Wicked (The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West) by Greogry Maguire

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Addition: Paperback Genre: Fantasy Rating: 3 out of 5 Synopsis: When Dorothy triumphed over the Wicked Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum’s classic tale, we heard only her side of the story. But what about her arch-nemesis, the mysterious Witch? Where did she come from? How did she become so wicked? And what […]

A Gathering Storm by Rachel Hore

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THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS! Addition: Paperback from the library Genre: Historal Fiction Rating: 4 out of 5 Synopsis: Photographer Lucy Cardwell has recently lost her troubled father, Tom. While sifting through his papers, she finds he’d been researching an uncle she never knew he’d had. Intrigued, she visits her father’s childhood home, the once beautiful […]

Room by Emma Donoghue

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THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS! Addition: Hardback library book Genre: Fiction Rating: 4 out of 5 Synopsis: To five-year-old-Jack, Room is the world. . . . It’s where he was born, it’s where he and his Ma eat and sleep and play and learn. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he […]

Goodnight, Beautiful by Dorothy Koomson

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Addition: Paperback Genre: Chick-lit, fiction Rating: 4 out of 5 Synopsis: Eight years ago, Nova Kumalisi agreed to have a baby for Mal and Stephanie Wacken. Halfway through the pregnancy, the couple changed their minds and walked away, leaving Nova pregnant, scared and alone. Eight years ago, Stephanie was overjoyed at the thought of becoming […]

The Complete Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby

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Synopsis: In his monthly accounts of what he’s read – along with what he may one day read – Nick Hornby brilliantly explores everything from the classic to the graphic novel, as well as poems, plays, sports books and other kinds of non-fiction. If he occasionally implores a biographer for brevity, or abandons a literary […]

Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett

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Synopsis from Amazon: Be a MAN in the City Watch! The City Watch needs MEN! But what it’s got includes Corporal Carrot (technically a dwarf), Lance-constable Cuddy (really a dwarf), Lance-constable Detrius (a troll), Lance-constable Angua (a woman…most of the time) and Corporal Nobbs (disqualified from the human race for shoving). And they need all […]

Heavenly by Jennifer Laurens

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Synopsis from FantasticFiction: I met someone who changed everything. Matthias. My autistic sister’s guardian angel. Honest. Inspiring. Funny. Hot. And immortal. That was the problem. What could I do? I did what any other girl would do-I fell in love with him. ZoĆ«’s sister darts in front of cars. Her brother’s a pothead. Her parents […]

The Ingenious Edgar Jones by Elizabeth Garner

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Synopsis from Amazon: Set in nineteenth-century Oxford, and shot through with a powerful sense of magic, Elizabeth Garner’s new novel will appeal both to fans of historical fiction and to the huge Susanna Clarke/Philip Pullman fanbase. In nineteenth-century Oxford, an extraordinary child is born – Edgar Jones, a porter’s son with a magical talent. Though […]