The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

The Lie Tree Frances Hardinge

Rating: 4.5 Stars ★★★★★

The boat moved with a nauseous, relentless rhythm, like someone chewing on a rotten tooth.


Faith’s father has been found dead under mysterious circumstances, and as she is searching through his belongings for clues she discovers a strange tree. The tree only grows healthy and bears fruit if you whisper a lie to it. The fruit of the tree, when eaten, will deliver a hidden truth to the person who consumes it. The bigger the lie, the more people who believe it, the bigger the truth that is uncovered.

The girl realizes that she is good at lying and that the tree might hold the key to her father’s murder, so she begins to spread untruths far and wide across her small island community. But as her tales spiral out of control, she discovers that where lies seduce, truths shatter . . .

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American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

American Psycho Bret Easton Ellis

Rating: 1 Star ★☆☆☆☆

Abandon all hope ye who enter here is scrawled in blood red lettering on the side of the Chemical Bank near the corner of Eleventh and First and is in print large enough to be seen from the backseat of the cab as it lurches forward in the traffic leaving Wall Street and just as Timothy Price notices the words a bus pulls up, the advertisement for Les Misérables on its side blocking his view, but Price who is with Pierce & Pierce and twenty-sic doesn’t seem to care because he tells the driver he will give him five dollars to turn up the radio, “Be My Baby” on WYNN and the driver, black, not American, does so.


Patrick Bateman is twenty-six and works on Wall Street; he is handsome, sophisticated, charming and intelligent. He is also a psychopath. Taking us to a head-on collision with America’s greatest dream – and its worst nightmare – “American Psycho” is a bleak, bitter, black comedy about a world we all recognize but do not wish to confront.

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Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Wonder by R J Palacio

Rating: 4 Stars ★★★★☆

I know I’m not an ordinary ten-year-old kid.


August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face.

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The Beach by Alex Garland


Rating: 3.5 Stars ★★★☆☆

The first I heard of the beach was in Bangkok, on the Khao San Road.


The Khao San Road, Bangkok – first stop for the hordes of rootless young Westerners traveling in Southeast Asia. On Richard’s first night there, a fellow traveler slashes his wrists, bequeathing to Richard a meticulously drawn map to “the Beach.”

The Beach, as Richard comes to learn, is a subject of legend among the young travelers in Asia: a lagoon hidden from the sea, with white sand and coral gardens, freshwater falls surrounded by jungle, plants untouched for thousands of years. There, it is rumored, a carefully selected international few have settled into a communal Eden.

Richard sets off with a young French couple to an island hidden away in an archipelago forbidden to tourists. They discover the Beach, and it is as beautiful as it is reputed to be. Yet over time it becomes clear that Beach culture, as Richard calls it, has troubling, even deadly undercurrents.

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One by Sarah Crossan


Rating: 4 Stars ★★★★☆


We Are.

And we are living.

Isn’t that amazing?

How we manage

to be

at all.


Grace and Tippi are twins – conjoined twins.

And their lives are about to change.

No longer able to afford homeschooling, they must venture into the world – a world of stares, sneers and cruelty. Will they find more than that at school? Can they find real friends? And what about love?

But what neither Grace or Tippi realises is that a heart-wrenching decision lies ahead. A decision that could tear them apart. One that will change their lives even more than they ever imagined…

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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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The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer

The Shock of the Fall
Rating: 4 Stars ★★★★☆

I should say that I am not a nice person.


Once, Matt had an older brother. But when he was just a kid, there was a terrible accident and now he doesn’t have a brother any more. Because Simon is dead and Matt can’t help thinking it’s his fault. In the Shock of the Fall, Matt tells his story, from that last day with his brother to his descent into mental illness.

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