Adult Fiction | Fantasy (adult) | Historical Fiction (adult) | LGBT (adult) | Mythology (adult) | Romance (adult)

Review: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

GENRE & SYNOPSIS Fantasy/Adult Fiction/Historical Fiction/Mythology/LGBT/Romance Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. By all rights their paths should never cross, but Achilles takes the shamed prince as his friend, and as they grow into young men […]

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

Review: The Troop by Nick Cutter

GENRE & SYNOPSIS Horror/Adult Fiction/Thriller/Science Fiction Once a year, scoutmaster Tim Riggs leads a troop of boys into the Canadian wilderness for a three-day camping trip—a tradition as comforting and reliable as a good ghost story and a roaring bonfire. But when an unexpected intruder—shockingly thin, disturbingly pale, and voraciously hungry—stumbles upon their campsite, Tim […]

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Adult Fiction | Fantasy (adult) | Historical Fiction (adult) | Mythology (adult) | Retellings (adult)

Review: Circe by Madeline Miller

GENRE & SYNOPSIS Fantasy/Adult Fiction/Mythology/Historical Fiction/Retellings In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power—the […]

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Fae (NA) | Fantasy (NA) | Magic (NA) | New Adult Fiction | Paranormal (NA)

Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas (#4 Throne of Glass)

GENRE & SYNOPSIS Fantasy/New Adult/Fae/Paranormal/Romance/Magic The queen has returned. Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past… She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can […]

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Fae (NA) | Fantasy (NA) | Magic (NA) | New Adult Fiction | Paranormal (NA) | Romance (NA)

Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas (#3 Throne of Glass)

GENRE & SYNOPSIS Fantasy/New Adult/Romance/Fae/Paranormal/Magic Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak―but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life―and her future―forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, […]

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Adult Fiction | Classic (adult) | Fantasy (adult) | Horror (adult) | Paranormal (adult) | Thriller (adult)

Review: The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty (#1 The Exorcist)

GENRE & SYNOPSIS Horror/Classics/Fantasy/Paranormal/Thriller Father Damien Karras: ‘Where is Regan?’  Regan MacNeil: ‘In here. With us.’ The terror begins unobtrusively. Noises in the attic. In the child’s room, an odd smell, the displacement of furniture, an icy chill. At first, easy explanations are offered. Then frightening changes begin to appear in eleven-year-old Regan. Medical tests […]

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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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