The Bad Seed – William March

The Bad Seed – William March

William March’s The Bad Seed is the perfect twisty thriller to curl up with this fall. It chronicles the story of Christine Penmark as she slowly realizes that her seemingly sweet little girl, Rhoda, is hiding very sinister and disturbing behavior. I loved this book much more than I expected to. It works perfectly in the time period it is set in. Christine is really trying to be the perfect 1950s housewife and Rhoda seems to channel the innocence and…

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The Rosie Effect (Simsion)

The Rosie Effect (Simsion)

In this sequel to “The Rosie Project”, Don and Rosie are now married and living in New York …. and Rosie’s pregnant.  The funny story relates how Don prepares himself for becoming a father and must learn that he needs to be more than just a scientist in order to be a successful father and save his marriage.  An enjoyable story, but again, reader beware, contains adult language. Title: The Rosie Effect Series: Don Tillman Author: Graeme Simsion Genre: Literary…

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The Rosie Project (Simsion)

The Rosie Project (Simsion)

Don Tillman is a genetics professor … who is also has Asperger’s … yet he doesn’t seem to know that.  Professor Tillman has decided he wants to get married, so he begins “The Wife Project”.  He constructs a very thorough questionnaire to screen potential candidates, and when he first meets Rosie  he immediately decides she is not a suitable candidate, but over the course of the novel, he ends up realizing, she is actually the perfect candidate!  A fun story,…

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Longbourn (Baker)

Longbourn (Baker)

Longbourn by Jo Baker is a loose retelling of the story of Pride and Prejudice from the perspective of the servants, most notably, a kitchen maid named Sarah.  As a fan of Pride and Prejudice, I enjoyed this novel and think others would as well. Title: Longbourn Author: Jo Baker Genre: Literary Fiction Publisher: Knopf Release Date: October 8, 2013 Format: Availalbe in hardcover, trade paperback, and eBook Pages: 352 Find this title in the CRDL Catalog

Circe – Madeline Miller

Circe – Madeline Miller

In high school, when I was required to read Homer’s Odyssey, Circe was just one of the island goddesses whose name I could barely remember. But through this retelling she has become one of my favorite characters in Greek myth. For this story, Author Madeline Miller has woven together many of the different Greek myths involving Circe into one compelling story told from her perspective.  It was rather enchanting to be reading about a character who has the power, magic…

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Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating – Christina Lauren

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating – Christina Lauren

The way Emily describes it: when I meet someone I love, I become an octopus and wind my tentacles around their heart, tighter and tighter until they can’t deny they love me just the same. Ahhhhhh I loved this so much. Seriously by now I have come to the conclusion that these two literally cannot write a book that I will not like. They just keep getting better and better and at this very moment I can’t decide which one…

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All Our Yesterdays – Cristin Terrill

All Our Yesterdays – Cristin Terrill

Time travel isn’t a wonder; it’s an abomination. Wow. I honestly am not sure what I even want to rate this book but I guess I’ll go with a four. Ever since I got hooked on Doctor Who quite a few years back, I have gotten my hands on any and all YA time travel books that I could. Of course they seem to be hit or miss. Basically, if the time travel ~makes sense~ I usually love it. If…

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Love and Other Words – Christina Lauren

Love and Other Words – Christina Lauren

It never occurred to me that love could be anything other than all-consuming. Even as a child, I knew I never wanted anything less. WELL, WELL, WELL. Another home run by these lovely ladies. I honestly had no idea that they had come out with another book until a few days ago when I was browsing Amazon, desperate for a book to read. When I came across this and read the synopsis, I knew that this would be the book…

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There There – Tommy Orange

There There – Tommy Orange

I am still reeling from this read! I have never read anything quite like it before. This novel is told from multiple perspectives. A recovering alcoholic is dealing with her daughter’s death, an overweight college graduate is struggling to get a job, and a young man is teaching himself to dance by watching YouTube videos. These separate character stories on their own were very memorable and engaging. But, as the novel continues it becomes clear that there is more to the…

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The Darkest Legacy – Alexandra Bracken

The Darkest Legacy – Alexandra Bracken

You can get up. You have to get back up. I could get back up. I could do it myself. Again, and again, and again. As long as there was breath in my body, I could get back up. WHATTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT?!?!?!?!? Alright, people. It had been a LONG time since a book has made me ~feel~ this way so you better believe this review is going to be a jumbled mess of thoughts and feelings. First off, this was obviously SO…

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