Book Genre: Fiction

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Nicola Yoon
Angelita
4

I enjoyed this book, although I had figured out the ending relatively quickly. But it doesn't diminish the relationship in the book. Although, it does make me sad because in order for one relationship to flourish, another must suffer. Socially, but with understanding, Madeline was not set up to...

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Larime Taylor
Becker
3

Zoey Taylor just started at an elite women's college, and it's been over 2 months since she's killed someone. Will her anonymous  call in radio show help her to keep her urges in check? Unlike in many "serial killer with a conscience" narratives, Zoey does have real connections with other...

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L. Frank (Lyman Frank) Baum
Porscha
5

This is a special book review for me, as I am a big fan of the Oz stories by L. Frank Baum. Patchwork Girl of Oz is my favorite in the series and features the introduction of Scraps, the Patchwork Girl of Oz.

Originally created to aid the Crooked Magician’s wife Margolotte with housework...

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Charlie Anders
Becker
4

Not just for fans of genre fiction, this mash up of science and magic will appeal to anyone who likes a well told story about choices and the fate of the world. Patricia and Laurence meet in middle school--both awkward in their own ways, Patricia connects with nature on a deep level, and...

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Johanna Sinisalo
Becker
4

If you like your dystopias to take a hard look at gender roles, this is the book for you. Sinisalo combines various science fiction and literary themes (identity, gender, bureaucracy) and puts her own spin on them in a strange version of Finland ruled by the Health Authority, where the...

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
BeeGeeJay
5

Purple Hibiscus, set in Nigeria, is a dark yet beautifully written novel about the seemingly ideal lives of fifteen year old Kambili, her older brother Jaja, their softly spoken mother, and their wealthy and respected father. Everything appears to be perfect on the surface to outsiders but...

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Jasper Fforde
Bailey
2

When I first read the synopsis of this book I was overly excited as it sounded like a novel I would love - my favorite literary characters come to life in this thrilling, alternate reality, mystery. It was the perfect mix of fantasy and reality. However, I struggled to finish the story. The main...

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Angelita
4

I enjoyed listening to this book, but there were two stories that I could not listen to. The story lines were not interesting or too complicated to follow. With those two exceptions, I loved the stories and in a few cases, I wished a few of the stories were longer. That is my only problem with...

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Tim Tharp
Angelita
3

I read the book so I could watch movie. I like doing the comparisons. I didn't like the character development in the books, it seemed like people were ready to criticize the main character, Sutter, but they didn't seem eager to help him make the changes. Clearly, he is an alcoholic, but people...

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Anthony Horowitz
Josh
4

I am not big on fan fiction, especially for a series as dear to me as Sherlock Holmes but this book was surprisingly good. Dr. Watson narrates an adventure that spans two continents and involves all sectors of society.  A newly married man comes to Holmes with a tale about a strange man in...

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Haruki Murakami
AndrewW
4

The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami, begins with a young boy walking home after school, he stops by his city library to return some books. Seeking to answer his casual musings about tax collection in the Ottoman Empire, the boy is directed to a dark, basement room, where a stern, old man...

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Ian Fleming
Bailey
3

Welcome to the world of espionage in Fleming’s first novel about James Bond, 007. In order to stop Le Chiffre, the paymaster of the terrorist group SMERSH, Bond must best him at a high stakes poker game. Explosions, love, torture, car chases, and the unexpected await you, dear reader.

I...

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Alexander McCall Smith
Josh
4

   I am not sure what it is about trains that is so fascinating;  I  personally love seeing the countryside whizzing by as I go from point A to point B. There is something about being trapped with complete strangers on a long voyage by plane or train that gets people to share...

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Carolyn Baugh
Becker
3

A solid start to a new mystery series featuring Nora Khalil, a Philadelphia police officer assigned to work with the FBI's Safe Streets Task Force. Khalil brings many skills to the table, including her background as a track star and her knowledge of Arabic languages and Islamic culture. She...

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Ann Beattie
L.F.
5

Ann Beattie has published her ninth book of short fiction and once again her quotation marks are working overtime. The title of her newest work, “The State We’re In: Maine Stories”, references both the state that is the setting for the stories and the state of mind of her characters....

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Walter Dean Myers
Josh
4

    Walter Dean Myers was one heck of a writer. I read a few of his books while he was alive but for the past six months I have been on a binge of sorts. This novel deals with two boys growing up on the tough streets of Harlem, New York. They each have their own struggles at home to...

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J. S Law
Becker
3

This debut submarine thriller will have you feeling the confinement and pressure of doing a murder investigation in a confined space under the ocean. Special Investigator Dan Lewis has a past and a reputation that lead to her being requested to investigate a suicide onboard the Royal Navy...

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Haruki Murakami
lisab
3

Murakami’s novella Wind/Pinball has only recently been translated from Japanese and prior to that the stories were difficult to find.  The first story Wind the main character is a college student and the second, Pinball he has graduated.  Murakami says that he wrote these at his...

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Cassandra Rose Clarke
Becker
4

A noir mystery combines with steampunk and science fiction elements to build an intriguing world populated with interesting characters. Our Lady of the Ice follows four denizens of Hope City, Antarctica--the domed city used to be built around tourism to the amusement park run by andriods, now...

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Jeffrey Eugenides
SarahC
5

This is one of the strangest, most compelling books that I have read in a while.  On the surface, the story is about five sisters that all commit suicide (it’s a fact that is revealed very early on – no spoilers, I promise!).  But underneath this sinister plot lies an insightful social...

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Renée Watson
extra medium
4

It’s senior year for twins Nikki and Maya, but big changes are already happening around the girls. Their neighborhood is changing, and they’re not sure if it’s for the better: rents are going up causing longtime neighbors to be priced out, new stores and restaurants are taking over, and the...

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Christopher Sebela
Becker
4

A disgraced Olympian. A government agent who died with too many secrets. And the mountain, always the mountain. Zan ran from a scandal that would have stripped her of her medals, all the way to Nepal and a job retrieving bodies from the deadly mountains there. When her boss finds the wrong body...

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Sandra Brown
Emily
3

Crawford Hunt is prepared to fight the good fight, he made a mistake years ago when he was wracked with grief at his wife's death and nowhe wants to fix it. Texas Ranger Hunt is going to court today to get his little girl back, at least that was the plan. While on the witness stand in Judge...

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Graeme C Simsion
Angelita
4

I didn't enjoy the sequel as much because I felt like there was too much conflict between the characters and the conflict seemed unnecessary. Don, the main character, seemed to hide all the mistakes he was making without talking to his wife. I feel like these situations don't seem realistic....

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A. J. Betts
Angelita
4

This book was a great book to read. It did switch point of views between the two main characters, Zac and Mia.  Both characters have cancer and the struggles with the diesase are very different, but the only thing that brings them together is that they were treated in the same hospital. The...