Cat Among The Pigeons: Book Review

author: Agatha Christie
published: Berkley
rating: 3/5

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We have to know, you see, if there is still a cat among the pigeons! You understand what I mean? Is there still someone here who is masquerading under false colours?

Book Summary

Meadowbank Girl’s Private School is the last place you’d expect a murder because every single student, teacher and mistress is carefully and thoroughly selected to make sure they’re a perfect fit for the institution. But suddenly the Gems Mistress is shot in the middle of the night in the sports pavilion and everything Meadowbank has achieved could be lost. How does the murder connect to the revolution in Ramat? Why do strange things keep occurring at Meadowbank? Who is the murderer?

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Six of Crows: Book Review

author: Leigh Bardugo
published: Henry Holt and Company
rating: 5/5

Kaz leaned back. “What’s the easiest way to steal a man’s wallet?”
“Knife to the throat?” asked Inej.
“Gun to the back?” said Jesper.
“Poison in his cup?” suggested Nina.
“You’re all horrible,” said Matthias.

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Book Summary

Kaz Brekker, the most clever criminal in all of Ketterdam is the only one who has a chance of doing the impossible: breaking into the Ice Court, retrieving a hostage and returning home alive. Also known as the government building with the highest security that has NEVER been compromised. He puts together a team 6 strong of outcasted criminals and thieves, it’s the risk of a lifetime but there are only two options- succeed or die trying. Do they have what it takes?

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: Book Review

author: Marie Kondo
published: Ten Speed Press, 2011
rating: 4/5

Keep only the things that speak to the heart. Then take the plunge and discard all the rest.

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Book Summary

Marie Kondo takes her years of experience helping people tidy up their homes and their lives with the “KonMari” method and wraps it up into a book for anyone to read anywhere in the world. This book explores how Marie found her love of tidying, how to tidy your home inside and out in the right order and how tidying has transformed her clients lives. Her main theory is don’t keep it for any reason other than if it sparks joy.

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Everything, Everything: Book Review

author: Nicola Yoon
published: Delacorte Press, 2015
rating: 2/5

You may not be able to experience everything but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t experience anything.

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Book Summary

Madeline has been sick for her whole life. A serious autoimmune disease makes her allergic to almost everything in the outside world forcing her to stay inside her (air-filtered, sterile, decontaminated) house for her entire 18 year existance. She’s only ever been in contact with her mom and her nurse Carla, but one day a boy moves in next door and everything changes. 

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The Girl on the Train: Book Review

author: Paula Hawkins
published: Riverhead Books, 2016
my rating: 4/5

“The memory doesn’t fit with the reality, because I don’t remember anger, raging fury. I remember fear.”

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Rachel, a recently divorced alcoholic rides the train to and from London everyday. She fantasizes about the perfect couple who she sees from the train and names them Jess and Jason. They live in a house backing onto the train tracks on the same street she used to live on, a few houses down from the one she used to call home. Now occupied by her ex-husband, his former mistress now wife and their baby girl.  One day she sees something that changes everything, the next morning “Jess” is missing and Rachel can’t remember a thing from the night before. Is she involved somehow? How reliable are Rachel’s memories?

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And Then There Were None: Book Review

author: Agatha Christie
published: Collins Crime Club, 1939
my rating: 5/5

“In the midst of life, we are in death.”

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Ten diverse strangers are invited to the private and isolated Soldier Island, each under different circumstances. Their mysterious host fails to show up and during their first dinner together an overhead voice accuses each of the guests of a horrific crime. One by one they become murdered, there is no one else on the island and there is no way to escape- so the only question left is who is the killer?

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The Call: Book Review

author: Peadar O’Guilin
pages: 305
published: David Fickling Books, 2016
my rating: 4/5

The horn is sounding and her enemies, who have tumbled bravely after her, are no more than a hundred paces behind.

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In the not so distant future, Ireland is completely cut off from the outside world because of the Sídhe. Horrific yet beautiful fairy creatures who seek to get revenge for being exiled into the Grey Land, an awful place with no colour or light, by Calling teens to hunt, kill and torture them. Only 1 in 10 return home, usually not in the best shape. Nessa is of age and has to train harder and be smarter if she is ever going to survive, especially with her disabled leg. The Call is only 3 minutes and 4 seconds, who will be able to survive?

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