Coin Heist, by Elisa Ludwig

Title: Coin Heist
Author:
Elisa Ludwig
Publisher:
 Adaptive Studios
Publication date: June 10th 2014
Pages: 225
ASIN: B00JAGN4JO
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 2/5
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The last place you’d expect to find a team of criminals is at a prestigious Philadelphia prep school. But on a class trip to the U.S. Mint—which prints a million new coins every 30 minutes—an overlooked security flaw becomes far too tempting for a small group of students to ignore. United by dire circumstances, these unlikely allies—the slacker, the nerd, the athlete, and the “perfect” student—band together to attempt the impossible: rob the U.S. Mint. This diverse crew is forced to confront their true beliefs about each other and themselves as they do the wrong thing for the right reasons.

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Destruction, by Sharon Bayliss

Title: Destruction
Author:
Sharon Bayliss
Publisher:
 Curiosity Quills Press
Publication date: April 14th 2014
Pages: 250
ISBN: 9781620075159
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 4/5
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David Vandergraff wants to be a good man. He goes to church every Sunday, keeps his lawn trim and green, and loves his wife and kids more than anything. Unfortunately, being a dark wizard isn’t a choice.

Eleven years ago, David’s secret second family went missing. When his two lost children are finally found, he learns they suffered years of unthinkable abuse. Ready to make things right, David brings the kids home even though it could mean losing the wife he can’t imagine living without.

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Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell

Title: Cloud Atlas
Author:
David Mitchell
Publisher: 
Random House
First publication date: August 17th 2004
Pages: 509
ISBN: 0375507256
Source: Myself
Rating:
5/5
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Synopsis

The narrators hear their echoes in history and change their destinies in ways great and small, in a study of humanity’s dangerous will to power. A reluctant voyager crosses the Pacific in 1850. A disinherited composer gatecrashes in between-wars Belgium. A vanity publisher flees gangland creditors. Others are a journalist in Governor Reagan’s California, and genetically-modified dinery server on death-row. Finally, a young Pacific Islander witnesses the nightfall of science and civilization.

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All My Puny Sorrows, by Miriam Toews

Title: All My Puny Sorrows
Author:
Miriam Toews
Publisher:
Faber & Faber
Publication date: June 5th 2014
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9780571305285
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 5/5
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Synopsis

A funny, serious and heart felt new novel about the biggest question of all.
Yolanda is conflicted. Her sister Elf has battled depression for her whole adult life, and is in a psychiatric ward under permanent observation after attempting suicide – again. Continue reading

The Fifth Voice, by Paul Connolly

Title: The Fifth Voice
Author:
Paul Connolly
Publisher:
 Silverwood Books
First publication date: April 16th 2014
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781781321195
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 1/5
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Synopsis

The lives of four singers are far from harmonious. Danny’s marriage is on the rocks, while Vince is struggling with a debilitating illness. Henry is having a mid-life crisis, and Neil is at war with his father. But when they sing together none of that matters. Because something magical happens.

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Mother, Mother, by Koren Zailckas

Title: Mother, Mother
Author: Koren Zailckas
Publisher: The Crown
Release date: September 17th 2013
Pages: 384
ISBN: 0385347235
Source: Goodreads
Rating: 4/5
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Synopsis

Josephine Hurst has her family under control. With two beautiful daughters, a brilliantly intelligent son, a tech-guru of a husband and a historical landmark home, her life is picture perfect. She has everything she wants; all she has to do is keep it that way. But living in this matriarch’s determinedly cheerful, yet subtly controlling domain hasn’t been easy for her family, and when her oldest daughter, Rose, runs off with a mysterious boyfriend, Josephine tightens her grip, gradually turning her flawless home into a darker sort of prison.

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A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain, by Adrianne Harun

Title: A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain
Author:
Adrianne Harun
Publisher:
Penguin Books
First publication date: February 25th 2014
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780670786107
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 3/5
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Synopsis

In an isolated town of British Columbia, young girls, mostly native, begin to vanish from the sides of a notorious highway, the Highway of Tears. Leo Kreutzer and four friends are barely touched by these disappearances—until a series of mysterious and troublesome outsiders arrive on the mountain. Then it seems as if the devil himself has appeared among them. A MAN CAME OUT OF A DOOR IN THE MOUNTAIN is a seductive and chilling debut novel about what happens to Leo and his group of friends when evil—both human and otherwise—walks right through their town.
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The Bear, by Claire Cameron

Title: The Bear
Author:
Claire Cameron
Publisher: 
Harvill Secker
First publication date: February 11th 2014
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781448155736
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 2.5/5
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Synopsis

A powerfully suspenseful story narrated by a young girl who must fend for herself and her little brother after a brutal bear attack.

While camping with her family on a remote island, five-year-old Anna awakes in the night to the sound of her mother screaming. A rogue black bear, 300 pounds of fury, is attacking the family’s campsite, pouncing on her parents as prey.

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Doll Bones, by Holly Black

Doll BonesTitle: Doll Bones
Author:
Holly Black
Publisher:
Doubleday Childrens
Publication date: May 7th 2013
Pages: 247
ISBN: 9780857532671
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 4.5/5
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Synopsis

Zach, Poppy and Alice have been friends for ever. They love playing with their action figure toys, imagining a magical world of adventure and heroism. But disaster strikes when, without warning, Zach’s father throws out all his toys, declaring he’’s too old for them. Zach is furious, confused and embarrassed, deciding that the only way to cope is to stop playing . . . and stop being friends with Poppy and Alice.
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The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman

Title: The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Author:
Neil Gaiman
Publisher:
William Morrow Books
Release date: June 18th 2013
Pages: 181
ISBN: 0062255657
Source: Myself
Rating:
 5/5
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Synopsis

Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

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