Chloe Sevre is a psychopath. Due to her diagnosis she's offered a full ride scholarship to John Adams University as long as she participates in a clinical study with six other students who are also psychopaths. The scholarship isn't her only motivation for attending John Adams; her old classmate Will Bachman attends college there and she plans to kill him. Everything is going according to her plan, until one of the other students in the study is murdered. As more students in the study are targeted Chloe must determine if she can trust the other psychopaths to help her figure out who the killer is, and if she can continue with her plans for Will.
I couldn't stop thinking about this book! I couldn't predict what was going to happen next so I was constantly trying to guess what Chloe and the other characters were going to do. I love when books surprise me and this book definitely does that! It's an incredibly fun read that I think anyone would enjoy.
Read the book before seeing the new movie!
Don't miss this classic science fiction novel that blends adventure, politics, religion, and philosophy into an exciting tale that started the Dune book series and multiple movie and mini-series adaptations. The Atreides family has been tasked with ruling the desert planet Dune, which is the only planet capable of producing the "spice". The spice melange extends the life of the user, enhances the consciousness, and allows safe faster-than-light travel which makes it one of the most important resources in the galaxy. Becoming the ruling house of Dune brings power and many dangers to the Atreides family, and when they are betrayed Paul Atreides and his family must flee for their lives. In order to survive the Atreides assimilate into the native population and religion, and begin planning their revenge against their betrayers and a revolt against the ruling Emperor.
This novel is a cornerstone of the science fiction genre for it's incredible world-building and the intricate connections it makes between politics, religion, economics, and military strategy. It doesn't shy away from the tough questions and conversations on how these aspects interact in a society, and how they can be taken advantage of. At times this book is an exciting adventure of betrayal, love, and revenge and at other times a social critique. While the language of the book can be unwieldy by today's standards it is well worth a read!
Diana Bishop may have been born into a family of witches, but she is determined to live a normal, ordinary life. Unfortunately, while working at Oxford's Bodleian Library she finds an enchanted alchemical manuscript titled Ashmole 782. Suddenly, she is being watched and followed by witches, vampires, and daemons. As Diana is pulled back into a world of magic she teams up with geneticist and vampire Matthew Clairmont to discover the secrets of Ashmole 782 and why she is now the center of the magical world.
I enjoyed this book because it melds magic and science, the past and the present, and the struggle to be an individual or conform. It's a book of opposites that somehow finds a happy medium and creates a spectacular story. A Discovery of Witches also bridges several genres- it has elements of fantasy, romance, historical fiction, mystery, and adventure. I found this book to be exciting, and I appreciated that the main characters were using research and science to solve the mystery of why Diana is connected to Ashmole 782. I highly recommend this book for any fans of Diana Gabaldon, James Rollins, or Anne Rice!
Cindy Glovinsky's wonderful memoir reflects on how music and the Interlochen Center for the Arts shaped her life. Starting at age eight when she first picks up a violin and continuing through to the present Cindy describes how her love of music and the lessons she learned through performing guided and impacted her decisions. As a young student her hopes of attending Interlochen were a driving force that taught her discipline and focus. They also influenced the friendships and rivalries that she developed in her various orchestras and performing groups. Later, the realities of becoming a student at Interlochen brought new challenges. Cindy learned to handle the pressure of competing against other students for chairs and opportunities, and also made life-long friendships. As an adult these experiences continued to affect Cindy's life and helped her make decisions regarding her future.
Cindy's descriptive writing brings you into her story and puts you in her shoes. You can see the cabins at Interlochen and hear the music that threads throughout the book. You can experience the profound feelings that performing brought her, and also the nerve wracking pressure and stage fright that occasionally occurred. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Music, Lakes, and Blue Corduroy, and recommend it to any music fans!
Final Girl- the last and sole survivor of a horror movie.
This book begins with six women who were all survivors of serial killers, and after that experience they band together to form The Final Girl Support Group. Over the years they help each other deal with the trauma of their experiences, until one of their members misses a meeting. They quickly learn that her serial killer escaped prison, tracked her down, and murdered her. And she won't be the last. All of the members of the support group are being targeted, and what's worse is the killer has inside knowledge of where they live and their habits- information that only the other members have. Final girl and main character Lynnette Tarkington must discover who the killer is, who in the group can be trusted, and who can be saved.
If you've ever wondered what happens to the characters after the horror movie ends, this is the book for you! It was really interesting seeing how each character dealt with what happened- which member turned her experience into a positive and helps others with trauma, which one is in denial, which one turns to self-defense and paranoia, and which turns to substance abuse. I also enjoyed reading this from Lynnette's point of view. As the book goes on, we realize that she isn't always stable and sometimes the events that are occurring might be only in her mind. The author, Grady Hendrix, also pokes fun of the tropes of the slasher horror genre, creating fun surprises for the readers as they notice them. I highly recommend this book for any horror or psychological thriller fans!
Earth has been at war for the past century against an alien race, the Formics, and humanity is searching for a general to lead the final battle. Meanwhile on Earth, Ender Wiggin is enlisted at the Battle School at the age of 6, and has been training and competing against other children for leadership roles in Earth's armies. As they endure physical combat training, war games, and simulations Ender develops friendships and rivalries with his fellow students. However, only one can become the general and save the Earth. Will Ender survive Battle School, and will he and his friends defeat the Formics?
This book has a lot of action and is an entertaining read, but also raises many philosophical thoughts and questions. Does the end justify the means, what is the morality of enlisting children and the physical and mental training that ensues, how do soldiers fare with the psychology of warfare, how should the enemy be treated, and is a final "nuclear" option moral when weighed against the survival of humanity? I enjoyed this book because it made me consider these questions, and I thought about them long after I had finished the novel.
Throne of Glass is the first book in one of my favorite young adult fantasy series. It introduces Celaena Sardothien, one of the greatest assassins of Adarlan and someone with many secrets to hide. She's summoned to court and given the chance to compete against other assassins, warriors, and thieves, and the last one alive will serve as the King's Champion. However, her competitors start mysteriously dying and demons walk the corridors of the castle. She must endure the tasks, the politics, and the king in order to survive and defeat the evil haunting the kingdom. Complicating matters are the friendships she develops with the prince, the captain of the guard, and a foreign princess. Celaena must decide who she can trust to help her save everyone.
This novel has a little bit of everything- action, mystery, magic, and romance. It also does an excellent job of setting up conflicts and questions that are explored and resolved in later books. Sarah J. Maas does an excellent job of creating a complex world that will leave you wanting more!
Andy Weir's latest science fiction novel is a thrilling, out-of-this-world adventure that I couldn't stop thinking about! It begins with our main character waking up with no memory of who he is or where he is, but he quickly discovers he's trapped in a small room with two dead bodies. As his memories slowly start returning he remembers that his name is Ryland Grace, he's on a spaceship, and he's now the only person who can save the Earth. Ryland must use his scientific and mathematical knowledge to investigate and solve the threat facing humanity, while also struggling with his isolation and returning memories of what he left behind on Earth.
Andy Weir does an incredible job of describing the science and realities of space travel in terms that an ordinary person can understand. He also infuses this novel with his dry sense of humor, making it very entertaining to read. If you enjoyed his first novel The Martian, I think you'll like Project Hail Mary even more!
This adult fiction novel is about two women in London who are separated by hundreds of years but connected by secrets. First, we meet Nella in 1791 who has a secret apothecary shop where she sells poisons to women to use against their fathers, brothers, and husbands. Next, we are introduced to Caroline in the present day, who discovered that her husband of 10 years has cheated on her. She takes a trip to London in order to be alone and decide what to do about her marriage, but while she's there Caroline discovers an old glass apothecary vial. Thinking that researching the vial will be a perfect distraction Caroline visits the British Library and learns about the unsolved apothecary murders. However, tracking down information as to who was the apothecary and what happened to her has a profound, and disastrous, effect on Caroline's life.
The Lost Apothecary is a fast-paced book that I couldn't put down! I needed to know what happed to Nella, and what decisions Caroline was going to make about her husband and life. I highly recommend this novel to anyone interested in stories about revenge.
Total Olympics is a wonderful collection of interesting, funny, and heartwarming stories that range from the first Olympic games up to the present day. The chapters cover forgotten athletes and events, the legends of the sports, wild and strange stories, and the sports that have been discontinued (such as pistol dueling!). Each chapter has short stories about the athlete or sport, making it a fun and quick read. This was a fascinating book to read through and remember the past heroes of the Games, such as Michael Phelps, Simone Biles, Mary Lou Retton, and our Miracle Hockey Team.
I especially loved reading about the strange events from past games. Whether it was the marathon runner who decided to take a nap halfway through the course, the rower who stopped for a family of ducks, or the odd drinks that were thought to help athletes' performance (rat poison!) there was something entertaining on every page.