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Christopher Pumpkin = Sue Hendra, Paul Linnet, Nick East

★★★★★ The witch raised her wand for one final go. There were SPARKLES and GLITTER... A creepy old witch wants to throw a party - the biggest and bestest and scariest party yet. But that's far too much for one old witch to do. So she brings a few pumpkins to life to help, like: Gnarly,… Continue reading Christopher Pumpkin = Sue Hendra, Paul Linnet, Nick East

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Relatively Dead – Sheila Connolly

★ More like Relatively Dreadful. This one was So. Freaking. Boring. Abby Kimball, enthusiastically unemployed, moved with her boyfriend, Brad, to New England for Brad's career. Brad encourages her to explore her new town and get to know people in the area. So, reluctantly...Abby leaves the apartment. She didn't want to be here. But Brad had told her she… Continue reading Relatively Dead – Sheila Connolly

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The Beloved Dearly – Doug Cooney & Tony DiTerlizzi

★★★ ½ With decisive air, Ernie flipped open his jobs notebook, turned to a blank page, and wrote down the word funerals. Ernie is the idea-man. The trouble-maker. The too-clever-for-his-own-good kid. And lately, all he can think about is: "The bank, the beans, the jimmy, the jive. The moola, the greenbacks, the dead presidents!" Ernie cried.… Continue reading The Beloved Dearly – Doug Cooney & Tony DiTerlizzi

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Sharp Objects – Gillian Flynn

★★★★★ Sometimes I think illness sits inside every woman, waiting for the right moment to bloom. Camille Preaker is back in her hometown but for all the wrong reasons. She just got out of a psych hospital and her next reporting assignment? To cover the murders of two preteens who lived in her town. Problems… Continue reading Sharp Objects – Gillian Flynn

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Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes – Karin Slaughter

★★ The only reason my daughter has not come home is because someone is keeping her. Keeping her.” Julia Carroll sees the news everywhere - young women go missing at a steady rate. And she knows, statistically, it's likely to happen again. As it bothers her - the fact that no one is talking about what's happening to all… Continue reading Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes – Karin Slaughter

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Daughters Unto Devils – Amy Lukavics

★★ ½ I'm starting to believe that hell is everywhere. Amanda Verner, sixteen, lives with her parents and siblings in a remote mountainside cabin. The last winter was absolutely terrible. Amanda's sickly mother was pregnant and began wasting away. Mom gave birth to a blind and deaf child who cries...and cries...and cries... Amanda went stir crazy… Continue reading Daughters Unto Devils – Amy Lukavics

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Gunslinger Girl – Lyndsay Ely

★★ Welcome to Cessation, Serendipity Jones. The last place on the continent where you can do whatever the hell you want. Serendipity "Pity" Jones is a seventeen-year-old gunslinger in a futuristic wild west world. Her mother lived on a commune and raised three children with a man she abhorred. Pity's mother did her best in a bad… Continue reading Gunslinger Girl – Lyndsay Ely

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Wild Sex: The Science Behind Mating in the Animal Kingdom – Carin Bondar

★★★★ Generally speaking, it takes two to tango in the animal kingdom. Birds, bees, trees, fleas - they're all doing it. All the time. Just think about that. All. The. Time. ...the process of sex is so much more than the mere meeting of sperm and egg. Dr Bondar knows that the animal kingdom is… Continue reading Wild Sex: The Science Behind Mating in the Animal Kingdom – Carin Bondar

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The Nature Fix – Florence Williams

★★★★ ½ A surprisingly enjoyable journey into what it means to be healthy and happy. we all need nearby nature: we benefit cognitively and psychologically from having trees, bodies of water, and green spaces just to look at; we should be smarter about landscaping our schools, hospitals, workplaces and neighborhoods so everyone gains. So much of health… Continue reading The Nature Fix – Florence Williams

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I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban – Malala Yousafzai

★★★★★ We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced. Criticism be damned, I loved this book. Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani girl, was just fifteen years old when the Taliban decided she needed to be taken out.  That she was too dangerous to be alive. That she was radical, sacrilegious and so much more. And what did she do? What… Continue reading I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban – Malala Yousafzai