3 Hannibal Lecter)

GENRE & SYNOPSIS Horror/Thriller/Mystery Years after his escape, posing as scholarly Dr. Fell, curator of a grand family’s palazzo, Hannibal lives the good life in Florence, playing lovely tunes by serial killer/composer Henry VIII and killing hardly anyone himself. Clarice is unluckier: in the novel’s action-film-like opening scene, she survives an FBI shootout gone wrong, […]

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Fantasy (NA) | New Adult Fiction | Romance (NA)

Review: A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas (#3.1 A Court of Thorns and Roses)

GENRE & SYNOPSIS Fantasy/New Adult/Romance Hope warms the coldest night. Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from […]

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