Family, Fiction, YA Fiction

Room by Emma Donoghue

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read this book but I just can’t get enough of it. Before I rave any more, here is the review: Jack has always lived in Room; it is the only place he has ever known. In this 11 x 11 foot space, Ma and Jack and all of Jack’s inanimate friends live…

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YA Fiction

Incantation by Alice Hoffman

I know that Alice Hoffman is quite a big literary figure. There are whole shelves and sections in the library dedicated to her work and she has written books on a variety of topics. So it is quite surprising that I have never read anything by her. This is the first book of hers that I have read and after…

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Adventure (Teen), Dystopia (Teen), YA Fiction

Son by Lois Lowry

This is the last book in the series and all I’m going to say is: IT WAS AWESOME!!!! Claire is a Birthmother, ready to deliver the Product. But something goes wrong during the delivery and they give her some sleeping medication before cutting into her. When she regains consciousness, she finds that she has been assigned to Fisheries as she…

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Adventure (Teen), Dystopia (Teen), YA Fiction

Messenger by Lois Lowry

I was really struggling to come up with a review for this book. It is the 3rd book in the Giver series and I didn’t want to give anything away. That’s always the difficult part with writing a review for individual books in the series: how do you write a review without giving away the prequel? Hopefully I’ve managed to…

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Dystopia (Teen), YA Fiction

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

Since this sequel gives no hints at all, I have no problem writing about it and not giving a gap between this and the giver, its prequel. This story is also set in a dystopic future but this time, it takes place in a village. Kira lives here with her mother, Katrina, who is known for her sewing and dyeing…

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Fantasy (Teen), YA Fiction

Coraline

The first time I had anything to do with this story is when I saw it on TV. And I fell in love with it. I was ecstatic to find out that it was based on a book and of course, I rushed to get my hands on it. So here is my review of both the book and the…

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Dystopia (Teen), YA Fiction

The Giver by Lois Lowry

When I heard the movie was coming out, I immediately rushed to the library to reread this book so that I could compare the book to the movie. Reading the book reminded me of how much I loved it. This was probably the first book I read on a dystopian(ish) society and it made a strong impression on me. So…

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Drama, Family, Fiction

The Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler

I picked this book up completely by chance, hoping that it would be worth my while. It did not disappoint. The story is told in many parts and in many voices across generations. It starts off with Lily, who has taken a long journey to come to Montreal in order to get married. But when her fiancé sees her, he…

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Fiction, Mystery/Thriller

Heartstopper by Joy Fielding

In high school, my librarian recognized my love for horror and disturbing novels (not that I didn’t read “normal” books) and recommended this one to me, saying that she couldn’t get through the first chapter because it was too gory. Of course, I accepted this as a challenge and made up my mind to read it. It is definitely chilling…

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