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Review: The Secret History

The Secret History by Donna Tartt, published July 1993 by Penguin Books.

The Secret HistoryRead: February 2016
Genre: Fiction/Mystery/Literary
Source: Purchased
#Pages: 629
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Goodreads Synopsis: Truly deserving of the accolade Modern Classic, Donna Tartt’s cult bestseller The Secret History is a remarkable achievement – both compelling and elegant, dramatic and playful.

Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality their lives are changed profoundly and for ever.

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Review: Twenty Questions For Gloria

Twenty Questions for Gloria Book CoverTwenty Questions for Gloria by Martyn Bedford, published February 2016 by Walker Books.

Read: February 2016
Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary
Source: Publisher
#Pages: 304
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Goodreads Synopsis: Gloria is tired of her ordinary life. She barely recognizes the free-spirited girl she used to be in the unadventurous teenager she has become. So when a mysterious boy bent on breaking the rules strolls into her classroom, Gloria is ready to fall under his spell. Uman is funny, confident and smart. He does whatever he likes and doesn’t care what anyone thinks of him. The only people for him are the mad ones, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing but burn, burn, burn. He is everything Gloria wishes to be. He can whisk her away from the life she loathes and show her a more daring, more exciting one, in which the only limits are the boundaries of her own boldness. But Uman in not all he seems and by the time she learns the truth about him, she is a long way from home and everyone wants to know, Where’s Gloria?

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Review: You

You Book CoverYou by Caroline Kepnes, published June 2015 by Simon & Schuster.

Read: June 2015
Genre: Adult/Thriller/Suspense
Source: Purchased
#Pages: 432
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Add to GoodreadsGoodreads Synopsis: When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village book store where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card. There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight – the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.

As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way – even if it means murder.

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Review: The Fever

The Fever Book CoverThe Fever by Megan Abbott, published June 2014 by Pan Macmillan.

Read: February 2015
Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary/Mystery/Suspense
Source: Publisher
#Pages: 321
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Goodreads Synopsis: The Nashes are a close-knit family. Tom, a popular teacher, is father to the handsome, roguish Eli and his younger sister Deenie, serious and sweet. But their seeming stability is thrown into chaos when two of Deenie’s friends become violently ill, and rumours of a dangerous outbreak sweep through the whole community.

As hysteria swells and as more girls succumb, tightly held secrets emerge that threaten to unravel the world Tom has built for his kids, and destroy friendships, families, and the town’s fragile idea of security. The Fever is a chilling story about guilt, family secrets, and the lethal power of desire.

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Babes and Books Review: Never Never

Never Never book coverNever Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher, published January 2015 by Hoover Ink.

Read: January 2015
Genre: Young Adult/Romance/Suspense/Mystery
Source: Purchased
#Pages: 140
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Goodreads Synopsis: Best friends since they could walk. In love since the age of fourteen. Complete strangers since this morning.
He’ll do anything to remember. She’ll do anything to forget.

When one of your absolute favourite authors is releasing a new book, and you’re eagerly awaiting it along with some of your blogging friends, the natural thing to do is download it at the same time, live tweet it and then review it together, right? This was the plan for me and Brandie (Brandie is a Book Junkie) and before long, Stefani (Caught Read Handed) joined in, so now we bring you our 3-way review!

*Warning – there may be spoilers ahead!*

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Review: Room

RoomRoom by Emma Donoghue, published September 2010 by Picador USA.

Read: Jan 2014
Genre: Adult/Crime/Mystery/Suspense
Source: Purchased
#Pages: 401
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Goodreads Synopsis: Jack is five. He lives with his Ma. They live in a single, locked room. They don’t have the key. Jack and Ma are prisoners.

Room is inspired by the true story of Elisabeth Fritzl, an Austrian woman who endured emotional and sexual assault while imprisoned by her father in his basement for 24 years. She eventually bore him seven children who were imprisoned with her until rescue. In Donoghue’s story, Room is home to Jack, but a prison to his Ma, who has been held captive for 7 years.

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