The Place on Dalhousie

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Author: Melina Marchetta

Genre: Domestic Fiction

Format: Paperback

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

Synopsis

Our main characters Rosie and Jimmy are brought together by fate through similar circumstances and somehow click romantically for a couple of weeks until they had to part ways. A year later Rosie finds herself with more responsibilities and Jimmy re-enters her life. Read More »

Men without Women

Author: Haruki Murakami

Genre: Fiction, Short story collection

Format: Paperback

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

This is a collection of seven short stories, each portraying the harsh loneliness faced by men who have lost or held onto women they loved.

This was my first experience reading a Murakami book but not my first exposure as I discovered his popularity when I watched the movie adaptation of Norwegian Wood.

I really enjoyed the stories but there were times the characters didn’t feel interesting enough and I expected the story to drag until Murakami started fleshing out their characterisation through past events and beautiful philosophical writing.

The Well of Ascension (Mistborn Trilogy)

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Title: The Well of Ascension (Mistborn Trilogy)

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Genre: Epic Fantasy, Magic, Adult, Politics

Format: Hardback

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

Synopsis

Vin and the rest of Kelsier’s gang have successfully overthrown the Lord Ruler’s tyrannical government but they are now faced with a challenge of running a kingdom. This lead to Elend Venture becoming appointed King of Luthadel. He does his best to spread virtuous values and equality for all while preventing a potential war from occurring. Concurrently, Vin, notices the mysterious presence of a mist that continues to appear after the death of Lord Ruler.Read More »

The Final Empire (Mistborn Trilogy)

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Author: Brandon Sanderson

Genre: Epic Fantasy, Magic, Adult, Politics

Format: Paperback

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Synopsis

In the Central Dominance was a region called ‘The Final Empire’, where a Hero rose up the ranks and dubbed himself as “Lord Ruler” and reigned with terror. In the heart of this region was its capital “Luthadel” where ash would unexplainably fall, and the pastures were lifeless and brown. People of different classes such as noblemen and the peasants also known as skaa accepted this way of life and even believed the lord ruler to be an omnipotent god. Frustration, misery and anger were masked by fear of executions, but hope illuminated one day when a half-skaa called Kelsier spread word of a future with a free humane government. Layers of truth started to uncover when it was revealed that he was a Mistborn, a being who had access to the power of Alomancy which was the act of becoming empowered by different types of metals. His existence was shunned by the current government but Kelsier hid his true nature and planned to recruit an army to topple lord ruler’s government. Political intrigue, the reminder of human vulnerability and hope ensue.Read More »

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air Trilogy)

Author: Holly Black

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Politics

Format: Hardback

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Synopsis

Watching the death of their parents at the age of seven and being stolen from the human world to the High Court of Faerie was a burden Vivian, Taryn and Jude had to carry for the rest of their lives. Adding to the pain was being raised by the murderer himself. Accepting her reality and the world she has grown attached to, Jude learns to 

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Dry

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Co-Authors: Neal & Jarrod Shusterman

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia

Format: Paperback

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

Synopsis

California goes through a sudden shortage in water AKA the most consumable natural resource in the world. The everyday lives of a suburban town is struck with shock when taps start to run dry, an event addressed by the Government as the “Tap-Out.” As people are faced with the horrible reality of their situations, questionable decisions are made for the sake of securing water.   Read More »