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  • Daphne - Justine Picardie
     

    DaphneJustine Picardie

    1 rating
    Average wait: 4h

    Daphne is a marvelous story of literary fascination and possession; of stolen manuscripts and forged signatures; of love lost, and love found; of the way into imaginary worlds, and the way out again. The book is written in three entwined pa… more

    gakuma added a soundbite about Daphne 3 weeks ago
    Interestingly woven tale of three individuals and how their lives are effected by Bramwell Bronte.
  • The Unquiet - Jeannine Garsee
     

    The UnquietJeannine Garsee

    Average wait: 143d, 12h

    Over the summer, Rinn stopped taking her bi-polar meds and blames herself and the voices she heard for her grandmother’s tragic death. To get a new start, Rinn and her mother are moving back to her mom’s small hometown and Rinn has promised… more

    gakuma added a soundbite about The Unquiet 3 weeks ago
    Typical YA characters, but a pretty decent amount of psychological horror
  • The Girl Who Fell from the Sky - Heidi W. Durrow
     

    The Girl Who Fell from the SkyHeidi W. Durrow

    2 ratings

    Rachel, the daughter of a Danish mother and a black G.I., becomes the sole survivor of a family tragedy after a fateful morning on their Chicago rooftop. Forced to move to a new city, with her strict African American grandmother as her gu… more

    gakuma added a soundbite about The Girl Who Fell from the Sky 4 weeks ago
    Satisfying coming of age story with a bit of race relations intermingled
  • The Ocean at the End of the ... - Neil Gaiman
     

    The Ocean at the End of the ...Neil Gaiman

    2 ratings

    A brilliantly imaginative and poignant fairy tale from the modern master of wonder and terror, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is Neil Gaiman’s first new novel for adults since his #1 New York Times bestseller Anansi Boys.This bewitching a… more

    gakuma added a soundbite about The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel 4 weeks ago
    Magical realism with just a touch of darkness. Enchanting. Kudos to Gaiman for this read
  • In Darkness - Nick Lake
     

    In DarknessNick Lake

    1 rating
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    Winner of the 2013 Michael L. Printz AwardThis is the story of “Shorty”-a 15-year-old boy trapped in a collapsed hospital during the earthquake in Haiti. Surrounded by the bodies of the dead, increasingly weak from lack of food and water, S… more

    gakuma added a soundbite about In Darkness 5 weeks ago
    More mature than YA lit. Enjoyed the alternating timeline and depiction of the dark parts of Haiti
  • In Darkness - Nick Lake
     

    In DarknessNick Lake

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    Winner of the 2013 Michael L. Printz AwardThis is the story of “Shorty”-a 15-year-old boy trapped in a collapsed hospital during the earthquake in Haiti. Surrounded by the bodies of the dead, increasingly weak from lack of food and water, S… more

    gakuma added a soundbite about In Darkness 5 weeks ago
    More mature than YA lit. Enjoyed the alternating timeline and depiction of the darker parts of Haiti
  • Skinny - Ibi Kaslik
     

    SkinnyIbi Kaslik

    3 ratings
    Average wait: 10h

    Do you ever get hungry? Too hungry to eat? Holly’s older sister, Giselle, is self-destructing. Haunted by her love-deprived relationship with her late father, this once strong role model and medical student, is gripped by anorexia. Holly, … more

    gakuma added a soundbite about Skinny 5 weeks ago
    More mature than most teen-lit.. Good depiction of family struggles with an ED sufferer
  • Kindred (Holt McDougal Library) - Octavia Butler
     

    Kindred (Holt McDougal Library)Octavia Butler

    1 rating

    Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drow… more

    gakuma added a soundbite about Kindred (Holt McDougal Library) 5 weeks ago
    Amazing reflection on historical race relations and the struggles of women, especially POC
  • Bone River - Megan Chance
     

    Bone RiverMegan Chance

    1 rating
    Average wait: 94d, 5h

    Selected by Amazon’s editors as a Best Book of the Month in Literature & Fiction, December 2012In the mid-19th century, Leonie Monroe Russell works alongside her husband, Junius, an oysterman in Shoalwater Bay in the Pacific Northwest. At… more

    gakuma added a soundbite about Bone River 5 weeks ago
    Decent historical-fiction fare with more substance than a typical romance novel
  • Bone River - Megan Chance
     

    Bone RiverMegan Chance

    1 rating
    Average wait: 94d, 5h

    Selected by Amazon’s editors as a Best Book of the Month in Literature & Fiction, December 2012In the mid-19th century, Leonie Monroe Russell works alongside her husband, Junius, an oysterman in Shoalwater Bay in the Pacific Northwest. At… more

    gakuma added a soundbite about Bone River 5 weeks ago
    Decent historical-fiction fare with more substance than a typical romance novel
  • Santa Olivia - Jacqueline Carey
     

    Santa OliviaJacqueline Carey

    2 ratings

    Lushly written with rich and vivid characters, SANTA OLIVIA is Jacqueline Carey’s take on comic book superheroes and the classic werewolf myth. Loup Garron was born and raised in Santa Olivia, an isolated, disenfranchised town next to a U… more

    gakuma added a soundbite about Santa Olivia 5 weeks ago
    Not as satisfying as Carey's typical, but still captivating with great characters and ideas
  • Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam Tr... - Margaret Atwood
     

    Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam Tr...Margaret Atwood

    5 ratings

    Oryx and Crake is at once an unforgettable love story and a compelling vision of the future. Snowman, known as Jimmy before mankind was overwhelmed by a plague, is struggling to survive in a world where he may be the last human, and mournin… more

    gakuma added a soundbite about Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam Trilogy Book 1) 5 weeks ago
    Plausible, but dark chronicle of the last of humanity and creation of something more
  • Flying Cats and Flip Flops. ... - Paul Johnson
     

    Flying Cats and Flip Flops. ...Paul Johnson

    1 rating
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    A lucky windfall jump-starts his miserably unfulfilled life, and so his incredible journey begins. A second prize win on ‘spot the ball’ may not sound a life changing amount, but it’s enough for Terry Johnson to follow his dream. A dreary g… more

    gakuma added a soundbite about Flying Cats and Flip Flops. Surviving a Notorious African Prison 5 weeks ago
    Interesting true account that draws you in and the pages turning
  • The Crack in Space - Philip K. Dick
     

    The Crack in SpacePhilip K. Dick

    1 rating

    Dick’s best books always describe a future that is both entirely recognizable and utterly unimaginable.”—The New York Times Book Review When a repairman accidentally discovers a parallel universe, everyone sees it as an opportunity, wheth… more

    gakuma added a soundbite about The Crack in Space 5 weeks ago
    Scifi take on race relations by expanding to a grander scale. Some unresolved ends, but overall good
  • Rikki-Tikki-Tavi - Rudyard Kipling
     

    Rikki-Tikki-TaviRudyard Kipling

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    This is the story of a boy and his weasel, a bird and a snake, India and the British Empire. Rudyard Kipling’s dramatic tale, here excerpted from the greater volume of The Jungle Book, is the story of the loyal mongoose, Rikk-Tikki-Tavi, an… more

    gakuma added a soundbite about Rikki-Tikki-Tavi 10 weeks ago
    Charming children's book, featuring a mongoose that faces off against two cobras.
  • Jailbird - Kurt Vonnegut
     

    JailbirdKurt Vonnegut

    Average wait: 61d, 18h

    Walter Starbuck, a career humanist and eventual low-level aide in the Nixon White House, is implicated in Watergate and jailed, after which he (like Howard Campbell in Mother Night) works on his memoirs. Starbuck is innocent (his office was… more

    gakuma added a soundbite about Jailbird 10 weeks ago
    Not his strongest work, and wouldn't recommended for first time Vonnegut readers. Slow but excellent
  • Jabberwocky - Daniel Coleman
     

    JabberwockyDaniel Coleman

    2 ratings

    “One, two! One, two! and through and through the vorpal blade went snicker-snack!” Blood pounded in Tjaden’s ears as he breathed in the acrid odor, and his sword didn’t falter. Not after the convoluted road that had led him to set out alone… more

    gakuma added a soundbite about Jabberwocky 2 years ago
    Takes the pre-existing poem and makes it his own, while staying true to the original. Wonderful!
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