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Across the Nightingale Floor (Tales of the Otori, #1)
Japanese author and Nobel Laureate Yasunari Kawabata is famous for his ‘palm of the hand’ stories, stories so small and taciturn that they could fit i...more
Jul 07, 2010
Jul 06, 2010
Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend
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In the few months before my little sister started primary school, she had a new best f...more
Jun 16, 2012
Jun 18, 2012
Delirium (Delirium, #1)
Seventeen-year-old Lena lives in a world where love is taboo, where passion is anathema, where poetry and art have fallen by the wayside, and romantic...more
Jan 27, 2011
Jan 28, 2011
Second Chance Summer
3.5 stars

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If I were asked what the most haunting phrase in the English English is, “sta...more
May 30, 2012
May 31, 2012
The Project
Miss Sheck is correct when she tries to convince Tommy and Luke that The Last of the Mohicans is not the most boring book in the world. The most borin...more
Nov 2010
Oct 31, 2010
The Shadow of Malabron (Perilous Realm, #1)
The Shadow of Malabron is the first in a trilogy by new-ish author Thomas Warton (not to be confused with the Nobel Laureate of the same name). It’s a...more
Apr 18, 2010
Jun 29, 2010
172 Hours on the Moon
1.5 stars

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Oddly enough, the day I began reading 172 Hours on the Moon I also read that...more
May 22, 2012
May 24, 2012
Sisters Red (Fairytale Retellings, #1)
**spoiler alert** Despite the sanitised reproductions flitting across theatre screens or rendered in block-colour glory in children’s picture books, f...more
Oct 02, 2010
Sep 30, 2010
Day of the Predator (TimeRiders, #2)
Everyone does what they can to extend their lives, whether it be exercise, healthy eating, crystals and quack healers, or a bribe or two slipped to so...more
Jan 16, 2011
Jan 18, 2011
The Replacement
The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas is a classic story by noted speculative fiction author Ursula K LeGuin, and is one that is bound to resonate with m...more
Dec 12, 2010
Dec 13, 2010
Looking for Alaska
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"Francois Rebelais. He was this poet," says Miles Halter. "And his last words were 'I...more
Sep 15, 2012
Sep 15, 2012
Something Like Normal
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“Travis,” says his mother as Travis pours beer into plastic cups for the two of them....more
Aug 13, 2012
Aug 14, 2012
The Jumbee
The theatre is a domain rife with superstition, with performers and stage crew alike navigating an array of strange norms: the wishing upon each other...more
Oct 18, 2010
Oct 16, 2010
Reminiscent of Coetzee’s The Life and Times of Michael K, Tantony is an achingly sincere and hauntingly melancholy exploration of mental illness (or o...more
Oct 24, 2011
Oct 24, 2011
Jessie Hearts NYC
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When Manchester teen Jessie is sent off with her best friend Emma for a summer in bustl...more
Aug 10, 2011
Aug 10, 2011
Planet Janet (Planet Janet, #1)
2.5 stars

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I’m going to let you (“you” being the entire internet) in on a secret. When I...more
Jul 25, 2012
Jul 26, 2012
Of Poseidon (The Syrena Legacy, #1)
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I know this is terribly cynical of me, but the first thing I wondered when I picked up...more
Jun 02, 2012
Jun 04, 2012
Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick (Perry & Gobi, #1)
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Ever seen those stereotypical middle-aged Eastern European women on TV? The ones with t...more
May 23, 2012
May 25, 2012
The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5)
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We last left Percy Jackson, the young demigod hero of Rick Riordan’s...more
Aug 23, 2010
Aug 23, 2010
Why We Broke Up
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Under my bed is the hatbox my mum gave me when I turned 21. In that hatbox is a jumble...more
Jun 24, 2012
Jun 25, 2012
Dark Dude
3.5 stars

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When I was in year eight I had an English teacher who would have us write ess...more
Nov 24, 2012
Nov 26, 2012
Eve & Adam (Eve & Adam, #1)
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"It's the fate of all creators: they fall in love with their creations."

The maker-crea...more
Oct 14, 2012
Oct 16, 2012
The Sea of Trolls (Sea of Trolls, #1)
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“In my opinion you aren’t a total waste of time,” says the town’s visiting Bard to ele...more
Sep 28, 2012
Oct 04, 2012
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Faith needs no sign.
Let not the creation
Test the creator.

Fifteen-year-old Kezi lives a...more
Oct 2012
Oct 03, 2012
Perfect Chemistry (Perfect Chemistry, #1)
Perfect Chemistry, Simone Elkeles’s young adult tale of star-crossed love, takes up the old adage that opposites attract and suggests that such attrac...more
Jul 09, 2010
Jul 09, 2010
Newes from the Dead
3.5 stars

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Anne Green has been been found guilty of infanticide and of unlawful fornicat...more
Sep 18, 2012
Sep 20, 2012
The Guidance (Ghost Huntress, #2)
I was lucky enough to win a copy of Marley Gibson‘s second novel Ghost Huntress: The Guidance from a giveaway hosted recently by the wonderful The Kni...more
May 31, 2010
Jul 03, 2010
“This vow was supposed to be about making things less complicated, to stop myself from doing something stupid, to show everyone how much I don’t need...more
Sep 14, 2012
Sep 19, 2012
A Brief History of Montmaray (The Montmaray Journals, #1)
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The FitzOsbornes aren't your typical royal family. Impoverished and...more
Sep 13, 2012
Sep 17, 2012
Thirteen Reasons Why
13 Reasons Why opens with main character Clay receiving a box of cassette tapes. It seems innocuous enough, although it does bring to mind scenes from...more
Apr 13, 2010
Jul 03, 2010
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