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Book Review: Circe by Madeline Miller

When Circe is born to a the god Helios, there is something different about her; she lacks the inescapably allure of her nymph siblings and cousins, and is shunned by most of her family. Discovering that her power lies in the herbs and flowers of her homeland, she seeks solace in her witchcraft. But the gods are wary of her new skills, and when she transforms a fellow nymph into a seething monster, Zeus banishes Circe to a life of solitude on an island far from anyone else. Here Circe develops her powers and comes into contact with a host of characters, gods and mortals a like.

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Book Review: White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi

Miranda and her twin brother, Eliot, live in an old house on the cliffs near Dover, which their father runs as a bed and breakfast. People come and go through the house, though some never leave at all. Miranda returns from an extended hospital stay, weak from her unusual diet of chalk, and chalk alone. Her father hopes to entice her with his culinary concoctions, but Mira’s pica disorder has deeper roots than can be imagined, and when she begins to hear the voices that belong to the house her father risks losing her completely.

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Book Review: The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

The House of Berethnet’s thousand year rule is all that has kept the Nameless One, a powerful dragon with an army of wyverns and wyrms at his disposal, locked away in the Dreadmount. Pressure is mounting on the current queen, Queen Sabran the Ninth, to give the West an heir and continue the protection of her realm. Assassination attempts are creeping closer and closer but Ead, a mage disguised as a lady-in-waiting, is silently thwarting them all, leading to rising suspicion of her identity at court.

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Book Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant’s perfectly timetabled life is turned upside down when she and the office IT guy, Raymond, save the life of Sammy, a elderly man who falls in the street. She finds her life disrupted by social expectations and engagements, and longs to return to her weekly routine of vodka binges and frozen food. One thing she does wish she could cut from her week is her Wednesday phone call with her mother. With the help of Raymond, Sammy, and a host of other new acquaintances, Eleanor begins to learn that her life can be different if only she just opens up to it.

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Book Review: Me by Elton John

In his first and only autobiography, Elton John charts his rise from his shy childhood as Reginald Dwight to one of the biggest selling artists of all time. From his outrageous outfits to outrageous antics, Elton John leaves no stone unturned in telling his life story, warts and all.

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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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