Book Genre: Fiction

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Julia Keller
Leslie Y
5

A friend had recommended Last Ragged Breath by Julia Keller, but Keller had two previous books, which I decided to read first.  I am a big fan of reading an author’s books in order to get the whole story of how her characters have developed.  A Killing in the Hills is...

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Harlan Coben
Leslie Y
5

Harlan Coben is one of my all-time favorite authors.  I am always excited to see a new title by him, and Fool Me Once definitely lives up to his reputation.  Coben grabs the reader from the first page, and the suspense doesn’t let up until the very surprising (at least, to me...

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Bradley P. Beaulieu
Stacey G.
5

Twelve Kings in Sharakhai is a beautifully built fantasy novel. It’s a fresh read in the fantasy genre, which usually relies heavily on the familiarity of creatures such dragons, elves, and witches. Instead, Twelve Kings is set in the desert and follows the journey of Çeda as...

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Elizabeth Bonesteel
Stacey G.
4

An innocent man is accused of a murder and the whole thing may be related to a catastrophe 25 years earlier that destroyed a starship and killed hundreds of people.

This debut novel successfully mixes several genres, including science fiction, mystery, and romance. Why is the planet’s...

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Naomi Novik
lisab
4

Uprooted is the story of a wizard who every 10 years chooses a girl from the village of Dvernik. The latest is Agnieszka, who turns out to be a witch with a lot of unique powers.  Along with the wizard she must protect the land from the Wood which corrupts and can swallow people in what are...

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M. L. (Mary Lou) Longworth
lisab
4

Mystery of the Lost Cézanne is the fifth in the Verlaque and Bonnet series. Antoine Verlaque is a judge with the Aix-en-Provence police and Marine Bonnet is a law professor (just so you know they are a couple).  In this mystery, Verlaque is asked to visit a retired post office worker who...

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Jacquelyn Mitchard
Leslie Y
5

The stories that Jacquelyn Mitchard tells are always engaging, and Two If By Sea doesn't disappoint.  Set during the Christmas Eve tsunami in Brisbane, the novel follows the path of Frank Mercy, who loses his wife, and her entire family in the disaster, but, as a volunteer firefighter...

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Jojo Moyes
Angelita
4

After reading this book, I am looking forward to the movie, even though the movie could totally be different. At times the story can be heart breaking, but I like the dose of reality it offers. From the most part, the story is told from the perspective of Louisa Clark, but there are few chapters...

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Marieke Nijkamp
Angelita
4

I know that many people thought this book is too "black and white" for the topic of school shootings. I think the author did do the topic justice. Honestly, the only way she would've done better is if she has actually gone through the horrible ordeal of a school shooting. I feel like the only...

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Jesse Andrews
Angelita
3

This book can be very slow at times. Even though, it says dying girl in the title, you're not entirely sure she is going to die. I think it's mostly from the point of view of Greg and he doesn't seem to take a whole lot seriously. He likes to fly under the radar. There are some absolutely...

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Perry Moore
Bailey
4

Thom is the child of two superheroes, which sounds awesome, except his mother disappeared and his father used to be one of the most famous superheroes until a tragic accident left him disfigured and an outcast. Now Thom is considered the weird kid on the block, and to make matters worse he is...

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Petina Gappah
Becker
4

Is there truth in memory? Is truth an absolute? These are the questions at the heart of Memory's story. An albino woman on death row in Zimbabwe's Chikurubi prison, convicted of murdering Lloyd Hendricks, her white adopted father, Memory is is recalling her past and recounting her present. She...

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Becky Cloonan
Becker
3

An intriguing blend of science fiction, mystery, and horror fills this graphic novel. Alex Braith is on tanker Southern Cross, on her way to Titan to collect her sister's remains--and find out what happened to her. Turns out that getting there may be the hardest part--the ship's crew is...

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Mo Daviau
Becker
4

Time travel, indie rock, romance, humor--this books has lots of great elements, and a fun premise. Karl Bender, 40something former semi-famous rock star turned Chicago bar owner, finds a wormhole in his bedroom closet. He teams up with a scientifically knowledgeable bar regular, Wayne, in a...

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Ned Beauman
Bailey
1

I’m 0-2 this year in my reading choices as for the first time in my life I decided I was not going to finish a book. My English major background can usually propel me through any book I find tiresome, but I could not justify spending anymore time reading this book. I found the plot-line boring...

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Amy Zhang
Angelita
3

I did not realize how depressing this book would be beforehand. Even though, it was very sad, it was very powerful. Liz Emerson, is the most popular girl in school, but her life is far from perfect. In fact, she has done some underhanded things to gain her title in her high school. She realizes...

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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...