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Book Review: The Garden of Lost and Found by Harriet Evans

Juliet returns to Nightingale House at a rather tumultuous point in her life; she’s lost her job, her husband is having an affair, and her children each come with problems of their own. When she discovers she has inherited the Horner family home, many years after her grandmother’s death, she doesn’t quite understand why, but she is wary of questioning it. Instead, she takes her three children – teenage Bea, nine-year-old Isla, and toddler Sandy – and moves them to the country and the great Nightingale House where she spent her childhood summers. But the house still holds secrets from her great-grandparents’ time.

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Book Review: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

When Richard Mayhew helps a mysterious, bleeding girl he finds on a London pavement, he has no idea that his good deed will change his life forever. He suddenly finds himself invisible to everyone except those from London Below – a community of those that have fallen threw the cracks and live in the shadows of the city, in the sewers and on the roofs.

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Book Review: The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Hiram has a gift. He can remember everything, everything he has ever seen and everything that has ever happened to him. The only thing he can’t remember is his mother. When she is sold into slavery, he is separated from her at just five years old. This experience bestows upon him a power that he is yet to understand the full greatness of. It’s not until he experiences a brush with death which urges him to seek freedom that he will learn the extent of his abilities.

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Book Review: Thin Air by Michelle Paver

The year is 1935 and Stephen, along with his brother, Kits, are part of a five-strong team of mountaineers that plan to tackle one of the world’s most dangerous peaks: Kangchenjunga. Kits quite literally wants to follow in the footsteps of his idols, those that attempted the mountain in 1907, known as the Lyell Expedition. Only two survived, with five men from the expedition dying on the mountain following terrible accidents and brutal weather. Though five died, only four of them were buried. As the plucky 1935 team begin their ascent, Stephen’s excitement ebbs away and is replaced with the haunting feeling that they’re not alone on the mountain.

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Book Review: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Years after a tragic accident that claimed the life of their youngest son, the Hardcastles are throwing an extravagant party that reunites all of the guest that were present that fateful day at Blackheath, decades ago. This party will end in another tragedy; the death of their only daughter, Evelyn. But Evelyn won’t die just once. She’ll keep dying, until Aiden, a guest of the Hardcastles, can figure out who kills her. Every day Aiden wakes up in another body, frantically battling the mind of his hosts in order to solve the mystery and escape the hold that Blackheath has over him. If he lives a full day in his eighth and final host without delivering the murderer, he’ll start all over again with no memory of what he’s discovered so far. That’s if he can make it that long. There’s others hunting the killer in Blackheath, and some of them will kill to make sure they escape first.

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Book Review: To Obama: With Love, Joy, Anger and Hope by Jeanne Marie Laskas

Jeanne Marie Laskas gains unprecedented access to the mail room of the White House during the Obama Administration. What she finds is a hardworking group, made up mostly of volunteers, sorting through thousands upon thousands of letters from everyday Americans to the President of the United States. It’s the task of these mail room workers to sort, file, and pass on all of these letters. But ten letters a day find their way into the hands of Barack Obama. And some of those letters get a response.

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Book Review: Dark Matter by Michelle Paver

As the Second World War brews across Europe, Jack Miller seizes an opportunity to escape London, where he lives in poverty and loneliness. He joins an Arctic expedition as a wireless operator, and whilst he’s conscious of the class differences between himself and his crewmates, they quickly warm to each other. So when Jack ends …

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Book Review: Animals Eat Each Other by Elle Nash

The nineteen year old protagonist of Elle Nash’s debut novel is destructive and reckless. When she’s not working at the Radio Shack, she’s snorting her mother’s prescription pills in the bedroom of their trailer or having meaningless sex with her boss. When Frankie and Matt initiate a sadistic three-way relationship with her, they christen her Lilith. Matt tries to educate her in the ways of Satanism while Lilith desperately tries to please them both, lest she lose their attention. Her feelings soon morph into obsession, but an obsession for Matt alone; an obsession that Frankie will not let stand.

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Book Review: Sweetlings by Lucy Taylor

The sea has encroached far into the United States, leaving pockets of people fighting for survival along the newly defined coastline. Mir lives with her parents and her baby brother, but something’s not quite right with her new sibling. Meanwhile, sightings of strange sea creatures on land have the coastal folk worried, almost driving a local school teacher to suicide. Jersey, Mir’s best friend urges her to join him in seeking a better life inland, but there’s no guarantee that things get better away from the ever-invading ocean.

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