MINI BOOK REVIEW: 1984 by George Orwell

Genre: Science-Fiction / Classic

Page Count: 328 pages

Publication Date: June 1949

 

Summary:

One of Britain’s most popular novels, George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four is set in a society terrorised by a totalitarian ideology propagated by The Party. Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Macbeth by William Shakespeare (Graphic Novel)

Genre: Graphic Novel / Classic / Tragedy

Page Count: 144 pages

Publication Date: November 2008

 

Goodreads summary:

Witches, murder, ghosts, and madness — one of Shakespeare’s finest tragedies is also a perfect fit for the graphic novel format. This compelling adaptation depicts every blood-curdling scene in easy-to-follow illustrations, accompanied by Shakespeare’s original text. An illustrated cast of characters reminds readers who’s who, and fascinating background information on Shakespeare and the real Macbeth adds historical context.

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BOOK REVIEW: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Genre: Young Adult / Graphic Novel / Fantasy

Page Count: 262 pages

Publication Date: May 2015

 

Goodreads summary:

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.

But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit. Continue reading

BOOK REVIEW: Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

Genre: Middle Grade / Mythology

Page Count: 265 pages

Publication Date: April 2006

 

Goodreads summary:

YOU CAN’T TELL BY LOOKING AT ME THAT MY DAD IS POSEIDON, GOD OF THE SEA.

It’s not easy being a half-blood these days. Even a simple game of dodgeball becomes a death match against an ugly gang of cannibal giants – and that was only the beginning.

Now Camp Half-Blood is under attack and, unless I can get my hands of the Golden Fleece, the whole camp will be invaded by monsters. Big ones… Continue reading

BOOK REVIEW: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Genre: Young Adult / Contemporary

Page Count: 380 pages

Publication Date: May 2017

 

Goodreads summary:

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right? Continue reading

BOOK REVIEW: The Wheel Mages by Aimee Davis

Genre: Fantasy

Page Count: 334 pages

Publication Date: November 2016

 

Goodreads summary:

Alena Kozlov is one of the last of a dying kind. As the first water mage to be inducted into the Sanctum in over fifty years, she has the opportunity to help the old order destroy a band of rebel mages who threaten the principles the Sanctum is founded upon.

Blinded by loyalty to the Sanctum and love for her master, Alena and three other mages set out to investigate the rebels, but the more she discovers, the less she understands.

Confronted with hard truths about the Sanctum she once believed in and the corruption she sees within it, Alena must make one of the most difficult decisions of her life: follow the path she’s trained for or leave the Sanctum behind.

Whatever the answer, she knows one thing for sure—the old Sanctum saying is true: It is a rocky road she must travel.  Continue reading

BOOK REVIEW: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Genre: Middle Grade / Mythology

Page Count: 377 pages

Publication Date: June 2005

 

Goodreads summary:

Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse—Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. Continue reading

BOOK REVIEW: I’m Still Here by Clelie Avit

Genre: Adult / Contemporary / Romance

Page Count: 234 pages

Publication Date: May 2015

 

Goodreads summary:

Elsa has been in a coma for five months. With all hope of reviving her gone, her family and doctors are having to face the devastating fact that it might be time to turn off her life support… They don’t realise that in the past few weeks Elsa has regained partial consciousness; she knows where she is and can hear everyone talking around her bed, but she has no way of telling them she’s there.

Thibault is in the same hospital visiting his brother, a drunk driver responsible for the deaths of two teenage girls. Thibault’s emotions are in turmoil and, needing a retreat, he finds his way into Elsa’s room. Seeing her lying there so peacefully, he finds it hard to believe she is not just sleeping.

Thibault begins to visit Elsa regularly. As he learns more about her through her family and friends, he begins to realise that he is developing feelings for her. And when he talks to her, he can’t help feeling that she can hear his every word…

For Elsa, his visits are like a breath of fresh air. Here is finally someone who speaks to her as if she is a real life person. Who makes her laugh. And who gives her something to fight for…

And so begins a love story that might just save both their lives… Continue reading

BOOK REVIEW: Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

Genre: Fantasy

Page Count: 428 pages

Publication Date: January 2014

 

Goodreads summary:

This second novel in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.

Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly mesmerizing) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight readers of all ages. Continue reading