THE MINIATURIST – JESSIE BURTON

51gELSlkHnL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
Publisher: Ecoo Press
Ratings: 2.5/5
Genre: Fiction, Historical fiction, Mystery
Post Book Thoughts: Ok look! I really liked this book but what the hell!!

Set in seventeenth century Amsterdam–a city ruled by glittering wealth and oppressive religion–a masterful debut steeped in atmosphere and shimmering with mystery, in the tradition of Emma Donoghue, Sarah Waters, and Sarah Dunant.

“There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed . . .”

On a brisk autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. But her new home, while splendorous, is not welcoming. Johannes is kind yet distant, always locked in his study or at his warehouse office–leaving Nella alone with his sister, the sharp-tongued and forbidding Marin.

But Nella’s world changes when Johannes presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. To furnish her gift, Nella engages the services of a miniaturist–an elusive and enigmatic artist whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways . . .

Johannes’ gift helps Nella to pierce the closed world of the Brandt household. But as she uncovers its unusual secrets, she begins to understand–and fear–the escalating dangers that await them all. In this repressively pious society where gold is worshipped second only to God, to be different is a threat to the moral fabric of society, and not even a man as rich as Johannes is safe. Only one person seems to see the fate that awaits them. Is the miniaturist the key to their salvation . . . or the architect of their destruction?


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WARM BODIES – ISAAC MARION

Warm_bodies_book_coverWarm Bodies by Isaac Marion
Publisher: Atria
Ratings: 3/5
Genre: Science Fiction, Apocalyptic, Adult Fiction
Post Book Thoughts: …That was better than I expected it to be…

R is a young man with an existential crisis–he is a zombie. He shuffles through an America destroyed by war, social collapse, and the mindless hunger of his undead comrades, but he craves something more than blood and brains. He can speak just a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse. Just dreams.

After experiencing a teenage boy’s memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and strangely sweet relationship with the victim’s human girlfriend. Julie is a burst of vibrant color in the otherwise dreary and gray landscape that R lives in. His decision to protect her will transform not only R, but his fellow Dead, and perhaps their whole lifeless world…

Scary, funny, and surprisingly poignant, Warm Bodies is about being alive, being dead and the blurry line in between.


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REVIVAL – STEPHEN KING

Revival - Stephen KingRevival by Stephen King
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Ratings: 3.5/5
Genre: Horror, Fiction, Thriller
Post Book Thoughts: Holy heavens Mr. King could you just chill for a second!? (don’t really chill then we wouldn’t get books like this.. but still!!) What do they put in your water?!

In a small New England town, in the early 60s, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldier’s. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs Jacobs; the women and girls – including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister – feel the same about Reverend Jacobs. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond, based on their fascination with simple experiments in electricity.

Then tragedy strikes the Jacobs family; the preacher curses God, mocking all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.

Jamie has demons of his own. In his mid-thirties, he is living a nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll. Addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate, he sees Jacob again – a showman on stage, creating dazzling ‘portraits in lighting’ – and their meeting has profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings. Because for every cure there is a price…


Warning: Spoilers ahead!!

Proceed with caution! (Hahhaha caution… that’s funny… It’s Stephen King! there is no safety!)

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THE EXECUTIONER’S DAUGHTER – JANE HARDSTAFF

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Publisher: Egmont UK Limited
Ratings: 4/5
Genre: Middle Grade Novel, Historical Fantasy
Post Book Thoughts: Gimme gimme more, gimme more, gimme gimme more!

The crowds at the Tower of London love nothing better than watching an execution. Preferably while eating pie.

Not Moss. She’ll never get used to beheading’s, no matter what Pa says. She watches the river as it flows past and longs to escape.

Salter lives on the river. Using his wits and his boat, he believes that life is mostly about staying alive, and if that means stealing – well, that’s life!

But danger is lurking on the riverbank, and its murky depths hide a secret that could change everything…


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THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHTTIME – MARK HADDON

41bz6juMwiL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgThe Curious incident of the dog in the nighttime by Mark Haddon
Audio book Option: Presented by Recorded Books, an Unabridged Reading Narrated by Jeff Woodman
Publisher: Vintage Contemporaries
Ratings: 3.5/5
Genre: Fiction, YA, Classic
Post Book Thoughts: Well that was strangely frustrating and fun at the same time

Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow.

Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, for a fifteen-year-old Christopher everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning. He lives on patterns, rules and a diagram kept in his pocket. Then one day, a neighbour’s dog, Wellington, is killed and his carefully constructive universe is threatened.
Christopher sets out to solve the murder in the style of his favorite (logical) detective, Sherlock Holmes. What follows makes for a novel that is funny, poignant and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing are a mind that perceives the world entirely literally.


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A DISOBEDEINT GIRL – RU FREEMAN

A Disobedient Girl by Ru Freeman6350150
Published by the Penguin Group
Genres: Fiction, Asian Cultural, Contemporary, Family
Rating: 4.1/5 (I am partially biased because it was a Sri Lankan author)
Post Book Thoughts: Well don’t I live in a bubble!

A desperate young mother, a country in turmoil, a friendship betrayed.

Since her days in the orphanage, Latha has been a companion and servant to Thara, a more fortunate girl her own age. But since her trip to the hill-country, Latha has known she was destined for a better life. For now, she must watch silently as Thara receives all the luxuries Latha is denied, consoled only by the rose-scented soap stolen from the bathroom of her master’s house.

Years and miles away, Biso, a desperate young mother, flees from her murderous husband, taking her children with her to the remote hills. As Biso and Latha journey towards their separate fates, struggling to hold on to their independence, each will betray the people they love, changing the course of their life for ever.


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ONE INDIAN GIRL – CHETAN BHAGAT

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Published
by Rupa Publications India Pvt Ltd
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Asian Literature
Rating: 0.5/5
Post Book Thoughts: ANGRY! ANGRYANGRYANGRYANGRYANGRY!!!

Hi, I am Radhika Mehta and I am getting married this week.

I work at Goldman Sachs, an investment bank. Thank you for reading my story. However, let me warn you. You may not like me too much.

One, I make a lot of money.

Two, I have an opinion on everything.

Three, I have had a boyfriend before, Okay, maybe two.

Now if I was a guy, you would be okay with all of this. But since I am a girl, these three things don’t really make me too likeable do they?


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DIRT – DAVID VANN

Processed with VSCO with b1 presetDirt by David Vann
Published by Windmill Books
Genres: Fiction, Horror, Contemporary
Rating: 2/5
Post book thoughts:  I need a shower, and alcohol and an antidepressant and some form of brain bleach thank you. Yes I would like fries with that too.

Twenty-two-year-old Galen is a New Age believer on a warpath towards transcendence. He lives with his emotionally dependent mother in a secluded house, surviving on old family money that his Aunt Helen and cousin Jennifer are determined to get their hands on. Galen doesn’t know who his father is, his abusive grandfather is dead, and his grandmother is losing her memory. When the family takes a trip to an old cabin in the Sierras, tensions crescendo. Caught in a compromising position, Galen will discover the shocking truth of just how far he will go to attain what it is he craves.


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THE GRAVEYARD BOOK – NEIL GAIMAN

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetThe Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman and Illustrated by Chris Riddell (This piece of information is so very important because he’s only like one of the greatest illustrators out there)
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing, London, Oxford, New York, New Delhi and Sydney
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Children’s literature, Paranormal
Rating: Am I allowed to go above 5 stars here?!
Post Book Thoughts: I currently cannot think of a thought worthy of this book so leave me alone.

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts.

There are dangers and adventures for Bod in the graveyard. But it is in the land of the living that real danger lurks for it is there that the man Jack lives and he has already killed Bod’s family.

A deliciously dark masterwork by bestselling author Neil Gaiman, with illustrations by award-winning Chris Riddell.


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