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book cover for city of bones by cassandra clare

Series: The Mortal Instruments

Chapters: 24; s/M/l

Pages: 485

Genre: Fantasy/YA Fiction

“this fast-paced fantastic thriller will keep readers on the edge of their seats” – VOYA

Description: Clary Fray heads to a club only to witness a murder no one else can see. After her mother disappears, her life gets tangled up in that of a Shadowhunter, “warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons”, the same people from the club. The only problem is Clary, and the other Shadowhunters, have no clue as to why she is suddenly being attacked by demons or why she has the Sight.

“The boy never cried again, and he never forgot what he’d learned: that to love is to destroy, and that to be loved is to be the one destroyed.” (206)

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books cover for the signs and symbols sourcebook by Adele Nozedar
pages from inside the signs and symbols sourcebook

Series: N/A

Chapters: 11; s/m/L

Pages: 509

Genre: Non-Fiction/Symbology

Description: The sourcebook is a book composed of 11 parts that vary from magical signs and symbols to the human body. This book is packed full of interesting information about different symbols as well as their history and designs. The 11 different sections are Sign & Symbols of Magic & Mystery; Symbols in the Elements, the Landscape, and the Natural World; Fauna; Flora; The Mystical Charisma of Minerals, Metals, and Gems; Sacred Geometry & Places of Pilgrimage; Numbers; The Intrigue of Resonance, Letters, and Language; The Body as a Sacred Map; Rites & Rituals, Customs & Observances; and The Nature of the Divine. The sourcebook encompasses plenty to please the reader.

“A Buddhist symbol, the Tiratana is also known as the Three Jewels of Buddhism. These concepts are depicted as a flame that holds three circles protected within it. The flame is symbolic of eternity, and the three circles are the Buddha, his teachings or Dharma, and the Sangha, his followers.” (158)


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book cover for the maze runner by james dashner

Series: Maze Runner

Chapters: 62; S/m/l

Pages: 375

Genre: YA Fiction/Sci-fi/Dystopia

“This is a fast-paced adventure in a very dark and pretty violent post-apocalyptic world. It is reminiscent of The Lord of the Flies, without the inventiveness of The Hunger Games.” – Debra Bogart

Description: Every month 1 boy is brought up into ‘The Glade’. The Glade is a wide area home to many other boys. It is surrounded by a complex ever-changing maze that is home to monsters at night. One day, Thomas is brought up into The Glade. The next day a girl follows him. After that everything goes wrong. Everyone in The Glade has limited time to escape before they are all devoured by the maze and it’s monsters.

“Are they changed because they want to go back to their old life, or is it because they’re so depressed at realizing their old life was no better than what we have now?” (149)

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book for the tale of the dueling neurosurgeons by sam kean

Series: N/A

Chapters: 12; s/m/L

Pages: 355

Genre: Non-Fiction/Scientific

“Sam Kean’s skill in illuminating how the brain’s functions and malfunctions manifest themselves in people’s lives makes for an absorbing reading.” – Howard Schneider, Wall Street Journals

Description: Sam Kean launches the reader into interesting and thrilling stories of how breakthroughs in neurology happened. He explains in depth how they were phenomenon at the time, and honestly still are. “Sam Kean unearths stories behind such neurological curiosities as phantom limbs, viruses that eat patients’ memories, and blind people who see with their tongues.”

“Most scientists at the time believed that insanity, true insanity, always betrayed itself by clear brain damage-lesions, hemorrhages, putrid tissue, something. Inside [his] skull, though, nothing seemed amiss at first.” (52)

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book cover for the knife of never letting go by patrick ness

Series: Chaos Walking

Chapters: 42; s/M/l

Pages: 479

Genre: YA Fiction/Sci-fi

“A book of startling and poetic beauty…. Enormously compelling.”– Literary Review (U.K.)

Description: On a planet known as New World there is a town named Prentisstown. Everyone in this town can hear each others thoughts, no one is safe. Suddenly a terrible secret is presented to Todd, a boy a month short of becoming a man. He must run from the town and it’s history in hopes of surviving. The only problem is, how can you escape when they can hear all your thoughts?

“Cuz the rumors were true, the rumors that Francia heard. The word was true. It’s an army. A whole army. There’s a whole army coming after me” (210)

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book cover for bienvenue by jack cactus and mina harker


Series: Bienvenue

Chapters: 3; s/m/L

Pages: 97

Genre: Alternative romance/Historical fantasy

“Absolutely amazing. The story was captivating from the very beginning. I couldn’t stop reading and managed to finish it in one sitting. One of the only romance stories I have enjoyed.” – Moi

Description: Adela Wyss, a 25 year old spinster, would like nothing more than to spend time building her trinkets. Her mother and father have something else in mind: marriage. Adela is a rebellious girl who constantly turns away suitors with her sharp-tongue leading her parents to arrange a marriage with a French Lord turned recluse. The story follows Adela’s stay with the Lord Lautrec as they get to know each and Adela finds that perhaps the only thing to be worried about is the Lord’s health.

“They argued mildly about gear sizes and it fun, it was fun to butt heads. It was fun to hear his (incorrect) opinion about the gears he had chosen to use in his clocks. It was an argument that she smiled all the way through because this was the most delightful conversation she had had in her life.” (63)

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book cover for papillon by henri charrière

Series: N/A

Chapters: 13; s/m/L

Pages: 544

Genre: Autobiographical novel/Adventure

“A modern classic of courage and excitement – The New Yorker

Description: In 1931, Henri “Papillon” Charrière was convicted for a murder although he was innocent. He was sentenced to life imprisonment in the penal colony of French Guiana. With the help of others he befriended along the way he was able to escape prison on multiple accounts until he was sent to the high security prison of Devil’s Island. No one had ever escaped from Devil’s Island until Papillon. This amazing autobiography shows the lengths one man goes to, to achieve the freedom he deserves.

“That night in our cell no one spoke. We were all thinking that it was our last day on French soil. Each of us felt at least a little nostalgic about leaving France forever, for an unknown land and an unknown way of life.” (42)

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book cover for dark secrets 1 by elizabeth chandler

Series: Dark Secrets

Chapters: 37; s/M/l

Pages: 431

Genre: YA Fiction

Description: A book containing two short stories, Legacy of Lies and Don’t Tell. Legacy of Lies is about a girl, Megan, who is forced to stay with her uptight grandmother for the summer. She discovers truths of her family’s legacy and past that could have fatal consequences. There is a love triangle. Don’t Tell is about a girl, Lauren, who returns to the town where her mother drowned. She finds herself reliving moments that lead up to her mothers drowning making her question if her mother was murdered and if she is next.

“My spine tingled. ‘At the end I-I thought I saw myself lying dead.’” -Legacy of Lies (142)

“I didn’t know what time it was or where I was, except far beneath the surface of a river. The river bottom was thick with sea grass and I swam in near darkness. Someone called my name, Laur-en, Laur-en, the voice rising and falling over the syllables as my mother’s once had.” -Don’t Tell (267)

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book cover for what if? by randall munroe

Series: N/A

Chapters: 69; s/M/l

Pages: 290

Genre: Non-Fiction/Science

“Loaded with the same dry wit and blank-faced stick figures that populate xkcd, What If? is that rare book that will have you laughing as you learn just how a mass extinction might unfold.”-Discover

Description: Scientist and creator of the comic ‘xkcd’, Randal Munroe, has taken many questions that have been asked to him and applied physics, biology, chemistry and more to explain any and all outcomes. From global windstorms to Richter 15 earthquakes, this book is filled with science, humour and a lot of stickmen.

“Would dumping anti-matter into the Chernobyl reactor when it was melting down stop the meltdown? -AJ” (60)

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book cover for crank by ellen hopkins

Series: Crank

Chapters: 292; S/m/l

Pages: 537

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

“The poems are masterpieces of word, shape, and pacing… a stunning portrayal of a teen’s loss of direction.” – School Library Journal

Description: Kristina is a young girl forced to visit her father in Albuquerque. Whilst there she meets a guy named Adam and suddenly her world is turned upside down as she enters a toxic relationship filled with sex and drugs. Her life gets sucked down the drain as she finds herself addicted to Crank THE drug. THE monster in her life. This book is written in many different poetic styles, including concrete and acrostic, with very short chapters. An easy read, but a deep read.

“But that’s not exactly cool. So you sit and smile pretending like it’s not even fazing you, not touching you at all. So he look you in the eye, trying to measure you, find a hint of reaction. And he says, Tell me how you feel. So you can’t stand it one more second, and you close your eyes, daring him to kiss you. So he does, and it’s electric, high voltage, stun-gun strength desire jolting sinew and bone. And he asks, How ‘bout another line?” (92-93)

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book cover for the hunt by andrew fukuda

Series: The Hunt

Chapters: 8; s/m/L

Pages: 293

Genre: Fiction/Dystopia

“A book that grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go. Both terrifying and sublime, with every page evoking that fragile yet unyielding thing we call humanity.”– Andrea Cremer, author of the Nightshade trilogy

Description: In a world where humans have been almost completely eradicated by the dangers of sickly vampires very few are left alive. Those who are must learn the basics of acting as one of them. No sweating, no laughing, no sleeping on the ground and absolutely no attention drawn towards yourself. Gene has managed to get by until now, the year of the heper hunt. Humans, aka hepers, are raised in captivity until they are of age to be hunted down in a gruesome game of cat and mouse. A random lottery picks the vampires who will participate, when Gene is picked his world turns upside down whilst trying to conceal his secret as well as trying to free the hepers. People resurface from Gene’s past and he must ask himself if he is willing to put himself on the line from these people and the possibility of getting answers to his age old questions.

“No matter the sun: he will bound into the village, tear down doors and windows, rip the hepers to shreds, sink his teeth into the soft give of their neck, even as the sun burns down into his skin and melts it into wax, even as his eyeballs explode and ooze vitreous juice down his sliding face, nose, cheeks. None of it matters even as he succumbs to the rays, even as he dissolves into a puddle of pus, so long as he dies with hepers in his arms and heper juice in his system. What a way to go, not so gently into the night.” (167)

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book cover for the book thief by markus zusak

Series: N/A

Chapters: 88; S/m/l

Pages: 550

Genre: Fiction/Historical Drama

“Zusak doesn’t sugarcoat anything, but he makes his ostensibly gloomy subject bearable the same way Kurt Vonnegut did in ‘Slaughterhouse Five’: with grim, darkly consoling humor” – Time

Description: Germany, 1939, a young girl is adopted after her brother dies and her mother leaves. She takes up the habit of stealing book from multiple places so her new father can teach her to read. As she grasps the stories before her and makes friends with one of her neighbours a sudden chaos is thrown into her and her family’s life. A Jewish man shows up on their doorstep and they must take him in and hide him from the horrors of the Nazis. The story is narrated by Death.

“I climbed through the windshield of the truck, found the diseased man, and jumped out the back. His soul was skinny. His beard was a ball and chain. My feet landed loudly in the gravel, though not a sound was heard by a soldier or prisoner. But they could all smell me.” (389)

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book cover for breathe by sarah crossan

Series: Breathe

Chapters: 57; s/M/l

Pages: 371

Genre: Science Fiction/Dystopia

“Will leave fans breathless for the next one.” -ALA Booklist

Description: All of the trees in the world have been cut down and the population of remaining humans reside within a dome. Breathe, an air manufacturing company protects them as they all pay their oxygen tax. However, this government is hiding knowledge. 3 friends venture out into the Outlands with only 2 days of oxygen and what they find is not what you would expect.

“I know why they cut the trees down. I know the problem: the world’s population was soaring and people needed to eat. And the solution was to log all the remaining forests and use the land for farming.” (92)



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