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Book Number: 12

Number Of Pages: 347

Book Title: The Boys Are Back In Town

Author: Christopher Golden

Summary: It's James's 10th high school reunion and everything seems to be going well despite the fact that he's not exactly working his dream job, or married, or doing much of anything, really. It's nice to see old friends and catch up with old acquaintances. Right up until he learns that one of his old friends was killed senior year in an unsolved hit-and-run, a friend that he remembers being at graduation and with whom he had exchanged emails only a few days before. Suddenly the past begins to shuffle, violent memories surfacing and people changing before his eyes, yet he seems to be the only one who notices. But how and why is this happening? And is there any hope of changing it back?

Rating: 5/5

Review: Very, very good, unpredictable, and strange. Definitely did not go at all where I thought it would. One down side, the author is just super detailed, like unnecessarily so, but you get used to it and it's totally worth it.

 

 

Book Number: 13

Number Of Pages: 494

Book Title: The Black Dawn Vol. 1: Black Feathers

Author: Joseph D'Lacey

Summary: This book is rated M for mature. I can't put it better than the back of the book: "It is the Black Dawn, a time of environmental apocalypse, the earth wracked and dying. It is the Bright Day, a time long generations hence, when a peace has descended across the world. In each era, a child shall be chosen. Their task is to find a dark messiah known only as the Crowman. But is he our saviour - or the final incarnation of evil?"

Rating: 5/5

Review: Excellent. I'm not usually a fan of novels that switch back and forth between time periods, but this one did it very well. The story is intense and makes you want to keep going.

 

 

Book Number: 14

Number Of Pages: 383

Book Title: The Big Over Easy

Author: Jasper Fforde

Summary: Welcome to the dark world of crime. Nursery Crime. Humpty Dumpty of nursery rhyme fame has been murdered in a shady area of town and it's up to Detective Inspector Jack Spratt and Detective Sergeant Mary Mary to find out why. But the more they dig into the big egg's sordid past the more questions are raised in a bizarre case that reaches to the highest tier of society and business in Reading.

Rating: 5/5

Review: Jasper Fforde is an exceptional author. The story is hilarious and strange and then BAM the ending will shock you ohmy.gif

 

 

Book Number: 15

Number Of Pages: 378

Book Title: The Fourth Bear

Author: Jasper Fforde

Summary: Book Two of the Nursery Crime series. The Gingerbreadman, sadistic psycopath, has escaped and is on the loose. But DCI Jack Spratt and DS Mary Mary don't get the case, instead demoted to Missing Persons due to a small fiasco involving Red Riding Hood being devoured by a wolf. At a social gathering Jack is approached by a reporter begging for help finding his missing sister affectionately known as Goldilocks.

Rating: 5/5

Review: A perfect sequel to a weird series. Great story with weird, weird things.

 

 

Book Number: 16

Number Of Pages: 186

Book Title: The Cat Who Turned On and Off

Author: Lilian Jackson Braun

Summary: Book Three of the Cat Who series. Qwilleran decides to do a Christmas feature on Junktown, a shabby area full of antique shops and odds collectors. But in the wake of an accidental fall that took the life of one of the most loved dealers in the area, Qwill senses something more hidden in the layers of antiques and junk.

Rating: 4/5

Review: I really love this series. It's a classic whodunit with a prying newspaperman and his two Siamese cats, the brilliant Kao K’o-Kung, known as Koko, and his companion Yum-Yum, the sweet little girl who brings light in an otherwise murder-filled world.

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Book Number: 1

Number Of Pages: 228

Book Title: 365 Thank Yous

Author: John Kralik

Summary: John Kralik's life had hit bottom. His small law firm was failing and financial ruin seemed sure. His 2nd marriage had ended. His relationship with his sons was strained. His girlfriend had just broken up with him. All his dreams seemed shattered. Then, during a New Years Day walk, he was inspired to start something that would change his life. This true story relates how the simple act of writing thank you notes began a change within him that changed failure to success – his business improved, family ties and friendships became stronger, and most importantly, his attitude changed and he gained inner peace.

 

Book Number: 2

Number Of Pages: 309

Book Title: Searching for Caleb

Author: Anne Tyler

Summary: The Peck family of Baltimore was a tight-knit family with strong standards for what was proper. All family members were expected to conform. This story deals with two members who did not, Justine and her cousin/husband Duncan, who lived a restless vagabond sort of life. Interwoven is the search by Justine and her grandfather for Caleb, the grandfather's half brother, who had "escaped" from the family decades earlier and had not been heard from since.

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Book Number: 38

Number Of Pages: 477

Book Title: Endgame: The Calling

Author: James Frey, Nils Johnson-Shelton

Summary: Twelve teenagers who have been trained their whole lives for Endgame know that the time to play it has come when some meteorites reach the Earth. They have only one task, which is to survive and find three keys. Whoever does that, will be able to save their line. Everybody else will die.

 

Book Number: 39

Number Of Pages: 360

Book Title: Ten (Spanish edition)

Author: Gretchen McNeil

Summary: Ten teenagers arrive at an island, where a secret party is about to take place. What was supposed to be a great week-end turns into a nightmare when one of them commits suicide. Then, another has an accident and dies. Phones and internet are down and a huge storm has left the island completely isolated. When the third person dies, they start to wonder if all the deaths are accidents or if they're all going to be killed one by one.

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Book Number: 5

Number Of Pages: 130

Book Title: Mielensäpahoittaja (The Grump)

Author: Tuomas Kyrö

Summary: A cranky old man writes about his life and complains about all the things he gets upset over, in a rather humoristic way.

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Book Number: 40

Number Of Pages: 197

Book Title: El Comendador de las Sombras (would be something like "The Knight Commander of Shadows")

Author: Carlos Fortea

Summary: This book has two stories. The first one takes place in the present, where two historians are looking for proof that a knight commander existed and was not just a legend. The second story takes place in the past, in the first few years of the 12th century, and it's what happened to that knight commander.

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Book Number: 41

Number Of Pages: 666

Book Title: La canción secreta del mundo (would be something like "The secret song of the world")

Author: José Antonio Cotrina

Summary: Ariadna is a girl who doesn't remember anything of her life until she was adopted four years before the book starts. She starts remembering that she was part of a paranormal assassin group when she finds a half dead boy in a dark alley and saves him. He seems to know her and what's going on, but can she trust him though?

 

Book Number: 42

Number Of Pages: 459

Book Title: The return of the dancing master (Spanish edition)

Author: Henning Mankell

Summary: Stefan Lindman, a Swedish police officer, goes to a small village investigate the murder of a former colleague, who was retired and was living there. What he finds out is bigger and darker than he had imagined. The man had been a nazi and his death seems to be tied to something that happened in Germany during Hitler's regime. When more elderly people are killed, the police starts wondering if there's more than one murderer.

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Book Number: 1, 2 and 3

Number of Pages: 985 (3 in 1)

Book Title: Switched, Torn and Ascend (Trylle trilogy)

Book Author: Amanda Hocking

Summary: Wendy is a changeling. She was switched at birth. She always had known she was different. Her mother thought she was a monster and had tried to kill Wendy at the age of six.

Rating: 5/5

 

 

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Book Number: 118

Number Of Pages: 304

Book Title:Spell Booked

Author: Jim and Joyce Lavene

Summary: Olivia, Molly, and Elsie are three witches who are getting old enough to retire and move to Boca as retiring witches seem to do. They need to find three witches to pass their spellbook to before they can. They have found one but Olivia is murdered and the council wont act and the police can't handle a powerful witch. How do they avenge Olivia's death and get their book back?

Rating: (optional) 7.5

Review: (optional) Pretty good witch yarn.

Edited by DustyBelle

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Book Number: 43

Number Of Pages: 224

Book Title: The Palace Thief (Spanish edition)

Author: Ethan Canin

Summary: This book contains four short stories. The first is about a man who decides to do something a bit dangerous and steals something. The second is about a boy who wants to be like his older brother, who's a genious. The third, about a man who learns how to live again after his divorce from his son and the fourth, about a teacher who tries to teach his students, especially a new boy, Ancient History.

 

This fourth story is what the movie "The Emperor's Club" is based on.

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It's a bit late but I'd like to join please! smile.gif

 

Book Number: 1

Number Of Pages: I'm not sure.. unsure.gif I read it on my tablet. I'll add it here if I figure it out. 352 apparently... smile.gif

Book Title: Girl Online

Author: Zoe Sugg

Summary: Penny is awkward at school and to feel better she starts an anonymous blog writing as "Girl Online." Then she visits New York because of her mum's business and meets a boy. Her blog really doesn't have much to do with it.

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Book Number: 4, 5, 6 and 7

Number Of Pages: 452(4), 464(5), 464(6), 466(7)

Book Title: Fallen, Torment, Passion and Rapture

Author:Lauren Kate

Summary:Lucinda Price was enrolled at Swords & Cross school. She meets a boy by the name of Daniel, and ultimately falls in love with him. The Fallen series is a young adult gothic romance story.

Rating:4.5/10

 

Book Number: 8

Number Of Pages: 366

Book Title: The Crush

Author: Scott Monk

Summary: Matt is an ambitious football player and his heart crushes as he falls in love with his arch-nemesis' girlfriend.

Rating: 3/5

 

Book Number:9

Number Of Pages:253

Book Title: The Awakening

Author: L.J. Smith

Summary: Elena is the survivor of a car accident that her parents died in. She lives with her brother Jeremy and her Aunt Judith. As she goes to school, she falls in love with Stefan, the 'new' student. This newcomer has many dark secrets.

Rating:5/5

Edited by ChocolateIzzy

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Book Number: 6

Number Of Pages: 457 (Finnish edition)

Book Title: The Silkworm

Author: Robert Galbraith

Summary: Private detective Cormoran Strike investigates the disappearance of enigmatic writer Owen Quine, who had just finished his latest novel before suddenly vanishing. When Quine later turns up murdered, the list of suspects seems to be narrowed down to the people he mocked in his new book. But can Strike find out who the true murderer is before an innocent woman is convicted?

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Book Number: 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14

Number Of Pages: 421(10), 417(11), 432(12), 420(13), 416(14)

Book Title: Bloodlines, The Golden Lily, The Indigo Spell, The Fiery Heart and Silver Shadows.

Author:Richelle Mead

Summary: The alchemist, Sydney Sage is assigned to hide and protect Jill Dragomir from the Moroi Rebels who want to kill her. As long as Jill is safe, Lissa still has her throne.

Rating:5/5

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Book Number: 119

Number Of Pages: 336

Book Title: Candlelight Christmas

Author: Susan Wiggs

Summary: Logan O'Donnell is a single dad who is looking for the woman who will complete his family. Darcy Fitzgerald is a divorcee hurt by her ex and scared of committing to a family relationship. It hurts too much to lose it all. They find each other and over the course of the next 4 months their lives slowly change.

Rating: (optional) 9

Review: (optional) The kids make the story that much more wonderful.

 

Book Number: 120

Number Of Pages: 262

Book Title: Puzzled Indemnity

Author: Parnell Hall

Summary: Cora Felton is finding life a bit of a bore, so she goes job hunting. She winds up working for lawyer Becky Baldwin as a detective trying to discover if a man is cheating on his wife, then who killed him and why.

Rating: (optional) 8

Review: (optional) Fun mystery with crossword puzzles and a sudoku.

 

Book Number: 121

Number Of Pages: 517

Book Title: The Scottish Bride

Author: Catherine Coulter

Summary: The Reverend Tysen Sherbrooke is the youngest of the three Sherbrooke sons.

He has just inherited land and a title in Scotland and decides to go view the castle which he hasn't seen in about 20 years. He meets and falls for Mary Rose a censorkip.gif*** whose father is unknown and mother is mad. Tysen needs a wife for his own sake and that of his children.

Rating: (optional) 8.2

Review: (optional)

 

 

Book Number:122

Number Of Pages: 349

Book Title: A Puzzle in a Pear Tree

Author: Parnell Hall

Summary: Cora and her niece Sherry are part of the town's Christmas program. Someone decides to threaten a female member of the cast and then kills a member of the live Nativity scene. Cora does her best to solve the case before her niece is arrested and /or the killer goes on a rampage. Who is wrecking havoc on the "Twelve Days of Christmas"?

Rating: (optional) 8.1

Review: (optional) If you like crossword puzzles, acrostics and sudoku alongside your murder mystery, you'll love this book.

 

 

Book Number: 123

Number Of Pages: 337

Book Title: Death of a Christmas Caterer

Author: Lee Hollis

Summary: A killer kills Hayley's new part time job boss and wipes out her dreams of affording her Christmas and monthly bills as the newspaper she works for cuts back on time and thus salary. Who could have killed the caterer in a locked building. Haley sets out to find out and nearly dies in the process.

Rating: (optional) 7.9

Review: (optional) Great recipes and fun food and beverage columns spice up this mystery series. Hayley and her island town in Maine gear up for a hilarious Christmas season with the occassional murder and attempted murder thrown in. cool.gif

 

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Book Number: 124

Number Of Pages: 409

Book Title: Private Games

Author: James Patterson and Mark T. Sullivan

Summary: London's 2012 Olymoic Games are on the verge of opening. Private London has been hired to help provide security. Cronus feels the games no longer promote the true Olympic spirit so he wants to shut them downby killing those whom he feels have commercialized the games. Peter Knight and Sun reporter Karen Pope team to track down Cronus and his partners.

Rating: (optional) 7.4

Review: (optional) It is an up and down read as the book is not smooth in transition between storytellers point of view. I did read on and found it hard to put down, but was annoyed each time the pov changed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Book Number: 7

Number Of Pages: 969

Book Title: A Clash of Kings

Author: George R. R. Martin

Summary: The sequel to A Game of Thrones continues the story set in the fantasy kingdom of Westeros which is being ravaged by a civil war called the War of the Five Kings. Meanwhile, in the far North, the mysterious free people known as Wildlings seem to be heading south, and on another continent across the sea a young Queen seeks a way to reclaim her rightful place on the throne.

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Book Number: 2

Number Of Pages: 286

Book Title: Pretty Little Liars

Author: Sara Shepard

Summary: There is a group of 5 friends then one of them goes missing and the other 4 friends drift apart. This story is set around 3 or 4 years later, when the 4 friends start getting texts from someone called 'A.' A knows secrets about them that only their friend that went missing knew, and also things no one could know unless they're spying on them. They think that their friend is back but then her body gets found who could A be??

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Book Number: 17

Number Of Pages: 339

Book Title: Smoke and Mirrors

Author: Neil Gaiman

Summary: A collection of short stories and poetry by a twisted man.

Rating: 5/5

Review: Excellent. Neil Gaiman is exquisite, as always.

 

 

Book Number: 18

Number Of Pages: 333

Book Title: Three Parts Dead

Author: Max Gladstone

Summary: A God is dead. The only hope for His city is to resurrect Him before the city falls apart and four million citizens riot. The only hope for Him is Tara, a necromancer, and Abelard, a chain-smoking priest with an unsurprising crisis of faith. And the only hope for them is to reveal the God's murder and plead His case in a court ruled by a broken goddess.

Rating: 5/5

Review: This book is SO AMAZING *flail*

 

 

Book Number: 19

Number Of Pages: 307

Book Title: Dead Set

Author: Richard Kadrey

Summary: This book is rated M for mature. After the devastating loss of her father, Zoe and her mother relocate to the big city where money is tight and their relationship is tense. But Zoe's one escape, as always, has been her dreams where she can spend time with her lost brother, Valentine. Until one night when an uninvited guest makes an appearance and a chance encounter in a used record store introduces Zoe to a world of the restless dead. Sure, she can speak to her father, but it'll cost her. A lock of hair, then a tooth, then...

Rating: 4/5

Review: Extra trippy. I like the world created here. Only down side is I would have put this in the young adult section rather than science fiction. It's an enjoyable read but it felt a little simplified in some areas. Although, to be fair, there is a lot of swearing that happens for no really good reason lol. Dark, hurtful, and the ending was bittersweet. Reminded me a lot of the movie Mirror Mask.

 

 

Book Number: 20

Number Of Pages: 137

Book Title: The Private Life of the Cat Who...

Author: Lilian Jackson Braun

Summary: Some highlights from The Cat Who series in the form of excerpts from the journal of Qwilleran, owner of Koko and Yum Yum.

Rating: 3/5

Review: Cute little inbetween book in The Cat Who series. Sort of goes through the entire series and takes the funniest or sweetest moments and lets you read about them in journal form.

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Book Number: 125

Number Of Pages: 378

Book Title: Sweet Talk

Author: Susan Mallery

Summary: Claire Keyes a a world renown pianist who flies back to her home town of Seatle when her youngest sister calls her asking for help for Claire's twin Nicole. Claire has to learn to function in the everyday world and with everyday people.

 

 

Book Number: 126

Number Of Pages: 401

Book Title: Private #1 Suspect

Author: James Paterson and Maxine Paetro

Summary: Jack Morgan is accused of murder when he calls in the police after finding his ex-girlfriend shot to death in his bed. Who hates Jack and maybe Colleen Molloy badly enough to kill her and frame him?

 

Book Number: 127

Number Of Pages: 357

Book Title: Private London

Author: James Patterson and Mark Pearson

Summary: Dan Carter lead investigator currently for the London office of Private is supposed to make sure the client's daughter is protected while she attends university for 3 years in London. Dan gets is goddaughter to room with her and take on the undercover job of watching out for Hannah. Then Hannah is kidnapped and Chloe is beaten up and their third flatmate Laura is slashed with a knife. How is Dan going to fix this situation?

 

 

 

Book Number: 128

Number Of Pages: 320

Book Title: Rain on the Dead

Author: Jack Higgins

Summary: Sean Dillon and the rest of Charles Ferguson's crew are out to protect Jake Cazlet former US president. They have successfully saved his life before and end up doing it again on Nantucket when they go to visit. Now they need to keep him alive whilethey solve the puzzle of who is out to get Jake and who else is in danger and how to save them?

 

 

 

Book Number: 129

Number Of Pages: 352

Book Title: Three Sisters

Author: Susan Mallery

Summary: On Blackberry Island 3 houses of similar type sit on the top of a hill. @ have been in family hands for generation. The third has just been purchased by a doctor who was left jilted at the altar in Seatle.

 

 

 

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Book Number: 44

Number Of Pages: 272

Book Title: Cannonbridge

Author: Jonathan Barnes

Summary: Toby Judd finds out that, Cannonbridge, one of the most prolific writers of the 19th century shouldn't have existed and starts to investigate what went wrong with History. Things get much more dangerous than he expected when he learns that he's being followed and that the people who tried to help him are being killed.

 

Book Number: 45

Number Of Pages: 216

Book Title: La maldición de la banshee (would be something like "The Curse of the Banshee")

Author: José María Latorre

Summary: Alice moves from the boarding school where she was living to Kavanagh Hall, a mansion in the Irish country, far away from any big towns. There are legends about a banshee, who appears before something bad happens to someone who lives there. What Alice can't imagine is that there's a much darker creature living in that mansion.

 

Book Number: 46

Number Of Pages: 432

Book Title: Falling Kingdoms (Spanish edition)

Author: Morgan Rhodes

Summary: The people in three kingdoms are living more or less peacefully, when a misunderstanding ends with a Paelsian boy being killed by an Auranian noble. This incident is used by a cruel king to start a war that will have consequences for all three kingdoms.

 

Book Number: 47

Number Of Pages: 222

Book Title: The Spook's Apprentice (Spanish edition)

Author: Joseph Delaney

Summary: Thomas Ward is the seventh son of a seventh son. He doesn't know it, but it makes him special. One day, a Spook arrives at his farm and offers to take him on as his apprentice.

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