Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why

Rating: 2 Stars ★★☆☆☆

“Sir?” she repeats. “How soon do you want it to get there?”


Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker—his classmate and crush—who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.

Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.

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Winterkill by Kate A. Boorman

Winterkill Boorman

Rating: 1.5 Stars ★★☆☆☆

Out here, I can feel the dead in the trees.


Where Emmeline lives, you cannot love and you cannot leave…

The Council’s rules are strict, but they’re for the good of the settlement in which Emmeline lives. Everyone knows there is nothing but danger the other side of the Wall, and the community must prepare for the freezing winterkill that comes every year.

But Emmeline struggles to be obedient under the Council’s suffocating embrace – especially when she discovers that a Council leader intends to snatch her hand in marriage.

Then Emmeline begins to hear the call of the trees beyond the Wall…

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The Ghost of Molly Holt by Amy Cross

The Ghost of Molly Holt Amy Cross

Rating: 2.5 Stars

Bright morning sunlight streams down through gaps in the forest canopy, as two cars rumble closer along the dirt road.


When three teenagers set out to explore an abandoned house in the middle of a forest, they think they’ve found the location where the infamous Molly Holt video was filmed.

They’ve found much more than that…

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The Call of the Weird by Louis Theroux

The Call of the Weird Louis Theroux

Rating: 2 Stars ★★☆☆☆

One cold December day in 1996, I met up with an elderly racist leader named Pastor Richard Butler.


No, it doesn’t get much weirder than this: Thor Templar, Lord Commander of the Earth Protectorate, who claims to have killed ten aliens. Or April, the Neo-Nazi bringing up her twin daughters Lamb and Lynx (who have just formed a white-power folk group for kids called Prussian Blue), and her youngest daughter, Dresden. For a decade now, Louis Theroux has been making programs about offbeat characters on the fringes of U.S. society. Now he revisits the people who have most intrigued him to try to discover what motivates them, and why they believe the things they believe. From his Las Vegas base (where else?), Theroux calls on these assorted dreamers, schemers, and outlaws–and in the process finds out a little about the workings of his own mind. What does it mean, after all, to be weird, or “to be yourself”? Do we choose our beliefs or do our beliefs choose us? And is there something particularly weird about Americans?

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A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

A Clockwork Orange Burgess

Rating: 2.5 Stars

“What’s it going to be then, eh?”


15-year-old Alex enjoys classical music, leading his small gang of droogs and committing ultra-violence: robbery, rape, torture and murder. When his crimes catch up with him, Alex is jailed. To get out of jail and get revenge on the friends who betrayed him, he joins a rehabilitation program. The goal: psychological conditioning to make him sick of violence in the future.

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The Virgin Cure by Ami McKay

The Virgin Cure Ami McKay

Review: 2.5 Stars

I am Moth, a girl from the lowest part of Chrystie Street, born to a slumhouse mystic and the man who broke her heart.


When Moth is only a child, her father leaves her and her mother. They barely survive on her mother’s fortune-telling. When she is twelve, her mother sells her into servitude. But the lady turns out to be abusive. Trying to find another place to stay, she finds herself in the care of Miss Everett, a woman specializing in selling virgins to the highest bidder.

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Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Mr Penumbras 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Rating: 2 Stars

Lost in the shadows of the shelves, I almost fall off the ladder.

About ★★☆☆☆

Clay Jannon just lost his job as a designer for a bagel shop. Desperate for a new one, he stumbles onto Mr Penumbra’s 24-hour bookstore and gets the job as night clerk. And while he thought the concept was weird, the customers are even weirder. Coming at all hours of the night, they exchange one book full of jibberish for another.

Determined to solve the mystery of the bookstore and its owner, Jannon activates his friend: a start-up millionair, a special effects guru and a girl who works in data visualization at Google.

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