Review: Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

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After leaving behind a successful career, Bernadette finds herself living in Seattle with her husband and brilliant daughter, Bee. Bernadette detests the city and her neighbourhood full of busybody moms to the extent where she hires a virtual assistant in India to help her with everyday tasks. When the pressure and threat of interactions with […]

Review: Heist Society by Ally Carter

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Katarina has escaped her childhood of growing up in a family of thieves until Hale shows up to pull her back into that world. Her friend and partner in crime (literally) informs her that a major player in the mob scene has had his art collection stolen, and Kat’s dad is suspected of stealing it. […]

Review: The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe by Romain Puértolas

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Ajatashatru Oghash Rathod, a fakir from India, flies to France to purchase a bed of nails from Ikea. When his trip ends up taking longer than he thought it would, Ajatshatru finds himself in the large store overnight and hides in a wardrobe when he hears people coming. The people are there to pack up […]

Review: The Table of Less Valued Knights by Marie Phillips

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After an unfortunate incident from his past, Sir Humphrey has been demoted from the Round Table to the Table of Less Valued Knights. When a damsel in distress comes running into the hall after all the other knights had left, Sir Humphrey takes on her quest, along with his half-giant squire. Along their meandering journey, they […]

Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

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Alina and Mal, orphans who grew up together, are sent to serve in the army. When Alina discovers that she possesses special powers that exceed her map-making skills, she’s thrust into the world of Grishas – an elite group of magical people. Everyone believes that Alina’s powers will rid them of  the Shadow Fold, a […]

Review: Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

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Leila is on a road trip across the country in her red car, meeting many people along the way. She encounters four strangers at pivotal moments in their lives. Leila experiences love and life with these chance meetings as she heads towards her destination. Full disclosure, it was the book cover and title that first […]

Review: Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

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Cate and her two younger sisters have grown up having to hide the fact that they can do magic. Living in New England, where women suspected of being witches are arrested and sent away on a constant basis, their livelihood and safety depend on them keeping what they are a secret. I need the next […]

Mini Reviews: Graphic Novels (July 2014 edition)

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This month’s mini graphic novel reviews features some really great discoveries! A few found via Netgalley, and one as part of an online Comic Books course (SuperMOOC²) that Ardo, Christa & I were participating in. (And of which I have failed miserably at keeping up with.) Sex Criminals, Vol 1 | Manifest Destiny, Vol 1 […]

Review: Never Have I Ever: my life (so far) without a date by Katie Heaney

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At 25, Katie has a college degree, a great group of friends and has never had a boyfriend. In this hilarious memoir, she recounts all the cringe-worthy moments with crushes and guys she can barely call a “date”. She talks about her past crushes, boys who are friends, and her foray into online dating. While […]

Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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After a strange encounter at a nightclub with her best friend Simon, Clary Fray finds herself thrust into a shadowy underworld where witches, werewolves and demons exist. She meets three teenagers who kill said demons, calling themselves Shadowhunters. Clary is inexplicably drawn to one of the Shadowhunters in particular, a good-looking surly boy named Jace who […]

Review: Keep Your Friends Close by Paula Daly

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Natty and Sean were high school sweethearts, now married with two teenage daughters and running the local hotel that they own. When Natty’s good friend Eve is in town for a visit, she thinks nothing of leaving her with her family when she rushes out of town to tend to one of her daughters who […]

Mini Reviews: Graphic Novels (June 2014 edition)

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It’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to do more graphic novel mini reviews but I flew through a bunch of them recently, so here’s the run-down. All of these are actually not new releases, with the newest one from February 2014. The Heart of the Beast | Gotham Central: Book One | […]

Review: Bandette, Volume 1: Presto! by Tobin & Coover

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In our first ever crossover post, I’m linking my Paris Month with Ardo’s Supervillain Week today. Thanks to Christa (More Than Just Magic) pointing us in the right direction, we discovered Tobin & Coover’s Bandette – a “supervillain” (of sorts) in Paris! While my post will be basically a review on the graphic novel, with special […]

Review: Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender

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Colette is headed to Paris on a class trip, ready to be immersed in the history and culture of the city but a series of murders makes their educational excursion a lot more anxious. With nerves already on edge, Colette sees a woman in a ballgown everywhere who looks a lot like Marie Antoinette. She […]