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Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams | Book Review

This is one hell of a strange novel that shouldn't work, but does. Featuring time travel, an electric monk, missing cats, and a horse in a bathroom, Dirk Gently feels like a somewhat Frankensteined book for the majority of the story. What a fun mishmash this is, though. The characters are entertainingly oddball, the titular detective… Continue reading Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams | Book Review

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A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess | Book Review

*TRIGGER WARNINGS* This book contains graphic detail of assault, rape, and torture.   Anthony Burgess' most well-known novel is a tricky book to read due to it's heavy use of Russian slang, but if you can stick with it and parse out the meanings of the words, you're in for a disturbing, horrorshow treat. The… Continue reading A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess | Book Review

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The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir | Book Review

*TRIGGER WARNINGS* This book covers topics including rape, abuse, and homophobia. I was intrigued by the plot of The Book of Essie. A seventeen year old girl named Esther Hicks discovers she's pregnant, but she's no ordinary teen. Her family is famous and has their own TV show called Six for Hicks, which is incredibly popular (especially… Continue reading The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir | Book Review

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The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager | Book Review

I absolutely adored and devoured Sager's previous novel, Final Girls, so I had admittedly high expectations for The Last Time I Lied. I'm ecstatic to say that this work both met and exceeded those expectations. The plot centers around Emma, a woman who suffered a traumatic experience involving three of her friends going missing at Camp Nightingale… Continue reading The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager | Book Review

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The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson | Book Review

I read this novel in anticipation of the Netflix series of the same name, and I came away from it with mixed feelings. The plot of the novel centers around four people who decide to temporarily reside in Hill House to investigate possible supernatural goings-on: Eleanor, a free spirit who may have had experiences with… Continue reading The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson | Book Review

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows | Book Review

After loving the film adaptation, I was DESPERATE to get my hands on the source novel. Needless to say, my expectations were blown out of the water. The novel is comprised solely of letters and telegrams, but each character feels fleshed out and unique. I loved the main protagonist Juliet Ashton and her spitfire spirit,… Continue reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows | Book Review

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The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld | Book Review

The Enchanted is an exquisitely crafted tale about a very serious topic: death row. The novel follows three primary characters: an inmate, "The Lady" (an advocate who tries to get inmates off of death row), and a prison warden. Flipping between these characters can be jarring at first, especially because they're different POVs, but soon… Continue reading The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld | Book Review

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The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas | Book Review

I REALLY wanted to love The State of Grace. The plot centers on a teenage girl named Grace who has autism, and her life as she currently deals with returning to school, the absence of her dad as he's on a work trip, her mom's new best friend that she hates, and a cute boy… Continue reading The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas | Book Review

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El Deafo by Cece Bell | Graphic Novel Review

This graphic novel is so powerful, yet light-hearted and informative. Cece Bell's autobiographical graphic novel sees her portrayed as a young animal who, after contracting meningitis at the age of four, becomes deaf. The rest of the story sees Cece adjusting to wearing hearing aids and figuring out how to navigate life while telling others… Continue reading El Deafo by Cece Bell | Graphic Novel Review

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On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves | Book Review

On the Island is a book that is perfectly suited to read during the hot summer months. The plot revolves around Anna, a thirty-year old teacher who has agreed to tutor sixteen-year old T.J. on a tropical island during the summer. She plans to re-evaluate her life while away on this work vacation, but she… Continue reading On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves | Book Review