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A review of The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes

What's the best way to get away with murder? Being able to disappear completely works pretty well for Harper Curtis. In 1931, he stumbles upon a house in Chicago which, once he lets himself in with his stolen key, allows him to open the door to step out into nearly any year of the 20th century he desires. Inside this house he finds a dead man and a list of women's names scrawled on the bedroom wall. Somehow, he knows that he was meant to find this list, and that these names belong to women he ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
August 15, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of We are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

If you've read any reviews of Karen Joy Fowler's new book, We are All Completely Beside Ourselves, you've probably had the major plot twist spoiled for you already, but if not, I don't want to be the one to ruin it for you, so I'm going to keep this description brief. Rosemary has never fully recovered from her sister's disappearance at five years old. To make things worse, her brother is also missing and is wanted by the FBI. When Rosemary finally leaves home to escape from her life ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
August 6, 2013 | 1 comment
A review of Pivot Point by Kasie West

At a school where the football team uses telekinesis to keep balls aloft and other students can manipulate mass to walk through walls, Addie Coleman doesn't think her ability to search the possible outcomes of her choices is terribly glamorous, since she can only see her own future, and only when she faces a specific choice. Still, it's a pretty handy power, and it's one that is particularly useful as she faces the biggest decision of her life so far: which parent she wants to live with after ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
April 29, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman

Brigid Quinn thought she left the past behind when she retired from the FBI. No longer young and blonde, her undercover days of posing as bait for human traffickers and sexual predators are over, and as her 60th birthday nears, she's enjoying adding to her rock garden and learning to cook for her new philosophy professor husband. However, when an open case that has haunted her for years looks like it may finally close with a full confession from a serial killer, she can't help but return to her ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
April 17, 2013 | 2 comments
A review of Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

It takes a pretty spectacular writer to combine vampires, love at first sight, and reincarnation in a teen novel and still come up with something fresh and original, but that's exactly what Marcus Sedgwick has done in his new book, Midwinterblood. This collection of seven linked stories begins in the year 2073, when loner journalist Eric Seven is sent to investigate a colony on the remote northern Blessed Island, where the inhabitants are rumored to have discovered an elixir of ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
April 9, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of The Round House by Louise Erdrich

Louise Erdrich knows how to write a book. She's received high praise for most of her past novels, and her latest, The Round House, is every bit as good as the rest. Critics seem to agree: it won the 2012 National Book Award. This story is part mystery, part coming-of-age tale, and part analytical look at Native American tribal life and law in the late 1980s. Joe Coutts has considered himself a pretty normal kid until he turns 13 ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
January 11, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Origin by Jessica Khoury

When you're the only teenager living in a compound of secret research labs in the middle of the Amazon rainforest, life can be a bit lonely. It's even worse when you're the only person in the world who's going to live forever. In Jessica Khoury's debut novel Origin, Pia is the first and only immortal human, the result of generations of genetic experimentation by scientists who devote their lives to this hidden compound and its ethically questionable research. Pia has been raised by ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
December 11, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan

No one writes a fairy tale like Margo Lanagan. Her first novel, Tender Morsels, was one of my favorite books of 2008, and her story collections Red Spikes, Black Juice, and ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
November 19, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

It's been a hard year for Nick Dunne. He lost his job, his wife lost her job, his mother died, and his father may follow her soon. Even so, Nick Dunne hasn't been a great husband to Amy and he knows that their fifth anniversary is not going to go smoothly. He's dreading the traditional scavenger hunt that Amy creates for him every year on their anniversary. Her clues, which he's sure he's not going to be able to figure out, will lead him around town to places that have been ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
October 17, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

I think I've found my favorite book of the summer, now that autumn is in the air. I've read some very good ones, but the only book that has made me actually laugh out loud is Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple. Semple was a writer for one of my favorite TV shows of all time, Arrested Development, (which will be back for ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
September 17, 2012 | 0 comments